Newsletter - September 2015

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Excitement is in the air, along with a little hint of fall. Although I have a sweater on in my office today and can almost believe it’s time for school to start, I hear that we’ll have summer temps again this weekend. (We’re Ohioans; we know to prepare for anything!)

Many of you saw in the newspaper that the Massillon Public Library’s operating levy will be on the November general election. Those of you who live within the Massillon City School District or the Villages of Brewster and Navarre will see the issue on your ballots. Although library staff are prohibited from campaigning in any way on work time or utilizing library resources, I certainly am permitted to share the same factual information with you that I shared with the newspaper, and answer factual questions.

The issue is a renewal of the 1.9 mills you passed in 2006 and overwhelmingly replaced in 2011, with the addition of 1 mill--the first increase in eleven years. It will cost a homeowner of a $100,000 property $35 a year extra starting in 2017, which equals $2.92 a month.

I will write more about the levy in the next issue of the newsletter. In the meantime, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at or 330.832.9831 ext. 314.

As exciting as my first ballot issue as Director, is recent news from Columbus that our library board’s Vice-President Kathleen Green has been selected for an important statewide honor. She will receive the 2015 Trustee Award of Achievement from the Ohio Library Council at an awards luncheon in Cincinnati on October 7 in recognition of her sustained commitment to library service. Kathy has been a member of the library board since 1987, and recently accepted another seven-year term.

Mrs. Green is known to many of you as an English teacher at Longfellow and Lorin Andrews, and then as the Librarian at Washington High School until her retirement in 2005. I would need this entire newsletter to catalog the impact she’s had on both the school and public library.

Letters of support for her nomination described how she uses her experience as the teachers’ union president in her work with personnel issues that come up at the library, and how firm has been her stance against censorship challenges of all kinds. Several people mentioned how she would dress up in character (like “Conan the Librarian”) for “poetry breaks” at the junior high schools, and how she worked endlessly to advance public library services to Massillon students, from making sure there was access to the library’s online catalog, to setting up delivery of library materials to the teachers, to inviting me to join her at the high school to teach research skills. She helped develop the Performance Recognition in the Schools of Massillon (PRISM) awards that are still given by the library board, and coordinated countywide school media specialists’ all-day workshops at the public library, where school librarians were treated to new ideas for crafts, story activity ideas, and book reviews. Kathy is also an avid reader and public library user herself, and participates in library programs and book discussions.

It might come as a surprise that the library is actually “run,” not by the director and fiscal officer, but by the leadership of seven community members who serve seven-year terms with no pay. It’s similar to the role of a school board leading the direction of the school system, and legally outlined in the Ohio Revised Code.

In the four years that I’ve served as library director, I quickly realized how blessed we are in Massillon to have engaged, experienced and positive board members who freely give of their time and energies to advocate for your library. It’s so thrilling when one of our own is recognized for the important role she has played in promoting library services.

Congratulations, Kathy. I can’t wait to see them give you that well-deserved award!

Massillon Public Library


Anime Club
Tuesday, September 1 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join us for anime and snacks! Open to teens in grades 7-12. 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Historical Fiction Book Club
Tuesday, September 1 --- 6:00 p.m. 
"The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah
Copies of the book are available at the Reference Desk. 330-832-9831 ext. 312

Genealogical Society Meeting
Lillian Beane Community Center - 1711 16th St SE
Wednesday, September 2 --- 6:30 p.m.
Guest speakers Barb and Ron Amburgey will present “8,000 Miles in an Hour” The public is invited to Genealogical Society meetings and events.

Tween Time - Tie-Dying
Thursday, September 3 --- 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Kids entering grades 4–8 are invited to join in this summer fun planned especially for them. Meet Batman and Wonder Woman. Bring your cameras and get your picture taken with them! No registration required. 330-832-5037

CLOSED - Labor Day
Monday, September 7
All locations.

Jr. Friends Meeting
Tuesday, September 8 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Open to teens in Grades 7-12. New members always welcome! 330-832-9831 ext. 321


PAWS To Read, the popular program pairing young readers with friendly, well-behaved dogs, resumes Tuesday, September 8.

Children of all ages are invited, along with their adult caregivers, to drop into the auditorium between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month*. Several books will be on display for the children to select and share with the furry listeners. Trading cards with a picture of each of the dogs participating and listing vital statistics about each dog (e.g., favorite toy, nickname, etc.) will be available for all participants. Light refreshments will be served.

Many libraries across the country offer similar programs, as studies tout the many benefits, which include a relaxing, fun and nonjudgemental environment for beginning or reluctant readers, increased vocabulary and better comprehension, and a positive experience with dogs.

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

*There is no PAWS in December.



Author Visit: Beverly Lewis
Saturday, September 12 --- 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Copies of "The Photograph" and other Beverly Lewis titles will be available for purchase during this free program, which is open to the public.

Registration is recommended as space is limited; those who are registered will be seated first.

330-832-9831, ext. 312




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

Family Movie Night
Tuesday, September 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

DIY: Badges
Tuesday, September 15 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Customize your own buttons! Open to teens in grades 7-12. 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Pinterest Craft Series: Greeting Card Workshop
Wednesday, September 16 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join us as we try our hand at popular crafts being shared on Pinterest! Limited to 12 participants. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 312

Board of Trustees Meeting
Thursday, September 17 --- 4:00 p.m.
The public is invited to attend board meetings.

SCORE: Managing a Non-profit Organization
Friday, September 18 --- 10:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Presented by SCORE. Learn key components that can be incorporated into your plan for running a successful non-profit organization. To register, contact SCORE at 330-244-3280.

House History Class
Friday, September 18 --- 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
This class will teach you how to unravel the history of your home using maps, city directories, photographs, manuscript collections, architectural periodicals and state archive records. The house you are researching must be within the Massillon city limits. Registration for this class is required and can be done at the library’s Reference Desk. There is a $10 REFUNDABLE fee needed to reserve your place in the class, as it is limited to 8 participants. If you attend, your fee will be returned to you the day of the class. Contact Jean Adkins at 330.832.9831, ext. 337 for more information.


Super Saturday

Super Saturday, a monthly program for kindergarten through sixth graders, kicks off on September 19 with an "Elephant and Piggie Party."

Girls and boys who attend the 11 a.m. 'til noon program will enjoy stories, creative dramatics, games, crafts and refreshments featuring the two lovable characters created by Mo Willems, author of Knuffle Bunny and Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus.

Registration is required for Super Saturday and begins on Monday, September 14. Stop in the Children's Department to sign up, or call us at 330-832-5037.


SARTA Travel Training
Tuesday, September 22 --- 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 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

YA Game Night
Tuesday, September 22 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Video games! Board games! All the games!
Open to teens in grades 7-12. 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Monday Book Discussion
Monday, September 28
"Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline
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.

SpringHill Speaker Series - "Letters from the Front"
Tuesday, September 29 --- 6:30 p.m.
Listen, learn, and experience a view of the past as Ed Haney and Debbie Weinkamer give a first-person reading of the timeless accounts of the James and Lucretia Garfield's wartime thoughts and homefront activities and the details of their private lives, from the suffering and carnage brought on by the Civil War to the domesticity of their first "real" home and toddler's first words. No registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 312


We are pleased to present the art of Diane Gibson in the computer center from August 31 - October 3. 

Diane Gibson is an artist and art teacher who lives in Massillon, Ohio. Her artistic inspiration comes mainly from nature, especially butterflies.  Although she works primarily with acrylic paints and pencil, she also creates jewelry using hardware, and has worked with a variety of media including charcoal, pastels, mixed media, and wood. She enjoys an artistic challenge. Besides creating her own art, Diane teaches private lessons and arts workshops at venues such as the Massillon Museum, Pat Catan’s, and Massillon Public Library, and has taught art to people of all ages in schools and other organizations. She works as an Activities Assistant at the Canton Christian Home, and is an active member of the Ohio Art Education Association.


Seeking Artists 

Are you interested in displaying your 2-D art? We are seeking art for our Computer Center. Exhibits will 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


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