03 12, 2020

Barnyard boogie for kids at the library

By |2020-03-12T06:00:57-04:00March 12, 2020|

Kids dance until they can't no mo' at our Barnyard Boogie.

Kids dance until they can’t no mo’ at our Barnyard Boogie.

We threw another preschool dance party earlier this month and this one was a barnyard boogie!

The kids moved and grooved on the dance floor (and by the barn) (and in the pig pen.) Kids also crafted while they caught their breath. It was a rip-roarer. Yeehaw!

02 27, 2019

Dinosaur Dance Party!

By |2019-02-27T06:00:20-05:00February 27, 2019|


Some parties are historic. Ours was prehistoric!

We threw a dinosaur dance party on Monday at our Main Branch. We snapped jaws, shook our claws, stomped our feet and moved to the beat.

After our trip to the mosh-ozoic, the kids calmed down with a craft. They made their own dinosaur tails (or thagomizers, if you’re fancy.)

By the way, if your kid (or grownup) loves dinosaurs, we have a lot – seriously, a lot – of books and DVDs they can borrow.

08 20, 2017

Dinosaurs in Ohio? 5 Facts about Ohio Fossils

By |2017-08-20T06:00:57-04:00August 20, 2017|

Bill Urbanski displays some of his fossil collection during a talk at Mentor Public Library.

Bill Urbanski displays some of his fossil collection during a talk at Mentor Public Library.

Bill Urbanski, a docent from Cleveland Natural Natural History, visited us Monday to talk about some of the fossils found in Ohio.

And, while we couldn’t possibly share everything we learned, here are a few fun facts.

1. No dinosaur fossils have been found in Ohio yet: no bones, no footprints, no coprolites.

There probably isn’t a triceratops skull buried in your backyard or a hadrosaur hiding by the riverbed.

For most of the Mesozoic (the Age of Dinosaurs) and Cenozoic (the Age after the Age of the Dinosaurs), Ohio was above sea level and subject to weathering erosion. That means, instead of things getting buried and preserved, they were washed away.

Of course, that doesn’t mean there aren’t cool fossils buried in Ohio. They’re just older—often much older—than the dinosaurs.

2. Ohio—more specifically, the Cincinnati area—is famous for its Ordovician fossils, so famous that part of the Ordovician is called the cincinnatian.

The Ordovician extends from 505 to 438 million years ago. That’s about 200 million years before the dinosaurs.

Back then, our state was a warm shallow sea, similar to the modern Bahamas. (Think about that for a second.) It was a world filled with unfamiliar cephalopods, brachiopods, graptolites, and trilobitesa world so ancient that it predated fish.

Some of their fossils can still be found buried beneath the cul-de-sacs and strip malls of Cincinnati (and nearby Kentucky and Indiana.) However, most of their remains have been compressed into oil and gas and limestone.

3. If the Ordovician offered a Sea Without Fish, the Devonian (408-360 million years ago) was a world dominated by them. And one of the era’s most famous (and terrifying) fish was found in Cleveland.

Dunkleosteus was a monster by any era’s standards: 20 feet long; weighing a ton; with a bony, armored skull and a guillotine for teeth.

Dunk and its ilk, the placoderms (armored fish), are extinct. But it’s still nightmare fuel for those who visit it at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

4. However, the terrifying Dunkleosteur is not Ohio’s state fossil. That honor belongs to Isotelus maximus.

The trilobite could grow as long as 50 cm. And if that doesn’t sound very maximus to you, bear in mind that trilobites typically ranged from three to 10 cm long.

So discovering Isotelus maximus was a lot like finding a 5-foot rat or a 30-foot human.

5. Time has transformed the ancient animals of Ohio into some of our state’s most famous exports. Their carbon became limestone dating back to the Ordovician; natural gas from the Devonian; oil and gas from the Mississippian (360 to 320 million years ago); and coal from the Pennsylvanian and Permian eras (320 to 286 million years ago.)

There’s a reason they’re called fossil fuels.

08 12, 2017

Celebrating a stupendous summer with a prehistoric guest

By |2017-08-12T06:00:45-04:00August 12, 2017|

Roxie the Dinosaur gives one of our Super Readers a hug during our Summer Reading Finale Party.

Roxie the Dinosaur gives one of our Super Readers a hug during our Summer Reading Finale Party.

We celebrated the conclusion of our biggest Summer Reading program ever by inviting a dinosaur to the Read House yard.

About 300 kids and adults came to our Summer Reading Finale Party and met, touched, and learned about Roxie the Dinosaur—a not-quite living and breathing Tyrannosaurus from Imaginos Productions.

This summer, you helped us celebrated all the ways people can build a better future. You built forts and box villages and breathtaking Domino runs. You stretched your mind and body with Fairy Yoga and globe-hopped from the comfort of our Read House backyard.

More children than ever before—1,506, to be exact—signed up for oursummer reading program. And they read or were read to for 21,038 hours. (Also, a record high for us.)

Additionally, nearly 700 teens and adults signed up for summer reading, and they read more than 3,400 books.

While summer reading may be finished, there are always more programs and events coming at the library.

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