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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

Friends of Bay Village Library spring book sale

The spring used book sale at the Bay Village branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library will run from Saturday, April 25, through Tuesday, April 28, during regular library hours. The sale closes Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Bay Village Library.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:45 AM, 04.21.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Hopefully our April showers will produce some beautiful May flowers. As you get ready to tend to your gardens, stop by the Bay Village Branch Library to check out our gardening books. Whether you're looking to plant a vegetable garden, need landscaping ideas, or want to find deer resistant plants and flowers, the library has a variety of books on these topics and more. 

And, if you're looking for green alternatives to toxic landscaping products, join us for the Green Cleaning Workshop for Inside and Out on Wednesday, April 29, at 7 p.m. For more information on this and other programs, please see the list below.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Storytimes: Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required. Our storytimes will be on hiatus for the month of May. Please join us again in June.

  • Monday, April 27 (9:30 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – For caregivers and their children ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesday, April 28 (9:30 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – For caregivers and their children ages 19-35 months.
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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:45 AM, 04.21.2015

Porter Library launches video game collection

Westlake Porter Public Library has a new offering for patrons – a video game collection. Games will be available for four platforms – Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One – and will encompass all ratings.

The Library’s Collection Development Team made the decision to offer such a collection after seeing the success of a rotating collection the library borrowed from the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System and made available to library card holders. Wii and Xbox were selected as the platforms upon which to focus following a six-week customer survey conducted in-house and online in January through mid-February.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:44 AM, 04.21.2015

April events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesdays, April 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, April 22 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The April selection is "The Tilted World" by Tom Franklin.

Wednesdays, April 22 and 29 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, April 23 and 30 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday 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 22 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Technical Analysis of World Financial Markets – Please join John Sawczak for a presentation about world financial markets. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 22 (7-8 p.m.) Earth Day Celebration! – Celebrate Earth Day with a cool science experiment, an earth-friendly craft and an Earth Day-themed snack. Ages 8-12. Registration begins April 15.

Wednesday, April 22 (7-8:30 p.m.) Secrets of Effective Couponing – Learn how to maximize your savings online and in stores using coupons and other discounts. Please register.

Thursday, April 23 (4-5 p.m.) Magic Tree House Book Club – Do you already love the Magic Tree House Adventures or are you curious to find out what the fuss is all about? Join us for one of the Magic Tree House books, discussion and craft related to the book. Grades K-2. No registration required.

Thursday, April 23 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Westlake Historical Society – Eric Hansen will portray Jack Miner in honor of Jack's birthday.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 10:06 AM, 04.07.2015

Enjoy unlimited possibilities during National Library Week

Unlimited possibilities await you at Westlake Porter Public Library during National Library Week, April 12-18! From programs for all ages and interests, to giveaways and a swag bag raffle, the library is celebrating the importance of libraries to their communities and the nation.

Whether you’re 80 years or 8 months old you’ll find programs for all interests, from Drop Everything and Read Day to planning your garden to launching a small business to shredding your sensitive documents to family entertainment! Following are details about the programs offered during this celebratory week:

Sunday, April 12 (1:30-3 p.m. AND 3:30-4:45 p.m.) Drop Everything and Read Day: Book Jeopardy – Celebrate Drop Everything and Read Day with a game of Book Jeopardy! Not interested in playing? Browse our book swap. Bring in your old books to trade for some of ours! Registration required for Jeopardy game.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 10:06 AM, 04.07.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

We have some great programs coming up this month including a preview of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winners of 2015. Established in 1935 by Edith Anisfield Wolf, the awards recognize books that have made contributions to our understanding of diversity and racism. Please join us as Karen Long, manager of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, talks about the newly announced 2015 winners at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

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

  • Mondays, April 13 and 20 (9:30 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – For caregivers and their children ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays, April 14 and 21 (9:30 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – For caregivers and their children ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays, April 14 and 21  (1:30 p.m.) Preschool Storytime – For caregivers and their children ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten).
  • Wednesdays, April 8 and 15  (9:30 a.m.) Baby & Me Storytime – For caregivers and their children ages birth to 18 months.
  • Thursdays, April 9 and 16 (11 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – For caregivers and their children ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten).
  • Thursdays, April 9 and 16 (7 p.m.) Family Storytime – For children of all ages with a caregiver.
  • Fridays, April 10 and 17 (9:30 a.m.) Family Storytime – For children of all ages and a caregiver.

Saturday, April 11 (11 a.m.) Sensory Storytime - This storytime is designed specifically for children with special needs at a developmental age of 3 to 6 and their families. This program incorporates a schedule board, double visuals and sensory opportunities for participants, as well as 1/2-hour socialization time following the program.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 10:07 AM, 04.07.2015

Remembering Vietnam 50 years later

The war in Vietnam remains a controversial topic even after almost 40 years of the Communist takeover following the United States pullout of troops. Known also as the Second Indochina War it was very divisive in the United States, Europe and other countries around the world.  

For several years, military advisors had been sent to Vietnam by the U.S. government which escalated when President John F. Kennedy was in office. Finally, in March 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson sent the first combat troops to South Vietnam. The announcement was made at a noontime press conference because it was assumed it would be a short engagement.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:53 AM, 03.17.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Welcome, spring! After a couple of frigid months, I'm sure we can all appreciate the change of season and the warmer days of spring. The Cleveland Indians start their baseball season on April 6. As we keep our fingers crossed for a successful year for the Tribe, join us to reminisce about the glory days of the team with Terry Pluto. He'll be at the Bay Village Branch Library on Wednesday, April 7, at 7 p.m., and will sign copies of his newest book, "Glory Days in Tribe Town," after his presentation.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

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

  • Mondays, March 23, 30 and April 6 (9:30 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – For caregivers and their children ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays, March 24, 31 and April 7 (9:30 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – For caregivers and their children ages 19-35 months.
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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:59 AM, 03.17.2015

Check out these March programs at Westlake Porter Public Library!

If you’re looking for something to do in late March – that in-between time when it’s too early to get out in the yard and too late for winter activities – look no further than Westlake Porter Public Library. The Library has a slew of programs lined up for adults, including the Maker Club, Beginning Beekeeping, Looking for Lizzie, the 2015 Cleveland Indians, and the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Following are the details about each program:

Wednesday, March 18 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Club: MaKey MaKey – This month’s Maker Club will feature the MaKey MaKey, a device that can turn anything conductive – including fruits, vegetables, metal and you – into a keyboard! Play a banana piano, a human drum set, and anything else you can think of! Please register. Registrants under 18 must bring a parent/guardian with them to sign the waiver.

Monday, March 23 (7-8:30 p.m.) Beginning Beekeeping – Join us to learn the basics to get you started as a beekeeper. You will learn how to set up your hive, how to move the bees into their home and how to feed them. There will be a detailed explanation and demonstration of the tools of the trade. Learn what to look for during hive inspections such as the various stages of brood and diseases that plague bees. Please register.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:51 AM, 03.17.2015

Enjoy a Scottish adventure at Porter Library

Let the haunting sounds of the Scottish bagpipes lure you in to Westlake Porter Public Library on Saturday, April 4, and immerse you in an all-day "Outlander"-themed adventure. Historical elements from the popular series of books by Diana Gabaldon will come alive in a variety of programs scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that include the following:

  • Scavenger Hunt (All day; pick up an entry form at the Reference and Popular Materials desks)
  • Bagpipes Show-and-Tell with Peter Guscott
  • Kilt Wrapping demonstration
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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:52 AM, 03.17.2015

Student artists honored at Bay library

Beauty came to life with the Show Your Colors art exhibit at the Bay Village Branch Library. On Saturday, March 7, 125 art lovers came to a reception to recognize outstanding middle school artists from the Bay Village area. Gigi Merk took Best of Show with her self-portrait done in marker completely with words. She said it took her a whole semester to complete. Twenty students earned place ribbons and prizes for their creative pieces. 

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:48 AM, 03.17.2015

Porter Library seeks cafe proposals

Westlake Porter Public Library is seeking proposals for a new café to fill the space vacated by Pulleys at Porter in December. The library board believes that a café provides a convenience to library patrons, some of whom may spend hours using library materials and services and will welcome access to the café for light refreshment. The library’s goal is to have a new café open in July.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:58 AM, 03.17.2015

Show Your Colors Art Reception

Let's get right to the point! The Show Your Colors Art Reception is Saturday, March 7, 2 p.m., at the Bay Village Branch Library, 502 Cahoon Road. Come support our middle school artists, enjoy the masterpieces and some great refreshments too! This photo is compliments of Claire, one of last year's budding artists.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 9:38 AM, 03.03.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Come celebrate Women's History Month at the Bay Village Branch Library by joining us for one of our programs celebrating historical women. On Wednesday, March 4, at 7 p.m., Katherine Kohl presents her program "Full Circle, the Cleveland Women." And on Tuesday, March 31, at 7 p.m., actress Anne McEvoy will portray The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Join us for this program in which she brings the Titanic survivor and high society rule breaker to life.

We'd also like to invite you to show your support for local young artists at a reception for the Show Your Colors Art Exhibit on Saturday, March 7, at 2 p.m. Come and admire the artwork, enjoy refreshments and watch them receive their prizes.

Please see below for more information on these and other 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.

  • Wednesdays, March 4 and 11 (9:30 a.m.) Baby & Me Storytime – For caregivers and their children ages birth to 18 months.
  • Thursdays, March 5 and 12 (11 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – For caregivers and their children ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten).
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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 9:46 AM, 03.03.2015

March events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, March 3 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Making Positive First Impressions – Whether you’re working, networking or interviewing, you need to leave a positive impression. Get tips on how to do so.

Tuesday, March 3 (7 p.m.) Connecting for Kids: Coffee & Chat – We will serve coffee and eat delicious desserts as we laugh and discuss the month's topic, "How to Stay Calm When the Kids Are Out of Control." This program is a combination book/article club and support group. Discussion is facilitated by a professional. Free child care is available, but registration is required at www.connectingforkids.org or 440-250-5563.

Tuesday, March 3 (7–8:30 p.m.) Facebook Photo Albums, Instagram, and Snapchat – Learn how to upload and share your digital photos to Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Prerequisite: Facebook account. If you choose to bring your mobile device, please have Instagram and Snapchat installed before the class.

Wednesday, March 4 (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, March 4 (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, March 4 (4-5:30 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday 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.

Wednesday, March 4 (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.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 9:45 AM, 03.03.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

As we end February and head into the month of March, we really can start to look forward to spring! Are you thinking of the spring cleaning projects you want to get done? Why not stop at the Bay Village library for some help with that. Check out our books on cleaning, organizing and renovating. And while you're here, don't forget to grab some CDs or audiobooks to listen to as you get to work on your projects.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

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

  • Wednesday, Feb. 18 and March 4 (9:30 a.m.) Baby & Me Storytime – For caregivers and their children ages birth to 18 months.
  • Thursdays, Feb. 19 and 26 (11 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – For caregivers and their children ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten).
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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:14 AM, 02.17.2015

Celebrate Playhouse Square at Westlake Porter Public Library

Learn about the history of Cleveland’s own Playhouse Square at Westlake Porter Public Library on Thursday, March 5, from 7-8:30 p.m. George McNulty from the Playhouse Square Speakers Bureau will also share current information about the Cleveland theater district and show glimpses of the Dazzle on the Square. You’ll also learn about the differences between professional theater and local theater. To register, please visit signup.westlakelibrary.org:8080 or call 440-250-5460.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:11 AM, 02.17.2015

Talk horror films at Westlake Porter Public Library

Attention horror film fans! If you want to talk horror, sci-fi and suspense then join other film buffs at Westlake Porter Public Library on Wednesday, March 4, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for the kickoff of the library’s Horror Film Club.

We’ll explore some of the classic films of the horror, science fiction and suspense genres. The first film will be announced at this meeting.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:11 AM, 02.17.2015

Upcoming events at Bay Village Branch Library

Ohio has a rich history and as we celebrate Black History month and Presidents Day in February, why not join us for one of our upcoming historical programs featuring our state. We'll have a presentation on the Underground Railroad on Tuesday, Feb. 10. And on Monday, Feb. 16, Harold George – dressed in full Civil War uniform – will present his program on Abraham Lincoln's visit to Ohio.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 10:05 AM, 02.03.2015

Learn how to share your digital photos online

Learn how to share your digital photos on the internet using popular online services and apps, like Picasa, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Flickr, YouTube and more in a digital photo series at Westlake Porter Public Library.

The series starts on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. with Digital Photos Online, in which attendees will receive an overview of all the online sharing options available to them.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 9:43 AM, 02.03.2015