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Jan-Feb 2016 newsletter



 LIBRARY HOURS - Tues. through Fri. 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. -Saturday – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Monday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Wednesday evening 6:45 to 8:45 p.m.

 Board – Mindy Smykle, Dotty Zales, Niki Knapp, Ryan Schuknecht, and Kerry Barrett

Staff - Jeannie Frerichs, Mary Campbell, Lora Pierce

Volunteers - Sally Miller, Carol Pies, Pat Dennison, Nancy Tindall


Akron Book Club - 3rd Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the library meeting room.

All are invited.  The library has the books.  Stop and pick one up and join the lively discussion.

Jan 19 – GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee. 26-year-old Jean Louise Finch, “Scout”, returns home from NYC to visit her aging father, Atticus.

Feb 16TRAIN TO NOWHERE: inside an immigrant death investigation by Colleen Bradford Krantz. 11 undocumented immigrants locked inside a baking railcar and left to die a horrific death are found at a stop in Denison, Iowa.

Preschool Story Time -  2nd and 4th TUESDAY

Story time at the library can help develop early literacy skills plus a love of books.  It can be a successful socialization activity for young children.  This year’s theme is the NUMBERS.  Come to story times at either 10 or 11 a.m. for approximately ½ hour.     , Jan. 12 – #8, Jan. 26 – #9, Feb. 9 – #10, Feb. 23 – #11


On the first Wednesday of every month, the library meeting room is open for Game Day from 2:30 to 4:30.  Play Wii, board games, puzzles, and family games. Bring your own or use what is offered.


On the 4th Wednesday of every month, the library meeting room is open for a Kid’s movie day at 2:30.  Kids, young and old are invited.  Snacks will be provided.


In association with the adult winter reading program, the library will be showing movies with a HERO theme the 4th Wednesday and the following Thursday afternoon.  The Monuments Men will be Jan. 27 at 6:30 and Jan. 28 at 2:30. Temple Grandin will be Feb. 24 at 6:30 and Feb. 25 at 2:30.  The movies are FREE.




New Non-Fiction

THE THREE-YEAR SWIM CLUB: the untold story of Maui’s Sugar Ditch kids and their quest for Olympic glory by Julie Checkoway.

WILDFLOWER by Drew Barrymore. 

THE WITCHES: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff.

ROSEMARY: the hidden Kennedy daughter by Kate Clifford Larson.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: the old West by Stephen G. Hyslop.

CAR CRAZY: the battle for supremacy between Ford and Olds and the dawn of the automobile age by G.  Wayne Miller.

FRANK AND AVA: in love and war by John Joseph Brady.

THE COMEDIANS; drunks, thieves, scoundrels, and the history of American comedy by Kliph Nesteroff.

MAKE ‘EM LAUGH: short-term memories of longtime friends by Debbie Reynolds.

ANDY AND DON: the making of a friendship and a classic American TV show by Daniel DeVisob.



Siouxland Center for Active Generations and instructor Vivian Miller of Akron will be displaying ARTWORK during the month of JANUARY.  Miller teaches classes on mixed media every Friday morning from 9 to noon. Classes are $20 for 8 weeks unless extra materials are needed.  This close knit group calls it “Art Therapy” and have fun, laugh, talk and share during their time together.

 The FEBRUARY bulletin board will feature Sweethearts.  Everyone is invited to bring in a picture, whether it be a wedding picture, an engagement picture, a picture of you and your child.  Whoever is your sweetheart.  Every couple that does this, will be registered to win a dinner for two. Come share your story and win a dinner date with your sweetheart.

New Fiction

CROSS JUSTICE by James Patterson. Detective Alex Cross returns home, for the first time in 35 years, to help a cousin who has been accused of murder.

THE MAGIC STRINGS OF FRANKIE PRESTO by Mitch Albom. A preternaturally gifted guitarist uses his talent to alter lives.

TRICKY TWENTY-TWO by Janet Evanovich. Stephanie Plum pursues a fraternity member arrested for beating up a college dean and investigates a murder.

THE GUILTY by David Baldacci. The government hit man Will Robie investigates murder charges against his estranged father in their Mississippi hometown.

ASHLEY BELL by Dean Koontz. A young Southern California writer who survived a fatal diagnosis sets out to find a woman she has been told she must save, overcoming many obstacles in the process.

THE CROSSING by Michael Connelly.

SECRET SISTERS by Jayne Ann Krentz.


PRECIOUS GIFTS by Danielle Steel.

WYOMING RUGGED by Diana Palmer.

ALL DRESSED IN WHITE by Mary Higgins Clark.

LILA by Marilynne Robinson.

CRIMSON SHORE by Douglas J. Preston.

THE GOLEM OF PARIS by Jonathan Kellerman.

STARS OF FORTUNE by Nora Roberts.


CORRUPTED by Lisa Scottoline.

THE LAKE HOUSE by Kate Morton.

PLAYING WITH FIRE by Tess Gerritsen.

THE THEORY OF DEATH by Faye Kellerman.


SEE ME by Nicholas Sparks.


2016 Winter Reading Program for adults begins January 2, 2015.  Join our winter program!  Patrons are invited to try something new this winter – exploring heroes, super-heroes, and other extraordinary people, places, and events.   We have several programs that will fight off the winter blues. There will be Movies with Heroes, Escape with Color programs and a visit with a local hero, Corey Briest and his family of Yankton, SD. Check the library’s webpage and Facebook for more details.



The library is introducing an adult coloring program.  There is no fee, it is completely FREE. The library will provide the coloring pages, markers, colored pens, everything that is needed for a fun evening or afternoon.  These events will be the 3rd Wednesday evening and the following Thursday afternoon, January 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 or January 21 from 2:30 to 4:30 and February 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 or February 18 from 2:30 to 4:30. 



Meet Iraq war veteran Corey Briest and his wife Jenny from Yankton, South Dakota, Saturday, February 6 at 2 p.m.  Corey suffered traumatic brain injuries in a roadside bomb in Baghdad in 2005.  He beat all odds and survived.  Corey, Jenny and their family work every day to live life to the fullest.  The Akron Library wishes to salute Corey and his family as local heroes.