Have You Completed Mind Body & Sole?

Photo courtesy Sooper Photography, LLC.

Photo courtesy Sooper Photography, LLC.

Have you completed Mind Body & Sole yet?

Cosmo the Chameleon has been hard at work, doing lots of reading and exercise to complete the program.  He has been doing lots of extra branch climbing and yoga in his habitat to earn his incentives.

If you have completed the program, stop by the branch for your t-shirt, raffle tickets and chance to win the grand prize.  We have lots of exciting prizes this year.  If you have not registered for Mind Body & Sole, there is still time.  Stop in today and say hello to Cosmo!



Family Program This Thursday


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Looking for Fun This Saturday?


The Ellet Branch Library will be joining in the festivities at Haley’s Run to celebrate the 5th anniversary.  We hope to see you there!  For more information, see below:

“Come celebrate the 5th anniversary of Haley’s Run preservation with a day exploring biodiversity. We’ll be surveying the natural landscape and wildlife, taking guided trail hikes and restoring the scenic area with hands-on activities. Learn from professional naturalists or share your own expertise while engaging the local flora and fauna. No environmental experience is needed for this family oriented festivity. Rain or shine, dress for the occasion and be ready to help beautify the thriving urban greenway.”

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And The Winner Is…


Introducing Cosmo

We wanted to thank everybody who participated in finding Cosmo a name by dropping suggestions into the box.  Altogether we had 297 name suggestions!  All of you had great ideas!


10 Things You Might Not Know About Queen Guitarist Brian May



By Ray Carmen

"Brian May" by Compadre Edua'h - Courtesy Wikipedia Commons

“Brian May” by Compadre Edua’h – Courtesy Wikipedia Commons

1. He wrote a book on the history of the universe with the late British astronomer Sir Patrick Moore, called Bang!-The Complete History Of The Universe.
2. He has a degree in astrophysics from Imperial College in London, which he obtained in 2007 upon the completion of his thesis on the movement of zodiacal dust, which he had actually begun 33 years earlier in 1974, during the early days of Queen.
3. He has written two books on early stereo photography: A Village Lost And Found, and Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures In Hell.
4. He and his late father, Harold May, built May’s famous guitar, called The Red Special, when he was a teenager. It took them two years, and used, among other things, wood from an old fireplace for the neck of the guitar, and an old bicycle saddle-bag carrier for the tremolo bar. (http://brianmayguitars.co.uk/)
5. He stood as an MP in the recent British elections under the “Common Decency” platform (they lost). (http://www.commondecency.org.uk/about-common-decency)
6. He is not only active in the campaign for the ending of the culling of badgers and the hunting of foxes, he is also active in campaigning for the protection of all animals against unnecessary, cruel, degrading and inhumane treatment.
7. Asteroid 52665 Brianmay was named in May’s honor on June 18, 2008 at the suggestion of Sir Patrick Moore (it also happened to have a professional designation of 1998 BM).
8. When Queen recorded May’s song We Will Rock You, he overdubbed the band clapping and stomping on old boards on several individual tracks. He gave each track a different delay effect, as if each track represented people stomping at different distances in a stadium (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMLiqEqMQyQ)

9. Although Freddie Mercury was Queen’s lead singer, both May and drummer Roger Taylor often sang lead on their own songs.  Some of the songs that May sang lead vocals on include Some Day One Day from Queen II, Sleeping On The Sidewalk and All Dead All Dead, both from News Of The World, and ‘39 and Good Company from their legendary album A Night At The Opera.
10. Best known for writing rock anthems like the aforementioned We Will Rock You and I Want It All, May has also written lesser-known Queen ballads. All Dead, All Dead is an astonishing ballad about the death of a childhood pet cat, and Sail Away Sweet Sister (for the sister I never had) laments the fact that May was an only child.

Oh…and he also wrote Fat Bottomed Girls.

Check out Brian May’s website at:  www.brianmay.com



Ellet’s New Branch Friend


IMG_2015If you have been in the library over the past week, you may have noticed our new little Branch Buddy.  We now have a 5 month old male chameleon that has become a very valued friend to the community living here with us at the branch, and is helping us with Nature Connect.  Our amazing Friends of the Ellet Branch Library have provided the chameleon and his habitat for everybody to enjoy and learn from.  He loves his new home here, which is situated at the end of our circulation desk.

Please stop in and say hello to him!  You can also help us give him a name.  We have a box by his habitat in which you are welcome to drop in any name suggestions you may have for him.  We will give an update on this website next week once we have a name picked out.

Next time you are in the area, stop by and see our new little branch friend and register your family for Mind Body & Sole.  Also, if you haven’t been to Tallmadge Branch Library, stop in there and say hello to their awesome turtle named Scooter.


Mind Body & Sole Is Here!


SoleMind Body & Sole Sign UpOur Annual Mind Body & Sole Summer Reading Program has officially begun!  Stop by the Ellet Branch Library to register today.  We have lots of great prize packages this year for both children and adults, and incentives for exercising as well.

Click here for more information on the hottest Summer Reading Program around!


Crossing Paths



One of the greatest things about working in a public library is that you never know who you will cross paths with that might make an impact on your life and be an inspiration.

Today our branch had the pleasure of meeting a passionate group of college students from the University of Illinois working with the nonprofit group Illini 4000.  They are in the middle of an epic journey riding their bicycles 4,000 miles across the country from New York City to San Francisco to raise money to find a cure for cancer.  So far they have raised over $90,000 toward their goal!  Their group came to rest in front of our library early this afternoon and we had the pleasure of talking to them for a few minutes while they took a water break.

As we were talking, we realized that we shared something in common.  As our Mind Body & Sole Summer Reading Program kicks off Monday, our minds are turning to fitness goals as well as reading and strengthening the mind.  Fitness and a healthy lifestyle is very important to this group of young men and women as well.  Many of them had very fond memories of libraries and Summer Reading Programs that they grew up with at home.  They held up our flyer for the photo and told us they hoped it would be a success!  The young men and women from Illini 4000 agreed to take a picture in front of our LED sign holding up our flyer celebrating Monday’s kickoff.

If you are interested, you can follow along with their journey by visiting Illini4000.org or through Facebook and Twitter.  We wish everybody from the Illini 4000 all the best as they work toward their goal of pedaling 4,000 miles to San Francisco and raising money to eradicate cancer!  Good luck and thanks for sharing a little bit of your time with us today!



Mind, Body, & Sole


Read at Your Own Pace

June 8 – August 8, 2015

Mind, Body & Sole us a reading/wellness experience for the whole family to enjoy.

How the program works:

1) Fill out a registration card at your library and receive your reading and exercise log and program flyer.

2) Read 30 minutes today. Check off a box on your reading log. You will win a prize or be entered into a prize drawing at each of these reading milestones: 10 days, 26 days, 40 days, 50 days, and 60 days.

3) Choose to be active also! Run/walk 26 miles (or 52,000 pedometer steps), record your accomplishment on your exercise log, AND read 26 days and you will receive a Mind, Body & Sole T-shirt. Fill out the entry form at the bottom of your exercise log to also be entered into our end-of-summer Grand Prize Drawing to be held August 24. (If a pedometer cannot record your movement activity, log 1/2 hour of activity as one mile.)


Super Reading Summer


Be a Super Reader This Summer!

Win prizes just by reading and exercising this summer.  It’s SUPER easy!  Don’t miss our special programs for children; especially our new Book Club for 1-4 graders.  You don’t want to lose those super reading skills you developed over the school year!


Super Fly : the world’s smallest superhero! / Todd H. Doodler


Super Fly Guy / Tedd Arnold


My dad, my hero / by Ethan Long


Mighty Max / by Harriet Ziefert


Super underwear– and beyond! / written and illustrated by Peter Hannan


Timothy and the strong pajamas : a superhero adventure / by Viviane Schwarz


Super Guinea Pig to the rescue / Udo Weigelt


The adventures of Super Diaper Baby / by Dav Pilkey


Public school superhero / James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts


101 ways to become a superhero–or an evil genius / by Richard Horne and Helen Szirtes


Captain Awesome and the missing elephants / by Stan Kirby


Chews your destiny / Rhode Montijo


Sidekicked / John David Anderson


Tiny titans. Adventures in awesomeness / Art Baltazar