Coming in March

Week of March 2


Week of March 9


Week of March 16


Week of March 23


Week of March 30



Modern Fairy Tales for Teens

If you’re looking for a new twist on some of your favorite fairy tales, you have come to the right place. Below is a list of modern fairy tales with a bit of modern flair added to appeal to today’s teens.

Entwined by Heather Dixon will sweep readers away into a world of dance, love, mystery, and curses. Azalea and her eleven sisters are trapped inside the castle with the Keeper.  Every night, he lets the sisters out through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest, but there is a cost. The Keeper likes to keep things. Based on the fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses, readers will enjoy the detailed dance scenes as they follow the story of Azalea and her sisters as they try to find a way to free themselves from Keeper’s curse. Recommended for ages 12 – 16.

Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck will have readers coming face-to-face with dark forces, spell-binding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems. For 300 years Princes Ken and Kishan have been cursed to live as tigers until seventeen-year-old Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever. Full of romance and adventure, this sweet retelling of Beauty and the Beast is the first book in the Tiger’s Curse series. Recommended for ages 12 – 18.

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce is a modern retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. This version finds two sisters, Scarlet and Rosie March, on a mission to rid the woods of all wolves after their Oma March is killed. Sisters Red is told from the viewpoints of both sisters and includes graphic battle scenes. Recommended for ages 14 – 18.

Robin McKinley’s, Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast, is a more detailed version of the original story about a girl who is known more for her intelligence than her beauty. When her father encounters financial ruin, Beauty and her sisters are forced to move to the country. Her relationship with the Beast is a slow unfolding of friendship that turns to love. Recommended for ages 12 – 18.

In this fractured version of Cinderella, readers will meet Ella, a feisty fifteen year old girl  who likes to sew her own clothes, blow her own glass slippers and is always looking for a good deed to perform. She is also discovering that Prince Charming isn’t as charming as she first thought, and that perhaps her tutor, Jed, is a more appealing companion. Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix will introduce readers to a strong willed female who discovers that the true meaning of happily ever after is about more than clothes, castles and charming princes. Recommended for ages 12 – 14.



This Week at the Tallmadge Branch Library

Tuesday, February 24

10:30 AM

Baby Rhyme Time

For babies up to 24 months.
Enjoy bounces, rhymes, songs and stories followed by a first play group experience.



Knitting for Kids and Teens

Looking to teach your son or daughter how to knit? These knitting books may be just what you need to help them get started. The following books provide the basics of knitting with illustrations and easy to read instructions.

Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter by Alison Hansel
From Elf Hats to a Wizard Robe to a variety of colorful scarves and other Hogwarts house-related accessories, you’ll find a lot of appealing patterns. Each chapter focuses on a different theme and a color photo and detailed instructions are provided for each knitted item. The book includes patterns for all skill levels.

Teen Knitting Club: Chill Out and Knit by Jennifer Wenger
Teen Knitting Club includes photos of teenage boys and girls modeling their projects as well as easy-to-follow illustrated knitting instructions. Quotes from teens about why they love knitting are also placed throughout the books pages.

Kids Knitting by Melanie Falick
Provides step-by-step instructions covering the basic stitches, knitting tools, and finger-knitting, with directions for twelve easy projects. In addition to patterns for hats, scarves and sweaters, there are also patterns for bean bags, dolls, socks and bath puppets.

Knitgrrl and Knitgrrl 2 by Shannon Okey
These books combine clearly written step-by-step instructions to make it easy for beginners to learn to knit. Projects include wristlets, several kinds of scarves, several hats and leg warmers.

Kids’ Easy Knitting Projects: A Quick Start for Kids! by Peg Blanchette
This book is illustrated with cartoon drawings and detailed step-by-step sketches of the basic knitting stitches and simple patterns for coasters, scarves, a toy lamb, a purse and socks with stripes. There are also tips on dealing with knitting problems, such as a dropped stitch, information on how to read a knitting pattern, and a four-page illustrated Stitch & How-to Dictionary.

clip-art-knitting-359352And don’t forget, you can also join our Knit & Crochet Club for tips and ideas. Knit & Crochet Club meet from 3:00 – 4:30 on the first Thursday of each month. The next meeting is scheduled for March 5. Hope to see you there!




Fun Facts About the Presidents

Did you know…

  • John Quincy Adams swam naked in the Potomac River every morning at 5:00 am? And once he had his clothes stolen by a reporter who wanted an interview.
  • Theodore Roosevelt’s children often slid down the main White House staircase on cookie sheets. They were also fond of taking their ponies up the elevator.
  • Calvin Coolidge and his wife had the following pets: a goose, a wallaby, a donkey, a lion cub, 2 raccoons, 2 cats, 12 dogs and many, many birds.
  • Herbert Hoover’s son, Allan, had 2 pet alligators that could often be found wandering loose around the White House.
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt started collecting stamps when he was 11. By the end of his life, he had more than 25,000 stamps. During the 1930’s, he and Postmaster General James A. Farley enthusiastically brainstormed over stamp designs, colors, and themes. Roosevelt actually sketched numerous ideas for stamp designs.
  • Gerald R. Ford was a fashion model who appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine in April of 1942. He was also all star football player who was recruited by both the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers. Instead of playing football professionally, he went to Yale University where he attended law school.
  • George Bush disliked broccoli so much he had it banned from the White House. He is quoted as saying, “I do not like broccoli. And I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m President of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.”

To learn more fun facts about the Presidents, stop in the library to check out the following books.

Presidential pets : the weird, wacky, little, big, scary, strange animals that have lived in the White House by Julia Moberg

Weird-but-true facts about U.S. Presidents by Arnold Ringstad

The buck stops here: the presidents of the United States by Alice Provensen

Lives of the Presidents: fame, shame (and what the neighbors thought) by Kathleen Krull


This Week at the Tallmadge Branch Library

Tuesday, February 17

10:30 AM

Baby Rhyme Time

For babies up to 24 months.
Enjoy bounces, rhymes, songs and stories followed by a first play group experience.

Saturday, February 21

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.




Book Discussion Group for Adults


Join us on the second Monday of each month for a lively, informal and friendly conversation about books that you help choose. All that you need to be a part of the group is a love and enthusiasm for reading. The library provides the books.

March 9 – The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarity

April 13 – The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood

May 11 – The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

June 8 – Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

July 13 - One Last Dance: It’s Never Too Late to Fall in Love by Mardo Williams

August 10 – Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

September 14 – The Circle by Dave Eggers

October 12 – The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

November 9 – Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman

December 14 – The Dinner by Herman Koch

The Book Discussion Group meets the second Monday of every month at 6:30 pm. Call the Tallmadge Branch Library at 330-633-4345 for more information and the title of our current read.


Staff Picks

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Vincent van Gogh: Ever Yours: The Essential Letters ~ Vincent van Gogh
In addition to his many remarkable paintings and drawings, Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) left behind a fascinating and voluminous body of correspondence. This highly accessible book includes a broad selection of 265 letters, from a total of 820 in existence, that focus on Van Gogh’s relentless quest to find his destiny, a search that led him to become an artist; the close bond with his brother Theo; his fraught relationship with his father; his innate yearning for recognition; and his great love of art and literature.

Battle of the Books ~ David Michael Slater
Two new books are dismayed when they are shelved at a library where the books judge each other only by their covers.

Keep Quiet ~ Lisa Scottoline
Jake Whitmore is enjoying a rare bonding moment with his sixteen-year-old son, Kurt, when disaster strikes. They get in a terrible car accident that threatens to derail not only Kurt’s chances at college, but his entire future. Jake makes a split-second decision that saves his son from formal punishment, but plunges them both into a world of guilt, lies, and secrecy. Just when Jake thinks he has everything under control, a malevolent outsider comes forward with the power to expose Jake’s secret and taunts him to the breaking point.

Circle, Square, Moose ~ Kelly Bingham
When Zebra and his enthusiastic friend Moose are asked to exit a book about shapes, Moose has other plans.

Louise Loves Art ~ Kelly Light
After drawing a picture of her cat, a young girl searches for the perfect place to hang her masterpiece.

Where Is Tippy Toes? ~ Betsy Lewin
Although everyone can see how Tippy Toes, a mischievous cat, spends his days, only one knows where he goes after dark.


Coming in February

Week of February 2


Week of February 9


Week of February 16


Week of February 23



O is for Opposites

Up, down, hot, cold, stand up, sit down – How many opposites can you think of? Help your little one learn about opposites and discover some very clever reads in the process. Then, decide if opposites really do attract…

What’s Up, Duck?: a Book of Opposites ~ Tad Hill

Black? White! Day? Night!: a Book of Opposites ~ Laura Vacaaro Seegeropp pic

Big is Big (and Little, Little): a Book of Contrasts ~ J. Patrick Lewis

Big and Little ~ Steve Jenkins

Octopus Opposites ~ Stella Blackstone

The Loud Book! ~ Deborah Underwood

The Quiet Book ~ Deborah Underwood