This Week at the Library

Thursday, 12/03/15

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Knit and Crochet Club
Join us for the sharing of ideas and instruction. Basic supplies provided to get you started.



Amazing Libraries Around the World

For our third amazing library adventure, I thought it might be fun to hop across the pond and visit Australia. So grab your passport and let’s go!

Name: Victorian State Library
Located: Melbourne, Australia
Type of Library: Public
Approximate Size of Collection: 2 million books and 16,000 serials

Victorian State Library

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  • The Victorian State Library is Australia’s oldest public library and one of the first free public libraries in the world.
  • The State Library has remained on the same two-acre allotment since its opening in 1856, but the structure you see today is actually made up of 23 individual buildings that have changed dramatically over the years.
  • Beyond the library walls lie a number of iconic features with their own stories, some of which are as instantly recognizable as the Library building itself. A few worth mentioning are: The statue of St. George and the Dragon, the bronze statue of Joan of Arc and the world’s second James Joyce Seat of Learning.
  • Each year more than 70,000 items are added to the collection. These items can be either books or items of historical and cultural importance.
  • The Victorian State Library houses the original armor of Edward “Ned” Kelly, an Australian bushranger who made his own armor which was unheard of at the time. He was accused of bank robbery, using horses without permission, public brawls and eventually the attempted murder of a policeman. Despite significant support for his reprieve, Kelly was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death by hanging.
  • The Domed Reading Room which opened in 1913 was designed to hold over 1 million books and up to 600 readers at one time!
  • The library also houses a chess reading room that houses a wide range of materials dedicated to the history, study and practice of chess. The room is a multi-purpose room intended also for reading and studying.
  • In 2015, the library had more than 1.7 million physical visits and over 3.3 million online visits!

Library Humor


The fine print says, “Dewey Decimal Classification 645.5: Household furnishing – Lighting fixtures”.


Closing Message

All Library locations will close at 5 pm Wednesday, November 25 Thanksgiving Eve.

All Library locations will be closed Thursday, November 26 Thanksgiving Day.   

Online access and the catalog are available 24/7.


This Week at the Library

Monday, 11/23/15

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Microsoft Office Excel 1
MS Excel, Part 1: Opening & Creating Workbooks
Learn how to create basic workbook files using Microsoft Excel 2013. Discover how to organize data more efficiently using spreadsheets. Attendance at MS Word, Part 1 is preferred.

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6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Microsoft Office Excel 2
MS Excel, Part 2: Formatting and Modifying Workbooks
Discover how to modify columns, rows, and format cells. Practice the different ways to duplicate, move, and edit data.Attendance at MS Excel, Part 1 is preferred.
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Tuesday, 11/24/15

6:00 PM
Career Guidance Sessions
Preparing for Interviews
Join Mick Rogers from Goodwill Industries of Akron for guidance on writing resumes and interviewing skills. Each session is being offered several times and includes time for individual assistance.


Wednesday, 11/25/15



All Library locations will close at 5 pm Wednesday, November 25 Thanksgiving Eve.

Thursday, 11/26/15

All Library locations will be closed Thursday, November 26 Thanksgiving Day


Thank you


Thank you for your ongoing support

We would like to take a moment to thank the Friends of the Tallmadge Branch Library for their ongoing support. A lot of time, energy and effort go into making our book sales a success, and they would not be possible without our Friends group. With proceeds from our book sales, the Friends help us provide quality programming, entertainment and the supplies needed to take care of our beloved turtle, Scooter. Every spring, the Tallmadge Library Association proudly awards a $2,500 scholarship grant to a local resident returning to college for the current academic year. They also offer a scholarship grant for a graduating high school senior in the amount of $1,000 through the Tallmadge City Schools Local Scholarship Program.

We appreciate all you do for us!

To learn more about becoming a Friend, click here.


Staff Picks


First Frost ~ Sarah Addison Allen
Autumn has finally arrived in the small town of Bascom, North Carolina, heralded by a strange old man appearing with a beat-up suitcase. He has stories to tell, stories that could change the lives of the Waverley women forever. But the Waverleys have enough trouble on their hands. Quiet Claire Waverley has started a successful new venture, Waverley’s Candies, but it’s nothing like she thought it would be, and it’s slowly taking over her life. Claire’s wild sister Sydney, still trying to leave her past behind, is about to combust with her desire for another new beginning. And Sydney’s fifteen-year-old daughter Bay has given her heart away to the wrong boy and can’t get it back.

Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads ~ Bob Shea
The Toad brothers are wreaking havoc in Drywater Gulch when a boy with no experience but immense knowledge of dinosaurs rides into town on his tortoise and declares himself the new sheriff.

8, an Animal Alphabet ~ Elisha Cooper
Discover hundreds of animals, great and small. Lion and lizard, whale and wombat. Learn one wild fact about eachanimal. (Did you know that gorillas yawn when they are nervous?) Look carefully, because for each letter of thealphabet, one animal is pictured eight times. Why 8? Come inside and find out.

Snow Bunny’s Christmas Gift ~ Rebecca Harry
When her friends are too cold to play outside with her, Snow Bunny comes up with the perfect gifts for her friends.

Me and My Dragon: Scared of Halloween ~ David Biedrzycki
A boy tries to find the perfect Halloween costume for his pet dragon, so they can go trick-or-treating together.

Ninja Bunny ~ Jennifer Gray Olson
A little rabbit tries to follow the rules in order to become a “super awesome ninja,” but discovers that his book is wrong about one very important thing.


2015 Fall Book Sale

Please join us for the Tallmadge Library Association’s next book sale from
November 5 – November 7

Friends of the Library members are invited to the presale on:
Thursday, November 5 from 4-8 pm
Memberships will be available at the door.

All are welcome to attend the sale on:
Friday, November 6 from 10 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday, November 7 from 9 am – 3 pm (all day bag sale for $5)

We have a large assortment of books, both hardcover and paperback, DVDs, music CDs and much more! Find the perfect gift book or stock up on your own library for the coming winter months.

Looking for a special deal? Fill a grocery bag all day Saturday for only $5 a bag. Come on down!

Book Sale


Coming in November

Week of November 2


Week of November 9


Week of November 16


Week of November 23


Week of November 30



It’s National Cat Day

“What greater gift than the love of a cat?” ~ Charles Dickens

Cats can be inquisitive, friendly, playful, loving, independent and often aloof. While most cats crave our love and attention, they almost always prefer to get it on their own terms. And for reasons we can’t explain, this only makes us love them more. To celebrate National Cat Day, we put together a list of our favorite picture book cats. If you are a cat owner, we are sure you will be able to identify with one or two of the cats on our list.

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Meet Chester. Chester is a way cool, famous and handsome cat (at least in Chester’s mind). Chester is in fact, a chubby and mischievous calico cat who is quite confident in himself. When Chester notices Melanie Watt writing a book about a mouse, he is sure she has made a mistake and the book should actually be about him. In order to make this happen, Chester finds a red marker and makes what he believes to be necessary changes. He and Melanie go back and forth trying to take charge of the story. Who will come out on top is anybody’s guess!

Not to be outdone by Chester is Nick Bruel’s Bad Kitty. Bad Kitty is bad, hence the name. But she doesn’t always mean to be. Whether she is trying to be a good kitty and eat her vegetables or be a quiet kitty and behave at a birthday party, it seems that trouble always finds her. Bad Kitty can’t help going berserk when she’s fed vegetables for dinner. It’s not her fault that her bad mood makes her bite grandma, claw the curtains and damage the dishes. But Bad Kitty warms our hearts because once she’s done causing havoc, she apologizes to grandma in time for a snuggle.

Judy Schachner’s Skippyjon Jones is no ordinary kitten. He is an adorable Siamese cat with huge ears that make him look like a chihuahua. While he lives with his mother Junebug, his three sisters Jezebel, Jillyboo, and Ju Ju Bee, Daddy SpencerBug Jones and Mrs. Tinkley, the family’s owner, he spends most of his time with his imaginary chihuahua friends. Skippyjon Jones is a perfect example of an adorably hyperactive kitten that knows just how to work his way into your heart.

And just to show not all cats are ornery balls of energy, we’ve included Kitten from Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes. Kitten is sweet and brave. Like most kittens, she is full of imagination and curiosity. You can’t help but love Kitten as she wriggles, tumbles, climbs, and leaps in an effort to reach that “little bowl of milk, just waiting” in the sky.