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.
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.
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
Book News: Happiness Study Says Library Trips Are As Good As A Pay Raise
by ANNALISA QUINN
Pedestrians walk past the main branch of the New York Public Library in New York City in this 2013 photo.
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!”