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National Library Week April 10, 2016

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First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It’s a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

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~Emma

National Poetry Month March 31, 2016

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You are invited to join in the celebration by writing and submitting a poem about the Library or the community. Poem submissions must be entered by email to rrpladultreference@gmail.com between April 1st-22nd with a limit of 500 words. The winner will receive a poetry memento and the poem will be published on the RRPL website. Winner will be announced Friday, April 29th. (Ages 18 and older.)

Good Luck!

~Emma

Happy International Women’s Day! March 8, 2016

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It’s International Women’s Day! March 8th is a worldwide celebration of women and their achievements and a call for gender equality.  Take today to celebrate being YOU or any of the special ladies in your life!  Last night I started reading Gloria Steinem’s latest, My Life on the Road, which feels pretty appropriate for this week.  (My signed copy was a Christmas gift!)  I tried to jot down a quick list of some of my favorite women authors and I kept thinking of writers of children’s books.  It turns out I grew up reading some pretty great women, so I mixed those in with other classics.  What women have shaped your bookshelves over the years?

jane eyre

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

rebecca

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

handmaid's tale

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

little house

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

murder on the orient

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

julie wolves

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

harriet the spy

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

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Stepping on the Cracks by Mary Downing Hahn

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From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L Konigsburg

~Lauren

Let’s Play! February 24, 2016

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Even though Old Man Winter has been taking it easy on us this year, I’m sure everyone is getting (at least mentally) ready for Spring and dreaming about getting out to escape the doldrums. If you don’t have a timeshare to use in the tropics, (or even if you do), you might want to try scheduling some adult play dates to mix up your post-work and weekend routines. Here are some ideas:

Head to a trivia night! Bring your big-brained friends and compete for bragging rights (or prizes depending on the venue). Tons of local places, including Around the Corner in Lakewood, host trivia nights that let you stimulate your mind while you snack or sips some suds.

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Play Bingo! A fun game that is taken very seriously in church basements all over our area every night of the week, bingo can be an entertaining way to spend a cold winter’s afternoon or evening. The best thing of all is that you have the chance to win some serious money when you play! Search for a Bingo night near you!

Do something artsy! Most nights out leave you with a lighter wallet and nothing else. Why not go somewhere you can create your own masterpiece in one night? Check out spots like Pinot’s Palette or Painting with a Twist to book a painting party. Or learn to blow glass at Ohio City’s Glass Bubble Project!

Come to a library program! Rocky River Public Library hosts a wide variety of programs (on music, cooking, book discussions, computers, movies and more) for adults, and would love to see you here. Search our program calendar here to plan your next visit. While you’re here, pick up some books, magazines and movies! We’ll be looking for you!

& Until next time, get out there and play!   ~Carol

All the President’s (Sales) Men February 15, 2016

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Today is Presidents Day! While we are open for business as usual at Rocky River Public Library, post offices are closed, students and teachers have no school today & your bank teller probably isn’t working today either. But what the heck is Presidents Day? Or should I say “President’s Day?” Or is it “Presidents’ Day?”

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The answer? None of the above. Today is still considered “Washington’s Birthday” according to section 6103(a) of title 5 of the U.S. Code. The informal name change actually coincided with a Congressional initiative to attach federal holidays to weekends, thereby creating uninterrupted, three-day stretches of leisure time. The Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which was voted on in 1968, moved “Washington’s Birthday” from its fixed date of February 22, to every “third Monday in February.” And, as the holiday also happened to land near Abraham Lincoln’s birthday (February 12), retailers, who were eager to promote discounts on both days, re-branded the day “Presidents Day” to lure in shoppers. And the name stuck!

Regardless of what you call it, I think you’re lucky if you have the day off! But, if retail therapy is not on your plate, may I suggest, spending some time here at the library, choosing your next book?   ~Carol

Listen to Your (Sweet) Heart! February 8, 2016

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It’s almost Valentine’s Day! If you are looking to land a date, it is probably time to make your move! Flowers are always nice, but sometimes you just have to spell it out for the one you love. Why not also make sure to include a box of good, old-fashioned Sweethearts candy?

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Sweethearts (or conversation hearts) are bestselling tiny tasty treats, notable for their exclamations of love and affection. Made by NECCO, one of the country’s oldest candy company, Sweethearts’ ingredients haven’t changed since 1902, when the candy was first introduced. However, along with the times, since the early 1990s, the sayings on the candies have been changing on a regular basis and NECCO receives hundreds of saying suggestions a year. Don’t worry, original phrases still in the mix include “Be Mine,” “Be Good,” Kiss Me” and “Sweet Talk,” and “True Love” was resurrected in 1997 from the early 1900s to celebrate the company’s 150th anniversary! Wow! That’s a long time! Sweethearts must have the perfect recipe for a lasting commitment!      ~Carol

Reading…Beyond the Best Sellers! February 1, 2016

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When looking for a good book to read, so many of us begin with The New York Times’ Best Seller list—thinking that if everyone in the Nation is reading something, then we should too. But how do books make it on that list? Do you ever wonder? Unfortunately, I don’t know; it’s a trade secret! bestseller

Despite the name, we do know that the “Best Seller” list we see weekly is not entirely based on sales of a book title. The New York Times was sued over this in 1983, but they won the case. The courts ruled that because the list is considered editorial content, and not objective factual content, the Times had the right to exclude books from the list!

Additionally, book titles tend to linger and linger on the list! And, since the list can be manipulated by retailers, wholesalers, authors and publishers, it can sometimes seem like we only ever see the Pattersons, Grishams, Evanoviches making the list. Given these issues, it can be a bit frustrating if you are looking for a new book or a new author to try.

So, how do avid readers learn of new authors? Well, there’s plenty of online resources out there, including several here at Rocky River Public Library! In fact, start here on this very blog you are reading. Read it or Weep is chock-full of book suggestions! After that, click on our Reading Room for more book reviews! Oh, you like personal interaction too? Stop in to the library and check out our staff favorite displays! And don’t forget to ask us what we are reading too! We’ll help you get Beyond those Best Seller lists!          -Carol

Latest Additions December 28, 2015

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Are you over the holidays yet?  Well, the good news is the majority of the holidays that require effort are done for the year.  Now it’s time to sit back and relax, and maybe poor a glass of champagne while you crack open a good book.  Here’s what we have been reading if you’re in need of a suggestion.

love is red
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hours count
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paying guest
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sound of gravel
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Have a safe and happy new year!
Beth

Latest Additions December 21, 2015

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We are deep into the holiday season and for many of us, that means some down time, even if it’s just between wrapping gifts and putting cookies in the oven.  If you find yourself with a bit of down time between all of the festivities, consider diving into some of these books:

 

Curious beginning
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crush
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flight of dreams
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ghost to the rescue
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home and away
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Happy holidays and happy reading!

Beth

Latest Additions December 14, 2015

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Hello!

I hope you’ve been enjoying the change of pace with all of our librarians filling in with the weekly updates while I was on maternity leave.  Now we are back to business as usual.  HA!  There is no longer a ‘usual’ for this working (outside the home) mom.  I suppose chaos will be my new constant.    I hope everyone has been enjoying books on my behalf.  I’ve had the opportunity to revisit many childhood favorites as I try to read my little one to sleep.  If you’re ready to dig into some great new fiction consider one of these:

calf
Calf by Andrea Kleine
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carrying albert home
Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam
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necessary lies
Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
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making of zombie wars
The Making of Zombie Wars by Aleksandar Hemon
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Happy Reading!
Beth