It's National Library Week at Stark County District Library, so we're celebrating with children's activities, free eBook downloads, The Tour de SCDL, an Arabian Nights Dinner at the Desert Inn, and much more. Additionally, we've got Poetry programs, visits from local authors, and some great programs commemorating the sinking of the Titanic.
As always, each program below is linked to the Stark County District Library Events calendar, where you'll get more information about the program (such as the time the event is offered) and have the opportunity to register online or by phone to attend.
National Library Week runs from April 8-14, and there's something for everyone at all Stark County District Library locations. Sandy Valley Branch has a sweet treat scheduled on Tuesday, April 10; DeHoff Memorial Branch is celebrating with a poetry contest all week; and North Branch is hosting the You Belong @ Your Library Mural all week for families to participate. Check in at a branch near you to see what's going on.
Or, you could visit all ten branches and the Bookmobile of the Stark County District Library by taking a Tour de SCDL. You can win one of the Amazon Kindles donated by SCDL Friends Groups just by checking an item out. You get additional chances to win by visiting the SCDL branches and performing a simple task to get to know that branch a little better. You can even win by listening to News-Talk 1480 WHBC or Mix 94.1.
The Tour Finale will be on Saturday, April 14 at Main Library. We'll draw for the prizes--including a Kindle Fire Grand Prize. Plus, there will be food, music, crafts, free downloads, and News-Talk 1480 WHBC's Pam Cook will be on hand to help us celebrate.
If you are a comic book fan, you won't want to miss author Adam Besenyodi, who will be presenting his book Deus Ex Comica, about his lifelong experiences with Marvel Comics at Lake Community Branch on Tuesday, April 10.
Also during National Library Week, stop by Madge Youtz Branch for a Poetry Jam on Wednesday, April 11. Learn about haiku and other poetic forms, and share your poetry with others in our coffee house atmosphere.
Also, on Wednesday, April 11 at North Branch's Coupon Club you can swap coupons, learn tips on saving money, and where to find the best coupons.
Main Library presents a Community Health Fair co-sponsored by Mercy Medical Center on Thursday, April 12. Health professionals from 11 departments at Mercy Medical Center and from 17 other Community Health Organizations will be on hand to provide free health screenings and to discuss health issues ranging from dental care, to bone density screening, mental health, and much more.
There are two programs marking the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic this week. The first will be at East Canton Branch on Thursday, April 12, and is called, The Titanic and the End of the Edwardian Era. Mandy Altimus Pond, archivist for the Massillon Museum present the history of the ship, from concept to creation, as well as the significance of the Titanic in its time, and why its sinking marked the end of the Edwardian Era.
Secondly, on Sunday, April 15 at Plain Community Branch, author Colette Michel Kager will present a powerpoint presentation and narration of "The Voyage of Two Children." Kager's presentation is based on the true story of children who escaped their Syrian village during the 1912 reign of the Ottoman empire and their attempted passage to America on the Titanic.
And, coming soon, on Thursday, April 19 at Jackson Township Branch, Mandy Altimus Pond will present Titanic: the 100th Anniversary. Relive the events surrounding the tragic sinking of the historic ship.
Don't miss authors George Davis and Christopher Rudy on Monday, April 16 at Plain Community Branch. They'll present their new book, The Last Victim, about the investigation and capture of one of Northeast Ohio's most dangerous criminals.
And last, but certainly not least by any means, meet author and Hall of Fame Sports Broadcaster Joe Tait on Tuesday, April 17 at Lake Community Branch. He'll be on hand to present and sign copies of his new book, Joe Tait: It's Been a Real Ball (Stories from a Hall-of-fame Sports Broadcasting Career).
There are many other excellent events planned at a branch of the Stark County District Library near you, including children's story times, book groups for adults, computer classes, programs for teens, and much more. For a full listing of events and programs, check www.StarkLibrary.org/eventscalendar and find something that enriches and inspires you today