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Unless otherwise noted, all library programs are free, thanks to the support of the Friends of the Library.
The library is located at 3512 Darrow Road, Stow.
Join us for a festive session of jazz on Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. The Community Jazz Band has provided free concerts at our library for the past thirty-six years! All members of the band graciously donate their time and talents entertaining listeners of all ages. No registration necessary. These concerts are in the Stow-Munroe Falls Room.
Thursday Evening Book Discussion Group
Discuss the "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty, early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction. Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case. Copies of the book, and list of other titles for discussion, are available at the Reference Desk.
Harry Potter Fan Club
Our Harry Potter Fan Club continues this winter! Join other tweens ages 8-12 for games, activities, crafts, and fun. Join us at 7 p.m. on Feb. 9 for "It's Quidditch," and March 9 for "Fantastic Beasts and Magical Creatures." Registration is requested.
Chocolate Fest for Teens
Celebrate all things chocolate at the Chocolate Fest on Feb. 14 from 7 to 8 p.m. Teens in grades 7 to 12 will get to play Chocolate Jeopardy and Oreo Stacking and other chocolate games; win chocolate prizes; taste-test different chocolate from around the world; decorate chocolate cupcakes; and more! Bring your sweet tooth! Register for this sweet and yummy program at the Teen Information Desk, or by phone, at (330) 688-3295 ext. 4, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, grade, and phone number.
Navigating the College Search
Join us on Feb. 21 from 7 to 8 p.m., as Paul Wells, Enrollment Management & Student Services Advisor at Kent State University, presents Navigating the College Search Process. This session will help students finalize their college search and begin thinking more critically about researching institutions and their related application processes, including admissions and scholarship deadlines. Topics will include student-institution fit, important factors in the decision processes, career exploration issues, non-academic considerations for comparison, and "backup" options for the selection process. Students and parents are both invited to attend. Registration for this program begins Jan. 23 at 9 a.m. To register, call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or visit www.smfpl.org.
The Beatles in Cleveland
Relive the excitement of Beatlemania at The Beatles in Cleveland on Feb. 23 from 7 to 8 p.m. Watch as John, Paul, George and Ringo visit Cleveland for two of the wildest, out of control concerts in Beatles and rock 'n' roll history. Author Dave Schwensen will take you behind the scenes and on stage with The Fab Four through insider stories, rare concert films, never-before published photos and memorabilia. Dave's presentation will include rare concert films of The Beatles riotous concerts at Cleveland Public Hall in 1964 and Cleveland Municipal Stadium in 1966. Books will be available for purchase and signing following the program. For more information, visit www.BeatlesInCleveland.com. Registration for this program begins Jan. 23 at 9 a.m. To register, call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or visit www.smfpl.org.
Spanish Conversation Group
Feeling a little bit rusty on your Spanish-speaking skills? Come join Maria Brett, a native speaker, to brush up on your espaol on Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. This is a great opportunity to meet new people and to converse in a comfortable, relaxed environment. Call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 for more information. This program is ongoing; registration is helpful but not required.
American Red Cross Bloodmobile
The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the library from 1 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 22. There is an emergency need for blood and platelet donors right now.
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.
Bow Wow Book Buddies
K-6th grade kids can read to our therapy dogs on Jan. 22 and Feb. 5 and 19 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.
Early Bird Passport
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, 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., as well as the first and third Tuesday and second and fourth Thursday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Questions? Call 330-688-3295 ext. 4.
Wednesday Movies in January
Join us for popcorn and a movie on the big screen as we present films on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. The next one is Jan. 25. 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. The next session is Jan. 23. No signup necessary. Teaching is from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Game play begins at 7 p.m. 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 December, library patrons downloaded 5,564 eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMusic and eVideos. Library patrons also downloaded 990 items from hoopla, 88 magazines from Zinio, and 2,304 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.