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 on Thursday, June 1 at 7 p.m. as Doug Waller, Founder of the Southeastern Ohio Society for Bigfoot Investigation (SOSBI), gives an intriguing presentation on Bigfoot. Waller will discuss evidence the SOSBI has collected, as well as the telling of eye-witness sightings and encounters of the elusive beast. Enthusiasts and skeptics welcome! Waller has published three books on Bigfoot: Standing in the Shadows, Hidden Encounters and Screams in the Night. In 2008, he founded SOSBI, as a way for people to gather and discuss Bigfoot among others with the same interests and without ridicule. This free program is sponsored by the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library and the Friends of the Library. To register, call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or www.smfpl.org.
Living History Series:
Air Force One
Hear first-hand stories of travels with three U.S. presidents and dignitaries from all four corners of the world when retired Chief Steward of Air Force One, John L. Haigh, visits the library on Thursday, May 18 at 7 p.m. He has compiled his recollections into a book, "Air Force One: An Honor, Privilege, and Pleasure to Serve." Copies will be available for purchase and signing. This free program is sponsored by the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library. To register, call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or www.smfpl.org.
Eating in Season at
the Farmers Market
Are you interested in trying new fruits and vegetables but not sure how to prepare the less familiar items found at our local farmers' markets? Join Chef Giulia as she presentsEating in Season at the Farmers Market on Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. This program will provide ideas for combining locally-available seasonal ingredients into delicious dishes to eat right away, as well as simple ways to conserve the bounty to enjoy later. Strategies for pre-market planning to make the most of your trip and optimal storage to make the most of your purchases will also be provided. Helpful resources will be provided and samples of health-providing vegan foods will be available for tasting. To register, call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or www.smfpl.org.Space is limited; please call if you need to cancel.
Chef Giulia is a vegetarian/vegan personal chef based in Stow. She has a bachelor's degree in dietetics from The Ohio State University and has been planning, preparing, and eating vegetarian meals for more than 35 years. For more information, visit chefgiulia.com.
Summer Reading for Adults
"Building a Community of Readers" is the theme of the 2017 Adult Summer Reading Program which runs from Tuesday, May 30 through Saturday, July 29. Adults and teens in grades 7-12 are eligible to play. Nine posters are on display at the front of the library.The posters will show characters from famous books. Adults will guess the book title by looking at the character, looking at the "building" or buildings in the poster, and by reading the clues. Adults will enter their guess on the game sheet and drop it off at the Information Desk. Sheets with correct answers will be entered in the grand prize drawing for a $50 gift card, courtesy of the Friends of the Library. In addition to guessing the posters, adults can also fill out a form for each book listened to or read this summer and place it in the box located in the Adult Summer Reading display by the library entrance.All entries are due by Saturday, July 29and the grand prize drawing will be on July 31. Prizes have been donated The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, The Akron Racers, The Akron RubberDucks, The Western Reserve Historical Society, Akron Art Museum, Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, Porthouse Theatre, The Akron Symphony Orchestra, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, MAPS Air Museum, and more.
Summer Reading for Children
Register for the Children Summer Reading program, "Building a Community of Readers", beginning Tuesday, May 30 online at smfpl.beanstack.orgor in person at the Children's Department. Children will keep track of the time they've read and win prizes. Visit the library any time beforeSaturday, July 29to claim prizes and enter one of our grand prize drawings. This program is open to children, ranging from newborns up through those who will finish 5th grade in May, 2017. If you participated in online registration last year, log in to check your password, update your phone number and email address, and join this year's program.
Summer Reading for Teens
Teens entering grades 7-12 can enter the Teen Summer Reading program, "Building a Community of Readers", between Tuesday, May 30 and Saturday, July 29. Visit smfpl.beanstack.org to earn virtual "badges". Teens can log their readingand complete various summer experiences and the badges will make them eligible to win weekly prizes. Teens can win prizes for readingbooks, magazines, graphic novels, or listening to audiobooks. Experiences include attending library events, going to museumsor sporting events, reviewing books, creating a YouTube channel, hiking, biking, and more.Prizes include new books, flash drives, and gift cards for Amazon, iTunes, GameStop, and Chipotle. One lucky teen reader will win the grand prize of a $100.00 Amazon gift card. The more you read and do this summer, the more chances you have to win prizes, including the grand prize. Earn at least 4 badges to attend the Murder Mystery Party onAugust 5. The grand prize winner will be announced at that event. All prizes courtesy of the Friends of the Library.
Calling All Artists!
We are looking for artists to exhibit in our new Art Gallery, located by the Conference Room on the first floor of the library. Artists interested in exhibiting their artwork should submit 5 electronic files to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit www.smfpl.org to view requirements. Anyone wishing to display will be given consideration; however, the Public Relations Department will make final decisions based on variety and quality. Scheduling is done as much as one year prior to display and artwork will be displayed on a monthly basis. Artists are encouraged to hang and arrange their own displays. We will do whatever we can to ensure the artwork is protected; however, we cannot guarantee the safety of any items.
Meet Les Roberts at the Friends Annual Meeting
Join mystery author Les Roberts on Tuesday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. as he presents Getting Away with Murder at the Friends of the Library Annual Meeting. During his talk, Les will reveal how and why he writes mysteries. Books will be available for purchase and signing. At 6 p.m. a short business meeting will be held prior to the presentation. Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge for this program, but reservations are necessary due to limited space. Registration begins Monday, April 17 at 9 a.m. To register, call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or www.smfpl.org.
Kick off the summer by bringing a friend to Silent Library on Saturday, June 3 at 2 p.m. Can you complete the silly tasks without making a sound or causing your teammates to crack up laughing? It's harder than it looks! For teens who have completed grades 6 through 12. No registration necessary.
Super Mario Tournament
Super Mario Smash Brothers Tournament is back by popular demand on Saturday, June 13 at 7 p.m. Compete against your friends for GameStop gift cards. Registration begins May 30 at the Teen Information Desk. For teens who have completed grades 6 through 12.
ToshoCon Anime Con
Come to ToshoCon, our annual "mini convention" devoted to all things anime and manga on Wednesday, June 17 at 6 p.m. We'll have screening rooms for viewing popular anime shows, pizza and candy sushi, a Cosplay "Death Match" costume contest, art contest with panel discussions, anime trivia, Ramen noodle eating contest, videogames and more! Permission slip required to be signed by a parent and turned in by the day of the Con. Slips available at the Teen Information Desk or at www.smfpl.org. Registration begins June 1. To register, call 330-688-3295 ext. 4. For teens who have completed grades 6 through 12.
Feeling a little bit rusty on your Spanish-speaking skills? Come join Maria Brett, a native speaker, to brush up on your espaol on May 19 at 3 p.m. This is a great opportunity to meet new people and to converse in a comfortable, relaxed environment. This class is held in our first-floor Conference Room. No registration necessary.
Chess Club is for youths ages 5 to 17, who are familiar with the basic rules of chess. The next session is May 22. 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.
Bow Wow Book Buddies
K-6th grade kids can read to our therapy dogs on Sunday, May 7 and 21 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 timeslot when you arrive. Bring your favorite book or choose one of ours.
Join us for cards and conversation on June 12. Players should arrive at 12:45 and bridge will begin at 1 p.m. in the Stow Room at the library. There is no fee, but a small collection will be taken for refreshments. We will play as many hands as possible and finish by 3:30 p.m. As a courtesy do not plan to leave early.
Join us for popcorn and a movie on the big screen Wednesdays at 1 p.m. The next movie is May 17. Due to the terms of our license, we can't advertise the title of the movie. Call the library at 330-688-3295 ext. 4 to find out what's playing, or pick up a flier in our library.
Bob Evans Fundraiser
for Library Foundation
Support the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library Foundation as you enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Bob Evans on the first Monday of the month. 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 these particular Mondays, 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 library. The Library Foundation is grateful for your donation.
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.
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.
Print and eBooks
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 March, library patrons downloaded 6,380 eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMusic and eVideos. Library patrons also downloaded 1,172 items from hoopla, and 2,252 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.
You can also just click the Digital Downloads and Streaming link on our homepage to start. All you need is your card number and PIN, which is usually the last four digits of your phone number. Get started.