New Year New Books!




Time Almanac for Kids 2015 by Sarah Parvis


A comprehensive reference includes the latest information on world statistics, famous people, space, history, geography, presidents, sports statistics, and inventions.







Guinness World Records 2015


Chronicles the evolution of record breaking while incorporating thousands of new entries, hundreds of new photographs, highlights of classic records.






National Geographic Kids Almanac 2015


Provides the latest information on a wide range of topics, including animals, culture, geography, the environment, history, and science.





Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015


Lonely Planet’s best in travel 2015 : the best trends, destinations, journeys & experiences for the year ahead.





The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2015


The timeless reference book returns with full color pages; color weather-forecast maps; weather predictions; astronomical data; gardening advice; recipes; articles on fishing, raising animals, laughter, and more; ideas, hints, and charts that provide simple solutions for everyday challenges; and much more.








Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide 2015


Offers readers a comprehensive reference to the world of film, including more than thirteen thousand DVD titles, along with information on performers, ratings, running times, plots, and helpful features.






Kovels Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2015


The 47th edition, this book is organized by the categories most sought after by collectors, including Depression Glass, Dolls, Jewelry, Furniture, Porcelain, and Sports Memorabilia. Indexes and cross-references make this a user-friendly reference, and expert comments throughout empower readers to buy, sell, and collect with confidence.








J. K. Lasser’s Your Income Tax 2015 by the J. K. Lasser Institute


A guide to income tax returns provides information on the most recent tax legislation, tax-filing tips, advice on how to reduce tax liabilities, helpful financial advice, and sample tax forms, worksheets, and charts.







The Insider’s Guide To the Colleges 2015 Edited by the Staff of the Yale Daily News


A guide for prospective college students answers questions on such subjects as the academic strengths and weaknesses, the amount of student/faculty contact, and housing and food quality for more than three hundred schools in North America.








Poet’s Market 2015 Edited by Robert Lee Brewer


The most trusted guide to getting poetry published.









All Library locations will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, December 24 and 25, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

All Library locations will close at 5 pm Wednesday, December 31, New Year’s Eve.

All Library locations will be closed Thursday, January 1, New Year’s Day.




Lake Erie Wrecks

Thursday, November 13, 6:30 pm

Expert divers and authorities on Great Lakes shipwrecks and lighthouses, Georgann and Mike Wachter, authors of the ERIE WRECKS series of books, will be the guest speakers at the Friends of Norton Branch Library Annual Meeting.  Please join us for an evening of artifacts, slides and a book signing.  There will be a brief Friends of the Llibrary meeting at 6:15 pm.  Refreshments will be provided.  No registration is necessary.

Erie Wrecks & Lights By Georgann & Michael Wachter






Erie Wrecks West By Georgann & Michael Wachter.






 Erie Wrecks East By Georgann & Michael Wachter.







Haunted Happenings


Haunted houses are popping up all over and goblins are spying us from front lawns in every neighborhood.  But if you are having trouble getting into the Halloween spirit, stop by the Library and check out our frightfully good Spooky Picks section! 




 Scary Staff Favorites


Cathy’s Pick


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.




Mary’s Pick

The Hallo-Wiener By Dav Pilkey


All the other dogs make fun of Oscar the dachshunduntil one Halloween when, dressed as a hot dog,  Oscar bravely rescues the others.





Lori’s Pick

This Dark EndeavorSuch Wicked Intent By Kenneth Oppel


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.


When his grieving father orders the destruction of the Dark Library, Victor retrieves a book in which he finds the promise of not just communicating with the dead, but entering their realm, and soon he, Elizabeth, and Henry are in the spirit world of Chateau Frankenstein, creating and growing a body.


Stacy’s Pick


Dark Wolf By Christine Feehan

Already tasked with shielding half of his soul, Skyler must save Carpathian Dimitri after he is marked for extermination by the Lycans.




Michelle’s Pick


Danse Macabre By Stephen King

Michelle is reading and highly recommends Stephen King’s Danse Macabre. It’s a witty, nostalgic history of the greatest horror and sci-fi books, radio shows, and films from 1950 to 1980, and why they were so delightfully eerie.



Steve’s Pick


Ghosts of the Magic City by S.E. Kelleher.  A study of Barberton’s colorful history with emphasis on local ghosts.





Jessica’s Pick


Pumpkin Cat By Ann Turner

One stormy night just before Halloween a ginger cat finds shelter and kind people at a library, but at night, all alone, she recognizes that the library cannot be a real home because something is missing.



John’s Pick


Coraline By Neil Gaiman

Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.


Doll Bones By Holly Black

Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.


Emily’s Pick


The Pumpkin Smasher by Anita Bernarde

When all the pumpkins are mysteriously smashed on three consecutive Halloweens, the townspeople of Cranbury almost decide to cancel the holiday.




Don’t forget to join us for our Annual Family Halloween Walk for Treats and Wonder Magic Show with Magician Dennis Regling!  Come dressed in costume for the fun and please call the Library to register for this program!
Thursday October 30, 6:30




Upcoming Events



Preschool Pals

Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:15 am, October 9, 16, 23; November 6, 13, 20

Stories, music, movement and craft-making

Ages 2-5 with a caregiver










The Unknown Beatles

Tuesday, October 7, 6:15 pm

You won’t want to miss this presentation of songs, video and trivia about the Fab 5 that most people may not know! Find out more about the Paul is dead urban legend and more!  Ray Carmen, a true Beatles enthusiast promises an evening of fun with this unique program on the Beatles.  Please call the library to register.  Refreshments will be served.



Haunted Happenings for Teens

Make spooky crafts to haunt your house, room or locker just in time for Halloween. Boo

Wednesday October 15, 4-5 pm

Friends of Norton Library Fall Book Sale

Friday, October 17, 4:45-5:30 pm Friends Members Preview Sale

Membership cards from any Akron-Summit County Public Library Friends group will be accepted and must be presented to enter the Preview Sale.  Memberships are available at the library and will be available the evening of the Preview Sale.

Saturday, October 18, 10 am-2 pm Friends Annual Fall Book Sale

Join us for the best buys in town!  Gently used books, cd’s, dvd’s, books on cd and special items will be available.



Terry Dike


Beloved Akron artist and character inventor Terry Dike passed away earlier this month.   Held in high esteem in the art community, he was the creator of our very own Draco the Dragon.    Commissioned by the Friends of the Library for the Norton Branch’s dedication in May 1988, the sculpture was a gift to the Library and all future patrons.


Draco 1


At the time, the Akron Beacon Journal’s art critic Dorothy Shinn can be quoted as saying “The 15-foot, air-brushed cloth sculpture of a dragon improbably undulates in and out of the wall above the reading area in the children’s section, tantalizing young minds with the physical impossibility of the feat and causing some delightful reactions” (November 13, 1988).  Still today, Draco is a favorite of both kids and adults alike.  Some like to stare up, wondering when the rest of his body will burst through the wall, others appreciate Draco’s vibrant colors, clean lines and unusual perspective, but all love the way Draco enchants and adorns the Library.  Thank you, Mr. Dike.  You will always be remembered well in Norton.


Terry Dike

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1948 – 2014 |

Terry Dike, 66, our brother, made the journey to heaven Sept. 7th 2014.

He was surrounded by the love and adoration of his close friends and family after a 3 year battle with cancer. Terrence Donald Dike was born on March 14th 1948. He graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School in 1967. He was in the Army from 1967 to 1969 when he returned from Vietnam. He then attended the University of Akron where he received an honorary degree in Art.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Donald Dike and Gabriella Dike (Chambers); sister, Mary Marshall. He leaves behind siblings, Carol Wahl, Nancy (Ted) Ziegler, Denny (LuAnn) Van Dike, Suzanne (Dwight) Cocovinis, Cindy (Art) Moore, Chris (David) Baxter; daughter, Sarah Cunert Nees; adopted children, Sammantha Holman, Chloe Comunale, Gustav and Callie.

Terry will be greatly missed by all of his loving nieces, nephews and all of his hundreds of friends in the art and music community. Terry will be remembered for his kindness and all of his beautiful murals, cartoons, paintings, masks, wearable art and hundreds of imaginary characters that Terry brought to life through his art and drawings.

Memorial service, Sept., 21, 2014, at 3 p.m. at Pure Intentions, 156 W. North St., Akron, Ohio 44303. Burial services (through Adams Funeral Home, East Market St., Akron) will be held Sept. 22, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Summit Art Space c/o Rachael Hinton, 140 E. Market, Akron, Ohio 44308.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Sept. 11, 2014


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