Five Days of Democracy Day 2: Casting a Ballot

Check out these books on voting!

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Five Days for Democracy Day 1: Who Represents Me?

Test your knowledge on government!

Check out these great kid’s books on government!

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Winged Wonders and Fun Facts about Monarchs

Check out Mr. Adam (from Mr. Adam’s EDventures) and friends read the companion book to this year’s One Book, One City selection!

Here’s 10 Monarch Butterfly facts that will show these butterflies are just as interesting as they are beautiful.

1. They Have Slow Motion Clapping Wings

The average butterfly flaps its wings around 20 times per second. The Monarch Butterfly, on the other hand, flaps its wings around 5 to 12 times a second.

2. In the USA, They Travel 3,000 miles, Every Year!

That’s equivalent to 4828 kilometres! This annual migration starts in north east United States and Canada and finishes in southwest Mexico. The migration takes place over four generations of butterflies.

You can read more about incredible butterfly migrations here.

3. They Are Poisonous

Monarchs eat poisonous milkweed during their larval stage, which is stored in the body. The poison, cardiac glycosides, causes predators to vomit, although it rarely causes death.

The brightly hued wings of the Monarch Butterfly acts as a “warning sign” to deter hungry predators.

4. The Caterpillars Are Keen Eaters

Greedy Monarch caterpillars have been known to devour a whole milkweed leaf in under five minutes. They eat 200 times their weight in milkweed!

5. They Arrived in Australia in 1871

They originate from Northern America and were introduced to Australia in the 1870s.

6. Their Chrysalises Have Gold Studs

Funnily enough, the word “chrysalis” is actually derived from the greek word for gold, “chrysos”.

The gold spots on Monarch Butterfly chrysalises are due to carotenoid pigments from their milkweed diet.

7. The Caterpillars Eat Their Shed Skins

As a matter of fact, this caterpillar is quite resourceful! When it first emerges from the egg, it eats the egg shell.

It then sheds its skin five times as it grows and makes a meal out of this each time.

8. They Are Fast Growers

The Monarch caterpillar can grow two thousand seven hundred times it’s original weight. Pretty impressive considering that it is only in its caterpillar stage for 10 to 14 days!

9. It’s the State Insect of 5 USA States

The Monarch is the state insect of Texas, Minnesota, Idaho, Illinois and Alabama. It’s also the state butterfly of Vermont and West Virginia.

10. Their Scientific Name is Danaus plexippus

This is Greek for “sleepy transformation” and refers to the transformation process that happens in the chrysalis.


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One Book, One City July 1 – July 31

Welcome to Rocky River Public Library’s One Book, One City: Bicycling with Butterflies by Sara Dykman and Winged Wonders: Solving the Monarch Migration Mystery by Meeg Pincus. Over the next four weeks, let’s get outside and really explore. Come back on Mondays in July and we’ll have something new to share with you.

Both titles are also available on Hoopla! Click to access the Hoopla Digital Library.

Bring your favorite adult to a Live Q & A with Bicycling with Butterflies author Sara Dykman at 6:00pm on Monday, August 2, to get your monarch questions answered! Register to receive a Zoom link to the program.

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Exciting Science Fiction titles for your 40 Book Challenge

Are you getting down to the wire with your 40 book challenge list and need to find some good science fiction to read? Is science fiction not your favorite genre? No problem! Check out these exciting titles!

The Neptune Project is my favorite Sci-Fi read this year! Lots of cool aquatic life and youth doing what they do best-saving the world while making friends.

NEW! Cleo Porter and the Body Electric by Jake Burt

What do you do when a global pandemic spreads? In this world everyone moves indoors never to be with anyone outside of their own family pod ever again. All friend visits and soccer games and more are done through holodeck projections. You even get your food and supplies through a tube in the wall! No one is ever allowed to leave their living quarters, ever. Until one day Cleo gets life or death medication delivered to her family pod by mistake. Does she dare leave her pod to save a person’s life? If she does what dangers or discoveries will she find? Join this brave heroine and discover her world’s secrets!

New! Lion of Mars by Jennifer Holm

Tired of life on Earth? Head up to Mars with other kids and families from different countries as they colonize this mysterious planet. Being cooped all day in your country’s pod while your parents are at work isn’t always what it is cracked up to be though. Sure there is the family cat and tasty treats like cake, but why aren’t kids allowed to reach out to other kids from the other countries? Why can’t they ever go outside? Is it really that dangerous? Are the other countries really as bad as they are told? Boredom and curiosity lead to shenanigans and adventures. Can they also bring world peace and understanding? Head up to planet Mars to find out!

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Join the 2021 Summer Reading Program!

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Summer is fast approaching and the Children’s Department has many enjoyable programs planned! There are many opportunities to explore.

Join the Summer Reading Program, Tails and Tales! There’s fun for anyone 0-12 years! Read books and win prizes! Register on Beanstack and pick up your goodie bag with everything you need to begin reading this summer.

Stop by the Library Lawn on Saturday, June 12, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm for the Summer Reading Kickoff! Pick up a craft to make at home, enjoy Animal Mini-Oympics, check out Chalk the Walk with local artists creating masterpieces, or enjoy our Storybook Walk. Pick up a program guide with details about all our programs.

At the end of Summer Reading on Saturday, July 31, we will offer a Family Fun Finale. We will have fun with balloon creations by our own Ms. Allison, a take-home craft, and an ice cream treat.

Below is a listing of our summer offerings.

Children’s Programs

  • Summer Baby & Me @ Home
  • Summer 2s & 3s Storytime @ Home
  • Kindergarten, Here I Come @ Home
  • Messy Art @ Home
  • Movin’ with Books & Music @ Home
  • Stuffed Animal Sleepover
  • Drag Queen Storytime
  • Fold Me an Animal Storytime
  • Minecrafters: Home Edition
  • Animal Trivia Night
  • Smart Art @ Home
  • Drive In Movie
  • Monarch Wonders Storytime
  • Dog Days Storytime

Tween Programs & Book Clubs

  • (Almost) A Week @ Wizard School
  • Tween Creative Club: Pet Edition
  • Tween Cooking Club: Cat & Dog Treats
  • River Readers
  • Tween Green Team: Bicycles & Butterflies Edition

Drop-in Programs

  • Let’s Go on a Storybook Walk
  • Wild Wonders: Beanstack Summer Reading Activity Badge
  • Chalk the Walk, Part 2
  • Curbside Crafts to Go

Family Events

  • Pop-Up Possibilities

Program registration is Saturday, May 22. Programs begin June 21.

We look forward to seeing you then…even if it is virtually!

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Join us for Read Across America Day!

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Today, March 2, 2021, is not only the birthday of Dr. Seuss but also Read Across America Day!

Dr. Seuss created many wonderful books with creative, memorable characters and easy-to-read, rhyming stories. For many of us, a Dr. Seuss book was the first book we owned. Thank you Dr. Seuss!

If you can’t get to the library and you are are looking for material to read online. Please check out these online sources. Happy Reading!

Free Books to Read Online

International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL)
The non-profit International Children’s Digital Library identifies exemplary books that help children to understand the world around them and the global society in which they live and makes them freely available on the Internet.

Free Audiobooks and Video Read Alouds

KidLit TV
Children can experience authors and illustrators reading their works through KidLit TV’Read Out Loud program, which includes an array of titles featuring diverse people and cultures. Find more read-alouds, plus podcasts, activity ideas, book trailers, and more at their award-winning website.

Story Time from Space
Story Time from Space is a project of the Global Space Education Foundation, which sends children’s books to the International Space Station. While in space, astronauts record themselves on video reading these books to the children of Earth and share them on the Story Time from Space website.

Storyline Online
At Storyline Online, SAG-AFTRA Foundation records well-known actors reading children’s books and makes graphically dynamic videos so that children around the world can enjoy favorite stories, such as The Kissing Hand, A Bad Case of Stripes, and Stellaluna.

PBS KIDS Read-Alongs
PBS KIDS Read-Alongs offers families a place to come together and read along with favorite titles read by celebrities, including Michelle Obama, and PBS KIDS authors.

PBS Books Storytime
PBS Books Storytime is a resource developed by the PBS Books channel to offer author read-aloud stories and book features for educators, libraries and families. The segments feature children’s book authors and others in “Read-Aloud” segments and/or video features on new and best-loved children’s books.

Please share your photos of yourself and your children reading with the hashtag#CuyahogaReads2021.

Miss Donna happily reading Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

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Valentine’s Day Appreciation!

Several weeks ago, the Children’s Department made a request for Valentines for Rocky River First Respondors. The community response was phenomenal! We received over 100 greetings that were delivered to the police, fire department, and Mayor Bobst.

We wanted to say thank you so much for your efforts in showing your appreciation for those who keep us safe.. Each recipient was very happy to see the numerous cards and well wishes.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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It’s Winter! Time for Warm, Cozy Programs!

Mark your calendars! Registration for the Children’s winter programs is Saturday, January 9 at 9:00 am. As usual, there is an array of engaging virtual programs and craft kits for all ages! In addition to our regular and annual offerings:

Baby & Me Storytime @ Home

Twos & Threes Storytime @ Home

Kindergarten, Here I Come @ Home

Messy Art @ Home

Tech Tales @ Home

Movin’ with Books & Music

STEAM Studio

Book Babble

Friends, Fun & Valentines

Minecrafters: Home Edition

Smart Art @ Home

6th Annual Dr. Seuss Family Night Birthday Bash

Tween Creative Club

Tween Cooking Club

Going Graphic

Friday Fun Day

Guild of the Brick

New this season are:

Winter Reading Challenge For all ages January 1 to March 20 Join us for a special reading challenge–can you read 1,000 minutes by the end of March? Achieve this formidable goal simply by reading 15 minutes each day. Earn a raffle ticket at each 100-minute benchmark plus a prize and special recognition for finishing. Complete bonus family challenges for additional chances to enter drawings. Preregister on the Beanstack.

Discover your Creative Power with GoldieBlox
For students in grades 2-4
Wednesdays, January 13, February 10, and March 10
Utilize the GoldieBlox Maker’s Essential Toolboxes that were
purchased with monies from the 2020 Cox Charities Northeast Community Grant, along with maker books, your imagination, and creativity to create a new DIY project each month. Pick up begins on the dates above.

Head to Toe, Now I Know!
For students in grades 2-3
Pick up begins Wednesday, February 24
Kids will have fun while they measure, move, balance, and learn how the body works with Ms. Cal. Family activity sheets included. Kids can also write a letter to share what they learned with a loved one.

Celebrate Multicultural Children’s Book Day
Family Event
Friday, January 29
Discover virtually the cultural diversity of children’s literature through stories, songs, and a craft. Instructions for craft pick up will be emailed to registrants. Video link will be sent the day of the program.

Celebrate World Read Aloud Day
Family Event
Thursday, February 4, 7:00 pm
Get in your pajamas and get ready to snuggle as you listen to some bedtime stories to help celebrate the day via Zoom.

Hope to see your family virtually soon!

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Please join us for our 2021 Winter Reading Challenge!

The Winter Reading Challenge in the Children’s Department will be from Jan. 1 through March 20. Please register at

We challenge our patrons and their families to read 1000 minutes this winter. Will you be able to accomplish this feat?

This may seem like a lot of reading but it is simply reading 15 minutes each day! By reading together as a family or by yourself, this will be easy to achieve!

For every 100 minutes read, you will receive a raffle ticket that can be submitted for a chance to win a gift basket with books, activities, and treats along with a Target gift card. You can earn additional raffle tickets by completing some family activities too!

When you register, we will put your first name on a snowflake and display it in the library entrance area for all to see. We also have a bookmark that you can pick up in the Children’s Department that can help you keep track the minutes you read. Besides the raffle tickets you earn for each 100 minutes, you will receive a special wintery prize bag if you complete the 1000 minute reading challenge.

Happy Reading!

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