Friday, July 26, 2013

Geauga County Public Library book sale at Great Geauga County Fair

Geauga County Public Library's Friends of the Bookmobile are sponsoring a sale of gently used library materials during the Great Geauga County Fair, Aug. 29 through Sept. 2. Fairgoers can attend the sale in the book barn (next to the free parking area by Gate 1), leave their selections with library staff and volunteers, and pick up their materials when they leave the fair.

According to a news release:
GCPL has been expanding its collection over the past year, resulting in extra weeding efforts to make room for new materials. The upshot of this practice is that hundreds of additional fiction and nonfiction titles are now available for people to acquire and add into their personal collections. Also, a wide variety of DVDs and CDs will be on the shelves.

Monday is “bag day,” when $3 buys people a bag filled with as many books as it will hold.

“The book sale at the fair is popular every year,” says Bookmobile Manager Jane Attina, “but this year’s selection is among the most robust I’ve ever seen. This is a great time to stock up on all kinds of reading material.”

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Favorite reads from high school and now

Elizabeth Lundblad talked with some librarians and avid readers to learn about their favorite required reading from high school and some current books they're raving about:

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

10 best things about "Did I Do That? The Best (And Worst) of the '90s"

I grew up in a different environment and on the opposite side of the country than Amber Humphrey, but we still had basically the same experience growing up. So I'm unbelievably grateful she wrote "Did I Do That? The Best (And Worst) of the '90s" (Abrams Image, 2013).

Humphrey is hilarious and picked some of the best parts of '90s culture to write about. It's hard to narrow down what I love most about this book, but here are 10 of my favorite parts (in no particular order, because how do you rank so many great things???):

The succinct explanation of Vanilla Ice.

The sidebar on Lights Out. I didn't know anyone else even knew what this game was! I was obsessed/frustrated with it, and sometimes I would play it in the dark in my bedroom closet because the lights were cool.

Everything about Captain Planet — but especially these parts. And honestly, I think my anxiety about littering is directly correlated with this cartoon.

The Tiny Toons stickers. Seeing this picture on the page gave me a sudden jolt of a memory I didn't realize even existed, but I now remember not wanting to peel off those yellow stickers because once I stuck them somewhere, I would be done using them. Also my favorite was the one of Buster and Babs reading — which will be no shock to anyone who has met me.

The 1990s fashion. I wore a lot of spandex pants with stirrups. Also I remember a "dressy" dark green velvety short-sleeve shirt, which came with a matching scrunchie.

How to build a boy band. I mean, it makes so much sense now that 98 Degrees didn't get close to reaching the magnitude of Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync.

The 1990s Olympics. The figure skating in the 1994 and 1998 Olympics meant a lot to me — but I'm not sure if any big event in the 1990s meant more to me than Kerri Strug's final vault. I can't even think about it without getting chills.

Hunting and creative deaths on the Oregon Trail. Does anyone remember anything else about this game? And I don't mean like how you tried to play "Frogger" as you forded the river. I'm sure there was some sort of educational element, but I couldn't name a stop along the way. I don't even know if I would have been able to say the wagons left from Missouri.

Rufio. I totally had that toy. Also he was clearly the best character in "Hook."

The recognition that Cory Matthews lived a surreal life and did not, in fact, "meet world." But "Boy Meets World" still is one of the best shows ever produced, and I cannot wait for "Girl Meets World" to start.

If this blog post didn't make sense to you, then clearly you did not grow up in the 1990s. But if you did, I can't believe you're still sitting there and haven't ordered "Did I Do That? The Best (And Worst) of the '90s" online or searched for it in your library's catalog. It's an easy, entertaining read that will have you literally LOL-ing and feeling nostalgic for your childhood.

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Geauga Library adds Playaway Bookpacks

Geauga County Public Library has added Playaway Bookpacks to its collection. The bookpacks combine the all-in-one Playaway audiobooks and the print edition of that title for a read-along experience.

More from a news release:
Bookpacks include best-sellers, award-winning titles, and Common Core State Standard selections for various ages and reading levels. Popular titles include:
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • The Hunger Games
  • The Book Thief
  • Amelia Bedelia
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
GCPL was one of the first libraries to offer Playaway audiobooks. Playaways offer complete audiobooks on one device. No other MP3 or audio player is needed. Simply pick up a Playaway, insert your own headset or speaker cable, and listen to a book.

Patrons will find Playaway Bookpacks at Bainbridge, Chardon, Geauga West and Middlefield libraries. Visit to search the catalog to place a hold for a Playaway Bookpack.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Loganberry Books - "Author Alley" Book Signing Event

Several local authors will be part of an event in Shaker Heights on Saturday. More information from a news release:
WHEN: 2013-07-06

TIME: 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm

WHERE: Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Boulevard, Shaker Heights, OH

WHAT: Angelo Thomas Crapanzano - Fiction or Prophecy

Mary Kaufman Schwartz - Coming into Focus

Cindi Ferrini - Balancing the Active Life

Sandy Rozelman - Politics Is A Joke
                                  Who Said Jews Aren't Funny
                                  You're Gonna Laugh

D. L. Given - Vital Perception
                       The Elder Effect

Russell A. Minar - The Mirror of Freedom

Michele Gianetti, R.N. - I Believe in You

Mary Lu Stary - Charlie, the Brave Little Turtle
                           Sage, the Little Brown Pony
The Larchmere Festival is more than a day of bargains and goodies, but of neighbors, festivities, workshops and camaraderie.  Tucked into corners and lots up and down the boulevard are dealers of vintage goods, antiques, art, and collectibles, with an additional community garage sale lot for the bargain hunters.  Music, workshops, chess, and food enliven the festival flair. For more information, contact (877) 727-0697 or Michelle Whitman at

Find more information on the Larchemere Festival at

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