How many times have you wondered, after you have finished a book, “What do I read next?” Or possibly, “I haven’t read in so long, I don’t know where to look for a book recommendation.” We have the answer for you! Come visit our Staff Recommendations page, right here on the Firestone Park Branch Library Blog!
This page is updated monthly, with new titles, staff comments, and book summaries. Our staff has very eclectic tastes in reading materials, so there is always something new to discover! Check out the page, and place holds for your favorite titles online at www.akronlibrary.org. You may also stop by our branch or call us at 330-724-2126, and we can place the reservation for you. Enjoy!
Happy Birthday George Burns!
With cigar in hand, seemingly always accompanied by a young and beautiful woman, George Burns, made millions of us laugh with his quick wit and easy style.Born Nathan Birnbaum on this day in 1896 in New York City, Burns’ show biz career got started with his straight man act for zany Gracie Allen back in 1922.On January 7, 1926 the two were wed and the Burns and Allen team made history from vaudeville to radio (1932) to films and then, TV beginning in 1950. Several generations used Mr. Burns’ trademark close, “Say goodnight, Gracie,” whenever someone made a ditzy comment. Hollywood cast the duo with their inspired lunacy in a slew of films in the ’30s including: International House, We’re Not Dressing, A Damsel in Distress, College Swing and Honolulu.
Three decades passed before George Burns made another movie. This one was a winner. In fact, The Sunshine Boys won George Burns his first Oscar for Best Supporting Actor (1975). Other films followed in rapid succession: Oh, God! , Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band , Going in Style , Oh, God! Book 2 , Two of a Kind , Oh, God! You Devil  and Radioland Murders .
At the age of 93, George Burns was making hits with the song, I Wish I Was Eighteen Again from his 1988 film, 18 Again!. And he was playing Vegas to rave revues.
The 20th century’s premier entertainer, George Burns, continued to show all of us how to live life to its fullest, still singing and story-telling to his 100th birthday. died on March 9, 1996.
To find more resources in our library about George Burns, click here. Enjoy!
All Akron-Summit County Public Libraries will be closed on Monday, January 19th, 2015.
All Library locations will be open on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015.
On Saturday, January 10th, 2015, 46 children and adults braved the frigid temperatures to attend the Frozen Party at the Firestone Park Branch Library. Children enjoyed a variety of Frozen-inspired activities, including making Elsa Crowns and Sven Antlers, reading Frozen books, cutting out paper snowflakes, making Olaf paper bag snowmen, building ice castles out of Frozen play dough, and creating ice paintings. Following the activities, everyone enjoyed singing along to Frozen songs while the children ate cupcakes and sipped on frozen hot chocolate.
Saturday, January 10th, 2015 at 2:00pm.
Share your love of all things Frozen with a sing-along, games, crafts and treats! Registration requested. Call us at 330-724-2126 or stop in the branch!
Click on the link below to view a video showing the development of our NatureConnect Patio space this summer. We had a garden planter with seating built by the local Gleaner Group as a service project. We also had planters created from recycled tires, and floral artwork created by Firestone Park staff members. This space was used for programming during the Mind, Body and Sole summer reading and wellness program. It was also enjoyed by our patrons at other times. It is a wonderful addition to our NatureConnect space! Enjoy!
Christmas Day has arrived! Jingles the Elf headed home to the North Pole, and left us at the Firestone Park Library with a title to read for next year’s Holiday Season. The Elf on the Shelf is the story about the Scout Elves that travel from the North Pole to families all around the world, and reports back to Santa Claus on the behavior of children. The elves encourage children to be on their best behavior. Please feel free to request a copy to share with your little ones, it will become a family favorite! Enjoy!
Well, it’s Christmas Eve, and Jingles the Elf knows that it’s almost time to head back to the North Pole. Jingles has told the staff here at the Firestone Park Library that he has really enjoyed his visit, and he hopes to come back next Holiday Season! He also said that he is going to put in a really good word for the staff with Santa Claus. Maybe we will all find a little something special in our stockings on Christmas Morning. Thanks, Jingles for visiting with us, we really enjoyed your company!