Unless otherwise noted, all library programs are free, thanks to the support of the Friends of the Library. The library is located at 3512 Darrow Road, Stow.

Living History Series:

Air Force One

Hear first-hand stories of travels with three U.S. presidents and dignitaries from all four corners of the world when retired Chief Steward of Air Force One, John L. Haigh, visits the library on Thursday, May 18 at 7 p.m. He has compiled his recollections into a book, "Air Force One: An Honor, Privilege, and Pleasure to Serve." Copies will be available for purchase and signing. This free program is sponsored by the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library. To register, call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or www.smfpl.org.

Eating in Season at

the Farmers Market

Are you interested in trying new fruits and vegetables but not sure how to prepare the less familiar items found at our local farmers' markets? Join Chef Giulia as she presentsEating in Season at the Farmers Market on Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. This program will provide ideas for combining locally-available seasonal ingredients into delicious dishes to eat right away, as well as simple ways to conserve the bounty to enjoy later. Strategies for pre-market planning to make the most of your trip and optimal storage to make the most of your purchases will also be provided. Helpful resources will be provided and samples of health-providing vegan foods will be available for tasting.Registration for this free program begins at 9 AM on April 24. To register, call (330) 688-3295 ext. 4 or www.smfpl.org.Space is limited; please call if you need to cancel.

Chef Giulia is a vegetarian/vegan personal chef based in Stow. She has a bachelor's degree in dietetics from The Ohio State University and has been planning, preparing, and eating vegetarian meals for more than 35 years. For more information, visit chefgiulia.com

Book Babies Photo Shoot

We believe it's never too early for children to build a relationship with reading. That's why we're partnering with Marcie Shorter of Shorter Shots Photography to capture photographs of children posed with books. Interested in having your child's photo taken? Sign up for a time slot between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. by calling the Children's Department at 330-688-3295 ext. 5. Space is limited. For babies 6-9 months old (approximately). Babies must be sitting up on their own, but not yet crawling or walking. Babies must be dressed in solid colors, preferably white, without words or patterns. A model release form must be signed prior to the photo shoot. The library hopes to use some of these images through the Children's Department andits promotional material to promote early literacy. Prints may be purchased through Marcie Shorter.

Calling All Artists!

We are looking for artists to exhibit in our new Art Gallery, located by the Conference Room on the first floor of the library. Artists interested in exhibiting their artwork should submit 5 electronic files to cnelson@smfpl.org. Please visit www.smfpl.org to view requirements. Anyone wishing to display will be given consideration; however, the Public Relations Department will make final decisions based on variety and quality. Scheduling is done as much as one year prior to display and artwork will be displayed on a monthly basis. Artists are encouraged to hang and arrange their own displays. We will do whatever we can to ensure the artwork is protected; however, we cannot guarantee the safety of any items.

Meet Les Roberts at the Friends Annual Meeting

Join mystery author Les Roberts on Tuesday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. as he presents Getting Away with Murder at the Friends of the Library Annual Meeting. During his talk, Les will reveal how and why he writes mysteries. Books will be available for purchase and signing. At 6 p.m. a short business meeting will be held prior to the presentation. Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge for this program, but reservations are necessary due to limited space. Registration begins Monday, April 17 at 9 a.m. To register, call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or www.smfpl.org.

Spanish Conversation Group

Feeling a little bit rusty on your Spanish-speaking skills? Come join Maria Brett, a native speaker, to brush up on your espaol on May 5 and 19 at 3 p.m. This is a great opportunity to meet new people and to converse in a comfortable, relaxed environment. This class is held in our first-floor Conference Room. No registration necessary.

Chess Club

Chess Club is for youths ages 5 to 17, who are familiar with the basic rules of chess. The next session is May 22. No signup necessary. Teaching is from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Game play begins at 7 p.m. Parents of children under 12 years old must remain in the library.

Red Cross Blood Drive

The American Red Cross will have a Blood Drive on Monday, April 24 from 1 7 p.m. in the Stow-Munroe Falls Room. Thank you for donating.

Bow Wow Book Buddies

K-6th grade kids can read to our therapy dogs on Sunday, April 23 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 timeslot when you arrive. Bring your favorite book or choose one of ours.

Bridge Club

Join us for cards and conversation on May 8. 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, please do not plan to leave early.

Wednesday Movies

Join us for popcorn and a movie on the big screen as we present films on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. May dates are May 3, 10 and 17.. Due to the terms of our license, we can't advertise the title of the movie here. Please call the library at 330-688-3295 ext. 4 to find out what's playing, or pick up a flier in our library.

Bob Evans Fundraiser

for Library Foundation

Support the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library Foundation as you enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Bob Evans on the first Monday of the month. Bob Evans, located at 3489 Hudson Drive in Stow, will be hosting a community fundraiser to benefit the Library Foundation. From 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. on these particular Mondays, Bob Evans will donate 15 percent of sales from your meals to the Library Foundation through their Dine to Make a Difference Community Fundraiser program. Participants must present a special flier to the cashier at checkout. Fliers are available at the library. The Library Foundation is grateful for your donation.

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.

Tech Tuesday/Thursday

First come, first served assistance in setting up and familiarizing yourself with your mobile device and learning how to download free books, audiobooks, movies, magazines and more from the library's digital collection.

This one-on-one service takes place every Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m., as well as the first and third Tuesday and second and fourth Thursday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Questions? Call 330-688-3295 ext. 4.

Print and eBooks

In addition to lending out physical copies of books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and so on, your library provides a host of electronic materials for free download.

In March, library patrons downloaded 6,380 eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMusic and eVideos. Library patrons also downloaded 1,172 items from hoopla, and 2,252 songs from Freegal. Have you tried downloading electronic materials yet?

If you're not sure how to get started, stop by one of our Tech Tuesday or Tech Thursday sessions and let one of our librarians assist you.

These appointments are first-come, first-served.

You can also just click the Digital Downloads and Streaming link on our homepage to start. All you need is your card number and PIN, which is usually the last four digits of your phone number. Get started.

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.