Introducing Sensory Story Time!


We are pleased to provide a special new story time this fall at your library. This program offers educational, literacy and social opportunities for children of all ages with differing abilities, their siblings, parents/caregivers and their typically developing peers through the use of story, music and movement.


Like our traditional story times, Sensory Story Time uses songs, books and fingerplays, but it also includes a schedule board (pictures representing the activity’s itinerary), a consistent program plan and sensory opportunities specially designed to engage children and families looking for a gentler experience.


Sensory Story Time will be held at Green Branch on the following Saturdays

at 10:30 a.m.

September 6

October 4

November 1

A call to reserve a spot is appreciated by not required.

We hope to see you there!


For more information on this and other library programs, please call the library at 330-896-9074.

Bubbles sensory story time



Lunch time


It’s back-to-school time!  As kids begin to return back to school, moms and dads everywhere stress over what to pack their kids for lunch. Studies have shown that children who eat a well-balanced lunch often do better in school and are more alert. It can be difficult enough to get your child to eat right when you’re there to monitor what he or she eats. But in the cafeteria, where the temptations of pizza, vending machines and other unhealthy snacks await, you have to up your game to get kids to actually eat what you’ve packed. Here are some cookbooks that might ease your stress level and help prepare that healthy lunch you strive for your kid to actually eat. Bon appetite!




Name the Birth Date Contest


Gotta go! Gotta go!

Our Monarch butterfly seemed to be saying just that when she emerged suddenly from her pupa on Wednesday, August 20th.  As quickly as she eclosed, or emerged, the next day she flew from her butterfly garden. This is a video taken at that time:

For those of you who might have missed it, during the month of August, visitors at the Green Branch Library have watched the metamorphosis of a 1/4” caterpillar into a pupa, then into a beautiful monarch.  It was interesting and so popular that we plan to repeat it next summer. Here’s a glimpse pre and post emergence.

NC Monarch pupa close up                NC Monarch post emergence


In the meantime, if you’d like to brush up on your butterfly facts here are some books for both children and adults.




Ray Bradbury


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.




National Book Lovers Day




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:






Stephen Colbert’s book


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!



Coming home


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.






Rowling and Potter


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


To discover or rediscover Rowling’s epic fantasy series, come visit your library.


Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens


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.

blue barrel


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