Newsletter - August 2016

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End-of-Summer greetings, Massillon Public Library patrons and supporters.  I can’t believe how quickly these months have passed. When we left the library at 8 pm last evening, I noticed how much earlier the sun is setting. Summer Reading Club has passed again with what looks to be record participation, and staff have been gearing up for events like Kindergarten registration and the Salvation Army’s school supply giveaway. I read yesterday that one of the local stores is already carrying Christmas decorations, but that’s just plain crazy!

By the time you read this, construction on the pillars will have already started. Thanks to many generous individual donors, a recent grant from the Massillon Rotary Club, and a second substantial donation from the Gessner Family Foundation, we have the funds for the project. Thank you all so much.

If you drive by the building, you’ll also notice that a decorative gold shield that hung above the porch is missing. With no warning, several weeks ago it simply fell onto the sidewalk in the middle of the afternoon, and we feel blessed that no one was hurt or worse. The decoration is original to the 1936 building, and is constructed of plaster and horsehair. The largest chunk takes two people to lift. Where will we find another like it? That’s the current puzzle we look forward to solving with the help of architects and contractors.

I do want to address a library-related issue with you that has recently been in the newspaper. You might have seen a letter to the editor from me regarding the library’s move from print to online reference sources. Following my letter, a very regular library user and supporter still had concerns about the issue because of his understandable love for traditional books. I expect some of you might have similar concerns, so I asked “Guest Columnist” Jessica Watkins, our Adult Services Manager, to answer them in this column. Since I once was the reference librarian, the subject is near and dear to my heart, but I think you might also get tired of only my perspective. Here is her response:

"In a Letter to the Editor dated July 20th, 2016, a patron made an impassioned plea for the Massillon Public Library to keep outdated and inaccurate reference materials on its shelves. He recalled the time he spent paging through a print encyclopedia as a child and bemoaned the fact that students who visit the Massillon Public Library today may not have that same opportunity. While I appreciate his concerns, his letter demonstrates that he does not understand the role of the reference collection in a public library.

I agree that print encyclopedias can be valuable resources. I too have many fond memories of losing myself in a random volume of my parents’ Encyclopedia Britannica set as a child in the late 1980’s. It was a great tool for discovery, and it helped to spark my curiosity to such an extent that I grew up to become a librarian. However, I also knew that much of the information it contained was outdated. It made reference to countries that no longer existed, scientific theories that had been disproven, and technology that seemed cutting-edge when the encyclopedia was published but had since been superseded. As much as I enjoyed paging through it, I knew that this aged encyclopedia was not an acceptable source for timely, up to date information. When I had questions that required timely, up to date answers, I turned to the public library, which I knew would have access to the overall best resources to answer my questions.

As the Adult Services Manager of the Massillon Public Library, it is my duty to make sure that our Reference Department provides access to the most current and accurate resources available that meet the needs of our patrons. Many of these resources still exist in print, but many more -- including our general encyclopedias -- have transitioned to online databases that can be updated with greater frequency. These are not websites, but subscription-based databases provided by the same companies that used to publish the print books of the same name. They are every bit as accurate and trustworthy as their print predecessors, if not more so.

The World Book Encyclopedia set that was most recently discarded was published in 2007, and it was not replaced with another encyclopedia set because they are no longer being printed. The letter-writer may consider a resource that is nearly ten years old to be only “slightly outdated,” but I do not share that opinion. My primary concern is accuracy, not nostalgia, and I believe that it would be irresponsible to keep this print encyclopedia set on the shelves when a better and more current alternative exists.

Although today’s students may not have the opportunity to browse a print encyclopedia the way the writer and I did, I am confident that they will find plenty of other resources to satisfy their intellectual curiosity at the Massillon Public Library, both in print and online. I would encourage anyone with questions to stop in. The Reference Department staff and I would be glad to answer your questions, demonstrate our print and online resources, and help you take advantage of everything the library has to offer."

Sherie here again. I wanted to close as always with a book suggestion. I was on vacation last week and read four books all for pleasure. The one I’ve already handed off to my sister is the best I’ve read in some time, Lauren Belfer’s And After the Fire.  In the ruins of Germany after the war, an American soldier takes a manuscript from a piano bench that turns out to be an unknown J.S. Bach composition with blatant anti-Semitic text. Part of this spellbinding novel traces the piece of music from Bach himself up to that abandoned house. The rest follows the story of the soldier’s niece and several Bach scholars as they try to piece together the story and in some cases, come to terms with their own faith. It will stay with you. I can also highly recommend Belfer’s City of Light, a richly imagined story of Buffalo in 1901, including a murder at the Niagara Falls power plant, and of course President McKinley’s assassination. That reminds me that she has a third novel I’ve not read, so I’m going right now to find it before you beat me to it!  

Happy reading!

Massillon Public Library


Friends Meeting
Monday, August 1 --- 6:30 p.m.
New members always welcome!
330-832-9831 ext. 301

Coloring for Grown-Ups
Pam S. Belloni Branch

Tuesday, August 2 --- 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, August 2 --- 6:45 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 Outreach Department will be at the Massillon Salvation Army on Wednesday, August 3 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m to issue library cards for the annual Back-to-School Program. 

Genealogical Society Meeting
Wednesday, August 3 --- 6:30 p.m.
Genealogy Specialist Jill Wingard will explore the wealth of research information provided by microfilm. The public is invited to Genealogical Society meetings and events. 330-832-9831 ext. 337

Animals from the Akron Zoo
Thursday, August 4 --- 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Kids ages 3 and up are invited to come learn some extraordinary and amazing ways some animals are able to keep themselves healthy and fit. In addition to allowing kids to have an up-close-and-personal visit with some animals, the staff of the Akron Zoo will share little-known facts about the animals that kids will not soon forget! No registration required.
This is a Summer Reading Club program.

Tween Time
Thursday, August 4 --- 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The Children’s Department and the Young Adult Department host special “Tween Time” events for kids in grades 4-8 on the first Thursday of the month. In August, kids are invited to join us in making Perler Bead crafts! 330-832-5037

Red Cross Blood Drive
Friday, August 5 --- 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Roll up a sleeve with Massillon Public Library and the American Red Cross to significantly help patients in need this summer by donating blood. 330-832-9831, ext. 312

Junior Friends
Saturday, August 6 --- 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Membership is open to students in grades 7 through 12. 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Anime Night
Monday, August 8 --- 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to watch Anime and enjoy snacks! 330-832-9831 ext. 321



The bookmobile will be at Target on Tuesday, August 2 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. for National Night Out. Stop by and pick up a free glow bracelet! Summer Reading Club members can also get an extra entry for the weekly prize drawing by visiting the bookmobile.


The bookmobile will be at Gorrell Elementary School Thursday, August 11 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. for their Literacy Lunch. Extra weekly drawing entries for Summer Reading Club members!

The bookmobile will be in downtown Massillon Saturday, August 13 from 10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m. for Massillon Fun Fest. Giveaways and last chance for extra entries for Summer Reading Club members.


The Pam S. Belloni Branch Library will hold its annual Book Sale from Monday, August 15th through Friday, 19th. The hours for the book sale on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Tuesday, the sale will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Hundreds of exciting items will be available at bargain prices. Hardbacks are 75¢ or three for $2.00; paperbacks are 25¢ or three for 50¢; CDs, DVDs, Video Games, and books on CD are $1.00. Each day, patrons can Fill-a-Bag for $5, using free, re-useable, cloth bags generously donated by Belloni Foods.

For more information, contact the Belloni branch at 330-767-9939.


Massillon Fun Fest
downtown Massillon

Saturday, August 13 --- 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The library will have a table featuring a children's books sale at the downtown Fun Fest. The bookmobile will be there, offering summer reading club participants a last chance for extra entries in the prize drawings!

Askren Branch Book Club
Barry Askren Memorial Branch

Tuesday, August 16 --- 9:00 a.m.
"The Wednesday Letters" by Jason F. Wright
No registration required. For more information, contact the Askren branch at 330-879-2113.

Family Movie Night
Tuesday, August 16 --- 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, August 16 - 6:45 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, August 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

Monday Book Discussion
Monday, August 22
"The Zookeeper's Wife" by Diane Ackerman
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.

“Mourning Etiquette”  
Wednesday, August 24 --- 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  
In the 1800s, the mourning process could take up to two and a half years, complete with specific protocols to be followed. Join us as a guest speaker from Spring Hill Historic Home talks about the “Mourning Arvine Wales: Death in the 1800s” exhibit. No registration required. For more information, contact Spring Hill at 330-833-6749.

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

Coloring for Teens
Friday, August 26 --- 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Teens are invited to relax and color pages from a wide variety of fandom, cartoon, and other popular themes. Snacks will be provided! 330-832-9831 ext. 321

"Birds of Prey" Family Program
Tuesday, August 30 --- 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Learn about native Ohio birds of prey. See live birds and investigate the adaptations they have that make them unique and allow them to survive in their habitats. Presented by Stark Parks. For more information, contact the library at 330-832-9831, ext. 312.

Jazz Tuesday
Massillon Senior Center (39 Lincoln Way West)
Tuesday, August 30 --- 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The Jazz Tuesday concert series, co-sponsored by the Massillon Public Library, is free and open to the public. Bring your instrument and join in, if you wish! For more information, contact Jim Chatterton at 330-809-6377.

"Funeral Foods"
Wednesday, August 31 --- 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Much like today, food played a big part in the mourning rituals in the 1800s. A wake provided the opportunity for families and friends of the deceased to gather and grieve together. Join us as a guest speaker from Spring Hill Historic Home talks about funeral food rituals and the "Mourning Arvine Wales: Death in the 1800s" exhibit. No registration required. For more information, contact Spring Hill at 330-833-6749.


Works in Oil by Lynn Buckland

The Computer Center is currently featuring the art of Lynn Buckland. 

Lynn lives in Wooster and has been painting with oils for twenty years. She started painting in 1985 and has taken classes with Nancy Helmuth, Sherry Dennis, and most recently at the Wayne Center for the Arts. Buckland enjoys painting portraits, landscapes, flowers, and animals. She most often paints in oil but she also enjoys working with ceramics, and writing poetry. Buckland states, "Art adds to each life it touches."

Lynn's work will be on display through September 3rd.


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





Thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, eBooks, comics, and graphic novels are available for mobile and online access via hoopla digital – all you need is your library card! 


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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