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July / August 

As I write this, more than five hundred children have signed up for the library’s Summer Reading Club in the first week alone.  Just allow that to sink in.  Any organization would be thrilled with those numbers for a program, but we’re especially happy because of what each registrant reflects…a family that knows the value of a child’s reading through the summer.  Research proves that engaging in recreational reading halts the “summer slide,” the loss of up to two months of the reading advances the child made in the previous school year. Unfortunately, research shows that the divide between children breaks along socio-economic lines, and widens as the decline is cumulative, year after year.   

That led me to reflect on the many ways the Massillon Public Library supports the education of children in the community by reaching outside our traditional roles.  As a former reference librarian who worked with adults, I sometimes find myself guilty of not exactly taking these efforts for granted, but of assuming everyone knows about them!  I’m sure you don’t, so I’m excited to highlight some of the programming provided by library staff to boost the educational success of your children and grandchildren, or those of your neighbors.

Did you know that the library is one of the organizations who present weekly lessons in the arts (visual arts, literature, music or dance) for preschoolers at Franklin Elementary School’s Artful Living program?  This pilot project is a collaboration of area arts organizations and sponsored by the Massillon Museum with grant funding.  Its success in enhancing students’ creativity and academic achievements means the program is being replicated in other school districts!

And I’m SURE you’re not aware that library staff and library volunteers are providing more than thirty enrichment programs at the Boys and Girls Club of Massillon this summer!  Teachers from the library’s Cultural Diversity Committee are presenting a series of lessons on prominent local African-American figures, while our children’s, young adult and adult departments are offering everything from arts and crafts to book discussions.  This has been an excellent partnership for reaching students whose families might not get them to the library.

How can you help us?  You can spread the word that your library staff is not just sitting inside the walls of our buildings waiting for kids to come to US.  We will seek every opportunity to find them, and to make them year-round readers!

Director, Massillon Public Library

Pinterest Craft Series
Wednesday, July 2 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join us as we try our hand at popular crafts being shared on Pinterest! Limited to 12 participants. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 312

CLOSED - Independence Day
Friday, July 4 --- All locations.

Snakes Alive!
Tuesday, July 8
Presented by the staff of The Wilderness Center
Come any time between 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
All ages welcome; children under grade 3 will require adult supervision & assistance. No registration required.

Jr. Friends Meeting
Tuesday, July 8 --- 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Open to teens in Grades 7-12. 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Author Visit with Linda Castillo
Wednesday, July 9 --- 6:00 p.m.
Ms. Castillo will discuss her newest book "The Dead Will Tell," Copies will be available for sale the night of the program. Reservations required. 330-832-9831, ext. 312

Anime Club
Saturday, July 12 --- 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Join us for anime and snacks. Open to students in grades 7-12. 330-832-9831 ext. 321

SARTA Travel Training
Tuesday, July 15 --- 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
A valid picture ID is required to receive bus pass at the end of the training session. Registration required. 855-887-2782

Family Movie Night
Tuesday, July 15 – 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Free popcorn is available. Water and soda is sold for fifty cents each. No registration required.

Living & Working in Space
Wednesday, July 16 – 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Presented by NASA Glenn Research Center
Explore life in space! For grades K-6. Registration required. 330-832-5037

Page to Screen Book Club
Wednesday, July 16 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
"If I Stay" by Gayle Forman.
Registration required. 330.832.9831, ext. 321

Yoga & Literature
Saturday, July 19 --- 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
All ages are invited to come learn beginner yoga poses from an instructor with The Ananda Center. Discover how The Ananda Center’s classes and the library's books and DVDs can help people of any age or ability reach a new level of fitness and fulfillment. Class will begin with registration at 10:15 a.m. and yoga at 10:30. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat or large beach towel. No advance reservations required. Call 330.832.9831 ext. 319 for more information.

Fizz, Boom, Zoo!
Monday, July 21 --- 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presented by The Akron Zoo
Learn about things animals can do for defense, breeding, or just because. Meet some live animals! No registration required.

Writers' Group
Monday, July 21 --- 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Writers are invited to share their work and offer feedback to other writers. No registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 312 for more information.

YA Game Night
Tuesday, July 22 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Board games, card games, video games - all the games!
Open to students in grades 7-12

Board of Trustees Meeting
Thursday, July 24 – 4:00 p.m.
The public is invited to board meetings.

Internet Safety for Parents
Saturday, July 26 --- 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Presented by Detective Bobby Grizzard.
Registration required. 330-832-9831

Monday Book Discussion Groups
Monday, July 28
"Whistling Past the Graveyard" by Susan Crandall
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.

Growing and Using Herbs
Barry Askren Memorial Branch
1200 Market Street NE Navarre, OH 44662
Tuesday, July 29 --- 4:00 p.m.
Learn how to grow, preserve and use a variety of herbs. Reservations required. 330-879-2113

Yoga & Literature
Wednesday, July 30 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
All ages are invited to come learn beginner yoga poses from an instructor with The Ananda Center. Discover how The Ananda Center’s classes and the library's books and DVDs can help people of any age or ability reach a new level of fitness and fulfillment. Class will begin with registration at 6:00 p.m. and yoga at 6:15. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat or large beach towel. No advance reservations required. Call 330.832.9831 ext. 319 for more information.

Cookie Day Challenge

Hey, kids!  Have you signed up yet for Summer Reading Club?  Our theme this year is “Fizz, Boom, Read!” and runs through July 26th.  We have set a goal for all the children together to read a total of 2,500 hours by the end of Summer Reading Club. If we meet our goal, the library will host a special Cookie Day!  

Any child who participates in Summer Reading Club will be invited to stop in and receive a yummy cookie (date to be announced).  So get signed up, if you aren’t already, and read, read, read to help us reach our 2,500 hour goal! 

www.massillonlibrary.org/SRC2014

Hoopla is a digital media service which enables patrons to borrow a selection of movies, television shows, educational videos, documentaries, and music via computer browser, smart phone or tablet (iOS 6 and select Android devices). Whatever you enjoy watching or listening to, there is sure to be something available for you on Hoopla, with no ads or commercials while viewing or listening to content! A valid library card and pin number are required to use this free service. For more information visit the Hoopla page on our website:

www.massillonlibrary.org/hoopla

 

Community Office Hours with Representative Stephen Slesnick
Monday, August 4 – 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 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.

Friends Meeting
Monday, August 4 – 6:30 p.m.
New members always welcome! 330-832-9831 ext. 301

Page to Screen Book Club
Tuesday, August 5 --- 6:00 p.m - 7:30 p.m.
"The Maze Runner" by James Dashner
Registration required. 330.832.9831, ext. 321

Pinterest Craft Series
Wednesday, August 6 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join us as we try our hand at popular crafts being shared on Pinterest! Limited to 12 participants. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 312

Genealogical Society Meeting
Wednesday, August 6 --- 6:30 p.m.
Lillian Beane Community Center - 1711 16th St SE 330-832-9831 ext. 337

Genealogy Lock-In
Friday, August 8 --- 5:15 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Genealogists with research experience will have exclusive use of the library’s Reference Room and public computers. Attendees can save microfilm images to CD or flash drive and take advantage of free copying and printing during the event. Registration is required. 330-832-9831 ext. 337

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

Author Visit with David Craddock
Barry Askren Memorial Branch
1200 Market Street NE Navarre, OH 44662
Wednesday, August 13 -- 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Mr. Craddock will discuss his forthcoming YA Fantasy novel, "Heritage." Copies of the book will be available for sale the night of the program. Registration required. 330-879-2113

Calling all patrons, adults and children!  Help us prepare for... WINTER!?!?
 
Stop in any time between 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 16 to help the Children's Department prepare for the annual Winter Wonderland Open House by learning to make giant paper 3D snowflakes!  

You get to learn how to make the snowflakes (and take home a handy instruction sheet for future reference) and we get to keep all the snowflakes we make that day and use them as decorations for our Winter Wonderland Open House in November.  Hopefully we'll make a whole blizzard of snowflakes. Come back in November to try to find the snowflakes YOU made! 

No registration necessary. Young children must have an adult present to participate.

Writers' Group
Monday, August 18 --- 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Writers are invited to share their work and offer feedback to other writers. No registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 312 for more information.

SARTA Travel Training
Tuesday, August 19 --- 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
A valid picture ID is required to receive bus pass at the end of the training session. Registration required. 855-887-2782

Family Movie Night
Tuesday, August 19 --- 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.

Anime Club
Saturday, August 23 --- 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Join us for anime and snacks. Open to students in grades 7-12. 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Monday Book Discussion Groups
Monday, August 25
"The Light Between Oceans" by M. L. Stedman
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.

DIY: Back to School
Tuesday, August 26 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Design notebook covers and decorate pens and pencils. Open to students in grades 7-12. 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Board of Trustees Meeting
Thursday, August 28 – 4:00 p.m.
The public is invited to board meetings.

The Artful Living Program Shares Research Results

Artful Living is an educational program designed to improve the academics and creativity of students by immersing them in the fine arts during preschool. The library’s Children’s Department is a partner in the Artful Living Program, which currently takes place in the public preschool at Franklin Elementary. We provide the literature component. The Massillon Museum oversees the program and provides instruction in visual arts, while the Canton Symphony provides the musical component, and the Ananda Center dance and creative movement. 

Massillon Public Library Children’s Programming Specialist Diane Brant is the instructor for our literature sessions. She performs creative readings and the telling of stories by quality authors and illustrators using puppets and other visual aids, involves the students in audience-participation stories, and leads them in fun, relevant rhymes and songs, all in line with state curriculum standards.

The evening Family sessions occur each spring and meet at locations such as the Salvation Army’s new facility or the Boys & Girls Club.  Each of these evenings includes a meal, kids’ games and activities, and parents’ educational sessions such as a presentation on early literacy tips and techniques by the library’s Children’s Department. 

We think it’s so important to get children excited about reading, the arts, and school.  Recent Artful Living research by the Stark County Educational Services Center and Malone University proves the program is positively impacting the children. Artful Living is innovative and cutting-edge, and has been recognized and awarded grants for these things by foundations like the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation (4 grants), PNC Foundation (3 grants) and the Aultman Foundation (2 grants). 

The final report on the pre-test/post-test research conducted during the 2012-13 school year shows significant improvement in most areas tested for the experimental group (Massillon preschoolers) receiving the arts lessons from The Artful Living Program, over the control group (preschoolers from another Stark County school district) not receiving the Program. The testing was performed using nationally recognized and accepted early childhood assessment tools:  the Young Children's Achievement Test (YCAT), and the Teaching Creativity in Action and Movement (TCAM).

What does all that mean? It means the work The Artful Living Program is doing is making a positive difference in the lives of the children and we can prove it.

As Irish poet William Butler Yeats wrote, "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." The Artful Living Program is giving the spark.

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for young adults. From May 15th to August 13th, SYNC gives away two complete audiobook downloads a week – a current young adult title along with a thematically paired classic or required summer reading title.

Sign up for email and text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at www.audiobooksync.com.

 

Massillon Public Library

208 Lincoln Way East
                    Massillon, OH 44646                   

330-832-9831

Bookmobile

See the bookmobile schedule online:
http://www.massillonlibrary.org/node/48

330.832.9831 ext. 329

Barry Askren Memorial Branch

1200 Market Street NE
Navarre, OH 44662

330-879-2113

Pam S. Belloni Branch

12000 Navarre Road SW
Navarre, OH 44662-9486

330-767-9939