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On Monday we launched our Adult Summer Reading Program here at Rocky River Public Library.

Stop by the Adult Reference Desk to participate in summer reading for adults. Read a book or magazine, attend a program or show us a receipt with at least five items checked out and earn a qualifying entry. Entries will be entered into a raffle for a weekly gift basket and for the grand prize: a gift certificate to the Cleveland Orchestra.

Register below or stop in the Library to register at the Adult Reference Desk.

Grey ArrowREGISTER—   Register for the Adult Summer Reading Program

Grey ArrowSUBMIT–    Enter one submission per book that is read during the summer reading months. Each title or program that is submitted will qualify you for an entry in that week’s gift basket drawing.


Check out our blog ( or the Library’s Facebook page to view weekly prizes

This week prize:

A Mid-Summer Report

If you ask me, mid-summer is an ideal time to compile a Best Of list. People have a little more time to read and listen to books. Maybe you are trying to catch up on your to read list or maybe you are looking for a hot new summer read. Whatever your needs, we have you covered! With my own personal reading I have been doing a little bit of both. Here’s what I have been reading and loving so far this summer:


A Hundred Thousand Worlds by Bob Proehl is the story Alex and his mother and their journey from New York to L.A. via the world of Cons. It’s about the comic book industry, it’s about feminism and fandoms and a family that is going through traumatic changes. This story was so beautiful and the relationships that are explored will stick with you. For another coming of age story try The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extent.


So, I took the plunge into J.D. Robb’s long-running In Death series (psst-this is Nora Roberts, in case you didn’t know that already). What have I gotten myself into? Naked in Death introduces Eve Dallas, a NYC police lieutenant. The year is 2058. Prostitution is now legal, but crime is still crime and murder and political corruption are at the heart of Dallas’s case. I can totally see the appeal of this series! It’s a futuristic crime-thriller with lots of sexy bits! I will definitely keep plugging away at this series, which is currently 43 books and counting!

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Speaking of long-running and on-going series, I started Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Milhone series in preparation for the author’s visit to Rocky River (save the date, October 14 and check back with us for more details!). I started with A is for Alibi way back in January and am currently waiting for N is for Noose to be available for me! These books, starring PI Kinsey Milhone are quick, easy, and fun reads. Perfect for summer!


Finally, how about a little magic for your summer reading? Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire (aka, Mira Grant) is a dark and mysterious novel that answers the what if the magic doorways, wardrobes, and rabbit holes that swallow children up are real? The children at  Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children is a place for children to go after their magic fantasy world has gives them the boot. When this once safe-haven becomes the site of vicious murders Nancy, the newest arrival, sets out to figure out what is happening. This short book is lovely and weird.

What are you reading this summer?


Latest Additions


It’s sometimes said that there are two seasons in Ohio — winter and construction season.  Construction isn’t always reserved just for rebuilding/ repaving our roads, sometimes our websites have to have a little constructive maintenance done to them as well.  That was the case for our Reading Room the last five days or so.  We had to do some technical things to the hosting servers or whatnot, making it inaccessible for our staff to add any new additions.  OH NO!

We will have to wait until next Monday to hear about what has been recently added to the Reading Room.  In the meantime, let’s talk about something more exciting.

Let’s talk about RRPL Summer Reading!

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Our summer reading program starts in ONE WEEK!  Yes, that’s right!  Starting next Monday, you can sign up in person or online to participate in our teen and adult summer reading programs. The Adult theme is ‘Escape the Ordinary’, but all that means is that we might gently suggest you try reading something you wouldn’t normally read, but you don’t have to. You can read whatever you want!  If you have children in sixth grade or under, you can take them to our Children’s department to participate in that summer reading program.

Here’s how our Adult and Teen summer reading program works:

  1. Sign up in person or online.
  2. Read a book.
  3. Submit a book entry form (in person or online) for every title read June 8 – August 1.
  4. Potentially win weekly prize basket and get entered to win the grand prize basket.
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 through August 1.

That’s it!  I’ve been working hard on prize baskets full of goodies, including awesome books.  The baskets range from spa themed to outdoors themed, and plenty of fun in between.  The grand prize basket has the local theme of Rocky River and is overflowing with goodies from businesses around the community, including lots of gift cards!  In addition to my weekly latest additions post, you’ll be able to find pictures of the weekly prize baskets here and on our Facebook page starting next Monday.

Are you still looking for some reading suggestions this week?  Well, here are some of the books I plan on reading this summer.

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I can’t guarantee these will actually be the books I read, but as of right now, they are what I plan on reading.  I’m sure there will be others that find their way into my life, that’s just how it goes.

Happy reading!


Big Little Lies- Coming on Tuesday!

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Liane Moriarty follows her massively successful The Husband’s Secret with Big Little Lies. Entertainment Weekly magazine says “A surefire hit… The Aussie author of last year’s runaway hit The Husband’s Secret comes back with another winning and wise novel that intertwines the lives of three women.” Don’t miss out; holds are building, but we’ll have plenty of copies!


Latest Additions

Yowza! It’s getting muggy out there. How lucky there are indoor places to enjoy some lovely A/C. Might I suggest one of the best places to escape the heat is the library? Hmm? Doesn’t that sound delightful?! And while you’re here, you should stop off and take a look at this week’s basket:week five -girls night in!This is a great basket for a Girls’ Night In -there are dvds of the romantic comedy variety, books to read that will put a smile on your face (one of them is signed by the author!) a few magazines with *lots!* of quizzes to take, an Old Maid card game, and sweet treats! Start the phone tree and get the ladies ready for a party at your house! (Yes, we *can* be there! Thanks for the invite!)

Now you must be looking for books to read! (Those entry slips don’t fill themselves out people!) How about:
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
Nantucket Red by Lelia Howland
China Dolls by Lisa See
On the Rocks by Erin Duffy
Suspicion by Joseph Finder

See you soon!

— Stacey

Latest Additions

You know how they rush the holidays along anymore? I think there’s a new, and even less likable, trend -focusing on the upcoming season before you settle into the current season! For example: the Summer season started a whole two weeks ago and there are already advertisements encouraging us to get ready for Fall! Let’s all band together and say, “Pfft! It’s Summertime!” One sure fire way to celebrate summer? Join the Adult Summer Reading Program!! What a great way to embrace the season *and* -even better?- potentially win a basket full of great stuff! Do you want to see this week’s special treat?week four -action & adventure!This basket is packed with all kinds of dangerously fun action and adventure items! (As dangerous as a Library can be possibly be seen as endorsing…) Way in the back is a fast-moving Frisbee, a book to guide your adventures through the world of craft beers, a different book detailing Theodore Roosevelt’s epic journey down the Amazon River, a few tasty treats to keep your energy up as you explore this basket, and some very important Band-Aids -just in case you get a paper cut from turning those pages too quickly!

Looking for a book or two to put on those entry slips? How about:
Here Comes Mrs Kugleman by Minka Pradelski
A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable
Tempting Fate by Jane Green
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
From the Kitchen of Half Truth by Maria Goodin

Not a shabby way to start a new week, right?! Enjoy!

— Stacey

Latest Additions

Now that we’re deep into Summertime, nine whole days!, and everyone has their most relaxing chairs on the porch? It’s finally time to get serious about finding all the fun that’s fit to be had! A solid option to consider -playing to win a Summer Reading Basket! How about…week three- books to movies!This basket is full of books that have been made into movies and dvds that were based on books! That’s why we’re calling this one Books to Movies! Yes, it might be obvious but sometimes that’s not so bad. There’s some popcorn and candy, plus a fun game -based on a television show! Ah, the possibilities!

Now maybe you’re thinking about what’s new to read? Why not come in and check out one of the following titles:
The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
The Color Master by Aimee Bender
Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
The Possibility Dogs by Susannah Charleson
Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat

Now don’t forget to stop in get a few extra books and entry slips! There’s a holiday weekend coming up!! Enjoy those Independence Day s’mores and fireworks -just like me!

— Stacey


Latest Additions

Have you signed up for the Adult Summer Reading Program? Are you reading? Yes? Great! No? There’s still time! But don’t forget the next part -turn in your entry slips! (That’s the key step in winning a basket, don’t ya know?) Curious about what you might win in Week Two? How a basket full of things you can enjoy that Celebrate the Outdoors! If you look carefully, you’ll see a book about star gazing, seeds for growing, and a dvd with one of the oddest -but most gifted- gardeners out there: Edward Scissorhands! Oh, and don’t forget the tasty treats!

week two- outdoors!

Do you need something to read for all those entry slips you picked up? How about:
Panic by Lauren Oliver
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Serpent of Venice Christopher Moore
The Bees by Laline Paull

And of course, you can always ask us at the Reference Desk! We’re happy to help!

— Stacey

Beat the Heat with a Movie

One of my favorite ways to cool off in the summer is to go see a movie.  Air conditioning, popcorn, maybe some Peanut M&Ms…chilly dark heaven!  This summer some really great books are going to come to life on the big screen.


My Sisters Keeper, based on the book of the same title by Jodi Picoult, come out this Friday, June 26.

I Love You, Beth Cooper, based on the book of the same title by Larry Doyle comes out July 10th.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, based on the book of same title by J.K. Rowling comes out July 15th.

Julie and Julia, based on the book Julie and Julia: 365 days, 524 recipes, 1 tiny apartment kitchen: how one girl risked her marriage, her job, and her sanity to master the art of living by Julie Powell hits theaters August 7th

And finally, The Time Traveler’s Wife, based on the book of the same title by Audrey Niffenegger will be on the big screen beginning August 14th.

You still have plenty of time to read most of those books before seeing the movie!  You can find all of those titles at Rocky River Library.


A Reading Wish List

If I had all the time in the world -and eyes strong enough to take the strain- I would wish to read these books, plus many more- in what remains of the Summer of ’08:

1. The Host by Stephenie Meyer … her first book aimed at adults and it seems creepily good.

2. Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer … which would be the whole darn Twilight series.

3. The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) by Rick Riordan … these books are fab-u-lous, smart, and funny.

4. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall … I loved the first book (The Penderwicks: a summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits, and a very interesting boy), I’m sure I’ll love this one too.

5. Letterati: An unauthorized look at Scrabble by Paul McCarthy … a book about words, specifically Scrabble, what’s not to love?

6. Cockatiels at Seven by Donna Andrews … number nine in the Meg Langslow series, need I say more?

7. The Matters at Mansfield: Or, the Crawford Affair by Carrie Bebris … a good mystery starring Mr. and Mrs. Darcy is always exciting.

8. Audition: a memoir by Barbara Walters … she’s an amazing person, I’m sure this will be an amazing book.


And the books that will move to the top of the pile as soon as I can get my hands on a copy are:

1. American Wife by Chris Sittenfeld … a sortof fictionalized sortof biography about Laura Bush-type First Lady, maybe, sortof?

2. The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell … she’s so witty, she can make you laugh out loud.

3. Devil’s Brood by Sharon Kay Penman … finally the last book in Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine’s story. The author has been ill on and off for years, so I’ve waited almost six years for this book. Oh, please let it be good!

4. The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry … set in Salem with a family of women who can see the future by reading lace. I love Salem, I love handicrafts, and I love that this book has the promise of greatness.

5. Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris by R.L. LaFevers … are you a fan of Egyptology? Then I know you’ll like Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos (the first in this series) and I’m hoping we’ll both like the new book.


So, what’s on your list?


 Stacey