Libraries

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

We're thinking summer at the Bay Village branch library and our registration for children's summer camps and summer programs opens on May 10 at 9 a.m. Register early as the camps fill up quickly! Camp descriptions and days/times can be found on our website. We have a fun-filled summer planned so please check out our program offerings at cuyahogalibrary.org.

CHILDREN

Storytimes are on hiatus for the month of May. Please join us again in June.

Friday, May 5 (10 a.m.) Play, Learn & Grow – Children will play with developmentally appropriate toys in a play group atmosphere while parents meet and learn from community health experts.

Saturday, May 6 (11 a.m.) Free Comic Book Day – Join forces to celebrate Free Comic Book Day! Come in costume as your favorite superhero or villain and sharpen your skills in our action packed Super Hero Training Course. Crafts, activities, prizes and gaming will be available. Free comic books, while supplies last. Registration is required.

Wednesday, May 10 (7 p.m.) Mad Scientists: Blow it Away – Grades K-2: Join us for a hands-on science program to build a wind-powered car. We will test both their towing abilities and speed.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:05 AM, 05.02.2017

May events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Monday, May 1-Saturday, May 6 – Mascot Naming Contest – Our mascot needs a name! Help us find one by submitting a name for our puma and see if yours is the lucky pick! Entry forms will be available at the Youth Services Desk May 1-6, and will be judged by WPPL staff. The winning name will be announced on May 6.

Wednesday, May 3 (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, May 3 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogy Society Help Session – Please join the genealogy group for an informal walk-in help session.

Wednesday, May 3 (2-3:30 p.m.) Adult Coloring – Today’s group will be coloring fashion pages! We’ll provide coloring pages, colored pencils, and cookies. Open to adults 18 and over. Please register.

Wednesday, May 3 (3:30-5 p.m.) Duct Tape Fashion Accessories – Make duct tape fashion accessories you can wear! We’ll have instructions and tons of duct tape in the teen area to help you make wallets, purses, bracelets and more! For students in grades 7-12.

Wednesdays, May 3 and 10 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, May 4 and 11 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and each Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, May 3 (6-8 p.m.) Stuffed Animal Adoption Event – Celebrate Children’s Book Week with us at this event. Ages 8 and under. While supplies last.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:04 AM, 05.02.2017

Porter Library introduces 'Laptops Anytime'

Westlake Porter Public Library is now offering an option for individuals who find themselves in need of a laptop while there: the new Laptops Anytime station.

The machine offers six Mac Airbooks and six Dell PC laptops for in-house borrowing. All come loaded with Microsoft Office 2016 and Internet browsers (Safari for the Macs and Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer for the Dells). The laptops may be borrowed for up to six hours, but users may borrow another computer when their time expires if one is available. In addition, all borrowed laptops must be returned to the machine 15 minutes before the library closes.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:56 AM, 04.18.2017

A week of fashion programming at Porter Library

Have you seen 2017’s new spring fashion trends? One shoulder split shirt tops, shirtdresses with graphic lines, oversize shapes with extended sleeves, flat form shoes, and navel-grazing pendants are on the runways this year. Fun styles for all ages, fashion provides a way to artfully explore your personal expression. The first week of May is a nod to this creative industry at Westlake Porter Public Library. Whether you dream of being a designer, or just need inspiration to freshen your closet, we have the right program for you.

Our popular adult coloring program will focus on fashion on May 3 at 2:00 p.m. All supplies are provided. Why not drop in to color and relax and explore your sense of style?

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:57 AM, 04.18.2017

Used book sale at Bay Library

The Friends of the Bay Village Library Spring Used Book Sale begins Saturday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. and runs through Tuesday, April 25, 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.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 10:00 AM, 04.18.2017

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Of course the Bay Village branch library is your go to place to get your books to read over spring break, but it's also a great place for kids and teens to hang out during this week off school. Join us for some spring break STEAM, storytime and movie fun! See below for more information on our events.

CHILDREN

Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required. Storytimes will be on hiatus during the month of May.

  • 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

Tuesday, April 18 (2 p.m.) Mystery Bag Construction Challenge – Grades K-4: Do you like to play with Legos and build with different types of materials? If so, challenge yourself to the Mystery Bag Construction Challenge! Each mystery bag will hold the key parts to making a fun contraption. Use your creativity and the provided materials to rise to the construction challenge.

Wednesday, April 19 (2 p.m.) Spring Break Movie – Visit the library for a special screening of a popular movie. Bring a blanket and pillow or sleeping bag.

Thursday, April 20 (2 p.m.) Building Bricks @ the Library – Calling all Lego fans! You bring the imagination and we’ve got the bricks! We’ll work through a few friendly challenges then share our creations. Registration required.

Monday, May 1 (11 a.m.) Homeschool: Let's Build a Kite – Grades 4-8: We will build simple kites and explore how kites use wind to overcome gravity.

Friday, May 5 (10 a.m.) Play, Learn & Grow – 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 8, Posted 9:59 AM, 04.18.2017

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

While honey may be the sweetest reason for beekeeping, there are many other ways it can be a beneficial hobby. The Bay Village branch library is pleased to host a three-part series presented by Amalia Haas, beekeeper and environmental educator. Learn about honey from flower to bee, crystallization, fermentation, and how terroir affects a honey’s sensory qualities. Changing landscapes, modern agriculture, climate change and globalization all play a role in pollinator decline. Learn steps we can all take to ensure our food security and help bees thrive in today’s challenging environment. Please see below for information on the weekly topics and dates.

CHILDREN

Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required.

  • 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, April 6 (3 p.m.) Write On! – Grades 5-8: Join us for fun, quirky and challenging writing exercises and activities to get your creativity flowing. Registration required.

Thursday, April 6 (7 p.m.) What a Disaster: Titanic – Grades 3-4: Learn about the Titanic shipwreck with hands-on science activities.

Monday, April 10 (6:30 - 8 p.m.) OSOB Family Night – Drop into the Bay Village Branch for family activities related to the Normandy Elementary School One School, One Book title.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:25 AM, 04.04.2017

Hajek receives Porter Library volunteer award

Jim Hajek was honored with Westlake Porter Public Library’s Myrna Chelko Award at the organization’s annual volunteer recognition event in early March.

Hajek began volunteering at the library in 2003 and has amassed over 1,400 hours of volunteer time. A Friends of the Library annual book sale volunteer, he has hauled thousands of book from storage areas to the sale rooms and has also spent many hours price-checking special books, which are sold on eBay or in the book sale at special prices. His efforts have garnered thousands of dollars more in revenue, meaning the Friends of the Library has been able to give more to the library for special needs, such as the recent renovation, and the Summer Reading Program and STEAM Week.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:22 AM, 04.04.2017

Porter Library celebrates National Library Week, April 9-15

"Libraries Transform," a national public awareness campaign, highlights the critical role libraries play in the digital age. For education, jobs or lifelong learning, the resources at your library can transform your life.

In celebration of National Library Week, Westlake Porter Public Library will host two very special authors. On Tuesday, April 11, at 7:00 p.m., meet Cleveland Heights author Tricia Springstubb, writer of popular children's books including "Every Single Second" and "Moonpenny Island.” When Tricia was in her late 20s, she began wanting not only to read stories, but to live inside them. She started to write her own stories with a dream in mind, to nurture and inspire children to become lifelong readers. We are so pleased to present this delightful children’s author as she discusses her journey to becoming a writer.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:23 AM, 04.04.2017

April events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, April 4 (7 p.m.) Connecting for Kids’ Coffee and Chat – Join our interactive support group and meet other families facing similar struggles. The group discussion is facilitated by a mental health professional. This month’s topic: "Marriage Under Pressure: Parenting a Child Who Struggles."

Wednesdays, April 5 and 12 (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, April 5 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogy Society Help Session – Please join the genealogy group for an informal walk-in help session.

Wednesdays, April 5 and 12 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, April 6 and 13 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and each Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 5 (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, April 6 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Friday, April 7 (4-5:30 p.m.) Weird(er) Science – Each session teaches fundamental principles in an entertaining format, through demonstrations and hands-on activities. This month: Students in grades 5 and 6 will learn how to use Excel 2013 to create a personalized budget, and learn about personal finance through an online game. Please register.

Saturday, April 8 (2-4 p.m.) Carry Out Crafts – Stop in to see our featured craft. We have all the supplies you’ll need to create something fantastic!

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:24 AM, 04.04.2017

Author Amanda Flower is coming to Porter Library on March 30

Cozy mysteries are fun reads that engage the mind and provide entertainment. The cozy mystery heroine is usually a very intuitive, intelligent woman with an interesting occupation, who just happens to also be an amateur sleuth. The story unravels in a small town where everyone knows everyone else's business. Although the local police force doesn't take her seriously, the cozy mystery heroine delves deep into clues amid a clever plot and well-developed characters.

Sound irresistible? We think so too. That's why we are delighted to welcome national bestselling and Agatha Award-winning cozy mystery author, Amanda Flower to Porter Library on March 30 at 7:00 p.m. Ms. Flower started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth-grade class. Her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel made everyone laugh, and a writer was born. Her debut mystery, "Maid of Murder," was an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:19 AM, 03.21.2017

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

MLB baseball is starting, the Indians home opener is almost here, and we're ready to cheer on the Tribe in hopefully another exciting season. In the meantime, join us for some baseball talk at the Bay Village branch library on Tuesday, April 4, at 7 p.m. Local author Scott Longert will discuss his book, "No Money, No Beer, No Pennants," which tells the history of the Cleveland Indians through the turmoil of the Great Depression. A book sale and signing will follow the talk.

CHILDREN

Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required.

  • 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, March 27 (7 p.m.) Makey Makey – Grades 3-5: Learn to turn everyday objects such as bananas and clay into touchpads using Makey Makey invention kits. Registration required.

Monday, April 3 (11 a.m.) Homeschool Peep Science – Grades 4-8: Chill with your Peeps at the library for a program using marshmallow Peeps for hands-on science experiments. Do Peeps float in water or blow up in the microwave? Can Peeps change color or size? What happens when a Peep is frozen? Come explore Peep Science and find out!

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:21 AM, 03.21.2017

March events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesdays, March 22 and 29 (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 22 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The March selection is "The Boston Girl" by Anita Diamant.

Wednesdays, March 22 and 29 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, March 23 and 30 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 6 p.m.

Thursday, March 23 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Busine$$ Lunch & Learn: Business Law – This seminar will cover the legal topics that most entrepreneurs and business owners will come across in the starting-up and running of his/her business. Please register.

Thursday, March 23 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Depression – Author, baseball historian and lifelong Indians fan Scott Longert will discuss his latest book, "No Money, No Beer, No Pennants: The Cleveland Indians in the Great Depression." Please register.

Friday, March 24 (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. Please register.

Friday, March 24 (10 a.m.-noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.

Friday, March 24 (10:30-11:15 a.m.) Sensory Storytime – Features an adapted storytime for children with special needs and their caregivers. Siblings welcome. Includes time for social play. Content is geared to ages 3-7. Registration begins one week before each session.

Saturday, March 25 (10:30-11 a.m.) Mother Goose on the Loose! – An interactive storytime featuring simple books, rhymes, songs and movement. For ages birth-3 with an adult caregiver.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 9:34 AM, 03.07.2017

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

CHILDREN

Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required.

  • 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, Feb. 23 (7 p.m.) We're Going to the Dogs – Grades K-2: We'll share dog books, songs and rhymes and make treats which will be delivered to dogs at a local shelter.

Monday, March 6 (11 a.m.) Homeschool: Artist for a Day: Jackson Pollock – Grades 4-8: We'll learn about the artist and then create paintings in his different styles. Please wear old clothes and be prepared to get messy!

Thursday, March 9 (7 p.m.) What a Disaster: Hurricane Katrina – Grades: 3-4: Learn about Hurricane Katrina with hands-on science activities.

TEEN

Wednesdays, Feb. 22, March 1 and 8 (3 p.m.) Teen Zone – Grades 5 & up: Chill with something fun to do after school – gaming, art, movies, experiments and more! Registration required.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:54 AM, 02.21.2017

Common Core Math for Parents program at Bay Village library

Struggling to help your elementary school child with their math homework? Want to learn more about Common Core and the Ohio Learning Standards? Join us at the Bay Village Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) on Monday, March 6, at 7 p.m. for a program focusing on Common Core Math for Parents. The program is presented by CCPL Youth Programming Coordinator Joanna Schofield.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:53 AM, 02.21.2017

February events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Feb. 7 (7 p.m.) Coffee and Chat – Join our interactive support group and meet other families facing similar struggles. The group discussion is facilitated by a mental health professional. Topic: "Parents and Siblings Talk About the Needs of Siblings." Register at www.connectingforkids.org/register, or email: info@connectingforkids.org or by phone: 440-250-5563.

Wednesdays, Feb. 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.

Wednesday, Feb. 8 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Speaker Series Lunch & Learn – Guest speakers join Career Transition Center to present informative and timely topics for job seekers. Bring your lunch; learn and grow. Coffee provided.

Wednesdays, Feb. 8 and 15 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursday, Feb. 9 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and each Thursday at 6 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 9 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursday, Feb. 9 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The February selection is "Lab Girl" by Hope Jahren.

Friday, Feb. 10 (4-5:30 p.m.) Weird(er) Science – Each session teaches fundamental principles in an entertaining format, through demonstrations and hands-on activities. This month: Learn all about our Solar System. Grades 5-6. Please register.

Saturday, Feb. 11 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) SAT Practice Exam – Get ready for test time with an SAT practice exam. Study skills will be discussed and detailed results will be returned to students the following week at the results session. Students are asked to bring their own pencils and scientific calculator. Grades 9-12. Please register.

Saturday, Feb. 11 (2-3 p.m.) Pinterest Club – Come each month to recreate a fun craft from Pinterest. This month: "Mandala Rocks." Grades 7-9. Registration begins one week before each session.

Saturday, Feb. 11 (2-4 p.m.) Carry Out Crafts – Stop in to see our featured craft. We have all the supplies you’ll need to create something fantastic!

Sunday, Feb. 12 (2-4 p.m.) Mad 4 Manga – A great club for anime and manga lovers! All otakus and newbies welcome! Grades 7-12 only please.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:58 AM, 02.07.2017

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

It's a pre-Oscar party at the Bay Village branch library to celebrate the upcoming 89th Academy Awards. Come hear David Moss, Fox 8’s Mossman, on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. as he talks about Oscar rules, 24 award categories, and nominated films. Participants will have the opportunity to predict who they think will win and enter a contest for free movie tickets.

Other upcoming programs at the library include:

CHILDREN

Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required.

  • 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, Feb. 16 (4 p.m.) Cookies and Books – Grades 3-5: Join us to discuss, "Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White" by Melissa Sweet. Copies of the book are available at the library.

Thursday, Feb. 23 (7 p.m.) We're Going to the Dogs – Grades K-2: We'll share dog books, songs and rhymes and make treats which will be delivered to dogs at a local shelter.

TEEN

Wednesdays, Feb. 8, 15 and 22 (3 p.m.) Teen Zone – Grades 5 & up: Chill with something fun to do after school – gaming, art, movies, experiments and more! Registration required.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:57 AM, 02.07.2017

New items at Porter Library

Have you ever had a device that has run out of battery power? You no longer have to worry about that happening at Westlake Porter Public Library! Friends of WPPL has generously funded the purchase of three charging stations throughout the library. These were recently installed in the Youth Services, Reference and Circulation areas. The Circulation area charging station is also a locker. Multiple cords are available to fit most devices. Charge on!

Ever leave your book at school and have homework due? Now there is no excuse! New at the library is a set of current Big Ideas Math textbooks that are being used in the schools. These are for library use only, and are available on the shelf in Youth Services. Thank you to Kathi Maxwell, Director of Academic Services at Westlake City Schools, for securing this generous donation from the publisher to support students utilizing their Big Ideas Math textbooks at school and at home.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:45 AM, 02.07.2017

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

Colson Whitehead's National Book Award winner, "The Underground Railroad," Pulitzer Prize winner "The Sympathizer" by Viet Thanh Nguyen, and "Hillbilly Elegy" by J.D. Vance were some of the great reads of 2016. On Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m., Bill Kelly – CCPL Adult Services Manager and a jurist on the Andrew Carnegie Medal Committee – will discuss his picks for the best books of 2016. Join us to find out about titles you may have missed and should add to your reading list.

Other upcoming programs at the library include:

CHILDREN

Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required.

  • 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, Feb. 1 (3:15 p.m.) Stuffed Animal Sleepover – Ages 2-5 with caregiver: Drop off your stuffed animal at the Bay Village Library on Jan. 31 any time between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Join us the next day for a stuffed animal sleepover party with stories, crafts and activities when you pick up your favorite stuffed friend. One stuffed animal per child.

TEEN

Wednesdays, Jan. 25, Feb. 1 and 8 (3 p.m.) Teen Zone – Grades 5 & up: Chill with something fun to do after school – gaming, art, movies, experiments and more! Registration required.

Thursday, Feb. 2 (3 p.m.) Write On – Grades 5-8: Join us for fun, quirky and challenging writing exercises and activities to get your creativity flowing.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 9:40 AM, 01.24.2017

Westlake Porter Public Library holds annual book sale

If it's February, it must mean that the Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library are having their Annual Book Sale. Three rooms filled with thousands of books, DVDs, audio books, music CDs, sheet music, National Geographic magazines, puzzles, and more. One whole room is just for fiction and another room is filled with children's books. The large Porter Room will hold non-fictiion, special priced books, and audio-visual items. Come early for a good selection.

A silent auction of some very special donations is taking place in the lobby of the library. Interesting sets of books for history buffs, art books, signed fiction, bundles of items about the Indians and the Browns, books about Cleveland, and much more are ready to take your bid. The bidding ends at 3:00 p.m. on Feb. 5. You can bid at any time the library is open. No phone bids.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 9:38 AM, 01.24.2017

January events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Jan. 10 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Communicating Effectively with Employers – Come learn tips to guide you to successful conversations with prospective employers. Learn how they perceive you so you can make the right impression.

Tuesday, Jan. 10 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In January we’ll discuss "Eleanor & Park" by Rainbow Rowell.

Wednesdays, Jan. 11 and 18 (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. 11 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Career Transition Center: Speaker Series Lunch & Learn – Guest speakers present informative and timely topics for job seekers. Bring your lunch; learn and grow. Coffee provided.

Wednesdays, Jan. 11 and 18 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Jan. 12 and 19 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and each Thursday at 6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 12 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The January selection is "Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble" by Daniel Lyons.

Friday, Jan. 13 (4-5:30 p.m.) Weird(er) Science – Each session teaches fundamental principles in an entertaining format, through demonstrations and hands-on activities. This month: Learn all about birds in our area, their colors, shapes, calls, habitats and more. Grades 5-6. Registration begins one week before each session.

Saturday, Jan. 14 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) ACT Practice Exam – Get ready for test time with an ACT practice exam. Students are asked to bring their own pencils and scientific calculator. Grades 9-12. Please register.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 10:14 AM, 01.10.2017

Friends of Bay Village Library to hold winter book sale

The Friends of the Bay Village Library Winter Used Book Sale begins Saturday, Jan. 28, at 9 a.m. and runs through Tuesday, Jan. 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 library programs and activities.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 10:12 AM, 01.10.2017

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Did you receive a new e-reader this holiday season? Learn how to borrow free eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, movies and music from our Digital Collection anytime, anywhere. Bring your device and passwords to the library Wednesday evenings from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and our staff will get you started. Our Digital Collection is available 24/7, 365 days a year, and there are never any late fees!

CHILDREN

Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required.

  • 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

Tuesday, Jan. 17 (4 p.m.) Popcorn Olympics – Grades 3-6: Celebrate National Popcorn Day with the Popcorn Olympics! Join us for popcorn inspired games including the popcorn parachute game, popcorn distance throw, popcorn pick-up, popcorn shoe race and more!

Wednesday, Jan. 18 (7 p.m.) Mad Scientist: Rockets! – Join us for a hands-on science program building a simple rocket. We will then customize our rockets and compete in target practice.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 10:16 AM, 01.10.2017

Porter Library to upgrade catalog system Jan. 3-5

Westlake Porter Public Library will ring in the New Year by performing a major catalog system upgrade from Jan. 3-5, 2017. The upgrade provides a more cost-effective method of backing up the system and will allow the library to take advantage of some new products offered by the vendor, SIRSI Inc. The library will remain open throughout the process, and no materials will be due during this time.           

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Volume 8, Issue 24, Posted 10:04 AM, 12.13.2016

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

As we head into 2017, the Bay Village branch library staff would like to thank you for your patronage in 2016. It's been a great year for books, movies and music. Stop by the library for recommendations on titles we think you'd love.

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 December 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

Storytimes are on hiatus for the month of December. Please join us again in January. Meanwhile, check out our seasonal and children's programs for this month.

Tuesday, Dec. 13 – Friday, Dec. 23 (all day) Make and Take Craft – Drop in to make a seasonal craft.

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Volume 8, Issue 24, Posted 10:11 AM, 12.13.2016

December events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Thursdays, Dec. 1 and 8 (6:30-8 p.m.) and Wednesday, Dec. 7 (4-5:30 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and each Thursday at 6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 2 (9:30 OR 10:30 a.m.) and Saturday, Dec. 3 (9:30, 10:30 OR 11:30 a.m.) Connecting for Kids: Music Therapy & More –This program is designed for children ages 1-6 who are struggling in an area of development. Join us for a program designed to model and teach families how to use music to improve their child’s skills. Led by a board-certified music therapist. Each session is 30 minutes. Register at connectingforkids.org/register or by phone, 440-250-5563.

Friday, Dec. 2 (10:30-11:15 a.m.) Paint Your Story – Westlake’s Over the Moon ceramics studio will host this special preschool program. We’ll share a story about Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, and then we’ll decorate a groovy ceramic button to take home! Ages 3-5. Please register.

Friday, Dec. 2 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: Evergreen Trees – Join Mrs. K as we explore the wonders of the world. This month we’ll observe pine cones of all sizes while learning about evergreen trees! Ages 4-6. Please register.

Saturday, Dec. 3 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Pokemon Fun! – Bring your cards and accessories for a fun morning of Pokemon-themed play, prizes and crafts! Ages 6- 12.

Saturday, Dec. 3 (3-3:45 p.m.) Gingerbread Fun! – Create your own gingerbread house with us! Just bring your sweet imagination, and we’ll supply all the necessary parts and pieces! Ages 7-10. Please register.

Sunday, Dec. 4 (2-3:30 p.m.) Boredom Busters! – Are you bored? Drop by the Storytime Room and join in the fun! We will have different activities available each month. All ages welcome! Children under age 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:38 AM, 11.29.2016

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

As we head into the holiday season, join us at the Bay Village branch library on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. for a showing of "The Polar Express." It's the perfect movie to get you into the holiday spirit. While you're here check out our seasonal displays and take home a good book or movie to enjoy with your family.

CHILDREN

Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required.

  • 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, Nov. 16 (3 p.m.) Sound Board Art – Ages 11-14: In this workshop led by the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, participants will explore the intersection of art and technology. Teens will create interactive 2-D art using found objects and paint. Sound will be added to the visual imagery created through the use of Bare Conductive technology. Teens will utilize a water-based electric paint that, with the touch of a finger, will transmit pre-recorded sounds using Arduino-like Touch Boards. Teens will bring their art to life electronically by choosing different sounds to play through the circuit/sensor board.

Thursday, Nov. 17 (4 p.m.) Cookies and Books – Grades 3-5: Join us to discuss this month's title, "Rump: The true story of Rumpelstiltskin" by Liesl Shurtliff. The book will be available at the circulation desk.

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Volume 8, Issue 22, Posted 9:48 AM, 11.15.2016

November events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Nov. 1 (7 p.m.) Coffee and Chat – Join us as we discuss a topic related to parenting children who struggle. The group discussion is facilitated by a mental health professional. Topic: "Marriage Under Pressure – Parenting a Child Who Struggles."

Tuesday, Nov. 1 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In November we’ll discuss "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein.

Wednesdays, Nov. 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. Please arrive early to receive a ticket.

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

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

Wednesday, Nov. 2 (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.

Wednesday, Nov. 2 (7-8 p.m.) Badge 387 and Other Stories From the Cleveland Police Department – Author Robert Sberna and a representative of the Cleveland PD will discuss the recent developments in police and community dynamics – what works and what doesn’t work. Please register.

Thursday, Nov. 3 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursday, Nov. 3 (6-8 p.m.) and Monday, Nov. 7 (4-6 p.m.) NaNoWriMo at Porter – Working on a novel for National Novel Writing Month? Join other writers for a write-in session! Work solo or brainstorm ideas with others. All aspiring authors are welcome.

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Volume 8, Issue 21, Posted 10:07 AM, 11.01.2016

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie were two major players in jazz music. Their collaboration brought about a new style of jazz that became known as bebop. On Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m., please join us at the Bay Village branch library for live performance – and lecture – by a talented jazz band. You won't want to miss this program featuring the cool sounds of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.

CHILDREN

Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required.

  • 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, Nov. 3 (7 p.m.) We're Going Batty! – Grades K-2: Hear the story of Stellaluna followed by related bat activities and crafts.

Saturday, Nov. 12 (10:30 a.m.) Sensory Storytime – Join us for a program geared for children who are developmentally at the preschool level and specifically designed for children with special needs and their families. The program incorporates a schedule board, double visuals and sensory opportunities for participants as well as socialization time following the program.

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Volume 8, Issue 21, Posted 10:09 AM, 11.01.2016

Bay Village Library Book Sale

The annual Fall Used Book Sale at the Bay Village Branch Library begins Saturday, Oct. 22, at 9 a.m. and runs through Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of Bay Village Library. Proceeds from the sale are used for upcoming library programs and activities. There is a large selection of books for readers of all ages as well as magazines, DVDs, CDs, books on tape 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.

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Volume 8, Issue 20, Posted 10:26 AM, 10.18.2016

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

As we head into Halloween, don't forget to stop by the Bay Village branch library to stock up on spine-tingling reads and spooky movies.

Fans of the supernatural will want to join us for "Tales from the Eerie Shore: Ghosts of Ohio" on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. Award-winning authors, ghost hunters and para-historians Theresa Argie and Cathi Weber – aka The Haunted Housewives – will  present us with spine-tingling tour of the most interesting paranormal hotspots of the North Coast and beyond!

CHILDREN

Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required.

  • 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, Oct. 19 (5:30 p.m.) National Chemistry Week: Solving Mysteries through Chemistry – Grades 3-6: Come join us for fun, hands on activities that let you get close to the action! Be prepared to get in and get messy. Led by volunteers from the American Chemical Society. We invite families to stay and participate. Registration required.

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Volume 8, Issue 20, Posted 10:27 AM, 10.18.2016

Bay Village Library offers after-school homework help

Since 2002, Cuyahoga County Public Library’s (CCPL) Homework Center program has helped thousands of students in grades K-8 improve their grades and subject comprehension. The Homework Center program is currently offered at 10 CCPL branch locations.

This fall, CCPL is expanding its after-school homework help services to 12 additional branches, including the Bay Village Branch, through its new Homework Mentors program. Trained mentors will be available to provide students in grades K-8 with homework assistance from 3:30-5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday – no appointment necessary. Students in need of extra assistance with their homework may simply bring their assignments to the library, where they will connect with a trained mentor.

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Volume 8, Issue 20, Posted 10:27 AM, 10.18.2016

October events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Oct. 4 (7:30-8:45 p.m.) FYI Opera – Stars of the Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Program will preview Puccini’s "Sister Angelica" and Menotti’s "Amelia Goes to the Ball."

Wednesdays, Oct. 5 and 12 (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. 5 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogy Society Help Session – Please join the genealogy group for an informal walk-in help session.

Wednesday, Oct. 5 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Oct. 6 and 13 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and each Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 5 (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.

Friday, Oct. 7 (10:30-11:15 a.m.) Sensory Storytime – Features an adapted storytime for children with special needs and their caregivers. Siblings are welcome. Includes time for social play. Content is geared to ages 3-7. Registration begins one week before each session.

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Volume 8, Issue 19, Posted 9:06 AM, 10.04.2016

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Teens in grades 5-12 are invited to join us at the Bay Village branch library on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 3 p.m. to learn some tricks of the trade for ghoulish make-up. Katie Lane, a consultant, makeup artist, and actor for haunted attractions will show you how to apply makeup that's sure to be a hit for Halloween.

CHILDREN

Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required.

  • 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

Saturday, Oct. 8 (11 a.m.) Kids Cartoon – Grades 3-5: 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.

Thursday, Oct. 13 (7 p.m.) Mad Scientists: Rubber Band Powered Racers – Grades K- 2: Join us for a hands-on science program building a rubber band racer and testing its abilities.

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Volume 8, Issue 19, Posted 9:08 AM, 10.04.2016

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Stevie Wonder has provided us with wonderful music for decades. This influential musician is the subject of the Bay Village branch library's first Jazz/Music Icon series presentation. Join us on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. to hear live music and lecture on this popular American musician and his impact on the recording and music industry. Then join us again on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. for the second presentation, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.

CHILDREN

Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required.

  • 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. 22 (4 p.m.)  Let's Play Library Bingo – Grades 3-5: Before we play Bingo, we'll share a story or two and talk about the library-themed categories in the game. Then it will be game on!

Saturday, Oct. 8 (11 a.m.) Kids Cartoon – Grades 3-5: 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.

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Volume 8, Issue 18, Posted 9:51 AM, 09.20.2016

Upcoming Programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Are you over 55 and interested in writing fiction, but need a place to start? Join us at the Bay Village branch library for a special eight-week program, Arts4Life, in which teaching artist Laura Grace Weldon will guide you through the writing process to stretch and strengthen your fiction writing skills through creative activities, collaborative exercises, and sharing of your work. The first session starts Monday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m.

CHILDREN

Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required.

  • 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. 8 (7 p.m) Mad Scientists: Catapults – Grades K-2: Join us for a hands-on science program building simple catapults and competing in target practice.

Saturday, Sept. 10 (10:30 a.m.) Sensory Storytime – Join us for a program geared for children who are developmentally at the preschool level and specifically designed for children with special needs and their families. The program incorporates a schedule board, double visuals and sensory opportunities for participants as well as socialization time following the program.

Monday, Sept. 12 (6:30 p.m.) Coding Jr. – Grades K-2: Learn the basics of block coding, set the scene and help your characters move, jump, dance and sing using Scratch Jr. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library. Registration required.

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Volume 8, Issue 17, Posted 11:14 AM, 09.07.2016

September events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, Sept. 7 (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.

Wednesdays, Sept. 7 and 14 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Sept. 8 and 15 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and each Thursday at 6 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 8 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The September selection is "Theft of Memory" by Jonathan Kozol.

Friday, Sept. 9 and Monday, Sept. 12 (6:30-7:15 p.m.) Sensory Storytime – Features an adapted storytime for children with special needs and their caregivers. Siblings are welcome. Includes time for social play. Content is geared to ages 3-7. Registration begins one week before each session.

Friday, Sept. 9 (3-3:35 p.m. OR 4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday – Join Mrs. K as we explore the wonders of the world. This month we’ll explore our closest star and the changing seasons. Ages 4-6. Please register.

Saturday, Sept. 10 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Pokemon Fun! – Bring your cards and accessories for a fun morning of Pokemon-themed play, prizes, and crafts! Ages 6-12.

Saturday, Sept. 10 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Bring your ideas and imagination to the club! Ages 3-12. Lego and Duplo bricks provided.

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Volume 8, Issue 17, Posted 11:14 AM, 09.07.2016

Porter Library seeks new trustee

Westlake Porter Public Library is currently accepting applications for a position on the board of trustees that starts on Jan. 1, 2017. The position will become available when Alayne Fodor’s term expires on Dec. 31.

The board, the policy-making body of the library, is composed of seven members. The library board’s primary responsibilities are approving library policies, setting the budget, hiring a director and fiscal officer and advocating for the library. Terms are seven years with a maximum of two terms. Library board meetings are held monthly, usually on a Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:49 AM, 08.16.2016

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

The disappearance of Beverly Potts 65 years ago this month baffled Cleveland and remains one of the city's most haunting mysteries. On Thursday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m., Dr. James Badal and Mark Wade Stone will join us at the Bay Village branch library to discuss the disappearance of the ten year old and the subsequent police investigation. Please join us for more insight in to one of Cleveland's biggest mysteries.

CHILDREN

Storytimes: Our weekly storytimes are on hiatus for the month of August. Please join us at the times below in September. 

Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required.

  • 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, Aug. 18 (2 p.m.) Cookies and Books – Grades 3-4: Join us to discuss "Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics" by Chris Grabenstein. Copies of the book will be available one month before the discussion. A parent/guardian must sign a release form before the program.

Thursday, Sept. 8 (7 p.m) Mad Scientists: Catapults – Grades K-2: Join us for a hands-on science program building simple catapults and competing in target practice.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:49 AM, 08.16.2016

Travel Club: Photography

You always take pictures when you travel, of course. You may do it because you want to capture the moment, go down memory lane at some time in future. You may do it because you want to tell a story or have some other reason for doing it.

If you want some tips to make your photos better from an experienced photographer with a uniquely creative eye, come to Westlake Porter Public Library on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m. Mr. Daniel Smith will talk about how best to take images of landscapes and cityscapes.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:49 AM, 08.16.2016