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Fun on Memorial Day Weekend May 25, 2017

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Memorial Day is a U.S. federal holiday currently observed every year on the last Monday of May. It originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War and it was established as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers. Eventually the holiday was extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.

It also marks the start of the unofficial summer vacation season and results in a 3 day weekend for many lucky Americans!

What kind of fun will you be up to this holiday? If you aren’t sure yet and are looking for things to do, here’s a list of area activities happening this Memorial Day Weekend:

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FESTIVALS:

Berea’s National Rib Cook-Off: May 26 to 29 at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds

Blossom Time: May 25 to May 28, in and around downtown Chagrin Falls

Day Out with Thomas (Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad): Friday-Sunday May 26-28, Departs from Boston Mills – Brandywine Ski Resort 7100 Riverview Road, Peninsula

Flats East Bank Taste of Summer: Old River Road,Flats East Bank, Friday, May 26, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday, May 27, noon – 10 p.m., Sunday, May 28, noon – 10 p.m.

Tremont Greek Festival: May 26 to 29, corner of West 14th and Fairfield in Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland

PARADES AND CEREMONIES:

Avon Lake: Monday, May 29, 10 a.m. – noon, Veteran’s Memorial Park.

Bay Village: Memorial Day Parade, May 30 at 8:450 a.m. from Huntington Park.

Brecksville: Monday, May 29, 10:30 a.m. parade begins at City Hall.

Cleveland, Riverside Cemetery:  Monday, May 29, 9:30 a.m.

Cleveland Heights: Monday, May 29, 10:30 am at the Veterans Memorial in Cumberland Park

Fairview Park: ceremony, 8 a.m., Fairview Park City Hall, parade 9:00 a.m. from Corrigan Craciun Funeral Home, West 208 Street and Lorain Road

Hudson: American Legion Family Memorial Day Parade will step off at 10:00 am from Milford Rd.

Independence: parade, 9 a.m.

Medina: Friday, May 20, 7:30 p.m., Candlelight Vigil, town square

Lake View Cemetery:  Monday, May 29, 10:30 a.m. at the Garfield Memorial

North Ridgeville:  Monday, May 29, parade begins at 9:45 AM from the Marc’s parking lot and will end at the Middle School Ranger Stadium with a ceremony to follow at the stadium

Westlake: Monday, May 29, 10 a.m. from Sts. Peter & George Coptic Orthodox Church to Clague Park.

Whatever you end up doing, I hope you enjoy it!

                                                                       ~Carol

It’s National Pack Rat Day! May 17, 2017

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Observed on May 17, National Pack Rat Day encourages us to take a look at ourselves and see if we have “Pack Rat” tendencies. While most of us enjoy collecting something, when our collections turn to clutter and we run out of space to put everything, a change is necessary for our peace of mind.

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This unofficial holiday is the perfect opportunity to begin to clean your space and beautify your surroundings!

One way to recycle your unwanted (and overflowing) items is to hold a yard sale. An added bonus is that you might make a few dollars for more useful things.

You can also donate your unwanted belongings. This is a win-win scenario—you’ll get satisfaction from helping others and reduce your clutter in the process. There are many charitable organizations that will pick up your donations right from your front door.

If you are truly motivated, you can get a table at a local Flea Market and unload your collectibles or head to a website like ebay or craigslist and sell online!

This household purging is the ultimate spring cleaning–find your inner zen, make a little cash and do some good, all while keeping items out of the landfills!

                                                                                                                                  ~Carol

The Handmaid’s Tale & Other Reasons to Love Margaret Atwood May 13, 2017

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I’ve been a huge fan of Margaret Atwood since I read The Handmaid’s Tale in the early 90s. Published in 1985, this dystopian novel won the 1985 Governor General’s Award and the very first Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1987! It was also nominated for the 1986 Nebula Award, the 1986 Booker Prize and the 1987 Prometheus Award. Despite the accolades, and having been adapted into a 1990 film and a 2000 opera, many readers are just finding Atwood’s masterpiece thanks to a new TV series created by Hulu and starring the amazing Elisabeth Moss.

Regardless of how or when you’ve found Margaret Atwood, I say “hooray.” Now you must run, not walk, to your local library and check out all of her books. I highly recommend starting with my other two favorites: The Blind Assassin and Alias Grace. The Blind Assassin, published in 2000, is an amazing blend of historical and science fictions, and contains a novel within a novel. It won the Man Booker prize and Time magazine named it the best novel of 2000 and included it in its list of the 100 greatest English-language novels since 1923.  Alias Grace is a work of historical fiction about the notorious 1843 murders of Thomas Kinnear and his housekeeper, of which two other Kinnear household servants, Grace Marks and James McDermott, were convicted of the crime.

Atwood’s novels feature strong female characters facing adversity. Her books are politically charged and she’s an advocate for the environment and animals. While she is best known for her work as a novelist, Atwood has also published fifteen books of poetry. Oh, and she’s an inventor too! She is the creator and developer of the LongPen, a remote signing device that allows a person to remotely write in ink anywhere in the world via tablet and the internet. Impressed yet? Here’s one more tidbit: her latest novel, Hag-Seed, is a modern retelling of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. It’s smart and funny  and inventive–just like Margaret Atwood.

                                                                                                       ~Carol

It’s May 5, or Cinco de Mayo! May 5, 2017

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What is Cinco de Mayo?

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Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of culture and freedom, commemorating the May 5, 1862 victory of an outnumbered Mexican Army against the French imperial invaders in the Town of Puebla, Mexico. Ironically, Mexican-Americans and non-Latinos celebrate the holiday more in the United States than people in Mexico do. Today, Cinco de Mayo has taken on party-friendly connotations here in the States. Feel free to hoist a margarita or eat a taco to celebrate it, but be respectful and refrain from wearing racist costumes. You may also wish to avoid corporate chains and instead explore authentic Mexican cuisine.

~Carol

What we’re reading this month.. May 3, 2017

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Gina:  In Mitch Albom’s Have a Little Faith, we follow the inspiring true story of the author’s encounter with two men of different faiths. The story begins with Albom being asked to deliver the eulogy of his former rabbi. Upon agreeing, Albom requests to get to know the man better, returning back to his hometown. On the other part of the story, Albom is connected with a Detroit pastor, a reformed drug dealer and convict that preaches his congregation in a crumbling church. Albom moves back and forth from the two worlds, sharing the differences and similarities of how the two men embrace and teach faith. The story also explores the modern issues of faith through both religions. The author fulfills the request, writes the eulogy and comes to better understanding of life.

Megan:   Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey is the first book in The Expanse series and the source material for the Syfy Channel series of the same name. Humans have colonized the solar system from the Moon to Mars and the Asteroid Belt and beyond. Jim Holden is the XO of an ice miner that runs between the rings of Saturn and the Belt. When his ship picks up a distress signal, the rules of space travel dictate they investigate. What they find on the disabled Scopuli could push an already unstable solar system over the brink and into interplanetary war. Meanwhile, down-and-out Detective Miller is searching for the missing daughter of a billionaire. When his search leads him to the Scopuli, he and Holden realize this girl could hold the key to unraveling dangerous secrets.

Emma: The Other Einstein: A Novel by Marie Benedict.  Mileva Maric enrolled in the Swiss Federal Polytechnic in Zurich to study physics. She is the only woman in a class of five men that includes Albert Einstein. Albert pays lots of attention to Mileva inserting himself in her life at home, with her friends, and at the university. Mileva goes back home where their baby, Lieserl, is born. Albert misses Mileva terribly and convinces her to come back to Switzerland without their daughter. Lieserl eventually succumbs to scarlet fever. Albert and Mileva finally wed, and Mileva collaborates with her husband on several articles and theories. Albert always takes credit for any success leaving his wife behind. Mileva sacrificed her genius to follow the social norms of the day, and Albert took advantage of her. The novel paints an unfavorable picture of Albert Einstein.
Sara: In The Golden Hour by T. Greenwich, thirteen-year-old Wyn Davies took a shortcut through the woods and was brutally attacked.  She never could remember what happened that day, but her attacker confessed and was sentenced to prison.  Twenty years later, her attacker is up for parole and she may be asked to testify.  Terrified, Wyn runs to Maine with her young daughter to be the caretaker of her friend’s dilapidated farm house.  Not only is she trying to escape from testifying, she is running from her struggling marriage and her failed art career. Once settled in the rundown old house, she discovers a box of undeveloped photographs which tell the story of a young woman and her daughter who lived in the house many years ago.  As she tries to unravel the mystery of what happened to the mother and her child, she also begins to confront the mystery of what happened to her 20 years ago and what lies have been told.
Steve: The Armchair Birder : Discovering the Secret Lives of Familiar Birds by John Yow is another diamond in the rough. Yow gives you a humorous, quick glimpse of the habits of 40 of the most common backyard birds. This is not a bird identification book, rather a look into the lives of these little creatures.

Al Pacino is 77! April 25, 2017

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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