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.
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.
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
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
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Weathervane Community Playhouse
Akron Art Museum/Cleveland Museum of Art
Perkins Mansion & John Brown House
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
First Ladies Library
Canton Classic Car Museum
NASA Glenn Museum
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base & Air Museum
The Warther Museum
African Safari Wildlife Park
Sluggers & Putters
Hartville Flea Market
Kalahari Indoor Water Park
Great Wolf Lodge
Grandpa’s Cheese Barn
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Great Lakes Shakespeare Fest
Akron Civic Theatre
West Side Market
Fannie Mae Chocolate Factory
Smucker’s Company Store & Café
Hudson First & Main
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.
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.
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
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.