Libraries

Summer reading kick-off party at Porter!

Celebrate summer reading on Thursday, May 31, at our kick-off party! Stop by between 4-7 p.m. to register for the Summer Reading program and grab a sign-up prize. Plus we'll have food, rock painting, giveaways (while supplies last), activities and live music from the Paulo Costa Trio! Summer Reading runs June 1 to Aug. 1 and we look forward to seeing you at all our programs over the summer!

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:37 AM, 05.15.2018

Porter parking lot will be closed May 27, 28

Westlake Porter Public Library’s parking lot will be closed for resealing and striping from 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, through 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29. There will be no access to the drive-up book drops while the parking lot is closed. The library will be closed on May 27 and 28 in observance of Memorial Day, making it an ideal time for performing the annual maintenance. The re-sealing and re-striping will be done weather permitting.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:37 AM, 05.15.2018

May events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesdays, May 2 and 9 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesday, May 2 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogy Society Help Session – Join the genealogy group for an informal walk-in help session.

Wednesdays, May 2 and 9 (3:45-5 p.m.) Tween Scene – Weekly hang-out for 5th and 6th graders ONLY! 

Wednesdays, May 2 and 9 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, May 3 and 10 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with one of the reading therapy dogs! Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, May 2 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club – Join us as we explore the classics of horror, science fiction and suspense. Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please register.

Thursday, May 3 (10-11:30 a.m.) Intro to Smartphones – Learn the basics of using smartphones, such as screen brightness, Wi-Fi settings, adding apps, and more. If bringing your device, bring all account passwords. Please register.

Thursdays, May 3 and 10 (4-5:15 p.m.) Code Club! – Learn how to build an app, design a video game and change the world through code. Grades 3-4. Registration begins one week before each session.

Thursday, May 3 (6:30-8 pm) Sensory Consult – Does your child hate “itchy” clothes? Is your child bothered by noises or have difficulty with busy environments? Are you concerned about your child’s frequent meltdowns and difficulty interacting with others? Does your child frequently spin, jump and crash his or her body into things? If so, come to our consult where you and your child will meet with a pediatric occupational therapist. Open to children ages 18 months-12 years. Register at connectingforkids.org or call 440-250-5563.

Friday, May 4 and Monday, May 14 (6:30-7:15 p.m.) Adapted Storytime – Children with varying learning styles and abilities learn in a safe, supportive environment where respect and appreciation for differences are encouraged. This 30-minute storytime, followed by time for socialization, is designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime experience. Content is geared toward ages 3-7, but all ages are welcome. Siblings may also attend, but must register separately. Registration begins one week before each session.

Friday, May 4 (3:30-4:15 p.m.) Fun Science Friday – Join Mrs. K as we explore sand and seashells along with the creatures that call the beach home. Discoveries will be made through hands-on experiments, active participation and a simple take home project. Ages 4-6. Please register.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 10:08 AM, 05.01.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Local author Bill Ayars visits the Bay Village branch library on Thursday, May 10, at 7 p.m. to talk about his adventures on the Mississippi River and the book he wrote to commemorate his determination and accomplishment, despite obstacles along the way. "My Journey Down the Big Muddy: Love, Heartbreak and Triumph Jet-skiing the Mississippi River" will be available for sale and signing after the presentation. 

CHILDREN

Friday, May 4 (3:30 p.m.) Star Wars Day – Celebrate Star Wars Day with coding, gaming and Jedi training activities. Don’t forget to wear your Star Wars gear!

Monday, May 7 (11 a.m.) Homeschool: Catapults – Grades 4-8: Build a catapult and test its accuracy with target practice.

Wednesday, May 9 (7 p.m.) Mad Scientists: Rescue Mission – Grades K-2: Join us for a hands-on science program where we recreate the retrieval of the space shuttle from the ocean. Be prepared to get wet.

Friday, May 11 (10 a.m.) Mo Fun – Join us for stories and hands-on activity stations featuring characters including The Pigeon, Elephant and Piggie and more from books by Mo Willems.

Saturday, May 12 (11 a.m.) Big Wheel Rodeo – Get an early start on bike safety at our indoor rodeo! Join us to hear stories, explore activity stations and navigate an obstacle course. Ride-on vehicles will be provided. Registration required.  

Thursday, May 17 (4 p.m.) American Girl: Tenney – Learn about the times and cultures represented by the dolls. Feel free to bring your doll to the program if you have one.

TEEN

Thursday, May 3 (3 p.m.) Write On! – Join us for fun, quirky and challenging writing exercises and activities to get your creativity flowing. Registration required.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 10:09 AM, 05.01.2018

CCPL takes ‘step back’ from new Bay branch

In an email to Bay Village residents, the Cuyahoga County Public Library announced today that its board of trustees has decided to pause the process of moving forward with a new branch building. Sari Feldman, executive director, said the decision came in response to an outpouring of comments from residents that were unhappy with the building design that was presented to City Council on March 19.

Feldman stated that “the Bay Village branch will remain a priority in the library’s capital improvement pipeline,” but for now the focus will shift to making repairs to the current building, including a new HVAC system, carpet and parking lot.

The full text of Feldman’s email follows:

Dear Resident,

We want to provide an update on the Bay Village Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL/the Library). A little more than a year ago, the Mayor and members of City Council, in their role as Cahoon Park Trustees, offered the Library the opportunity to build a new branch on the site of the Bayway Cabin, pending probate court approval.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 11:18 AM, 04.25.2018

Friends of Bay Village Library spring book sale

The Friends of the Bay Village Library's spring used book sale begins Saturday, April 28, at 9:00 a.m. and runs through Tuesday, May 1, at 7:00 p.m. The sale is held in the meeting room of the library.

There is a large selection of books for readers of all ages as well as magazines, DVDs, CDs, audio books and more. All materials have been categorized for easy shopping. Tuesday, the last day of the sale, is bag day when a full bag of books costs $1. Bags are provided by the library. Proceeds from the sale are used to support upcoming library programs and activities.

For more information on the book sale, volunteering to help with sale, or becoming a member of the Friends of the Bay Village Library, visit the library at 502 Cahoon Road or call 440-871-6392.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 9:51 AM, 04.17.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

May the Fourth Be With You when you join us at the Bay Village branch library on Friday, May 4, at 3:30 p.m. to celebrate Star Wars day. We'll have coding, gaming and Jedi training activities! Don’t forget to wear your Star Wars gear! Space is limited, so please register to reserve your spot.

CHILDREN

  • Mondays and Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Thursday, April 19 (4 p.m.) American Girl: Maryellen – Grades 2-4: Learn about the times and cultures represented by the dolls. Feel free to bring your doll to the program if you have one.

TEEN

Wednesday, April 18 (3 p.m.) Teen Zone – Grades 5 & up: Chill with something fun to do after school – gaming, art, movies, technology and more!

Monday, April 23 and 30 (7 p.m.) Girls Who Code – For girls in grades 6-12 who want to explore coding in a fun and friendly way! Our club will meet weekly on Mondays.

Thursday, May 3 (3 p.m.) Write On! - Join us for fun, quirky and challenging writing exercises and activities to get your creativity flowing. Registration required. 

ADULT

Wednesday, April 18 (7 p.m.) The Problem of Wildlife in Our Gardens – Do you have deer, rabbits, chipmunks, squirrels and skunks frolicking in your garden and dining on your carefully-tended plants? The Cuyahoga County Master Gardeners will focus on these problems and what we can do about them.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 9:53 AM, 04.17.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Now that spring is here, it's a great time to get focused on healthy living and re-energizing your body. We're pleased to host nutritionist Lori DePietro-Standen at the Bay Village library on Saturday, April 14, at 2 p.m. as she presents her program, "Embracing the Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle." Learn what foods are anti-inflammatory and how to incorporate them into your diet to help you heal from inflammation and lose weight.

Bring the kids by during the week of April 2 to April 6 to do a seasonal craft in the children's area. See below for more children's activities during spring break week.

CHILDREN

  • Mondays and Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Wednesday, April 4 (2 p.m.) Spring Break Movie: The Incredibles – Visit the library for a special screening of "The Incredibles." Bring a blanket and pillow or sleeping bag. A parent/guardian must sign a release form before the program.

Thursday, April 5 (2 p.m.) Picture Book Putt-Putt – Explore our mini course with your favorite picture book characters. Stop by the children’s desk for tee time reservations. Who will get a hole-in-one?    

Monday, April 9 (11 a.m.) Homeschool: Creative Writing Poetry – Let’s celebrate National Poetry Month by composing some poems of our own! We will talk about the types of poetry and write poems based-on prompts. Registration required. 

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 9:41 AM, 04.03.2018

April events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, April 17 (1-3 p.m.) Career: Roadmap Your Future – What is your direction or plan? Have you laid out the map to get there in the quickest, most direct route? What obstacles will be in your way? Do you see a barrier or two stopping you? Come to this session to lay out your road to success.

Tuesday, April 17 (7-8:45 p.m.) Believing in Cleveland – CSU professor J. Mark Souther’s new book "Believing in Cleveland" explores the city’s downtown revitalization and renewal projects in its various neighborhoods, beginning before the 1970s and through the 2000s. He shows how the city shaped its image even while managing decline. Please register.

Tuesday, April 17 (7-8 p.m.) College Resumes & Essays – Your college resume and essay could have a huge impact on getting into the school of your dreams! Learn tips and strategies to improve yours and make it the best it can be. Grades 9-12. Registration begins April 10.

Wednesdays, April 18 and 25 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesdays, April 18 and 25 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, April 19 and 26 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with one of the reading therapy dogs! Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 18 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Ohio Genealogical Society trustee Eric Johnson will discuss "Ohio and World War I: Reconstructing Your Ancestor’s Military Service Records."

Wednesday, April 18 (7-7:45 p.m.) Buckeye Reflections, Local Authors Visit – Authors Maureen Zappala and Jack Park will talk briefly about their new book, "Buckeye Reflections: Legendary Moments from Ohio State Football," and will sign copies. Books will be available for purchase. Please register.

Thursday, April 19 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Business Lunch & Learn: Developing a Business Plan, Part I – A business plan is your business’s road map. Whether you’re just starting a business or already have one in operation, you’ll want the direction that a business plan offers. We’ll explore how to get started, the elements of a business plan, and issues to consider when developing yours. Please register.

Thursday, April 19 (2:30-6 p.m.) CPR Certification – CPR and AED certification for adult, child and infant. Instruction by certified instructor/paramedic Ken Hehnen. Must be 13 years of age. Please register.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 9:38 AM, 04.03.2018

Porter Library hosts "Buckeye Reflections" book discussion and signing

OSU fans will want to stop by Westlake Porter Public Library on Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. to meet the authors of "Buckeye Reflections: Legendary Moments from Ohio State Football," the first book of its kind, showcasing the “human” side of the Scarlet and Gray. 

Hear unique stories about the players, coaches, fans, sportscasters and a myriad of others connected to the The Ohio State gridiron. Each chapter highlights a coaching era, including John Wilce, Paul Brown, Woody Hayes and Jim Tressel. The book is filled with poignant perspectives, joyful celebrations and heartwarming experiences from behind the stats and features beautiful pictures and illustrations that bring it all to life. Be inspired with how people overcame impossible odds and obstacles, but most of all, be proud to be a Buckeye fan, part of a remarkable and robust football culture.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 9:40 AM, 04.03.2018

Porter Library honors Susan Sisco with volunteer award

North Ridgeville resident Susan Sisco received the 2018 Myrna Chelko Volunteer Award from Westlake Porter Public Library at a volunteer recognition event on March 4.

A Reception Desk volunteer since 2005, Sisco is known as the friendly face and cheery hello that greet all who enter the library during her shifts. Not only does she work for one full shift per week, she also shares a shift with another volunteer. Sisco is also the go-to substitute because she’s always willing to fill in for other Reception Desk volunteers when they’re unable to come in.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 10:13 AM, 03.20.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

Join us at the Bay Village branch library on Monday, April 1, at 1 p.m. as a representative from Red Cedar Coffee will present Coffee 101. Explore where coffee is grown, why the taste of coffee varies, and how it is roasted. A selection of coffees will also be brewed to sample. While you're here, check out some coffee related titles that will be on display.

Bring the kids by during the week of April 2 to April 6 to do a seasonal craft in the children's area. See below for more children's activities during spring break week.

CHILDREN

  • Mondays and Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Thursday, March 22 (4 p.m.) Meet Someone New – Grades K-2: Meet someone new through a short biography, have a discussion and do activities based on the book. We will also talk about some of the biographies that are new to the library.

Tuesday, April 3 (2 p.m.) Seed Paper Bookmarks – Make your own handmade plantable seed paper and bookmarks. Registration required.  

Wednesday, April 4 (2 p.m.) Spring Break Movie – Visit the library for a special screening of "The Incredibles." Bring a blanket and pillow or sleeping bag. A parent/guardian must sign a release form before the program.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 10:18 AM, 03.20.2018

Westlake Porter Public Library's March calendar of events

Wednesdays, March 7 and 14 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesday, March 7 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogy Society Help Session – Join the genealogy group for an informal walk-in help session.

Wednesdays, March 7 and 14 (3:45-5 p.m.) Tween Scene – Weekly hang-out for 5th and 6th graders ONLY!

Wednesdays, March 7 and 14 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, March 8 and 15 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with one of the reading therapy dogs! Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 7 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club – Join us as we explore the classics of horror, science fiction, and suspense! Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please register.

Thursday, March 8 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursday, March 8 (2-3 p.m.) Great Decisions Discussion Program on World Affairs – Discuss critical global issues facing America today. At the beginning of each month, a copy of the article may be picked up at the Ask Us Desk to be read prior to the meeting. Please register.

Thursdays, March 8 and 15 (4-5:15 p.m.) Code Club! – Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! Grades 3-4. Registration begins one week before each session.

Friday, March 9 (9:30 and 10:30 a.m.) and Saturday, March 10 (9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.) Music Therapy & More – For families and their children (up to age 6) who are struggling in an area of development. Siblings (up to age 6) are welcome to attend. Learn how to use music to improve your child’s motor, communication and social skills as well as behavior. Each session is 30 minutes. Register at connectingforkids.org or by phone: 440-250-5563. 

Friday, March 9 (3:30-4:15 p.m.) Fun Science Friday – We’ll investigate the science of clouds and weather. Discoveries will be made through hands-on experiments, active participation and a simple take home project. Ages 4-7. Please register.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:36 AM, 03.06.2018

'Wow Factor' comes to Westlake Porter Public Library

Westlake Porter Public Library will welcome a speaker from the Western Reserve Historical Society to discuss their exhibit, "Wow Factor: 150 Years of Collecting Bold Clothes," on Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. The exhibit showcases 15 decades of fashionable, inspiring Clevelanders and their style. The presentation will highlight WRHS’s outstanding collection of show-stopping clothing and accessories made by Cleveland designers as well as international designers such as Christian Dior and Carolina Herrera.

"Wow Factor" tells the stories of inspiring Clevelanders who are immigrants, scholars, artists, athletes, philanthropists and CEOs. The exhibit includes over 100 garments, accessories, pieces of jewelry and works of art. The objects represent the quality and history of the costume and textile collection, which encompasses over 40,000 objects – some never before on view.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:34 AM, 03.06.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

CHILDREN

  • Mondays and Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Wednesday, March 7 (7 p.m.) Mad Scientists: Towers – Grades K-2: Join us for a hands-on science program building the tallest structures we can using only uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows. Registration required.   

Thursday, March 15 (4 p.m.) American Girl: Addy – Learn about the times and cultures represented by the dolls. Feel free to bring your doll to the program if you have one. Registration required.  

Saturday, March 17 (10 a.m.) Circuit Bugs – Learn about circuits by creating creepy crawlers using basic craft materials and electric circuits. Registration required. 

Tuesday, March 20 (6:30 p.m.) One School, One Book Family Night – Drop in for activities related to the Normandy and Westerly Elementary Schools One School, One Book selection. Registration required.  

Thursday, March 22 (4 p.m.) Meet Someone New – (Grades K-2) Meet someone new through a short biography, have a discussion and do activities based on the book. We will also talk about some of the biographies that are new to the library.

TEEN

Wednesday, March 6 (3 p.m.) Teen Zone – Grades 5 & up: Chill with something fun to do after school – gaming, art, movies, technology and more!

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:34 AM, 03.06.2018

Porter Library announces renewal levy

On May 8, Westlake voters will be asked to approve a 2.8 mill operating levy renewal for Westlake Porter Public Library. The current 2.8 mill levy, which provides 75 percent of the library’s operating funds, expires at the end of the year. Passage will ensure library funding for the five-year period of Jan. 1, 2019, to Dec. 31, 2023.

Currently the levy is the library’s primary source of operating funds, providing materials (books, magazines, digital/downloadable/streaming materials), resources (computers, software, digital databases, etc.), staffing, program support, supplies and building operations (maintenance and utilities). The other major source of funding is the state’s Public Library Fund (PLF).

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 9:45 AM, 02.20.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

Bring the kids to the Bay Village branch library on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. to enjoy some bubble fun. The Bubble Lady will create amazing bubbles, even ones that a person can stand inside. Registration for this program is required so please call the library to reserve your spot.

CHILDREN

  • Mondays and Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Thursday, Feb. 22 (4 p.m.) The Bookworms – Grades K-1: Read a short book as a group followed by discussion and activities. Registration required. 

Monday, March 5 (11 a.m.) Homeschool: Makey Makey – Grades 4-8: Turn everyday objects such as bananas, vegetables, pencils and clay into controllers using Makey Makey invention kits. Registration required.   

Wednesday, March 7 (7 p.m.) Mad Scientists: Towers – Grades K-2: Join us for a hands-on science program building the tallest structures we can using only uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows. Registration required.   

TEEN

Wednesdays, Feb. 21, 28 and March 7 (3 p.m.) Teen Zone – Grades 5 & up: Chill with something fun to do after school – gaming, art, movies, technology and more!

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 9:45 AM, 02.20.2018

Westlake Porter Public Library's February calendar of events

Tuesday, Feb. 6 (6:30-8 p.m.) Connecting for Kids’ Coffee and Chat – Join our interactive support group and meet other families facing similar struggles. Free, supervised children’s activities are available; adults and children must register separately. Topic: "How to Avoid Stress and Become a More Mindful Parent": Join Terri McNeely, MEd, BS, in this interactive session as she teaches caregivers ways to calm both themselves and their child. Attendees will also gain an understanding of mindfulness. For more information, visit connectingforkids.org/support. To register, call 440-250-5563.

Wednesdays, Feb. 7 and 14 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesday, Feb. 7 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogy Society Help Session – Join the genealogy group for an informal walk-in help session.

Wednesdays, Feb. 7 and 14 (3:45-5 p.m.) Tween Scene – Weekly hang-out for 5th and 6th graders only!

Wednesdays, Feb. 7 and 14 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Feb. 8 and 15 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with one of the reading therapy dogs! Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 7 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club – Join us as we explore the classics of horror, science fiction and suspense! Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please register.

Wednesday, Feb. 7 (7-8:30 p.m.) Wonders of Weather – Have you ever wondered how a storm forms, or why the seasons change? Now you can find out from CBS-TV meteorologist Jon Loufman in a presentation for the whole family. Please register.

Thursday, Feb. 8 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursday, Feb. 8 (2-3 p.m.) Great Decisions Discussion Program on World Affairs – Discuss critical global issues facing America today. At the beginning of each month, a copy of the article may be picked up at the Ask Us Desk. Please read the article prior to the meeting. Please register.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 10:01 AM, 02.06.2018

Get ready for the Oscars at Porter Library

Hollywood's big night is approaching! Have you ever wondered why some films get snubbed while others garner dozens of nominations? On Monday, Feb. 26, Sam Allard, film critic for Cleveland Scene, will take us through this year's nominees in both the main categories (Best Picture/Director/Actress/etc.) and technical awards. He will also answer your questions about the year in film. 

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:57 AM, 02.06.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Bill Kelly, a former chair of the American Library Association's Notable Books Council and past member of the Carnegie Medal Jury, will join us at the Bay Village branch library on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m  to present the Best Books of 2017. 

CHILDREN
Mondays & Tuesdays (10 a.m.) TODDLER STORYTIME – ages 19-35 months
Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) FAMILY STORYTIME – for all ages
Wednesdays (10 a.m.) BABY & ME STORYTIME – ages birth-18 months
Thursdays (10 a.m.) PRESCHOOL STORYTIME – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
Fridays (10 a.m.) FAMILY STORYTIME – for all ages

Wednesday, Feb. 7 (7 p.m.) MAD SCIENTISTS: UNDER PRESSURE – Join us for a hands-on science program where we try to support a book using only one piece of paper. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library. Registration required.

Wednesday, Feb. 14 (3:15 p.m.) SWEET SCIENCE VALENTINE'S DAY PARTY – Grades K-3: Sweet for science? This program lets you eat what you experiment with. Candy, cookies and other sugary confections will be used to fizz, bubble and pop your way to fun and learning. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library. Registration required.

Monday, Feb. 19 (2 p.m.) KIDS CARTOON – Grades 3-6: Join a guest artist in the graphic design field as you learn how to draw cartoons and comic strips and practice drawing your own! Registration required.

TEENS
Wednesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28 (3 p.m.) TEEN ZONE – Grades 5 & up: Chill with something fun to do after school: gaming, art, movies, technology and more!

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:52 AM, 02.06.2018

Adults with aging parent drivers

Matt Gurwell, founder and CEO of Keeping Us Safe, will give a presentation at Westlake Porter Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 1:00 p.m. discussing many of the legal, ethical and emotional challenges faced by a family or professional caregiver when considering a loved one's retirement from driving. 

Find out practical, real-life solutions for older drivers and their families. Keeping Us Safe is a national organization with a mission to help keep older drivers safe. Gurwell started the organization after retiring from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Please register by visiting westlakelibrary.org or calling 440-871-2600. 

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:58 AM, 02.06.2018

Wonder no more about the weather

“Don’t knock the weather. If it didn’t change once in a while, nine out of ten people couldn’t start a conversation.” – Kin Hubbard

The extremely cold temperatures, snow and ice have certainly provoked a torrent of weather-related exchanges, but is there anything that can be done to make these discussions more interesting?

Yes! Learning about weather, such as what makes the wind blow or why Cleveland is considered a “snow belt,” will certainly make your weather-related conversations more intriguing … and it will make you the expert!

CBS-TV meteorologist Jon Loufman will be at Westlake Porter Public Library on Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 7-8:30 p.m., for a program called "Wonders of Weather." Jon has been a Cleveland weather anchor since 2002 and has taught meteorology at Case Western Reserve University and Lakeland Community College. With Cleveland being his hometown, he certainly understands our weather.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 9:16 AM, 01.23.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Plain Dealer reporter/author Laura DeMarco will join us at the Bay Village branch library on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. to present and sign her book, "Lost Cleveland." These lost places of Cleveland include architectural gems, elegant theaters, famous concert halls and stadiums, grand department stores and bustling factories that helped turn Cleveland into America's fifth biggest city and one of its most prosperous. Books will be available for purchase and signing following the program.

CHILDREN

  • Mondays and Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Wednesday, Jan. 24 (3:15-4 p.m.) Stuffed Animal Sleepover – Drop off your stuffed animal at the Bay Village Library on Tuesday, Jan. 23, anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Join us for a stuffed animal sleepover party on Jan. 24 at 3:15 p.m. for stories crafts and activities when you pick up your favorite stuffed friend. One stuffed animal per child. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library. Registration required.

Monday, Feb. 5 (11 a.m.) Homeschool: Winter Olympics – Grades 4-8: Get ready for the Winter Games by learning about Olympic sports, Pyeongchang, South Korea, and more. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library. Registration required.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 9:22 AM, 01.23.2018

Friends of Bay Village Library book sale

The Friends of the Bay Village Library's fall used book sale begins Saturday, Jan. 27, and runs through Tuesday, Jan. 30. The sale is held in the meeting room of the library.

There is a large selection of books for readers of all ages as well as magazines, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks and more. All materials have been categorized for easy shopping. Tuesday, the last day of the sale, is bag day when a full bag of books costs $1. Bags are provided by the library. Proceeds from the sale are used to support upcoming library programs and activities.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 9:23 AM, 01.23.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

CHILDREN

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Wednesday, Jan. 10 (7 p.m.) Mad Scientists: Set it Straight – Join us for a hands-on science program to experiment with a tabletop seesaw. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library. Registration required.

Monday, Jan. 15 (2 p.m.) Soccer Showdown: Lego WeDo Robotics – Team up to build a soccer goal, goalie and kicker for a Lego WeDo soccer showdown tournament. Use the Lego WeDo construction set to challenge yourself to construct and program a soccer goal and moving goalie or a kicker using motors and sensors to play a soccer game against other teams of builders. Registration required.

Thursday, Jan. 18 (4 p.m.) The Bookworms – (K-1st grade). Read a short book as a group, followed by discussion and activities. Registration required. 

Wednesday, Jan. 24 (3:15-4 p.m.) Stuffed Animal Sleepover – Drop off your stuffed animal at the Bay Village Library on Tuesday, Jan. 23, anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Join us for a stuffed animal sleepover party on Jan. 24 at 3:15 p.m. for stories crafts and activities when you pick up your favorite stuffed friend. One stuffed animal per child. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library. Registration required.

TEEN

Wednesdays, Jan. 10, 17 and 24 (3 p.m.) Teen Zone – Grades 5 & up: Chill with something fun to do after school – gaming, art, movies, technology and more!

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 9:35 AM, 01.09.2018

Westlake Porter Public Library's January calendar of events

Tuesday, Jan. 23 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Anime Movie Club – Enjoy and discuss all your favorite anime movies from Studio Ghibli and beyond! Grades 7 to adult.

Wednesdays, Jan. 24 and 31 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesday, Jan. 24 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – "All By Myself, Alone" by Mary Higgins Clark.

Wednesdays, Jan. 24 and 31 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursday, Jan. 25 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with one of the reading therapy dogs! Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 25 (4-5:15 p.m.) Code Club! – Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! Grades 3-4. Registration begins one week before each session.

Friday, Jan. 26 (10-10:45 a.m.) Come Play With Me! – Open playtime with age-appropriate toys. For children ages 2-5 with a caring adult. Siblings welcome.

Friday, Jan. 26 (10 a.m.-noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.

Saturday, Jan. 27 (3:30-4 p.m.) Family Storytime – An interactive family storytime featuring books, rhymes, songs, movement and a small craft. For families with children ages 2-6.

Saturday, Jan. 27 (10:30-11:15 a.m.) Adapted Storytime – Children with varying learning styles and abilities learn in a safe, supportive environment where respect and appreciation for differences are encouraged. This 30-minute storytime, followed by time for socialization, is designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime experience. Content is geared toward ages 3-7, but all ages are welcome. Siblings may also attend, but must register separately. Registration begins one week before each session.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 9:35 AM, 01.09.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

As we head into the 2018, the staff at the Bay Village branch library would like to thank you for your patronage over the last year. 2017 was another great year for books, stop by and ask one of our librarians for recommendations of great reads you may have missed.

Over the holiday season, many of you may receive the gift of an e-reader. The Bay Village branch library offers a drop in and download program every Wednesday evening from 5:30-8:30 p.m. One of our librarians will sit with you and help you download one of the many titles available through the library.

We will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 31, and Jan. 1. Happy Holidays!

CHILDREN

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Monday, Jan. 8 (11 a.m.) Homeschool: Survivor Science – Help your survivor figure get out of danger by completing a series of building and construction challenges using science as your guide. Make flotation devices, parachutes, boats, bridges and catapults to assist your survivor figure! Registration required.

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Volume 9, Issue 24, Posted 10:03 AM, 12.19.2017

Westlake Porter Public Library named a '5 Star Library'

Westlake Porter Public Library has been named a “5 Star Library” for the second time by Library Journal magazine in its annual rating of public libraries across the United States. The index compares public libraries across the nation with their budget-category peers using per capita circulation, library visits, program attendance, public internet computer use and circulation of electronic materials (such as e-books). This year’s rating was based upon 2015 statistics compiled by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Volume 9, Issue 24, Posted 10:02 AM, 12.19.2017

Westlake Porter Public Library's late-December calendar of events

Sunday, Dec. 17 (2-3 p.m.) Spa 2.0 – In our second Teen Spa program, we will make our own beauty products. We will be making lip gloss, make-up remover, a make-up brush cleaner and another lip scrub. There will also be an opportunity to apply a face mask during the program. Grades 7-12. Registration begins Dec. 10.

Monday, Dec. 18 (6:30-7:15 p.m.) Adapted Storytime – Children with varying learning styles and abilities learn in a safe, supportive environment where respect and appreciation for differences are encouraged. This 30-minute storytime, followed by time for socialization, is designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime experience. Content is geared toward ages 3-7, but all ages are welcome. Siblings may also attend, but must register separately. Registration begins one week before each session.

Monday, Dec. 18 (7-8 p.m.) Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body – Science is now able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. Please register.

Tuesday, Dec. 19 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Anime Movie Club – Enjoy and discuss all your favorite anime movies from Studio Ghibli and beyond! Grades 7 to adult.

Wednesday, Dec. 20 (2-5 p.m.) Elf Academy – Santa is extra busy this year and needs your help. Join in our reindeer games and train to become a “Certified Elf” by completing several elf-ercises. Just drop in! While supplies last.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:36 AM, 12.05.2017

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

Books make wonderful and appreciated gifts. Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Great Books for Kids – an annual list of the best recent publications for kids of all ages – can give you some ideas on what titles to give to children and teenagers this holiday season.

Our library will be closed on Dec. 24, 25, 31, and Jan. 1 to celebrate the holidays. Our digital collection is always open, so don't forget to browse ebook, emagazine, movie and music selections.

CHILDREN

Friday, Dec. 8 (10 a.m.) Tots Dance – Join us for a rocking good time as we share books, rhymes and dance! 

Wednesday, Dec. 13 (7 p.m.) Mad Scientists: House of Cards – Join us for a hands-on science program where we will build a two-story house of cards and test its strength. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library. Registration required.

Friday, Dec. 15 (10 a.m.) MakerSpace for Preschoolers – Foster your child's curiosity and creativity at our hands-on imaginative maker stations.

TEEN

Thursday, Dec. 7 (3 p.m.) Write On! – Join us for fun, quirky and challenging writing exercises and activities to get your creativity flowing. Registration required. 

Saturday, Dec. 9 (2 p.m.) Wonders of Weather with Jon Loufman – Grades 5-12: Have you ever wondered why the wind blows, how a storm forms or why the seasons change? Find out from Cleveland 19 News meteorologist Jon Loufman! It's a fun, hands-on, interactive, sky-high presentation. Get ready to boldly sojourn over the rainbow for a hitherto untaken atmosphere adventure. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Library. Registration required.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:36 AM, 12.05.2017

Westlake Porter Public Library's early December calendar of events

Saturday, Dec. 2 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday, Dec. 3 (1-4:30 p.m.) Portables’ Annual Holiday Open House – The Friends of the Library’s gift store offers jewelry and other accessories, home entertaining items, gifts for children, and much more. Stop in for your holiday shopping and get great deals!

Saturday, Dec. 2 (10:30-11 a.m.) Mother Goose On the Loose! – An interactive storytime featuring simple books, rhymes, songs and movement. For ages birth-3 years old with a caregiver.

Saturday, Dec. 2 (3-4:30 p.m.) Tween Code Club – Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! Registration begins one week before each session. Grades 5-8.

Saturday, Dec. 2 (3:30-5 p.m.) Winter Pottery – Quill Pottery Studio will bring everything you need to make some great clay medallions that you can wear around your neck and a holder to keep them in. Grades 6-9. Please register.

Saturday, Dec. 2 (4-5:30 p.m.) STEAMMaker Lab: The Science of Music – Make your own octave set of Boomwhackers! Grades 3-5. Registration begins Nov. 25.

Sunday, Dec. 3 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Grace – Grace loves to bake with friends and invent new recipes. We will follow a recipe to make a treat, and create a Paris-themed craft. Ages 6-11. Registration begins Nov. 26.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 9:54 AM, 11.21.2017

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

The Cuyahoga County Public Library's annual Great Book for Kids guide is back just in time for your holiday shopping. This year, we're selling a few select titles at our branches. Stop by the library to buy or check out a copy of one of these recommended reads.

The library will be closing at 5:30 p.m on Wednesday, Nov. 22, for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will re-open at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 24.

CHILDREN

Storytimes will be on hiatus for the month of December. Please join us at a storytime below through the month of November.

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Monday, Dec. 4 (11 a.m.) Homeschool: Coaster Challenge – Grades 4-8: Build roller coasters and then test their limits. Can you meet the challenge?

Tuesday, Dec. 5 (7 p.m.) Hour of Code – Grades 3-4: Celebrate Computer Science Education Week by coding your own game. Registration required.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:59 AM, 11.21.2017

Celebrate National Novel Writing Month at Westlake Porter Public Library!

Westlake Porter Public Library is celebrating National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) with a series of author talks and drop-in writing sessions for the entire month of November. 

Four local authors will speak about their writing and publication experiences, including overcoming fears, writing in specific genres, and navigating the ins and outs of publication. You don't have to be a writer to enjoy these programs! Registration is currently open. 

Featured authors are:

  • D.M. Pulley on Historical Mysteries: Tuesday, Nov. 7 (7-8:30 p.m.). D.M. Pulley, bestselling author of “The Dead Key,” “The Buried Book” and the upcoming “The Unclaimed Victim,” will discuss how she overcame her fear of writing and how she develops historical mysteries.
  • Beth Donaldson on Romance Novels: Tuesday, Nov. 14 (7-8:30 p.m.). Join Beth on a journey through Amazon’s self-publishing platforms. Beth, who has self-published three contemporary romance novels, will discuss the ins, outs, pros, cons, successes and fails on the road to her happily ever after as a (finally!) published author.
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Volume 9, Issue 21, Posted 10:00 AM, 11.07.2017

November events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesdays, Nov. 8 and 15 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesdays, Nov. 8 and 15 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Nov. 9 and 16 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with one of the reading therapy dogs! Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 9 (2-3 p.m.) Great Decisions Discussion Program on World Affairs – Discuss critical global issues facing America today. At the beginning of each month, a copy of the article may be picked up at the Ask Us Desk. Please read the article prior to the meeting. Please register.

Thursdays, Nov. 9 and 16 (4-5:15 p.m.) Code Club! – Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! Grades 3-4. Registration begins one week before each session.

Thursday, Nov. 9 (7-8 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The November selection is "The Scarlet Sisters" by Myra Macpherson.

Friday, Nov. 10 (9:30 and 10:30 a.m.) and Saturday, Nov. 11 (9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.) Music Therapy & More – For families and their children (ages 0-6 years) who are struggling in an area of development. Join us for a program designed to teach families how to use music to improve their child’s motor, communication and social skills as well as behavior. Each session is 30 minutes. Register at connectingforkids.org/register or by phone: 440-250-5563.  

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Volume 9, Issue 21, Posted 10:02 AM, 11.07.2017

Succulents 101 at Porter Library

As the weather grows colder, let's bring the outdoors inside with some lovely houseplants! We will be welcoming Tim Malinich of the Midwest Cactus and Succulent Society on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 7-8 p.m. to learn all about cacti and other succulents. Come learn about these strange and beautiful plants, which are much easier to care for than you might think. 

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Volume 9, Issue 20, Posted 9:54 AM, 10.17.2017

Friends of Bay Village Library book sale is Oct. 28-31

The Friends of the Bay Village Library Fall Used Book Sale begins Saturday, Oct. 28, at 9 a.m. and runs through Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m. The sale is held in the meeting room of the library.

There is a large selection of books for readers of all ages as well as magazines, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks and more. All materials have been categorized for easy shopping. Tuesday, the last day of the sale, is bag day when a full bag of books costs $1. Bags are provided by the library. Proceeds from the sale are used to support upcoming library programs and activities.

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Volume 9, Issue 20, Posted 9:56 AM, 10.17.2017

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

CHILDREN

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Thursday, Oct. 19 (4 p.m.) American Girl: Josefina – Grades 2-4: Learn about the times and cultures that the doll Josefina represents through discussion crafts and snacks. Feel free to bring your doll to the program if you have one! Parents must sign a Release and Hold Harmless form prior to the program. Registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library. 

Friday, Oct. 20 (10 a.m.) Play, Learn, and Grow – Ages birth-3 years with parent or caregiver. Children will play with developmentally appropriate toys in a play group atmosphere while parents meet and learn from community health experts.

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Volume 9, Issue 20, Posted 9:58 AM, 10.17.2017

Westlake Porter Public Library's October Calendar

Tuesday, Oct. 3 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories: Toybox – Put on your pajamas and join Mrs. K as we unwind at the end of the day with quiet stories, songs, fingerplays and other activities to help us get ready for bedtime. Ages 4-6. Siblings welcome.

Tuesday, Oct. 3 (7:30-8:30 p.m.) Westlake Westshore Arts Council: FYI Opera – David Bamberger from the Cleveland Institute of Music brings his students to perform scenes from the upcoming opera.

Wednesdays, Oct. 4 and 11 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesday, Oct. 4 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogy Society Help Session – Please join the genealogy group for an informal walk-in help session.

Wednesdays, Oct. 4 and 11 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Oct. 5 and 12 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – The reading therapy dogs return! Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with one of them. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 4 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club – Join us as we explore some of the classic films from the genres of horror, science fiction and suspense. Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please register.

Thursday, Oct. 5 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursdays, Oct. 5 and 12 (4-5:15 p.m.) Code Club! – Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! Grades 3-4. Registration begins one week before each session.

Friday, Oct. 6 (1-2 p.m.) Fantastic Fridays – Fantastic Friday is a great day for homeschoolers! This month we will explore the book "Harriet the Spy" by Louise Fitzhugh. We will complete a craft and activities related to the book. Ages 6-12. Please register.

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Volume 9, Issue 19, Posted 10:13 AM, 10.03.2017

Westlake Porter Public Library's Late September Calendar

Tuesday, Sept. 19 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Using LinkedIn for Job Search – Learn to use this social media tool to discover people who can assist your search, identify and research companies, join and interact with LinkedIn groups. Enhance your visibility and online reputation by engaging in conversations in your groups. Learn to use valuable research functions built into LinkedIn.

Tuesday, Sept. 19 (6:30 p.m.) Connecting for Kids’ Speaker Series – Join us for a discussion on a relevant childhood topic with a local pediatric expert. Topic: Attention Issues and ADHD: What You Need to Know. Register by phone: 440-250-5563 or at www.connectingforkids.org.   

Tuesday, Sept. 19 (7-8:45 p.m.) Continuing the Conversation – This month’s topic: Back to School Anxiety: Helping adults and youth get back into the swing of things.   

Wednesday, Sept. 20 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Mark Jamba presents "What Killed Grandma?", a lighthearted introduction to medical terminology and common causes of death yesterday and today will be explained via basic anatomy, physiology and pathology.

Wednesday, Sept. 20 (7-8 p.m.) Alternatives to Cable TV – Frustrated with cable service? This program will help you sort through the variety of viewing alternatives available. Learn about digital media players, streaming services and additional options. Please register.

Thursday, Sept. 21 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Business Lunch & Learn: Writing Your Business Plan – Whether you are just starting a business or already have one, you’ll want the direction that a business plan offers. We will explore how to get started, the elements of a business plan, and issues to consider when developing yours. Please register.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:21 AM, 09.19.2017

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

CHILDREN

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Thursday, Sept. 21 (4 p.m.) American Girl: Felicity – Grades 2-4: Learn about the times and cultures that the doll Felicity represents through discussion, crafts and snacks. Feel free to bring your doll to the program if you have one!

Thursday, Sept. 28 (4 p.m.) Mix, Measure and Pour – Grades 2-3: Investigate various ways to measure different substances, yet still get the correct amount. Recipes depend on accuracy, so we’ll practice with solids and liquids and learn how to get it just right. We might just mix, measure and pour ourselves a snack!

Saturday, Sept. 30 (11 a.m.) Bay Village Global Cardboard Challenge – Families with children in kindergarten through 5th grade: Celebrate and be inspired by a day of play and learning at the Global Cardboard Challenge! This is a worldwide celebration of child creativity! Build something awesome out of cardboard, recycled materials and imagination.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:20 AM, 09.19.2017