Newsletter - September 2016

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Dear Library lovers,

When you read this, school will have started again, the four massive columns holding up our front porch will have been replaced, and we’ll be looking ahead to the next thing.

As always, we want you to be the first to know when we have exciting news.

Many of you look forward to the annual book sale, the largest fundraiser for the Friends of Massillon Public Library. Boxes of books always have to be drug into our auditorium from storage with the assistance of community service workers, and then torn down after the sale, and it just hasn’t been the success it had been in years past. So without much fanfare for months now, our fabulous maintenance staff led by Facilities Manager Scott Hiple has been cleaning up the library’s garage for “company” to visit.

You didn’t know we HAD a garage? Well, it’s not big enough for the bookmobile, but the library’s cargo van “lives” in a cement block building to the rear of our staff parking lot on the SW corner of Second Street and Lincoln Way. You might picture it better if I say that it’s directly across from the Firehouse Grill. Scott was able to use some discarded book shelves that were in storage at the garage, so that the books can be organized months ahead of time. Our volunteers are doing a great job of that already. We’re all excited about the possibility of more than one “garage sale” a year, as permitted by Massillon ordinance. (By no means do we intend to open a retail store; the building is not *that* fancy, although that would really be cool!) Look for the dates to be announced in coming weeks.

Something we’re not quite so excited about is the coming “down time” as far as our ability to get materials for you through the Search Ohio system starting on September 1. Remember that changes are coming in November when Stark, Louisville and Massillon libraries will all be Search Ohio members but not share one computer system. For that reason, Search Ohio needs all of our materials to come back in and be cleared, and no more to be placed on hold until after we migrate to our new server. They have told us they need several months for that transition. Sorry for the technical mumbo-jumbo. What it means for a few months is that you can’t just place something on order from Toledo or Cincinnati with one click.

HOWEVER (I had to put that in all caps!) be assured that we’ve come up with several workarounds. This library has become a borrowing member of SEO (Serving Every Ohioan) a consortium of more than 90 libraries in Ohio, and we also have arranged borrowing privileges with the North Canton Public Library. I’ve mentioned this before in a newsletter, but now the time is upon us when you will need staff assistance temporarily. That’s what we’re here for! Please do not hesitate to call us with your questions or requests for a particular item. Think of this as a scary unknown like when the first astronauts orbited the moon…the nation all sat holding their breath until the capsule came around again from the dark side. We are sure that there’s light at the end of this!

I’m on a strange nonfiction reading kick right now. I’ve been completely engrossed with "Head in the Cloud: Why Knowing Things Still Matters When Facts Are So Easy to Look Up" by William Poundstone. As a reference librarian, I’ve seen the change in my own behavior now that I have a smart phone and can annoy people by instantaneously looking things up rather than storing them in my brain. Poundstone scares us with facts like more people can name a Kardashian than can name our Vice President. He presents many valid studies that prove that a broad knowledge of random facts actually correlates with (if not improves) the quality of our lives, including our health and income.

I’ve also just started "Devoured: From Chicken Wings to Kale Smoothies--How What We Eat Defines Who We Are" by Sophie Egan. Egan is a nutritionist with the Culinary Institute of America who sees the connection between our societal values and what we as Americans eat, for better or worse. As someone newly trying to eat more plant-based food, I’m intrigued by how we’ve bought into this new trend, after previous forays into low-fat, low-carb and every other fad.

Both of these authors are speaking to the lay person. I can’t say they read like a novel, but it’s good to mix it up a bit. I hope you are learning something every day!

Massillon Public Library


Tween Time
Thursday, September 1 --- 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 September, kids will use beads and recycled materials to create kinetic mobiles. Space is limited for this project and registration is required. 330-832-5037

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

CLOSED - Labor Day
Monday, September 5
All locations.

Introduction to Basic Internet Genealogy
Tuesday, September 6 --- 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Jill Wingard, Genealogy Specialist, will demonstrate the wealth of research information provided by the internet for doing local genealogy research. No registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 337

Coloring for Grown-Ups
Pam S. Belloni Branch

Tuesday, September 6 --- 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

Historical Fiction Book Club
Tuesday, September 6 --- 6:00 p.m.
“Under the Wide and Starry Sky" by Nancy Horan
Copies of the book are available at the Reference Desk. 330-832-9831 ext. 312

Tuesday, September 6 --- 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 next session of Story Times will begin on September 7 and run through October 6, except Simply Stories which runs continuously and is scheduled for every Friday until the end of the year. For more information about Story Times, contact the Children’s Department at 330-832-5037.


Genealogical Society Meeting
Wednesday, September 7 --- 6:30 p.m.
The September meeting will be a “Share & Tell,” session, a special meeting where participants share a family treasure or memento. The public is invited to Genealogical Society meetings and events. 330-832-9831 ext. 337

Anime Night
Friday, September 9 --- 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 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 the Touch a Truck at the Towpath YMCA in Navarre on Saturday, September 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Stop in and see us!


Pine Cone Owls
A Massillon 2nd Saturday Program

Saturday, September 10 --- 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Stop in any time between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. to make pine cone owl crafts! Children age 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required.

Friends Meeting
Monday, September 12 --- 6:30 p.m.
New members always welcome! 330-832-9831 ext. 301


PAWS To Read, the popular reading program that pairs children with well-behaved dogs, resumes after a summer break on Tuesday, September 13 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 pm.

Children of all ages are invited to come to the library auditorium, pick out books from the many on display, and read those books to a patient and furry listener. The dogs listen patiently, often offering a wagging tail or a furry belly for scratching. Programs like this are offered in libraries across America, and have research to back them up as helping reluctant or shy children gain confidence in reading. The experience is positive for both the readers and the listeners.

Light refreshments are served. No registration is necessary. For more information, contact the Children's Department at 330-832-5037.


Journaling 101
Wednesday, September 14 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join guest presenter Gloria Miller for an introduction to the art of journaling. Learn the many benefits of collecting your thoughts in a personal record. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 312

Super Saturday: Scaredy Squirrel's Birthday Party
Saturday, September 17 --- 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Children in grades K- 6 are invited to help us throw Scaredy Squirrel an early birthday party complete with a craft, games, books, and, of course BIRTHDAY CAKE! Registration is required and begins on September 1st.

Photography of the Dead
Monday, September 19 --- 6:30 p.m.
One of the most unsettling traditions of the 1800s was the practice of post-mortem photography, a common way of memorializing loved ones. Join us as a guest speaker from Spring Hill Historic Home talks about this fascinating practice. No registration required.

Askren Branch Book Club
Barry Askren Memorial Branch

Tuesday, September 20 --- 9:00 a.m.
"The Light Between Oceans" by M.L. Stedman.
No registration required. For more information, contact the Askren branch at 330-879-2113.

Family Movie Night
Tuesday, September 20 --- 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, September 20 --- 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, September 21 --- 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

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

"Addy & the Underground Railroad”
An American Girl Doll Program

Saturday, September 24 --- 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Guest presenters Barbara Bond and Bonnie Fraser, docents at Spring Hill Historic Home, will teach children in grades 3 and up about the Underground Railroad and its connection to Spring Hill using the American Girl character Addy and the books in which she appears. Registration required. 330-832-5037

Monday Book Discussion
Monday, September 26
"Calling Me Home" by Julie Kibler
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.

"Painting Massillon’s Murals"
Tuesday, September 27 --- 6:30 p.m. Artist Scot Phillips will discuss the history of the murals as well as his artistic process. Phillips’ murals include two on the cinder-block pump stations next to Route 21 (silent film star Lillian Gish and Massillon Tiger football tradition), the Tommy Henrich baseball mural at Elum Music Company, and the Audrey II, the man-eating plant from the musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” on an inside wall at Art Bomb Tattoo on N. Erie Street.

Jazz Tuesday
Massillon Senior Center (39 Lincoln Way West)
Tuesday, September 27 --- 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.

Cemetery Symbolism
Wednesday, September 28 --- 6:30 p.m.
Join us as a guest speaker from Spring Hill Historic Home talks about the meanings behind common cemetery symbolism and iconography. No registration required.


The Art of Krystian Hall

Krystian Hall is a ceramicist who also paints. She studied art under the tutelage of Ron White, Barb Drennan, Claire Murray-Adams, Gary Spangler, Chris Craft, Tyrus Clutter, and Marino Moretti at various times between the years of 2000-2008. In 2006, she spent four months living in a convent in Italy, studying the fresco cycles of Giotto, Michelangelo, Raphael, and other greats of the Italian Renaissance. Her favorite non-clay medium is mixed media, but she is known to dabble in jewelry, photography, writing, theater, gardening and anything else to which one attaches the word "art." She draws inspiration for most of her pieces from pop culture and historical subjects in classical art. A selection of Krystian's work will be on display in the Computer Center from September 1 - October 29.

If you are interested in purchasing a piece of art, please contact Krystian Hall directly at or 330-832-9831 ext. 330.


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


Set your child on the path to life-long learning from day one! This passive early literacy program is open to all children from birth until they enter Kindergarten. All you have to do is READ TO YOUR CHILD! Easy! Then, mark off each book read to your child in the “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” booklet, which you can pick up at any MPL location.
Contact the Children's Department for more details and your booklet!


New in September!

Beginning September 1 you will be able to access a growing collection of AUDIOBOOKS in addition to the eBooks, movies, TV shows, videos, music, comic books, and graphic novels you may already be enjoying through hoopla! 



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







September is National Library Card Sign Up Month! Stop by any of our locations to get your card today.