Libraries

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

The Bay Village Branch library has some great programs coming up. Join us at one of them or come browse through our books, DVDs, or AV collection. Whether you want to check out some new BBQ recipes, find that great beach read, or need a good family audiobook for a road trip, we can help you find it.

Don't forget to sign up for the Summer Reading Game. It ends Aug. 6, so you still have time to participate. It's a fun way to keep all ages interested in reading over the summer. 

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Join us at the Bay Village pool for poolside storytimes. The poolside storytimes will be held Mondays and Tuesdays at 2 p.m. We hope to see you there this summer!

Storytimes: Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required.

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Thursdays (6:45 p.m.) Sensory Storytime – Geared for children who are developmentally at the preschool level and specifically designed for children with special needs and their families. The program incorporates a schedule board, double visuals and sensory opportunities for participants as well as socialization time following the program.
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Wednesday, July 6 (7 p.m.) Wonderful World of Bubbles – Prepare to be amazed at this spectacular show! You won’t believe your eyes as the Bubble Lady herself creates bubbles like you’ve never seen before!

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Volume 8, Issue 13, Posted 9:30 AM, 07.06.2016

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

This year commemorates 75 years since H.A. Rey's classic tale "Curious George" was published. This curious monkey has been entertaining children through books and television ever since. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of this beloved classic, children ages 3-7 and their caregivers are invited to join us at the Bay Village branch library on Monday, June 27, at 6:45 p.m. for a Curious George celebration. We'll have stories, activity stations and fun!

On Wednesday, June 22, 6 p.m., join your friends, neighbors and library staff for a scoop of yummy Mitchell's ice cream at our annual ice cream social. Enjoy your tasty treat and the cool musical stylings of the Desmond and Molly band.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Join us at the Bay Village pool for poolside storytimes. The poolside storytimes will be held Mondays and Tuesdays at 2 p.m. We hope to see you there this summer!

Storytimes: Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required.

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Thursdays (6:45 p.m.) Sensory Storytime – Geared for children who are developmentally at the preschool level and specifically designed for children with special needs and their families. The program incorporates a schedule board, double visuals and sensory opportunities for participants as well as socialization time following the program.
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:36 AM, 06.21.2016

June events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesdays, June 8 and 15 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesdays, June 8 and 15 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, June 9 and 16 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and each Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, June 8 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Lunch & Learn Speaker Series – Guest speakers join Career Transition Center to present informative and timely topics for job seekers. Bring your lunch; learn and grow. Coffee provided. This month’s topic: "New Economy, New Rules of the Game."

Wednesday, June 8 (7-8:30 p.m.) Genealogy Basics, Too – Learn how to do advanced searches with Ancestry.com and get an introduction to other online resources. Includes hands-on research. Please register.

Thursday, June 9 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The June selection is "Skeleton Cupboard: The Making of a Clinical Psychologist" by Tanya Byron.

Friday, June 10 (4-5:30 p.m.) Weird(er) Science – Designed to teach fundamental principles in an entertaining format, through demonstrations and activities. This month: design and make your own kite! Grades 5-6. Please register.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 9:40 AM, 06.07.2016

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

It's that time of year again, our annual ice-cream social! Join your friends, neighbors and library staff for a scoop of yummy Mitchell's ice cream at the Bay Village branch library on Wednesday, June 22, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Enjoy your tasty treat and the cool musical stylings of The Desmond and Molly Band, as well as a visit from The Fairytale Foundation princesses.

As a convenience to our customers, Cuyahoga County Public Library branches recently began selling postage stamps, offices supplies, and RTA bus passes. Stop by the Bay Village branch library to pick up any items you may need.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Join us at the Bay Village pool for poolside storytimes. The poolside storytimes will be held Mondays and Tuesdays at 2 p.m. We hope to see you there this summer!

Storytimes: Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required.

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Thursdays (6:45 p.m.) Sensory Storytime – Geared for children who are developmentally at the preschool level and specifically designed for children with special needs and their families. The program incorporates a schedule board, double visuals and sensory opportunities for participants as well as socialization time following the program.
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 9:53 AM, 06.07.2016

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

As we head into Memorial Day weekend, we start thinking summer fun! The Bay Village branch library has a variety of activities to keep your children busy during the upcoming summer months. Besides our weekly in-library storytimes, we'll also be hosting a storytime at the Bay Village pool on Monday and Tuesday afternoons starting June 13 at 2 p.m. Our popular Book Buddies program starts back up on June 22 and we have some fun STEM programs – Project Bridge and Light Up Your Summer.

Also, children and adults can sign up for Cuyahoga County Public Library's summer reading program, "Get in the Game: Read." Keep track of your reading and you'll have a chance to win prizes. Pre-registration has started. CCPL is also hosting a variety of  camps for children of all ages this summer. Visit cuyahogalibrary.org for more information on what is being offered.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Storytimes start back up on May 31. Also, starting on June 6, join us at the Bay Village pool for poolside storytimes. The poolside storytimes will be held on Monday and Tuesdays at 2 p.m. We hope to see you there this summer!

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:51 AM, 05.17.2016

Porter Library parking lot to be closed for resealing

Westlake Porter Public Library’s parking lot will be closed for resealing and striping on Sunday, May 29, and Monday, May 30. There will be no access to the drive-up book drops while the parking lot is closed. The library will be closed on May 29 and 30 in observance of Memorial Day, making it an ideal time for performing the annual maintenance. The re-sealing and re-striping will be done weather-permitting.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:49 AM, 05.17.2016

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

How do we find the joy in our daily routines, engage more deeply in everyday living, and live each day with grace and wisdom? Author Claudia J. Taller will join us at the Bay Village branch library on Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m. to discuss how she did it during her 30-day quest to engage more deeply in everyday living. She'll present her book, "30 Perfect Days: Finding Abundance in Ordinary Life," which takes you through her process to create a perfect life from perfect days.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Storytimes are on hiatus this month. They will start back up in June. Meanwhile, join us for one of the special events we have in the children's department in May:

Monday, May 2 to Saturday, May 7 (All Day) Mother's Day Craft – Drop in to share the story of "The Kiss Box" and make a Mother's Day craft to take home.

Tuesday, May 3 (6:45 p.m.) Play, Learn and Grow – Children will play with developmentally appropriate toys in a playgroup atmosphere while parents meet and learn from community health experts.

Wednesday, May 4 (10 a.m.) Play, Learn and Grow – Ages birth to 3 years with parent or caregiver. Children will play with developmentally appropriate toys in a play group atmosphere while parents meet and learn from community health experts. Registration required.

Thursday, May 5 (7 p.m.) It's an Elephant and Piggie Party – Grades K-2: Celebrate the publication of the final book in the Elephant and Piggie series with stories, activities and a craft.

Saturday, May 7 (10 a.m.) Super Hero and Comic Book Day – Join forces at the Bay Village Library to celebrate Free Comic Book Day! We will feature a selection of free comics while supplies last!

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 9:53 AM, 05.03.2016

May events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesdays, May 18 and 25 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesdays, May 18 and 25 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, May 19 and 26 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and each Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, May 18 (7-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Tom Neel, OGS Library Director, will speak about "Genealogical Research in Kentucky."

Thursday, May 19 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Busine$$ Lunch & Learn: Human Resource Management – From the feasibility of starting a business through marketing, financial management, human resource management and the legal issues of operating a business. We will discuss the next steps needed to move forward with your plans. Bring your lunch; coffee is provided. Please register.

Thursday, May 19 (Combined Session: 6:30 p.m.) and Friday, May 20 (Basic Session: 9:30 a.m. and Advanced Session: 11 a.m.) Connecting for Kids Teach Me to Play – For children 3-6 years old who need help with communication and social skills. Join us for a play-based program designed to model and teach families strategies to improve their child’s social interactions, facilitate communication, and manage behavior in a positive way. Led by an early intervention specialist in behavior. To register:connectingforkids.org/handsontraining.

Friday, May 20 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday – Explore the wonders of our world in a curious, caring and creative setting. Investigate the life cycle of butterflies and bees, along with their important job of pollination. Discoveries will be made through hands-on experiments, active participation and a simple take-home project. Ages 4-6.

Saturday, May 21 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Pokemon Fun! – Bring your cards and accessories for a fun morning of Pokemon-themed play, prizes, and crafts! Ages 6-12.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 9:53 AM, 05.03.2016

Westlake Porter Public Library adding to its digital collection

Starting on May 7, Westlake Porter Public Library users will be able to access more content through the Hoopla downloadable digital resources app. In addition to the digital video (movies and television) and music collections the library already offers, users will also find downloadable comic books, ebooks and audiobooks.

“More and more of our library users want to access information and entertainment digitally,” said Library Director Andrew Mangels. “We’re thrilled to be able to offer them even more digital content through Hoopla.”

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 9:47 AM, 05.03.2016

Porter Library will celebrate renovation, thank Patton and Baker

Westlake Porter Public Library will celebrate the completion of its renovation project and thank State Senator Tom Patton and State Representative Nan Baker for their years of service with a special event on Sunday, May 15, at 2 p.m. All are invited to attend.

The event will feature remarks by Patton and Baker, who will be leaving their posts at the end of the year, as well as Library Director Andrew Mangels. Their remarks will be followed by tours of the newly refurbished areas, and refreshments.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 9:47 AM, 05.03.2016

Huntingon Reservation ruled out as site of new Bay Village library

In an email to library subscribers, the Cuyahoga County Public Library on Friday announced that the Bay Village branch will not relocate to the Huntington Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks. One location within the reservation, the former Huntington Playhouse site, was part of early discussions before being dismissed. A second location, the Wolf Road Picnic Area across from Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, had also been the subject of conversation.

The full text of the email follows.

Over the past several months, Cuyahoga County Public Library and Cleveland Metroparks have communicated in earnest with Bay Village residents regarding an opportunity for our two regional organizations to collaborate on a unique project in the Huntington Reservation. Through our conversations, leadership of both agencies have determined that we will not relocate the Bay Village branch of the Library to the Huntington campus.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 2:32 PM, 04.22.2016

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

Calling all super hero and comic book fans! You'll want to join us at the Bay Village branch library on Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m.-noon, as we celebrate super hero and comic book day. Come dressed as your favorite super hero or villain and sharpen your skills at our action packed Super Hero Training Program. Themed crafts, activities, prizes, as well as gaming will be available. Also, don't forget to pick up your free comic book, while supplies last!

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Storytimes: Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required.

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Thursdays (6:45 p.m.) Sensory Storytime – Geared for children who are developmentally at the preschool level and specifically designed for children with special needs and their families. The program incorporates a schedule board, double visuals and sensory opportunities for participants as well as socialization time following the program.
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Thursday, April 21 (4 p.m.) Cookies and Books – Children in grades 3-4 are invited to join us to discuss a good book. Copies of this month's book, "Tiger Boy" by Mitali Perkins, will be available one month before the discussion.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 9:49 AM, 04.19.2016

Friends of Bay Village Library Spring Book Sale

Mark your calendars for the annual spring book sale at the Bay Village branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. It will begin Saturday, April 23, at 9 a.m. and run through Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of Bay Village Library. Proceeds from the sale are used for upcoming library programs and activities. There is a large selection of books for readers of all ages as well as magazines, DVDs, CDs, books on tape and more. All materials have been categorized for easy shopping. Tuesday, the last day of the sale, is bag day when a full bag of books costs $1.00. Bags are provided by the library.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 9:49 AM, 04.19.2016

April events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, April 5 (7-8:45 p.m.) Westlake-Westshore Arts Council – Westlake Westshore Arts Council presents Sean Crum and a program about "Impressionism: From Manet to Monet."

Tuesday, April 5 (7-8:30 p.m.) Write & Self-Publish Your Own Book – Local author and self-publisher Jim Burkett will walk you through the steps to write and self-publish your book. Please register.

Wednesdays, April 6 and 13 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesday, April 6 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Drop-in session for genealogy help provided by the members of the Cuyahoga West Chapter.

Wednesdays, April 6 and 13 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, April 7 and 14 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and each Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 6 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club – Join us as we explore some of the classic films from the genres of horror, science fiction and suspense. Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please register.

Wednesday, April 6 (7-8:30 p.m.) Terry’s Talking Cleveland Sports – Join us for an evening with Plain Dealer sports columnist Terry Pluto, who will share his unique perspective on Cleveland sports. Please register.

Thursday, April 7 (4:15-5:15 p.m.) TBD – Join your friends for a different activity each month. In April we’ll celebrate the beginning of the baseball season! Grades 5-7.

Thursday, April 7 (7-8:30 p.m.) Diggin’ with Dean’s Greenhouse – A representative from Dean’s will discuss vegetable gardening in small spaces, intensive gardening, edible landscaping, container vegetable gardening, as well as pests and disease control. Please register.

Friday, April 8 (9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Family Sessions) and Saturday, April 9 (9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Family Sessions) Music Therapy & More – This program is designed for children (ages 1-6 years) who are struggling in an area of development. A board certified music therapist will lead families in a fun and exciting music-making class. Throughout the session, the therapist will present experiences that address a variety of areas of development. Registration is required at connectingforkids.org/music.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 10:10 AM, 04.05.2016

Westlake Porter Public Library digitizes the Observer

If you’re a grandparent looking for the photo of your grandchild published in the Westlake | Bay Village Observer a few weeks ago, a student looking for information about what happened in Westlake or Bay Village in 2010, or want to learn more about the history of our cities dating back to the Dover Township days, you now have a quick, easy way to search back issues of that publication. Thanks to Westlake Porter Public Library’s Local History Librarian Dan Dmytrykiw, all issues from its start in 2009 through 2015 have been digitized and made available online.

The digitized issues can be found in the Local History Collection on the library’s website at history.westlakelibrary.org. From there just scroll down until you find the Westlake | Bay Village Observer collection and select the year you want to search. Issues are labeled by date for easy searching. Once you’ve found the issue you’re searching for, just click the image and it will open in an interface that allows users to zoom in and out, download and print. A window and scroll bar on the right lets you select specific pages to view.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 10:09 AM, 04.05.2016

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Twenty-seven years ago, "Major League" was released in movie theaters and became one of the most beloved baseball comedies. Get your behind the scenes look at this baseball classic on Monday, April 11, at 7 p.m. when author Jonathan Knight will join us at the Bay Village branch library to discuss his book, "The Making of Major League." Filled with little-known facts and personal recollections about outtakes and inside jokes, batting practice and script changes, all-night location shoots, bar hopping and more, this is the ultimate guide to the film that reinvented the baseball movie and inspired a generation of belly laughs.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Storytimes: Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required.

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 10:12 AM, 04.05.2016

March events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesdays, March 16, 23 and 30 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesdays, March 16, 23 and 30 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, March 17, 24 and 31 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 6 p.m.

Thursday, March 17 (7-8:30 p.m.) Google Drive – Learn how to use Google Drive to create and edit forms, documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Prerequisite: Gmail account.

Friday, March 18 (Basics Session: 9:30 a.m.; Advanced Session: 11 a.m.) Teach Me to Play – For children 3-6 years old who need help with communication and social skills. Join us for a play-based program designed to model and teach families strategies to improve their child’s social interactions, facilitate communication, and manage behavior in a positive way. Led by an early intervention specialist in behavior. To register: connectingforkids.org/handsontraining.

Friday, March 18 (4-5:30 p.m.) Weirder Science: Mathematical Science – Learn science while having fun! Our interactive after-school science program for middle school students teaches fundamental principles in an entertaining format. This month we’ll perform experiments using measurements and probability. Grades 5-6. Please register.

Saturday, March 19 (2-4 p.m.) Carry-Out Crafts – Stop in to create our featured craft. We have all the supplies you'll need to create something fantastic!

Saturday, March 19 (3-5 p.m.) Mad 4 Manga – Each month we watch a different Anime series and talk about our favorite Manga. Sometimes we even throw in some crafts, trivia or Japanese treats! Grades 7-12.

Sunday, March 20 (2-3 p.m.) Pom Pom Critters – Come to the library to make some cute and cuddly critters. You can choose from a variety of Pom Pom critters to make and take home. Ages 8-10. Please register.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 9:36 AM, 03.01.2016

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

Has it been years since you last picked up your guitar? Or, did you recently get a new guitar and want an introduction to how it is played? Join us at the Bay Village branch library on Wednesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. to re-discover your guitar as Rob Steinhardt, a former teacher at The Music Academy Asheville and participant in the prestigious Swannanoa Gathering, demonstrates the basics including an overview of the physical aspects of the guitar, basic chords and learning a simple song. Space is limited, so please register.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Storytimes: Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required.

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Thursdays (6:45 p.m.) Sensory Storytime – Geared for children who are developmentally at the preschool level and specifically designed for children with special needs and their families. The program incorporates a schedule board, double visuals and sensory opportunities for participants as well as socialization time following the program.
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Thursday, March 17 (3 p.m.) Cookies and Books – Children in grades 3-4 are invited to join us to discuss a good book. Copies of this month's book, "Skellig" by David Almond, will be available one month before the discussion.

Saturday, March 19 (10:30 a.m.) Sensory School Age Program – Geared for children who are developmentally at the kindergarten to fifth-grade age level, this program is designed specifically for children with special needs and their families. First we will build with Lego building blocks. Then we will have the option to use our creations to make a stop-motion animation movie. Registration required.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:06 AM, 03.15.2016

Kathy Fern receives volunteer award from Porter Library

Westlake Porter Public Library Book Nook and Book Sale volunteer Kathy Fern received the library’s Myrna Chelko Volunteer Award at a volunteer recognition ceremony held on March 6.

A volunteer for over 12 years, Fern is an unsung hero who’s not always visible to library visitors. She is known for helping Book Nook customers locate specific titles, and her interactions with them are always friendly and welcoming. Fern also actively looks for books that Book Nook customers request, and holds them, if found.

In addition, Fern not only works one or two shifts a week at the Book Nook, she also helps manage and sort the donations. Even when she’s not scheduled for a shift, she will stop by to see if there’s anything that needs to be done, and she’s always looking for ways to improve service and organization in the Book Nook.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:03 AM, 03.15.2016

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Help us celebrate local student artists at the Bay Village branch library Show Your Colors Art Reception on Saturday, March 5. Come admire the art projects, enjoy refreshments and watch the prize announcements. The seventh- and eighth-grade reception will start at 2 p.m. The fifth- and sixth-grade reception will start at 3 p.m. We hope you can join us in honoring young artists.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Storytimes: Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required.

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Thursdays (6:45 p.m.) Sensory Storytime – Geared for children who are developmentally at the preschool level and specifically designed for children with special needs and their families. The program incorporates a schedule board, double visuals and sensory opportunities for participants as well as socialization time following the program.
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Wednesday, March 2 (7 p.m.) Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss – It will be a Seussapalooza! We'll celebrate with stories, silly games and a craft.

Thursday, March 17 (3 p.m.) Cookies and Books – Children in grades 3-4 are invited to join us to discuss a good book. Copies of this month's book, "Skellig" by David Almond, will be available one month before the discussion.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 9:38 AM, 03.01.2016

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Ghoulardi, Barnaby, Dorothy Fuldheim, Jungle Larry – if these names bring back fond memories, you'll want to join us as at the Bay Village branch library when authors Mike and Janice Olszewski discuss and sign their book, "Cleveland TV Tales," on Monday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. Talk a walk back in time and relive the days of classic local television. The authors will have books for sale after the event.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Storytimes: Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required.

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Thursdays (6:45 p.m.) Sensory Storytime – Geared for children who are developmentally at the preschool level and specifically designed for children with special needs and their families. The program incorporates a schedule board, double visuals and sensory opportunities for participants as well as socialization time following the program.
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Thursday, Feb. 18 (4 p.m.) Cookies and Books – Children in Grades 3-4 are invited to join us to discuss this month's title, "George Washington's Spy" by Elvira Woodruff. Copies of the book will be available one month before the discussion. A parent/guardian must sign a release form before the program.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 10:06 AM, 02.16.2016

February events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Feb. 16 (7-8:45 p.m.) Catch a Rising Star – The Westlake/Westshore Arts Council brings the Catch a Rising Star program from Baldwin Wallace University. Free and open to the public.

Wednesdays, Feb. 17 and 24 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Feb. 18 and 25 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and each Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 17 (6:30- 8:30 p.m.) Writing with a Flourish: The Art of Calligraphy – Modern calligraphy is often found in wedding and event invitations, graphic design, memorial documents, and even film and television. Learn a brief history of the art from Jim Williams of the Western Reserve Calligraphers, and practice learning basic lettering techniques. Previous experience is not required and materials will be provided. Please register.

Wednesday, Feb. 17 (7-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society

Thursday, Feb. 18 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Busine$$ Lunch & Learn: Is Marketing Necessary for Your Business? – Learn how to do market research, decide what approach to marketing is best for your Feb., and how to develop and execute your plan. Bring your lunch; coffee is provided. Please register.

Thursday, Feb. 18 (2-3 p.m.) Travel Club – Join us for travel planning tips/sources and destination suggestions. Let's share our best travel experiences with others. This month: A Scotland travelogue!

Thursday, Feb. 18 (Combined Basic/Advanced Session: 6:30 p.m.) and Friday, Feb. 19 (Basic: 9:30 a.m., Advanced: 11 a.m.) Teach Me to Play – For children 3-6 years old who need help with communication and social skills. Join us for a play-based program designed to model and teach families strategies to improve their child’s social interactions, facilitate communication, and manage behavior in a positive way. Led by an early intervention specialist in behavior from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Register at connectingforkids.org/handsontraining.

Thursday, Feb. 18 (7–8:30 p.m.) Google’s Picasa 2 – In this class we will learn how to import and edit photos in Picasa. We will also learn how to share digital photos on Picasa Web Albums. Prerequisite: Gmail account. Please register.

Friday, Feb. 19 (4-5:30 p.m.) Weirder Science: It’s Elementary! – Learn science while having fun! Our interactive after-school science program for middle school students teaches fundamental principles in an entertaining format. This month we’ll explore the periodic table and elements! Grades 5-6. Please register.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 9:53 AM, 02.02.2016

Friends give $100,000 to Porter Library

The Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library announced it gave over $100,000 to the library in 2015. The organization’s members raised the funds through used book sales, the library gift shop, and a trees & wreaths silent auction. The group also donated thousands of volunteer hours throughout the year.

Porter Library used a majority of the gift for building renovations and updates in 2015-2016. The remaining funds went towards providing all of the library’s programming, such as Science Week, National Library Week, and the adult and youth Summer Reading programs.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 10:06 AM, 02.16.2016

Jason Nolde named to Westlake Porter Public Library board

The Westlake Porter Public Library board of trustees has appointed Jason Nolde to serve a term from 2016-2022.

A Westlake resident, Nolde is a partner and architect at Richard Fleischman & Partners Architects. He is also a member of the board of the American Institute of Architects Cleveland Chapter, and served as its Director of Development in 2015. Nolde received both Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from Kent State University.

Nolde brings the board experience in project management, scheduling, human resources and business finance. Having led a team that has built or renovated numerous libraries, he also offers a unique perspective on managing and adapting the library facility to meet changing needs.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.02.2016

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Laura Ingalls Wilder captured our hearts through her "Little House" books and the adaptation on television, join us as we commemorate her birthday at the Bay Village branch library on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m. We'll celebrate with crafts, snacks and hands-on activities. We'll also read excerpts from her books and learn about her life and times in Walnut Grove. Come help celebrate one of America's beloved pioneer girls.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Storytimes: Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required.

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Thursdays (6:45 p.m.) Sensory Storytime – Geared for children who are developmentally at the preschool level and specifically designed for children with special needs and their families. The program incorporates a schedule board, double visuals and sensory opportunities for participants as well as socialization time following the program.
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Wednesday, Feb. 10 (7:00 p.m.) It's Electric – Join us as we explore static electricity with simple hands-on experiments. For grades K-2. Registration required.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:58 AM, 02.02.2016

Westlake Porter Public Library annual book sale

Please join the Friends of Porter Public Library for their annual book sale Feb. 4-7 at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. Thousands of books and audio-visual items will be available including fiction and non-fiction books, children's books, DVDs and CDs. There will be so many items that three rooms are needed to display all the choices. 

Preview night for members of Friends will be Wednesday, Feb. 3, 4:30-7 p.m. Memberships will be available at that time. Regular sale days are Thursday, Feb. 4, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, Feb. 5, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 6, there will be a half-price sale of all items from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, Feb. 7, there will be a $2 bag sale from 1:15-4 p.m. A bag costs $2, and you can fill it to the top with as many books as possible.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 9:58 AM, 01.19.2016

Friends of Bay Village Library winter book sale

The annual winter book sale of the Bay Village Library branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library will begin Saturday morning, Jan. 23, and run through Tuesday, Jan. 26. The sale will be held at the library during regular hours, with the exception of Tuesday, when it closes at 7 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of Bay Village Library with the proceeds of the sale to be used for upcoming programs and activities. There is a large selection of books for readers of all ages as well as magazines, DVDs, CDs, books on tape and more. All materials have been categorized for easy shopping. Tuesday, the last day of the sale, is bag day when a full bag of books costs $1. Bags are provided by the library.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 9:59 AM, 01.19.2016

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

Recently the American Library Association honored Viet Thanh Nguyen's debut novel, "The Sympathizer," and Sally Mann's memoir, "Hold Still," with the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in fiction and non-fiction. Bill Kelly – a jurist on the Andrew Carnegie Medal Committee, former chair of the ALA Notable Books Council, Adult Services Supervisor with the Cuyahoga County Public Library and "literary guru" – will join us at the Bay Village Branch Library on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. to discuss the best books of 2015. Come find out what great reads you may have missed this past year.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Storytimes: Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required.

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Thursdays (6:45 p.m.) Sensory Storytime – Geared for children who are developmentally at the preschool level and specifically designed for children with special needs and their families. The program incorporates a scheduled board, double visuals and sensory opportunities for participants as well as socialization time following the program.
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Stuffed Animal Sleepover – Drop off your stuffed animal at the Bay Village Library on Tuesday, Jan. 26, any time between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Then join us for a stuffed animal sleepover party on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 3:15 p.m. for stories, crafts and activities when you pick up your favorite stuffed friend. One stuffed animal per child.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 10:00 AM, 01.19.2016

January events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesdays, Jan. 20 and 27 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesdays, Jan. 20 and 27 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Jan. 21 and 28 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and each Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 20 (7-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society

Wednesday, Jan. 20 (7-8:30 p.m.) Death by Chocolate – Susan Aldrich will demonstrate chocolate recipes and offer tastes of some. Please register.

Thursday, Jan. 21 (10-11:30 a.m.) Bringing Your Past Into the Present: Historical Photo Scanning – Do you have old photographs that you would like to save? Bring up to 5 family or historical photos to us, along with a USB drive, and we will scan them onto the drive to ensure their safe keeping for years to come! If you do not have your own USB drive, they will be available to purchase at cost. Please register.

Thursday, Jan. 21 (12-1:30 p.m.) Small Busine$$ Lunch & Learn – Thinking of starting a business? Take a guided assessment to find out if you have the right personality, skill set, tools, etc. to be an entrepreneur. This session will help you to answer those questions and provide you with tools and resources to get you moving in the right direction. Bring your lunch; coffee is provided. Please register.

Thursday, Jan. 21 (3:30-5 p.m.) Tabletop Gaming Group – Board games! Card games! RPGs! Stop by for an afternoon of playing tabletop games with other gamers! Games will include Munchkin, Settlers of Catan, Forbidden Island and more! Grades 7-12.

Friday, Jan. 22 (10 a.m.-noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.

Friday, Jan. 22 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) Connecting for Kids Parent Discussion Group – Meet other families as we discuss relevant childhood topics with local pediatric experts. Free child care is available. Christine A. Chambers, MEd, OTR/L, will discuss "Managing Meltdowns." Registration is required at connectingforkids.org or call 440-250-5563.

Friday, Jan. 22 (4-5:30 p.m.) Weirder Science – Learn science while having fun! Our interactive after-school science program for middle school students teaches fundamental principles in an entertaining format. This month we’ll build a marble rollercoaster! Grades 5-8. Please register.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 9:57 AM, 01.05.2016

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

We hope you had a wonderful holiday season. As we start 2016, many of us will make resolutions to kick off the new year. Stop by the Bay Village branch library to check out materials to get you started with your goals. If you plan to maintain a healthier lifestyle, we have a wide array of exercise DVDs, cookbooks, and fitness books to help you get on your way. Is decluttering on your list? We have plenty of books to help you organize your space. Or, have you joined a reading challenge? the library is the perfect place to help you reach your goal. If you need help finding or ordering titles either in the library or through our digital collection, please speak to a librarian.

Here are some of our upcoming events:

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Storytimes: Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required.

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 10:04 AM, 01.05.2016

Get help with your new tech devices

It is that time of year again. Mom, Dad, Grandpa and Grandma might be getting the latest technology from well-meaning offspring. It happens with more and more frequency as the offspring become increasingly more attached to their latest gadgets.

“Wouldn't it be great for Mom (Dad) to be able to get answers to all those questions that time has seemed to bury in her memory a little deeper each year by just asking Siri, Cortana, Google Now, or even Alexa (not to mention the about-to-take-the-world-by-storm, Hound app)?” Well the answer is yes and maybe no!

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 10:03 AM, 01.05.2016

Sensory storytimes to be held weekly at Bay Village Library

The Bay Village Branch Library will offer Sensory Storytime every Thursday evening from 6:45-7:15 p.m. beginning Jan. 7. This weekly storytime is an extension of the monthly sensory programs previously held on Saturday mornings.

The storytime is open to children with special needs who are developmentally at the preschool level and their families. The literacy-based program uses double visuals of books and flannel boards to accommodate the various ways children listen and learn. Music and movement are included and dancing with scarves and ribbons adds to the sensory experience. Walking on a balance beam and interactive rhymes and songs round out the program. A schedule board is used so the children know what to expect and they quickly learn that each storytime ends with bubbles! The program is followed by a half-hour of socialization time.

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Volume 7, Issue 24, Posted 9:43 AM, 12.15.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

If you receive an e-reader this holiday season and want help on how to get started with downloadables on the Cuyahoga County Public Library's website, please join us at the Bay Village branch library on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8 p.m. A librarian can help get you started on your way to searching and downloading books, music, and movies on your device.

Our storytimes will start back up the first week of January. See below for days and times.

*The library will be closed on Dec. 24, 25, 26, 27, 31 and Jan. 1.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Tuesday, Dec. 15 to Wednesday, Dec. 23 (all day) Make and Take Seasonal Craft – Stop by and make a craft to take home.

Thursday, Dec. 17 (4 p.m.) Cookies and BooksChildren in grades 3-4 are invited to join us to discuss "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick. Copies of the book are available one month before the discussion. A parent/guardian must sign a release form before the program. Refreshments sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Library.

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Volume 7, Issue 24, Posted 9:45 AM, 12.15.2015

Westlake Garden Club spruces up library lobby

The lobby of Westlake Porter Public Library is looking a little brighter and more festive thanks to the Westlake Garden Club. On Nov. 30, Marsha McEntee, Kathy Bruening, Cathy Karls, Regina McCarthy, Margaret Schulz, Carolyn Steigman and Jean Smith gathered to decorate the holiday tree at the library. 

This year’s theme is a Winter Woodlands Christmas with many owls, animals, pine cones and other natural materials decorating the tree, and animals on the floor around the tree. 

This is the fourth year the garden club has decorated a tree at the library. The garden club bought the tree and lights and members provide the ornaments, usually making some decorations at a workshop in late November. This is a fun project for the garden club and we know the staff and visitors to the library enjoy our efforts.

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Volume 7, Issue 24, Posted 9:36 AM, 12.15.2015

December events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesdays, Dec. 16, 23 and 30 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesday, Dec. 16 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The November selection is "The Gift" by Cecelia Ahern.

Wednesdays, Dec. 16, 23 and 30 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursday, Dec. 17 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and each Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 16 (6-8:30 p.m.) "Star Wars" Pre-Release Party – Join us as we watch the original movie in the series in preparation for the upcoming release of the latest. Talk "Star Wars" with other fans and enter to win movie tickets or a gift card. Please register.

Friday, Dec. 18 (10 a.m.-noon) Porter's Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.

Friday, Dec. 18 (10-10:45 a.m.) Come Play With Me! – Open playtime with age-appropriate toys. For children ages 2-5 with a caring adult. Siblings welcome! Registration begins Dec. 11.

Friday, Dec. 18 (1-2:30 p.m.) Fantastic Fridays – Fantastic Friday is a great day for homeschoolers! Every month we’ll explore a new topic with related activities. Ages 6-12. Registration begins Dec. 11.

Saturday, Dec. 19 (10:30-11 a.m.) Mother Goose on the Loose! – An interactive storytime featuring simple books, rhymes, songs and movement. For ages birth-3 with an adult caregiver.

Saturday, Dec. 19 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.) Elf Academy – Santa is extra busy this year and needs your help. Visit the Youth Services Department, join in our reindeer games, and train to become a "Certified Elf" by completing several elf-ercises. Just drop in! While supplies last.

Saturday, Dec. 19 (2-3 p.m.) Holiday Creatures – Let your imagination be your guide when you create holiday creatures from cornstarch clay. Ages 10-12. Registration begins Dec. 12.

Saturday, Dec. 19 (4-5 p.m.) Full STEAM Ahead – Each session will explore a different aspect of STEAM learning. This month we’ll focus on library databases. Grades 3 and 4. Registration begins Dec. 12.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 10:03 AM, 12.01.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Cuyahoga County Public Library's “Great Books for Kids” has arrived at the Bay Village branch library just in time for your holiday shopping. Filled with book selections divided by age, it contains summaries of titles for ages birth to 18 years. All of the books featured in Great Books for Kids have been selected by our very own librarians, so you know they’re the very best. Pick up your copy and get great book and gift ideas for the children in your life!

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

*Weekly storytimes will be on hiatus for month of December. Please join us again in January.

Tuesday, Dec. 1 (6:45 p.m.) and Wednesday, Dec. 2 (10 a.m.) Play, Learn and Grow – Children ages birth-5 years and a caregiver are invited to this casual, drop-in play program. Age-appropriate toys will be available for the children while the adults mingle. Check out the many toys available through our library toy catalog that you can take home.

Monday, Dec. 7-Wednesday, Dec. 23 (all day) Make and Take Seasonal Craft – Stop by and make a craft to take home

Tuesday, Dec. 8 (7 p.m.) Hour of Code: Code with Anna & Elsa – Grades 3 & 4. Use code to join Anna and Elsa as they explore the magic and beauty of ice. You'll create snowflakes and patterns as you ice-skate and make a winter wonderland.

Wednesday, Dec. 9 (7 p.m.) Scratch Digital Animation 101 – Grades 3 & 4. Learn how to create your own digital animation from Scratch! Join us as we explore, create and share our own stories, games, music and art. You must have your own email address.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 10:03 AM, 12.01.2015

Porter Library has holiday gifts galore

Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library will offer two opportunities this month to take care of some holiday shopping while supporting the library. Through Saturday, Dec. 12, a selection of festive, decorated wreaths and miniature trees will be on display in the library’s lobby and available for bidding in a silent auction. Each item was created and donated by library patrons, and would make a lovely gift or accent to your seasonal home decor.

Portables Gift Shop, also located in the library’s lobby, will hold an open house and jewelry event on Saturday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 6, 1-4 p.m., featuring unique jewelry, purses, wraps, gifts and more. All proceeds from the auction and gift shop support Porter Library events and programming.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:46 AM, 12.01.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

As we approach the holidays, stop by the Bay Village branch library to check out those items you may need for family get togethers or to while away the hours while traveling. The library is the place to go for your favorite holiday movies, music CDs, or audio books. And, don't forget to browse our cookbooks for some great entertaining and meal ideas for those family gatherings.

Note: The library will be closed from 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, through Thursday, Nov. 26, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Regular hours resume on Friday, Nov. 27.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Storytimes: Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required. Weekly storytimes will be on hiatus the last week of November and the month of December. Please join us for storytimes again in January.
    •    Monday, Nov. 23 (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
    •    Tuesdays, Nov. 17 and 24   (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
    •    Tuesdays, Nov. 17 and 24  (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
    •    Wednesdays, Nov. 18 and 25 (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
    •    Thursday, Nov. 19  (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
    •    Friday, Nov. 20  (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Thursday, Nov. 19 (4 p.m.) Cookies and Books – Children in grades 3-4 are invited to join us to discuss a good book. Copies of the book will be available one month before the discussion. A parent/guardian must sign a release form before the program. Refreshments sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Library.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:21 AM, 11.17.2015

Bay Library looking for volunteers

Do you have a background or interest in helping older students develop 21st century skills? The Bay Village Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library is excited to recruit volunteers to work with our STEAM program.

Our STEAM coordinators will work with a group of volunteers who are comfortable working in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art and/or math. The coordinators and volunteers will help out with teen programs – topics can range from LEGO robotics to coding to stop motion animation. Bay Village’s TEEN ZONE is especially looking for after-school volunteers to help with upcoming programs such as making simple Rube Goldberg machines, terrariums, circuits, sculptures and watercolor painting.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:23 AM, 11.17.2015

November events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Nov. 17 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories – Put on your pajamas and join Mrs. K as we unwind at the end of the day. Our themes each month will include quiet, possibly silly or strange stories, followed by shared songs, finger plays and other activities to help us get ready for bedtime. Ages 4-6; siblings welcome!

Tuesday, Nov. 17 (7-8:30 p.m.) The Assassination of JFK: One Researcher’s Theories About What Happened – Beverly Sadowski will put the JFK assassination into historical perspective while presenting her interpretation of available research on the subject. Please register.

Wednesdays, Nov. 18 and 25 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesday, Nov. 18 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursday, Nov. 19 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and each Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 18 (7-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Chris Staats will present "Unlocking the Keystone State: Key Resources and Repositories for Pennsylvania Research."

Wednesday, Nov. 18 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Club: Take Apart Toys – This club celebrates STEAM initiatives (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). Bring in a toy you'd like to take apart to see how it works (make sure it's nothing valuable!). There will be screwdrivers, scissors, seam rippers and more for all "reverse elves." Please register.

Wednesday, Nov. 18 (7-8:30 p.m.) Proposal Writing Basics – Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation, from planning to writing to following up. Please register.

Thursday, Nov. 19 (12-1:30 p.m.) Small Busine$$ Lunch & Learn: Insurance & Retirement Plans – Learn if and why you need insurance for your business, what options you have, and what insurance is best. Find out about options for retirement programs for you and your employee(s). Please register.

Thursday, Nov. 19 (Combined Basic/Advanced Session: 6:30 p.m.) and Friday, Nov. 20 (Basics Session: 10 a.m. and Advanced Session: 11:30 a.m.) Connecting for Kids: Teach Me to Play – For children 3-6 years old who need help with communication and social skills. Join us for a play-based program designed to model and teach parents/caregivers strategies to improve their child’s social interactions, facilitate communication, and manage behavior in a positive way. Led by an early intervention specialist in behavior. To register: connectingforkids.org/handsontraining.

Thursday, Nov. 19 (3:30-5 p.m.) Tabletop Gaming Group – Board games! Card games! RPGs! Stop by for an afternoon of playing tabletop games with other gamers! Grades 7-12.

Friday, Nov. 20 (10 a.m.-noon) Porter's Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.

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Volume 7, Issue 21, Posted 10:16 AM, 11.03.2015