News & Notes – May 2018

Library Friends,

Do you want to know a sure-fire way to breathe fresh enthusiasm into an organization? Just bring in some new staff members who are engaged and energetic who can provide a new perspective on your procedures and services. How do I know? That’s exactly what’s happened at the library in recent weeks. Along with some fresh faces at the circulation desks, you’ll find hidden behind the scenes our new Technology Manager Jeff Kreger, and our new Outreach Services Manager Mark Villono. Actually, you’ll see Mark if you use the bookmobile or other mobile services. He’s training with our beloved Anne Juhasz who retires from the post on May 4th. And just this week we welcomed our new Genealogy Specialist David Distelhorst who has moved to Massillon from Columbus to reinvigorate our local history and genealogy services.

More than once lately I’ve found myself saying, “I’ve never thought about it that way before.” THAT is the benefit of infusing new perspectives. Welcome, gentlemen.

Now, for our valued and supportive Navarre community, I have very exciting news. For the first time in MY memory, we are going to offer some weekend hours at your branch. Beginning May 5th, the Barry Askren Memorial Branch next to the Towpath YMCA will be open on Saturdays from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Coming soon will be additional programming. Stop by and see the friendly Askren staff, now six days a week!

Since I’m on a roll with big news, I’ll mention that Sunday hours are returning to the Main branch in the fall. I’ll tell you more about the start date soon, but the hours will be 1:00 – 5:00 pm during the school year, as they were before the economic downturn in 2009 required us to cut hours. We know from strategic planning focus groups that you want us open a bit on Sundays, and we listened. We’re working now on the scheduling. Here is the most exciting news for me personally…I’m putting myself on the Sunday rotation to work the reference desk. Yes, I do miss that “thrill of the chase” working on a research question, and that one-on-one interaction with patrons. Not that there’s anything wrong with being the director, but it doesn’t compare with finding someone an answer to their question. Well, I guess they BOTH require problem-solving!

Since I don’t really have any problems to report, I’ll jump to the popular “Sherie answers questions from the suggestion box” feature.

Q—Put in a café, like a Starbucks!
A—We have learned from other libraries that this is not cost-effective, and we don’t have physical space to give up. When I became director in 2011 we tried vending machines as a compromise, and it wasn’t long before the vendor removed them because they didn’t generate enough revenue to be worth their while. But it’s OK if YOU want to swing through the coffee shop before visiting us. Just make sure the drink has a tight lid.

Q—Play ambient music, like you hear in stores.
A—Nope, not going to happen. More people would be annoyed than would enjoy it. However, if you’re someone who always wants to be surrounded by music, you should check out our subscription to hoopla. With your library card you can “borrow” albums, everything from the latest releases to easy listening. Ask the staff in the Computer Center if you need a tutorial. If you come to the library with your device but no earbuds, they can even sell you a set for $1.

Until next month,


Director, Massillon Public Library

Book recommendations: A debut novel by Heather Lloyd, My Name is Venus Black about a teenage girl and her little autistic brother whose lives are thrown a real curve after Venus shoots her stepfather. Trust me on this, you will NOT blame her after learning the reason, and root for her as she searches for family. I seriously could not put this down last weekend even though I was supposed to be reading other things! And for nonfiction, allow me to plug the acclaimed Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. If you’re like me, you aren’t aware that in the Roaring 20s, the richest people per capita in the WORLD were the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma…until they all started to be murdered. Enter a young J. Edgar Hoover and a former Texas Ranger to solve the conspiracy. Enjoy!

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Book Page Wreath
Pam S. Belloni Branch Library

12000 Navarre Rd. SW, Brewster
Tuesday, May 1 — 5:30 p.m.
Create a beautiful book page wreath using a simple technique that can be done by anyone. Registration required. For more information or to register, contact the Belloni branch at 330-767-9939.

PAWS To Read
Tuesday, May 1 — 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Boys and girls are invited to read to the gentle and well-behaved therapy dogs that participate in the program. Collectible trading cards about each dog will be available and light refreshments will be served. No registration is necessary. For more information, contact the Children’s Department at 330-832-5037.

Meditation
Tuesday, May 1 — 6:30 p.m.
Led by guest presenter Gwen Miller. As a prelude to each session, the group will discuss two chapters from the book Empowering Your Soul Through Meditation. The group will meet again on Tuesday, May 15. Registration is required for each session. For more information or to register, contact the Reference Desk at 330-832-9831, ext. 312.

Massillon Genealogical Society
Tour of the Rodney G. Klein Museum and Library

22 Federal Ave. N.E. Massillon, OH 44646
Wednesday, May 2 — 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
This is your chance to see “what’s in the old post office!” This one-of-a-kind museum of the stock market and financial world features artifacts from Massillonian Rodney G. Klein’s lifetime of collecting. You will see ticker-tape machines and anything remotely related to Wall Street trading, but also an extensive art collection and thousands of books relating to economics, finance and politics. Genealogy Society member and Klein Museum board member David Rankl will give a personal tour and focus on research he compiled on Mr. Klein’s life and family. A short business meeting and introduction of the library’s new genealogist David Distelhorst will be part of the event. No reservations are required. For more information, contact Sherie Brown at 330-832-9831, ext. 314.

Desserts & Discussion
Wednesday, May 2 — 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
Join us for delectable desserts and dynamic discussion of this year’s Big Read selection, The Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. Le Guin. Registration recommended. For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 330-832-9831, ext. 312.

Simply Stories
Fridays: May 4, 11, 18, 25
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
For all ages, accompanied by an adult. No registration is required. For more information, contact the Children’s Department at 330-832-5037.

Saturday Story Time
Barry Askren Memorial Branch Library

1200 Market Street NE Navarre, OH 44662
Saturdays: May 5, 12, 19, 26
11:00 a.m.
For all ages, accompanied by an adult. No registration is required. For more information, contact the Askren branch at 330879-2113.

The Little Steel Strike
Saturday, May 5
1:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Join USW’s SOAR (Steelworkers’ Organization of Active Retirees) in a commemoration of the deaths of local workers in the 1937 “Little Steel Strike” involving 13,000 employees in Canton and Massillon. Recent research tells us more about the three local men killed during a peaceful assembly, who will be honored with a plaque on Duncan Plaza. this program will be presented by Professor Ahmed White, author of The Last Great Strike, poet Sue Burton, and special guest Leo Gerard of the United Steelworkers (USW). No registration required.

Junior Friends Meeting
Saturday, May 5 — 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Membership is open to students in grades 7 through 12. Ask how you can join! 330-832-9831, ext. 321

Succession Gardening & Trellises
Pam S. Belloni Branch Library

12000 Navarre Rd. SW, Brewster
Tuesday, May 8 — 5:30 p.m.
Master Gardener Fred Hanacek will present tips on succession planting — one crop immediately following another— the most important tool for maximizing a garden’s yield. The use of trellises will also be discussed. Registration is required. For more information or to register, contact the Belloni branch at 330-767-9939.

Anime Night
Friday, May 11 — 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

Pop-Up Mother’s Day Cards
A Massillon 2nd Saturday Program

Saturday, May 12 — 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Stop in any time between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to make a pop-up card for Mother’s Day. Supplies will be provided. Children under age ten must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required.

SARTA Travel Training
Monday, May 14 — 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

Friends Meeting
Monday, May 14 — 6:30 p.m.
New members always welcome! 330-832-9831, ext. 301

Askren Branch Book Club
Barry Askren Memorial Branch Library

1200 Market Street NE Navarre, OH 44662
Tuesday, May 15 — 9:00 a.m.
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
No registration required. For more information, contact the Askren branch at 330-879-2113.

Library Access from Home
Pam S. Belloni Branch Library

12000 Navarre Rd. SW, Brewster
Tuesday, May 15 — 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Participants will learn how to use the library’s online catalog and also how to access digital content from the Ohio Digital Library and hoopla. Participants are encouraged to bring tablets and mobile devices for the question and answer session. Experience using a computer and accessing the Internet is needed to take this class. Registration required. For more formation, contact the Belloni branch at 330-767-9939.

Family Movie Night
Tuesday, May 15— 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

Pinterest Craft Series
Wednesday, May 16 — 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 to 15 participants. For ages 12 and up, unless accompanied by an adult. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 312

Student Chess Club
Saturday, May 19 — 1:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Students in grades 1-12 are invited to stop in anytime between 1:00 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. to play the game of chess. Kids in grades 3 or below must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required.

Monday Book Discussion
The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent
Monday, May 21
An afternoon book discussion will take place at 12:00 p.m. in the Second Floor Meeting room. An evening discussion about the same book will be held at 6:00 p.m., also in the Second Floor Meeting room. No registration required. For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 330-832-9831, ext. 312.

Constructing Rain Barrels
Pam S. Belloni Branch Library

12000 Navarre Rd. SW, Brewster
Tuesday, May 22 — 5:30 p.m.
Rebecca O’Neil from Stark Soil and Water will present tips on creating rain barrels. For more information or to register, contact the Belloni branch at 330-767-9939.

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

Teen Movie Night
Friday, May 25 — 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Kids in grades 6-12 are invited to a free showing of Jumanji (Welcome to the Jungle). Popcorn and drinks provided. No registration required.

Tween Time: Smoothie Smash
Saturday, May 26 — 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Kids in grades 4-8 are invited to make one-of-a-kind smoothies from a variety of healthy and delicious ingredients. Kids can then taste test each other’s creations and vote for their favorites! Registration required. 330-832-5037

CLOSED – Memorial Day
Monday, May 28
All locations.

Teen Craft Open House
Tuesday, May 29 — 4:00 p.m – 6:00 p.m.
Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to use our craft supply stash to make anything they want! No registration required.

Microsoft Word 2007 Basics
Pam S. Belloni Branch Library

12000 Navarre Rd. SW, Brewster
Tuesday, May 29 — 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Participants will learn how to create and edit documents using basic formatting tools. Experience using a computer mouse, keyboard, and the Windows operating system is needed to take this class. Registration required. For more information, contact the Belloni branch at 330-767-9939.

Jazz Tuesday
Massillon Senior Center

39 Lincoln Way West Massillon, Ohio 44646
Tuesday, May 29 — 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The first part of the evening will feature traditional New Orleans jazz with trumpet, clarinet, trombone, drums, bass, piano, ukulele, banjo and a vocalist. The second half of the program will be open to musicians, young and old, who want to sit in and jam with the band. This popular concert series is co-sponsored by the Massillon Public Library. For more information, contact Jim Chatterton at jrchatt41@gmail.com.

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May Computer Classes
Main Library – 208 Lincoln Way East

Tuesday, May 01
Internet Email Basics
11:00 AM 12:30 PM

Saturday, May 05
Windows 10 Introduction
11:00 AM 12:30 PM

Saturday, May 05
Using Windows 10 File Explorer
1:00 PM 2:30 PM

Wednesday, May 09
Digital Photo Editing Basics
2:00 PM 3:30 PM

Thursday, May 10
Libby App and Library Access from Home
11:00 AM 12:30 PM

Monday, May 14
Computer Basics
2:00 PM 3:30 PM

Wednesday, May 16
Internet Basics
2:00 PM 3:30 PM

Tuesday, May 22
Microsoft Excel I-III Series- Class 1
6:00 PM 7:30 PM

Wednesday, May 23
Microsoft Excel I-III Series- Class 2
6:00 PM 7:30 PM

Wednesday, May 30
Microsoft Excel I-III Series- Class 3
6:00 PM 7:30 PM

Registration is required for computer classes. Contact the Computer Center at 330-832-9831, ext. 327 for more information or to register.