“Napkin Notes” by Garth Callaghan

 Napkin Notes by Garth Callaghan“Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”

-Maya Angelou

“Normal is a setting on a washing machine. Be awesome.”


“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

-Mark Twain

“Dear Emma, if I could give you one thing in life, I would give you the ability to see yourself through my eyes. Only then would you realize how special you are to me. Love, Dad”

-Garth Callaghan


These are just a few of the napkin notes that the author packed in his daughter’s lunch bag every morning. His promise was to write 826 napkins so that Emma, his daughter, would have one every day until she graduated from High School.

He started making lunches and packing napkin notes when she was small. After Emma turned twelve, her father Garth was diagnosed with kidney cancer. The prognosis was not good. Garth was diagnosed with cancer four time and was given an 8% chance to live long enough to see his daughter graduate from High School.

I found this book to be very inspirational. The big message is to treasure what is really important – relationships and friendships that matter. Emma started to save all her Dad’s notes. There would never be any doubt what her Dad believed in and what he stood for.

Pack. Write. Connect. Life is short, and Napkin Notes by Garth Callaghan is a positive statement about hope.


-Jan Ridenour

Technical Services Specialist

Christmas Time is Here

God Bless Us Everyone by Annie TiptonWell folks, it’s here! The tree is up, lights are on the porch, wreaths hung on the doors. Our favorite sitcoms are planning their holiday specials and every commercial is promoting the latest Christmas sale.  If you often feel like Luther Krank in John Grisham’s, “Skipping Christmas,” and are tired of the commercialized mess of the modern Christmas season, then I encourage you to take a deep breath and to considering coming to hear author Annie Tipton on Thursday, December 15 at 6:30 PM

discuss her new book, “God Bless Us Every One! Devotional Inspiration from  A Christmas Carol.” Tipton write’s: “Alongside scenes from the beloved Charles Dickens classic, you’ll learn eternal lessons of charity, kindness, goodwill, heart-transformation, and more.”  Who isn’t influenced by the story of Tiny Tim and Ebenezer Scrooge?  I encourage you to come and be renewed this Christmas season. Annie will discuss her new book, writing, and more. Pick up a signed copy of Annie’s book for a gift for a loved one! All welcome at this free event. In the immortal words of Ebenezer Scrooge: “God Bless Us Every One!”

Check out our new Playaway Launchpad Tablets!

I have just begun a major shift in my career. Not a change of libraries, but a change of departments:  instead of working in local history, I now work in the children’s department. I consider myself truly lucky to have this opportunity to work with Miss Dani and Miss Syrena. And since I have 2 little girls of my own, I am grateful for the greater exposure I now have to materials that I can try out on my willing guinea pigs at home.




A recent success at my house was the new educational tablets, Playaway Launchpads, recently added to the children’s department. These are hand held screens about the size of a kindle (but thicker) that come pre-loaded with a bunch of educational games and apps that the kids can explore. My four-year-old quickly became enamored with her tablet, and we spent hours together popping number balloons and sorting colors – the tablets will even read you a story!  The best part is that we have tablets for all ages, so as she grows she can keep checking them out and finding new games to challenge her intellect.



One of the dangers of working in a library is that your house can quickly become buried in books. Especially children’s books in my case. With one tablet I can have the benefit of many books, along with stimulating games. So maybe I don’t need to check out so many books, right? Ha! Well anyway, these Playaway Launchpads are worth a look, so take one home the next time you visit us in the children’s department. You and your child will not be disappointed!

Gingerbread Challenge 2016

Gingerbread manTUESDAY DECEMBER 6 

at 3:00 PM

Create a gingerbread masterpiece at our annual event! We’ll be making a village of gingerbread houses out of real gingerbread and royal icing. Bring a bag of candy to share to add variety to your creations and a can of white icing to use to decorate! Worried you’re creation will fall flat? Bring your friends and compete as a team. Event is limited to 12 teams, so register early! Open to teens in grades 6-12. Call the library at 330-343-6123 to register or for more information.

Mortimer the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the red nosed reinderRudolph the red-nosed reindeer here!  I am so important because I lead Santa’s sleigh!  Yeah, LEAD the sleigh!  That’s right, I’m a VERY important Moose…errr, I mean reindeer.  And I fly!  How cool is that?!  My mom was just telling me the other day, “Mortimer, you are a very important moose!”  Oh, I meant “Rudolph” instead of Mortimer.  Oh, and “reindeer” instead of moose.  Flying so much makes me forgetful.

Anyway, I want to tell you that my best bud Santa will be here at the library Thursday, December 15th for pictures and stories and ho ho ho’s!  Yea Santa!  I’m sure he will ask me to light up the whole room with my bright nose, which might be too bright for inside, so maybe not.  Still, it will be an awesome evening!  I’ll see you here at 5:45!  Oh, and don’t forget to call and sign up!  Just tell them you heard it from Mortimer the red-nosed reindeer!  No, I mean Rudolph the red-nosed moose.  No, wait…

Just come, and we’ll work out the details later…

Black Friday Sale!


red bow with ribbon50% Off Fines!

Friday, November 25th

from 9:00 AM – Noon

Get a Clean Slate from the Library for Half the Cost. Pay Half of your Overdue Fines, Lost, or Damaged Fees and Clear your Account! Pay any amount with Cash or Check. Pay fines over $5 with Debit or Credit Cards. Call the Library at 330-343-6123 for Details. 

Chopped Competition

cooking utensils and a chef's hatTuesday, November 22 at 3:00 PM

Compete in teams to create the tastiest dishes out of the library’s three super-secret ingredients! Inspired by the Food Network show, this event is open to teens in grades 6-12. This year, no registration is necessary. However, if you have food allergies or a special, please let the library know in advance.  Call the library at 330-343-6123 for more information.

At the event, teens will be divided into teams and asked to make an appetizer, a main dish, and a dessert using the library’s three secret ingredients and miscellaneous items from the library’s “Pantry.” Each dish must contain at least one of the three ingredients. Each of the three ingredients must be used at least once. There must be enough of each dish to serve a taste to everyone at the event. Judging will be based on the use of the three ingredients, creativity, presentation, and, of course, taste. After the allotted time is up, everyone will get a chance to sample everyone else’s dishes and vote for the team that they think should win. Teens cannot vote for their own teams.

No ingredients will need to be cooked. A microwave will be available for heating ingredients. All teens will be expected to clean up their own messes and do their own dishes before leaving the event.

What will you try to melt this year? Hershey kisses, marshmallows, candy corn… Every year, something gets melted.