Your Library Staff at Home -How about a Philip Seymour Hoffman Binge?

I’m going to generalize here and say that you’ve probably watched a fair amount of TV/movies lately. We all have. If you’re looking to expand your viewing beyond private tiger owners, may I suggest you join me on a Philip Seymour Hoffman binge?

Why Philip Seymour Hoffman?

Why not?

PSH, as I shall refer to him from here, generally plays an addled, yet intriguing character. Not necessarily the protagonist of a fairy tale, but always committed to breathing life into his roles.

Lucky for you, Hoopla has 8 titles featuring PSH you can stream for free with your RRPL library card, including one of my favorites Before the Devil Knows Your Dead. I’ll link them below.

What’s your favorite PSH role?

Your Library Staff at Home— Picture Books

This month we received The Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt De La Pena and illustrated by Christian Robinson through our Imagination Library subscription.  This vibrantly illustrated children’s book tells the story of a young boy on a bus ride with his grandmother from church to the soup kitchen where they volunteer.   Along their journey they encounter many different types of people and the little boy grows to appreciate the beauty in the diversity of the world.

I’ve used this as an opportunity to divert from our current narrow scope of Paw Patrol and Disney Princesses.  Here are a few picture books I’ve added to our quarantine reading list to add a little more cultural diversity to our current confines.

Your Library at Home – Music to Brighten Your Mood

We recently introduced a new music streaming service available with your RRPL card called Freegal. Freegal gives you access to 3 HOURS OF FREE STREAMING MUSIC A DAY! Don’t know where to begin with Freegal? Check out a few of these playlists:

I hope these playlists help you discover the vast catalog available to you in Freegal with your library card.


Your Library Staff at Home — Music for Dancing around the House

One of the small ways I’ve found some joy lately is to overindulge in catchy old jams. Thanks to Hoopla, I’ve been able to load up my phone and take the party anywhere in my house or yard. Check out some artists and albums I’ve had in the rotation:

You’ll need your Clevnet library card information to initially create a Hoopla account. You can sign up for an instant digital Clevnet card here. We have also started staffing the library phone line Monday-Friday 11 am-2pm so give us a call if you have any questions.

What songs have been bringing you joy? Let me know in the comments.


Your Library Staff at Home – Keeping the young kid(s) busy while working from home

This week we had the opportunity to enjoy some happy mail for the little one, and it continues to bring us joy and engagement while trying to get some of my work tasks completed. Our happy mail included a care package from Grandma, a book from the Imagination Library and Highlights Magazine.

The care package from grandma included Easter candy and goodies, plus some very helpful handcrafted cloth masks for our little family to wear when we need to make essential runs.

My daughter also received her second book from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a copy of Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit and we were thrilled to add this classic to our collection. The Imagination Library is such an important resource in expanding access to books for young children. Participating communities are eligible to sign up children ages 0-5 to receive free books monthly. According the the Department of Education:

Data from the NAEP also show that students who report having more books in their homes performed better academically. Specifically, while less than 15 percent of students with between 0 and 10 books scored proficient in 2015, 50 percent of students with more than 100 books did. The data and research are clear – children who have access to print reading materials have better literacy outcomes.

The final piece of happy mail we received to help us pass the time this week was the April edition of Highlights Magazine. The coloring pages, photo hunts, and simple stories are proving to be an excellent resource to keep an eager-to-learn 4 year-old busy while I get work done.

Good health to you and yours,


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.