Unless otherwise noted, all library programs are free, thanks to the support of the Friends of the Library.

Banned Books Week

Celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week which runs from Sept. 25 - Oct. 1. Check out five or more books and enter our raffle to win a Banned Books themed giveaway. The items will be displayed in the lobby of the library prior to Sept. 25. Banned Books Week highlights the value of free and open access to information and brings together the entire book community. To see a list of frequently banned and challenged books, visit www.ala.org/bbooks.

Coffee Tasting with Corner Cup

Sample the locally owned coffee served by Corner Cup Coffeehouse at the library during this special coffee tasting event Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.°Owner Heather Ciranna will be on hand to talk about all things coffee. Space is limited. To register, call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or visit www.smfpl.org. Call if you need to cancel. This free program is cosponsored by the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library and the Friends of the Library.

Spring Bulbs

On Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. Master Gardener of Summit County, Lee Paulson, teaches how to get your garden in its best shape ever. He will discuss planting, varieties, landscaping, the history of bulbs, and their role in art and poetry. To register, call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or visit www.smfpl.org. This free program is cosponsored by the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library and the Friends of the Library.

Mum Sale

The Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library Foundation will have a Mum Sale at the library on Sept. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Library Foundation. Thank you for your support.

Book Signing with Ruth Kim

Meet Ruth Kim, author of°"One Penny on Top of Another: A Korean Immigrant's Journey from Poverty to Wealth," as we continue our exciting Book Signing Series.°Kim's books will be available for purchase and signing Sept. 22 from 1-3 p.m. in the lobby of the library. Kim believes that most people have two main concerns: money and health. Her book shares how she was able to save money, make her house a home and maintain it efficiently and beautifully. In her book, she shares tips on how to live a healthy and happy life, and wishes to share the lessons she's learned over the years that have allowed her to overcome financial hardships.

About the Author: Ruth Kim was born in South Korea, and attended fashion school in Chicago on a student visa, eventually designing clothes for models. She moved to Hudson 35 years ago and started her own formal dress-making and alterations business.°

Library Card Sign Up Month

The library joins with the°American Library Association°and other public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all --°a library card. Sign up for a library card anytime during the month of September and receive a prize. To sign up, patrons 18 and older must present a photo ID with current address. If the ID does not have the current address, provide a personal check or piece of mail forwarded by the post office for proof of current address. Those under 18 may sign up for a library card accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. A library card at the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library means access to all our materials, computers, and free internet access. Enjoy all the perks your card has to offer, and be sure to share what your library means to you with your friends, family and colleagues who don't have their own library card.°Tell them the°true value of libraries°and how the library benefits you.

Meet the Author of 'Lost Akron'

Meet Mark Price, award-winning journalist and author of "Lost Akron," as we continue our exciting Meet the Author Series on Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. From a prehistoric locale like the Big Falls of the Cuyahoga River to the cavernous 1970s majesty of the Coliseum, explore the places that have melted away in Akron's changing landscape. Remember M. O'Neil Company? Akron Times-Press? The North Hill Viaduct? WAKR-TV? Norka Soda? Rolling Acres Mall? These are icons that all defined the city and its people. For those who live in Akron, for those who have moved away and for those too young to remember the Rubber City's heyday, Price takes a fascinating look at 50 vanished landmarks from Akron's past. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation. To register, call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or visit www.smfpl.org. This free program is cosponsored by the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library and the Friends of the Library.

Book Donation Day

Donations of°used books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, records, games or puzzles will be accepted on Sept. 10. Curb service will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drive up to the back door of the Library for Curb Service.°Anyone donating 10 or more items°at the back door on Donation Day°can receive a pass to attend the°next°Friends' Presale on the Wednesday of Sale Week from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fall Book Sale

The Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale runs from Sept. 27 - Oct. 1. Patron's Night is Sept. 27 from 5 - 8 p.m. The entrance donation is $5 for Friends members and $10 for non-members. The Friends' Presale is Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Friends Membership is required. Public Sale hours (no entrance fee) are as follows: Sept. 28 from 1 - 8 p.m.; Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Oct. 1 is Bag Day: $3 per bag until 2 p.m. After 2 p.m., free to teachers and non-profit organizations.

Library Closing

The library will be closed all day on Monday, Sept. 5 for Labor Day. It will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 9 a.m.

The Heart of Hell: The Battle of Iwo Jima

Join us Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. as Dennis Blocker discusses his research that was turned into The Heart of Hell by Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist Mitch Weiss. The Battle of Iwo Jima, a major event in the Pacific Theater of WWII - and one of the bloodiest in U.S. history - began on February 19, 1945. But what happened two days earlier has largely been a footnote, until now.

The Heart of Hell is the untold story of the crew of Landing Craft Infantry 449. Based on 130 exclusive interviews with sailors who survived the battle, the families of the men killed in the fight, and more than 1,500 letters the sailors mailed to loved ones during their long months at sea, this is a story of duty, brotherhood, love, and courage. Among the sailors was Leo W. Bedell of Stow. Leo was the youngest officer on the ship when he came aboard at Saipan, September 18, 1944. Part of the responsibilities of Bedell was damage control if the ship was hit in combat or suffered injury in an accident.

There will be a Q&A session following Blocker's presentation. Books will be available for purchase. To register, call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or visit www.smfpl.org.

Toothpaste Drive for Bulldog Bags

Bulldog Bags Inc. is a community, non-profit organization that provides elementary school children in the Stow-Munroe Falls School District who are on the Federal Free and Reduced Meal program, or otherwise qualified, with a "bridge of nutrition." This is a cooperative effort between the community and the schools, funded through donations from the community. Interested in participating? Look for the Bulldog Bin in the lobby and drop off medium (approximately 2.7 oz.) tubes of toothpaste to the library.

Classics Book


Join us for the Classic Book Discussion Group on Sept. 28. This group will meet at 7 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month. Light snacks will be provided. The book to be discussed is "Mrs. DallowaySDRq by Virginia Woolf. Stop by the Information Desk to get a copy of this book in one of three formats: regular print, large print, or book on CD. If you prefer reading on a tablet or other device, visit Ohio Digital Library and hoopla for availability. Questions? Call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or ask a librarian.

Bridge Club

Join us for cards and conversation on Sept. 12. Players should arrive at 12:45 and Bridge will begin promptly at 1 p.m. in the Stow Room at the library. There is no fee to join the club, but a small collection will be taken for refreshments. We will play as many hands as possible and finish by approximately 3:30 p.m. As a courtesy to all the players, do not plan to leave early. For more information or to register, contact Cheryl Nelson at 330-688-3295, ext. 102.

Bow Wow Book Buddies

Kindergarten thrrough sixth-grade children can read to our therapy dogs Sept. 11 and 25 at 1:30 p.m.°This helps children build confidence in their reading ability with this impartial audience.°No registration required.°Sign up for a 15-minute time slot when you arrive.°Bring your favorite book or choose one of ours.

Wednesday Movies in September

Join us for popcorn and a movie on the big screen as we present films on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. September dates are Sept. 7, 14 and 21. Due to the terms of our license, we can't advertise the title of the movie here. Call the library at 330-688-3295 ext. 4 to find out what's playing.

Chess Club

For youths ages 5 to 17, who are familiar with the basic rules of chess, on the third Monday of the month. No signup necessary. Teaching is from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Game play begins at 7 p.m. The next session is Sept. 19. Parents of children under 12 years old must remain in the library.

Free Coffee

The Library offers free coffee and tea to patrons Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join us in the reference area behind the Information Desk for a hot beverage. Look for a special flavor on Wednesdays.