February Staff Picks

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Kelly’s Pick

Adrift by Paul Griffin

Matt and Mike are best friends, just two working-class guys trying to earn some money in Montauk for the summer. When they meet Driana, JoJo, and Stef, three friends who live a much different life of privilege. Matt and Mike find themselves in a sticky situation where temptation rivals sensibility. Worlds collide when the group ventures out to sea aboard a small boat that Stef sneaks out from her dad’s dock. As the waves rise and the fragile vessel weakens, things go horribly wrong. Adrift at sea for days, who will have what it takes to survive?

 

 

 

Sarah’s Pick

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

Ira Levinson is in trouble. Ninety-one years old and stranded and injured after a car crash, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together – how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can’t possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage. A few miles away, at a local bull-riding event, a Wake Forest College senior’s life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward — even life and death – loom large in everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans — a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he’s keeping doesn’t destroy it first. Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

 

 

 

Cassandra’s Pick

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

Simon Watson, a young librarian on the verge of losing his job, lives alone on the Long Island Sound in his family home–a house, perched on the edge of a bluff, that is slowly crumbling toward the sea. His parents are long dead, his mother having drowned in the water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, works for a traveling carnival reading tarot cards, and seldom calls. On a day in late June, Simon receives a mysterious package from an antiquarian bookseller. The book tells the story of Amos and Evangeline, doomed lovers who lived and worked in a traveling circus more than two hundred years ago. The paper crackles with age as Simon turns the yellowed pages filled with notes, sketches, and whimsical flourishes; and his best friend and fellow librarian, Alice, looks on in increasing alarm. Why does his grandmother’s name, Verona Bonn, appear in this book? Why do so many women in his family drown on July 24? Could there possibly be some kind of curse on his family–and could Enola, who has suddenly turned up at home for the first time in six years, risk the same fate in just a few weeks? In order to save her–and perhaps himself–Simon must try urgently to decode his family history while moving on from the past.

 

 

 

Kim’s Pick

The Stranger by Harlen Coben

The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar, or a parking lot, or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world. Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wonderful sons, and all the trappings of the American Dream: a big house, a good job, a seemingly perfect life. Then he runs into the Stranger. When he learns a devastating secret about his wife, Corinne, he confronts her, and the mirage of perfection disappears as if it never existed at all. Soon Adam finds himself tangled in something far darker than even Corinne’s deception, and realizes that if he doesn’t make exactly the right moves, the conspiracy he’s stumbled into will not only ruin lives–it will end them.

 

 

 

Kristin’s Pick

The Scam by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Nicolas Fox is a charming con man and master thief on the run. Kate O’Hare is the FBI agent who is hot on his trail. At least that’s what everyone thinks. In reality, Fox and O’Hare are secretly working together to bring down super-criminals the law can’t touch. Criminals like brutal casino magnate Evan Trace. Evan Trace is running a money-laundering operation through his casino in Macau. Some of his best customers are mobsters, dictators, and global terrorists. Nick and Kate will have to go deep undercover as high-stakes gamblers, wagering millions of dollars–and their lives–in an attempt to topple Trace’s empire. It’s a scam that will take Fox and O’Hare from the Las Vegas strip, to the sun-soaked beaches of Oahu’s North Shore, and into the dark back alleys of Macau. Their only backup–a self-absorbed actor, a Somali pirate, and Kate’s father, an ex-soldier who believes a rocket launcher is the best way to solve every problem. What could possibly go wrong?

 

 

 

Jessica’s Pick

The Duff by Kody Keplinger

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper may not be the prettiest girl in her high school, but she has a loyal group of friends, a biting wit, and a spot-on BS detector. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush, who calls Bianca the Duff–the designated ugly fat friend–of her crew. But things aren’t so great at home and Bianca, desperate for a distraction, ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him. Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

 

 

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Weekly Programs

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Warm Up Akron
Tuesdays, February 9 from 3:30-5 pm
Knit and crochet to help the needy!  If you can make just one 7” or 9” rectangle you can help keep the needy in the Akron area warm. To date, this chapter has supplied over 8,000 afghans.

 

 

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Library Babies and Tots
Thursday, February 11 at 10:30 am
Ages birth – 3 ½
Join Miss Kim for songs, stories and group playtime with our library friends.

 

 

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Lego Club
Thursday, February 11 from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Grades K-6  Kids under 8, please bring a grownup along!
Come create with friends! We will supply the Legos and a theme to help inspire your creative designs.  Come visit us for a fun afternoon of building.
Theme: Military Base

 

 

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Internet Genealogy
Thursday, February 11 at 6 pm
There are an overwhelming number of Web sites for genealogy research. This class will provide tips for locating online resources for family history research and allow participants some class time to explore Web sites. The focus will be on finding free online genealogy resources and brief introductions to the library’s genealogy databases. This class does not cover Ancestry Library Edition as there is a separate class for this resource. As we will be using electronic resources, basic computer skills are recommended. 

 

 

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PAWS for Reading
Saturday, February 13 from 11 am-12 pm
Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to our doggie pal, Lacey. Children of all ages are welcome. No registration is requested.

 

 

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February New Books

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The enchantment continues with Marissa Meyer and her Lunar Chronicles’ newest addition Stars Above, February 2nd. Stars Above will be a Lunar Chronicles collection, containing nine stories, five of which have never before been published and never before seen additional excerpts. You can find a copy at your local Akron-Summit County Public Library.

 

 

 

 

 

Bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman will be releasing his newest in the very popular suspense series that features Alex Delaware, Breakdown. Breakdown will be released this February 2nd and is the thirty-first in this psychological thrilling series where Alex’s brilliant mind is challenged as never before. You can get on the hold list today at your local Akron Public Library.

 

 

 

 

 

The new novel featuring homicide detective Eve Dallas, written by New York Times bestselling author J. D. Robb is back with Brotherhood in Death this February 2nd. Brotherhood in Death will be the forty-second book in this futuristic suspense series all which can be found at your local public library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Itinerant lawman Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch return in the gritty new installment of the New York Times bestselling series Cole and Hitch. Robert Knott will be releasing Robert B. Parker’s Blackjack this February 2nd. Blackjack will be the eighth addition to the series and the fourth written by Knott. Check out a copy for yourself at your local Akron-Summit County Public Library.

 

 

 

 

 

#1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner returns with her D. D. Warren series Find Her, available this February 9thFind Her will be the eighth addition to this fast past thrilling mystery series featuring our favorite detective D. D. Warren. Make sure to get on the hold list today at your local Akron Public Library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series is here with Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard, February 9thGlass Sword will be the second in the series following Red Queen, and will pit Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul. You can check them both out at your local public library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York bestselling series the Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries are back with No Shred of Evidence by Charles Todd, this February 16th. No Shred of Evidence will be the eighteenth in this popular mystery series, and finds Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge caught up in a twisted web of vengeance and murder. You can get on the hold list today at your local Akron-Summit county Public Library.

 

 

 

 

 

Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen Mystery series returns with Wedding Cake Murder, available this February 23rd. Wedding Cake Murder will be the nineteenth in this sweet and fun mystery series. Hannah Swensen, at long last, is getting married and everyone in Lake Eden is ready, you can get your own copy at your local Akron Public Library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the mood for a dark epic fantasy inspired by the tale of Snow White? You might want to check out C. J. Redwine’s newest The Shadow Queen available February 16th. You can get on the hold list today at your local Akron Public Library. (TEEN) (not yet in system)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gin Blanco, elemental assassin and part time barbeque restaurant owner returns, in Jennifer Estep’s Bitter Bite this February 23rd. Bitter Bite will be the fourteenth in this totally awesome, paranormal series. The elemental assassin series is a New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series that is unbeatable entertainment.  Find this newest addition and any others in the series at your local Akron-Summit County Public Library.

 

 

 

 

 

C. Beaton’s New York Times bestselling Hamish Macbeth series continues with a new mystery featuring Scotland’s most quick witted policeman, in Death of a Nurse, this February 23rd. Death of a Nurse will be the thirty-second in this popular mystery series. Get on the hold list today at your local Akron Public Library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Programs

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Story Time Programs
Tuesday, February 2 at 10:30 am
Ages 3 and up
Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.
(There will be NO STORYTIME PROGRAM 2/9)

 

 

 

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Teen Tuesday
A hodgepodge of fun!
Tuesday, February 2 at 3:30 pm
Grades 6 on up
Snacks will be served at this program. Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.
Theme: Wii Gaming

 

 

 

Mysterious Tuesdays

Tuesday, February 2 at 6:30 pm
MEAN STREAK
by Sandra Brown

 

 

 

Reader’s Choice Book Discussion

Wednesday, February 3 at 6:30 pm
EUPHORIA by Lily King

 

 

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Library Babies and Tots
Thursday, February 4 at 10:30 am
Ages birth – 3 ½
Join Miss Kim for songs, stories and group playtime with our library friends.

 

 

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Just for Fun

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New Year’s Resolutions

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Have you made a New Year’s resolution this year? BUZZFEED had 16 New Year’s resolutions for the book lover. Can you relate?

Article written by BuzzFeed Junior Writer 

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Weekly Programs

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Drop In Dance Party and Playtime
Monday, January 25 at 6:30 pm
Join Miss Kim for a dancing good time!

 

 

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Story Time Programs
Tuesday, January 26 at 10:30 am
Ages 3 and up
Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.

 

 

TAB

TAB (Teen Advisory Board)
Tuesday, January 26 at 3:30 pm
Age 12 on up
Help us plan teen programs, decorate the teen area, and help with community projects.  Come have a snack and some fun! The Teen Advisory Board is a good way to get volunteer hours for school and looks great on a resume.
Theme: Hattie Larlham community Project

 

 

Knitting

Warm Up Akron
Tuesdays, January 26 from 3:30-5 pm
Knit and crochet to help the needy!  If you can make just one 7” or 9” rectangle you can help keep the needy in the Akron area warm.  To date, this chapter has supplied over 8,000 afghans.

 

 

Pokemon

Pokémon Club 
Wednesday, January 27 from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Grades K-6. Kids under 8, please bring a grownup along. Talk, trade, and play everything Pokémon. Children will be responsible for their own cards.

 

 

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Library Babies and Tots
Thursday, January 28 at 10:30 am
Ages birth – 3 ½
Join Miss Kim for songs, stories and group playtime with our library friends.

 

 

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Lego Club
Thursday, January 28 from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Grades K-6  Kids under 8, please bring a grownup along!
Come create with friends! We will supply the Legos and a theme to help inspire your creative designs.  Come visit us for a fun afternoon of building.
Theme: Pick your own theme

 

 

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Cookbook Club
Thursday, January 28, at 6 pm
Do you love browsing through cookbooks and trying new recipes or cooking techniques? Join fellow foodies for our Cookbook Club. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to participate. Each month we will get together to talk about a certain book, theme, or a celebrity chef.  There will be food samples or activities at every meeting. A selection of cookbooks will be available for members to borrow. Browse our collection, try out some of the recipes, and join the group to discuss your successes and mishaps.  Snacks will be served at this program. Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.
Theme: COOKING LIGHT: REAL FAMILY FOOD by Amanda Haas

 

 

 

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Books to Movies for 2016

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What movies are you most interested in seeing this year.

Check out this artcile from POPSUGAR, “28 Great Books That Are Getting The Movie Treatment In 2016

POPSUGAR article written by

 

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Weekly Programs

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All Library locations will be closed Monday, January 18, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Online access and the catalog are available 24/7.

 

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Story Time Programs
Tuesday, January 19 at 10:30 am
Ages 3 and up
Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.

 

 

 

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Teen Tuesday
A hodgepodge of fun!
Tuesday, January 19 at 3:30 pm
Grades 6 on up
Snacks will be served at this program. Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.
Theme: What do I want to do when I grow up? How can I find a job?  What is a job interview like? Come spend the afternoon exploring some cool careers and job resources with Ms. Diane from the Business and Government.  Be ready to practice some interview skills.

 

 

 

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Investment Perspectives
Tuesday, January 19 at 6:30 pm

Financial advisor Vince Rosnack will talk about “Outlook 2016: Moving Ahead in Choppy Waters.” Registration is requested; please call 330.628.9228 to register.

 

 

 

Past Times Book Club

Wednesdays, January 20 at 2 pm
GIRL WAITS WITH GUN by Amy Stewart
 

 

 

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Library Babies and Tots
Thursday, January 21 at 10:30 am
Ages birth – 3 ½
Join Miss Kim for songs, stories and group playtime with our library friends.

 

 

 

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How to Have a Happy Life and Attract What You Desire
Thursday, January 21 at 6:30 pm

Certified Life Coach Susan Finley will teach the most important points in discovering what brings you TRUE happiness… and you will learn how to attract these things into your life.  She will provide you with the tools and information to empower you to have the Life you desire and deserve.

 

 

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