Newsletter - February 2016

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Dear friends,

I can barely put these words to pen, but one of our library family has left us with a huge hole in our services and our hearts.

Genealogy Specialist Jean Adkins passed away unexpectedly on January 11, 2016, a shock we still have not wrapped our minds around. We sincerely thank the many of you who attended the calling hours and funeral, and also thank those who have emailed words of condolence, and even mailed us sympathy cards. For it truly is a loss, and we appreciate your concern.

Jean would have reached her twenty-year anniversary with the library this fall, and I was the fortunate one who was able to find her a position on my staff. At that time, she and Betty Edwards came into the Reference Room to work on their own family history at a table back by the windows. Soon I came to know them and ask for advice on genealogy questions. Then Jean became an official volunteer, and would meet patrons and use the skills we have come to know. I take no credit for snagging her as a paid staff member, other than knowing a good thing when I see it. I can’t remember any more who left so that we had an opening, but Jean was a wonderful addition to the staff, and has made us look good ever since.

The stories I could tell of her research successes would fill this newsletter. Just recently she helped a patron find the family of Russian immigrants whose travel trunk was found by an antique hunter. A month later she was telling someone the history of a biological family they never knew. She worked behind the scenes on so many projects, from the genealogy of Massillon’s founding families, to unraveling the history of properties.

She worked as the library’s liaison with the Massillon Genealogical Society and planned wonderful speakers for their meetings, taught house history and basic genealogy classes to the public, and started the genealogy “lock-ins” after hours. We on staff knew we could always count on Jean to remember our birthdays, but I’ve been amazed to hear that she wrote letters to literally hundreds of people, regularly! They will miss her, and so will we.

A job posting has been prepared, and we anxiously wait for applications from those who wish to carry on Jean’s good work. She leaves big shoes to fill, but the work will continue. That’s just the way of things. Patrons are already contacting us to find out the status of their research she was in the midst of. Bear with us. We have lost a big piece of institutional memory, and it will take any newcomer some time to get up to speed. I will hope to introduce him or her to you in the next newsletter.

Thank you for your good wishes as we grieve our colleague.

Massillon Public Library


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

Coloring for Grown-Ups
Pam S. Belloni Branch

Tuesday, February 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, February 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

Genealogical Society Meeting
Wednesday, February 3 --- 6:30 p.m.
The public is invited to Genealogical Society meetings and events. 330-832-9831 ext. 312

Jr. Friends Meeting
Tuesday, February 9 --- 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 will be held in the library's auditorium on Tuesday, February 9 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Children of all ages are invited to come meet and read to some very friendly and well-behaved dogs. This program provides a relaxed atmosphere for children to practice their reading skills, and to interact kindly with dogs of various sizes and breeds. Light refreshments are provided for the children at this FREE program.

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


It’s almost here!  February 13, 2016 is the fifth annual international Take Your Child to the Library Day. The Massillon Public Library will be celebrating this event along with over 550 other libraries nationwide. 

Visit the library anytime on Saturday, February 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Add a “handprint” to the library desk and enjoy free take-home crafts and treats, available while supplies last. The “2nd Saturday” family craft will take place between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Stop in during that time to make a snowman from a coffee creamer bottle.  

As always, children and parents are encouraged to sign up for free library cards. A library card opens up a world of materials including books, puppets, movies, music, and games, and allows you to take advantage of eBooks, audio books, streaming music and movies, Tumblebooks (interactive kids’ books), and other online services.

No registration is required for this free event.

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




CLOSED – Presidents' Day
Monday, February 15 --- All locations
No bookmobile stops.




Askren Branch Book Club

The Barry Askren Memorial Branch's Book Club meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 9:00 a.m. On Tuesday, February 16th, the group will discuss "Calling Me Home" by Julie Kibler.

No registration required. 

For more information, contact the Askren branch at 330-879-2113.



Family Movie Night
Tuesday, February 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, February 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 – Wine Cork Key Chains
Wednesday, February 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


United Way Free Tax Preparation Clinics

Free tax preparation assistance from United Way will be available by appointment on February 17 and February 24 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:

Registration is required. To schedule your appointment, call 330-994-VITA(8482)



Monday Book Discussion
Monday, February 22
“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho
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 23 --- 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 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

Free Computer Class - Computer Basics
Tuesday, February 23 --- 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 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. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 327

Free Computer Class - Internet Basics
Tuesday, February 23 --- 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
This course will teach internet terminology, highlight some popular websites, and show how to perform a variety of different internet searches. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 327

Free Computer Class - Excel
Tuesday, February 23 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Participants will learn how to create spreadsheets and perform some basic functions in Microsoft Excel 2007. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 327

Cookbook Book Club
Pam S. Belloni Memorial Branch

Tuesday, February 23 --- 6:00 p.m.
Join us for a lively discussion of this month's cookbook and some delicious taste tests! Contact the Belloni branch at 330-767-9939 for more information.

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

Free Computer Class - 3D Design
Tuesday, February 27 --- 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 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 required. 330-832-9831, ext. 327



Winter Reading Challenge

Adult readers are invited to be part of the 2016 Adult Winter Reading Program. Readers who successfully complete this challenge will receive an Adult Winter Reading Challenge coffee mug and will be entered into a grand prize drawing!

To complete the challenge, read any five books (audio books and eBooks count!) and complete at least one of the following activities:
  - attend a library program
  - explore a library research database
  - download content from the Ohio Digital Library or hoopla
  - Like or follow the library on a social media site.

Completed Reading Logs may be turned in at any library location. Logs must be received by Saturday, March 19, in order to be entered in the prize drawing.Winter Reading Logs are available at the Reference and Adult Circulation Desks, and can be downloaded from the library’s website.

This challenge is open to Massillon Public Library cardholders, ages 18 and over. If you don’t have a library card, you can get one for FREE at at any Massillon Public Library location.

For more information, contact the library at 330-832-9831, ext. 312.



              The computer center will feature photography by Stephen Kamph in January and February. 

Stephen Kamph is a junior at Perry High School. He has enjoyed photography from a very young age. Stephen prefers nature photography because it gives him an opportunity to capture some of America’s most scenic locations. He also enjoys capturing wildlife in their natural habitats. Stephen has had his photography displayed in many contests and shows.


The show will be on display until February 27, 2016.



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 or 





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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