45 Year Anniversary of the Lunar Landing


This history making journey began on July 16, 1969.  For more information, please see the following:


National Air and Space Museum


Newsweek Apollo 11 article




On July 26th the First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby is being held in Akron at Derby Downs,  a mere 7 miles from Green Branch. Events include a 5k run/walk,  parade, DQ rally challenge, super kid’s race, and a celebrity race, followed by the 77th derby race at 8:30 am.  Books and DVD’s are available on the history , facts and  heroes of the derby.

Ohio Day Trip



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

Clay’s Park

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Rock Hall

Weathervane Community Playhouse

Akron Art Museum/Cleveland Museum of Art

Perkins Mansion & John Brown House

Hower House

Cedar Point

County Fairs

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

Water Works

McKinley Museum

First Ladies Library

Canton Classic Car Museum

Cleveland Aquarium

NASA Glenn Museum

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base & Air Museum



The Warther Museum



Marblehead Lighthouse

African Safari Wildlife Park

Canal Fulton

Sluggers & Putters

Hartville Flea Market

Longaberger Factory

Kalahari Indoor Water Park

Great Wolf Lodge

Grandpa’s Cheese Barn

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Great Lakes Shakespeare Fest

Lock 3

Akron Civic Theatre

Tuscora Park

West Side Market

Edgewater Park

Fannie Mae Chocolate Factory

Smucker’s Company Store & Café

Hudson First & Main

Downtown Wooster

Nautica Queen

Don Drumm Studios



This Saturday, July 12, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Summit County Historical Society is having a 90th Anniversary Celebration!  They will be having free tours of the Perkins Stone Mansion and the John Brown House. There will also be many free activities and much more for the entire family! Learn all about how Summit County started and how it has progressed over the past 90 years .So,if you’re looking for something interesting to do over the weekend that’s free, join in the celebration!  Check out their website at www.summithistory.org. for a map to the houses. Our Main library downtown has a special collections division on the 3rd floor that has more information on the history of our county.







One of the best sport writers has retired


The former Sports Illustrated/ESPN columnist and book author Rick Reilly has written his last article!

You can check out his books at your local library!




Did you miss the Big Butterfly Release at Green Library on June 3rd?

No worries! Here are some pictures of the 10 young Painted Lady butterflies (Vanessa cardu) as they took wing.


NC Painted Lady June 2014 inside BG2







They were first fortified with watermelon and cantaloupe juice so as to be ready for their search for food and habitat.

Painted Lady Butterflies are found almost anywhere, but they prefer brightly lit and open environments like clover fields, flowery meadows and hilly country. Because the eclose, or the emergent, stage of metamorphosis was timed to be in the early summer, there was abundant food available. They could well have stayed in our beautiful flower-filled  Reading Garden!

For more information on butterflies come to the Green Library!






If you or anyone you know happens to be lucky enough to spot a monarch egg on a milkweed stalk, we would be happy to “raise” it in our Butterfly Garden cage here at the Green Library. Bring the stalk with the egg on it in a jar of water. We’ll set it out on our Nature Connect Table and watch the entire life cycle unfold!

Here is a picture of what a monarch egg typically looks like on a milkweed leaf

monarch egg on leaf







Are You Wearing Your Pedometer Today?


A pedometer is a small device that counts a person’s steps, usually by detecting hip motion.  It can be worn on one’s belt or pants pocket, and is a great tool in fitness awareness and motivation.


Knowing the number of steps taken can tell a person how many miles they have walked. The U.S. Surgeon General has recommended 10,000 steps per day, which is the equivalent of 5 miles. This number is only a suggestion, and one that has been criticized for not taking health challenges or workout intensity into account.


The pedometer has had a long history. It was envisioned by Leonardo da Vinci in Renaissance times, and Thomas Jefferson discovered an early version of the tool in France and introduced it to the United States.


Today, you can easily find pedometers for everyday use. YOU CAN EVEN GET A FREE PEDOMETER  by signing up for the Mind Body and Sole summer program at any branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library. You can then record your steps, along with daily reading, and earn your MBS t-shirt!


Can’t live without your favorite iPod, cell phone or other device? Many of these now have pedometer apps to make your fitness goals even easier to track.


Find out more about walking, physical fitness, and our Mind Body & Sole program at your library.




Summer Camping


Going camping this summer to one of our National Parks? Well….These were actual comments left on

U. S. Forest Service registration sheets and comment cards by backpackers completing wilderness camping trips. Enjoy!


  • “A small deer came into my camp and stole my bag of pickles. Is there a way I can get reimbursed? Please call.”
  • “Ban walking sticks in wilderness. Hikers that use walking sticks are more likely to chase animals.”
  • “Too many bugs and leeches and spiders and spider webs. Please spray the wilderness to rid the area of these pests.”
  • “The coyotes made too much noise last night and kept me awake. Please eradicate these annoying animals.”
  • “Need more signs to keep area pristine.”
  • “A McDonald’s would be nice at the trail head.”
  • “The places where trails do not exist are not well marked.”
  • “Too many rocks in the mountains.”
  • “Instead of a permit system or regulations, the Forest Service needs to reduce worldwide population growth to limit the number of visitors to wilderness.”

Now that you are excited about your upcoming camping trip, check out some of these camping books your library has to offer:

Camping’s top secrets : a lexicon of expert camping tips / Cliff Jacobson.

The down and dirty guide to camping with kids : how to plan memorable family adventures and connect kids to nature / Helen Olsson.

Campfire songs : lyrics and chords to more than 100 sing-along favorites / edited by Irene Maddox and Rosalyn Cobb.


Audiobook Appreciation Month


Have you planned a long road trip or decided to do some serious yard work but wanted to read a good book?  June is a great time to try an audiobook!

We have three main formats for listening to a book:


An eAudiobook is an electronic version of a spoken word book, like books on tape or cd. Audiobooks are digitized to make them available in electronic form. These books are then listened to through a computer or downloaded to a portable listening device such as an mp3 player or iPod for listening.




Playaway is the only format that makes audiobooks accessible for everyone—providing the portablility of a digital audiobook with the grab-and-go convenience of a physical format.



Books on CD

This format is a recording of a book, often dramatized, on a compact disc.

An example of a title available on all three formats is:


Eaudiobook: Alex Cross, Run


Playaway: Alex Cross, Run


Book On CD:  Alex Cross, Run


Libraries can make you happy



Book News: Happiness Study Says Library Trips Are As Good As A Pay Raise



April 24, 2014 7:57 AM ET


Pedestrians walk past the main branch of the New York Public Library in New York City in this 2013 photo.

Pedestrians walk past the main branch of the New York Public Library in New York City in this 2013 photo.

Seth Wenig/AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Going to the library gives people the same kick as getting a raise does — a £1,359 ($ 2,282) raise, to be exact — according to astudy commissioned by the U.K.’s Department for Culture, Media & Sport. The study, which looks at the ways “cultural engagement” affects overall wellbeing, concluded that a significant association was found between frequent library use and reported wellbeing. The same was true of dancing, swimming and going to plays. The study notes that “causal direction needs to be considered further” — that is, it’s hard to tell whether happy people go to the library, or going to the library makes people happy. But either way, the immortal words of Arthur the Aardvark ring true: “Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card!”