Surprise your child with a book!


Display closeup Tall christmas treeParents!  Choose a surprise holiday book for your child.

Check it out at the circulation desk as usual.

Take the book home to unwrap and enjoy.


Play Group Get Together


North Hill’s play group gives parents and children the chance to get together to play and talk.

Playgroup 1Playgroup 2Playgroup 3Playgroup 4 mother and child


281 People at Annual Hugs & Gloves


On Saturday, November 22, the Akron Peacemakers and a local Girl Scout troupe set up a huge rectangle of tables in the North Hill library community room and stacked them with warm hats, gloves, scarves, and socks.  North Hill Branch Library donated books, bags and pens to the event as well.  Two hundred and eighty-one participants lined up to receive these items.  A big thank you to the Akron Peacemakers and the Girl Scouts for theirHugs and Gloves 1 Hugs and Gloves Boy Hugs and Gloves 4 generosity.




Book Choices by North Branch Patrons


Here are some more books North Hill patrons are reading:


The Long Way HomeThe Long Way Home by Louise Penny

Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Quebec, has found a peace he’d only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, “The Balm in Gilead,” in his large hands. “There is a balm in Gilead,” his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, “to make the wounded whole.” While Gamache doesn’t talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache’s help to find him.  Together with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they journey deeper and deeper into Quebec. And deeper and deeper into the soul of Peter Morrow. A man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist, he would sell that soul. And may have.


BurnBurn by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge  (audio book)

Detective Michael Bennett finally returns to New York City–and to the most unsettling, horrific case of his career. Thanks to Bennett, the ruthless crime lord whose vengeful mission forced the Bennett family into hiding has been brought down for good. Back in the city that never sleeps, Bennett takes over a chaotic Outreach Squad in Harlem, where he receives an unusual call: a man claims to have seen a group of well-dressed men holding a bizarre party in a condemned building. With no clear crime or evidence, Bennett dismisses the report. But when a charred body is found in that very same building, he is forced to take the demented caller seriously–and is drawn into an underground criminal world of terrifying depravity.


Be Careful What You Pray ForBe Careful What You Pray For by Kimberla Lawson Roby

This delightful sequel to The Best of Everything, features the infamous Reverend Curtis Black’s beautiful daughter, Alicia, all grown up-and headed for trouble of her own. Her first marriage didn’t work out, but that isn’t going to stop Alicia Black, the privileged daughter of the charismatic Reverend Curtis Black, from getting what she wants. One month after her wedding to her second husband, she can’t believe her good fortune. God has heeded her prayers, blessing her with Pastor JT Valentine, a handsome, dynamic man of the cloth with his own large congregation, just like her father.  Unfortunately, Alicia doesn’t understand just how much like Curtis her new husband truly is. But while Alicia is blinded by love, her dad certainly isn’t. He warned his little girl that JT simply can’t be trusted. After all, it takes one to know one, and who better to see into the darkness of a sinner’s heart than Curtis? It will take a miracle to save the day. But God acts in mysterious ways and Alicia must face some very crucial and life-changing decisions. This time, she’s got to be careful what she prays for. . . .


Live by NightLive by Night by Dennis Lehane

Boston,1926. The ’20s are roaring. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city’s most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw. But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one–neither family nor friend, neither enemy nor lover–can be trusted. Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa’s Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, it is a spellbinding tour de force that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue.

Through the Evil DaysThrough the Evil Days  by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Newly married (and pregnant) Episcopal priest Clare Fergusson and Miller’s Kill Police Chief Russ van Alstyne are grateful for the solitude of their ice-fishing honeymoon, as they both have a tangle of professional and personal complications to sort. But soon after they arrive, a snowstorm begins burying the region. As the honeymooners make preparations to depart, they encounter a pair of cagey meth heads and find themselves battling criminals and the elements. In the meantime, Miller’s Kill is left without Russ to solve the murders of local foster parents and the disappearance of their foster child. Officers Hadley Knox and Kevin Flynn, awkward after an ill-advised fling, are forced to struggle together against terrified witnesses and blizzard conditions to reveal the kidnapping’s connection to a local methamphetamine kingpin. This novel, the eighth starring Clare Fergusson and Russ van Alstyne, is among the best in the series, combining steady action with complex, sympathetic characters and an immersive setting. Clare and Russ are an unusual but fitting pair, and Spencer-Fleming perfectly captures the contrasting emotions of love and frustration that define marriage. –Review by Christine Tran


The Whole Soy StoryThe Whole Soy Story: the dark side of America’s favorite health food by Kaayla T. Daniel

In this groundbreaking exposé, Dr. Kayla Daniel explodes the myths about soy.  Hundreds of epidemiological, clinical and laboratory studies link soy to malnutrition, digestive problems, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders, immune system breakdown, even heart disease and cancer.  Most at risk are children given soy formula, vegetarians who eat soy as their main source of protein, and adults self-medicating with soy foods and supplements.  Discover the dark side of America’s favorite health food with top nutritionist Dr. Kaayla Daniel as she sheds light on the often contradictory evidence on soy and disease.  (To order this book, use Search Ohio.)


The Silent SisterThe Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain

Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she’s in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she discovers that Lisa is alive and living under a new identity. But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now? As Riley works to uncover the truth, her discoveries will put into question everything she thought she knew about her family. Riley must decide what the past means for her present, and what she will do with her new found reality.





Free Computer Classes @ North Hill


Free Computer Classes at North Hill Branch Library    

November 17-20  2-3:30 pm

Join us the week of November 17th for hands-on computer classes.  In this round of classes we will be going back to the basics.  Classes are free, hands-on, and limited to 15 participants.

Monday, November 17–Internet Basics, Part I: An Introduction

Tuesday, November 18–Email Basics, Part I: Read, Respond, Write & Print

Wednesday, November 19–MS Word, Part I: Creating & Editing Documents

Thursday, November 20–MS Word, Part 2: Formatting Text & Paragraphs



North Branch Patron Book Choices


More book selections from our patrons:


Little GreenLittle Green   (an Easy Rawlins mystery) by Walter Mosley

When Walter Mosley burst onto the literary scene in 1990 with his first Easy Rawlins mystery, Devil in a Blue Dress –a combustible mixture of Raymond Chandler and Richard Wright–he captured the attention of hundreds of thousands of readers.  In the incendiary and fast-paced Little Green, he returns from the brink of death to investigate the disappearance of a young black man, Evander “Little Green” Noon, who disappeared during an acid trip on Sunset Strip.   His murderous sidekick Mouse has him back cruising the mean streets of L.A., in all their psychedelic 1967 glory.   Fueled by an elixir called Gator’s Blood, brewed by the conjure woman Mama Jo, Easy experiences a physical, spiritual, and emotional resurrection, but peace and love soon give way to murder and mayhem.


The Story KeeperThe Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate

When successful New York editor Jen Gibbs discovers a decaying slush-pile manuscript on her desk, she has no idea that the story of Sarra, a young mixed-race woman trapped in Appalachia at the turn of the twentieth century, will both take her on a journey and change her forever. Happy with her life in the city, and at the top of her career with a new job at Vida House Publishing, Jen has left her Appalachian past and twisted family ties far behind. But the search for the rest of the manuscript, and Jen’s suspicions about the identity of its unnamed author, will draw her into a mystery that leads back to the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains . . . and quite possibly through the doors she thought she had closed forever.


Leaving TimeLeaving Time by Jodi Picoult

“Alice Metcalf was a devoted mother, loving wife, and accomplished scientist who studied grief among elephants. Yet it’s been a decade since she disappeared under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind her small daughter, husband, and the animals to which she devoted her life. All signs point to abandonment . . . or worse. Still Jenna–now thirteen years old and truly orphaned by a father maddened by grief–steadfastly refuses to believe in her mother’s desertion. So she decides to approach the two people who might still be able to help her find Alice: a disgraced psychic named Serenity Jones, and Virgil Stanhope, the cynical detective who first investigated her mother’s disappearance and the death of one of her mother’s co-workers. Together these three lonely souls will discover truths destined to forever change their lives.


Gray MountainGray Mountain by John Grisham

John Grisham has a new hero . . . and she’s full of surprises.  The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer’s career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track–until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the “lucky” associates. She’s offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she’d get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about. Mattie Wyatt, lifelong Brady resident and head of the town’s legal aid clinic, is there to teach her how to “help real people with real problems.” For the first time in her career, Samantha prepares a lawsuit, sees the inside of an actual courtroom, gets scolded by a judge, and receives threats from locals who aren’t so thrilled to have a big-city lawyer in town. And she learns that Brady, like most small towns, harbors some big secrets. Her new job takes Samantha into the murky and dangerous world of coal mining, where laws are often broken, rules are ignored, regulations are flouted, communities are divided, and the land itself is under attack from Big Coal. Within weeks Samantha finds herself engulfed in litigation that turns deadly.


Shutter IslandShutter Island  by Dennis Lehane

U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner, Chuck Aule, are sent to Shutter Island to find a mass murderer who has escaped from Ashecliffe Hospital, a fortress-like federal institution for the criminally insane. As an intense hurricane bears relentlessly down on the island, the marshals are forced to piece together clues to a shocking puzzle hidden within Shutter Island, taking them on a dark, twisted journey, where paranoia assumes an air of cool rationality and the line between sanity and madness disappears…


BetrayedBetrayed  (a Rosato & Associates novel) by Lisa Scottoline

Maverick lawyer Judy Carrier of the Rosato & Associates law firm takes the lead in a case that’s more personal than ever.   Judy has always championed the underdog, so when Iris, the housekeeper and best friend of Judy’s beloved Aunt Barb, is found dead of an apparent heart attack, Judy suspects  foul play. In the meantime, Judy’s own life roils with emotional and professional upheaval. Judy sets her own drama aside and begins an investigation of Iris’s murder, then discovers a shocking truth that plunges her into a shadowy world of people who are so desperate and so ruthless that they prey on vulnerability.  Judy finds strength within herself to try to get justice for Iris and her aunt — but it comes at a terrible price.

The HThe Hunt by Andrew Fukudaunt by Andrew Fukuda

Don’t Sweat. Don’t Laugh.  Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.  Keep the truth a secret.  It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night–a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.

Seventeen-year-old Gene has passed as a vampire for years, carefully following every rule, but now, just as he finds a girl worth fighting for, he is chosen to participate in the hunt for the last remaining humans among ruthless vampires who soon suspect his true nature.


Darth Bane  Path of DestructionDarth Bane:  Path of Destruction by Drew Karpyshyn

Yoda of Star Wars fame introduced the world to the Rule of Two–Always two there are…no more…no less. A master and an apprentice–but it was left to Karpyshyn to refine it, flesh it out, and explain it. He takes Darth Bane from his former life as Dessel, a cortosis miner on Apatros, through a circuitous route to fulfill his destiny as a Sith’ari, the Sith version of the Jedi’s chosen one. Taking his father’s derogatory term for him proudly as his reborn name, Bane makes the code of the Sith his own. He gravitates to the library and learns as much or more from the scrolls and manuals than from his lessons. He develops the belief that he can find a key to the ancient powers of the Rakata, the first servants of the dark side. When he finds what he is looking for, all of the knowledge of the dark side becomes his. It is there that he develops the Rule of the Two–then all he has to do is bring down all the existing Sith and find the perfect disciple. If he were less, it would be impossible and there would be no story. This is an entertaining read, well written and consistent in its history. Readers new to the Star Wars series will like it, and fans won’t be disappointed. –Dana Cobern-Kullman, Luther Burbank Middle School, Burbank, CA


Halloween Picks at North Hill


I read dead peopleHave a scary good time with our Halloween books, CD’s, and movies.












North Branch Patron Book Choices


We asked our patrons what books they would recommend. Many were quite enthusiastic about their choices.  Here’s the first of three parts.

Memoirs of an Imaginary FriendMemoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks

Imaginary friend Budo narrates this hard-to-put-down story of love, loyalty, and the power of the imagination – the perfect read for anyone who has ever had a friend . . . real or otherwise.  Budo is lucky as imaginary friends go. He’s been alive for more than five years, which is positively ancient in the world of imaginary friends. But Budo feels his age, and thinks constantly of the day when eight-year-old Max Delaney will stop believing in him.  Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend touches on the truths of life, love, and friendship as it races to a heartwarming . . . and heartbreaking conclusion.



Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage SaleFaith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale  by Linda Rutledge

On the last day of the millennium, sassy Faith Bass Darling, the richest old lady in Bass, Texas, decides to have a garage sale. With help from a couple of neighborhood boys, Faith lugs her priceless Louis XV elephant clock, countless Tiffany lamps, and everything else from her nineteenth-century mansion out onto her long, sloping lawn. Why is a recluse of twenty years suddenly selling off her dearest possessions? Because God told her to. As the townspeople grab up five generations of heirlooms, everyone is inspired to ask some of life’s most imponderable questions: Do our possessions possess us? What are we without our memories? Is there life after death or second chances here on earth? And is Faith really selling that Tiffany lamp for $1?


A Deep Dark SecretA Deep Dark Secret by Kimberla Lawson Roby

On the outside, twelve-year-old Jillian Maxwell is the perfect child. She’s helpful with chores around the house, gets straight A’s in school, has plans for college, and stays out of trouble. She seems to have everything a girl could want: a big, beautiful new home, an adoring little sister, a mother who cares about her, and an attentive stepfather. But inside, Jillian harbors a terrible secret. Too frightened to tell, Jillian endures her pain in silence. Then, just when it seems she’s on the verge of losing everything, Jillian discovers she has more strength than she ever imagined…and the power to change her fate. With sensitivity and grace, New York Times bestselling author Kimberla Lawson Roby addresses a very real and serious issue, while delivering the inspiring tale of one family’s mission to shed light into the darkest corner of their lives.



The Short and Tragic Life of Robert PeaceThe Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace : a brilliant young man who left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs

A heartfelt and riveting biography of the short life of a talented young African-American man who escapes the slums of Newark for Yale University only to succumb to the dangers of the streets-and of one’s own nature-when he returns home. When author Jeff Hobbs arrived at Yale University, he became fast friends with the man who would be his college roommate for four years, Robert Peace. Robert’s life was rough from the beginning in the crime-ridden streets of Newark in the 1980s, with his father in jail and his mother earning less than $15,000 a year. But Robert was a brilliant student, and it was supposed to get easier when he was accepted to Yale, where he studied molecular biochemistry and biophysics. But it didn’t get easier. Robert carried with him the difficult dual nature of his existence, “fronting” in Yale, and at home.  The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace is about the collision of two fiercely insular worlds:  the ivy-covered campus of Yale University and Newark, New Jersey, and the difficulty of going from one to the other and then back again. It’s about poverty, the challenges of single motherhood, and the struggle to find male role models in a community where a man is more likely to go to prison than to college.  It’s about trying to live a decent life in America. But most all the story is about the tragic life of one singular brilliant young man. His end, a violent one, is heartbreaking and powerful and unforgettable.


Doctor SleepDoctor Sleep by Stephen King

Stephen King returns to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. On highways across America, a tribe of people called the True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless-mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, the True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the steam that children with the shining produce when they are slowly tortured to death.  Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel, where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town where his remnant shining power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.” Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival in this epic war between good and evil.


Private Down UnderPrivate Down Under by James Patterson & Michael White

With the best detectives in the business, cutting edge technology and offices around the globe, there is no investigation company quite like Private. Now, at a glittering launch party overlooking the iconic Opera House, Private Sydney throws open its doors. Craig Gisto and his newly formed team have barely raised their glasses, however, when a young Asian man, blood-soaked and bullet-ridden, staggers into the party, and what looks like a botched kidnapping turns out to be a whole lot more. Stacy Friel, friend of the Deputy Commissioner of NSW Police, isn’t the killer’s first victim–and as the bodies mount up she’s clearly not the last.


Indigo SlamIndigo Slam  (an Elvis Cole novel) by Robert Crais

Life in the California sun suits Elvis Cole–until the day a fifteen-year-old girl and her two younger siblings walk into his office. Then everything changes. Three years ago, a Seattle family ran for their lives in a hail of bullets. Hired by three kids to find their missing father, Elvis now must pick up the cold pieces of a drama that began that night. As clues to a man’s secret life emerge from the shadows, Elvis knows he’s not just up against ruthless mobsters and some very angry Feds. He’s facing a storm of desperation and conspiracy–bearing down on three children whose only crime was their survival…


Bowling with Pumpkins. Strike!


Preschoolers at North Hill  Playtime bowl with real, live pumpkins.  The “pins” are made by filling empty water bottles one quarter of the way full with rice.  The kids really liked this game.  This is a simple game you can create out of materials in your home.

Pumpkin bowling


Fun at Preschool Storytime


Preschool Storytime at North Hill – What do we do on a rainy April day?

IMG_0738 (1) November 21, 2014 children's program









We go outside to explore!