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Before Zaila Avant-garde, there was MacNolia Cox

Before Zaila Avant-garde twirled her way into our hearts as the first Black American student to win the National Spelling Bee, she found inspiration from Akron’s own MacNolia Cox. In 1936, Cox, an eighth-grader at Colonial School, defeated the best spellers in six counties to win the Akron Beacon Journal Spelling Bee. Her victory at the Armory in front of a crowd of 3,000 earned Cox $25 and a spot at the national competition in Washington, D.C.

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Romances For People Who Think They Don’t Like Romances

Go on, admit it – you have never read a romance. You binge watched Bridgerton in under a week yet somehow have avoided reading a romance book. Maybe you think you won’t like it or maybe you’re afraid of what your neighbors or colleagues would say? If you have read this far then you’re definitely curious. Not sure where to start? Here is a list that includes something for everyone. Give it a try.

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Modern Day Classic Makeovers

Whether presented to us by the original writer or fresh from the imagination of a new one, we always welcome the gift of a modern-day classic makeover. 

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Flights of Fancy

There have been a lot of recent novels about pigeons, lately. Don’t ask why, just enjoy.

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Battle of the Books

Let the battle begin! Join our middle school Battle of the Books team to see who can answer the most book trivia questions correctly against teams from the Hudson, Stow-Munroe Falls, and Twinsburg Libraries during our virtual event on July 15 at 3 pm.

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ISSUE 10 – Thank You from Executive Director, Pam Hickson-Stevenson

On behalf of the Library Board of Trustees, the Library staff, and Library users of all ages, I extend my thanks to the voters who supported the Library by voting for Issue 10. With the renewal of the 1.9 mill operating levy for six years, the Library will continue providing a top-notch collection of materials to borrow, fun and informative programs to attend, and innovative services to use. The levy provides about 55% or approximately $14.7 million of the Library’s total income.

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