On August 22, 1920, one of the most celebrated authors of the 21st century, Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois. As a child, he loved magicians and was an avid reader of L. Frank Baum and Jules Verne. His family moved to California when he was in his teens. His first paycheck as a writer was for a joke he wrote for George Burns’s “Burns and Allen Show”. He graduated from high school but couldn’t afford to go to college. So he went to the library 3 times a week for ten years.”Libraries raised me” he once said. Bradbury is best known for writing Fahrenheit 451 and the Martian Chronicles.He also wrote poems, essays, short stories, screenplays and plays. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 2004. Ray Bradbury died in 2012 at the age of 91.
Check out books written by Ray Bradbury or his biography at our library today.
Saturday, August 9, 2014 was National Book Lovers Day – a day for those who love to read, Book Lovers Day encourages you to kick back and relax with a great book. From sunny beaches to shady spots under arching trees or being tucked up warm in bed with a cup of coffee, there’s no better way to celebrate Book Lovers Day than to while the hours away lost in a book. I was sad to have missed it, and then realized this is a library! EVERY day is book lover’s day here! Come on in and check out our new releases, or reread an old favorite. Here are a few staff favorites to get you started:
Looking for something Interesting to read?
How about a book from a T.V. Host, Presidential Candidate, and Award Winning Author?
Then check out author Stephen Colbert’s award winning books!
On Friday July 11th Lebron James announced that he was coming home to Northeast Ohio. Those who follow basketball know that Lebron is a 2 time NBA champion and has an Olympic medal. Raised in Akron, he famously left and took his talents to South Beach, after spending 7 years with the Cleveland Caviliers. Proving that you can come home again, Lebron will now try to bring a championship to the Cleveland sports scene. Cleveland has not won a title, in a major sport, since 1964. We can now display all those Lebron books, proudly, at the library again. Lebron James is an amazing story, from his childhood in Akron, to his rise in the basketball world, to his Lebron James Family Foundation which is dedicated to helping the school children of Akron.
Wishing a happy birthday to everyone’s favorite wizard, Harry Potter, and his creator, J.K. Rowling.
Here are some fun facts about Rowling and her famous books and characters:
Joanne (“Jo”) Rowling was born in Yate, England on July 31, 1965. She turns 49 this year.
The K in J.K. Rowling comes from Jo’s grandmother, Kathleen. Jo herself does not have a middle name.
The idea for Harry Potter came to Rowling as she was traveling on a train between Manchester and London in 1990.
After several rejections, Rowling sold the first book for about US$4000. Since the series became an international success story, Rowling is now said to be the 13th richest woman in the United Kingdom, richer even than Queen Elizabeth II.
The dementors were inspired by Rowling’s struggle with depression in her 20s.
Are you familiar with Hermione Puckle, Neville Puff, Draco Spinks and Lily Moon? Probably not, since Rowling changed the names of these popular characters before the books were published. (Lily Moon became Luna Lovegood.)
Michael Jackson once approached Rowling about doing a musical based on the books, but she decided against it.
A film is now being made based on FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, a Hogwart’s “textbook” that Rowling wrote as a companion to the Harry Potter series.
Can’t get enough Harry Potter? Find out more and discover fun extras, including the occasional short story by Rowling herself, at www.pottermore.com
To discover or rediscover Rowling’s epic fantasy series, come visit your library.
So…how’s your garden doing?
This year our problem in NE Ohio has been too much rain. Except for those with raised beds, many gardeners have seen their plants drowned and stunted by the rains. Other years, the opposite has been true.
Water is a tricky but necessary resource so using it to our best advantage is a no-brainer.
Two practices commonly used to manage it are rain gardens and rain barrels. Capturing rainwater and slowing the runoff, while simultaneously lowering the amount of maintenance your garden requires, work towards a more sustainable use of a finite resource.
This summer, my household experimented with rain barrels.
Here are my rain barrels. There are two, one directly behind the other. We use them to water our raised garden. They collect the water running off the roof of a small shed. This helps us because the garden is far from the hose spigot. The rain barrels were free and the building materials cost around $50. Both barrels were filled (approx. 60 gal. each) within 2 rains- one of which was heavy. The spigots work very well and I watered our entire raised garden with less than 1/2 barrel. It was great not to have to unwind yards and yards of heavy garden hose!
Books on rain barrels, their construction and uses, can be found at the Green Library. Examples include:
Another way to manage water runoff is a rain garden, the essence of which is to capture and slow rapid runoff. This keeps our waterways cleaner while offering the appeal of a garden
This user-friendly handbook is designed for the backyard gardener. Written by a hydrology scientist and a horticulturist it is filled with simple, low-cost ideas and advice on planning, building, planting and maintaining a rain garden. And it’s available through the Green Branch Library. Come see us!
Brownies, ice cream, cake, cookies, bon-bons…who doesn’t LOVE chocolate? Well, Milk Chocolate lovers, today is a day to celebrate! Each year on July 28, it is National Milk Chocolate Day. Can we say, “Mmmm….”
If you have ever wondered how milk chocolate is made different from other chocolate, keep reading and you will learn the answer: Milk chocolate is solid chocolate that is made with milk in the form of milk powder, liquid milk or condensed milk.
Millions of people enjoy milk chocolate in candy, in baking and in hot chocolate. Today you can enjoy milk chocolate your favorite way! If you need some ideas on how to make this yumminess even yummier, then check out some chocolate cookbooks from your local library!
Crazy about chocolate: More than 200 delicious recipes to enjoy and share, by Krystina Castella.
Bittersweet: recipes and tales from a life in chocolate, by Alice Medrich.
Fine cooking chocolate: 150 delicious and decadent recipes, Taunton’s Fine Cooking
Looking for something fun to this summer to keep yourself and the kiddos occupied without breaking the bank or a long drive? Check out our list of NE Ohio Daytrips! For more info on local attractions and other things to do in the area, stop in to your local library to check out our travel books and DVDs!
Monroe Falls Park Lake
Local Zoo (Akron or Cleveland)
Local Sporting Events (Akron Aeros, Akron Racers)
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
Hale Farm and Village
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Weathervane Community Playhouse
Akron Art Museum/Cleveland Museum of Art
Perkins Mansion & John Brown House
Amish Country (Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center)
Wineries (Wolf Creek, Sarah’s, Gervasi)
Aurora Farms/Lodi Outlets
Cleveland Botanical Gardens
Great Lakes Science Center
State/Metro/National Parks (biking, hiking, swimming, etc)
Seiberling Nature Realm
First Ladies Library
Canton Classic Car Museum
NASA Glenn Museum
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base & Air Museum
The Warther Museum
African Safari Wildlife Park
Sluggers & Putters
Hartville Flea Market
Kalahari Indoor Water Park
Great Wolf Lodge
Grandpa’s Cheese Barn
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Great Lakes Shakespeare Fest
Akron Civic Theatre
West Side Market
Fannie Mae Chocolate Factory
Smucker’s Company Store & Café
Hudson First & Main
Don Drumm Studios