Haaaaaaaaaaapy Valentine’s Day!




…Are you filled with warm and fuzzy feelings of true love, Bits and Bramblers? Is it possible to feel those things on a Tuesday in mid-February? Personally, I kind of doubt it.

Maybe if you have…chocolate, or something, it’s possible. Which is good, because…like all the best holidays? Valentine’s Day includes candy.

So grab some of those message hearts, or filled chocolates from a heart-shaped box, and check out this made-of-awesome Valentine’s Day video we made here at the library. It’s another of our Mixed-Up Classics, and this time, we’re taking on Pride and Prejudice.

…Oh, don’t roll your eyes, Bits and Bramblers. Remember, just because it’s a classic, doesn’t mean it’s bad. After all, everybody knows that the love story between Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy is one of the greatest in literary history.

…Maybe. Kind of. Probably…
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Haaaaaaaapy (early) Thanksgiving, Bits and Bramblers!


Thaaaat’s right, Bits and Bramblers, it’s Thanksgiving! Time for turkey, pumpkin pie, shopping in the middle of the night, and a whole bunch of other traditions that make this time of year awesome.

But the most important thing, though, is right in the name. Thanksgiving. It really is time for everybody to think about all the little things they have to be thankful for…and that includes your faaaaaavorite library.

Know what we’re most thankful for? Guess
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That’s right, it’s you! You’re one of the things we’re most thankful for this year.

Know what else we’re thankful for (other than you? You being the most important thing we’re thankful for?) We’re thankful for funny YouTube videos. Now, I know I post this every year, but…that’s because it makes me laugh, every year. John Madden and Christopher Walken as pilgrims? Never not funny. Never. Not. Funny.
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…See? Even if you’ve seen it before, you’re laughing again, aren’t you? You totally want to grab some Bric-a-Brac, or some action figures, and act out the first Thanksgiving. And I totally, totally think you should.

But no matter what you do…Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving, Bits and Bramblers!



…BOOOOOO!


,,,HAAAAAAAAAAPY HALLOWEEN, BITS AND BRAMBLERS! Are you wearing costumes? Are you eating candy? (because let’s face it, that is the most important thing about this holiday. Seriously. It’s about pretending to be someone else and asking people to give you candy. It’s pretty much the most awesome day of the year, right?)

But if you’re too old to trick or treat (and you have to get candy in a totally boring way, like…going to the store and paying for it, or something,) then…what is there to do on Halloween? Well…you could visit your faaaaaaaavorite library!

Seriously…it’s scarier than you might think. Check it out:
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Now…what are you waiting for Bits and Bramblers? Head to your favorite library to grab some spooky stories, eat some candy, and HAVE A VERY SAFE AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!



Ohio’s Big Adventure: Week Six


The mail seems to be back to normal Bits and Bramblers, and we got another postcard from our favorite absentee orangutan, Ohio.

Last week he hung out at the Plymouth Branch, and before that, it was the Butler Branch, and the Crestview Branch, and the Ontario Branch, and the Lucas Branch.

In fact, you could say he’s doing a regular tour of your faaaaaaavorite library system, huh?

So where could he be this week, you guys? I can think of…you know…at least three options. Any guesses?
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Ohio’s Big Adventure: Week Two


Ohio T. Orangutan, our unofficial mascot, is still on vacation (you might have heard about it on our Facebook page, or…you know…here.)

Last week, he was vacationing at our Lucas Branch. But he’s moved on from there…only, we’re still not exactly sure where he is. All we know is that this week, he has an awesome hat.

Any guesses?

Want a hint? It’s a place where you might be able to sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Program. But I’m pretty much figuring that you’re already signed up (right? RIGHT?!)
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Ohio’s Big Adventure: Week One


You know about Ohio T. Orangutan, right? He’s sort of our unofficial mascot (and he’s come a long way since…um…April of last year.)

And as you might have seen on our Facebook page, Ohio is taking a little trip this summer. Only he didn’t exactly tell us where he was going…he just promised to keep in touch. So we were super excited to get this video…only, we’re still not really sure where he is.

Any guesses?
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It’s All About the Candy: Solving All Your Halloween Problems


I’ve been very clear about Halloween, Bits and Bramblers. Mostly it’s all about the candy. I mean, sure things like Jack-o-Lanterns, costumes, and haunted houses, are fun, but…come on. It’s really all about the candy, isn’t it? Candy is usually the least stressful part of the entire holiday. It’s all the other stuff that trips you up, right? The other stuff causes drama. Leads to questions. Like, What’s the best haunted house?” and “Are there any cheap but cool costume ideas?” or “Is there a way to carve a Jack-o-Lantern without getting coating in pumpkin guts?”

Luckily, your faaaaaaaaaavorite librarians are here to solve your Halloween-related problems, so you can focus on the important stuff, like candy. First up…costumes. Need a cool costume, but don’t have a ton of money to spend? No problem…check out this website, which has a ton of costume ideas—everything from the Orbit Gum Girl or an Outlaw Poster. That’s one Halloween issue you can check off your list.

Next up, the Jack-o-Lantern thing. Like the way carving pumpkins looks, but hate the process? Let’s be honest…getting covered with sticky sloppy pumpkin goo makes it very hard to hold a knife, and can lead to Halloween-related blood loss. So why not carve a virtual pumpkin online? All the fun, with no messy cleanup (but it’s trickier than you’d think. It’s just as hard to make straight lines with your mouse as it is to cut straight lines in a real pumpkin. Still…you’re done. Easy, right?

Okay, so now that I’ve solved all your Halloween issues, it’s time for some candy! Oh, wait…the haunted house thing. Well, that’s an easy fix. Just visit your faaaaaaaaaaavorite library! Oh, there are ghosts. Don’t believe me? Well, grab some candy and check out the Great M/RCPL Ghost Hunt! In two parts!
In part one, you’ll see some old library arches, and a g-g-ghost!
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And part two, where the g-g-ghost enjoys office supplies!
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…See? Told you. Now…watch out for ghosts, eat some candy, and have a very safe and happy Halloween, Bits and Bramblers!



This. Is. AWESOME.


Hey Bits and Bramblers! I know there have a been a ton of video tributes to Michael Jackson—and all of them are very cool—but this one is by far my favorite, and I had to share it.

This actually happened at a library in France—a French media library, to be specific. At first, it just seems like a normal day, but…keep your eyes on the librarian in black (and feel free to dance along!)