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November / December 2014


Fall has arrived with a chill in the air and the happy prospect of curling up with a warm beverage, comfy throw, and a great book or movie.  I certainly enjoyed some time this past weekend with one of the best books I’ve read in a long time, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.  The best sort of historical fiction, the book follows the WWII lives of a young blind French girl, and a radio-obsessed German teenager forced (partly by his own desperation) to hunt and destroy resistance broadcasters.  Add in a priceless diamond missing from the Museum of Natural History in Paris and a Nazi gem-hunter, and you have a book you can’t put down, and can’t forget.  The New York Times called it “stunningly ambitious” and it became an instant bestseller.  There aren’t too many holds right now, so get on the list!  You’ll thank me later.  It’s also available in ebook and e-audio format from our Ohio Digital Library.

Something I’m very excited about is the direction we’re taking with public computer training, a key component of our strategic plan.  The library fills that internet connection gap for folks without home computers, but we feel strongly that our role also extends to training people to use that tool.  With almost everything being done online now — unemployment, applying for jobs, communicating with family — imagine how “left out” you would feel if you had never touched a keyboard or a mouse.  

Enter a new program at the Massillon Public Library, thanks to a “Guiding Ohio Online” grant from the State Library of Ohio.  The grant pays for an AmeriCorps computer trainer to be stationed here at the library to plan and present classes and work one-on-one with patrons.  After some training in Columbus earlier this month, AmeriCorps member Peter Klein is on location at our Main branch for twenty hours a week, and is already working with individuals and planning an upcoming class schedule for Main and the branches in Brewster and Navarre.  If you need to set up an appointment, give Peter a call at 330.832.9831 ext. 322 or email  kleinpe@massillonlibrary.org.  Staff member Karen Koher is also available for one-on-one sessions, especially to help you with our ebook access.  Contact Karen at ext. 344 or koherka@massillonlibrary.org.  Both are great at explaining things and very patient…something patrons tell me their kids and grandkids sometimes are NOT.

Keep warm, and if you want to be treated warmly, stop in and see us!

Director, Massillon Public Library

Friends Meeting
Monday, November 3 --- 6:30 p.m.
New members always welcome! 330-832-9831 ext. 301

Page To Screen Book Club
Tuesday, November 4 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
"The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien
Copies of the book are available at the Reference Desk. Open to students in grades 7-12. Registration required. 330-832-9831 ext. 321

H.P. Lovecraft Mythos Book Club
Wednesday, November 5 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join in a discussion of H.P. Lovecraft and his influential weird stories. The November meeting will feature a discussion of the story "Dagon." For ages 16 and older. No registration required. 330-832-9831 ext. 312

Pinterest Craft Series
Wednesday, November 5 --- 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

Genealogical Society Meeting
Wednesday, November 5 --- 6:30 p.m.
Lillian Beane Community Center - 1711 16th St SE
Featuring "The Famous Honeymoon Cottage" by Richard Haldi. 330-832-9831 ext. 337

Autumn Soapmaking
Saturday, November 8 --- 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
All ages are invited to stop in any time between 2 and 4 p.m. To learn how to make soap. Children 10 & under must be accompanied by an adult. 330-832-5037

Paws To Read
Tuesday, November 11 --- 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

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Free Computer Classes

Have you never used a computer? Do you need help learning how? Your library is offering a series of free computer classes on Mondays in November. The series will cover the following topics:
   - November 10th – Mouse Basics
   - November 17th – Computer Basics
   - November 24th – Internet Basics

Each class has two available times: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. OR 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.. Laptop computers will be available for use during these classes, allowing participants to follow along. Because of the limited number of laptops available, registration is required for each session.

For more information or to register, contact the library at 330-832-9831 ext. 327 or stop by the Computer Center and ask for Peter Klein or Karen Koher.

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Jr. Friends Meeting
Tuesday, November 11 --- 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Open to teens in Grades 7-12. New members always welcome! 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Community Forum on Drugs in Stark County
Thursday, November 13 --- 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The US Department of Justice names Stark County Ohio as a “High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.” A panel including Stark County Common Pleas Court Judge Curt Werren will open our eyes to this threat, specifically heroin and its impact on our community. No registration required.

House History Class
Friday, November 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

Writers' Group
Monday, November 17 --- 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Writers are invited to share their work and offer feedback to other writers. No registration required. 330-832-9831 ext. 312

SARTA Travel Training
Tuesday, November 18 --- 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, November 18 --- 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

Board of Trustees Meeting
Thursday, November 20 --- 4:00 p.m.
The public is invited to board meetings.

Monday Book Discussion Groups
Monday, November 24
“Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel” by Kimberly McCreight
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. 330-832-9831 ext. 312

YA Book Bash
Tuesday, November 25 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join us for a celebration of all things books. Snacks, crafts, games, prizes, and more! Open to students in grades 7-12.

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Winter Wonderland Open House
Saturday, November 22
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The library will be decorated in gingerbread houses and filled with holiday activities, including: free Santa photos, storytelling, music, crafts, a Cookie Contest, movies, and a special reading of "Gingerboy's Search for Christmas" by the author, Joanne Kimberly.

Many families enjoy visiting the library right after the holiday parade and making this 5th annual program, in conjunction with the Massillon Kiwanis Club, the kickoff to the holiday season!

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Library Closing at 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 26

Library CLOSED
Thursday, November 27 (Thanksgiving)

 

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Historical Fiction Book Club
Tuesday, December 2 --- 6:00 p.m.
"Longbourn" by Jo Baker
No registration required. 330.832.9831, ext. 312

H.P. Lovecraft Mythos Book Club
Wednesday, December 3 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join in a discussion of H.P. Lovecraft and his influential weird stories. For ages 16 and older. No registration required.

Genealogical Society Meeting
Wednesday, December 3 --- 6:30 p.m.
Lillian Beane Community Center - 1711 16th St SE
330-832-9831 ext. 337

Santa Visit
Tuesday, December 9 --- 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Santa will be at the library to visit with children of all ages. Bring your camera to capture the memory!

Junior Friends Meeting
Tuesday, December 9 --- 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Open to teens in Grades 7-12. New members always welcome! 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Family Christmas Program
The Children's Department invites you to attend the 28th annual Family Christmas program. The 45-minute-long variety show includes songs, skits, poems, and a puppet show. Join us for a warm and fuzzy evening full of holiday spirit and laughter! Admission is free but registration is required. Call 330-832-5037 to register for one of the following performances:
  Monday, December 8 --- 6:45 p.m.
  Tuesday, December 9 --- 6:45 p.m.

Christmas Crafts
Saturday, December 13 --- 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Adults and children are invited to drop in and make Christmas crafts to give as gifts or use as decorations. Children 10 & under must be accompanied by an adult. 330-832-5037

Writers' Group
Monday, December 15 --- 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Writers are invited to share their work and offer feedback to other writers. No registration required. 330-832-9831 ext.312

SARTA Travel Training
Tuesday, December 16 --- 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
A valid picture ID is required to receive bus pass at the end of the training session. Registration required. 855-887-2782

Monday Book Discussion Groups
Monday, December 22
"Wonder" by R. J. Palacio
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: Christmas Ornament
Tuesday, December 23 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Come make a unique Christmas ornament using old books. Open to students in grades 7-12.

Library CLOSED
Wednesday, December 24

Library CLOSED
Thursday, December 25

Family Movie Night
Tuesday, December 30 --- 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
To infinity and beyond! The whole family is invited to this fun movie-watching experience. YOU will be part of an interactive showing of a well-known family film, complete with props, sing-a-longs, and free popcorn. Costumes are optional, but encouraged. No registration required. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Auditorium doors open at 5:15 p.m. Limited seating offered on a first-come, first-served basis. 330-832-5037

 

 

"Noon Year's Eve"
Wednesday, December 31 --- 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
6th grade and under

Library CLOSING at 1:00
Wednesday, December 31

Library CLOSED
Thursday, January 1

 

 

 

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

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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

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