Libraries

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

The Cleveland Museum of Art joins us at the Bay Village branch library on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. to present their program, "Cool Knights: Armor from the European Middle Ages and Renaissance." Adult participants will explore the Middle Ages and Renaissance through actual museum artifacts – the armor and weaponry of the Medieval and Renaissance knight.

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. and 11 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Thursday, Oct. 4 (4 p.m.) Planes, Trains, and Automobiles – Join us for transportation stories, songs and activities!

Friday, Oct. 5 (10 a.m.) Play, Learn and Grow – Children ages birth to 3 years old will play with developmentally appropriate toys in a play group atmosphere while parents meet and learn from community health experts.

TEEN

Wednesdays, Oct. 3, 10 and 17 (3 p.m.) Teen Zone – Grades 5 & up: Hang out with something fun to do after school – gaming, art, movies, technology and more!

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Volume 10, Issue 19, Posted 9:56 AM, 10.02.2018

October events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesdays, Oct. 3, 10 and 17 (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. 3 (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. 3, 10 and 17 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Oct. 4, 11 and 18 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 3 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club – Calling all horror film fans: Join us for another creepy classic from the vault ... if you dare! New members are always welcome, but children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please register.

Wednesday, Oct. 3 (7-7:45 p.m.) Mix-It-Up! – Let’s mix it up with pumpkins and apples at our exploration stations! Use your senses as we have fun playing and discovering! Ages 4-6. Please register.

Thursday, Oct. 4 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursdays, Oct. 4, 11 and 18 (4-5 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. 5 (4-5 p.m.) Got Science? – Join us as we delve into the world of science. This month’s topic: Spooky Science! Grades 1 and 2. Please register.

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Volume 10, Issue 19, Posted 9:56 AM, 10.02.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

As we prepare for the upcoming colder temperatures and the leaves get ready to fall, it's time to start thinking about cleaning up your garden and getting it ready for the winter weather. Join us at the Bay Village branch library on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m. as the Master Gardeners present "Putting Your Garden to Bed." Learn what chores to do to make your gardening easier come springtime.

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. 20 (4 p.m.) American Girl: Caroline – Grades 2-4: Learn about the times and cultures represented by the dolls. Feel free to bring your doll to the program if you have one.

Thursday, Oct. 4 (4 p.m.) Trains, Planes and Automobiles – Join us for transportation stories, songs and activities!

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Volume 10, Issue 18, Posted 10:10 AM, 09.18.2018

CCPL and city to host Bay library engagement sessions

Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) and the City of Bay Village want to hear from Bay Village residents. We will be co-hosting four community engagement sessions to gather input for the new Bay Village branch library project. To date we have gathered feedback from the public in 2017 and from more than 600 survey respondents this year. Now we are hoping for strong participation in these final four community engagement sessions.

We are reserving one session specifically for students because we want to give the youth who use the library the opportunity to share their perspectives. The final session will serve as a “capstone” meeting, where participants in the three previous sessions may come together to share their feedback from the previous sessions.

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Volume 10, Issue 17, Posted 9:11 AM, 09.05.2018

September events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesdays, Sept. 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.

Wednesdays, Sept. 19 and 26 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, September 20 and 27 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 19 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Liz Pearson will speak about "English and Welsh Parish Records, 1538-1837."

Thursday, Sept. 20 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Business Lunch & Learn: Business Law – This seminar will cover the legal topics that most entrepreneurs and business owners will encounter in the start-up and running of their businesses. Attendees will learn about business start-up issues, doing business with a partner, lease review, general contract matters and general intellectual property issues. Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions pertaining to his/her business. Please register.

Thursdays, Sept. 20 and 27 (4-5 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, Sept. 20 (Preschool session: 6:30 p.m.) and Friday, Sept. 21 (Preschool session: 9:30 a.m. and Toddler Session: 11:30 a.m.) Teach Me to Play – A play-based program for families and their children (Toddler: ages 18 months-2 years and Preschool: ages 3-6 years) who are struggling in an area of development. Diverse opportunities for learning are provided, with an emphasis on facilitating communication, practicing social interactions and responding to behaviors in a positive way. Each themed session offers a variety of engaging individual, small and whole group activities. Led by an experienced early intervention specialist and speech-language pathologist. To register, call 440-250-5563 or visit connectingforkids.org.

Friday, Sept. 21 (3:30-4:15 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: Dinosaur Discovery – Join Mrs. K as we explore the wonders of our world. What happened to the dinosaurs? We’ll answer that question and more. Discoveries will be made through hands-on experiments, active participation and a simple fossil to take home. Ages 4-6. Please register.

Saturday, Sept. 22 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Pokemon Fun! – A fun morning of Pokemon-themed play, prizes, and crafts! Ages 6-11.

Saturday, Sept. 22 (1-4 p.m.) WPPL Health Fair – Learn more about your health and how to stay healthy at all ages. You’ll have a chance to participate in three different programs (registration required), get health screenings (vision, blood pressure and stroke risk assessment), and visit with area health organizations. Registration required for programs only.

Saturday, Sept. 22 (1-1:30 p.m.) Yoga with Inner Bliss Yoga Studio – Join us for a free yoga class. Presented as part of the WPPL Health Fair. Please register.

Saturday, Sept. 22 (1:30-2:30 p.m.) Healthy Living for Brain and Body – For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association as part of the WPPL Health Fair. Please register.

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Volume 10, Issue 17, Posted 9:15 AM, 09.05.2018

Health fair at Porter Library

A health fair will be held at Westlake Porter Public Library on Saturday, Sept. 22, 1-4 p.m. Attend a program, visit with local organizations, and get a screening. Enter to win a free 30-day membership to the West Shore Family YMCA or a Fitbit.  

Attending organizations include:

ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County, Aetna/Medicare, Alzheimer's Association, Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center, Connecting for Kids, Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Drugless Doctors, Gathering Place, Hospice of the Western Reserve, National Alliance on Mental Illness, University Hospitals St. John Medical Center Community Outreach, West Shore Family YMCA, and Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging.

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Volume 10, Issue 16, Posted 8:46 AM, 08.21.2018

Porter Library honored with Parent Choice Award

Westlake Porter Public Library was voted best library in Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine’s annual Parent Choice Awards poll. Readers cited the library’s “unique programming for kids” (including the Little PIM language learning service and New Readers Club) and “packed calendar” as reasons for their votes. WPPL tied with Cuyahoga Falls Library in the poll.

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Volume 10, Issue 16, Posted 8:51 AM, 08.21.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Anxiety in children can cause problems in social, personal and academic performance, and parents may feel at a loss on how to help their child deal with the excessive worry and nervousness. Join us at the Bay Village branch library on Monday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. to learn what every parent needs to know about parenting the anxious child, including how to differentiate worry and anxiety. Joanna Hardis, LISW, will engage participants and share elements of supportive communication and concrete tools that can be used with an anxious child. Plus, participants will have a better understanding of the role of accommodation in anxiety.

CHILDREN

Weekly Storytimes: Storytimes are on hiatus for the month of August. Please join us for storytimes again in September.

Friday, Aug. 3 (10 a.m.) Let's Rock Storytime – Join us for a rocking storytime featuring stories and songs with guitar accompaniment. 

ADULTS

Friday, Aug. 10 (10 a.m.) BAYarts Book Discussion – Join friends, neighbors and library staff for a monthly book discussion on the BAYarts campus. This month's book, "Exit West" by Mohsin Hamid, is available at the library and BAYarts. No registration required. 

Saturday, Aug. 11 (2 p.m.) Monthly Makers – Join us to create vinyl decal tea towels. Space is limited.

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Volume 10, Issue 15, Posted 9:53 AM, 08.07.2018

August events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, Aug. 22 (10-11:30 a.m.) Introduction to Streaming Music – This class will give an overview of both free library streaming services as well as services such as Pandora and Spotify. Learn what might work best for you, and how to use these services on your computer or mobile devices. If bringing your device, bring all account passwords. Please register.

Wednesdays, Aug. 22 and 29 (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, Aug. 22 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The August selection is "The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane" by Lisa See.

Wednesday, Aug. 22 (3:45-5 p.m.) Tween Scene (Back to School Edition) – Celebrate your first day back to school! Play video or board games, or just relax with your friends. Snacks will be provided. Grades 5-6.

Thursdays, Aug. 23 and 30 (4-5 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, Aug. 24 (10 a.m.-noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.

Friday, Aug. 24 (3:30-4:15 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: Fabulous Fish – Join Mrs. K as we explore the wonders of our world. We’ll learn what makes fish so special, fins and scales included. Discoveries will be made through hands-on experiments, active participation and a simple take-home project. Ages 4-6. Registration begins Aug. 17.

Saturday, Aug. 25 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) Family Fun Craft Day – It’s National Family Fun Month! Stop by and celebrate in the Youth Services Department with family friendly crafts.

Saturday, Aug. 25 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Pokemon Fun! – A fun morning of Pokemon-themed play, prizes and crafts! Ages 6-11.

Saturday, Aug. 25 (2-3:30 p.m.) Meet the Artists Reception – Please join the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council and greet the artists from the annual juried arts show.

Saturday, Aug. 25 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Love those bricks? Bring your ideas and imagination! Lego and Duplo bricks provided. For ages 3-12.

Sunday, Aug. 26 (2-4 p.m.) Chess Club – Hone your chess skills or learn how to play the game. Recommended for ages 6+, but all ages are welcome. If you have a chess set, please bring it with you.

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Volume 10, Issue 15, Posted 9:53 AM, 08.07.2018

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Look for colorful rocks in Bay Village.

Families dropped by the Bay Village Library on July 14 to paint rocks that they then hid throughout the community.

Here’s how you can join in the fun:

1. Look for these colorful rocks around Bay Village.
2. When you find one, take a photo and post it to facebook.com/groups/NEohioRocks.
3. Choose a different location in Bay Village and rehide the rock.
4. Use the hashtag #BAYlibraryrocks to follow the travel of the rock.

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Volume 10, Issue 15, Posted 11:41 AM, 07.17.2018

Used book sale July 28-31 at Bay Village Library

The Friends of the Bay Village Library Summer Used Book Sale begins Saturday, July 28, at 9 a.m. and runs through Tuesday, July 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.

For more information on the book sale, volunteering to help with the sale, or becoming a member of the Friends of the Bay Village Library, visit the library at 502 Cahoon Road or call 440-871-6392.

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Volume 10, Issue 14, Posted 10:04 AM, 07.17.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

CHILDREN

Pool Storytime: Join us at the Bay pool every Monday and Tuesday at 2 p.m. as one of our children's librarians hosts storytime during the rest break.

Weekly Storytimes: 

  • 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

Thursdays, July 19, 26 and Aug. 2 (2 p.m.) Little Buddies – Share the joy of books with Big Buddies by reading aloud to each other and playing fun reading games and activities. Students must be able to read. Please attend all 3 sessions. Registration required. 

Saturday, July 21 (10 a.m.) Mr Science – While using mostly ordinary household materials and a dash of exuberant character, Mr. Science will bring joy and wonderment to the minds of any and all young learners. You will learn about and see dozens of experiments, demonstrations and creative tricks, all while discovering the science behind how they work. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library. Registration required.

Monday, July 23 (2 p.m.) Monday Movies at the Library – Cool off this summer by visiting the library for special screenings of popular movies. Bring a blanket and pillow or sleeping bag.

Friday, Aug. 3 (10 a.m.) Let's Rock Storytime – Join us for a rocking storytime featuring stories and songs with guitar accompaniment. 

ADULTS

Thursday, July 19 (7 p.m.) De-Stressing Tools and Techniques: Finding Peace & Balance for a Joyful Life! – Join us as Shannon Baron, wellness consultant from Heinen’s Bay Village, and Rebecca Reynolds, certified health coach and drugless practitioner, present proper nutrition, helpful anti-anxiety tools and practices for creating balance in life. 

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Volume 10, Issue 14, Posted 10:05 AM, 07.17.2018

Digital Bookmobile will stop at Porter Library

Overdrive Inc.’s Digital Bookmobile National Tour will be making a stop at Westlake Porter Public Library on Wednesday, July 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors are invited to board this unique traveling exhibit and enjoy an interactive experience in which they’ll learn about and try eBooks and audiobooks available from the library.

Readers at all levels of comfort and familiarity with eBooks are welcome. Equipped with interactive workstations, touchscreen activities, devices to sample titles and more, the Digital Bookmobile has all readers need to get started. Popular devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, Chromebook and Kindle, fill the Gadget Gallery for visitors to browse Porter Library’s digital service.

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Volume 10, Issue 14, Posted 9:59 AM, 07.17.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay branch library

Painted rocks are fun to hide in the community as unexpected tokens of cheer to an unsuspecting finder. Families are invited to join us in this fun activity on Saturday, July 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bay Village branch library. Supplies will be provided so you can paint your own rock and hide it. Bring your creativity and get ready to spread some cheer!

CHILDREN

Pool Storytime: Join us at the Bay pool every Monday and Tuesday at 2 p.m. as one of our children's librarians hosts storytime during the rest break.

Weekly Storytimes: 

  • 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, July 7 (2 p.m.) Harry Potter Anniversary Party – Come celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Boy Who Lived with crafts, games, trivia and more.

Saturday, July 14 (10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) Rock Painting – Families can drop by as we paint rocks together to hide and spread cheer in the community. We'll provide all the supplies. 

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:24 AM, 07.03.2018

July events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Join us as we celebrate STEAM Week, July 15-21, with programs that focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Conceived as Science Week, STEAM Week recognizes the importance of these disciplines to today’s life and seeks to encourage all library visitors to learn more about them, whether as a potential career field or to better understand and use the technologies we rely on.

Sunday, July 15 (3-4 p.m.) Art Smarts – Explore works of a well-known artist and then use what you’ve seen to create an art piece of your own! Grades 3-6. Registration begins July 8.

Monday, July 16 (1-2 p.m. OR 4-5 p.m.) COSI on Wheels: Energy! – Experiment with electricity, magnetism and motion while you help COSI’s inventor complete their greatest creation. Build circuits, create chain reactions and move objects without touching them while learning more about forces and energy.

Monday, July 16 (1-1:30 p.m.) Yoga Time! – This is a perfect way to introduce yoga and practice simple poses that imitate animals and nature. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Ages 3 and up with a caregiver.

Monday, July 16 (6-8 p.m.) Rockin’ Games – Stop by the Youth Services area to play games using rocks ... mancala, checkers, tic-tac-toe and more. Finally, create your own rockin’ game to take home!

Monday, July 16 (6:30-7 p.m.) Digital Storytime – Songs, rhymes and stories with multimedia elements such as video clips, music and animation. For children up to age 6 and a caregiver.

Monday, July 16 (7-8 p.m.) Cyber Security: What Everyone Needs to Know – Security expert David Kennedy, founder of TrustedSec and Binary Defense and former chief security officer for Diebold Inc., will talk about the steps that everyone should take to keep their information and computers secure. Please register.

Tuesday, July 17 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Tablet Tuesday User Group – This group will share tips and tricks with each other about using iPads and Android tablets. Kindle Fire users welcome! Please bring your devices. Please register.

Tuesday, July 17 (1-3 p.m.) Winning 101: Interviewing for Jobs in 2018 – Are you prepared to have a successful interview today? Learn some basic expectations of the interviewer with extra tips from employers on how to differentiate yourself from other candidates, answer difficult questions, discuss salary needs and WIN.

Tuesday, July 17 (2-3 p.m. OR 3:30-4:30 p.m.) Makey Makey – Create a banana piano, play video games with Play-Doh, and use your fellow humans to play the bongos with Makey Makey, which can turn any conductive material into a keyboard! Geared towards grades 3-5. Please register.

Tuesday, July 17 (6-7 p.m.) Egg Splatter Painting – Have you ever wanted to make a beautiful piece of art and have fun doing it? Choose your colors, fill your eggs and throw them at your canvas. When you’re finished take home your one-of-a-kind creation! Grades 5-6. Registration begins July 10.

Tuesdays, July 17 and 31 (6-7 p.m.) Heartfulness Meditation – Heartfulness is a simple, practical way to regulate the mind and experience the heart’s unlimited resources. An experienced trainer will guide you through the various aspects of heartfulness meditation practice. Registration begins one month before each session.

Wednesday, July 18 (11-11:45 a.m.) WPPL’s Annual Egg Drop – Celebrate engineering during STEAM week by designing a protective device for an egg. Come to the Porter Room from 11-11:45 to build your creation then join us at noon in the library lobby to test all of the devices in the official egg drop!

Wednesday, July 18 (4-5 p.m.) Marshmallow Challenge – The task is simple: teams must build a free-standing structure out of spaghetti, tape, string and a single marshmallow ... which team can succeed in building the tallest tower? Grades 5-9. Please register.

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:24 AM, 07.03.2018

July 14 is LEGO Day at the Library

Join us at Westlake Porter Public Library for "LEGOs at the Library" on Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Porter Room. Members from the Northeast Ohio LEGO Users Group (NEOLUG) return with more LEGO creations to get your creative juices flowing. Stop by and be inspired.   

This is a drop-in event for all ages, no registration required. Porter Library is located at 27333 Center Ridge Road. If you have any questions please call 440-871-2600 or visit us online at westlakelibrary.org.

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:22 AM, 07.03.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

With the mega-hit Broadway musical "Hamilton" arriving in Cleveland next month, join us at the Bay Village branch library on Monday, June 25, at 7 p.m to get some insight on the production. Daniel Goldmark, director of the Center for Popular Music Studies at Case Western Reserve University, will present some background on the musical and also discuss how these massive Broadway productions have developed over the last 40 years.

Cool off with some delicious Mitchell's ice-cream at our annual ice cream social while listening to the music of the '60s and '70s performed by Desmond and Molly on Wednesday, June 27, from 6-8 p.m. We hope to see you there!

CHILDREN

Join us a the Bay pool every Monday and Tuesday at 2 p.m. as one of our children's librarians hosts storytime during the 2 p.m. rest break.

Weekly Storytimes: 

  • 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 23 (10 a.m.) Drive in at Bay – Ages 2-4: Join us for a Bay Library “drive-in” movie! Work with your child to transform a plain box into a personalized car that your child will proudly take to the drive-in. Once the cars are “parked,” we will enjoy selections from the Disney movie "Mater’s Tall Tales."

Monday, June 25 to Friday, June 29 (10:30-11 a.m.) Chalk the Walk – Bring your imagination and creativity to the library and decorate our sidewalks with colored chalk after storytime all week. Budding artists of all ages are welcome!

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 9:29 AM, 06.19.2018

Learn about ornamental trees in Porter Library program

With the arrival of warmer weather, we all want to spend more time outside. Looking for your next outdoor project? Why not beautify your yard with some ornamental trees?

Not sure where to begin? Then join us on Thursday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library as we welcome Master Gardener Ann Chanon for an informative evening designed to help you find just the right beautiful tree for your yard or garden. After all, while trees make a wonderful addition to any outdoor space, some plants are better suited for certain areas than others. Let's learn how to make the most of our beautiful yards this summer!

Please register for this free event on our website, westlakelibrary.org, or by calling us at 440-871-2600.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 10:08 AM, 06.05.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Registration is now open for Cuyahoga County Public Library's summer reading program, Libraries Rock. Register online or in the library and get ready to log your reading during the summer months to earn prizes and raffle entries.

Many of you may be utilizing the Bay Village pool to cool off and enjoy some summer fun. On Mondays 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!

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

Saturday, June 9 (10 a.m.) Summer Jam – Get ready for a rock 'n' reading experience! Make your own instruments with everyday materials while singing, dancing and shaking to rhymes, songs and stories.

Saturday, June 16 (2 p.m.) Outback Ray's Amazing Animal Show – Join us for a fun, exciting and educational look at exotic animals. This hands-on show is entertaining for kids of all ages. 

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 10:06 AM, 06.05.2018

June events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, June 19 (1-3 p.m.) Career: Motivating Yourself to Life Success – Motivation is a crucial element in setting and attaining goals. It is necessary when making a transition or changing to something new. You can influence your own levels of motivation and self-control to be successful in your job or career with ideas learned here.

Tuesdays, June 19-July 17 (3-4 p.m.) Summer Brain Games – Keep up your skills during summer vacation! Kids in grades 1-3 can drop in each week for grade-appropriate educational games. Teen volunteers and staff will be on hand to assist.

Tuesday, June 19 (6:45-8:30 p.m.) League Park and Cleveland Sports History – For more than half a century, League Park was the center of the Cleveland sports scene and one of sports’ most important venues. Built for the Cleveland Spiders of the National League, the ballpark was home for the Cleveland Indians, the Cleveland Rams of the NFL and the Cleveland Buckeyes of the Negro Leagues. Come listen to local author Vince Guerrieri talk about this storied park. Please register.

Wednesdays, June 20 and 27 (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. Arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesday, June 20 (2-3 p.m.) Self Defense – The martial arts experts at Horizon ATA will teach us some self defense techniques and basics of conflict avoidance to help keep you safe. Please wear comfortable athletic attire and shoes. Grades 7-12. Please register.

Wednesdays, June 20 and 27 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, June 21 and 28 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with one of the reading therapy dogs! Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, June 20 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Ohio Genealogical Society trustee Dr. Deborah Abbott will speak on "Cluster Genealogy: Finding Your Lost Ancestors."

Thursday, June 21 (10-10:45 a.m.) Signing Dr. Seuss – Participate in a lively reading of a Dr. Seuss classic with Bill Morgan, SignStage Artistic Manager of the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center, and learn American Sign Language for words in the story. For children ages 3-1/2 to 7.

Thursdays, June 21 and 28 (2-3:30 p.m.) Teen Crafts – Bring out your creativity every Thursday throughout the summer! Drop-in for a new craft each week. Grades 7-12.

Thursday, June 21 (2-5 p.m.) Classic Arcade Fun with Lego – Bricks4Kidz will help participants use Lego to build all kinds of arcade-style games, including a marble run! Grades 3-5. Please register.

Thursdays, June 21 and 28 (4-5 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, June 22 (9:30-10 a.m.) My First Summer – Celebrate your baby’s first summer with a simple sunshine footprint craft. For babies age 0-18 months with a caregiver. Please register.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 10:07 AM, 06.05.2018

Summer reading kick-off party at Porter!

Celebrate summer reading on Thursday, May 31, at our kick-off party! Stop by between 4-7 p.m. to register for the Summer Reading program and grab a sign-up prize. Plus we'll have food, rock painting, giveaways (while supplies last), activities and live music from the Paulo Costa Trio! Summer Reading runs June 1 to Aug. 1 and we look forward to seeing you at all our programs over the summer!

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:37 AM, 05.15.2018

Porter parking lot will be closed May 27, 28

Westlake Porter Public Library’s parking lot will be closed for resealing and striping from 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, through 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29. There will be no access to the drive-up book drops while the parking lot is closed. The library will be closed on May 27 and 28 in observance of Memorial Day, making it an ideal time for performing the annual maintenance. The re-sealing and re-striping will be done weather permitting.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:37 AM, 05.15.2018

May events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesdays, May 2 and 9 (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. Arrive early to receive a ticket.

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

Wednesdays, May 2 and 9 (3:45-5 p.m.) Tween Scene – Weekly hang-out for 5th and 6th graders ONLY! 

Wednesdays, May 2 and 9 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, May 3 and 10 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with one of the reading therapy dogs! Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, May 2 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club – Join us as we explore the classics of horror, science fiction and suspense. Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please register.

Thursday, May 3 (10-11:30 a.m.) Intro to Smartphones – Learn the basics of using smartphones, such as screen brightness, Wi-Fi settings, adding apps, and more. If bringing your device, bring all account passwords. Please register.

Thursdays, May 3 and 10 (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, May 3 (6:30-8 pm) Sensory Consult – Does your child hate “itchy” clothes? Is your child bothered by noises or have difficulty with busy environments? Are you concerned about your child’s frequent meltdowns and difficulty interacting with others? Does your child frequently spin, jump and crash his or her body into things? If so, come to our consult where you and your child will meet with a pediatric occupational therapist. Open to children ages 18 months-12 years. Register at connectingforkids.org or call 440-250-5563.

Friday, May 4 and Monday, May 14 (6:30-7:15 p.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.

Friday, May 4 (3:30-4:15 p.m.) Fun Science Friday – Join Mrs. K as we explore sand and seashells along with the creatures that call the beach home. Discoveries will be made through hands-on experiments, active participation and a simple take home project. Ages 4-6. Please register.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 10:08 AM, 05.01.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Local author Bill Ayars visits the Bay Village branch library on Thursday, May 10, at 7 p.m. to talk about his adventures on the Mississippi River and the book he wrote to commemorate his determination and accomplishment, despite obstacles along the way. "My Journey Down the Big Muddy: Love, Heartbreak and Triumph Jet-skiing the Mississippi River" will be available for sale and signing after the presentation. 

CHILDREN

Friday, May 4 (3:30 p.m.) Star Wars Day – Celebrate Star Wars Day with coding, gaming and Jedi training activities. Don’t forget to wear your Star Wars gear!

Monday, May 7 (11 a.m.) Homeschool: Catapults – Grades 4-8: Build a catapult and test its accuracy with target practice.

Wednesday, May 9 (7 p.m.) Mad Scientists: Rescue Mission – Grades K-2: Join us for a hands-on science program where we recreate the retrieval of the space shuttle from the ocean. Be prepared to get wet.

Friday, May 11 (10 a.m.) Mo Fun – Join us for stories and hands-on activity stations featuring characters including The Pigeon, Elephant and Piggie and more from books by Mo Willems.

Saturday, May 12 (11 a.m.) Big Wheel Rodeo – Get an early start on bike safety at our indoor rodeo! Join us to hear stories, explore activity stations and navigate an obstacle course. Ride-on vehicles will be provided. Registration required.  

Thursday, May 17 (4 p.m.) American Girl: Tenney – Learn about the times and cultures represented by the dolls. Feel free to bring your doll to the program if you have one.

TEEN

Thursday, May 3 (3 p.m.) Write On! – Join us for fun, quirky and challenging writing exercises and activities to get your creativity flowing. Registration required.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 10:09 AM, 05.01.2018

CCPL takes ‘step back’ from new Bay branch

In an email to Bay Village residents, the Cuyahoga County Public Library announced today that its board of trustees has decided to pause the process of moving forward with a new branch building. Sari Feldman, executive director, said the decision came in response to an outpouring of comments from residents that were unhappy with the building design that was presented to City Council on March 19.

Feldman stated that “the Bay Village branch will remain a priority in the library’s capital improvement pipeline,” but for now the focus will shift to making repairs to the current building, including a new HVAC system, carpet and parking lot.

The full text of Feldman’s email follows:

Dear Resident,

We want to provide an update on the Bay Village Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL/the Library). A little more than a year ago, the Mayor and members of City Council, in their role as Cahoon Park Trustees, offered the Library the opportunity to build a new branch on the site of the Bayway Cabin, pending probate court approval.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 11:18 AM, 04.25.2018

Friends of Bay Village Library spring book sale

The Friends of the Bay Village Library's spring used book sale begins Saturday, April 28, at 9:00 a.m. and runs through Tuesday, May 1, 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.

For more information on the book sale, volunteering to help with sale, or becoming a member of the Friends of the Bay Village Library, visit the library at 502 Cahoon Road or call 440-871-6392.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 9:51 AM, 04.17.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

May the Fourth Be With You when you join us at the Bay Village branch library on Friday, May 4, at 3:30 p.m. to celebrate Star Wars day. We'll have coding, gaming and Jedi training activities! Don’t forget to wear your Star Wars gear! Space is limited, so please register to reserve your spot.

CHILDREN

  • Mondays and 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 19 (4 p.m.) American Girl: Maryellen – Grades 2-4: Learn about the times and cultures represented by the dolls. Feel free to bring your doll to the program if you have one.

TEEN

Wednesday, April 18 (3 p.m.) Teen Zone – Grades 5 & up: Chill with something fun to do after school – gaming, art, movies, technology and more!

Monday, April 23 and 30 (7 p.m.) Girls Who Code – For girls in grades 6-12 who want to explore coding in a fun and friendly way! Our club will meet weekly on Mondays.

Thursday, May 3 (3 p.m.) Write On! - Join us for fun, quirky and challenging writing exercises and activities to get your creativity flowing. Registration required. 

ADULT

Wednesday, April 18 (7 p.m.) The Problem of Wildlife in Our Gardens – Do you have deer, rabbits, chipmunks, squirrels and skunks frolicking in your garden and dining on your carefully-tended plants? The Cuyahoga County Master Gardeners will focus on these problems and what we can do about them.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 9:53 AM, 04.17.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Now that spring is here, it's a great time to get focused on healthy living and re-energizing your body. We're pleased to host nutritionist Lori DePietro-Standen at the Bay Village library on Saturday, April 14, at 2 p.m. as she presents her program, "Embracing the Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle." Learn what foods are anti-inflammatory and how to incorporate them into your diet to help you heal from inflammation and lose weight.

Bring the kids by during the week of April 2 to April 6 to do a seasonal craft in the children's area. See below for more children's activities during spring break week.

CHILDREN

  • Mondays and 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

Wednesday, April 4 (2 p.m.) Spring Break Movie: The Incredibles – Visit the library for a special screening of "The Incredibles." Bring a blanket and pillow or sleeping bag. A parent/guardian must sign a release form before the program.

Thursday, April 5 (2 p.m.) Picture Book Putt-Putt – Explore our mini course with your favorite picture book characters. Stop by the children’s desk for tee time reservations. Who will get a hole-in-one?    

Monday, April 9 (11 a.m.) Homeschool: Creative Writing Poetry – Let’s celebrate National Poetry Month by composing some poems of our own! We will talk about the types of poetry and write poems based-on prompts. Registration required. 

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 9:41 AM, 04.03.2018

April events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, April 17 (1-3 p.m.) Career: Roadmap Your Future – What is your direction or plan? Have you laid out the map to get there in the quickest, most direct route? What obstacles will be in your way? Do you see a barrier or two stopping you? Come to this session to lay out your road to success.

Tuesday, April 17 (7-8:45 p.m.) Believing in Cleveland – CSU professor J. Mark Souther’s new book "Believing in Cleveland" explores the city’s downtown revitalization and renewal projects in its various neighborhoods, beginning before the 1970s and through the 2000s. He shows how the city shaped its image even while managing decline. Please register.

Tuesday, April 17 (7-8 p.m.) College Resumes & Essays – Your college resume and essay could have a huge impact on getting into the school of your dreams! Learn tips and strategies to improve yours and make it the best it can be. Grades 9-12. Registration begins April 10.

Wednesdays, April 18 and 25 (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. Arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesdays, April 18 and 25 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, April 19 and 26 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with one of the reading therapy dogs! Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 18 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Ohio Genealogical Society trustee Eric Johnson will discuss "Ohio and World War I: Reconstructing Your Ancestor’s Military Service Records."

Wednesday, April 18 (7-7:45 p.m.) Buckeye Reflections, Local Authors Visit – Authors Maureen Zappala and Jack Park will talk briefly about their new book, "Buckeye Reflections: Legendary Moments from Ohio State Football," and will sign copies. Books will be available for purchase. Please register.

Thursday, April 19 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Business Lunch & Learn: Developing a Business Plan, Part I – A business plan is your business’s road map. Whether you’re just starting a business or already have one in operation, you’ll want the direction that a business plan offers. We’ll explore how to get started, the elements of a business plan, and issues to consider when developing yours. Please register.

Thursday, April 19 (2:30-6 p.m.) CPR Certification – CPR and AED certification for adult, child and infant. Instruction by certified instructor/paramedic Ken Hehnen. Must be 13 years of age. Please register.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 9:38 AM, 04.03.2018

Porter Library hosts "Buckeye Reflections" book discussion and signing

OSU fans will want to stop by Westlake Porter Public Library on Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. to meet the authors of "Buckeye Reflections: Legendary Moments from Ohio State Football," the first book of its kind, showcasing the “human” side of the Scarlet and Gray. 

Hear unique stories about the players, coaches, fans, sportscasters and a myriad of others connected to the The Ohio State gridiron. Each chapter highlights a coaching era, including John Wilce, Paul Brown, Woody Hayes and Jim Tressel. The book is filled with poignant perspectives, joyful celebrations and heartwarming experiences from behind the stats and features beautiful pictures and illustrations that bring it all to life. Be inspired with how people overcame impossible odds and obstacles, but most of all, be proud to be a Buckeye fan, part of a remarkable and robust football culture.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 9:40 AM, 04.03.2018

Porter Library honors Susan Sisco with volunteer award

North Ridgeville resident Susan Sisco received the 2018 Myrna Chelko Volunteer Award from Westlake Porter Public Library at a volunteer recognition event on March 4.

A Reception Desk volunteer since 2005, Sisco is known as the friendly face and cheery hello that greet all who enter the library during her shifts. Not only does she work for one full shift per week, she also shares a shift with another volunteer. Sisco is also the go-to substitute because she’s always willing to fill in for other Reception Desk volunteers when they’re unable to come in.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 10:13 AM, 03.20.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

Join us at the Bay Village branch library on Monday, April 1, at 1 p.m. as a representative from Red Cedar Coffee will present Coffee 101. Explore where coffee is grown, why the taste of coffee varies, and how it is roasted. A selection of coffees will also be brewed to sample. While you're here, check out some coffee related titles that will be on display.

Bring the kids by during the week of April 2 to April 6 to do a seasonal craft in the children's area. See below for more children's activities during spring break week.

CHILDREN

  • Mondays and 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, March 22 (4 p.m.) Meet Someone New – Grades K-2: Meet someone new through a short biography, have a discussion and do activities based on the book. We will also talk about some of the biographies that are new to the library.

Tuesday, April 3 (2 p.m.) Seed Paper Bookmarks – Make your own handmade plantable seed paper and bookmarks. Registration required.  

Wednesday, April 4 (2 p.m.) Spring Break Movie – Visit the library for a special screening of "The Incredibles." Bring a blanket and pillow or sleeping bag. A parent/guardian must sign a release form before the program.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 10:18 AM, 03.20.2018

Westlake Porter Public Library's March calendar of events

Wednesdays, March 7 and 14 (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, March 7 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogy Society Help Session – Join the genealogy group for an informal walk-in help session.

Wednesdays, March 7 and 14 (3:45-5 p.m.) Tween Scene – Weekly hang-out for 5th and 6th graders ONLY!

Wednesdays, March 7 and 14 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, March 8 and 15 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with one of the reading therapy dogs! Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 7 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club – Join us as we explore the classics of horror, science fiction, and suspense! Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please register.

Thursday, March 8 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursday, March 8 (2-3 p.m.) Great Decisions Discussion Program on World Affairs – Discuss critical global issues facing America today. At the beginning of each month, a copy of the article may be picked up at the Ask Us Desk to be read prior to the meeting. Please register.

Thursdays, March 8 and 15 (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, March 9 (9:30 and 10:30 a.m.) and Saturday, March 10 (9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.) Music Therapy & More – For families and their children (up to age 6) who are struggling in an area of development. Siblings (up to age 6) are welcome to attend. Learn how to use music to improve your child’s motor, communication and social skills as well as behavior. Each session is 30 minutes. Register at connectingforkids.org or by phone: 440-250-5563. 

Friday, March 9 (3:30-4:15 p.m.) Fun Science Friday – We’ll investigate the science of clouds and weather. Discoveries will be made through hands-on experiments, active participation and a simple take home project. Ages 4-7. Please register.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:36 AM, 03.06.2018

'Wow Factor' comes to Westlake Porter Public Library

Westlake Porter Public Library will welcome a speaker from the Western Reserve Historical Society to discuss their exhibit, "Wow Factor: 150 Years of Collecting Bold Clothes," on Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. The exhibit showcases 15 decades of fashionable, inspiring Clevelanders and their style. The presentation will highlight WRHS’s outstanding collection of show-stopping clothing and accessories made by Cleveland designers as well as international designers such as Christian Dior and Carolina Herrera.

"Wow Factor" tells the stories of inspiring Clevelanders who are immigrants, scholars, artists, athletes, philanthropists and CEOs. The exhibit includes over 100 garments, accessories, pieces of jewelry and works of art. The objects represent the quality and history of the costume and textile collection, which encompasses over 40,000 objects – some never before on view.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:34 AM, 03.06.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

CHILDREN

  • Mondays and 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

Wednesday, March 7 (7 p.m.) Mad Scientists: Towers – Grades K-2: Join us for a hands-on science program building the tallest structures we can using only uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows. Registration required.   

Thursday, March 15 (4 p.m.) American Girl: Addy – Learn about the times and cultures represented by the dolls. Feel free to bring your doll to the program if you have one. Registration required.  

Saturday, March 17 (10 a.m.) Circuit Bugs – Learn about circuits by creating creepy crawlers using basic craft materials and electric circuits. Registration required. 

Tuesday, March 20 (6:30 p.m.) One School, One Book Family Night – Drop in for activities related to the Normandy and Westerly Elementary Schools One School, One Book selection. Registration required.  

Thursday, March 22 (4 p.m.) Meet Someone New – (Grades K-2) Meet someone new through a short biography, have a discussion and do activities based on the book. We will also talk about some of the biographies that are new to the library.

TEEN

Wednesday, March 6 (3 p.m.) Teen Zone – Grades 5 & up: Chill with something fun to do after school – gaming, art, movies, technology and more!

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:34 AM, 03.06.2018

Porter Library announces renewal levy

On May 8, Westlake voters will be asked to approve a 2.8 mill operating levy renewal for Westlake Porter Public Library. The current 2.8 mill levy, which provides 75 percent of the library’s operating funds, expires at the end of the year. Passage will ensure library funding for the five-year period of Jan. 1, 2019, to Dec. 31, 2023.

Currently the levy is the library’s primary source of operating funds, providing materials (books, magazines, digital/downloadable/streaming materials), resources (computers, software, digital databases, etc.), staffing, program support, supplies and building operations (maintenance and utilities). The other major source of funding is the state’s Public Library Fund (PLF).

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 9:45 AM, 02.20.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

Bring the kids to the Bay Village branch library on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. to enjoy some bubble fun. The Bubble Lady will create amazing bubbles, even ones that a person can stand inside. Registration for this program is required so please call the library to reserve your spot.

CHILDREN

  • Mondays and 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, Feb. 22 (4 p.m.) The Bookworms – Grades K-1: Read a short book as a group followed by discussion and activities. Registration required. 

Monday, March 5 (11 a.m.) Homeschool: Makey Makey – Grades 4-8: Turn everyday objects such as bananas, vegetables, pencils and clay into controllers using Makey Makey invention kits. Registration required.   

Wednesday, March 7 (7 p.m.) Mad Scientists: Towers – Grades K-2: Join us for a hands-on science program building the tallest structures we can using only uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows. Registration required.   

TEEN

Wednesdays, Feb. 21, 28 and March 7 (3 p.m.) Teen Zone – Grades 5 & up: Chill with something fun to do after school – gaming, art, movies, technology and more!

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 9:45 AM, 02.20.2018

Westlake Porter Public Library's February calendar of events

Tuesday, Feb. 6 (6:30-8 p.m.) Connecting for Kids’ Coffee and Chat – Join our interactive support group and meet other families facing similar struggles. Free, supervised children’s activities are available; adults and children must register separately. Topic: "How to Avoid Stress and Become a More Mindful Parent": Join Terri McNeely, MEd, BS, in this interactive session as she teaches caregivers ways to calm both themselves and their child. Attendees will also gain an understanding of mindfulness. For more information, visit connectingforkids.org/support. To register, call 440-250-5563.

Wednesdays, Feb. 7 and 14 (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. Arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesday, Feb. 7 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogy Society Help Session – Join the genealogy group for an informal walk-in help session.

Wednesdays, Feb. 7 and 14 (3:45-5 p.m.) Tween Scene – Weekly hang-out for 5th and 6th graders only!

Wednesdays, Feb. 7 and 14 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Feb. 8 and 15 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with one of the reading therapy dogs! Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 7 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club – Join us as we explore the classics of horror, science fiction and suspense! Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please register.

Wednesday, Feb. 7 (7-8:30 p.m.) Wonders of Weather – Have you ever wondered how a storm forms, or why the seasons change? Now you can find out from CBS-TV meteorologist Jon Loufman in a presentation for the whole family. Please register.

Thursday, Feb. 8 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursday, Feb. 8 (2-3 p.m.) Great Decisions Discussion Program on World Affairs – Discuss critical global issues facing America today. At the beginning of each month, a copy of the article may be picked up at the Ask Us Desk. Please read the article prior to the meeting. Please register.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 10:01 AM, 02.06.2018

Get ready for the Oscars at Porter Library

Hollywood's big night is approaching! Have you ever wondered why some films get snubbed while others garner dozens of nominations? On Monday, Feb. 26, Sam Allard, film critic for Cleveland Scene, will take us through this year's nominees in both the main categories (Best Picture/Director/Actress/etc.) and technical awards. He will also answer your questions about the year in film. 

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:57 AM, 02.06.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Bill Kelly, a former chair of the American Library Association's Notable Books Council and past member of the Carnegie Medal Jury, will join us at the Bay Village branch library on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m  to present the Best Books of 2017. 

CHILDREN
Mondays & 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 & 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

Wednesday, Feb. 7 (7 p.m.) MAD SCIENTISTS: UNDER PRESSURE – Join us for a hands-on science program where we try to support a book using only one piece of paper. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library. Registration required.

Wednesday, Feb. 14 (3:15 p.m.) SWEET SCIENCE VALENTINE'S DAY PARTY – Grades K-3: Sweet for science? This program lets you eat what you experiment with. Candy, cookies and other sugary confections will be used to fizz, bubble and pop your way to fun and learning. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library. Registration required.

Monday, Feb. 19 (2 p.m.) KIDS CARTOON – Grades 3-6: Join a guest artist in the graphic design field as you learn how to draw cartoons and comic strips and practice drawing your own! Registration required.

TEENS
Wednesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28 (3 p.m.) TEEN ZONE – Grades 5 & up: Chill with something fun to do after school: gaming, art, movies, technology and more!

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:52 AM, 02.06.2018