Reconnect with Reading all year long with the Observer and Bay Village Branch Library

What do most people think of when they hear the word "library"? Reading, of course! 2014 is the year to "Reconnect with Reading 365" at the Cuyahoga County Public Library. To celebrate this initiative, the Bay Village Branch will display monthly calendars that include daily trivia questions or quote from books both classic and modern following a theme for each month. Library staff and customers are looking forward to sharing our suggestions from various genres here with you in the Observer in a new feature, "What Your Neighbors are Reading"!

To kick off this new feature and in keeping the February's theme of "Getting to Know You," I asked local Bay Village resident Ted Rowland what favorite memoir or biography he has read recently.

He enthusiastically endorsed "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief" by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright. This well-researched book details the history, theology and hierarchy of Scientology, focusing on its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and his successor, David Miscavige. The in-depth biographical information presented on Hubbard provided insight and could have been a book in itself.

Ted was particularly intrigued by the inner workings of the church that were uncovered by Wright’s investigation. The fact that current members as well as past members were willing to grant Wright personal interviews about their experiences was unprecedented.

Another one of Ted’s favorites in this same genre is "In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin" by Erik Larson. This highly researched book details 1933, the year of Hitler’s rise to power in Germany when William E. Dodd, a professor of history at the University of Chicago, becomes the first American ambassador to the regime.

Ted found this book to be fascinating as it was a personal account of the Dodd family unaware of the evil looming as Hitler’s charismatic leadership created pride in a Germany downtrodden after World War I. The perception and realization of the pervasive evil by the ambassador’s family living through it is significant in that the reader already knows the horrifying, unthinkable ending.

If you are wondering what other books might appeal to you, you can Reconnect to Reading using one of CCPL's many services to get personalized reading suggestions. Check out the library’s website,, in the What To Read area to find our options for Reading Recommendations. One cool feature is our 3-for-3, where folks can submit their last three favorite books read to receive three suggestions from a librarian that you might like to read next.

Remember to check the Observer next month to see What Your Neighbors are Reading on the March theme of "And the Winner Is..." – and visit the Bay Village Branch, 502 Cahoon Road, where the staff would be very happy to give you personal reading recommendations too. We hope to see you soon!

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at the Bay Village Branch Library

February's Themes:

Adults: "Getting to Know You"

Youth: "Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My"


Barbara Isaacs

Public Services Librarian II at Bay Village Branch, Cuyahoga County Public Library

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