National Geographic Society Anniversary

National Geographic the Covers by Mark Jenkins

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On this day 127 years ago (in 1888) the non-profit scientific and educational institution, National Geographic, was founded. Originally, the organization was created as a club for an elite group of academics and wealthy patrons interested in travel, but over the years this initial purpose has transformed.  Currently, the National Geographic Society strives to “increase and diffuse geographical knowledge” by highlighting information on geography, archaeology, natural science, and the promotion of environmental and historical conservation.They share this information through a number of platforms including, their magazine (National Geographic), TV channel, books, maps, and web/ film products. In addition, the organization offers a museum located in Washington, D.C. (the headquarters for National Geographic) where people can come and learn on the different subjects.

In addition to being an educational institution, the National Geographic Society also sponsors and funds scientific research and exploration. For example, the organization offers grants to Young Explorers to help cover field project  costs for individuals with great ideas. The organization also offers a Conservation Trust Grant, which supports innovative solutions to conservation challenges and issues of global concern. Lastly, the National Geographic Society offers Expedition Council Grants, which supports exploration and adventure worldwide.

Furthermore, the National Geographic Society awards people with one of their two medals including the Hubbard and Alexander Graham Bell Medals. The Hubbard Medal named after the first National Geographic Society  president awards people in exploration, discovery, and research. This medal has been awarded 35 times as of 2010. The Alexander Graham Bell Medal is awarded to people for their exceptional contributions to geographic research. In contrast to the Hubbard Medal, the Alexander Graham Bell medal has only been awarded to two people as of 2011.

With so much achieved in the organizations first 127 years, the National Geographic Society is sure to have many more prosperous years ahead!

Below are a few National Geographic materials offered through our library. Click any image to view/reserve the title in our online catalog.

National Geographic Almanac of World History by Patricia Daniels National Geographic Guide to the World's Supernatural Places by Sarah Bartlett National Geographic Guide to Medicinal Herbs by Rebecca Johnson

National Geographic Image Collection National Geographic Moments Home by KM Kostyal Engage Your Brain Collection

World's Best Cities Celebrating 220 Great Destinations Photos that Amaze Mysteries of the Paranormal

Find more information on National Geographic by clicking here.


Learn to Decoupage




Tuesday, January 27, 6-8 pm 

Want to learn how to decoupage? This craft is easy and can be used to decorate a variety of surfaces and materials in your home. Join crafter Cynthia Taylor as she guides you through the steps of decoupage. We’ll provide jars and boxes for you to craft with and all other materials are supplied. Come and enjoy this social craft event.

Please register in advance for this program.


Belly Laugh Day



Feeling stressed? Well today on Belly Laugh Day  put your worries behind you as you celebrate the great gift of laughter. According to there are short-term and long term benefits to laughter. For example, the short term benefits to laughter include, stimulation of many organs, activation and relief of your stress responses, and soothing of tension. While the long term effects  include an improved immune system, pain relief, increased personal satisfaction, and improved mood. The song “I Love to Laugh” from Walt Disney’s Marry Poppins parallels these findings as the lyrics read ” The more I laugh, the more I fill with glee. And the more I feel with glee, the more I’m a  merrier me” (click the following link to listen to the complete song

So what better way to celebrate Belly Laugh Day and relieve your everyday stresses than with a comedy movie, book of cartoons, or a book a knock knock jokes. Below are materials from our online catalog that are sure to bring you laughter. Click any image to view/ reserve the item for yourself.


Alan Partridge The Hungover Games Starving Games

Madea's Neighbors from Hell Moms Mabley Instructions Not Included

DL Hughley Clear Sinbad Make Me Wanna Holla The Fluffy Movie

The Secret Lives of Dorks  Neighbors Think Like a Man Too

***For more comedy titles click here***


Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling Sh_t my Dad Says by Justin Halpern I Am America (and So Can You) by Stephen Colbert

Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler

Simpson Comics Shake Up by Matt Groening The Everything Big Book of Jokes by Evan Thomas President Me The America That's In My Head by Adam Carolla

A Load of Hooey by Bob Odenkirk I Sense Coldness In Your Mentoring by Scott Adams Laff It Off by George Wallace

***For more comedy titles click here ***

Find Mayo Clinic’s article on the benefits of laughter by clicking the link below:





Bracelets of different colors. On the bracelets are hearts and the word Zumba. The bracelets are stacked on top of each other.


January 24, February 7, February 21

10:30 – 11:30 pm

Kick start your energy after the holidays and get an early start on New Year’s healthy resolutions and try Zumba. This Latin-inspired exercise is endless fun. Join certified instructor Aundrey Sommerville for a fun and energy-packed morning.

Please register in advance for this program.


Perler Bead Designs


Perler Beads

Friday, January 23, 3:30-4:30pm

Have fun creating with Perler beads and boards.

Please register in advance for this program.


I-Strive at Odom Branch


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Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays

January 26 – April 1, 2015

3-5:30 pm

Hey Kids! Hey Parents! The Odom Branch Library along with the Boys and Girls Club of the Western Reserve are joining together in bringing the exciting I-Strive afterschool program to your neighborhood.

Children between the ages of 7-14 will enjoy books, art, games, friends, fun, and other positive activities at the library.

The I-Strive program at Odom Branch Library meets on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 3 pm to 5:30 pm. The winter session will run January 26 through April 1.

Enrollment is first come, first serve. For more information about the program visit the Boys and Girls Club’s website at or call 330-773-3375. Reservation forms and program information can also be obtained by calling the Odom Branch library at 330-434-8726 or picking up an application at the Odom Branch library.


New Books at Odom This Week


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Just Tell Me How It Works by Paul Lance   Lady Elect 2 by Nikita Nichols I'm Doin Me by Anna Black

Dance Upon the Air by Nora Roberts Small Space Vegetable Gardens by Andrea Bellamy Speak of the Devil by Lacha Schott

The Fix 2 by Kwan Cold Cold Heart by Tami Hoag Saint Odd by Dean Koontz

Hood Misfits Volume 2 by Brick and Storm The Work by Wes Moore Training Days by Henry Chalfant

The Martini Shot by George Pelecanos The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame Smith




No School Movie Day


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Friday, January 16, 1-3 pm 

Film Clue: A group of space criminals must work together to stop a fanatical villain from destroying the galaxy.

***Film is rated PG-13 and is 121 minutes in length***


Library Closing


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All Library locations will be closed Monday, January 19, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


National Soup Month




The month of January is National Soup Month. This month we celebrate the soups and stews that will keep us warm these winter months. So celebrate the length of January with a few bowls of your favorite soup or stew. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try a soup or stew you’ve never eaten before. The choices are endless. For example, this month you can try eating potato, tomato, vegetable, or chicken noodle soup, chili, clam chowder, gumbo, or international soups such as, Miso soup, Pho, and Ramen. You can either make the soups from scratch or purchase some from your local grocery store or restaurant. Below are some soup and stew cookbooks that can give you a little inspiration if you wish to make your own creation. Click any image to view/reserve the item in our online catalog.

Soups Stews Chilis Fine Cooking Soups & Stews Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons by Nava Atlas

300 Sensational Soups by Carla Snyder Good Housekeeping Soups and Stews Vegetable Soups from Deborah Madison's Kitchen by Deborah Madison

Splendid Soups by James Peterson The Big Book of Soups and Stews by Maryana Vollstedt The Soupbox Cookbook by Jamie Taerbaum

Find more soup and stew cookbooks by clicking the link below:

Soup and Stew Cookbooks