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.


Halloween Books for Children


Halloween is now only a few short days away.  Stop by the Library today and grab these great ghostly stories to share with your little goblins.



Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson.  A witch finds room on her broom for all the animals that ask for a ride, and they repay her kindness by rescuing her from a dragon.









Click, Clack, Boo! by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.  Farmer Brown does not like Halloween, but the animals hold a Halloween party in his barn.










The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams.  A little old lady who is not afraid of anything must deal with a pumpkin head, a tall black hat, and other spooky objects that follow her through the dark woods trying to scare her.









Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino.  This counting rhyme will leave you and your little one laughing as the last little pumpkin falls off the garden gate.










Goodnight Goon by Michael Rex. A young monster says goodnight to all of the other monsters in his bedroom.









Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds.  The carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field are the fattest and crispiest around and Jasper Rabbit cannot resist pulling some to eat each time he passes by, until he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever he goes.










Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman.  A witch trying to pick a big pumpkin on Halloween discovers the value of cooperation when she gets help from a series of monsters.









Where’s My Mummy? by Carolyn Crimi. One deep, dark night, as all of the monsters are preparing for bed, Little Baby Mummy bravely searches for his mother until he sees a truly terrifying creature.


Halloween Night by Marjorie Dennis Murray.  Loosely based on “The Night Before Christmas,” this rhyming story tells of a group of animals, monsters, and witches who prepare such a frightening Halloween party that their expected trick-or-treaters all run away.









Frankenstein by Ludworst Bemonster.  Frankenstein is the scariest of all the monsters in Miss Devel’s castle until one night when he loses his head.










Goodnight, Little Monster by Helen Ketteman.  Rhyming text describes a mother guiding her young monster through bedtime preparations, such as howling at the moon, snacking on worm juice and beetle bread, and choosing a bedtime story.


Creepy Teen Reads


Dark and scary Teen tales to get you in the mood for Halloween!











Anna Dressed in Blood -For three years, seventeen-year-old Cas Lowood has carried on his father’s work of dispatching the murderous dead, traveling with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat, but everything changes when he meets Anna, a girl unlike any ghost he has faced before.











Break My Heart 1,000 Times-In the aftermath of the Event, which made seeing the dead a part of life, Veronica and her friend Kirk investigate why the ghosts seem to be gaining power and stumble upon the sinister plot of a teacher who is seeking a replacement for his dead daughter.











Cryer’s Cross-Seventeen-year-old Kendall, who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder, lives with her parents on a potato farm in a tiny community in Montana, where two teenagers go missing within months of each other, with no explanation.











Forest of Hands and Teeth-Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.



A Monster Calls- Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill–an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.











The Replacement- Sixteen-year-old Mackie Doyle knows that he replaced a human child when he was just an infant, and when a friend’s sister disappears he goes against his family’s and town’s deliberate denial of the problem to confront the beings that dwell under the town, tampering with human lives.











Rot & Ruin-In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother’s footsteps and become a bounty hunter.











This Dark Endeavor-When his twin brother falls ill in the family’s chateau in the independent republic of Geneva in the eighteenth century, sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein embarks on a dangerous and uncertain quest to create the forbidden Elixir of Life described in an ancient text in the family’s secret Biblioteka Obscura.











This is Not a Test-Barricaded in Cortege High with five other teens while zombies try to get in, Sloane Price observes her fellow captives become more unpredictable and violent as time passes although they each have much more reason to live than she has.

By Lori


Saying Goodbye to Summer





For me, this weekend is a particularly hard one to watch drift by in the cycle of the calendar.  Labor Day is the last official summer holiday and as the days get shorter and the nights get colder I know the inevitable change of the seasons is just around the corner.  No more hot sunny afternoons lying in the hammock with cool glasses of iced tea for me.   I watch the tips of the already turning maple leaves flutter and know that it won’t be long before the snow flies.  As August ends and September sneaks up on me, I know long sleeves and hot chocolate are in the near future.

But for now there is still this weekend.  Labor Day Weekend!   Fun and music and picnics and parades and fireworks and saying goodbye to summer in the best possible way. I hope you enjoy it!


Area Events:


Darkside of the Moon (Pink Floyd style performers): Friday August 30, 7:30pm at the Lake Anna Gazebo


Do-Wop Guys (50’s and 60’s style performers):  Saturday August 31, 7:30pm at the Lake Anna Gazebo


Barberton Labor Day Fireworks:  Sunday September 1, 9:30 pm at Lake Anna


Barberton Labor Day Parade:  Monday September 2, 10am at Lake Anna


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