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2011

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December 2011

Cowan Pottery Museum Video Tour by Cox Communications

Check out a video tour of Rocky River Public Library’s Cowan Pottery Museum produced by Cox Communications. Cowan Pottery Museum Curator Carol Jacobs takes you on a comprehensive 40-minute tour, split up into four 10-minute segments.

The Cowan Pottery Studio manufactured notable American art pottery from 1913-1917 in Lakewood, Ohio and from 1920-1931 in Rocky River, Ohio at 19633 Lake Road.  R. Guy Cowan was an innovative ceramic artist who helped to elevate Cowan Pottery from a craft to a fine art.  Cowan Pottery was known throughout the country for its modern shapes, distinctive glazes, and quality design.  The Studio produced useful items for everyday living as well as unique art works.  By the late 1920s, the Studio produced 175,000 items annually. Unfortunately the business did not survive the Great Depression. 

The “Cowan Pottery Centennial" will be celebrated from 2012 through 2013. Many varied events will come under the umbrella of the  Centennial that will be held at Rocky River Public Library and elsewhere.  A schedule of events will be forthcoming this winter.  Watch the Library’s website, or contact Curator Carol Jacobs (440-895-3763; c.jacobs@rrpl.org).


Rocky River Public Library has the largest public collection of Cowan Pottery in the world.  It can be viewed during regular library hours.  Free tours and programs are available upon request.

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November 2011

RRPL Ranked One of the Top Libraries in the Country
Star

Rocky River Public Library was recently named as one of the top libraries in the nationin Library Journal’s 2011 “Index of Public Library Service.”   The rating identifies 262 Star libraries, based on 2009 data from more than 7,000 public libraries nationwide.

“We are delighted to be a Star Library,” said Rocky River Public Library Director Nick Cronin. “Thank you to our patrons who made this possible through their support.  And thanks to the dedication of everyone who works at Rocky River Public Library, people are visiting us in great numbers, checking out our materials, attending our programs, and using our technology resources. It’s very encouraging to know that we really are a premier destination point in Rocky River.”

The rankings are based on expenditures that relate to circulation, library visits, public Internet computer use and program attendance per capita. Star libraries were recognized in 39 states, with Ohio claiming the second highest number of libraries with this distinction. Library Journal is a highly respected professional publication and the oldest one covering the field of library service. 

September 2011

Rocky River Public Library eBooks are Now Available for Kindle         

The Library’s eBook collection is now compatible with the world’s bestselling Amazon® Kindle. Patrons can now download popular and classic eBooks to a Kindle device or any mobile device running the free Kindle app, such as iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, and more.          

The library also offers eBooks and audiobooks for use on a PC or Mac computer and popular mobile devices such as a Smartphone, MP3 player, and eBook reader like the Barnes & Noble® Nook™ and Sony® Reader.
      
Kindle users can browse Rocky River Public Library’s collection of bestselling and classic eBooks from a PC or Mac computer, check out titles using a library card, and select “Get for Kindle” to deliver eBooks to their Kindle device or any device running the free Kindle app.

For additional information, call Rocky River Public Library at 440-333-7610.

Related Information: RRPL's Digital Collection Link

 

Swedish Librarian Visit Rocky River Public Library

Six librarians from the Värmland region of Sweden recently came to visit the Library and spoke with our staff members to learn about our services and operation.  Read what the Sun Newspaper had to say!

Rocky River Public Library is on the List for Swedish Librarians Link
John Bisel, Sun News

August 2011

Cowan Pottery Featured in the West Shore Sun

The Cowan Pottery Museum was featured in the West Shore Sun’s “Potter’s Works Illuminated” by reporter John Bisesi on August 4.  If you missed it, go to  http://blog.cleveland.com/westshoresun/2011/08/potters_works_illuminated_at_r.html
The Library’s Cowan Pottery Museum can be viewed anytime during regular Library hours.  If you would like to arrange for a free guided tour for yourself or for a group of 20 or less, please contact Curator Carol Jacobs at 440-895-3763 or at c.jacobs@rrpl.org.

 
July 2011

Trustee Reappointed to Rocky River Public Library Board

(ROCKY RIVER, OH)  Betsy Lanzen has been appointed by the Rocky River Board of Education to a second 7-year term on the Rocky River Public Library’s Board of Trustees. Lanzen taught for 37 years in the Rocky River School District, with a total of 42 years in teaching.

She currently runs an enrichment center at Goldwood Primary School. The program provides enrichment opportunities for kindergarten, first and second graders above and beyond the classroom in reading, math, writing and thinking skills.

“I'm delighted to be able to remain on the board,” she said. “I'm looking forward to implementing the new strategic plan and especially following the progress of the children's department as they implement the early childhood reading initiative.  I've seen the Library grow and expand in my tenure as a trustee and will work to see this trend continue into the future as the library responds to patron needs and changing times. I love the people connected with the Library and enjoy working with such a forward thinking and cohesive group of trustees.” 

Rocky River Public Library, an independent library supported by the residents of Rocky River, is an informational, educational, recreational, and cultural resource for the community.   The library’s services include over 180,000 items available for loan or use in the library, a full range of online services and educational programs.

Related Information:Board of Trustees Link

Friends and Women’s Committee Elect New Officers

New officers recently elected by the Friends of Rocky River Public Library included: Therese Rutt, President; Susan Gallagher, Vice President; Karen Kelly-Mickey, Treasurer; Krista Carte, Recording Secretary; and Sandy Wright, Corresponding Secretary.

Newly elected President Therese Rutt has been an active member of the Friends since September 2005. She previously served as Vice President and as the Hospitality Chairperson, coordinating social events for the organization. Therese has been a resident of Rocky River for 12 years.  Her husband, David, is a sergeant with the Cleveland Police Department, and they have five children who have kept her involved with the Rocky River Schools for many years. “I am looking forward to taking on this responsibility, along with working with our amazing new board members and Library staff,” she said. “I do my best to benefit our wonderful RRPL.”

Congratulations, Therese, and many thanks to Laura Farrell Jacobs, who served six dynamic years as the Friends President!

New officers recently elected by the Women’s Committee of Rocky River Public Library included: Ronna-Jean Gedeon, President; Pat Santa-Emma, Vice President; Ruth Nowicky, Treasurer; Suzanne Lydrickson, Assistant Treasurer; Betsy Roth, Recording Secretary; and Carol Klomfas, Corresponding Secretary. 

Newly elected President Ronna-Jean Gedeon is a six-year member of the Women’s Committee, a 45-year resident of Rocky River and an active library user. Her working career included being a library clerk in college, an elementary school teacher, nursery school director and a 23-year employee of Lakewood Public Library. The love of books, reading and libraries runs through her family and all their activities. Since retirement she has joined the Optimist Investment Club, celebrated 25 years as an active member of College Club West, began genealogy research combined with family stories and growing-up memories for a book she is writing for her family.  She is the mother of three Eagle Scouts who earned a total of 125 badges and has four granddaughters.

Congratulations, Ronna-Jean, and many thanks to outgoing President Mary Ann Theodosion for her vibrant leadership!

Related Information:Board of Trustees Link

 
May 2011

Cowan Pottery will air on Cox Cable 45 

Check out a comprehensive tour of Rocky River Public Library’s Cowan Pottery Museum produced by Cox Communications!  Cox45 will air this piece on Saturdays, beginning May 28 through June, at 6:30 p.m.  Thanks to Cox and producer Matt Fuller for the story on this distinctive form of American art pottery created by R. Guy Cowan and his associates in Lakewood, Ohio from 1913-1917, and in Rocky River, Ohio from 1920-1931. 

Cox Cable

Related Information: Cowan Pottery Museum Link

 

April 2011 

Cowan Pottery featured on WVIZ / PBS Ideastream program "Applause"

WVIZ/PBS ideastream recently featured the fascinating legacy of R. Guy Cowan and his stunning pottery on “Applause.” If you missed it, check it out Jazz bowlat http://www.ideastream.org/applause/archive/2011/04/  The Library’s Cowan Pottery Museum can be viewed anytime during regular hours.  If you would like to arrange for a free guided tour for yourself or for a group of 20 or less, please contact Curator Carol Jacobs at 440-895-3763 or at (c.jacobs@rrpl.org).

Related Information: Cowan Pottery Museum Link

 

National Library Week at Rocky River Public Library    

National Library Week (April 10-16) is an annual celebration of the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians.At a time when library usage is at an all-time high, Rocky River Public Library is committed to helping our community thrive in these tough economic times through services, programs, and resources tailored to meet your needs.

Quotes about librariesLibrary

From Cicero to Maya Angelou to Keith Richards, lots of people have had interesting and important things to say about libraries. This video (2:05), edited by Greg Landgraf for National Library Week 2011, collects a number of those quotes, such as “The America I love still exists at the front desk of public libraries” (Kurt Vonnegut, 2004)... (Read more)
AL Focus, Apr. 6

Join us for Playaway Day this Thursday, April 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  A representative from Playaway will demonstrate how to use this nifty all-in-one audiobook.  You can enter to win a gift basket just for checking one out. Free giveaways, too!

 

March 2011

Affordable Cowan Pottery Sale at Rocky River Public Library      

Cowan Pottery SaleThe Cowan Pottery Museum Associates (CPMA) will hold a sale of Cowan Pottery on Sunday, April 10 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Rocky River Public Library’s auditorium. 
This beautiful pottery is from a large private collection which is being dispersed.

Over 300 pieces of Cowan Pottery, ranging in price from $5.00 to $50.00, will be sold with proceeds benefiting the CPMA fund, supporting the Cowan Pottery Museum of Rocky River Public Library.  “More than 100 pieces will be priced at $20.00 or less,” said CPMA President Roger Stanbridge.  “This is an opportunity for people to start a collection and acquire a piece of local history.”
There will be a limit of 10 pieces/sets per purchaser, and payments can be made with cash or check.  Purchasers will receive a free Cowan Pottery Museum Associates membership.

Cowan Pottery was produced in Rocky River from 1920 to 1931. It was one of the nation’s leading potteries during the 1920s, and the Cleveland area’s only major pottery.  The Cowan Pottery Museum is located in Rocky River Public Library and features over 1200 pieces of this distinctive American art pottery.

For additional information, call Rocky River Public Library at 440-895-3763 or visit www.rrpl.org or www.cowanpottery.org

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A Special Thanks...Foods for Fines was a Success!

Thanks to our patrons who took part in our Food for Fines program!  We exceeded all expectations by donating approximately 4,300 cans of food to the Rocky River Assistance Program, a community service sponsored by the Rocky River Junior Women’s Club. Pictured is Operations Director, Amy McDougal sorting donations for Rocky River residents in need.  She expressed her gratitude for “the partnership established with the Library and the community that continue to support us.”

Food for Fines Drive

Additional Press:

See what the Sun Newspapers and West Life had to say about our Food for Fines Program!

Rocky River Public Library Food for Fines is success
news West Shore Sun Article  - Friday, March 25, 2011

fOOD FOR FINES

Library patrons have a ‘fine’ time filling food bank shelves
news West Life - Sunday, March 31, 2011


February 2011

Catherine Manzo Elected President of the Rocky River Public Library Board
K. Manzo

Catherine Manzo has been elected to serve a one-year term as the president of the Rocky River Public Library board of trustees.  

Manzo, a resident of Rocky River since 1985, is a medical technologist at Lakewood Hospital.  She has served as a trustee on the library board since 2001. 

“The foundation of a good community includes great city services, schools, and an outstanding library,” said Manzo.  “Our beautiful library invites people to all its warm and inviting spaces for entertainment, education, and fulfillment.  This year, I look forward to the development and implementation of a new strategic plan that continues our excellence in service and meets the expectations of our community.  I’m also excited about working with our new director, Nick Cronin, and seeing the path the library takes under his leadership,” she said.

Catherine Manzo succeeds Cynthia Schafer, who served two years as president of the board of trustees. Other officers elected at the January board of trustees meeting included Audra Bednarski, vice president, and William Henson, secretary.

Related Information: RRPL Board of Truestees Link

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January 2011

AARP Tax Assistance

Tax“AARP Tax-Aide Program” is available free at Rocky River Public Library, from February 1 through April 15, by appointment only.  Appointments are available on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Taxpayers can make an appointment now by calling the library at (440)333-7610 or by stopping at the greeter’s desk in the library’s lobby.  Tax-Aide will prepare federal and state of Ohio tax returns free of charge and will also e-file returns for taxpayers who participate in the program.  Taxpayers should bring a copy of their prior year tax return as well as current year tax documents when requesting tax preparation. 

Be sure to also bring your Social Security card or other official documentation for yourself and all dependents.  All members of the program are volunteers who receive no compensation for their participation in this community service.  AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP Foundation, offered in conjunction with the IRS.

Related Information: Income Tax Information Link

Food for Fines Through February 28!
Foof For Fines 2011

For every non-perishable item you donate at the Library, we will reduce your fine by $1.00! 

Donated canned goods for the Rocky River Assistance Program are being collected by our staff in the Circulation Department.  Preferred canned food items are fruits, beef stew, chili and vegetables.  Please do not put any food items in the bookdrop.

The “Food for Fines” program applies only to fines and fees owed to the Library.  It will apply to accounts already turned over to a collection agency. Please be advised that the Library is unable to repair or change a credit report. This program does not apply to checks returned for insufficient funds and does not apply to payment of any fines that were made prior to January 10.

Thank you for your generosity for hunger relief in our community!

Related Information: Food for Fines Flyer pdf format

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2010

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November 2010

Westlife features our new Freegal Music Service

Read about our new free music download service called Freegal in West Life News!  All you need is your RRPL library card for 3 downloads each week from the hundreds of thousands of songs from Sony’s music catalog. >> Read Article


West Shore Sun Writes About the S.S. Fitzgerald Replica

If you missed the feature in the West Shore Sun by Kate Spirgen about the Great Lake’s freighter, S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald, and the display of items on loan from family members of men who perished when the ship sank November 10, 1975, please go to: http://blog.cleveland.com/westshoresun/2010/11/rocky_river_public_library_bri.html

You can see the display through December, during normal library hours, in the first floor display case.

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October 2010

Library Displays a S. S. Edmund Fitzgerald Replica

The Library is displaying a museum quality replica of the S. S. Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank in Lake Superior on November 10, 1975 with no survivors. As a way of remembering the crew on this upcoming 35th anniversary of the tragic loss, John McCarthy and family have loaned this replica to the Library, along with artifacts that have never been on public display.   McCarthy’s father, John H. ‘Jack’ McCarthy, was the first mate on the S. S. Edmund Fitzgerald.   This display is a tribute to the 29 men who lost their lives.   When it was first launched, it was the largest carrier on the Great Lakes at 729 feet long.  The display is in the first floor exhibit case opposite the elevator.

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August 2010

Optimal Resume Tutorial Featured on Cox 45

Job Seekers Alert! Check out Cox45 Communication’s feature on Optimal Resume, a web-based resume building program that can help you with your career goals. Adult Services Librarian Maureen Stratton guides you in this video with  step-by-step instructions on resume and cover letter creation,  interview practice sessions,  and creating a custom website that includes your employment documents.  Sign up for a free account, today!


Video courtesy of Cox Cable


Related Information: Optimal Resume

July 2010

New Website for the Unemployed
Help wanted

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has a new website for unemployed Ohioans.

OhioHeretoHelp.com connects users to information and resources from both public and private entities that can help them search for a job, find education and training opportunities, and learn about the many other services and supports that might be available to them.


Related Information: Research by Subject: Employment Information

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Register to Win Tickets to the Air Show
Air Show

Come browse and relax in our Grand Reading Room this week and check out the Cleveland National Air Show display. Register to win four general admission tickets to the Air Show (September 4,5 and 6) at Burke Lakefront Airport.  Hurry in though---this opportunity to enter is only good through Saturday, July 17!  Thanks to our friends at the Air Show.

 
Related Information: Cleveland National Air Show

June 2010

The Friends of Rocky River Public Library elected officers and Committee chairpersons at their recent annual meeting.

President: Laura Jacobs
Vice President: Therese Rutt
Corresponding Secretary: Sandy Wright
Recording Secretary: Krista Carte
Treasurer: Karen Kelly Mickey
At-Large Members: Diane Beer, Dianna Foley, Jennifer Beach

Committees:
Mailing: Bobbie Couisneau
Hospitality: Therese Rutt
Historian: Bobbie Couisneau
Newsletter: Melissa Barner

We love our FRIENDS!

New Friends

Pictured:  Krista Carte, Laura Jacobs, Sandy Wright, Melissa Barner and Karen Kelly Mickey.



Related Information: Friends of the Rocky River Public Library
May 2010

Nick Cronin to Head Rocky River Public Library

The Rocky River Public Library Board of Trustees announced that Nick Cronin Nick Cronin, New Library Directorhas been chosen as the new director of the library, beginning on June 21.

Cronin has 20 years experience in libraries, most recently as the manager of the Parma South Library Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library System, where he was responsible for hiring and supervising 50 full and part-time staff. 

“Over the past several months, the Board worked very hard to review the applications of nearly 50 candidates for the director’s position. In his career to date, Nick has had ever-growing responsibilities for managing librarians and staff.  We believe we have selected someone who will lead this library with confidence, integrity and fairness,” said Rocky River Public Library Board President Cynthia Schafer.

Prior to his current job at Parma South Library, he was manager of the County’s Parma Heights Library and has spent over a decade working for the Cuyahoga County Public Library System.  He also worked at Lakewood Public Library from 1993 to 1999 as a reference librarian and also in their technology center.

“I am both thrilled and humbled to have been selected as Director of Rocky River Public Library,” said Cronin.  “I really appreciate the faith that the Board of Directors has put in me, and I will do everything in my power to ensure that I do the very best job possible. I believe that I bring the necessary skills, qualifications and experience to be able to lead  Rocky River Public Library - both through what are some challenging times and into the future.”

Cronin earned a Diploma in Library and Information Science from The Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, his Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Hull, England, and his Master of Arts in Anglo-Irish Literature from The University of Ulster at Coleraine, Northern Ireland. In addition, he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and American Literature from the University of Kent at Canterbury, England.  Cronin lives in Rocky River and is a native of Northern Ireland.

Nick Cronin succeeds John Lonsak, who retired from Rocky River Public Library after serving six years as Director.

Related Information: Director's Message PDF

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Wedding Cake Contest!
Cake

Come see our cake-themed display on the main floor and enter to win a gift certificate from Great Scott’s Bakery, Main Street Cupcakes or Wild Flour Bakery.  All  you have to do is guess the number of people the wedding cake we have on display will serve.  While you’re there, browse and check out books from our extensive collection on cakes and cupcakes! The contest begins on May 28 and ends on July 31.  You must be 18 years old to enter to win.

Related Information: Main Street Cupcakes | Wild Flour Bakery
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Students from Goldwood Elementary School Visit RRPL

Over 180 second grade students from Goldwood Primary School visited a number of points of interest in the community, including Rocky River Public Library, on their "Annual River Ride."

We were very pleased to show the students, teachers and parents the "behind the scenes" activities in the Library's Technical Services Department.

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Chris
Liz
Lolly


Related Information: Rocky River City Schools
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April 2010

“Jon Theobald exhibit on display through May 14“
Jon Theobald
Discover the world at your library and check out a special photo display by world traveler Jon Theobald on exhibit in the Grand Reading Roomof the Library.  Theobald’s unusual and whimsical collection of photos highlights a most unusual hobby—leaping in front of famous sites in 60 countries and 40 U.S. states, a total of 1,635 locations!  In celebration of National Library Week, patrons guessing where in the world Jon is jumping will be eligible to win a $50.00 gift certificate donated by Dodd Camera.  Entry forms are available next to the display and you must be 18 years old to be eligible to win.  The photographs will be on display through May 14.

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Jon Theobald Jump 4 Jon Theobald RRPL Jump


Related Information:Cleveland.com: Retired Teacher Jon Theobald takes Giant Leaps Around the World
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March 2010

RRPL Dedicates Virtual Aquarium in Memory of Sally Case

Sally Case Memorial Dedication

Friends' President Laura Farrell Jacobs, Sally's daughter Cheryl Case, Library Director John Lonsak, and Sally's husband Norm Case were in attendance for the dedication of a "virtual aquarium" and plaque at the Children's Department in memory of Sally Case. 

Friends' President Laura Farrell Jacobs and Library Director John Lonsak made remarks about Sally's dedication to the Library and our community.  In addition, Cheryl and Norm Case were presented a framed pen and ink portrait created by RRPL's Mike Ericsson. Over 40 guests attended a reception after the dedication, which was coordinated by Friends' Vice President Therese Rutt. 

Case, who passed away in September 2008, was a longtime member, treasurer, historian and membership chairperson for the Friends’ group. She dedicated many hours and her expertise to support the programs and services of the library. “Sally was a great swimmer and lover of all things aquatic,” according to Library Director John Lonsak.  “The fact that she was also a great supporter of our Children’s Department factored into the choice of a ‘virtual aquarium’ to honor her memory.  We are amazed at how vibrant the marine life looks.  The children are really captivated.”   A virtual aquarium uses a Blu-ray disc on a high definition screen with very high clarity.

This gift, along with a number of children's books, were made possible through memorial donations to the Friends of Rocky River Public Library.

Related Information: Friends Of the Library

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New Services @ Your Library

Text a Librarian

We now offer free text message reference services.
 (standard message rates apply)

Text us at 66746  and begin your question with askrrpl.

Related Information: Research Resources

Reader's Request

Let us help you find your next, new favorite author. Submit your preferences and we’ll suggest books we think you might enjoy.  Book suggestions can either be picked up or we can email a list to you!

Related Information: Reader's Request  || Adult Services

Public Fax Machine

You can now fax documents using our new self-serve fax machine.

  • $1.50 for the 1st page
  • $1.00 for additional pages
  • Accepts credit card payments only
    Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover ans debit cards all accepted

Please inquire at the Greeter’s desk.

Free Notary Service

A free notary service is now available in the library. Please call 440-333-7610 to make sure the notary public is available.

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February 2010


Rocky River Public Library  Announces Director's Retirement

ROCKY RIVER, OH (January 28, 2010) - John Lonsak will berJohn Lonsaketiring effective April 30, after serving 6 years as Director of Rocky River Public Library.

The Rocky River Public Library Board of Trustees announced Thursday that Lonsak, who has been Director of Rocky River Public Library since 2004, will end his 41 years of library service.  Prior to holding this position, Lonsak had a 35-year career at Cuyahoga County Public Library, spending his last eight years as Director.

"John has been a joy to work with,” said Cynthia Schafer, president of the Rocky River Public Library Board of Trustees.  “He is an outstanding administrator, and his love for this library and the Rocky River community has been evident in everything that he has done. His service to Rocky River Public Library capped a long and very admirable career, and we are grateful for his unwavering devotion to our patrons, staff and community.  We wish him the very best in retirement.”

During his tenure at Rocky River Public Library, Lonsak oversaw the complex and extensive renovation of the library from 2006-2007, including the restoration of the dramatic 1928 interior and redesign of the Children’s Department, Computer Training and Public Computer Center, and the addition of a new lobby and Children’s Room.  He made customer service his priority and was involved in numerous community organizations.   

Lonsak began his 35-year career at the Cuyahoga County Public Library in 1968, while working on his Master of Library Science degree, which he received from Case Western Reserve University in 1970. During his long career in public service, he served as regional manager of the Parma and the Fairview Park Branches. Lonsak became Director of the Cuyahoga County Library System in 1995 and remained in that position until his retirement in 2003.

He is a past-president of the Cleveland Area Metropolitan Library System. In 2001, he shared a Director Award from the Ohio Library Council and was named Librarian of the Year for the development of a universal library card for the region.  Lonsak is a lifelong member of the Ohio Library Council and the American Library Association.

Related Information: Director's Message pdf || Board of Trustees

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 Jon Theobald Photo Collection will be on Exhibit at RRPL

A photo collection by Jon Theobald will be on exhibit throughout April on the main floor of the library.  Theobald’s unusual and whimsical collection of photos highlights a most unusual hobby - leaping in front of famous sites in 40 U.S. states and 60 countries, from the Grand Canyon to Mount Kilimanjaro and the Great Wall of China!

Related Information:

Retired teacher Jon Theobald Takes Giant Leaps around the World, and Gets a Photo of Each One, By Michael Heaton, The Plain Dealer , February 01, 2010


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“Rocky River Public Library presents the 2010 Film Fest”

Calling all foreign and indie film fans! Join us Monday evenings on February 15, March 15 and April 12  at 7:00 p.m. in the library’s auditoriumForeign Film Festival for our series of award-winning first run independent and foreign films.

February 15: “Storm” - Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, 2009 Thriller, English subtitles; Winner of the Amnesty International Film Prize and the Berlin International Film Festival

March 15“Welcome”-France, 2009 Drama, in French with English Subtitles; Winner 2009 LUX Cinema Prize of the European Parliament and Winner of Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Berlin IFF

April 12: "A Call Girl" - Slovenia,  2009 Drama, in Slovenian with English subtitles; Official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival

Note: Films subject to change.

The Independent Film Fest is sponsored by Friends of the Rocky River Public Library. The film screenings are free and open to the public. Please note that these films have not been rated and should be assumed to have mature content.

For additional information, call Rocky River Public Library at 440-333-7610. 

Related Information: Featured Films pdf || Adult Services

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January 2010

“Recycle Your Reads”
Women's Committe -- Recycle your books

By donating your gently used books, audiobooks, movies and music CDs to the library’s ongoing book sale, located in the lobby.  Just drop donated materials off in the lobby, and the Women’s Committee of Rocky River Public Library will get them out on the sale shelves.  All proceeds collected by the Women’s Committee benefit the library.  For additional information, read our guidelines.

Related Information: Book Donations || Women's Committee

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50% Off of Your Fines

Did that headline grab your attention? Well, Happy New Year from RRPL! The Library is running a special program to reduce your fines January 2 through February 15, 2010. This is your opportunity to settle your account completely by paying half the fines you owe. This offer is available one time only, per patron, during this period.

You can either choose to clear your account by paying your fines in cash or you can opt to donate canned food items to the Rocky River Assistance Program, in lieu of paying your fines. Preferred canned food items are fruits, beef stew, chili and vegetables. For every nonperishable item you donate, we will reduce your fine by $1.00. Please do not put any food items in the book drop. Please bring your food donations to an associate in the Circulation Department when you are ready to completely settle your account.

You must select one or the other option to bring your account to a zero balance to take advantage of this offer. You win, the Library recoups fines and materials, and the community receives help for hunger relief.

The 50% discount applies only to fines and fees owed the Library. It will apply to accounts already turned over to a collection agency. As a result, patrons can clear their account for half the amount owed. Please be advised that the Library is unable to repair or change a credit report. This discount does not apply to checks returned for insufficient funds. This discount also does not apply to payments that were made prior to January 2.

Related Information: 50% Off of Fines Flyer pdf


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Learn a New Language!

bykiRRPL has a new online language system, BYKI, short for “Before You Know It.” This is a rapid learning system employing spaced interval repetition.

The BYKI learning method takes users through a series of simple steps to memorize words and phrases in a new language, including their meanings and proper pronunciation, in the shortest possible time. Available for learning over 70 languages, BYKI can be accessed by Library patrons from inside or outside of the Library, on both Windows and Mac computers.

Click here to Sign up today.

Related Information: Adult Services

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December 2009

Foundation Donates a Honda Element to the LibraryOutreach Services  Element


Library Director, John Lonsak and Rocky River Public Library Foundation President, Jean McQuillan get ready to test drive the Library’s new Honda Element, donated by the Foundation for the Library’s Outreach Service for Rocky River residents who are homebound. Outreach Service provides free delivery of library materials to Rocky River residents who are unable to visit the library due to age, illness, or physical disability. Individuals who have medical or physical limitations want to use the service are encouraged to call the library’s outreach librarians at 895-3755.

Related Information: Outreach Services || Foundation


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