Where would be without a Rand McNally atlas? Lost. When I grew up and vacation or road trip was mentioned, out came our Rand McNally atlas and we all would turn each page, dreaming of the perfect place to go. We wanted to go someplace that we had never been and wanted to know how to get there. Lot’s of ideas from a family with 6 kids! My parents guided us on how far we could go, how much money it would cost and it always worked out to be a great vacation…wherever it was! So, thank you, Rand McNalley, for publishing your atlas on April 15, 1924. You have helped many people find their way to a great vacation spot for 90 years! Check with the help desk to find a Rand McNally today.
Dystopian Novels for Teens and Young Adults
In the last few years, dystopian novels have become a growing force in teen/young adult literature. A dystopia is an alternate universe (often the future in our own world) that explores the worst case scenario, a world where society, government, technology and other factors combine to make survival an ongoing challenge.
Perhaps the best known of these series are The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Divergent by Veronica Roth, both of which have recently been made into feature films.
As we continue to be fascinated by the concept of humans struggling in a stark, strange, sometimes savage world, check out these dystopian series, available at your library:
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (1st book: City of Bones)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Matched by Ally Condie
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Gone by Michael Grant
The Shadow Children by Margaret Peterson Haddix (1st book: Among the Hidden)
I Am Number 4 by Pittacus Lore
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
The Forest Of Hands And Teeth by Carrie Ryan
The Uglies by Scott Westerfield
The arrival of spring means it’s time for baseball. Baseball season is a favorite time of year for many, sitting on porches, listening to the game on the radio, watching on TV, or enjoying a game at the field with the family. Here at the library, you can find books on your favorite baseball team, baseball parks around the country, baseball food, and of course, how to play baseball. So it’s time for BATTER UP at the library
Are you a “birder”? Do you find yourself looking out the window to see what those birds are up to? Would you like to recognize a bird by its song? With temperatures warming and spring around the corner, it’s easy to become a bird watcher! It’s fun to see their springtime rituals. Their courting behaviors, nest building activities, and of course, their songs are all reasons to once again, venture outdoors.
At the Green Branch Library, http://greenbranch.akronlibrary.org/,we have the following resources and many, many more to help you identify birds and learn just what the birds in your neighborhood are up to!
Backyard birding : a guide to attracting and identifying birds / Randi Minetor. Contains 250 vibrant full-color photos capturing birds in stunning detail. Focus on top 24 birds found nationally as well as in Eastern and Western locations * Picture index of all the birds found throughout the book for easy reference
The joy of birding : a beginner’s guide / Kate Rowinski
…the ideal illustrated companion for becoming a successful bird watcher.
Birding in Ohio / byTom Thomson with the assistance of 38 regional contributors.
“No one in Ohio is more familiar with areas to bird than Tom Thomson, and he has pulled this knowledge together to make birding more accessible and enjoyable for everyone.” – Richard B. Pierce, Chief, Ohio Division of Wildlife.
Going one step further, you can learn birds’ songs! Apps make this easy and are fun to use for this. Check out the review of iPhone apps on Cornell University’s: All About Birds Blog. This blog also offers, a Bird Cam- you can view Great Blue Herons, Red-Tailed Hawks, and a family of Albatross,- Bird Guides and Birding Basics.
You can be creative with your observations and win a prize! You just need to enter Cornell’s Celebrate Urban Birds Challenge. http://celebrateurbanbirds.org/community/challenges/spring-2014/
This contest ends soon- March 31st so – get outside! Take a walk. Share your observations, such as birds courting, a goldfinch becoming yellow, a new nest. You may create artwork, a video, poetry, a dance, sculpture or a song. Prizes include Pennington Bird feeders, Opticron binoculars, bird sound CDs, posters, books, bird-guides, and more.
Another blog worth visiting for its beauty as well as its content is: http://redandthepeanut.blogspot.com/
This blogger lends an Ohio flavor to her writing as she hikes through woods and meadows around Cincinnati. Her artwork is remarkable and her photography simply stunning.
Finally, remember we have a great bird viewing area in our own backyard at Nimisila State Park in Portage Lakes State Park. The reservoir is home to Bald Eagles, Osprey, Purple Martins, Loons and so many more active birds!
I recall coming home from school as a child and rushing in to watch Fred Rogers on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood change from a jacket to a cardigan and from dress shoes to sneakers while he sang “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”. He was such a soothing presence on the screen at the end of a school day. If he was still with us, he would have turned 86 today.
For more information on Fred Rogers:
Winter boots are replaced with rain boots. Winter coats replaced with jackets. The snow-covered ground melts into squishy, mud to make way for flower blooms. The air becomes warmer. The anticipation builds. The front doors open. And that means……the kids will run WILD!
Here are some fun books to read to children to get them excited about the spring season.
Signs of Spring, by Colleen Dolphin
The Twelve Days of Springtime: A School Counting Book, by Deborah Lee Rose
Mud, by Mary Lyn Ray
Spring is Here! by Will Hillenbrand
Full of symbolism, this plant has mystical roots
by Michelle Gervais (Fine Gardening Website)
“Wearin’ o’ the green”
The shamrock became symbolic in other ways as time went on. In the 19th century it became a symbol of rebellion, and anyone wearing it risked death by hanging. It was this period that spawned the phrase “the wearin’ o’ the green”. Today, the shamrock is the most recognized symbol of the Irish, especially on St. Patrick’s Day, when all over the world, everyone is Irish for a day!
The original Irish shamrock (traditionally spelled seamróg, which means “summer plant”) is said by many authorities to be none other than white clover (Trifolium repens), a common lawn weed originally native to Ireland. It is a vigorous, rhizomatous, stem-rooting perennial with trifoliate leaves. Occasionally, a fourth leaflet will appear, making a “four-leaf clover,” said to bring good luck to the person who discovers it.
Grow your own shamrock
If you’d like to grow your own shamrock, you have a couple of options. You let the widely recognized white clover invade your lawn, or you can grow the Americanized version,Oxalis tetraphylla, the lucky clover. This is the plant you will usually find in gift shops in March.
Oxalis tetraphylla is a tender perennial in most parts of this country, hardy only in USDA Hardiness Zones 8 to 9. For this reason it is usually grown as a house plant, with a winter dormancy period. It needs bright light to thrive, as well as moist, well drained soil. When the plant begins to go dormant for the winter, keep the soil barely moist, and resume regular watering in the spring when the plant puts out new growth.
On March 6, 1981, Walter Cronkite sign off the CBS evening news for the final time.
Walter Cronkite is best known for his coverage of WWII, President Kennedy’s Assassination, and Vietnam War.
To learn more about Walter Cronkite, check out the following books:
A Reporter’s life by Walter Cronkite, Cronkite’s War by Walter Cronkite and Maurice Isserman, Cronkite by Douglas Brinkley
Tired of the cold? Ready for Spring and pretty flowers? Do you know there’s grass under that snow but not sure what shape it’s in?
Then it’s time to come to Green Branch Library. We have all the books you want on vegetable gardening, landscaping and flower gardening.
We also have books on container gardening and even how to make a water garden. Check out our display. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, just ask, we can find it for you. Spring has Sprung here at Green Branch Library.