Teens Create!


Teens Create!

Monthly DIY project for those in 4th grade and up.

January is a tough month for birds in Ohio, so we picked a project that would help the birds find food during the cold, snowy winter.  There are many recipes for making bird feeders, but we chose one without nuts of any kind-just flour, water, corn syrup and bird seed–things you may already have at home!

Here we are stirring the ingredients together:

seed stir

And after carefully shaping the sticky seed mix onto a tray:

seed tray

The straws are there to make a hole for twine after they harden, so they can hang outside.

And the finished product–after drying overnight:


Next month’s DIY project will be on February 21.  Join us for the next creative project!


Monday Book Discussion



Monday, February 2 at  3:00 pm  

Book: The House Girl  by Tara Conklin

Join us for our Monday book discussion group on January 5  at 3;00 p.m.   We will be discussing The House Girl by Tara Conklin while enjoying some light refreshments.  New members are always welcome to this lively discussion group where you can meet other book lovers and find out what books they are reading and raving about.  Books will be available at the service desk one month prior to the discussion, or find a copy here  in our library system and have one sent for you to pick up.

Two remarkable women, separated by more than a century, whose lives unexpectedly intertwine . . . 2004: Lina Sparrow is an ambitious young lawyer working on a historic class-action lawsuit seeking reparations for the descendants of American slaves. 1852: Josephine is a seventeen-year-old house slave who tends to the mistress of a Virginia tobacco farm–an aspiring artist named Lu Anne Bell. It is through her father, renowned artist Oscar Sparrow, that Lina discovers a controversy rocking the art world: art historians now suspect that the revered paintings of Lu Anne Bell, an antebellum artist known for her humanizing portraits of the slaves who worked her Virginia tobacco farm, were actually the work of her house slave, Josephine. A descendant of Josephine’s would be the per-fect face for the lawsuit–if Lina can find one. But nothing is known about Josephine’s fate following Lu Anne Bell’s death in 1852. In piecing together Josephine’s story, Lina embarks on a journey that will lead her to question her own life, including the full story of her mother’s mysterious death twenty years before. Alternating between antebellum Virginia and modern-day New York, this searing tale of art and history, love and secrets explores what it means to repair a wrong, and asks whether truth can be more important than justice.



Monday Book Discussion



Monday, January 5  3:00 pm  

Book: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter  by Tom Franklin

Join us for our Monday book discussion group on January 5  at 3;00 p.m.   We will be discussing Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin while enjoying some light refreshments.  New members are always welcome to this lively discussion group where you can meet other book lovers and find out what books they are reading and raving about.  Books will be available at the service desk one month prior to the discussion, or find a copy here  in our library system and have one sent for you to pick up.

crookedTom Franklin’s extraordinary talent has been hailed by the leading lights of contemporary literature–Philip Roth, Richard Ford, Lee Smith, and Dennis Lehane. Reviewers have called his fiction “ingenious” (USA Today) and “compulsively readable” (Memphis Commercial Appeal). His narrative power and flair for characterization have been compared to the likes of Harper Lee, Flannery O’Connor, Elmore Leonard, and Cormac McCarthy. Now the Edgar Award-winning author returns with his most accomplished and resonant novel so far–an atmospheric drama set in rural Mississippi. In the late 1970s, Larry Ott and Silas “32″ Jones were boyhood pals. Their worlds were as different as night and day: Larry, the child of lower-middle-class white parents, and Silas, the son of a poor, single black mother. Yet for a few months the boys stepped outside of their circumstances and shared a special bond. But then tragedy struck: Larry took a girl on a date to a drive-in movie, and she was never heard from again. She was never found and Larry never confessed, but all eyes rested on him as the culprit. The incident shook the county–and perhaps Silas most of all. His friendship with Larry was broken, and then Silas left town. More than twenty years have passed. Larry, a mechanic, lives a solitary existence, never able to rise above the whispers of suspicion. Silas has returned as a constable. He and Larry have no reason to cross paths until another girl disappears and Larry is blamed again. And now the two men who once called each other friend are forced to confront the past they’ve buried and ignored for decades.


Count How Many . . . Lights!


Guess How Many LightsHundreds of North Hill patrons play this popular guessing game.  Every three weeks, Sally Bailey, North Hill’s children’s librarian, comes up with various items to count.

Past “Count How Many” items have included artificial apples, “antique” PEZ dispensers, Halloween  candy, beanie babies, and Christmas candy.   The four closest guessers either get to choose a prize or, if the contents are edible, divide the goodies.


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.

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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