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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

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