Al Pacino is 77!

Believe it or not, Al Pacino is 77 today. Why not celebrate his birthday with your very own Pacino movie marathon. We will provide the movies, you provide the popcorn!

-Classics currently available for checkout are:

Godfather

Godfather II

Godfather III

Heat

Scent of a Woman

Serpico

Enjoy the films.

-Steve

Happy Kindergarten Day!

April 21st is Kindergarten Day! According to Chase’s calendar of events, it is “A day to recognize the importance of play, games and “creative self-activity” in children’s education and to note the history of kindergarten.” April 21st commemorates the birth of Friedrich Froebel, born in 1782, who began the first kindergarten in 1837 in Germany. Wondering where the first kindergarten was in the United States?  Answer, St. Louis, MO, in 1873.  Now go amaze your friends with your new knowledge.

Steve

What a day!

So it is supposed to hit 80 degrees, the Indians are playing downtown, and the Cavs start their playoff run today at the Q, what more could you want? If you would like to brush up your Cavs or Indians knowledge, we have many fine books to choose from. We just had the pleasure of an author visit a couple of weeks ago with Scott Longert, who spoke about his new book No Money, No Beer, No Pennants: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Great Depression. For the Cavs, take a look at Brian Windhorst’s Return of the king : LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Greatest Comeback in NBA History. Enjoy!

Steve

Steve’s Spectacular Top Ten

I’ve got a few more fiction titles than in previous years, so take your pick, be it fiction or non-fiction, they are all good. Click the links below to go to the Reading Room for more details. Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Fiction

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Resolution by Robert B. Parker

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Non-fiction

Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans by Gary Krist

The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II by Jan Jarboe Russell

House of Nails: a Memoir of Life on the Edge by Lenny Dykstra

Embattled Rebel by James McPherson

Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault that Changed a Presidency by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard

Where Divers Dare: The Hunt for the Last U-Boat by Randall Peffer

Steve

Rain, Rain, Rain

What an odd summer it has been for the weather. If you would like to get more in-tune with your inner meteorologist, take a look at some of our weather related books, just wander over to the 551.5s in the nonfiction section. If all this heat is not your thing, jump to 919.8 for some Arctic expeditions to cool down.  Soon you will be so knowledgeable about the weather that you will be setting up a green screen and wowing friends and family with your daily weather reports!

August already!!?

Yikes, I can’t believe August is upon us already! Although summer will be winding down, there are still things to be excited about. The Olympics start this week, the Indians are still in first in the Central, and if you are a fair lover the Cuyahoga County Fair starts Monday. If you are feeling adventurous and looking for the perfect way to wrap up the summer, check out our “August is American Adventures Month” display for some great ideas.

Steve’s Mighty Top Ten

So here’s my top ten list for the year, succinctly summarized for you, with a bonus thrown in. Enjoy, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Fiction

Appaloosa by Robert B. Parker

Two lawmen attempt to contain outlaws in the Old West.

Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story by Christopher Moore

Offbeat vampire love story.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

Correspondence between friends on the  Guernsey Islands.  Fictional but you would swear these letters and stories are real.

Joyland by Stephen King

Young carny tries to solve murder mystery during his summer break in 1973.

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

The top novel on the Battle of Gettysburg.

Non-fiction

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

You would think that a book about college rowers trying to make the 1936 Olympics would be a snoozer, but it’s just the opposite!

The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck

Two grown brothers, one’s a real quirky dude,  hit the trail in a historical wagon during modern times.

Pete Rose: An American Dilemma by Kostya Kennedy

Biography on the legend.

Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest by Carl Hoffman

Hoffman tries to solve the mystery of Rockefeller’s death once and for all.

The WWE Attitude Era by Jon Robinson

A trot down memory lane during the explosive WWE attitude era of professional wrestling.

And for those adventurous enough to borrow through SearchOhio:

Mint Condition: How Baseball Cards Became an American Obsession by Dave Jamieson

Fascinating look at the history of baseball cards in America.

– Steve

Mirror, mirror on the wall, what’s the scariest of them all?

Halloween is just around the corner, and I hope you’ve been checking out all our scary movies!  Do you have a favorite one? Are you into the slasher-type, think Friday the 13th, or more of the classics, like Frankenstein and Dracula, or horror thriller/suspense like Mothman Prophecies (CREEPY!) and The Sixth Sense?  Whatever your taste, we still have plenty to choose from, so stop in and get your fix to take home. Or drop in Saturday for the Halloween film fest, Dori has all the details for you in the previous post.

Steve

Latest Additions

Well, if you stayed in yesterday watching the Browns, I hope you at least were reading a book and just had the game in the background, because it is the same old thing with them.  Good news though, here are some of the Latest Additions to the Reading Room, have one ready for next week’s game so when they lose again you can at least feel a sense of accomplishment having read a wonderful book.

twelve

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The Twelve by Justin Cronin

before

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Before I Met You by Lisa Jewell

fates

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Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

jesus

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Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly

gilded

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The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati

Steve