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Succulents 101 at Porter Library

As the weather grows colder, let's bring the outdoors inside with some lovely houseplants! We will be welcoming Tim Malinich of the Midwest Cactus and Succulent Society on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 7-8 p.m. to learn all about cacti and other succulents. Come learn about these strange and beautiful plants, which are much easier to care for than you might think. 

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Volume 9, Issue 20, Posted 9:54 AM, 10.17.2017

Friends of Bay Village Library book sale is Oct. 28-31

The Friends of the Bay Village Library Fall Used Book Sale begins Saturday, Oct. 28, at 9 a.m. and runs through Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m. The sale is held in the meeting room of the library.

There is a large selection of books for readers of all ages as well as magazines, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks and more. All materials have been categorized for easy shopping. Tuesday, the last day of the sale, is bag day when a full bag of books costs $1. Bags are provided by the library. Proceeds from the sale are used to support upcoming library programs and activities.

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Volume 9, Issue 20, Posted 9:56 AM, 10.17.2017

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

CHILDREN

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Thursday, Oct. 19 (4 p.m.) American Girl: Josefina – Grades 2-4: Learn about the times and cultures that the doll Josefina represents through discussion crafts and snacks. Feel free to bring your doll to the program if you have one! Parents must sign a Release and Hold Harmless form prior to the program. Registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library. 

Friday, Oct. 20 (10 a.m.) Play, Learn, and Grow – Ages birth-3 years with parent or caregiver. Children will play with developmentally appropriate toys in a play group atmosphere while parents meet and learn from community health experts.

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Volume 9, Issue 20, Posted 9:58 AM, 10.17.2017

Westlake Porter Public Library's October Calendar

Tuesday, Oct. 3 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories: Toybox – Put on your pajamas and join Mrs. K as we unwind at the end of the day with quiet stories, songs, fingerplays and other activities to help us get ready for bedtime. Ages 4-6. Siblings welcome.

Tuesday, Oct. 3 (7:30-8:30 p.m.) Westlake Westshore Arts Council: FYI Opera – David Bamberger from the Cleveland Institute of Music brings his students to perform scenes from the upcoming opera.

Wednesdays, Oct. 4 and 11 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesday, Oct. 4 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogy Society Help Session – Please join the genealogy group for an informal walk-in help session.

Wednesdays, Oct. 4 and 11 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Oct. 5 and 12 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – The reading therapy dogs return! Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with one of them. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 4 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club – Join us as we explore some of the classic films from the genres of horror, science fiction and suspense. Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please register.

Thursday, Oct. 5 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursdays, Oct. 5 and 12 (4-5:15 p.m.) Code Club! – Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! Grades 3-4. Registration begins one week before each session.

Friday, Oct. 6 (1-2 p.m.) Fantastic Fridays – Fantastic Friday is a great day for homeschoolers! This month we will explore the book "Harriet the Spy" by Louise Fitzhugh. We will complete a craft and activities related to the book. Ages 6-12. Please register.

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Volume 9, Issue 19, Posted 10:13 AM, 10.03.2017

Westlake Porter Public Library's Late September Calendar

Tuesday, Sept. 19 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Using LinkedIn for Job Search – Learn to use this social media tool to discover people who can assist your search, identify and research companies, join and interact with LinkedIn groups. Enhance your visibility and online reputation by engaging in conversations in your groups. Learn to use valuable research functions built into LinkedIn.

Tuesday, Sept. 19 (6:30 p.m.) Connecting for Kids’ Speaker Series – Join us for a discussion on a relevant childhood topic with a local pediatric expert. Topic: Attention Issues and ADHD: What You Need to Know. Register by phone: 440-250-5563 or at www.connectingforkids.org.   

Tuesday, Sept. 19 (7-8:45 p.m.) Continuing the Conversation – This month’s topic: Back to School Anxiety: Helping adults and youth get back into the swing of things.   

Wednesday, Sept. 20 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Mark Jamba presents "What Killed Grandma?", a lighthearted introduction to medical terminology and common causes of death yesterday and today will be explained via basic anatomy, physiology and pathology.

Wednesday, Sept. 20 (7-8 p.m.) Alternatives to Cable TV – Frustrated with cable service? This program will help you sort through the variety of viewing alternatives available. Learn about digital media players, streaming services and additional options. Please register.

Thursday, Sept. 21 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Business Lunch & Learn: Writing Your Business Plan – Whether you are just starting a business or already have one, you’ll want the direction that a business plan offers. We will explore how to get started, the elements of a business plan, and issues to consider when developing yours. Please register.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:21 AM, 09.19.2017

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

CHILDREN

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Thursday, Sept. 21 (4 p.m.) American Girl: Felicity – Grades 2-4: Learn about the times and cultures that the doll Felicity represents through discussion, crafts and snacks. Feel free to bring your doll to the program if you have one!

Thursday, Sept. 28 (4 p.m.) Mix, Measure and Pour – Grades 2-3: Investigate various ways to measure different substances, yet still get the correct amount. Recipes depend on accuracy, so we’ll practice with solids and liquids and learn how to get it just right. We might just mix, measure and pour ourselves a snack!

Saturday, Sept. 30 (11 a.m.) Bay Village Global Cardboard Challenge – Families with children in kindergarten through 5th grade: Celebrate and be inspired by a day of play and learning at the Global Cardboard Challenge! This is a worldwide celebration of child creativity! Build something awesome out of cardboard, recycled materials and imagination.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:20 AM, 09.19.2017

Local families honor parents with donations to Porter Library

The Snider family of Westlake and the Beebe family of North Olmsted recently donated to Westlake Porter Public Library to honor their parents. The Beebe family donated a globe in memory of their late father and grandfather, Russell C. Beebe. The globe was unveiled on Aug. 23, and is located in the library’s Reading Room. The Snider family donated a quote to honor their parents on their father’s 90th birthday. The quote was unveiled on Aug. 26, and is located on the wall over the large print and fiction collections.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:45 AM, 09.06.2017

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

The Poky Little Puppy, Tootle, Scuffy the Tugboat – these are just a few of the Golden Books that may conjure up fond childhood memories. Join us at the Bay Village branch library on Monday, Sept. 18, at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate 75 years of Little Golden Books and share in the joy with the 3- to 6-year-old in your life as they listen to stories and do activity stations.

CHILDREN

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Monday, Sept. 11 (11 a.m.) Homeschool: Creative Writing – Grades 4-8: Follow fun writing prompts and even go outside for ideas as we flex our writing muscles!

Wednesday, Sept. 13 (7 p.m.) Mad Scientists: Kaleid-O-Mania – Grades K-2: Join us for a hands-on science program creating simple kaleidoscopes.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:46 AM, 09.06.2017

Westlake Porter Public Library's Early September Calendar

Wednesday, Sept. 6 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesday, Sept. 6 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogy Society Help Session – Please join the genealogy group for an informal walk-in help session.

Wednesday, Sept. 6 (4-5:30 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – The reading therapy dogs return! Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with one of them. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 6 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club – Join us as we explore some of the classic films from the genres of horror, science fiction and suspense. Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please register.

Wednesday, Sept. 6 (7-8:30 p.m.) Touching up Digital Photos – Learn beginner-intermediate level techniques for altering and repairing digital photos, including cropping, adjusting color levels and removing blemishes. Practice files will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring a flash drive with their own photos. Please register.

Thursday, Sept. 7 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursdays, Sept. 7 and 14 (4-5:15 p.m.) Code Club! – Learn how to build an app, design a video game and change the world through code! Grades 3-4. Please register.

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Volume 9, Issue 16, Posted 10:10 AM, 08.15.2017

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

The Bay Village branch library will host PNC Bank's “Early Learning is All Around Me!” Mobile Learning Adventure on Monday, Aug. 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Mobile Learning Adventure (MLA) is a traveling exhibit that provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn about the importance of early childhood education while they engage in fun activities with their children.

A part of PNC Grow Up Great – a $350 million, multi-year initiative that began in 2004 to help children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life – the MLA includes interactive kiosks and the “When I Grow Up” station, where kids dress up as different professionals and have their picture superimposed on an appropriate background. In addition, parents can take home activity books and learning kits that demonstrate how to take everyday moments and turn them into learning opportunities.

The library will be closed for the Labor Day holiday on Sept. 2, 3 and 4.

CHILDREN

Storytimes are on hiatus through the month of August. We will resume with the following weekly storytimes on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

TEENS

Thursday, Sept. 7 (3 p.m.) Write On! – Grades 5-8: Join us for fun, quirky and challenging writing exercises and activities to get your creativity flowing. Registration required.

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Volume 9, Issue 16, Posted 10:18 AM, 08.15.2017

Westlake, Bay libraries join effort to issue children's cards

For the second consecutive year, nine library systems are teaming up to help ensure every child under 18 years old in Cuyahoga County owns a library card. The initiative, called A Card for Every Kid Library Challenge, will take place during September, which is National Library Card Sign-up Month. The Challenge is a cooperative effort to raise awareness of the importance of library card ownership and to better understand the factors that keep some children and teens from owning a library card.

This September, every library in Cuyahoga County will actively work to encourage all students to sign up for free library cards so they can gain access to the abundance of books and learning resources available in the county’s libraries. Children under 18 years old who already own library cards will be offered a one-time fine forgiveness anytime during National Library Card Sign-up Month.

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Volume 9, Issue 16, Posted 10:08 AM, 08.15.2017

Bay Village library to host mobile learning adventure

The Bay Village Library will host the PNC Grow Up Great – “Early Learning is All Around Me!” Mobile Learning Adventure on Monday, Aug. 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Mobile Learning Adventure (MLA) is a traveling exhibit that provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn about the importance of early childhood education while they engage in fun activities with their children. A part of PNC Grow Up Great – a $350 million, multi-year initiative that began in 2004 to help children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life – the MLA includes interactive kiosks and the “When I Grow Up” station, where kids dress up as different professionals and have their picture superimposed on an appropriate background. In addition, parents can take home activity books and learning kits that demonstrate how to take everyday moments and turn them into learning opportunities.

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Volume 9, Issue 15, Posted 9:31 AM, 08.01.2017

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

August is here and our "Build a Better World" summer reading program wraps up this month, so please turn in your reading logs by Aug. 5 for your chance to win prizes.

Time is running out to complete your assigned summer reading for the upcoming school year and students might need to allow for time to request a certain title. Stop in now and get the books to complete your summer reading before school starts.

CHILDRENS

Join us at the Bay Village pool for Poolside Storytimes on Mondays and Tuesdays at 2 p.m.

Wednesdays, Aug. 9 and 16 (10 a.m.) Kindergarten Readiness – Ages 5-6: Entering kindergarten in a few weeks? Bring an adult caregiver and brush up on some big-kid skills: using scissors, pasting, holding a pencil and more. Hands-on activity stations will be set up, so come ready to practice and explore! There will be different activities for the two sessions, please come to both! Registration required.

Monday, Aug. 14 (2 p.m.) Monday Movies at the Library – Cool off this summer by visiting the library for a special screening of popular movies. Bring a blanket and pillow or sleeping bag. A parent/guardian must sign a release form before the program.

TEENS

Saturday, Aug. 5 (2 p.m.) Tie-Dye Fun – Tweens, teens and adults: Come celebrate the end of the 2017 Summer Reading Program and learn to tie-dye T-shirts and totes with cool patterns and vibrant colors using Sharpies! All materials will be provided. Weather permitting, this program will take place outdoors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Library.

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Volume 9, Issue 15, Posted 9:31 AM, 08.01.2017

August events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesdays, Aug. 15, 22 and 29 (2-3 p.m.) Conversational Spanish for Beginners – Learn Spanish vocabulary and pronunciation with an expert instructor. Please register.

Tuesday, Aug. 15 (7-8 p.m.) Pop-up Paper Artistry – Keith Allen, author of the pop-up book "What a Mess!" and a product designer with American Greetings, will talk about his creative process and give a paper engineering workshop! Please register.

Wednesdays, Aug. 16, 23 and 30 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket.

Thursday, Aug. 17 (2-3 p.m.) Customize Your Locker! – You’ll have the coolest locker in school when you customize it with these fun – and useful – crafts! Grades 5-7. Registration begins Aug. 10.

Thursdays, Aug. 17 and 25 (4-5:15 p.m.) Code Club! – Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! Grades 3-4. Registration begins one week before each session.

Thursday, Aug. 17 (7-7:30 p.m.) Parachute Play – Get ready to jump and move with music, stories and the parachute. Bring your energy and your mom, dad or other caregiver. Ages 4-6. Registration begins Aug. 10.

Saturday, Aug. 19 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) Plane Fun! – Spread your wings and join us in the Youth Services Department as we celebrate National Aviation Day with fun crafts!

Saturday, Aug. 19 (10:30-11:15 a.m.) Adapted Storytime – Children with varying learning styles and abilities learn in a safe, supportive environment where respect and appreciation for differences are encouraged. This 30-minute storytime, followed by time for socialization, is designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime experience. Content is geared toward ages 3-7, but all ages are welcome. Siblings may also attend, but must register separately. Registration begins one week before each session.

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Volume 9, Issue 15, Posted 9:30 AM, 08.01.2017

Porter Library hosts annual ice cream social July 31

Looking for some summer fun? The Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library will be hosting their Ice Cream Social on Monday, July 31, from 6-8 p.m. The Ice Cream Social has happened annually over three decades, but it continues to be an enjoyable event year after year.

In addition to delicious $1 sundaes from Mitchell’s, there will also be music from the Big Daddies band and guitarist Pete Cavano, as well as family friendly activities, such as a cake walk and face painting. There will be a silent auction, a book sale at the Book Nook Used Book Room, and a sidewalk sale at Portables Gift Shop in the lobby.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:53 AM, 07.18.2017

Bay Library summer book sale starts July 22

The Friends of the Bay Village Library Summer Used Book Sale begins Saturday, July 22, at 9:00 a.m. and runs through Tuesday, July 25, at 7:00 p.m. The sale is held in the meeting room of the library.

There is a large selection of books for readers of all ages as well as magazines, DVDs, CDs, audio books and more. All materials have been categorized for easy shopping. Tuesday, the last day of the sale, is bag day when a full bag of books costs $1. Bags are provided by the library. Proceeds from the sale are used to support upcoming library programs and activities.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 10:00 AM, 07.18.2017

Experience STEAM Week at Porter Library

West Shore residents are invited to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics at Westlake Porter Public Library the week of July 16-22. The library has designated it as STEAM Week, and will feature a series of fun and entertaining programs revolving around the disciplines we all need to succeed in today’s world and tomorrow’s.

STEAM Week was conceived several years ago as a complement to the popular Summer Reading Program. Both aim to help kids maintain their academic achievements during the summer so they’re ready to go when school resumes in August. However, it has grown to include programming for adults as well, since much of what we touch today, whether for business or leisure, is grounded in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 10:00 AM, 07.18.2017

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Is your child entering kindergarten in a few weeks? Sign up for our two-session kindergarten readiness program on Wednesdays, Aug. 9 and 16, at 10 a.m. Children can brush up on some big-kid skills: using scissors, pasting, holding a pencil and more. Hands-on activity stations will be set up, so come ready to practice and explore! There will be different activities for the two sessions.

CHILDRENS

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

Join us at the Bay Village pool for poolside storytimes. The poolside storytimes will be held Mondays and Tuesdays at 2 p.m. We hope to see you there this summer!

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

TEENS

Saturday, Aug. 5 (2 p.m.) Tye-Dye Fun – Tweens, teens and adults: Come celebrate the end of the 2017 Summer Reading Program and learn to tie-dye T-shirts and totes with cool patterns and vibrant colors using Sharpies! All materials will be provided. Weather permitting, this program will take place outdoors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Library.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 10:00 AM, 07.18.2017

July events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, July 18 (2:30-3 p.m.) Book Buddies – Teen volunteers help younger students retain their reading skills. This program is designed for children entering grades 1-3 who need extra help practicing reading. Please note: Book Buddy volunteers are neither expected nor trained to correct learning problems or to teach children to read.

Tuesday, July 18 (3-4 p.m.) Summer Brain Games – Kids in grades 1-3 can drop in each week for grade-appropriate educational games. Teen volunteers and staff from the Westlake City Schools will be on hand to assist.

Tuesday, July 18 (7 p.m.) Connecting for Kids Coffee and Chat – Join our interactive support group and meet other families facing similar struggles. The group discussion is facilitated by a mental health professional. This month’s topic: "How to Stay Calm When the Kids Are Out of Control."

Wednesdays, July 19 and 26 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesday, July 19 (2-3:30 p.m.) Busy Town Building Day – Come build Richard Scarry’s Busy Town. All materials will be provided. All ages.

Wednesdays, July 19 and 26 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, July 20 and 27 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and each Thursday at 6 p.m.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 10:00 AM, 07.18.2017

August is Research Matters Month at Porter Library

In celebration of information resources, August is Research Matters Month at Westlake Porter Public Library. Talk with library staff about all we have to offer and receive freebies from our database vendors just for stopping in.    

According to a study on “Library Services in a Digital Age” by Pew Internet and American Life, over half of public library users come to the library to conduct research on topics of interest to them. Westlake Porter Public Library is ready for our customers. We deliver the perfect blend of today’s most popular self-help, how-to, cooking, travel and other nonfiction eBooks. We offer database resources to explore genealogy, car repair, health information, stocks, news and consumer reviews. We provide free online classes to learn foreign languages, business plans, software programs and new technology. And that’s just the beginning.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:59 AM, 07.18.2017

Porter Library will hold used asset sale

Westlake Porter Public Library will hold a used asset sale on Monday, July 31, from noon to 8 p.m. or until everything is sold. Items for sale include Blu-ray players, Dell computers, HP printers, miscellaneous children’s items and various incandescent, HID and fluorescent light bulbs. All items will be sold as-is and all sales will be final. Please call 440-871-2600 for further information.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:57 AM, 07.18.2017

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

The Bay Village branch library's Book Buddies program is starting up again on July 12. This three-week program partners children in grades 1-3 with a Big Buddy in grades 5-12. During the hourlong session, the buddies will read to each other and play reading games. It's a great way for children to stay on top of their reading during the summer break. Please visit cuyahogalibrary.org or stop by one of the information desks to register your child.

CHILDRENS

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

Join us at the Bay Village pool for poolside storytimes. The poolside storytimes will be held Mondays and Tuesdays at 2 p.m. We hope to see you there this summer!

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Monday, July 10 (2 p.m.) Monday Movies at the Library – Cool off this summer by visiting the library for a special screening of popular movies. Bring a blanket and pillow or sleeping bag. A parent/guardian must sign a release form before the program. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library.

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Volume 9, Issue 13, Posted 9:32 AM, 07.05.2017

Porter Library looking for Westlake smiles!

Do you have a photograph of yourself or a loved one – living or deceased – showing a smile brought about by a special moment in time? Would you like to share that smile, along with the story behind the big smile? If so … WE WANT YOU! We are looking for photos of happy, smiling residents of Westlake for a community display at Westlake Porter Public Library.

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Volume 9, Issue 13, Posted 9:33 AM, 07.05.2017

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Many of you may be utilizing the Bay Village pool to cool off and enjoy some summer fun. On Monday and Tuesdays join us there for our poolside storytime. Librarians from the Bay Village branch children's department will host a storytime during the 2 p.m. rest break. We hope to see you there!

Don't forget to stop by the branch library to stock up on reading materials for summer and mark your minutes read to earn prizes in our summer reading program, "Build a Better World."

CHILDREN

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

Join us at the Bay Village pool for poolside storytimes. The poolside storytimes will be held Mondays and Tuesdays at 2 p.m. We hope to see you there this summer!

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 9:24 AM, 06.20.2017

Porter Library presents 'coolest' kids rock band

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band will perform at Westlake Porter Public Library at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 9. The special after-hours concert is part of the library’s annual Summer Reading Program, and is suitable for all ages. Free tickets are available at the Youth Services Desk (limit of six per adult, please).

The first and only Americans to win a Latin Grammy for Best Children’s Album, the group has appeared on CNN, Sprout and Univision. In addition, the husband-and-wife duo of Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis have been named "The Face of Kindie Music" by the Washington Post, "The Rolling Stones of Kids Music" by the Style Network, and People Magazine called their album “The #1 in coolest kids music.” They have performed in the Smithsonian, Los Angeles Book Festival Target Stage, Skirball Cultural Center, NYC Symphony Space, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Madison Square Park.

Kids will enjoy the group’s smart, crafty lyrics and irresistibly fresh pop beats!

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:14 AM, 06.06.2017

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

It's time for the Bay Village library's annual ice cream social. Join us on Wednesday, June 14, from 6-8 p.m. to cool off with Mitchell's ice-cream in the library garden. We'll also have music by Desmond and Molly. While you're here, don't forget to sign up for our summer reading program, Build a Better World.

CHILDREN

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

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Saturday, June 12 (2 p.m.) Captain Underpants Party – Celebrate the release of the "Captain Underpants" movie with a party! Join us for activity stations and games to try.  And, like with any good party, there will be surprises too! Registration required.

Tuesday, June 15 (2 p.m.) Building Bricks @ the Library – Grades K-3: Calling all LEGO fans! You bring the imagination and we’ve got the bricks! We’ll work through a few friendly challenges then share our creations. Registration required.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:17 AM, 06.06.2017

Hamilton the man and the musical comes to life at Porter Library

Is your entire knowledge of Alexander Hamilton based on Lin Manuel Miranda's "Hamilton: The Musical" soundtrack? That's okay, you're not alone! However, if you'd like to get some more insight on one of our nation's fascinating founding fathers, head to Westlake Porter Public Library this month!

The library will be hosting an exhibit from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History called "Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America." It explores Hamilton’s central role during the Revolutionary War and with the Founding Fathers in creating many of the policies for modern America.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:17 AM, 06.06.2017

June events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesdays, June 21 and 28 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesdays, June 21 and 28 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, June 22 and 29 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and each Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, June 21 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – "History of the Danube-Schwabians, Where They Came from and Why," presented by Astrid Julian, teacher of the German Language School at Lenau Park.

Wednesday, June 21 (7-7:45 p.m.) Fun Science Evening Exploration: Starry Sky – Join Mrs. K as we explore the night sky and make a craft! Ages 4-7. Please register.

Wednesday, June 21 (7-8 p.m.) Hamilton, Hip Hop, and the American Dream – Dr. Julie Burrell, assistant professor of English at Cleveland State University, will explore the hip hop roots of the Broadway musical "Hamilton" and consider what hip hop has to do with the American Dream. Please register.

Thursday, June 22 (11 a.m.-noon) Healthy Eyes – Darcy Downie from Prevent Blindness Ohio will talk about eye health and safety and what preventive measures can be taken as we age to safeguard our sight. Please register.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:15 AM, 06.06.2017

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

We're thinking summer at the Bay Village branch library and our registration for children's summer camps and summer programs opens on May 10 at 9 a.m. Register early as the camps fill up quickly! Camp descriptions and days/times can be found on our website. We have a fun-filled summer planned so please check out our program offerings at cuyahogalibrary.org.

CHILDREN

Storytimes are on hiatus for the month of May. Please join us again in June.

Friday, May 5 (10 a.m.) Play, Learn & Grow – Children will play with developmentally appropriate toys in a play group atmosphere while parents meet and learn from community health experts.

Saturday, May 6 (11 a.m.) Free Comic Book Day – Join forces to celebrate Free Comic Book Day! Come in costume as your favorite superhero or villain and sharpen your skills in our action packed Super Hero Training Course. Crafts, activities, prizes and gaming will be available. Free comic books, while supplies last. Registration is required.

Wednesday, May 10 (7 p.m.) Mad Scientists: Blow it Away – Grades K-2: Join us for a hands-on science program to build a wind-powered car. We will test both their towing abilities and speed.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:05 AM, 05.02.2017

May events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Monday, May 1-Saturday, May 6 – Mascot Naming Contest – Our mascot needs a name! Help us find one by submitting a name for our puma and see if yours is the lucky pick! Entry forms will be available at the Youth Services Desk May 1-6, and will be judged by WPPL staff. The winning name will be announced on May 6.

Wednesday, May 3 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesday, May 3 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogy Society Help Session – Please join the genealogy group for an informal walk-in help session.

Wednesday, May 3 (2-3:30 p.m.) Adult Coloring – Today’s group will be coloring fashion pages! We’ll provide coloring pages, colored pencils, and cookies. Open to adults 18 and over. Please register.

Wednesday, May 3 (3:30-5 p.m.) Duct Tape Fashion Accessories – Make duct tape fashion accessories you can wear! We’ll have instructions and tons of duct tape in the teen area to help you make wallets, purses, bracelets and more! For students in grades 7-12.

Wednesdays, May 3 and 10 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, May 4 and 11 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and each Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, May 3 (6-8 p.m.) Stuffed Animal Adoption Event – Celebrate Children’s Book Week with us at this event. Ages 8 and under. While supplies last.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:04 AM, 05.02.2017

Porter Library introduces 'Laptops Anytime'

Westlake Porter Public Library is now offering an option for individuals who find themselves in need of a laptop while there: the new Laptops Anytime station.

The machine offers six Mac Airbooks and six Dell PC laptops for in-house borrowing. All come loaded with Microsoft Office 2016 and Internet browsers (Safari for the Macs and Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer for the Dells). The laptops may be borrowed for up to six hours, but users may borrow another computer when their time expires if one is available. In addition, all borrowed laptops must be returned to the machine 15 minutes before the library closes.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:56 AM, 04.18.2017

A week of fashion programming at Porter Library

Have you seen 2017’s new spring fashion trends? One shoulder split shirt tops, shirtdresses with graphic lines, oversize shapes with extended sleeves, flat form shoes, and navel-grazing pendants are on the runways this year. Fun styles for all ages, fashion provides a way to artfully explore your personal expression. The first week of May is a nod to this creative industry at Westlake Porter Public Library. Whether you dream of being a designer, or just need inspiration to freshen your closet, we have the right program for you.

Our popular adult coloring program will focus on fashion on May 3 at 2:00 p.m. All supplies are provided. Why not drop in to color and relax and explore your sense of style?

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:57 AM, 04.18.2017

Used book sale at Bay Library

The Friends of the Bay Village Library Spring Used Book Sale begins Saturday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. and runs through Tuesday, April 25, 7:00 p.m. The sale is held in the meeting room of the library.

There is a large selection of books for readers of all ages as well as magazines, DVDs, CDs, audio books and more. All materials have been categorized for easy shopping. Tuesday, the last day of the sale, is bag day when a full bag of books costs $1. Bags are provided by the library. Proceeds from the sale are used to support upcoming library programs and activities.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 10:00 AM, 04.18.2017

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Of course the Bay Village branch library is your go to place to get your books to read over spring break, but it's also a great place for kids and teens to hang out during this week off school. Join us for some spring break STEAM, storytime and movie fun! See below for more information on our events.

CHILDREN

Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required. Storytimes will be on hiatus during the month of May.

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Tuesday, April 18 (2 p.m.) Mystery Bag Construction Challenge – Grades K-4: Do you like to play with Legos and build with different types of materials? If so, challenge yourself to the Mystery Bag Construction Challenge! Each mystery bag will hold the key parts to making a fun contraption. Use your creativity and the provided materials to rise to the construction challenge.

Wednesday, April 19 (2 p.m.) Spring Break Movie – Visit the library for a special screening of a popular movie. Bring a blanket and pillow or sleeping bag.

Thursday, April 20 (2 p.m.) Building Bricks @ the Library – Calling all Lego fans! You bring the imagination and we’ve got the bricks! We’ll work through a few friendly challenges then share our creations. Registration required.

Monday, May 1 (11 a.m.) Homeschool: Let's Build a Kite – Grades 4-8: We will build simple kites and explore how kites use wind to overcome gravity.

Friday, May 5 (10 a.m.) Play, Learn & Grow – Children will play with developmentally appropriate toys in a play group atmosphere while parents meet and learn from community health experts.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:59 AM, 04.18.2017

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

While honey may be the sweetest reason for beekeeping, there are many other ways it can be a beneficial hobby. The Bay Village branch library is pleased to host a three-part series presented by Amalia Haas, beekeeper and environmental educator. Learn about honey from flower to bee, crystallization, fermentation, and how terroir affects a honey’s sensory qualities. Changing landscapes, modern agriculture, climate change and globalization all play a role in pollinator decline. Learn steps we can all take to ensure our food security and help bees thrive in today’s challenging environment. Please see below for information on the weekly topics and dates.

CHILDREN

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

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Thursday, April 6 (3 p.m.) Write On! – Grades 5-8: Join us for fun, quirky and challenging writing exercises and activities to get your creativity flowing. Registration required.

Thursday, April 6 (7 p.m.) What a Disaster: Titanic – Grades 3-4: Learn about the Titanic shipwreck with hands-on science activities.

Monday, April 10 (6:30 - 8 p.m.) OSOB Family Night – Drop into the Bay Village Branch for family activities related to the Normandy Elementary School One School, One Book title.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:25 AM, 04.04.2017

Hajek receives Porter Library volunteer award

Jim Hajek was honored with Westlake Porter Public Library’s Myrna Chelko Award at the organization’s annual volunteer recognition event in early March.

Hajek began volunteering at the library in 2003 and has amassed over 1,400 hours of volunteer time. A Friends of the Library annual book sale volunteer, he has hauled thousands of book from storage areas to the sale rooms and has also spent many hours price-checking special books, which are sold on eBay or in the book sale at special prices. His efforts have garnered thousands of dollars more in revenue, meaning the Friends of the Library has been able to give more to the library for special needs, such as the recent renovation, and the Summer Reading Program and STEAM Week.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:22 AM, 04.04.2017

Porter Library celebrates National Library Week, April 9-15

"Libraries Transform," a national public awareness campaign, highlights the critical role libraries play in the digital age. For education, jobs or lifelong learning, the resources at your library can transform your life.

In celebration of National Library Week, Westlake Porter Public Library will host two very special authors. On Tuesday, April 11, at 7:00 p.m., meet Cleveland Heights author Tricia Springstubb, writer of popular children's books including "Every Single Second" and "Moonpenny Island.” When Tricia was in her late 20s, she began wanting not only to read stories, but to live inside them. She started to write her own stories with a dream in mind, to nurture and inspire children to become lifelong readers. We are so pleased to present this delightful children’s author as she discusses her journey to becoming a writer.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:23 AM, 04.04.2017

April events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, April 4 (7 p.m.) Connecting for Kids’ Coffee and Chat – Join our interactive support group and meet other families facing similar struggles. The group discussion is facilitated by a mental health professional. This month’s topic: "Marriage Under Pressure: Parenting a Child Who Struggles."

Wednesdays, April 5 and 12 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesday, April 5 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogy Society Help Session – Please join the genealogy group for an informal walk-in help session.

Wednesdays, April 5 and 12 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, April 6 and 13 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and each Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 5 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club – Join us as we explore some of the classic films from the genres of horror, science fiction and suspense. Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please register.

Thursday, April 6 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Friday, April 7 (4-5:30 p.m.) Weird(er) Science – Each session teaches fundamental principles in an entertaining format, through demonstrations and hands-on activities. This month: Students in grades 5 and 6 will learn how to use Excel 2013 to create a personalized budget, and learn about personal finance through an online game. Please register.

Saturday, April 8 (2-4 p.m.) Carry Out Crafts – Stop in to see our featured craft. We have all the supplies you’ll need to create something fantastic!

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:24 AM, 04.04.2017

Author Amanda Flower is coming to Porter Library on March 30

Cozy mysteries are fun reads that engage the mind and provide entertainment. The cozy mystery heroine is usually a very intuitive, intelligent woman with an interesting occupation, who just happens to also be an amateur sleuth. The story unravels in a small town where everyone knows everyone else's business. Although the local police force doesn't take her seriously, the cozy mystery heroine delves deep into clues amid a clever plot and well-developed characters.

Sound irresistible? We think so too. That's why we are delighted to welcome national bestselling and Agatha Award-winning cozy mystery author, Amanda Flower to Porter Library on March 30 at 7:00 p.m. Ms. Flower started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth-grade class. Her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel made everyone laugh, and a writer was born. Her debut mystery, "Maid of Murder," was an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:19 AM, 03.21.2017