News & Notes – January 2018

Happy New Year, library family!

We are already excited about things that are happening at the library in 2018 as part of the implementation of the new strategic plan that YOU helped develop.

One major component of the plan in coming years is to help support students of all ages with homework help. To that end, we are jumping right in with a very visible change in our Main building. Some staff offices have moved and cubicles have been taken away on the second floor so that we can install something we’ve needed for years—several small glassed-in meeting areas for 2-3 people. Not a week goes by that we don’t turn away inquiries for similar spaces by tutors working with their students, or job coaches and clients, or even attorneys or governments officials. We’ve never figured out how to fit that kind of space within the confines of our building, but we got creative. And thanks to generous gifts by the Gessner Family Foundation and a private donor, the wall system and furniture are due mid-January. Stay tuned for policies on how to reserve the spaces, but at this point I think we’ll arrange it through the computer center staff who are in close proximity to the rooms.

And speaking of tutoring, I am thrilled to announce the start of a new service for K-12 students with Massillon Public Library cards. Thanks again to a generous donation from the Herncane Family in memory of family friend and librarian Edward D’Alessandro, we will offer FREE online tutoring from 3pm -10pm with credentialed teachers in 25 subject areas through a subscription to, part of the Princeton Review company. Students, and adults studying for college entrance tests, can set up a “locker” to save work and transcripts, upload their research papers or essays for teacher review and comment, share a whiteboard or graph paper for math problems, and get assistance through live Chat. We want EVERY student in Massillon and Fairless to know about and use this service, so we will be talking it up to the curriculum folks, teachers and students. Our staff can’t help you much yet since our own training on the service doesn’t begin until late January, but you don’t need to wait; is live NOW, with a link already on the library’s homepage at Please check it out and spread the word!

What am I reading? To prepare for a speaking engagement, I went down a rabbit hole of obsession with the life of Charles Dickens, who let me just say, had some serious problems with women! I started with the fiction Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva, and then because it had some preposterous plot elements, had to read some biographies where I found out that his real life was just as strange! One of the best novels I’ve read in recent weeks was given to me by a fellow VOCI singer, and I wasn’t immediately attracted to the story line of Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue. I mean, I’ve never wondered about life as an African chauffeur, his executive boss, and their families on the cusp of the Lehman Brothers’ collapse. But oh, the writing, and the timeliness of opening our eyes to the immigrant experience in our country—I highly recommend this 2016 debut. What I’m REALLY excited about is in my book bag right now, my beloved Alice Hoffman’s The Rules of Magic, the new prequel to her hit Practical Magic.

Back to the New Year. I love this quote by author Neil Gaiman, who is one of the strongest voices we know (and adore) in support of libraries. This philosophy is yet more proof of his wisdom:

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.”

Here’s to DOING SOMETHING! I’m glad you’re along for the ride,

Director, Massillon Public Library


January Story Times

Family Story Time
Mondays: January 8, 22, 29
7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
For all ages, accompanied by an adult.
No registration required.

Little Listeners Story Time
Wednesdays: January 10, 17, 24, 31
10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
For children ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.
No registration required.

Tyke Tales
Thursdays: January 11, 18, 25
10:15 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.
For children ages 0-2 ½, accompanied by an adult.
No registration required.

Shake-It-Up Story Time
Thursdays: January 11, 18, 25
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
For children ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.
No registration required.

Simply Stories
Fridays: January 5, 12, 19, 26
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
For all ages, accompanied by an adult.
No registration required.


Monday, January 1
All locations
Happy New Year!

Journaling Series – Session One
Wednesday, January 3 — 10:30 a.m.
In the first class guest presenter Gloria Miller will introduce several different ways to journal and allow participants to explore which styles may be right for them. Examples and suggestions will be provided to make it easy to get started on a path of self-discovery. The second class session will be held on Wednesday, January 31, at 10:30 a.m. These free workshops are open to people at every level of journaling experience. Registration is required for each session. For more information, contact the library at 330-832-9831, ext. 312.

Massillon Genealogical Society Meeting: School Days
Wednesday, January 3 — 6:30 p.m.
The Massillon Genealogical Society will host a sharing session focused on school days. Bring local school photos, share memories and stories, and ask questions to help you identify buildings, events, and people from the past. No registration required. For more information, contact Jill Wingard at 330-832-9831, ext. 337.

Overcoming Adversity
Saturday, January 6 — 11:00 a.m.
Hear the incredible stories of guest speakers Jin Stearns and Brian Ziegler, who used the unbelievable odds they were dealt as their drive to succeed. No registration required.

Junior Friends Meeting
Saturday, January 6 — 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

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

Computer Class: Your Library at Home
Barry Askren Memorial Branch

1200 Market Street NE Navarre, OH 44662
Tuesday, January 9 — 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Participants will learn how to search for and download electronic books from the Ohio Digital Library and also how to search, reserve, and renew paper books, DVDs, and CDs from the library’s online catalog. Participants will also learn how to create an account in hoopla to borrow digital movies and music with a library card. The Overdrive and Libby mobile apps will also be demonstrated. Bring your tablets and mobile devices for the question and answer session. Experience using a computer and accessing the Internet is needed. Seating is limited and registration is required. For more information, contact the Askren branch at 330-879-2113.


PAWS To Read

Calling all girls and boys! You are invited to attend the first session of PAWS To Read 2018 on Tuesday, January 9 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the library’s auditorium. Come meet the friendly dogs and owners who participate in the once-per-month program.

You pick a book and a dog; then you practice your reading skills by sharing the story with the very patient, and non-judgmental, furry listener. Stay for as little or as long as you like. Enjoy light refreshments, and take home trading cards for each of the dogs. For more information, contact the Children’s Department at 330-832-5037.


Anime Night: Attack on Titan
Friday, January 12 — 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to watch Anime and enjoy snacks from Japan! 330-832-9831, ext. 321

Super Saturday: Gross-Out Gourmet
Saturday, January 13 — 11:00 a.m.
Children in grades K to 6 are invited to learn how to make treats that sound disgusting but actually taste delicious! Participants will get to sample everything made during the program. All recipes will be provided so kids can recreate them at home and gross-out family and friends! For more information or to register, contact the Children’s Department at 330-832-5037.

Make Your Own Cards
A Massillon 2nd Saturday Program

Saturday, January 13 — 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Stop in any time between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to make your own all-occasion cards. Supplies will be provided. Children under age ten must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

Monday, January 15
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance
All locations

Askren Branch Book Club
Barry Askren Memorial Branch

1200 Market Street NE Navarre, OH 44662
Tuesday, January 16 — 9:00 a.m.
The Askren Branch Book Club will start 2018 off with a “choose your own book” month. Read a book of your choice and be prepared to tell the group a little bit about your selection. No registration required. For more information, contact the Askren branch at 330-879-2113.

Family Movie Night
Tuesday, January 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! 330-832-5037

Internet Basics
Pam S. Belloni Branch Library

12000 Navarre Road SW Navarre, OH 44662-9486
Tuesday, January 16 — 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Participants will be given an introduction to navigating the Internet and the World Wide Web using a computer laptop. An explanation and demonstration of popular web browsers being used today on the Microsoft Windows system will also be provided. Experience using a computer mouse, keyboard, and the Windows operating system is needed to take this class. Registration required. Seating is limited and registration is required. For more information, contact the Belloni branch at 330-767-9939.

Tuesday, January 16 — 6:30 p.m.
Led by guest presenter Gwen Miller. As a prelude to each session, the group will discuss a chapter from the book Empowering Your Soul Through Meditation. The group will meet again on Tuesday, January 30. Registration is required for each session. For more information or to register, contact the Reference Desk at 330-832-9831, ext. 312.

Pinterest Series
Wednesday, January 17 — 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

From Page to Screen Teen Movie Night
Thursday, January 18 — 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Kids in grades 7-12 are invited to a free showing of Everything, Everything. Popcorn and drinks provided. (Donations welcome!) No registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 321

Kit & Nanea: an American Girl Doll Program
Saturday, January 20 — 11:00 a.m.
Kids in grades 3 and up are invited to bring their favorite adult and their own American Girl or other doll to learn about the Great Depression and WWII Era and how it affected the lives of the American Girl book characters Kit and Nanea. The program will include stories, a craft, and light refreshments. Registration required. 330-832-5037

Student Chess Club
Saturday, January 20
1:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Students in grades 1-12 are invited to come and play the game of chess. Library staff members will be on hand to teach those who do not know how to play the game. Those who already know how to play are invited to bring some friends and challenge them! Stop in anytime between 1:00 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. to play. Kids in grades 3 or below must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. 330-832-5037

Monday Book Discussion
Monday, January 22
In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
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.

SARTA Travel Training
Tuesday, January 23 — 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

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

YA Program: DIY Harry Potter Wands
Friday, January 26 — 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to make their own “magic” wands! All supplies will be provided. No registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 321

Tween Time: Youth Empowerment Workshop
Saturday, January 27 — 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Kids in grades 4-8 are invited to learn how to build confidence, make good choices, and reach their highest potential. No registration required. For more information, contact the Children’s Department at 330-832-5037.

Journaling Series – Session Two
Wednesday, January 31 — 10:30 a.m.
In the second class session guest presenter Gloria Miller will help participants experiment with various resources and writing exercises designed to encourage a journaling habit. These free workshops are open to people at every level of journaling experience. Registration is required for each session. For more information, contact the library at 330-832-9831, ext. 312.


January Computer Classes
Main Library – 208 Lincoln Way East

Thursday, January 4
Your Library at Home — 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 9
Windows 10 Introduction — 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m

Wednesday, January 17
Microsoft Word Basics — 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m

Saturday, January 20
Internet Basics — 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 20
Internet Email Basics — 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 23
New Technology Trends — 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 24
New Technology Trends — 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Monday, January 29
Mouse Basics — 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, January 30
Microsoft Office 365 Intro — 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 31
Keyboard Basics — 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Registration is required for computer classes.

Contact the Computer Center at 330-832-9831, ext. 327 for more information or to register.


“Capturing Memories”
photographs by Tracy L. Gregg

Tracy Gregg hails from Williamsport, Pennsylvania. She moved to Akron, Ohio, with her family in 1985. She has been married for 19 years to Glenn who has shown amazing support and love in all aspects of her life. She has two grown sons; Charles and Michael and four grandchildren who are the light of her life. She formerly owned and operated Moffit Heights Preschool and Daycare Center. It was there that her passion for photography blossomed. She currently owns and operates Making Memories Photography by Tracy & Custom Framing in our fair city of Massillon where she is instrumental in capturing the most special events in people’s lives. Keith Carretta and Tim Sidel have been a source of inspiration in fostering her growth and success throughout her career.

In true fashion for her quest to give back to the community she donates her services to capture milestones in the lives of children who long to find their “Forever” homes. She is also dedicated to capturing the history as well as current events within the great city of Massillon. She looks forward to traveling down many paths in life and sharing those experiences from behind her camera lens.

Don’t let your memories pass you by!”