Bookmobile Moving to Three Week Schedule

By Nick Fagan

We have some important changes underway on the Bookmobile.  After much debate and deliberation, the Bookmobile is moving to a three week schedule.  This means we will be visiting your stop every three weeks instead of every two weeks.  While we will see our regular stops less often, we are making this change in hopes of better serving the community. The Bookmobile is so popular that we cannot keep up with checking books in and out at the stops, which results in us running late throughout the day. We also feel like we are rushing people out the door so we are not too late to the next stop.   

The new three week schedule will lengthen the time at most stops, allowing more time to browse for books and visit with neighbors. It will also allow us to better assist you with your questions. We hope this schedule will better keep us on time so you are not waiting for us to arrive — particularly in the cold winter months.

The new schedule also allows us to serve more parts of the community. People request Bookmobile service but are told that our schedule is already full.  This new schedule will allow us to fulfill some of these service requests.

We will be distributing new copies of the three week schedules. Some stops may be moved to different times. One convenient way to remember the next stop day is to simply keep your checkout receipt. The listed book due date will also be the day of your next stop.  We realize this is a large change and we appreciate your understanding.  

We also have made a change to youth Summer Reading, which runs from June 1 to July 31.  Kids will receive a log like in the past with reading hours and activities to complete. Complete five hours of reading or activities and return it to the Bookmobile for a prize bag.  Kids will also be entered into a drawing to win a prize basket at the end of summer. Starting this year, kids can complete additional Summer Reading logs. While you only get a prize for the first log, each additional log is an entry for the prize baskets. Completing more logs increases your chance of winning the basket.  

Adults can also participate in Summer Reading.  Simply fill out an entry for each book read. We will draw winners from all the completed entries. We hope that you will have a summer filled with great reads!

Finally, be sure to tell the “new” Bookmobile “happy birthday.” It was officially launched on April 30, marking one year of service. We hope to see you on the road this summer!

March on the Bookmobile

By Nick Fagan

We’ve made it through January and February.  Hopefully March will be kind to us and spring flowers will soon appear.  On the Bookmobile, we’ve asked the children to decorate a square piece of paper with the theme of “Think Spring!”  We are hanging them in the back of the Bookmobile to form a community quilt.  Be sure to check it out the next time you visit us.

March will bring several new books.  Here is a sampling of titles coming to the Bookmobile.  If you don’t see it on the bus, we can always place it on hold for you.

“Courting Mr. Emerson” by Melody Carlson

“Hearts in Harmony (Amish Journey Novel #1)” by Beth Wiseman

“The Erie Canal Brides Collection: 7 Romances Develop Along Manmade Waterways of New York and Ohio” by multiple authors

“The Immigrant Brides Collection: 9 Stories Celebrate Settling in America” by multiple authors

“Knox: The Montana Marshalls (Montana Marshalls #1)” by Susan May Warren

“Sand Creek Serenade” by Jennifer Uhlarik

“We’ll Meet Again (Mulligan Sisters #4)” by Melody Carlson

“When You Are Near (Brookstone Brides #1)” by Tracie Peterson

“With Winter’s First Frost (Every Amish Season Novel #4)” by Kelly Irvin

We hope to see you on the road!

Greetings from the Bookmobile:
it is Cold Outside!

By Nick Fagan

As I write this article we are in the middle of the “polar vortex” and the outside temperature is -1 degrees with a wind chill of -15 degrees.  It is definitely a day to stay inside with lots of blankets, a nice warm soup, and an exciting book.  First, we were shoveling mounds of snow and now we these frigid temperatures. For me, spring cannot get here soon enough. 

We are getting through the winter on the new Bookmobile slowly but surely.  It has been quite the adventure. We were rightfully worried about how the Bookmobile handled on snowy roads. There were times when we could feel the bus’s tires slipping. Believe me, you don’t want to be in the Bookmobile when it starts sliding. The Bookmobile ended up getting a new set of wheels (snow tires!) and they are making a huge difference! As always, please stay back and give us space as we maneuver into the driveways. This is especially true in the winter when we are dealing with the added factor of ice and snow. 

While we try our best to make every stop, sometimes we need to cancel because the conditions get too bad.  We have been collecting people’s names that want to be notified if we cancel a stop.  If you would like to be added to the list, please let us know on the Bookmobile.

While we wait for warmer weather, check out these recent releases on the Bookmobile:  “The Forgiving Jar” by Wanda Brunstetter, “The Masterpiece” by Francine Rivers, “Mending Fences” by Suzanne Woods Fisher, “Season to Breathe: The Breathing Series” by Deborah Raney,  “Secrets at Cedar Cabin” by Colleen Coble,  “The Teacher’s Bride: Amish Brides of Birch Creek” by Kathleen Fuller, “A Brave Face: Two Cultures, Two Families, and the Iraqi Girl Who Bound Them Together” by Barbara Marlowe and Teeba Furat Marlowe.

Hopefully, spring is just around the corner, but you can never predict Ohio weather. Make sure you check out a few extra books during the next stop just in case. We hope to see you on the road!

Merry Christmas from the Bookmobile

By Nick Fagan

Christmas is almost here and the Bookmobile is filling with holiday cheer. By the time this article sees print, we will hopefully be receiving colorful wish lists from the children. This year’s coloring sheet features the new Bookmobile with a big bow and sprigs of holly. It was created by Mobile Services Driver, Shaunna.  She spends the majority of her time on our Fun Bus, Book Bus and Hobby Stop van, but she graciously shares her artistic talent with Bookmobile. You’ve probably noticed her artwork on other coloring pages including her recent Thanksgiving turkey.

The Bookmobile will be off the road on Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1 for the holidays. We will be on the road all other scheduled day, weather permitting.  We are still learning how to handle the vehicle in the snow so please give us plenty of space as we back into the driveways. 

As 2018 comes to a close, we are very grateful for what this year brought. We look forward to an even better 2019.  Merry Christmas and we hope to see you on the road!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Christmas will soon follow. This year we are thankful that the community has embraced the new bookmobile and has been extremely patient as we worked out details.  

The holidays bring additional work, but we hope you will still find time to relax with a good book. Start looking for Christmas titles on the Bookmobile and check them out while they last. Be on the lookout for these new releases: “12 Gifts of Christmas” by Lena Nelson Dooley,  “Amish Christmas Blessings and Her Amish Christmas Sweetheart” by Marta Perry, “The Amish Christmas Candle” by Kelly Long,  “The Amish Christmas Letters” by Patricia Davids, “Catching Christmas” by Terri Blackstock, “A Christmas Prayer” by Wanda Brunstetter,  “The Christmas Remedy” by Cindy Woodsmall, “A Christmas by the Sea” by Melody Carlson, “Christmas with the Cowboy” by Tina Radcliffe, “A Horse for Elsie” by Linda Byler, “Thomas Kinkade’s Cape Light: A Christmas Secret” by Katherine Spencer, “Wyoming Christmas Quadruplets” by Jill Kemerer and many more.  

Christmas time is extra special and we wanted to do something more during December. Our fourth annual Coloring Program will begin in the coming weeks. Kids visiting the bookmobile will find a special coloring sheet to take home. If they color and return it to the Bookmobile, the children can pick a ‘present’ from our prize box. It is our gift to them – and they don’t have to return it. We are also going to decorate the bus with as many coloring sheets as possible.  We are eager to fill up the new bookmobile with your artwork.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Geauga County Public Library Bookmobile and we hope to see you on the road!  

We’ve been busy, busy, busy in Mobile Services – on the road and off. Our book deliveries to schools began in September.  We’ve seen a few new schools being built along our routes, so we decided to add enough books to accommodate two more schools, bringing the total to 37 schools served by the programs. The two open spots did not last long as schools quickly claimed them.  We hope to be able to add another set for next year. The school year sure keeps us busy. In addition to our normal vehicles, we ship out about 3,700 books to schools every month.   

Even though the new Bookmobile has been on the road almost a half year, we are constantly learning new things.   We are becoming experts at backing the big bus into driveways. As the days get shorter, we’ve adjusted our headlights to see down those dark roads. This will be our first winter with the new Bookmobile and we are proceeding cautiously. We are not sure how the new vehicle will handle in the snow. Our goal is to keep everyone safe and the bus on the road as much as possible. We are making some schedule changes beginning in November for the winter.   Some stops will be combined or adjusted to keep us near the main roads. Unfortunately, a couple stops have been cancelled for this winter, but we hope to start them again as soon as possible in the spring. This winter is an experiment and we appreciate your patience as we work out the details. New schedules will be available on the Bookmobile by mid-October, but we’ll also be talking to families affected. Enjoy the Fall colors and we hope to see you out on the road 

Summer Fun on the Bookmobile

By Nick Fagan 

The official ribbon-cutting for the new Bookmobile was held on April 30 and I hope that, by now, you have had a chance to check out the new bookmobile. The response has been very positive.

We have a lot planned for this summer. First, Summer Reading runs through July 28. In addition to reading, kids can complete other learning activities including hiking, cooking from a recipe, writing a letter, reading comics and more. Visiting the bookmobile also counts so you are one step towards completion. Complete 15 activities, return proof to the Bookmobile and we will bring you a prize bag at a future stop.

Adults can also participate in Summer Reading by filling out an entry form for each book read this summer and returning it to the Bookmobile. At the end of the summer we will draw entries to win prize baskets.   

Did you know that Geauga County Public Library has another bookmobile named the Fun Bus? Most of its stops occur on the western side of Geauga County, but this summer it will visit Mineral Lake Park from approximately 11:30-12:45 on the following Mondays: June 11, 18, July 2, 9, 16, 30, Aug. 6, 13, 27. If you are picnicking be sure to check it out.  We may even have a story time!

We recently completed our Spring Fling joke contest. We asked you to make us laugh and you accomplished that!  In all, 135 entries were submitted. Determining our two favorite jokes was difficult and resulted in some heated debate. Sides hurting from laughter, we are happy to present our top two jokes:

From Davy B.: A man feared his wife was not hearing as well as she used to, so he called their family doctor. “Here’s what you do,” said the doctor. “Stand about 40 feet away from her, and using a normal conversational voice, see if she can hear you. Get closer as needed until you get a response.” That evening, the wife was in the kitchen cooking and the husband was in the den. He thought, “I’m about forty feet away from her. Let’s see what happens.”  He asked her a question and got no response, so he moved closer, about 30 feet away. He asked her again and no response. He tried again at 20 and then 10 feet. No response. So he walked right up behind her and asked again, “Honey, what’s for dinner?” Then the wife said, “James, for the fifth time, I said chicken!”

From Linda Marie Y.: Brenda and Terry were going away for the evening. The last thing to do before leaving was to put the cat outside. As the taxi arrived to pick them up, the couple walked out of the house and the cat scooted back inside. Terry returned inside to chase the cat back out. Brenda, not wanting it to be known that the house was empty, informed the taxi driver, “My husband is just going upstairs to say goodbye to my mother.” Several minutes later, an exhausted Terry arrived to the taxi and climbed in saying, “Sorry it took so long. She was hiding under the bed and I had to poke her with a coat hanger a couple of times before I could get her to come out!”

We hope to see you on the road this summer!

By Nick Fagan

The Christmas season is upon us.  We love spreading cheer all year long — after all we have a bus filled with books that we give out for free (although you do have to bring them back).  But Christmas time is an extra special and we wanted to do something more during December.  We are continuing a tradition that started in 2015. After seeing the smiling children’s faces last year, we knew we had to repeat it. Over the last few weeks kids have been picking up a special coloring sheet.  If they color and return it to the Bookmobile, the children can pick a ‘present’ from our prize box.  It is our gift to them – and they don’t have to return it.  We are also going to decorate the bus with as many coloring sheets as possible. I hope we will fill the old Bluebird Bookmobile one last time before the new bus arrives.

We’ve been talking about a new Bookmobile for a while now. The chassis manufacturer experienced delays which put the project way off schedule.  I want to ensure everyone that it is still on its way. We are hoping for it under our Christmas tree and gradually introduce it during good weather.

Now, I want to share a story from the office.  A lot of work takes place behind the scenes including ordering the books that fill the bus. Finding some titles can be very tricky. It can be a challenge tracking down some requests, but we frequently find them. I also use magazines, websites, and catalogs to browse the books being released. Recently, I was flipping through a catalog and did a double take when I saw “Annie Mae and the Wild Wagon Ride” by Ellie Weaver. I recognized that book and the author! Before coming to Mobile Services, I worked on the Middlefield Library information desk. I listened with interest when a regular patron explained she was writing a children’s book. Day after day she carefully crafted the book while using the library. It was obviously a labor of love and we talked about it from time to time. It was exciting to see it published and in our library collection. The children’s picture book features a spirited young Amish girl, a wagon that gets away, and an exciting time. Have you had a chance to read “Annie Mae and the Wild Wagon Ride” yet?

Merry Christmas and we hope to see you on the road!

Geauga County Public Bookmobile
by the Numbers

By Nick Fagan

As a kid, I wished that the care-free days of summer would last forever, but before I knew it school was starting yet again. This time of year always makes me think back to my school days. Did you have a favorite subject in school? I always did well in math, but I can’t say I really liked it. However, I’ve found math useful and eventually developed a love of numbers. It is helpful for keeping a budget for spending and tracking my savings (hopefully) at the month’s end. As Mobile Services Manager for GCPL, I often dive into the numbers to see what they tell us. I found that the numbers show a lot of value in terms of costs and how many people are served.

First, over 1,000 books were added to the Bookmobile’s collection this year. Included are new books such as “Christmas Blessing” by Melody Carlson, “Bringing Maggie Home” by Kim Vogel Sawyer, “Cherished Mercy” by Tracie Peterson, “Home All Along” by Beth Wiseman, and “Ella’s Wish” by Jerry Eicher. New children’s books and replacements of favorite titles including Berenstain Bears, Clifford, and Lucky Luke have been added to the collection.

And our patrons definitely love our books. We estimate that most people check out about 20 to 30 items each visit to the Bookmobile, but many leave with over 50 items. Did you know that in 2016 Mobile Services checked out over 308,000 items? Seeing bags of books leaving the Bookmobile makes this librarian very happy.

What I always find interesting is determining the value of the items we check out. I calculated the value of the items that a single “typical” kid checkout. The value of the 20 items was $281. Multiply that by our usual 26 stops per year and that would be a savings of $7,306 per person. Using the Bookmobile saves you money in addition to providing reading enjoyment.

Geauga County Public Library also provides and rotates crates of about 100 books to 32 different Amish schools each month. That is over 3,000 books that enhance children’s education per month. Estimating an average book cost of $10 – which is probably a low figure, this provides an added value of over $1,000 per school each month or $224,000 across all the schools over the entire school year. Mobile Services alone has provided a value to Geauga County of over 3 million dollars in 2016.

But, obviously, someone pays for the Bookmobile. The Bookmobile is made possible by tax dollars from the entire GCPL Service area ranging from Bainbridge to Middlefield to Chardon to Thompson. Costs for its collection, maintenance, and repairs are spread across over 85,000 Geauga County residents. The money put into the library is translated to a much greater monetary value to the community.  Using the Bookmobile and library just makes good economic sense. Plus, the more you use the Bookmobile, the more you gain from it.  Geauga County Public Library is committed to bringing the library to the far reaches of the county and providing that value to you.

Can you believe summer is already winding down?  We had another incredibly successful year of Summer Reading. Hundreds of kids completed their 10 hour reading logs and earned a prize bag complete with chocolate! Last issue I mentioned our Amish Book Collection that is delivered to the schools. Well, we are still working on cleaning the books and crates in the office. They are getting extra attention this summer as we are discovering that many books are falling apart from repeated reading. I suspect that these books’ authors would appreciate how much joy the books have given through their “lives.” Books beyond repair are being replaced with new titles for the school year. The program will start up again in the fall.

Friends of Mobile Services has been extremely busy preparing for their Book Sale at Great Geauga County Fair. Did you know they’ve been having the sale for over 20 years? The book sale will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. Please stop by even if it is just to say hello.  Although, I have to tell you they have some fantastic deals and they added shelves and shelves of fresh titles. The proceeds from this book sale make the summer reading prizes possible as well as the annual Birds of Prey programs that we host at select schools each year.  We are extremely appreciative of our Friends’ hard work and dedication.

Now for a story from the road. Other than human beings, we think dogs are the Bookmobile’s next biggest fan. They are fascinated as Old Blue pulls into drives (and we appreciate owners keeping the dogs from getting too close!). At our Prairie Lane Stop, we had an eager little dog that just wished it could come on board and check out some books. It waited patiently on the step to enter.  I wondered if the dog wanted some Clifford books. Hopefully, dog’s owners checked out something canine appropriate.

We hope to see you on the road and at the Great Geauga County Fair!

Summer is Here!

By Nick Fagan

We’ve been busy on the Bookmobile this summer. Our summer schedule with new and adjusted stops is working out well. The new stop at Prairie Lane School has been a huge success. During the 2-hour stop, we almost checked out 600 items. Of course, librarians love seeing all that reading happen. We also have story times at 7 p.m., weather permitting, at that stop. Our next stops will be Tuesdays, July 11,  25 and Aug. 8 and 22 from 6:30 to 8:20 p.m. We hope you will join us even if it isn’t your regular stop.

We know you have been reading, so you might as well be earning prizes. If you have not already, there is still time to participate in our Summer Reading program. Summer reading is open to kids, teens, and adults. Linda and Sheila recently had a funny interaction with a kid signing up for summer reading. The stop was a little slow that day which allowed us some time to chat with a young patron.  Sheila explained the Summer Reading program and asked the girl her age to determine whether she would receive a reading log for 13 and older, or 12 and younger. The girl replied that she was 12; Sheila in her most reassuring tone, told the girl not to worry and she’d be 13 before she knew it. So the girl asked Sheila, “How old are you?” Sheila answered, “I’m 62,” then pointing at Linda added, “and she’s 52!”  The girl exclaimed in horror, “Well, I’m never going to be THAT old!”  It gave them both a good chuckle and made them realize how quickly the years go by!

While we spend the majority of our time on the road, a great deal of work goes on behind the scenes in the Mobile Services workroom at the Middlefield Library. We’ve been busy with our Amish Book Collection the past few weeks. During the school year, four milk crates of books are delivered each month to over 30 Amish schools.  We rely heavily on volunteers to deliver the books to the schools and the sets are rotated each month so the kids get a new selection.  Ask your kids if they receive these books at their schools! In the summer, we go through each crate replacing worn and well-read copies of books with new titles. We also wash the crates and clean the books.  We have 280 crates which adds up to a significant time.  Just as we are finishing them up, the program will be beginning in late August with the first deliver soon afterwards. But hopefully summer does not go too fast! We will see you on the road.

The long summer days are great for working on the Bookmobile.  It is much more pleasant driving while it is still light out than on the dark streets. It is a joy to see the various  flowers  blooming as make our way on the country backroads.

We are gearing up for a great summer on the Bookmobile.  In fact, our youth summer reading program is now underway.  Don’t forget to pick up a reading log on the Bookmobile.  All children who complete 10 hours of reading will receive a prize bag at the end of summer.

Adults have their own Summer Reading program. Simply fill out an entry form for each book read. Each entry is put into a drawing and you can win one of several prizes.

You might also notice some changes to the summer Bookmobile schedule. We are adjusting times and stop locations to wider driveways.  Be sure to pick up a new schedule next time you visit. Our most exciting change is combining our Tuesday Reeves Road stops into a new stop at Prairie Lane School on Tuesdays, June 13, 27, July 11, 25, Aug. 8 and 22 from 6:30-8:20 PM.  Feel free to drop in anytime during our stay.  Also at 7 p.m., join us for an outside Story time (weather permitting).  Bring the whole family to hear some fun stories throughout the summer.

We had one adventure on the road these past weeks.  The Fun Bus is the other Geauga County Public Library mobile library. Its schedule allows it to be featured at more parades than the Bookmobile, so the Bookmobile staff was especially excited to be scheduled to appear in the Chardon Maple Festival Parade.  Did any of our readers see us in the parade?  If you missed it, don’t feel bad because the Bookmobile missed it too. As we waited for the parade to start, we noticed antifreeze pooling underneath the bus. Not wanting to risk breaking down or spreading antifreeze along the parade route, we left early and headed to the repair shop. We also missed a day on the road before getting “Old Blue” up and running again.

The new Bookmobile is still under construction, but completion has been pushed back until late August.  It takes a lot of work to create a Bookmobile.  We’ve recently been hearing the plans for the outside graphics on the vehicle. Once we have more details, we will share them with you. Enjoy the summer and we hope to see you on the road!

As we drive through the county, it is exciting see the trees blooming and the flowers starting to sprout from the ground.  Spring is in the air. While we really enjoy the season, this year we cannot wait until the summer. That is when the new Bookmobile will hit the road.  We can’t wait for you to see it and check it out.

We celebrated National Bookmobile Day on Wednesday, April 12. Did you happen to pick up a coloring sheet of our very own Bookmobile?  It was drawn by Shaunna in Mobile Services and we were giving it out throughout the week. For the kids lucky enough to have visited the Bookmobile on April 12, they received a small package of crayons as well.

Geauga County Public Library and the Friends of the Bookmobile also brought Birds of Prey presentations to three schools in March and early April. The presenter was from Lake Metro Parks Wildlife Center where they rehabilitate and return injured animals to the wild.  However, sometimes the animals cannot return the wild and become teachers.  The students saw four different live birds including an owl, peregrine falcon, and a turkey vulture. I think the vulture was everyone’s favorite. He was huge with a five and a half foot wingspan,  but he sure was not the most attractive bird. We want to thank Oak View School, Prairie Lane School, and Phelps Creek School for allowing us to come out and share these birds with their classes.

Each issue I would like to highlight books coming to our shelves. People often find strength and faith after going through horrible tragedies. The Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Conn. was one such event. The school shooting left 27 people dead and many others traumatized.  “An Unseen Angel: A Mother’s Story of Faith, Hope, and Healing After Sandy Hook”  by  Alissa Parker explores one mother’s struggle after losing her daughter Emelie in the shooting. This is a new book so you may have to place it on hold for you. Simply ask, and we will be happy to reserve it for you. For more information on the Sandy Hook massacre, check out “Newtown: An American Tragedy” By Matthew Lysiak and “Choosing Hope: Moving Forward from Life’s Darkest Hours” by Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis, a teacher who saved her class that day in 2012.

We hope to see you on the road!

Bookmobile Joins Clevnet

By Nick Fagan

March’s weather has been both a lion and a lamb. The Bookmobile had to cancel stops one night due to the weather and road conditions. We learned our lesson back in January and did not want to get stuck again. The roads quickly iced up while we were at one stop. As we pulled off, the Bookmobile could not make it up a small hill due to slippery conditions. After a couple hours of being stuck, the Bookmobile was saved by a county truck that put down more gravel on the road for traction. We were sure glad to be back in the garage that night. We try our best to serve the community in all weather, but always have to be aware of safety.

We are looking forward to the warmer weather ahead. The summer will also mean a new Bookmobile. After almost 10 years of heavy service, the current Bookmobile will be retired and a new one will take its place. They are currently building the new Bookmobile in Wisconsin. Keep reading this column for updates.

The new Bookmobile will be longer and wider than the current one.  As a result we may be moving some stops to wider driveways.  We’ll be in the same area, we just might be at a neighbor’s driveway.

If that is not enough news, Geauga County Public Library and the Bookmobile recently joined Clevnet. This is a group of area libraries that work together and share amongst one another. We’ve been very busy learning the ins and outs of this new system.  We want to thank you for your patience as we work out some issues.

What does Clevnet mean for you? You will be able to find more items from more libraries across Northeast Ohio. Since more libraries are involved, it is a much larger collection of materials.  A friendly reminder to please treat the books from other libraries with care.  If materials are returned damaged, you may be charged for the item. Another benefit is that you can now return Burton Public Library items to any Geauga County Public Library (including the Bookmobile) and vice versa.  You will also be able to use the same card at Burton and Geauga County Public Library.  If you have cards for both libraries, we will eventually need to merge two accounts into 1 card.  Simply tell us which library card you would prefer to keep and we’ll handle the rest.

Because Clevnet involves more items to borrow and more borrowers, if you do not see an item, please ask. We will likely be able to put the item on hold for you.  What might you want to put a hold on?  Here are some upcoming popular titles: “Heartland Skies” by Melody Carlson, “Salty Kisses: Christy and Todd the Baby Years Book 2” by Robin Jones Gunn, “Deep Extraction” by DiAnn Mills and “Amish Garden” by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Tricia Goyer, and Vannetta Chapman.

We hope you see you on the road!

Bookmobile Adventures in Winterland  

One Tuesday night early in January, Reeves Road proved to be an icy challenge for the Bookmobile. The bus had two stops there at the end of the day between Bundysburg and Old State. Every road that drivers Sheila and Linda had visited that drizzly day were varying degrees of wet. Until Reeves that night. Solid ice. The Bookmobile had to park on the road at the first stop in the hollow because it was sliding dangerously toward the ditches at the usual driveway.

At the end of the scheduled time, the bus pulled up anchor to move to the final stop on Reeves near Old State. Uphill.  Ha!  Ice + rain = treacherous road conditions. With much valiant help from neighbor men wielding shovels and barrows of stone, the bus finally made it halfway up the hill, but reaching the top was impossible and the bus remained partway up, on a precarious angle.

A tow truck was called to the rescue but the vehicle could not reach the bus safely. The driver slipped his way down the hill on foot to let Sheila and Linda know there was nothing he could do. Kids enjoyed sledding and sliding down the road as adults fought to stay on their feet while pondering the situation. Neighbors called the Township to bring out a gravel truck. The tow truck operator called the Sheriff to get the gravel out faster. And Sheila kept her foot pressed hard to the brake for an hour and a half to keep the bus from sliding sideways down the hill or into the ditch until the Township truck arrived with a load of stone.

Sheila was then able to ease the bus down the hill in a controlled backwards slide, turn it around, and follow the Township truck out to Bundysburg. Never have the drivers been so happy to return to the safe, dry garage – even if it was an hour and a half after the library had closed. Sheila and Linda are very grateful to friends on Reeves, Interstate Towing, the Sheriff’s department, and the Township road crew for their help through the three-hour ordeal, but fully intend to request a transfer to a Florida library until spring arrives. They will miss you.

Fun fact: Archie comics have been around since 1941.  If there is any question as to whether Archie and his friends remain popular after all this time, here is a telling statistic: In 2016, Bookmobile patrons checked out various Archie comics 8,687 times. That’s about 30 Archies for every day the bus was on the road. Take that, James Patterson!

By Nick Fagan and Linda Nichols

Mobile Services extended a warm welcome to our new Manager of Mobile Services, Nick Fagan. You might recognize Nick if you visit the Middlefield Library. He could often be found behind the information desk and ordered many of the adult books for Middlefield and Bookmobile over the past 10 years. Nick loves comic books and introduced “Lucky Luke,” “Yakari,” “Classic Comics Library” titles, and other popular comics to Middlefield and Bookmobile. He would love to hear what your favorite comics are.

We also welcomed our new Bookmobile Driver, Lauren, who hails from Mentor. She is eager to help you so please say hi to her on the bus. Beautifully colored turkey pictures lined the Bookmobile for Thanksgiving. Patrons and staff alike loved to read about what the kids value. Some moms admitted that they couldn’t bear to bring the pictures back to us – they just had to keep them for display at home. We completely understand.

We hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. A Story From The Road And a glimpse of life outside Big Blue. While the Chinese are enjoying the Year of the Monkey, it seems that the Bookmobile has been immersed in the Month of the Horse. It’s no surprise that we spend our days and nights among horses. We often stop at the roadside for a little chat with the curious ones who come over to gawk at the big blue bus and we marvel at the feisty ones cavorting in their pastures, but a couple of horse-related adventures stand out this month.

A few weeks ago when the bus was at an Old State Road stop, a patron had tethered her pony and cart to a nearby utility pole. While the woman was book-shopping, Linda looked out the window of the bus and saw the cart on its side in the ditch. Sheila (just one of our horse-whisperers on staff) ran across the field with the patron to sort out the pony problem. Poor Missy must have spooked when a semi went roaring by, as they tend to do out there, and got herself in a literal bind. The pony was pinned at the pole and the cart hitch was twisted.

With the help of a couple of passersby, the cart was lifted out of the ditch and Missy was freed. The lucky little sweetie got a pass on hauling books home that day. More recently, Julie and Linda were delivering holds by car because the Bookmobile was off the road getting a new fuel filter. They arrived at a home on Clay Street where, when the door opened, a young girl AND a mini horse came out to greet them. Linda must have seemed surprised to see a horse come out of the house because the girl explained matter-of- factly, “She was just having her carrots,” and then, after handing their books to a sister, led the horse off to the barn for the night. We wonder who has to go fetch the horse by headlamp when she wants a midnight snack!

Since July 5, there have been two bookmobiles serving Geauga County Public Library patrons. The ever popular Bluebird Bookmobile is serving Amish farms and business in the afternoons, evenings, and Saturdays. The new bookmobile, also known as the Fun Bus, is serving daycares, preschools, WomenSafe, Geauga County Metropolitan Housing Authority residences, Pleasant Hill, Ravenwood residences, Chagrin Falls Park After School Program, the Chagrin Falls Park community, Leaders Mobile home park, Metzenbaum Workshop, Sisters of Notre Dame, Notre Dame elementary school, and Thompson Square.

The Fun Bus also makes “unscheduled” visits to Geauga County parks. Please note that the Geauga County Public Libraries will be closed, and all of the vehicles will be off of the road for Staff Development Day on Friday, Oct. 28. October fiction reading recommendations: “Until I Love Again” Book 3 of the The St. Lawrence County Amish series by Jerry S. Eicher; “Secrets of the Amish Diary an Amish Inn Mystery” by Rachael Phillips; and “The Divided Family” which is part 5 of 6 of The Amish Millionaire series by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter.

Nonfiction summer reading recommendations are: a cookbook, “Fairy Tale Baking: More than 50 Enchanting Cakes, Bakes, and Decorations” by Ramla Khan, “Modified: GMOs and the Threat to Our Food, Our Land, Our Future” by Caitlin Shetterly; and “Game of My Life Cleveland Browns: Memorable Stories of Browns Football” by Matt Loede. We would also like to recommend two Playaways, which are the all-in-one battery powered audiobooks: “The Protector” by Shelley Gray, and “Touching the Sky” by Tracie Peterson. October reading selections for our younger patrons include: the board book,” I am Otter” text by Sam Garton. For children 3- 8 years: “Owl Sees Owl” by Laura Godwin and Rob Dunlavey; “Goose on the Farm” by Laura Wall; and “My Little Book of Ocean Life” by Camilla de la Bedoyere.

For children 6 to 9 years: “My Encyclopedia of the Sea” by Patrick Louisy. For children 8-12 years: “Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know: Young Readers Edition” by Alexandra Horowitz; and “Sharks and Other Deadly Ocean Creatures a DK Visual Encyclopedia”. Enjoy the beauty of autumn in Geauga County! A Story From the Road By Linda Nichols Sheila Mulligan, who surely deserves a Ph.D, averted a Bookmobile disaster the other day thanks to her keen sense of fluid dynamics. As soon as I mention that this story involves a liquid manure tanker stopped at an intersection, I probably need say no more, but paint a picture I must. Foreseeing a potential problem, wise Dr. Mulligan brought the Bookmobile to a stop very much behind the tanker, and sure enough, as the tanker pulled away from the stop sign, an impressive wave of manure sloshed out of the tanker and onto the roadway in front of the bus.

All of us _ everyone in the vicinity of the Middlefield garage and especially the aides who wash the vehicle, are grateful to Sheila, who has offered to teach a break-out session at Staff Development Day – Effective Effluent Evasion.

Most of the summer was hot and dry, and then August brought us rain, and we anticipate more rainy weather in September. The rain helps our grass turn green, helps our crops grow, and keeps our flowers blooming, but rain is not a friend to books. We love to see how many children and adults love to read, and love to carry their books everywhere.

We also love to see when the books are well protected from the elements. Books need to be kept out of the rain, and any other place where they can get wet. Once the book is wet it begins to mold, and it must be discarded. The Bookmobile has begun its fall schedule.

The new fall schedule has not changed a lot from the summer schedule, but make sure to double check your stop. The Amish School Book program has begun, and many of the local Amish Schools will be receiving crates of books delivered by many volunteers. This year there are many brand new books in the sets. The Geauga County Homebound Program is available to residents of the Geauga County Public Library district who are unable to visit libraries, the bookmobiles, or the lobby stop service because of age, illness, or a disability with physical mobility limitations, and who are unable to make arrangements to have library materials picked up and returned for them.

To check eligibility for the Homebound Program, call Leah at 440-632-1961, extension 23. September fiction summer reading recommendations: “Seasons in Paradise” from The Coming Home Series by Barbara Cameron. “Life and Salvation: Hymns of the West Novellas #1-3” by Faith Blum; “Counted With The Stars” which is Book 1 from the Out of Egypt series by Connilyn Cossette; “ The California Gold Rush Romance Collection” by multiple authors including Dianne Christner and Cynthia Hickey; and The Secret Book of Kings by Yochi Brandes. Nonfiction summer reading recommendations are: a cookbook,” The Healthy Bones: Nutrition Plan and Cookbook” by Dr Laura Kelly and Helen Bryman Kelly; “Breakaway Amish: Growing up with the Bergholz Beard Cutters” by Johnny Mast with Shawn Smucker; “Ruined” by Ruth Everhart, and” The National Parks of the United States: A Photographic Journey” by Andrew Thomas; and “Guns the Right Way: Introducing Kids to Firearm Safety and Shooting” by Jerry Luciano. A young Adult selection is “Christina Elliot” by L. N. Comyn. September reading selections for our younger patrons include: the board book, DK Publishing’s “My First Zoo: Let’s Meet the Animals”.

For children 4-7 years: “Curious George Discovers Plants” adapted by Monica Perez. For children 8-11 years: “The Boxcar Children: Hidden in the Haunted School” created by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Nonfiction selections include: “Sports MVPs: Lebron James” by Ryan Nagelhout; NFL Teams: “The Cleveland Browns Story” by Allan Morey; and “The Sports Illustrated Kids Baseball Then to Wow!” Wishing you a wonderful fall.


Geauga County Public Library dedicated its very first Bookmobile 30 years ago, on July 17, 1986. The first bookmobile’s mission was to increase accessibility of library materials for all residents of Geauga County. On July 5, 2016 the new bookmobile called the Fun Bus, began serving the residents of Geauga County. The current expansion of the Mobile Services department is in line with the original mission of increasing accessibility to library materials, paired with a strong focus on increasing access to library services.

The Mobile Services fleet of vehicles now includes a Lobby Stop Vehicle, where carts of materials are taken into facilities; a BlueBird Bookmobile, the Fun Bus, and an Outreach vehicle that is used predominantly for Home Visits. The Homebound Program is available to residents of the Geauga County Public Library district who are unable to visit libraries, the bookmobiles, or the lobby stop service because of age, illness, or a disability with physical mobility limitations, and who are unable to make arrangements to have library materials picked up and returned for them.

To check eligibility for the Homebound Program, you may call Leah Schmidt at 440-632-1961, extension 23. On July 5, the Bookmobile also started a new schedule. Many of the stops moved to a different day and time. Be sure to pick up your new schedule the next time that you visit the Bookmobile, or any of the Geauga County Public Library branches. The Bookmobile Summer Reading Program ended July 30th for the children who are served by the BlueBird Bookmobile. Children’s prizes will be distributed in August. Summer reading continues until Aug. 13 for adults. Adult reading entry forms can still be found on the Bookmobile. Fill out a separate entry form for each book you read, with your name, the day and stop where you visit the Bookmobile, and the title of the book you read. Return the entry form to the Bookmobile. Prizes will be drawn from the adult summer reading entries later in August. August fiction summer reading recommendations: “The Stubborn Father,” Book 2 of the Amish Millionaire series by Wanda E. Brunstetter is available in regular and large print; “The Amish Widow’s Hope” by Samantha Price; and “The Loyal Heart: A Lone Star Hero’s Love Story” by Shelley Shepard Gray. Nonfiction summer reading recommendations are: a cookbook “ Delicious Dump Cakes: 50 Super Simple Desserts to Make in 15 Minute or Less” by Roxanne Wyss and Kathy Moore; “A Killing in Amish Country” by Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris; “Freedom: My Book of Firsts” by Jaycee Dugard; and “Heaven’s Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal” by Jack Kelly.

We would also like to recommend two Playaways, which are the all-in-one battery powered audio books: “Bable Hill” by Shelley Gray, and “The Letters” by Suzanne Woods Fisher. Two Young Adult selections include “Shadowed Eden: Paradise is Better When it Stays Lost.” It is Book One in the series, Beguiled, by Katie Clark; and Magnolia Lake by Emily Paige Skeen. August reading selections for our younger patrons include: the board book, “Corduroy’s Shapes” with text by MaryJo Scott, art by Lisa McCue, and based on the characters created by Don Freeman. For children 4- 8 years, “Sports Illustrated Kids’ My First Book of Baseball: Mostly Everything Explained About the Game – A Rookie Book” by Beth Bugler and Mark Bechtel, illustrations by Bill Hinds. For children 8-12 years, “ American Girl Baking: Recipes for Cookies, Cupcakes & More” by Williams-Sonoma, photography by Nicole Hill Gerulat; “Hardy Boys Adventures: The Madman of Black Bear Mountain” by Franklin W. Dixon; and “The Best Worst Thing” by Kathleen Lane. For youth ages 9-15 years “Sports Illustrated Kids’ Ball Park Cookbook-The National League: Recipes Inspired by Baseball Stadium Foods” by Katrina Jorgensen. Wishing you a beautiful August!


The Bookmobile Summer Reading Program is continuing until the end of July for children, and until Aug. 13 for adults. There is still time for children to pick up their Summer Reading Sign-Up Sheets. The sign-up sheets can be found on the Bookmobile. There is a 10 hour reading requirement; when the children finish the ten hours, and return the Time Log, they will receive a prize. The reading program is open to children from birth through 18. When a child reads, or when someone reads to the child all the reading hours count. Adults can read as many books as they would like. The more books read, the more chances to win one of the 33 Bookmobile Summer Reading Prizes. Adult reading entry forms can also be found on the Bookmobile. Fill out a separate entry form for each book you read, with your name, the day and stop where you visit the Bookmobile, and the title of the book you read. Return the entry form to the Bookmobile. Our library staff is loading the Bookmobile every day with new books. You can choose to read any of the Bookmobile books, or your own personal books. Our Bookmobile staff can also offer you Reader Advisory services. We love to help patrons find the kind of books that they like to read. This summer is a very exciting time for us, a second Bookmobile, The Fun Bus, will begin serving the residents of Geauga County. The Fun Bus will visit daycares, preschools, and other locations throughout Geauga County. Beginning July 5, the Bookmobile will start a new schedule. Many of the stops will be moving to a different day and time. Be sure to pick up your new schedule the next time that you visit the Bookmobile, or any of the Geauga County Public Library branches. July fiction summer reading recommendations are “In Plain View” by Ruth Hartzler; “Kiss the Bride: Three Summer Love Stories” by Melissa McClone, Robin Lee Hatcher, and Kathryn Springer; and Book 1 of the new Rainbow Falls Series, “Betrayed Hearts” by Susan Anne Mason. Two nonfiction summer reading recommendations are “ We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel” by Herb Frazier, Bernard Edward Powers Jr., PhD, and Marjory Wentworth. This book is about the June 2015 massacre in Charleston, South Carolina. Project Smoke by Steven Raichlen includes instructions and 100 recipes for smoked food. July reading selections for our younger patrons include the board book “God’s Wonderful World” by Jennifer Hilton and Kristen McCurry, with illustration by Natasha Rimmington. “Who Done It?” by Oliver Tallec, is a wonderful picture book for parents and children to read together. “First Source to Baseball: Rules, Equipment, and Key Playing Tips” by Tyler Omoth is a great book for children from ages 6 through 9. Enjoy the beautiful July days of Geauga County!

A reminder that the Bookmobile Summer Reading Program for children will begin June 6 and end July 30. The Bookmobile Adult Summer Reading Program will also begin on June 6, and will continue through Aug. 13. Geauga W.O.R.K. Out (Walk, Observe, Read, Know) is back and will run from June 6 through Aug. 13. Holds may now be placed on Jaycee Dugard’s “Freedom: My Book of Firsts” which is to be released in July and tells of the joys and challenges that Jaycee has experienced after years in captivity. It is a follow up to the bestselling memoir, “A Stolen Life.” A new book that we are sure will be popular with our patrons is “Raising the Perfectly Imperfect Child: Facing the Challenges with Strength, Courage and Hope” by Boris Vujicic. The book tells his family’s inspirational story of having a son, Nick, born without arms or legs, and the challenges that they faced and overcame. Nick has grown to become an internationally-known inspirational speaker, a best-selling author, a husband and father, and the founder of the non-profit organization Life Without Limbs.

Additional June reading recommendations: J. M. Hochstetler’s Valley of the Shadow, and Ruth Hartzler’s, The Amish Buggy Horse series: (1) “Faith” (2) “Hope” (3) “Charity” (4) “Patience” and (5)” Kindness.” Nonfiction titles include: “For the Glory: Eric Liddell’s Journey from Olympic Champion to Modern Martyr” and Stephanie Rose’s “Garden Made: A Year of Seasonal Projects to Beautify Your Garden & Your Life.” A title for young adults is “Puget Sound Summer” by Deborah D. Ferguson. May reading selections for our younger patrons include the board book,” God Bless Our Country” written by Hannah C. Hall with illustrations by Steve Whitlow. A DK book for preschoolers: “Farm Animals” includes activities, crafts, and fun facts. Books for children from ages 4 to 8 include: “Stories from Bug Garden” by Lisa Moser and illustrated by Gwen Millward, and “Beagles” by Mari Schuh. For children ages 8-11: “Tales from Dust River Gulch” by Tim Davis, “Mermaid Tales: Twist and Shout” by Debbie Dadey, and “Hardy Boys Adventures: Showdown at Widow Creek” by Franklin W. Dixon. Wishing you a wonderful start to summer!Our Bookmobile Summer Reading Program for children will begin June 6 and will end on July 30. Children who have: a) read or been read to for 10 hours or more, b) who have completed the Bookmobile Summer Time log, and c) who have returned the log back to the Bookmobile will receive a prize bag at the end of the summer reading program.

The Bookmobile Adult Summer Reading Program will also begin on June 6, and will continue through Aug. 13. Adult readers should: a) fill out an entry form for each title read, b) place the entry form in the entry box, and c) check in at the end of Adult Summer Reading to find out if they have won a prize. Geauga W.O.R.K. Out (Walk, Observe, Read, Know) is back. The program will run from June 6th through Aug. 13. The W.O.R.K. Out program is open to anyone over 12 years old, and the logs are available at all Geauga County Public Library Branches, the Bookmobile, and the Lobby Stop. Complete your log, and turn it in to the bookmobile or branch to earn a reward, and to be entered into a drawing for larger prizes. A W.O.R.K. Out celebration will be held at Observatory Park on Friday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m.

May reading recommendations: Wanda Brunstetter has a new series, The Amish Millionaire. The first two books of the series, “The English Son” and “The Stubborn Father” are available for borrowing. The third in the series, which is now available for holds, is “The Betrayed Fiancée.” The fourth, fifth, and sixth books in the series will be available for holds at a later time. Nonfiction titles include: “A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy” by Sue Klebold; “Practical Fishing Knots” by Mark Sosin and Lefty Kreh with line illustrations by Rod Walinchus; and “The Chicken Health Handbook: A Complete Guide to Maximizing Flock Health and Dealing with Disease” by Gail Damerow. Titles for young adults include the Spencer Family Mystery Series by Michael J. Rayes: Volume 1, “Bank Robbery!” and Volume 2, “Papal Bull Heist.” Another selection for young adults is “Dead Man’s Switch” by Sigmund Brouwer.

May reading selections for our younger patrons include the board book, “Sheep Go to Sleep” by Nancy Shaw with illustrations by Margot Apple. Books for children from ages 4 to 8 include: “Good Night Truck” by Sally Odgers and illustrated by Heath McKenzie, “I Love Sports: Baseball a Bullfrog Book” by Allan Morey, and “Shape Hunters: Shapes on the Farm a Bullfrog Book” by Jenny Fretland VanVoorst. For children ages 6-10: “Wildfires: All About Fires, Prevention, Renewal, and More!” by Seymour Simon, and “Claude in the Country” by Alex T. Smith. Wishing you a beautiful and joyous May!

The Middlefield construction project is winding down and the expansion of Mobile Services is moving ahead. We continue to look for ways to better serve our patrons, and would like to know if there are authors or titles (available in print) that you would like to see added to our collections. Feel free to drop off notes with your recommendations to our drivers. We are interested in your ideas for all ages, and especially for school aged children.

March brings us the hope of an early spring, but in Geauga there is always a possibility of snow. We again remind Bookmobile Stop locations to keep their driveways plowed. Plowed drives help assure that we do not get stuck and it makes it easier for the patrons to have access to the bus. If the Bookmobile service is delayed or suspended due to weather, we will call each Bookmobile Stop contact person, and let them know the status of our schedule. You may also call the Middlefield Library, 440-632-1961 to check on the status.

March reading recommendations: The western “Scalpers” by Ralph Cotton; Amy Clipston’s “The Forgotten Recipe” which is Book 1 of The Amish Heirloom Novels; Jerry S. Eicher’s “Miriam and the Stranger” which is  book 3 of The Land of Promise Novels (“Miriam’s Secret” Book 1, “A Blessing for Miriam” Book 2); and “A Bride at Last” by Melissa Jagears. Nonfiction titles include: “Home Tanning and Leather Making Guide” by Albert C. Farnham and “Framing Floors, Walls & Ceilings” by the Editors of Fine Homebuilding. New books about food include: “Sally’s Candy Addiction: Tasty Truffles, Fudges & Treats for Your Sweet-Tooth Fix” by Sally McKenney; “Simply Scratch: 120 Wholesome Homemade Recipes Made Easy” by Laurie McNamara, and “The Complete Book of Jerky: How to Process, Prepare, and Dry Beef, Venison, Turkey, Fish and More” by Philip Hasheider.

February reading selections for our younger patrons include the board book, “A B SEE” by Elizabeth Doyle. Books for children from ages 4 to 8 include: “Animals in Spring” by Kathryn Clay, which is a nonfiction title; “Pony Party” by Catherine Hapka and pictures by Anne Kennedy is a Level 2, I can Read book, and “A Farmer Boy Birthday” is a My First Little House Book, adapted from the books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The illustrations in “A Farmer Boy Birthday” are by Jody Wheeler. Fairy Tale Comics: “Classic Tales Told by Extraordinary Cartoonists” edited by Chris Duffy is recommended for children from 6 to 12. Finally for children from 8-12 years we recommend the inspirational book “Across the Border” Book 4 of the Beyond the Orphan Train series, by Arleta Richardson.

Happy Easter!

Construction on the Mobile Services Bus Garage expansion is coming along, and the work should be complete this spring. To expand access to library materials and services throughout Geauga County, a new vehicle has been ordered, and we expect it to arrive in May. The new vehicle will provide service to Geauga County daycares, WomenSafe, County Homes, and the Chagrin Falls Park Community Center. This new vehicle joins the BlueBird Bookmobile, which many of you visit, and the Lobby Stop vehicle which provides service to Geauga County Senior Centers, Senior Living Communities, Sunny Hope, and Sunny Acres schools. We are excited to have the opportunity to expand access to all that the Geauga County Public Library has to offer.

The winter snow has arrived, and we ask that the Bookmobile Stop locations keep their driveways plowed. Plowed drives help assure that we do not get stuck, and it also makes it easier for the patrons to have access to the bus. If the Bookmobile service is delayed or suspended due to weather, we will call each Bookmobile Stop contact person, and let them know the status of our schedule. You may also call the Middlefield Library 440-632-1961 to check on the status.

February reading recommendations: Heather Burch’s “Down the Hidden Path” which is book 2 of The Roads to River Rock series (“Along the Broken Road” is book 1). Nonfiction titles include: “Dear God, I’m Only a Boy” by Menno Duerksen and “Stuck in the Weeds: A Pilgrim on the Mississippi River” and “The Camino de Santiago” by Paul Stutzman. We have replaced many of Cathy Glass books, and have purchased books from other authors who write about similar topics. These other titles include “Cry Silent Tears” by Joe Peters, Secret Child by Gordon Lewis and Andrew Crofts, and “Abandoned” by Anya Peters.

For Young Adults we recommend “The Golden Braid” by Melanie Dickerson, a retelling of the fairy tale, Rapunzel and “Bank Robbery” by Michael J. Rayes about teenage detectives trying to stop a crime ring.

We have acquired several new classic comic selections including “ Rex Allen, Western Action” and “Frontier Marshal, Wyatt Earp Classic Comics.”

February reading selections for our younger patrons include the board books “ Ollie’s Valentine” by Olivier Dunrea and “Small Smaller” written by Corina Fletcher and Natalie Marshall. “Wish” by Emma Dodd is a beautiful picture book, and a wonderful story about a little wolf. For pre-readers from 4-6 years we recommend “Thomas & Friends: A Valentine for Percy.” For children 5 to 9 years we recommend “Monkey and Elephant and a Secret Birthday Surprise” by Carole Lexa Schaefer, and illustrated by Calia Bernstein. C. Alexander London’s “ The Wild Ones” is recommended for children from 8 to 12 years. Nonfiction titles for youth include Julie Murray’s  three farm animals books for our early readers, one about Goats, one about Sheep, and another about Pigs; Caroline Arnold’s habitats, “A Day and Night in the Forest” and “Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor” by Robert Burleigh, which was illustrated by Raul Colon.

Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day!


A new year is upon us, and the staff members of Mobile Services are looking forward to many changes in our department. The planned changes will help us to provide greater access of our library materials to many people across Geauga County.  The following is the contact information for Mobile Services: Edina Szasz is the Bookmobile Supervisor and can be reached at 440-632-1961 extension 21. I am the Head of Mobile Services, and can be reached at 440-632-1961 extension 23. You can also contact me about Lobby Stop Services, Homebound services (for individuals who can’t make it to the library due to an impairment or disability), and the Amish School Book Program.

January reading recommendations: Beverly Lewis’s Trilogy (all available in Large Print): “The River” (1), “The Love Letters” (2), and “The Photograph” (3). Nonfiction titles include: “438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea” by Jonathan Franklin; “Rise of ISIS: A Threat we Can’t Ignore” by Jay Sekulow; “National Geographic’s The Old West” by Stephen G. Hyslop, and “Simply Scratch: 120 Wholesome Homemade Recipes Made Easy” by Laurie McNamara.

For Young Adults we recommend “When Lightning Strikes” by Hugh Alan Smith. This book is an immigration tale that begins in Russia in 1874. Another recommendation is “Heart of Thunder” by Jenny Glazebrook. This story is part of the Aussie Sky series, and follows Beauty Clements and her brother, Blaze.

January reading selections for our younger patrons include the board books, “Sweet Heart” which is a Alphaprints Touch and Feel Book, and “Good Night Little Love” written by Laura Neutzling and illustrated by Anna Currey. “Nellie Belle” written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Mike Austin is a fun picture book. For pre-readers 3 to 5 years we recommend “Daniel Visits the Library,” a Ready-to-Read book adapted by Maggie Testa. For children ages 6 to 9 years we recommend Pet Rescue Adventures: “Max the Missing Puppy” by Holly Webb; “Esther Starts from Home: Stories from the Author’s Girlhood Memories” by Romaine Stauffer, and “Tales from Maple Ridge #5: Lost in the Blizzard” by Grace Gilmore and illustrated by Petra Brown. Nonfiction titles for youth include Lisa J. Amstutz’s “Backyard Bird Books, Hummingbirds, and Blue Jays”; “Clown Fish” by Mari Schuh with Gail Saunders-Smith, Phd as the consulting editor; “Milton Hershey’s Sweet Idea: A Chocolate Kingdom” by Sharon Katz Cooper, which was illustrated by Alvaro Iglesias Sanchez;  and “Fun Things to Do with Milk Jugs” by Marne Ventura.

Wishing you a Happy New Year!


The very busy month of December is upon us, and we are wishing you a joyous season of time spent with family and friends. During the holidays there will be some adjustments to our Bookmobile and Lobby Stop Schedules. Neither the Bookmobile nor the Lobby Stop Van will be in service on Dec. 24, 25, 31, and Jan. 1. The Bookmobile will provide service on Saturday, Dec. 26 and Saturday, Jan. 2.

The ookmobile/Outreach Department has a new name, it is now called Mobile Services. Edina Szasz is the Bookmobile Supervisor and can be reached at 440-632-1961 ext. 21. I am the head of Mobile Services, and can be reached at 440-632-1961 ext. 23. You can also contact me about Lobby Stop Services, and Homebound services for individuals who can’t make it to the library due to an impairment or disability. There are many exciting changes that planned for 2016, which will help us to improve access to residents throughout our service area in Geauga County.

December reading recommendations: Charlotte Hubbard’s “The Christmas Cradle,” Cynthia Ruchti’s “An Endless Christmas,” Kathi Macias’s “Return to Christmas,” Suzanne Woods Fisher’s “The Imposter,” Book 1 of the Bishop’s Family series, and Shelley Gray’s “Whispers in the Reading Room: A Chicago World’s Fair Mystery.” Nonfiction titles include: “Great Big Toy Trucks: Plans & Instructions for Building 9 Giant Vehicles” by Les Neufeld’s; “ Part of Our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library” by Wayne A Wiegand; and “Yes: My Improbable Journey to the Main Event of WrestleMania” by Daniel Bryan with Craig Tello.

For Young Adults’, we recommend “The Perfect Blindside” by Leslea Wahl. This book is about an abandoned silver mine, an honors student, a snowboarder, and the two teens’ quests to find out who God wants them to be.

December reading selections for our younger patrons include the board book, “Song of the Stars,” a Christmas story by Sally Lloyd-Jones, and paintings by Alison Jay, and the picture books, “Go Home, Little One!” by Cate James, and” Lost. Found.”  by Marsha Diane Arnold, pictures by Matthew Cordell. Two nonfiction books recommended for early readers are: “All About Winter Weather” by Kathryn Clay and “See it Grow Cranberry” written by Jackie Lee. For readers from 6 to 8 years we recommend “The Story of Diva and Flea,” as told and shown by Mo Willems and Tony Diterlizzi. For readers from eight to 12 years we recommend “The Big Pig Stampede,” a Goat Boy Chronicle by Bob Hartman, “Dear Hank Williams” by Kimberly Willis Holt, and Franklin W. Dixon’s “Hardy Boys Adventures: Tunnel of Secrets.”

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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