Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

Another new year has begun! Have you made the usual resolutions to lose weight, exercise, eat better or spend more time with family? Well, the library has a resolution that may actually help you with these resolutions! 

Cuyahoga County Public Library wants everyone's New Year’s resolution to be: Make reading a part of daily life in 2015. Finish the books your holiday hustle kept you away from, spend more time reading with your family or read a book to learn how to eat better and exercise. 

Kick off this resolution while the year is young and enter our Resolve to Read contest for a chance to win a brand new iPad Air. From Jan. 5 through Feb. 6, you will earn one automatic contest entry EACH DAY you use your library card. The more you use your library card, the better your chances of winning!

Here are the basics to get started with Resolve to Read: 1. Come visit us at the Bay Village Branch, check out any item and you earn your daily contest entry. 2. Did you get a new e-reader, tablet or smartphone as a present? Use it to download an eBook or streaming video from our digital collection and you earn your daily contest entry that way. 3. Try one of our online databases and earn your daily contest entry.

These three ways to enter will get you well on your way to meeting your New Year’s resolutions, reading all year and increasing your chances to win! For full contest rules, please visit cuyahogalibrary.org.

When you come to the library to enter the contest, you may want to stay for one of our many programs listed below.


Storytimes: Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required.

  • Mondays, Jan. 12 and Jan. 19, and Tuesday, Jan. 13 (9:30 a.m.) TODDLER STORYTIME – For caregivers and their children ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 13 (1:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Jan. 8 and Jan. 15 (11 a.m.) PRESCHOOL STORYTIME – For caregivers and their children ages 3-5 not yet in kindergarten.
  • Wednesdays, Jan. 7 and Jan. 14 (9:30 a.m.) BABY AND ME STORYTIME – For caregivers and their children ages birth-18 months.
  • Thursdays, Jan. 8 and Jan. 15 (7 p.m.) and Fridays, Jan. 9 and Jan. 16 (9:30 a.m.) FAMILY STORYTIME – For caregivers and their children of all ages.
  • Saturday, Jan. 10 (10:30 a.m.) SENSORY STORYTIME – This storytime is designed specifically for children with special needs at a developmental age of 3 to 6 and their families. This program incorporates a schedule board, double visuals, and sensory opportunities for participants as well as 1/2-hour socialization time following the program. 

Wednesday, Jan. 7 (3:30 p.m.) BRAIN BUILDER: SCIENCE – For grades K-3. Love experimenting and making a mess in the name of science? Join us for hands-on fun and learn a thing or two about science. Registration required.

Tuesday, Jan. 13 (7 p.m.) TOTS DANCE AND MUSIC – Families with children ages 2-1/2 to 6 years will have a great time dancing and moving to music with bean bags, scarves and more! Get your boogie shoes on and feel the beat! Registration required. Please register each child's name individually.

Wednesday, Jan. 14 (4 p.m.) FROM THE PAGE TO STAGE: LITERATURE, LANGUAGE, STORY AND SONG – For grades K-3.  Children's literature is brought to life in song. Through gesture, movement, song and call-and-response, children will learn how music, words, pictures and movement can work together to tell a story. This residency will use classical folksongs, storytelling, movement and music to deepen students' understanding of literature and literary concepts. Students will actively engage with the narrative, from the words on the page to the page on the stage! Registration required.

Friday, Jan. 16 (11 a.m.) ALL ABOUT OWLS – Families meet different types of owls along with a naturalist from the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. Find out what owls eat and all about their cool digestion process along with "Whoo" the Friends of the Bay Village Branch adopted this year. Registration required.

Monday, Jan. 19 (2 p.m.) FAMILY BUILD IT! – For families with children ages 3-8 years. Bring your ideas and imagination! Parents and children can have fun together creating all kinds of structures using plastic interlocking building bricks. Registration required.

Tuesday, Jan. 20 (1:30 p.m.) WHOOO'S READY FOR SCHOOL? KINDERGARTEN READINESS: MAKING CHOICES – Ages 4-5 with a caregiver. Help your preschooler make the transition into their first year of school. Explore hands-on activity stations together. Build decision-making skills. Registration required.

Thursday, Jan. 22 (4 p.m.) COOKIES AND BOOKS – Children in grades 3-4 are invited to enjoy cookies as we discuss a good book. Copies of the book will be available one month before the discussion. A parent/guardian must sign a release form before the program. Refreshments sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Library.


Tuesday, Jan. 6 to Thursday, Jan. 22 (3:15 p.m.) WINTER TEEN ZONE – For grades 5 to 12. Video games, experiments, challenges, art and more – chill with something fun to do after school! Parents need to sign one permission form, good for all of the winter programs. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library. 

Monday, Jan. 12 (7 p.m.) COLLEGE TEST PREP – For grades 6 to 12 and adults. Knowledge is power! Find out the differences in the ACT and the SAT and which test is better for you. Learn tips and strategies for success for each subject section, as you maximize your scoring potential. Presented by Bryan Fasig, Director of Sylvan Learning Center. Registration required. 


Wednesdays, (6:30-8 p.m.) DOWNLOADABLES HELP – Drop in for assistance with downloading books, magazines and audiobooks on your portable device. Familiarity with your device, and account access information is recommended. Every Wednesday evening from 6:30-8 p.m. No registration is required.

Tuesday, Jan. 13 (10 a.m.) PRESIDENTIAL TRIVIA – Come celebrate the presidents as Gerry Nemeth hosts a fun, interactive game that will test your knowledge of the U.S. presidents. Jeopardy-style game includes buzzers, lights, videos and prizes! This program is presented in collaboration with Dwyer Memorial Senior Center. Registration is requested.

Thursday, Jan. 15 (7 p.m.) THE 50 STAR FLAG AND HOW WE GOT THERE – Local historian Tom Gorgas shares his collection of historical flags. We, the citizens of the United States of America, have been pledging allegiance to a flag of 50 stars and 13 stripes since 1959. But obviously there have been many preceding flags. This presentation will start with a flag that flew over the first permanent English colony on this land in 1607 and proceed to the present flag. At least 30 flags will be on display. This event is presented in collaboration with the Bay Village Historical Society. Registration is requested.

Monday, Jan. 19 (7 p.m.) TEN STEPS TO DIGGING OUT OF DEBT – People are carrying more debt now than ever before and signs of that burden are showing up in the form of debt fatigue. If you're being buried under payments, the only real solution is to change your debt habits and start digging your way out, one step at a time. Charter One Financial experts will share steps to get you started.This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library.

Mark Your Calendars: The Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library book sale is Saturday, Jan. 24, through Tuesday, Jan. 27, during library hours.

Please register to attend any programs online at www.cuyahogalibrary.org or call 440-871-6392 or stop in at 502 Cahoon Road.

Barbara Isaacs

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

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