Dear Library lovers,
When you read this, school will have started again, the four massive columns holding up our front porch will have been replaced, and we’ll be looking ahead to the next thing.
As always, we want you to be the first to know when we have exciting news.
Many of you look forward to the annual book sale, the largest fundraiser for the Friends of Massillon Public Library. Boxes of books always have to be drug into our auditorium from storage with the assistance of community service workers, and then torn down after the sale, and it just hasn’t been the success it had been in years past. So without much fanfare for months now, our fabulous maintenance staff led by Facilities Manager Scott Hiple has been cleaning up the library’s garage for “company” to visit.
You didn’t know we HAD a garage? Well, it’s not big enough for the bookmobile, but the library’s cargo van “lives” in a cement block building to the rear of our staff parking lot on the SW corner of Second Street and Lincoln Way. You might picture it better if I say that it’s directly across from the Firehouse Grill. Scott was able to use some discarded book shelves that were in storage at the garage, so that the books can be organized months ahead of time. Our volunteers are doing a great job of that already. We’re all excited about the possibility of more than one “garage sale” a year, as permitted by Massillon ordinance. (By no means do we intend to open a retail store; the building is not *that* fancy, although that would really be cool!) Look for the dates to be announced in coming weeks.
Something we’re not quite so excited about is the coming “down time” as far as our ability to get materials for you through the Search Ohio system starting on September 1. Remember that changes are coming in November when Stark, Louisville and Massillon libraries will all be Search Ohio members but not share one computer system. For that reason, Search Ohio needs all of our materials to come back in and be cleared, and no more to be placed on hold until after we migrate to our new server. They have told us they need several months for that transition. Sorry for the technical mumbo-jumbo. What it means for a few months is that you can’t just place something on order from Toledo or Cincinnati with one click.
HOWEVER (I had to put that in all caps!) be assured that we’ve come up with several workarounds. This library has become a borrowing member of SEO (Serving Every Ohioan) a consortium of more than 90 libraries in Ohio, and we also have arranged borrowing privileges with the North Canton Public Library. I’ve mentioned this before in a newsletter, but now the time is upon us when you will need staff assistance temporarily. That’s what we’re here for! Please do not hesitate to call us with your questions or requests for a particular item. Think of this as a scary unknown like when the first astronauts orbited the moon…the nation all sat holding their breath until the capsule came around again from the dark side. We are sure that there’s light at the end of this!
I’m on a strange nonfiction reading kick right now. I’ve been completely engrossed with "Head in the Cloud: Why Knowing Things Still Matters When Facts Are So Easy to Look Up" by William Poundstone. As a reference librarian, I’ve seen the change in my own behavior now that I have a smart phone and can annoy people by instantaneously looking things up rather than storing them in my brain. Poundstone scares us with facts like more people can name a Kardashian than can name our Vice President. He presents many valid studies that prove that a broad knowledge of random facts actually correlates with (if not improves) the quality of our lives, including our health and income.
I’ve also just started "Devoured: From Chicken Wings to Kale Smoothies--How What We Eat Defines Who We Are" by Sophie Egan. Egan is a nutritionist with the Culinary Institute of America who sees the connection between our societal values and what we as Americans eat, for better or worse. As someone newly trying to eat more plant-based food, I’m intrigued by how we’ve bought into this new trend, after previous forays into low-fat, low-carb and every other fad.
Both of these authors are speaking to the lay person. I can’t say they read like a novel, but it’s good to mix it up a bit. I hope you are learning something every day!
Junior Friends Meeting
CLOSED - Labor Day
Introduction to Basic Internet Genealogy
Coloring for Grown-Ups
Historical Fiction Book Club
The next session of Story Times will begin on September 7 and run through October 6, except Simply Stories which runs continuously and is scheduled for every Friday until the end of the year. For more information about Story Times, contact the Children’s Department at 330-832-5037.
Genealogical Society Meeting
The bookmobile will be at the Touch a Truck at the Towpath YMCA in Navarre on Saturday, September 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Stop in and see us!
Pine Cone Owls
PAWS To Read, the popular reading program that pairs children with well-behaved dogs, resumes after a summer break on Tuesday, September 13 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 pm.
Children of all ages are invited to come to the library auditorium, pick out books from the many on display, and read those books to a patient and furry listener. The dogs listen patiently, often offering a wagging tail or a furry belly for scratching. Programs like this are offered in libraries across America, and have research to back them up as helping reluctant or shy children gain confidence in reading. The experience is positive for both the readers and the listeners.
Light refreshments are served. No registration is necessary. For more information, contact the Children's Department at 330-832-5037.
Super Saturday: Scaredy Squirrel's Birthday Party
Photography of the Dead
Askren Branch Book Club
Family Movie Night
Pinterest Craft Series
Board of Trustees Meeting
"Addy & the Underground Railroad”
Monday Book Discussion
"Painting Massillon’s Murals"
The Art of Krystian Hall
Krystian Hall is a ceramicist who also paints. She studied art under the tutelage of Ron White, Barb Drennan, Claire Murray-Adams, Gary Spangler, Chris Craft, Tyrus Clutter, and Marino Moretti at various times between the years of 2000-2008. In 2006, she spent four months living in a convent in Italy, studying the fresco cycles of Giotto, Michelangelo, Raphael, and other greats of the Italian Renaissance. Her favorite non-clay medium is mixed media, but she is known to dabble in jewelry, photography, writing, theater, gardening and anything else to which one attaches the word "art." She draws inspiration for most of her pieces from pop culture and historical subjects in classical art. A selection of Krystian's work will be on display in the Computer Center from September 1 - October 29.
If you are interested in purchasing a piece of art, please contact Krystian Hall directly at email@example.com or 330-832-9831 ext. 330.
Are you interested in displaying your 2-D art? We are seeking art for our Computer Center. Exhibits will usually 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
New in September!
Beginning September 1 you will be able to access a growing collection of AUDIOBOOKS in addition to the eBooks, movies, TV shows, videos, music, comic books, and graphic novels you may already be enjoying through hoopla!
September is National Library Card Sign Up Month! Stop by any of our locations to get your card today.