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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

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

It’s hard to believe that we’re saying goodbye to summer and loading up on school supplies! We hope everyone enjoyed the hot weather but now we’re looking forward to cooler days and everything that fall brings. So many activities will be starting up, and the Bay Library should be one of your stops. We have a wide  array of programs for all ages and interests lined up, as well as weekly storytimes that begin again. We’re here to assist teachers, students and adults in finding the books they need. Join us for the following programs and stay awhile!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

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

TEEN DEPARTMENT

Tuesday, Sept. 11 (3:30 p.m.) ROUND T.A.B.L.E. – For ages 11 and up. Join other teens and do what teens at Bay Library enjoy…whether it is completing projects that serve the community, helping the library or sometimes just hanging out and playing video games. The program is an ongoing series and snacks will be provided. A permission slip must be signed by a parent or guardian to enjoy the snacks.

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Volume 4, Issue 17, Posted 9:56 AM, 08.21.2012

Westlake Porter Public Library Offers Second Annual Science Week

Westlake Porter Public Library is offering area kids its second annual Science Week from August 6-11. Sponsored by the Friends of Porter Public Library, Science Week is intended to emphasize the importance of science and technology in today’s economy while encouraging people of all ages to expand their knowledge of scientific concepts and ideas. Programs planned cover some of the S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) objectives included in the Westlake City Schools’ curriculum.

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Volume 4, Issue 16, Posted 10:25 AM, 08.07.2012

August events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, Aug. 8 (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, Aug. 8 (3-5 p.m.) Trick My Locker – You'll have the coolest locker in school when you trick it out with these fun – and useful – locker craft ideas. Grades 5-7. Please register starting Aug. 1.

Thursday, Aug. 9 (3-6 p.m.) Teen Manicures – Head back to school in style! Students from the Brown Aveda Institute will be doing manicures for FREE so that you can have gorgeous nails for your first day back! Grades 9-12 only. Sign up for a 45-minute slot at the Youth Services desk starting Aug. 2.

Thursday, Aug. 9 (9 a.m.-noon) Astronomy: Sun and Moon by Day! – Stop by and view the sun and moon through telescopes. Viewing dependent upon weather – rain or clouds will cancel the event. No registration – just drop by. Telescopes will be located near the parking lot.

Thursday, Aug. 9 (7-8 p.m.) The Hardy Boys Mystery Club – Are you a fan of "The Hardy Boys" and other mysteries? Join the Hardy Boys Mystery Club! We'll play games, watch movies and have fun! Grades 4-6. Please register one week prior to each session.

Thursday, Aug. 9 (7-8:30 p.m.) Science Week: My Extraordinary Son – In "My Extraordinary Son," Stephanie Kramer-Vetrone portrays Nancy Edison, mother of the famous inventor. Please register.

Friday, Aug. 10 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) Experiment Station – Science Week continues with drop-in experiment stations in the Craft Room. *New* this year we will be doing an egg drop at 3:00! Supplies to participate in the egg drop will be available starting at 2:00. All ages welcome!

Friday, Aug. 10 (7-8 p.m.) Mad Science – A Mad Scientist will use audience members for hands-on science demonstrations during this special Science Week event. Free tickets available at the Youth Services desk beginning Aug. 3.

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Volume 4, Issue 16, Posted 10:26 AM, 08.07.2012

Upcoming Bay Village Branch Library programs

The Dog Days of summer are almost upon us and we have a book for that! Come and check out our dog book display and read about your favorite breed or how to train your fluffy friend. Prefer a fictional dog story? We have plenty of those, too! While you’re  at the library, browse the collection and register for some of the programs that are coming up. Keep playing the Summer Reading Game until it ends on August 11. You can’t be in the drawing for the prizes if you don’t read and enter.  Come on in – it’s cool and we’re looking forward to seeing you!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Tuesday, Aug. 14 (7 p.m.) EXPLORE THE WORLD WITH ROAD SCHOLAR – Are you interested in traveling but don’t want the hassle of planning the trip? More than 6500 educational adventures throughout the U.S. and 150 countries are organized through Road Scholar each year. A Road Scholar ambassador will explain the program, places visited and how you can get involved.
 
Wednesday, Aug. 15 (7 p.m.) GOAL SETTING – Maurice Stevens from Career Development and Placement Strategies will guide you through a series of step-by-step activities to understand the importance of goal setting to get the life you really want.

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Volume 4, Issue 15, Posted 10:11 AM, 07.24.2012

Westlake Porter Public Library will expand hours in August

The Westlake Porter Public Library Board of Trustees voted at their June meeting to increase the number of hours the library is open. Starting on Sunday, August 5, the library will be open on Sundays from 1-5 p.m. Traditionally the library is closed on summer Sundays until Labor Day. In addition, the library will be open until 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays starting on Friday, August 10. Currently the library closes at 5 p.m. on those days.

The decision to add these hours was based upon several factors, including customer requests, Westlake City School districts’ earlier starting time this year, and the hours of other area libraries.

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Volume 4, Issue 14, Posted 12:52 PM, 07.10.2012

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

The summer is going by quickly – it’s hard to believe it’s already July! Summer is in full swing with many activities to enjoy, from sports to vacations to quietly reading a book. Whatever your interests, hobbies or favorite authors, stop in to the library and let us help you find the perfect book. Playaways and Playaway Views can help pass long hours in the car with little ones, and audio books and ebooks also make travel easier  Come in and browse the collection – we’re here to help you!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Tuesday, July 10 (10 a.m.) GADGETS SIMPLIFIED – Having trouble using your cell phone, digital camera, eReader, etc.?  Bring your portable device to the library and representatives from Tec4Life will answer your questions at this informal technology learning circle.  

Wednesday, July 11 (7 p.m.) CHILDHOOD NUTRITION – Are organic vegetables really a better option for kids? What would you do if a child was gaining too much weight? If you are a parent with questions similar to these, join MetroHealth Pediatric experts as they explain the importance of childhood nutrition and the choices you can make now to help them live healthier lives as adults.

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Volume 4, Issue 14, Posted 12:47 PM, 07.10.2012

Friends of Bay Village Library used book sale, July 28-31

The annual summer used book sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Library, will be Saturday, July 28, through Tuesday, July 31. The sale is held during regular library hours with the exception of Tuesday when it closes at 7 p.m.

There is a wide variety of topics for adults, young adults and children's in both hard back and paperback. The books have been conveniently sorted according to subject matter and age groups. There is also a nice selection of DVDs, CDs, books on tape and magazines.

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Volume 4, Issue 14, Posted 12:49 PM, 07.10.2012

July events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, July 10 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In July we’ll discuss "Death Comes to Pemberley" by P.D. James.

Wednesday, July 11 (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. No registration required.

Wednesday, July 11 (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.

Thursday, July 12 (2-3 p.m.) Sharpie Tie Dying – We're adding a new twist to tie-dying! Join us to make your own Sharpie tie-dye creations. Bring your own T-shirt or anything else you'd like to tie-dye! Grades 6-12. Please register.

Thursday, July 12 (3-4:30 p.m.) Boredom Busters – Drop in and play a game, do a craft or make some art! All supplies provided. Open for all ages; children under nine must be with a grown-up.

Thursday, July 12 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The July selection is "Nothing Daunted" by Dorothy Wickenden.

Thursday, July 12 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investor Interest Group – Topic: "Hidden Tells of Financial Markets, Part 2." Session will cover Building Market Internal Models and focus on where you can find the data to generate internal indicators and how to build market internal indicators. Please register.

Thursday, July 12 (7-7:30 p.m.) Evening Family Storytime – Join us for stories, rhymes and more! Fun for the whole family.

Friday, July 13 (2-3:30 p.m.) Movies @ Your Library – Cool off with some hot summer movies! All ages welcome; room occupancy limited to 58. All children under age nine must be accompanied by an adult. Please register starting one week prior to each showing. Since release dates may change, please check with the library for titles.

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Volume 4, Issue 14, Posted 12:48 PM, 07.10.2012

Solve a murder mystery at Bay Library

A murder has taken place... right outside the Bay Village Branch Library! A soccer player has been killed. If you are a teen age 11-18, like pizza and are good at picking up on clues, come help us to figure out what happened and who the perpetrator is at this murder mystery program on Thursday, June 28, at 3 p.m. A release form must be signed by a parent. Registration is required. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Library.

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Volume 4, Issue 13, Posted 9:58 AM, 06.26.2012

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

We’ve been having a lot of fun so far at the Library, and many of you have been joining us! Adults have learned about area gardens and Zentangle, tens have been helping with Book Buddies and children had fun with art and working dogs. Everyone is enjoying the Summer Reading Game, and you can still sign up for that. The  game goes until Aug. 11, completely at your own pace, with books of your choice. Stop in and we’ll get you started! Come in to the library to cool off, and leave with a good book or two! We look forward to seeing you soon!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Thursday, June 28 (7 p.m.) DEVELOPING YOUR SKILLS – This workshop focuses on helping you understand that all life experiences contribute to developing skills. Join Maurice Stevens from Career Development and Placement Strategies, as he shares activities that will help you analyze your skill set and effectively communicate with any target audience.

Tuesday, July 10 (10 a.m.) GADGETS SIMPLIFIED – Having trouble using your cell phone, digital camera, eReader, etc.?  Bring your portable device to the library and representatives from Tec4Life will answer your questions at this informal technology circle.

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Volume 4, Issue 13, Posted 9:58 AM, 06.26.2012

Reserve materials earlier with WPPL's new LibALERTS service

Now Westlake Porter Public Library cardholders can get holds placed on new books by their favorite authors sooner. The library has introduced a service called LibALERTS that notifies library users when the library has ordered a new book by their favorite author(s).

Users can register for LibALERTS at www.westlakelibrary.org/libalerts/ and select the author(s) they wish to receive notifications about. Notifications are sent to users’ e-mail accounts or cell phones, and contain links users can follow to the catalog to place holds. (The system does not automatically place a hold on the title.) There is a mobile version of the service which allows users to access it via their cell phones.

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Volume 4, Issue 13, Posted 9:59 AM, 06.26.2012

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

Congratulations to all of the students, teachers and parents on the completion of another school year! Now it’s time for fun and sun!! Come to the library before that trip to the pool, or that long-awaited vacation. Wait! You don’t have to be going somewhere to need a good book! A cozy chair inside or outside on a porch is also the perfect place to read. 

Play the Summer Reading Game to make it even more fun! Sign up now and get started. Congratulations are also in order to Bay Village for the No. 1 ranking in Cleveland Magazine’s “Rating the Suburbs” edition. We’re proud of our city!! Please join us for these upcoming library programs!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Wednesday, June 13 (7 p.m.) CULTURAL GARDENS OF LIBERTY BOULEVARD – Explore the Cultural Gardens of Liberty Boulevard with Rebecca McFarland.

Monday, June 18 (7 p.m.) ZENTANGLE FOR ADULTS – Join certified teacher Cathy Zavodny and learn the art of Zentangle – an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 9:46 AM, 06.12.2012

June events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, June 27 (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. No registration required.

Wednesday, June 27 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – June’s selection is "The Dry Grass of August" by Anna Jean Mayhew.

Wednesday, June 27 (3-4:30 p.m.) Snips 'n Scraps – Bring your mementos, snips and scraps and make some cool pages for your scrapbook or journal! We'll provide paper and embellishments. For kids grades 5-7. Please register starting June 20.

Wednesday, June 27 (6-7:30 p.m.) Wii-stravaganza! – The gauntlet has been thrown down! Westlake Library has been challenged to a Super Smash Brothers Brawl competition with Wells Public Library in Maine. Help showcase Ohio's skills in this Wii competition! Grades 6-12 only. Please register starting June 20.

Thursday, June 28 (3-4:30 p.m.) Boredom Busters – Drop in and play a game, do a craft or make some art! All supplies provided. Open for all ages; children under nine must be with a grown-up.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 10:06 AM, 05.30.2012

Spy-training fun at the Bay Village Library

Calling all spies and private eyes! Come to the Bay Village Branch Library on Monday, June 11, from 1-4 p.m. and participate in Mission Training, go on a Mission Treasure Hunt around the library and create a spy craft! And of course at the end of the training, you’ll want to sign up for the Summer Reading Game, Mission Possible: READ. 

Your Spy Mission Training will consist of several tasks to be completed. See how fast your reactions are by catching the reaction tester. Spies need to be sharp and quick to react!

Continue on and become a master of disguises by changing the way you look, walk and carry yourself. Look in the mirror – do you recognize yourself? 

Spies don’t use their real names, so you’ll have to use a code name. Use a chart to figure out your new name, and learn a secret handshake. Spies can’t be too careful!

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 10:06 AM, 05.30.2012

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

Summer is almost here and it’ll soon be time to switch gears a bit – or at least change our daily schedules! School activities and assignments will have been completed and everyone will be ready for a slower pace and long sunny days. Let your days include reading, whether by the pool, in a good discussion group or on your porch in a comfortable chair. Come to the library to cool off and find that perfect book or audio book to make travel easy. Join the Summer Reading Game for chances to win prizes, and to contribute hours to the adoption of the red fox at the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. Mark the upcoming programs on your calendar so you don’t miss out – we have a lot of fun in store for everyone!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Tuesday, June 12 (10 a.m.) ETHICAL WILLS: CREATE A LEGACY – Unlike legal wills that transfer material possessions, an ethical will bequeaths personal values, reflections, traditions, advice and memories to loved ones. Representatives from the Hospice of the Western Reserve will share ideas on how to get started.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 10:05 AM, 05.30.2012

Beware of the 'Summer Slide'!

As written on the Reading is Fundamental website, “something is waiting for many children every summer, and parents don’t even know it’s there. It’s called the 'Summer Slide' and it describes what happens when young minds sit idle for three  months. ...Summer reading loss is cumulative: By the end of sixth grade, children who lose reading skills over the summer will be two years behind their classmates. 

"As parents approach summer break, they’re often thinking about vacations, trips to the pool and other activities, but they might not be focusing on how much educational ground their children can lose, especially when it comes to reading. To  compensate for the Summer Slide, teachers must often spend at least a month re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer. Families have a major role in motivating their children to read during the summer."

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:33 AM, 05.15.2012

Acclaimed author Dan Chaon to visit the Bay Village Branch Library

Dan Chaon, author of the national bestselling novels "Await Your Reply" and "Among the Missing" – a finalist for the National Book Award – will be appearing at the Bay Village Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library on Wednesday, May 16, at 7:00 p.m. 

His latest collection of short stories, entitled "Stay Awake," was just released this spring. A finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction and the recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letter, Mr. Chaon is the Pauline M. Delaney Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:37 AM, 05.15.2012

Have a terrific tie-dye day May 24 at Bay Library!

Want to try your hand at designing a cool tie-dye shirt? Bring in a washed, plain white T-shirt to the Bay Village Branch Library and we’ll help you turn it into a masterpiece! The fun is for all ages, but kids 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Register in person only. Release forms must be signed for all participants at the time of registration; anyone under 18 must have their parent or guardian sign for them. 

Please join us for this fun program on Thursday, May 24 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. You won’t want to miss out on the fun!

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:37 AM, 05.15.2012

May events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, May 2 (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. No registration required.

Wednesday, May 2 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society Help Session – Wondering how to get started researching your ancestors? Hit a roadblock on your search? Stop in for suggestions and help!

Thursday, May 3 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investor Interest Group – Larry Wickstrom, division chief and state geologist with the Ohio Division of Geological Survey, will discuss the oil and natural gas supplies in Ohio and how investors can use this knowledge. Please register.

Friday, May 4 (10-11 a.m.) Cinco de Mayo – Hola! Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the library! Festivities include stories, songs, dancing and a craft – we'll even break a pinata! Ages 3-5. Please register starting April 27.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 10:33 AM, 05.01.2012