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Celebrate National Coffee Day on September 29! September 26, 2013

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I don’t usually need an excuse to drink coffee but as Sunday is National Coffee Day, I’ll use it as one. Did you know that coffee came to the United States in the mid-1600s, when coffee was brought to New Amsterdam (now called New York) by the British? And while coffee houses rapidly began to appear, tea continued to be the favored drink in the here until 1773 when colonists revolted against a heavy tax on tea imposed by King George. The revolt, known as the Boston Tea Party, would forever change the American drinking preference to coffee.


It’s true, Americans drink plenty of coffee. According to the National Coffee Association, this past year Coffee consumption jumped by 5% and 83% of Americans Say they drink coffee!

Learn more about the history of coffee here: http://www.ncausa.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=68

Until next time, enjoy your Cup of Tar, Java, Brain Juice, Mud, Mojo or Cup O’ Joe!


Soup warms the soul and belly! September 17, 2013

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Even though Autumn doesn’t actually begin until this weekend with the Autumnal Equinox on September 22, we’ve already experiencing temperature drops and shorter days. That, combined with an abundance of veggies from the garden has got me thinking about one of my favorite foods: SOUP!

I love that soup can be made with just about any vegetables. It can be a restorative healthy broth or a light appetizer. Add cream or cheese and use your immersion blender to make it a creamy, decadent dish. Generally, I don’t follow recipes. Usually, I make my Mom’s version of vegetable soup using cabbage, carrot, onion, spices and a can of stewed tomatoes. It’s simple but delicious! Tonight, though, I think I’ll be making a tomato soup using just tomatoes from our garden, garlic, and onion.

Feeling hungry for some soup inspiration of your own?

Stop into the library and check out one of our cookbooks to get started. One I like is Love soup : 160 all-new vegetarian recipes by Anna Thomas. I also get find inspiration from the Vegetarian Times’ website at: http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/soups-and-stews/

So, go ahead, put some soup on, grab a throw and cozy up with a good book! The weather demands it!


Books and the Afterlife September 10, 2013

Posted by carol in First Novel, Movies, Thoughtful Ramblings, Uncategorized.
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I just finished reading Jason Mott’s brand-new debut novel, The Returned. In this book, Jacob Hargrave, who died on his eighth birthday in 1966, arrives on his parent’s doorstep fifty years later, unaged, and very much alive! Now elderly, his parents, Harold and Lucille Hargrave, aren’t sure what to believe about the return of their young son. As people’s loved ones all around the world begin to come back from the “beyond,” the reemergence of these “Returned” brings out both the best and the worst in the living.

I just cannot stop thinking about this novel. Isn’t that the sign of a good book? Apparently, Brad Pitt’s production company was impressed as well. The Returned has already been optioned to be made into a film! Now is your chance to read it before you see it!


Want more books that speculate on the afterlife? Here are some others I’ve enjoyed:

A Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

The Mercy of Thin Air by Ronlyn Domingue

This Body by Laurel Doud

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Hope you find one of these to your liking! I for one think that finding a good book is just heavenly!


Life is Sweet! September 4, 2013

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Labor Day marked the unofficial end of Summer. We rested on Labor Day (or gardened or picnicked!) and now everyone is back in school, back to work, and back to running around like the busy bees we are!

Speaking of “bees,” did you know that September is National Honey Month? How Sweet!

National Honey Month was started in 1989 to promote US beekeeping and to promote honey as a natural sweetener.

To make one pound of honey, 2 million flowers are tapped! A worker honey bee makes only 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime! Can you believe it? Also, honey has been around since before the dawn of humanity. Some of the earliest references to honey can be found in paintings on cave walls in Spain and Greece.

You can read more fun facts about National Honey Month, honey and bees, and find delicious recipes at the National Honey Board’s website here: http://www.honey.com/

I can tell you how much I like honey, but I’ll just leave you with a quote instead from an expert on the subject. Until next time, enjoy this sweet life.


“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.”   ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Latest Additions May 13, 2013

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What? It’s Monday -already? Well, I hope at least everyone had a fun-filled weekend with plenty of cake and ice cream and all sorts of good stuff for the moms out there! But maybe you’d like those happy weekend feelings to continue…? In which case, you’re in luck! Here come some extra special treats -books that have been newly added to The Reading Room by our very own staff members!

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer
The Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edmund De Waal
Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray

And these gifts -from us to you? They’re all 100% calorie free! How sweet is that?! …Enjoy!

— Stacey

Celebrate good libraries – come on! April 15, 2013

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There’s a party going on right here, a celebration to last throughout… the week. Ok, I’ll stop with the Kool and the Gang, but it is National Library Week and a good time to celebrate all of our wonderful libraries!  Here at Rocky River we are asking for reasons why you love your library – fill out a entry slip and you’ll not only be spreading the love but you’ll have a chance to win a Books-A-Million gift card! Entry slips and box are at the Reference Desk.


Paul Harvey February 25, 2013

Posted by Emma in Non-Fiction, Uncategorized.
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Paul Harvey

paul harvey

 A Quintessential American Radio Commentator

September 4, 1918 – February 28, 2009

I was again reminded of the amazing talent of Paul Harvey during a NFL Super Bowl XLVII commercial a few weeks ago. In 1978, Mr. Havey gave a “So God Made a Farmer”  speech at the National Future Farmers of America Convention. At this year’s Super Bowl part of that speech was included in the Dodge Ram’s commercial. (www.paulharvey.com) Paul Harvey Jr. suggested that “it appears Dad has been eager to return to the microphone”.

I always looked forward to Paul Harvey’s nationally syndicated radio news program that began with “Hello, America. This is Paul Harvey. Stand by … for news.” In addition to news, “The Rest of the Story” was another staple of his broadcasts. Each amusing story had a unique twist. The following books are available at RRPL: Paul Harvey For What it’s Worth, Paul Harvey’s the Rest of the Story, and More of Paul Harvey’s the Rest of the Story.



FDR’S Executive Order 9066 – February 19, 1942 February 19, 2013

Posted by Emma in Non-Fiction, Uncategorized.
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71 years ago

After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, many people in the government viewed people of Japanese descent as potentially dangerous and disloyal. Consequently on February 19, 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 which eventually forced some 110,00 Japanese Americans living on the Pacific coast to be moved to ten relocation camps in remote areas of the country.

They were finally allowed to return to their homes on January 2, 1945.

The Library’s “Reading Room” at  http://readingroom.rrpl.org/ offers titles reviewed by library staff relating the stories of people who experienced life as a Japanese-American in an internment camp.


Happy Hedgehog (?) Day February 2, 2013

Posted by Emma in Non-Fiction, Uncategorized.
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Celebrate the hedgehog!

Long before the first Groundhog Day (February 2, 1887), the ancient Romans observed whether or not a hedgehog emerging from hibernation could see its shadow in the moonlight. If it could, six more weeks of winter were expected. The Germans, Pennsylvania’s earliest settlers, brought the tradition to the United States with them relying instead on groundhogs for the weather forecast. Hopefully Punxsutawney Phil will not see his shadow and we can hope for an early spring.


Happy 2013 to All! January 1, 2013

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This year? I resolve to enjoy the good things more -like reading!!

Happy New Year’s Everyone!

— Stacey


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