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Spring is in full bloom here in Cleveland and it is just lovely. With the exception of raising my baby and working full-time, I’ve called off all of my other responsibilities to ensure that I have enough time to take my little one on walks, play outside, and help her discover the beauty of nature.  There are still so many things in this world that are brand new to her, and it’s so inspiring to watch her discover these things.

Watching my child learn and grow helps remind me that we are always learning and growing, even as adults. One great way to expand your mind is to read, so here are some titles we have recently reviewed for the Reading Room.  Check them out and maybe you’ll pick up some new knowledge or inspiration.

blood salt water

lilac

parasite

shameless

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Happy reading!

Beth

 

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Happy Dyngus Day!  Here in Cleveland we have a large Polish population and so Dyngus Day has become a very popular celebration over the last few years as we start to embrace this Polish tradition.  Dyngus Day, also known as Wet Monday, falls on the Monday after Easter.  It’s a day of fun, and sometimes a bit of flirting.  Here’s a little more about the day: Cleveland Dyngus Day.

If for some reason you gave up reading for Lent ;), it’s time to get back to the books.  Check out what we’ve been reading to see if any of the titles would be a good match for you.

 

mrs. engles

passenger

wedding cake murder

sisi

Happy reading!

Beth

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Have you ever returned a stack of books to the library, only to get a notice a few days later that you have an item overdue?  It has happened to all of us at some point.  I’ve found books under my car seats, under the bed, and behind other books on my bookshelf.  One place I don’t think my books have ended up though is in the wall.  This story out of Oregon tells the tale of a long overdue library book hidden in the wall of a home.

Moral of the story: next time you’re missing a library book, check your walls, especially if you’re in the middle of a renovation.

Here are a few items that we have hopefully recently returned:

fallen land

turner house

time of fog and fire

Happy reading!

Beth

 

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On Wednesday, March 2 we celebrated Read Across America day here at RRPL by inviting our city Mayor and our Library Director to read to the public.  Read Across America highlights the importance of reading.  It’s appropriate that this celebration took place at the beginning of March, as  March is a big month for books and that means we are very busy here at RRPL making sure our shelves are well stocked. If you’re looking for a new title to celebrate this wonderful month of books, try one of these recently reviewed titles:

 

darker shade of magic

be frank with me

miss ruffles

ms engles

Happy Reading!

Beth

 

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As I find my stride in this motherhood role my respect for all mothers who have come before me grows immensely.  Raising  a baby is hard, and from what I’ve been told by others, I have a really calm, happy baby.  I mean, I can tell that my daughter is calm and happy, but I just assumed all babies were this pleasant.  Anyhow, she’s going through some developmental milestones that are putting a strain on both of our sleep schedules.

One thing that brings calm to our days is reading.  Eliza is still young enough that she doesn’t comprehend my words, but likes hearing my voice.  I find myself reading aloud to her whatever book I’m reading at the time (it’s really the only way I’ve managed to get any personal reading in since she was born).  And don’t freak out about content because if  I come across a particularly inappropriate paragraph, I generally will stop reading aloud through that portion of the text.  By reading to her, I’m hoping to accomplish many goals as she grows up.

  1. Develop strong verbal and language skills
  2. Appreciate stories
  3. Love books
  4. Calm her mind and her body

I know these late night and early morning reading sessions won’t be something she will recall, but they very well might be some of my favorite memories of reading.  I cherish every minute I get with my little lady, even the long nights.

 

Check out what we have been reading recently.

after you

embattled

speak

Happy reading!

Beth

 

 

 

 

 

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Walking is great!  I’m not kidding.  I love being able to go on walks.  One of my favorites things to do when I have some time to myself is go on a walk.  Sometimes I do this on my lunch breaks, but usually my walks are on the weekends, before or after work.   One thing I love to do while walking is listening to audiobooks.  I’m getting some physical and mental activity all at once.  Score! One thing that many of us can agree on when it comes to audiobooks is that the narrator matters.  Some people only listen to male narrators, some only listen to female.  Some people prefer their narrator to have a British accent.  I can’t speak for the narrators of any of the following titles, but maybe you should give them a listen, or a read.

grandma gateway

my name is lucy

second street

Happy reading/listening!
Beth

 

 

 

 

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Were you snowed in this past weekend?  We didn’t see any of that awful white stuff here in Cleveland, but that didn’t stop me from treating my weekend like I was snowed in.  I turned down a few invitations to go here or there.  I stayed in my warm home with my three and a half month baby girl and cuddled.  We cuddled, played, laughed, and napped.  It was glorious.  I managed to watch more movies this past weekend than I watched in 2015 combined. I even found some time to finish a book. Did I mention it was glorious? Anyhow, here is the most recently added title to our reading room!

readers of broken

Happy reading!

Beth