This Week at the Library

Tuesday, 09/01/15

6:00 PM
Career Guidance Sessions
Tuesdays, 6 pm
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.

Resume Writing
September 1 & 15, October 6 & 20, November 17
Preparing for Interviews
September 8 & 22, October 13 & 27, November 10 & 24

Wednesday, 09/02/15

4:30 PM
School Age Program
For grades K – 5
Crafternoon: Tee Shirt Weaving
Weave old tee shirts into a colorful coaster or mug mat. Learn how, and then make some more at home!

Thursday, 09/03/15

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.

Saturday, 09/05/15

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Paws for Reading
Paws for Reading is held 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.



Staff Picks



Tender is the Night ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
Set on the French Riviera in the late 1920s, Tender Is the Night is the tragic romance of the young actress Rosemary Hoyt and the stylish American couple Dick and Nicole Diver. A brilliant young psychiatrist at the time of his marriage, Dick is both husband and doctor to Nicole, whose wealth goads him into a lifestyle not his own, and whose growing strength highlights Dick’s harrowing demise.

Golden Delicious: A Cinderella Apple Story ~ Anna Smucker
Based on real events, this story of how the Golden Delicious apple came to be is ideal for discussions on nature and growing fruits and vegetables.

Stuck ~ Oliver Jeffers
When Floyd’s kite gets stuck in a tree, he tries to knock it down with increasingly larger and more outrageous things.

Want to Go Private? ~ Sarah Littman
Insecure about the changes high school brings, Abby ignores advice from her parents and her only friend to “make an effort” and, instead, withdraws from everyone but with Luke, who she met online.


Help Stuff The Bus

United Way of Summit County’s Young Leaders Society is working with partners throughout our community to help make sure public school students in Summit County have the basic materials they need for school.

Here’s how it works:

  1. United Way will supply bins for your organization to collect supplies.
  2. We will arrange to pick up your bins between September 8-11. Supplies can also be dropped off at Akron-Summit County Public Library locations or at the United Way office at 90 North Prospect St., Akron through Friday, September 11.
  3. A Stuff the Bus grand finale will be held on Sunday, September 13 during the Global Village Festival at Lock 3 Park in downtown Akron.
(Please drop donations off prior to September 11)
Book covers
Pocket foldersStuff the Bus logo-total (RGB)(1)
Rulers w/standard & metric units
Single subject spiral notebooks
Three-ring binders
#2 pencils with erasers
Plastic School Boxes
Glue sticks*
Pens (blue or black ink)
Wide ruled notebook paper
College ruled notebook paper
Large Erasers
Safety scissors
Pencil Boxes or Pouches
Colored pencils
Index cards
Pencil sharpeners
Index dividers with pockets
Washable markers*
Post-it notes
*Should be labeled non-toxic by the manufacturer


Congratulations to Tallmadge Kiddie Kollege and FACT academy.  Their summer campers participated in the library’s summer reading program, Mind, Body & Sole — Read At Your Own Pace.   Campers read for 30 minutes every day they were at camp.  They also recorded 30 minutes of physical activity each day.  The organization received a basket of 50 books for their school library upon successfully completing the program.



Mind, Body & Sole Wrap Up

It’s hard to believe that the 2015 Mind, Body & Sole Summer Reading Program is over. Staff and patrons alike had a great time with our “Every Hero Has a Story” theme for this year which included library staff wearing red capes every Thursday. During the nine week program, the Tallmadge Branch had 690 participants of all ages sign up. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to sign up and participate. We hope you enjoyed the program as much as we did.


Our great volunteers made our summer reading program a success! We had 14 volunteers who gave a total of  242 hours this summer. We couldn’t have done it without them!


I Spy Fairy Garden

I Spy with My Little Eye…

a butterfly,
a sleeping cat,
a turtle,
3 ladybugs,
and so on

Make sure to stop by the Tallmadge Branch Library to see if you can find all of the 19 objects we have hidden in our I Spy Fairy Garden.

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Going to Kindergarten

K rocks

Getting ready for kindergarten involves more than just learning the ABCs. Along with learning letters, sounds, numbers, and rhymes, new social experiences like taking turns and going to school for an entire day need to be considered as well. For many children, kindergarten is their first experience in a formal school setting. Below. we’ve listed a few books that will can help make getting ready for kindergarten a little less scary, and a lot more fun.

The Night Before Kindergarten ~ Natasha Wing
It’s the first day of school! Join the kids as they prepare for kindergarten, packing school supplies, posing for pictures, and the hardest part of all–saying good-bye to Mom and Dad. But maybe it won’t be so hard once they discover just how much fun kindergarten really is!

Kindergarten Rocks! ~ Katie Davis
Dexter is ready for kindergarten. Sort of. Well, actually, he’s maybe kind of a little bit scared, perhaps even terrified, one might say. Because what if he gets lost? Or, what if the teacher is mean? Or, he misses his mom or dad? Or, worst of all, he loses his most important ally, Rufus? With the same warmth, exuberance, and sly wit that have made her a favorite of booksellers and children, Katie Davis tackles a problem every kid–and parent–has to face sooner or later: first-day fears. And she shows that it’s okay to be scared, but that, as Dexter’s older sister Jessie says, “Kindergarten rocks!”

Countdown to Kindergarten ~ Alison McGhee
It’s just ten days before kindergarten, and this little girl has heard all there is to know–from a first grader –about what it’s going to be like. You can’t bring your cat, you can’t bring a stuffed animal, and the number one rule? You can’t ask anyone for help. Ever. So what do you do when your shoes come untied, if you’re the only one in the class who doesn’t know how to tie them up again?

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten ~ Joseph Slate
It’s the first day of kindergarten and Miss Bindergarten is hard at work getting the classroom ready for her twenty-six new students. Meanwhile, Adam Krupp wakes up, Brenda Heath brushes her teeth, and Christopher Beaker finds his sneaker. Miss Bindergarten puts the finishing touches on the room just in time, and the students arrive. Now the fun can begin! This rhyming, brightly illustrated book is the perfect way to practice the alphabet and to introduce young children to kindergarten.

First Day Jitters ~ Julie Danneberg
Everyone knows that sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach just before diving into a new situation. Sarah Jane Hartwell is scared and doesn’t want to start over at a new school. She doesn’t know anybody, and nobody knows her. It will be awful. She just knows it. With much prodding from Mr. Hartwell, Sarah Jane reluctantly pulls herself together and goes to school. She is quickly befriended by Mrs. Burton, who helps smooth her jittery transition. This charming and familiar story will delight readers with its surprise ending. Fun, energetic illustrations brighten page after page with the busy antics surrounding Sarah Jane. FIRST DAY JITTERS is an enchanting story that is sure to be treasured by anyone who has ever anticipated a first day of school.

Welcome to Kindergarten ~ Anne Rockwell
Join Tim as he visits his future kindergarten classroom and learns what he will be doing during his first year of school. Explore the reading, math, and art centers. Sit at the desk where he will practice writing, counting, and telling time. The classroom may look a little too big at first, but after finding out about all the fun ahead, it doesn’t seem too big at all. In fact, it’s just the right size.






Staff Picks


Cress ~ Marissa Meyer
Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company.

Girl Wonder: a Baseball Story in Nine Innings ~ Deborah Hopkins
In the early 1900s, Alta Weiss, a young woman who knows from an early age that she loves baseball, finds a way to show that she can play, even though she is a girl.

Books Can Be Deceiving ~ Jenn McKinlay
Lindsey is getting into her groove as the director of the Briar Creek Public Library when a New York editor visits town, creating quite a buzz. Lindsey’s friend Beth wants to sell the editor her children’s book, but Beth’s boyfriend, a famous author, gets in the way. When they go to confront him, he’s found murdered-and Beth is the prime suspect. Lindsey has to act fast before they throw the book at the wrong person.

The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot! ~ Scott Magoon
Ben has so often tried to convince people he has seen Bigfoot that when a real yeti arrives and borrows his bicycle, no one comes to see if Ben is telling the truth.

Bernice Gets Carried Away ~ Hannah E. Harrison
Having missed out on the other treats at a friend’s birthday party, a grumpy cat grabs all of the balloons and floats into the sky, where she sees that her problems are not so big, after all.

Finding Audrey ~ Sophie Kinsella
Fourteen-year-old Audrey is making slow but steady progress dealing with her anxiety disorder when Linus comes into the picture and her recovery gains momentum.


Coming in August

The Week of August 3


The Week of August 10


The Week of August 17


The Week of August 24



Nature Connect Science Experiment

Plants need water to live, just like we do.  A plant gets its water from the ground after it rains.  The roots of the plant take up the water, but how does the water get all the way up into the leaves and flowers of the plant?

The answer is through a very special cell structure called xylem.  Xylem is made up of tube-shaped cells (like straws or vessels) through which water and some dissolved nutrients can flow.  

Since water doesn’t normally flow up it might be hard to understand how this could work.  Plants are always losing water from their leaves through evaporation and this sort of pulls the water molecules up.  Water molecules themselves are “sticky” and are attracted to each other, so they hang on for the ride.  Up, up, up from the roots through the stem to the very tip of the plant.

Try this at home:  Put a piece of celery with leaves on it in a cup with water and food coloring.  Check on it every few hours.  What is happening to the celery?  Do you think the water is getting all the way up to the leaves?  Why do you think so?ev