All Library Locations Closed on Monday, May 25th, 2015

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All Akron-Summit County Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 25th, 2015, Memorial Day.

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The Ohio Company was chartered – May 19th, 1749

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“King George II of England grants the Ohio Company a charter of several hundred thousand acres of land around the forks of the Ohio River, thereby promoting westward settlement by American colonists from Virginia. France had claimed the entire Ohio River Valley in the previous century, but English fur traders and settlers contested these claims. The royal chartering of the Ohio Company, an organization founded primarily by Virginian planters in 1747, directly challenged the French claim to Ohio and was a direct cause of the outbreak of the French and Indian War in 1754.

With the defeat of the French in 1763, the Ohio River and the Great Lakes areas were placed within the boundaries of Canada, and the Ohio Company was merged with another land company to better exploit the region. Settlers in Ohio resented these acts and joined the patriots in their struggle against the British in the American Revolution. In 1783, Ohio was ceded to the United States with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. In 1788, Marietta became the first permanent American settlement in what was known as the Old Northwest. During the next decade, Native Americans were suppressed and British traders were pushed out, and in 1799 Ohio became a U.S. territory. In 1803, it entered the Union as the 17th state.”

 

Source:  (http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/ohio-company-chartered)

 

You can find more information about the Ohio Company here in our library.  Enjoy!

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Akron Main Library closed on Sundays this summer – 2015

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Main Library will be closed on Sundays beginning May 24 through Labor Day.

Online access and the library catalog are available 24/7 for your convenience.

Main Library will be open again on summer Sundays beginning in 2016, once the collection of the recently approved levy begins in January 2016.

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Keith Richards gets some “Satisfaction” – May 7th, 1965

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“In the early morning hours of May 7, 1965, in a Clearwater, Florida, motel room, a bleary-eyed Keith Richards awoke, grabbed a tape recorder and laid down one of the greatest pop hooks of all time: The opening riff of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” He then promptly fell back to sleep.

“When I woke up in the morning, the tape had run out,” Richards recalled many years later. “I put it back on, and there’s this, maybe, 30 seconds of ‘Satisfaction,’ in a very drowsy sort of rendition. And then it suddenly—the guitar goes ‘CLANG,” and then there’s like 45 minutes of snoring.” It wasn’t much to go on, but he played it for Mick Jagger later that same day. “He only had the first bit, and then he had the riff,” Jagger recalls. “It sounded like a country sort of thing on acoustic guitar—it didn’t sound like rock. But he didn’t really like it, he thought it was a joke… He really didn’t think it was single material, and we all said ‘You’re off your head.’ Which he was, of course.”

With verses written by Jagger—Richards had already come up with the line “I can’t get no satisfaction”—the Stones took the song into the Chess studios in Chicago just three days later, on May 10, 1965, and completed it on May 12 after a flight to Los Angeles and an 18-hour recording session at RCA. It was there that Richards hooked up an early Gibson version of a fuzz box to his guitar and gave a riff he’d initially envisioned being played by horns its distinctive, iconic sound

Though the Stones at the time were already midway through their third U.S. tour, their only bona fide American hits to date were “Time Is On My Side” and the recently released “The Last Time.” “Satisfaction” was the song that would catapult them to superstar status. Forty years later, when Rolling Stone magazine ranked “Satisfaction” #2 on its list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time,” it put the following historical perspective on the riff Keith Richards discovered on this day in 1965: “That spark in the night…was the crossroads: the point at which the rickety jump and puppy love of early rock and roll became rock.” “

 

Source:  (http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/satisfaction-comes-to-keith-richards)

 

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George Washington gives first presidential inaugural address – April 30th, 1789

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“On this day in 1789, George Washington is sworn in as the first American president and delivers the first inaugural speech at Federal Hall in New York City. Elements of the ceremony set tradition; presidential inaugurations have deviated little in the two centuries since Washington’s inauguration.

In front of 10,000 spectators, Washington appeared in a plain brown broadcloth suit holding a ceremonial army sword. At 6′ 3, Washington presented an impressive and solemn figure as he took the oath of office standing on the second balcony of Federal Hall. With Vice President John Adams standing beside him, Washington repeated the words prompted by Chancellor Robert R. Livingston, kissed the bible and then went to the Senate chamber to deliver his inaugural address.

Observers noted that Washington appeared as if he would have preferred facing cannon and musket fire to taking the political helm of the country. He fidgeted, with his hand in one pocket, and spoke in a low, sometimes inaudible voice while he reiterated the mixed emotions of anxiety and honor he felt in assuming the role of president. For the most part, his address consisted of generalities, but he directly addressed the need for a strong Constitution and Bill of Rights and frequently emphasized the public good. He told the House of Representatives that he declined to be paid beyond such actual expenditures as the public good may be thought to require. In deference to the power of Congress, Washington promised to give way to my entire confidence in your discernment and pursuit of the public good.

After delivering his address, Washington walked up Broadway with a group of legislators and local political leaders to pray at St. Paul’s Chapel. Later, he made the humble and astute observation that his presidency, and the nation itself, was an experiment.”

 

Source:(http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/george-washington-gives-first-presidential-inaugural-address)

 

You may find more information on George Washington here in our library.  Enjoy!

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Patron Computers and Printing Down at Firestone Park Branch Library

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All Firestone branch computers & printing are currently unavailable. We appreciate your patience while we get these services back online.

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Firestone Park Library Fun Club – Science Day

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Every Wednesday, our school age children  come to Fun Club with Miss Tori.  There are always  great programs.  They watch movies and eat popcorn, play board games, and create cool crafts and projects.  This week’s Fun Club theme was Science Day: Rocks and Fossils.   The kids learned about different kinds of rocks, played a rock identification game, and made fossils of their own to take home.

 

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Earth Day at Firestone Park Library – April 22nd, 2015

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It’s Earth Day!  Today we celebrate the planet that is our home, and share ways to take good care of it.  Through recycling efforts, planting projects, and education, we at the Firestone Park Branch Library strive to make our little corner of the world, and our community, a better place.  We work in and hold programs and storytimes in our NatureConnect space, located behind our library.  We have recently started our herb garden plantings, to be transferred outside soon.  Our Adult Librarian, Mike Bianchi, has started trying to grow our very own Avacado Tree.  Below are his thoughts on the project, and some pictures of our plantings.  Enjoy!

“I have tried more times than I would like to admit to grow things in my life.  I have had some success and some failures in my tenure as an amateur gardener.  Recently I decided to try my hand at growing an avocado, but I thought growing it with a team would work out much better.  So we at Firestone Park are trying to expand on our nature connect here at the library, and giving it a go with our very own avocado tree.  Wish us luck.”

 

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Autism Awareness Month – April 2015

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April is Autism Awareness Month

 

 

We at the Firestone Park Branch Library, as well as all of the Akron-Summit County Public Library locations, strive to serve the needs of all of our patrons.  This includes our patrons with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  April is Autism Awareness Month, and we have a special display full of resources, and information about local services to assist caregivers and families.  Please feel free to visit our branch, and browse our materials. Also ask about our Sensory Storytimes, geared to providing an enriching and inclusive experience for patrons with Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as their families and caregivers.  Enjoy!

 

 

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National Library Week – April 12th-18th, 2015

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It’s National Library Week!  

 

Participatory Program for National Library Week

To celebrate National Library Week April 12-18th, 2015, “Unlimited possibilities @your library®”, fill out a heart telling us why you love the library.  We have the hearts at the front desk.  We will be displaying them throughout the month.

Below are some of the hearts displayed at the Firestone Park Branch Library.  Enjoy!

 

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