Unless otherwise noted, all library programs are free, thanks to the support of the Friends of the Library.
Why do we wear black to funerals? Are cemeteries really haunted? Who would rob graves? Find the answers to these questions and more on Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. as Sherri Brake of Haunted Heartland Tours presents a unique, spooky, and sometimes funny look at headstones, gravestone symbolism, and graveyard rituals. Her presentation will cover haunted cemeteries, beautiful and scary headstones, Victorian customs and those dreaded "buried alive" stories. There will be a Q&A and book signing after the program. Registration begins Sept. 26. 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.
College Financial Planning
Join us as Certified College Planner Joel Wymer of College Planning Strategies presents this free College Financial Planning Workshop on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. High school students and parents will learn strategies on how to pay for college without going broke. Come learn: The #1 way to get more free money for college; how to get the maximum amount of financial aid; why talented students may not receive financial aid for college; the secret to positioning your finances to get merit and needs-based aid and Tips on the ACT, SAT & AP exams. Find out why: The new FAFSA rules will cost you thousands of dollars in financial aid and that you should never own a 529 plan or some other popular college savings plans (they may cause you to lose grants and other aid). To register, call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or email teenlibrarian@ smfpl.org. This free program is cosponsored by the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library and Joel Wymer (www.collegeplanningstrategies.net).
Stow Cemetery Walking Tour
Meet some of Stow's founding families by taking a tour of Stow Cemetery. Join Local History Librarian Beth Daugherty to learn about our early settlers and their contributions to Stow's community on Oct. 21. Meet at 9:45 a.m. at Stow Cemetery, 3162 Kent Road (across from Holy Family Church). The tour will begin at 10 a.m. This walk will focus on the early section of the cemetery, which was developed on a portion of the Wetmore property, and will include a look at some of our well-known and not so well-known early local residents. We encourage you to walk or carpool to the cemetery as parking is limited. Please park as close to the front section of the cemetery as possible. We will meet at the corner of Section A and Section C. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 to register. Please call if you need to cancel your reservation.
Are you ready to join the hunt with the Winchester brothers? We're celebrating Halloween a little early on Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. with crafts, snacks, trivia and games, especially for fans of the hit CW television show. Not familiar with the show and just a fan of Halloween? Join us anyway and come in costume! For grades 7-12. Registration begins Oct. 3. To register, call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or email the Teen Librarian at email@example.com.
Are you looking forward to seeing the film version of the popular book, "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children"? Stop by the Teen Area between Sept. 20 and Sept. 28 and answer the simple question on the entry form to be entered into our raffle. You could°win a $25 Regal Cinemas gift card°to go see the movie on opening day. (Or any other movie you like, at any time.) Open to teens in grades 7-12. The winner will be contacted on Sept. 29. Prizes courtesy of the Friends of the Stow-Munroe Falls Library.
Join us for an encore performance by The Boogie-Woogie Kid on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.°Described as "Michigan's Best" in ragtime and blues, Matthew Ball returns to perform piano favorites from the swingin' days of the 20s, 30s, and 40s. Enjoy classic American songs like "Swanee River," "Over the Rainbow," "The Entertainer," "Waltzing Matilda," "When the Saints go Marchin' In" and more.° Now with more than 3.3 million YouTube views, see why Matthew is called "Michigan's Best." To register, call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or visit www.smfpl.org.
About the performer: Matthew Ball is a graduate of Oakland University and The University of Detroit. He has degrees in music, history and law. He trained classically at Oakland University with the internationally renowned classical pianist Flavio Varani, a graduate of The Paris Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music, who traced his own pedigree of study back to Chopin himself. Visit www.boogiewoogiekid.com for more information.
Banned Books Week
Celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week which runs from Sept. 25 - Oct. 1. Check out five or more books and enter our raffle to win a Banned Books themed giveaway. The items will be displayed in the lobby of the library prior to Sept. 25. Banned Books Week highlights the value of free and open access to information and brings together the entire book community. To see a list of frequently banned and challenged books, visit www.ala.org/bbooks.
Library Card Sign Up Month
The library joins with the°American Library Association°and other public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all --°a library card. Sign up for a library card anytime during the month of September and receive a prize. To sign up, patrons 18 and older must present a photo ID with current address. If the ID does not have the current address, provide a personal check or piece of mail forwarded by the post office for proof of current address. Those under 18 may sign up for a library card accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. A library card at the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library means access to all our materials, computers, and free internet access. Enjoy all the perks your card has to offer, and be sure to share what your library means to you with your friends, family and colleagues who don't have their own library card.°Tell them the°true value of libraries°and how the library benefits you.
Fall Book Sale
The Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale runs from Sept. 27 - Oct. 1. Patron's Night is Sept. 27 from 5 - 8 p.m. The entrance donation is $5 for Friends members and $10 for non-members. The Friends' Presale is Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Friends Membership is required. Public Sale hours (no entrance fee) are as follows: Sept. 28 from 1 - 8 p.m.; Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Oct. 1 is Bag Day: $3 per bag until 2 p.m. After 2 p.m., free to teachers and non-profit organizations.
Join other fans for a range of anime and manga-related activities on Oct. 8 at 1:30 p.m. Watch episodes of new and classic shows. Cosplay welcome. Snacks provided.°No registration necessary.°For ages 12 to 18 only.
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 Sept. 28. 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 "Mrs. DallowaySDRq by Virginia Woolf. 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.
Join us for cards and conversation on Oct. 10. 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, do not plan to leave early. For more information or to register, contact Cheryl Nelson at 330-688-3295, ext. 102.
Bob Evans Fundraiser for
Support the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library Foundation as you enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Bob Evans on Oct. 6. 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.
Bow Wow Book Buddies
Kindergarten thrrough sixth-grade children can read to our therapy dogs Oct. 9 and 23 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.
Wednesday Movies in October
Join us for popcorn and a movie on the big screen as we present films on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. The dates are Oct. 5, 12 and 26. 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.
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 Oct. 17. 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 August, library patrons downloaded 5,944 eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMusic and eVideos. Library patrons also downloaded 1,118 items from hoopla, 200 magazines from Zinio, and 2,473 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.