Newsletter - January 2017

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Maybe you’ve seen the funny memes online about how we love the snowy wonderland that is Ohio…but only up until Christmas. After that, we are not so excited about sleet, freezing rain, solid ice, and dreary gray skies. I’ve recently seen a hilarious picture on Facebook that says, “This is why I live somewhere that makes my face hurt!” and pictures a beautiful tropical home with a huge alligator standing on its hind legs at the front door! Love it or hate it, those of us who live in Ohio are stuck with winter for a few more months.

That’s why I want to make sure you know how to be immediately contacted if we have any emergency closings or delays. First, I vow that such events will be rare and truly for your safety. This past Saturday our maintenance staff informed me that there was no way they would have safe sidewalks or parking lots by 10 am (even though they started working on it at 5 am), and we made the decision to have a late opening at noon. The ice was still falling when I came to the library at 9 am to make phone calls to staff, so it was all a matter of the rotten timing of the storm.

On a normal day, you will hear about such a delay on WHBC, along with the library’s website and Facebook page. But we know you are not always in front of your computer or radio. That’s why we also offer immediate notice via text or email on RainedOut.

Please take a few minutes to register your phone number or email address on the site. It will not be used for another purpose, nor be shared with anyone else. Go to, search for “Massillon Public Library” and follow the directions for “Sign up.” You will be the first to hear about any issues regarding our three branches or bookmobile. (Of course I hope there won’t be any more this year!)

I should also mention that our maintenance staff advises me when we need to close the front steps of the Main library for your safety during the winter. If they feel that they can’t keep the steps clear all throughout the day, we’re going to direct you to the ground level entrance for your own good. I hear that a patron on Saturday was very upset about that, but we really don’t want you to get hurt!

My book club just picked all their selections for 2017, so I’m starting our January pick, "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman. So far I love the crotchety main character and the writing in this word-of-mouth hit. I’m also slogging through Peter Ames Carlin’s "Homeward Bound", a very unflattering biography of Paul Simon. Takeaway? Simon comes off as a bully who didn’t properly credit other musicians, and there is a lot of proof that Garfunkel did much of the musical arranging of S&G songs, as he has so long claimed. But neither comes off well in the story of their tumultuous relationship. I’m also finishing "The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies" by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee. Does that sound dry? It’s NOT! Fans of Malcolm Gladwell and those interested in trends will find this an accessible picture of forces shaping our economy and social lives.

Stay warm folks...hopefully with a good book!

Director, Massillon Public Library


New Year's Day Observance
Monday, January 2
All locations.

Coloring for Grown-Ups
Pam S. Belloni Branch

Tuesday, January 3 --- 6:00 p.m.
Join us for an evening of relaxing, creative entertainment. No registration required. Contact the Belloni branch for more information. 330-737-9939

Tuesday, January 3 --- 6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Join us as we explore topics and techniques in meditation practices. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 312

Genealogical Society Meeting
Wednesday, January 4 --- 6:30 p.m.
Attendees are invited to participate in a "Family Recipes" program by sharing their favorite food memories of childhood, some samples of these recipes if they wish, and copies of the recipes if they dare! The public is invited to Genealogical Society meetings and events. 330-832-9831 ext. 337

Junior Friends Meeting
Saturday, January 7 --- 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Membership is open to students in grades 7 through 12. 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Friends Meeting
Monday, January 9 --- 6:30 p.m.
New members always welcome! 330-832-9831, ext. 301



PAWS To Read, the Children's Department's program that encourages girls and boys to practice their reading skills with the help of therapy dogs, begins the new year on Tuesday, January 102017.

Drop in anytime between 6:00 and 7:30 pm to share a book, and maybe a belly rub, with one of the friendly dogs in the auditorium. The dogs and their owners volunteer for this once-per-month program to help children become better readers. Studies have shown that children often feel more comfortable reading to a non-judgmental canine, rather than in front of teachers and peers. Sitting next to a calm, well-behaved dog also helps each child overcome any fear of dogs, as well as learning to respect animals and to treat them with kindness.

Massillon’s PAWS group includes Spencer, a Flat-Coated Retriever; Barkley, a Black Lab/Swiss Mountain dog mix; Fozzie Bear, a Sheltie mix; Izzy, a miniature Goldendoodle; Java, a Cocker Spaniel; and Sam, a Boxer.

PAWS To Read is held the second Tuesday of the month, unless otherwise indicated. Light refreshments are served. Those attending can take home the trading cards that are provided for each of the dogs. These cards have a picture of the dog on one side and pertinent facts (favorite toy, nickname) on the other side. No registration is required.

For more information, contact the Children's Department at 330-832-5037 or


Registration required. 330-832-5037


Melted Wax Bookmarks
A Massillon 2nd Saturday Program

Saturday, January 14 --- 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Stop in any time between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. to make melted wax bookmarks. Children age 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required.

Family Movie Night
Tuesday, January 17 --- 5:30 p.m. - 7:45 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

Tuesday, January 17 --- 6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Join us as we explore topics and techniques in meditation practices. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 312

Pinterest Craft Series
Wednesday, January 18 -- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join us as we try our hand at popular crafts being shared on Pinterest! Space is limited. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 312

Anime Night
Friday, January 20 --- 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to watch Anime and enjoy snacks! 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Super Saturday: Angry Birds
Saturday, January 21 --- 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Children in grades K- 6 are invited to build their own structures to launch "birds" at some "pigs," just like in the video game! Registration required. 330-832-5037

Monday Book Discussion
Monday, January 23
"Salt to the Sea" by Ruta Sepetys
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.

S'Mores and a Movie
Tuesday, January 24 --- 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to make S'Mores and watch a movie! 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Tween Time: Science Saturday Part 2
Saturday, January 28 --- 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Kids in grades 4-8 are invited to join in more fun (and potentially more mess!) as we try more science experiments. Registration required. 330-832-5037





A display featuring the art of Michele Waalkes  
January 3 - February 25, 2017 

Michele Waalkes is an artist, freelance curator, and teaching artist living in Canton, OH. She received a B.A. in Art from Malone University. Her photography-based work which is often transferred onto metal, fabric, wood, and canvas, has been exhibited in solo, group, and juried shows in Ohio as well as other venues across the US, and also in Italy. Her work has won awards and is in numerous public and private collections. Waalkes has also been involved in the design and creation of many community public art projects. 
Waalkes has curated numerous exhibits in local galleries and businesses, as well as an international exhibit at the Canton Museum of Art. She works regularly in local schools as a teaching artist, using art to teach academic subjects to preschool, elementary and middle school students. Waalkes also serves as an adjunct instructor at Malone University.


To view Michele Waalkes’ artwork online, visit: and She also has a studio, Michele Waalkes Arts, located in the Avenue Arts Marketplace and Theater, 324 Cleveland Ave. NW., Canton, OH 44702.

For purchase information, please contact Michele Waalkes at


Are you interested in displaying your 2-D art? We are seeking art for our Computer Center. Exhibits will usually be on display for two months. All art must be able to be hung on the wall. Space is limited, so no more than eleven (11) small pieces can be accepted.

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


Holiday Closing Dates

Saturday, December 31 - closing at 1:00 p.m.
Monday, January 2 – CLOSED

Barry Askren Memorial Branch
Monday, January 2 – CLOSED

Pam S. Belloni Branch
The Belloni branch is currently closed for Christmas break and  will reopen on Tuesday, January 3.

There will be no bookmobile stops on Monday, January 2.

For more information,contact the library at 330-832-9831.


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