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First comes a Debate, Second comes a book! September 26, 2016

Posted by Gina in Audio, Biographies, eAudio, New Books, Non-Fiction, Uncategorized.
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Like many Americans, you may be planning to watch the first Presidential Debate tonight at 9pm between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. After all the dust has cleared, come check out the Biography section here in the library to read about the past presidents. Browse the New Nonfiction displays, I think I see a new book about Clinton and Trump every week! There are many titles on Audiobooks, the OverDrive, and Hoopla applications in case you would rather listen than read.

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Happy Birthday George! September 20, 2016

Posted by Gina in Fantasy, Science Fiction, Uncategorized.
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Today is author George R. R. Martin’s birthday! Commonly known for his (still in progress) book series Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin has a long list of books including the Dreamsongs series, Hedge Knight series, Game of Thrones comic books and graphic novels, and the contribution to the Wild Cards series.

Grab one of his books in the Science Fiction and Fantasy section at the library and celebrate what amazing talent was born on this day, 68 years ago!

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Cozy up to the Bonfire! September 15, 2016

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Tonight seems like it might be the perfect night for a bonfire! One of the good things when the change from summer to fall happens. Reading a book next to a bonfire is good too. Stop by the library tomorrow to grap a book from the New Fiction, Romance, Mystery or SciFi/ Fantasy displays. We still have the Recommended by your Neighbors display, check out what favorites were read during the Summer Reading Program! Hopefully, tomorrow night is as cool as it is tonight so you can enjoy the evening air! Happy Reading!

-Gina

Latest Additions September 13, 2016

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The cool autumnal air is rolling in and I am loving it!  There are many reasons that I love this season, and this past weekend was certainly at the top of the list.  My husband and I hosted our first ever clambake.  If you’ve never been to a clambake, I’m sorry.

A fall clambake in Cleveland generally consists of close friends and family, a very large steamer pot packed with bags of clams, sweet potatoes, corn on the cob, and unpredictable weather.  It’s all part of the fun.  Part of a successful clambake is only inviting your closest of relations so they know your hosting style and don’t expect adequate tables, or dry seating.

We learned a lot this year, and will be spending the next 20+ years perfecting our clambaking craft.  While we were steaming clams, we may  have also been tossing around some reading suggestions.  Here are some suggestions you could pass along to your guests at your next social gathering:

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Happy reading!

Beth

 

We’re Going -Outside the Lines! September 12, 2016

Posted by stacey in Outside the Lines, Thoughtful Ramblings.
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Are you ready to see library staff-outside the library?! We’re coming to *you* this week while we participate in Outside the Lines, a nation-wide program that celebrates the creativity and innovation happening in libraries.

If you want to catch up with us this week, you’ll find us in a variety of places throughout the city. We’ll be looking for people reading -and that might win you a small reward!- at random times and places during the day. We’ll be asking you to stop by the Rocky River Senior Center (Monday, September 12th from 1:00-1:30) and Mitchell’s ice cream on Detroit Road (Wednesday, September 14th from 2:30-3:00) to talk about what you’re reading, or for suggestions on what you might want to read next! We’ll also be offering a brief walking tour of Rocky River’s historic Old Detroit Road area (Thursday, September 15th at 11:30 in front of Tartine Bistro.)

We look forward to seeing you this week -out and about!

— Stacey

I’d rather Listen! September 9, 2016

Posted by Gina in Audio, eAudio, Music, Thoughtful Ramblings, Uncategorized.
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Are you going on a trip in the car this weekend? What about walking at the park or going hiking? Have you ever thought about taking a book, not to read but to listen to? I have a 5 hour drive to see my parents when I go home for the holidays, so I always stock up on audiobooks. I also try and go on walks at the parks and around my neighborhood. I also use the Hoopla and OverDrive applications on my phone to listen to books. In addition, Hoopla has a variety of music albums that can be listened to.

Come check out the New Audiobook display, or the ones in the general collection here in the library. We have a Playaway collection too.

Need help getting familiar to the Hoopla and OverDrive applications? A staff member at the reference desk can assist you or use the Digital Library page to find instructions for your device.

Have fun reading, or rather listening!

-Gina

 

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month! September 8, 2016

Posted by stacey in National Library Card Month, Thoughtful Ramblings.
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You may have seen this in the paper or in a newsletter already but… just in case:

Nine library systems in Cuyahoga County, including Rocky River Public Library, have teamed up on an initiative to help ensure every child from Pre-K to high school senior in Cuyahoga County owns a library card and takes advantage of the resources that libraries offer.

The initiative, called “A Card for Every Kid,” takes place throughout September to coincide with National Library Card Sign Up Month. It is a cooperative effort among the library systems to raise awareness of the importance of library card ownership for children and teens.

The libraries are encouraging children and teens to sign up for a free library card, and offer one-time fine forgiveness to children and teens who have been blocked from using their library cards because they owe fines. Jamie Mason, director of Rocky River Public Library, is focused on providing library cards to as many children as possible in the new school year. “A library card is the best item any school supply list could include,” Mason said.

Bonus? We have special library cards to celebrate! Come it and check ’em out!

Reading with your BFF!

Reading with your BFF!

What just happened?!

What just happened?!

 

 

 

 

enjoy!
—Stacey

Organize Your Life and Home September 8, 2016

Posted by Gina in Non-Fiction, Uncategorized.
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If you are like me, you can always use new techniques or ideas for organizing your house. Come to the library tonight for the Organizing Your and Home Life program at 7pm. Professional organizer Ann Shenk will be stopping by to present way to help anyone at any stage of organizing. Can’t make it tonight, check out the display of organizational books week have near the Reference Desk or head over to the 648 call numbers to find a variety of books to assist you.

-Gina

Something to (read and) Think About… Religious Fiction September 8, 2016

Posted by stacey in Book Discussion, Book List, Genre Book Discussion, Gentle Read, Religious Fiction.
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Our current genre presents a little more of a challenge than the beach reads (ie pretty much whatever you wanted -no limits!) This discussion featured religious fiction, a book that has religiously-based attitudes, values, or actions as a central feature of the story in any style of story. When you read what people said about their books, you’ll see there’s a pretty interesting variety. Are you ready to find the next book to add to your growing TBR pile?

Megan: Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore, is a hilarious and irreverent accounting of Jesus’ life between the time of his well-documented birth and his famous teachings, miracles, and ultimate sacrifice as an adult. Jesus’ best buddy Biff tells all, revealing all sorts of adventures and high jinx. Fans of Moore will recognize his satirical humor and well-placed bawdy joke.

Carol: The winner of several awards for Christian fiction, Dear Mr. Knightley, Katherine Reay’s 2014 debut novel, is jam-packed with Jane Austen references and is based on the 1912 novel Daddy-Long-Legs. Samantha Moore receives a grant from a mysterious benefactor to receive her Masters’ degree with the caveat that she write him letters telling him how she is doing at the school. Sam uses the correspondence to this anonymous “Mr. Knightley” as a means to escape her unfulfilling life—revealing to him alone what she truly feels. “Sam” is naive, innocent, and flawed, but finds that with guidance from some new friends, including the single, handsome writer Alex Powell, she might not mess up her one chance at a new life.

Beth: Michael Perry’s The Jesus Cow is a satirical take on small town life in middle America. When Swivel’s own born and raised, Harvey Jackson discovers the face of Jesus Christ on his calf, he tries his darndest to ignore it. Soon the secret gets out and his small town farm turns into a national destination. This blasphemous tale of false idols is light hearted and enjoyable.

Steve: Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns is the heartbreaking tale of two women, Mariam and Laila, who, through tragic circumstances, end up the wives of the sadistic Rasheed. They come to rely on each other and form a surprising bond as they help each other survive in the brutal household in this moving story that spans three decades, beginning with the turbulent 1970s in Afghanistan.

Sara: I read The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. This is historical biblical fiction based on the life of Dinah, the only daughter of Jacob. Jacob is well known for having 12 sons, the youngest and most famous being Joseph, abandoned by his brothers but going on to rule Egypt. Dinah is mentioned in only one chapter of the Bible as the daughter who is defiled by a prince of Shechem and avenged by her brothers. This story tells of Dinah’s life as girl living in a world where her father and grandfather have multiple wives, and women are seen as property and breeding stock. Dinah grows up with her mothers and aunts, learning about life and dreaming about love while sitting in the red tent where women went during their times of impurity in keeping with Jewish law. This was an interesting look into what the life of a woman of her times could have been like.

Gina: In William Paul Young’s The Shack, Mack returns to the Shack. This old abandoned building was the last location that Mack’s youngest daughter was thought to have been when she was abducted from a nearby camping grounds in Oregon during a family vacation. Mack was intrigued by a note he received in the mail to return to the shack, addressed by God. In this visit, Mack meets all three forms of God, gets understanding of life’s mysteries and finds peace. If you have ever wanted to have a deep meaningful conversation with God, this is the book for you as it was for me.

Emma: In Cynthia Ruchti’s As Waters Gone By, Max and Emmalyn Ross bought a cottage on Madeline Island in Lake Superior 8 years ago. Currently Max is serving a 5-year prison term for seriously injuring a man when he drove drunk into a fertility clinic. In order to pay Max’s legal fees, Emmalyn had to sell their home and move to the island. She plans to restore the cottage and hopes to restore her soul. The good neighbors on Madeline Island play an important role in helping her achieve her goals. This Christy Award finalist in contemporary fiction is a short sweet happily-ever-after book.

Dori: In Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah, 16-year-old Amal decides to start wearing the hijab full-time to school to embrace her faith, but she’s worried about everyone’s reaction. She knows she can count on her best friends, but what will the teachers, her parents and handsome Adam think? Set in Australia, this young adult novel helps to explain why young women would choose to wear the hijab and also deals with prejudice and fear. It also does a great job of explaining that Muslim people are as different, or as alike, as everyone else. Amal is a fully realized character; she’s smart, funny, and charming and you will want to see how she and her friends succeed in negotiating our tricky world.

Stacey: The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff starts with an unnamed woman visiting a recently opened exhibit “Two Hundred of Circus Magic” at the Petit Palais in Paris. She’s checking for a message from the past, hoping to find out what happened to her dearest friend when they were separated by tragic circumstances during World War II. Both women face persecution based on religious beliefs and are aware they must hide important elements of who they are in order to survive. With plenty of historical details and changing relationships, this could be a good book choice for your next book discussion.

For our next genre discussion? We will *not* be lightening the mood -at all. Next up is literary fiction defined by an inventive, rich, demanding, multi-layered, experimental, or technical virtuosity writing style. The focus is more on character than plot and will prompt a high degree of interaction between reader and book. And so -let the search begin!

enjoy!
Stacey

Happy Labor Day! September 2, 2016

Posted by Gina in Thoughtful Ramblings, Uncategorized.
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Do you know why we celebrate Labor Day? Growing up, it was an extra day off of school and a time for family parties. Labor Day was first observed on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City. Twelve years later President Grover Cleveland signed into law that the first Monday in September was designated a legal holiday for federal employees. For most, it may be extra day to be with family and friends, but it can also be time to finish reading a summer book or catch up on T.V. shows before the fall season begins. Regardless the reason, come on into the library and grab a book to read or a T.V. show to watch. Remember, RRPL will be closed Sunday and Monday in observance of Labor Day but back to the usual fall schedule Tuesday at 9am.

-Gina