Craft Database


Fall is the perfect time to relax with your favorite hobby or craft. And the library can help! Visit the library website at and click on our hobbies and crafts reference center located in the “Do It Yourself” secion under the databases tab.

Here you will find free cross stitch patterns in full color, juggling instruction, sewing videos and patterns, and books and articles on everything from art collecting, applique and beekeeping to winemaking and woodworking.

Whatever your unique interest, you can find new ideas and information here.




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This Week Tallmadge




Saturday, August 30th
August 30th is the last day to participate in our 2014 Mind, Body & Sole program. All reading logs must be returned to the Library by September 6, 2014.


We’ve Gone Mobile


Introducing the new Akron Library Mobile App. Download our free App to your smart phone or mobile device and take the Library with you wherever you go.

With Akron Library Mobile you can:Phone_App

  • Manage your Library account
  • Search the catalog
  • Access eBooks and Digital Magazines with ease
  • Find library locations and hours
  • Check our calendar of events
  • Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter
  • Ask us a question

The Akron Library Mobile App is available for download on the following:

Three ways to Download

    • Search “Akron Library” in the App Store for your device
    • Go to
    • Scan this QR code on your phone


Staff Picks


Today’s Friday which means another installment of staff picks. These may be titles we’re currently reading, books that have been recommended to us by patrons, or even books that have simply caught our eye as they’ve come across the service desk. If any of the titles interest you, you may place a hold by clicking on a title. Enjoy!


Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day is Cool ~ Kimberly and James Dean
Pete the Cat thinks Valentine’s Day isn’t cool . . . until he realizes how many special cats there are in his life! Pete works hard to make valentines for everyone, and it turns out to be the grooviest Valentine’s Day ever.

The Christmas Pageant ~ Jacqueline Rogers
As youngsters prepare for their village’s annual Christmas play, they think about what the first Christmas must have been like.

The Night Stalker: The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez ~ Philip Carlo
“The Night Stalker”, based upon three years of meticulous research and extensive interviews with Ramirez, revealed the killer and his horrifying crimes to be even more chilling than anyone could have imagined.

Fly Away ~ Patricia MacLachlan
While in North Dakota helping her Aunt Frankie prepare for a possible flood, Lucy finds her voice as a poet with the help of her two-year-old brother Teddy, the rest of their family, and a few cows.

Found ~ Salina Yoon
Upon finding a toy rabbit in the forest, Bear tries his very best to return it to its home but by the time its owner appears, Bear has become attached to Bunny.

Nevermore ~ Kelly Creagh
When cheerleader Isobel Lanley is assigned to work with goth Edgar Allen Poe fan Varen Nethers on an English project, she is swept into a horrific dream world that he has created in his mind.


National Eat a Peach Day


August 22nd is National Eat a Peach Day!

Peaches originated in China, but are grown all over the world today. California and Georgia are the leading producers of peaches in the United States. Fresh Georgia peaches are only available for about 16 weeks, from about mid-May until August, so be sure to eat one before the end of the month!

For a wonderful peach cookbook, check this out of our library: The Perfect Peach: Recipes and Stories from the Masumoto Family Farm by Mary, Nikko & David Mas Masumoto.

For a peachy fiction read, try: The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen or James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.

You can also try this quick and easy peach cobbler recipe courtesy of The Georgia Peach Council.images2

2 cups sliced fresh Georgia peaches
1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 stick of butter
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together 1 cup self-rising flower, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Melt butter in microwave oven and pour into empty disposable baking pan. Be sure butter is sizzling and then add batter mixture and top with fresh peaches. Bake 25 to 30 minutes in the pre-heated oven until golden brown. If you can’t get fresh or fresh frozen peaches, use one large can of Georgia peaches.


Tallmadge Circle Festival & Light Parade


On Saturday, August 16th, the city of Tallmadge held its 5th Circle Festival and Light Parade. The event featured live music, with lots of entertainment for children and adults. The light parade began at 9:00 pm, and was immediately followed by fireworks. Paws, the library lion cub, stopped by to meet the children and take part in the fun and games.

PicMonkey Collage


Click on the row of photos to see a larger view.


This Week at the Library




Monday, August 18 at 6:30 pm
Meet the Author
Barb Baltrinic will be here to discuss her book, A FOUNDER FOR ALL: ABRAHAM CLARK.


Happy Best Friend’s Day


“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Best friends may be hard to find, but life just wouldn’t be the same without them. Today is our opportunity to celebrate that one special person in our lives who has always been there for us. In honor of this day, we have put together a list of our favorite fictional best friends. These storybook characters have shown us the true meaning of what it means to be best friends.

Toot and Puddle by Holly HobbieToot and Puddle
Toot and Puddle are two small, endearing pigs who are friends and as different as different can be. While Toot likes to travel to places unknown, Puddle prefers to stay home and revel in the joys of everyday life. 

Frog and ToadFrog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
Frog and Toad are always there for each other – just as best friends should be. From sledding in winter to eating ice cream on hot summer days, these two friends have fun together the whole year round!

Elephant and Piggie by Mo WillemElephant and Piggie
Gerald the Elephant is careful. His friend Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

ivy and beanIvy and Bean by Annie Barrows
Ivy, a quiet, intellectual child, and Bean, a rambunctious child, become fast friends despite their differences and their initial reluctance to like each other — “two friends who never meant to like each other”, as the tagline for the series goes.

So no matter if your best friend is a pet, a neighbor, or a storybook character, take a minute to tell them how much their friendship means to you today.


Summer Boredom Busters


Summer Boredom Busters – library style

1. Come in to the Tallmadge Branch Library and visit our resident turtle, Scooter.

craft a day2. Check out a joke book and entertain your siblings and friends with a hilarious stand up routine.

3. Have a movie picnic in the living room. Put a tablecloth on the floor and serve a picnic supper while watching one of our family-friendly movie titles.

4. Check out a stack of magazines and chill with a cool drink on your front porch.playaway

5. Put a new audio book on your mobile device or check out a playaway and go for a walk when the weather is fine.

6. Go camping in your backyard and take along a star guide so you can identify the constellations.

7. Browse the new book shelf to find your next summer read.

8. Find some simple and delicious summer recipes in our extensive cookbook 2 (1)

9. Check out a music cd and have a dance party with your friends.

10. Spend a rainy morning with your preschooler doing puzzles, putting on a puppet show, or playing trains in our lively children’s area.