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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

 

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

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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!

What We’re Reading Now… March 1, 2017

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Here are a few books we are enjoying now, and we hope you will enjoy them too!

Don’t Think of an Elephant! 10th Anniversary Edition: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate by George Lakoff is more than just a how-to guide for progressives. Lakoff, one of the founders of the field of cognitive science uses cognitive science and linguistics, to explain how conservatives and progressives frame their values and stances on issues. This is a fascinating look at how our brains work and offers valuable insight on how to effectively communicate with people whose beliefs are different from yours. Megan

Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fantasy story about a man drawn to return to the place he grew up to remember a wild and mysterious turn of events when he was just seven years old.  Equal parts magical and terrifying, the memory centers on his neighbor, the intriguing Lettie Hempstock.  Speaking of magical, I listened to this on audiobook and it’s read by Neil Gaiman himself and that voice–I could listen to him forever! Lauren

If you are a Seinfeld fan, please do yourself a favor and read the book Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong.  This is a FANTASTIC trip down memory lane, and gives backgrounds  on the origin of characters and storylines.  I was surprised to learn that each year all the writers  were let go in hopes that they would consistently get fresh ideas by bringing new ones in (although one writer who had been with the show from the beginning avoided this fate).  Don’t feel too badly for them, Seinfeld writers were in great demand and could use the show as a springboard.  Casual fans will likely find the book tedious, but for those of us who scheduled our Thursday nights around the show, this is a treasure. Steve

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson takes us through the intertwined lives of two college peers, who hide their crazy well.  The story unfolds with past and present narration to help the audience keep up in this fast paced suspense novel. The intricate plot will keep the reader guessing beyond the last page. Beth

I sped through Australian author Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project because it was a hilarious read. The story is introduced by the main character and narrator Don Tillman, a genetics professor in search of love. To find the woman he should spend the rest of his life with, Don creates a questionnaire. The list of questions tries to eliminate someone by asking whether or not they are a smoker, a drinker, their meal preferences, punctual, etc. Don is thrown off guard when he is introduced to Rosie Jarman, a woman who is everything that Don would not find suitable for a life partner. Rosie seeks Don out for assistance in finding her biological father. Through their interactions, Rosie opens Don’s life into a whole new world and a strong friendship forms. This was an exciting, funny, and dramatic story. I listened to the audiobook, which I encourage, read by Australian actor Don O’Grady. Gina

An unforgettable and moving read, Among the Living by Jonathan Rabb is a novel set in post-Second World War Savannah, Georgia where Yitzhak Goldah, a Holocaust survivor, is welcomed into the home of his American relatives, Pearl and Abe Jesler. There, among the city’s thriving Jewish community, Yitzhak becomes “Ike,” and he must find a way to “return to the living” while adapting to a different kind of racism of the American South. When he falls for a local widow, Ike unexpectedly discovers tensions between the traditional and Reform Jews in Savannah. And when a woman from Ike’s past appears, he must choose between a promise once made and the hope for happiness. Carol

In The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti, Samuel Hawley has settled down with his 12-year-old daughter Loo in a small New England fishing village where her mother grew up. Told in alternating chapters, we learn about Samuel’s criminal past and how he’s received 12 bullet wounds, and about Loo, what she learns about her mother and father, and how she grows up amidst her parents’ pasts.  Dori

The Secret Place, the 5th book in the Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French was a fascinating story of the lives of two cliques of teenage girls at an Irish boarding school. A boy was murdered on the grounds of the girls’ school one year ago, and the murder was never solved. But now a card with the words, “I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM” has appeared on the anonymous “Secret Place” bulletin board where girls share their thoughts, fears and secrets. And it is up to Dublin Murder Squad detective Stephen Moran to sort out who knows what, and whodunit. Sara