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.


By Women and For Women

madMadame Picasso by Anne Girard. The mesmerizing and untold story of Eva Gouel, the unforgettable woman who stole the heart of the greatest artist of our time. When Eva moves to Paris from the countryside, she is full of ambition and dreams of stardom. Though young and inexperienced, she manages toking find work as a costumer at the famous Moulin Rouge, and it is here that she first catches the attention of Pablo Picasso, a rising star in the art world.

The Moment of Everything by Shelly King. Maggie Dupres, recently “involuntarily separated from payroll” at a Silicon Valley startup, is whiling away her days in The Dragonfly’s Used Books, waiting for the Next Big Thing to come along. When the opportunity arises for her to network at a Bay Area book club, she jumps at the chance–even if it means having to read Lady Chatterley’s Lover, a book she hasn’t encountered since college, in an evening.

alyThe Garden of Letters by Alyson Richman. Portofino, Italy, 1943.  A young woman steps off a boat in a scenic coastal village. Although she knows how to disappear in a crowd, Elodie is too terrified to slip by the German officers while carrying her poorly forged identity papers. She is frozen until a man she’s never met before claims to know her. In desperate need of shelter, Elodie follows him back to his home on the cliffs of Portofino. Only months before, Elodie Bertolotti was a cello prodigy in Verona, unconcerned with world events. But when Mussolini’s Fascist regime strikes her family, Elodie isin drawn into the burgeoning resistance movement.

In the Red by Elena Shapiro. When Irina–Romanian by birth but brought up by American parents who have never understood her–arrives at college she quickly abandons ordinary student life for an affair with an older, mysterious Romanian man named Andrei. He has money – lots of it. For the first time, Irina feels free. But the longer she stays with Andrei, the more she is certain that she can’t leave, and that she may be complicit in Andrei’s work – whatever that “work” might be.


Home Furnishing Month

Is it time to celebrate your home by purchasing new furnishings or refreshing existing ones?

These titles may provide some inspiration.

Quick Changes: Fresh Looks for Every Room
This stunningly photographed book brims with simple, smart suggestions for transforming any room in your house—and outdoor spaces too. Each chapter covers a different technique or style, and all the ideas require little time or money. Pick a room and add drama with a single wall painted black; quiet it down with a cleverly placed lamp; create romance with swathes of curtains and drapes in your bedroom, and much more. It’s amazing.

Paris Flea Market Style  
Strasser discusses ways to bring the Parisian look to your home by building collections and looking for furniture and accessories to reflect your individual style whether it’s Napoleon III, Louis XV, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Moderne or Belle Epoque. Whatever it is, you’re sure to find rare pieces that will be treasured in your home.

Candice Olson Family Spaces Everybody wants their home’s main living space to meet the needs of the whole family—and look great doing it. HGTV star Candice Olson is an expert in showing clients how a room can have many functions while still looking pulled-together and polished.


Living in a Nutshell: Posh and Portable Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces
A fireplace on wheels? A chandelier lit by Xerox? A shrink-wrapped designer closet? These are just a few of the more than 100 stylish and innovative projects in this one-of-a-kind DIY decorating guide. Explore the fresh ideas to fool the eye into seeing—and believing—that even the most cramped little lair can hold more space and glamor than just the sum its of four walls.

Additional interior decoration books can be found here


International Peace Day

September 21, 2014 is International Peace day

From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace

Religions for Peace: A Call for Solidarity to the Religions of the World

Real Peace: What We Long for and Where to Find it

Peace in Every Breath

Give War and Peace a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times



October 1st First Wednesday Book Group

woman upstairsOur selection for October is The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud.

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 Mysteries

frozenThe Frozen Dead by Bernard Minier. Saint-Martin-de-Comminges is a small town nestled in the French Pyrenees. The kind of place where winters are harsh and unforgiving and where nothing ever happens. Until the winter morning when a group of workers discover the headless, flayed body of a horse. Commandant Martin Servaz, a charismatic city cop from nearby Toulouse fond of quoting Latin, can’t believe he has been called out over the death of andear animal. But there’s something disturbing about this crime that he can’t ignore.

Death is Like a Box of Chocolates: Chocolate Covered Mystery #1 by Kathy Aarons. Best friends Michelle Serrano and Erica Russell are celebrating the sweet rewards of their combined bookstore and chocolate shop by hosting the Great Fudge Cook-off during the town’s Memorial Day weekend Arts Festival. But success turns bittersweet when Main Street’s portrait photographer is found dead in their store, poisoned by Michelle’s signature truffles.

catFat Cat at Large: Fat Cat Mystery #1 by Janet Cantrell. The jig is up for Chase’s adorable plus-size cat, Quincy. His new vet says “diet”–that means no more cherry cheesecake bars. From now on he gets low-calorie kibble only. But one taste of the stuff is all it takes to drive him in search of better things. Chase tracks Quincy down in a neighbor’s kitchen, where he’s devouring a meatloaf, unaware of the much more serious crime he’snine stumbled upon.

Nine Days by Minerva Koenig. She’s short, round, and pushing forty, but Julia Kalas is a damned good criminal. For 17 years she renovated historic California buildings as a laundry front for her husband’s illegal arms business. Then the Aryan Brotherhood made her a widow, and witness protection shipped her off to the tiny town of Azula, Texas. Also known as the Middle of Nowhere.



Main Library Building 10th Anniversary Celebration


10 Books to Celebrate 10 Years
at the
New Main Library


Joel Whitburn’s Top 10 Pop Hits

Live Ten: Jump-Start the Best Version of Your Life

Lawrence Zarian’s 10 Commandments for a Perfect Wardrobe

The Big Ten of Grammar: Identifying and Fixing the Ten Most Frequent Grammatical Errors

The Top Ten Guide to Fly Fishing

The Ten Commandments of Comedy

The 10 Best of Everything National Parks: 800 Top Picks From Coast to Coast

Ten-Mile Morning: My Journey Through Anorexia Nervosa

Love Potion Number 10: A Jana Bibi Adventure

Ten Lords A-Leaping: A Father Christmas Mystery



New Fantasy Series

falThe Falcon Throne: Tarnished Crown #1 by Karen Miller. A royal child, believed dead, sets his eyes on regaining his father’s stolen throne. A bastard lord, uprising against his tyrant cousin, sheds more blood than he bargained for. A duke’s widow, defending her daughter, defies the ambitious lord who’dfrost control them both. And two brothers, divided by ambition, will learn the true meaning of treachery.

The Beautiful Ashes: Broken Destiny #1 by Jeaniene Frost. In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate. Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse–her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm.

queenThe Midnight Queen: Noctis Magicae Novel #1 by Sylvia Izzo Hunteris. Gray’s deep talent for magick has won him a place at Merlin College. But when he accompanies four fellow students on a mysterious midnight errand that ends in disaster and death, he is sent away in disgrace–and without a trace of his power. He must spend the summer under the watchful eye of his domineering professor, Appius Callender, working in the gardens of Callender’s country estate and hoping to recover his abilities. And it is there, toiling away on a summer afternoon,dev that he meets the professor’s daughter.

House Immortal by Devon Monk. Matilda Case isn’t like most folk. In fact, she’s unique in the world, the crowning achievement of her father’s experiments, a girl pieced together from bits. Or so she believes, until Abraham Seventh shows up at her door, stitched with life thread just like her and insisting that enemies are coming to kill them all.