First U.S. Presidential Election held – January 7th, 1789

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On this day in 1789, America’s first presidential election is held. Voters cast ballots to choose state electors; only white men who owned property were allowed to vote. As expected, George Washington won the election and was sworn into office on April 30, 1789.

As it did in 1789, the United States still uses the Electoral College system, established by the U.S. Constitution, which today gives all American citizens over the age of 18 the right to vote for electors, who in turn vote for the president. The president and vice president are the only elected federal officials chosen by the Electoral College instead of by direct popular vote.

Today political parties usually nominate their slate of electors at their state conventions or by a vote of the party’s central state committee, with party loyalists often being picked for the job. Members of the U.S. Congress, though, can’t be electors. Each state is allowed to choose as many electors as it has senators and representatives in Congress. The District of Columbia has 3 electors. During a presidential election year, on Election Day (the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November), the electors from the party that gets the most popular votes are elected in a winner-take-all-system, with the exception of Maine and Nebraska, which allocate electors proportionally. In order to win the presidency, a candidate needs a majority of 270 electoral votes out of a possible 538.

On the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December of a presidential election year, each state’s electors meet, usually in their state capitol, and simultaneously cast their ballots nationwide. This is largely ceremonial: Because electors nearly always vote with their party, presidential elections are essentially decided on Election Day. Although electors aren’t constitutionally mandated to vote for the winner of the popular vote in their state, it is demanded by tradition and required by law in 26 states and the District of Columbia (in some states, violating this rule is punishable by $1,000 fine). Historically, over 99 percent of all electors have cast their ballots in line with the voters. On January 6, as a formality, the electoral votes are counted before Congress and on January 20, the commander in chief is sworn into office.

Critics of the Electoral College argue that the winner-take-all system makes it possible for a candidate to be elected president even if he gets fewer popular votes than his opponent. This happened in the elections of 1876, 1888 and 2000. However, supporters contend that if the Electoral College were done away with, heavily populated states such as California and Texas might decide every election and issues important to voters in smaller states would be ignored.”

 

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

 

 

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New ASCPL Branch Hours Beginning January 2016

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New Branch Hours Beginning January 2016
 
Beginning in January, the Akron-Summit County Public Library will restore Wednesday morning and evening hours at branch libraries, and summer Sunday hours at Main Library.
 
“Because voters approved Issue 8 in May, 2015 that included a 0.5 mill increase to our property tax levy, the Library’s financial position will significantly improve in 2016. We are able to restore function and capacity at our locations. On behalf of the Library’s Board and staff, we thank you for your support!” said David Jennings, Library Director.
 
 
Branches                     Monday through Thursday   10 am to 8 pm
                                      Friday                                       12 pm to 6 pm
                                      Saturday                                  10 am to 5 pm 
 
 
Main Library               Monday through Thursday   10 am to 8 pm
                                      Friday                                        10 am to 6 pm
                                      Saturday                                   10 am to 5 pm
                                      Sunday                                      1 pm to 5 pm
 
We’re always open at www.akronlibrary.org, where the catalog and online access are available 24/7.
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ASCPL Library Closings, December 31st, 2015 & January 1st, 2016

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All Library locations will close at  5 pm Friday, December 31 New Year’s Eve and will be closed Friday, January 1

New Year’s Day.    

 

Online access and the catalog are available 24/7.

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ASCPL Libraries closed on December 24th and 25th, 2015

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All Library locations will be closed Thursday, December 24 Christmas Eve and Friday, December 25 Christmas Day.

 

All Library locations will close at  5 pm Friday, December 31 New Year’s Eve and will be closed Friday, January 1

New Year’s Day.    

 

Online access and the catalog are available 24/7.

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Holiday Displays at Firestone Park Branch

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We have created some fun and festive displays in the Firestone Park Library for the Holiday Season!  Enjoy!

 

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Solar Chargers have arrived at Firestone Park Branch

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We have a few new additions to the Firestone Park Branch Library.  Solar chargers have arrived!  These are stations where you can attach your cell phone, tablet or other device to charge using solar energy.  Come on in and check them out!

 

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Friends of Firestone Park Library – Books by Donation

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From Michelle:

Be sure to stop by the branch to peruse the new Friends of the Firestone Park Library’s Books by Donation cart!  Just in time for the holidays, check out a great selection of books for you or for that special reader in your life.”

 

Firestone Park Friends Books by Donation

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Firestone Park Branch Fun Club – Christmas Crafts

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On December 9th, 2015, Miss Tori hosted the After School Fun Club, where the kids made Holiday Crafts.  They decorated trees, made snowman ornaments, colored gift bags, and created holiday scenes with Peanuts stickers. The kids also wrote their holiday wishes on paper chain links that we used to decorate the library.

 

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Firestone Park Branch Holiday Open House 2015

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On December 12th, 2015, we held our Annual Holiday Open House here at the Firestone Park Branch Library.

Guests joined us for crafts, music, cookies and hot cocoa.  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was our special guest, and happily took pictures with everyone!  Enjoy!

 

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Jingles the Elf recommends a few great books!

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Many of you may remember our visitor from the North Pole last year, Jingles the Elf.  He went through many of the different collections here at the Firestone Park Library, and we posted some pictures and descriptions of his visit.  Jingles let the library staff know that while he would not be able to visit again this year, as he was going to someplace warm and tropical for the holidays, he was going to recommend a couple of great books so that kids can learn about the library.  

Jingles also told the library staff that he wishes everyone a very Happy Holiday Season, and Happy New Year!  He hopes to visit again soon!

 

The Shelf Elf

By: Jackie Mims Hopkins

 

 

“Skoob the Shelf Elf learns all about the proper way to handle books and behave in the library.”

 

The Shelf Elf Helps Out

By:  Jackie Mims Hopkins

 

 

“Skoob is back and ready to take students on a journey through the neighborhoods in the library. With help from Stacks, the Grand Dewey Daddy Shelf Elf, Skoob explains the three kinds of addresses a book might have. He elaborates on the addresses from the zero hundreds to the 900s, and includes his trademark rhyme with each category.”

 

 

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