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Two iconic authors take on "Earth"

Two iconic authors take on "Earth"
Orson Scott card, best known for Ender's Game has published a new book entitled, "Earth Unaware". This book is a "prequel" of sorts to that classic tome that covers the time directly before the Formics (Buggers) arrived in our solar system.

UFOs in Ohio - Save the Date

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Mark your calendars!

Thursday evening, August 2 , Thomas Wertman, chief field investigator for the Ohio branch of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) and codirector of the Cleveland Ufology Project will give a presentation in the Porter room on UFO Activity in Ohio.

Mr. Wertman's  presentation will focus on UFO activity in Northeastern Ohio. He welcomes your questions and he’s anxious to learn of your personal experiences with UFOs.

The program will begin at 7:00 PM and run to 8:30. Come early and have a chance to talk to Tom yourself. Our doors will open at 6:30. We’ll be serving coffee, tea, and cookies. We’ve had rave reviews of Mr. Wertman from other libraries, so this looks to be an exciting evening.

Register in person, online using our event calendar, or call 440-250-5460.

The late Ray Bradbury's 'Fahrenheit 451' reappears on best-sellers list.

Since Ray Bradbury's death on June 5, his most famous work has been steadily increasing in sales. The newest trade paperback edition of Fahrenheit 451, published in January 2012 by Simon & Schuster, has returned to the bestseller list.

The return of pulp science fiction

Are you a fan of the old-school sci-fi pulps? Do you wish there was a place you could find a collection of these stories?
Planet Stories was a popular pulp digest published between 1939 and 1955. Many well-known science fiction writers got their start writing for Planet Stories and other pulp digests, and now the works of some of those authors are being collected and reprinted.
Science fiction legend Robert Silverberg reflects on some of his earliest, least-reprinted tales in a new Planet Stories collection!

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I was a teenager during a great time in rock history, the 80’s. I saw the start of MTV, the premier of the Michael Jackson Thriller video, my sister learning the dance moves to Prince's 1999 and Madonna singing Like a Virgin.

New Property Values

The Plain Dealer has created a searchable database of home values for Cuyahoga County. You will receive a statement in the mail from the county in July, but if you would like to have a look now, you can access the database here.

The Sports Section - UPDATES - 6/20/2012

Congratulations to the Kent State University Golden Flashes for their outstanding baseball season and the school's first appearance ever in the NCAA College World Series!  Their season ended in a loss to the two-time defending champions - the South Carolina Gamecocks.

 

Like Watching Downton Abbey?

Try these fiction titles for more upstairs/downstairs tales!

American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
House at Riverton by Kate Morton
House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons
Park Lane by Frances Osborne
Snobs by Julian Fellowes

Transit of Venus: What We Saw

The public viewing and celebration of the transit of Venus --the rare astronomical event in which planet Venus is seen crossing the face of the Sun-- was a tremendous hit at Edgewater Beach State Park in Cleveland the evening of June 5. Public interest in the transit was, to this observer, surprisingly high. Those who looked through solar-safe telescopes at our nearest star, by and large, excitedly marveled at what they saw. After all, how often do most folks get to see what the Sun really looks like? Obligatory reminder: Improperly viewing the Sun can result in instantaneous and permanent eye damage!

The Sports Section - Tennis Anyone?

We're nearing the halfway point of this year's major tennis tournament season with an international field of top-ranked players.  For the men the top five are Novak Djokovic (Serbia), Rafael Nadal (Spain), Roger Federer (Switzerland), Andy Murray (Great Britain), and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France).  On the ladies' side the best of the best are Victoria Azarenka (Belarus), Maria Sharapova (Russia), Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland), Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic), and Serena Williams (USA).