All Akron-Summit County Public Libraries Closed on April 20th, 2014

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All Library locations will be closed Sunday, April 20 – Easter.

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Firestone Park Community Easter Egg Hunt this weekend!

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Don’t forget to come to the Firestone Park Community Center this Saturday, April 12 from 11 am-1 pm for the Firestone Park Egg Hunt. Look for the Firestone Park Branch Library table and play a game, and be sure to check out our Story Walk!

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National Be Kind to Lawyers Day – April 8th

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Yes, you guessed it!  It’s National Be Kind to Lawyers Day, April 8th!
“Lawyers are perhaps the most reviled and ridiculed profession in America today and yet people flock to lawyers the moment they need help in writing a will, running a business or avoiding jail time. This is the one day out of the year to give an ounce or two of respect to the men and women who daily tip the scales of justice. Whether you take your favorite lawyer out to lunch or simply refrain from telling lawyer jokes for 24 hours, this is the day to give a little love to the attorneys in your life.”
For crafty ideas for your favorite attorney, check out this blog, by a real life lawyer: http://designertrapped.com/diy-crafts/
Or if they like gavels, you could try this online shop:  http://www.gavelstore.com/
For more information about lawyers, and their noble profession, click here for a link to our library.  Cheers!
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International Children’s Book Day – April 2nd

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International Children’s Book Day – April 2nd

International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) is a yearly event sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), an international non-profit organization. Founded in 1967, the day is observed on or around Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, April 2. Activities include writing competitions, announcements of book awards and events with authors of children’s literature.

Each year a different National Section of IBBY has the opportunity to be the international sponsor of ICBD. It decides upon a theme and invites a prominent author from the host country to write a message to the children of the world and a well-known illustrator to design a poster. These materials are used in different ways to promote books and reading. Many IBBY Sections promote ICBD through the media and organize activities in schools and public libraries. Often ICBD is linked to celebrations around children’s books and other special events that may include encounters with authors and illustrators, writing competitions or announcements of book awards.

In India this day is celebrated by organizing book fair in different parts of the country.

Source: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Children’s_Book_Day)

 

To celebrate this special day with your child, please visit our library and check out great books to read together!  Cheers!

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Cupcake Wars at Firestone Park Library

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Recently, our Teens had a great time at our library for Cupcake Wars!DSCN1554

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tolkien Reading Day – March 25th

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Today is Tolkien Reading Day, March 25th!

Tolkien Reading Day is an annual event, launched by The Tolkien Society in 2003, that takes place on March 25. It has the aim of encouraging the reading of the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, and the use of Tolkien’s works in education and library groups. The date of March 25 was chosen in honour of the fall of Sauron, in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

The day was originally suggested by columnist Sean Kirst, of the Syracuse, NY Post-Standard newspaper. He has organized Tolkien Reading Days every year since 2008.

You can find more information about the The Tolkien Society here.

You can find more information in our library on J.R.R. Tolkien here.  Enjoy!

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Book Sale Weekend at Firestone Park Branch Library

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Friends of Firestone Park Library Spring Book Sale

Friends Preview Sale – Friday, March 21st, 2014, 3:30-5:30pm.

Book Sale – Saturday, March 22nd, 2014, 10am – 3pm.

 

For more information, please ask at the front desk or call us at (330) 724-2126.

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National Organize Your Home Office Day

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Organize your home office day

It’s National Organize Your Home Office Day!

More people are working from home these days.  Whether it’s for your full time job, a part time venture, or even just home base for keeping household expenses and family commitments in order, your work space is sacred space, and should be kept organized and as clutter free as possible!

Here are some great (and planet-friendly) tips for your home work space, from motherearthnews.com:

1. Phase out paper.Sign up for e-billing with credit and utility companies, and register for online banking to eliminate paper statements. Google’s Gmail offers a color-coded labeling system that makes it easy to organize monthly e-bills.

2. Perfect your printing. Keep printing to a minimum. When it’s unavoidable, decrease margin sizes and use both sides of the paper. Salvage sheets with errors for scrap paper. Many suppliers carry 100 percent recycled, Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper. Wood alternatives such as hemp or organic cotton papers are also available.

Refill used printing cartridges instead of buying new (saving money and packaging), and print in black-and-white draft mode, which uses less ink per page. Print Recovery Concepts carries SoyPrint laser printer cartridges.

3. See the light. People who work in daylight experience an increase in general well-being and productivity, according to a National Renewable Energy Laboratory report., The evidence is so compelling that many European companies require all employees’ work stations be within 27 feet of a window. Set up your workstation adjacent to windows to avoid glare. Keep flowers or other plants near the window.

4. Power down. Even in standby mode, printers, scanners, fax machines, computers and shredders could draw up to 40 watts of power, according to Energy Star. Plug all office electronics into a surge protector so you can disconnect them from the power source with a flip of a switch at day’s end.

Also, consider reducing the amount of equipment you have. Try an all-in-one print/copy/fax machine. Laptop computers use less energy. Always buy Energy Star-rated equipment and program computers to hibernate after 30 to 60 minutes of inactivity. For higher savings, set monitors to enter sleep mode after five to 20 minutes. Graphics-heavy screensavers waste power by preventing your computer from entering full sleep mode.

5. Ban the books. It can be difficult to part ways with your favorite books, but with the wealth of reliable information on the Internet, you can easily trim down your literature collection.

 

You can find more great resources on organizing your home office here in our library.  Enjoy!

 

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Dr. Seuss Party – March 1st, 2014 at Firestone Park Library

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We recently celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday with a program on Saturday, March 1st at the Firestone Park Library.  Here are some pictures from the fun-filled event!

Dr. Seuss Bulletin Board in our front hallway.

 

 

 

 

 

Fun reading corner with Dr. Seuss books.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Seuss inspired activities

 

 

 

 

 

Thing One and Thing Two crafts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can find more materials by and about Dr. Seuss in our library.  Enjoy!

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Random Acts of Culture at Firestone Park Library

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We enjoyed an Act Of Library Culture this past Friday afternoon.  Many thanks to the bassoonist, flutist, and clarinetist from the Akron Symphony!
Random Act of Culture at Firestone Park Library with Akron Symphony

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