Book group to discuss “Rules of Civility”

SALEM–Beginning at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23, Salem Public Library’s Adult Book Discussion Group will discuss, in depth, Amor Towles’ novel “Rules of Civility,” the story of Katya Kontent, the daughter of a Russian immigrant determined to make her fortune in Manhattan during the 1930s. In this story Katya restyles herself as Katey and aspires to an all-American persona.

The novel is available to borrow and may be found in the library’s Adult Services Department. The discussion group will meet in the library’s Quaker Room, 821 E. State St. Registration is not required and the discussion is open to the public and free of cost to attend.

Eastern Hellbender salamander topic at Library

SALEM–Join Ohio Department of Natural Resources Naturalist Mike Mainhart for a Go Wild in the Park program featuring America’s largest aquatic salamander and one of Ohio’s wonders of nature, the Eastern Hellbender, at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24 in the Salem Public Library’s Quaker Room. Learn more about the fascinating creature that can be found locally in the Little Beaver Creek Watershed which is classified as an Ohio Wild and Scenic River as well as a National Scenic River.

Register online at or call the library at 330-332-0042, or Shane Franks at 330-332-5512. The program is open to the public and free of cost to attend.

Go Wild in the Park programming is a series of educational programs provided through the partnership of Salem Parks and Recreation and Salem Public Library to increase understanding of wildlife and nature.

McGuffey Reader creator program planned

SALEM– The Salem Public Library will host a program about the life of the creator of the McGuffey Reader series, William Holmes McGuffey, at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Quaker Room. The program will be presented by a descendant of McGuffey, Shirley Eckley.

McGuffey was a dedicated educator and an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church. The McGuffey Readers were a series of graded primers (books) for grade levels 1 through 6. His dedication to teaching and ministering to others made a lasting difference in the lives he touched.

Register to attend online at or call the library at 330-332-0042 for registration assistance. The presentation is open to the public and free of cost to attend.

Couponing topic at Library program Jan. 31

SALEM–Rachel Krych, owner of “Couponing with Rachel,” will return to the Salem Public Library from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Quaker Room to share how to save money when shopping. The class will be the follow-up to her first one, Couponing 101.

According to Rachel’s website she has been couponing for over five years. She writes a weekly column about living frugally for the Chronicle Telegram and the Medina Gazette, and teaches couponing classes and makes TV appearances sharing her knowledge.

Register early to attend Rachel’s presentation by going online to or by calling the library at 330-332-0042 for registration assistance. Attendance is free of cost and the program is open to the public.

SRMC to offer Sibling and Grandparenting classes

SALEM–To help families prepare for the arrival of a new baby, Salem Regional Medical Center’s (SRMC) Family Education Program is hosting free Sibling and Grandparenting classes on Jan. 20.

The Sibling Class will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., and is open to children ages 3 to 10 who will be welcoming a new brother or sister. The class will include age-appropriate discussions on the physical characteristics, behavior and care of newborns. A tour of New Beginnings Family Care Center, SRMC’s maternity unit, will also be provided. Children attending the class must be accompanied by a parent.

From 1 to 2 p.m., current or soon-to-be grandparents can learn about new approaches in child care during SRMC’s Grandparenting Class. Information on current maternity practices, infant care and safety will be presented.

Both classes will meet in SRMC’s New Beginnings Family Care Center, located on the hospital’s first floor. To register for either class, call 330-337-4989.

Jewelry sale planned by SRMC Auxiliary

SALEM–Salem Regional Medical Center’s (SRMC) Auxiliary is hosting a one day jewelry sale 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 30 in the private dining room located on the ground floor of the hospital just inside the cafeteria, featuring The Odesia Jewelry Collection. Owner Diane Paparodis-Ciancone will be on hand to help guide customers to that “just right” selection, whether it’s a gift for yourself or for that special someone. For more information, call the SRMC Development Office at 330-337-2895.