08 10, 2018

Celebrating Summer Reading with some WILD friends

By |2018-08-10T06:00:08-04:00August 10, 2018|

The crowd gets close to Cornelius, the corn snake.

The crowd gets close to Cornelius, the corn snake.

We celebrated the summation of a spectacular summer filled with reading by inviting Jungle Terry and his traveling zoo to our Read House.

More than 300 kids and adults came to our Summer Reading Finale Party and met, touched, and learned about the mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians in Jungle Terry’s entourage.

You all had a busy summer! Nearly 1,500 kids signed up for our Summer Reading program and read more than 18,000 hours.

Meanwhile, more than 700 teens and adults joined us for Summer Reading and read more than 4,000 books.

07 30, 2018

Wordplay Writing Club gets wild

By |2018-07-30T06:00:38-04:00July 30, 2018|

Sabine and Claire relax in the Read House backyard and write in their nature journals.

Sabine and Claire relax in the Read House backyard and write in their nature journals.

Sometimes the best place for a writer to find inspiration is outdoors. That’s where our Wordplay Writing Club went earlier this summer.

They visited our Read House yard and wrote in nature journals like John James Audubon, William Thoreau, and Walt Whitman.

Each month, the writers in our Wordplay Club finds different ways to boost their creativity. For example, sometimes they use randomly selected words to create a story or create poems with refrigerator magnets.

Our club is open to all writers in third through sixth grade.

Wordplay Creative Writing Club meets at 4:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of (nearly) every month at our Main Branch. We took a brief hiatus in July and will return Aug. 8.

You can register your child for Wordplay online by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

John and Julian jot beneath a shady tree.

John and Julian jot beneath a shady tree.

06 19, 2018

Derf Backderf on censorship, counterculture & ‘My Friend Dahmer’

By |2018-06-19T06:00:57-04:00June 19, 2018|

John “Derf” Backderf — the graphic novelist who wrote My Friend DahmerTrashed and the comic strip, The City — visited us earlier this month.

Derf also allowed us to interview him. He discussed:

  • getting fired from his first job “for general tastelessness.”
  • counterculture (In Derf’s words: “I don’t know if there is a counterculture anymore, frankly… The mainstream just erased that gap because they thought they could exploit it and they did.
  • comics (In Derf’s words: “Right now, it’s the golden era of comics. I’m not talking about the superdude stuff. That’s boring corporate product.”)
  • telling the autobiographical story of going to high school with serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. (“Vigilance — if there’s a lesson at all, that would be one. Pay attention, especially the adults.”)

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