Library Closed on Labor Day

All Library locations will be closed

Monday, September 1, 2014 – Labor Day.


New SF and Fantasy

lockLock In by John Scalzi. Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. Four percent suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And one percent find themselves “locked in”–fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. One per cent doesn’t seem like a lot. But in the United States, that’s 1.7 million people “locked in..” including themaple President’s wife and daughter.

Maplecroft: The Borden Dispatches by Cherie Priest. “The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me,” says Lizzie Borden. “Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, a mansion near the sea and far from gossip and scrutiny. But it is not far enough from the affliction that possessed my parents. Their characters, their very ‘souls,’ were consumed from within by something that left malevolent entities in their place.”

catThe Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato. Orphaned as a child, Octavia Leander was doomed to grow up on the streets until Miss Percival saved her and taught her to become a medician. Gifted with incredible powers, the young healer is about to embark on her first mission, visiting suffering cities in the far reaches of the war-scarred realm. But the airship on which she is traveling is plagued by a series of strange and disturbing occurrences, including murder, and Octavia herself is threatened.



Poetry Hour September 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

September 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.


New Inspirational Fiction

withWith Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden. In the shadow of the nation’s capital, Kate Livingston’s respectable life as a government worker is disrupted by an encounter with the insufferable Trevor McDonough, the one man she’d hoped never to see again. A Harvard-trained physician, Trevor never showed the tiniest flicker of interest in Kate, and business is the only reason he has sought her out now. Despite her misgivings, Kate agrees to Trevor’slord risky proposal to join him in his work to find a cure for tuberculosis.

Prelude for a Lord by Camille Elliot. Bath, England—1810. At twenty-eight, Alethea Sutherton is past her prime for courtship; but social mores have never been her forte. She might be a lady, but she is first and foremost a musician. In Regency England, however, the violin is considered an inappropriate instrument for a lady. Ostracized by society for her passion, Alethea practices in secret and waits for her chance to flee to the Continent.

bethRumspringa’s Hope: Spirit of the Amish #1 by Beth Shriver. Although promised to the widowed neighbor Zeb, Emma is considering leaving her Amish community to watch over her younger brother Mark when he leaves for Philadelphia to explore the outside world during his Rumspringa. There, she reconnectsdry with her former beau Caleb.

Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas. It’s 1954 and Perla Long’s arrival in the sleepy town of Wise, West Virginia, was supposed to go unnoticed. She just wants a quiet, safe place for her and her daughter, Sadie, where the mistakes of her past can stay hidden. But then drought comes to Wise, and Perla is pulled into the turmoil of a town desperately in need of a miracle.

The Confession by Robert Whitlow. Assistant D.A. Holt Douglas makes his living exposing lies and sending criminals to jail in Ashley County, Georgia. His job is always easier when defendants, instead of remaining silent, blame someone else or try to excuse their actions. With a confession in his hand, Holt knows a guilty plea will soon follow. But lurking in Holt’s past is a dark secret that could end his successful career and possibly his relationship with Angelina, his hoped for fiancée.


Friday, August 22 is Be an Angel Day

Be An Angel Day is all about making the world a better place. It

  • Was first celebrated on August 22, 1993 by Jayne Howard Feldman.
  • Encourages us to perform random acts of kindness, or volunteer our time to assist those in need.
  • Is for both the giver and the receiver. If you are the receiver, be sure to express your appreciation.

Learn more about kindness and gratitude as you take a look at these titles.

The Wisdom of Compassion: Stories of Remarkable Encounters and Timeless Insights

Angel Intelligence: How Your Consciousness Determines Which Angels Come Into Your Life

Kindness: Reaching Out to Others

Touched By Kindness: True Stories of People Blessed by Compassion

The Force of Kindness: Change Your Life With Love and Compassion


September 3rd First Wednesday Book Group

flame throwersOur selection for September is The Flame Throwers by Rachel Kushner.

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.


By Women and For Women

goodThe Good Girl by Mary Kubica. Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, at first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be thewebb worst mistake of Mia’s life.

The Language of Silence by Peggy Webb. Nobody in the family talks about Ellen’s grandmother Lola, who was swallowed up by the circus and emerged as a woman who tamed tigers and got away scot-free for killing her husband. When Ellen’s husband, Wayne, beats her nearly to death, she runs to the only place she knows where a woman can completely disappear–the same Big Top that once sheltered her grandmother.

songA Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray. The Bradleys see the world as a place where miracles are possible, and where nothing is more important than family. This is their story. It is the story of Ian Bradley–husband, father, math teacher, and Mormon bishop–and his unshakeable belief that everything will turn out all right if he can only endure to the end, like the pioneers did. It is the story of his wife, Claire, her lonely wait for a signart from God, and her desperate need for life to pause while she comes to terms with tragedy. And it is the story of their children.

The Art of Adapting by Cassandra Dunn. Seven months after her husband leaves her, Lana is still reeling. Being single means she is in charge of every part of her life, and for the first time in nineteen years, she can do things the way she always wanted to do them. But that also leaves her with all the responsibility. With two teenage children–Byron and Abby, who are each dealing with their own struggles–in a house she can barely afford on her solo salary, her new life is a balancing act made even more complicated when her brother Matt moves in. Oh yeah, Matt has Asperger’s syndrome.


Price Guides

Price Guides recently added to the library collection.

Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles 2015 Price Guide

Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles 2014

Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2014

Antiques Handbook & Price Guide 2014-2015

Warman’s Depression Glass: Identification and Price Guide

Antique Trader Pottery & Porcelain Ceramics Price Guide


Upcoming Debuts

allAll We Had by Annie Weatherwax. For thirteen-year-old Ruthie Carmichael and her mother, Rita, life has never been stable. The only sure thing is their love for each other. Though Rita works more than one job, the pair teeters on the edge of poverty. Before long, Ruthie convinces her mother to leave and in their battered Ford Escort, they head East in search of a better life. When money runs out and their car breaks down, they find themselves stranded in acree small town called Fat River where their luck finally takes a turn.

Season of the Dragonflies by Sarah Creech is a story of flowers, sisters, practical magic, old secrets, and new love, set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where for generations, the Lenore women have manufactured a perfume unlike any other, and guarded the unique and mysterious ingredients.

weWe Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas. Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens, in an apartment where the mood swings between heartbreak and hilarity, depending on how much alcohol has been consumed. Eileen can’t help but dream of a calmer life, in a better neighborhood. When she meets Ed Leary, a scientist whose bearing is nothing like those of theaud men she grew up with, she thinks she’s found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit.

The Undertaking by Audrey Magee. In a desperate bid to escape the trenches of the Eastern front, Peter Faber, an ordinary German soldier, marries Katharina Spinell, a woman he has never met, in a marriage of convenience that promises a “honeymoon” leave for him and a pension for her should he die in the war. With ten days’ leave secured, Peter visits his new wife in Berlin and both are surprised by the passion that develops between them.


Writing Writing Writing

Are you planning to do some writing? 

A variety of new titles have been added to the collection. 

Take a look here.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing

The Complete Guide to Article Writing: How to Write Successful Articles for Online and Print Markets

Writing with the Master: How One of the World’s Bestselling Authors Fixed My Book and Changed My Life