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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 Trivia Night at the library on Thursday, Aug. 3. Play as a team or as an individual to answer 50 questions from 5 categories. Prizes will be awarded to the top trivia teams. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and trivia starts at 7 p.m. This program is for adults (18 and over). No registration required. For more information, call (330) 688-3295 ext. 4.
Murder Mystery Party
Can you solve the live-action comedy murder mystery, "Barbecue with the Vampire"? Role-play as one of the suspects or be in the audience of detectives on Saturday, Aug. 5 at 1:30 p.m. There will be refreshments, door prizes, and a Grand Prize drawing. Earn 4 Beanstack badges in the Teen Summer Reading Program to attend this program (read 4 books, attend 4 teen programs, complete 4 activities, or do any combination). This program is for teens who have completed grades 6-12. Registration will be by invitation. For more information, call (330) 688-3295 ext. 4.
Come put some bling on your new favorite toy, the fidget spinner, on Saturday, Aug. 12. We will supply decorations for making your spinner look amazing!Stop by anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to join in the fun.Questions? call (330) 688-3295 ext. 5.
Join us for a session of jazz on the first Wednesday of the month. This month's concert is Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 6:30 p.m. The Community Jazz Band has provided free concerts at our library for the past 35 years! All members of the band graciously donate their time and talents entertaining listeners of all ages. No registration necessary. This concert is held in the Stow-Munroe Falls Room.
Movies in July
Join us for popcorn and a movie on the big screen as we present films on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. July dates are 7/12, 7/19, and 7/26. Due to the terms of our license, we can't advertise the title of the movie here. Please call the library at (330) 688-3295 ext. 4 to find out what's playing, or pick up a flyer in our library.
Make It & Take It: Beaded Bracelets
Make a unique beaded bracelet during this free Make It & Take It craft class instructed by Leila Griffiths on Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. To register, call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or visit www.smfpl.org. Space is limited; please call if you need to cancel. This free program is cosponsored by the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library and the Friends of the Library.
Join Elaine Woloshyn, Executive Director of The International Institute of Akron, as she presents Immigrants of Northeast Ohio on July 27 at 7 p.m. Elaine will reflect on her own family's immigration story and the stories of immigrants and refugees who are coming to Northeast Ohio today. Who are they, where are they coming from, and what contribution can we expect them to make in building a stronger economy in Northeast Ohio? There will be a Q&A after the presentation. 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.
About the Speaker: Elaine Woloshyn joined The International Institute of Akron in 2012 and has over 30 years of executive experience in local government and nonprofit management. She is a native of Youngstown, a graduate of Thiel College in Greenville, PA and received her Master's Degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University. Elaine lives in Stow with her husband and a houseful of rescued animals.
Join us for cards and conversation on July 10. 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.
Come meet our local celebrities and heroes in person on Thursday, July 13 at 1 p.m. Children of all ages and their caregivers can meet the mayor, a firefighter, a police officer and numerous community helpers from our area. We will start with stories and songs about community helpers, and then kids will get to meet and take pictures with our guests.
No registration required.
AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST
Showcase your photography skills during our upcoming Amateur Photography Contest. Photos may be submitted to the Adult and Teen Information Desk anytime on Wednesday, July 12 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Winners will be announced and all photos unveiled in a special awards reception on Tuesday, July 18 at 7 p.m. All entrants are invited to the Awards Reception. Photos will be on display in the library through July 31. Winning photographers will be contacted about submitting a digital copy of their photo for display on the library's website and online Flickr photo stream. Photographs remain property of the entrants and must be picked up at the Information Desk beginning Aug. 2. Any photos not picked up by Aug. 15 will be discarded. Entry forms are available at the Information Desk and on the library's website. For more details and contest rules, visit our website at www.smfpl.org.
"Building a Community of Readers" is the theme of the 2017 Adult Summer Reading Program which runs 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 29 and 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.
Register for the Children Summer Reading program, "Building a Community of Readers," 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 before Saturday, July 29 to 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.
Teens entering grades 7-12 can enter the Teen Summer Reading program, "Building a Community of Readers,", runs through 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 on Aug. 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 email@example.com. 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.
Feeling a little bit rusty on your Spanish-speaking skills? Come join Maria Brett, a native speaker, to brush up on your espaol on July 14 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 July 17. 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.
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 May, library patrons downloaded 6,248 eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMusic and eVideos. Library patrons also downloaded 1,046 items from hoopla, and 3,075 songs 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.