Glass Crafts

Working with glass is an interesting hobby.

Kiln-Formed Glass: Beyond the Basics: Best Studio Practices *Techniques *Projects

40 Great Glass Fusing Projects

Leaded Glass: Projects and Techniques

Decorative Stained Glass Designs: 38 Patterns for Beautiful Windows and Doors

Paint Stunning Crystal & Glass: The Watercolorist’s Guide to Capturing the Splendor of Light


April 11 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

April 11, 2015

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.

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 Biographies and Memoirs

bettBettyville: A Memoir by George Hodgman is a witty, tender memoir of a son’s journey home to care for his irascible mother.

The Barefoot Lawyer: A Blind Man’s Fight for Justice and Freedom in China by Chen Guangcheng is an electrifying memoir by the Chinese activist who inspired millions with the story of his fight for justice and his belief in the cause of freedom.

Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage by former Congressman Barney Frank.

Off the Radar: A Father’s Secret, a Mother’s Heroism, and a Son’s Quest by Cyrus Copeland, who seeks the truth about his father, an American executive arrested in Iran for spying at the time of the 1979 hostage crisis, then put on trial for his life in a Revolutionary Court.

Three Many Cooks: One Mom, Two Daughters: Their Shared Stories of Food, Faith & Family by Pam Anderson. When the women behind the popular blog Three Many Cooks gather in the busiest room in the house, there are never too many cooks in the Now acclaimed cookbook author Pam Anderson and her daughters, Maggy Keet and Sharon Damelio, blend compelling reflections and well-loved recipes into one funny, candid, and irresistible book.

Be Safe, Love Mom: A Military Mom’s Stories of Courage, Comfort, and Surviving Life on the Home Front by Elaine Lowry Brye. When you enlist in the United States Military, you don’t just sign yourself up for years of duty, you also commit your loved ones to a life of service all their own. No one knows this better than Brye, an army-brat turned military wife turned military mom of four officers, each serving in a different branch of the military.



The Wonders of Crochet

Find a little crochet inspiration from these
new titles in the Library collection.

The Big Book of Crochet Stitches: Fabulous Fans, Pretty Picots, Clever Clusters, and a Whole Lot More

Crochet: The Complete Step-By-Step Guide: Essential Techniques, More than 80 Crochet Patterns.

Calamity-Free Crochet: Troubleshooting Tips and Advice for the Savvy Needlecrafter

The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet

Reversible Color Crochet: A New Technique

Crochet Red: Crocheting for Women’s Heart Health

Contemporary Celtic Crochet: 24 Cabled Designs for Sweaters, Scarves, Hats and More

Additional titles can be found here.




April 1st First Wednesday Book Group

we are all completely beside ourselvesOur selection for April is We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler.

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.


More March Debuts

poseThe Poser by Jacob Rubin. All his life, Giovanni Bernini has possessed an uncanny gift: he can imitate anyone he meets. Honed by his mother at a young age, the talent catapults him from small-town obscurity to stardom. As his fame grows, Giovanni encounters the beautiful and enigmatic stage singer, Lucy Starlight and becomes increasingly trapped inside his many poses. Ultimately, he must assume the one identity he has never been able to master: his own.fatima

The Shadow of the Crescent Moon by Fatima Bhutto, the granddaughter and niece of former prime ministers of Pakistan. In a small Pakistani town near Afghanistan, under invasion by America, three brothers meet for breakfast, but it’s the troubled wife of one and the crusading former girlfriend of another who dominate this story of lives on the edge.

The Lost Boys Symphony by Mark Ferguson. lostAfter Henry’s girlfriend Val leaves him and transfers to another college, his grief begins to manifest itself in bizarre and horrifying ways. Cause and effect, once so reliable, no longer appear to be related in any recognizable manner. Either he’s hallucinating, or the strength of his heartbreak over Val has unhinged reality itself.


Flowers Forever

 Paper crafts with a flower theme.

Floragami: Create Beautiful Fowers from Folded Paper

A Year of Flowers: Creatively Stamped Cards for Every Occasion

Quilled Flowers: A Garden of 35 Paper Projects

Paper Bouquet: Using Paper Punches to Create Beautiful Flowers


New Suspense

darkDark Rooms by Lili Anolik is about murder and glamour set in the ambiguous and claustrophobic world of an exclusive New England prep school. Death sets the plot in motion: the murder of Nica Baker, beautiful, wild, enigmatic, and only sixteen. The crime is solved, and quickly–a lonely classmate, unrequited love, a suicide note confession–but memory and instinct won’t allow Nica’s older sister, Grace, to accept the case as closed.

The Pocket Wife by Susan Crawford. Dana Catrell is shocked when her neighbor Celia is brutally murdered. To Dana’s horror, she was the last person to see Celia alive. Suffering from mania, the result of her bipolar disorder, she has troubling holes in her memory, including what happened on the afternoon of Celia’s death.val

The Valley by John Renehan. A lieutenant in Afghanistan is sent to investigate misconduct within a military unit deep in the Valley—a remote, almost mythic area reached by an endless chain of valleys and outposts. There were many such places in the mountains of Afghanistan, and most were hard places where people died hard deaths. But there was only one Valley. Black didn’t even know its proper name. But he knew about the Valley.

girlGirl Underwater by Claire Kells. Avery Delacorte loves the water. Growing up in Brookline, Massachusetts, she took swim lessons at her community pool and captained the local team. Now a sophomore on her university’s nationally ranked team, she struggles under the weight of new expectations but life is otherwise pretty good. That all changes when Avery’s red-eye home for Thanksgiving makes an emergency landing in a mountain lake in the Colorado Rockies. She is one of only five survivors.


New Mysteries

MAGMurder of Magpies by Judith Flanders.  It’s just another day at the office for book editor Samantha Clair. Checking jacket copy for howlers, wondering how to break it to her star novelist that her latest effort is utterly unpublishable, lunch scheduled with gossipy author Kit Lowell, whose new book will deliciously dish the dirt on thealy fashion industry. But little does she know how much trouble Kit’s book is about to cause.

Asylum by Jeannette de Beauvoir.  Martine LeDuc is the director of PR for the mayor’s office in Montreal. When four women are found murdered and shockingly posed on park benches throughout the city over several months, Martine’s boss fears a PR disaster for the still busy tourist season, and Martine is now also tasked with acting as liaison between the mayor and the police department.

Night Life by David Taylor.  New York City in 1954. The Cold War is heating up. Senator Joe McCarthy is running a witch hunt for Communists in America. The newly formed CIA is fighting a turf battle with the FBI to see who will be the primary US intelligence agency. And the bodies of murdered young men are turning up in the city.

figThe Figaro Murders by Laura Lebow.  In 1786 Vienna, Lorenzo Da Ponte is the court librettist for the Italian Theatre during the height of the enlightened reign of Emperor Joseph II. This exalted position doesn’t mean he’s particularly well paid, or even out of reach of the endless intrigues of the opera world. In fact, far from it. He must either find a killer or take the fall himself – and spend the opening night of The Marriage of Figaro dangling from an executioner’s noose.



Explore quilting tips, techniques and new patterns.

Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in Morocco: 20 Designs from Rowan for Patchwork and Quilting

Quilting with a Modern Slant: People, Patterns, and Techniques Inspiring the Modern Quilt Community

Quilting…Just a Little Bit Crazy: A Marriage of Traditional & Crazy Quilting

The Quilter’s Appliqué Workshop: Timeless Techniques for Modern Designs

Adding Layers: Color, Design & Imagination: 15 Original Quilt Projects from Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession.

The Becolourful Quilt Collection

Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern: Fresh Techniques for Busy Quilters