This Week at the Library

Wednesday, February 3 at 6:00 pm
Slavery in the United States, 1845 – 1860
Historian Michael Kovacevich will discuss the issue of slavery in America and the politics leading to the nation splitting apart prior to the Civil War. Come enjoy and learn as he makes history come alive.
Thursday, February 4 at 3:00 pm
Knit and Crochet Club
Do you love to knit or crochet? Join us for the sharing of ideas and instruction. Basic supplies provided to get you started.
Saturday, February 6 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Paws for Reading
Look for therapy dogs, Caesar, Sophie, or Dort 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.

Library Humor



It’s Handwriting Day

January 23rd is National Handwriting Day, the birthday of John Hancock, author of the most famous signature in America. On this day we celebrate the importance of handwriting. Handwriting is one of the most complex skills human beings are able to accomplish. Chimps were able to master using an Ipad in thirty minutes, but they have not been able to become proficient at handwriting.

Celebrate National Handwriting Day by putting pen to paper and sending a handwritten note to someone you love. Need supplies? Check out our stash of fun writing paper and pens at the Tallmadge Branch Library and surprise a friend with your handwritten greeting.



It’s National Hugging Day

January 21st is National Hugging Day!

National Hugging Day is an annual event dedicated to hugging. The day was first celebrated on January 21, 1986 in Clio, Michigan. The idea of National Hugging Day is to encourage everyone to hug family and friends more often. According to founder Rev. Kevin Zaborney, January 21 was chosen for National Hugging Day because people are likely to be in low spirits after the holidays and with the grey skies of January upon them. So, cheer up and hug someone! And check out some of these fine children’s books which feature hugging.

Big Hugs, Little Hugs ~ Felicia Bond

How do you hug a porcupine? ~ Laurie Isopbears hugging

Monster Hug! ~ David Ezra Stein

The Giant Hug ~ Sandra Horning

Kitty’s Cuddles ~ Jane Cabrera

Bear Hugs ~ Karma Wilson and Suzanne Watts

Big Bear Hug ~ Nicholas Oldland

Hug Time ~ Patrick McDonnell

The Perfect Hug ~ Joanna Walsh and Judi Abbot


Winnie-the-Pooh Day

A.A. Milne, the noted writer and playwright, is best known for his collection of books based on a lovable bear named Winnie-the-Pooh. But did you know that Winnie-the-Pooh wasn’t always the silly old bear we know and love today? Once upon a time, Pooh was known simply at “Edward Bear”.

Photo of the real stuffed toys owned by Christopher Robin Milne which are on display in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in New York.

Edward Bear was given to Milne’s son Christopher Robin as a first birthday gift and later became the inspiration for Milne’s 1924 poem Teddy Bear. The poem appeared in Punch magazine.

In 1926, when Milne began writing a collection of children’s stories, it was decided that Edward Bear needed a name of his own. When asked, Christopher Robin decided that Edward Bear would become “Winnie-the-Pooh”. The now famous collection of stories, Winnie-the-Pooh, also introduced the world to timid Piglet and gloomy Eeyore. Two years later, Milne would publish The House at Pooh’s Corner and introduced Tigger who loves to bounce.

In 1932, Pooh and his friends appeared in color for the first time. He was drawn by Stephen Slesinger in his now-familiar red shirt and featured on an RCA Victor picture record. The original illustrator, E.H. Shephard, had drawn Pooh with a shirt as early as the first Winnie-the-Pooh book, but it was not until Slesinger’s illustrations took hold that Pooh was identified with his red shirt.

In 1961, specific film and selct rights to Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends were licensed to Walt Disney Productions. Since 1966, Disney has released numerous animated productions starring Winnie-the-Pooh and related characters.

Overall, Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends have starred in many adaptations. To date, two theatrical, several audio readings, recordings, dramatization, five theatrical feature films, five television series, four holiday specials, and five direct-to-video films have been released. The public just can’t get enough of beloved Winnie-the-Pooh.


It’s Hat Day

January 15th is Hat Day. Hats are not just to keep your head warm. Wear a hat today and express your individuality and style.

Share one of these books with your favorite child.

I Want My Hat Back ~ Jon Klassen
A bear almost gives up his search for his missing hat until he remembers something important.

The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins ~ Dr. Seuss
Each time Bartholomew Cubbins attempts to obey the King’s order to take off his hat, he finds there is another one on his head.ca277a6884c8c8d186dd2d54aa372b94

Brimsby’s Hats ~ Andrew Prahin
When the friend with whom he has enjoyed tea and conversation each day goes off to sea, a talented hat maker devises a creative way to make new friends.

Hats, Hats, Hats ~ Ann Morris
Introduces a variety of hats, from soft and hard hats to snuggly and hooded hats.

A Hat for Minerva Louise ~ Janet Morgan Stoeke
Minerva Louise, a snow-loving chicken, mistakes a pair of mittens for two hats to keep both ends warm.

This Is Not My Hat ~ Jon Klassen
A tiny minnow wearing a pale blue bowler hat has a thing or two up his fins in this underwater light-on-dark chase scene.


Amazing Libraries Around the World

Imagine a bright pink UFO that glows at night.
Then picture that same UFO as a library and you have the Biblioteca Sandro Penna in Italy.

Name: Biblioteca Sandro Penna
Located: Perugia, Italy
Type of Library: Public
Approximate Size of Collection: 19,800 volumes

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Interesting Facts about the Biblioteca Sandro Penna, other than the fact that it looks a lot like a giant, pink flying saucer.

  • The building is made of hard rose colored glass that lights up at night.
  • It was built in memory of the Italian poet, Sandro Penna.
  • Sandro Penna is located in the center of the city.
  • Visitors are greeted by large graphics that contain text pages of open books.
  • The third level is specifically designed to be used by children.

Below you can see the large graphics that greet library visitors. Each block looks like the open page of a book. If you would like to enlarge the image, simply click on it.



ALA Youth Media Award Winners for 2016

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the award winners earlier today at its Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Boston.

The John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature was awarded to:
Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson

There were three Newbery Honor Books named:
The War that Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, illustrated by
Roller Girlwritten and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson
Echo, written by Pam Munoz Ryan

The Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children was awarded to:
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bearwritten by Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Four Caldecott Honor Books were also announced:
Trombone Shorty, written by Troy Andrews, illustrated by Bryan Collier
Waiting, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Carole Boston Weatherford
Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de la Pena

The Coretta Scott King Author Book Award which recognizes an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
Gone Crazy in Alabama, written by Rita Williams-Garcia

There were three Author Honor Books selected:
All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
The Boy in the Black Suit, also written by Jason Reynolds
X: A Novel, by Iilasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon

The Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award winner is:
Trombone Shorty, illustrated by Bryan Collier

Two King Illustrator Honor Books were selected:
The Book Itch; Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson

You can find a complete list of the 2016 ALA youth award media winners on the ALA website.


Staff Picks


Aqualicious ~ Victoria Kann
At the beach, Pinkalicious and her brother help a tiny mermaid, a merminnie, to go back home.

Share ~ Sally Anne Garland
When Bunny’s little cousin visits, her mother tells her over and over that she must share. But her cousin wants to do everything Bunny does. He wants to play with Bunny’s bear, but he pokes and pulls little Ted. He wants to play dress-up, but he spills Bunny’s beads all over the floor. Bunny tries to watch TV, but he blocks her view of the screen, and when Bunny tries to paint, he scribbles all over her artwork! But by the end, an exasperated Bunny discovers the real value of sharing. As Bunny’s cousin is getting ready to leave, she realizes she’s going to miss him and his constant attention.

Steve, Raised by Wolves ~ Jared Chapman
When Steve, who was raised by wolves, goes to school for the first time, he must find a balance between getting along with others and being himself.

Everyone Loves Bacon ~ Kelly DiPucchio
Everyone loves Bacon but letting his fame go to his head may prove more dangerous than he thought.

Finding Winnie ~ Lindsay Mattick
A woman tells her young son the true story of how his great-great-grandfather, Captain Harry Colebourn, rescued and learned to love a bear cub in 1914 as he was on his way to take care of soldiers’ horses during World War I, and the bear became the inspiration for A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh.

How to Draw a Dragon ~ Douglas Florian
Illustrations and rhyming text guide the reader in drawing scaly, knobby-kneed dragons that fly, play musical instruments, ride bicycles, and more.


Best-selling books

Trying to put together a list of best-selling books of all time can be quite difficult. There aren’t records that cover book sales in early history so really you can’t go by books and number of copies sold. Trying to pinpoint sales on any type of religion book is difficult because they are given to followers or handed out in public places which means the number printed and the number sold will be vastly different. So what you come up with is a ‘best guess’ list put together by historians and other experts.

In order to put together our list of best-selling books, I took a look and a variety of lists put together by reputable sources. I then marked down the titles that made multiple appearances and came up with my own ‘best guess’ list of the top ten best-selling books of all time.

  1. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes ~ 500 million
    Since Don Quixote is the oldest book to appear on the list, there is no real way to tally the actual number of books sold. Historians suggest 500 million due to its age and popularity.
  2. Xinhua Zidian ~ 400 million
    Number two on the list was first published in 1953. It became the standard dictionary among Chinese schoolchildren. Its widespread use in the most populous nation in the world gives this book the unique status of being the only reference book making an appearance.
  3. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens ~ 200 million
    Because this book is in the public domain and has been published in numerous editions and by hundreds of publishers over the last 150 years, it’s impossible to find the exact number of copies sold. Some historians say 200 million is very generous number but will agree that it is entirely possible.
  4. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien ~ 150 million
    The Lord of the Rings has been printed as a single volume, as three volumes and in one case it was published as a seven volume set. 150 million is a 2007 estimate of copies of the full story sold, no matter what configuration it was sold.
  5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling ~  107 million
    Due to its 1997 publication, Harry Potter is fully subject to modern sales tracking methods. However, with different publishers  for different nations, and various publishers turning in exaggerated sales numbers, the real sales number is 107 million, give or take another 20 million or so.
  6. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie ~ 100 million
    Agatha Christie was once called the world’s best-selling author by the Guinness Book of World Records, with 1 billion books sold worldwide. Since And Then There Were None is her best-selling book, 100 million copies sold is considered a pretty accurate estimate.
  7. Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin ~ 100 million
    Most historians feel 100 million copies sold is a very low estimate for Dream of the Red Chamber considering how many years the book has been in print with a pretty constant popularity in a nation of 1.3 billion people.
  8. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis ~ 85 million
  9. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery ~ 80 million (or perhaps upwards of 200 million)
    Some sources list the sales number in the area of 200 million, while others feel 80 million is the more accurate number. The Little Prince was originally published in French, and then in English in 1943.
  10. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown ~ 80 million
    Since its publication date in 2003, Dan Brown’s thrilling masterpiece has sold 80 million copies.