December 4 is National Cookie Day. Have you read a good cookie book lately? Today, curl up in a cozy place with some milk and cookies and try one of these excellent choices by a best-selling author:
Willems, Mo. The Duckling gets a cookie!?
Wilson, Karma. The Cow loves Cookies
Numeroff, Laura. If you give a mouse a cookie
Brett, Jan. Gingerbread Baby
Brett, Jan. Gingerbread Friends
Shannon, George. Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar?
Tuesday, December 3 at 2:00 pm
Christmas Wine Bottle Decorations
Make your own Christmas decorations using wine bottles and Christmas lights.
Please register in advance.
Thursday, December 5 at 3:00 pm
Knit and Crochet Club
Do you want to learn to knit or crochet? All levels of expertise and all ages welcome. Free supplies to get you started.
Friday, December 6 at 10:30 am
Baby Play Group for babies up to 24 months with a caregiver
Meet new friends and bring your little one to a first group play experience. The library will provide a meeting room and developmentally appropriate toys.
Saturday, December 7 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Paws for Reading
Look for therapy dogs, Caesar or Sophie, in the Children’s area and improve your reading skills by reading a book to a furry friend.
Dead Is the New Black ~ Marlene Perez
While dealing with her first boyfriend and suddenly being pressed into service as a substitute cheerleader, seventeen-year-old Daisy Giordano, daughter and sister of psychics but herself a “normal,” attempts to help her mother discover who is behind a series of bizarre attacks on teenage girls in their little town of Nightshade, California.
Taste of Home Baking
Baking basics — Cookies — Bars & brownies — Cakes — Cupcakes — Cheesecakes — Pies & tarts — Desserts — Quick breads — Muffins, biscuits & scones — Yeast breads — Yeast rolls — Coffee cakes & sweet rolls — Almost homemade — Trimmed-down favorites — Holiday classics
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants ~ Malcolm Gladwell
Uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty and the powerful and the dispossessed.
Simpson’s Sheep Won’t Go to Sleep ~ Bruce Arant
When Farmer Simpson tries to put his sheep to bed, they think of every excuse to stay awake. Finally, he thinks of a warm and cozy solution that will help lull the sheep right to sleep.
Actors Anonymous: a Novel ~ James Franco
Actors Anonymous is unsettling, funny, personal, and dark, a story told in many forms, from testimonials (in the style of Alcoholics Anonymous) and scripts to letters, diaries, and more. Franco turns his “James Franco” persona inside out–sometimes humorously, often mercilessly. The book brims with profound insights into the nature and purpose of acting, bawdy satires of the high life, as well as deeply moving portraits of aspiring actors who never quite made it. Franco’s seemingly inexhaustible celebrity currency makes this that rare work in which the writer’s fame matches his considerable literary ambition. Partly inspired by Alcoholics Anonymous’s Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, Actors Anonymous is an intense, wild ride that’s pure Franco.
One Potato, Two Potato ~ Cynthia DeFelice
A very poor, humble couple live so simple a life they share everything, until the husband discovers a pot with magical powers buried under the very last potato in the garden.
Aunt Dimity’s Death ~ Nancy Atherton
Unlucky Lori has the opportunity to inherit her aunt’s entire estate if she visits her aunt’s cottage and unearths a secret hidden in a trove of letters.
A Plain Disappearance ~ Amanda Flower
It’s Christmastime in Amish country, and Chloe Humphrey has begun settling into her life in Appleseed Creek. She’s especially excited to see where her new relationship with Timothy Troyer will lead. Unfortunately, it leads to murder when the couple discovers the body of a teenager on their first date. Near the scene there is evidence that Timothy’s friend, Billy Thorpe, is involved with the crime. Now, Chloe and Timothy must find Billy, bring him to justice, or prove his innocence.
Neferet’s Curse ~ P.C. Cast
“The White City, 1893: In turn-of-the-century Chicago, with the World’s Fair bringing bustle and excitement to her home city, sixteen-year-old Emily Wheiler should be reveling in her youthful beauty and the excitement around her. But her whole life changed when her mother died, leaving her to be the Lady of Wheiler House. Her father, a powerful bank president, is at the center of an important social hub for the booming young city, and he needs Emily to do everything her mother would have – to be a good hostess and make sure the mansion runs smoothly. As Emily uneasily tries to replace her mother, she also longs for more… for love and a life of her own. When a handsome young man notices her at one of her father’s parties, it seems that her hopes may finally be coming true. Until her father forbids her to see him – or any other man – and starts revealing a darkly violent side that even he can’t understand. At last, afraid for her life and with nowhere to turn, Emily is Marked by a vampyre and brought to the Chicago House of Night, where she begins a magickal new life that should allow the wounds from her past to heal. But as she gains strength, and a powerful new name, she carries a dark need to wreak vengeance on the man she trusted most. From victim to High Priestess, beautiful young woman to powerful seductress.
Greetings Little Humans,
The book that I stumbled across in the library this month is Library Mouse: Home Sweet Home by Daniel Kirk. I wanted to read this book because, even though I am not a mouse, I am still the Library Turtle! Like the main character Sam, I also enjoy reading and writing (remember that I am still writing my own book). Sam is learning along with his friend Sarah what a home truly is. He and Sarah have adventures trying to figure out what makes a home just right.
For me, a home is just right when I have all my library friends around me. It feels so nice to be so loved by so many people! I hope that each one of you has that feeling when you go home.
Tuesday, November 26
School Conference Day Movie at 11:00 am
For grades K – 5
Wednesday, November 27
All Akron-Summit County Public Library locations will close at 5:00 pm
Thursday, November 28
All Akron-Summit County Public Library locations will be closed
Friday, November 29
Baby Play Group for babies up to age 24 months with a caregiver
Meet new friends and bring your little one for a first group play experience. The library will provide a meeting room and developmentally appropriate toys.
In honor of The Doctor’s 50th anniversary, did you know that Doctor Who started as a children’s show? It was conceived as an entertaining, semi-educational show, created by the children’s department at the BBC. The Doctor originally had two companions besides his granddaughter, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright. They were teachers at Coal Hill school, one taught science and the other taught history. During their early adventures, the BBC alternated science fiction stories, with concepts such as static electricity, sound, light, and other themes, with historical stories with themes like the French Revolution, ancient Greece, and Marco Polo. It’s come a long way after 26 seasons of the original run, a television movie, and now entering its eighth season of a new run, not counting at least three spin-offs (depending on your definition).
Birds on the wing are poetry in motion. Throughout the ages, birds have inspired artists, poets, naturalists, and others interested in beauty and nature. Check out these poetry books exclusively dedicated to our feathered friends. Stop by the nature connect area this month and be inspired by our bird watching area. Look sharp and you will see the dark-eyed junco that inspired this haiku from the collection by Michael Rosen.
Phased like tilted moons
Half shadow, half reflection
Juncos cross the snow
Florian, Douglas. On the Wing: Bird Poems and Paintings
Spinelli, Eileen. Feathers: poems about birds
Rosen, Michael J. The cuckoo’s haiku and other birding poems
Bright wings : an illustrated anthology of poems about birds / edited by Billy Collins ; paintings by David Allen Sibley.
The Akron-Summit County Public Library again has been recognized with four stars in the latest round of the LJ Index of Public Library Service, a national rating of public libraries in the Library Journal.
America’s Star Libraries identifies libraries in the United States of America that are delivering exceptional service. LJ Index scores are based on four per capita service output statistics: library visits, items borrowed, program attendance and public Internet computer use.
With four stars, the Akron -Summit County Public Library system received the highest rating in Ohio in its expenditure range.
Information provided by Downtown Akron Partnership. Click here for more information.