Your Library Staff at Home – Parenting While Working from Home – For a novice by a novice

The days are quickly rolling into weeks and still, even without barely any plans, time gets away from me. Working from home has always sounded so appealing and after years of hearing from my friends working in the private sector talk about working from home, I’m giving it a try.

Thankfully the internet and social media are full of ideas to attempt to keep the little ones busy while many of us try to work from home. Read-along books through library apps like Libby and Hoopla are my reduced guilt screen time go-to when I need to get some work done. Like right now.

Read-along ebooks for kids include the text, pictures, and a narrator that highlights the words as they read. You can search the Libby and Hoopla apps with the keyword “read along” to see all of the available titles. Hoopla really takes the cake in this situation though because their licensing model allows instant access to all titles in their catalog.

So next time you need to entertain your young child while you sit in on a Zoom meeting, whip out that tablet and put our library apps to work.


Beth’s Top Titles of 2019

As a librarian it’s so nice to spend my days inside the library fully immersed in pleasure reading all day. I sit by the window and listen to the birds sing as I read the most delightful literary pros while sipping my coffee, and hearing the soft brushing of books being…wait a minute! That’s not what I do at work all day. No, no. Rest assured, I spend my work hours doing practically no pleasure reading. I save all of my leisure reading for my abundance of free time that comes with being a mom and working full-time outside the home.

This year, last year, and probably at least another year before my youngster is reading on her own, the majority of my leisure reading takes place during the bedtime routine. The good news is we have access to thousands of amazing picture books through the library so everyone involved in reading the juvenile literature can truly enjoy the experience.

Admittedly, the majority of my personal reading time these days is via audio-book and takes place commuting from one obligation to the next. I spent a lot of time listening and reading to the titles in high demand by patrons this year. Some of them were lovely, and others I just didn’t care for as much. The titles I find myself recommending over and over again range from memoirs to children’s picture books.

Here are the titles with links to our catalog so you can easily request them for yourself:

Winter Reading Bingo is here!

Join us for our second year of Winter Reading Bingo here at Rocky River Public Library! Choose from the three different bingo boards below to find the board that works best for you. Earn a raffle ticket for every bingo you complete (horizontal, vertical, diagonal). Use our Beanstack website to log what you’re reading: You can complete the bingo cards from December – February.

August Playlist

We’ve hit that back to school season and the suffocating heat has worn off. That isn’t going to stop us from embracing the perfect weather for afternoon picnics, or combing the shores of Lake Erie for beach glass. Here are the tunes that are helping us make the most of this prime forecast.

July Playlist

Here’s what we have been listening to this July. If you haven’t checked out Omoiyari by Kishi Bashi yet, do yourself a favor and place the album on hold today. You can find it in our catalog by clicking the artwork with the birds above.