Libraries

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.

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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

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

We hope all of the students and teachers have a wonderful wrap up to a successful year! Everyone has worked hard and is looking forward to a restful, fun summer. The Bay Village Library has plenty of programs to keep everyone entertained and informed, so make sure to stop in regularly! We’ll have changing displays full of interesting books and new materials and we’re here to help you find just the book you need.

Students – don’t take time off from reading this summer or you’ll find yourself doing the Summer Slide, and that’s NOT fun. Keep your reading skills sharp and be ready to re-enter school in the fall with those skills intact. The Summer Reading Game is a fun way to do just that. Sign up and play online this year – ask us and we’ll show you how! We’re planning a fun-filled summer – come and be a part of it!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Tuesday, June 10 (10 a.m.) READING ON THE GO WITH YOUR MOBILE DEVICE – Learn how to download library books to your mobile device, phone or computer. The librarian will show you how to access the library’s catalog so you can take books on the go on your device this summer to read at the beach or the park.

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 11, Posted 9:25 AM, 05.28.2014

Learn how to tap into healing powers with Reiki master

Reiki Master Linda Street will lead “Rays of Light,” a program on the healing powers of Reiki, at Westlake Porter Public Library on Thursday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m.

A third degree Reiki Master, Street will teach attendees how to tune into psychologically and spiritually healing frequencies in order to bring calm, peace and happiness into their lives. Street will engage participants in experiential activities as well as a question and answer session. A book signing will follow her presentation.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:23 AM, 05.28.2014

Bay Village Library announces Merchant of the Month program

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.

The only standard for merchants to be eligible is that their business or franchise location be located within the limits of Bay Village. Monthly displays will be created using library materials that relate to the theme of that business to generate excitement for the merchants and the library alike. We will be asking those businesses participating in the Merchant of the Month program to donate item(s) for a monthly drawing to build the buzz around their business.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:54 AM, 05.13.2014

READ at the Bay Village Library!

Spring has really just begun, but the Bay Village Branch Library is thinking summer! That’s right –we’re all set to go with programs for all ages and interests to keep everyone reading and having fun.

The Teen department will start us off on Tuesday, June 3, at 3:30 p.m. with Skunk Haven for teens and their families. Renee Pearlstein will talk about domestic and wild skunks. Then join us on Saturday, June 7, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for the Summer Reading Kick Off party! There will be crafts at 11 a.m., Celebrity Readers at noon, pizza at 1 p.m., and the Bubble Lady will present a program at 2 p.m.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:52 AM, 05.13.2014

May events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, May 13 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Think Like an Entrepreneur – A little entrepreneurial zeal can give you a distinct advantage in your professional life, whether you think you would ever strike out on your own or not. Train yourself to think like an entrepreneur – learn to apply the process in daily life.

Tuesday, May 13 (7-8 p.m.) College Essay Writing – Learn how to write the best essay you can by honing your essay writing skills and getting expert tips from Patty Saddle of the College Planning Center. Open to students and parents. Please register starting May 6.

Tuesday, May 13 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In May we’ll discuss "The Storyteller" by Jodi Picoult.

Wednesday, May 14 (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.

Wednesday, May 14 (7-8:30 p.m.) Introduction to Finding Funders – Learn how to use Foundation Directory Online, the database in which you can search for funders for your nonprofit organization. Please register.

Wednesday, May 14 (7-8 p.m.) Captain Underpants Tra La La Palooza – Join us for a Captain Underpants Tra La La Palooza! Experience trivia contests, games of skill, crafts and more! Ages 7-10. Registration begins May 7.

Thursday, May 15 (7-8 p.m.) College 101 – Patty Saddle of the College Planning Center will discuss the factors that go into finding the best college fit, including navigating college visits and interviews, standard vs. early admission, and more. Open to students and parents. Please register starting May 8.

Friday, May 16 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) Connecting for Kids Parent Discussion Group – Parent discussion group led by a local pediatric expert. Childcare is offered but space is limited. You must RSVP by calling 440-250-5563. Topics are listed at www.connectingforkids.org.

Friday, May 16 (7-8 p.m.) A Family Concert with Laura Doherty Laura will acoustically rock every kid's world with her breezy folk-pop tunes for the whole family! Tickets for this FREE concert will be available in Youth Services starting May 9 and are limited to six per adult, please.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:51 AM, 04.29.2014

Westlake Porter Public Library offers special Friday family concert

Westlake Porter Public Library invites area families to enjoy musician Laura Doherty in a special Friday evening family concert on Friday, May 16, at 7 p.m. Doherty’s acoustic concert will feature breezy folk-pop tunes for the whole family.

Doherty is a nationally touring children’s recording artist and award-winning producer. She has recorded three albums, including the Parents’ Choice Award-winning "Kids in the City." Prior to recording her own original music, Doherty was a member of the staff of the Old Town School of Folk Music, and was director of its early-childhood Wiggleworms program.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 9:50 AM, 04.29.2014

Check out new worlds!

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"!

One reason people like to read is to escape from reality. Teens love to escape into new worlds, worlds of technological advances, magical powers, and mythical creatures. In a recent survey conducted with middle school students at the Bay Village branch library, more than 30 students gave titles of their favorite science fiction and fantasy books. And the results are …

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 9:49 AM, 04.29.2014

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

We hope all the students enjoyed a nice Spring Break and everyone came back refreshed and renewed. End-of-the-school-year assignments will be coming soon, so don’t hesitate to come to the library for books or to find a quiet place to study.

Whether you’re planning a trip or working at home, we’ll help you find what you’re looking for. The last day for storytimes will be May 2 as we take the month of May to prepare for all of the fun summer activities! Summer storytimes will begin again the week of June 2. Be sure to visit the library to see what’s new and to attend the following programs.

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Thursday, May 1 (7:30 p.m.) THURSDAY EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION – Join us as we discuss "Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956" by Anne Applebaum.

Sunday, May 11 (2 p.m.) SHOW YOU CARE … BECOME A FOSTER PARENT – May is National Foster Care Month and there is an urgent need for qualified foster care parents. Join representatives from Applewood Centers as they present information on the requirements and pre-training needed to become a foster parent.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 9:49 AM, 04.29.2014

Lincoln as commander In chief

Attend a discussion of leadership during war in a democracy as we examine President Abraham Lincoln's role as commander in chief. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Dover Room of Westlake Porter Public Library. Anyone interested in the Civil War or Abraham Lincoln will be welcome. There is no charge. The event is sponsored by the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:21 AM, 04.15.2014

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

It looks like the nice weather is finally getting here – at least for now! Be sure to make time in your schedule for a library visit to find the perfect book to read or listen to during your day. Stop in to check out books you’ll need for those spring activities from gardening to cleaning to home improvement. Students: Spring Break is coming up but don’t take a vacation from reading. Come and browse the shelves to find the perfect book or magazine to read for fun. And speaking of fun, join us for the following programs for all ages! There will be dancing, a super hero day, and even a dog will stop by for a visit with his author friend. Please join us!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Wednesday, April 30 (7 p.m.) LOW MAINTENANCE GARDENING – Do you want to have a beautiful garden, yet might not have the time to spend on it? Join us as the Master Gardeners give us tips and tricks for a low maintenance approach to gardening. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library.

Thursday, May 1 (7:30 p.m.) THURSDAY EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION – Join us as we explore the book "Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956" by Anne Applebaum.

TEEN DEPARTMENT

Saturday, May 3 (3:30 p.m.) G2P: OPEN PLAY FOR FREE COMIC BOOK DAY – For teens in grades 6-12. Stop in for your free comic book and compete with other teens at "Batman 2" or "Infinity Gauntlet."

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:18 AM, 04.15.2014

WPPL celebrates the way libraries change lives

Lives change at the library every day, whether it’s job hunters receiving education and assistance they need to find employment or parents of children with developmental challenges finding support and hope. Westlake Porter Public Library is celebrating that fact during National Library Week, April 13-19.           

Visitors to the library during that week will be treated to giveaways and have the opportunity to share how the library has changed their lives.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:17 AM, 04.15.2014

Bay Village Branch Library holding used book sale

The Friends of the Bay Village Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library will sponsor a used book sale from Saturday, April 26, through Tuesday, April 29, during regular library hours, with the exception of Tuesday when it closes at 7 p.m. The proceeds from this event are used to support various library activities.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:19 AM, 04.15.2014

April events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, April 15 (All Day) and Wednesday, April 16 (7-7:45 p.m.) Stuffed Animal Sleepover – Drop off your favorite stuffed animal by 8 p.m. on April 15 and leave it overnight for a sleepover! Register for our bedtime storytime on Wednesday, April 16; pick up your stuffed animal there and see what happened the night before! Ages 3-6.

Tuesday, April 15 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Plan Your Work/Work Your Plan – By setting up a routine and having a plan of action you will be building self-worth, which increases your productivity. This workshop will teach you how to set achievable goals and develop a daily and weekly action plan to assess yourself and be aware of your accomplishments and progress.

Tuesday, April 15 (7-8 p.m.) College 101 – Patty Saddle of the College Planning Center will discuss the factors that go into finding the best college fit, including navigating college visits and interviews, standard vs. early admission and more. Open to students and parents. Please register starting April 8.

Wednesday, April 16 (10:15-10:45 a.m. or 11-11:30 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Join us for a fun session of singing and dancing for children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Space is limited, so please arrive early enough to receive a ticket at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesday, April 16 (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.

Wednesday, April 16 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society

Thursday, April 17 (7-7:45 p.m.) Knights and Princesses and Dragons, Oh My! We'll enjoy rhymes, songs and even a dance or two. Use your imagination to create a royal crown or a knight's shield to take home! Ages 4-7. Registration begins April 10.

Friday, April 18 (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.

Saturday, April 19 (10:30-11 a.m.) Mother Goose on the Loose! – Join Mother Goose for this interactive storytime featuring simple books, rhymes, songs and movement. For ages birth-3 years old with adult caregiver. No registration.

Sunday, April 20 – Easter: Library Closed

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:11 AM, 04.01.2014

A homecoming at the Bay Village Branch Library

Many thanks to The Observer for allowing me the opportunity to introduce myself to the Bay Village community. My name is Anne (Slaman) Lynch and I am joining the Bay Village Branch Library as the new children's librarian. I feel I have come full circle as I grew up in this lovely city on the lake and graduated from Bay High School.

I can vividly remember all the fun times: watching the Bay Rockets high school sporting events, plays and musicals, sledding and ice skating at Cahoon Park, visiting the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, riding my bike to the pool and of course Bay library.

In 2001, I began my library career at the North Royalton branch which is in my current hometown. I have always been an avid reader and enjoyed taking my children to all the engaging and informational programs the library had to offer and felt this was the perfect fit for me.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:22 AM, 04.01.2014

Celebrate National Poetry Month!

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"!

April is National Poetry Month, so we caught up with Bay Village resident and frequent library visitor, Jon Conley, who enjoys both reading and writing poetry. Jon was initially attracted to poetry because of the word play, romanticism and lyricism of the genre. Over the years, his tastes have evolved from those three elements. Emily Dickinson epitomizes word play with the opening stanza of "We play at paste": "We play at paste, Till qualified for pearl, Then drop the paste, And deem ourself a fool."

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:27 AM, 04.01.2014

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

Spring weather is taking its time arriving, but we’re sure ready for it! Remember that toys are available through the Toy Library to help you banish that lingering cabin fever and get everyone through these last cold days. Now is the time to check out gardening books, and learn some spring cleaning tips. Garage sale season is coming up, so check out a book on de-cluttering and organization!

There are many new books and displays to browse when you stop in, and be sure to ask us if you need a recommendation for a good read. Pick up some sports tips whether you’re a player, coach, or spectator. We’ll have some special activities going on all day on April 4 – the Indians’ home opener. Come and enjoy the fun! If you’re a homeschool family, please stop in at the children’s desk and share your contact information with us. We will pass it on to the library’s main youth department, who are willing to assist and support you in your educational goals for your children.

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Tuesday, April 8 (10 a.m.) FAB FIFTIES, CLEVELAND STYLE – Re-live 1954, the year the Indians, Browns, and Barons are all in the championships, Marilyn Monroe is married, and poodle skirts are all the rage. Join us as the Western Reserve Historical Society shares memories of Cleveland from 1954 with hands-on souvenirs.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:24 AM, 04.01.2014

Teen job search help available April 9

One of the experts from the Job and Career Services Department of Cuyahoga County Public Library will be coming out to the Bay Village branch library on Wednesday, April 9, 4-5:30 p.m., to help teens who are searching for jobs.

The interactive workshop will help determine students’ work interests, give tips on how to fill out applications, best techniques to prepare for interviews and top-quality ways to communicate strengths to would-be employers.

Please register online at www.cuyahogalibrary.org or by calling the library during regular library hours at 440-871-6392, and make your job hunt this spring a success!

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:24 AM, 04.01.2014

Westlake Porter Public Library honors top volunteer

Westlake resident Karen Alfred received the Myrna Chelko Volunteer Award from Westlake Porter Public Library during a March 9 event honoring the library’s 241 volunteers.

Alfred served as a library board member for 16 years, recently completed two years as the president of the board of the Friends of Porter Public Library, and was the chair of the library’s 2013 levy campaign, which resulted in a 70 percent passage rate – the highest in library history.

In her post with the Friends of Porter Public Library, Alfred initiated an open house “meet-and-greet” in an effort to recruit new members, and helped with the organization’s many events, such as the ice cream social and the annual book sale. She is an enthusiastic and tireless advocate of the library.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 9:25 AM, 03.18.2014

Making the ordinary extraordinary

It was almost 2 p.m. on a cold Saturday afternoon and anticipation hung heavy in the air. Seventh and eighth grade students entered the library meeting room in hushed tones as they hurried from piece to piece, seeing which items were declared the best. Area artists Pat Sandy, Marge Widmar and Sharon Aunchman had freely given of their time and expertise earlier in the week to judge the artwork.

The event was the Show Your Colors Art Exhibit Reception, annually held at the Bay Village Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library and generously funded by the Friends of the Bay Village Library. All students from the city that are in grades seven or eight are welcome to submit their pieces for the exhibit. It was really inspiring this year how the winners took ordinary items, looked at them with a different perspective and turned them into spectacular artwork.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 9:21 AM, 03.18.2014

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

Whenever it’s safe to put away the snow shovels and get out the gardening spades, the Bay Library has the resources you need to get started. Come in and check out some gardening books, home repair, and the perfect book or music to listen to while you get it done. Don’t forget to stop in the children’s area for spring books and to pick up a flyer detailing upcoming programs. We have a variety of programs for all ages to get everyone out of the house and having fun. Please plan on attending these programs and be sure to make the library a stop on your daily errands. We look forward to seeing you!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Wednesday, March 19 (7 p.m.) RETURN OF THE CAROUSEL – What goes around come around. A representative from Cleveland’s Euclid Beach Park Carousel Society will present a history of Euclid Beach Park and the return of the carousel in the specially built pavilion in University Circle.

Tuesday, April 8 (10 a.m.) FAB FIFTIES, CLEVELAND STYLE – Re-live 1954, the year the Indians, Browns and Barons are all in the championships, Marilyn Monroe is married and poodle skirts are all the rage. Join us as the Western Reserve Historical Society shares memories of Cleveland from 1954 with hands-on souvenirs.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 9:24 AM, 03.18.2014

Student art show reception March 8

Tired of cold and snow? Make plans to get away a while and bask in an afternoon of inspiration and relaxation. The Bay Village Branch Library invites you to join us Saturday, March 8, at 2 p.m. for the Show Your Colors Art Reception. Come browse the beautiful artwork and support the Bay Village students in grades 7 and 8 as they receive their prizes. Entertainment will be provided by the Bay Village High School Honors Ensemble; refreshments will be served. We hope you will join us!

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 9:55 AM, 03.04.2014

What your neighbors are reading this month: Award-winning titles

March is the month for award winners, not only the Academy Award winners, but award-winning books too! This month I asked a member of the monthly Thursday Evening Book Discussion held at the Bay Village Branch to tell me about his favorite award-winning book. An avid reader, Mike Teichman credits his participation in the book discussion for "broadening his horizons" and getting him to "read outside the comfort zone."

Among the many award-winning books that this group has read over the years, Mike most enjoyed the 1981 Pulitzer Prize-winner for Fiction: "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 9:54 AM, 03.04.2014

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

Will March come in like a lion or a lamb this year? I think we’d all agree that we’re ready for some lamb-like weather! We welcome spring this month, return to Daylight Savings Time on March 9, and generally get ready for all of the things that the promise of nice weather brings! Be sure to make the Bay Village library a stop during your day – we’ll help you find just what you’re looking for.

Home improvement ideas and spring gardening books are here ready to be checked out. Little ones getting cabin fever? Check out the Toy Library Notebook! Find a toy your child would like, and request it just like a book is requested. New toy for your child to try, no expense for you. Keep the Toy Library in mind for the next playdate at your house! The library has many programs for all ages and interests. Please register for the ones you’d like to attend. We look forward to seeing you!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Thursday, March 6, (7:30 p.m.) THURSDAY EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION – Join us for a discussion of the book "Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity" by Andrew Solomon.

Wednesday, March 12 (1:30 p.m.) WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON BOOK DISCUSSION – Join us as we discuss "The Last Runaway" by Tracy Chevalier.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 9:57 AM, 03.04.2014

March events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, March 19 (10:15-10:45 a.m. or 11-11:30 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Join us for a fun session of singing and dancing for children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Space is limited, so please arrive early enough to receive a ticket at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesday, March 19 (5-5:45 p.m.) The Book-a-holics: Tween Book Club – Join us for discussions about books, audio, apps and more. Grades 5-7. Please register.

Wednesday, March 19 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society

Wednesday, March 19 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) John Green Book Club – This is a group that reads and discusses the books of this popular author. Green fans, Nerdfighters and just plain book lovers are all welcome! The March book is "An Abundance of Katherines." Please register starting one week before each session.

Sunday, March 23 (2-3:30 p.m.) American Girl: Rebecca – We’ll talk about America’s immigrants in 1914 New York City and learn about Old World traditions, including Rebecca’s Jewish heritage. Ages 6-10. Registration begins March 16.

Monday, March 24 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Monday, March 24 (7-8 p.m.) Paper Beads – Make something beautiful and useful from recycled materials. Learn how to make paper beads and make some to take home with you. Grades 4-6. Please register starting March 17.

Tuesday, March 25 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Writing to Employers – Learn professional letter-writing techniques including how to write effective cover letters, marketing letters, follow-up letters and more. You’ll also gain information on preparing writing samples when employers request them.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 9:58 AM, 03.04.2014