Imagine Your Story – Adult and Teen Events @RRPL


This is a busy week at the library and, looking outside at the weather, a great week to participate in one of our many virtual offerings.

You can also still participate in Summer Reading! Grab a book, an audiobook or an e-book and earn a chance to get a gift card to a Rocky River restaurant! Sign up at Beanstack or call us to register! You can enter to win gift cards to Bomba, Danny Boys, Herb’s Tavern, Joe’s Deli, King Wah, Wine Bar, and the Rocky River Brewing Company. For additional information, check out our Summer Reading Flyer.

Weeklong Event: Paint a Stone – All Ages
Share an inspiring thought, kind word or just something colorful in our garden. Paint a rock at home and set it in the garden outside the library. Melisa from the Children’s Services will share a video on how to make a stone painting on June 15. Spend the week sharing your creations! 

Dream Colleges: Admissions and Financial Aid – Teens and Guardians
Tuesday, June 23, 7:00-8:30 pm
The college admissions and financial aid process can be stressful in the best of times, and there’s a lot to think about! Happily, the experts at The Princeton Review are to support you. Come learn the key elements of the admissions process and what to think about to reduce stress and increase success. This session will also cover changes and issues to consider for this very unusual era in admissions. Register here.

History Talks: Artists in Residence
Wednesday, June 24th, 7:00-8:00 pm
Come learn more about our area’s rich artistic history!
During this virtual presentation Leslie Cade, Director of Museum Archives at the Cleveland Museum of Art, will present Artists in Residence: Researching Local Artists at the Cleveland Museum of Art Archives.
Register and you will be emailed an invitation to join this virtual event. Registration required.

Smartphone Videomaking – Teens & Adults
Thursday, June 25: (apps, editing, how to share), 7:30-8:30 pm
Bring your smartphone (any device) and learn how to write, shoot, and edit your video all from your phone with TV producer Hollie Brubaker. Be prepared with a full battery, storage space for new apps on your device, and an idea inspired by Rocky River. Each participant will be encouraged to share their work at our River of Stories event the week of July 21-27. Adults and Teens welcome. Register and you will be emailed an invitation to join this virtual event. Registration required. 

Imagine Your Story: Rocky River Story Writing Workshops
Saturday, June 27, 2:00-3:00 pm
Explore place-based writing in this special virtual writing workshop series presented by Christine Howey of Literary Cleveland. You’ll use Rocky River as inspiration for your work and gain tips on crafting a piece well-suited for oral storytelling. Each participant will be encouraged to share their videos at our River of Stories event the week of July 21-27. Register and you will be emailed an invitation to join this virtual event. Registration required.

Check out the Information Kiosk in front of the library for more information, including Summer Reading, Summer Events and Summer Reading Slips. Return those Summer Reading Slips to our new Summer Reading Mailbox right outside our door.

Hope to see you soon and Happy Reading!

~ Dori

Imagine Your Story – Adult and Teen Events @RRPL


Summer Reading continues! Sign up at Beanstack or call us to register! You can enter to win gift cards to Bomba, Danny Boys, Herb’s Tavern, Joe’s Deli, King Wah, Wine Bar, and the Rocky River Brewing Company. For additional information, check out our Summer Reading Flyer.

Monday, June 15-Saturday, June 20 
You, too, can be Jack in the Beanstalk. Register for a kit to take home and make your own seedball that will take you to the sky! You’ll also receive a Nature Scavenger Hunt that you can complete in your neighborhood or a nearby park. Instructions and materials included. Registration has ended but there are a few kits left that you can request if you call the Adult Services Desk.

Wednesday, June 17 
Few things are as defeating as sitting down to relax and watch something, only to realize you’ve squandered 30 minutes trying to make a choice. Let us ease you of this burden, at least briefly, as we take a few minutes of your time to talk up a topical and compelling documentary available through our streaming service, Kanopy. Check out our YouTube page as Beth and Mary discuss the movie The Stories We Tell, in our new monthly feature, Streaming Stories

Wednesday, June 17
The Cleveland Cookie Dough Company will be at Rocky River Public Library again. Order online before the event at Cleveland Cookie Dough Company’s website or at the truck the day of. Enjoy a delicious treat after you return your items at the book drop or as you take a stroll along our Story Walk!

Thursday, June 18  
The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg  
This collection of darkly mischievous stories based on classic fairy tales is adapted from the beloved “Children’s Stories Made Horrific” series. Sinister and inviting, familiar and alien all at the same time, The Merry Spinster updates traditional children’s stories and fairy tales with elements of psychological horror, emotional clarity, and a keen sense of feminist mischief. Register with your email address to receive discussion questions for The Merry Spinster and a curated list of read-alike titles. Registration required. 

Saturday, June 20 
Sign-up to pick up a kit to make your own ceramic piece of art! Our Cowan Curator will provide instructions and supplies to make your own air-dry tile along with a brochure on the history of the Cowan Pottery Studio’s tile production. Registration required.  

Check out the Information Kiosk in front of the library for more as well as Adult Summer Reading Slips.

Happy Reading!

~ Dori

Imagine Your Story – Adult and Teen Events @RRPL

WEEK OF JUNE 8, 2020

Here’s what’s happening for adults & teens at RRPL this week!

Summer Reading begins! Sign up at Beanstack or call us to register! For additional information, check out our Summer Reading Flyer.

MANNA FOOD TRUCK | All Ages | Wednesday, June 10, 5-7 pm
Library Front Lawn Enjoy dinner from Manna Food Truck while you picnic on the lawn. Order online before the event from the link in our event calendar or at the truck the day of.

SMARTPHONE VIDEOMAKING | Adults & Teens | Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
June 11: (apps, writing, shooting) and June 25: (apps, editing, how to share)
Bring your smartphone (any device) and learn how to write, shoot, and edit your video all from your phone with TV producer Hollie Brubaker. Be prepared with a full battery, storage space for new apps on your device, and an idea inspired by Rocky River. Each participant will be encouraged to share their work at our River of Stories event the week of July 21-27. Adults and Teens welcome. Register and you will be emailed an invitation to join this virtual event. Registration required.

MEET THE AUTHOR: ABBY L. VANDIVER | Adults | Thursday, June 11, 6:30 pm
Abby L. Vandiver will talk about her recently published book, A Deadly Inside Scoop, first in her new series, An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery, published by Penguin Berkley. Hear her exciting journey from lawyer, to successful self-published Amazon #1 bestselling author, to Penguin published
author! Register and you will be emailed an invitation to join this virtual event. Registration required.

Check out the Information Kiosk in front of the library for more information, including Summer Reading, Summer Events and Summer Reading Slips.

Happy Reading!

~ Dori

Imagine Your Story This Summer @RRPL

We have something for everyone this summer! Our theme is IMAGINE YOUR STORY and includes events and summer reading for all ages. From creating costumes for RiverCon to Smartphone Video and Writing classes inspired by Rocky River to weekly giveaways to inspire your outdoor activities, we’ve been planning for you.

Summer reading begins June 6 with our RiverCon Kit, Teen Book Kit, Children’s Summer Reading Kit, and Adult Summer Reading slips/postcard pickup. See our online calendar to register for the RiverCon and Teen Book Kits. For the Chidren’s kit, see the calendar for open times to pick up your kits. Adults can attend on Saturday the 6th to pick up Summer Reading slips and to get a lovely Rocky River postcard to mail to a friend. They can also call the Reference Desk and we’ll get slips to you through curbside pickup.

All ages will be using our new online reading log, Beanstack. Beanstack’s user friendly interface and convenient mobile app allow you to participate in our summer reading program from wherever you are. Create an account for yourself or one for your whole family.  

Once you have created your account, click “add a reader” and then enter the information for yourself and each family member.  Based on age, different readers will have access to their age appropriate reading program. Register each reader for the appropriate reading challenge and start logging books today!


Sign up to receive a Summer Reading starter kit that includes a new book, candy, library swag, and a summer reading board.  Choose from: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, or Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page. Starter kits will be distributed beginning Saturday, June 6 once you register for your kit online. Quantities are limited to the first 100 requests. 

Summer reading will take place using Beanstack. Teens will get tickets for earning badges and automatically earn a ticket for signing up and another for completion. They will also earn a badge for every book read, up to 10 books, and for every activity completed. Tickets can be entered into the raffle of their choice: $25 gift cards to Mitchells, Starbucks, Panera, Danny Boys, Dollar Tree, Books-a-Million, Immortals, Inc., and Gamestop. 


Adults have options when it comes to Summer Reading this year! For every book read, participants can ‘log a book’ on Beanstack, call the Reference Desk so staff can fill out a paper slip, or drop off a paper slip at the library in our Summer Reading mailbox. You can pick up paper slips using our curbside service. Every entry is eligible to receive one ‘virtual’ ticket, and each ticket can be submitted to earn one of seven raffle prize packs. This year’s prize packs feature $50 gift cards to Joe’s Deli, Bomba, Danny Boys, Herb’s Tavern, King Wah, Rocky River Brewing Company, and Wine Bar. Participants can also visit the library’s curbside service to request a free Rocky River postcard while supplies last.  

Keep an eye on our calendar, our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages and right here on our blog for info about upcoming events and programs at RRPL for Adults and Teens.

June 1-6:

Wednesday, June 3, 3:30 p.m.  
Due to popular demand we’ve added another virtual book club session! Join us in Google Hangouts for a discussion of the book Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder. This title is available in Hoopla as an audiobook and ebook. We will send an invitation to the event via email closer to the day of the event. 

Thursday, June 4, 6:30 p.m. 
Join us for a fun night of trivia! Hosted by Cleveland Trivia, you will need to create a Zoom account on your computer or download the app on your phone. Feel free to form teams in advance with your friends or the host will assign teams. Register and you will be emailed an invitation to join this virtual event. Registration required. 

Friday, June 5 
It’s the first Friday of the month and let’s review some books. In June we’ll be reviewing Dads in fiction. Register for this event and you will be emailed a list of titles so that you can jump into that next great read. 

Saturday, June 6- Monday, June 29 
Celebrate comics and fandom with RRPL’s RiverCon @ Home throughout the month of June! Register to reserve your RiverCon @ Home kit that will include materials to make your own recycled comic craft, graphic novel book discussion guides for three select titles (adult, children, and teen), a RiverCon magnet, information on our cosplay contest, and more! Safe and secure pick-up details will be emailed to registrants before the pick-up date of Saturday, June 6th. While supplies last. 

Check out the Rivercon page on our website throughout the month of June for more virtual programming you can enjoy from home including interviews with local comic illustrators and authors, a superhero themed storytime, a community cosplay contest, and downloadable graphic novel discussion guides. 

Saturday, June 6, 2-3 pm 
Gotham may get all the attention, but the heart of comics is really in Cleveland. Join Jeff Karem, a professor of literature at Cleveland State University, for an engaging discussion of the rich history of comics and graphic novelists from Cleveland. Presented as part of our RiverCon schedule. Register and you will be emailed an invitation to join this virtual event. Registration required. 

Everyone has a story to tell ~

~ Dori

Your Library Staff at Home – Back to the Library!

You may have heard that we are starting curbside delivery service at the library next week. We are as excited to get materials to you as you are to receive some new reads, watches and listens.

Here’s how it’s going to work: from the hours of 11-7 Monday through Friday, we will take your phone calls to request items. We will only be able to place items on hold that are owned by Rocky River Public Library; unfortunately, we cannot get items from other librarys until they open. In the meantime, our library is a full of unknown treasures, so explore the catalog. Use the upper left hand filtering option to choose Rocky River Only. Then search away and find something new! We are also always willing to make recommendations if you’re not sure what you’re looking for.

Once you call and ask for the item, you have then have to wait until you are notified with a phone call/email/text telling you that your items are available. Then come to the library, call us and let us know you are here. If you’re in a car, tell us the number of the parking space that you are in. If you’ve walked or biked, let us know – there will be a spot for you to pick those items up as well. All items will be walked out to you by staff with masks on and they will place in the items in the trunk of your car – think Heinen’s or any other curbside pickup service. That’s it!

Speaking of book recommendations, here’s another episode of RRPL Book Harbor – and please send us more at!

Patrick emailed asking for a few book recommendations. He has previously enjoyed The Expanse series, The Boys in the Boat, and Into Thin Air.

Adult Services Associate Sara responded:

Those are some excellent books you’ve chosen!  Since you enjoyed The Expanse series, here are a few other science fiction series that feature the ideas of colonization, adventure, exploration, and conflict between species. You may enjoy: The Shadow Series by Orson Scott Card, start with The Ender’s Shadow. Old Man’s War Universe by John Scalzi, start with Old Man’s War. Since you enjoyed Into Thin Air and Boys in the Boathere are a few other non-fiction titles that are filled with outdoor adventure, teamwork and overcoming adversity.  The Three Year Swim Club: The Untold Story of Maui’s Sugar Ditch Kids and their Quest for Olympic Glory by Julie Checkoway, Wild: Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed and The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon by Kevin Fedarko.

I can’t wait to take your calls and help you get your library materials. Stay safe and stay home between library trips!

~ Dori

Your Library Staff at Home – Making & Crafting

Last week, I interrupted our regularly scheduling blogging with a post about Book Harbor, RRPL’s personalized book recommendation service. Today, I am resuming my deep dive into making & crafting, with a little book recommendation thrown in – it’s a combo offering!

Spring has sprung and I am busy making my garden sing! I have a shady backyard and a sunny front – and I usually alternate years – one year I work a lot on the front – the next, the back. Well, this year it’s been a backyard effort – a shady, woodland type garden filled with a mix of native plants and non-native shade lovers. Last week, I took a trip to Wilmot, Ohio to the Wilderness Center, where I picked up some native plants that I had ordered in advance. I had never heard of the Wilderness Center, until an internet search brought up their plant sale. It’s a lovely area, surrounded by farms and rolling hills. I will definitely make a trip back there to visit their Interpretive Center and trails when things open up again. I bought Pennsylvania Sedge and Black Cohosh for the back garden and milkweed, liatris and rattlesnake master (such a great name) for the front. I’ve lived in my house for almost 25 years and my garden is, and will always be, a work in progress, but I love it.

Of course, there are many books that I’ve consulted about shade gardening because that’s what I do – I’ve got to read everything I can get my hands on before taking action (it’s a fault, I know). Glorious Shade: Dazzling Plants, Design Ideas, and Proven Techniques for Your Shady Garden by Jenny Rose Carey is a really good place to start. Then there’s The New Shade Garden: Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change by Ken Druse, who’s considered an expert on natural gardening, and Designing and Planting a Woodland Garden: Plants and Combinations that Thrive in the Shade by Keith Wiley which packs inspiration into every page.

I’ve also been making food – constantly it seems. I’m a member of Fresh Fork Market and we received chicken backs this week to make stock; so I threw them in a pot with some onions, carrots, celery, garlic and thyme (that I recently planted) and it’s simmering away right now, filling the house with an aroma that’s driving the dog a little crazy – delicious. I like to have to figure out how to cook whatever ends up in my weekly share – to cook seasonally and with whatever you have on hand instead of running to the store. I’ve also been dipping into cookbook/memoirs that I love to revisit. Ruth Reichl’s Save Me the Plums is a memoir of her time after the magazine Gourmet folded, complete with seasonal recipes. Laurie Colwin’s Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen, is filled with reflection and humor. And of course, check out If I Can Cook/You Know God Can: African American Food Memories, Meditations, and Recipes by playwright Ntozake Shange, who weaves together historical/sociological knowledge with personal experience of people, places and food.

Ok – onto Book Harbor! Please send us your requests at

8-year-old Abigail’s favorite books are Harry Potter, the Who Was Series, and A Series of Unfortunate Events. Shannon, one of our talented Adult Reference Librarians, responded:

My first recommendation would be Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede, which is the first book in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles series. It features magic, humor, and strong female characters. A princess decides that she doesn’t want to marry any of the princes who ask for her hand, so she goes to live with the dragons. I loved this series as a kid (and still do!) She could also try Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. It’s a lot like Harry Potter, but with a lot more snark. Artemis Fowl is a 12-year-old genius who kidnaps a fairy for ransom so that he can restore his family’s fortune. Third, she could try The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi,  which is the first book in the Spiderwick Chronicles. In this one, two children go to stay with their great aunt in the countryside and discover a world of fantastical creatures.

Stay safe and stay home!


Your Library Staff at Home – Book Harbor

This week I want to share with you a new personalized book recommendation service that we’ve created at Rocky River Public Library – Book Harbor – a place where you can share 3 items you love – books, movies, TV shows, music, really anything you can think of, and we’ll send back some recommendations chosen by our Library staff, who know a thing or two about books!


Here are two requests we received (the following links lead to Overdrive, our digital book collection):

Aimee loves the books In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel PhilbrickEndurance by Alfred Lansing and In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. Our Teen Librarian and resident true crime and nonfiction aficionado Megan responded:  It looks like you enjoy adventure filled nonfiction!

Sticking with water adventures, I would recommend: River of Doubt by Candice MillardShadow Divers by Robert Kurson. and Adrift by Stephen Callahan.

Because you liked Endurance I would recommend: Endurance: A Year in Space by Scott Kelly and The Adventurer’s Son by Roman Dial.

Finally, if you liked In Cold Blood I would recommend: Furious Hours by Casey Cep, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara, and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. I hope you discover something new from this list!

Julie gave us a list of the following books and authors that she has enjoyed: The Jan Karon Mitford series, Death on Demand Mysteries, and Jamie Beck books.

Emma, who enjoys mysteries, historical fiction and gentle reads, recommended authors Ann B. Ross and Philip Gulley as similar to Jan Karon, Joanne Fluke and Diane Davidson Mott, mystery writers with similar styles as the Death on Demand books, and Kristen Hannah and Mary McNear, both authors similar to Jamie Beck.

I’ll share more requests and our recommendations next week. Please send your requests to and keep them coming because we love to recommend books!

Stay safe and stay home!

~ Dori

Your Library Staff at Home – Making & Crafting

Here we are again- another week in the quarantine books – another week of making & crafting. Hope you all are well.

I’ve started another knitting project – a cowl made with some beautiful Madeline Tosh yarn – the color is amazing – sort of a gray-green-blue, with a little sparkle – it’s going to be lovely and soft. I haven’t been as productive as I’ve wanted with my knitting projects – and I’m trying to learn that that’s o.k. We can only do what we can do – so slow and steady has become my mantra.


Knitting, for me, has always been intertwined with memories; I’ve been knitting since I was a young girl. My mother taught her daughters to knit and she also had us learn embroidery and sewing – and I’m so glad she did. One of the books we had at the house was Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitting Without Tears, a classic of knitting literature – and a door into creativity. Zimmermann was a German immigrant to the U.S. and I’d say, the ‘mother’ of the resurgence of American knitting in many ways. Her other books: The Knitter’s Almanac, Knitting Workshop, Knitting Around, and The Opinionated Knitter are guides to knitting, yes, but they are also filled with stories of Elizabeth’s life and the kind of books you turn to to re-inspire yourself – perfect for reflection.

I’ve also been excited to go into my yard and see what surprises are coming up! Last year, I bought a few native plants from the Cleveland Metroparks sale, and am thrilled that some have survived! My ostrich fern is slowly unfurling and my Pennsylvania Sedge is looking lovely. I also planted something at the base of my black pussywillow, but I can’t remember the name (if anyone knows, please comment below – it’s the one on the right). Making a garden is so satisfying in the springtime when the first buds appear!

Creativebug, Week 5, recommends a figure drawing class, an applique with Natalie Chanin (she has a number of incredible books, too), and an easy macrame project. There are projects to do with your children too – involve them – it’s a great way to make memories that will stay with them forever!

I’d love to hear what you’re making, so comment below. Stay safe and stay home!

~ Dori


Your Library Staff at Home – Making & Crafting

I was lying in bed this morning thinking about what to post on the blog today – I’ve been doing these posts for a couple of weeks now, focusing on making a product and the processes involved. But I wanted to do something different today, about making, but from a different perspective.

YNYT-SugarCalling-3000pxesterday, I was listening to the new podcast by Cheryl Strayed, Sugar Calling and she was interviewing travel writer  and memoirist Pico Iyer, and as they were discussing how to participate ‘joyfully in a world full of sorrows’, Pico included a quote from a Benedictine Monk friend of his – “The best cure for anxiety is thinking of others”.

This quote was rolling around in my mind as I was thinking about how I could re-frame the word making.  Webster’s defines making as “the act or process of forming, causing, doing, or coming into being”, so why not think about making connections or making a difference in these anxious times?

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We at Rocky River Public Library got into this line of work because we want to make a difference, we want to help – with information, education, entertainment,  and equity of access. We can’t do everything we used to do, but we’re trying hard to provide similar services and explore new ones. Next week is National Library Week and we want to bring the library to you! Here on the blog, check us out daily for our thoughts about books, movies, TV, podcasts and cultural institutions with links to streaming media and digital books. We’ve shared our crafts, cooking and baking interests and we’ve even got a book discussion going. On our social media, we’re keeping in touch by sharing resources, fun activities, and asking you, our patrons, what you need. Our website can lead you to classes, books, movies, newspapers, business research – you name it, we’ve got it.  Call us at 333-7610; if we don’t answer, leave a message and we will get back to you – we really want to help – it’s our business and our calling!


As you think of others, consider the Rocky River Assistance Program and the Cleveland Food Bank. Rocky River restaurants who are doing takeout could use your business, too. And if you go to Heinens or another essential business, make sure you wear your mask to support the workers who are helping us stay fed, clean and healthy. Check on a neighbor or call an old friend, whatever you choose, thinking of others does seem to help to stem the tide of anxiety.

cakeOh – and here’s an amazing Chocolate Flourless Torte I made at RRPL’s Biblio Bistro class with Annie’s Signature Sweets this week – look for a recording of the class in the coming weeks. Library Reads has a their May list of books out –  and Creativebug gives us their Week 4 Crafting at Home suggestions – I don’t have little ones, but making Galaxy Slime looks tempting!

I’d love to hear what you’re making or how you’re making a difference, so comment below. Stay safe and stay home!

~ Dori


Your Library Staff @ Home – Making & Crafting

Guess what peeps? I finished it – yes, the Icelandic shawl that has been on my needles for way too long. It’s beautiful and blocked on the bed in the back bedroom. I just have to let it dry and fix a few small details and I can wear it….next year! Here’s a look at the blocked beauty (it took the entire queen bed space to lay it out – it’s huge).


Now that that monkey on my back has been put aside for a bit, let’s focus on some other tasks – mask making – a thing we all need right now.

If you can sew, the New York Times has a fairly simple pattern that my husband is using (see below).  Local requests from University Hospitals and the Cleveland Clinic have provided a way for sewers to help during this stressful time as well. University Hospitals even provided a pattern and instructions, though they are a bit complicated if you’re new to the craft. If you’re a quilter and have quilting fabric, apparently it works really well.


There are a lot of alternatives if you’re not a sewer. This Masks4All site has tons of great ideas. Keep safe out there people.

And if you’re looking for more creative outlets, check out Week 3 of Creativebug’s Crafting at Home series. There’s Watercolor lettering, a knitted shawl (I may skip that one) and clothespin dolls for the kids – so inspiring!

I’d love to hear what you’re making, so comment below. Stay safe and stay home!

~ Dori