New Cowan Pottery Museum Curator Appointed

Lauren Hansgen has been appointed the new curator of the Cowan Pottery Museum/Historian at Rocky River Public Library. She is responsible for the activities of the museum and assists with the Library’s archives and historical activities. Lauren was previously employed as the executive director of ARTneo (formerly the Cleveland Artists Foundation). She succeeds Carol Jacobs, who recently retired after seven years in this position.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 1:37 PM, 03.04.2014

RRPL Accepts Food for Fines in February

 For every canned or boxed non-perishable food item donated at Rocky River Public Library, patrons’ fines will be reduced by $1.00, up to a maximum of $20.00.  The library’s “Food for Fines” program is in effect February 1 through February 28.  This is the fifth consecutive year that the library has sponsored a “Food for Fines” drive.

Donated food items for the Rocky River Assistance Program are being collected by the library’s staff in the Circulation Department.

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Volume 1, Issue 8, Posted 10:56 AM, 02.06.2014

Rachael Ray Entertains

Rocky River Public Library and Joseph-Beth Booksellers recently hosted celebrity chef Rachael Ray who spoke about her career, her cooking philosophy and her newest cookbook, “Week in a Day.” Over 400 of her fans attended the event.

Wild Flour Bakery's Sue Johansen presented a cake to Miss Ray to celebrate her visit.  In the picture, Wild Flour staff members with Miss Ray include: Darrelle Centuori; Sue Johansen; and Andrew Carroll.

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Volume 1, Issue 8, Posted 2:26 PM, 02.06.2014

What's the HOOPLA About at RRPL?

Rocky River Public Library is excited to announce the availability of thousands of free movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital. All you need is a valid RRPL card!

RRPL card holders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers.

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Volume 1, Issue 7, Posted 4:14 PM, 01.08.2014

RRPL and Joseph-Beth Booksellers Present Author Rachael Ray

Rocky River Public Library and Joseph-Beth Booksellers are teaming up to present New York Times Bestselling Author Rachael Ray on Saturday, December 14, at 7:00 p.m. at the Rocky River High School auditorium. Join us for this special evening to hear what Rachael Ray has to say about her unique new cookbook and much more!

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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 4:20 PM, 11.30.2013

RRPL Named One of America’s Top Libraries

For the third consecutive year, Rocky River Public Library has been ranked as one of the top libraries in the nation in the Library Journal’s 2013 “Index of Public Library Service.”   The rating identifies 263 Star Libraries, based on 2011 data from more than 7,500 public libraries nationwide.

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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 9:51 AM, 12.01.2013

RRPL Provides Access to Millions of Items

You can now access over 65 million items with your Rocky River Public Library card!  RRPL has become a member of SearchOhio, a consortium of public libraries across the state that have joined together to share books, movies and music. If we do not own the library materials you want or the item is already checked out, this free interlibrary loan service will save you time in locating the materials and resources that you need.

Best of all, you can request the materials yourself by going online to our catalog at Delivery to RRPL will be within three to five days. You will be contacted using the method of notification selected when establishing your account.

In addition, the Ohio Library and Information Network, OhioLINK, will make available materials from a consortium of Ohio college and university libraries and the State Library of Ohio.  As a member of SearchOhio, RRPL has access to materials on a scale impossible to provide in more traditional ways.


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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 7:54 PM, 09.03.2013

Rocky River Public Library Celebrates 85 Years

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The people of Rocky River have always had an appreciation of education and culture, which led members of the community to establish a free, public library in 1928.  On November 24, the Library will celebrate its 85th anniversary, as well as the 35th anniversary of the Cowan Pottery Museum.

“At such a time, it’s worth reflecting on many things,” said Library Director Nick Cronin. “Consider the millions of people who have walked through the Library’s doors, the generations of families and friends who have benefitted from more library services than I could possibly mention, and the thousands of staff members who have made their careers here."

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Volume 1, Issue 2, Posted 7:54 AM, 08.02.2013