Libraries

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

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

With the holidays approaching, you may be thinking of ways to keep your meals healthier this year. On Wednesday, Nov. 11, Heinen's will join us at the Bay Village Branch Library to talk about alternative dishes and healthy additions to your traditional meals. Please join us and get a jumpstart on your holiday plans.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

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

  • Mondays, Nov. 9 and 16  (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays, Nov. 10 and 17  (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays, Nov. 10 and 17  (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays, Nov. 4, 11 and 18 (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays, Nov. 5, 12 and 19  (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays, Nov. 6 and 13 (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 21, Posted 10:16 AM, 11.03.2015

Essay contest winners announced

Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library announced three winners from our recent essay contest: “What does Westlake Porter Public Library Mean to You?”

More than 50 entries were received and judged by a group of library staff members. Thank you to all who entered!

The winners by age category are Devyani Choudhury (0-12 age group), Carolyn Bedell (13-17 age group) and Jason Wissman (adult age group). Each winner received a gift certificate to Portables Gift Shop, located in the library lobby.  Portables is run by volunteers of Friends of WPPL.

The winning entries will be displayed through Oct. 25 in the library lobby.

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Volume 7, Issue 20, Posted 10:03 AM, 10.20.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

At least 12 victims met their death in the 1930s by murders committed by an unidentified serial killer nicknamed The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run. The murderer dismembered and beheaded his victims and, although there were suspects, nobody was officially charged with the murders, so this infamous Cleveland mystery continues. Please join us at the Bay Village branch library on Monday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. as author Dr. James Jessen Badal and filmmaker Mark Wade Stone share stories of the Cleveland Torso Murders.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

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

  • Mondays, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays, Oct. 27, Nov. 3 (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays, Oct. 21, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays, Oct 22, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5   (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays, Oct. 23, 30 and Nov. 6  (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
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Volume 7, Issue 20, Posted 10:16 AM, 10.20.2015

Friends of Bay Village Library used book sale

Mark your calendars for the upcoming book sale at the Bay Village branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. You can shop for all your fall reading materials from Saturday morning, Oct. 24, through Tuesday, Oct. 27, at remarkably low prices. The sale is held at the library during regular library hours, with the exception of Tuesday, when it closes at 7 p.m.

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Volume 7, Issue 20, Posted 10:16 AM, 10.20.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

October is National Book Month and what better place to spend your time than at the Bay Village Branch Library? Not only do we have a wide variety of books, DVDs, and CDs for you to browse, but we also host a variety of programs for all ages every month. Check out our upcoming programs below.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

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

  • Mondays, Oct. 12 and 19 (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays, Oct. 6, 13 and 20  (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays, Oct. 6, 13 and 20 (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays, Oct. 7, 14 and 21  (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays, Oct. 8, 15 and 22  (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays, Oct. 9, 16 and 23  (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Thursday, Oct. 8 (7 p.m.) Egyptology – Discover the wonders of ancient Egypt and explore its history and culture. Decode and write messages using hieroglyphics and become a true Egyptologist.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:59 AM, 10.06.2015

October events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Oct. 20 (9:30-10 a.m.) Stories and Signs – Enjoy an interactive storytime while learning a few words in sign language! Ages 0-3 with caregiver, siblings welcome. No registration.

Tuesday, Oct. 20 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Success with LinkedIn Groups – Learn techniques to meet and utilize LinkedIn group members to help you meet people who can assist your search. Become the expert and the helper while making contacts with people who can help you.

Tuesday, Oct. 20 (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! No registration.

Tuesday, Oct. 20 (7-8:30 p.m.) Travel the USA with AAA – Whether you are taking a weekend trip from home, or visiting one of North America's popular vacation destinations, AAA Drive Trips can help. Join us for information about cities, attractions and events in your Drive Trip destination areas. Enter a raffle for a 64-piece roadside emergency kit. Please register.

Wednesdays, Oct. 21 and 28 (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, Oct. 21 (2-3:30 p.m.) Explore Mango Languages – Have fun learning a new language with Mango, a free online learning language system from your library. We will show you how easy it is to use as we get you started. Please register.

Wednesday, Oct. 21 (3-5 p.m.) Foreign Film –Enjoy a special foreign film in celebration of Customer Appreciation Week. Please register.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:58 AM, 10.06.2015

Christina Ryook remembered at Porter Library on 9/11

On Sept. 11, Westlake Porter Public Library hosted a ceremony to remember Christina Ryook, the Westlaker who was one of the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The ceremony, attended by Christina’s family and friends, as well as Mayor Dennis Clough, was held in Christina’s Corner.

Christina’s Corner is an area of the Youth Services Department named for Ryook, who loved children and the library. The ceremony was followed by a reception which featured rubbings of Christina’s name made at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City by Youth Services Manager Carolyn Fain.

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 9:04 AM, 09.15.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Put on your tie-dye and join us at the Bay Village branch library for a groovy trip back in time to the 1960s. Desmond and Molly will reflect through song and lecture on this colorful decade that brought us The Beatles, Woodstock, hippies, and a number of major historical events. Join us on Monday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. for this fun program. 

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

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

  • Monday, Sept. 14, 21, 28 and Oct. 5 (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 15, 22, 29 and Oct. 6 (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 15, 22, 29 and Oct. 6 (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesday, Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30 and Oct. 7 (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursday, Sept. 10, 17, 24 and Oct. 1  (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Friday, Sept. 11, 18, 25 and Oct. 2 (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Wednesday, Sept. 16 (7 p.m.) Stop Motion Animation – Bring Lego characters to life and sculpt your own story using Stop Motion for iPad. With a signed parent release, we’ll share your masterpieces online!

Friday, Sept. 18 (11 a.m.) Whooo's Ready for Kindergarten: Counting – Help your preschooler make the transition into their first year of school. Explore hands-on activity stations together in this session's theme, Counting.

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 9:10 AM, 09.15.2015

Friends of WPPL to hold essay contest

Do you love Westlake Porter Public Library? Join us in celebrating National Friends of Libraries Week – enter the essay contest for all ages. The question is, “What does Westlake Porter Public Library mean to you?” The deadline is Sept. 30, and the only requirement is for your essay to be 500 words or less.

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 9:02 AM, 09.15.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Many of us consult a meteorologist either on TV or online to help us determine how to plan for or dress for the day. What exactly does a meteorologist do, how do they forecast the weather, and what tips do they have for storm saftey? Greg Dee from WKYC's weather team will join us at 4 p.m on Wednesday, Sept. 17, to discuss meteorologists and weather prediction. Please register for this all ages event.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT 

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

  • Monday, Sept. 14 (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays, Sept. 8 and 15 (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays, Sept. 8 and 15 (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays, Sept. 2, 9 and 16 (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays, Sept. 3, 10 and 17 (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays, Sept. 4, 11, and 18 (10 a.m.) Family Storytime - for all ages

Saturday, Sept. 12 (10:30 a.m.) Sensory Storytime – This storytime is designed specifically for children with special need and their families. This program incorporates a schedule board, double visuals, and sensory opportunities for participants as well as a half-hour of socialization time. Registration requested.

Wednesday, Sept. 16 (7 p.m.) Stop Motion Animation – Bring Lego characters to life and sculpt your own story using Stop Motion for iPad. With a signed parent release, we’ll share your masterpieces online!

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:53 AM, 09.01.2015

September events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesdays, Sept. 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, Sept. 16, 23 and 30 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Sept. 17 and 24 (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, Sept. 16 (7-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – “Genealogical Treasures of the Internet Archives,” presented by Carla Cegielski.

Wednesday, Sept. 16 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Club Emerging Technology Program: Digital Books and Audiobooks – This club explores Maker Movement projects monthly. This month we’ll explore OverDrive, Hoopla, Zinio, Freegal, OneClickDigital, TumbleBooks, reference books from EBSCOHost and Gale Virtual Reference Library, and other free sources from the library! Please register.

Thursday, Sept. 17 (Combined Basic/Advanced Session: 6:30 p.m.) and Friday, Sept. 18 (Basics Session: 10 a.m.; 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 from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Register at connectingforkids.org/handsontraining.

Thursday, Sept. 17 (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, Sept. 18 (10:30-11:30 p.m.) Homeschool Hub – Developed for homeschoolers with special needs, each session includes literature, art and motor skill development. Registration begins Sept. 11.

Saturday, Sept. 19 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Pokemon League – Bring your cards and accessories for a fun morning of play, crafts, prizes and more! For kids ages 6-12 only.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:47 AM, 09.01.2015

Meet WKYCs Greg Dee at the Bay Village Library

Have you ever wondered how a meteorologist determines what the forecast will be? Join us for a family program at the Bay Village Library with WKYC meteorologist Greg Dee. Dee will talk with kids and teens about what goes in to how he makes a forecast and share information about storms and storm safety.

Greg Dee joined the weather team at WKYC in February 2015. He is a native of Connecticut and earned his undergraduate degree in meteorology and master's in geography from Florida State University.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:45 AM, 08.18.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Students are heading back to school and you may be looking for a way to keep the younger children entertained while their older siblings are at school. Stop by one of the Bay library weekly storytimes, which start back up on Monday, Aug. 31. Please see the list below for days and times.

Also, starting Sept. 8, teens can join us on select days from 3-4 p.m. for our afterschool program, Teen Zone. See below for more details.

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 – For caregivers and their children ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – For caregivers and their children ages 19-35 months.
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby & Me Storytime – For caregivers and their children ages birth to 18 months.
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – For caregivers and their children ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten).
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – For children of all ages and a caregiver.

TEEN DEPARTMENT

Beginning Sept. 8, the Bay Village Branch Library will host Teen Zone for middle and high school students. The program will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons from 3-4 p.m. in the meeting room of the library.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:47 AM, 08.18.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

If you have been participating in our summer reading program, don't forget to log in those hours to be eligible for prizes and drawings as it ends on Aug. 7. We hope you found some great books to read this summer. Please check out the newest titles in one of our front displays. And if you're looking for recommendations on what to read next, ask one of the librarians.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Monday, Aug. 10 (11 a.m.) Whooo's Ready for School: Kindergarten Readiness – Celebrating Together Help your preschooler make the transition into their first year of school. Explore hands-on activity stations together.

Thursday, Aug. 13 (7 p.m.) Outback Ray's Amazing Animal Show – Come and make some new animal friends who have fur, feathers, shells or scales. Get up close and personal with some amazing creatures and learn about their habitats and lifestyles in this fun interactive presentation.

Saturday, Aug. 15 (10:30 a.m.) Sensory Storytime – This storytime is designed specifically for children with special needs and their families. This program incorporates a schedule board, double visuals, and sensory opportunities for participants as well as a half-hour of socialization time.

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Volume 7, Issue 15, Posted 9:51 AM, 08.04.2015

Buddies share love of reading

Teens and elementary school students enjoyed reading together this summer at the annual Book Buddies program at the Bay Village Branch Library.

Volunteer Big Buddies listened to and read to Little Buddies throughout the four-week program.

Highlights of activity time at the end of each week's program included playing literacy board games and trying out reading and writing apps on the iPad.

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Volume 7, Issue 15, Posted 9:50 AM, 08.04.2015

Friends of Porter Library to hold ice cream social July 27

Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library invites you to their annual Ice Cream Social, to be held on Monday, July 27, from 6-8 p.m. at the library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. Sundaes made with your favorite Mitchell's flavors – including the very special Porter Peppermint Patty – will be sold for $1 and plenty of entertainment will be on hand!
 
Come see The Big Daddies Band, Balloon Bender Dave, and other entertainment. Check out the silent auction which closes that day at 7:45 p.m. Bidding on a wide variety of packages donated by local businesses is now available in the library lobby. Make sure the kids take a turn at the cakewalk – a 50-cent round might win you one of our 60+ cookie and cake choices!
 
Portables Gift Shop will be having a Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, July 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, July 26, 1-4:30 p.m.; and Monday, July 27, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. The gift shop is run by Friends, staffed by volunteers, and all proceeds go to the library.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:14 AM, 07.21.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Superman ... and you can find out all about this superhero and his Cleveland roots at the Bay Village branch library. Join us on Monday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. for a virtual tour of how Jerry Siegel and Joel Shuster created the Man of Steel. Other upcoming programs include:

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

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

  • Monday, July 28 (9:30 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays, July 21 and 29 (9:30 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Wednesdays, July 22 and 29 (9:30 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays, July 23 and 30 (11 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Thursdays, July 23 and 30 (7 p.m.) Family Storytime – children of all ages
  • Fridays, July 24 and 31 (9:30 a.m.) Family Storytime – children of all ages

* Storytimes will be on hiatus during the month of August. Please join us again in September.

Mondays and Tuesdays until Aug. 18 (2 p.m.) Poolside Storytime – Cooling off at the Bay Village pool? Join one of our children's librarians during the 2 p.m. rest break for storytime.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:25 AM, 07.21.2015

Summer book sale, July 25-28

Mark your calendars for the upcoming book sale at the Bay Village branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. You can find all your summer reading materials from Saturday, July 25, through Tuesday, July 28, at remarkably low prices. The sale is held at the library during regular library hours, with the exception of Tuesday, when it closes at 7 p.m.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:25 AM, 07.21.2015

August events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Saturday, Aug. 1 (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. No registration required.

Saturday, Aug. 1 (2-3 p.m.) Sensation Stations – Drop in for sensory fun! Engage your child's senses by scooping, pouring and sorting a variety of materials. No registration required.

Saturday, Aug. 1 (4-5 p.m.) Full STEAM Ahead – Each session will explore a different aspect of STEAM learning. Grades 3 and 4. Registration begins one week before each session.

Sunday, Aug. 2 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Grace – Grace loves to bake with friends and invent new recipes. We will follow a recipe to make a treat and create a Paris-themed craft. Ages 6-11. Registration begins July 26.

Aug. 3-29 – Westlake-Westshore Arts Council’s Annual Juried Art Show

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:22 AM, 07.21.2015

July events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesdays, July 22 and 29 (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 at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesday, July 22 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The July selection is "Shanghai Girls" by Lisa See.

Wednesdays, July 22 and 29 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, July 23 and 30 (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.

Thursday, July 23 (7-8:30 p.m.) Out of the Ordinary Picnic Foods – Susan Aldrich will demonstrate blender skills making a cold gazpacho soup. She will also make an out of this world PB granola bar and an elegant Hawaiian chicken salad suitable for summer picnics. Come to learn and taste! Registration begins June 21.

Friday, July 24 (10 a.m.-noon) Porter's Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.

Friday, July 24 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Sensory Storytime – Join us for a storytime for children with special needs and their parents/caregivers. The program includes interactive stories, rhymes, songs and movement activities, followed by 30 minutes of play. Content is geared to ages 3-7. Registration begins one week before each session.

Friday, July 24 (1-4 p.m.) Super Smash Bros Wii U Tournament – We're going head-to-head in an epic brawl! Test out your skills in the new Super Smash Bros for Wii U to see who will claim the ultimate prize! Pizza, pop and snacks will be provided. Grades 7-12. Registration begins July 17.

Fridays, July 24 and 31 (2-4 p.m.) Movies @ Your Library! – Join us for Friday afternoon movie matinees! Registration begins one week before each movie. Rated PG. Based on availability; movie titles may change without notice. To be shown:

  • July 24: A diverse band of crayons strive to protect their magical, multi-hued homeland from a terrifying monster.
  • July 31: Maya is a little bee with a big heart. When the Queen’s royal jelly is stolen, it will take Maya and all her bug buddies to save the day!

Saturday, July 25 (9:30-11 a.m.) Kindlegarten E-lab – Must bring your registered Kindle with you. Learn how to download ebooks to your Kindle and other basic techniques. Please register.

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:58 AM, 07.07.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Did you stop by our BAYarts book discussion last month? If not, you can still join us in July and August. This community discussion, held on the porch of the Fuller House, is a great way to talk about a featured book with Bay Village branch librarians. This month's title is "Us" by David Nicholls. Please join us on Friday, July 10, at 10 a.m. for this book talk and don't forget to check out our other summer programs featured below.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

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

  • Mondays, July 13 and 20 (9:30 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays, July 7, 14 and 21 (9:30 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Wednesdays, July 8, 15 and 22 (9:30 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays, July 9 and 16  (11 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Thursdays, July 9 and 16 (7 p.m.) Family Storytime – children of all ages
  • Fridays, July 10 and 17 (9:30 a.m.) Family Storytime – children of all ages

Mondays and Tuesdays until Aug. 18 (2 p.m.) Poolside Storytime – Cooling off at the Bay Village pool? Join one of our children's librarians during the 2 p.m. rest break for storytime.

Thursday, July 9 (11 a.m.) Whooo's Ready for Kindergarten? All About Me – Help your preschooler make the transition into their first year of school and develop independence and self awareness. Explore hands-on activity stations together. For ages 4-5 with a caregiver. Registration required.

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:58 AM, 07.07.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Please join us for a scoop (or two) of Mitchell's Homemade Ice Cream at our Fourth Annual Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, June 24, at 6 p.m. Enjoy music by the Swinging Bavarians, check out what's new at the Bay Village Branch Library and, if you haven't already, sign up for our summer reading program.

The library will be closed on Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5, in observation of Independence Day.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

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

  • Monday, June 22, 29 and July 6 (9:30 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesday, June 23, 30 and July 7 (9:30 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Wednesday, June 17, 24 and July 1 (9:30 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursday, June 18, 25, and July 2  (11 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Thursday, June 18, 25 and July 2 (7 p.m.) Family Storytime – children of all ages
  • Friday, June 19, 26 and July 3 (9:30 a.m.) Family Storytime – children of all ages

Mondays and Tuesdays until August 18 (2 p.m.) Poolside Storytime – Cooling off at the Bay Village pool? Join one of our children's librarians during the 2 p.m. rest break for storytime.

Thursday, June 18 (2 p.m.) Cookies and Books – Children in Grades 3-4 are invited to enjoy cookies as we 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.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:37 AM, 06.16.2015

June events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, June 2 (7-8:30 p.m.) Stand-Up Comedy Workshop – Jerry Jaffe, The World's Most Highly Educated Stand Up Comedian, will conduct an improv workshop introducing you to the fundamentals of stand-up comedy. Please register.

Wednesdays, June 3 and 10 (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 at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesday, June 3 (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, June 3 and 10 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, June 4 and 11 (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 3 (7-8:30 p.m.) WPPL 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.

Thursday, June 4 (2-3 p.m.) One Click Demonstrations – Join our Recorded Books sales representative for a quick demonstration and account help with our One Click digital audiobook service. She will be on the floor in Adult Services, so stop by!

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:32 AM, 06.02.2015

Porter Library offers iPad with special needs apps

Westlake Porter Public Library is offering educators and parents of children with special needs something new: An iPad loaded with apps specifically for special needs children that they can use in the library.

The iPad is an ideal way for educators and parents to take a look at the apps before buying. It also provides something different and “just for them” for special needs children to do at the library. Included among the apps are:

  • Apps for communication, such as Proloquo2Go
  • Apps for helping children with learning disabilities, including writing, reading and math apps
  • Apps that help build social skills and design sensory breaks

New apps are added regularly.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:26 AM, 06.02.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Make Your Summer Count and join this year's summer reading program at the Bay Village Branch Library. If you haven't registered yet, don't delay! The program gets started on June 6. For registration and more information, please visit cuyahogalibrary.org.

If you're looking for suggestions on what to read this summer, join us for Hot Summer Reads on Tuesday, June 9, at 10 a.m. We'll introduce new titles and some old titles you may have missed.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

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

  • Monday, June 8 and 15 (9:30 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesday, June 9 and 16 (9:30 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Wednesday, June 3, 10, and 17 (9:30 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursday, June 4 and 11 (11 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Thursday, June 4 and 11 (7 p.m.) Family Storytime – children of all ages
  • Friday, June 5 and 12 (9:30 a.m.) Family Storytime – children of all ages

Mondays and Tuesdays, June 8-Aug. 18 (2 p.m.) Poolside Storytime - Cooling off at the Bay Village pool? Join one of our children's librarians during the 2 p.m. rest break for storytime.

Wednesday, June 10 (7 p.m.) Balloon Creations by Swifty the Clown – Join us for a fun-filled evening with Ohio's premier balloon artist. Prepare to be amazed by his zany show with plenty of humor and audience participation.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:33 AM, 06.02.2015

Porter Library recognizes outstanding volunteers

Westlake Porter Public Library named Patsy Spisak the 2015 Myrna Chelko Volunteer Award recipient and Karen Alfred the Thomas A. Fox Distinguished Trustee Award recipient at the annual Volunteer Recognition Reception on April 21. The Library’s 122 other volunteers were also honored at the event.

The Myrna Chelko Award is given annually to the library volunteer who exhibits the spirit of volunteerism and service to the library embodied by the late Myrna Chelko. Spisak was selected to receive the award in recognition of her 15 years as volunteer, during which she has staffed the Reception Desk with a sunny smile and a cheerful greeting.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:44 AM, 05.19.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

As we head into Memorial Day weekend and our thoughts turn to summer fun, we'd like to invite you to join us for two exciting programs we'll be hosting in the community during the summer months.

  • Join friends, neighbors and library staff for a monthly book discussion on the BAYarts campus. Held on the porch of the Fuller House on Fridays from 10-11 a.m., the discussion will include the following books: June 12, "Euphoria" by Lily King; July 10, "Us" by David Nicholls; and Aug. 7, "The Interestings" by Meg Wolitzer
  • Cooling off at the pool? Splash in for some quick storytime fun at the 2 p.m. rest period! Monday and Tuesday afternoons from June 8 to Aug. 18, presented by the Children’s staff.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT 

Thursday, May 21 (4 p.m.) Cookies and Books – Children in grades 3-4 are invited to enjoy cookies as we discuss a good book. Copies of the book will be available one month before the discussion.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:53 AM, 05.19.2015

May events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, May 5 (7-8 p.m.) Cinco de Mayo – Hola! Let's celebrate Cinco de Mayo together with stories, songs and a pinata! Ages 3-5. Please register.

Tuesday, May 5 (7 p.m.) Connecting for Kids Coffee & Chat We will laugh and discuss an article or book related to parenting children who struggle. The group discussion is facilitated by a professional. Free child care is available, but registration is required at connectingforkids.org or call 440-250-5563. Tonight’s Topic: Single Parenting a Child with Special Needs.

Wednesdays, May 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 at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesday, May 6 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Wednesday, May 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.

Wednesday, May 6 (3-5 p.m.) Mother's Day Carry-Out Craft – Need a Mother's Day gift? Stop by the Youth Services Department to make a craft that every mom will be sure to love!

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:30 AM, 05.05.2015

Bay Village artists help create public art installation

On May 12 budding artists at the Bay Village Library helped paint a canvas that will become part of a public art installation at Cuyahoga County Public Library's Parma-Snow Branch. The young painters worked with artist Augusto Bordelois in a style called action painting which began with some of the participants painting blindfolded.

Everyone helped make sure all the white space on the canvas was covered with different colors of paint. Once the entire canvas was covered, the group worked together to decide what they saw, a process similar to looking at clouds and seeing shapes. Once they discovered the outline of a horse, the artists focused on more detailed components to turn the painting into a unicorn and decorate the background.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:50 AM, 05.19.2015

New children's librarian at the Bay Village Branch Library

Thank you to The Observer for the opportunity to introduce myself to the Bay Village community. My name is Sarah Polace and I am excited to join the Bay Village Branch Library as the new children’s librarian.

I’ve been part of the Cuyahoga County Public Library community my whole life – starting as a customer attending programs and spending summers participating in the library’s summer reading program. My parents and grandmother introduced me to my love of books and libraries and the rest is history! I began working for the system as a library page shelving books during high school and college.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:27 AM, 05.05.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Come check out the newest book titles at the Bay Village Branch Library. Our new displays at the front of the library showcase the newest titles in fiction and non-fiction. As always, if a title you're looking for is not available, please speak to a librarian to request the item.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT 

Tuesday, May 5, to Friday, May 8 (library open hours) Mother's Day Make n Take – Preschool and school-age children are invited to drop in to the children's storytime room to create a special Mother's Day item.

Wednesday, May 6 (9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.) Play, Learn and Grow – Children ages birth-5 are invited to this casual, informative program. Learn about the latest toys that are available from our Toy Library and rotate through the many hands-on play stations.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:29 AM, 05.05.2015

Superheroes unite at Bay Library

The Bay Village Branch Library celebrated Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 2. Mini superheroes made special superpower masks and belts, defeated Bad Guys and saved the world!

Hundreds of comic books were given away, compliments of Carol and Johns Comic Book Store. The Friends of the Library sponsored a superhero party too.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:12 AM, 05.05.2015