The Taste of Summer


Even though this summer has not exactly been scorching, don’t let it stop you from enjoying some delicious frozen treats!  The following books have some great ways to incorporate fresh fruit and other ingredients to make your own fabulous, tasty creations.


People’s Pops By Nathalie Jordi, David Carrell, & Joel Horowitz


Coolhaus Ice Cream Book By Natasha Case & Freya Estreller


The Soda Fountain By Gia Giasullo and Peter Freeman


Chill : smoothies, slushes, shakes, juices, drinks & ices 






Our Nature Space


NatureConnect at the Norton Branch Library



The Library is a place where experience and growth happen.  Akron Summit County Public Library’s NatureConnect initiative recognizes the import role that nature plays in lifelong learning and well-being.  NatureConnect celebrates the occasions for exploration and play, for finding math, science and literacy adventures, and for building moments of community that the outdoors hold.


Look Closely     Listen Carefully     Touch Gently

Smell Deeply    Imagine Freely

Tell Stories Dramatically     Make Music & Move Energetically



Our NatureConnect Garden is all dressed up for Summer.  With funding provided by the Norton Friends of the Library, the garden now offers pots of flowers, herbs, and vines to delight all the senses and unique bird feeders and birdhouses to attract wildlife.  Enjoy a book quietly in the shade on one of the benches or stop by one of NatureConnect programs.


Summer Evening Music in the Garden

Monday July 21, 6:30 pm

Bring your blankets and relax to a summer concert in our reading garden.  Enjoy the sounds of the Weeping Baristas as you take in our summer garden and share our family Story Walk.  Snacks will be provided, no registration is needed!





Summer Reading is Fun for Everyone!


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Summer is here and along with the scorching temperatures and high humidity The Summer Reading Program is in full swing already at the Library.  Stop by to sign up for Mind, Body & Sole  which incorporates reading and movement for a happier, healthier lifestyle and take in one of the programs we offer for all ages.  Here is just a sample of what is going on at your Library!


For the Whole Family

June 19 @2

 Bubble Lady!

For Teens

June 24 @ 2

Marshmallow Madness.  Who can build the biggest toothpick tower?  Join us for the big build off to find out.

For Adults

June 30 @ 1

Make it in a Mug! Adults will learn how to cook single servings of breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts for ONE in a coffee mug! Space is limited so please call the library to register.


Navigating the Medicare Maze



On May 1 at 6 PM,  Sharon Honroth will return to the Norton Branch Library to share her knowledge about Medicare. Turning 65 is an exciting time in your life! It can also be very confusing especially when it comes to Medicare.  This presentation will guide you through the maze, answer your questions and explain your options regarding your healthcare benefits.  Call the Library to sign up for this program or check out one of the informational books below.


Social security, medicare & government pensions : get the most out of your retirement & medical benefits by Attorney Joseph L. Matthews.


Social Security Handbook : overview of Social Security programs, 2013.



Medicare & You 2014 by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,





Geo Mesh Wreaths


purple wreath

You’ve seen them everywhere.  Intricate loops and swirls of color decorating doors and adorning walls for every occasion.  Geo Mesh Wreaths may look a little intimidating, but are actually really quick and easy to make.  We recently held a Geo Mesh Wreath class at the Library and had great results.   Although skeptical of their skills in the beginning, each participant left with a beautiful wreath in just over an hour by following the instructions below.



Supplies & Instructions

  • 1 Roll of Geo Mesh
  • 1 Wire Wreath Form
  • Chenille Pipe Cleaners
  • Scissors


  1. Start with the inner ring of the wire wreath, gather the end of the mesh and tie to the wreath with a 6” chenille stem.
  2. Bunch and gather the mesh about every 6” and tie to wreath with a chenille stem.  Continue to gather and tie around the inside ring, then the center portion, and finally all around the outside ring.  Cut off any excess mesh.
  3. Twist ends of a chenille stem to the top outside ring of wreath for hanger.
  4. Pouf loops to cover any bare spots.
  5. Arrange flowers and decorations onto wreath, use hot glue to attach if desired.

 yellow and purple wreaths



A Civil War Presentation and Book List


Monday, February 10, 6:30 pm


The Norton Branch Library will be welcoming the well known speaker Paul Goebbel once again for another exciting Civil War presentation.   With specific emphasis on Civil War technology, his presentation will cover weapons, communication, transportation, and other things that not only changed how war was fought but also the United States as a whole.  Many things we take for granted today had their start during the Civil War.


The following book list was prepared by Steve Thomas, our own Norton Branch Library Civil War authority.  Be sure to admire the sample of his Civil War relic collection that will be on display in the cases outside the Meeting Room especially for the program.


To the Gates of Richmond : the peninsula campaign By Stephen W. Sears

An account of the largest campaign of the Civil War weaves together narrative, military analysis, and firsthand testimony from the diaries and letters of Union and Confederate soldiers to reflect on the influence of individuals on events


This Terrible Sound : the battle of Chickamauga By Peter Cozzens

Expertly renders the furious ebb and flow of the two-day battle, capturing both the evolving strategies of each side and the horrendous experience of the fight.


Gettysburg: a journey in time by William A. Frassanito

A unique example of photographic detective work in which the famous battle is re-created almost as if it were a contemporary news event. The reader is transported to the battlefield by the photographs and through the analysis of the photographs to the battle itself. We watch it unfold, action by action. In meticulous close-up fashion, with documentary force, we see the terrible encounters of men at war.


The Civil War, a narrative by Shelby Foote

A battle narrative with the vigor of the prose and a strong feeling for the men from generals to privates who did the fighting, all controlled by constant sense of how it happened and what it was all about.


Don’t Hurry Me Down to Hades : the Civil War in the words of those who lived it Edited By Susannah Ural.

This book tells the story of families enduring the whirlwind of the Civil War, told through the words of famous and ordinary citizens and ranging from the battlefield to the home front, from presidential councils to frontier revivals.


Animals in Snow


During this point in the winter I, like many, often find myself growing tired of the cold and wishing for warmer weather.  The routine of layering clothes and coats and scarves and hats and socks and boots becomes monotonous.   All I want to do is run outside in my flip-flops and shorts, jump in the car, and head south.

Then I look out into my backyard with wonder and marvel at how the squirrels seem so unaffected, how the cardinals carry on as if the ground isn’t buried under a foot of snow, and how the bunnies seem content even though nothing green will grow for months to come.  They have no houses with heat or warm food or warm blankets.  It is a miracle that these small creatures survive.  But they do and these books give us a glimpse as to how.



Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner

Over the snow, the world is hushed and white, but under the snow is a secret world of squirrels and snowshoe hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many others who live outside in the woods during the winter.


Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft

Describes the many different ways animals cope with winter, including migration, hibernation, and food storage.


In the Snow : Who’s Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George

Two children on their way to go sledding see evidence of a variety of animal life.


Big Tracks, Little Tracks : Following Animal Prints by Millicent E. Selsam

Keeping a sharp eye out for clues like animal tracks and odors can help people identify the animals that have passed through an area.


Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming

When Bear notices that winter is nearly here he hurries to tell Snail, after which each animal tells another until finally the already sleeping Bear is awakened in his den with the news.





Reduced hours begin Monday, January 6


Our reduced hours become effective Monday, January 6.
Here they are for your convenience:

Branch Library Hours of Operation
Monday – Tuesday – Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday – Friday: 12 pm – 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday: Closed

Main Library Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
Friday: 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm

Program times may have changed so we encourage you to call the branch library before attending.


Holiday Happenings in the Area


Only 4 days left until the big man slides down the chimney.   Many of you might have all the presents bought and wrapped, and be wondering what there is do in our area for some Holiday fun?  Here is a list of local activities to get any Grinch in the Holiday spirit.



Holiday Fest- Downtown Akron- Enjoy numerous activities including free ice skating, Reindeer Run Sledding Hill, The Kinderzone to decorate gingerbread cookies and visit Santa, the Holiday Market and much more festive fun!  Check the following link for scheduled events and times.

Holiday fest


Christmas in the Park-Akron Fossils & Science Center’s Truassic Park- Copley-Visit Akron Fossils & Science Center’s Truassic Park for Christmas fun 6pm-9pm on December 6 & 7, 13 & 14, and 20 & 21! The park will be lit with thousands of lights, live reindeer will be here December 14th, hot chocolate and popcorn will be available, Santa Claus and Levi the Dinosaur will be here, and the kids will make fun crafts to take home. Mini tours of the museum will be available and the zip line will operate weather-permitting. Only donations will be accepted – no admission is charged.

christmas in the park


TubaChristmas- EJ Thomas Hall- Akron-Saturday, Dec. 21, two shows: noon and 2:30 p.m.

Magical and musical, Akron’s beloved holiday tradition returns for its 34th year conducted by founder Tucker Jolly. A gift to the community from The University of Akron School of Music and E.J. Thomas Hall, TubaChristmas combines hundreds of tubas many festively adorned with tinsel, garlands and lights and sing alongs in a beautiful setting.

tuba christmas

Deck the Hall-Stan Hywet Hall-Akron-This year’s theme, “Heaven & Nature Sing,” reflects the yearlong theme of A Passion for the LandEvery evening of Deck the Hall also includes the Christmas tree lighting in the Courtyard at 5:30pm with Santa through December 23.  From December 26-30, the Gingerbread Man hosts the Courtyard festivities. A warming fire, freshly baked gingerbread cookies and holiday shopping at Molly’s and the beautifully decorated Corbin Conservatory are also part of this wonderful holiday tradition.

stan hywet





Give Thanks for Great Books











Thanksgiving by Lou Seibert Pappas

Thanksgiving traditions, starters, main dishes, vegetables and fruits, potatoes and stuffing and desserts.  Also menu inspirations, Ideas for leftovers and turkey know-how.









Thanksgiving: The American Holiday by Laurie Collier Hillstrom

Provides information about the history, lore, traditions, foods, and symbols of the Thanksgiving celebration. Features include narrative overview essays, primary source documents, and resources for further information.










A Catered Thanksgiving by Isis Crawford.

The proprietors of A Little Taste of Heaven catering company prepare a Thanksgiving feast for Scrooge-like fireworks manufacturer Monty Field and his family. When Monty comes into the kitchen to test the roasting turkey, Bernie and Libby watch in horror as Monty taps the pop-up button in the bird’s breast and the turkey explodes. Libby fears their stuffing made the turkey explode, but they soon learn that there was plenty of rivalry among the assembled family members, any one of whom had reason to want Monty dead. A heavy snowstorm ensures the suspects stay put as the sisters start to investigate.










Thanksgiving Day Murder by Lee Harris

More than a year ago Natalie Gordon went to buy a balloon at the Thanksgiving Day Parade and dissolved into thin air. The police and a private investigator still have no leads. So when Natalie’s despairing husband pleads with ex-nun Christine Bennett to help, she can’t say no.










Thanksgiving By Janet Evanovich

When Megan Murphy discovered a floppy-eared rabbit gnawing on the hem of her skirt, she meant to give its careless owner a piece of her mind, but Dr. Patrick Hunter was too attractive to stay mad at for long. Soon the two are making Thanksgiving dinner for their families.










The Thanksgiving Groom by Brenda Minton

Heiress Penelope Lear came to Treasure Creek, Alaska, in search of adventure. And to prove to everyone she’s more than just a pretty face. But when she gets lost in the middle of the wilderness—in chilly November—Penelope needs help. Her rescuer? The mysterious man who’s been missing from town for months.










Thanksgiving Night by Richard Bausch

Both a comedy and a love story, this book is about the real meaning of family.   And this clan in particular has many reasons to be thankful.










The Ghost at the Table by Suzanne Berne

Strikingly different since childhood, sisters Frances and Cynthia have managed to remain “devoted”—as long as they stay on opposite coasts. When Frances arranges to host Thanksgiving at her idyllic New England farmhouse, she envisions a happy family reunion, one that will include the sisters’ long-estranged father. Cynthia, however, doesn’t understand how Frances can ignore the past their father’s presence revives, a past that includes suspicions about their mother’s death twenty-five years earlier.










An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa Mae Alcott

This adaptation of the original story follows the activities of seven in children nineteenth-century New England as they prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday while Mother is away caring for Grandmother.









The First Thanksgiving by Jean Craighead George

Describes how the colonists aboard the Mayflower founded New Plymouth and celebrated their first harvest with a feast of thanksgiving.










Thanksgiving Rules by Laurie Friedman

Young Percy Isaac Gifford provides a list of ten rules for getting the most out of Thanksgiving Day, especially how best to enjoy the buffet.










Thanksgiving at the Tappletons’ by Eileen Spinelli

When calamity stalks every step of the preparations for the Tappletons’ Thanksgiving dinner, they realize that there is more to Thanksgiving than turkey and trimmings.