Closed Independence Day

All Library locations will be closed on:

Friday, July 4, 2015.


New Fantasy and SF

darkThe Dark Forest by Liu Cixin. Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien invasion–in just four centuries’ time. The aliens’ human collaborators may have been defeated, but the presence of the sophons, the subatomic particles that allow Trisolaris instantdar access to all human information, means that Earth’s defense plans are totally exposed to the enemy.

Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives Gilman. Reports of a strange, new habitable planet have reached the Twenty Planets of human civilization. When a team of scientists is assembled to investigate this world, exoethnologist Sara Callicot is recruited to keep an eye on an unstable crewmate.

fliFlight from Death: Fly by Night #1 by Yasmine Galenorn. When an old friend of Alex contacts him about a haunting at the High Tide Bed & Breakfast in Port Townsend, Washington, we think we’re on a simple ghost hunt. But our investigation quickly transforms into a deadly fight as we uncover an eighty-year-old murder, a cursed house, and a dark force trapping the spirits within.fae

Trailer Park Fae: Gallow and Ragged #1 by Lilith Saintcrow. Jeremy Gallow is just another construction worker, and that’s the way he likes it. He’s left his past behind, but some things cannot be erased. Like the tattoos on his arms that transform into a weapon, or that he was once closer to the Queen of Summer than any half-human should be.


New Mysteries

thornbull A Thorn Among the Lilies by Michael Hiebert. Detective Leah Teal is privy to most of the secrets in her hometown of Alvin, Alabama, but there are always surprises to be had. Like the day she agrees to take her daughter, Caroline, to see a psychic for a reading. The psychic hones in on Leah instead, hinting at a string of gruesome killings and insisting that she intervene to prevent more deaths.

Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich. For generations, Clayton Burroughs’s family has run moonshine, weed, and meth over six state lines from their home on Georgia’s Bull Mountain, but renegade Clayton is sheriff of a nearby community. Then an agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms comes knocking.

timeTime’s Up: Maisie McGrane Mystery #1 by Janey Mack.  All her life, Maisie dreamed of following in her father and older brothers’ footsteps and joining the force. But when she’s expelled from the police academy, she’s reduced to taking a job as a meter maid. Now, instead of chasing down perps, she’s booting people’s cars and taking abuse from every lowlife who can’t scrape togetherlook enough change to feed the meter.

Looking Through Darkness by Aimee And David Thurlo. Josephine Buck runs a trading post just off the Navajo Reservation. Widow Leigh Ann Vance is Jo’s right-hand-woman, filling the emptiness in her own life. Shortly after her husband, Kurt, was killed, Leigh Ann discovered he had been having a string of affairs. Kurt’s business partners accuse Leigh Ann of helping Kurt embezzle and the police wonder if Leigh Ann killed him.


By Women and For Women

ideaThe Idea of Love by Patti Callahan Henry. Ella’s life has been completely upended. She’s young, beautiful, and deeply in love–until her husband dies in a tragic sailing accident while trying save her. Or so she’ll have everyone believe. Screenwriter Hunter needs a hit, but crippling writers’ block and a serious lack of motivation are getting him nowhere. He’s on the look-out for a love story. It doesn’t matter who it belongs to.

A Better Man by Leah McLaren. Every couple has a wish list. Maya wants Nick to come home earlier to engage with their children, tobet engage with her. Nick wants a divorce. Having decided that their marriage is over, Nick is determined to leave quickly and with dignity. But when he looks into the financial realities of splitting up, he realizes that more of his hard-earned income than he can handle will go to Maya.

rabThe Last Days of Rabbit Hayes by Anna McPartlin. Here is a truth that can’t be escaped: for Mia “Rabbit” Hayes, life is coming to an end. Rabbit Hayes loves her life, ordinary as it is, and the extraordinary people in it. She loves her spirited daughter, Juliet; her colorful, unruly family; the only man in her big heart, Johnny Faye. But it turns out the world has other plans for Rabbit, and she’s okay with that.

Bennington Girls Are Easy by Charlotte Silver. Cassandra Puffin and Sylvie Furst met in high school but cement what they ardently believe will be everlasting friendship on Bennington’s idyllic Vermont campus. Graduation sees Sylvie moving to New York City, where, later in their twenties, Cassandra joins her. These early, delirious years are spent decorating their Fort Greene apartment with flea market gems, dating “artists,” and trying to figure out what they’re doing with their lives.


Get Crafty

rockRock Art!: Painting and Crafting with the Humble Pebble by Denise Scicluna.

Modern Rainbow: 14 Imaginative Quilts That Play with Color by Rebecca Bryan.

The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers: A Guide to Making Unbelievably Realistic Paper Blooms by Livia Cetti.

Sew Cute and Collectible Sock Monkeys: For Red-Heel Sock Monkey Crafters and Collectors by Dee Lindner.

Paper to Petal: 75 Whimsical Paper Flowers to Craft by Hand by Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell.mod

Spoon Carving by Robin and Nicola Wood.

A Modern Twist: Create Quilts with a Colorful Spin by Natalie Barnes.

Papercraft Project Book: 125 Step-By-Step Papier-Mache, Decoupage, Paper Cutting, Collage, Decorative Effects & Paper Construction Projects by Lucy Painter.

The Modern Medallion Workbook: 11 Quilt Projects to Make, Mix & Match by Janice Zeller Ryan.

Creating with Concrete and Mosaic: Fun and Decorative Ideas for Your Home and Garden by Susanna Zacke.

Hot Knots: Fresh Macrame Ideas for Jewelry, Home, and Fashion by Kat Hartmann.

Baby Brights: 30 Colorful Crochet Accessories by Kathleen McCafferty.


July 11 Poetry Hour

Do you like to write poetry? Read and share it with others?

Or listen to local poets read their work?

Join us:

Poetry Hour

at the Akron Summit County Public Library

Main Library, Meeting Room 1

Saturday, 3 – 4pm

July 11, 2015

Please email or call 330-643-9015 to register to read and share your poetry for a 5 minute interval. Reserve a seat to relax and enjoy the words of our local poets.

Registration is requested. Coffee and cookies provided. Adults ages 18 and over.

Poems read at the Poetry Hour should not be overtly explicit in language or subject matter.

Meeting Room door opens at 2:00 pm. Parking in the High/Market deck is free on Saturday.


Can Dante Save Your Life?

inFind out in these two recent books.

In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me about Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love by Joseph Luzzi, the first American-born child in his Italian family. In the aftermath of a heartbreaking tragedy, this scholar and writer uses Dante’s Divine Comedy to shepherd him through the dark wood of grief and mourning–a rich and emotionally resonant memoir of suffering, hope,dan love, and the power of literature to inspire and heal the most devastating loss.

How Dante Can Save Your Life: The Life-Changing Wisdom of History’s Greatest Poem by Rod Dreher is inspiring, revelatory, and packed with penetrating spiritual, moral, and psychological insights. The opening lines of The Divine Comedy launched Dreher on a journey that rescued him from exile and saved his life; he found that the medieval poem offered him a surprisingly practical way of solving modern problems. This is a book for people, both religious and secular, who find themselves searching for meaning and healing.



Small Ball Theory

menThey say the smaller the ball, the better the writing.

Was golf better (to use one of Tiger’s favorite phrases) back in the day? In Men in Green, Michael Bamberger, who fell for the game as a teenager in its wild Sansabelt-and-persimmon 1970s heyday, goes on a quest to try to find out. The result is a candid, nostalgic, intimate portrait of golf’s greatest generation–then and now.

On July 24, 1983, during the finale of a heated four-game series between the dynastic Yankees and the small-town Royals, umpires nullified a go-ahead home run based on an obscure rule, when Yankees manager Billy Martin pointed out an illegal amount of pine tar on Royalsdan third baseman George Brett’s bat. Brett wildly charged out of the dugout and chaos ensued, in Filip Bondy’s The Pine Tar Game: The Kansas City Royals, the New York Yankees, and Baseball’s Most Absurd and Entertaining Controversy.

Forty-one essays on golf, half brand new, the others reworked and rewritten, based on pieces that were originally published in Golf Digest. Often biting, usually cranky, always hilarious and surprising–this is Dan Jenkins at his best, writing about the sport he loves the most, in Unplayable Lies: The Only Golf Book You’ll Ever Need.

jonIn the fall of 1992, America’s National Pastime is in crisis and already on the path to the unthinkable: cancelling a World Series for the first time in history. Drawing from hundreds of extensive, exclusive interviews throughout baseball, The Game: Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball’s Power Brokers by Jon Pessah, is a stunning achievement: a rigorously reported book and the must-read, fly-on-the-wall, definitive account of how an enormous struggle for power turns disaster into baseball’s Golden Age.

From former Clevelander Joe Posnanski,  The Secret of Golf: The Story of Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus is the story of the friendship, rivalry, and enduring relationship between golf legends Watson and Nicklaus, combined winners of twenty-six major championships, whose sparring matches defined the sport for more than a decade.


July 1 First Wednesday Book Group

curious incident of the dog in the night-timeOur selection for July is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

For more information on our lively group call 330-643-9015. We meet the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm. Copies of the discussion books are available at the Culture & AV desk.

Ages 18 and over. Meeting Room 1. Door opens at 6pm.


New Biographies and Memoirs

dogDogfella: How an Abandoned Dog Named Bruno Turned This Mobster’s Life Around–A Memoir by James “Head” Guiliani.

Legend: A Harrowing Story from the Vietnam War of One Green Beret’s Heroic Mission to Rescue a Special Forces Team Caught Behind Enemy Lines by Eric Blehm.

Out Came the Sun: Overcoming the Legacy of Mental Illness, Addiction, and Suicide in My Family by Mariel Hemingway.

American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewal by Taya Kyle, the wife of SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.mar

Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann.

Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press by James McGrath Morris.

Philip Seymour Hoffman: Brilliant. Troubled. Tragic. by the Editors of Plexus Publishing.

After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye by Jan Gaye, his second wife.

Always Pack a Party Dress: And Other Lessons Learned from a (Half) Life in Fashion by Amanda Brooks.

Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny by Holly Madison.