Peeped into any good books recently? In honor of National Library Week, let your imagination run to Peeps! Create a diorama depicting your favorite book or story using marshmallow Peeps®, and enter the first-ever SMFPL Peeps Diorama Contest! For kids (ages 4-11), teens (ages 12-18), and grownups too (ages 19+)! Prizes--awarded in each age category-- include Peeps toys and Target giftcards, courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Enter by yourself or as part of a team. Turn in your entry on Mon. April 14 between 9am-8:30pm to either the Children’s or Adult Information desks.
How good are your observational skills? Play our annual APRIL FOOL’S DAY scavenger hunt, and you and your family could win a $75 giftcard to Books A Million! Drop by the library any time between 9am and 4pm on Saturday March 29 and search for OUT OF PLACE or UNUSUAL items in the library. The individual player or team who finds the most “silly” things, wins! Fun for the whole family. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Join Certified Zentangle Teacher, Deborah Phelps Miller as she assists you in this Advanced Level Zentangle Class. The tangles become more complex as you deepen your creative experience with additional patterns. Create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns, relax and let your creativity drive you! This lesson will expand on tangle deconstruction and the shading process. Basic information will not be repeated so a prerequisite is highly suggested. Registration for this free program begins Feb. 24.
Waiting to complete your taxes? Our tax forms just arrived! They are located to the left of the Information Desk on our first floor.
Join Danielle Dresden, one of three authors of The Sandwich Generation’s Guide to Eldercare as she explains the practical and accessible guide to the daily challenges of caring for aged parents. Caring for elders while raising your own family can be overwhelming. These authors provide information and resources you need to balance responsibility, make important decisions and maintain your own well-being.
Enjoy an acoustic performance by the Metro Parks Ensemble. This free concert is a great way for your family to spend an evening together! The talent from this group of musicians will impress and entertain people of all ages!
Join Jim Gill, local singer/songwriter/storyteller as he performs heartfelt tunes and personal ballads which evoke the same emotional scenery as Ellis Paul, Richard Shindell, Jeffrey Foucault, Greg Brown and John Gorka. His stories about growing up with seven sisters in an Irish Catholic family are hilarious. His songs, based on life experiences, are sensitive, funny, and musically engaging. Jim plays six and twelve-string guitars as well as the harmonica. His performances have been described by Michael Strong, Director of The Ritz Theatre as “part of an experience . . .
Join David Giffels, author and assistant professor of English at The University of Akron as he unveils his new book, The Hard Way on Purpose. Giffels was a longtime columnist for The Akron Beacon Journal and a commentator and essayist on National Public Radio station on WKSU. His previous book, All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House received widespread acclaim. The New York Times described it as “sweet and funny” and the book topped the “Fantastic Summer Reads” list in Oprah’s O at Home magazine.
As former household Chief of Staff, Anneliese Nefos will share first-hand reminiscences of history and humor regarding one of the most iconic figures of the 20th century, Sir Winston Churchill at the Friends of the Library Annual Meeting. Born in Switzerland, Nefos worked for the Churchills in the early 1960’s and then for Interpol before emigrating to the states in 1970.