Libraries

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

Local author to appear Oct. 22 at Bay library

When I asked George McNulty the impetus for his novel, "The Trieste Intrigue," he responded, "While I was researching background for a story based upon a sailing venture I took with my wife Peggy in 1981, I discovered a significant contradiction of facts regarding the assassination attempt on John Paul II."

He went on to explain that a public statement released by the Italian court at the time stated that Mehmet Ali Agca was considered an "isolated terrorist" who, after gravely wounding Pope John Paul II, was sentenced to life in prison. However subsequent research revealed a privately issued court statement months later that posited "Agca was merely a pawn … an emerging point of a deep conspiracy orchestrated by secret forces."

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:11 AM, 10.14.2014

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

With Halloween just around the corner, now is the perfect time to stop by the Bay Village Branch Library to grab those horror movies or books that will help put a fright in your Halloween night. And remember, if you don't see what you're looking for, our librarians will be happy to assist you with ordering the titles you need.

From a Bay Village author presenting and signing his debut novel to a Pied Piper of Hamelin puppet show, the Bay Village Branch Library has a variety of events coming up in the next couple of weeks. Check out the listings below to find details on our upcoming programs.  

If you're looking for some great bargains, the Friends of the Bay Village Library book sale is where you'll want to be, starting Saturday, Oct. 25. Browse the many tables of books, DVDs and CDs and stock up on your reading, viewing or listening materials for the cold months ahead. The sale concludes on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Tuesday, Oct. 14 (7 p.m.) Tots Dance and Music – Families with children ages 2-1/2 to 6 years will have a great time dancing and moving to music with bean bags, scarves and more! Get your boogie shoes on and feel the beat! Registration is required. Register each child's name individually.

Wednesdays, Oct. 15 and 22 (9:30 a.m.) Baby & Me Storytime – For caregivers and their children ages birth to 18 months. Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:16 AM, 10.14.2014

Public invited to event honoring Porter Library board president

A public reception honoring Westlake Porter Public Library Board President Bob Plantz will take place at the library on Thursday, Oct. 16, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Plantz received the Ohio Library Council’s Trustee Award of Achievement at the organization’s annual convention on Oct. 8. The award recognizes the library trustee or board of trustees that demonstrates distinguished service and innovative leadership within the community and across Ohio.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:10 AM, 10.14.2014

Learn how to use emotions for personal and professional success

Learn how to regulate your own emotions, manage them in others and make decisions based upon them in an Emotional Intelligence Workshop at Westlake Porter Public Library on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 7-8:30 p.m. The workshop will be presented by Kitty Brandal, Ph.D., of Corporate Compass.

Attendees will learn why emotional intelligence is important for businesses, the relationship between leadership and emotional intelligence, how to increase emotional intelligence, and how the brain and emotional intelligence relate. This fun, insightful and educational course will include exercises, so come prepared for hands-on learning.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:10 AM, 10.14.2014

DIscuss your favorite TV shows at WPPL

Attention television fans ages 18-39: Do you love "Parks and Recreation" and "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia"? Are you interested in finding some like-minded people to discuss these shows and why they’re not getting the recognition that other shows are? If so, come to Westlake Porter Public Library on Mondays, Oct. 27 and Nov. 24, from 7-8:30 p.m. for "TV Discussion Group: Where’s the Acclaim?"

To register, please visit signup.westlakelibrary.org:8080 or call 440-871-2600. Westlake Porter Public Library is located at 27333 Center Ridge Road.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:09 AM, 10.14.2014

Friends of Bay Village Library used book sale Oct. 25-28

The fall used book sale at the Bay Village branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library will run from Saturday, Oct. 25, through Tuesday, Oct. 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. Proceeds from the sale support various library activities.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:14 AM, 10.14.2014

Learn the tricks for spooky makeup at Bay Library

Katie Lane will be at the Bay Village Branch Library on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 3:30 p.m. to demonstrate Halloween makeup application for students in grades 5 and up. She has appeared at various CCPL branches for Zombie Walks and Zombie Days transforming hundreds into The Undead.

Katie Lane grew up adoring Halloween and all things scary and helped with her first haunt in 1994. She was involved in theater before jumping into the world of special effects makeup, set design, costume design and haunted-house acting. Katie has traveled around the country as a consultant, makeup artist and actor for haunted attractions, working with some of the biggest names in the industry.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:01 AM, 10.14.2014

Customer Appreciation Week is out of this world at WPPL

Westlake Porter Public Library staff members think their customers are out of this world. That’s why they’re treating them during Customer Appreciation Week, Oct. 5-11. In addition to special space-themed programs for all ages, the library will thank customers for their support and usage with giveaways, cookies, an opportunity to get your photo taken with an “astronaut” and discounts at Portables (show your library card at the Friends-operated gift shop on Oct. 8-10 to get yours!).

Planned programs include:

UFOs and Aliens Discussion Group

Sunday, Oct. 5 (2-3:30 p.m.) – Small group discussion of personal experiences with UFOs and Aliens with Tom Wertman of MUFON Ohio and The Cleveland Ufology Project.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:55 AM, 09.30.2014

Scare up some fun with a good book

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.

October is a great month for readers to curl up with a spooky or scary tale in honor of Halloween. I talked with Bay Village resident sixth-grader Lizzy to check in on her favorite type of chiller. Lizzy’s recommendation is for the series: "Bad Girls Don’t Die" by Katie Alender. The first book is a combination of horror with a haunted Victorian house and the demonic possession of the main character’s sister. Her reading place of choice is in bed under the covers nice and cozy, so that the scary stuff doesn’t seem so frightening!

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:58 AM, 09.30.2014

Upcoming events at Bay Village Branch Library

October is National Book Month, so why not stop by the Bay Village branch library to pick up some books? As the weather cools down, it is the perfect time to cozy up with a great read. While you're here check out one of our programs. We have something for all ages.

Also, please stop by the Bay Cares Fall Fest on Saturday, Oct. 4, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., to learn about the many volunteer opportunities in Bay Village. Take your hobby or interests – gardening, biking, writing, acting, music, democracy, education, history, sustainability, animals and more – to the next level, make new friends and make a difference in our community!

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Thursday, Oct. 2 (11 a.m.) Whooo's Ready for School? – Help your preschooler make the transition into their first year of school. Explore hands-on alphabet activity stations together to build early reading and writing skills. For ages 4-5 with a caregiver.

Tuesdays, Oct. 7 and 14 (9:30 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – Caregivers and their children ages 19-35 months are invited to join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Tuesdays, Oct. 7 and 14 (1:30 p.m.); Thursdays, Oct. 9 and 16 (11:00 a.m.) Preschool Storytime– Caregivers and their children ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten) are invited to join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 10:03 AM, 09.30.2014

Get your game on at Porter Library!

Westlake Porter Public Library has a new way for video gamers to get their game on. The library has introduced a revolving video game collection for users. The collection, which includes titles for Wii, PlayStation and Xbox, is made available through the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System, a regional library consortium.

The games available include popular titles such as Just Dance, Super Mario Brothers, Halo, Call of Duty, Batman, Star Wars, Naruto, and many more. The collection will rotate, so different titles will be available every three months.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 10:04 AM, 09.30.2014

October events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Oct. 14 (10 a.m.-noon) Results-Oriented Resumes – In the current job market, competition is tough and employers are swamped with resumes. This workshop will teach you what catches employers’ attention and makes them want to call you.

Tuesday, Oct. 14 (7-8 p.m.) College 101 – Patty Saddle of the College Planning Center will go over all the different factors that go into finding the best college fit. Open to both students and parents! Registration begins Oct. 5.

Tuesday, Oct. 14 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In October we’ll discuss "Meet Me at the Emotional Baggage Claim" by Lisa Scottoline.

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

Wednesday, Oct. 15 (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, Oct. 15 (7-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – "Researching WWI and WWII Military Records," with GeneaBlogger and former OGS trustee, Wally Huskonen

Wednesday, Oct. 15 (7-8:45 p.m.) Ethnic History of Cleveland – David A. Bernatowicz, M.A., of the Tri-C Speakers Bureau will provide a narrative history of the many ethnic groups that migrated to the Cleveland area from the early 19th to the 20th century.

Thursday, Oct. 16 (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.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:59 AM, 09.30.2014

Upcoming events at Bay Village Branch Library

As Autumn approaches and cooler weather arrives, you may want to stop by the Bay Village Branch Library for some fabulous fall books. Whether you're looking for craft ideas, delicious crock pot recipes, or a good novel or DVD to curl up with, our library has something for you.

As well as a vast selection of book and audio visual materials, we have some great events coming up in the next couple of weeks. With the holidays just around the corner, you may find yourself reminiscing of making the trip downtown to Higbee's or Halle Brothers. Join us on Sept. 18 as a representative from the Western Reserve Historical Society presents a program on the Golden Days of Cleveland Shopping. Come share your memories. See below for more events and registration information.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Mondays and Tuesdays, Sept. 22, 23, 29, 30 (9:30 a.m.) Toddler – Caregivers and their children ages 19-35 months are invited to join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Wednesdays, Sept. 17 and 24 (9:30 a.m.) Baby & Me – For caregivers and their children ages birth to 18 months. Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:06 AM, 09.16.2014

Reiki master to lead energy healing discussion

Local author and Reiki master Linda Street will lead a small group discussion on energy healing on Monday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library. The discussion will be an opportunity for attendees to share their experiences with energy healing, ask questions and interact personally with Street, who has led several larger programs on Reiki at the library.

Street is the owner/founder of Healing from the Heart, a metaphysical healing practice. She received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and spent six years in the field of mental health.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:01 AM, 09.16.2014

Westlake family visits 28 libraries over summer

How many times have you been to the library this summer? Twice? Three times? None? This summer my mom, my 12-year-old brother Andrew, my 9-year-old sister Tina and I visited all 28 Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

We started the journey with the Middleburg Heights Branch on June 17 and finished it with the MetroHealth Branch on Aug. 20. At every branch, we explored, took a picture, and talked to a librarian.

All the libraries were so unique. The South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch was in an old mansion, the MetroHealth Branch was in a hospital, and the Richmond Heights Branch was inside a shopping plaza! The librarians also shared interesting facts with us if we asked about a branch.

We live in Westlake, and a lot of the libraries were pretty far away, such as the Gates Mills Library Branch, which was 38.1 miles away. To be more efficient, we went to multiple libraries in one trip. The most libraries we went to in one day was five!

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:41 AM, 09.03.2014

September events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, Sept. 3 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Please stop by for free genealogy help!

Wednesday, Sept. 3 (4-5:30 p.m.) Bow Wow! Read to Uncle Chow Chow! – Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with Uncle Chow Chow, our reading dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 3 (7-8:45 p.m.) Cleveland Civil War Roundtable – Join us for a discussion of the generalship of Ulysses S. Grant.

Friday, Sept. 5 (10-11 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., OR 1-2 p.m.) Connecting for Kids "Teach Me to Play" – Experts from the Cuyahoga Board of Developmental Disabilities will lead this playgroup for children 3-6 years (siblings welcome). Its focus is teaching parents how to help their children engage in play and interact with peers, and positively discipline through hands-on modeling techniques. Caregiver must stay in the room. You must RSVP for the playgroup by calling 440-250-5563. Space is limited.

Saturday, Sept. 6 (2-3 p.m.) Spoons! – Learn to use spoons in a whole new way. Join us as we read the story "Spoon," play Spoons, and make Spoon puppets and maracas. Ages 4-6. Please register.

Sunday, Sept. 7 (2-4 p.m.) Chess Club – Hone your chess skills (or learn how to play the game) through WPPL's new Chess Club. The club is recommended for kids ages 6+, but all ages are welcome to attend. If you have a chess set, please bring it.

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:55 AM, 09.03.2014

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

The school year is in session and you may be looking for something fun to do with your children who are not yet in school. Our storytimes start back up this month, so bring your youngster to one of our storytime sessions at the Bay Village branch library. See the list below to see what time and theme suits your needs.

Do you have fond recollections of shopping downtown? You won't want to miss our upcoming program, The Golden Age of Shopping in Cleveland. This event – Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7:00 p.m. – will be sure to conjure up some wonderful memories. If you love to read about Cleveland history, be sure to ask to see our section of local interest books.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Wednesday, Sept. 10 (9:30 a.m.) Baby & Me – For caregivers and their children ages birth to 18 months. Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Thursdays, Sept. 4 and Sept. 11 (11 a.m.); Tuesday, Sept. 9 (1:30 p.m.) Preschool – Caregivers and their children ages 3-5 not yet in kindergarten are invited to join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:55 AM, 09.03.2014

Celebrate diversity with inspiring reads

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.

"Walk a mile in my shoes!" When was the last time you heard that common saying? While we can’t usually follow in the footsteps of a person from another kind of family, culture or race, we can all broaden our awareness through reading. Here are some books enjoyed by Bay Villagers that you might like to try:

Amelia, grade 8, liked "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio, a book about a 10-year-old boy born with extreme facial abnormalities who not only survived, but thrived. She liked how the story of his life was told from the perspectives of family members and friends. She also liked "Thura’s Diary: My Life in Wartime Iraq" by Thura Al-Windawi that tells the story of a girl in Baghdad starting just before American bombs begin to drop on her city.

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:53 AM, 09.03.2014

Skateboarder to visit Bay Library

Doug Brown will be appearing at the Bay Village Branch Library with his Skate Straight! program at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Besides showing video of his tips and tricks on the board, he will talk about natural highs, real life heroes, the importance of reaching out to others and what really matters in life.

He is a professional skateboarder, motivational speaker, and author from the Gravity Games, Dew Tour, Fuel TV and ESPN. Books will be available for sale and signing. Recommended for grades 5 & up. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Library.

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:44 AM, 09.03.2014

Learn how to research your family tree

Westlake Porter Public Library is again offering beginning genealogists opportunities to learn how to research their family trees on Friday, Sept. 19, from 2-4 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

In Beginning Genealogy, attendees will learn how to research their family history, including where to begin, how to research, and what resources are available and where to find them. Attendees are encouraged to bring along names and dates for hands-on research.

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:49 AM, 09.03.2014

Help your kindergartner succeed in school with a library card

Every parent wants their child to succeed, and one of the simplest ways you can ensure your kindergartner’s academic success is by making a trip to the library. There’s no better time than September, which is Library Card Sign-up Month, a month in which Westlake Porter Public Library joins with public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most import school supply of all – a library card. With that in mind, the library is offering special prizes to encourage parents to get their kindergartners library cards, and informing customers of all the ways they can use their library cards.

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:49 AM, 09.03.2014

Westlake Porter Public Library offers new learning options with lynda.com

Westlake Porter Public Library is offering cardholders new learning options through lynda.com. Lynda.com is an online training center that offers courses and videos that help anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to help them achieve their personal and professional goals. It is accessible inside the library only on either its computers or your own notebook computer.

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:49 AM, 09.03.2014

Party wraps library's summer reading game

On Saturday, Aug. 16, the Bay Village Branch Library held their Summer Reading Wrap Party. The families had lots of fun activities to participate in as a thank you for joining us this summer.

Creativity was abundant in the sidewalk chalk art and the fabric marker tie-dye projects that were made. Frozen treats and some fun library giveaways were a hit with all the participants. All the children started off the new school year with an "I Love Reading" pencil and a Cuyahoga County Public Library pen.

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Volume 6, Issue 17, Posted 9:50 AM, 08.19.2014