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January / February 2015


For many people in the community, hearing “Massillon Public Library” brings to mind our iconic and historic structure on Lincoln Way that we’ve inhabited since 1937. What surprises people is when I tell them how far the library’s services extend beyond the walls of one building. 

Some folks don’t realize that since the 1930s we have also operated two full-service branches in Brewster and Navarre, which put us in the vanguard of the “new” trend of locating public library branches in school buildings.  Currently you will find our Barry Askren Memorial Branch situated next to the Towpath YMCA in Navarre, and our Pam S. Belloni Branch inside Fairless Elementary School.

Our other branch is bright blue and rolls around town on four wheels. Serving childcare facilities, after-school programs, senior housing and neighborhood stops, the bookmobile brings not just books and movies, but story times or other activities. You’ll see the bus dressed up as a pirate ship at Trunk or Treat, festooned with orange and black in the Beat McKinley parade, and even celebrating at the homes of Summer Reading Club contest winners, bringing crafts, stories and refreshments for the winner’s invited guests.

The branches and bookmobile are just one part of our Outreach Department, which includes free monthly delivery of materials to homebound residents, and deposit collections  left in locations throughout the community.  A pilot program has Outreach staff bringing arts-related programming to an area nursing home, with hopes of expanding into other facilities.  Outreach Manager Anne Juhasz would be happy to talk with you about any of these services.

I remember once being asked jokingly when four or five library staff members were in a local restaurant at lunch time, “so, who’s running the place when all of you are here?”  I think they had a shocked look on their face when we replied, “probably the other sixty people who work there!”  If you just see a few people behind the checkout desk when you visit, you won’t suspect there’s also an army working behind the scenes. I’m glad to shine a spotlight on some of our special forces in this issue.

When cold weather keeps you inside, I hope you’ll have a good book (or a stack!) readily at hand. Brew yourself a warm cup of something, and settle in. Visit us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/massillonlibrary and share what you loved.   

Happy Reading!

Director, Massillon Public Library

Free Computer Class: Mouse Basics 
Monday, January 5 --- 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.    
Laptop computers will be available for use during class. Registration required. 330-832-9831 ext. 327

Free Computer Class: Word 
Monday, January 5 --- 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.    
Laptop computers will be available for use during class. Registration required. 330-832-9831 ext. 327

 

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Welcome to the World of eBooks

Do you have an eReader but don’t know how to borrow from the thousands of free eBooks available online? Help is on the way! On Tuesday, January 6, the Massillon Public Library will present four free ebook classes.

Each class is geared for a different type of device:

 

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. --- for Kindles or Kindle Fires

 

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. --- for tablets or smart phones (including devices such as the iPad, Nook Color Tablet, Google Nexus or Samsung Galaxy)

 

3:00 - 4:30 p.m. --- for first generation eReaders, such as the original Nook or Kobo

 

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. --- for Kindles or Kindle Fires

 

Class participants should have their eReader charged and registered before attending the class. Seating is limited and registration is required. Contact Massillon Public Library’s eBook specialist Karen Koher at 330.832.9831, ext. 327 for more information or to register for a class. 

Board Game Night 
Tuesday, January 6 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
Come play one of our board games, or bring your own! 
Open to students in grades 7-12. No registration required. 330.832.9831, ext. 321

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Back to the Future: Retro Tech Day Open House
A Massillon 2nd Saturday Program
Saturday, January 10 --- 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  

Join us as we travel Back to the Future! Explore media and technology of the past. Listen to record players and radios, dial telephones, see old cameras, movie projectors, computers, and video consoles. Travel around the auditorium to our activity stations where you can challenge each other with all the picture-taking, music-listening, game-playing, and computing that everyone used before smart phones and tablets. 

A special 30th anniversary showing of "Back to the Future" will play on the big screen as you explore technology of the past!
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Free Class: Computer Basics 
Monday, January 12 --- 11:00 a.m - 12;30 p.m.    
Laptop computers will be available for use during class. Registration required. 330-832-9831 ext. 327.

Free Computer Class: Excel 
Monday, January 12 --- 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.    
Laptop computers will be available for use during class. Registration required. 330-832-9831 ext. 327.

SARTA Travel Training   
Tuesday, January 13 --- 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

 

The Children's Department will offer its popular PAWS TO READ program onTuesday, January 13 and Tuesday, February 10 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the ground-level Auditorium.  PAWS pairs children of all ages and reading abilities with registered and very well-behaved dogs of all sizes for a fun and beneficial reading experience.  Children who may be shy about reading aloud in front of others relax with the friendly, four-legged listeners and have a positive experience.   Each dog has its own collectible trading card with its photo and  vital statistics.  Light refreshments are provided.  No registration required.  330-832-5037

 

Jr. Friends Meeting  
Tuesday, January 13 --- 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  
Open to teens in Grades 7-12. New members always welcome! 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Life-Size Candy Land 
Saturday, January 17 --- 10:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m   
Play Giant Candy Land! Stop in anytime between 10:00 a.m. and Noon to play a life-sized version of the beloved board game. Journey through the Peppermint Forest and past the Licorice Lagoon and try to be the first to reach King Kandy's Castle! Candy Land Bingo and other related activities will also be available. And, of course, all participants will receive candy to take home and enjoy. No registration required.

Free Computer Class: Internet Basics 
Monday, January 19 --- 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.    
Laptop computers will be available for use during class. Registration required. 330-832-9831 ext. 327.

Free Computer Class: Power Point 
Monday, January 19 --- 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.    
Laptop computers will be available for use during class. Registration required. 330-832-9831 ext. 327.

Finger Knitting Class 
Tuesday, January 20 --- 4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. 
Pam S. Belloni Branch Library
12000 Navarre Road SW Navarre, OH 44662-9486 
Learn how to craft blankets, scarves and other items using only your fingers! For ages 18 and over. Class size is limited to 25 and registration is required. 330-767-9939.

Family Movie Night      
Tuesday, January 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

DIY: Infinity Scarf 
Tuesday, January 20 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
Arm knit your very own infinity scarf! Open to students in grades 7-12. 330-832-9831 ext. 321

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

Monday Book Discussion Groups  
Monday, January 26  
"The Girls of Atomic City" by Denise Kiernan
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.

Author Visit & Book Signing 
Tuesday, January 27 -- 4:00 p.m. 
Barry Askren Memorial Branch 
1200 Market Street NE Navarre, OH 44662  
Author Marlene Miller will sign copies of her book "Grace Leads Me Home." No registration required. 330-879-2113 

Anime Club 
Tuesday, January 27 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join us for anime and snacks! Open to students in grades 
7-12. 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Take Your Child to the Library Day: Family Open House 
Saturday, January 31  --- 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Bring the whole family to your library for a day of fun crafts & activities! 330-832-5037

Friends Meeting  
Monday, February 2 --- 6:30 p.m.    
New members always welcome! 330-832-9831 ext. 301
 
DIY: Chocolate Candies 
Tuesday, February 3rd -- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
Make some chocolate candy for your valentine!  Open to students in grades 7-12. 330-832-9831 ext. 321

H.P. Lovecraft Mythos Book Club  
Wednesday, February 4 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  
Join in a discussion of H.P. Lovecraft and his influential weird stories. This session will feature a discussion of the story "Beyond the Wall of Sleep." For ages 16 and older. No registration required. 

Genealogical Society Meeting  
Wednesday, February 4 --- 6:30 p.m.  
Lillian Beane Community Center - 1711 16th St SE   
No registration required. 330-832-9831 ext. 337

Junior Friends Meeting 
Tuesday, February 10 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
New members always welcome! Open to students in grades 7-12. 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Paws To Read    
Tuesday, February 10 --- 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
330-832-5037
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United Way Free Tax Preparation Clinics
Free tax preparation assistance from United Way will be available by appointment on Wednesday, February 11 and Wednesday, February 18 from 3:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the main library. Information about qualifications ($52,000 income for an individual, $65,000 for household) and what documentation to bring to the appointment can be found at: 

www.uwstark.org/content/schedule-your-appointment
 
Registration is required. To schedule your appointment, call 330-994-VITA(8482)
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Valentine's Day Craft
Saturday, February 14 --- 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
A Massillon 2nd Saturday Program
All ages are invited to join us in the auditorium any time between 2 and 4 pm for a special Valentine-themed craft. 330-832-5037 

House History Class
Saturday, February 14 --- 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Learn 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 and a $10 deposit required. The deposit will be returned when you attend the class. For more information, contact Jean Adkins at 330.832.9831 ext. 337

   

    CLOSED (Presidents' Day)           
    Monday, February 16     
    All locations

 

Family Movie Night      
Tuesday, February 17 --- 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

Page to Screen Book Club
Tuesday, February 17 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
“The DUFF” by Kody Keplinger
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
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Pinkalicious Royal Tea Party
Saturday, February 21 --- 11:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m.  

We're helping Pinkalicious throw a tea party to celebrate the crowning of Goldie as Princess Goldilicious. Wear your favorite "licious" colored outfit and enjoy crafts, stories, and a tea party with Pinkalicious and her friends!  For ages 3 yrs to 6th grade. Registration required. 330-832-5037
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Monday Book Discussion Groups  
Monday, February 23  
"The Secret Keeper" by Kate Morton
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, February 24 --- 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

Anime Club 
Tuesday, February 24 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join us for anime and snacks! Open to students in grades 
7-12. 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Board of Trustees Meeting      
Thursday, February 26 --- 4:00 p.m.      
The public is invited to board meetings.

 

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Borrow a selection of movies, television shows, educational/instructional videos, documentaries, and music via browser, smartphone or tablet (iOS 6 and select Android devices). Whatever you enjoy watching or listening to, there is sure to be something available for you on hoopla! A valid library card and pin number are required to use this free service.       www.massillonlibrary.org/hoopla

 

Massillon Public Library

208 Lincoln Way East
                    Massillon, OH 44646                   

330-832-9831

Bookmobile

See the bookmobile schedule online:
http://www.massillonlibrary.org/node/48

330.832.9831 ext. 329

Barry Askren Memorial Branch

1200 Market Street NE
Navarre, OH 44662

330-879-2113

Pam S. Belloni Branch

12000 Navarre Road SW
Navarre, OH 44662-9486

330-767-9939