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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 9:50 AM, 03.05.2013

Bay Library celebrates Dr. Seuss

The Bay Village Branch Library is celebrating the anniversary of the birth of Theodor Geisel aka “Dr. Seuss” to millions of children and adults all over the world. Families with children ages 3-8 years can join the party on Saturday, March 2, for an hour of stories, songs and stations with fun activities and crafts starting at 11 a.m.

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 9:59 AM, 02.19.2013

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

February is half over, which means we’re getting that much closer to spring! There are a lot of programs coming to the library to get us there. We’ll help you get through Tax Season, get creative with teens, and celebrate Dr. Seuss with the children. Stop in to see the displays throughout the library and discover something new. Check out the new shelves in the Teen Department dedicated to books for high school students and older teens. Be sure to make the library one of your destinations – we’ll keep you informed and entertained! Please register to attend the following programs:

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Wednesday, Feb. 20 (7 p.m.) ALA NOTABLE BOOK LIST 2013 – Bill Kelly, Branch Manager at the Beachwood Branch and member of ALA council, will explain how the books are chosen and how the process is completed.

Tuesday, Feb. 26 (7 p.m.) IT’S TAX TIME – Finding answers to your tax questions is now less taxing. Join H&R Block representatives as they share information to provide you every advantage at tax time.

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 9:50 AM, 02.19.2013

Cleveland Clinic cardiac surgeons will speak at Westlake Porter Public Library

Doctors Marc Gillinov and Steven Nissen, cardiac surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic, will speak about heart health at Westlake Porter Public Library on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. They will also sign copies of their book, "Heart 411," which will be available for purchase courtesy of Barnes and Noble.

Dr. Gillinov is a staff cardiac surgeon at the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He has special expertise in several types of cardiac valve surgeries and replacements, and is surgical director of the Center for Atrial Fibrillation at Cleveland Clinic. In addition to co-authoring "Heart 411," Dr. Gillinov is the medical editor of the Cleveland Clinic’s "Cardiac Consult" and has served on the editorial boards of e-Cleveland Clinic, The Heart Surgery Forum, Innovations, the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and the Journal of Cardiac Surgery. He received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University.

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 10:16 AM, 02.05.2013

February events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Feb. 5 (5-6 p.m.) Valentine's Day Card Making – Join us as we make unique cards perfect for your special Valentine! All supplies provided! Grades 6-12. Please register.

Wednesday, Feb. 6 (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, Feb. 6 (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, Feb. 6 (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, Feb. 6 (7-8:30 p.m.) Introduction to Finding Funders – Learn how to use Foundation Directory Online, the database in which you can search for funders for your nonprofit organization. Please register.

Thursday, Feb. 7 (9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.), Friday, February 8 (9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.), Saturday, February 9 (9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) and Sunday, February 10 (1:30-4:30 p.m.) Friends' Annual Book Sale – Get books, DVDs and books on CD at bargain prices! Books include fiction, non-fiction and children's. Half-price sale on Saturday and Bag sale on Sunday.

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 10:16 AM, 02.05.2013

Kids learn how to snack healthy at Bay Library

Children ages five years and up can celebrate Presidents Day with Patricia O’Donnell from the local Earth Fare grocery store in Fairview Park. She will share fun ways to eat healthy by learning how to make simple snacks at different stations such as trail mix, fruit kebobs and celery with hummus.

Mark the date, Monday, Feb. 18, from 11 a.m. to noon. Registration is required and a parent/guardian must sign a release form before the program which can be picked up at the children’s desk. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Library.

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 10:30 AM, 02.05.2013

Upcoming Programs at the Bay Village Library

After enjoying the January Thaw, it looks like winter is still with us for a little while  longer. But don’t despair because the library has plenty of programs to keep you busy and warm. Check out the new books and other materials displayed throughout the different departments – you’re sure to find something to take home. The Newbery and Caldecott award winners were announced this week; let us know if you’d like to request a copy of either. The Newbery winner is “The One and Only Ivan”  by Katherine Applegate and the Caldecott winner is “This is Not My Hat” by Jon Klassen.

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Wednesday, Feb. 6 (7 p.m.) ALA NOTABLE BOOKS LIST 2013 – Bill Kelly, Beachwood Branch Manager and member of ALA Notable Books Council, will explain how the process is completed and why these books were chosen. 

Thursday, Feb. 7 (7 p.m.) THURSDAY EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION – Join us to discuss “Cleopatra: A Life” by Stacy Schiff.

Tuesday, Feb. 12 (7 p.m.) LOOK AND FEEL YOUR BEST – When you wear colors that enhance your natural coloring you look younger and healthier. Join image consultant Dawn Waldrop as she shares how to discover your best colors.

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 10:21 AM, 02.05.2013

Tips for the ACT

Are you planning on taking the ACT test soon? Recently Jill Szeltner from College Now: Greater Cleveland shared some great tips with high school students at the Bay Village Branch Library for preparing for the ACT College Test.  It is important to do your best because most four-year schools require an entrance exam and having the appropriate score will ensure you are put into classes for college credit rather than “catch-up” classes. Also, doing well on the ACT test opens the door to more free scholarship money.

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 10:19 AM, 02.05.2013

Westlake Porter Public Library now offers e-magazines!

Westlake Porter Public Library is offering its users something new in 2013: e-magazines. The library’s collection of digital magazines is supplied by Zinio through the library’s website (www.westlakelibrary.org). Zinio allows users to instantly download and view magazines on any Internet-enabled device – computer, e-reader or other mobile device. Zinio apps are available for the iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and Blackberry Playbook for ease of use. Each title in Zinio allows unlimited multiple users.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 11:45 AM, 01.22.2013

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

It looks like our “January Thaw” is coming to an end with temperatures in the teens. And that, of course, means a trip to the library! Don’t be caught without the essentials: good books, movies, audio books and magazines to enjoy! Come in and browse the collection – we’ll also be glad to help you find what you need. Parents: bring your preschooler to Preschool Pals, a storytime for ages 3 1/2-5 without a caregiver! That’s right – your little one comes in on his/her own for a storytime just for them! Adults can enjoy time in the Children’s Room while their children hear stories, sing and dance! Please join us for that and the following programs:

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Monday, Feb. 4 (7 p.m.) VALENTINE ZENTANGLE – Cathy Zavodny will show us how to design beautiful Zentangle Valentine cards. Come join in the fun!

Wednesday, Feb. 6 (7 p.m.) ALA NOTABLES LIST OF BOOKS 2013 – Join us as Bill Kelly, the Beachwood Branch Manager and member of the American Library Association Council, explains how the process is completed and why these notable books were selected. 

TEEN DEPARTMENT

Tuesday, Jan. 22 (7 p.m.) ACT PREP – For high schools students. College Now Greater Cleveland will help you set your personal ACT score based on your talents. Learn which questions you should skip, develop specific strategies for each subject section and make a plan for you to reach your ACT score goal!

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 11:46 AM, 01.22.2013

Amelia Bedelia returns to Bay Library

Get out your dusting powder and scissors, here comes Amelia Bedelia and we're celebrating her birthday! Over the past fifty years, Amelia Bedelia has given children countless laughs, smiles and enduring stories that truly inspire a love of reading. Now it's time for us to celebrate Amelia Bedelia's cheerful personality, literal translations and playful spirit by throwing Amelia Bedelia the best birthday bash ever!

By commemorating this special anniversary on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 4 p.m., with a celebration of Amelia Bedelia's mixed-up antics, we honor Amelia Bedelia's refreshing view of the world, as well as authors Peggy and Herman Parish's lasting contribution to children's literature.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 11:53 AM, 01.22.2013

Relax with a Valentine Zentangle at the Bay Village Branch Library

What is Zentangle? It is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, simple-to-understand method to create beautiful images by drawing shapes and lines to create repetitive patterns, created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Even if you are convinced you are not an artist or don’t have any drawing experience, you can create a Zentangle. 

Not only a mode of self-expression, Zentangle has benefits similar to the effects of meditation, such as increased focus and creativity as well as a sense of personal well being and relaxation. The Zentangle method is enjoyed worldwide by people of all different skills, interests and ages. Anyone can do it!

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 11:49 AM, 01.22.2013

January events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Jan. 8 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – The January selection is "The Night Circus" by Erin Morganstern.

Wednesday, Jan. 9 (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, Jan. 9 (1:30-2:30 p.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m.) E-Reader Help Sessions – Got an E-Reader or tablet PC for Christmas but need help accessing, downloading and reading e-books from the library? Call the Popular Materials Desk at 440-250-5462 to schedule a help session on the days and times specified.

Wednesday, Jan. 9 (4-8 p.m.) Finals Café – Finals stressing you out? Sick of staring at your textbook for hours on end? While you're studying here at the library, take a break in our Finals Cafe for much-needed snacks to keep you motivated.

Wednesday, Jan. 9 (7-8 p.m.) It's a Fairy-Tale Princess Storytime! – Come dressed in your royal best and listen to fairy tales, play make-believe and create a sparkly craft to take home! For ages 4-7. Please register.

Thursday, Jan. 10 (4-8 p.m.) Finals Café – Finals stressing you out? Sick of staring at your textbook for hours on end? While you're studying here at the library, take a break in our Finals Cafe for much-needed snacks to keep you motivated.

Thursday, Jan. 10 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The January selection is "Wild" by Cheryl Stayed.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 9:19 AM, 01.08.2013