It’s my birthday, and I’ll count if I want to

“I count the spiders on the wall…
I count the cobwebs in the hall…
I count the candles on the shelf…
When I’m alone, I count myself!”

Count von Count made his Sesame Street debut on November 27, 1972 during the season 4 premiere. In his first appearance, the Count walks by Bert and Ernie who are building pyramids with blocks. The Count loves counting anything and everything so cannot help himself, he stops to count the blocks, moving them out of the pyramid shape. Then he counts them again, putting them back into the pyramid. After Bert gets upset that he is moving the blocks, the Count waves his fingers to momentarily stun Bert and counts the blocks once again, taking the pyramid apart. When the Count finishes counting, he laughs maniacally, “AH AH AH AH AH!”, while lightning flashes in the background. This practice, however, was discontinued in the mid-1970s because of concern that young viewers would become frightened. The Count became friendlier and stopped using his hypnotic powers. His laugh also changed from maniacal laughter to a more triumphant, stereotypical Dracula-style laugh.The Count

In honor of the Count’s 1,832,652nd birthday, here are a few Halloween counting books to enjoy.

On Halloween Night ~ Ferida Wolff
Thirteen suitably creepy things from witches to snakes and ghosts are counted in honor of Halloween.

Ten Orange Pumpkins ~ Stephen Savage
In this Halloween countdown book, ten orange pumpkins are each carried off by a witch, a ghost, a spider, and other Halloween creatures until there’s just one.

10 Trick-or-Treaters ~ Janet Schulman
Ten trick-or-treaters start out on Halloween night, but they disappear one-by-one as they encounter a spider, a vampire, a ghost, and other scary creatures.

The 13 Nights of Halloween ~ Guy Vasilovich
A Halloween version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” featuring macabre gifts such as icky eyeballs, demons dancing, and thirsty vampires.

One, one counting book. Two, that’s two counting books. Three, that’s three Halloween counting books. Four, four counting books to enjoy! AH AH AH AH AH! (cue the lightning).



Amazing Libraries Around the World

Trying to choose the next library to feature in the Amazing Libraries Around the World series really had me baffled. Should I choose a public library in China? Or perhaps an academic library in Germany? I thought about it at work and I thought about it at home. I needed a distraction. Which is how I ended up being greeted by a life-sized cardboard Chewbacca upon entering my favorite store. Once I got over the shock of just how tall Chewbacca is, it hit me…the second stop on our magical mystery tour would be the research library at Skywalker Ranch.

Name: Skywalker Ranch Research Library
Located: Marin, California (established 1978)
Type of Library: Private research library
Approximate Size of Collection: 27,000 plus spanning from the 1880’s to present day

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  • The Lucas Research Library is a full-service research department providing reference for film, television, and theater productions. With an extensive collection of books, periodicals, and picture files, it provides historical and contemporary images to production personnel. Costume and set designers, hair stylists, makeup artists, directors, and producers have used the Lucas Research Library’s services for decades.
  • Items can be checked out by Lucasfilm employees, but are not available to the general public.
  • The Lucasfilm Research Library was established in 1978 at Lucasfilm’s Los Angeles offices. In 1981 the Library moved to Northern California, and then to its present location in the Main House at Skywalker Ranch in 1985.
  • The Library acquired the long-dormant Paramount Studios Research collection in 1987 and the Universal Studios collection in 2000 which added two amazing historical collections to its resources.
  • If you look at the check-out cards from the historical collections, you can find books that were checked out by Cecil B. DeMille, Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, Clint Eastwood, Steve Martin, Edith Head, Charlton Heston…the list goes on and on!

I can’t even imagine holding a book that was once checked out and read by Alfred Hitchcock! I’m sure even Yoda agrees when I say that is quite an impressive list of library borrowers. I hope you enjoyed our trip to the Skywalker Ranch Library. Be sure to check back for more amazing library adventures.



This Week at the Library

Monday – 10/05/15

6:30 PM

Baby Rhyme Time
For babies up to 24 months with a caregiver
Enjoy bounces, rhymes, songs and stories followed by a first play group experience.
Siblings of all ages are welcome to join in with baby!


Tuesday – 10/06/15

10:30 AM

Preschool Story Time
For 3 – 6 year olds with a caregiver
Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, a craft and time to play together.


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
October 6 & 20, November 17
Preparing for Interviews
October 13 & 27, November 10 & 24


6:30 PM

10 Solutions for Women with Thinning Hair
Everything you need to know about thinning hair. Learn the latest remedies to fix, cover or camouflage thinning hair from Lee Hendrickson, The Hair Specialist.


Thursday – 10/08/15

10:30 AM

Toddler 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, bouncing and more. Story time is followed by a group playtime.


Saturday – 10/10/15

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Teen Program – Follow-up ACT Review & Strategy Session
For grades 6 – 12
Learn about the format and contect of the tests from a Princeton Rewview expert. You’ll learn how to interpret your test results. We’ll explain how the tests fit into the college admission process and teach some of our exclusive score-raising strategies. Please register on-line prior to the class at:



Coming in October

Week of October 5


Week of October 12


Week of October 19


Week of October 26



Library Humor

Happy Wednesday!



Free Princeton Review ACT Practice Test


Sign up to take a full-length ACT practice test given under the same testing conditions as the actual exams. You’ll learn about the endurance and skill needed to score high on the ACT and you’ll get a personalized score report that shows your strengths and weaknesses. The test will be held on Saturday, October 3 from 12-4 pm. And then make sure to join us on Saturday, October 10 from 2-3 pm for your test results and strategy session. During this session you will learn how to interpret your test results from a Princeton Review expert.

Click on the links below to sign up for the practice test and the review/strategy session. Students must register for both sessions.

Test will be held October 3 from 12-4 pm – Please register online prior to the class here.

Review & Strategy Session will be held on October 10 from 2-3 pm – Please register online here for the review session.




Library Card Sign-up Month

During the month of September, libraries are busy celebrating library card sign-up month. The observance was launched in 1987 to meet the challenge of then Secretary of Education William J. Bennett who said: “Let’s have a national campaign…every child should obtain a library card – and use it.”  Since then, thousands of public and school libraries join each fall in a national effort to ensure every child does just that.

Early on all libraries were non-circulating libraries, and cards identifying users were unnecessary. With the public library movement in the 19th century, it became necessary to register users who were permitted to borrow books. In about 1900, John Cotton Dana, then director of the Newark Public Library, devised a system using a borrower’s card and a book card. These early borrower’s cards were not the simple identification cards of today, but rather a card with space to enter the date borrowed, date due, and date returned for each book circulated. In 1932, Gaylord Brothers introduced an electrically operated book-charging machine, using the basic two-card system devised by Dana.  This system used a borrower card with a metal plate with an embossed number to register the borrower’s identity onto the book card, which was filed by call number. Through the following decades, various other machine-assisted and automated systems were developed. The metal plate has been replaced with the bar code system we use today.

Below you can see how the Akron-Summit County Public Library card has changed through the years.



Library cards, like books, come in all shapes and sizes to suit the needs of the library system utilizing them. Interested in seeing what library cards from all over the world look like?
Check out the Tallmadge Branch Library Pinterest page.


Manners Matter

September is National Children’s Good Manners Month

“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what for you use.” ~ Emily Post

Raising kind, thoughtful, polite children who are compassionate and sensitive to the needs of others is valued in nearly every culture.  These fun and often funny picture books take the subject of manners seriously!  Share one with your favorite child.

Time to Say Please! ~ Written and illustrated by Mo Willems
This is a book on manners is narrated by groups of bubbly mice. Good advice abounds.

My Dog Never Says Please ~ By Suzanne Williams, Illustrated by Tedd Arnoldmanners
OK for dogs, not OK for people…

How do dinosaurs eat their food? ~ By Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mark Teague
You might expect dinosaurs to have amazing table manners and eat everything on their plates, but they need a little help from Mom and Dad.

 What do you say, Dear?  A book of manners for all occasions.  ~ By Maurice Sendak
This classic work may be the funniest book of manners you will ever read.  It contains practical information like What do you say when: you bump into a crocodile on a crowded city street? Or, the Queen feeds you so much spaghetti that no longer fit in your chair?

Mind your manners, B.B. Wolf  ~ By Judy Sierra, illustrated by J. Otto Seib
When B.B. Wolf, who now lives in the Villain Villa Retirement Residence, is invited to the library for a storybook tea, he is careful to follow the advice of his crocodile friend and impresses everyone with how polite he can be.



On September 13, 1969 Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! made its television debut on CBS with “What a Night for a Knight.” The original voice cast featured Don Messick as Scooby-Doo (Messick was also the voice of Astro from The Jetsons), Casey Kasem as Shaggy, Frank Welker as Fred, Nicole Jaffe as Velma, and Indira Stefanianna Christopherson as Daphne.

Season one consisted of seventeen episodes with each episode having the four teenagers from Mystery, Inc. looking for clues and suspects while being chased by the ghost, monster, or other supernatural creature terrozing the locals. After Fred sets up his elaborate trap, the gang is able to capture and unmask the villain who is always revealed to be a flesh and blood crook trying to cover up his crimes by using the ghost story and costume. The criminal is then arrested and taken to jail, often repeating the catch phrase “…and I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids!”

Due to its success, Scooby-Doo has had many spin-off animated series, including television specials and two feature films. Some versions of Scooby-Doo feature different versions of the show’s supernatural theme, and include new characters such as Scooby’s cousin Scooby-Dum and nephew Scrappy-Doo, in addition to or instead of some of the original characters. Repeats of the series are frequently broadcast on vairous cartoon channels in the United States and other counties.

The Scooby-Doo filmography consists of:
Scooby-Doo, Where Are you! – 25 episodes – 1969-1970
The New Scooby-Doo Movies – 24 episodes – 1972-1973
The Scooby-Doo Show – 40 episodes – 1976-1978
Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo – 16 episodes – 1979-1980
Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo 2 – 33 episodes – 1980-1982
The All-New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show / The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries – 26 episodes – 1983-1984
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo – 13 episodes – 1985
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo – 27 episodes – 1988-1991
What’s New, Scooby-Doo? – 42 episodes – 2002-2005
Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! – 26 episodes – 2006-2008
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated – 41 episodes – 2010-present


Amazing Libraries Around the World

Libraries are a wonderful place. The smell of books. The sense of community. Shelf after shelf of endless possibilities. By simply walking through the doors, users are able to travel the world, discover new languages and encounter numerous adventures all under one roof. To me, this makes all libraries both amazing and beautiful. But let’s be honest, if you could browse the Vatican Library or check out a novel from Book Mountain in the Netherlands, wouldn’t you prefer that to your community library? But alas, jumping in the car to travel from library to library isn’t very feasible which is why I’ve decided to do a blog series called “Amazing Libraries Around the World”. Twice a month, you will be able to visit amazing libraries without ever having to leave the comfort of your home. Enjoy!

For our first stop, I thought I’d stay close to home. So grab your reading glasses and let’s go…

Name: Old Public Library of Cincinnati
Located: Cincinnati, Ohio (1874)
Type of Library: Public
Approximate Size of Collection: 1.5 Million

Old Public Library Photos

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  • The library was an architectural marvel with its colossal cast-iron book alcoves and spiral staircases that went several stories high, checker board marble floors that shone beneath the skylight roof.
  • The building was originally meant to be an opera house. Luckily for library lovers, the project went bankrupt and the Library Board was able to purchase the site in 1868. In December 1870, the Public Library moved in to the smaller front building, and the larger Main Hall was completed in February 1874.
  • Patrons entered on Vine Street beneath busts of William Shakespeare, John Milton and Benjamin Franklin. These busts were moved to the new library’s garden.
  • This magnificent building was once called, “the most magnificent public library in the country”, with a capacity for holding up to 300,000 books in its collection.
  • Due to overcrowding, the Old Public Library was demolished in 1955 when the “New Main Library” opened just a few blocks away. Sadly the location now houses an office building and parking lot.

I hope you enjoyed the first stop on our tour. Be sure to check back in for more amazing library adventures. Who knows where we’ll travel to next.