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 www.pottermore.com


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


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