Reading to Rocky, the Library dog


There was an old lady who swallowed a spider,

That wriggled and wiggled and tiggled inside her . . . .

Reading to Rocky 1 Reading to Rocky 2 Reading to Rocky 3


Baby Time at North Hill


Baby time is a great time for your baby to socialize with other babies and begin literacy activities.  And parents and grandparents get to relax and watch happy  children exploring.

Here are five important things parents can do for their children to get them ready to learn to read:



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Get in Shape


Check out North Hill’s Teen area display of Fitness Exercises books.

The Women’s Health Big Book of 15 Minute Workouts:  a leaner, sexier, healthier you — in 15 minutes a day! by Selene Yeager and the editors of Women’s Health.

The women's health big book of 15 minutes workoutsTime is every woman’s most precious commodity–and a lack of it is the number one reason, in survey after survey, that women give for why they don’t exercise. But research now shows that as little as 15 minutes of resistance training is just as effective in spiking one’s metabolism as a workout lasting more than twice as long. All it takes is 15 minutes to achieve lifelong results–and women are more likely to stick to an exercise plan if it’s chopped down to those 15 minutes. The Women’s Health Big Book of 15-Minute Workouts – by Selene Yeager and the editors of Women’s Health – is both an introduction to the fundamentals of short workouts and a comprehensive collection of hundreds of the most effective ones. These workouts have been designed for every fitness goal, from total body conditioning to targeting trouble spots with exercises like the 15 Minute Flat-Belly-without-a-Single-Crunch Workout. Other highlights include: -an eating plan with delicious meals that take 15 minutes or less to prepare -workouts for when you’re stuck in traffic or traveling and can’t make it to the gym – hundreds of tips from America’s best trainers, nutritionists, and exercise scientists


Toning for Teens : the 20-minute workout that makes you look good and feel great! by Joyce L. Vedra

toning for teensFlat Abs. Tight Butt. Lean Thighs. Kickass Attitude. Get One Great Body! Have you been looking in the mirror and thinking, “I hate my…I can’t stand those…I have to hide my…”? Do you want to feel strong and confident in whatever you wear, from jeans to a halter top? No matter what shape you’re in now-star athlete or gym class wallflower, string bean, jelly belly, or chunky monkey-you can be fit and fabulous, safely and without starving yourself. America’s #1 Fitness Expert, Joyce Vedral, has helped thousands of teens create their best body. Her foolproof techniques are designed to produce a tight, toned, dynamite figure-and you can start using them right now! The secret is not dieting obsessively. It is working out with Joyce’s special toning program and eating right. In fact, with Joyce’s daily food plan, you will probably eat more than you do now-but lose fat from the first day. And her 20-minute workout with weights is not only fun, but gives you visible results fast! With her program, you can: * Get a better body in just 3 weeks…and a terrific body in just 12 weeks! * Develop a figure that’s firm and toned instead of soft and flabby * Burn fat…even in your sleep! * Get rid of cellulite * Go down a dress size every 3 weeks if you are overweight * Boost metabolism so you can eat more-without getting fat * Build exciting new strength, balance, and stamina, but no bulky muscles * Increase self-discipline to promote success in all areas of your life!


A girl’s guide to yoga : over 30 poses to practice anywhere by Jeanne Finestone ; illustrations by Shelly Meridith Delice

A Girl's Guide to YogaFollowing a short description of yoga’s origins, the author instructs on poses, or asanas, and shows how each pose imitates nature. She then instructs on using each asana as a way of relaxation and a posture for meditation. Illustrations show how to achieve each asana, what not to do, and how to know the asana is being performed correctly. Ener-Chi Books, written especially for teens, present ideas and exercises that both energize a girl’s body and soothe her spirit. The books take inspiration from a variety of Asian practices and exercises–thus, the suffix chi, a Chinese term that denotes internal physical and spiritual bodily energy. Ener-Chi Books feature clear, easy-to-follow directions and illustrations that are both clever and instructive, all presented in full color.


Beat the Gym : personal trainer secrets–without the personal trainer price tag by Tom Holland with Megan McMorris

Beat the GymAre you: Fed up with all the mixed messages on how to be fit and lose weight? Intimidated by the gym’s machines, weights, or classes? Discouraged, as you’ve worked out in the past but have seen no results? Frustrated that you can’t afford a personal trainer to help motivate and guide you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Beat the Gym is the book for you. I know what works, and I want you to love the gym and finally achieve the body and level of fitness that YOU want. I have spent decades sculpting bodies in the top gyms of New York City–those of celebrities, CEOs, professional athletes, weekend warriors, and “real people,” and now I am ready to share all my personal training secrets. Beat the Gym demystifies fitness and diet, and, best of all, includes more than fifty of my best and most proven workouts. Together, we can beat the gym and get you the body you deserve.


28-Day Body Shapeover by Brad Schoenfeld

28 day body shapeoverIn just one month, make the mirror your best friend–by giving your body a shapeover “28-Day Body Shapeover” provides real, sustainable results with the fastest way to shape the body you’ve always wanted. You’ll be taken step by step through four weeklong stages of workouts and menus that are set up to fit practically any lifestyle. The key is the structured yet highly flexible plan, which features the following: – Concise workouts just 30 to 40 minutes in length – A choice between daily workouts or three workout days per week – A variety of exercises that can be performed at home or in the gym – Menus that list everything you need to eat for 28 days and allow you to substitute your favorite foods And once you have finished the first 28 days and are looking your best, the plan doesn’t stop there. Author and fitness authority Brad Schoenfeld shows how to adjust the plan so that you can use it over and over again to shape your body to its fullest potential.


Fatness to Fitness by Joey Atlas

fatness to fitnessThe former “fat kid” reveals his most powerful personal strategies and techniques to help you quickly and safely achieve permanent fitness success.


Canning Vegetables



Pickling and Canning 2Recipes and Tips for canning and preserving books are on display at North Hill.

Take these books home and try some new recipes.







PreservingPreserving by Oded Schwartz

Budding “preservationists” will adore this lavishly illustrated reference. Learn all the professional techniques, and use all the correct equipment to make perfect jams, mustards, oils, vinegars, and syrups.




All about canningJoy of Cooking.  All about Canning & Preserving by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, Ethan Becker; photography by Tucker & Hossler

Employing 150 full-color photos, this authoritative reference shows the best ways to can and preserve in easy-to-follow steps. Featured are some never-before published Joy of Cooking secrets.


Home canning and preservingHome Canning and Preserving: putting up small-batch jams, jellies, pickles, chutneys, relishes, spices, and more by Janet Cooper

Home Canning and Preserving instructs readers how to make small-batch preserves, pickles, and more, whether in the summer or winter months, even when fresh produce is not as readily available. Janet Cooper, who has spent a lifetime finessing the art of small-batch preserving, provides you with step-by-step instructions on how to put by some of your favorite canned and jarred goods. With color photographs and one hundred recipes, including orange marmalade, fig jam, six-fruit chutney, apple sauce, green tomato relish, and hot mustard, this is the definitive guide–and the perfect gift–for gardeners and home cooks.


Pickles and  RelishesPickles & Relishes : 150 recipes from apples to zucchinis by Andrea Chesman

These 150 quick-and-easy recipes turn bumper crops into mouthwatering pickles and relishes, using little or no salt. All techniques meet current USDA guidelines.


Canning and preservingBetter Homes and Gardens Presents America’s All-time Favorite Canning & Preserving Recipes

All of America’s favorite canning and preserving recipes are presented in a single mouth-watering volume. Recipes are based on food preservation guidelines set by the USDA. Included throughout are special tip boxes that suggest ways to package foods for gift-giving.


Blue Ribbon CanningBlue Ribbon Canning : award-winning recipes ; jams, preserves, pickles, sauces & more by Linda J. Amendt

In the pages of Blue Ribbon Canning you’ll discover the marriage of two American traditions– preserved foods and state and county fairs– with more than 140 prize-winning recipes for jams, jellies, marmalades, preserves, conserves, sauces, butters, pickles, vegetables, and fruit. …The book includes personal stories of the blue ribbon winners and fair folklore. Together they provide a unique view of how the modern fair has become the tradition it is. A practical reference section on up-to-date techniques for canning provides a solid foundation for both novice and seasoned canners.

Raising Boys to Become Men


Raising Boys to Become MenNeed inspiration and helpful advice for raising sons?

Check out North Hill’s display called “Raising Boys to Become Men.” Some of the books in the display are described below.









The Way of Boys: protecting the social and emotional development of young boys by Anthony Rao and Michelle Seaton

Way of BoysBoys will be boys . . . It’s time we stopped trying to “fix” them. Boys today are being bombarded with a slew of diagnoses–ADHD, Asperger’s, bipolar disorder–at an alarming rate and at younger ages. The Way of Boys urges parents, educators, pediatricians, psychologists, and other developmental experts to reevaluate and significantly change how we deal with our youngest boys. When parents understand the wide spectrum for normal boy development, they can successfully communicate with their son–and everyone in their son’s life–and help him grow into a healthy and smart young man. Dr. Anthony Rao challenges some of the potentially harmful assumptions, attitudes, and behaviors we’ve developed toward young boyhood over the last few decades. The Way of Boys is a celebration of natural, constructive boyhood development and an expert, definitive handbook on what to look for and expect in normal growth.


Bringing Up Boys by James Dobson

Bringing Up Boys2002 Gold Medallion Award winner! With so much confusion about the role of men in our society, it’s no wonder so many parents and teachers are at a loss about how to bring up boys. Our culture has vilified masculinity and, as a result, boys are suffering. Parents, teachers, and others involved in shaping the character of boys have many questions. In Bringing Up Boys, Dr. James Dobson, America’s most trusted authority on family issues, tackles these questions and offers advice and encouragement based on a firm foundation of biblical principles. Bringing Up Boys -a must-read book for parents, teachers, social workers, youth leaders, counselors-anyone involved in the challenge of turning boys into good men.


Boys and Girls Learn Differently by Michael Gurian, with Kathy Stevens, Patricia Henley, and Terry Trueman

Boys and Girls Learn DifferentlyA thoroughly revised edition of the classic resource for understanding gender differences in the classroom In this profoundly significant book, author Michael Gurian has revised and updated his groundbreaking book that clearly demonstrated how the distinction in hard-wiring and socialized gender differences affects how boys and girls learn. Gurian presents a proven method to educate our children based on brain science, neurological development, and chemical and hormonal disparities.



Raising Boys without Men: how maverick moms are creating the next generation of exceptional men by Peggy Drexler, with Linden Gross

Raising Boys Without MenRaising thriving, emotionally healthy sons does not require a man around the house! That’s the conclusion of a groundbreaking research study that will open eyes, stir debate, and reassure nearly 10 million single mothers. As the number of single-mom and two-mom households has grown, so have concerns about the possible damage to boys caused by the lack of a male role model in the house. Peggy F. Drexler, Ph.D., listened to all the dire warnings; but her training as a research psychologist told her she had to see the evidence. So she embarked on a long-term study comparing boys raised in female-headed families with those whose fathers were present throughout their childhood. What Dr. Drexler discovered is as heartening as it is startling:

  • Female-headed households may be even better parents for boys than households with men
  • Sons from these families are growing up emotionally stronger, more empathetic, and more well-rounded than boys from “traditional” mother-father families
  • While more in touch with their feelings, these boys remain boyish and masculine in all the ways defined by our culture Raising Boys

This book offers an inclusive vision of what family can mean and a blueprint for raising happier, healthier sons.


The Trouble with Boys : a surprising report card on our sons, their problems at school, and what parents and educators must do  by Peg Tyre

The Trouble with BoysFrom the moment they step into the classroom, boys begin to struggle. By eighth grade huge numbers are reading below basic level. Perhaps most alarmingly, boys now account for less than 43 percent of those enrolled in college, and the gap widens every semester! The growing gender imbalance in education portends massive shifts for the next generation: how much they make and whom they marry. Interviewing parents, kids, teachers, and experts, journalist Peg Tyre drills below the statistics to examine how the educational system is failing our sons. But this passionate, clearheaded book isn’t an exercise in finger-pointing. Tyre, the mother of two sons, offers the testimony of teachers and school officials who are trying new techniques to motivate boys to learn again, one classroom at a time. This book is a manifesto for change–one we must undertake right away lest school become, for millions of boys, unalterably a “girl thing.”–From publisher description.


Father Courage by Suzanne Braun Levine

Father CourageThe “triple crown” for today’s father includes success at work, intimacy with family, and time for friends. Not unlike the false promise of “having it all” that women faced in the 1970s, this goal is nearly impossible to achieve. The pain of “never getting it right” can be felt across the nation. Others have described the malaise, but until now, no one has described this revolution or pointed to the light at the end of the tunnel. Journalist and feminist Suzanne Braun Levine, a founding editor of Ms. Magazine, has interviewed scores of men and learned about the difficulties fathers face in parenting. Since men don’t tend to use each other as sounding boards, Levine does it for them. Taking a lesson from the women’s movement, she puts her finger on what makes it so hard for men to put family first. Readers will turn to Father Courage to discover what men are experiencing. At home, their parenting learning curve is steep, and moms don’t want to give up the role of the General. The workplace is much less family-friendly to men, and the 24/7 life of corporate America takes its toll. Levine shows that fathers and mothers aren’t crazy, but stressed, and she offers solutions that range from the commonsense to the revolutionary. This is a brilliant and bracing new look at what is right-and wrong-in American family life.



Teenage Boys! : shaping the man inside : surviving & enjoying these extraordinary years by Bill Beausay

Teenage BoysIt’s time to show up for your son in a big way. A teenage boy’s world is a dynamic, unpredictable place. That’s why stringent parenting “techniques” don’t always bring about the results we expect. Though we know there’s a lot riding on our ability to wisely parent teenage sons, it’s hard to know the best way to proceed-and parents are often overwhelmed by the challenge. But now, in this fun and down-to-earth guide, Bill Beausay offers six fresh principles that can help you overcome your fears and powerfully shape the man inside your teenage boy. Bring out the best in your teenage son. nbsp; You know that you need to be involved in your son’s life. But just being there physically isn’t enough. Parents who enjoy the most success in raising teen boys are present in dramatic, colorful, in-your-face ways. Teenage Boys! Will help you discover how you can develop a clear, do-able plan that will significantly impact your teen’s life-and your own. Now with answers to ;the most frequently asked questions about parenting teen boys. Expanded to address the issues that matter most to teenage boys and their parents. Includes advice for two-parent families, single parents, grandparents, and stepparents.


The good sonThe Good Son by Michael Gurian

In his eagerly awaited new book, therapist and educator Michael Gurian presents the definitive guide to the moral development of our boys and young men. He takes readers through a complete parenting program, showing them how to instill virtues in boys at each of the three stages of life: The Age of Obedience (birth to six); The Age of Convention (seven to twelve); and The Age of Moral Intuition (thirteen to eighteen).The Good Son also addresses “moral emergency” questions on how to cope with stealing, violence, and other forms of severe misbehavior. In addition, Gurian furnishes a list of the fifty top books and films that will help stimulate moral growth in boys and young men. For parents and teachers who fear that our society has lost much of its moral and ethical underpinnings, The Good Son serves as a welcome guidepost. It is destined to become one of the premier books on parenting and moral life.



A Fine Young Man by Michael Gurian

A Fine Young ManExamines how adolescent boys are socialized.








It’s raining Dogs and Cats


Sally Bailey, North Hill’s children’s librarian and Queen of the Yard Sales, has amassed a horde of cute and cuddly stuffed dogs and cats.  From the looks of it, cats and dogs are eager to get out of their boxes, take their places in the glassed in display case, and get to work charming everyone who walks by.

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Dogs and Cats Display


Are You a Dog Person or a Cat Person? Browse this display of everything to do with cats and dogs and find out.   Check out the jokes, too.

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Bubble Man Amazes North Hill children


Dr. U R Awesome, the Bubble Man,  fascinated children and adults alike during one of the Summer Reading Program Events.
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Big Bubble

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Akron Zoo visits North Hill


Deb from the Akron Zoo enchants children with lizards and snakes as part of the Akron Zoo Education Outreach Program.

Sally Bailey enjoyed the unique experience of having a snake draped around her neck.  “You could really feel every muscle packed into its body.”

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If You Had A Super Power . . .

If I had a superpower



At the beginning of the summer, we asked:  “If you had a super power, what would it be?”

This is what you wrote:






I want to

  • Fill each one I meet with love
  • Have self-confidence
  • Heal people
  • Bring Paul Walker back to life
  • Tell people how I feel without words
  • Put the kids to sleep with a snap of the fingers
  • Be ultra-flexible so I can itch my back
  • Understand and speak any language
  • Make people feel good about themselves


To have superpowers like

  • The Hulk
  • Supergirl
  • Spiderman
  • Barbie (who knew!)
  • Dora


To be able to

  • Turn into a unicorn
  • Turn into an adult
  • Be an army man
  • Become Ant Man, but I’m still a person
  • Fly
  • Tele-transport
  • Powersteal
  • Be in two places at once
  • Have a force field
  • Shoot webs like Spiderman
  • Be invisible
  • Read people’s minds
  • Have laser vision
  • Shapeshift
  • Be super fast and strong
  • Have laser vision
  • Change into other people’s bodies