April Fool’s Day History


April Fools


April Fools’ Day (sometimes called April Fool’s Day or All Fools’ Day) is celebrated every year on the first day of April as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other. The jokes and their victims are known as “April fools”. Hoax stories may be reported by the press and other media on this day and explained on subsequent days. Popular since the 19th century, the day is not a national holiday in any country, but it is well known in Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil and the United States.

Info above provided by Wikipedia.org

For more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Fools%27_Day




This Week at Mogadore Library


Teen Tuesdays

Tuesday, March 31 at 3:30 pm 
A hodgepodge of fun!
Grades 6 on up
 Steam Punk Art in honor of Teen Tech Week: Libraries are for Making, March 8-14, 2015



Reader’s Choice Book Discussion

The Circle by Dave Eggers
Thursday, April 2 at 6 pm
by Dave Eggers




Spring Read-Alikes



Read-alikes are suggestions for readers who enjoy the works of a particular author and would like to have recommendations of other authors that write in a similar style or genre.

Remember that individual judgments of writing styles will differ among readers and that these suggestions are selective.

Do you love a certain book or author, and want to read more books like it?  Try our Read-Alikes. Under the Read-Alikes tab above you can see the lists we have previewed below.  By clicking on a book or it’s title you can reserve the book from our catalog.



The Girl on the Train Read-Alikes

The Girl on the Train by Paula HawkinsThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to  watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck daily. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?



Boston Girl Read-Alikes

The Boston Girl by Anita DiamantThe Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Red Tent and Day After Night, comes an unforgettable coming-of-age novel about family ties and values, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century.

Addie Baum is The Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie’s intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine – a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture and new opportunities for women. Addie wants to finish high school and dreams of going to college. She wants a career and to find true love.

Eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, who has asked her “How did you get to be the woman you are today.” She begins in 1915, the year she found her voice and made friends who would help shape the course of her life. From the one-room tenement apartment she shared with her parents and two sisters, to the library group for girls she joins at a neighborhood settlement house, to her first, disastrous love affair, Addie recalls her adventures with compassion for the naïve girl she was and a wicked sense of humor.

Written with the same attention to historical detail and emotional resonance that made Anita Diamant’s previous novels bestsellers, The Boston Girl is a moving portrait of one woman’s complicated life in twentieth century America, and a fascinating look at a generation of women finding their places in a changing world.



Gray Mountain Read-Alikes

Gray Mountain by John GrishamGray Mountain by John Grisham

The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer’s career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track—until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, & escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the “lucky” associates. She’s offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she’d get her old job back.

In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about. Mattie Wyatt, lifelong Brady resident and head of the town’s legal aid clinic, is there to teach her how to “help real people with real problems.” For the first time in her career, Samantha prepares a lawsuit, sees the inside of an actual courtroom, gets scolded by a judge, and receives threats from locals who aren’t so thrilled to have a big-city lawyer in town. And she learns that Brady, like most small towns, harbors some big secrets.

Her new job takes Samantha into the murky and dangerous world of coal mining, where laws are often broken, rules are ignored, regulations are flouted, communities are divided, and the land itself is under attack from Big Coal. Violence is always just around the corner, and within weeks Samantha finds herself engulfed in litigation that turns deadly.


Pioneer Girl Read-Alikes

Pioneer Girl: the annotated autobiography by Laura Ingalls WilderPioneer Girl by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Pamela Smith Hill

Pioneer Girl follows the Ingalls family’s journey through Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, back to Minnesota, and on to Dakota Territory sixteen years of travels, unforgettable experiences, and the everyday people who became immortal through Wilder’s fiction. Using additional manuscripts, letters, photographs, newspapers, and other sources, award-winning Wilder biographer Pamela Smith Hill adds valuable context and leads readers through Wilder’s growth as a writer. Do you think you know Laura? Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography will re-introduce you to the woman who defined the pioneer experience for millions.



American Sniper Read-Alikes

American Sniper by Chris KyleAmerican Sniper by Chris Kyle

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyle’s kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.

A native Texan who learned to shoot on childhood hunting trips with his father, Kyle was a champion saddle-bronc rider prior to joining the Navy. After 9/11, he was thrust onto the front lines of the War on Terror, and soon found his calling as a world-class sniper who performed best under fire. He recorded a personal-record 2,100-yard kill shot outside Baghdad; in Fallujah, Kyle braved heavy fire to rescue a group of Marines trapped on a street; in Ramadi, he stared down insurgents with his pistol in close combat. Kyle talks honestly about the pain of war—of twice being shot and experiencing the tragic deaths of two close friends.

American Sniper also honors Kyle’s fellow warriors, who raised hell on and off the battlefield. And in moving first-person accounts throughout, Kyle’s wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their marriage and children, as well as on Chris.

Adrenaline-charged and deeply personal, American Sniper is a thrilling eyewitness account of war that only one man could tell.


Teen T-shirt Design Contest


Teen T-shirt

Click the link for a printable PDF t-shirt design form   YSO-TEEN-7163-e


Past T-shirt Winners

Teen Past T-Shirt Winners Teen Past T-Shirt Winners


This Week at Mogadore Library


Story Time Programs

storytime owl
Tuesday, March 24 at 10:30 am
Ages 3 and up
Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.

(No programs March 31 or April 7)



Warm Up Akron

Tuesday, March 24 at 3:30 or 6:30 pm
Knit and crochet to help the needy!  If you can make just one 7 or 9” rectangle, or would like to learn how, you can help keep the needy in the Akron area warm.  To date, this chapter has supplied over 8,000 afghans.



Pokémon Club

 Wednesday, March 25 from 3:30 pm-4:30pm
Grades K-6. Kids under 8, please bring a grownup along!
Talk, trade and play everything Pokémon.
Children will be responsible for their own cards and trading will not be prohibited.



Baby/Toddler Programs 

babies and tots
Thursday, March 26 at 10:30 am
Ages birth – 3 ½
Join Miss Kim for songs, stories and group playtime with our library friends

(No Programs April 2 or April 9)



Lego Club

lego 1
Thursday, March 26 from 3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Grades K – 6. Kids under 8, please bring a grownup along!
Love Legos? Visit the Mogadore Branch Library to build and create with friends!




Cookbook Club

Thursday, March 26 at 6 pm

Do you love browsing through cookbooks and trying new recipes or cooking techniques? Join fellow foodies for our Cookbook Club. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to participate. Each month we will get together to talk about a certain cuisine, theme, or a celebrity chef.  There will be food samples or activities at every meeting. A selection of cookbooks will be available for members to borrow, or you can bring your own to discuss. Browse our collection, try out some of the recipes, and join the group to discuss your successes and mishaps.


Friends of the Mogadore Library


For those of you that do not know, Mogadore Branch Library has a wonderful Friends of the Library group. The ‘Friends of the Library’ is an organization of citizens formed for each branch library to assist the library staff in meeting its goals. The Friends of the Library holds regular book sales to raise funds to support activities which include:

  • Co-sponsoring library programs by providing funds for refreshments and special entertainment, or by assisting with program arrangements
  • Providing decorations for holidays and special displays
  • Purchasing special equipment or materials not included in the library budget
  • Attending local community events to represent the Friends
  • Supporting the purchase of Books for Babies, which provides a free book for new babies in the community

If you or anyone you know is interested in joining our Friends group, please stop by the circulation desk and ask for a membership. We just wrapped up our Friends of the Mogadore Library Spring Book Sale and we would like to take a moment to say “THANK YOU!” to all of the Friends who helped run another successful sale this year.  The next sponsored event we have from our Friends is on Saturday, May 9th.



Mogadore Friends of the Library Perennial Plant Exchange
Saturday, May 9, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join us for our annual plant swap!  Add to your garden and have fun socializing with
your neighbors!  Spring is a great time to thin out your beds and add to them
with interesting plants for free.  Bring them to swap and/or share.



Our Friends have been so generous to us already this year, purchasing supplies, and materials for our upcoming Spring  and Summer programming.  We wanted to share this awesome picture with you. Thank You for these amazing Lego and Pokemon purchases. Our after school kids will be creating  and engaging  so much more because of all you do.

Lego and Pokemon


Local Summer Camp Info


Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine February 2015 Issue

Believe it or not we have already started getting calls for Summer Camps in the area.. Even with all this below zero temps everyone is looking forward to the warm summer weather to come.  Here at our branch we get Northeast Ohio Parent magazine. In the February edition is a listing of area summer camps. If you didn’t get in to pick up your free copy of February’s issue you can still view the issues info online. We just wanted to share this helpful link with you to get you started on your summer planning.




This Week at Mogadore Library


Movers and Shakers

movers and shakers
Monday, March 16 at 6:30 pm
Ages 6 months – 3 ½ years.
Join Miss Kim for some moving and shaking fun with our library friends.


Story Time Programs

storytime owl
Tuesday, March 17 at 10:30 am
Ages 3 and up. Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.


Teen Tuesdays

st patrick
Tuesday, March 17 at 3:30 pm
A hodgepodge of fun!
Grades 6 on up
Saint Patrick’s Day Party



Investment Perspectives

Tuesday, March 17 at 6:30 pm

Financial advisor Vince Rosnack will be discussing “10 Tax To-Dos: What To Tackle Now and Later.”  Registration is requested; please call 330.628.9228 to register.



Past Times Book Club
Wednesday, March 18 at 2 pm

Book to be determined



Library Babies and Tots

babies and tots
Thursday, March 19 at 10:30 am
Ages birth – 3 ½.
 Join Miss Kim for songs, stories and group play time with our library friends.





March Staff Picks



Cassandra’s Pick

Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah

Now, for the first time ever, the guardians of Agatha Christie’s legacy have approved a brand-new novel featuring Dame Agatha’s most beloved creation, Hercule Poirot.

Bestselling author Sophie Hannah breathes new life into our favorite detective Poirot, set in the 1920s in London—a diabolically clever puzzle that will test his brilliant skills and baffle and delight longtime Christie fans and new generations of readers discovering him for the first time. A woman fearing for her life stumbles across Poirot in a small coffee house. Is it a coincidence or is there something more at play? With three identical murders at the Bloxham hotel Poirot must use his “little gray cells” to prevent another. Mystery fans will be excited to check out the newest by Sophie Hannah featuring Poirot; it might not be Christie, but Monogram Murders is definitely one worth checking out.




Sarah’s Pick

Rough Country by John SandfordRough Country by John Sandford

Virgil’s always been known for having a somewhat active, err, social life, but he’s probably not going to be getting too many opportunities for that during his new case. While competing in a fishing tournament in a remote area of northern Minnesota, he gets a call from Lucas Davenport to investigate a murder at a nearby resort, where a woman has been shot while kayaking. The resort is for women only, a place to relax, get fit, recover from plastic surgery, and commune with nature. Things get complicated for Virgil, because as he begins investigating, he finds a web of connections between the people at the resort, the victim, and some local women, notably a talented country singer. The more he digs, the more he discovers the arrows of suspicion that point in many directions, encompassing a multitude of motivations: jealousy, blackmail, greed, anger, fear. Then he finds that this is not the first murder, that there was a second, seemingly unrelated one, the year before. And that there’s about to be a third, definitely related one, any time now. And as for the fourth . . . well, Virgil better hope he can catch the killer before that happens. Because it could be his own. Rich with the brilliant plotting and compulsively readable prose that are his hallmarks, Rough Country is another immensely satisfying tale by one of our very best suspense writers.


Kelly’s Pick

Benny and Penny in the Lost and Found! by Geoffrey HayesBenny and Penny in the Lost and Found! by Geoffrey Hayes

Looking for new children series book that is worth some AR points?  Look no farther than the children’s series section or the children’s graphic novel section. The author Geoffrey Hayes has written several Benny and Penny Toon Books. Many of the titles are worth 0.5 AR points and are geared for first and second grade readers.  The books are in comic book/graphic novel style, but are easy for a beginning reader to follow.  Benny and Penny are brother and sister mice that have several adventures. Read one or read them all.  I read Benny and Penny in the Lost and Found! In this book Benny has lost his pirate hat and gets very upset. If you want to find out what Benny and Penny do to try and find the lost hat check out the book; I am not going to spoil the ending.



Kim’s Pick

Bird Box by Josh MalermanBird Box by Josh Malerman

Something is out there . . . Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from. Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, Malorie has long dreamed of fleeing to a place where her family might be safe. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat–blindfolded–with nothing to rely on but Malorie’s wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them. But is it man, animal, or monster? Engulfed in darkness, surrounded by sounds both familiar and frightening, Malorie embarks on a harrowing odyssey–a trip that takes her into an unseen world and back into the past, to the companions who once saved her. Under the guidance of the stalwart Tom, a motley group of strangers banded together against the unseen terror, creating order from the chaos. But when supplies run low, they are forced to venture outside–and confront the ultimate question: in a world gone mad, who can really be trusted? Interweaving past and present, Josh Malerman’s breathtaking debut is a horrific and gripping snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.



Kristin’s Pick

Taste of Home Easy Weeknight DinnersTaste of Home Easy Weeknight Dinners

Taste of Home Easy Weeknight Dinners is the go-to cookbook for any family cook who wants to serve up tasty dishes-but doesn’t have time to spare. Inside, you’ll discover a year of simply delicious weeknight dinners that are ready for the oven, stovetop or slow cooker in just 30 minutes or less. You’re busy, short on time…but tired of take-out and drive-thru meals. Turn to the 316 recipes in Taste of Home Easy Weeknight Dinners for work-week lifesavers! In just 30 minutes you can have a tasty entree ready for the stovetop, oven, grill or slow cooker every night of the week! Over 300 family-favorite dishes each prepped in 30 minutes! 170 dinners table-ready in half an hour or less! A color photo with every recipe. A year’s worth of tasty weeknight entrees…284 in all! Short ingredient lists that use everyday items. Bonus: 32 no fuss desserts for sweet endings to any meal. Plus FREEZE IT icons highlighting dishes that freeze well.


Jessica’s Pick

Good Omens by Neil GaimanGood Omens by Neil Gaiman

According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner. So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon–of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle–are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .


March Nature Connect


March Bird Craft