Newsletter - March 2017

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I’m thrilled to share news this month about some exciting new features of our online catalog. OK, I admit that it’s more exciting for someone who spent 25 years at the reference desk dreaming of this day (I realize how sad that sounds!) and the convenience it offers our patrons. I’m going to try to describe the new functions without library jargon and acronyms, so bear with me.

Imagine I type in a search in the online catalog for my current obsession, James Garfield. I used to find books, movies, and ebooks—48 results; not bad. (It was cool that it was already searching Hoopla and the Ohio Digital Library for those ebooks, but that’s not the news.)

But NOW, I see a tab for those “Catalog” results, but another tab called “Catalog Plus” which simultaneously searches our subscription research databases for encyclopedia articles and journal, magazine and newspaper articles and brings up the full text without me even having to leave the catalog! Now I have 4854 things to read about James. That’s called “integrated searching” and it’s here for you right now. Even if you’re not dancing the happy dance like reference librarians, can you see what a godsend this might be for a student working on a research report?

Is there a catch? Only that you must know your library card number and have a PIN set up in the catalog. What if you don’t know those things? Just give us a call at 330-832-9831 and we’ll get you set up. We can reset a PIN for you over the phone. Now, if you don’t have a library card at all, shame on you! (Just kidding!) Stop in with some ID for a free physical card, or you can also get an immediate online card if you just want access to our digital materials. Visit

Oh, there’s one more catch which has been tripping people up. You do need to access the catalog from a fresh link, not an old web address you might have used before and that your browser might have saved. To be safe, go to and use the search box available on the right side of the page.

Because of another enhancement to the catalog, you’re going to need that library card and PIN to access some of the databases anyway. This won’t excite you as much as it does the library staff, but something called “web access management” will allow us to better track statistics on how many people use these services, stats we use to justify their high cost!

This applies to:
  AtoZ databases
  Books and Authors
  Chilton Online Repair
  Heritage Quest Online
  Literature Resource Center (LRC)
  Mango Languages
  Muzzy Club
  Newspaper Archive
  Stats Abstract of US (American Periodicals)
  Thomson Gale Legal Forms

I’m happy to report that usage of these sources went UP last year, so we hope you are one of the many who have discovered these gems. If you have, share the news!

Now, do I have a good book recommendation for you? Alas, I do not this month. I took *three* books with me on a little trip last weekend, and didn’t like any of them well enough to vouch for them. But what I’m really excited to start reading is the one in my book bag, The Wonder, a psychological thriller by Emma Donoghue, author of Room. If you’ve not read Room, by the way, you must. If you think the subject matter of a young mother and her son held captive is too dark, you’ll miss an unforgettable story of love overcoming all obstacles, and some transcendent writing.

I would rather talk about books all day than move on to editing my staff appraisals and writing an annual report, but onward I must go. Make sure you find a way to get a little reading in every day, especially reading to a child. Fifteen minutes a day equals 90 hours in a year! Imagine how that will change your child’s life. (OK, I read that statistic on a site telling you how much cleaning you can accomplish if you spend 15 minutes a day. I myself subscribe to the theory that “A clean house is a sign you don’t have enough books at home”-- Ha)

Director, Massillon Public Library


Little Listeners Story Time
Wednesdays: March 1, 8, 15, 22
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
For children ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult. No registration required. 330-832-5037

Genealogical Society Meeting
Wednesday, March 1 --- 6:30 p.m.
"Genograms" will be presented during the March meeting. The public is invited to Genealogical Society meetings and events. 330-832-9831, ext. 337

Tyke Tales
Thursdays: March 2, 9, 16, 23
10:15 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.
For children ages 0-2 ½, accompanied by an adult. No registration required. 330-832-5037

Shake-It-Up Story Time
Thursdays: March 2, 9, 16, 23
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
For children ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult. No registration required. 330-832-5037

Simply Stories
Fridays: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
For all ages, accompanied by an adult. No registration required. 330-832-5037

Alternative Treatment Options for Chronic Lower Back Pain
Saturday, March 4 --- 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Dr. Jamesetta Lewis will present alternative treatment options for pain control. A variety of heart-healthy refreshments will be available to sample. No registration required. For more information, contact the library at 330-832-9831, ext. 312.

Junior Friends Meeting
Saturday, March 4 --- 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, March 6 --- 6:30 p.m.
New members always welcome! 330-832-9831, ext. 301

Family Story Time
Mondays: March 6, 13, 20
7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
For all ages up to grade 6, accompanied by an adult. Children may wear pajamas if they wish! No registration required. 330-832-5037

Coloring for Grown-Ups
Pam S. Belloni Branch

Tuesday, March 7 --- 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

Historical Fiction Book Club
Tuesday, March 7 --- 6:00 p.m.
“Yellow Crocus" by Laila Ibrahim
The Historical Fiction Book Club meets quarterly, normally on the first Tuesday of March, June, September and December, in the auditorium unless otherwise noted. For more information or to reserve your copy of the book, contact the Reference Department at 330-832-9831, ext. 312.

Tuesday, March 7 --- 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


The bookmobile will be at the Massillon Schools administration building during kindergarten registration on:

Tuesday, March 7, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 14, from 5:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 15, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

New tigers who come aboard will be able to get a free OBIE library card!

Pinterest Craft Series
Wednesday, March 8 -- 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


United Way Free Tax Preparation Clinics

Free tax preparation assistance from United Way will be available by appointment on March 10 and March 24 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the main library. Information about income qualifications and what documentation to bring to the appointment can be found at:

Registration is required. To schedule your appointment, call 330-994-VITA(8482)

Super Saturday: Under the Sea
Saturday, March 11 --- 11:00 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
Children in grades Pre-K to grade 5 are invited to enjoy a story and songs, dance to some bubbly music, make a craft, have a snack, meet Ariel and take a picture with her! Registration is required and begins February 27th. 330-832-5037

Beaded Patriotic Necklaces
A Massillon 2nd Saturday Program

Saturday, March 11 --- 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Stop in any time between 2:00 and 4:00 to make a patriotic beaded necklace. All supplies will be provided. This activity is for ages but children under age ten must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact the Children's Department at 330-832-5037.

NEA Big Read Kickoff and Book Giveaway
Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E.

Saturday, March 11 --- 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Meet the NEA Big Read Partners and pick up a free copy of “True Grit.” Activities for all ages: Get your picture taken with a Nickajack Farms' horse, and create Western-themed crafts with Museum staff. Enjoy live music. Massillon Public Library staff will assist with digital book guides. Western costumes encouraged. 330-833-4061

PAWS To Read
Tuesday, March 14 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Children of all ages are invited to come meet and read to some very friendly and well-behaved dogs. This program provides a relaxed atmosphere for children to practice their reading skills, and to interact kindly with dogs of various sizes and breeds. No registration required. 330-832-5037

A Taste of the Wild West: Book Discussion and Food Tasting
Wednesday, March 15 --- 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Discuss True Grit while sampling some traditional cowboy and western dishes. Registration required for this free event. 330-832-9831, ext. 312.

Anime Night
Friday, March 17 --- 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

True Grit Film Festival
Saturday, March 18 --- 11:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Watch the original 1969 film True Grit starring John Wayne at 11 a.m., followed by the 2010 version with Jeff Bridges at 1:00 p.m. Rated PG-13. Free Refreshments!

Askren Branch Book Club
Barry Askren Memorial Branch

Tuesday, March 21 --- 9:00 a.m.
"What She Left Behind" by Ellen Marie Wiseman No registration required. For more information, contact the Askren branch at 330-879-2113.

SARTA Travel Training
Tuesday, March 21 --- 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 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, March 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. Free popcorn! 330-832-5037

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

New tigers who come aboard will be able to get a free OBIE library card!

Book Sale

The Friends of the Massillon Public Library will hold a book sale on Thursday, Friday, and SaturdayMarch 23, 24, and 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

On sale at bargain prices will be books for adults, young adults and children, recorded books, CDs, DVDs, and much more. The sale will be held in the library’s garage, across the street from the library at Lincoln Way & 2nd Street S.E. (directly across from the Firehouse Grille). Look for signs!

Friends of the Library members will be admitted for a special Friends-Only Preview Sale on Wednesday, March 22, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friends will need to present their membership cards for admission. Memberships may also be purchased at the door.

For more information, contact Mary Ellen Brown at 330-832-9831, ext. 301.

Tween Time
Saturday, March 25 --- 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Kids in grades 4-8 are invited to join in a fun program designed especially for them. Registration suggested. 330-832-5037

Monday Book Discussion
Monday, March 27
"Claire of the Sea Light" by Edwidge Danticat
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.


Book Swap

Do you have books you've finished reading that you don't know what to do with? Would you like a chance to trade them in for something "new" to read? Bring those gently used books to the library any time between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 27 or Tuesday, March 28. Book collection will take place at the library's 2nd Street entrance. You will receive one voucher for each book you bring in. Return to the library between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29 to trade your vouchers in for new -to-you books that you can take home and keep!

This book swap is sponsored by the Massillon Recreation Center. 330-832-1621


YA Program: Cake Wars
Thursday, March 30 --- 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Open to teens in grades 7-12. 330-832-9831, ext. 321


Winter Reading Challenge

Between February 1st and March 31st, the Massillon Public Library invites adults to be part of the 2017 Adult Winter Reading Program. Readers who successfully complete the challenge will receive an Adult Winter Reading Challenge tote bag and will be entered into a grand prize drawing!

To complete the challenge, read any five books (audio books and eBooks count!) and complete at least one of the following activities:
 - attend a library program
 - explore a library research database
 - download content from the Ohio Digital Library or hoopla
 - Like or follow the library on a social media site.

Completed Reading Logs may be turned in at any library location. Logs must be received by Friday, March 31, in order to be entered in the prize drawing.

Winter Reading Logs are available at the Reference and Adult Circulation Desks, and can be downloaded from the library’s website.

This challenge is open to Massillon Public Library cardholders, ages 18 and over. If you don’t have a library card, you can get one for FREE at at any Massillon Public Library location.

For more information, contact the library at 330-832-9831, ext. 312.


Poetry Contest

Local bards are invited to submit original poems to our annual poetry contest. Winners will be chosen in three categories: grades 3-8, grades 9-12, and adult. A $75 gift card to Books-a-Million will be awarded to the winner of each category, courtesy of the Junior Friends of Massillon Public Library.

Deadline for entries is Friday, March 31.

Visit our website for more information and entry forms:


"Collected Works"
A display featuring the art of Jessica Shoemaker
February 27 - April 29, 2017

Jessica Shoemaker studied Museum Studies and Art at Walsh University. She has always had an interest in art and dabbles in different media. She mainly paints with acrylic but also enjoys creating art using sharpies, colored pencil, oil pastel, as well as taking photographs. She works at the Massillon Public Library.

For purchase information, please contact Jessica Shoemaker at


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