Newsletter - June 2016

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Are they EVER going to do anything about replacing those pillars on the library building?”

The answer is yes, and very soon! I can now share all that’s been going on behind the scenes. The library board contracted with the Sol-Harris/Day architectural firm to research options for materials and design the bid specifications. Harris/Day put the project out for bids, which were opened on April 14. After our lead architect Jeff Day spoke with the apparent low bidder to make sure they intended to perform the work to his expectations, he came to the April 28 board meeting and recommended the bid be accepted.

It makes me happy to announce that the pillar replacement will be handled by Schumacher Construction Company. It pleases us greatly that the winning bid came from a local company rather than by someone from out of town. We all know that the Schumacher Company has done other great work around town and is extremely community-minded. I love that they have a personal connection to our beautiful building and have done work here in the past. The contract has been signed by both parties, and the materials are expected to take about four weeks to arrive. Look for construction to commence in mid-June.

So, how are we paying for this? We have been blessed by two generous donations totaling $15,000 from a private donor and from the Gessner Family Foundation. I’ve applied for several grants already, but we’re in waiting mode on that. The library board had a brainstorming session about raising funds, and some great ideas came from that meeting.

Board members will be personally sending donation appeal letters to folks in the community that they anticipate will want to help. A fundraiser is in the works for the fall. You’ll even see hand-crafted lamps made of discarded books for sale at the June “Relics and Refabs” Massillon Museum event. Those are going to be so cool, with proceeds going to the pillar replacement project. A picture is included here to give you an idea of what these will look like.

And if you don’t have the ability to participate in a large way financially, every little bit helps. Look for donation boxes already installed at the Children’s and Main circulation desks. Collecting change (or bills!) would be a wonderful project for your book club, or your little ones’ classroom, scout troops or church groups. We want everyone to be able to look up at the new Corinthian columns which will stand for another generation and say, “I helped.”

It’s not all about the pillars around here. As you know, we’re in the fast lane heading into the “Ready, Set, Read” Summer Reading Club which kicks off June 6. It’s hard to even describe the amount of preparation that goes into this event at all branches, planning for which began as soon as last year’s SRC wrapped up. As usual, the creativity of our staff astounds me. We’ll see you and your little ones soon.

Finally, my monthly book recommendations. The David McCullough bio of the Wright Brothers was surprisingly enjoyable. Far from dry, it fascinates. And the sophomore effort from Helen Simonson (Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand) is called "The Summer Before the War" which takes place in a small English village prior to WWI. For anyone missing their Downton Abbey fix, this is a must. 

Happy Reading!

Massillon Public Library



The Adkins Room Memorial Plaque Presentation
Wednesday, June 1 --- 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
A plaque in memory of genealogist Jean Adkins will be unveiled during the re-naming of the Local History and Genealogy Room in Jean's honor. The brief ceremony will take place in the library auditorium at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, immediately prior to the Massillon Genealogical Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Genealogical Society Meeting
Wednesday, June 1 --- 6:30 p.m.
The June 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

Tween Time: China
Thursday, June 2 --- 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Kids in grades 4-8 are invited to learn fun facts about China, and make fried rice! There will also be tales from China and fun with the Chinese zodiac. No registration required. For more information, contact the library at 330-832-5037.

Jr. Friends Meeting
Saturday, June 4 --- 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Open to teens in Grades 7-12. New members always welcome! 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Summer Reading Kick-Off
Monday, June 6 --- 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Children of all ages through those entering sixth grade are invited to experience On Your Mark, Get Set...READ! Registration in person begins Monday, June 6, with Kick-Off activities from 10 am to 7 pm. Participants will receive a booklet complete with event schedule, instructions, and reading log. Registration for the Summer Reading Program will continue throughout its ten-week duration. Contact the Children's Department for more information. 330-832-5037

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

Coloring for Grown-Ups
Pam S. Belloni Branch

Tuesday, June 7 --- 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, June 7 --- 6:00 p.m.
“Flight of the Sparrow" by Amy Belding Brown
Copies of the book are available at the Reference Desk. 330-832-9831 ext. 312

Tuesday, June 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


Summer Story Times

The next session of Story Times will begin on June 10.

Family Story Time, for all ages, will be on Monday evenings from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. Children may wear pajamas if they wish as they enjoy stories, rhymes and fingerplays. Little Listeners Story Time, for children ages 2-5, will be on Wednesdays from 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. and will feature lively tales and participatory activities. Tyke Tales Story Time, for children ages 0-2 ½ years, will be on Thursdays from 10:15 – 10:35 a.m., followed by a short playtime. Shake-It-Up Story Time, with a special emphasis on music and movement, is for children ages 2-5, and will be offered on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Simply Stories will be held on Fridays from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. It is designed to emphasize books, reading and the art of storytelling. Kids are welcome to bring a friend and enjoy listening in the Children’s Department in front of the fireplace! These sessions will also inspire an appreciation for our beautiful, historic library building and our wonderful collection of children’s books. All ages are welcome, but the interest level may be from ages 3-8.

All story times reflect the early literacy initiative, Every Child Ready to Read, offering parents many fun and useful suggestions to help their children gain the early skills that lead to reading. Summer story times run through July 21, except Simply Stories which runs through August 12.

Children attending these free programs must be accompanied by an adult. One child per adult lap, please. No registration is required. For more information, contact the Children’s Department at 330-832-5037.




Look for the Bookmobile at these special events this month:

St. Barbara Health Fair
Tuesday, June 7 --- 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

St. Mary Family Literacy Night
Monday, June 13 --- 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Downtown Massillon Cruise-In
Saturday, June 18 --- 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.




An Introduction to Tai Chi
A Massillon 2nd Saturday Program

Saturday, June 11 --- 2:00 p.m.
Joe Kraft of Kraft’s Kenpo will demonstrate some basic Tai Chi moves. No registration required. Children age ten and under must be accompanied by an adult. 330-832-5037

Olympic Training Camp
Tuesday, June 14 --- 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Kids in grades K-6 are invited to put their skills to the test in our Olympic obstacle course! No registration required. This is a Summer Reading Club program. 

SARTA Travel Training
Wednesday, June 15 --- 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 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

Pinterest Craft Series: Zentangles
Wednesday, June 15 --- 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

Saturday, June 18
The library will have a table downtown and the bookmobile will be at the Cruise-In from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Askren Branch Book Club
Barry Askren Memorial Branch

Tuesday, June 21 --- 9:00 a.m.
"Life After Life" by Kate Atkinson
No registration required. For more information, contact the Askren branch at 330-879-2113.

Tween Book Club
Tuesday, June 21 --- 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Kids going into grades 4-6 are invited to join the Tween Summer Book Club. Sign up at the Children's Desk between June 6 and June 13 to receive an extended check-out period for all three of the Tween Summer Book Club titles. On June 21 the club will discuss "Tuck Everlasting" by Natalie Babbitt. Registration required. 330-832-5037.

Family Movie Night
Tuesday, June 21 --- 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, June 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

Build Your Own Race Track
Wednesday, June 22 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Kids in grades K-6 are invited to build a race track for a marble using paper towel tubes, toilet paper tubes, pool noodles and other "totally tubular" materials. Supplies provided. No registration required.
This is a Summer Reading Club program. 

Teen Program: Dr. Who
Friday, June 24 --- 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to a fun filled, Dr. Who-themed afternoon. Activities, pizza, and snacks included! Registration encouraged. Contact Susan at 330-832-9831, ext. 312 for more information.

Monday Book Discussion
Monday, June 27
"Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston
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.

Jazz Tuesday
Massillon Senior Center (39 Lincoln Way West)
Tuesday, June 28 --- 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.

Salad Bowl Veggie Planting
Wednesday, June 29 --- 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Kids in grades K-6 will learn how to plant yummy salad vegetables in a single garden container. Presented by OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers. Supplies provided. Space is limited and registration is required. 330-832-5037. This is a Summer Reading Club program. 



The Photography of Mandy Altimus Pond

The Computer Center is currently displaying the photography of award-winning photographer Mandy Altimus Pond. Pond graduated from Kent State University with a BA in history, summa cum laude with honors. She works as the Archivist at the Massillon Museum.

Her show will be on display in the Computer Center through June 30, 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. 




Celebrate summer at your library with reading programs for all ages!

Stop by one of our locations to cool off and check out some books for your summer reading pleasure. Keep track of your summer reading - and be eligible for prizes - in one of our summer reading programs:

Children's Summer Reading Program (ages 0 - 6th grade)
Main & Bookmobile: June 6 - August 13
Askren Branch: June 6 - July 29
Belloni Branch: June 13 - July 22
Children from pre-school age through the 6th grade are invited to visit library locations, keep track of their summer reading and participate in programs and activities. Those who meet weekly reading goals will earn rewards and entries into prize drawings. Contact the Children's Department at 330-832-5037 for more information.

Teen Summer Reading (grades 7-12)
June 13 - July 22
Teens are invited to play Summer Library BINGO to be eligible to win prizes. BINGO cards will be available at all library locations. For more information, ask for Susan Baker at 330-832-9831, ext. 312.

Adult Summer Reading
June 6 - August 13
Participants can read books from categories listed on BINGO cards. Completed BINGO cards earn the reader entries into a Grand prize drawing at the end of the program. For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 330-832-9831 ext. 312.



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! 


SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens.

SYNC gives away two complete audiobook downloads a week - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes.

Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at


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