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Who Rules Game of Thrones? July 14, 2017

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got-bannerMany of us here at the library are shall I say….slightly, just a little bit – ah, who am I kidding, REALLY into George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series. Some of us have read the books, some just have watched the show, but cries of  “Can you believe that Red Wedding?” or “Wow, that Cersei is ice cold!” have been heard around the water cooler.

I don’t know if the popularity is due to the medieval setting, the dragons or the crazy complicated plots, but I do know that the complex characters are one facet that we all love to dissect. So we’ve decided to share our favorites and include a poll so you can join the fun!

Chanel: My favorite characters from the Game of Thrones series are both Daenerys Targaryen and Arya Stark. Both of these ladies are strong female characters who have overcome obstacles placed upon them at a very young age due to their sex and family tragedy. I admire the fact that they are both survivors who fight hard to survive and will not let anything or anyone hinder them from their goals. They are, in my opinion the Wonder Women of Westeros!

TrentArya Stark: I respect Arya as she drives her own narrative.  She is not controlled or manipulated by others, but instead chooses a path and lets no obstacle prevent her from moving indomitably forward towards her goal.  Arya exudes those hard-to-define-but-you-know-them-when-you-see-them qualities –  moxie, pluck, and chutzpah.

Laura: My favorite character is Jon Snow. Jon is the bastard son of Eddard Stark and was raised at the castle Winterfell, the ancestral seat of House Stark and he is unaware of the identity of his mother. Jon is described as having the “Stark look”, long face, grey eyes and a lean build. Lady Catelyn Stark, Eddard’s wife, views Jon with an icy scorn as he is a constant reminder of her husband’s infidelity but Jon develops a warm and loving relationship with his half-siblings especially the tom-boy Arya (who resembles Jon and like him feels she does not fit in.)

Jon adopts the direwolf Ghost and takes him north to join the Night’s Watch while the rest of the Stark family heads south to face all kinds of turmoil. Jon is loyal, perceptive, strong and brave. I hope he makes it to the end!

Dori: There are so many juicy characters but I have to say that Tyrion Lannister fascinates me. He’s whip smart, both emotionally and intellectually, and because he’s always been persecuted within his family and in the outside world because of his dwarfism, he feels at home with the lower classes, the outcasts and the underdogs. He usually finds his way to what is ‘right’, even if the journey is a little twisted. And he’s still around – they haven’t managed to kill him off!

Megan: The world of Game of Thrones is full of characters we love and even more who we love to hate. It’s easy to love Jon Snow and Daenarys Targaryen. It’s also easy to despise Cersei Lannister and Joffrey Bannister. Some of my favorite characters are the ones who manage to stay good and true, despite the constant turmoil. Yes, Jon Snow is good and true and swoonworthy, but what about Samwell Tarly? I love how kind, loyal, and insightful he is. That description is also fitting for Brienne of Tarth. For me one of the best things about this series is the abundance of powerful women. I always find myself rooting for Arya and Sansa and Daenarys. How’s that for picking a favorite character? I had to take the easy way out and name them all!

Matt presents a haiku:
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With finger bones close in pouch
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George R. R. Martin Recommends… July 6, 2017

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Game of Thrones Season 7 premieres on July 16, 2017, and we’re pumped.

So you’ve read the all books, binge-watched seasons 1 – 6, and formed attachments to (some of) the characters. What next? Why not try reading a recent title recommended by GoT author George R. R. Martin himself?

Follow the links to get these recommendations in print, audio, eBook, and eAudiobook from RRPL.

Happy reading!

Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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What Martin said: “The main narrator, an alcoholic who is slowly falling apart, is especially well drawn. It’s a strong story, with a great sense of time and place, and one that had me from start to finish.”

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

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What Martin said: “Larson is a journalist who writes non-fiction books that read like novels, real page-turners. This one is no exception. I had known a lot about the Titanic but little about the Lusitania. This filled in those gaps. Larson’s masterpiece remains THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY, but this one is pretty darned good too. Thoroughly engrossing.”

Armada by Ernest Cline

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What Martin said: “I read an ARC of the long-awaited new novel from Ernie Cline of READY PLAYER ONE fame. ARMADA, like READY PLAYER ONE, is a paean to the video games of a bygone era, and is a tremendous amount of fun for anyone who remembers that time and played those games. (Those who did not may find it incomprehensible, admittedly). Hugely entertaining… though it does make me wonder if we’ll ever see Ernie write something that isn’t about video games. He’s a talented guy, and I am sure that anything he writes would be terrific.”

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Latest Editions! July 5, 2017

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Here are the newest additions to The Reading Room. Use the links to see reviews and  book descriptions.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

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In Farleigh Field: A Novel by Rhys Bowen

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Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

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New Boy: A Novel by Tracy Chevalier

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News of the World by Paulette Jiles

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Rebel Queen: A Novel

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The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty

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The Finishing School: A Novel by Joanna Goodman

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The Fire by Night by Teresa Messineo

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The Hollywood Daughter by Kate Alcott

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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

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Here’s what we’re reading now… June 30, 2017

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I Found You: A Novel by Lisa Jewell

I Found You by Lisa Jewell

Sara- Single mom, Alice Lake finds a man sitting on the cold, rainy beach outside her house.  He has no name, no jacket and no memory;  she lets him in.  Who is he, and is anyone looking for him?  An interesting read with likable characters that kept me guessing.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Emma- This is the story of Paul Kalanithi, who at 36 years old, had nearly completed his residency in neurosurgery when he was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. As physician and patient he faced his death head on with the loving support of his wife and family. An inspirational moving memoir.

The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

Beth-  We are introduced to Isabel Spellman, private investigator. Following in her parent’s footsteps, Izzy can’t help but run background checks on every potential suitor she meets, usually causing some trust issues early in her relationships.  This funny, engaging story unfolds the wacky world of the Spellman family, leaving the reader craving more.

 

 

The Hours Count: A Novel June 24, 2017

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Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed in June 1953 as “atom spies”. They were the only Americans executed for espionage during the Cold War. In the novel fictional characters Ed and Millie Stein were neighbors of the Rosenberg’s. Ethel, Julius, and Ed were members of the Communist party. This compelling novel combines facts about the Rosenberg’s with fictional neighbors and friends.

~Emma

Happy Father’s Day! June 17, 2017

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The idea of Father’s Day was publicly supported by President Calvin Coolidge in 1924, but was not presidentially proclaimed until 1966. It was assured of annual recognition by

PL 92-278 in April 1972.

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(It’s interesting to note that in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. Father’s Day became a celebration 58 years later.)

 

~Emma

June is Audiobook Appreciation Month June 14, 2017

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You are welcome to enjoy the wide variety of audio options available through Rocky River Public Library including books on cd and digital content available through Overdrive and Hoopla.

Check us out at http://www.rrpl.org.

 

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~Emma

Orwell’s 1984 published June 8, 2017

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Orwell’s 1984 was published on June 8, 1949 in England by Secker & Warburg. The novel was set in the superstate of Oceania and Big Brother was introduced.

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From the original review in the New York Times:

Nineteen Eighty-Four is a work of pure horror, and its horror is

crushingly immediate.”

 

~Emma

Author/Illustrator Richard Scarry June 1, 2017

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Author and illustrator of more than 250 children’s books, Richard Scarry was born on June 5, 1919.  I remember reading his books and watching his videos when our son was a little boy. Join Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm as they visit the library in Busytown.

(refrain) At the library, the library, you can find any book from A to Z.

At the library, the library, there are books for you and me.

I AGREE – Emma

Fun on Memorial Day Weekend May 25, 2017

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Memorial Day is a U.S. federal holiday currently observed every year on the last Monday of May. It originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War and it was established as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers. Eventually the holiday was extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.

It also marks the start of the unofficial summer vacation season and results in a 3 day weekend for many lucky Americans!

What kind of fun will you be up to this holiday? If you aren’t sure yet and are looking for things to do, here’s a list of area activities happening this Memorial Day Weekend:

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FESTIVALS:

Berea’s National Rib Cook-Off: May 26 to 29 at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds

Blossom Time: May 25 to May 28, in and around downtown Chagrin Falls

Day Out with Thomas (Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad): Friday-Sunday May 26-28, Departs from Boston Mills – Brandywine Ski Resort 7100 Riverview Road, Peninsula

Flats East Bank Taste of Summer: Old River Road,Flats East Bank, Friday, May 26, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday, May 27, noon – 10 p.m., Sunday, May 28, noon – 10 p.m.

Tremont Greek Festival: May 26 to 29, corner of West 14th and Fairfield in Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland

PARADES AND CEREMONIES:

Avon Lake: Monday, May 29, 10 a.m. – noon, Veteran’s Memorial Park.

Bay Village: Memorial Day Parade, May 30 at 8:450 a.m. from Huntington Park.

Brecksville: Monday, May 29, 10:30 a.m. parade begins at City Hall.

Cleveland, Riverside Cemetery:  Monday, May 29, 9:30 a.m.

Cleveland Heights: Monday, May 29, 10:30 am at the Veterans Memorial in Cumberland Park

Fairview Park: ceremony, 8 a.m., Fairview Park City Hall, parade 9:00 a.m. from Corrigan Craciun Funeral Home, West 208 Street and Lorain Road

Hudson: American Legion Family Memorial Day Parade will step off at 10:00 am from Milford Rd.

Independence: parade, 9 a.m.

Medina: Friday, May 20, 7:30 p.m., Candlelight Vigil, town square

Lake View Cemetery:  Monday, May 29, 10:30 a.m. at the Garfield Memorial

North Ridgeville:  Monday, May 29, parade begins at 9:45 AM from the Marc’s parking lot and will end at the Middle School Ranger Stadium with a ceremony to follow at the stadium

Westlake: Monday, May 29, 10 a.m. from Sts. Peter & George Coptic Orthodox Church to Clague Park.

Whatever you end up doing, I hope you enjoy it!

                                                                       ~Carol