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Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

The Bay Village Library staff hopes everyone had a wonderful holiday season and we’ll help you get the New Year off to a good start. Did you get a digital device for e-books? We have information to get you started downloading books from the comfort of your home. If exercising is your resolution, come in and check out a DVD or book to get you started. And of course this cold weather is perfect to spend time reading, so browse the collection and the displays throughout the library. Come to the library to enjoy the following programs:

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Wednesday, Jan. 9 (7 p.m.) MUSIC OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT – See and hear the songs that inspired a nation! Dr. Michael Strasser, professor of musicology at Baldwin Wallace University, will present a historical perspective of the Civil Rights Movement.

Thursday, Jan. 17 (7 p.m.) WOMAN’S GUIDE TO MONEY – Join business expert Leah Villalobos as she discusses five steps to help women take control of their financial lives, which include identifying financial goals and coming up with a strategy to reach those goals.

TEEN DEPARTMENT

Monday, Jan. 14 (7 p.m.) GIRLS IN BAY BOOK DISCUSSION – For grades 5-8 and an adult. Girls, bring an adult female friend for some great time together! We’ll discuss a book, share a snack and do a related activity. Copies of the book will be available one month before the discussion.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 9:21 AM, 01.08.2013

Friends of Bay Village Library book sale, Jan. 26-29

The annual winter book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Library will be Saturday, Jan. 26, through Tuesday, Jan. 29. 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 children’s 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. Bags are provided by the library.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 9:25 AM, 01.08.2013

Westlake Porter Public Library's annual book sale, Feb. 6-10

The Friends of Porter Public Library will be holding their annual book sale this February. We will have loads of fiction, non-fiction, children's books, DVDs and books on CD. Once again, we will have three rooms filled with thousands of items that should meet the needs of everyone. 

The sale starts with our preview on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 4-8 p.m., just for members of Friends. You can sign up for a membership that day to get a first look at our treasures. The regular sale starts on Feb. 7 from 9:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. and again on Feb. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Then on Saturday, Feb. 9, the very popular half-price sale will run from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Our $2 Bag Sale will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10 from 1:15-4:30 p.m. See how many books you can fit into a bag.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 9:22 AM, 01.08.2013

Library receives grants from local foundations

Westlake Porter Public Library and Connecting for Kids have received a total of $33,000 in grants from the Cleveland Foundation and Nordson Corporation Foundation to provide education and support to families with questions and concerns about their child’s development.

The Cleveland Foundation’s $23,000 grant to the library will fund Connecting for Kids programming in 2013, including Parent Discussion Groups on topics related to childhood development, Music Therapy and More, Teach Me to Play and Kids in Motion Sensory Storytime. All programs will be provided free of charge at Westlake Porter Public Library.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 9:12 AM, 01.08.2013

Girls and guys book clubs start up in January at Bay Library

Looking to fulfill that New Year’s Resolution to spend more quality time with your family? The Bay Village Library has just the opportunity for you – two new book discussion clubs for kids and adults that are fun, interactive and include a snack!

It’s a Girl’s World is a book club for girls in 3rd and 4th grades along with an adult female friend – mom, grandma, aunt, neighbor. In January we’ll talk about the latest in Sara Pennypacker’s Clementine series, "Clementine and the Family Meeting."

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:44 AM, 12.11.2012

Will you be taking a college entrance exam?

The Bay Village Branch Library will be hosting an ACT Prep class for high school students on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. A representative from College Now Greater Cleveland will give tips on how to reach your goal on the ACT test based on your own talents. College can be the most important four years of your life. Prepare to do your best to try to get into the college of your choice – plan on attending this information-packed meeting.

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:41 AM, 12.11.2012

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

Stop in at the Bay Village Library as you do your holiday preparations. We have plenty of cookbooks to check out for those last-minute get togethers, a list of Great Children’s Books to help you decide which books to get the little readers on your list, and music CDs to create a festive atmosphere. We’re here to help you find what you need, even if it’s just a quiet chair to relax in for a moment!!

Children are invited to drop into the Story Room to do some  ongoing holiday crafts from Dec. 22-Jan 2. All materials will be set out – just bring your imagination! Leave time to try the Holiday Library Scavenger Hunt. Be sure to turn your completed paper in to the Children’s Desk for a small prize!

A huge Thank You to all of the patrons who visited the library in the past year! We look forward serving you again in the coming year and wish everyone Happy Holidays and all the best in the New Year!! 

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Thursday, Jan. 3 (7 p.m.) THURSDAY EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION – Join us as we discuss “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett.

Wednesday, Jan. 9 (7 p.m.) MUSIC OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT – See and hear the songs that inspired a nation! Dr. Michael Strasser, professor of musicology at Baldwin Wallace University, will present an historical perspective of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:41 AM, 12.11.2012

Kids at the Bay Village Library are inspired to create!

Nov. 13 was a very important day… at least if you are a kid. Jeff Kinney's new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, "The Third Wheel," was released. The Bay Village branch of Cuyahoga County Library celebrated the occassion with a cartooning workshop where students ages 8-14 learned about inspiration, line technique and showing action from artist Melinda Placko. Rome wasn't built in a day and masterpieces aren't masterpieces the first time they are sketched, Melinda explained; there's a process involved.

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Volume 4, Issue 24, Posted 10:38 AM, 11.27.2012

December games at the Bay Village Library

Kids in kindergarten to grade 3: Are you ready to get in the holiday mood? Come join us on Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 5 p.m. for an afternoon of great games, party prizes, a cute craft and tasty treats! The teen Round TABLE group will host the program and the Friends of the Library are the sponsors.

Parents/guardians, you’ll need to sign permission forms when you bring your children. Registration is required. Please stop by in person, call 440-871-6392 or register online at www.cuyahogalibrary.org. Be ready for some fun!

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Volume 4, Issue 24, Posted 10:36 AM, 11.27.2012

Reading with Bay's 'stars' series continues at the library

Carrie Singler, Bay Village schools music teacher, listens as one of her high school chamber orchestra musicians reads "Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin" with musical accompaniment during the Nov. 13 “Reading with the Stars” at the Bay Village Branch Library. The final program of the Fall 2012 series will be Saturday, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m. when a Bay Village mail carrier will visit the library with his mail truck. The mail carrier will read a story, talk about his job and give a tour of the truck. To register for the program, call the library at 440-871-6392 or online at www.cuyahogalibrary.org.

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Volume 4, Issue 24, Posted 10:36 AM, 11.27.2012

December events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Thursday, Dec. 13 (4-5 p.m.) Family Fun! – We’re hosting an afternoon of stories, rhymes, silly songs and crafts! For children ages 3 and up with their families.

Thursday, Dec. 13 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The December selection is "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand.

Friday, Dec. 14 (11:30 a.m.-12:30 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. Children do not need a formal diagnosis to attend. Topics listed at connectingforkids.org.

Saturday, Dec. 15 (10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m.) WPPL’s 128th Anniversary – Join us for free goodies in celebration of the 128th anniversary of the library’s founding!

Saturday, Dec. 15 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Pokemon League – Bring your cards and accessories for a fun morning of play, drawing or coloring your favorite characters! For kids ages 7-10 only. Please, no younger siblings. Registration begins Dec. 8.

Saturday, Dec. 15 (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.

Saturday, Dec. 15 (3:45-5:15 p.m.) Wii-stravaganza! – Join us for games, tournaments, snacks and fun! Grades 6-12. Please register starting two weeks before each session.

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Volume 4, Issue 24, Posted 10:33 AM, 11.27.2012

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

The annual favorite and much acclaimed booklist “Great Books for Kids” has just arrived in our library. Filled with book selections divided by age, it contains summaries of titles for ages birth to 18 years, with additional selections for families and some examples of toys from the Toy Library.

Just in time for holiday shopping, the titles can serve as a guide when choosing books for certain ages. Visit the library to pick up the brochure, and check out the display of books that are included in the list. We’ll be happy to request any titles that are checked out. Visit the website www.ccplgreatbooksforkids.org for more book suggestions. Please join us for the following programs:

Wednesday, Nov. 28 (7 p.m.) MAYAN CALENDAR IN THE SKY – Could the ancient Mayans predict the end of the world? Why is Dec. 21, 2012, important? The library’s Science and Technology Specialist will illuminate the science behind the Mayan calendar, ancient astronomy, and doomsday predictions. 

Saturday, Dec. 1 (11 a.m.) READING WITH THE STARS – Families with children ages 2–7 are invited to get up close and personal with our local mail carrier. He will share a story, craft, and details about his job. You can even check out the mail truck up close!

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Volume 4, Issue 24, Posted 10:39 AM, 11.27.2012

Westlake Porter Public Library lends a hand to powerless residents

Westlake Porter Public Library will stay open until 10 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31 for the benefit of local residents who are finding respite there from their powerless homes. On Tuesday the library was packed with visitors seeking to charge their cell phones and laptops, access the Internet, find some warmth or get a hot beverage from the café, Picc-a-Deli at Porter.

In addition, the library has arranged an impromptu free “Blackout Movie Fest” which will run most of the day today (October 31). Movie times are 1:30, 3:30 and 6 p.m. and there are offerings suitable for various ages. No registration is required. Here is the line-up:

Porter Room

1:30 p.m. - Greg and Roderick are back from summer camp, and their parents are trying hard to get them to get along.

3:30 p.m. - A mad scientist's hunchback assistant wants to break out on his own and win the annual science fair in this animated feature from 2008

6:00 p.m. - Three chipmunks get stranded on a deserted island.

Storytime Room

1:30 p.m. - Children from the twelve districts compete in a fight to the death in this teen favorite.

3:30 p.m. - Tyler Perry's latest installment in his series featuring his over-the-top female alter ego, whose family takes care of a witness who is under witness protection.

6:00 p.m. - Opposites attract in this story about the all-important high school dance.

For more information, please call the library at 440-871-2600.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 1:03 PM, 10.31.2012

Bay High chamber orchestra to perform at Bay Library Nov. 13

Music teacher Carrie Singler and some members of the Bay High School chamber orchestra will be the next “stars” at our Reading with the Stars program on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. The audience will be entertained with stories while the musicians provide the soundtracks. Ms. Singler will talk a bit about her job and show her musical skills. The program will wrap up with a fun craft for the children.

The Bay Village Library is very excited to have these award-winning music students and their teacher present a program. Recently, Bay Village was once again named one of the “Best Communities for Music Education” from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. They have been on the list yearly since 2003.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 8:02 PM, 11.09.2012

Make a holiday gift with Art on Wheels

The Bay Village Branch Library is getting ready for the December holidays and you can too. Join Carolina Martin on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 4 p.m. when she will show how to use recycled plastic bottles to make holiday ornaments or a gift for your teacher.

Carolina is the director of Art on Wheels Inc., an organization that her mother created in 1989, which provides high-quality traveling hands-on art activities in the visual arts.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:22 AM, 11.13.2012

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

We hope everyone is back to normal after the storm and the time change. It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is fast approaching and the holiday busy-ness is about to begin. And that’s where the Bay Village Library comes in! Attend one of our storytimes or specials, or choose a book to relax with. Ask us about music and book CDs for any upcoming trips – we have them for all ages! If you’ll be travelling with little ones, we’ll help you find a lullaby CD for everyone to enjoy at the end of a long day. 

If the guests are coming to your house, check out a recipe book or a few toys from the Toy Library. We’ll close at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21, and will be closed on Thanksgiving, but the library will be open on Friday as usual. Make it a stop on your Friday shopping outing – everything is free at the library!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Thursday, Nov. 15 (7 p.m.) WEST SIDE MARKET: 100 YEARS AND STILL COOKING – Local food writers Laura Taxel and Marilou Suszko have joined forces on the new book of the same name which documents the rich history of the landmark that is celebrating its centennial this year. Join us as we share stories  and nostalgia of the renowned Market. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Wednesday, Nov. 28 (7 p.m.) MAYAN CALENDAR IN THE SKY – Could the ancient Mayans predict the end of the world? Why is Dec. 21, 2012, important? We’ll illuminate the science behind the Mayan calendar, ancient astronomy and popular doomsday predictions.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:15 AM, 11.13.2012

Joe Tait to appear at the Bay Village Branch Library

Join us as Joe Tait speaks about his recent book, "Joe Tait: It’s Been a Real Ball" co-written with Terry Pluto, on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. The book is full of stories from Joe as well as dozens of fans, media colleagues and players.

Known to three generations of Cleveland sports fans, he was the “Voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers,” also making games come alive for Indians baseball and even Mount Union football. His “Hall of Fame” broadcasting career reflects his passion for sports and his work has inspired generations of young broadcasters.

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:29 PM, 10.30.2012

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

We’re heading into the perfect weather to always have a book at your side. It will soon be getting dark earlier with the time change coming up on Nov. 4, and any time is a good time to enjoy a book. Check out the many displays and the New Book shelves, or ask us for recommendations. We’re here to help! Please join us for these  upcoming programs – we have a busy and exciting November planned! This is also a good time of year to request toys from the Toy Library. New and different toys will keep your little ones occupied and interested, and they can be a wonderful surprise to have on hand when the play group comes to your house! Not familiar with the Toy Library? Ask us – we’ll show you how easy it is to use this resource! We look forward to seeing you at the Bay Library – don’t be caught without a book!!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Tuesday, Oct. 6 (7 p.m.) TIGHTEN UP: HOME EFFICIENCY AND YOUR WALLET – Keep your energy costs from going through the roof and keep your home more comfortable year-round. In this program, Jeff Muhlbach will share common, cost-effective home improvements, many of which you can do yourself, including attic tents, insulation, air sealing and HVAC upgrades.

Wednesday, Nov. 7 (7 p.m.) AUTHOR VISIT: JOE TAIT – The book “Joe Tait: It’s Been a Real Ball” celebrates his Hall of Fame broadcasting career with stories from Joe and dozens of fans, media colleagues and players. A book sale and signing will follow the presentation.

Saturday, Nov. 10 (2 p.m.) NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH WRITE-IN – NaNoWriMo is a national nonprofit organization that encourages you to write a 50,000 word novel in November.


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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:29 PM, 10.30.2012

Calling all parents! Problem-solving help is coming to Bay Library

Victoria Todd, a local child psychoanalyst, will be on hand to answer questions about behavioral issues such as sleeping and eating, bullying and scheduling activities at the Bay Village Branch Library on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 11 a.m. A variety of age-appropriate toys from Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Toy Collection, books and activities will be available for caregivers and their children (ages birth-5 years) to share as Victoria provides information and answers in an informal setting.

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:37 PM, 10.30.2012

November events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, Nov. 28 (10:30-11 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, Nov. 28 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – November’s selection is "Defending Jacob" by William Landay.

Thursday, Nov. 29 (4-5 p.m.) Family Fun! – Miss Nicole hosts an afternoon of stories, rhymes, silly songs and crafts! For children ages 3 and up with their families.

Friday, Nov. 30 (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) Connecting for Kids "Teach Me to Play" – Experts from the Cuyahoga Board of Developmental Disabilities will lead this playgroup for children 6 years and younger (siblings welcome). Parents will learn how to help their children play and interact with peers through modeling techniques. Children do not need a formal diagnosis to attend. Caregiver must stay in the room. No registration required.

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:42 PM, 10.30.2012

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

The changing leaves and everything else that’s beautiful about fall are upon us! The cooler weather invites cozy reading or outside activities. Stop in at the library for titles you’re looking for, or ask us for suggestions. If you need a book for those repairs that are waiting or tips on organizing your spaces, we can help you find those, also. Don’t forget to take some time to relax and do something fun. Join us for the following programs to be entertained, meet an author or two and discover what’s new at your library!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Wednesday, Oct. 17 (7 p.m.) AUTHOR VISIT WITH P. L. GAUS – P. L. Gaus is the author of the “Amish Country Mysteries” books set in the Amish culture. Examining the Amish culture in the context of a murder investigation, Gaus illuminates life among the Amish. Join us as the author shares his thoughts on writing and discusses his latest book, “Harmless as Doves.” Books will be available for purchase and signing. 

Wednesday, Oct. 24 (7 p.m.) A NUTRITIONIST’S VIEW – Living healthier is easier than you think! Join a MetroHealth nutritionist to learn about the importance of nutrition and easy tips on how to make better meal choices. Take home healthy recipes, too!

Tuesday, Nov. 6 (7 p.m.) TIGHTEN UP: HOME EFFICIENCY AND YOUR WALLET – Keep your energy costs from going through the roof and keep your home more comfortable year-round. In this program, Jeff Muhlbach will share common, cost-effective home improvements, many of which you can do yourself, including attic tents, insulation, air sealing and HVAC updates.

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Volume 4, Issue 21, Posted 9:57 AM, 10.16.2012

Girls in Bay shine!

What did you do after the last good book you read? The Girls-in-Bay Book Club (girls in grades 5-8 and their moms) from the Bay Village Branch Library made a positive difference in the world. The book they read, "A Monster Calls" by Patrick Ness, is about a boy who is visited by a monster each night as he deals with his mother dying of cancer.

After the discussion, all the girls and their moms worked together to make a cozy no-sew blanket and heartfelt cards of encouragement. These were donated to the Cornerstone of Hope, a center for grieving children, teens and adults. Misty Ramos, art therapist from the Cornerstone of Hope expressed much appreciation for the gifts and noted that the blanket will help provide great comfort for kids and teens in the counseling sessions.

Thank you, Girls in Bay, for giving of yourselves and representing your community in such a positive way!

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Volume 4, Issue 21, Posted 9:56 AM, 10.16.2012

Westlake Porter Public Library passes audit with flying colors

Westlake Porter Public Library received perfect marks on its recent audit by the State of Ohio. The audit report came back with “no comment,” which means auditors found no weaknesses or deficiencies in the library’s financial management and record-keeping. In addition, the library was found to be in compliance with the laws, regulations, contracts and other agreements it is required to meet. This continues the library’s longstanding record of successful audits.

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Volume 4, Issue 21, Posted 10:01 AM, 10.16.2012

Friends of Bay Village Library Book Sale

The annual fall book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Library branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library will be Saturday, Oct. 27, through Tuesday, Oct. 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 children’s 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. Bags are provided by the library.

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Volume 4, Issue 21, Posted 9:55 AM, 10.16.2012

Exploration Station at Bay Village Branch Library rescheduled!

Don’t miss the third program in Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Preschool Financial Literacy Exploration Stations at the Bay Village Branch Library. PNC Bank provided grant money for all of the branches to present five different exploration stations for preschoolers that deal with financial lessons: Counting and Comparing, Making Choices, Money Math, Off to Work, Sharing and Caring.

The upcoming program, Making Choices, on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to noon, will begin with a story and include various stations to extend the theme. Children will be able to explore and practice thinking skills through play at hands-on learning stations. The stations include food and pet shopping, meal choices, voting and craft activities. Registration is required, call 440-871-6392 or visit cuyahogalibrary.org.

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Volume 4, Issue 21, Posted 10:04 AM, 10.16.2012

Zombies in the library! Oh my!

The Bay Village Branch Library will once again resemble a spooky graveyard for the Second Annual Zombie Party on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 2-4:30 p.m. There will be an additional hour of makeup application this year. Katie Lane from the Legion of Terror will be applying/demonstrating zombie makeup from 2-4 p.m.

Ms. Lane is the co-owner of local design and production company Raven’s Wolf and has been involved in the haunt industry for over a decade. She specializes in training actors and makeup artists across the country, working with haunts, entertainment venues, theater groups and schools. Katie spends her haunt season traveling the nation to guest act (everywhere from Dream Reapers, to Darksyde Acres, to Haunted Hydro, to Spookyworld/Nightmare New England). She also does custom costume design and set design for a variety of events and teaches acting seminars which she did a few years ago at all the Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:23 AM, 10.02.2012

October events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, Oct. 17 (10:30-11 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, Oct. 17 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society

Thursday, Oct. 18 (4-6 p.m.) Zombie Walk – Celebrate Teen Read Week with our first ever ZOMBIE WALK! We’ll start by transforming everyone into zombies and then take a walk down Center Ridge, ending with pizza and soft drinks! Grades 6-12. Registration begins Oct. 4.

Thursday, Oct. 18 (4-5 p.m.) Family Fun! – Miss Nicole hosts an afternoon of stories, rhymes, silly songs and crafts! For children ages 3 and up with their families. Halloween and homemade make up as well as some costume parts will be available to participants. Please wear clothing you don’t mind getting dirty. All participants will need to return a signed permission slip.

Friday, Oct. 19 (1-2 p.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 adult caregiver for assistance.

Saturday, Oct. 20 (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.

Saturday, Oct. 20 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) Crafts A Go-Go! Come on in and make a craft! We provide the supplies, you provide the creativity. No registration necessary. Meets in front of the Youth Services Desk.

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:21 AM, 10.02.2012

Amish mystery writer to appear at the Bay Village Branch Library

P. L. Gaus is the author of the Amish-Country Mysteries series of books set in the Amish culture. He lives in Wooster and has extensive knowledge of the culture and lifestyle of the Ohio Amish.

He has gained this knowledge from over thirty years of travel throughout Holmes and surrounding counties in Ohio, where the world's largest Amish and Mennonite population sprawls out over the countryside near Millersburg, Wooster and Sugarcreek.

Paul took an interest in writing fiction in 1993, and with the advice and encouragement of author Tony Hillerman, he began writing mystery novels. The first of Gaus's mysteries, "Blood of the Prodigal, An Ohio Amish Mystery," was published by Ohio University Press in June 1999, followed by seven additional novels in this series: "Broken English," "Clouds Without Rain," "Cast a Blue Shadow," "A Prayer for the Night," "Separate from the World" and "Harmless as Doves." An eighth novel in the series is in preparation.

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:19 AM, 10.02.2012

Remembering WIXY1260 at Westlake Porter Public Library

If you know what the phrase “WIXY 1260” means you’ll want to join Rich Berg and Mike Olszewski at Westlake Porter Public Library on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. for a look at the legendary Cleveland radio station.

Berg and Olszewski, the co-authors of "WIXY 1260: Pixies, Six-Packs and Supermen," will discuss the origins and history of the groundbreaking station that became synonymous with pop culture in Northeast Ohio during the 1960s. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing after the program.    

To register, please visit signup.westlakelibrary.org:8080 or call 440-871-2600.

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:12 AM, 10.02.2012

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

October will be filled with treats for everyone at the Bay Village Branch Library! Drop in for ongoing storytimes and browse the collection during your visit. We’ll be glad to help you find what you’re looking for, or introduce you to books and authors you might not know. Register for these programs and get ready to be entertained and informed!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Tuesday, Oct. 9 (10 a.m.) FACEBOOK FOR BEGINNERS – This program will walk you through the basics of Facebook. You’ll learn how to keep your content safe, what to do once you join and how to decide who to “friend.” Share photos safely, find long-lost friends and colleagues and socialize with confidence in this brave new world of social media.

Thursday, Oct. 11 (7 p.m.) MANAGING STRESS – Stress can cause increased blood pressure and muscle pain and take a toll on your immune system. Join us as a MetroHealth physician explains how to identify stressors and the best ways to cope.

Wednesday, Oct. 17 (7 p.m.) AUTHOR VISIT WITH P.L. GAUS – P.L. Gaus is the author of the “Amish Country Mysteries,” books set in the Amish culture. Join us as the author shares his thoughts on writing and discusses his latest book, “Harmless as Doves.” Books will be available for purchase and signing.

TEEN DEPARTMENT

Tuesday, Oct. 9 (3:30 p.m.) ROUND T.A.B.L.E – For ages 11 and up. Join other teens at the library for this ongoing series doing what teens like to do, whether it be completing projects that serve the community, helping the library or  sometimes just hanging out playing video games. Snacks will be provided.

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:15 AM, 10.02.2012

Former Browns placekicker Don Cockroft will speak at Westlake Porter Public Library

Former Cleveland Browns placekicker Don Cockroft will talk about his book "1980 Kardiac Kids: Our Untold Stories" at Westlake Porter Public Library on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. He will sign copies of the book from 6 to 6:45 p.m. and again after his talk.

Cockroft was the Browns’ punter for nine seasons and placekicker for all 13 seasons of his NFL career with the team. His final NFL season - 1980 - was the year the Browns were dubbed the “Kardiac Kids” because of their predilection for heart-stopping last-minute wins. He retired in 1981 with 1,080 points scored, at the time the eighth highest in the NFL.

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Volume 4, Issue 19, Posted 10:00 AM, 09.18.2012

Adopting great reading habits

Like the buzzards over Hinckley or the swallows returning to Capistrano, every year at this time, an extraordinary creature makes its annual pilgrimage to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. Librarianus Ballardus, also known as Cuyahoga County Public Library children’s librarian Susan Ballard, makes the brave trek from the Bay Village branch to perhaps be photographed with a snake draped about her neck or, as is the case this year, step into the den of a newly-acquired red fox who is as young and as skittish as a group of preschoolers at storytime.

Ballard’s visit coincides with the end of the library’s annual summer reading program, in which participants received a warm and fuzzy incentive to rack up the required number of hours spent reading. In addition to many fantastic prizes offered by CCPL, the Friends of the Bay Village Branch offered to sponsor the library’s participation in Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s Adopt an Animal program if the summer readers reached their goal of 20,000 hours.

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Volume 4, Issue 19, Posted 9:55 AM, 09.18.2012

Preschoolers can learn digital storytelling at Bay Library on Sept. 15

Preschoolers ages 3-5 and their adult caregiver are in for a fun, interactive treat on Saturday, Sept. 15, at either 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Stephanie Sutton will be presenting a program called Preschool Digital Media during which preschoolers and their caregiver will work together to create and illustrate stories. 

Using age-appropriate software, Stephanie will take participants through the steps of digital storytelling. Small motor skills will be strengthened as children work the mouse, and literacy skills will be enhanced through vocabulary and sentence expansion. Microsoft Paint is the software used to illustrate the stories, which some home computers already have installed.

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Volume 4, Issue 18, Posted 10:56 AM, 09.05.2012

Help wanted: Zombie wannabes

If you are a teen in grades 6-12 and are looking for a fun, part-time volunteer opportunity, this is your chance of a lifetime! The Round T.A.B.L.E. group at the Bay Village Branch Library is looking for a few good volunteers who would like to make the world a better place… and have some fun along the way!

The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 3:30 p.m. where we will plan our Read-to-a-Zombie project that will take place at the library’s Second Annual Zombie Party in October. We will also look at planning other at projects that will benefit the library, the community and maybe even help people in other countries.

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Volume 4, Issue 18, Posted 10:55 AM, 09.05.2012

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

As everyone returns to school and daily schedules, the Bay Library has many programs to keep you entertained and informed. We’ll help you find the book for those fall projects, and a book or movie to relax with when everything’s done. School has started again but keep reading to your children, whatever their ages. Quiet time spent sharing a book together is the greatest gift you can give them. Stop in and browse – we’re here to help! Please join us for one or all of these programs as we begin September.

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Thursday, Sept. 6 (7:30 p.m.) THURSDAY EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION – Join us as we discuss Tony Horwitz’s book “Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War.”

Tuesday, Sept. 11 (10 a.m.) WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?  EXPLORE THE LIBRARY’S GENEALOGY RESOURCES – Are you interested in finding out about your ancestors and where they came from? Join us as a librarian shows how to access and use the genealogical databases available through the library’s website. Information on Ancestry Library Edition as well as the Plain Dealer online archives will be presented.

 

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Volume 4, Issue 18, Posted 10:55 AM, 09.05.2012

Westlake Porter Public Library's September calendar of events

Thursday, Sept. 6 (7-8:00 p.m.) Superhero Storytime – KAPOW! Dress up as your favorite superhero and use your bionic hearing to listen to tales of bravery. Be prepared to use your amazing strength to play games and make a super-duper craft to take home! Ages 3-6. Please register.

Saturday, Sept. 8 (10:30-11 a.m.) Mother Goose on the Loose! – Mother Goose is on the loose in this interactive storytime featuring simple books, rhymes, songs and movement. For ages birth-3 years old with an adult caregiver. Mother Goose on the Loose promotes the joys of shared reading, the benefits of early literacy and the importance of the caregiver-child connection.

Saturday, Sept. 8 (2-3:30 p.m.) Beginning Genealogy – Get started researching your family history. Learn where to begin, how to research, what resources are available, and where to find them. Bring along names and dates for hands-on research. Please register.

Saturday, Sept. 8 (2-3 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.

Saturday, Sept. 8 (3-4:45 p.m.) Mad4Manga – M4M is everything manga! We talk about manga, create manga art, discuss and watch anime films, and more! Grades 6-12 only.

Saturday, Sept. 8 (7 p.m.) Jim Axelrod: In the Long Run – Join CBS political correspondent and author Jim Axelrod as he discusses the running journey that reconnected him with his late father and the book it inspired. Books will be available for purchase and signing after his talk. The program will take place at the Westlake Performing Arts Center (27830 Hilliard Blvd.) and is co-sponsored by the Friends of Porter Public Library, Westlake City Schools and St. John Medical Center.

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Volume 4, Issue 18, Posted 10:50 AM, 09.05.2012

Bay Village Branch Library celebrates Hispanic culture with music, food

The Bay Village Branch Library is kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month with two programs, one Sept. 16 with Moises Borges and his Brazilian Jazz Quartet and another on Sept. 18 when the manager of Si Senor Mexican Restaurant shares a story and craft.

Moises Borges is a self-taught acoustic guitarist and singer born in the heart of Brazil’s musical state, Bahia. As Moises says, “music and Bahia are synonymous.”

Strongly influenced by Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Joao Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim, he grew up experimenting with rhythms such as bolero, baião, xote, afoxé, frevo, forró, and especially samba and bossa nova, which are basic to his performances.

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Volume 4, Issue 17, Posted 10:05 AM, 08.21.2012

Porter Public Library seeks new trustee

Westlake Porter Public Library is currently accepting applications for a position on the Board of Trustees that starts on Jan. 1, 2013. The position will become available when Board President John Weedon’s term expires on Dec. 31.

The Board, the policy-making body of the library, is composed of seven members. The Library Board’s primary responsibilities are approving library policies, setting the budget, hiring a director and fiscal officer and advocating for the library. Terms are seven years with a maximum of two terms. Library board meetings are held monthly, usually on a Wednesday, at 6:30 pm.

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Volume 4, Issue 17, Posted 9:59 AM, 08.21.2012

'Buddies' share joy of reading

Students from the Bay Village area are much better readers now…thanks to the Book Buddies program at the Bay Village Branch Library. Volunteer Big Buddies listened to and read to Little Buddies, played reading games with them and were great mentors overall in encouraging the younger ones in their pursuit of the written word.

Big Buddy Kate said of the program, “It’s really fun!” and Little Buddy Brandon reflected how this program helps: ”I like reading because it makes us all smarter.” Little Buddy Andrew shared, “I liked the books I read. It was a good class!”

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Volume 4, Issue 17, Posted 9:58 AM, 08.21.2012

September events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Saturday, Sept. 1 (2-3 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 prior to each session.

Sunday, Sept. 2 and Monday, Sept. 3 – Library Closed in observance of Labor Day

Wednesday, Sept. 5 (10:30-11 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. Please arrive early enough to receive a ticket at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesday, Sept. 5 (2-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile – Type O Drive

Wednesday, Sept. 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, Sept. 6 (7-8:00 p.m.) Superhero Storytime – KAPOW! Dress up as your favorite superhero and use your bionic hearing to listen to tales of bravery. Be prepared to use your amazing strength to play games and make a super-duper craft to take home! Ages 3-6. Please register starting Aug. 30.

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Volume 4, Issue 17, Posted 10:03 AM, 08.21.2012