April is National Humor Month

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Have you smiled today?  Here are some books to help you with that!

 

        

 

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April 15th 1912, The Titanic sinks

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We all know about the sinking of the Titanic and it has fascinated us for over 100 years.  But the Titanic was not even the largest loss of life in a Maritime disaster.  On April 27th, 1855, the Sultana, a Mississippi riverboat exploded and burned near Memphis with a loss of over 1800 lives.   Other sea disasters with large loss of life include the Lusitania which sank in 1915 with the loss of over 1200 people and the steamer Eastland that capsized in the Chicago River, also in 1915, killing more than 840 passengers.  No one really knows why the Titanic disaster remains the most written about and talked about sea disaster but books have been written on these other tragedies.  Check out these titles:

 

                 

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American Revolution

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April 19th marked the anniversary of the beginning of the American Revolution.  The first shots were fired at Lexington, Massachusetts in 1775. The war would last 8 years, finally ending in September, 1783.

The 13 colonies rebelled against the British government and sought independence because, although they were faced with steep taxes and lived under British law, they had no representation in British Parliament. “No taxation without representation” became a rallying cry for the war.

At the time, there were 2.5 million colonists living in America.  40-45% supported the Revolution; 15-20% were Loyalists to the Crown and the remainder were neutral.

The American Colonial army’s Commander-In-Chief was George Washington, who went to become the first President of the United States.

The Revolution was a hard-fought and long struggle. The turning point came with the Battle of Saratoga, the first great colonial victory.

In 1783, future president John Adams helped negotiate the Treaty of Paris, which ended the war, acknowledged American independence and made the new country’s borders Canada to the North and the Mississippi River to the West.

You can find out more about the American Revolution at 973.3 in the non-fiction section at your library.

    

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April 22nd is Earth Day. Be a Recycler!

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Here are some tips from Consumer Reports to make this important chore easier…on us and our earth.

  1. Plastic: You can recycle films and wraps along with plastic grocery bags. Dry-cleaning film, the wrap your toilet paper came in, even ziploc bags- if it’s clean and dry, it can be recycled at many major grocery chains.
  2. Glass: Recycle intact glass only. Throw the tiny pieces of broken glass in the garbage.
  3. Paper: Keep it clean- no dirty pizza boxes or dirty paper towels.

Consumer Reports and other helpful magazines are available at the Green Branch Library.

 

Other helpful sites:

Science Kids

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/recycling.html

 

Keep America Beautiful

http://www.kab.org/site/PageServer?pagename=kids_tips

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POW! BANG! BOOM! Hulk SMASH!

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Superheroes are cool and well… just plain awesome in my book. Speaking of books, did you know that our library has a pretty incredible collection of superhero graphic novels as well as other books about your favorite superheroes? That’s right! We have Captain America, Superman, Spiderman, Batman, Teen Titans, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, The Avengers, Iron Man… You name the superhero, we’ll probably have a book on them. And you want to know something even more awesomely cool? There is about to be an entire area dedicated to everything Superhero. Yep, you heard that right. The children’s side of the library will soon have a new section dedicated to your favorite superheroes. And the display that is going to house these heroes is going to be a SMASHING hit!

 

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The Boys of Summer Are Back!

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If you are interested in learning more about baseball, or the Cleveland Indians, please see our display at the Green Branch Library!

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Need a meeting space?

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The Akron-Summit County Public Library offers free meeting rooms to local non-profit groups, units of government, and appointed or elected government officials.  Use must occur during hours the Library is open.  Call 330-896-9074 for a meeting room at the Green Branch.

 

How about a historical meeting place?  The Lichtenwalter School House is available for use to non-profit groups also.

 

Contact the City of Green’s Parks and Recreation Division 330.896.6621 or the Planning Department 330.896.6614 for more information and availability.

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You Are ( Not ) Small wins 2015 Geisel Award

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The award is named for Theodor Seuss Geisel  ( Dr. Seuss ).

This award is given annually to recognize the author (s) and

Illustrator(s) of the most distinguished book for  beginning

readers.  The books must be published in English in the United States

during the preceding year.  The humorous You Are( Not) Small is

written by Anna Kang and illustrated by Christopher Weyant.  The honor

books for 2015 are Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page by Cynthia

Rylant and illustrated by  Arthur Howard,  Waiting Is Not Easy! Written

and illustrated by Mo Willems.

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Iwo Jima

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On this day back in 1945, the battle of Iwo Jima was taking place.  During the fighting, a group of U.S. military personnel climb to the top of Mount Suribachi and planted the American flag. This moment lives on due to a well timed photo from Joe Rosenthal.

To learn more about the Battle of Iwo Jima and this iconic moment visit your local library!

     

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Spring Snow

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I’m going to tell you about something you don’t want to know about:  SNOW. As we go into April, it may be Spring by the calendar but it still seems like winter.  And that’s not so unusual!   The latest recorded snowfall in Akron was 0.2 inches on May 6th, 1947.  More recently we saw 1.5 inches on May 4th, 1989, and on April 2st, 1987, the Akron area saw 20.9 inches of snowfall.  So what does this all mean?  It’s time to pick up some cozy mystery books to get you through that last of the winter weather.

Here are some suggestions:

   

    

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