PAWS for Reading with Molly!


Volunteer, Gretchen Gilbert and Molly, a therapy dog of Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, have been visiting the Norton Branch Library since June of 2013 to help children keep up reading practice by reading books to Molly.  We asked Gretchen a few questions about their experiences at Norton Branch.



Q. Why are you interested in visiting the library with Molly?


A.  When I first got Molly I thought she had great potential to become a therapy dog but, at the same time, I really wasn’t interested in visiting hospitals and nursing homes which are the most common for therapy dog visits. One evening at obedience class someone mentioned that the Summit County Library Branches were interested in having our Bright & Beautiful dogs for the Paws for Reading program. As soon as I heard that, I knew it was the perfect place for Molly and me.


Q. How old is Molly?

A. 4 years this summer


Q. Does Molly like the Norton Library?

A. She LOVES the Norton Branch.  Not only the children that read to her but she also makes it part of her routine to visit with the adults that are also there. Greeting people coming and going is a real treat for Molly and her outgoing personality. She also knows she can get a quick belly rub from those on the library staff.



Q.  How does she let you know that?

A.  Every time I get one of her bandanas out of the drawer she gets a big grin on her face and heads toward the door very excited. She knows when she has her bandana on that it’s time to go to “work”.


Q. What was the last book you remember a child reading to Molly?

A.  One of the LEGO books, a Monster book and also parts of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.


Q. Has Molly listened to the same book twice?

A.  Oh yes. Fly Guy is very popular. Clifford makes a regular appearance too.


Q.  Is she patient?

A.  Molly is a VERY patient girl. Children have pulled her ears, laid across her back, tried to kiss her and pet her. She seems to take it all in stride. She does get a little excited sometimes because she is still young and puppy-like with lots of energy.


Q. Do you ever read to Molly?

A.  No I do not, but we have lengthy conversations sometimes.

Molly & TAB



Practice your reading skills this fall and winter with Molly and Gretchen.

Wednesdays, 4 pm: September 17, October 1, 15, November 5, 19, December 3, 17.

Saturdays, 12 noon: September 27, October 25 and November 22.


By Mary B



Free Book Giveaway!

Norma and Calvin of Sieberling Farm Norma & Calvin of Sieberling Farm in Norton

For the school year, 2013-2014, Norton Branch Library, Norton City Schools and Johnson’s Corners Preschool were partners in an O.D.E. Early Literacy & Readiness Grant.  This June, Children’s Librarian Mary Bird was charged with spending grant money for the Norton Branch Library for toys and for books to give away at library programs and sites throughout Norton.

 backhoe barneybusy dayscorey combine


This Friday, Seiberling Farm will become a distribution sight for multiple copies of FREE John Deere licensed books: BARNEY BACKHOE’S BIG IDEA; BUSY DAYS IN DEERFIELD VALLEY; COREY COMBINE & THE GREAT BIG MESS.  Not only will families be able to select a book for their children but will also have the opportunity to explore a working farm and purchase fresh produce and flowers as well.  Here is the link for the incredible Seiberling family story

The folks at Seiberling Farm are super excited to give away books.  Whatever books remain will be given away at the library booth at the annual Norton Ciderfest this fall.  A win-win for Norton families!



Norton City Schools Summer Reading



Summer vacation is slipping away and we now begin the countdown to the beginning of new school year.  As parents, most of us race against the calendar to accomplish an assortment of tasks to ready our little students for a happy and successful year of learning.  Shopping for new clothes, new shoes and finding each and every item on the school supply list may seem like insurmountable tasks at times, but extremely gratifying when accomplished.  For the parents’ of Norton Middle and High School students one other detail may still need attention before August 19th… Finishing the Summer Reading assignments.

But don’t worry, we’re here to help!  We have a variety of books from each grade level on hand and can order any title you may still need. Some are even available in e-book format and can be immediately downloaded to your device.  Stop by the Library or call with any questions.  Enjoy these last few days of Summer Break and have a wonderful school year!


High School Reading Lists
Middle School Reading Lists

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.