Read This Now: Chomp


Are you feeling nostalgic, Bits and Bramblers? After all, another Teen Summer Library Program is nearly over. So many of you have registered, earned awesome prizes for reading, and you’re eagerly awaiting the grand prize drawing to see if you won a Kindle Touch. Good times, Bits and Bramblers. Good times.

But you know the best part? It’s not over yet. If you haven’t read your 1000 pages, you have until July 28th to turn in your entry forms at your faaaaaaavorite library. And you know what else is awesome? If you haven’t registered yet…technically, you can still finish sign up and finish–assuming you can read 1000 pages by JULY 28TH (and it anyone can do it, Bits and Bramblers, you can. You’re ridiculously smart. Also made-of-awesome. That’s important.)

If you’re a few pages short, I can help–in fact, I can help you earn exactly 290 pages. All you have to do is read Chomp, by Carl Hiaasen (Seriously…falling iguanas. Alligators. TV cameras. What’s not to like?)

We’re in the final stretch, Bits and Bramblers…check out this book trailer, and then get reading. After all, you have TWO DAYS left to earn your prizes!
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Road Trip: …Mansfield?


Okay, Bits and Bramblers…for the last couple months, I’ve been encouraging you to enjoy the summer weather and take a Road Trip
(Day Trip. Day Road Trip. You know what I mean,) because Ohio has so many cool things to do and see. But…you know…if you want to stick close to home, let’s not forget all the cool things you can see and do around Mansfield and Richland County.

First of all, there’s the Ohio State Reformatory. You know about the Reformatory, right? I mean, for an old prison, it’s pretty famous. It’s been featured in a bunch of movies–but the most famous is The Shawshank Redemption. In person, the giant gothic building is…um…well, it’s beautiful, but it’s also…scary. Of course, a lot of people say it’s haunted, so…maybe…that’s why it feels scary. You can tour the grounds, even take the Hollywood or Shawshank Tour.

After the Reformatory, you could visit Malabar Farm. It’s where Pulitizer Prize winning author and Mansfield native Louis Bromfield lived–and (FUN FACT) where his friends Humphry Bogart and Lauren Bacall got married in 1945. You can take a few tours, go hiking and spot some wildlife, and even visit the Songbird Aviary.

And don’t forget about lunch–there are tons of awesome places downtown. You can try the Park Avenue Sub at Ed Pickens Cafe on Main, the gyros at the Athens Greek Restaurant, samosas at Saffron Indian Cuisine, or a good old fashioned hot dog at Coney Island Inn. And don’t forget desert–you can head over to the Squirrel’s Den for their handmade chocolates and flavored popcorns. What’s not to love? And–if you’re not too full after lunch–you could visit Richland Carousel Park. After all…you’re never too old to ride the Carousel, are you?!?!

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Okay, so…what am I forgetting? Well, you could always visit your faaaaaaaavorite branch of the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library, for some great books, good music, awesome movies, and more. Because even though it’s cool hit the road? Sometimes it’s nice to visit all the cool stuff that’s close to home. So whether you want to find out if the Reformatory is really haunted, or just have some hand-dipped chocolates, have an awesome time exploring Mansfield!



ROAD TRIP!: Cincinnati Art Museum


Do you ever get that FEELING, Bits and Bramblers? You know…it’s a beautiful summer day, kind of hot and sticky, but…you’re bored. You want to hit the open road, and go somewhere awesome. That means a ROAD TRIP! is in order. A short one. A Day Trip. Day Road Trip. We’ll stick with Road Trip. Luckily, there are tons of cool places in Ohio you can visit just for the day–just grab some friends and family, some good music or books you get at your faaaaaavorite library, hit the open road, and go someplace awesome…like the Cincinnati Art Museum!

Why an art museum? Well…did you know they have 60,000 pieces spanning 6,000 years? And that it hosts traveling collections and exhibits, like In Celebration of Pinocchio? And did you know that admission is free?! What’s not to love?!

Check out this video, which tells you about just some of the cool things you’ll find at the Museum. Then grab some snacks, some music, and hit the road!
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READ THIS NOW: CURVEBALL: THE YEAR I LOST MY GRIP


What’s your favorite part of summer, Bits and Bramblers? The warm weather? Summer Vacation from school? Swimming? Summer Vacation from school? Lemonade and Picnics? Summer Vacation from school? The Teen Summer Reading Program, which lets you earn cool prizes just for reading? That you still have time to register for at your faaaaavorite library location? It’s Summer Vacation from school, isn’t it?

But let’s talk about the Teen Summer Reading Program for just a second…because I can help you knock some pages off that 1000 page total–exactly 304 pages. And you can do it by reading a book about one of the best parts about summer, baseball. It’s Jordan Sonnenblick’s awesome book, Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip.

So check out this book trailer, head to your faaaaaaavorite library location, ask about the Teen Summer Reading Program, and read Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip today!
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ROAD TRIP!: THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME


It’s summer, Bits and Bramblers. And you know what goes good with summer? Road Trips. Climbing in the car, rolling down the windows (or cranking up the AC,) stopping for snacks, and then driving someplace awesome. And you know the cool thing about Ohio? There are lots of awesome road trip destinations. For the day. A day trip. Day Road Trip. Whatever.

Aaaaaaaaanyway, this week we’ll talk about one of my all-time favorite places in Ohio…The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Thaaaat’s right, one short drive up to Cleveland, and you can see and hear rock music at it’s finest.

Did you know that the museum officially opened to the public on September 2, 1995, and was followed by a giant concert which included performances by artists like Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Johnny Cash? And did you know that admission/membership prices and store purchases raise money to educate the world about music? And did I mention you can see amazing things, like John Lennon’s leather jacket, and Janis Joplin’s car with the psychedelic paint job? And did I mention how incredibly awesome the whole thing is?!

So head to your faaaavorite library and check out some good music, then head up to the lake and visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum!
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Read This Now: Ten Miles Past Normal


I know you, Bits and Bramblers. Not only have you registered for the Teen Summer Reading Program, you’re already done, aren’t you? You’ve read your 500 pages, and picked up your $5 gift card to Barnes and Noble. Then you kept on working, and read 1000 pages, earned your $8 gift card to Target, and you’re automatically entered into our grand prize drawing to win a Kindle Touch. Easy, right? No problem at all.

Unless…you’re not done with your 1000 pages yet. Or maybe you haven’t even registered for the program. Which is not a problem, Bits and Bramblers, because you still have time to sign up. All you have to do is visit your faaaaavorite library location and say, “I want to sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Program.” And then you have…a little less than a month to read 1000 pages. But you’re crazy smart, Bits and Bramblers. I know you can do it. In fact, I’ll help you by knocking some pages off your total–211 pages to be exact. All you have to do is check out Ten Miles Past Normal.

Want to know more? Watch this book trailer–then head to your faaaaaaavorite library location, check out Ten Miles Past Normal, and be a part of our Teen Summer Reading Program today!
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Road Trip!: Red, White, and Boom


It’s been a crazy week, hasn’t it, Bits and Bramblers? What with the insane heat, crazy storms, and power outages. So…maybe it’s the perfect time to grab some snacks, listen to some good music, and hit the road! After all, there are lots of awesome places in Ohio you can road trip to…for the day. Day Trip, I guess. Day Road Trip?

Okay, today’s Day Road Trip is a little last minute, but no less awesome. Because in Columbus, it’s Red, White, and Boom! Now, not only is it one of the most impressive fireworks displays in the entire Midwest, but there are lots of events, a Children’s Park, and tons of food. It’s all day festival, ending in a massive fireworks display.

We mentioned the fireworks, right? Because there are fireworks. Tons of very, very impressive fireworks. So jump in the car, grab some music or books from your faaaaavorite library, and head to Red, White, and Boom! Did I mention there are fireworks?
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READ THIS NOW: ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL


You know what I think, Bits and Bramblers? I think those “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer” are here. But if you’re not a fan of hazy days with 100° heat (er…are there fans of hazy days with 100° heat?! Honestly?!) we’ve got lots for you to do here at the library. Like…I don’t know, let’s say…our Teen Summer Library Program.

But I don’t have to tell you about THAT, do I, Bits and Bramblers? You’re all ridiculously smart and generally awesome, and you’ve probably already completed the program, right?! You read 500 pages, and earned your $5 gift card to Barnes and Noble. You’ve read 100 pages, and earned your $8 gift card to Target, and you’re automatically entered in our grand prize drawing to win a Kindle Touch. Right? RIGHT?!

Okay, if you haven’t registered for the program yet, you’ve still got time. Just go to your faaaaavorite library location, and sign up today. I can even help you earn some quick pages–295 pages, to be exact. All you have to do is read Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Now…from the title alone, the book sounds like it will make you cry, and you will feel miserable for days after finishing it. It may make you cry. I’ll give you that. But I promise you’ll also laugh–in fact, I promise you’ll laugh waaaaaaay more than you’ll cry. So what are you waiting for? Check out this book trailer, then head to your faaaaaaavorite library location, ask about the Teen Summer Reading Program, and read ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRLTODAY!
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ROAD TRIP!: COSI


The days are long, and you’ve got a lot of time on your hands, Bits and Bramblers. I mean, you’ve already finished the Teen Summer Reading Program (right? RIGHT?!) Why not grab some snacks, climb in the car, and head out on a ROAD TRIP! For the day. Maybe not so much of a road trip. A Day Trip, I guess. Which is cool, because there are a lot of places here in Ohio you should visit.

Like, for instance, the Center of Science and Industry…which you may know as COSI. Okay, okay…so you may be thinking “That place is for kids,” but…I think you’re seriously underestimating the amount of awesome that’s located in that building. I mean…who wouldn’t want to use ” one of three interactive simulator stations” to “bring Space Shuttle Discovery in for a smooth landing, guide a lunar module down to the moon’s cratered surface, or walk in space to retrieve an ailing Hubble Space Telescope?” or “Make high-tech industrial robots disco dance?” Or watch a movie on something called the Extreme Screen Theater?!

See what I mean? How is that not awesome? Who says when you get older science has to be all…you know…forming a hypothesis, and…erosion, and…other boring stuff? And if we’ve learned anything from Sheldon Cooper, it’s that science is awesome. So grab some books or music from your faaaaaavorite library, and head to COSI. Oh, and did I mention there are rats that play basketball? Because there are rats playing basketball
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READ THIS NOW: ALL THESE THINGS I’VE DONE


Soooooo, Bits and Bramblers…are you done with the Teen Summer Reading Program? Read your 1000 pages? Picked up your gift cards to Barnes and Noble and Target? Keeping your fingers crossed we’ll pick your name in our Grand Prize Drawing, and you’ll be the winner of a Kindle Touch?!
That’s what I thought.

But just in case you…you know, haven’t registered for our Teen Summer Reading Program, you still have time. Seriously, head to your faaaaaaavorite library location, and sign up today! While you’re there, you’ll have to load up on awesome books to help you reach your 1,000 page goal. Luckily, I can help you there…in fact, I can help you knock exactly 354 pages off that total.

Haaaaaaave you read All These Things I’ve Done? Let’s just say I’m glad I’m not Anya Balachine. She finds herself in an absolutely horrible position, and has to make a choice: will she pick love, and stay with her boyfriend Win…or will she choose to help her family? That’s a hard enough decision to make, but…what if by “family,” what I mean is…”organized crime family?” You know…mobsters.

Check out this book trailer, then head to your faaaaavorite library location, grab some Teen Summer Library Reading Program entry forms, and check out All These Things I’ve Done!
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