Libraries

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.Ā

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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

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

This is a good time to visit the Bay Village Branch Library. Reconnect with Reading by finding a good book with the help of any of the librarians.  The library also has tax forms to use when filing this year. Are you planning to "get out of town"? You can get help applying for your passports at the library too. Plan your library visit soon!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Sunday, March 2 (2 p.m.) Go Long: Narrative Journalism in the Digital Age – Even as the magazine industry collapses, the Internet is offering more opportunities to publish long-form stories than ever before. In this workshop we'll look closely at some intriguing long-form pieces and discuss the writers’ styles and effectiveness. We'll talk a little about reporting, and a lot about compiling the information you've gathered into a story that is clear, concise and compelling. Participants will share their own work for feedback from the group and complete some short writing assignments to practice using different structures and tones. Teaching artist Frank W. Lewis spent most of his 20-year journalism career at alternative weeklies, serving most recently as editor of Cleveland Scene and Cleveland Free Times.

Wednesday, March 5 (7 p.m.) American Library Association Notable Books of 2014 – This program was rescheduled from Feb. 5. Join us as Bill Kelly, chair of the American Library Association's Notable Books Council, presents the fiction and nonfiction books selected for this year's list.

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 9:23 AM, 02.18.2014

Reconnect with Reading all year long with the Observer and Bay Village Branch Library

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 a new feature, "What Your Neighbors are Reading"!

To kick off this new feature and in keeping the February's theme of "Getting to Know You," I asked local Bay Village resident Ted Rowland what favorite memoir or biography he has read recently.

He enthusiastically endorsed "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief" by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright. This well-researched book details the history, theology and hierarchy of Scientology, focusing on its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and his successor, David Miscavige. The in-depth biographical information presented on Hubbard provided insight and could have been a book in itself.

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 9:23 AM, 02.18.2014

New library branch manager excited to be in Bay

I would like to thank The Observer for presenting me this opportunity to introduce myself to the Bay Village community! I started my time at Cuyahoga County Public Library – Bay Village Branch on a frosty January morning. We sure have had lots of those this winter!  It was blustery outside, but I received a very warm welcome from the library staff, customers and The Friends of the Bay Village Library. 

I have had the privilege of working for the Cuyahoga County Public Library in varying capacities since 2003, but my history with this organization extends back to childhood days spent as a library hopper at a multitude of CCPL branches and always reaching my limit of 50 items checked out on my library card!

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 10:41 AM, 02.04.2014

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

Don’t get caught without a book on these cold, snowy days – or a CD, movie or audiobook, for that matter. Cold weather is the perfect time to catch up on the books you’ve been hearing about, researching those projects that always pop up, or finding new recipes to try. Stop in and browse the collection or ask us to help you find that perfect book.

Speaking of great books, the Caldecott and Newbery awards were handed out this past week and the winners are: Kate DiCamillo's "Flora and Ulysses: the Illuminated Adventures" for the Newbery Medal, and the Caldecott went to Brian Floca for his book "Locomotive." Stop in and reserve a copy of both to see if you agree with the selections! While you’re there, sign up to attend the following programs:

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Wednesday, Feb. 5 (7 p.m.) ALA NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2014 – Join us as Beachwood Branch Manager Bill Kelly, chair of the American Library Association’s Notable Books Council, presents the fiction and nonfiction books selected for this year’s list.

Wednesday, Feb. 12 (1:30 p.m.) WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON BOOK DISCUSSION – Join us as we discuss "Freud’s Mistress" by Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman.

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 10:23 AM, 02.04.2014

Porter Library book sale Feb. 6-9

The Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library will hold their annual book sale at the library Feb. 6-9 during regular library hours. The library is located at 27333 Center Ridge Road. A preview night sale will be held on Feb. 5 for members of Friends.

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 10:18 AM, 02.04.2014

Westlake Porter Public Library's February calendar of events

Wednesday, Feb. 5 (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, Feb. 5 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Stop by for free genealogy help!

Wednesday, Feb. 5 (4-5:30 p.m.) Books With Bella – Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with Bella the Bulldog! Bring your own book to share with Bella or choose one of ours. Registration begins every Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 5 (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, Feb. 6-Sunday, Feb. 9 – Friends' Annual Book Sale – Stop by for bargain-priced books and audiovisual material (DVDs, Books on CD) for all ages! Sale times are as follows:

Thursday, Feb. 6 (9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.); Friday, Feb. 7 (9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.); Saturday, Feb. 8 (9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) – Half Price Sale; Sunday, Feb. 9 (1:15-4:15 p.m.) – Bag Sale

Friday, Feb. 7 (10-11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-12:30 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.

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 10:26 AM, 02.04.2014

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

The Bay Library is now ready to start the new year and we can’t wait to get the storytimes and programs started! After the cold weather and all of the problems that it brought, we’re anxious to get the programs going and greet our patrons again! Please join us for the following programs and specials, or browse the collection to see what’s new. We’ll see YOU soon!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Wednesday, Jan. 22 (7 p.m.) HOCKEY IN CLEVELAND – Spanning 10 decades and four different arenas, hockey in Northeast Ohio has a rich history. Join us as local author Jon Sladek talks about writing his recent book "Hockey in Cleveland." A book sale and signing will follow the program.

Wednesday, Feb. 5 (7 p.m.) ALA NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2014 – Join us as Beachwood Branch Manager Bill Kelly, Chair of the American Library Association’s Notable Books Council, presents the fiction and nonfiction books selected for this year’s list.

TEEN DEPARTMENT

Tuesday, Feb. 4 (3:30 p.m.) ROUND T.A.B.L.E. – For ages 11 and up. Join other teens and do what Teens at Bay Library Enjoy – whether it be completing projects that serve the community or helping the library or other organizations.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 10:19 AM, 01.21.2014

Friends of Bay Library winter book sale

The Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library will hold their winter book sale Saturday, Jan. 25, through Tuesday, Jan. 28. The book sale follows regular library hours on Saturday, Sunday and Monday but closes at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening.

There is a wide range of adult and childrenʼs hardback and paperback books, as well as DVDs, CDs, audio books and magazines. Items are priced to sell and have been categorized for easy selection. Tuesday, the last day of the sale, is “bag day” when a bagful of books can be purchased for only $1. Bags are provided by the library.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 10:23 AM, 01.21.2014

January events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, Jan. 8 (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, Jan. 8 (4-5:30 p.m.) Books With Bella – Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with Bella the Bulldog! Bring your own book to share with Bella or choose one of ours. Registration begins every Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 9 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The January selection is "Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Day of Old China" by Paul French.  

Friday, Jan. 10 (Siblings, Ages 1-6: 9:30-10 a.m.) (Toddler, Under Age 3: 10:30-11 a.m.) (Preschool, Ages 3-6: 11:30 a.m.-noon) Music Therapy & More – Connecting for Kids and the Music Therapy Enrichment Corps will teach parents and caregivers how to have a direct role in bringing music to life at home, at school, and in the community. This session is geared to children 1-6 years of age. Siblings are welcome. You must RSVP for the session by calling 440-250-5563. Space is limited.

Friday, Jan. 10 (4-5:30 p.m.) Weird Science – This program explores fundamental science principles, and you'll participate in hands-on experiments that you can reproduce at home. Grades 4-7. Please register.

Saturday, Jan. 11 (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.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 10:09 AM, 01.07.2014

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Library

We wish everyone a very happy and healthy 2014! We know that one of your resolutions is to read more, and a trip to the library is the best place to start! Come in and check out the displays to find your next book, find a book on CD to listen to as you travel, or choose a movie for those warm nights inside. We invite you to stop in and ask us for suggestions or browse the collection to find what you need. Programs, specials, storytimes and author visits are scheduled to entertain and inform you. Please join us!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Wednesday, Jan. 8 (1:30 p.m.) WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON BOOK DISCUSSION – Join us to discuss "The Silver Star" by Jeannette Walls.

Tuesday, Jan. 14 (10 a.m.) SPIRITS IN THE RHODES MANSION – County Archivist Judy Cetina will talk about the spirits that occupy the Rhodes House and share information about the County Archives, its services and its holdings.

Wednesday, Jan. 22 (7 p.m.) HOCKEY IN CLEVELAND – Spanning 10 decades and four different arenas, hockey in Northeast Ohio has a rich history. Join us as local author Jon Sladek talks about writing his recent book "Hockey in Cleveland." A book sale and signing will follow the presentation.

TEEN DEPARTMENT

Tuesday, Jan. 21 (3:30 p.m.) MUSIC MIXING WITH GARAGE BAND FOR IPAD – For grades 6-12. Lay tracks, play "Garage Band’s" unique Smart Instruments and keep your creations by emailing them to your account! Parents must sign a release form in order to participate.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 10:02 AM, 01.07.2014

Spirits in the Rhodes mansion to be investigated at Bay Village Branch Library

Robert Russell Rhodes (1846-1916) was a great-grandson of Josiah Barber, a pioneer from Connecticut who in 1818 settled and developed 140 acres of land in what would become the center of Ohio City. The property became known as Franklin Circle and many of the great mansions were built on this site, including those of Marcus Hanna, Daniel Pomeroy Rhodes, James Ford Rhodes as well as Robert Russell Rhodes.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 10:02 AM, 01.07.2014

Bay library bids farewell to children's librarian, manager

The Bay Village Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library will soon be absent a librarian. Susan Ballard will be retiring after more than 30 years as a librarian. Hired initially as the teen librarian in 2001, Susan became head of the children’s department in 2005. A longtime advocate for children and literature, Susan has worked in several libraries in Northeast Ohio during her long career. 

She is known in Bay Village for participating in various public events as a representative of the library. Bay Days found “Ms. B” encouraging children to make a craft at the library’s booth or sign up for the Summer Reading Program. She championed the adoption of an animal at the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center each summer by implementing a program for the children to read numerous hours to reach an established goal. 

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Volume 5, Issue 25, Posted 10:38 AM, 12.10.2013

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

The Bay Village Branch Library staff wishes everyone a very happy holiday season! This has been another fun, successful year at the library and it’s all because of our priceless patrons! We know that the coming year will bring exciting programs as well, and we look forward to sharing information and entertainment with all of the communities.

The new year will also bring changes. Susan Ballard, head Children’s Librarian, will be retiring at the end of December. Please stop in and wish her well as she begins her new adventures. She would love to talk to the patrons that she has served over the years, and there are many little ones – and not so little ones! – that will surely want to wish Ms. B. well!

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Volume 5, Issue 25, Posted 10:52 AM, 12.10.2013

Get investment advice at Westlake Porter Public Library

If all you want for Christmas is better returns on your investments, come to Westlake Porter Public Library for help getting there. The library will be hosting its last Investor Interest Group program on Monday, Dec. 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The topic will be a review of the stock and investment side of 2013.

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Volume 5, Issue 25, Posted 10:51 AM, 12.10.2013

Westlake Porter Public Library's early-January calendar of events

Wednesday, Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day: Library Closed

Thursday, Jan. 2 and Friday, Jan. 3 (2-4 p.m.) Movies @ Your Library – Join us for a kids’ movie series. Titles may change without notice. In accordance with library policy, children under age nine must be accompanied by an adult. Movies will run from 2-4 p.m. All titles are rated PG. Registration begins one week before each session. Titles: Jan. 2: "Epic"; Jan. 3: "Despicable Me 2"

Sunday, Jan. 5 (2-3 p.m.) Boredom Busters! – Are you bored? Drop by the Storytime Room for board games, crafts, puzzles and more! Grades K-5. In accordance with library policy, children under age nine must be accompanied by an adult.

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Volume 5, Issue 25, Posted 10:42 AM, 12.10.2013

Annual Great Books for Kids list is at the Bay Library

The annual Great Books for Kids list is here just in time for gift-giving and reading together! It’s the list of the very best recent publications for kids of all ages compiled by the people who know books best! From titles for birth to age 18, to family read-alouds, this list can be found online at www.ccplgreatbooksforkids.org. Click on the age range you’re interested in and you’ll find several great titles and summaries of the books. Also, at the bottom of the home page, you can access lists from previous years. On every book summary page there is a link to request the book from the library right there, or add it to your Wish List for gift giving.

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Volume 5, Issue 25, Posted 10:51 AM, 12.10.2013