While this dreadful winter weather keeps on coming, we could all use some warm thoughts to help thaw us out. So defrost by placing some books by best selling authors and blockbuster movies on hold. Click on the links below to view the hot title lists.
First, the Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library will be celebrating its’ 50th year of serving the communities of Bath, Fairlawn and Copley. In anticipation of this special year, we have been very hard at work learning about the history of the library as well as the communities we serve. We are planning a very special program for June 7th. Stay tuned for more information on that.
Second, we know a lot of you enjoy working on your family history and local history research. This past week, the Bath Historical Society developed a brand new website in which all of the items that they have digitized are now available. They also have an official Facebook page in which they will use to inform the public of their events and offerings, as well as fun facts and trivia that relates to area history. They have many fun things planned for this year, including the exhibit “Early Bath Families: 1800-1850″ which will open at the Bath Museum on Monday, April 7 at 2pm. There will also be a display in our display case at the library in April with items corresponding to the exhibit.
Finally, we have many genealogy and local history resources available to assist you with your research here at the Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library, as well as downtown at the fantastic Special Collections division at the Main Library. We hope that we can help you make many breakthroughs with your research in 2014!
The big yellow sculpture in our front lawn has quickly become a Fairlawn landmark. Ten years ago when our new building was completed, the piece was the final touch, the cherry on our sundae. As with most abstract works of art, speculation ensued. What was it supposed to be? The number 2? The letter K? A stack of books taking flight?
“Roland” was created in 1973 by New York sculptor George Sugarman, at the height of his career. It was on temporary display at the Akron Art Museum about the time plans were being made for a public park on the corner of Main and Mill Streets downtown, next to Main Library. The library purchased the piece with funds from Mr. and Mrs. Myers, who recommended the piece for the new park. Louis S. Myers, founder of Myers Industries, was retiring from the board of the Akron Summit County Public Library system. His wife Mary Schiller Myers, who was serving on the board of the Akron Art Museum at the time, was a University of Akron art school alum who’s significant endowment to the program is why it is now called the Myers School of Art. Their donation was matched by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, specifically their Works of Art in Public Places program. The sculpture didn’t make it to the opening of the park, but “Roland” did enjoy its view of downtown Akron from 1976 until 2004, when we were lucky enough to receive it.
“Roland” is twelve feet tall and weighs 3,700 pounds. Its primary color and geometric shape complement our space well. Just like our building, “Roland” is solid and open at the same time.
Sugarman said his work is meant to make those who view it look at the space around each sculpture differently. And that’s what the library is here to do: not so much to be our own focal point, but to draw new attention to the world around us. We have all sorts of programs and events to educate everyone in the community, children and adults interested in every topic imaginable. We house information and have access to much more, and work to track it down for you, not just to make your time here enjoyable and worthwhile (although of course we want it to be those things!), but to help you see the world outside our walls a little differently.
Next time you visit us (and the wind chill isn’t below zero), feel free to have a look at the sculpture up close. Walk around it, and through the middle. Look at how the sharp yellow forms differ from the natural shapes and textures of the plants, and mirror the sharpness of the buildings. Feel its surprisingly rough surface, compared to glass, grass, or snow. And see your world a little differently.
A special thanks to Carla Davis from the Akron Summit County Public Library and Ellie Ward from the Akron Art Museum for help researching our aquisition of Roland, and tracking down great links and photos.
Find out more!
From our archive:
Dietz, Margaret Neumann. See Chapter 4 of ”Akron’s Library : commemorating twenty-five years on Main Street”
More about the artist:
How similar works are fabricated (Fifth picture down is Sugarman observing a build):
The Akron-Summit County Public Library will have its Annual Day of Reading Wednesday, February 12th. We invite you and your family to join us and pledge to read for 1/2 hour on that day. It can be done anywhere (you do not have to be in the library to participate.) Help us achieve our goal with 100,000 readers pledging to read on February 12th!
Also, our Family Reading Festival will be held this coming Saturday, February 8th, at the Main Library from 10-3. Join in the fun!
We have updated our website to show our programs for the Spring. We are very excited about our Spring lineup, and we know you will be too. Please note that many of our regular programs have switched days and times to better fulfill the needs of the community.
If you would like to see the updated program listing, click here.
Our Hot Title Lists for February are ready ahead of schedule, just in time for the frigid weather. They are loaded with lots of great new books and movies that our system has on order. Click on the links below to view them and place holds on these great titles.
Also, don’t forget about our new tax information page. This gives you all the latest information about which tax forms have arrived in our building, when to expect others that are on order, locations that are accepting AARP appointments and other locations around Summit County offering tax help.
We have created a new page on our website that will be updated regularly and has been designed to assist you with your taxes. You can use this site to find out which tax forms we have available (there are links to printable versions of these tax forms as well). This site also lists the various Akron-Summit County Public Library locations that will be hosting tax help through AARP.
Free tax help for low-income individuals through AARP is available at this branch on Friday afternoons from 12:30-3:30 from January 31 through April 11th. You will need to schedule an appointment to have your taxes done here, and these appointments get filled rather quickly. Stop by the library or call 330-666-4888 to schedule your appointment today. Be sure that when you arrive for your appointments, please bring your tax return from last year, current tax forms, W-2 forms, and the Social Security cards of ALL persons who will be named on your IRS tax forms. Please also bring photo identification for ALL taxpayers.
You can check out items from our digital collection 24X7 here: http://www.akronlibrary.org/emedia/digitalmedia.html
Are your children interested in nature? Visit our new Nature Connect table located at the back of the children’s area near the windows. Each month you will find a new activity to take home.
This month’s activity is all about birds that make Ohio their home in the winter. Each week there will be a new coloring sheet with a different bird. To extend the learning, cool facts and identification tips can be found at the bottom of each sheet. Collect all four sheets and have fun trying to spot these birds in your backyard.
Nature Connect is an initiative throughout the Akron-Summit County Public Libraries to recognize the important role that nature plays in lifelong learning and well-being.
Check back next month to see what other exciting activities we have planned.