September Newsletter



Mon. - Thu. - 9 am - 8 pm

Fri. -  9 am - 6 pm

Sat. - 10 am - 2 pm

Sun. - 1 pm - 4 pm after Labor Day

The library will be open on Sundays 1 - 4 pm from Sept. 10 to Memorial Day.

The library will close at 5 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 20 for staff training. Feel free to use our book drop and DVD drop for returns.


Hoopla has a wide variety of audiobooks and ebooks available, as well as movies, tv shows, and music.  To create an account, go to (or download the app) and sign up using your library card. Each cardholder can check out 15 titles per month. There is no waiting. All material is available 24/7. Audiobooks and music albums check out for 21 days, movies check out for 3 days, and television episodes check out for 2 days.


Last summer, we wrote about the oakleaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia) on the front face of the library.  This time, we’d like to draw your attention to the hydrangeas growing along the north end of the walkway around the gazebo.  Each of the three are a Hydrangea paniculata.  Each inflorescence is made up of multiple flowers clustered together into a pyramid or cone shaped tower of flowers.  Hydrangea paniculata produces blooms on new seasonal growth, so it’s less likely to suffer flower loss from frost damage, unlike the old-fashioned hydrangeas we may be used to seeing.  The ones you see in the library’s garden are hydrangeas that bloom in white, lime green, and pink.  Each one of them has a change in flower color as summer progresses into fall.  Suited for moist, well-drained soil in sun to part shade, this versatile shrub might fit into your garden. The Mary L. Cook Library and Warren County Master Gardeners invite you to take frequent walks around these demonstration gardens.  The scenery is always changing, and we’re available to answer any questions you might have.



Deadfall - L. Fairstein

I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the Pool - L. Scottoline

The Lightkeeper's Daughters - J. Pendziwol

Refuge - D. Parks

Say Nothing - B. Parks

Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - T. Reid

The Women in the Castle - J. Shattuck


Churchill and Orwell - T. Ricks

Eat Dirt - J. Axe

Life-Changing Foods - A. William

Swaying in the Treetops - S. Rosenow


Sep. 5:   The Child Finder - R. Denfield

              George and Lizzie - N. Pearl

              Good Me, Bad Me - A. Land

              Sing, Unburied, Sing - J. Ward

              Something Like Happy - E. Woods

              The World of Tomorrow - B. Mathews 

Sep. 12: Little Fires Everywhere - C. Ng

Sep. 19: Best Day Ever - K. Rouda

              Caroline - S. Miller

              The Ninth Hour - A. McDermott   


by Miss Kathy & Miss Sheila, 513-897-4826.   

It’s School Time - It’s Tool Time!

Sign up for your library card today.  It’s the most important tool you will ever use for school. Every time you use your card to check out five books at between September 1 & September 30, you’ll receive a chance to win a basket of school tools (appropriate for your age - preschool through 5th grade).

Stop in the children’s room to guess how many new Mary L. Cook Public Library cards we gave out during the month of September.  One guess per day.  

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

In August 2014, The Mary L. Cook Public Library launched a new literacy program, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.  We have 25 readers who have completed the goal of 1,000 books.

If you read your child one book a day, she/he will reach 1,000 books in under three years.  Though the goal of this program is to improve literacy skills, even more, it’s about time spent together reading.

Stop in today and ask us how to register your child for this program.

 Toddler Laptimes for 2 year olds and their caregivers

Tuesdays 6:45 - 7:10 pm from October 3 - November 7. 

Join us for stories, games, and laughs.  Required registration in person begins September 18.  Limit - 12 toddlers and 12 caregivers.

 Preschool Storytimes for 3 - 5 year olds including kindergartners

Thursdays 10:30 - 11:15 am or Thursdays 6:45 - 7:30 pm

beginning September 21. Registration requested.

We play games, sign songs, hear stories, and share laughs.

 Storytime Superstars

Come to storytime at the Mary L. Cook Public Library and get a stamp. When you have 10 stamps on your Storytime Superstar card you will earn a free book.  We will keep your Storytime Superstar card here at the library.

Baby Bookworms is for infants from birth to two years & a caregiver.  Watch for details this fall for when these sessions will resume.

 Chapters Book Club is a book club for those in grades 1 and 2.  This group will read one short chapter book a month, then meet to discuss the book, the author, and do activities.  The Chapters Book Club will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, September 19 from 4:00 – 4:45 pm. (This group is presently full.)

Calling all Book Worms (grades 3 – 5) to join the Rapid Readers & wRiters at The Mary L. Cook Public Library Tuesday, September 26 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm.  Please join us as we discuss books, play games, try out creative writing, and enjoy a light snack. Registration is required and will be available the beginning of September.

 Look Who’s Reading Book Club (grade K) at The Mary L. Cook Public Library Tuesday, September 26 from 6:00 – 6:30 pm.

The group will engage in a variety of fun learning activities featuring phonics, writing letters and words, and other skills that promote a strong literacy foundation. Stop in today to register and pick up the book for the month.   Books will be available to pick up the beginning of September.

  Mary L. Cook Iron Chef

Grades 3 – 6 Monday, October 23 from 6:45 - 7:30 pm.

Do you have what it takes to earn the title of Mary L. Cook Iron Chef?

Registration is required and limited to 20. Sign up at the Mary L. Cook Public Library or through our library's Facebook page beginning Oct. 2.  *Please identify food allergies when registering.

Teachers - Public School and Home School

We know how special teachers are, so there are several services that are offered to teachers only to help you help your students.

 Take a look at these perks:

***No fines.

Teachers are fine free.

***Extended Loan Privileges

Teachers may borrow materials for an extended loan period.  

Books and audio materials for six weeks videos and DVDs for one week free of charge.

***Book Collections

Teachers may request that a book collection be chosen for their students’ use. We will put the collection together for you; all you need to do is pick it up.

 ***Library and Classroom Visits

Teachers and their students are welcome to visit our library.

The Youth Services Coordinator and the Teen and Young Adult Coordinator are also available to visit your classroom.

***Assignment Alert

Teachers may request that books pertaining to special assignments be put on temporary reference reserve in the Library.

Stop in today and sign up for your Teacher card.



Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 6:30 pm.

Bring an optional $3 to class for a natural hand cleansing spray make and take item.  Sign up at the front desk.


The adult book club meets every other Tuesday at 1 pm.

Sept. 12 - The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick.

Sept. 26 - Relativity by Antonia Hayes.

Books are available at the front desk.


Join us Friday, Sept. 15 at 2 pm to make a colorful bandana wreath in your community room.  No experience required.


Tuesday, September 19 at 6:00 pm (open to the public).  Please be a Friend.

The Friends:

•             support all programs at the library (adult, teen, and juvenile).

•             provide monies to purchase the prizes to support various reading programs.

•             provide monies to maintain gardens at the library and the park.

•             hold an annual Book Sale.

•             hold an annual Holiday Auction.

Friends believe that strong libraries make good communities.

It is easy to become a Friend - come and find out.


Beginners welcome for this creative doodling class on Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 9:30 - 11:30 am. $5 for supplies - sign up at the front desk.


Ages 16 and up on Friday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 pm.

FREE, no experience needed, and supplies provided.  Limited to 20 - sign up at the front desk.


Attention grades 5 – 12:    

Want to find out how you can help our animal friends?

Joanne and Eli from The Humane Association of Warren County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will be here to talk with you and answer your questions.

*We will be making a dog toy for them to take back to the shelter dogs plus a few kennel mats.

Join us Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.  Registration starts Aug. 28.

Come find out more about the animals and how you can help.

Free Teen Paint and Take (on canvas, not wood).  Grades 6 and up.

There is absolutely no experience necessary; supplies are included. Monday, Oct. 9 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. 

Registration is required and starts Sept. 15. Limited to 20. Questions? Please call Sheila @ 513-897-4826.