Welcome to Rain Gardens 101

Explore the importance of rain gardens (and how to plant one) during a free introduction

Discover the importance of rain gardens and how to plant one during a free online program that we’re hosting at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 20.

Natalie Gertz-Young from Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District will explain how rain gardens are both beautiful and functional. They absorb stormwater runoff and filter the pollutants that collect along the way. Anyone can plant a rain garden!

Her talk is free to watch and will be hosted via Zoom. You have to register to get the Zoom link. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

Two more tips for any green thumbs out there:

1. Did you know that you can get free veggie, flower, and herb seeds from our Seed Library? Check out our collection  the next time you visit our Main Branch. Borrow up to 15 packets of seeds per season.

2. You should also check out the special collection from Holden Forests & Gardens’ Corning Library available at our Main Branch. In addition to a gorgeous arboretum in Kirtland, Holden also has a spectacular collection of gardening, horticulture, environmental and botany books at Corning Library within its arboretum.

Dozens of Corning Library’s books are now available to borrow at our Main Branch. Thanks to a partnership between libraries, you can use your cards to check out books from this special collection. Our typical lending rules apply.

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Discover Queen Elizabeth II’s Early Years

Queen Elizabeth II has been in the news more than usual with the recent death of her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. But when – in her 95 years – has the queen ever been out of the news?

Discover the early life of Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor from our in-house royalty expert Traci Hoffman. Follow Elizabeth’s life from birth to World War to world tours to coronation. You’ll also learn about the people and events that shaped Elizabeth’s life and prepared her to become queen.

Traci was kind enough to include a Royal Reading List, in case her talk whets your appetite for more from the World of Windsor. Her suggestions include:

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Learn about the Inventors from Ohio

The inventors of the airplane, light bulb, vacuum cleaner, chewing gum, and traffic signal all called Ohio home. Discover some of the men and women of the Western Reserve who changed the world with their innovations during an online program we’re hosting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18.

A speaker from Lake County History Center will talk about remarkable inventors who recognized problems and innovated solutions. You’ll also learn about the everyday (and not so everyday) items they invented.

This program is free to watch and will be hosted via Zoom. Registration is required to get the Zoom link. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

If you’re interested in local history, we’ve hosted several programs about it – many of which can be viewed in their entirety on our YouTube channel – including:

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Author Mary Hogan Crashes our Book Club

You never know who’s going to show up at one of our book clubs! Author Mary Hogan was kind enough to crash our Senior Center Book Club this week to chat about her historical fiction novel, The Woman in the Photo. Hogan answered questions from the group and explained why the Johnstown Flood needs a better name (like the Johnstown Deluge or the Johnstown Cataclysm!)

She also talked about her love for Clara Barton and how much research goes into writing historical fiction.

Then, she explained how she accidentally got her start as a YA novelist and joked about her obsession with murder shows during the pandemic. (Relatable.)

You can visit our YouTube channel for more author interviews, including discussions with bestsellers like Karin Slaughter, Paula McLain and Christina Baker Kline, as well as upcoming authors like Stephen Markley and Rebekah Frumkin.

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A Beautiful Day to Plant Some Trees!

Children and a community forester from Holden Forests & Gardens help water the new trees that now dot our front lawn.

Thank you to everyone for making our Arbor Day Celebration and Tree Planting so special!

Thank you to Holden Forests and Gardens, Rooted in Trees, and Bartlett Tree Experts for helping to make it happen.

Thank you to our poetry contest winners for sharing their beautiful poems. Thank you to State Sen. Cirino, State Rep. Dan Troy, and Councilpersons Janet Dowling and Sean Blake for joining us.

And thanks to all the families for helping us plant the six new hardwood trees outside of our Main Branch!

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