Newsletter - December 2015

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What can I say this month, except THANK YOU! Thank you to the voters who approved the Massillon Public Library 2.9 mill operating levy on November 3 by a great margin, in all three of the communities we serve. Thank you for understanding that model of “each of us giving a little so we ALL get a lot.”

More than a year ago, I attended a ballot issues workshop at the Ohio Library Council. One of the chapters in the training manual they gave us was called “The lonely director” because that’s where the burden of running a campaign typically falls. Well, in our case that thankfully was NOT true. I was blessed to have the leadership, support and advice from a dream team, our all-volunteer Political Action Committee, Citizens for Massillon Public Library.

This group was led by library Trustee Margy Vogt. Margy spoke to media and other groups on our behalf. She also did all the design work for the campaign literature and ads, did all the photography, got things to the printer and mailing company, met deadlines, strategized what ads ran when, put together all the packets with instructions and maps for walkers who went door-to-door, and kept us on task with professionalism, good humor and words of support. If you saw something about the issue, Margy did it. The other driving force on our levy committee from the start was Ted Herncane, library Trustee and President of the Massillon/WestStark Chamber of Commerce.

We also benefited from the expertise of consultant and strategist Shane Jackson, who volunteered his time for the cause because he believes in, and uses, the library. I can’t imagine us being successful without the expert counsel he provided, not to mention hours and hours of his time, and we are so grateful to Shane, and to our responsible and responsive treasurer, Michelle Del Rio-Keller.

We were extremely fortunate to have campaign co-chairs like Judge Rick and Kathy Kettler. They not only allowed us to ride on the coattails of their well-deserved reputation in the community, but also rolled up their sleeves. They came in for photographs, recorded phone messages, and even walked door-to-door. Theirs was not support in name only, they were in the trenches.

Behind it all was the library board of trustees, seven individuals who make the decisions that lead all of our endeavors. The board had to get behind the request for additional millage, and pass necessary resolutions to get them on the school board agendas (our taxing authority.) They also did more than sit back and attend meetings—every single board member either went door-to-door or represented us at community events.

Then I want to talk about the library staff. I’m so fortunate that I hit the jackpot in the “arranged marriage” that is the relationship between library director and fiscal officer. In the case of Amie Lynn, that is based on mutual respect and shared goals. She is literally the best, and her forecasts help us know what funding is required to operate our library at the level you expect.

And wow, the rest of the staff. On their own time, they stuffed envelopes for the fundraiser, they walked door to door, and they stapled candy on cards distributed at the Beat McKinley parade! But the most important thing they did was represent the library in the very best way EVERY day, offering customer service second-to-none, and making Massillon Public Library a transforming place for our community.

Time to cue “Wind beneath my wings.” There is one person who deserves so much credit for our success, and that’s my husband Gary Brown. He’s had no clean clothes, no clean house, and for the most part, very little in the way of home-cooked meals in recent months. Who else would give up five Saturdays to knock on doors for his wife’s workplace, unless he was also very invested in our mission? I can’t tell you how much I appreciate him.

There’s a popular management book out by Simon Sinek called Start with Why. I’ve told you “how” we passed a levy issue… but YOU are the “why!” We are so energized and motivated to serve you as never before, in acknowledgment of your vote of confidence. I promise!

Massillon Public Library


Holiday Basket Class
Pam S. Belloni Branch

12000 Navarre Road SW - Navarre, OH
Tuesday, December 1 --- 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Participants will be guided in creating a holiday basket. The program is $20 to cover the cost of materials. Pre-registration is required and is limited to 23 participants. 330-767-9939

Historical Fiction Book Club
Tuesday, December 1 --- 6:00 p.m.
"The American Heiress" by Daisy Goodwin
Copies of the book are available at the Reference Desk. 330-832-9831 ext. 312

YA Game Night
Tuesday, December 1 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to play video games, board games, and more! 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Meditation – Overcoming Impediments on the Spiritual Path
Wednesday, December 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



Jr. Friends Meeting
Tuesday, December 8 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Open to teens in Grades 7-12. New members always welcome! 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Santa Visit
Tuesday, December 8 --- 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Santa Claus will be stopping by the Massillon Public Library’s Reading Room to meet boys and girls of all ages. Share your Christmas wish list with Santa, and make sure to bring your own camera to capture the memory! This event is free and no registration required.

Filled Ornaments
A Massillon 2nd Saturday Program

Saturday, December 12 ---- 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Stop in any time between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to make decorative filled ornaments for the holidays. No registration required. Children age ten and under must be accompanied by an adult. 330-832-5037.

SARTA Travel Training
Tuesday, December 15 --- 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, December 15 --- 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, December 15 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
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

Meditation & Near-Death Experiences
Wednesday, December 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

Anime Club
Tuesday, December 22 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join us for anime and snacks. Open to teens in grades 7-12. 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Teen Movie Night
Tuesday, December 29 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Come enjoy a movie on the big screen. Open to teens in grades 7-12. 330-832-9831 ext. 321


Holiday Closing Dates
Main and Barry Askren Memorial Branch

December 24 – CLOSED – Christmas Eve
December 25 – CLOSED – Christmas Day

December 31 - closing at 1:00 p.m.
January 1 – CLOSED - New Year's Day

For more information,contact the library at 330-832-9831 or the Askren branch at 330-879-2113.

Holiday Hours - Belloni Branch

The Pam S. Belloni Branch of the Massillon Public Library, located at the Fairless Elementary School, 12000 Navarre Rd. SW, in Brewster, will be closed from Monday, December 21 through Friday, January 1. The Belloni branch will reopen for their normal operating hours on Monday, January 4 at 9:00 a.m.

For more information, contact the Belloni branch at 330-767-9939.



The computer center is currently featuring the photography of Darcie Saunier, Circulation Assistant in the Children's Department. Her photographs focus on nature, children, and landscapes.

The show will be on display until January 4, 2016.



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


The library is accepting non-perishable food items and/or new school supplies in lieu of fines through December 15th. This fine forgiveness is for all overdue fines on your library record. Collection fees and charges for lost or damaged items are not covered through this drive.

The library asks each person to be guided by his/her conscience and size food donations somewhat in proportion to the fines owed. All food donations will be given to the Salvation Army in Massillon for distribution to its clients.



Food For Fines will be observed at the Main Library, the Barry Askren Memorial Branch in Navarre, the Pam S. Belloni Branch located at the Fairless Elementary School, and the Bookmobile.



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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