Newsletter - October 2016

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Hi folks. Well, we are coming onto the time I’ve been warning you about. In the next few months our transition from the present shared computer system to our own standalone system will take place. Just remember, we’ll still be able to share materials with all the libraries in “Search Ohio” just like now, including those from the Stark County District Library. Our systems will still be able to talk to each other, and we will collaborate as before to get what you need.

BUT. Particularly at the end of October until our Live date of November 15, you WILL face some service outages. There will definitely be a whole week where we will be offline from October 23-31. You will still be able to check out materials, but you will have to have your library card with you. Many online services will be unavailable, such as hoopla and Overdrive. You won’t be able to place holds, or renew online.

For those of you we call “super-users” who check out materials frequently and have many items on hold, first of all…we love you! Ha. But we are advising that you have the staff print you off a list of your holds before October 23 that you can hang on to until after the migration. Just in case those holds don’t migrate with us, you will want to know which ones will need to be placed again on the new system. We hope this does not happen, but we are trying to think of all possible scenarios to provide you the best service.

Rather than using the analogy of a divorce, I think of this migration as similar to roommates parting ways when their life situations change. And just like your coffee mug might accidentally get in your roommate’s packing box, your hold might remain on a book in the old server, or get deleted in the massive “data cleanup” stage we anticipate in early November. So it would be a good idea for you to have a backup list of things you still have on hold.

That’s what I know for now. We’ll be putting bookmarks in checked-out materials and will post updates on the Library website and Facebook pages as we know more to keep you in the loop.

Have you seen the completed pillars at the Main library? They are now beautiful and structurally sound. The porch railing is almost complete, and we would like to acknowledge an unexpected and generous donation from the Paul and Carol David Foundation that completely funded that project. Some additional painting work will take place on the front of the building, including taking down the remaining pieces of plaster from the fallen decorative shield and prepping the surface for its replacement. We have several options for the construction of that decoration, from plaster to 3-D “printed” wood, so it might be next Spring until we are completely back to rights. And happily, a long and fraught-with-complications storage barn at our Askren branch is in the final days of construction.

Once we all get through this computer migration, we can all breathe a sigh of relief after a very challenging year. Thank you for hanging in here with us!

As always, people in recent days have asked me, “what have you read recently that you would recommend?” Well, I’m back to my default picks of literary fiction featuring women’s lives in other times and places. The best thing I’ve read in recent months is Nadia Hashimi’s The House with No Windows. Described as the “Afghan Orange is the New Black,” Zeba’s story is an eye-opening look at what life is like for women in this post-Taliban World where women can be imprisoned for being seen on the street with a man, or for being an assault victim! If you liked The Kite Runner, or even if you normally read psychological mystery, you’ll like this. And Hashimi has three earlier novels I didn’t know about, so---score! Happy reading.

Massillon Public Library


Pokemon Go Event
Saturday, October 1
11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
This event will begin and end in the library auditorium. 5 lures will be dropped around downtown. Trivia questions can be answered to earn entries into a gift card drawing. All ages are welcome but participants must be Massillon Public Library card holders and be actively playing the game. For more information, contact Susan at 330-832-9831 ext. 321.

Junior Friends Meeting
Saturday, October 1 --- 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Membership is open to students in grades 7 through 12.
330-832-9831 ext. 321

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

Growing Together Open House
Tuesday, October 4 --- 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join us for stories, activities, and ethnic food samples with the themes of gardening, farming, and community as explored in the 2016 One Book One Community selection, "Gaining Ground" by Forrest Pritchard. Copies of the book will be available for sale for $15 at the adult circulation desk or library copies to be borrowed can be placed on hold at the Reference Desk.

Coloring for Grown-Ups
Pam S. Belloni Branch

Tuesday, October 4 --- 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, October 4 --- 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, October 5 --- 6:30 p.m.
The public is invited to Genealogical Society meetings and events. 330-832-9831 ext. 337

Tween Time: Minute to Win-It!
Thursday, October 6 --- 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 October, kids will test each other with Minute To Win It challenges. No registration is required. 330-832-5037

Zombie Walk
A Massillon 2nd Saturday Program

Saturday, October 8 --- 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Massillon Public Library staff will host a free kids’ craft and games at Duncan Plaza from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. The Zombie Walk will begin with the “Thriller” dance at Duncan Plaza at 6:00 p.m. and wend its way through downtown to the library where “Thriller” will be repeated in the street at 7:00 p.m. Dancers will perform for a third time at 7:30 pm at Duncan Plaza, followed by a free showing of “Night of the Living Dead” at 8:00 pm on the Massillon Museum lawn. Vendors and food trucks will have items for sale on First St. S.E. during the event.

Monday, October 10
Staff Enrichment Day
All locations.

PAWS To Read
Tuesday, October 11 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
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. No registration required. 330-832-5037

“Food Patriots” - Free film screening
Wednesday, October 12 -- 6:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
A midwestern mother whose son nearly died from contaminated food embarks on a journey to understand the food industry and improve her family’s eating habits. Surprising, funny, and poignant, this personal film unfolds from one family's story into a powerful consumer movement. “Food Patriots” features food advocates from all walks of life who are trying to hatch a revolution to change the way Americans eat and buy food, and educate the next generation of consumers.


The next session of Story Times will begin on October 17 and run through November, 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.


1800s Spirits and Spiritualism
Monday, October 17 --- 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
A guest speaker from Spring Hill Historic Home will present a fascinating lecture on the popularity of supernatural pursuits in the 1800s. No registration required. For more information, contact Spring Hill Historic Home at 330-833-6749.

Askren Branch Book Club
Barry Askren Memorial Branch

Tuesday, October 18 --- 9:00 a.m. "Gaining Ground" by Forrest Pritchard Participants will also be able to select a “blind date” book to discuss at the November discussion session. No registration required. For more information, contact the Askren branch at 330-879-2113.

Family Movie Night
Tuesday, October 18 --- 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, October 18 --- 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 – Arm Knitted Scarves
Wednesday, October 19 --- 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

Super Saturday: Halloween Hijinks
Saturday, October 22 --- 11:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m.
Children in grades K-6 are invited for spooky & fun Halloween stories and other activities. Registration required. 330-832-5037

Anime Night
Saturday, October 22 --- 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to watch Anime and enjoy snacks! 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Monday Book Discussions
Monday, October 24
“Blind Date” discussion sessions
Stop by the Reference Desk and browse a selection of books wrapped in paper with a few descriptive words on it. Choose a book, take it home to read, and bring it with you to discuss (what you liked/disliked about it, whether you would have chosen it on your own, if you would recommend it to others to read, etc.) at one of the October sessions. Or, if you prefer, you may select your own book to discuss at the meeting. An afternoon book discussion will take place at 12:00 p.m. in the library auditorium. An evening discussion will be held in the Second Floor Meeting room at 6:00 p.m. No registration required. For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 330-832-9831, ext. 312.

Frontier Farming: Early Ohio Agriculture
Tuesday, October 25 --- 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Spring Hill Historic Home Director Sammy Kay Smith will exhibit and explain farming implements from the Ohio frontier. For more information, contact Spring Hill Historic Home at 330-833-6749.

Jazz Tuesday
Massillon Senior Center (39 Lincoln Way West)
Tuesday, October 25 --- 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.

Read for the Record (Jumpstart)
Thursday, October 27 --- All Day
Help break a national record for the most people reading the same book on the same day! Drop in anytime to read a copy of "The Bear Ate Your Sandwich" by Julia Sarcone-Roach, design your own family bear for the records board, play sandwich games, meet "The Bear," and enjoy a bear snack after reading. All ages welcome! 330-832-5037

Board of Trustees Meeting
Thursday, October 27 --- 4:00 p.m.
The public is invited to attend board meetings.

Teen Halloween Party
Saturday, October 29
2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to enjoy games, prizes, a movie, snacks, and a whole bunch of candy! 330-832-9831 ext. 321



The Art of Krystian Hall

Krystian Hall is a ceramicist who also paints. 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 through October 29th.

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



Children in grades K through 6 are invited to enter the library’s 3rd Annual Decorate a Pumpkin to Look Like a Book Character Contest!

Children may enter one pumpkin that is decorated to look like their favorite children's book character. Pumpkins should be decorated at home using materials such as paint, beads, construction paper, feathers, markers, glitter, buttons. ABSOLUTELY NO CARVINGS PERMITTED!

Entry forms are available in the Children’s Department and must be turned in with the pumpkins. Entries will be accepted on Friday, October 14, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or on Saturday, October 15, between 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 




Project Fill a Pantry
October 1 - October 31
As part of the 2016 One Book, One Community program, participating libraries will be accepting non-perishable foods for the Stark Hunger Task Force. Help local families in need by donating at your local library.



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









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