Libraries

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

Investment and business programs at Porter Library

Learn how to avoid making mistakes with your IRA and how to market your business during the February Investors' Interest Group and Small Busine$$ Lunch & Learn programs at Westlake Porter Public Library.

In the Investors’ Interest Group on Monday, Feb. 16, 7-8:30 p.m., investors will learn about "Costly IRA Mistakes to Avoid."IRAs are among the most popular ways to save for retirement, but because there are so many complex rules and regulations it’s easy to make costly mistakes. Learn some of the most commonly made mistakes and how to avoid them.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 9:42 AM, 02.03.2015

Learn how to make 'squishy circuits' at Porter Library

Learn how to make “squishy circuits,” fun electric circuits using specially-made conductive play dough, at Westlake Porter Public Library on Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The program is part of the library’s monthly Maker Club Emerging Technology Program, which explores Maker Movement projects.

To register for this program, please visit signup.westlakelibrary.org:8080 or call 440-871-2600.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 9:42 AM, 02.03.2015

Westlake Porter Public Library's February calendar of events

Wednesday, Feb. 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, Feb. 4 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Drop-in session for genealogy help.

Wednesday, Feb. 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.

Thursday, Feb. 5-Sunday, Feb. 8 – Friends' Annual Book Sale – Get bargains on used books (fiction and non-fiction, titles for all ages), books-on-CD, DVDs, and CDs! Days and times are: Feb. 5, 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Feb. 6, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Feb. 7: Half-price sale, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Feb. 8: $2 Bag Sale, 1:15-4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5 (11 a.m.-noon) SNAP – Valentine's Party – Celebrate St. Valentine's Day with games, music and activities at our party for adults with developmental disabilities and a caregiver, if needed. Please register. Registration for the caregiver is not necessary.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 9:49 AM, 02.03.2015

Bay Village Branch Library book sale Jan. 24-27

The Bay Village branch of the Cuyahoga Library Public Library will hold its annual winter book sale from Jan. 24 through Jan. 27. The hours of the sale are: Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.; Monday, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m., and Tuesday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Bay Village Library.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:58 AM, 01.20.2015

Upcoming events at Bay Village Branch Library

As we start off a new year of books, you may be anticipating some of the titles to be released in 2015, but what great books of 2014 did you miss? Join us at the Bay Village library on Wednesday, Feb. 4, as Bill Kelly, branch manager of Beachwood Library and "Book Guru," presents a list of notable books from 2014. He'll introduce you to books that won awards, notable books, and a few of his favorite titles. So while you wait for the release of 2015 titles, come hear about last year's great reads.

And, don't forget to stop by the library for our next Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library book sale which starts on Saturday, Jan. 24, and ends on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

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

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:58 AM, 01.20.2015

Porter Library to hold used furniture and computer sale

Westlake Porter Public Library will hold a used furniture and computer sale on Thursday, Feb. 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until all items are sold. Also being sold are miscellaneous other items. All items will be sold as-is and all sales will be final. Payment may be made by cash, check or credit card. Please call 440-871-2600 for further information.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:50 AM, 01.20.2015

Westlake Porter Public Library offers digital album loans

Westlake Porter Public Library users can now borrow digital albums with their library card via the Hoopla service. The music module joins the digital movie and television show collection the library offers through Hoopla, as well as the library’s other digital music service, Freegal.

“We’re very excited to offer music through Hoopla, because now our customers will be able to access more digital music than ever from the library,” said Mary Worthington, the library's collections, outreach and programming coordinator.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:50 AM, 01.20.2015

Westlake Porter Public Library offers adult programs for variety of interests

Westlake Porter Public Library’s late January adult programs cater to a variety of interests. In addition to the monthly Investor’s Interest Group and Small Busine$$ Lunch & Learn, the library is also offering programs focusing on de-cluttering your home, energy healing, and how to take apart computers. Here are the details:

Wednesday, Jan. 21 (7-8:30 p.m.) Take Apart Computers! – Ever wonder what’s inside a computer that makes it work? Here’s your chance to take one apart! Computer knowledge is not required, and no, you don’t have to put it back together! Safety glasses and tools will be provided. This is part of the monthly Maker Club Emerging Technology Program, which explores Maker Movement projects. Please join us for an E-Tech Lab, bringing emerging technology to our club. Please register.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:50 AM, 01.20.2015

Pulleys Cafe at Porter Library closes

Pulleys Cafe, which operated in Westlake Porter Public Library this past year, closed on Dec. 30. The cafe was operated by Solutions at Work (SAW) Inc. and served as a community-based employment training site for individuals with developmental disabilities interested in careers in the food service industry.

In announcing this closure, SAW Executive Director Richard Hoban said, “We have appreciated the opportunity to operate Pulleys Cafe at the Westlake Porter Public Library over the past year or more, and we applaud the library’s support and commitment to providing employment training opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.”

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 9:47 AM, 01.06.2015

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

Another new year has begun! Have you made the usual resolutions to lose weight, exercise, eat better or spend more time with family? Well, the library has a resolution that may actually help you with these resolutions! 

Cuyahoga County Public Library wants everyone's New Year’s resolution to be: Make reading a part of daily life in 2015. Finish the books your holiday hustle kept you away from, spend more time reading with your family or read a book to learn how to eat better and exercise. 

Kick off this resolution while the year is young and enter our Resolve to Read contest for a chance to win a brand new iPad Air. From Jan. 5 through Feb. 6, you will earn one automatic contest entry EACH DAY you use your library card. The more you use your library card, the better your chances of winning!

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 9:55 AM, 01.06.2015

January events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, Jan. 7 (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, Jan. 7 (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, Jan. 7 (7-8 p.m.) Healthy Eating for the New Year – Heinen's Supermarkets will teach us about a variety of healthy food options to help reach and maintain our balanced eating goals. Please register.

Thursday, Jan. 8 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The January selection is "The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Book Lover’s Adventures" by Josh Hanagarne.

Friday, Jan. 9, and Saturday, Jan. 10 (see times below) Music Therapy & More – Join us as we play instruments, sing, move to music and discuss how to carry over the music therapy experiences into the home. This program is geared toward children struggling in an area of development. RSVP required; call 440-250-5563 or visit connectingforkids.org. Sessions: Jan. 9: Family Session: 9:30 a.m.; Toddler Session: 10:30 a.m.; Preschool Session: 11:30 a.m.; Jan. 10: Family Session: 9:30 a.m.; Preschool Session: 10:30 a.m.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 9:47 AM, 01.06.2015