Unless otherwise noted, all library programs are free, thanks to the support of the Friends of the Library.
The library will have an as-is furniture and equipment auction in the Munroe Falls Room on the second floor of the library. The auction begins Aug. 26 at 11 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m. on Sept. 1. The auction includes, for example, a musical keyboard, shelving unit, the library's used computers, and more.
The library will be closed all day on Monday, Sept. 5 for Labor Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 9 a.m.
The Heart of Hell: The Battle of Iwo Jima
Join us Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. as Dennis Blocker discusses his research that was turned into The Heart of Hell by Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist Mitch Weiss. The Battle of Iwo Jima, a major event in the Pacific Theater of WWII - and one of the bloodiest in U.S. history - began on February 19, 1945. But what happened two days earlier has largely been a footnote, until now.
The Heart of Hell is the untold story of the crew of Landing Craft Infantry 449. Based on 130 exclusive interviews with sailors who survived the battle, the families of the men killed in the fight, and more than 1,500 letters the sailors mailed to loved ones during their long months at sea, this is a story of duty, brotherhood, love, and courage. Among the sailors was Leo W. Bedell of Stow. Leo was the youngest officer on the ship when he came aboard at Saipan, September 18, 1944. Part of the responsibilities of Bedell was damage control if the ship was hit in combat or suffered injury in an accident.
There will be a Q&A session following Blocker's presentation. Books will be available for purchase. Registration begins Aug. 8 at 9 a.m. To register, call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or visit www.smfpl.org.
The Many Faces of James Bond
Join us on Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. as culture historian Bill Brauning unveils the many different faces of James Bond since the first 007 film in 1962. We will see each one and their rise and fall from fame with this highly popular film character. To register, call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or visit www.smfpl.org. This free program is cosponsored by the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library and the Friends of the Library.
Curious about what our city of Stow looked like years ago? Join our Local History Librarian, Beth Daugherty, as she gives a walking tour of the area immediately surrounding the library on Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. Please meet at the library at 9:45 a.m. This tour will include a visit to the original Stow Library which opened its doors in 1925. To register, call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or visit www.smfpl.org. The tour will be approximately one hour so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Please call the library prior to arriving if the weather is questionable. If you are unable to attend or simply want a sneak preview, visit our website for a virtual tour of the area.°Go to www.smfpl.org and select Adults/Local History/Walking Tour.°This self-guided walking tour will show you how the historic center of Stow has changed over the years.°Some buildings noted on the tour no longer exist, others have been moved, or undergone renovation. All of them represent the history of our community.
Stow Comic Con
Enjoy games, crafts, comics, a costume contest, prizes, and more on Aug. 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. Professional comic book artists will be present for a meet and greet. All ages are welcome and registration is not necessary.
Red Cross Blood Drive
There will be a Red Cross Blood Drive in the Stow-Munroe Falls Room on Aug. 24 from 1 - 7 p.m.
Bethany Concert Band
Join us on Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. as the Bethany Concert Band returns to the library with a medley of swing, Broadway and patriotic tunes.°This 30-piece band recalls the big-band era with style.°To register, call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or visit www.smfpl.org. This free program will be in the Stow-Munroe Falls Room and is cosponsored by the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library and the Friends of the Library.
Color Me Calm
Coloring is just for kids, right? Not anymore. Join us in the Stow-Munroe Falls Room at the library on Aug. 9 at 11 a.m. for an adult coloring session. Recently, adults across the country have picked up coloring books as a way to relax and unwind. The health benefits go beyond relaxation, and include exercising fine motor skills and training the brain to focus. Doctors have known about these benefits since the early 1900s. Psychiatrist Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, prescribed coloring to his patients to calm and center their minds. Doctors today continue to follow Jung's lead and still recommend the activity to combat anxiety. Not only does coloring have a multitude of health benefits, but it's fun too! We will supply the colored pencils, coloring sheets, relaxing music, and refreshments. Just bring yourself.°To register, call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or visit www.smfpl.org. This free program is cosponsored by the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library and the Friends of the Library.
Toothpaste Drive for Bulldog Bags
Bulldog Bags Inc. is a community, non-profit organization that provides elementary school children in the Stow-Munroe Falls School District who are on the Federal Free and Reduced Meal program, or otherwise qualified, with a "bridge of nutrition." This is a cooperative effort between the community and the schools, funded through donations from the community. Interested in participating? Look for the Bulldog Bin in the lobby and drop off medium (approximately 2.7 oz.) tubes of toothpaste to the library.
Join us for the Classic Book Discussion Group on Aug. 31. This group will meet at 7 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month. Light snacks will be provided. The book to be discussed is "For Whom the Bell TollsSDRq by Ernest Hemingway. Stop by the Information Desk to get a copy of this book in one of three formats: regular print, large print, or book on CD. If you prefer reading on a tablet or other device, visit Ohio Digital Library and hoopla for availability. Questions? Call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or ask a librarian.
Coffee with the Stow Sentry Editor
Join us for coffee and doughnuts with the Editor of the Stow Sentry, Marsha McKenna, on Sept. 7 at 9:30 a.m. in the Stow Room at the library. Share your story ideas and community concerns, or just come to hear the local buzz in this congenial setting.
If you enjoy the art of writing, join our generative Writing Workshop which meets the second Thursday of each month. The next date is Aug. 11. Create unique pieces of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Come find your voice. You don't have to be an experienced writer to join this friendly critique group. Call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 to register.°This free program is cosponsored by the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library and the Friends of the Library.
Bob Evans Fundraiser for
Support the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library Foundation as you enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Bob Evans on Sept. 8. Bob Evans, located at 3489 Hudson Drive in Stow, will be hosting a community fundraiser to benefit the Library Foundation. From 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month, Bob Evans will donate 15 percent of sales from your meals to the Library Foundation through their Dine to Make a Difference Community Fundraiser program. Participants must present a special flier to the cashier at checkout. Fliers are available at the circulation desk and on the library's website. The Library Foundation is grateful for your donation.
Early Bird Passport Service
We offer Early Bird Passport Service to accept passport applications from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Monday through Thursday. Appointments for this special service are required and only two applications can be processed during this time. For appointments and information about what to bring, please contact the Adult Information Department at 330-688-3295 ext. 4.
Tech Tuesday and Thursday
First come, first served assistance in setting up and familiarizing yourself with your mobile device and learning how to download free books, audiobooks, movies, magazines and more from the library's digital collection. This one-on-one service takes place every Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m. Questions? Call 330-688-3295 ext. 4.
Tech Thursdays for Kids
The Children's Department is offering weekly tech help on Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. to assist kids, parents, and other caregivers with any tech concerns (except hardware repair). Drop in the day of the program and sign up for a half-hour slot. Some topics may include, but are not limited to: tablets (iPad, Kindle, Windows Surface, Android), eBooks, guidance with a specific software application (Microsoft Word, for example), email, and Web navigation. If we are unable to help you with your tech issue, we will refer you to an appropriate repair specialist. Questions? Call 330-688-3295 ext. 5.
Join us for cards and conversation on Aug. 8. Players should arrive at 12:45 and Bridge will begin promptly at 1 p.m. in the Stow Room at the library. There is no fee to join the club, but a small collection will be taken for refreshments. We will play as many hands as possible and finish by approximately 3:30 p.m. As a courtesy to all the players, please do not plan to leave early. For more information or to register, contact Cheryl Nelson at 330-688-3295, ext. 102.
Wednesday Movies in August
Join us for popcorn and a movie on the big screen as we present films on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. August dates are Aug. 10 and 17. Due to the terms of our license, we can't advertise the title of the movie here. Call the library at 330-688-3295 ext. 4 to find out what's playing.
Bow Wow Book Buddies
Kindergarten thrrough sixth-grade children can read to our therapy dogs Aug. 14 and 28 at 1:30 p.m.°This helps children build confidence in their reading ability with this impartial audience.°No registration required.°Sign up for a 15-minute time slot when you arrive.°Bring your favorite book or choose one of ours.
For youths ages 5 to 17, who are familiar with the basic rules of chess, on the third Monday of the month. No signup necessary. Teaching is from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Game play begins at 7 p.m. The next session is Aug. 15. Parents of children under 12 years old must remain in the library.
Print and eBooks: Working Together
In addition to lending out physical copies of books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and so on, your library provides a host of electronic materials for free download. In June, library patrons downloaded 5,704 eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMusic and eVideos. Library patrons also downloaded 953 items from hoopla, 259 magazines from Zinio, and 2,351 songs from Freegal. Have you tried downloading electronic materials yet? If you're not sure how to get started, stop by one of our Tech Tuesday or Tech Thursday sessions and let one of our librarians assist you. These appointments are first-come, first-served.
The Library offers free coffee and tea to patrons Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join us in the reference area behind the Information Desk for a hot beverage. Look for a special flavor on Wednesdays.