Upcoming

library closings

The library will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31 and be closed all day Jan. 1 for the New Year's holiday.

Tasty Trekkers

Registration is under way for the first "Tasty Trekkers" program in the Children's Department.

Travel the world with Miss Jen on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. Each month, first- to fifth-graders will learn about a different country and its culture by preparing a delicious dish.

For more information or to register, call 330-688-3295.

Watercolors on display

The watercolors of Stow resident Denise Hart Daugherty will be on display through Jan. 7 in the Corner Gallery at the library.

Her paintings have been selected for many juried shows, including "Watercolor Ohio" at the Canton Art Institute, "Oglebayfest" in Wheeling, W.Va., and the "E.J. Thomas Christmas Show."

She has exhibited at Quaker Square, Stan Hywet Hall, Hudson Art on the Green, Brecksville Fine Art Show, Lakewood Arts Festival, the Ursuline College Juried Art Show and many more shows and galleries around the country.

Daugherty is a member of the Crooked River Gang of Artists. Her painting of the "MD Garage in Boston Township" was chosen for Cuyahoga Valley National Park's postcard for 2006. She is past president of Hudson Society of Artists.

This special exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours.

No computer classes

offered in January

Due to work in the library's computer lab, there will be no computer classes offered at the library in January.

Financial programs

for seniors

Start the New Year off with these free lectures on investing.

Programs are on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. Call 330-688-3295 or stop by the Reference Desk to register.

The following programs will take place in the Stow-Munroe Falls Room at the library: Jan. 22, IRAs -- Avoiding Costly Mistakes (registration has begun); Jan. 29, Sound Investing for Retirees (registration begins Dec. 26); and Feb. 5, Retirement Home Planning (registration begins Jan. 7).

Jazz Band Concert

The next performance of the community jazz band will be Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Stow-Munroe Falls meeting room of the library. The concert is free. Reservations are not required.

Bridge Club

The Bridge Club meets on the second Monday of the month from 12:45 until 3:30 p.m. for cards and conversation in the Stow-Munroe Falls meeting room at the library.

Players should arrive at 12:45 p.m., bridge begins promptly at 1 p.m.

The next meeting is Jan. 14. There is no fee to join the club, but a small collection will be taken for refreshments.

For more information or to register, call Cheryl Nelson at 330-688-3295. Bridge Club is co-sponsored by Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library and the Stow Woman's Club.

Program for Writers

Scott Lax's "Turning Personal Experience into Art" will be presented at Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library Jan. 26 from 1 to 3 p.m.

In this presentation, Lax -- a novelist, feature film producer, playwright, journalist, musician and teacher -- will explores the translation of his own experience as a young man coming of age in 1970 into an award-winning novel, feature film and a play. He encourages his audience to tell their stories in their own ways and shows them how to use real-life experience as inspiration. He also helps them understand the complex worlds of literature, journalism, cinema, television, music and theater.

There will be time for questions after the presentation.

The program is free of charge. Light refreshments will be available. Stop by the Reference Desk or call 330-688-3295 to register. Seating is limited.

Aromatherapy

Come to the library Feb. 7 from 7 to 8 p.m. for an aromatherapy program.

Aromatherapy is used for the relief of pain, care of the skin, to alleviate tension and fatigue, reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.

Join Gloria O'Neal of ArcAncient in Lakewood as she explains the mysteries of some of the most popular and fascinating scents.

Registration begins Jan. 7 and is limited. Call 330-688-3295 or stop by the Reference Desk to sign up. The program will be in Stow-Munroe Falls meeting room.

Art Class

Young artists are invited to come to the library to show their creativity in January. Participants will be looking at the works of the masters and creating their own work in similar styles.

Program dates are Jan. 2 at 2 p.m. for first- and second-graders, and Jan. 3 at 2 p.m. for third- to sixth-graders.

Sign up early, space is limited. Register by stopping by the Children's Department or calling 330-688-3295.

Kindermusik

Children ages 3 to 5 with a caregiver can move and groove to the music. Come to the library for this fun and educational program Jan. 3 at 10:30 a.m. Parents and kids can dance to the beat and enjoy some group activities.

Register by stopping by the Children's Department or calling 330-688-3295.

Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament

Bring a deck to duel with other fans and compete for prizes Jan. 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Players must be familiar with the rules of official play. First and second place will be awarded.

Lunch will be provided.

Space is limited. The program is for students ages 9 to 16. To register, stop by the Reference Desk or call 330-688-3295.

The Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, 3512 Darrow Road in Stow, can be reached at 330-688-3295.