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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

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

In this season of gift-giving and remembering friends and family with warm thoughts of holidays past and present, the Bay Village Branch Library would like to thank one and all for their support and patronage throughout the year. If you don't frequent the library on Cahoon Road or haven't visited us in awhile, please join us soon as there is much to offer you and your family besides books! The librarians are eager to help with reading recommendations for young and old; help you to use the library computers; show you where to find our helpful research databases or find a DVD for your family to watch. Please see the list below for programs you may enjoy. May you all have a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year! 

Please note that in celebration of the holidays the Bay Village Branch will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 24, through Thursday, Dec. 25, and reopen on Friday, Dec. 26, at 9 a.m. In addition, the library will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 31, through Thursday, Jan. 1, and reopen on Friday, Jan. 2, at 9 a.m. 

ALL AGES

Sunday, Dec. 21 (2 p.m.) RINGING IN THE SEASON – Sing along with the Garfield Memorial UMC Handbell Choir for a program of sacred and secular holiday songs, and history. No registration required.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:43 AM, 12.09.2014

End the year with a relaxing read

What do most people think of when they hear the word "library"? Reading, of course! 2014 was the year to "Reconnect with Reading 365" at the Cuyahoga County Public Library. We have been so happy to share with you our favorites, as well as those of your neighbors from a variety of genres over the past year in this feature. During this season of holiday hustle and bustle, we would like to invite you to relax with a good book or gift one to someone special. Here are some new releases we thought we’d share that may fast become a new favorite to give as gifts or read for yourself on a frosty winter day.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:46 AM, 12.09.2014

A tree shines in Porter Library

For the third year now the Westlake Garden Club has decorated a holiday tree for the lobby of Westlake Porter Public Library. On Sunday, Nov. 30, the lobby was abuzz with garden club members, boxes and bags of ornaments, ladders and curious visitors to the library. 

The theme this year is A Child’s Christmas and is quite evident by the many, many toy-type ornaments. One of our members supplied many of the ornaments from her personal collection and committee members brought other ornaments to complete the tree. There was a period of concern when the middle section lights were not lit, but eventually that problem was solved and the ornaments went on.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:41 AM, 12.09.2014

'Montage Works!' art show on display at Porter Library

“Montage Works!” by local artist Margie Ridenour will be the featured art show presented throughout the month of December at Westlake Porter Public Library. The exhibition is a collection of works using different media such as oil, pen & ink and watercolor. Margie, a native of Northeast Ohio, is an artist that is inspired by the diversity of nature, humans and structures. She now resides in North Olmsted after living along the Atlantic seaboard and in Appalachia. Her work has received numerous awards and some of her photography has been used in promotional literature.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 10:00 AM, 11.25.2014

December events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Monday, Dec. 1 (3:45-5:30 p.m.) Teen Lounge – Need a place to hang out after school? Come to WPPL's Teen Lounge on Monday afternoons! We've got computers, video games, board games, snacks and more! Grades 7-12.

Monday, Dec. 1 (7-8:30 p.m.) Monday Night Movie – This month’s title is a heartwarming drama about three misfits living on the streets of Tokyo who discover a baby left in a garbage dump on Christmas Eve. As they try to find out what has become of the child's parents, the three must first face their own dark pasts. Animated. Japanese with English subtitles. Rated PG-13. Please register.

Tuesday, Dec. 2 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Setting Up A LinkedIn Profile – Job seekers in almost all fields need to have a LinkedIn profile to be considered for an interview or even a screening phone call. Learn techniques for setting up a great profile. Bring a resume to view and a flash drive with your resume on it in Word to cut and paste from. Sign up early by calling Cynthia at 216-367-3011. Only 12 seats at computers; you may also bring your own.

Tuesday, Dec. 2 (7-8:45 p.m.) Cooking with Maria Isabella – Cleveland cookbook author Maria Isabella will discuss her book, "In the Kitchen with Cleveland's Favorite Chefs," and prepare one of the appetizers for you to sample. Books will be available for purchase. Please register.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 10:06 AM, 11.25.2014

Upcoming Bay Village Branch Library programs

December is an exciting month at the library. Storytimes are suspended for the month, but that doesn't mean we don't have lots for everyone to do! There are holiday activities for children and a handbell concert for everyone just before Christmas. Look at the following selections and join us!

Please note that in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Bay Village Branch will close at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26, and reopen at 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 28.

ALL AGES

Monday, Dec. 1, through Saturday, Dec. 6 (during library hours) MAKE AN ORNAMENT – Help us decorate the library holiday tree to be on display in Cahoon Park by making an ornament at the library the first week of December.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Monday, Dec. 1, through Saturday, Dec. 6 (during library hours) PRESCHOOL MAKE 'N' TAKE CRAFT – Drop in all week to the children's storytime room during library hours to make a special preschool holiday craft. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Library.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:52 AM, 11.25.2014

Learn about symbolic references in fine art

There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to fine art. There are often symbolic references incorporated into the pieces by the artists that give them even deeper meaning once the viewer sees and understands them. Artist and college instructor Bill Mannion will discuss these symbols and more in "Artists’ Reflections on Nature" at Westlake Porter Public Library on Friday, Dec. 5, from 2-4 p.m.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:51 AM, 11.25.2014

History rocks at Westlake Porter Public Library

Do you remember “the day the music died”? What about the first time you heard the Beatles? Can you explain Cleveland’s special place in the history of rock 'n' roll? If so, you’ll enjoy "Rock ’n’ Roll History: A Journey in Sounds 1949-1964" at Westlake Porter Public Library on Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 7 to 8:45 p.m.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:50 AM, 11.25.2014

Porter Library offers access to practice Ohio driver's tests

Westlake Porter Public Library is now offering would-be Ohio drivers access to practice driver’s tests through a partnership with Driving-Tests.org. The tests are accessible through the library’s website. You need not have a Westlake Porter Public Library card to use the service. The tests are based on Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle materials and are Ohio-specific.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:45 AM, 11.25.2014

November events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Nov. 11 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Reinventing Yourself – What are you waiting for? What is getting in the way of your process? What do you have the most fun doing? The workshop explores questions that get you engaged and excited and will assist you with beginning to develop your own future.

Tuesday, Nov. 11 (7-8:30 p.m.) The Lakeside Unit: Cleveland Medicine in World War I – In 1914, Cleveland's foremost physicians and surgeons took a group to Paris to tend to injured soldiers, setting the stage for the formation of similar hospital units from all over the country. Please register starting Oct. 1.

Tuesday, Nov. 11 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In November we’ll discuss "Letters from Skye" by Jessica Brockmole.

Wednesday, Nov. 12 (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, Nov. 12 (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, Nov. 12 (7-8 p.m.) Captain Underpants Tra La La Palooza Join us for Captain Underpants trivia contests, games of skill, crafts and more! Ages 7-10. Registration begins Nov. 5.

Thursday, Nov. 13 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursday, Nov. 13 (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, Nov. 13 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The November selection is "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" by Reza Aslan.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:36 AM, 10.28.2014

Westlake Porter Public Library achieves 5-star rating

Westlake Porter Public Library has been named a Five-Star Library in Library Journal’s annual Index of Public Library Service. The index compares public libraries across the nation with their budget-category peers. Five is the highest number of stars a library can achieve, placing WPPL among the top-rated in the nation. Previously WPPL has received three stars in the index.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:56 AM, 11.11.2014

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

The cold weather is upon us! Living in the Cleveland area we know the cold is inevitable and already there is talk of the "polar vortex." If you're thinking of spending a chilly evening or weekend inside your cozy home, stop at the library for some entertainment options other than the TV. 

In the Children's Area we have "bookpacks" that contain an audio recording of a book as well as the book itself for your child to read along as they listen. There are also new books arriving daily to read to your child. In addition there is an assortment of DVDs for both young and old. Watch a classic movie, reminisce with a TV series from the past or check out the documentaries to learn something new. Of course there are books too! Ask a librarian to help you find something of interest. We hope to see you soon!

In celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday the library will close on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 5:30 p.m. and reopen on Friday, Nov. 28, 9 a.m.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Storytimes: Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books/stories together.

Monday, Nov. 17 and Tuesday, Nov. 18 (9:30 a.m.) TODDLER STORYTIME – For caregivers and their children ages 19-35 months.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:54 AM, 11.11.2014

Curl up with a whodunnit!

What do most people think of when they hear the word "library"? Reading, of course! 2014 is the year to "Reconnect with Reading 365" at the Cuyahoga County Public Library. To celebrate this initiative, the Bay Village Branch Library staff and customers will be sharing our suggestions from various genres each month here in the Observer.

I recently had a chance to sit down and chat about "whodunnits" with Friends of the Bay Village Library board members Linda Lamb and Liz Bailey who enjoy reading mysteries – both classic and new!

Linda Lamb’s favorite authors in this genre include Lisa Gardner, David Rosenfelt and James Patterson. Linda’s favorite of Rosenfelt’s offerings is the Andy Carpenter series. Linda finds it interesting to get to know the characters over the length of the series. She thinks the characters in this series are wonderful, full of humor and notes the books flow like a well-written TV script. After doing some research, she learned Rosenfelt does indeed have a background in writing for television!

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:41 AM, 10.28.2014

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Even though it is Halloween, you may already be thinking ahead to planning for the holidays. The library is a good place to start! Many new holiday "how-to" books are arriving weekly with crafts, recipes and ideas to make it easier to plan what you want to do in the next couple of months. There are many cookbooks that feature cookies, cakes and pies for all occasions in addition to the most recent healthy recipes that have been "made over" from the original, less healthy ones. Come see our large assortment and "test" the recipes out on your family to see what may become your new holiday traditional foods in years to come. 

If making gifts for Christmas is your thing, check out the new knitting, crocheting and sewing books that also include an assortment of holiday decorations to make. 

Too early to even THINK about the holidays? Come to the library to find something good to read. The librarians LOVE to talk about books so ask any of us to help you pick that particular book for you. We hope to see you at the library soon!

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Storytimes: Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books/stories together.

  • Mondays, Nov. 3 and 10; Tuesdays, Nov. 4 and 11 (9:30 a.m.) TODDLER STORYTIME – For caregivers and their children ages 19-35 months.
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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:39 AM, 10.28.2014

Ask a pharmacist at Westlake Porter Public Library

Do you have questions about your medications and how they might interact with vitamins and supplements you’re taking? The come talk to a professional pharmacist from the Northern Ohio Academy of Pharmacy on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 7-8:45 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:42 AM, 10.28.2014

Look and feel your best through color

Find out the best wardrobe and beauty product colors for you at "Look & Feel Your Best Through Color" at Westlake Porter Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 1-2 p.m. Image expert Dawn Waldrop, author of "Best Impressions: How to Gain Professionalism, Promotion and Profit," will show attendees how the right colors enhance your natural coloring and boost your confidence, and how to determine what those colors are.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:35 AM, 10.28.2014

Does Bigfoot live in Ohio? Find out at Porter Library!

Is Bigfoot real or a hoax? Does Bigfoot live in Ohio? What does the evidence say? Ohio Bigfoot Association President Marc DeWerth will discuss these questions and the findings of Bigfoot hunters at “Buckeye Bigfoot,” on Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:36 AM, 10.28.2014