Newsletter - October 2015

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I saw my first Christmas ad on the TV last night. It must have started running immediately following Labor Day. My first reaction was, as the kids say, “SMH” (smack my head!) but then I started to think about letting you all know about a way that your Christmas shopping can actually benefit the Massillon Public Library! I know, it’s crazy how I can find *some* connection to the library in everything I see—I guess that’s why I’m in this job! :) But at least according to advertisers, it’s not too early to talk about it.

Do you plan to buy anything from Amazon this year?

If so, would you access the site from, where “You shop. Amazon gives?"  Once in the site, you can pick charitable organizations to be gifted 0.5% of the purchase price of your order. In our case, you would select “Friends of Massillon Public Library,” the group that fundraises and supports the work of the library. If you have an Amazon account, all of that information rolls over so that you don’t register again.

I know, that’s only half a penny on the dollar. But did you realize that we have over 28,000 library card holders? That’s pretty amazing for a service population of 33,000 (Massillon school district plus Brewster and Navarre.) Even if the Friends only earn a few hundred dollars this way, it’s going to come back to the library, as do their proceeds from their big fundraiser, the annual book sale—that’s October 16 and 17, with an early preview on October 15 just for members (you can join that night!)

What kinds of help does the library receive from the Friends? Just off the top of my head, recent funding was given for display shelving at the Belloni Branch, a paper folder for our PR department, video game shelving for the Askren branch, supplies and prizes for summer reading club, new TVs and surround sound for the auditorium, and e-book readers for staff training. The Friends donated to the levy campaign, fixed the rust on the bookmobile, and installed electricity, lights and heat in the library garage.

You can join the Friends for $10, $5 for seniors or students. Even better, you can join them on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 pm to decide how to help the library!

On a completely different topic, I just wanted to give you all an update on the replacement of the Main library’s iconic pillars. A structural engineer has been hired who determined that we were safe to allow patrons to access the porch and front doors. He is now conducting his study on the materials and loads and is drawing up the specifications for the project. Given an original rough estimate of over $73,000 from one contractor, we know that the project will exceed the threshold for public bidding. When we have the plans, the library board will vote to put it out for bid and we’ll closely follow the laws regarding that process. As you can imagine, it will be months before any work begins. Rest assured it’s moving forward even if you don’t yet see progress.

The happiest news in all of this is that Katherine Gessner, one of those great board members I talked about in the last newsletter issue, is not only spearheading a new board fundraising committee, but is full of innovative ideas about raising the money for this repair and other needs. No doubt good will come out of this unfortunate situation, as so often is the case!

Happy Fall, and happy reading. I just finished “The Truth According to Us” by Annie Barrows, the new historical fiction set in Depression-era West Virginia written by the co-author of the absolutely fabulous “Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society.” (If you haven’t read either, go with Guernsey!)

Massillon Public Library


Tween Time – Halloween Trivia
Thursday, October 1 --- 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Kids entering grades 4–8 are invited to join in some Halloween trivia fun! Registration suggested. 330-832-5037

Genealogy Workshop
Friday, October 2 --- 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(There is a break for lunch on your own.)
This Basic Genealogy Workshop is geared for genealogists of all skill levels, as well as those just considering genealogy research and presents a variety of specific research skills, such as deciphering old handwriting styles and recognizing symbols commonly used in historic public and family records. The $20.00 cost of the workshop supplies you with a broad spectrum of genealogical information and research tools that stretch around the globe and reach back through hundreds of years of historical records. Limited to six attendees per workshop. 330-832-9831, ext. 337

Friends Meeting
Monday, October 5 --- 6:30 p.m.
New members always welcome! 330-832-9831 ext. 301


Art Display
The Junior Friends of the Massillon Public Library will create art projects to celebrate Banned Books week.
The art will be on display in the Computer Center from October 5 - October 31.

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 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 330-832-9831 ext. 312 or


Anime Club
Tuesday, October 6 --- 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

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro
Wednesday, October 7 --- 6:00 p.m.
Guest speaker Tom Finley will talk about his experience climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with his son. No registration required.

Genealogical Society Meeting
Lillian Beane Community Center - 1711 16th St SE
Wednesday, October 7 --- 6:30 p.m.
Guest speaker Cindy Rudy will talk about Newport, Rhode Island and the famous Puritan's Death Head grave stones carved by slave, Slingo. The public is invited to Genealogical Society meetings and events. 330-832-9831 ext. 337.

Meditation- Human Unity and Respect for All Life
Wednesday, October 7 - 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



Free Computer Classes
Saturday, October 10

Computer Basics --- 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
This course will demonstrate how to identify the different parts of a computer, the many functions of an operating system, and how to perform tasks within the Windows 7 operating system.

Internet Basics --- 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
This course will teach internet terminology, highlight some popular websites, and show how to perform a variety of different internet searches.

3D Design --- 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Participants will learn how to construct, transform, and manipulate 3D objects on the computer using free Blender software. Those attending may bring their own laptop computers if they wish, and should download Blender before attending the class.

Registration is required for computer classes. 330-832-9831, ext. 327


Zombie Dancers, Craft & Games
Saturday, October 10 - 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

The Zombie Walk will begin with the “Thriller” dance at Duncan Plaza at 6:00 p.m. and wend its way through downtown to the library front lawn where “Thriller” will be repeated at 7:30 p.m. Various vendors will have spooky items for sale downtown during the event.

The zombie dance is presented by costumed community members in conjunction with Massillon Zombie Walk. Parental discretion is advised! The zombies who are taking over downtown Massillon wear Hollywood-quality makeup and costumes. In other words, parents of young children and the easily frightened should definitely BEWARE! For more information, contact the Children's Department at 330-832-5037.


Jr. Friends Meeting
Tuesday, October 13 --- 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
Tuesday, October 13 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Children are invited to improve their literacy skills and self-confidence by reading to dogs. No registration required. 330-832-5037

Tales From Beyond: Ohio Spirits (Belloni Branch)
Tuesday, October 13 --- 5:30 p.m.
12000 Navarre Road SW Navarre, OH 44662-9486
Guest presenter Jim Kleefeld will tell stories, legends and tales from various places in Ohio known to be haunted. Kleefeld will bring artifacts from his macabre collection of ghostly relics. There will be audience participation and spooky happenings may occur! This free program is for adults and teens. Registration is required. 330-767-9939

Planning for Retirement (Askren branch)
Thursday, October 15 --- 4:00 p.m.
1200 Market Street NE Navarre, OH 44662
Representatives from Citizens Bank will teach essential retirement planning, personalized to your personal situation and retirement goals. Registration required. 330-879-2113



Askren Branch Book Club (Askren Branch)
"Omens" by Kelley Armstrong
Tuesday, October 20 --- 9:00 a.m.
1200 Market Street NE Navarre, OH 44662
The Askren branch book club meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month. Call 330-879-2113 for more information.

SARTA Travel Training
Tuesday, October 20 --- 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

Family Movie Night
Tuesday, October 20 --- 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

Coloring for Grown-Ups (Belloni Branch)
Tuesday, October 20--- 6:00 p.m.
12000 Navarre Road SW Navarre, OH 44662-9486
Rediscover the fun and relaxing properties of coloring in this unique program for adults. No registration required.

Page to Screen Book Club
Tuesday, October 20 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
"Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley
Copies of book discussion titles are available at the Reference Desk. Open to students in grades 7-12. Registration required. 330-832-9831 ext.321

Meditation – Compassion and Forgiveness
Wednesday, October 21 - 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



Board of Trustees Meeting
Thursday, October 22 --- 4:00 p.m.
The public is invited to attend board meetings.

Super Saturday: Halloween Hoopla
Saturday, October 24 --- 11:00 a.m.
Kids in grades K-6 are invited to enjoy slightly spooky stories, tricks and treats! Costumes encouraged. Registration required. 330-832-5037

Monday Book Discussion
Monday, October 26
"The storied life of A. J. Fikry" by Garbrielle Zevin
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.

DIY: Badges
Tuesday, October 27 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to customize their own buttons. 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Pinterest Craft Series: Decorated Hair Combs
Wednesday, October 28 --- 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


Free Computer Classes
Saturday, October 31

Excel --- 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Participants will learn how to create spreadsheets and perform some basic functions in Microsoft Excel 2007.

Word --- 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
This course will teach participants how to write and format documents in Microsoft Word 2007.

PowerPoint --- 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Participants will learn how to create presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint 2007.

Registration is required for computer classes. 330-832-9831, ext. 327


Library to Accept Toiletries During October in Lieu of Overdue Fines

During the month of October, the Massillon Public Library will accept toiletries in lieu of overdue fines. This fine forgiveness is for all overdue fines on your library record. Collection fees and charges for lost or damaged items are not covered through this drive.

The library asks each person to be guided by his conscience and size toiletry donations somewhat in proportion to the fines owed. In conjunction with the 2015 One Book One Community program, all donations will be given to Job and Family Services Foster Care, Pathway Caring for Children, and Loving Choice Adoption and Parenting Services for distribution to their clients.

This drive will be observed at the Main Library, the Barry Askren Memorial Branch in Navarre, the Pam S. Belloni Branch, and the Bookmobile.


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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