Audiobook Picks for Your Summer Road Trip

One of my top five favorite things to do in the summer months is to take road trips, and I especially love visiting National Parks (although a nice warm beach is never a bad idea). Last year I visited Acadia National Park in Maine and during the long, nearly fourteen hour drive up the eastern coast one of the ways I passed the time was by listening to audiobooks. Audiobooks are a great way to entertain not only yourself, but your friends and family who may be riding along with you on your adventure.

We all know that playing “I Spy” in the car can get old, for some reading in the car can cause motion sickness, and staring at electronic screens for fourteen hours is not ideal. Audiobooks are a fun alternative to reading a traditional print book in the car because everyone can listen to the story together and it is more exciting than reading a story out loud yourself. Professional voice actors make the stories feel real and you don’t have to worry about your throat getting sore !

Another added bonus is that audiobooks are available in various formats, one of which is bound to suit your road tripping needs. You can check out books on CD from the library, which are best if you have a CD player in your car and want to share a story with the entire crew. You can also check out Playaways from the library, which are ideal for family members who may want to listen to an audiobook solo. Finally, if your car has an auxiliary cable input or is Bluetooth enabled you can always download an audiobook to your smartphone and listen through your car stereo. I typically use this option because less stuff to pack means more room for vacation clothes in my suitcase! This is especially helpful if you are tackling a long series on audiobook, like Harry Potter. Take a look at some of the audiobook titles available for kids in our OverDrive digital audiobook collection!  

Check out a few of my favorite audiobooks below- perfect for your next family road trip!

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg 


The Wildwood Chronicles (Books 1-3) series by Colin Meloy 


The Roald Dahl Audio Collection by Roald Dahl 


Charlotte’s Web by E.b. White 

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The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

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As always, all you need is a library card to access these materials. Safe travels and happy reading!

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Drop-in Programs for All!

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Children’s programs, especially summer offerings tend to fill quickly, but never fear, the Children’s Department has many drop-in programs available as well! There is no need to register, just mark your calendar and come by the Library at the specified time. Check out what’s scheduled:

  • If you haven’t already, join the Wonder Community Read. We have multi-aged book discussions scheduled. For all ages.
  • Cool Crafting will be held on July 17th when we will use upcycled milk containers and magazines to design bird feeders and butterflies. For ages 6 & up.
  • Guild of the Brick is scheduled on July 22nd and August 26th. Come and create!
  • Explore the World of Dav Pilkey and Captain Underpants! Fun book activities include crafts and games. For students completing grades 1-5.
  • End of Summer Reading Party & Community Volunteer Fair is Saturday, August 5th. Discover great opportunities to continue our theme, “Build a Better World”. For all ages.
  • As the summer winds down, join us August 22nd through 25th for Back to School Week of Welcome. Enjoy an entire week of free food and entertainment. For students in grades 3-8.

There is an array of activities scheduled, so beat the heat and join us at the Library!

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Build a Better World…Choose Kind!


The Children’s Department is gearing up for another blockbuster summer!

Kickoff for Summer Reading is Tuesday, June 13th. The theme this year is “Build a Better World”. Join our Summer Reading program and earn prizes for reading.

Just read…share…and reap the benefits! There is plenty of time too, because the program runs through August 5th. Plan to come in, sign up, and receive a bag containing surprises and a game board. Readers keep track of the books they read by marking the numbered blocks. Each numbered block represents one book or 30 minutes of reading. When completing 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25, share your book with a Children’s Librarian. Prizes will then be awarded. Readers that finish their game board and 25 blocks will have the opportunity to choose a book of their very own. Prereaders can join in the fun too! Any book read to them will be counted the same way.


Join us for the Build a Better World kick-off event on the Front Lawn from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm on June 13th. Cycle to the Library and a Rocky River Safety Officer will be registering bikes. River Dog Café will be our first food truck of the summer. Also, at the event, donations will be accepted for Elle’s Enchanted Forest playground fund.

In addition, participants will also have the opportunity to “choose kind” by joining in the multi-aged book campaign and discussion. Based on the RJ Palacio books, Wonder and We’re All Wonders.

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Don’t worry if you can’t make it to our kick-off event. Summer Reading registration forms can be completed anytime the Library is open. It’s a great way to work through school summer reading lists and reap the benefits! Remember to choose kind and by doing so, do your part to build a better world!


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Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day is a time for remembering and  honoring those who have served our country.
Looking for some book titles to share with the family on this day? Give these books a try:
Memorial Day Surprise by Theresa GoldingMemorial Day Surprise by Theresa Martin Golding

A young boy is proud to see his grandfather, a veteran, marching in the Memorial Day parade.

The Wall by Eve BuntingThe Wall by Eve Bunting

A young boy and his father visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood by…Veterans: Heroes in our Neighborhood by Valerie Pfundstein

There are many brave veterans who may live in your neighborhood who should be recognized and thanked for their service to our country.

The Poppy Lady: Moina Belle Michael and Her…The Poppy Lady: Moina Belle Michael and Her Tribute to Veterans by Barbara Walsh

 After World War I, Moina Belle Michael,a schoolteacher from Georgia, worked to make the red poppy the symbol to honor and remember soldiers.

Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops by…Don’t Forget, God Bless our Troops by Jill Biden

 This is a story about the life and hardship of a military family while they wait for their loved one to return home.

Check out our display in the Children’s Department for more book suggestions.

Happy Reading!


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Working together with Rocky River Middle School to host “Book Tastings” and the love of reading!


Ms. Megan the Teen Librarian and I have enjoyed a new merger between Rocky River Middle School and Rocky River Public Library.  We have been thrilled to offer “Book Tastings” to 375 students in the 6th and 7th grade.  What is a book tasting?  Let’s dig in and find out!

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Book Tastings are a new library trend where librarians, teachers, and book publishers encourage the love of reading.  Tables are set up to look like a restaurant with specific topics of books that have been selected for high interest.   This venture included putting together tables of non-fiction and traditional folk tales to match the schools “40 Book Challenge” curriculum. Readers then take turns briefly visiting each table where they can get a quick “taste” of each book to see if they would like to check it out to take home.

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The extra fun part is when Ms. Megan and I go around the room and serve everyone snacks for each course of tastings!  However, what we love even more is the large volume of books that go home with each student. We look forward to hosting more “Book Tastings” with Rocky River Middle School staff and students next year!

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Here are some of the most popular books

Ashfall by Mike Mullin


Trouble Don’t Last by Shelly Pearsall

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer


The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

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Learning Shapes & Colors with Felt Boards

Our Makerspace will feature 8″ x 10” felt boards until the end of May. There are a number of skills that children learn from using felt boards (also called flannel boards) for story telling, and the following website provides a list of skills and advantages, .

Below are the materials and steps to create a DIY felt board just like ours! You can make it with materials easily purchased from a local craft store.



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1 sheet of felt that is at least 1” larger than the artist canvas on all four sides

Several felt sheets in a variety of colors from which to cut shapes

A stapler to staple the felt around all 4 sides of the canvas board

A hot glue gun & 1 piece of paper or card stock cut the size of the canvas board


Step 1: Glue the paper to the back of the canvas board covering the staples

Step 2: Cut out a variety of shapes to create your own story or use a picture book for inspiration

Step 3: Play with your felt board!


Listed below are a few great books that are not only fun to read, but can also provide you with ideas for shapes to cut out for use on your felt board.

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Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert

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Color Farm by Lois Ehlert

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Shape by Shape by Suse MacDonald

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Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh


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Little Yoga: Exploring Poses with Picture Books

Many of us, both children and adults, live in a busy world full of screens around every corner, schedules for every minute of our day, and plenty of stress. We might often not stop to think about how this hustle and bustle may influence the smallest of our families, but often young children need a break from all of this just as much as we do as adults. One great way to help counter this is through developing a yoga practice.

Yoga at an early age can help encourage a myriad of positive benefits such as building self-esteem, gaining body awareness, increased flexibility, and  better coordination. Additionally, yoga can help children with concentration and relaxation. Breathing exercises, certain poses, and positive affirmations can even help to teach children to be more mindful and less reactive throughout their daily life. Read more about the benefits of yoga for kids over at and

Kids as young as three can begin to explore yoga and mindfulness thanks to some wonderful picture books available right here at the library! Using a variety of approaches, these picture books provide an awesome introduction for preschoolers and early elementary readers. Not only will you be encouraging mindfulness and healthy movement in your child, you will be promoting the importance of early literacy and books when you share a yoga themed picture book together. Check out some of my favorites below!

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The ABCs of Yoga for Kids by Teresa Anne Power

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Yoga Bunny by Brian Russo

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You are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses by Taeeun Yoo

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I am Yoga by Susan Verde

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The Yoga Game by the Sea by Kathy Beliveau

If you’d like to explore some of these yoga focused books with your preschooler in a guided setting, we encourage you to register for Rocky River Public Library’s Yoga Story Time program! Our next program will be offered in August. This is a great way to share books with your child and also expose them to easy, fun yoga poses and breathing exercises with guidance from Ms. Nicole, our resident yogi and librarian. For more information check out our events calendar or upcoming programming page. We hope to see you at the library!

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Every Child a Reader!

Children’s Book Week is May 1 – 7

How better to instill the joy of reading than to begin when your child is young? Rocky River Public Library is the perfect starting point. Come in and discover a great collection of board and toy books that will get you going. These books are perfect for babies and toddlers because they are constructed of heavy cardboard and can easily be manipulated with small hands. They contain simple words and illustrations that are easily recognizable for the very young.

Toy books or moveable books have the added attraction of flaps or moveable features that hide illustrations underneath. These are great books for toddlers, who are more experienced “readers” that will find the hidden features more surprising and enjoyable.

Both of these types of books are shelved in the Children’s Department on the 2nd floor. Stop by the Library and make your child a reader!

Some new board and toy book titles include:


Dig Dig Digging by Margaret Mayo


Dogs! by Dr. John Hutton


Happy Bug Day by Michael Dayton Hermann


Honk Honk! Beep Beep! by Daniel Kirk


Baby’s Very First Touchy-Feely Animals Book by Stella Baggott


Lift the Flap Numbers by Margot Channing


Little Giraffe at the Beach by Nick Ackland


Where’s the Ladybug? by Ingela Arrhenius

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Celebrate Día – Diversity in Action

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. The common goals of all Día programming are to:

  • Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries.
  • Nurture cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture.
  • Introduce families to community resources that provide opportunities for learning through multiple literacies.
  • Recognize and respect culture, heritage and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities.

Celebrate 20 Years of Día – Sharing the gift of reading

Here are some titles to get you started:

Image result for one family george shannon   One Family by George Shannon

  Image result for mixed me taye diggs Mixed Me by Taye Diggs

  Image result for nino wrestles the world   Niño Wrestles the World by Yoyi Morales


Building STEAM with Día – 

STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math

Here are more titles to get you started:

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Image result for Engle, Margarita Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music  Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle

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  Image result for Yang, Gene Luen Secret CodersSecret Coders by Gene Luen Yang

Information about Día is from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) which is the national home for Día;

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Proposed federal library cuts would affect us here in Ohio & Rocky River. Find out how and what you can do about it.

President Trump has called for the elimination of The Institute of Museum and Library Services in his FY2018 budget.  This would have drastic affects for libraries across the country including Ohio and here in Rocky River as well.

Per State Librarian Beverly Cain:

The State Library of Ohio receives an LSTA appropriation of approximately $5 million per year.  If these LSTA dollars were no longer available in Ohio, the negative impact would be far-reaching and the following programs and services would be curtailed or significantly reduced:
  • EBSCO databases would disappear (or would have to be funded at the local level). The lack of LSTA funding to support the library databases jointly provided by the State Library, OPLIN, OhioLINK, and INFOhio would jeopardize the partnership and could potentially lead to elimination of the statewide availability of these resources.
  • Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled services supported by the State Library would be curtailed.
  • Public libraries would not receive summer reading materials and summer reading workshops would no longer be subsidized.
  • Ohio Digital Library, serving the patrons of 177 public libraries across the state, would no longer receive support from the State Library; member libraries would be required to pay a portion of the yearly software maintenance ($125,000).
  • Data available through the Public Library Survey would be minimal. 
  • Consulting services, such as strategic planning, space design, and youth services would be significantly reduced or eliminated.
  • State Library support for WebJunction would end and library staff would no longer have access to Skillsoft courses.
  • Competitive grants to support innovative initiatives in areas including Data Management and Analytics, Outreach and Partnerships, and STEM/STEAM, would no longer exist. 
  • The SEO Library Center would no longer be partially supported with federal funding, requiring the elimination of some services such as Technology Training on Demand.  Continuation of services would require increased financial support from SEO member libraries.
  • Leadership programs such as Library Leadership Ohio and ILEAD USA-Ohio would be eliminated.
  • The process of establishing the Ohio Digital Network as a service hub for DPLA would be significantly delayed or terminated.
  • Plans to use LSTA funds to support the Guiding Ohio Online digital literacy program once the grant funding from Serve Ohio ends in FY 2018 would be eliminated. 

Ask your Representative to support LSTA and IAL funding now.

Library champions in the House have begun circulating what are called “Dear Appropriator” letters to their colleagues. Right now, there are two letters – one that asks Appropriators to support LSTA funding and a second for IAL funding. Please email your Representative and ask that they sign on to both letters – the House deadline is April 3, 2017, so don’t delay!

Use this link to the American Library Association and utilize their easy email generator that will send your letter directly to your Representative.

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