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The Randall Library is in the national news
thanks to our programs with Operation Delta Dog and Mutt-i-grees!
Special Library Programs!
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Online Registration for Library Cards
Do you need a library card? You can now register for a temporary card online that allows you to place requests from the catalog, download eBooks from OverDrive and use some of our databases. Click here to register:
Bring your confirmation email and an ID to the library to convert your card to a permanent one that allows you use all the library services.
News about the Randall Library children's programs making a difference in the community.
There's a new way to support the Randall Library Friends Association! Start your Amazon shopping here and AmazonSmile will donate a percentage of your purchase price to support the library. It's easy and free. Be sure to bookmark the page to donate every time you shop!
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Meet Randall Library's mascot, and his name is Ruff. Patrons can check him out for a week and show him their daily lives. Follow Ruff's Adventures on our website as he travels to the homes of Randall Library's patrons.
And read about Ruff in the Beacon-Villager.
Check out this article: "Caring For Animals May Correlate With Positive Traits in Young Adults".
The Randall Library Seed Lending Library
The Randall Library "Seed Lending Library" is a new special part of the library's collection, made possible thanks to a generous donation from the Stow Garden Club. You can find it right off the front doors when you walk into the library. We have initiated this new "catalog" in order to connect patrons with Stow's agricultural past, encourage the use of the Stow Community Gardens and get individuals and families out into the great outdoors. This special feature at the Randall Library will allow patrons to collect and share bio-diverse and locally-adapted plants and seeds which are cultivated by local residents.
Why are we doing this?
The library staff will be running programs to help promote gardening for kids and adults. So...keep an eye open in the library's upcoming events listings for garden related workshops and activities.
Come on in and check out the "seed lending library" and feel free to take any of the seeds and information provided to get you started seed saving and gardening!!
Upcoming Events at the Randall Library in February
Playing a selection of seasonal tunes this Rhythm Room performance will be a fun time for everybody. There will be music, dancing and the chance to "join the band" and make music out of everyday objects. Don't miss out on the chance to warm up on a cold winter's day with the Rhythm Room at the Randall.
NEW AT THE LIBRARY: Check out our Nature Backpacks and hit the trail with books, trail guides, and other equipment to investigate bugs, ponds, animal tracks, birds, and plants! These backpacks are designed to help adults and kids explore outside together. Use them in your backyard, your neighborhood, or on a walk in one of Stow's beautiful conservation areas. Thank you to the Stow Community Chest for funding this project.
Featured Database of the Month!
Mango Languages--Exclusive use to Stow residents!
Mango Languages is recognized as a leading provider of online language learning services to libraries. The Mango Languages system offers more than 40 foreign language courses and 16 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Playback allows you to hear your own voice and improve your pronunciation. You can even watch foreign language films, and slow down the dialog to learn your favorite phrases and impress your family and friends! Spend some time learning another language- you never can tell where your travels (either arm-chair or otherwise) might take you this summer.
Morningstar Investment Database
As part of the Randall Library's exclusive database subscription to Morningstar Investments- patrons have access to the Morningstar Investment Research Center. Upcoming on Saturday, April 2nd starting at 9am CST the Investment Center will be conducting the Individual Investor Conference 2016 Live . This conference is free and registration is available at http://www.morningstar.com/conference#.VrY-b_krIdU. At the live online conference you will learn
See a calendar of all our upcoming events. Look for pictures from previous events on our Facebook page.
Special Adult Programs in February
Seasonal Sensations Concert with The Rhythm Room, Saturday, Date to by determined, 2:00pm: Come enjoy this family-fun event when The Rhythm Room comes to rock the Randall Library! Playing a selection of seasonal tunes this Rhythm Room performance will be a fun time for everybody. There will be music, dancing and the chance to "join the band" and make music out of everyday objects. Don't miss out on the chance to warm up on a cold winter's day with the Rhythm Room at the Randall.
Buck-a-Book Sale to Benefit the Randall Library Friends Association!-
The library has a small book sale going on. Check out the special shelf off the new book display area. Help the Randall Library Friends Association and purchase a book for a dollar from our special sale area.
Monthly Book Group: Third Tuesdays (usually)
The book group that meets at the library will discuss The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love by Joan Medlicott on Tuesday, February 16th at 7:00 p.m. Open to all.
Ongoing Events for Children and Teens
The M.U.T.T.S Club at the Randall Library-Do you love animals? Would you like to help shelter animals in need? How about joining the new Randall Library M.U.T.T.S. Club? The M.U.T.T.S. Club at the Randall Library is for teens who want to be involved in special programs that promote animal welfare and M.U.T.T.S. Club members will be the key players in designing and participating in animal related programs at the library. If you are a teenager who would like to join, speak to the Library Director, Melissa Fournier about some of the upcoming programs and share your ideas on how to help animals in need.
Baby Lapsit Storytime, Wednesdays @ 11:00am -Come enjoy our special story time geared specially for infant cognitive and language-based development. Have fun with your baby and meet other parents with infants in the area.
Lego Club, EVERY Wednesday @ 4:00-5:15pm-
After School Tutoring Center at the Library- Tuesdays,3:30-5:00pm-The Randall Library Tutoring Center provides tutors for math and ELA help for students of all ages. Sign-up is required and sign-up sheets are on the circulation desk. Sessions are free and are for 45 minutes of one-on-one help with a tutor.
Check out the article about the tutoring center by clicking the link below!
New Story Time for Kindergarten: @ 1:30: Feb. 9th and February 23rd.
SPECIAL Storytime: Feb. 16 @ 1:30: Local author Lorraine Gilmore
Preschool Story Times, Fridays at 10:30am, Join our Youth Services Librarian, Chris Morrison for a fun story time with a craft after the readings!
-Jan. 29 : Dinosaurs!
-Feb. 5: Cynthia Maxfield, Every Child Ready to Read
-Feb. 12: Hearts
-Feb. 16 Electricity!
Feb. 26 Bi-lingual Story Time: Swedish
The Randall Library is having a special story-time. Come join the fun!
At this bi-lingual story-time we will be reading a delightful story in both English and
Polish. As with all our Randall Library preschool story-times, after the
reading we will be making a craft to take home, this time it will be all about Poland.
SAPN (Stow Area Parents Network) Meetings at the Randall Library
Wednesdays (Baby Playgroup) 10:30-11:00 and Thursdays 10:15-11:30.
Come meet, greet and play with parents and children in the area when the
Randall Library offers up our preschool meeting room to SAPN on
Wednesdays and Thursday mornings. This is a great opportunity to meet area
parents and have your children make new friends in a safe, warm and fun
Reading with the Randall Library "Reading Dogs"- Tuesdays and Wednesdays 4:30-5:30pm- Come enjoy some quality time with a "non-judgmental audience" and practice your reading skills with with the Randall Library Reading Dogs. These specially trained therapy dogs are on-hand at the library to supply emotional support, a listening ear (not to mention a warm wet nose!) and someone to snuggle up with for kids practicing their reading skills. Sign-up sheets are available at the circulation desk for 10 minute sessions. Check the sign-up sheets for available dates and times.