SENSORY STORY TIME – Feb 14th, 10:30am


New at the Ellet Branch Library:

Sensory Story Time

This program offers educational, literacy and social opportunities for children of all ages with differing abilities, their siblings, parents/caregivers and their typically developing peers through the use of story, music and movement to engage the participants.


Sensory Story Time includes a schedule board, a consistent program plan at each location and sensory opportunities. A call to reserve a spot is appreciated but not required: 330-784-2019

Second Saturday of each month at 10:30




Ever hear of the Book Club on the Run? If not then you probably want to know: What is it? Where is it? When is it?

The Book Club on the Run is a book club that does not have a specific meeting time like most book clubs. It is found here at the Ellet Library on a table by the DVDs. One or two title selections are provided each month along with a biography of the author and discussion questions.

Here’s how it works:


  • Check out this month’s selection.

  • Discussion questions and author biography are included in each book.

  • Enjoy the book!

  • Share your thoughts with other Book Club on the Run participants by placing a review in the basket.

The Book Club on the Run is a fun, easy way to be part of a book club without the hassle of finding one that you can attend at a time that is convenient for you (because let’s face it who has the time anymore). With the Book Club on the Run you choose the time without anyone else’s input.

No meetings…no deadlines…just really good books!

Books for Winter 2015

January – “In Sunlight in a Beautiful Garden” by Kathleen Cambor

February – “Crown of Dust” by Mary Volmer





Jan 22, at 4pm

The book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is 50 years old! We’re celebrating with a chocolate party! Have fun with the candy bar taste testing, a candy river relay, chocolate play dough and more!



Feb 26, at 4pm

It’s National Bird Feeding month but the birds in the library are feeling ANGRY. Join us for Angry Bird themed crafts, games and snacks as we try to beat the winter blues and those piggies!






(*not really)

Over the past several months I have been presenting an hour-long program at various ASCPL branches called The Unknown Beatles.  I play some little known songs and show some unique videos that hopefully reveal some fun and unique facts and trivia about the world’s most famous rock band.  One of the more bizarre things that I discuss during the program is the infamous Paul Is Dead rumor that circulated in 1969—probably the most famous musical urban legend in pop history.  Granted, I am a music geek (and a Beatles geek at that, which is even worse), but what surprised me when I presented the program was how many people actually knew very little about it—if anything at all.

The gist of the rumor is that in late 1966 Paul McCartney was killed in a car accident after storming out of Abbey Road studios following an argument with the other Beatles.  They decided to keep his death a secret and found a replacement by the name of William Campbell who, incredibly, after some minor plastic surgery, looked and sounded exactly like McCartney.  Ridiculous?  Absolutely.  Yet the rumor caused enough of a panic that Life magazine tracked Paul down on his farm in Scotland to get an interview.  Keep in mind, this was the late 1960s, and anything concerning The Beatles—especially Paul—was newsworthy:  when he married Linda Eastman earlier in the year, hundreds of female fans wept hysterically outside the Marylebone Registry Office while they were inside tying the knot.

According to legend, The Beatles placed clues about Paul’s death on their album covers, and in their songs.  The most famous album cover clues are on the cover of Abbey Road:  Paul is out of step with the other Beatles; he is holding a cigarette in his right hand (Paul is left handed); he is supposedly dressed as a corpse, while George is supposedly dressed as a gravedigger, Ringo as a caretaker, and John as a minister; the Volkswagen parked on the street bears a license plate that reads “28 IF”, meaning Paul would be 28 if he had lived (in truth, he would have been 27); and he is the only member of the band who is walking barefoot.

There are other album cover clues as well:  the cover of Sgt. Pepper features The Beatles’ name spelled out in flowers, as if it were a gravesite, and the guitar-shaped display of yellow flowers are supposedly that of a bass guitar; someone is holding a hand over Paul’s head, as if he were being blessed; and on the inside cover, Paul is wearing a patch that says “OPD”, which was apparently a gift from the Ontario Police Department, although some thought it actually stood for “officially pronounced dead”.  On the back cover, Paul has his back to the camera (supposedly, it’s actually Beatles roadie Mal Evans standing in for Paul, who, although certainly not dead, was evidently not around that day…).  A still in the inside booklet of Magical Mystery Tour shows Paul wearing a black carnation while the other Beatles wore red ones during the Your Mother Should Know dance sequence, while another still shows Paul sitting at a desk with a sign in front of him that reads “I Was”.

There are also three famous audio clues.  The most famous is the beginning of Revolution 9, the infamous eight minute sound collage near the end of The Beatles (better known as The White Album).  At the beginning of the track is a loop of a segment from a recording engineer’s test tape.  The phrase “number nine” repeats several times before strings and backwards organ comes in.  If you play this backwards, it supposedly says “turn me on dead man” (actually, what it says is “enin rebmun…enin rebmun…enin rednum…”).

Playing songs backwards is a time-honored rock and roll tradition:  playing Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin backwards supposedly says something praising Satan, while playing Empty Spaces off of Pink Floyd’s The Wall actually does reveal a message that tells the listener to “send your answer to Old Pink, care of the funny farm”–a reference to long-departed original band member Syd Barrett.  On a lighter note, when you play Detour Thru Your Mind by the B-52s backwards it tells you not to play the record backwards because it’ll ruin your needle.

And ruin the needle I did!  I ruined a bunch of them in fact, playing Revolution 9 backwards–much to the aggravation of my mother, seeing as I was using her 1960s floor model stereo, instead of using my crappy little kiddie record player upstairs in my room (hey, I wanted to hear it in stereo!).

You don’t have to play the records backwards to hear any of the other clues:  the second and final fade-out of Strawberry Fields Forever features John Lennon muttering the phrase “cranberry sauce”, which conspiracy theorists insists is actually “I buried Paul”.  The third clue is in the second verse of A Day In The Life from Sgt. Pepper which begins, “he blew his mind out in a car”.  The lyrics did, in fact, refer to a real car crash, but not one involving Paul.  Tara Browne, the heir to the Guinness fortune, was a friend of The Beatles who had recently died in a car crash in South Kensington.

When journalists from Life magazine tracked Paul down in Scotland, he threw a bucket of water at them and told them to get off of his property.  Almost immediately, he changed his mind and went after them, convincing them to hand over the film from their cameras in exchange for an interview, wherein he revealed that although he certainly wasn’t dead, The Beatles definitely were.

There are numerous web sites which list many other crackpot clues.  Over the years, there have been books written on the subject, and even songs have been recorded (although they aren’t very good).  During the height of the Paul Is Dead craze, there were radio programs and television specials about it, including one involving celebrity lawyer F. Lee Bailey.

Many critics have since claimed that Paul McCartney has been musically dead for decades, but that’s a topic for another blog (and not something that I particularly agree with).  As for being physically dead, Paul himself summed it up by deadpanning (pun intended), “rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated…if I were dead, I’d be the last to know”.



Revolution 9 – the first 40 seconds played backwards:

Strawberry Fields Forever – ending

A Day In The Life – complete track.  This is the official promotional film for the song when Sgt. Pepper was first released.  See how many celebrities you can recognize in the film!

And don’t forget to visit Abbey Road Studio’s live webcam–watch people try to get their picture taken while dodging traffic!












Roald Dahl’s classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is 50 years old! Come celebrate at our Chocolate Party on Jan. 22 at 4:00; for school age children.

To get you in the mood, try one of these chocolaty treats. Clicking on the picture will take you to our catalog!

Click HERE for a Roald Dahl blog!


Celebrate Walt Disney’s Birthday


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


Click  here  for the Akron-Summit County Public Website!


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!

Click HERE for the Akron-Summit County Public Library









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)