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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

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