Celebrate Steampunk

The Urban Dictionary states steampunk could be described by the slogan “What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner.”

Take a look at these new titles that may pique your curiosity.

Steampunk: An Illustrated History of Fantastical Fiction, Fanciful Film and Other Victorian Visions

The Anatomy of Steampunk: The Fashion of Victorian Futurism

Clockwork Fairy Tales: A Collection of Steampunk Fables

The Mammoth Book of Steampunk

Ghosts by Gaslight: Stories of Steampunk and Supernatural Suspense

The Art of Steampunk: Extraordinary Devices and Ingenious Contraptions From the Leading Artists of the Steampunk Movement

Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos  A Maker’s Guide to Creating Modern Artifacts

Other titles related to steampunk culture may be found here.

Steampunk Series titles can be found here.



Akron Sudoku Tournament 2014

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Main Library Meeting Room 2AB, 1-4 pm

Do You Sudoku?

Sudoku enthusiasts compete to complete Sudoku puzzles provided by New York Times editor Will Shortz. The puzzles begin easy and get progressively harder. Prizes awarded to the top three finalists.

The Tournament:

There are three general rounds, plus a championship round. The rounds are 20 minutes each. The first round will consist of 3 easy puzzles, the second round will have 2 medium puzzles, and the third round will be 1 difficult puzzle. When finished (or when time is up), the puzzles are collected and our judges score them. The three finalists (top three cumulative scores) are announced after the third round. They then compete in the championship round with the most challenging Sudoku puzzle on the auditorium stage.

Free to participate. Adults, age 18 and over. To register, email popdiv@akronlibrary.org or call 330-643-9015.

Meeting Room door opens at Noon. Parking in the High/Market deck is free on Saturday.


By Women and For Women

getGetting Even by Sarah Rayner. Revenge has never been such fun! How would you feel if your best friend at work betrayed you? Was secretly having an affair with an influential colleague? Won a coveted promotion, then teamed you up with a mere junior, leaving you feeling completely demoted? Whathan would you do? For Ivy there’s no choice.

Reunion by Hannah Pittard. Five minutes before her flight is set to take off, Kate Pulaski, failed screenwriter and newly failed wife with scarcely a hundred dollars to her name, learns that her estranged father has killed himself. More shocked than saddened by the news, she gives in to her siblings’ request that she join them, along with her many half-siblings and most of her father’s five former wives, in Atlanta, their birthplace, for a final farewell.

farThe Far Side of the Sun by Kate Furnivall. The Bahamas, 1943. Hoping to escape her turbulent past, twenty-three-year-old Dodie Wyatt has fled to Nassau. But the world is at war, and one night the peaceful life she has created for herself is shattered when she discovers a man dying in an alleyway…

The Night Garden by Lisa Van Allen. Nestled in the bucolic town of Green Valley in upstate New York, the Pennywort farm appears ordinary, yet at its center lies something remarkable: a wild maze of colorful gardens that reaches beyond the imagination. Local legend says that a visitor can gain answers to life’s most difficult problems simply by walking through its lush corridors.


Country Music Month

Pilgrimage to Dollywood: A Country Music Road Trip Through Tennessee

American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart

Country Music Broke My Brain: A Behind-the-Microphone Peek at Nashville’s Famous and Fabulous Stars

The Encyclopedia of Country Music: The Ultimate Guide to the Music

Country Music CD’s can be found by clicking here.


New SF and Fantasy

gregWar Dogs by Greg Bear. They came in peace, bearing gifts. The Gurus were a highly advanced species who brought amazingly useful and sophisticated technology to the human race. There was, of course, a catch. They warned of a far more malevolent life form, beings who have hounded the Gurus across the cosmos. First in a series.

The Abyss Beyond Dreams: Chronicle of the Fallers #1 by Peter F. Hamilton returns to the universe of his acclaimed Void Trilogy with the firstabyss novel in a brand-new two-part series.

The Free by Brian Ruckley. The famed Yulan is leader of The Free, the last remaining band of mercenaries in the Hommetic Kingdom. Feared and revered, they were once seen as a threat to the Hommetic Kingdom’s power — until they outlasted it in the course of a bloody rebellion.

closerCloser to Home: Book One of Herald Spy by Mercedes Lackey. Mags was once an enslaved orphan living a harsh life in the mines, until the King’s Own Herald discovered his talent and trained him as a spy. Now a Herald in his own right, at the newly established Heralds’ Collegium, Mags has found a supportive family, including his Companion Dallen.

The Time Roads by Beth Bernobich. Eire is one of the most powerful empires in the world. The Anglian Dependencies are a dusty backwater filled with resentful colonial subjects, Europe is a disjointed mess, and many look to Eire for stability and peace. In a series of braided stories, Bernobich has created a tale about the brilliant Eireann scientists who have already bent the laws of nature for Man’s benefit. And who now are striving to conquer the nature of time.


Upcoming Debuts

rainRainey Royal by Dylan Landis. Greenwich Village, 1970s: Rainey Royal, fourteen years old, talented, and troubled, lives in a once-elegant, now decaying brownstone with her father, a jazz musician with a cultish personality, trying desperately to nurture her own creative drives and create a substitute family. Her mother has abandoned the family, and Rainey fends off advances from her father’s best friend while trying desperately to nurture her own creativealix drives and build a substitute family.

Gutenberg’s Apprentice by Alix Christie. Youthful, ambitious Peter Schoeffer is on the verge of professional success as a scribe in Paris when his foster father, wealthy merchant and bookseller Johann Fust, summons him home to Mainz to meet “a most amazing man,” Johann Gutenberg, who has devised a revolutionary–and to some, blasphemous–method of bookmaking: a machine he calls a printing press.

gearHow to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran.  What do you do in your teenage years when you realize what your parents taught you wasn’t enough? You must go out and find books and poetry and pop songs and bad heroes–and build yourself. It’s 1990. Johanna Morrigan, fourteen, has shamed herself so badly on local TV that she decides that there’s no point in being Johanna anymore and reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde–fast-talking, hard-drinking Gothic heroine.

Crooked River by Valerie Geary. Still grieving the sudden death of their mother, Sam and her younger sister Ollie McAlister move from the comforts of Eugene to rural Oregon to live in a meadow in a teepee under the stars with Bear, their beekeeper father. But soon after they arrive, a young woman is found dead floating in Crooked River, and the police arrest their eccentric father for the murder.


It’s Not Too Soon for a Holiday Romance

mallThe Christmas Wedding Ring by Susan Mallery. In her youth, Molly Anderson couldn’t help crushing on gorgeous bad boy Dylan Black–even though he only had eyes for her older sister. When things didn’t work out between them, he said goodbye to Molly as well, vowing they’d have a greatrem adventure when she grew up. Years later, dumped by her fiancé just before Christmas, she’s finally ready to take Dylan up on his promise.

A Christmas to Remember by Jill Shalvis et al. Melissa has kept every man at a safe distance-especially firefighter Ian, a sexy friend with sexy benefits. But Ian secretly longs for more. Luckily, ’tis the season for giving love a chance . . .Holidays don’t come easy for Shy and his brother, Landon. But with the magic of Christmas, along with a little help from Tabby and her family, the Cage brothers are about to get the gift of a lifetime . . .

lisaThe Christmas Bouquet by Sherryl Woods. For the very driven medical student Caitlyn Winters, catching the bridal bouquet at a Christmas wedding has set off a chain reaction that she’s sure is more curse than blessing.

Our First Christmas by Lisa Jackson et al. Megan Johnson’s marriage is over—or so she thinks. When her husband Chris lands in the hospital,fern fighting for his life, she remembers the unexpected joy of their first Christmas together…

When the Snow Falls by Fern Michaels et al. All private investigator Hannah Ray wants for Christmas is a quiet day at her Florida beachfront condo. When her biggest client insists she join him on a Colorado ski trip, she has little choice—but what she finds on her arrival could melt the coldest heart…


Poetry Hour – Poems from September


Thanks to everyone who participated in our September 2014 Poetry Hour.

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September’s Poetry Hour was exciting!

We had poetry about Autumn, true love, potty training and peanut butter sandwiches. One poem that was shared was written to the specifications of a poetry contest. One poem detailed the real-life cyber-blues of computer ownership.

One poem was sung to the music of “Petticoat Junction”.

One poet brought fabric painted canvas sneakers to illustrate her poem about basketball.

Two other poems were about becoming what you think and living life victoriously to the end.

We look forward to hearing everyone’s poetry on October 11th!


Classical Music Month


The Cambridge Companion to the Symphony
Few genres of the last 250 years have proved so crucial to the course of music history, or so vital to public musical experience, as the symphony. This Companion offers an accessible guide to the historical, analytical and interpretative issues surrounding this major genre of Western music, discussing an extensive variety of works from the eighteenth century to the present day. The book complements a detailed review of the symphony’s history with focused analytical essays from leading scholars on the symphonic music of both mainstream composers, including Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven and lesser-known figures, including Carter, Berio and Maxwell Davies.


The Complete Classical Music Guide
Packed with photographs, composer biographies, analyses of major works, and essential information on every musical genre, style, form, instrument, and ensemble, DK’s Complete Classical Music Guide is a portable encyclopedic guide to more than one thousand years of Western classical music.





Poetry Hour October 11th

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

October 11, 2014

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.

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.