You know how sometimes (or fairly often) it can be hard to settle down and read? I’ve found a variety pack of options to entertain myself, and maybe some of these ideas will appeal to you as well…
I’ve also been reading from the Diverse Voices for Younger Readers collection. I 100% think books for teens and younger readers can be as good -or better!- than adult books as they tell stories that are compelling but tend to be shorter (aka don’t get bogged down in wordy, unnecessary extras). Why not give it a try?
Sometimes I just listen to music while I clean or do some crafting…
I hope one of these choices sounds appealing and gives you something new to try!
Check out some of 2020’s most notable albums available for streaming through Hoopla for free with your library card.
One recently added resource that you may have missed is Qello Concerts. Qello is your ticket to the front row to thousands of concerts and music documentaries available to stream in your home. Here’s a list of suggested concerts to get you started with Qello.
Despite the recent snow (sigh) it really is Spring, a season that brings out all sorts of newly created flora and fauna. Spring also reminds everything that went into hibernation it’s time to wake up! While it isn’t really news to anyone, this year -being inside at home so much- I realized this includes house spiders! ugh. I’m working very hard to embrace the challenge of living peaceably with these multi-legged, fast-moving arthropods. (It would help a lot if they would stop running across the ceiling or hiding in the bathroom…¯\_(ツ)_/¯) So, what have you learned about your house this Spring?
As I give my new spider frens plenty of space, I’m also attempting to grow an avocado tree from a seed! I’m mid-week two and no roots yet but we’re in the early stages… oh, the hope! In-between refilling the water and moving Ava Cado to the warmest spots around the kitchen I’m enjoying some upbeat songs on Freegal, the Library’s new ad-free music service -all you need is your Rocky River library card and pin number to start streaming music! Check out the different genres and why not try making your own playlist – enjoy!
Be kind to yourself today!
What was your favorite book you read in the last year and why?
Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano. It’s about a young man finding his place in the world after he becomes the sole survivor of a plane crash. It’s heartbreaking and uplifting and honest.
What book are you looking forward to reading next?
The Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian
What are you currently watching?
Re-watching some of my favorite movies like Notting Hill, Julie and Julia, and A Good Year. I just finished Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu and Better Call Saul on Netflix. Currently watching a clever tv series called Community on Netflix.
What are you listening to…music, podcasts?
Listening to classical music in the morning with my coffee. Podcasts: I’m keeping it light and staying away from true crime… Every Little Thing, Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend, Young House Love Has a Podcast
What are you doing to occupy your time during these uncertain times?
I’m walking a lot. Playing Words with Friends (for the first time) with my daughters who live out of state. Watching videos of my granddaughter. Cooking and baking more than I care to, only because I like to eat. I’m organizing old photos, cleaning out closets, and recently polished every single antique brass door knob in our house. My husband and I love to hike, and have been exploring all of the Metroparks.
Hello Friends! Let’s do a little figuring today, shall we? Maybe you can help me figure out why some days the snacks I eat are all crunchy but other days they’re sweet, or why -even though I cooked before March 16, 2020- I feel like I’m constantly making the next meal, or (maybe my favorite thing to ponder) why there’s still a toilet paper shortage -doesn’t everyone who was worried about this have a sizable stash by now, or why there’s so much dust despite daily cleaning?Let me know what you’re thinking -I’m ready to get some answers!
If you need a little background music to do your deep thinking -did you know the Library is now offering Freegal? Maybe you’ve seen something about this on the Library’s social media?
🕺Dance like nobody is watching!💃
Freegal® Music is our new FREE music streaming and download music service. You can download and keep 3 MP3 songs per week and stream 3 hours of music per day! All you need is your library card number and PIN.
Looking ahead to what I can do this week? I’m going to “dine out” with a delivery or curbside pick-up (and future cooking me says, “thanks for the break!”) and I’m going to start reading one new book-either Florida Man by Tom Cooper or Daughters of Erietown by Connie Schultz, plus revisit a favorite children’s book -maybe something by Roald Dahl?
What do you think you’d like to try this week? Or maybe you want to revisit an old favorite (book, song, and recipe) too? All book title, song name, and reliable recipe suggestions are welcome!
Be kind to yourself
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.
After a very informal poll, here’s our wish list of what we want for the holidays – classics, new releases, fantasy to cookbooks, there’s a little something here for everyone.
- The Crayons’ Christmas by Drew Daywalt
- Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees
- Christmas Alphabet: 20th Anniversary by Robert Sabuda
- The Christmas Story by Robert Sabuda
- The Night Before Christmas Pop-up by Clement Clarke Moore and Robert Sabuda
- The 12 Days of Christmas : A Pop-Up Celebration by Robert Sabuda
Cookbooks and other Nonfiction:
- The Ultimate Guide to Keto Baking by Carolyn Ketchum
- Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over by Alison Roman
- Little Weirds by Jenny Slate
- A Secret Gift: How One Man’s Kindness–and a Trove of Letters–Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression by Ted Gup
- Super Attractor: Methods for Manifesting a Life beyond Your Wildest Dreams by Gabrielle Bernstein
- National Geographic Spectacle: Rare and Astonishing Photographs
- Joyful: the Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness by Ingrid Fetell Lee
Fiction, Fantasy and Graphic Novels
- The Overstory by Richard Powers
- The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern
- The Starless Sea Erin Morgenstern
- The Toymakers Robert Dinsdale
- Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norell Susanna Clarke
- Harry Potter-Illustrated Editions
- A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
- Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
- The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Waterson
- Hey, I’m Just Like You by Tegan and Sara (on vinyl)
- Lost Friends by Middle Kids (on vinyl)
- Ginger by Brockhampton
- Chris by Christine and the Queens!
- Fine Line by Harry Styles
- The Paul Newman Collection (set of 7 dvds)
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
- Avengers: Endgame
- Alita Battle Angel
- Community. The Complete Second Season. Really the best season with great Christmas and Halloween specials
- House of X/Powers of X
Also, don’t forget to shop local! Rocky River has many small shops and businesses that would welcome your visit.
Wishing You Joy This Holiday Season!
AHH! Time is moving so fast these days I can’t believe October is almost over. Here’s a quick little playlist to keep your spirit up as you dive into a hectic full calendar while fending off the chilly weather.