Autism Awareness Month – April 2015


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


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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Blind Date With A Great Book!


Have you ever gone out on a blind date?


Do you like surprises?  We here at the Firestone Park Branch Library recently went into the dating business – blind dating!  During the month of March, we offered a “Blind Date with a Book” program.  We gift wrapped several books:  romances, mysteries and more, and hid all of the information about the book.  We invited our patrons to check out one or more of these books, take their “date” home, unwrap it, and settle in for an interesting read.  We hoped that our patrons would discover a new author or genre that they liked.

Inside each book was a “Rate Your Date” bookmark.  Once filled out, patrons could return them to the branch circulation desk for an entry into a special drawing.  Below are some pictures from the display, and a few of our “Rate Your Date” cards that we received.  Enjoy! 


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Rate Your Date #1

Title:  First Love   by James Patterson 

Most memorable moment of the “date?”

“Red Wing, Minnesota.  Fall 2009.  Best Kiss Ever in front of rainbow water fountain.  Brisk air and warm heart.”

Would you recommend this author again?



Rate Your Date #2

Title:  Encyclopedia of Angels


Most memorable moment of the “date?”

“I did not read this book.  It is not a book I’m interested in ever reading.”


Would you recommend this author again?



Rate Your Date #3

Title:  What Can I Bring? Cookbook   by Anne Byrn


Most memorable moment of the “date?”

“Key Lime Pie recipe.”


Would you recommend this author again?




Rate Your Date #4

Title:  Winter of the Wolf Moon   by Steve Hamilton


Most memorable moment of the “date?”

“History of different culture, great.  Adventure in mountains seems challenging.  Laws don’t mean a lot to some people.”


Would you recommend this author again?



Book Club on the Run – April 2015

April 2015
     House of Stone   by Anthony Shadid.
“In 2006, Shadid, an Arab-American raised in Oklahoma, was covering Israel’s attack on Lebanon when he heard that an Israeli rocket had crashed into thehouse his great-grandfather built, his family’s ancestral home. Not long after, Shadid (who had covered three wars in the Middle East) realized that he had lost his passion for a region that had lost its soul. He had seen too much violence and death; his career had destroyed his marriage. Seeking renewal, he set out to rebuild the house that held his family’s past in the town they had helped settle long ago. Although the course of the reconstruction is complicated by craftsmen with too much personality, squabbles with his extended family, and Lebanon’s political strife, Shadid is restored along with the houseand finds that his understanding of the Middle East, which he had known chiefly in wartime, has been deepened by his immersion in smalltown life. Coming to terms with his family’s emigrant experience and their town’s history, the “homeless” Shadid finds home and comes to understand the emotions behind the turbulence of the Middle East. In a moving epilogue, Shadid describes returning to this houseafter a nearly disastrous week as a prisoner of war in Libya along with the first visit of his daughter. Combining the human interest of The Bookseller of Kabul and Three Cups of Tea with the light touch of an expert determined, first, to tell a story, Shadid tells the story of a reconstruction effort that would have sent Frances Mayes to a psychiatric hospital as he brings to life unforgettable characters who lives help explain not just the modern Middle East but the legacyof those who have survived generations of war. He flashes back to his family’s lossof home, their suffering during their country’s dark days, and their experiences as newcomers in Oklahoma. This is a book about what propels the Middle East’s rage, loss of home, and what it must examine and re-find, the sense of shared community. Far surpassing the usual reporter’s “tour of duty,” books, House of Stone is more humane and compelling and will please studentsof the region, those whose families have emigrated from other nations, and all readers engaged by engrossing storytelling”– Provided by publisher.



  • At what points in Shadid’s attempts to re-create or re-remember is he able to teach you about unique aspects of his culture and history that you weren’t aware of previously?


  • At what points in Shadid’s attempts to re-create or re-remember  does his story transcend the particulars of his story and remind you of your own attempts to do the same , or perhaps recall to you other books where the writer makes a similarly compelling journey to join the present to the past and make sense of personal and public history?


  • Shadid is quite gifted and creating memorable characters through just the right words and details. Who do you find to be some of his most compelling characters?




Anthony Shadid (September 26, 1968 – February 16, 2012) was a foreign correspondent for The New York Times, based in Baghdad and Beirut. He won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting twice, in 2004 and 2010.



Moon Tiger   by Penelope Lively.

 The elderly Claudia Hampton, a best-selling author of popular history; lies alone in a London hospital bed. Memories of her life still glow in her fading consciousness, but she imagines writing a history of the world. Instead, Moon Tiger is her own history, the life of a strong, independent woman, with its often contentious relations with family and friends. At its center — forever frozen in time, the still point of her turning world — is the cruelly truncated affair with Tom, a British tank commander whom Claudia knew as a reporter in Egypt during World War II.


Sensory Story Time Sampler at Summit Mall on March 28th, 2015


From our Branch Manager and Children’s Librarian Michelle:

The Autism Society’s Caring Easter Bunny event at Summit Mall this past Sunday went very well.

I set up a table with library info, including the Sensory Story Time Rack Cards –which many families took.

I also set up various elements from Sensory Story Time, including a mirror, sensory bean bags, the sensory balance beam, bubbles, the book Dog’s Colorful Day, along with a tabletop flannel board and coloring sheets with crayons to go along with the book.

Since the event included families that were scheduled in intervals between 8 – 10:30 AM, there were small groups of families milling about the area and engaging in different activities.

The set up worked very well, as children were able to choose what they wanted to do – some only played with the beanbags, some with the balance beam. I did share the story with several children who put the colored spots on dog on the flannelboard. Many children also enjoyed the bubbles. The table was in front of a small carpeted area, and so we were able to have fun with bubbles in that area.

 Around 54 children and parents/caregivers stopped by the table to interact with the story time elements and took home the rack card with our scheduled Sensory Story Times.

I was happy to be a part of the event and to help increase the library’s visibility. I am hopeful that several of the families will attend an upcoming Sensory Story Time.”


More information about our Sensory Story Times at the Firestone Park Library:

Sensory Story Time

Fourth Saturday of the month, at 10:30 am.

April 25th, 2015

May 23rd, 2015

This program offers educational, literacy and social opportunities for children of all ages with differing abilities, their siblings, parents/caregivers and their typically developing peers through the use of story, music and movement to engage the participants.  Sensory Story Time includes a schedule board, a consistent program plan at each location and sensory opportunities.  A call to reserve a spot is appreciated, but not required.  Our number is 330-724-2126.  Offered in partnership with the Autism Society of Greater Akron, and the Akron Community Foundation’s Millennium fund for Children.



Cupcake Wars at Firestone Park Library


On Friday, March 27th, the Firestone Park Library teens held Cupcake Wars.  Everyone had a grand time, using icing and fondant to create their designs.  The winner was the set of cupcakes featuring Pikachu!







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Firestone Park Community Egg Hunt – Saturday, March 28th, 2015



Community Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 28th, 2015.  11 am – 1pm

Firestone Park Community Center

Join us for a Hopping Great Time!

Before the Egg Hunt, visit the Library table in the Community Center for games and enjoy the StoryWalk® in the park.  The Egg Hunt will begin at Noon.  StoryWalk® QUIET IN THE GARDEN by Aliki.  The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.


Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire in NYC – March 25th, 1911



“In one of the darkest moments of America’s industrial history, the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory in New York City burns down, killing 145 workers, on this day in 1911. The tragedy led to the development of a series of laws and regulations that better protected the safety of factory workers.

The Triangle factory, owned by Max Blanck and Isaac Harris, was located in the top three floors of the 10-story Asch Building in downtown Manhattan. It was a sweatshop in every sense of the word: a cramped space lined with work stations and packed with poor immigrant workers, mostly teenaged women who did not speak English. At the time of the fire, there were four elevators with access to the factory floors, but only one was fully operational and it could hold only 12 people at a time. There were two stairways down to the street, but one was locked from the outside to prevent theft by the workers and the other opened inward only. The fire escape, as all would come to see, was shoddily constructed, and could not support the weight of more than a few women at a time.

Blanck and Harris already had a suspicious history of factory fires. The Triangle factory was twice scorched in 1902, while their Diamond Waist Company factory burned twice, in 1907 and in 1910. It seems that Blanck and Harris deliberately torched their workplaces before business hours in order to collect on the large fire-insurance policies they purchased, a not uncommon practice in the early 20th century. While this was not the cause of the 1911 fire, it contributed to the tragedy, as Blanck and Harris refused to install sprinkler systems and take other safety measures in case they needed to burn down their shops again.

Added to this delinquency were Blanck and Harris’ notorious anti-worker policies. Their employees were paid a mere $15 a week, despite working 12 hours a day, every day. When the International Ladies Garment Workers Union led a strike in 1909 demanding higher pay and shorter and more predictable hours, Blanck and Harris’ company was one of the few manufacturers who resisted, hiring police as thugs to imprison the striking women, and paying off politicians to look the other way.

On March 25, a Saturday afternoon, there were 600 workers at the factory when a fire broke out in a rag bin on the eighth floor. The manager turned the fire hose on it, but the hose was rotted and its valve was rusted shut. Panic ensued as the workers fled to every exit. The elevator broke down after only four trips, and women began jumping down the shaft to their deaths. Those who fled down the wrong set of stairs were trapped inside and burned alive. Other women trapped on the eighth floor began jumping out the windows, which created a problem for the firefighters whose hoses were crushed by falling bodies. Also, the firefighters’ ladders stretched only as high as the seventh floor, and their safety nets were not strong enough to catch the women, who were jumping three at a time.

Blanck and Harris were on the building’s top floor with some workers when the fire broke out. They were able to escape by climbing onto the roof and hopping to an adjoining building.

The fire was out within half an hour, but not before 49 workers had been killed by the fire, and another 100 or so were piled up dead in the elevator shaft or on the sidewalk. The workers’ union organized a march on April 5 to protest the conditions that led to the fire; it was attended by 80,000 people.

Though Blanck and Harris were put on trial for manslaughter, they managed to get off scot-free. Still, the massacre for which they were responsible did finally compel the city to enact reform. In addition to the Sullivan-Hoey Fire Prevention Law passed that October, the New York Democratic set took up the cause of the worker and became known as a reform party.”


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You can find more resources on this event here in our library.  Enjoy!




“OK” becomes part of the American vernacular – March 23rd, 1839




“On this day in 1839, the initials “O.K.” are first published in The Boston Morning Post. Meant as an abbreviation for “oll correct,” a popular slang misspelling of “all correct” at the time, OK steadily made its way into the everyday speech of Americans.

During the late 1830s, it was a favorite practice among younger, educated circles to misspell words intentionally, then abbreviate them and use them as slang when talking to one another. Just as teenagers today have their own slang based on distortions of common words, such as “kewl” for “cool” or “DZ” for “these,” the “in crowd” of the 1830s had a whole host of slang terms they abbreviated. Popular abbreviations included “KY” for “No use” (“know yuse”), “KG” for “No go” (“Know go”), and “OW” for all right (“oll wright”).

Of all the abbreviations used during that time, OK was propelled into the limelight when it was printed in the Boston Morning Post as part of a joke. Its popularity exploded when it was picked up by contemporary politicians. When the incumbent president Martin Van Buren was up for reelection, his Democratic supporters organized a band of thugs to influence voters. This group was formally called the “O.K. Club,” which referred both to Van Buren’s nickname “Old Kinderhook” (based on his hometown of Kinderhook, New York), and to the term recently made popular in the papers. At the same time, the opposing Whig Party made use of “OK” to denigrate Van Buren’s political mentor Andrew Jackson. According to the Whigs, Jackson invented the abbreviation “OK” to cover up his own misspelling of “all correct.”

The man responsible for unraveling the mystery behind “OK” was an American linguist named Allen Walker Read. An English professor at Columbia University, Read dispelled a host of erroneous theories on the origins of “OK,” ranging from the name of a popular Army biscuit (Orrin Kendall) to the name of a Haitian port famed for its rum (Aux Cayes) to the signature of a Choctaw chief named Old Keokuk. Whatever its origins, “OK” has become one of the most ubiquitous terms in the world, and certainly one of America’s greatest lingual exports.”

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You can find more resources on American Vernacular and American Language in our library by clicking the links.  Enjoy!


Firestone Park Friends Booksale – This Friday and Saturday


Friends of Firestone Park Library Spring Book Sale

Friends Preview Sale – Friday, March 20th, 2015, 3:30-5:30pm.

Friends of the Library are invited for a sneak peek and to buy books and other materials at the book sale.  If you are not a Friend of the Library, you may join at the door for $5.00.

Book Sale – Saturday, March 21st, 2015, 10am – 3pm.

Come and browse our wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books, audio books, movies, magazines, and more!


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

Additional information about Friends association and other branch Booksales.