Newsletter - August 2015

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BINGO! That’s what I’m working towards this summer…not in a Bingo hall, but on my game board for adult summer reading club. Of course, as the library director, I have exempted myself from winning fabulous prizes, but I participate anyway because it’s a great excuse to force myself to read outside my comfort zone. 

You don’t know about the reading bingo game? It’s never too late to pick up an entry at the reference desk, and they’ll explain the rules. For each book you read, you can mark up to two squares…for example, I made myself read a Western Romance, which turned out to be a well-written page turner that kept me up all night! I also enjoyed a children’s book, and listened to a young adult novel as an audiobook. I read a science fiction graphic novel, and I’m currently slogging through A Room with A View, a “book set in another country” AND “a book made into a movie.” Get the idea? Kudos to our Adult Services Manager Jessica Watkins for leading the adult reading initiative which has replicated the fun from our teen and children’s summer reading clubs.

And that reminds me…we don’t spend half the year planning Summer Reading Club events and activities just for fun, or for nostalgia (although many people who talk to me about the library reminisce about their own, or their children’s, experiences in the program.) The goal is to help as many children as possible avoid the dreaded “summer slide.”   According to conservative estimates, children who don’t read over the summer lose approximately two months of instructional time, or roughly 22 percent of what they learned during the school year. There is firm evidence that reading over the summer can cut that in half…and where better to stock up on books than at the library, with our unending supply?

As I write this in mid-July, we have already had 1275 children register and participate in Summer Reading Club at one of the three branches or bookmobile. The “Every hero has a story” theme has enthralled children as they visit with Batman or a real hero like a police officer. The important thing is that they leave with a stack of books!
In all this rain, I hope you’ve had a stack at home too. Happy reading!

Massillon Public Library



Annual Fun Fest
Downtown Massillon
Saturday, August 1 --- 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Visit us on the Bookmobile and stop by the Children's Department's table for a take away craft for kids.

Free Computer Class: Microsoft Word
Monday, August 3 --- 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Learn how to write and format documents in Microsoft Word 2007. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 327

Free Computer Class: Excel
Monday, August 3 --- 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Learn how to create spreadsheets and perform some basic functions in Microsoft Excel 2007. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 327




Free Computer Class: Computer Basics
Monday, August 3 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
This course will demonstrate how to identify the different parts of a computer, the many functions of an operating system, and how to perform tasks within the Windows 7 operating system. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 327

Friends Meeting
Monday, August 3 --- 6:30 p.m.
New members always welcome!
330-832-9831 ext. 301

DIY: Back to School
Tuesday, August 4 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Have fun personalizing your school supplies. Open to teens in grades 7-12. 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Genealogical Society Meeting
Lillian Beane Community Center - 1711 16th St SE
Wednesday, August 5 --- 6:30 p.m.
The August meeting will be a "Share & Tell" session. Bring a meaningful object or tell a meaningful story from your family's past. The public is invited to Genealogical Society meetings and events. 330-832-9831 ext. 337

Tween Time - Superhero Science Fun
Thursday, August 6 --- 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Kids entering grades 4–8 are invited to join in this summer fun planned especially for them. Meet Batman and Wonder Woman. Bring your cameras and get your picture taken with them! No registration required. 330-832-5037

Genealogy Lock-In
Friday, August 7 --- 5:15 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Researchers will have exclusive use of the library’s Reference Room and public computers, including access to Stark County’s vital records, numerous other online sources, and the library's microfilm reader/printers. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 337

T-Shirt Bags
A Massillon 2nd Saturday Program
Saturday, August 8 ---- 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Bring in your own T-Shirt anytime between 2 to 4 and learn how to turn it into a tote bag! Use it to carry books, groceries, or as a gym bag. Don't worry if you can't sew; there will be helpers on hand. Easy to make! If you don't have a t-shirt, some will be available. No registration required. Children under age ten must be accompanied by an adult. 330-832-5037

Crocheters & Knitters Club
Monday, August 10 --- 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Bring your current project for a fun hour of crocheting and knitting with a group! No registration required. Contact Maryellen for more information: 330-832-9831 ext. 310

Free Computer Class: Power Point
Monday, August 10 --- 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Learn how to create presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint 2007. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 327

Free Computer Class: Internet Basics
Monday, August 10 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
This course will teach internet terminology, highlight some popular websites, and show how to perform a variety of different internet searches.. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 327

Jr. Friends Meeting
Tuesday, August 11 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Open to teens in Grades 7-12. New members always welcome! 330-832-9831 ext. 321

SARTA Travel Training
Tuesday, August 18 --- 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
A valid picture ID is required to receive a bus pass at the end of the training session. Registration required. 855-887-2782

Family Movie Night
Tuesday, August 18 --- 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Auditorium doors open at 5:15 p.m. Limited seating offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Free popcorn! 330-832-5037

Page to Screen Book Club
Tuesday, August 18 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
"The Scorch Trials" by James Dashner
Copies of book discussion titles are available at the Reference Desk. Open to students in grades 7-12. Registration required. 330-832-9831 ext.321

Pinterest Craft Series - Altered Children's Books
Wednesday, August 19 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join us as we try our hand at popular crafts being shared on Pinterest! Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 312

Community Office Hours with State Representative Stephen Slesnick
Friday, August 21 --- 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Community office hours reflect Representative Slesnick’s on-going commitment to give residents of Ohio’s 49th House District consistent and direct access to him personally, allowing them to discuss their concerns and ideas without having to travel to the State House. No registration required.

Free Computer Class: 3D Design Class
Saturday, August 22 --- 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Participants will learn how to construct, transform, and manipulate 3D objects on the computer using free Blender software. Those attending may bring their own laptop computers if they wish, and should download Blender before attending the class. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 327.

Monday Book Discussion
Monday, August 24
"Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War" by Karen Abbott An afternoon book discussion will take place at 12:00 p.m. in the library auditorium. An evening discussion about the same book will be held in the Second Floor Meeting room at 6:00 p.m. No registration required.

Anime Club
Tuesday, August 25 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join us for anime and snacks. Open to teens in Grades 7-12. 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Titanic & the End of the Edwardian Era
Wednesday, August 26 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Mandy Altimus Pond, archivist at the Massillon Museum, will discuss this historic ship from concept to completion, the social climate before and after its horrific demise, and the broad spectrum of passengers aboard. She will explain the early 1900s and why Titanic was so significant, marking the end of the Edwardian Era with its sinking. Registration required. 330.832.9831, ext. 312

ABLE Services
Friday, August 28 --- 11:00 a.m. --- 2:00 p.m.
Meet with a certified ABLE representative to find out how to connect with government benefits or assistance programs you may qualify for. Registration required. Contact ABLE Services, Inc. at 330-454-4650.



Staff Art Show

Additional staff members will have their art on display in the Computer Center in August for the Staff Show Part 2!  The show will be on display August 3 - September 1. Pieces will include photography, woven mats, and mixed media.




Seeking Artists 

Are you interested in displaying your 2-D art? We are seeking art for our Computer Center. Exhibits will be on display for one month. All art must be able to be hung on the wall. Space is limited, so no more than eight (8) small pieces can be accepted. 

For more information, contact Jessica Shoemaker at 330-832-9831 ext. 311 or


Why is the front porch closed?

In prepping the front pillars for caulking and painting, the crew from Coon Restoration discovered that the pillars, which are completely hollow, are rotten from the inside out due to moisture trapped inside. The first scrape of the paint brought out an arm-sized chunk of wood from the base. There are drainage slots built into the base of each pillar, but the rotten wood fell like mulch to fill that inside space, and it just got worse and worse through the last 79 years.  

Work stopped and we were instructed to shut down the front walk and doorway until it can be determined if the pillars are structural (holding up the roof) or simply decorative as we hope.

Either way, the pillars need replaced by wood or fiberglass milled to match the exact dimensions.  They will be several months in the making, and to install them will involve taking out the perimeter fencing to bring in a hoist.  I’m sure we’ll be the talk of the town when this project takes place. In the meantime, we apologize for the inconvenience to library users and encourage you to use the ground level entrance.


What do you hoopla?

You may already know about the movies, music, and TV shows available to borrow online from hoopla, but did you know that you can now also borrow eBooks, comic books, and graphic novels online? 

Whatever you enjoy watching or listening to, there is sure to be something available for you on hoopla! A valid library card is all you need to use this free service.


Massillon Public Library

208 Lincoln Way East
                    Massillon, OH 44646                   



See the bookmobile schedule online:

330.832.9831 ext. 329

Barry Askren Memorial Branch

1200 Market Street NE
Navarre, OH 44662


Pam S. Belloni Branch

12000 Navarre Road SW
Navarre, OH 44662-9486