Libraries

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

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

As we head into the Labor Day weekend, don't forget to stop by the Bay Village Branch Library to pick up those books, DVDs, or audio materials you may need over the long weekend. Beginning Saturday, Aug. 30, we will be closed for the holiday. Our regular hours will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 2. Of course, you can still access items in our digital collection during this time.

After a hiatus in August, our storytimes start back up in September. We also have some great after-school programs coming up. Our new Teen Zone will offer activities, games, art and more. See the listings below for dates and times.

We're excited to host professional skateboarder Doug Brown on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 3:30 p.m. He will join us to share tips and tricks of the board – as well as give advice on how to enjoy life and make the most of it. You won't want to miss this event!

CHILDREN’S DEPARTMENT

STORYTIMES

  • Tuesday, Sept. 2 (9:30 a.m.) Toddler – Caregivers and children ages 19-35 months are invited to join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.
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Volume 6, Issue 17, Posted 9:58 AM, 08.19.2014

Explore the maker movement at WPPL event

Westlake Porter Public Library will give West Shore residents an opportunity to explore the “maker movement” at a Make Event at the library on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The maker movement is the technology-based extension of do-it-yourself pursuits that typically involves electronics, robotics and 3-D printing, as well as traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking and other arts and crafts.

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

Science fun at Bay Library

As part of a two-class series entitled "Science Fun!", Bay Village Library children's staff member Peg Tomek challenged 13 students in grades 4-6 to build marble loop-de-loop roller coasters using a marble, insulation tubing, tape, boxes and a chair along with their own creativity.

The groups of happy engineers had such a "scream" building and testing their coasters. Each team earned points for building specific components and completing challenges.

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Volume 6, Issue 17, Posted 9:52 AM, 08.19.2014

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

As children get ready to go back to school, we want to remind you that the Bay Village branch library is a great place to find books to help them get school-ready. From topics such as first-day jitters, Common Core, peer pressure, and healthy lunch box ideas, our librarians are here to help with recommendations of great titles to help prepare for the 2014-15 school year.

Our summer reading program is winding down and we'll be throwing a wrap-up party on Saturday, Aug. 16. We look forward to seeing you there, as we have some fun activities planned. Don't forget to log in those reading minutes to have a chance to win some great prizes.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Saturday, Aug. 9 (10:30 a.m.) Sensory Storytime – These storytimes, designed specifically for children with special needs and their families, incorporate a schedule board, double visuals and sensory opportunities as well as a half-hour of socialization time following the program.

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Volume 6, Issue 16, Posted 9:45 AM, 08.05.2014

Head back in time with historical fiction

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.

The theme at the library this month is Historical Fiction. A skilled writer in this genre has to have some knowledge of the culture, daily way of life, living conditions and setting to create historical accuracy and weave a convincing story incorporating detailed description of the surroundings and events taking place in that time period.

I decided to find out what former librarian Karen Baker of Bay Village, an avid reader of historical fiction, has recently been reading. She immediately mentioned that she had just finished "Mr. Churchill’s Secretary" by Susan Elia MacNeal and had enjoyed it very much. The story is about Maggie Hope who, after graduating at the top of her college class in 1940, is very much looking to obtain a job in British intelligence aiding in the war effort. However, it is 1940 after all and women are not hired for such positions.

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Volume 6, Issue 16, Posted 9:43 AM, 08.05.2014

Overdrive's Digimobile to visit Westlake Porter Public Library

Learn more about digital library resources and how easy it is to access them when Overdrive Inc.’s Digimobile visits Westlake Porter Public Library on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The Digimobile includes a variety of devices on which visitors can try their hand downloading digital audio and e-books from the library’s collection. Overdrive is WPPL’s digital audio and e-book collection provider. The visit is part of the Cleveland-based company's National Digital Bookmobile tour.

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Volume 6, Issue 16, Posted 9:34 AM, 08.05.2014

Learn about UFO cover-ups at Westlake Porter Public Library

Has the government covered up evidence of UFOs or contact by aliens? Tom Wertman of the Cleveland Ufology Project and MUFON Ohio will talk about this and more at Westlake Porter Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. The session will include time for questions and discussion of UFO experiences. Please register by calling 440-250-5460 or visiting signup.westlakelibrary.org:8080.

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Volume 6, Issue 16, Posted 9:34 AM, 08.05.2014

August events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, Aug. 20 (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, Aug. 20 (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, Aug. 20 (7-8:30 p.m.) Introduction to Finding Funders – Learn how to use Foundation Directory Online, the database in which you can search to find funders for your nonprofit organization. Please register.

Thursday, Aug. 21 (11 a.m.-noon) SNAP Art Day – Use art materials and your imagination to create a masterpiece. This program is for adults with developmental disabilities (and their caregivers, if needed). Please call Rebecca Shook at 440-250-5471 to register or with questions.

Thursday, Aug. 21 (2-3 p.m.) Trick Your Locker – You'll have the coolest locker in school when you trick it out with these fun – and useful! – crafts. Grades 5-7. Registration begins Aug. 14.

Friday, Aug. 22 (10 a.m.-noon) Porter's Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.

Friday, Aug. 22 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Sensory Storytime – Join us for a storytime for children with special needs and their parents/caregivers. The program includes interactive stories, rhymes, songs and movement activities, followed by 30 minutes of play. Content is geared to ages 3-7. Please call with questions or to register.

Friday, Aug. 22 (2-4 p.m.) Movies @ Your Library! – Join us for Friday afternoon flicks! Based on availability; movie titles may change without notice. In accordance with library policy, children who are under age nine must be accompanied by an adult. Registration begins one week before each session. This week's movie: While on a world tour the Muppets fund themselves wrapped into a European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit look-alike and his dastardly sidekick. (Rated PG)

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Volume 6, Issue 16, Posted 9:35 AM, 08.05.2014

Westlake Porter Public Library will hold used furniture sale

Westlake Porter Public Library will hold a used furniture sale on Monday, July 28, starting at 9 a.m. and lasting until everything has been sold. Items to be sold include file cabinets, chairs, tables, a computer workstation and typewriter tables. Payment may be made by cash, check or credit card, and all sales will be final. Please call 440-871-2600 for further information.

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Volume 6, Issue 15, Posted 9:42 AM, 07.22.2014

Bay Library used book sale July 26-29

Mark your calendar for the upcoming summer used book sale at the Bay Village branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. The sale will run during regular library hours from Saturday morning, July 26, through 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of Bay Village Library with proceeds from the sale supporting various library activities. There is a wide range of children, teen and adult books as well as DVDs, CDs, audio books and magazines. All have been categorized for easy shopping. Tuesday is bag day when a bag full of books can be purchased for $1.

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Volume 6, Issue 15, Posted 9:46 AM, 07.22.2014

Porter Library ice cream social

Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library invites you to their annual Ice Cream Social, to be held on Monday, July 28, from 6-8 p.m. at the library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. Mitchell’s ice cream sundaes will be sold for $1 and plenty of entertainment will be on hand!

Come see The Big Daddies Band, Balloon Dave, and take your turn on a hole of our mini golf. Check out the silent auction, with items including dance lessons, baking supplies, and Disney World passes. Bidding is now available in the library lobby and closes at 7:45 p.m. on July 28.

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Volume 6, Issue 15, Posted 9:41 AM, 07.22.2014

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

We hope you've been enjoying the lovely weather of summer so far and have had the opportunity to get some summer reading done. The Cuyahoga County Public Library summer reading program – "Ready. Set. Read!" – is still going strong, and it's not too late to log those reading minutes before the Aug. 16 deadline. As usual, we have some great programs coming up at the Bay branch. Check out our Moon Party on Aug. 4 or stop by one of our weekly storytimes, before they go on hiatus for the month of August.

ALL AGES:

Monday, July 28 (9:30 a.m.) Book Chat at the Fuller House – Grab a coffee and join us on the porch of the BAYarts Fuller House where a librarian will discuss and recommend books.

Monday, Aug. 4 (7:30 p.m.) Moon Party – Members of the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association, an amateur astronomy club, use their telescopes to show us the moon and any other objects that may be visible in the night sky. If you have your own telescope, bring it along.

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Volume 6, Issue 15, Posted 9:44 AM, 07.22.2014

July events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, July 23 (10:15 and 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesday, July 23 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The July selection is "And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini.

Wednesday, July 23 (3-4:30 p.m.) Giant Games – Looking for something to do? Stop by with your friends for an afternoon of GIANT GAMES! We've super-sized Jenga, Dominos, Chinese Checkers, and more of your favorite games for even more fun! We'll also have video games and snacks.

Wednesday, July 23 (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 p.m.

Friday, July 25 (10 a.m.-noon) Porter's Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.

Friday, July 25 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) iPad Users Group – Learn and share basic tips with other iPad users. Please bring your iPad with you. Registration required.

Friday, July 25 (2-4 p.m.) Movies @ Your Library! – Join us for fabulous Friday afternoon flicks! Based on availability; movie titles may change without notice. In accordance with library policy, children who are under age 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration begins one week before each session.

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Volume 6, Issue 15, Posted 9:12 AM, 06.24.2014

Celebrate Batman's 75th anniversary at Porter Library

Westlake Porter Public Library will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the birth of Batman with a day of programming for all ages on Wednesday, July 23. The library has timed the event to coincide with DC Comic’s Batman Day. DC Comics is the publisher of the Batman comic books.

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Volume 6, Issue 15, Posted 9:42 AM, 07.22.2014

Porter Library receives clean audit

Westlake Porter Public Library has passed its recent audit, which means auditors found no weaknesses or deficiencies in the library’s financial management and record-keeping. In addition, the library was found to be in compliance with the laws, regulations, contracts and other agreements it is required to meet. This continues the library’s longstanding record of successful audits.

“Our Finance Department works very hard to make sure the library is a good steward of the funds entrusted to us by the community,” said Library Director Andrew Mangels. “So I am not at all surprised by this result.”

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Volume 6, Issue 15, Posted 9:42 AM, 07.22.2014

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

With the hottest days of summer upon us, you may be looking for an escape from outside activities. Why not join us at the Bay Village branch for one of our programs? From weekly storytimes to book discussions for adults, you’re sure to find something that suits your needs. Also, don’t forget to mark your calendar for the Friends of the Bay Village branch book sale starting on Saturday, July 26, at 9 a.m.

You still have plenty of time to participate in our Summer Reading Game for adults and youth of all ages. Register online at www.cuyahogalibrary.org, select an avatar, decide on your goal minutes, and you are ready to start. Read and add your minutes online as you progress. If you have any questions, please call us at 440-871-6392.

ADULT DEPARTMENT:

Wednesday, July 16 (7 p.m.) Writer's Center Stage Preview – Each year the William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Program brings the literary world’s best authors, poets, journalists and storytellers to Cleveland. Join us for a fun, interactive sneak peak of the 2014-15 season and enter for a chance to win tickets.

Tuesday, July 22 (7 p.m.) Sort Out Recycling – The Solid Waste Management District will address the complexities of the recycling process and dispel recycling myths. Learn where recyclables go and how recycling benefits the environment.

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Volume 6, Issue 14, Posted 10:11 AM, 07.08.2014

Escape with a good book this summer

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.

As circulation staff, we help customers each and every day check out their items and often have a chance to talk books over the desk! This month we will explore our favorite "great escapes" for your reading enjoyment! For me the best escape is laughter! "The Spellman Files" is the first book in a series about a strangely loveable and dysfunctional family. Isabel Spellman, the uncompromising – okay, obstinate – 28-year-old San Francisco private eye in Lisa Lutz's riotous debut novel has her share of problems. And those problems all happen to be named Spellman. If you think laughter is a great way to escape the daily grind, "The Spellman Files" might just be for you!

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Volume 6, Issue 14, Posted 10:14 AM, 07.08.2014

Fitness studio is Bay Library's featured merchant of the month

Cuyahoga County Public Library strives to provide a welcoming environment for community members to connect, share ideas and enhance the vitality of the neighborhoods we serve. The Bay Village Branch is working to strengthen partnerships with the local business community and give merchants a chance to increase their visibility: highlighting their goods and services to our library customers.

Dimepiece Fitness is the Merchant of the Month for the month of July. Dimepiece has been open for over a year in their current Bay Village Square location and has seen tremendous growth. Manager Noah Rayne states each personal training client receives free nutrition advice, as well as a goal setting plan to help them achieve optimal health. Dimepiece also offers a variety of fitness classes, boot camps and cross training.

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Volume 6, Issue 14, Posted 10:09 AM, 07.08.2014

Porter Library now offering online and mobile access to free movies, TV shows

Westlake Porter Public Library card-holders can now borrow dynamic content from their smartphones, tablets and PCs. The library is now offering thousands of movies and television shows, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital.

Westlake cardholders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or iOS device or visit hoopladigital.com to begin enjoying thousands of artists and titles – from major Hollywood studios – available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets, computers and Apple TV.

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Volume 6, Issue 13, Posted 9:21 AM, 06.24.2014

Summer reading kicks off at Bay Village Branch

The Bay Village Library Summer Reading Kickoff on Saturday, June 7, was a rousing success. Families started by making crafts: Pete the Cat headbands or puppets, Humphrey the Hamster and ink press bookmarks. We then had Senator Tom Patton, retired Bay children’s librarian Susan Ballard and two Bay Village firefighters as our "celebrity readers" and the finale was Sue Durante – "The Bubble Lady" who delighted and entertained all in attendance.

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Volume 6, Issue 13, Posted 9:18 AM, 06.24.2014

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Summer is in full swing at the Bay Village Branch with events and programs for all! There is still plenty of time to participate in the Summer Reading Game which is for adults and youth of all ages. Register online at www.cuyahogalibrary.org, select an avatar, decide on your reading goal minutes and you are all set! Just start reading and add your minutes online as you progress. Any questions, please call us at 440-871-6392. If you prefer to use a traditional game board, stop in the library to pick one up and get it stamped along with a raffle entry each time you come in. 

Look for the library table at Bay Days on July 2 and 3; stop to say hello and make a craft! The library will be closed July 4-6 for the Independence Day Weekend.

Please join us for these programs at the branch:

ALL AGES

Wednesday, June 25 (6-7:30 p.m.) ANNUAL ICE CREAM SOCIAL – Stop in at the third annual ice cream social! Meet your friends, neighbors and library staff to enjoy Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library.

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Volume 6, Issue 13, Posted 9:13 AM, 06.24.2014

Get started researching your family tree

Learn how to research your family tree on June 28 and July 26 at Westlake Porter Public Library. The library is offering two genealogy programs – "Genealogy Research from Home" and "Beginning Genealogy" – in which attendees will learn how to get started and about the resources available to them as they search.

In Genealogy Research from Home (10:30 a.m.-noon on June 28), attendees will discover free genealogy websites available from home, including HeritageQuest and Fold3. In Beginning Genealogy Research from Home (10:30 a.m.-noon on July 26) attendees will learn how to research their family history, including the available resources and where to find them. Bring along names and dates to both classes for hands on research.

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Volume 6, Issue 13, Posted 9:11 AM, 06.24.2014

Summer books for kids

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 will display monthly calendars that include daily trivia questions or quote from books both classic and modern following a theme for each month. Library staff and customers are looking forward to sharing our suggestions from various genres here with you in the Observer in the feature, "What Your Neighbors are Reading"!

Summer is coming and what better way to enjoy a rainy day or warm summer evening than to read for pleasure? Help your child prevent the "Summer Slide" by making the library a place you visit weekly. The library has audio books and playaways for those who enjoy listening to a tale, fiction, non-fiction books, graphic novels, comic books and magazines that appeal to diverse age groups.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:27 AM, 06.10.2014

Summer fun starts at Porter Library

Are your children or grandchildren looking for something to do this summer? Are you? Look no further than Westlake Porter Public Library! The library is offering fun and educational programs through its annual Summer Reading Program, Summer Brain Games and Science Week. Here’s what you can expect from each:

SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Dates: June 16-July 26

Description: The annual Summer Reading Program encourages reading by all ages with prizes for a specific number of books or hours read. The more you read, the more chances you have to win! In addition, the library offers fun and educational programs for all ages keyed to the theme for the year. This year’s themes are “Fizz! Boom! Read!” for kids and “Literary Elements” for adults, so there are a variety of science-oriented programs planned. Kids can stop by the library to register and adults can stop by or register online through the online calendar: signup.westlakelibrary.org:8080. You can also view and register for programs there.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:16 AM, 06.10.2014

Bay library features Walgreens as this month's merchant

Cuyahoga County Public Library strives to provide a welcoming environment for community members to connect, share ideas and enhance the vitality of the neighborhoods we serve. The Bay Village Branch is working to strengthen partnerships with the local business community and give merchants a chance to increase their visibility: highlighting their goods and services to our library customers. We began our new Merchant of the Month initiative in May and have received an enthusiastic response from Bay business owners.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:27 AM, 06.10.2014

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

The Summer Reading Game has started at the Bay Village Library and we’re glad so many patrons have signed up already! You’re not registered yet? Stop in soon and we’ll get you started – it’s easy! Reading is a treasure – let it take you someplace new this summer. Stop in and see the new displays that are up around the different departments. You’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for – and more!

Storytimes have started again; please check the flyer or our website for dates and times. A few of them have a new start time of 9:30 a.m., which gives busy parents a chance to attend before getting on with their day. Make a stop at the library a priority this summer – there’s a lot going on! Please join us for these programs and specials:

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Monday, June 16 (7 p.m.) EXPLORING SPIRITUALITY – Kristina Austin from The Gathering Place will discuss how relaxation and guided imagery can enhance spiritual growth for anyone coping with cancer.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:29 AM, 06.10.2014

Join Westlake Porter Public Library in the 'Big Library Read'

Westlake Porter Public Library is participating in the International Big Read Program now through June 18, and invites Westlake readers to do the same. Big Library Read is an international program that gives libraries and library patrons around the world unlimited simultaneous access to a popular title for a two-week period, creating a virtual, global book club. Library card holders will be able to borrow and enjoy eBook and audiobook versions of the Big Library Read book, "A Pedigree to Die For" by Laurien Berenson, by visiting overdrive.westlakelibrary.org.

Interested patrons will be able borrow the book using a valid library card, and enjoy on all major computers and devices, including iPhone, iPad, Nook, Android phones and tablets, and Kindle without worrying about wait lists or holds. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:16 AM, 06.10.2014

June events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, June 25 (10:15 and 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesday, June 25 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The June selection is "The German Bride" by Joanna Hershon.

Wednesday, June 25 (3-4:30 p.m.) Giant Games – Looking for something to do? Stop by with your friends for an afternoon of GIANT GAMES! We've super-sized Jenga, Dominos, Chinese Checkers, and more of your favorite games for even more fun! We'll also have video games and snacks.

Wednesday, June 25 (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 p.m.

Thursday, June 26 (2-3 p.m.) Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Escape Game – WPPL is hosting its own Lemoncello-style scavenger hunt at the library. Grades 5-7. Registration begins June 19.

Thursday, June 26 (7-8 p.m.) Totally Gross Magic Show – If you like strange bodily noises and slimy green stuff, this show is for you! All ages. Free tickets available at the Youth Services Desk on Friday, June 19. Limit 6 tickets per adult, please.

Friday, June 27 (10 a.m.-noon) Porter's Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems and show off.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:24 AM, 05.28.2014