Holiday Gift Ideas from the Staff at RRPL

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.

BOOKS

Children’s Books:

  • 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

Music:

  • 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

Movies:

  • Yesterday
  • 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!

~ Dori

October Playlist

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.

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.

My Personal List of Women in Music: March Playlist

Here’s the March Playlist!

Considering March is Women’s History Month, I figured the entire playlist should pay homage to women in music.   Many of the songs included in this list have been released by the artists pretty recently, but not all of them.  Towards the end I started to include some of my all time favorite songs from female vocalists/musicians/songwriters from over the years.

My love for women in music started with Carole King.  ‘I feel the Earth Move’ was my first favorite song, and consequently prompted me to purchasing her album Tapestry as my first CD.  I still find myself seeking out this album for comfort on occasion.

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In college I was exposed to a much more broad spectrum of music from independent artists, but still drawn to female singers.  Rilo Kiley was and probably still is one of my favorites bands, with front woman, Jenny Lewis, singing her (and my) heart out.

Jenny has gone on to pursue a solo career as a singer/songwriter and is still producing heartfelt, beautiful music.

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Tegan & Sara are also right up there with Rilo Kiley for me, and always have been.  These Canadian twins produce some of the most beautiful songs of the heart I’ve ever heard.

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All of these women in music have played a huge role in cultivating my love of women in music and I continue to enjoy their work regularly, as well as seeking out other amazing women changing the music landscape every day.

Happy listening!

Beth