Library Blog


Starr Jones has worked as a librarian in Mahoning County for 19 years. She likes to read nonfiction books, especially biographies and books about science, social issues, cooking, and humor. She also likes fiction written by female authors. While she prefers hardcover books, she will read an eBook on occasion and likes to listen to audiobooks while multitasking. Her zen is shooting pool and watching the Great British Baking Show.

The Latest From Starr

Author Spotlight: Amy Tan

Amy Tan book cover the valley of amazement

Amy Tan was born in Oakland, California to Chinese immigrant parents.  Amy’s older brother and father both died of brain tumors when she was 15.  Her mother, Daisy, moved her and her younger brother to Switzerland.  Amy returned to the United States and received degrees in English and linguistics.  Amy worked as a language consultant and project manager for disabled… read more >>

Genre Spotlight: Amish Fiction

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Amish fiction has become a popular genre of books.  Some people like the clean, wholesome stories.  Some people like to think about a simpler life without television and the internet.  Others like the religious aspects.  Whatever the reason, these stories are uplifting and relaxing.  If you have not read one, try visiting a world where family and community take center stage.    Some popular writers… read more >>

Author Spotlight: Adriana Trigiani

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Adriana Trigiani is an author, playwright, script writer, producer, director, and filmmaker. In addition to her many published books, she was a writer and producer of The Cosby Show and A Different World television shows. She is an Italian-American, and her life and family experiences are woven throughout her stories. Adriana has visited and spoken… read more >>

Adulting 101: Ironing Your Dress Shirt

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If you are looking to make a good impression, wrinkled clothes are not the way to go.  A clean, ironed outfit conveys positive attributes and a polished image.  Whether you need to look your best for work, a job interview, or a special occasion, learning how to iron is a must have skill.  If you were… read more >>

How to Make Fresh Pasta with Starr

Everyone loves pasta! Fresh pasta sounds so delicious but seems so intimidating. It’s actually fairly easy to make and uses only a few ingredients. You don’t need an expensive stand mixer or even a pasta machine, although those items do help. I remember my Grandparent’s Italian neighbor bringing over a big casserole dish filled with… read more >>

Letter Scavenger Hunt

Magnifying with wooden alphabets around on the blue background.

Need a fun activity to help your child learn phonics?  Try this easy letter scavenger hunt game. All you need is scissors, a paper plate, and a marker. Step 1:  Turn your paper plate upside down. Step 2:  Write the alphabet around the edge of the plate. Step 3:  Cut slits in the plate between… read more >>

50th Anniversary: Kent State May 4th Tragedy

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May 4th marks the fiftieth anniversary of the shootings at Kent State University.  The in personal anniversary activities have been cancelled, but you can read about this historic event by checking out these digital books with your library card. 67 Shots: Kent State and the End of American Innocence by Howard Mean   Cambodia… read more >>