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Al Pacino is 77! April 25, 2017

Posted by Steve in Movies, Thoughtful Ramblings, Uncategorized.
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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 21, 2017

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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

Latest Additions! April 20, 2017

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Are you inside because of the thunderstorms that keep rolling through? Come to the library and grab a book to read. Take a look at the latest additions to the Reading Room to find your spring read! Below are a few recently added:

 

 

Enjoy!

 

-Gina

 

What a day! April 15, 2017

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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

What we’re reading now.. April 3, 2017

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Here’s a look at a few books we’re reading this Spring!  bouquet

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine  by Gail Honeyman
For a seemingly straight-forward novel about a slightly socially awkward young woman, Eleanor Oliphant has secrets and surprises galore. There is an underlying mystery that swirls around Eleanor’s physical (and emotional) scars that is slowly revealed over the course of the story and comes to a satisfying conclusion at the end. ~Stacey
 The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
I picked this book largely because of Printz Prize winner John Green’s endorsement. He predicts that the book, which is Thomas’ debut novel, “will remembered as a classic of our time.” Sixteen-year-old Starr is a perceptive and likeable narrator who lives in a black community but attends a fancy suburban prep school. After being the only person to witness a white cop kill her close black friend, she is asked testify about what happened, which could put her in serious danger. Everyone in her neighborhood, in her family, and at school seems to have an opinion about what happened, but the only one who knows the truth is Starr. Whether or not the book becomes a classic, Angie Thomas’ powerful and emotionally honest book is an important one in the conversation about racism and police brutality. ~Lyndsey
A Conjuring of Light by Victoria Schwab
In the conclusion of the fantasy series Darker Shades of Magic , we return to Red London where a ball is concluding to celebrate the Essen Tasch, a competition where the best magicians battle. Then a shadow falls upon the city; Osaron, a being made of dark magic, threatens to take over Red London and to become King. First however, he needs to inhabit an Antari, the most powerful of magicians. Prince Rhy of Red London, his lover, the pirate Alucard and three Antaris: Kell, Holland and Lila Bard, must work together to defeat Osaron. Great characters, a complex and imaginative fantasy world and lovely prose make this an emotionally absorbing and spellbinding series. ~Dori
No Money, No Beer, No Pennants: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Great Depression by Scott H. Longert
This is a welcome addition to the books on the history of Cleveland, as well as the history of the Cleveland Indians. Longert not only does  great job of chronicling the players of this time period, but he also brings to light many interesting stories about the history of the game, such as the development of broadcasting games on the radio, something we now take for granted.  The building of the stadium was a rollercoaster ride in itself, and makes for fascinating reading. ~Steve
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is the story of Starr Carter, a sixteen-year old living in two different worlds. At home in Garden Heights she is “Big Mav’s daughter who works in the store.” At her suburban prep school she is one of only a few black students.  The delicate balance between these disparate worlds is upset when Starr witnesses the shooting death of her unarmed friend at the hands of a police officer. Khalil’s death becomes national news, sparking debates and protests. While the media portrays Khalil as a drug dealer and gangbanger, Starr knows there is so much more to the story. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and timely novel. ~Megan
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
This is the story behind Andrew Wyeth’s painting “Christina’s World.”  As a young girl, Christina suffers from an undiagnosed illness that causes her bones to twist and forces this malady to define the rest of her life and her world. This touching tale sheds light on the hardships of the early 20th century, and the struggle of physical handicap. ~Beth
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
It’s New Year’s Eve 1984 and 85-year-old Lillian Boxfish decides to take a walk around New York City. She actually walks 10 miles remembering her life writing copy for R.H. Macy’s, her life with her husband and son, and her mental breakdown. The novel, loosely based on real-life ad writer and poet Margaret Fishback, is a charming read. ~Emma
 The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion 
I listened to this just as fast I listened to the first book in the series last month. The Rosie Effect follows Don and Rosie to New York City for new new happily married life. Rosie is finishing her school work as she prepares for medical school. Don is working at a local university. An unexpected surprise happens, Rosie is pregnant. In true Don style, he creates his schedule to learn about becoming a father, continue with work, and help friends in their life issues but forgets the most important thing, being there for Rosie. I kept rooting for Don, in this funny, heartwarming story. ~Gina
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
This stand alone novel by the author of the Wayward Pines trilogy is a fast-paced and thrilling ride through time travel, parallel universes and the human condition. Jason Dessen wakes up from an experiment not knowing what is real, what is a dream, and who he has to battle to win back his wife and son.  A gripping story that points to the many different ways a life can turn out based on the choices made along the way.~ Sara

 

First Day of Spring!! March 20, 2017

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Aaah, March 20, the first day of spring.  Also known as the vernal (spring) equinox.  This is the one day of the year where night and day are almost equal in length–about 12 hours each.  What a joy after the winters days where dinner time was as dark as midnight!  While it’s a little too early to start planting your garden, it’s never too early to plan and dream.  And if you’re going to start seeds indoors, you want to do it 6-8 weeks before our frost-free date which is sometime in the middle of May.  Come in and make your plan for a beautiful garden this spring and summer!

Latest Additions! March 13, 2017

Posted by Gina in Fiction, Uncategorized.
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We can’t seem to get away from this winter. Before the storm comes in tonight, come to the library and stock up on movies, CD’s, and books for the evening. If you’re craving a book, check out the latest books read by RRPL staff. Below are just a few:

 

Enjoy and be staff tonight.

-Gina

Daylight Saving Time, again?! March 7, 2017

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Daylight Savings Time (DST) 2017 begins at 2:00 am on Sunday March 12th. Here are a few facts you may not know about this biannual change.

  •  Benjamin Franklin suggested the idea of daylight saving in a satirical essay in 1784. After being woken from sleep at 6 a.m. by the summer sun, Ben Franklin wrote that perhaps Parisians, simply by waking up earlier, could save the modern-day equivalent of $200 million through “the economy of using sunshine instead of candles.” As a result of this essay, Franklin is often given credit for “inventing” daylight saving time, even though he was only making a joke.
  •  World War I pushed Daylight Saving into law. During the war, Germany, Britain and eventually the U.S. adopted it in an effort to save coal. DST was abandoned once the war was over. It was reconsidered in the 1970s during the U.S. energy crisis to save energy in the winter months.
  •  DST might actually be an energy waster! Changing the clocks may save money on lighting, but the cost of heating and air conditioning tends to go up. That extra hour of daylight only saves money if people go outside and enjoy it.
  • The effects of DST on society are both good and bad. DST affects people’s sleep habits and may cause increased risk of heart attack, stroke and illness. But it also corresponds to a decrease in crime.
  • The candy industry lobbied for years to have the end date of DST moved from the last Sunday in October to sometime in November, so that there would be more daylight hours on Halloween night for Trick-or-Treaters.

So, love it or hate it, remember to “Spring Ahead on March 12th!

Books to movies! February 27, 2017

Posted by Gina in Fiction, Movies, Non-Fiction, Thoughtful Ramblings, Uncategorized.
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One of the types of books I love to read are books that end up getting adapted to movies. I enjoy seeing the differences between my interpretation of a characters physical description and the actors that are casted for roles. What is also an intriguing but can be frustrating is what is left out of movies, changed, or added to make the movie more profitable. Below are a few of the books that I’ve read that have been adapted into movies. I hope you enjoy it and get an idea for your next book to read and movie to watch.

5-people The Five People You Meet in Heaven is written by my favorite author Mitch Albom. This was the first book by Mitch Albom that I was introduced to it. At the time, when I first read the book, I was in grade school. The book was released in 2003, the movie premiered as a TV movie the following year.

mebeforeyouMe Before You by Jojo Moyes is a sweet, warm-hearted story of finding love in unexpected places. Louisa Clark lives a basic life, has a job, close to her family, in a steady relationship. Once she receives notice that the coffee shop she works at is closing, Louisa is in desperate need of a new job, any job. She interviews to be the companion/ care-giver for wheelchair-bound Will Traynor. Louisa tries her best to improve Will’s happiness given the circumstances. Through they’re time together they both find happiness and love but they can’t live happily ever after. A decision Will made even before he met Louisa prevents this. A movie was adapted from the book with Emilia Clarke as Louisa and Sam Claflin as Will, released last February.

how-to-be-singleHow to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo was the perfect book to read at the timing of a recent breakup. This book was not at all what I was expecting, given the title but as a book I complete enjoyed it. The story follows the main character as she travels to various countries to learn what it means to be single in those cultures in contrast to what it means to be a single woman in the USA. The book originally published in 2008 was not adapted to a film until February of last year. I saw the movie right after reading the book and was completely disappointed. This is a perfect example of how different a book and movie adaptation can be.

 

immortallifeThe Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks  by Rebecca Skloot follows two stories. The first is the story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman as she undergoes cancer treatment in the 1950s. The second story follows the author as she journeys to Boston to find the full story of Henrietta Lacks. Intrigued by the only information she found in a medical text book, that a woman named Henrietta Lacks had cancer cells that continue to grow even after her death. Rebecca meets with Henrietta’s daughter Deborah Lacks who helps her on her quest to write the book to tell the full story of Henrietta, not just about the HeLa cells. I started reading this book a couple years ago but when I saw in the newspaper that it would be adapted to an HBO TV movie, I had to finish it. The movie is scheduled to air on April 22 with Rose Byrne playing the role of Rebecca Skloot and Oprah Winfrey as Deborah Lacks.

 

theshackIn William Paul Young’s The Shack, Mack returns to the Shack. This old abandoned building was the last location that Mack’s youngest daughter was thought to have been when she was abducted from a nearby camping grounds in Oregon during a family vacation. Mack was intrigued by a note he received in the mail to return to the shack, addressed by God. In this visit, Mack meets all three forms of God, gets understanding of life’s mysteries and finds peace. If you have ever wanted to have a deep meaningful conversation with God, this is the book for you as it was for me. I read this book last year for the department’s monthly book discussion but did not find out it would be adapted to film until last week. I am extremely excited for the release this weekend staring Sam Worthington as Mack and Octavia Spencer as Papa.

I hope you enjoy reading and watching!

-Gina

 

Happy Late-Valentine’s Day! February 15, 2017

Posted by Gina in Romance, Thoughtful Ramblings, Uncategorized.
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I always enjoyed Valentine’s Day when I was a kid, the class party, valentines, and snacks. What could be better? Books! Have you considered giving your special someone a book? While the main focus could be on the Romance genre, it’s the thought of sharing that counts. There are all sorts of books, topics, and themes here at the library. Come snag a book that you can read with your partner. Challenge each other to read something you’re not used to.

Do you need help finding a book? There are multiple Literature Resources available from our website. From the library homepage, on the left column select Reference Resources. The page will open, search by the subject Literature & Fiction. That will take to you that section on the page. Use any of those links to search for your next read,  by author or title. Check out what the staff at RRPL have read by visiting the Reading Room.

Enjoy!

-Gina