Edible Haunted Houses

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Children in grades K – 5 discussed the importance of a strong foundation, perseverance, and patience as part of an after-school library program. Several children recalled times when they had to rely on these character traits to get through a tough time at school or with friends. After everyone finished sharing experiences, the children set to work building Halloween haunted houses from (very breakable) graham crackers and icing. Then they decorated them with candies and other edible treats. All of the houses stood on firm foundations and were built with creativity and style.

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It’s Pumpkin Time

It’s that time of year when carved pumpkins peer out from porches and doorsteps in the United States and other parts of the world. The practice of decorating “jack-o’-lanterns”—the name comes from an Irish folktale about a man named Stingy Jack—originated in Ireland, where large turnips and potatoes served as an early canvas. Irish immigrants brought the tradition to America, home of the pumpkin, and it became an integral part of Halloween festivities.

Pumpkin Carving Tips:

  • Choose a large pumpkin. The larger the pumpkin, the easier it is to carve.
  • When cleaning the pumpkin, save the seeds. Toasted pumpkin seeds make a healthy and tasty snack.
  • For longer life, soak the cleaned pumpkin a couple of hours in a bleach water solution of 1 tsp bleach to 1 gallon of water.
  • Consider cutting off the bottom of the pumpkin. Just be sure the opening in the bottom is large enough to fit over the candle. You can then lift the pumpkin to light your candle.
  • Instead of a candle, a battery-operated flameless candle is a safer choice than traditional candles for lighting your pumpkin.

Books on Carving Pumpkins:

Extreme Pumpkin Carving ~ Vic Hood

Great Pumpkins: Crafty Carving for Halloween ~ Peter Cole

How to Carve Freakishly Cool Pumpkins ~ Sarah Schuette

Ray Villafane’s Pumpkins ~ Ray Villafane

Picture Books about Pumpkins:

It’s Pumpkin Time! ~ Zoe Hall

Ten Orange Pumpkins: a Counting Book ~ Stephen Savage

The Biggest Pumpkin Ever ~ Steven Kroll

It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! ~ Laura Numberoff


For more pumpkin ideas, visit our Story Book Pumpkins page on Pinterest.

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This Week at Tallmadge



Tuesday, October 21
10:30 AM

Book Bugs Story Time

For 3–6 year olds with a caregiver.

Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, a craft and time to play together.

Wednesday, October 22
4:30 PM

School Age Program

Edible Haunted Houses

For grades K–5.

Make a deliciously scary house and then consume it.

Please register, limit 20.

Thursday, October 23
10:30 AM

Wonderful Wiggle Worms Story Time

For 2–3 year olds with a caregiver.

Jump on over to a shorter story time for active little ones.  Enjoy stories, songs, dancing, and more.  Story time is followed by a group playtime.


It’s National Friends of Libraries Week

Help us celebrate the ninth annual National Friends of Libraries Week
October 19-25, 2014. 


The Tallmadge Library Association is a “Friends of the Library” organization that was formed in 1961 to support the Tallmadge Branch Library and its staff in meeting their goals. Throughout the year, they raise funds for Library projects and activities through book sales, membership donations and other Friends’ fund-raising programs. 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.

This past year also saw the Tallmadge Library Association recognizing two of its members, Katherine Stark and Joan Reisig, who have each served for 41 years! Both the Tallmadge Library Association and library staff have been very fortunate for their dedication and service.

The staff at the Tallmadge Branch Library would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank the Tallmadge Library Association for their help, support and generosity given throughout the year.



Staff Picks


Madeline ~ Ludwig Bemelmans
Madeline, smallest and naughtiest of the twelve little charges of Miss Clavel, wakes up one night with an attack of appendicitis.

One Little Blueberry ~ Tammi Salzano
An introduction to the numbers one to ten. Various insects see a blueberry fall to the ground and want to eat it. Which one will get the blueberry?

Since Last Summer ~ Joanna Philbin
Eighteen-year-olds Rory McShane and Isabel Rule are back for another summer in East Hampton, but their friendship is put to the test as each girl deals with boyfriends, summer jobs, and family issues.

Bobo the Sailor Man! ~ Eileen Rosenthal
Willy finds all sorts of interesting things while he and Bobo are exploring, including a bucket that would be a perfect boat for Bobo, but before he knows it, Bobo and the “boat” have disappeared.

Accidental Werewolf ~ Dakota Cassidy
When Mary Andrews gets bitten by a mangy mutt, her hair darkens, the hair on her legs starts growing at an alarming rate, and her mood swings jeopardize her job. Then a drool-worthy man shows up claiming that he accidentally bit her because he’s a werewolf–and now she is, too.


Quilting Around

Do you love to quilt, but need some inspiration for those cool-weather projects you are planing? The Akron-Summit County Public Library has plenty of great quilting books to inspire you! Check one out and begin your next creative masterpiece. Then, curl up with a novel featuring your favorite hobby.

Mini Quilts: Fresh, Fun Patterns to Quilt in a Snap ~ Jodie Davis & Jayne Davis

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

Simple Appeal: 14 Patchwork and Applique Projects for Everyday Living ~ Kim Diehl

Patchwork Loves Embroidery: Hand Stitches, Pretty Projects ~ Gail Pan

Patchwork, Please! : Colorful Zakka Projects to Stitch and Give ~ Ayumi Takahashi

When you need to take a break from quilting, pick up one of these quilt-inspired reads:


Murder, Plain and Simple ~ Isabella Alan

The Quilter’s Apprentice ~ Jennifer Chiaverini

Apart at the Seams ~ Marie Bostwick

Falling to Pieces: a Shipshewana Amish Mystery ~ Vanetta Chapman



Teen Read Week Contest


Teen Read Week began in 1998 with the purpose of encouraging teens to be regular readers and library users. The 2014 theme is Turn Dreams into Reality @ your library, which encourages teens to read for the fun of it. 

Teens in grades 6 – 12 are encouraged to turn in either a piece of writing or art that interprets what turning dreams into reality means to them. All entries will be submitted for a chance to win a prize! Entries can be turned into the Tallmadge Branch Library from October 12 through October 18.


This Week at Tallmadge



October 12 – October 18
Teen Read Week Contest

Turn Dreams into Reality @ Your Library

Turn in either a piece of writing or art that interprets what turning dreams into reality means to you for a chance to win a prize!

For grades 6 – 12.

Monday, October 13
6:30 PM

Book Discussion

PENELOPE by Rebecca Harrington

Tuesday, October 14
10:30 AM

Book Bugs Story Time

For 3–6 year olds with a caregiver.

Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, a craft and time to play together.

Thursday, October 16
10:30 AM

Wonderful Wiggle Worms Story Time

For 2–3 year olds with a caregiver.

Jump on over to a shorter story time for active little ones.  Enjoy stories, songs, dancing, and more.  Story time is followed by a group playtime.

Friday, October 17
12:00 - 1:00 PM

Baby Play Group

For babies up to 24 months and their caregiver.

Join with other moms, dads, grandmas, and caregivers for baby’s first group play experience.

Saturday, October 18
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Paws for Reading

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 to a furry friend.  Bring along a book you are reading or choose one from our shelves


The Independent Princess

Here are some books featuring princesses who are definitely not waiting around to be rescued. Read one with your daughter or favorite niece today.


Don’t Kiss the Frog!: Princess Stories with Attitude ~ Fiona Waters
This collection of six stories about princesses with attitude turns fairy-tale traditions upside down.

Part-time Princess ~ Deborah Underwood
A girl escapes her annoying little brother and the drudgery of school and home life when she travels to a magical kingdom each night and embarks on a series of adventures.


The Princess Knight ~ Cornelia Funke
Violetta, a little princess, is determined to become as big and strong as her brothers. She secretly teaches herself to become the bravest and cleverest knight in the land until she must face the king’s best knights in a jousting tournament. Will she be ready?

The Hero and the Crown ~ Robin McKinley
Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the Blue Sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.

Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? ~ Carmela LaVigna Coyle
When a little girl asks her mother about princesses, she learns that they are much like herself.

Not One Damsel in Distress: World Folktales for Strong Girls ~ Jane Yolen
A collection of thirteen traditional tales from various parts of the world, each of whose main character is a fearless, strong, heroic, and resourceful woman.

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It’s Apple Season

Apple pie, applesauce, apple cider, apple cobbler, candied apples, caramel apples, chocolate-dipped apples – what is your favorite apple treat?


In this season of everything-apple, sample some of these delicious reads with your child.

Gail Gibbons ~ The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree
As the seasons pass, Arnold enjoys a variety of activities as a result of his apple tree. Includes a recipe for apple pie and a description of how an apple cider press works

Zoe Hall ~ The Apple Pie Tree
Describes an apple tree as it grows leaves and flowers and then produces its fruit, while in its branches robins make a nest, lay eggs, and raise a family. Includes a recipe for apple pie.

Petr Horacek ~ A New House for Mouse
Mouse finds a nice juicy apple–but it’s too big to fit inside her tiny home. What can she do? Find a new house, of course! Peep through the die-cut holes and join Mouse on her search.

Alison Murray ~ Apple Pie ABC
A story about a girl baking an apple pie and a puppy observing the activities teaches the letters of the alphabet.

Marjorie Priceman ~ How to Make an Apple Pie and See the Worldimages
Since the market is closed, the reader is led around the world to gather the ingredients for making an apple pie.

Nancy Wallace ~ Apples, Apples, Apples
Members of the Rabbit family visit an apple orchard, where they have fun picking apples and discovering their many uses. Includes a recipe for applesauce, directions for a craft activity, and sayings about apples.