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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

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

Liz’s Pick – Digit Series by Annabel Monaghan

Double Digit by Annabel MonaghanBook Title: A Girl Named Digit (2013), Double Digit (2014)

Author: Annabel Monaghan

Audience: Teens 

Short Description: Seventeen-year-old number prodigy Farrah “Digit” Higgins gets recruited by the government after cracking a code on her favorite television program. In the sequel, Digit is a a freshman at MIT, trying to enjoy a somewhat normal life when an old enemy resurfaces and her adventures begin again.

Why it’s my pick: I fell in love with the first book last year because it was so funny and different. Digit is a genius with an incredible gift for numbers and a slight obsession with bumper stickers. The adventures are fun and exciting, with just the right amount of tension. The math Digit uses to decode messages is explained in detail, but readers do not have to understand Digit’s genius to appreciate it. These are also fairly clean reads and remind me a lot of Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries.

~ Teen Librarian Liz Strauss

Blaze a Trail!

Walking-Challenge-1024x409Celebrate FYI’s 10th anniversary with the 2014 Community Summer Walking Challenge! This fun program encourages participants to be active, either by walking or some other exercise, for 30 hours between May 1 and August 1. It’s the perfect way to find the motivation you need to get active this summer! Participants receive a tracker to fill out and turn back in at the end of the summer. Just put a check mark in the box on your tracker for every 15 minutes of extra activity you complete! In addition to the activity chart, your tracker includes information on a variety of local hikes and community walks throughout the summer, so it’s a great way to explore Tuscarawas County with other members of the community. Plus, participants who complete all 30 hours and return their trackers by August 4 get a free t-shirt! You can sign up for and return trackers at any library circulation desk, as well as at other locations throughout Tuscarawas County. Don’t miss out on this fun, family-friendly community challenge!

Welcome to Our New Website!

For the past year a very special committee has been working on updating our library website.  Staff members Liz Strauss, Mary Prysi, Claire Kandle, and Kathryn Green have done an excellent job taking input from other staff members and library patrons to create a fresh new DPL website.  A lot of time was spent exploring other library websites from across the country to discover what worked and what didn’t work.  It was important that library staff have access to make changes and corrections when needed and to not have to go through an outside administrator or web company.  The committee discovered that many libraries and non-profits are now using WordPress as a DIY website platform.  Known primarily as simple blogging software, WordPress is now making a name for itself as a way for small organizations to have  clean and professional websites for a fraction of the cost of a mainstream commercial site.    For a minimal cost, the library is able to customize and have complete control over its web identity.  We hope you like the clean, fresh look and above all find it user friendly and intuitive.   We understand that the website is a work in progress; if you have any suggestions as to how we can improve the site please let us know!  -Jim Gill, Director