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Westlake Porter Public Library's December calendar of events

Wednesday, Dec. 11 (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, Dec. 11 (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. No session on Dec. 25.

Wednesday, Dec. 11 (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.

Thursday, Dec. 12 (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) Used Computer Sale – The library will sell used computer and networking equipment, including 12 Dell Optiplex GX280 desktop computers, 11 Dell flat-panel monitors, some Fast Ethernet 10/100 switches, and other miscellaneous equipment. Cash, check or credit card accepted for payment. All items will be sold “as is” with no warranties and all sales will be final.

Thursday, Dec. 12 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The December selection is "God’s Hotel: A Doctor, A Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine" by Victoria Sweet.

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 9:56 AM, 11.26.2013

Santa puppet show Dec. 3 at Bay Library

Start the December holidays with a laugh when Nancy Sander's Puppets with Pizazz visits the Bay Village Branch Library. She's bringing the silly exploits of Mr. Punch in "Santa's Little Helper" on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m.

When Mr. Punch finds out that he is too old for Santa's presents, he heads for the North Pole to plead his case. Even with the help of the audience, everything goes wrong and in the end Mr. Punch gets his comeuppance. This audience-participation show will keep everyone giggling and guffawing!

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 9:52 AM, 11.26.2013

New cafe opens at Porter Library

Pulleys at Porter Café opened on Oct. 7 with a full menu of coffee, pastries, sandwiches and salads.

Pulleys is operated by SAW  Inc.– Solutions at Work – which is a nonprofit organization employing and training individuals with developmental disabilities. SAW was selected as the new café after a two-month long process that began after the previous café closed in February. Since then much effort has gone into preparing the café space, selecting and training staff, and acquiring the various local and state approvals needed to open.

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 9:54 AM, 11.26.2013

Upcoming events at the Bay Village Branch Library

Halloween is over and we’re about to enter the busy-ness of the holiday season. The library is the perfect place to get away from it all with a good book or magazine, and to find some items to take home, too. From cooking, to decorating, to traditional storybooks of the season, you’ll find everything you need right in one place. We’re here to help you!

While you’re at the library this month, make sure to wish Branch Manager Mark McKinstry all the best in his upcoming retirement! He’s worked closely with library patrons, community groups and local leaders during his time in Bay Village and although he’ll be missed by many, we all wish him well in his future adventures.

Please join us for these upcoming programs and stay to browse the collection!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Wednesday, Nov. 13 (1:30 p.m.) WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON BOOK DISCUSSION – Join us as we discuss the book "Brooklyn" by Col Toibin.

MIXED AGES

Thursday, Nov. 14 (7 p.m.) FAMILIES READING TOGETHER – For families with readers ages 8 and up. Discuss a good book, try a related activity and enjoy a treat.

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:15 AM, 11.12.2013

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

Happy Halloween to all of our communities! What? You don’t have your costume ready? And the kids are meeting at YOUR house for a snack before heading out? Don’t panic! Help is as close as the Bay Village Library.

We’ll help you find last minute ideas for costumes, snacks, games and anything else you’ll need for the fun night! If the books are all checked out, we’ll help you look for ideas online. We can even help when the fun is over and it’s time to get things done before it gets cold(er!). Ask us about books on winterizing your home and gardens, cold weather recipes, or just a great book to read when it’s time to take it easy. Remember, Thanksgiving is not that far away! In the meantime, please come and enjoy these programs!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Tuesday, Nov. 5 (7 p.m.) JFK ASSASSINATION: WHAT WE KNOW 50 YEARS LATER – Beverly Sadowski, a local historian, has done extensive research on the JFK assassination including talking to eyewitnesses and individuals involved in the initial investigation. Explore why there are so many theories and where we go from here.

Wednesday, Nov. 6 (7 p.m.) BOOKS UNCOVERED: FINDING MONEY IN YOUR OLD BOOKS – Grab your old books and come hear Michael Zubal explain what makes a book rare and valuable. Zubal has been in the rare books business since 1961 and will evaluate up to three books per attendee, time permitting.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:22 AM, 10.29.2013

Paranormal researchers will discuss Ohio's ghostly encounters

Paranormal research experts from ORBS (Ohio Researchers of Banded Spirits) will discuss paranormal activity in Ohio during “Ohio Haunts” at Westlake Porter Public Library on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 6:30 p.m.

The ORBS researchers will talk about their real “ghost hunting” experiences at sites in Ohio, including some cases involving historical landmarks, as well as about known/researched cases of haunting. They will also teach you how to conduct your own paranormal research.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:18 AM, 10.29.2013

Mother Goose coming to the Bay Village Branch Library

We’re looking for rhymers who have rhythm and readers who read rhymes at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2. Mother Goose will be in the house bringing stories, LOTS of rhymes, games and a craft.

Families with children age 3-7 years are invited to test their skills in the Humpty Dumpty Challenge. Can you jump over the candlestick like Jack? Can you find Bo Peep’s sheep? Can you wake up Little Boy Blue? Try our nursery rhyme trivia game and find out how many you know.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:11 AM, 10.29.2013

November Events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Nov. 26 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: LinkedIn for Job Search Learn techniques to better utilize this growing social media tool to help you meet people who can assist your search and find companies that are hiring and fit the requirements for your future position.

Wednesday, Nov. 27 (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, Nov. 27 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The November selection is "Sweet Salt Air" by Barbara Delinsky.

Wednesday, Nov. 27 – Library Closes at 5 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 28 – Thanksgiving – Library Closed

Saturday, Nov. 30 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) Crafts A Go-Go! Come on in and make a craft! We provide the supplies, you provide the creativity. No registration necessary. Meets in front of the Youth Services Desk. No registration.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:20 AM, 10.29.2013

Westlake Porter Public Library will celebrate customers Oct. 20-26

Westlake Porter Public Library is once again thanking its loyal users with Customer Appreciation Week, which will take place the week of Oct. 20-26. Patrons will find special treats and programs at various times throughout the week, and a “Customer of the Day” will be honored each day.

Following are the programs the library has scheduled:

Sunday, Oct. 20 (2-4 p.m.) Friends' Sunday Sounds – The Friends of the Library presents the Elm Street Blues Band. Free program.

Monday, Oct. 21 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investors’ Interest Group – Les Szarka will examine several financial complexities, their risks and the possible solutions to protect your portfolio from potentially catastrophic consequences. Please register.

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Volume 5, Issue 21, Posted 10:10 AM, 10.15.2013

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

The leaves are beginning to change and now is the time to get out and enjoy the colors. Apple and pumpkin farm exploring, cooler temperatures and walks outside are just a few of the things that make this a special time of year. Leaf raking and home fix-up chores aren’t so fun – but that’s where the library can help you!

Check out a book on CD and listen while you work. It’ll make the job go fast, and you won’t want to stop. OK – maybe not that, but listening to a book or music make those jobs more fun! Stop into the library to see what’s new and to find just the right book for you. Whether you’re a new reader, a student who needs to finish a report or an adult who wants to browse the collection, we have the book for you! Sign up to attend these special programs, too. The library is THE place to be entertained and informed!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Wednesday, Oct. 16 (7 p.m.) GHOSTLY ZENTANGLE – Learn to relax by drawing repetitive shapes and designs with a ghostly theme.

Wednesday, Oct. 23 (7 p.m.) EGYPTIAN MUMMIES: TECHNIQUE AND RITUAL – Discover how ancient Egyptians preserved their dead for the afterlife. For adults only as material may be too graphic for sensitive viewers. Presented by Susannah Hamm, who brought us a program on the Mayan Calendar last year.

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Volume 5, Issue 21, Posted 10:14 AM, 10.15.2013

Learn how to find your roots at Westlake Porter Public Library

Curious about where your ancestors came from? Wondering if there’s any truth to the family stories that have been handed down for generations? Baffled about how to find this out? Find out how to trace your family tree at two upcoming genealogy programs at Westlake Porter Public Library, Beginning Genealogy and Genealogy 102.

Beginning Genealogy will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. In this class you will learn how to get started researching your family history – where to begin, how to research and what resources are available to you. Attendees are asked to bring along names and dates for hands-on research.

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Volume 5, Issue 21, Posted 10:11 AM, 10.15.2013

Friends of Bay Village Library Fall Book Sale

The Friends of the Bay Village Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library is holding their annual fall used book sale Saturday, Oct. 26, through Tuesday, Oct. 29. The sale is open to the public during regular library hours with the exception of Tuesday evening when it closes at 7 p.m.

We have a wide range of hardback and paperback books for adults, teens and children, as well as CDs, LPs, DVDs, books on tape and magazines. All are categorized for easy shopping. Tuesday, the final day of the sale, is bag day, where a bag full of books only costs $1. Bags are supplied by the Friends.

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Volume 5, Issue 21, Posted 10:15 AM, 10.15.2013

October events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, Oct. 2 (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, Oct. 2 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Stuck on your genealogical research? Not sure how to get started? Stop by for a free Help Session!

Wednesday, Oct. 2 (4-5:30 p.m.) Books With Bella – Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday and sign your child up for a 15-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, Oct. 2 (7-8:30 p.m.) Connecting for Kids Parent Speaker Series – A local pediatric expert will present on a childhood development topic. Childcare is available, but space is limited. You must RSVP by calling 440-250-5563. Topics are listed at connectingforkids.org.

Friday, Oct. 4 (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.

Saturday, Oct. 5 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) Star Wars Reads Day – The Force is with us! Oct. 5 has been designated Star Wars Reads Day. Stop in for crafts and games – you can even dress up as your favorite character!

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:31 AM, 10.01.2013

Zombies are coming back to Bay Library!

The Bay Village Branch Library staff are preparing the undead for the Third Annual Zombie Party on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 1-3:30 p.m. Katie Lane from the Legion of Terror will be back to apply and demonstrate zombie make-up from 1-3 p.m. Families with children ages 5 and up are invited to participate or just watch the make-up demonstration, play games, make crafts and march in the parade.

Ms. Lane is the co-owner of local design and production company Raven’s Wolf and has been involved in the haunt industry for over a decade. She specializes in training actors and makeup artists across the country, working with haunts, entertainment venues, theater groups and schools.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:35 AM, 10.01.2013

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

Fall has officially arrived with all of the accompanying activities and sights. It’s a beautiful time of year here with many outdoor festivals, visits to apple and pumpkin farms, and simply taking time to enjoy the changing leaves. Be sure to make a visit to the library a stop during your day. Check out the changing displays, new books, or just browse the collection.

Stop into the Children’s Room and ask us about the Toy Library Notebook. You’ll find many toys for all ages arranged by category that can be requested just like books – patrons can check them out for a three-week loan and they can be delivered and returned to any of our branches. New and different toys can be a huge help if it’s your turn to host the play date, or if your child wants to try a new toy but you don’t want to make a financial investment before you see if it’s a hit or not. Ask us about that, or anything else you’d like to find. Be sure to sign up for the following programs, too.

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Tuesday, Oct. 8 (10 a.m.) FIVE MILLION STEPS: THRU-HIKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL – On his 170-day hike, author Bob Grau traversed 14 states and climbed 270 mountains. Once you hear the story of his determination, you’ll have a real appreciation of what it takes to complete this remarkable effort. A book sale and signing will take place after the presentation.

Tuesday, Oct. 8 (7 p.m.) GLUTEN MYTHS – Learn about the gluten-free diet, the difference between celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, and new as well as old gluten myths.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:38 AM, 10.01.2013

Appalachian Trail hiker to visit Bay Village Branch Library

Berea resident Bob Grau saw a Ken Burns documentary segment about the Appalachian Trail in 2009 and was so impressed by it that he became determined to make the 2,182-mile trek through 14 states from Georgia to Maine over 270 mountains.

In March 2011 he began his journey and has now written a book of his experiences during the hike, which less than 25 percent of aspiring thru-hikers are actually successful in completing. Even more remarkable was that Bob was undeterred by a broken ankle during the last 380 miles of the trip. He has many stories of how he met many interesting people along the way and of the various rock formations on the trail making passage somewhat difficult.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:33 AM, 10.01.2013

Explore the history of the Cleveland Police Department at the Bay Village Library

The Cleveland Police Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the Cleveland Police Department, which was formed in 1866. It exists to use its collection and programs to educate the public and foster mutual understanding and respect between law enforcement and the public. Policing Cleveland 100 years ago drastically changed by the 1920s when Prohibition was implemented.

Please join us for this presentation in which the rich history, artifacts and documents from the Cleveland Police Department during the Progressive Era (1890-1914) to The Depression (1914-1933) will be discussed. Registration for this program, to be held on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m., is requested by calling the Bay Village Branch at 440-871-6392 or register online, at cuyahogalibrary.org.

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Volume 5, Issue 19, Posted 10:24 AM, 09.17.2013

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

The approach of fall means that everyone is busy with school, sports, vacation getaways and indoor and outdoor projects at home. The library is the place to find books that will help you with those, and it’s also a place to get away from it all and have some fun! Come to the following programs and stay to check out a book or two. We’re here to help you find just the one you need!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Thursday, Sept. 19 (7 p.m.) CLEVELAND POLICE MUSEUM: PROGRESSIVES TO DEPRESSION – The Cleveland Police Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the department, which was formed in 1866. Learn about the history, artifacts and documents from the Progressive Era to the Depression.

Tuesday, Sept. 24 (7:30 p.m.) SWINGING BAVARIANS – Come and enjoy this 12-piece Bavarian swing band that plays authentic German polka waltzes and music from the ‘40s and ‘50s.

TEEN DEPARTMENT

Saturday, Sept. 21 (2 p.m.) G2P: SMASHCON13 – THE TOURNAMENT – For grades 6-12. Think you’ve mastered Super Smash Bros. Brawl? Test your skills against other gamers in this county-wide tournament. The top two brawlers from each site will advance to the final championship at the new Garfield Heights Branch on Nov. 16.

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Volume 5, Issue 19, Posted 10:23 AM, 09.17.2013

Swinging Bavarians to visit the Bay Village Branch Library

It’s time to button up your lederhosen for another Oktoberfest! The Swinging Bavarians, an oompah band, are arriving just in time to celebrate the season and shake some books off the shelf at the Bay Village Branch Library.

The Swinging Bavarians originated in the 1980s after a group of musicians from the Al Koran Shriners got together to play tunes from an old Czech music book. They entered the Shriners’ German band competition in 1990 and earned a "Superior" rating that year and for the following 13 years.

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Volume 5, Issue 19, Posted 10:24 AM, 09.17.2013

'Wimpy Kid' at the Bay Village Branch Library

The "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series by Jeff Kinney has been wildly popular with tween readers since 2007 when the first book was published. Families with readers ages 8-12 years can get ready for the eighth Wimpy Kid book due out in November – "Diary of a Wimpy Kid Hard Luck" – on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. 

Read Book 4 in the series, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days," with an adult and relive Greg’s horrible summer vacation by participating in fun activities at the library. We’ll play the “How Well Do You Know Your Family?” game, “Cheese Touch,” “Name that Wimpy Character” and have "Dog Days" themed refreshments.

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Volume 5, Issue 18, Posted 10:28 AM, 09.04.2013

Join Porter Library in virtual, global book club

Westlake Porter Public Library will participate in the International Big Read Program from Sept. 16-30, and invites Westlake readers to do the same. Big Library Read is an international program that gives libraries and library patrons 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, "Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth" by Jane O'Connor, by visiting westlake.lib.overdrive.com.

Interested patrons will be able borrow Book 1 in the Nancy Clancy series 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 5, Issue 18, Posted 10:31 AM, 09.04.2013

Follow Abraham Lincoln's travels through Ohio

In February 1861, President-elect Abraham Lincoln made an 11-day whistle-stop tour from Springfield, Ill., to Washington, D.C. Five of the days were spent at various stops in Ohio. Later, in 1865, the funeral train bearing his body passed once again through Ohio en route to his final resting place in Illinois.

Join us on Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. as local historian Harold George tells of his personal travels throughout Ohio to locate and photograph the original railroad depots where Lincoln's train stopped. Registration is requested for this program. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch.

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Volume 5, Issue 18, Posted 10:33 AM, 09.04.2013

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

School is back in session and routines are switching back to homework and bedtimes. There are many opportunities to attend programs for all ages as we move into fall. Come in and ask us about new books, find your favorite author or get a book to help with outdoor projects.

We’re here to help students do research or just find that perfect book to read. Stop in as you go to sporting events, or just as a well-deserved break. Storytimes began on Sept. 3. We look forward to seeing you!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Tuesday, Sept. 10 (10 a.m.) ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND OHIO 1861 AND 1865 – Local historian Harold George tells of his personal travels through Ohio to locate and photograph the original railroad depots where Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural and funeral train processions stopped. Please register.

Wednesday, Sept. 11 (1:30 p.m.) AFTERNOON BOOK DISCUSSION – Join us for a discussion of "The Chaperone" by Laura Moriarty.

Thursday, Sept. 19 (7 p.m.) CLEVELAND POLICE MUSEUM – PROGRESSIVES TO DEPRESSION – The Cleveland Police Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the Cleveland Police Department, which was formed in 1866. Learn about the history, artifacts and documents from the Progressive Era to the Depression.

TEEN DEPARTMENT

Tuesday, Sept. 10 (3:30 p.m.) ROUND T.A.B.L.E. – For ages 11 and up. Complete projects that serve the community, help the library or just hang out and play video games. A permission slip must be signed by a guardian in order to enjoy snacks.

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Volume 5, Issue 18, Posted 10:32 AM, 09.04.2013

September events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, Sept. 18 (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, Sept. 18 (4-5:30 p.m.) Books With Bella – What do you get when you bring children, dogs and books together? You get happy, confident children who love reading! Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday starting at 3 p.m. to sign your child up for a 15-minute reading time with Bella the Bulldog! Bring your own book to share with Bella or choose one of ours.

Wednesday, Sept. 18 (7-8:30 p.m.) Proposal Writing Basics – Learn the steps of writing a thorough grant proposal, from planning and research to writing to following up. Please register.

Saturday, Sept. 21 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) Crafts A Go-Go! Come on in and make a craft! We provide the supplies, you provide the creativity. No registration necessary. Meets in front of the Youth Services Desk.

Saturday, Sept. 21 (2:30-3:30 p.m.) Brick Builders Club – Love those LEGO bricks? Then bring your ideas and imagination to the club! All bricks provided. Ages 6-13. Registration begins one week before each session.

Monday, Sept. 23 (4-5:45 p.m.) Teen Lounge – Need a place to hang out after school? Come to WPPL's Teen Lounge on Monday afternoons! We've got computers, video games, board games, snacks and more!

Monday, Sept. 23 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Baby Boomers Guide to Social Security – What do Baby Boomers need to know about Social Security? Find out when is the right time to take your Social Security, how retirement benefits are calculated and more. Please register.

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Volume 5, Issue 18, Posted 10:41 AM, 09.04.2013

Storytimes at the Bay Village Branch Library

Storytimes are about to begin for the fall session at the Bay Village Branch Library. They will be held every day except Mondays and all are non-registration, so please join us as often as your schedule permits. Rhyming, singing and dancing all enhance your child’s literacy skills, and the socialization for your child – and you! – is also an important and fun part. We’re ready with new songs, book props, flannel board stories and surprises and we look forward to having fun with you and your children. Come to the following storytimes and share the love of books with your child – the benefits are endless.

Tuesdays at 10 a.m. – Stories and More for ages birth-5 years and a caregiver.

Wednesdays at 10 a.m. – Snuggle Bugs for ages birth-30 months and a caregiver.

Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. – Twilight Tales for ages birth-5 years and a caregiver.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 10:02 AM, 08.20.2013

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

We enjoyed a very fun, busy summer at the Bay Village Branch Library, and we hope everyone had a good time doing your favorite activities. We are glad so many people attended the programs and specials here at the library in addition to playing the Summer Reading Game. There were also bouncing bubbles, magic and animals here to entertain all ages.

But now it’s time to shift our thinking to school schedules and all of the activities that fall brings. It’s more important than ever to include a visit to the library as part of your routine. We’re here to offer help in choosing books for fun or for reports, and the library is always a good place to get some quiet studying or reading done. There is a wide range of programs coming up for all ages from writing workshops to book discussions to author visits. We’ll be glad to help you find a good book to fit your needs and reading level – just ask!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Thursday, Sept. 5 (7 p.m.) THURSDAY EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION – Join us in the discussion of "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" by Michelle Alexander.

Mondays, Sept. 16-Dec. 2 (7 p.m.) WRITER’S PATH TO CREATIVITY – Give yourself the gift of a 12-week writing workshop using Julia Cameron’s "Walking in this World: The Practical Art of Creativity" as a guide. Whether you have worked through the popular "Artist’s Way" before or not, you can benefit from this next level. Discover your creativity anew through morning pages, artist dates, weekly walks and writing exercises. You may borrow a copy of the book from the library or purchase your own copy.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 10:01 AM, 08.20.2013

Author Lindsay Ward coming to Bay Library

Please save the date of Sept. 25 on your calendar for an exciting event: Children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Ward will present a program at the Bay Village Branch Library to share her craft and how she develops ideas. 

Born and raised in California, she received her BFA degree from Syracuse University and she now resides in a 100-year-old house in Lakewood. Her book credits include illustrating the books “Please Bring Balloons” (coming out in October), “A Garden for Pig” and “The Yellow Butterfly,” and writing and illustrating “When Blue Met Egg” and “Pelly and Mr. Harrison Visit the Moon.”

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 9:54 AM, 08.20.2013

Learn about the Civil War in Ohio at Westlake Porter Public Library

When most people think of the Civil War, they think of the South. But that war touched all areas of the country, including Ohio. That’s why Westlake Porter Public Library will present "The Civil War in Northern Ohio" on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. Local historian and author John Vacha will be the speaker.

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Volume 5, Issue 16, Posted 9:22 AM, 08.06.2013

'The Sky's the Limit' at Westlake Porter Public Library

Dr. Jeanne Bishop has donated a sculpture to Westlake Porter Public Library. Bishop commissioned the work, entitled "The Sky’s the Limit," to honor her husband, Dr. Allan R. Bishop and his passion for learning and knowledge. The sculpture was created by artist Donald Lundstrom of North Canton. It was installed on the wall overlooking the Information Desk in late July.

The sculpture conveys the powerful idea that with education we can achieve great things. Through the sharing of knowledge, Dr. Allan R. Bishop worked to instill in Westlake’s youth an interest in science and technology and the ideal that each generation teaches the next that the “Sky’s the Limit.”

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Volume 5, Issue 16, Posted 9:23 AM, 08.06.2013

Find out how well you can spell at Westlake Porter Public Library

Westlake Porter Public Library is challenging all great spellers and word lovers to find out how well they can spell by entering the Fourth Annual Friends of Porter Library Spelling Bee. The Bee will take place on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. It is open to teams of four to six, which can be composed of families, friends, neighbors, co-workers – anyone who wants to spell together. Teams compete for bragging rights as the West Shore’s best spellers.

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Volume 5, Issue 16, Posted 9:22 AM, 08.06.2013

George Clooney and other notables on hand as West Side Writers host Mini Writing Conference Aug. 24 at Porter Library

Are you interested in learning more about the writing profession? Then circle Saturday, Aug. 24, on your calendar, and keep the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. open that day. The West Side Writers, in partnership with Westlake Porter Public Library, are pleased to present a Mini Writing Conference, which will feature a segment covering author’s rights and copyright law, presented by Steve Grant, an intellectual property attorney in Columbus and adjunct professor at Capital University Law School.

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Volume 5, Issue 16, Posted 9:24 AM, 08.06.2013

Science Week returns to Westlake Porter Public Library

Westlake Porter Public Library’s third annual Science Week will take place August 4-10. Sponsored by the Friends of Porter Public Library, Science Week is intended to emphasize the importance of science and technology in today’s economy while encouraging people of all ages to expand their knowledge of scientific concepts and ideas. Programs planned cover some of the S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) objectives included in the Westlake City Schools’ curriculum.

Several different studies have shown that student’ skills and knowledge deteriorate during the summer break from school, particularly in math. Some of those studies also suggest that summer learning opportunities can help stem that loss. Science Week is full of such opportunities.

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Volume 5, Issue 15, Posted 9:49 AM, 07.23.2013

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost August, and you know how fast THAT month goes! Students, now is the time to be reading your school summer book assignments. Pick them up, or request them now so you’ll have time to finish them. There is always a last-minute rush for the books, and you don’t want to take the chance of the title you need not being available.

There are several programs planned for all ages to round out the summer. Please join us to be entertained and informed, and choose a book to take home. Storytimes are still going on through the end of the month, and the Reading Game ends on August 3. So far our readers have completed around 5,000 hours of reading toward the adoption of the woodchuck at the Nature Center.

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Volume 5, Issue 15, Posted 9:50 AM, 07.23.2013

Expert to discuss UFOs at Westlake Porter Public Library

Thomas Wertman of MUFON Ohio and the Cleveland UFOlogy Project will discuss UFOs and unexplained encounters at Westlake Porter Public Library on Wednesday, July 31, at 7 p.m. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and there will be time at the end of the presentation for attendees to share personal stories.

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Volume 5, Issue 15, Posted 9:50 AM, 07.23.2013

August events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, August 21 (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, August 21 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society

Friday, August 23 (10 a.m.-noon) Porter’s Fiber Fanatics – Socialize, share and solve problems while you work on your current project.

Saturday, August 24 (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) West Side Writers Mini Writing Conference – The West Side Writers and WPPL present Steve Grant, intellectual property attorney and adjunct professor, on Author's Rights & the Copyright Law and author Steve Swiniarski on Word Building: Creating Settings for Science Fiction, Historical and Other Genres. Free and open to the public. 

Saturday, August 24 (2:30-3:30 p.m.) Brick Builders Club – Love those LEGO bricks? Then bring your ideas and imagination to the club! All bricks provided. Ages 6-13. Registration begins one week before each session.

Monday, August 26 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Monday, August 26 (3-4:30 p.m.) Boredom Busters – While you wait for school to start, combat that boredom with arts, crafts or a game! Open for all ages; children under 9 must be with a grown-up. No registration.

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Volume 5, Issue 15, Posted 9:49 AM, 07.23.2013

Westlake Porter Public Library's July calendar of events

Tuesday, July 23 (6-8 p.m.) Zombie Bash! – Join us as we transform everyone into zombies, snack on brains, listen to creepy music and more. Some make-up and costume items will be available to use at the party, but you can come already dressed-up as a zombie! Grades 6-12. Registration begins July 16.

Wednesday, July 24 (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, July 24 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – July’s selection is "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" by Rachel Joyce.

Thursday, July 25 (2-3 p.m.) Zombie Cupcakes – We're going to take ordinary cupcakes and decorate them with brains, eyeballs and other creepy goodies! All supplies will be provided. Grades 6-12. Registration begins July 18. Allergy warning: Some food and decorating items may contain peanuts or other allergens.

Friday, July 26 (10 a.m.-Noon) Porter’s Fiber Fanatics – Socialize, share, and solve problems while you work on your current project.

Saturday, July 27 (2:30-3:30 p.m.) Brick Builders Club – Love those LEGO bricks? Then bring your ideas and imagination to the club! All bricks provided. Ages 6-13. Registration begins one week before each session.

Monday, July 29 (6-8 p.m.) Friends’ Annual Ice Cream Social – Join the Friends of Porter Public Library for ice cream sundaes and family fun!

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Volume 5, Issue 14, Posted 10:37 AM, 06.25.2013

Critters to visit Bay Village Library

This year's Summer Reading Game theme is Build Your Brain, but what about our animal friends and what kinds of construction THEY do? Families with children ages 3 and up are invited to join a visitor from the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center on Tuesday, July 16, at 11 a.m. and meet a few animal builders. 

From turtles that carry their homes on their backs to raptors who build their own homes, have fun getting up close and personal with these wild animals. It's always a fun, informative time when the animals from the Nature Center come to visit – you won't want to miss it!

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Volume 5, Issue 14, Posted 9:54 AM, 07.09.2013

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

We hope everyone had a fun-filled holiday weekend and enjoyed your plans. Fireworks were in surrounding communities at different times this year, making it easier to see them somewhere. Here’s hoping the weather will end up cooperating! The library continues to be a busy place as we begin July. Join us for these programs or come in to browse the shelves. We’ll help you find exactly what you’re looking for!

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Tuesday, July 9 (7 p.m.) THE LAST BATTLE OF THE ROBBER BARONS: THE COMMODORE AND JAY GOULD – On June 17, 1918, the last battle between the "robber barons" Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jay Gould came to an end as the barge Commodore was under tow by the steamer Jay Gould. They left Cleveland with a load of coal and encountered heavy seas and 30 mph winds. The steamer sprung a leak and the Commodore was left to fend for herself. The crew of the Gould was rescued by the steamer Midvale while the Commodore tossed in the seas for two hours before the crew of 7 was rescued by the steamer Mataafa. The Gould was found years ago and is a popular dive site, and the Commodore lay lost until her discovery in 2011 by the Wachters, the program presenters.

Wednesday, July 24 (7 p.m.) CLEVELAND IN THE GILDED AGE – Join us as storyteller Dan Ruminski discusses the stories of Cleveland at its height of greatness. "Cleveland in the Gilded Age: A Stroll Down Millionaires’ Row" is his new book that is filled with all the characters of the period and the splendor of their homes and the lives they led. A book sale and signing will follow.

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Volume 5, Issue 14, Posted 9:54 AM, 07.09.2013

St. Ignatius jugglers entertain at Bay library

On June 10, the St. Ignatius Circus Company performed to the delight of over 195 children and adults to celebrate the beginning of the Bay Village Branch Library’s Summer Reading Program. The theme this year is “Build Your Brain” and the two performers stumped the audience with feats of juggling and magic tricks making “invisible bunnies” disappear and reappear in an audience member’s hands. The performance was followed by a hands-on experience with the juggling instruments for the audience.

The St. Ignatius Circus Company is a nationally recognized organization that features students as performers. The club meets weekly for practice and stages more than 150 performances each year.

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Volume 5, Issue 13, Posted 10:41 AM, 06.25.2013

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

It’s officially summer and the weather is reflecting that! Whether you’re enjoying time at the pool, vacation travel or a comfy seat in the shade, the perfect accompaniment is a good book. And books have never been more portable than they are now! Listen to an audio book or Playaway, or read an ebook – all are easy to pack to take along wherever you’re going.

If you’re playing the Summer Reading Game, all of that reading is going toward the "adoption" of the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center woodchuck, so keep it up! There have been several fun programs so far at the library and many more are still to come, so don’t miss out! Please join us for those and weekly storytimes, also. Students – don’t wait until the last minute to read or request your summer reading assignment for school. Make the Bay library a destination during your day – we look forward to seeing you!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Wednesday, June 26 (7 p.m.) MUDRAS: ANCIENT GESTURES TO EASE MODERN STRESS – Emily Fuller Williams has been a massage therapist for 30 years. Join us as she explains how we can use simple, easy-to-do gestures anywhere and any time to change from anxious to calm, tense to relaxed, scattered to focused. A book sale and signing will follow the presentation.

Thursday, June 27 (6-7:30 p.m.) SECOND ANNUAL ICE CREAM SOCIAL – Come to the ice cream social and enjoy free Mitchell’s Ice Cream on the lawn! Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Library.

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Volume 5, Issue 13, Posted 10:39 AM, 06.25.2013