New Christmas Craft Books

 Are you still looking for last minute ideas for decorating?

Glitterville’s Handmade Christmas: A Glittered Guide for Whimsical Crafting!

Handcrafted Christmas: Ornaments, Decorations, and Cookie Recipes to Make at Home

Christmas Crochet for Hearth, Home & Tree: Stockings, Ornaments, Garlands and More

Christmas at Historic Houses

2014 Christmas with Southern Living: Our Best Guide to Holiday Cooking & Decorating

Christmas All Through the South: Joyful Memories, Timeless Moments, Enduring Traditions


January 7th First Wednesday Book Group

hard way on purposeOur selection for January is The Hard Way on Purpose : Essays and Dispatches From the Rust Belt by David Giffels.

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.


Holiday Sheet Music

Are you planning to play or perform Christmas songs this season? You may be interested to know the Main Library has a Sheet Music Collection.

Sample titles include:

Christmas Joy!: 20 Seasonal Songs from Top Christian Artists: Piano, Vocal., Guitar

Christmas Carols for Vocal Duet

Ultimate Christmas Showstoppers

Christmas : a treasured anthology of choral music, musical scripts, dramas, Scripture, and service
music for the Christmas season

Additional titles can be viewed here.


December 13th is Violin Day

The violin is an incredibly versatile musical instrument, allowing for music of great passion and incredible delicacy. Violin Day salutes violinists, and encourages you to listen to music featuring violins.

The Violin: A Social History of the World’s Most Versatile Instrument

The Violin Maker: Finding a Centuries-Old Tradition in a Brooklyn Workshop

Violin Dreams


New Mysteries

taggearTagged for Death: A Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery by Sherry Harris. Starting your life over at age thirty-eight isn’t easy, but that’s what Sarah Winston finds herself facing when her husband CJ runs off with a 19-year-old temptress named Tiffany. Sarah’s self-prescribed therapy happily involves hitting all the garage and tag sales in and around her small town of Ellington, Massachusetts. If only she could turn her love for bargain hunting into a full-time career.

Geared for the Grave: Cycle Path Mystery #1 by Duffy Brown. Evie Bloomfield heads to Mackinac Island to assist her boss’s father. Rudy Randolph has broken his leg and operating his bike shop, Rudy’s Rides, is too much to handle by himself. But Evie’s good turn only leads to more trouble…After Evie’s arrival, wealthy resident Bunny Harrington dies in what looks like a freak bike accident. But upon closer inspection, Bunny’s brakes were tampered with.

fiveFive by Ursula Archer. A woman’s corpse is discovered in a meadow. A strange combination of letters and numbers has been tattooed on the soles of her feet. Detective Inspector Beatrice Kaspary from the local murder squad quickly identifies the digits as map coordinates. These lead to a series of bloody discoveries as she and her colleagues embark on a modern-day scavenger hunt using GPS navigation devices to locate hidden caches.

City of brick and shadow by Tim Wirkus. Already struggling to keep their tiny congregation afloat, two Mormon missionaries stationed in the dangerous Latin American neighborhood of Vila Barbosa suspect the worst when Marco Aurelio, a man they recently baptized, disappears from a crowded street market. When thebishop neighborhood’s corrupt police force shows no interest, Elder Toronto and Elder Schwartz decide to investigate Marco Aurelio’s disappearance themselves.

The bishop’s wife by Mette Ivie Harrison is another Mormon mystery. Linda Wallheim is the mother of five grown boys and the wife of a Mormon bishop. As bishop, Kurt Wallheim is the ward’s designated spiritual father, and that makes Linda the ward’s unofficial mother, and her days are filled with comfort visits, community service, and informal counseling. But Linda is increasingly troubled by the church’s patriarchal structure and secrecy, especially as a disturbing situation takes shape in the ward.


By Women and For Women

biteA Second Bite at the Apple by Dana Bate. Sydney Strauss is obsessed with food. Not with eating it—though she does that too—but with writing about the wonders of the gastronomic world, from obscure fruit hybrids to organic farming techniques. Since food journalism jobs are more coveted than Cronuts®, Sydney pays her billsdiet working for one of TV’s biggest egomaniacs—until she’s left scrambling for shifts at a local farmers’ market.

The Divorce Diet by Ellen Hawley. Abigail is sure the only thing standing between her and happiness is the weight she gained along with her beloved new baby. Until she instantly loses 170 pounds of husband. When Thad declares that “this whole marriage thing” is no longer working, a shell-shocked Abigail takes her infant daughter and moves back to her parents’ house. Floundering, she turns to an imaginary guru and best friend, the author of a new weight-loss book. But surviving heartache, finding a job, and staying sane as a suddenly single new mom isn’t easy, especially on a diet–sorry, life journey.

miaStella Mia by Rosanna Chiofalo. Julia Parlatone doesn’t have much to remember her Italian mother by. A grapevine that Sarina planted still flourishes in the backyard of Julia’s childhood home in Astoria, Queens. And there’s a song, “Stella Mia,” she recalls her mother singing, until the day she left three-year-old Julia behind and returned to Italy for good. Julia tries not to dwell on a past she can’t change or on a mother who chose to leave. But in an old trunk in the family basement, she discovers a diary. By the diary’s end, Julia knows she must track down her mother in Italy and piece together the truth–a journey that, fordress better or worse, will change her own life forever.

The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna van Praag. Since her parents’ mysterious deaths many years ago, scientist Cora Sparks has spent her days in the safety of her university lab or at her grandmother Etta’s dress shop. Tucked away on a winding Cambridge street, Etta’s charming tiny store appears quite ordinary to passersby, but the colorfully vibrant racks of beaded silks, delicate laces, and jewel-toned velvets hold bewitching secrets: With just a few stitches from Etta’s needle, these gorgeous gowns have the power to free a woman’s deepest desires.



Poetry Hour – Poems from November

Thanks to everyone who participated in our November Poetry Hour.

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Poetry Hour: November 2014 Poets
Many of our poems this month were about love (happy and sad), and life (and death), and faith.
Faith is having the strength to travel new paths (away from a pathetic past) and praying to God when slowly drowning in quicksand. Jesus walks with us.
In death, Robin Williams inspired one poet to write about death aligning with peace. Anther poet shared a poem about alcoholism destroying a family – the emotional poverty and social gossip.
Life is about people – not things: best friends, an older brother’s point of view, and opportunity as a respectful distance to uncensored business. We even had a poem about a bus driver inspired by a man on the side of the road: dreaming his dreams for years.
Love poetry included images of beauty and abundance, heart, and memories of sweet love. The poems spoke of different stages of a relationship: starting alone and wanting someone to share a family with, love growing with slow steps (sometimes as an offering like a pearl from the salty ocean), sometimes ending with bitterness and resentment, sometimes trying and failing to keep a relationship, and sometimes finding the love of a lifetime. Love is an extension of our self to others.
We had one poem about awkward household chores: cleaning mini-blinds, climbing a ladder, iron burns, and car repair. These emergency room thrill seekers ask “how hard can it be?”
We watched as someone set up a camera to record a poem written an hour before the program.
There was a fun poem about the Rubber Ducks, and a reading of Thomas Merton’s Thoughts in Solitude.
Finally – we were reminded that there is honesty in poetry. Who will be taken away in chains or on a stretcher? And in the end – what will others say about us?
See you December 13th for our final 2014 Poetry Hour!

Akron Sudoku Tournament

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Saturday, November 15th, nineteen enthusiastic Sudoku devotees competed for first place in the Akron-Summit County Public Library’s third annual tournament.  Will Shortz of the New York Times once again gave the Akron-Summit County Public Library permission to use Sudoku puzzles from any of his books.

The Akron Sudoku Tournament includes three easy puzzles, two medium level puzzles, and one difficult puzzle. The top three scoring competitors finished the competition on the Auditorium stage in the championship round with a challenging level puzzle. Everyone watching the finalists was offered a copy of the challenging level puzzle for their own enjoyment.

Combined scores for the first three rounds:

Registrant # Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Grand Total
10 1430 1680 1390 4500
49 1675 1455 1290 4420
37 1000 1855 1440 4295
3 1800 1145 1290 4235
4 1575 1405 1205 4185
20 1500 1530 1145 4175
29 1560 1305 1010 3875
47 1370 1105 1215 3690
12 1100 1455 1100 3655
8 1175 1305 1020 3500
42 860 1230 1315 3405
5 950 1250 1025 3225
46 1110 890 1055 3055
17 855 1035 1100 2990
40 415 895 1045 2355
7 520 870 950 2340
11 465 770 1030 2265
25 365 835 1055 2255
23 390 760 960 2110

Championship Round Scores:

Registrant # Total
49 1450
10 825
37 775

Prizes of a Sudoku thermos, Sudoku coffee mug, and a book of Sudoku puzzles by Will Shortz were awarded to the top three finalists. Everyone who attended received a bonus Sudoku puzzle to take home and complete at their leisure.

We hope you can join us in our next Akron Sudoku Tournament!


New Science Fiction and Fantasy

immThe Immortals of Meluha: The Shiva Trilogy: Book 1 by Amish Tripathi. 1900 BC in what modern Indians call the Indus Valley Civilization and the inhabitants called the land of Meluha– a near-perfect empire created many centuries earlier by Lord Ram, one of the greatest monarchs that ever lived, faces peril as its primary river, the Saraswati, is slowly drying to extinction. The only hope is an ancient legend: when evil reaches epicmich proportions, when all seems lost, a hero will emerge.

The Whispering Swarm: Book One of the Sanctuary of the White Friars byMichael Moorcock is a tale both fantastical and autobiographical, a celebration of London and what it meant to be young there in the years after World War II. We follow a young man named Michael as he simultaneously discovers himself and a secret realm hidden deep in the heart of London.

greenTales from the Nightside by Simon R. Green. Welcome to the Nightside. It’s the secret heart of London, beating to its own rhythm, pumping lifeblood through the veins of its streets and alleys hidden in eternal darkness, where creatures of the night congregate and where the sun is afraid to shine. It’s the place to go if you’re looking to indulge the darker side of your nature–and to hell with the

The Just City by Jo Walton. Created as an experiment by the time-traveling goddess Pallas Athene, the Just City is a planned community, populated by over ten thousand children and a few hundred adult teachers from all eras of history, along with some handy robots from the far human future–all set down together on a Mediterranean island in the distant past.

Unbreakable by W.C. Bauers. The colonists of the planet Montana are accustomed to being ignored. Situated in the buffer zone between two rival human empires, their world is a backwater: remote, provincial, independently minded. Even as a provisional member of the Republic of Aligned Worlds, Montana merits little consideration–until it becomes the flashpoint in an impending interstellar war.



Poetry Hour December 13th

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

December 13, 2014

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.

Free to register. Coffee and cookies provided (bring your own covered mug for a greener program). 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.