June 13 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

June 13, 2015

Please email popdiv@akronlibrary.org 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.


New Music Books

beaCountry Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South by Charles L. Hughes.

The Beatles & the Avant-Garde by Aaron Krerowicz.

I Found My Friends: The Oral History of Nirvana by Nick Soulsby.no

No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead by Peter Richardson.

So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead by David Browne.

Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way by Stewart F. Lane.

The Cambridge Companion to Hip-Hop by Justin A. Williams.

Schubert’s Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession by Ian Bostridge.

27: A History of the 27 Club Through the Lives of Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse by Howard Sounes.

Black Sabbath: Symptom of the Universe by Mick Wall.



Closed Memorial Day

All Library locations
will be closed on:

Monday, May 25, 2015 – Memorial Day.


Get Crafty

ori…with these new craft books.

Mini Mosaics by Aimee Harman.

Trash Origami: 25 Paper Folding Projects Reusing Everyday Materials by Michael G. LaFosse.

The Complete Practical Potter: A Comprehensive Guide to Ceramics, with Step-By-Step Projects and Techniques by Josie Warshaw.

Step-By-Step Free-Motion Quilting: Turn 9 Simple Shapes Into 80+ Distinctive Designs Best-Selling Author of First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting by Christina Cameli.

Decorating Glass Project Book: Creative Ways to Transform Plain Glass Bowls, Vases, Mirrors, Picture Frames, Plant Pots and Other Home Accessories bypop Michael Ball.

50 Traditional Toys to Make: Easy-To-Follow Projects to Create for and with Kids by Petra Boase.

Wanderlust: 46 Modern Knits for Bohemian Style by Tanis Gray.

Introduction to Rug Hooking: A Beginner’s Guide to Tools, Techniques, and Materials by Kris Miller.

Seamless Knits for Posh Pups by Sharon Sebrow.

The Jewelry Recipe Book: Transforming Ordinary Materials Into Stylish and Distinctive Earrings, Bracelets, Necklaces, and Pins by Nancy Soriano.



New Suspense and Thrillers

disDisclaimer by Renee Knight. The novel that documentary filmmaker Catherine Ravenscroft has just discovered on her bedside table isn’t such a pleasure to read, as it replicates a dark secret that’s trapped her for years—and was known by only one other person, who’s dead.

The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley by Jeremy Massey. Paddy is a grieving widower who has worked for years for Gallagher’s, a long-established funeral home in Dublin. One night driving home after an unexpected encounter with a client, Paddy hits a pedestrian crossing the street. He pulls over and gets out of his car, intending to do the right thing. As he bends over to help the man, he recognizes him. It’s Donal Cullen, brother of one of the most notorious mobsters in Dublin. Andbolt he’s dead.

Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton. In such a small community as the Falkland Islands, a missing child is unheard of. When another child goes missing, and then a third, it’s no longer possible to believe that their deaths were accidental, and the villagers must admit that there is a murderer among them. Even Catrin Quinn, a damaged woman living a reclusive life after the accidental deaths of her own two sons a few years ago, gets involved in the searches and the speculation.

iceThe Ice Twins by S. K. Tremayne. A year after one of their identical twin daughters, Lydia, dies in an accident, Angus and Sarah Moorcroft move to the tiny Scottish island Angus inherited from his grandmother, hoping to put together the pieces of their shattered lives. But when their surviving daughter, Kirstie, claims they have mistaken her identity–that she, in fact, is Lydia–their world comes crashing down once again.


New Historical Fiction

mapThe Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy. When Sarah Brown, daughter of abolitionist John Brown, realizes that her artistic talents may be able to help save the lives of slaves fleeing north, she becomes one of the Underground Railroad’s leading mapmakers, taking her cues from the slave code quilts and hiding her maps within her paintings.

The House of Hawthorne by Erika Robuck portrays the unlikely marriage between Nathaniel Hawthorne, the celebrated novelist, and Sophia Peabody, the invalidhaw artist, which was a true union of passion and intellect.

Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry. New York, 1895. Odile Church and her beautiful sister, Belle, were raised amid the applause and magical pageantry of The Church of Marvels, their mother’s spectacular Coney Island sideshow. But the Church has burnt to the ground, their mother dead in its ashes. Now Belle, the family’s star, has vanished into the bowels of Manhattan, leaving Odile alone and desperate to find her.

chuThe Death’s Head Chess Club by John Donoghue. SS Obersturmfuhrer Paul Meissner arrives in Auschwitz from the Russian front wounded and fit only for administrative duty. His most pressing task is to improve camp morale and he establishes a chess club, and allows officers and enlisted men to gamble on the games. Soon Meissner learns that chess is also played among the prisoners, and there are rumors of an unbeatable Jew known as “the Watchmaker.” Meissner’s superiors begin to demand that he demonstrate German superiority by pitting this undefeated Jew against the best Nazi players.

The Virgin’s Daughter: A Tudor Legacy Novel by Laura Andersen, which poses the thrilling question: What if Elizabeth I, the celebrated Virgin Queen, gave birth to a legitimate heir?



New Biographies and Memoirs

glassWords Without Music: A Memoir, the long-awaited memoir by the most prolific and popular of all contemporary composers, Philip Glass.

Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey. Marie Mutsuki Mockett has taken the most spectacular catastrophe of our era and used it to teach us astonishing things about faith, perseverance, and the mysteries of the soul. Her journey through personal grief and the devastation of Japan after the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster brings us into a sacred space.

The Burma Spring: Aung San Suu Kyi and the New Struggle for the Soul of a Nation by Rena Pederson. Burma’s woman of destiny and one of the most admired voices for freedom in the world today comes alive through this brilliant rendering of Burma’s tumultuous history.

Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth by John Szwed is published in celebration of Holiday’s centenary, and the first biography to focus on the singer’s extraordinary musical talent.

Alfred Hitchcock: The Man Who Knew Too Much by Michael Wood is a cinematic and biographical assessment of the twentieth century’s greatest filmmaker, by one of our mostup versatile critics.

What Comes Next and How to Like It: A Memoir by Abigail Thomas. From the bestselling author of A Three Dog Life comes a fresh, exhilarating, superbly written memoir about aging, family, creativity, tragedy, friendship, and the richness of life.

The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan by Rafia Zakaria, an author, attorney, and human rights activist, who reflects upon the enormous chasm of inequality between the sexes in Pakistan.



Sunday Summer Hours

“Main Library will be closed on Sundays beginning May 24 through Labor Day.  Online access and the library catalog are available 24/7 for your convenience.”

Main Library will be open again on summer Sundays beginning in 2016, once the collection of the recently approved levy begins in January 2016.”



June 3 First Wednesday Book Group

martianOur selection for June is The Martian by Andy Weir.

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.


Drawing, Painting, Sketching

artGet inspired by these books recently added to our collection.

David Bellamy’s Winter Landscapes: In Watercolour.

Sketch!: The Non-Artist’s Guide to Inspiration, Technique, and Drawing Daily Life by France Belleville-Van Stone.

Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to Be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are by Danny Gregory.

The Painting Workbook: How to Get Started and Stay Inspired by Alena Hennessy.arti

Wildlife Sketching: Pen, Pencil, Crayon and Charcoal , Pen & Ink Drawing and Sketching the Countryside: How to Draw the Vanishing Rural Landscape by Frank Lohan.

The Urban Sketching Handbook: Architecture and Cityscapes: Tips and Techniques for Drawing on Location and The Urban Sketching Handbook: People and Motion Tips and Techniques for Drawing on Location by Gabriel Campanario.

A World of Artist Journal Pages: 1000+ Artworks – 230 Artists – 30 Countries by Dawn Sokol.

Drawing for the Absolute Beginner: A Clear & Easy Guide to Successful Drawing by Mark and Mary Willenbrink.