Libraries

'The Sky's the Limit' at Westlake Porter Public Library

Dr. Jeanne Bishop has donated a sculpture to Westlake Porter Public Library. Bishop commissioned the work, entitled "The Sky’s the Limit," to honor her husband, Dr. Allan R. Bishop and his passion for learning and knowledge. The sculpture was created by artist Donald Lundstrom of North Canton. It was installed on the wall overlooking the Information Desk in late July.

The sculpture conveys the powerful idea that with education we can achieve great things. Through the sharing of knowledge, Dr. Allan R. Bishop worked to instill in Westlake’s youth an interest in science and technology and the ideal that each generation teaches the next that the “Sky’s the Limit.”

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 16, Posted 9:23 AM, 08.06.2013

Find out how well you can spell at Westlake Porter Public Library

Westlake Porter Public Library is challenging all great spellers and word lovers to find out how well they can spell by entering the Fourth Annual Friends of Porter Library Spelling Bee. The Bee will take place on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. It is open to teams of four to six, which can be composed of families, friends, neighbors, co-workers – anyone who wants to spell together. Teams compete for bragging rights as the West Shore’s best spellers.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 16, Posted 9:22 AM, 08.06.2013

George Clooney and other notables on hand as West Side Writers host Mini Writing Conference Aug. 24 at Porter Library

Are you interested in learning more about the writing profession? Then circle Saturday, Aug. 24, on your calendar, and keep the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. open that day. The West Side Writers, in partnership with Westlake Porter Public Library, are pleased to present a Mini Writing Conference, which will feature a segment covering author’s rights and copyright law, presented by Steve Grant, an intellectual property attorney in Columbus and adjunct professor at Capital University Law School.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 16, Posted 9:24 AM, 08.06.2013

Science Week returns to Westlake Porter Public Library

Westlake Porter Public Library’s third annual Science Week will take place August 4-10. Sponsored by the Friends of Porter Public Library, Science Week is intended to emphasize the importance of science and technology in today’s economy while encouraging people of all ages to expand their knowledge of scientific concepts and ideas. Programs planned cover some of the S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) objectives included in the Westlake City Schools’ curriculum.

Several different studies have shown that student’ skills and knowledge deteriorate during the summer break from school, particularly in math. Some of those studies also suggest that summer learning opportunities can help stem that loss. Science Week is full of such opportunities.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 15, Posted 9:49 AM, 07.23.2013

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost August, and you know how fast THAT month goes! Students, now is the time to be reading your school summer book assignments. Pick them up, or request them now so you’ll have time to finish them. There is always a last-minute rush for the books, and you don’t want to take the chance of the title you need not being available.

There are several programs planned for all ages to round out the summer. Please join us to be entertained and informed, and choose a book to take home. Storytimes are still going on through the end of the month, and the Reading Game ends on August 3. So far our readers have completed around 5,000 hours of reading toward the adoption of the woodchuck at the Nature Center.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 15, Posted 9:50 AM, 07.23.2013

Expert to discuss UFOs at Westlake Porter Public Library

Thomas Wertman of MUFON Ohio and the Cleveland UFOlogy Project will discuss UFOs and unexplained encounters at Westlake Porter Public Library on Wednesday, July 31, at 7 p.m. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and there will be time at the end of the presentation for attendees to share personal stories.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 15, Posted 9:50 AM, 07.23.2013

August events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, August 21 (10:15-10:45 a.m. or 11-11:30 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Join us for a fun session of singing and dancing for children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Space is limited, so please arrive early enough to receive a ticket at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesday, August 21 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society

Friday, August 23 (10 a.m.-noon) Porter’s Fiber Fanatics – Socialize, share and solve problems while you work on your current project.

Saturday, August 24 (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) West Side Writers Mini Writing Conference – The West Side Writers and WPPL present Steve Grant, intellectual property attorney and adjunct professor, on Author's Rights & the Copyright Law and author Steve Swiniarski on Word Building: Creating Settings for Science Fiction, Historical and Other Genres. Free and open to the public. 

Saturday, August 24 (2:30-3:30 p.m.) Brick Builders Club – Love those LEGO bricks? Then bring your ideas and imagination to the club! All bricks provided. Ages 6-13. Registration begins one week before each session.

Monday, August 26 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Monday, August 26 (3-4:30 p.m.) Boredom Busters – While you wait for school to start, combat that boredom with arts, crafts or a game! Open for all ages; children under 9 must be with a grown-up. No registration.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 15, Posted 9:49 AM, 07.23.2013

Westlake Porter Public Library's July calendar of events

Tuesday, July 23 (6-8 p.m.) Zombie Bash! – Join us as we transform everyone into zombies, snack on brains, listen to creepy music and more. Some make-up and costume items will be available to use at the party, but you can come already dressed-up as a zombie! Grades 6-12. Registration begins July 16.

Wednesday, July 24 (10:15-10:45 a.m. or 11-11:30 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Join us for a fun session of singing and dancing for children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Space is limited, so please arrive early enough to receive a ticket at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesday, July 24 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – July’s selection is "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" by Rachel Joyce.

Thursday, July 25 (2-3 p.m.) Zombie Cupcakes – We're going to take ordinary cupcakes and decorate them with brains, eyeballs and other creepy goodies! All supplies will be provided. Grades 6-12. Registration begins July 18. Allergy warning: Some food and decorating items may contain peanuts or other allergens.

Friday, July 26 (10 a.m.-Noon) Porter’s Fiber Fanatics – Socialize, share, and solve problems while you work on your current project.

Saturday, July 27 (2:30-3:30 p.m.) Brick Builders Club – Love those LEGO bricks? Then bring your ideas and imagination to the club! All bricks provided. Ages 6-13. Registration begins one week before each session.

Monday, July 29 (6-8 p.m.) Friends’ Annual Ice Cream Social – Join the Friends of Porter Public Library for ice cream sundaes and family fun!

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 14, Posted 10:37 AM, 06.25.2013

Critters to visit Bay Village Library

This year's Summer Reading Game theme is Build Your Brain, but what about our animal friends and what kinds of construction THEY do? Families with children ages 3 and up are invited to join a visitor from the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center on Tuesday, July 16, at 11 a.m. and meet a few animal builders. 

From turtles that carry their homes on their backs to raptors who build their own homes, have fun getting up close and personal with these wild animals. It's always a fun, informative time when the animals from the Nature Center come to visit – you won't want to miss it!

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 14, Posted 9:54 AM, 07.09.2013

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

We hope everyone had a fun-filled holiday weekend and enjoyed your plans. Fireworks were in surrounding communities at different times this year, making it easier to see them somewhere. Here’s hoping the weather will end up cooperating! The library continues to be a busy place as we begin July. Join us for these programs or come in to browse the shelves. We’ll help you find exactly what you’re looking for!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Tuesday, July 9 (7 p.m.) THE LAST BATTLE OF THE ROBBER BARONS: THE COMMODORE AND JAY GOULD – On June 17, 1918, the last battle between the "robber barons" Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jay Gould came to an end as the barge Commodore was under tow by the steamer Jay Gould. They left Cleveland with a load of coal and encountered heavy seas and 30 mph winds. The steamer sprung a leak and the Commodore was left to fend for herself. The crew of the Gould was rescued by the steamer Midvale while the Commodore tossed in the seas for two hours before the crew of 7 was rescued by the steamer Mataafa. The Gould was found years ago and is a popular dive site, and the Commodore lay lost until her discovery in 2011 by the Wachters, the program presenters.

Wednesday, July 24 (7 p.m.) CLEVELAND IN THE GILDED AGE – Join us as storyteller Dan Ruminski discusses the stories of Cleveland at its height of greatness. "Cleveland in the Gilded Age: A Stroll Down Millionaires’ Row" is his new book that is filled with all the characters of the period and the splendor of their homes and the lives they led. A book sale and signing will follow.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 14, Posted 9:54 AM, 07.09.2013

St. Ignatius jugglers entertain at Bay library

On June 10, the St. Ignatius Circus Company performed to the delight of over 195 children and adults to celebrate the beginning of the Bay Village Branch Library’s Summer Reading Program. The theme this year is “Build Your Brain” and the two performers stumped the audience with feats of juggling and magic tricks making “invisible bunnies” disappear and reappear in an audience member’s hands. The performance was followed by a hands-on experience with the juggling instruments for the audience.

The St. Ignatius Circus Company is a nationally recognized organization that features students as performers. The club meets weekly for practice and stages more than 150 performances each year.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 13, Posted 10:41 AM, 06.25.2013

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

It’s officially summer and the weather is reflecting that! Whether you’re enjoying time at the pool, vacation travel or a comfy seat in the shade, the perfect accompaniment is a good book. And books have never been more portable than they are now! Listen to an audio book or Playaway, or read an ebook – all are easy to pack to take along wherever you’re going.

If you’re playing the Summer Reading Game, all of that reading is going toward the "adoption" of the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center woodchuck, so keep it up! There have been several fun programs so far at the library and many more are still to come, so don’t miss out! Please join us for those and weekly storytimes, also. Students – don’t wait until the last minute to read or request your summer reading assignment for school. Make the Bay library a destination during your day – we look forward to seeing you!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Wednesday, June 26 (7 p.m.) MUDRAS: ANCIENT GESTURES TO EASE MODERN STRESS – Emily Fuller Williams has been a massage therapist for 30 years. Join us as she explains how we can use simple, easy-to-do gestures anywhere and any time to change from anxious to calm, tense to relaxed, scattered to focused. A book sale and signing will follow the presentation.

Thursday, June 27 (6-7:30 p.m.) SECOND ANNUAL ICE CREAM SOCIAL – Come to the ice cream social and enjoy free Mitchell’s Ice Cream on the lawn! Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Library.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 13, Posted 10:39 AM, 06.25.2013

West Side Writers to host Mini Writing Conference at Porter Library August 24

Are you interested in learning more about the writing profession? Then circle August 24, 2013, on your calendar, and keep the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. open that day. The West Side Writers, in partnership with Westlake Porter Public Library, are pleased to present a Mini Writing Conference, which will feature a segment covering author’s rights and copyright law, presented by Steve Grant, an intellectual property attorney in Columbus and adjunct professor at Capital University Law School.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 13, Posted 10:29 AM, 06.25.2013

Westlake Porter Public Library selects new cafe

Westlake Porter Public Library’s board of trustees has selected SAW Inc. to fill the café space at the library. SAW Inc. – Solutions at Work – is a nonprofit organization that employs individuals with developmental disabilities in conjunction with the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ training programs.  

SAW Inc. with the CCBDD will operate the café as Pulleys at Porter. WPPL and SAW Inc. are currently negotiating a contract for the space with an eye toward opening in mid-July.

SAW Inc. was selected as the new café after a two-month-long process that began after the previous café closed in February. The process included submission of proposals to the library board, a tour of the café facility and interviews by a board committee.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 10:48 AM, 06.11.2013

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

Happy Summer Break to all students and teachers! Although it’s time away from the schedule of school, the days seem to quickly fill with many activities. Be sure to include the Bay Village Library in your travels to those activities. Find the perfect book for the pool, that trip, or just relaxing at home.

Students need to maintain their reading skills over the summer and visits to the library make that fun. Join us for the many programs for all ages, play the Summer Reading Game and stop in to browse the collection. The ultimate prize is the lifelong joy of reading!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Wednesday, June 12 (1 p.m.) WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON BOOK DISCUSSION – Join us for a discussion of the book "The Yellow Birds" by Kevin Powers.

Monday, June 17 (7 p.m.) ETSY 101 – Lori Paximadis from Cleveland Homemade will explain this e-commerce website focused on handmade and vintage items and share the four keys to Etsy success.

Monday, June 24 (7 p.m.) GROWING HERBS – Learn how to get the most from your herb garden and how to buy, preserve and store herbs.

Wednesday, June 26 (7 p.m.) MUDRAS: ANCIENT GESTURES TO EASE MODERN STRESS – Emily Fuller Williams has been a massage therapist for 30 years. Join us as she explains how we can use simple, easy-to-do gestures anywhere and any time to change from anxious to calm, tense to relaxed, and scattered to focused. A book sale and signing will follow the presentation.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 10:47 AM, 06.11.2013

Westlake's library and schools team up to offer 'Summer Brain Games'

Westlake Porter Public Library and Westlake City Schools are partnering to present an interactive summer learning series for students entering grades 1 to 6. Called “Summer Brain Games,” the series will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 11 through August 22, excluding breaks for the week of July 4 and Science Week (August 4-10).

All sessions will be held at the library and prepared and run by staff from the Westlake City Schools with the help of volunteers. There will be a choice of four activity stations, including Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies. Activities and workshops will include content appropriate for each grade. Activities will change each week, but will be the same on the Tuesday and Thursday of the same week. Four workshops will also be offered: Reading Buddies, Readers’ Theater, Brown Bag Theater and Young Authors.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 10:09 AM, 05.29.2013

Build your brain this summer at the Bay Library

There are many cool kinds of slides that are fun: playground slides, pool slides and twisting, long slides at a waterpark. But there’s one slide you don’t want to do: the Summer Slide. Students can lose two to three grade levels in reading skills if they don’t read, and that’s NOT cool because it doesn’t have to happen.

Playing the Summer Reading Game at the Bay Village Branch Library is a fun way to keep reading and earn prizes. The theme this year is "Build Your Brain" and that’s just what you do every time you pick up a book. Open to all ages, it’s easy to register and play the game that runs from June 1 to August 3. Simply register online or in person and get your game board, then read and keep track of the amount of time you’ve read.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 9:58 AM, 05.29.2013

Upcoming Events at the Bay Village Branch Library

It’s hard to believe that school is winding down for the year and we hope that everyone enjoys all of the activities that come with that. Congratulations and best wishes to graduates of all ages! Kids everywhere are looking forward to taking it easy and enjoying the time off. But the one thing that we DON’T want students to do is regress in their reading skills by not reading over the summer. And that’s where the Bay Library comes in! We have plenty of activities, specials, storytimes and, of course, books to keep everyone reading all summer long.

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Thursday, June 6 (7 p.m.) THURSDAY EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION – Join us for a discussion of the book "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" by Rachel Joyce.

Tuesday, June 11 (10 a.m.) CONVERSATION WITH ELEANOR AND LUCRETIA – Eleanor Roosevelt and Lucretia Garfield meet over tea and discuss their paths to the White House and beyond. Discover how they dealt with marriage difficulties, mothers-in-law, children and politics. These two educated, intelligent women also examine their early self-esteem issues and how they grew beyond them into strong, independent and formidable widows.

Wednesday, June 12 (1 p.m.) WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON BOOK DISCUSSION – Join us for a discussion of the book "The Yellow Birds" by Kevin Powers.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 9:58 AM, 05.29.2013

Summer storytimes begin at Bay Library

As school ends for the older children, storytimes begin again in June for Bay Village Branch Library's littlest patrons. There is one storytime every day except Mondays – just choose the day and time that best suits your schedule. Most are for ages birth to 5 years, but there are special storytimes just for younger children.

"Stories and More" for ages birth to 5 years meets on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m., Wednesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m., and as "Twilight Tales" on Wednesday evenings at 6:45 p.m. "Snuggle Bugs" consists of nursery rhymes and songs for babies birth-30 months and meets on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. "Morning Movers" is a storytime for ages 1-3 on Thursdays at 10 a.m. and we’ll share short stories, music and movement.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 9:56 AM, 05.29.2013

June events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, June 5 (10:15-10:45 a.m. or 11-11:30 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Join us for a fun session of singing and dancing for children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Space is limited, so please arrive early enough to receive a ticket at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesday, June 5 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Stuck on your genealogical research? Not sure how to get started? Stop by for a free Help Session!

Thursday, June 6 (4-4:30 p.m.) Grow Your Own Treats! – Learn about vegetable gardening and plant seeds in a take-home container so you can grow your own treats! Ages 7-10. Please register starting May 30.

Thursday, June 6 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investor Interest Group – Les Szarka presents "Mind Over Money." Join us for a deeper look into the behavior behind the financial decisions you make every day. Please register.

Friday, June 7 (noon-4 p.m.) Mario Kart Wii Tournament – Join WPPL and Game Stop for our Mario Kart Wii Tournament! Grades 6-12. Registration begins on May 31.

Fridays, June 7 and July 5 (1:30-2:30 p.m.) Pokemon League – Bring your cards and accessories for a fun morning of play! For kids ages 6-12 only. Please, no younger siblings. Registration begins on May 31.

Saturday, June 8 (10:30-11 a.m.) Mother Goose on the Loose! – Join Mother Goose for this interactive storytime featuring simple books, rhymes, songs and movement. For ages birth-3 years old with adult caregiver. No registration.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 10:09 AM, 05.29.2013

Songs of Bob Dylan at the Bay Village Branch Library

Enjoy a concert of Dylan classics on May 22 at 7 p.m. featuring Cleveland's acoustic duo "Muscle and Bone." Susan Weber and Walt Campbell meld their voices and instruments with songs that span the decades of Bob Dylan's career.

Weber and Campbell had previously worked collaboratively in a rock band for years, but a different path led Campbell to New York City where Weber called him one night to reunite in Cleveland, but this time to play Dylan's music.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 10:18 AM, 05.14.2013

Learn about energy therapy at Westlake Porter Public Library

Reiki master Linda Street will speak about Energy Therapy and Chakra Cleansing on Wednesday, May 1, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library. Street, of Healing From the Heart, is a certified in reiki and other forms of energy healing. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 10:18 AM, 04.30.2013

Investors Interest Group returns to Westlake Porter Public Library

The Investors Interest Group will return to Westlake Porter Public Library on Thursday, May 2, at 7 p.m. The IIG took a four-month break while the library searched for and hired a new business specialist to replace Cynthia Hall, who retired last December. Business specialist Sue Provenzale, who started in February, will now manage the group.

The May 2 meeting will feature a presentation by Herb Geissler on the "Market Climate and Weather Forecast." Geissler will review key economic facts to help investors understand the market climate during the next several quarters.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 10:19 AM, 04.30.2013

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

The calendar just turned to May and I think it’s finally safe to say that spring has arrived! The flowers and flowering trees are beautiful and the buds on trees have  appeared overnight, it seems. Storytimes end for the month of May beginning on May 6 so we can prepare for summer activities and visit the schools. We’re getting excited about our summer programs and of course, the Summer Reading Game! Details about the game and kick-off celebration will be coming soon! Until then, join us for these programs and to find a book that’s perfect for your needs. Yard work, spring repairs and dealing with the allergies that those flowers bring – we have the book for you!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Wednesday, May 1 (1:30 p.m.) WEDNESDAY BOOK DISCUSSION – Join us for a discussion of  “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin.

Thursday, May 2 (7:30 p.m.) THURSDAY EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION – We’ll discuss the book “ Canada” by Richard Ford.

Tuesday, May 14 (10 a.m.) CONVERSATION WITH ELEANOR AND LUCRETIA – Two American women from different generations share their differences and commonalities. Eleanor Roosevelt and Lucretia Garfield meet over tea and discuss their paths to the White House and beyond. Discover how they dealt with marriage difficulties, mothers in law, children and politics. These two educated, intelligent women also examine their early self-esteem issues and how they grew beyond them into strong, independent and formidable widows. This program is presented in collaboration with Dwyer Senior Center.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 10:21 AM, 04.30.2013

Writer of Spider-Man, Avengers and X-Men coming to Bay Library

Bay Library is celebrating comics this week beginning with a visit from comic book author Marc Sumerak on Wednesday, May 1, at 4 p.m. for students ages 5-16.

Sumerak is well-known for his writing work on Marvel Comics' Power Pack and the Eisner & Harvey Award-nominated "Franklin Richards: Son of a Genius." Over the past few years, Sumerak has written multiple-issue story arcs on both Marvel Adventures: Avengers and Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man. He has also contributed stories for a number of anthologies, one-shots, and limited series, including Amazing Spider-Man Family, Hulk: Broken Worlds, Hulk Team-up and Models Inc.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 10:11 AM, 04.30.2013

May events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, May 1 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Stuck on your genealogical research? Not sure how to get started? Stop by for a free Help Session!

Wednesday, May 1 (7-8:45 p.m.) Energy Therapy and Chakra Cleansing – Reiki master Linda Street, returns to speak about Energy Therapy in more depth. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; presentation is from 7-8:30 p.m. Q & A to follow. Please register.

Friday, May 3 (10-10:45 a.m.) Come Play With Me! – Open playtime with age-appropriate toys, songs and rhymes. For children ages 2-5 with a caring adult. Registration begins one week before each program.

Friday, May 3 (Toddler session: 10:30-11 a.m.; Preschool session: 11:30 a.m.-noon) Music Therapy & More – Connecting for Kids and the Music Therapy Enrichment Corps invite you to a music therapy group. Learn how parents and caregivers have a direct role in bringing music to life. The toddler session is geared for children under 3. The preschool session is geared for children ages 3-6 (siblings are welcome). Caregiver must stay in the room. No registration required.

Saturday, May 4 (All Day) National Free Comic Book Day – In partnership with Carol & John's Comic Book Shop we’ll be giving out free comic books (one per person) all day while supplies last!

Saturday, May 4 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Kids in Motion Sensory Time – Join us for stories, activities, music and more! Program consists of a 30-minute storytime followed by a 30-minute social-sharing time for the group. No registration required. Program is designed to engage children with autism or other special needs/sensory challenges. Each child must have an adult caregiver.

Saturday, May 4 (1-2:15 p.m.) Connecting for Kids Parent Discussion & Facilitated Playgroup – Participate in a discussion group led by a pediatric expert while your children play in a separate room with a CCBDD facilitator. You must RSVP for the playgroup starting one month before each session by calling 440-250-5563. Children do not need a formal diagnosis to attend. Topics listed at connectingforkids.org.

Saturday, May 4 (3-4 p.m.) Derby Day Fun! – Join us for horse stories, games and light refreshments. Create your own Derby Day hat, too! Ages 7-11. Registration begins April 27.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 10:19 AM, 04.30.2013

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

Spring is a busy time for families and schools, and we’re busy at the Bay Library too. There are many displays around the rooms, programs for all ages and interests, and of course a whole world to explore! This month’s programs range from music to cooking to gardening. And don’t forget the Friends of the Library’s Book Sale that begins on April 27 and ends on April 30 with Bag Day. If you’re cleaning, gardening, learning a new sport or improving your golf game, we have a book for that. Make the library your destination and see what you discover!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Wednesday, April 17 (7 p.m.) I LOVE JAZZ – Come and enjoy live jazz music performed by a group of fine musicians from the Greater Cleveland area. The band will play marches, blues and popular songs from the 1920s in the ensemble style of such bands as Louis Armstrong and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Thursday, April 18 (7 p.m.) CLEVELAND’S FAVORITE CHEFS – Maria Isabella is the author of “In the Kitchen with Cleveland’s Favorite Chefs,” an inside look at the private kitchens of 35 culinary greats including Michael Symon and Jonathan Sawyer. Maria posed the challenge for each chef to share their favorite dishes for entertaining friends and family that could be prepared in under an hour. Join us as Maria showcases some of the recipes and tips straight from the chefs themselves. Books will be available for purchase and signing. 

Wednesday, April 24 (7 p.m.) HYDRANGEAS – Master gardeners will present a program on caring for hydrangeas.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 10:44 AM, 04.16.2013

Princess dance to be held April 20 at Bay Library

The Bay Village Library invites you to attend a Princess Dance on Saturday, April 20, from 2-4 p.m.! Put on your dancing shoes and join us for an afternoon of games, crafts and fun, based on the fairy tale of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses." Participants can test their endurance in the Twelve Dancing Princesses Relay Race Game, play "Just Dance: Disney Party" for the Nintendo Wii and even make their own princess tiara! This program is for ages 7 to 11, parents don’t need to accompany their children. Registration is requested by calling 440-871-6392.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 10:41 AM, 04.16.2013

Friends of Bay Library book sale April 27-30

The annual spring used book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch of the Cuyahoga Public Library will be Saturday, April 27, through Tuesday, April 30. The book sale is held during regular library hours on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, but closes at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening.

There is a wide range of adult and childrenʼs hardback and paperback books, as well as DVDs, CDs, books on tape and magazines. Items are priced to sell and have been categorized for easy selection. Tuesday, the last day of the sale, is “bag day” when patrons can buy a bagful of books for only $1.00. Bags are provided by the library.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 10:39 AM, 04.16.2013

Take a stroll down Millionaires' Row at Westlake Porter Public Library

Author Dan Ruminski will share tales of the houses of Cleveland’s storied Millionaires' Row at Westlake Porter Public Library on Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. Ruminski is the author of "Cleveland in the Gilded Age: A Stroll Down Millionaires' Row." Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing for $20 cash or check.

Millionaires' Row was a four-mile stretch of Euclid Avenue starting at Public Square. At the height of its grandeur in the late 1800s and early 1900s it was called “the most beautiful street in America,” and was home to stunning mansions belonging to Cleveland’s most influential families. Some of those names are still familiar today – Rockefeller, Hanna, Mather, Wade and Gund to name a few.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:47 AM, 04.02.2013

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

We hope that area students are enjoying their Spring Break, and everyone else is enjoying the break in the weather – finally!! Now is the time to start those spring plans – whether they include cleaning up around the house, planning that garden, or choosing the next book you’d like to read. All of that and more can be found in one place: the Bay Village Branch Library. We’re here to help you find what you need, and there are several displays throughout the library to give you ideas.

Leap Into Books is back in the Children’s Room. Each bag is labeled with the subject of the 4-5 books in the bag. Simply check out the whole bag and you’re ready to go – we’ve chosen the books so you can be on your way quickly. Return them all together and then check out some more! Books on CD, Playaway Views, and music CDs can be helpful if you’re taking a trip. There are plenty of titles for all age levels – come find the ones that are just right for you. Please join us for the following programs for all ages:

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Wednesday, April 3 (1:30 p.m.) WEDNESDAY BOOK DISCUSSION – Join us as we discuss “The Pub Across the Pond” by Mary Carter.

Saturday, April 13 (11 a.m.-3 p.m.) GET INVOLVED… - Meet non-profit organizations that need volunteers. Share your talents and skills. As a volunteer you can help your community, explore new hobbies, enjoy new experiences, meet new people and learn new skills.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:42 AM, 04.02.2013

April events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, April 16 (7-8:45 p.m.) Cleveland in the Gilded Age: A Stroll Down Millionaires' Row – Join author Dan Ruminski as he regales us with tales about the 250 homes that were part of Cleveland's storied Millionaires' Row. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing for $20 cash or check. Please register.

Wednesday, April 17 (10:15-10:45 a.m. or 11-11:30 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Join us for a fun session of singing and dancing for children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Space is limited, so please arrive early enough to receive a ticket at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesday, April 17 (4-5 p.m.) Books with Bella – What do you get when you bring children, dogs and books together? You get happy, confident children who love reading! Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday and sign your child up for a 15-minute reading time with Bella the Bulldog! Bring your own book to share with Bella or choose one of ours.

Wednesday, April 17 (5-6 p.m.) Tween Book Club – Read a really good book recently? Looking for suggestions? Then join us for lively discussions about good books, audio, apps and more. Snacks provided! Grades 5-8. Please register.

Wednesday, April 17 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Exploring the New Features at FamilySearch.org, presented by Betty Franklin, from the Westlake LDS Family History Center.

Wednesday, April 17 (7-8:30 p.m.) Secrets of Effective Couponing – Have you ever wondered how some people save so much money – and even get stuff for free – using coupons? Super couponer Laura Ploenzke teaches you these secrets and more. Please register.

Thursday, April 18 (5-6 p.m.) Teen Book Discussion – Read a really good book recently? Looking for suggestions? Then join us for a snack and a lively discussions about books, audio, apps and more. Grades 9-12. Please register starting April 11.

Thursday, April 18 (7-8:30 p.m.) Benefits of Compounding in Our Daily Lives – Learn about the benefits of compounding for people and pets from the pharmacist at Nature's Pharmacy. Please register.

Friday, April 19 (10-10:45 a.m.) Come Play With Me! – Open playtime with age-appropriate toys, songs and rhymes. For children ages 2-5 with a caring adult. Registration begins one week before each program.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:38 AM, 04.02.2013

Bay Library offers unique interactive computer class for preschoolers

On Saturday, March 23, at 11 a.m., Stephanie Sutton returns to the Bay Library to present "Preschool Digital Media." Preschoolers ages 3-5 with a caregiver can explore the sensory motor group through fun, interactive computer time together. They will take a journey combining rapid sensory development, gentle computer introduction and natural inquiries into all things electronic.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 10:55 AM, 03.19.2013

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Let’s hope we’ve seen the last of the snow, especially as we get closer to welcoming spring on March 22! Spring-themed book displays are popping up all around the library – come and find your favorites. Storytimes continue through April so please join us for the ones that fit your schedule.

Don’t forget about the Toy Library – it has just what you need to get  your little ones through to the nice weather. Request them online – just like books – and they come directly to the branch for you, which is also where you’ll return them. Enjoy a new toy with your child for three weeks, then mix it up and choose another one! Ask us if you’re not familiar with it; we’ll be glad to show you how to request them!  

Please join us for the following programs and browse the collection during your visit. There’s a whole world waiting for you here!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Wednesday, April 3 (1:30 p.m.) BOOK DISCUSSION – Our discussion will be on the book “Across the Pond” by Mary Carter.

Thursday, April 4 (7:30 p.m.) THURSDAY EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION – The book to be discussed is “Sutton” by J. R. Moehringer.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 10:49 AM, 03.19.2013

Porter Library to host West Side Market talk

Laura Taxel, co-author of "Cleveland’s West Side Market: 100 Years and Still Cooking" will talk about the Market at Westlake Porter Public Library on Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. To register for the event, please call 440-250-5460 or visit the library’s online calendar at signup.westlakelibrary.org:8080.

Taxel will talk about the two-year process of digging into historical records, interviewing people and collecting the memories that come to life in the book. She’ll share facts and stories from the book as well as a few things that didn’t make it into print. Come discover a whole world of foods, traditions and rituals that are part of the Market, and get a close-up on this iconic 100-year-old landmark. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 10:34 AM, 03.19.2013

Shaw receives top volunteer award from Westlake Porter Public Library

Friends of Porter Public Library board member Nancy Shaw has received the Myrna Chelko Volunteer Award from Westlake Porter Public Library. The Myrna Chelko Award, established in 1994, is given annually to the library volunteer who has made a significant contribution to the library in volunteer time and whose volunteer efforts have made an impact on library services. The award is named for the late Myrna Chelko, whose contributions to the library epitomized the spirit of volunteerism.

Shaw is currently the Friends board’s membership chair. She began volunteering in 2002, and joined the Friends board in 2006. Shaw also works in the Book Nook and at the annual book sale, and volunteers as a shelver and at the library’s reception desk. In 2012 she gave 158.5 hours to the library, and has served for a total of 1,842 hours.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 10:01 AM, 03.05.2013

It's coloring time at Porter Library!

Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library is sponsoring a coloring contest for kids up to age 10! The coloring page features Porter J. Mouse, the library mascot, holding a stack of books (all with mouse themes, of course!) while exclaiming, "I Love My Library!"

Printable coloring pages can be found online at www.westlakelibrary.org under the "Friends" tab. Coloring pages are also available in the library lobby and at the Youth Services desk. The deadline for entries is April 26, and there is a collection box in the library lobby. All entries will be displayed in the library lobby and prizes will be determined.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 10:01 AM, 03.05.2013

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

Although March came in like a lion, spring is on its way! Birds have been spotted, and Daylight Saving Time begins on March 10 – don’t forget to turn those clocks ahead! And the library has many things for you to do with that extra hour! Join us for book discussions, story times, animal shows, computer fun, and much more!

Ask us about the Toy Library to help entertain your children on a rainy day. Clean, safe toys of your choosing will be delivered to the library for you for a three-week loan. A special program for teens and young adults is happening on Monday, March 18, at 7 p.m. Those aged 11 to 18 who are looking for a thriving career, or just getting started will enjoy “Is Manufacturing the Career for You?” Learn about this up and coming field, and how to get your start here in Ohio. Please join us for that program and the following for all age levels:

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Thursday, March 7 (7:30 p.m.) THURSDAY EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION – “In the Garden of Beasts” by Erik Larson is the title for March. Please join us for a lively discussion!

Sunday, March 10 (2 p.m.) TURN THE CORNER BAND – This band will once again present a lively Irish celebration of jigs, reels and ballads in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 9:51 AM, 03.05.2013

March events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, March 19 (7-8:30 p.m.) Cleveland's West Side Market: 100 Years and Still Counting – Laura Taxel, co-author of a new book on the history of the West Side Market, will talk. Please register.

Wednesday, March 20 (10:15-10:45 a.m. or 11-11:30 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Join us for a fun session of singing and dancing for children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Space is limited, so please arrive early enough to receive a ticket at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesday, March 20 (4-5 p.m.) Books with Bella – What do you get when you bring children, dogs and books together? You get happy, confident children who love reading! Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday and sign your child up for a 15-minute reading time with Bella the Bulldog! Bring your own book to share with Bella or choose one of ours.

Wednesday, March 20 (5-6 p.m.) Tween Book Club – Read a really good book recently? Looking for suggestions? Then join us for lively discussions about good books, audio, apps and more. Snacks provided! Grades 5-8. Please register starting March 13.

Wednesday, March 20 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – “Our Favorite Genealogical Websites Demo” by Jim Denham and John Noble.

Thursday, March 21 (5-6 p.m.) Teen Book Discussion – Read a really good book recently? Looking for suggestions? Then join us for a snack and a lively discussions about books, audio, apps and more. Grades 9-12. Please register starting March 14. Meets at Panera Bread, 26137 Detroit Rd., Westlake.

Friday, March 22 (10-10:45 a.m.) Come Play With Me! – Open playtime with age-appropriate toys, songs and rhymes. For children ages 2-5 with a caring adult. Registration begins one week before each program.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 9:49 AM, 03.05.2013

Library board seeking new cafe vendor

The Westlake Porter Public Library board of trustees has decided to seek a new vendor for the café space in the library. The space was previously leased by Picc-a-Deli, which closed as of Feb. 1. Picc-a-Deli operated the café at the library since its inception in 2004.

Interested vendors should submit a proposal to the board by 4 p.m. on March 21. In addition, all prospective café operators must attend a pre-proposal meeting at 10 a.m. on March 7. Request for Proposal packets may be obtained from the Administrative Offices at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd. You may also call 440-250-5451 to request a packet.

According to library administrators, many customers have expressed disappointment about the café’s closure and interest in another café operating at the library.

Read Full Story
Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 9:50 AM, 03.05.2013