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September / October 


Do you ever have a moment as an adult when you wish you could taunt
your detractors, like a child on the playground, “nyah nyah nyah, told ‘ya
so!” That’s actually how we in the library world feel today, after a very
public shout-out from none other than The Wall Street Journal.

After a recent announcement that Amazon would be offering a $10 per month “unlimited” access to ebooks, it didn’t take long for those in the know to declare, ”isn’t that…a library card that costs $120 a year?!" Well, we have solid proof that it’s not even as good as a library card. In an article published on August 12, Geoffrey Fowler writes “Why the Public Library Beats Amazon—for Now: As E-Book Subscription Services Grow Their Catalogs, the Age-Old Institution Trumps All.”

That’s right, trumps ALL. Fowler took a list of the “ebooks that you actually want to read” (i.e. bestsellers and books from various top 10 lists) and compared access in various "Netflix for books" subscription packages, including the Kindle Unlimited plan, along with ebook holdings at his San Francisco Public Library, and to be fair, his small home library in South Carolina. Guess what? BOTH libraries owned more of the titles than ANY of the fee-based subscriptions! The article is fascinating; find it online here:

http://online.wsj.com/articles/why-the-public-library-beats-amazonfor-now-1407863714

It bears repeating that a library is more than an old-fashioned Amazon.com, and you don’t need $120. As Fowler finds, “libraries serve nobler purposes than just amassing vampire romances. They
provide equal access to knowledge, from employment services to computer training. And in an age where getting things 'free' usually means surrendering some privacy, libraries have long been careful
about protecting patron records. The rise of paid subscription services is proof that there's demand for what libraries can offer in our Internet era.”

Ebooks are free to borrow with your free library card, can be downloaded from home, do not generate fines, and simply disappear from your device at the end of the lending period. Don't have a library card? Massillon Public Library allows you to register for a free online card for digital library content without setting foot in the building. Interested? Contact us!

I hope your summer involved some great reading. The highlights for me were (nonfiction) "Think Like a Freak" by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner; (historical fiction) "Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline, and (humor) "The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way (And It Wasn’t My Fault) (And I’ll Never Do It Again)" by P. J. O'Rourke, an audiobook which I downloaded to my iPad and made my husband listen to for six hours in the car. I’m old-school and still prefer a print book, but I’m trying!

Director, Massillon Public Library

CLOSED --- Labor Day
Monday, September 1--- All locations.

Registration for Fall Story Times begins September 2!
Visit www.massillonlibrary.org/StoryTime for more information.

Historical Fiction Book Club
Tuesday, September 2 --- 6:00 p.m.
"The Obituary Writer" by Ann Hood
No registration required. 330.832.9831, ext. 312

H.P. Lovecraft Mythos Book Club
Wednesday, September 3 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The first meeting will include general information on H.P. Lovecraft and an overview about some of the events and activities the group will be covering. For readers 16 years of age and older. No registration required.

Pinterest Craft Series
Wednesday, September 3 --- 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, September 3 --- 6:30 p.m.
Lillian Beane Community Center - 1711 16th St SE
Featuring “The History of Perry Township” by historian Cary Coates. 330-832-9831 ext. 337

Friends Meeting
Monday, September 8 --- 6:30 p.m.
New members always welcome! 330-832-9831 ext. 301

Paws To Read
Tuesday, September 9 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Girls and boys! Come polish your reading skills and make some new friends, both two-legged and four-legged. Friendly and well-behaved dogs sit or lie quietly as you read them a story. These furry listeners enjoy your company and your gentle petting. Collect all the "doggie cards." Each colorful card has a picture of a participating dog and its vital statistics, such as "favorite toy." Light refreshments are provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Programs like PAWS are done in many libraries nationwide as they have been shown to lead children to improved reading skills, a sense of pride in their accomplishments, a willingness to become involved in other positive activities, and more respect and kindness in their interaction with animals. No registration required. 330-832-5037

Jr. Friends Meeting
Tuesday, September 9 --- 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Open to teens in Grades 7-12. New members always welcome! 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Writers' Group
Monday, September 15 --- 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

Askren Branch Adult Book Club
Tuesday, September 16 --- 9:00 a.m.
1200 Market Street NE Navarre, OH 44662
Join us for the first meeting of a new book club at the Askren branch. Bring a book you enjoyed and some suggestions for future selections. Registration requested. 330-879-2113

SARTA Travel Training
Tuesday, September 16 --- 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, September 16 --- 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!

Read an eBook Day
Thursday, September 18 – All Day
Take part in a digital reading event celebrating eBooks. OverDrive will be giving away tablets and devices every hour throughout the day. Tell your eBook story on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #eBookDay to enter the contests. Visit www.readanebookday.com for more information.

To get started borrowing eBooks with your library card, visit the Ohio Digital Library at www.ohioebooks.org

Planning for College
Thursday, September 18 --- 6:30 p.m.
Dr. Geraldine Hayes-Nelson of KSU will talk to college-bound students and their parents about preparing for college, what to expect there, and how to adjust to the changes. Call 330-832-9831 for more information.

House History Class
Friday, September 19 --- 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Learn how to unravel the history of your home using maps, city directories, photographs, manuscript collections, architectural periodicals and state archive records. The house you are researching must be within the Massillon city limits. Registration and a $10 deposit required. The deposit will be returned when you attend the class. For more information, contact Jean Adkins at 330.832.9831, ext. 337

 

Super Saturday – Solar Cooking
Saturday, September 20 – 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Kids in grades K-6 are invited to join us outside in the library's side yard to make a solar oven out of a pizza box. Then we'll learn how to cook s'mores and other treats with it. Camping stories will be told under the tent and we'll sing camp songs around the "campfire." Registration required. 330-832-5037

 

 

Anime Club
Saturday, September 20 --- 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, September 22
"The Perfume Collector" by Kathleen Tessaro
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: Candle Making
Tuesday, September 23 -- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Choose from our many scents to make your own candle! Open to students in grades 7-12. 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Board of Trustees Meeting
Thursday, September 25 --- 4:00 p.m.
The public is invited to board meetings.

Massillon Ready To Read
Saturday, September 27 --- 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
This free workshop is open to adult and teen caregivers. A free continental breakfast will be served. Registration is required. If assistance is needed with childcare, please specify at the time of registration. Continuing education credit is available through Step Up to Quality and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. This event is presented by the Massillon Public Library and sponsored in part by One Tiger, Inc., a local non-profit organization. For more information, contact Laura Klein at 330-832-5037.

Spring Hill Speaker Series
Tuesday, September 30 --- 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
"Technology in the Civil War" - presented by Chris Craft from the Massillon Museum. No registration required.

Massillon Public Library, in its commitment to offer cutting edge services to its patrons, is proud to add hoopla to the list of services available 24/7 from the library’s website.  

Hoopla is a digital media service which enables patrons to borrow a selection of movies, television shows, educational/instructional videos, documentaries, and music via browser, smartphone 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. Visit www.hoopladigital.com to get started!
        

H.P. Lovecraft Mythos Book Club
Wednesday, October 1 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join in a discussion of H.P. Lovecraft and his influential weird stories. For ages 16 and older. No registration required.

Genealogical Society Meeting
Wednesday, October 1 --- 6:30 p.m.
Lillian Beane Community Center - 1711 16th St SE
330-832-9831 ext. 337

Genealogy Workshop
Friday, October 3 --- 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
This Basic Genealogy Workshop is geared for genealogists of all skill levels, as well as those just considering genealogy research. It presents a variety of specific research skills. The workshop breaks for lunch on your own. Cost of the workshop is $20. Registration required. For more information, contact Jean Adkins at 330-832-9831 ext 337.

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

Pinterest Craft Series
Wednesday, October 8 --- 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 - Staff Enrichment Day
Monday, October 13 --- All locations.

SARTA Travel Training
Tuesday, October 14 --- 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

Paws To Read
Tuesday, October 14 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Girls and boys! Come polish your reading skills and make some new friends, both two-legged and four-legged. Friendly and well-behaved dogs sit or lie quietly as you read them a story. These furry listeners enjoy your company and your gentle petting. Collect all the "doggie cards." Each colorful card has a picture of a participating dog and its vital statistics, such as "favorite toy." Light refreshments are provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Programs like PAWS are done in many libraries nationwide as they have been shown to lead children to improved reading skills, a sense of pride in their accomplishments, a willingness to become involved in other positive activities, and more respect and kindness in their interaction with animals. No registration required. 330-832-5037

Jr. Friends Meeting
Tuesday, October 14 --- 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Open to teens in Grades 7-12. New members always welcome! 330-832-9831 ext. 321

One Book One Community Discussions
Wednesday, October 15
"Wonder" by R.J. Palacio
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. All ages welcome!

Friends Preview Book Sale
Friday, October 17 -- 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Membership card must be shown for admission. Memberships may be purchased at the door. For more information, contact Mary Ellen Brown at 330-832-9831 ext. 301.

Annual Book Sale
Saturday, October 18
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Used books, CDs, and DVDs will be available for sale at bargain prices. For more information, contact Mary Ellen Brown at 330-832-9831 ext. 301.

Writers' Group
Monday, October 20 --- 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.

Family Movie Night
Tuesday, October 21 --- 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.

Board of Trustees Meeting
Thursday, October 23 --- 4:00 p.m.
The public is invited to board meetings.

Super Saturday – Halloween Hoopla
Saturday, October 25 – 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Kids in grades K-6 are invited to listen to spooky tales, play games, and sing songs. Treats will be shared! Costumes are optional. Registration required. 330-832-5037

Massillon Ghost Hunters
Saturday, October 25 -- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m
Join the Massillon Ghost Hunters Society for a fascinating look into paranormal research & investigation. They will be discussing how their group got started, some of their research from past investigations, the history of the paranormal, the equipment that is used on an investigation, and standards and ethics that should be used in the paranormal field. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 312

Monday Book Discussion Groups
Monday, October 27
"The Orchardist" by Amanda Coplin
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.

Spring Hill Speaker Series
Tuesday, October 28 --- 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Chris Hart from Roscoe Village will present "Haunts and Spirits of the Blue and Gray" a program on ghost stories on Civil War Battle fields. No registration required.

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.

 

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