Teen Summer Reading Volunteer Program Meeting
Must be 13 – 18 years old to volunteer
Love the library? Need service hours? Join our group of teen volunteers in helping with our summer reading program. Please ask at the front desk for an application. Make sure to come to this mandatory meeting prior to the start of the program!
National Turtle Day (May 23) is the perfect day to celebrate Scooter.
Scooter is a Red-Eared Slider, also known as a Trachemys scripta elegans. Red-eared sliders get their name from the small red slash around their ears. The “slider” part of their name comes from their ability to slide off rocks and logs and into the water quickly. Red-eared sliders are almost entirely aquatic, but, as they are cold-blooded, they leave the water to sunbathe to regulate their temperature. The red-eared slider is the most common type of water turtle kept as pets.
Now that we know the basics of the species, here are some fun facts about Scooter. Scooter came to live at the Tallmadge Branch Library on March 11, 2013. At the time, she was thought to be five years old. We are very fortunate to have had her since such a young age because red-eared sliders can live to be between 30 to 40 years old! This means we will many years to enjoy her company.
When Scooter first arrived at the library, we used small pond gravel to cover the bottom of her aquarium. Not long after, it was discovered Scooter was eating the rocks which could lead to stomach and digestive problems so now her tank is void of any small objects that could be easily swallowed. On occasion, staff will use an extra soft toothbrush to clean her shell. While algae growing on her shell is normal and not necessarily harmful, Scooter enjoys the gentle massage so staff “brushes” her once a month. Her favorite pastimes are swimming, sunning on her ramp and showing off for everyone who stops by her aquarium to visit.
Scooter is always happy to have company, so stop by and say hello anytime the library is open.
Did you know that as an Akron-Summit County Public Library customer, you have access to Wowbrary?
Wowbrary is a great tool that helps you discover the very latest in books, DVDs, music and magazines at ASCPL! Simply click the image below, enter your zip code, select ASCPL and subscribe using your email address. You’ll receive a weekly email update that lists all of our newest materials. Place a hold and be one of the first in line!
The Tallmadge Library Association is pleased to announce that, due to the caliber of our applicants, the board voted to award not one but two scholarship grants this year. The recipients of the 2015 Tallmadge Library Association Scholarship Grants will each receive a grant in the amount of $2,500.00. This year’s recipients are Ms. Ellen Franks and Ms. Amber Elfrink. Ms. Franks is a resident of Tallmadge and is pursuing an advanced degree at Kent State University in Library and Information Science. Ms. Elfrink is an employee of the Tallmadge Branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library and is pursuing an advanced degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State University as well. The Tallmadge Library Association congratulates both Ellen and Amber, and wishes them continued success as they pursue their advanced degrees.
May 17 is the national holiday of Norway, referred to in Norwegian as syttende mai. This is the day the Constitution of Norway was signed, very similar to America’s July 4th, the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Norway had been under the rule of Denmark since 1397, over 400 years. After the Denmark-Norway’s defeat in the Napoleonic Wars, Norway wanted to be an independent nation again and created a constitution. They had even appointed a king, Crown Prince Christian Frederick of Denmark. But Sweden invaded Norway and declared that Norway belonged to them, according to the Treaty of Kiel. Norway didn’t have enough resources for a war, so they conceded.
They did eventually free themselves from Sweden in 1905, but they still celebrate May 17 as Constitution Day and proudly wave flags and have fireworks and parades.
The library has always been a fantastic place to save money. Where else can you get books, CDs and DVDs without having to buy them? The library offers a host of services for free. Did you know you can:
- Borrow ebooks and audiobooks for your kindle or other e-reader – and never pay an overdue fine
- Use our meeting rooms for your non-profit community group
- Download magazines to your tablet for free
- Visit a library book sale and buy a book for less than $1.00
- Scan and email documents for free
- Use our computers and free wifi
Make the most of what the library has to offer and live better on less with the ideas in these books (Yes, you can get them all at the library):
Frugal Isn’t Cheap: Spend Less, Save More, and Live Better ~ Clare K. Levison
Levison serves up practical financial advice, and challenges you to change the way you think about money. Her message is deceptively simple and clear: it’s cool to be smart about your money; it’s stylish to be sensible rather than overindulgent; financial stability is more glamorous than extravagance. But cut up the credit cards?Levison prefers to promote responsibility rather than abstinence.
Mastering the Art of Vegan Cooking: Over 200 Delicious Recipes and Tips to Save You Money and Stock Your Pantry ~ Annie Shannon
Most recipes result in leftover ingredients and servings that can be reused in multiple ways, reducing waste in your kitchen while keeping your meals fresh and flavorful. Inspired by the recipes and cost-saving techniques used during the Depression and World War II and paying a vegan homage to Julia Child, The Shannons have figured out how to get the most out of what you’ve already invested so that you can spend less and get more.
Do more, spend less : the new secrets of living the good life for less ~ Brad Wilson
It’s tough in the consumer world. The good news? The entire basis for how to best shop, spend, travel, bank — essentially all aspects of being a consumer — is fundamentally changing. The power is now in your hands. Do More, Spend Less is your road map to get off the default path, turn the tables on the banks, airlines, hotels, cell phone companies, and retailers and win the great game being played for your hard-earned cash. This approach has helped consumers on BradDeals.com save more than $200 million in the last year alone.
The $1,000 challenge : how one family slashed its budget without moving under a bridge or living on government cheese ~ Brian O’Connor
A funny, useful guide to saving $1,000 a month, based on the popular series in The Detroit News. With middle-class families more stretched than ever, nationally syndicated personal finance columnist Brian O’Connor decided to test his own advice about saving money. He began a ten-week experiment to cut his family’s monthly expenses by $1,000-without sacrificing anything truly important. The result is a funny, savvy guide to budgeting in the real world, across ten different categories of spending. It can help families eliminate petty squabbling about money and feel better about where those hard-earned dollars are going.
Kite Day ~ Will Hillenbrand
Bear and Mole build a kite and take it out on a windy day, but when the weather suddenly turns stormy there are unexpected consequences for some birds.
Like a Windy Day ~ Frank Asch
A young girl discovers all the things the wind can do, by playing and dancing along with it.
The Windy Day ~ Anna Milbourne
This picture book describes the wind as it sways trees, makes leaves dance, snatches a person’s hat, lifts a kite, fills a boat’s sails, and spins twirly seeds.
When the Wind Blows ~ Linda Booth Sweeney
A boy has fun outside with his family as a storm approaches, and inside when the rain arrives.
The Berenstain Bears: We Like Kites ~ Stan Berenstain
While kite flying one beautiful summer day, Sister Bear and Brother Bear encounter kites of many different shapes and sizes.
Check out this cool website to learn how you can take flight with your very own personalized Paper Bag Kite!
Danielle Steel is a prolific author who has produced over 70 novels and works of fiction, picture books, and children’s literature She was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having a book on the New York Times Bestseller List for 381 consecutive weeks. According to celebritynetworth.com, Steel has a net worth of $375 million.
As you can see, the Friends of the library group has quite of few books by Steel currently on the ongoing book sale cart. Own a piece of Steel’s empire for the cost of a donation to the Tallmadge Library Association.
Monday – 05/11/15
THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY by Rachel Joyce
Wednesday – 05/13/15
Fantastic Felt Crafting
Make a bookmark for yourself and another to give to a friend.
Saturday – 05/16/15
Every first and third Saturday of the month, 1 – 2 pm
Look for therapy dogs, Caesar or Sophie, in the Children’s area and improve your reading skills by reading a book to a furry friend. Bring along a book you are reading or choose one from our shelves.
May 8 is No Socks Day. This day is a chance to free your feet and give your toes a breath of fresh air after a long, cold winter. So take off your socks and let the wind blow through your hair, I mean toes.
May 9 is Lost Sock Memorial Day. This day is a chance to discard any unmatched sock you’ve been hanging onto in the hopes of finding the match.
Are you hesitant to throw out your unmatched socks? You can take this opportunity to make matching pairs with whatever socks you have laying around. Think of all of the exciting possibilities! Here are a few fun books to read while you’re mixing and matching.
New Socks ~ Bob Shea
A chicken is filled with excitement and self-confidence when he dons a new pair of orange sock.
Lizette’s Green Sock ~ Catharina Valckx
izette tries to figure out what to do with the one green sock that she finds while out walking one day.
Duck Sock Hop ~ Jane Kohuth
Ducks dance their socks off at their weekly sock hop.
Five Stinky Socks ~ Jim Benton
A monster with five stinky socks explains why each sock is so smelly.
Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? ~ Eve Bunting
The reader is invited to help Duck and his animal friends find a missing item.
Lucky Socks ~ Carrie Weston
Knowing that terrible things happen to him when he does not wear his lucky yellow socks, Kevin despairs when he cannot find them, but then he is surprised by what happens.