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May 4th Voices : Kent State, 1970

may 4th voices

Growing up in northeastern Ohio, I have always had a general understanding of what happened in May of 1970 at Kent State. But learning of the tragedy in an academic setting after so much time has passed keeps it at a distance, sterilizes it from emotion. David Hassler was able to bring the story back to life using the voices of an entire community that was traumatized and still healing years after the events took place.

    “Kent State was not just Kent State.” “There were lots of truths.” These are unscripted lines, spoken from the hearts of those who lived through it, and they give those of us who have to learn from a distance an idea of what it was like living inside a symbol of a movement. The confusion, bewilderment, anger, and sorrow all come through from new and different perspectives, and they join together in a chorus that sings the song of a community divided against itself, searching for answers and acceptance.

    The lines of the play originate from the oral history collection courtesy of Kent State University, and I feel that the true expressions of individuals reliving their memories of those few days gives the dialogue more power. Hassler masterfully weaves the separate stories into a tapestry and creates a vision that speaks to our humanity: there are flashes of light and dark held up in stark contrast; people on both sides show the best and worst of all of us. Reading this play was an illuminating experience; both of the horrific events, and of the need to preserve our past along with the voices of those who lived it.

Claire Kandle, Local History Librarian

Sharpie Tie Dye

Tuesday July 19 at 2:00 PM

On the HS Lawn

(Tuesday, August 5 at 2:00 PM if it rains)


Learn a different way to make your own tie dye creations. Bring a white T-shirt to decorate and a friend! Teens may bring extra permanent markers. Event will be held outside. All supplies will be provided by the library and snacks will be served. Event is open to teens in grades 6-12. Call the library at 330-343-6123 to register for this teen-favorite event.


Zombie Party

Tuesday, July 22 aZombie Clipartt 2:00 PM

Could you survive the Zombie Apocalypse? Come to this event to find out! Play games, enjoy snacks, and make a mini zombie to take home with you. Event is open to teens in grades 6-12. Call the library at 330-343-6123 with any questions and to register for this fun program chosen by the YA Crew.


Doctor Sleep

Doctor SleepDoctor Sleep, the latest novel by Stephen King, looks at the adult life of little Danny Torrance from The Shining. Following in his father’s footsteps and suffering from living nightmares as a result of his time in the Overlook, Dan Torrance is an alcoholic drifter. However, he manages to recover and find some peace with his past. This peace is short lived, as he encounters Abra, a young girl with a stronger shining than he has ever encountered. Abra has come to the attention of the True Knot, a band of psychic vampires who roam the country in RVs. The Knot, led by a cunning villain named Rose the Hat, feeds off the “steam” children with the shining give off when they are tortured to death. Dan must face off against this group, and face the demons of his past, in order to protect Abra. While the story isn’t as flat-out terrifying as The Shining, it was a suspenseful and captivating read. ~Kathryn

Morgan’s Raid: An Evening with Civil War Historian Lester Horwitz

Longest Raid Book CoverThursday, July 31 at 6:30 PM

John Hunt Morgan

John Hunt Morgan

Join Lester Horwitz, author of the Pulitzer Prize nominated book, The Longest Raid of the Civil War, as he discusses Confederate General John Hunt Morgan’s race across the Ohio River and subsequent invasion into the heart of Ohio.  In July of 1863, Morgan led 2,500 cavalrymen into Union territory only to be defeated in Columbiana County with only 350 men remaining.  The Raid was the northernmost penetration of the Confederacy in the Union as well as the most significant military action in the Buckeye State.  Historian Lester Horwitz is also a  lecturer and playwright and lives in Cincinnati. A book signing will follow the program. Call 330-343-6123 to register for this free program.

For more information on Lester Horwitz, visit his website.

Crayon Art

Tuesday, July 15 at 2:00 PM

Wondering what to do with your old crayon stumps? Bring them to this fun, creative event to learn how to turn them into artwork. Teens do not need to bring their own crayons, but are encouraged to do so. The library will also accept donations of old crayons from any patron who would like to help out for this event. This event is open to teens in grades 6-12. Teens will be asked to be careful when melting crayons and may be asked to leave if they do not follow instructions. Please call the library at 330-343-6123 with any questions. See Teen Librarian Liz Strauss’s Pinterest Board for more Crayon Art Ideas.

Crayon Clip Art


Teen Lock In

Friday August 8 – Saturday August 9

6:00 PM – 7:00 AM

Lock the doors and stay in the library all night! This event is open to teens entering grades 6 through 12. Registration begins today and is limited to 12 teens, so stop by the library for your permission slip and turn it in as soon as you can to guarantee your spot! We will be playing group and board games, going on a scavenger hunt, enjoying pizza, making crafts, and much, much more! A complete agenda and packing list will be provided with each teen’s permission slip.  Don’t miss out on our most popular event of the year! Call 330-343-6123 for more information.Dancing Clip Art