Celebrate Walt Disney’s Birthday


December 5 is Walt Disney’s birthday!  Check out a classic!


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Sweet Treats for National Cookie Day


Who doesn’t like a sweet treat!

December 4 is National Cookie Day.

Read one of these books to get you in the mood!


These are some of our favorites, but check out the library’s catalog for more good cookie books!

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November 23 – 29 is National Game and Puzzle Week.  Try your hand at a brain teaser or test your eyesight with a search and find book.  Find some games to play at the library this week.  Here are some books to help you celebrate:

Mother Goose picture puzzles : Will Hillenbrand.

 Look-alikes seek-and-search puzzles : Joan Steiner

  The potato chip puzzles : Eric Berlin

 The Curious book of mind-boggling teasers, tricks, puzzles & games : Charles Barry Townsend.

The everything kids’ math puzzles book : brain teasers, games, and activities for hours of fun : Meg, Glenn, and Sean Clemens

 The mysterious Benedict society : Mr. Benedict’s book of perplexing puzzles, elusive enigmas, and curious conundrums : Trenton Lee Stewart

 Tons of numbers! : a spot it, learn it challenge : Sarah L. Schuette

Gross brain teasers : Marne Ventura

 Lightning never lies and other cases : Seymour Simon


 Xtreme illusions : National Geographic Society


Try these websites for online game fun!

 The Kidz Page

Nick Jr

PBS Kids



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With Halloween right around the corner many kids are looking for scary titles to thrill them.  Check out some of these books if your kids are looking for something spooky:

(click on book covers or blue links to go the Akron-Summit County Catalog)

Children’s fiction:

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Molly and her brother Kip have left Ireland and come to England in search of work.  Molly takes the only job she can find at an old estate that the locals avoid.  It doesn’t take long for Molly and Kip to discover that there is something different about the estate and the old tree that appears to be taking over the house.  They can’t understand why anyone would stay in such a place, but before too long they aren’t sure they can leave.  (Good for ages 12 and up)

Doll Bones by Holly Black

Zach, Alice, and Poppy are three friends who have always enjoyed acting out adventures stories with their figurines.  But, as they get older playing with ‘toys’ seems to be something they are outgrowing.  But, when Poppy claims that she is being haunted by a china doll the three set off on a real life adventure in hopes of putting the  doll’s ‘spirit’ to rest.  (Good for ages 12 and up)

The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman

Lucy is convinced that there are wolves living in the walls of her house.  She can hear them creeping and scratching and sneaking.  But no one will believe Lucy.  Are there really wolves or is she imagining it?  And if they are real, what will happen if they get out? (Good for ages 9 and up)

Bunnicula by James Howe

Chester the cat does not trust the newest pet in the house.  He might look like a baby bunny but he has strange markings and oddly pointed teeth.  When the vegetables appear drained of color and with tiny bite marks Chester begins a series of funny antics as they try to get Bunnicula kicked out.  (Good for ages 6 and up, independent readers 9 and up)

Scary Stories Treasury by Alvin Schwartz

Three scary stories in one book told along with some very creepy drawings.                             (Good for ages 12 and up)

Boys of Blur by N.D. Wilson

Charlie’s family follows his step-father to the Florida everglades where his step-father is going to coach football for his alma mater.  Not long after his arrival Charlie sees a strange man out in the swamp.  Not long after that his cousin disappears.  Can Charlie face whatever is in the swamp and find his cousin before it is too late?  (Good for ages 12 and up)

Picture books:

 A Dark, Dark Tale by Ruth Brown

A black cat ventures through the dark forest and a dark house to the dark cupboard to find what’s lurking inside.  (Good for ages 3 and up)

The Teeny-Tiny Woman: a Ghost Story by Paul Galdone

When the teeny-tiny woman finds a bone in a churchyard she decides to take it home and put it in the cupboard.  But, when she goes to bed that night she discovers that she may have brought home a haunted bone.  (Good for ages 3 and up)

Jitterbug Jam by Barbara Jean Hicks

Grandpa Boo-dad knows just what to do when little monster Bobo thinks he sees a pink skinned boy with orange fur under his bed.  (Good for ages 6 and up)

Ghosts in the House!  by Kazuno Kohara

A young witch decides that she no longer wants to live in a haunted house, so she sets out to find a new purpose for all the ghosts she has.  (Good for ages 2 and up)

Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes

On Halloween night the monsters are throwing a ball in the Haunted Hall.  The rhyming text in this story incorporates Spanish words.  (Good for ages 6 and up)

Velcome by Keith O’Malley

This illustrarted collection of short stories may leave children feeling more giggly than spooked as they hear tales about things such as a boy who is followed home by a coffin.  (Good for ages 6 and up)

It’s the great pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz

(based on the television special) On Halloween night Lucy and Linus wait for the Great Pumpkin while the other children go trick-or-treating.  (Good for ages 4 and up)

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams

Once there was a little old lady who was not afraid of anything.  But, what happens when she is followed one night by two shoes, a shirt, some pants, gloves, a hat, and a scary pumpkin head?  (Good for ages 3 and up)


Classic Cinema 101 – Halloween Fright Fest


Greetings Boys and Ghouls, Wolfmen and Vampiras, Zombies and Zomb-ettes.  If scenes of gruesome gore are your bag, and being totally scared out of your wits this time of year brings you peace and tranquility, then here are a few recommendations for some heart- warming classic horror films that will be a cinch to give you the creeps!!

Besides the traditional, modern day blood and guts marathons you will get from movie series like Halloween, Friday the 13th, and “Nightmare on Elm St”,  give a couple of these picks and artists a try for some sure-fire, classic horror fun.

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

This is the horror film that put the Z in Zombies. This was a low budget, black and white production with a no-name cast has taken its place as a cult classic. Loads of screams and zombie fun!!

Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1943)

During the heyday of the Frankenstein movie craze, this one has some great moments with Frankie terrorizing a village once again, but then he crosses paths with the Wolfman and the real monster rumble begins.  Super cheesy and packed with wacky horror hi-jinks.

 The Amityville Horror (1979) and  Poltergeist (1982)

These are two great movies that define the term “Haunted House”.  Both are guaranteed to creep you out!!!

The Exorcist (1973)

One of the great classic horror films of all time. Cutesy little Linda Blair falls victim to some very evil supernatural visitors and activities. This is another film where the house comes alive!!  Beware of flying beds!! Scary stuff!!

The Shining (1980)

You should have 911 on speed dial while watching this super creepy, nerve shattering horror classic as Little Danny rides his tricycle through the halls of a very haunted ski resort. Along with those epic horror show darlings, The Shining Twins, this movie will make the hairs stand up on you back and give you total chills and blood-curdling frights!!!

Vincent Price

Known as the Master of the Macabre, there are a load of great Vincent price movies that will add great shrieks and bone-chilling screams to your creepy movie fest. Try these titles for great spooky times:  “The Tingler”  and ” The House on Haunted Hill


The Little Free Library at the Ellet Community Center


Next time you are at the Ellet Community Center, but sure to visit the  Little Free Library!  This is a great way to share books in our community.  Anyone can take a book to read, then bring it back when they are done or put another book on the shelves for someone to read.  There are adult, teen and children’s books to choose from.  The Ellet Branch Library is helping to stock the shelves with something for everyone.  Help us share the joy of reading and the importance of literacy by telling a friend or neighbor about The Little Free Library!

Find the Ellet Community Center at 2449 Wedgewood Dr. Akron Ohio 44312.  Find more information about Little Free Libraries at http://littlefreelibrary.org/


Ray’s Surface Noise – The Ellet Podcast



Since 2009, I have presented an 8-10 minute audio podcast featuring excerpts from new cd releases available at the Ellet Branch Library.  On Ray’s Listening Room I present music by artists that are not usually played on commercial radio.  While I do discuss mainstream artists on occasion, I mostly like to focus on lesser known artists that I feel create exceptional music—everyone from the alt-country leanings of Neko Case to the avant-pop sounds of the anonymous San Francisco art collective The Residents.

It’s unlikely many of these artists will get any real mainstream exposure or recognition, either by luck, or by the artists’ choice.  I certainly mean no offense to commercial pop or country music fans, but tune to any mainstream radio station and you can pretty much guess what you are going to hear.  There is A LOT more music out there than what gets played on commercial pop and country radio, which seems to be based more on market research and demographics than on exposing a variety of music to listeners.

That doesn’t mean, however, that if you listen to mainstream radio that you wouldn’t enjoy non-mainstream music.  If you like classic rock bands like The Who, then check out Dayton, Ohio’s Guided By Voices.  Although they just recently called it quits (again!), they’ve mixed pop, experimental and alternative music that is heavily influenced by 60s rock and 70s punk–often condensed into very short songs–since 1983.  If 1950s vocalists like Patsy Cline and Brenda Lee are your thing, you might try listening to Neko Case.  Although critics call her “alt-country”, she is influenced as much by punk rock and Neil Young as she is by traditional country music.  She also has an incredibly powerful voice.  If you’re into rock duos like The White Stripes and The Black Keys, be sure to check out Mates Of State.  They combine drums, keyboards and great girl/guy harmonies that are unique to indie rock.

Sometimes I might feature music by an artist from a different generation, like 1960s country star Skeeter Davis or 1950s pop vocalist Patti Page.  Even though they aren’t current, it’s fascinating to look back at artists from different eras, whether they were well known or not.  Not all of my choices are personal favorites–although many of them are—but I think it’s important to play music from a diverse selection of artists.  I see nothing wrong, or even unusual, about listening to everything from the ear-bleeding My Bloody Valentine to legendary jazz vocalist Anita O’Day.

New episodes are posted every other Monday morning.  Be sure to give it a listen!


Ray Carmen


National Grouch Day is October 15th


October 15 is National Grouch Day!  Celebrate with something fun!

Click here to hear the “Grouch Anthem” performed by none other than Oscar the Grouch himself!











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Did you know the Ellet Branch Library is on Pinterest?  We have a variety of boards for readers, cooks or bakers, parents and more.  Some of the boards you will find on our Pinterest page include:


Book List Mania

This board features book lists galore.  There are lists for kids by age or grade, lists of books to take to the beach, lists of books that have been made into movies, lists of books to try if you liked a particular book,  lists of books for book clubs, and much, much, more.


Literacy Fun and Tips for Parents

On this board you will find ideas and strategies that you can use a home to help build reading skills in your kids.  There are games that you can make to play, activities that you can try, tips for how to read to and with your kids, and lists of books that can help get your kids excited about reading.



The Teen board has fun memes, booklists, quotes, and lots of random things teens will enjoy reading through.



The Holiday board features crafts and recipes with a variety of holiday themes.

Not sure what Pinterest is?

The best way to think of it is a visual way of organizing links to websites, posts, and pictures all over the internet.  Pinners (people who pin things to Pinterest) create boards to keep similar links together.  When you go to a board you will see lots of little pictures.  All the pictures represent a link to something on the internet.  Usually you can quickly tell what it is based on the picture.  Clicking on the picture once will make it bigger so you can see it better and read any description that the pinner may have added.  Click again and you will be taken to a website or blog where whatever was pinned was originally posted on the internet.  So, if you are looking at a recipe board and you click on a picture of a cake, clicking on the picture again should take you a website or blog post with the recipe for the cake.

You can view Pinterest boards without having an account of your own.  However, if you want to pin something, or ‘follow’ a board (which will show you any new posts that are added) you will need to create an account.

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