Growing up in a middle-class African American family, Sakeenah Francis was college homecoming queen, married, and had a family. However, when her daughter Anika was just three years old, Sakeenah began hearing voices and was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Sakeenah describes her story as “Cinderella in reverse, from riches to rags.” Her marriage broke up, she was institutionalized and wound up homeless.
With the holiday season in full swing, people are looking for bargains for their friends and loved ones. Thank goodness for the Friends of the Lakewood Public Library and their annual Holiday $3 Bag of Books Sale on Saturday, December 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Music seems to be a natural byproduct of living. And while the modern soundtracks we shop to at the grocery store or have piped into our ears from IPods have been approved, polished-up and promoted by massive conglomerates, that wasn’t always the story of music in America. A local ensemble, the Spyder Stompers, celebrate the songs of the early 20th century that sprouted up in the backwoods, front porches and roadhouses of this country by ordinary people expressing the drama of their lives. The acoustic trio will be taking the stage at Lakewood Public Library on Sunday, December 8 at 2:00 p.m. as part of our Sunday With The Friends program.
Lakewood Lego® League
For youth in kindergarten through fifth grade (caregivers welcome)
Do you have a child under the age of two? Spend a part of your family weekend time clapping your hands, tapping your feet, singing nursery rhymes and, of course, sharing books. Reading with children from the very start is a very important part of early childhood development, and at Lakewood Public Library, we make it lots of fun.
The seven week fall session of Strokes of Genius at the Lakewood Public Library came to a close in November as participating second, third, and fourth graders proudly showcased their talent at an Art Show for family and friends. Each week students learned about the life and work of a different artist and then completed an art project motivated by the style of that artist.
Steampunk Jewelry Making
For teens in sixth through twelfth grade
Polka and punk are two words not commonly used in the same breath, unless you are familiar with the Chardon Polka Band. From traditional polka standards to Lady Gaga, this local group is anything but the average oom-pah band.
The Lakewood Public Library mourns the passing of Paul Dimmick, a highly-respected member of the Library’s Board of Trustees and a tireless volunteer for the Friends of Lakewood Public Library. He will be deeply missed by friends and family, by the Boy Scouts of Troop 81, by his fellow Kiwanians and Trustees, by the volunteers who followed his example and by the staff of the Library who regarded him as a permanent fixture around the place—always smiling and often joking and constantly on the lookout for what challenge he could face next. He will not be soon forgotten.
For Grades K-12: Post Book Reviews Online
Are you too busy to attend a book club? Tell everyone about the great book you just read on the Web! Share comments, questions, and read about books other students are reading. Agree or disagree with the book reviews of others! Rate the book you just read with one to five stars and let others know your thoughts. To get started, visit www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/youth.
For students in grades K-5 click on the Miss Spider’s Book Club link and sign up!
For students in grades 6-12 click on the Name That Book! Link and sign up!
The Lakewood City Schools Board of Education is accepting applications for appointment to the Lakewood Public Library Board of Trustees for an unexpired seven-year term ending September 12, 2017. Additional information concerning the duties and responsibilities of Library Trustees is available: www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/trustee.pdf. Interested candidates should direct a letter of interest and qualifications to the Superintendent of Schools by November 15, 2013: Superintendent, Lakewood City Schools Board of Education, 1470 Warren Road, Lakewood, OH 44107.
A reading program for children from birth to age 5
We are so proud of our Spelling Bee winners this year. On Friday, October 18th, all of our spellers competed in two separate bees to determine the winners. The second to fourth grade group graced the stage first in a half hour spell-off that determined three winners. Noah Eisel took first place, Max Page was named second, and Maggie Dineen won third place. All three students are in the fourth grade. The second competition was held directly after with a just three participants. Zearatus Perry Jr.; a seventh grader, won first place, Noah Persinger; a sixth grader, came in second, and fifth grader; Amanda Li won third place in the fifth to eighth grade competition. All of the spellers did a fabulous job! We hope to see all of you back next year.
The Lakewood Public Library presents and evening with new local authors from Lakewood and nearby communities who have recently published books for children. Meet the authors and enjoy their stories as they take turns reading their books. They look forward to sharing their stories with young listeners and readers. Books are available for check out with your Lakewood Library card or for sale and signing at the event. Pick up new books for yourself or as gifts and support local talent. Our close-to-home authors who will appear are as follows:
You may think you know Ernie Krivda from the Fat Tuesday Big Band, but Ernie Krivda has a past…and (ahem) a reputation. People have been talking ever since he hit the stage in 1963 that he’s been hanging around with some of the biggest names in jazz. And his reputation? It’s come to the point that many consider him one of the world’s great tenor saxophonists.
Lakewood Lego® Block Party
For youth in kindergarten through fifth grade
Steampunk is coming to Lakewood Public Library! What is Steampunk? It is a type of subculture that mixes the styles of past generations (such as the Victorian era) with modern conveniences, creating inventions that look as if they could have been created generations ago.
Ninety minutes doesn’t seem that long. It’s the time it takes to watch two, one hour TV shows (minus the commercials) or go out for a nice dinner. But ninety minutes for an epic adventure that covers 1,400 years of history and spans nine countries doesn’t seem possible. Add to that seeing some of the world’s most beautiful art and you have "Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World." Directed by Robert Gardner and narrated by Susan Sarandon, this documentary explores the richness of the Islamic world, from the great ornamental palaces and monumental mosques to the exquisite beauty of ceramics, carved boxes, paintings and metal work. Along the way you will discover the variety and diversity of Islamic art and get a glimpse into Islamic culture. Dr. Kara Morrow, Associate Professor of Art History at The College of Wooster, will be your tour guide providing an introduction to the movie and a post-film discussion on Thursday, November 7 at 6 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.
The idea of writing a book from the perspective of an autistic narrator did not just appear to Nick Shamhart out of nowhere. He imagines every day what life is like for his severely autistic daughter. Olmsted Falls author Shamhart will discuss his experience as a novelist and father when he appears at the Lakewood Public Library on November 13 in the Main Library Auditorium.
The Lakewood Public Library is having a block party, but it’s not in the street and we won’t be sharing a picnic or enjoying potato sack races. That’s because our block party is a Lego® block party. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to build a Lego® masterpiece at home and bring it to the Children’s desk at either the Main Library or the Madison Branch between Saturday, November 9th, and Monday, November 11th. We will then display their creations for all of Lakewood to see! Children will be able to bring their creations back home after Monday, November 25th. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity for your child show off brick by brick. Please contact the Children’s Department at (216)226-8275 ext. 140 for any questions.
Teen Read Week Submissions Due
For students in sixth through twelfth grade
Discover a new twist on book clubs on Wednesday, October 30 at 7 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium with the Cleveland Play House Script Club. Instead of a book, CPH Script Club puts a play in the spotlight! Check out a copy of the script and read it beforehand, then join CPH Artistic Staff for interactive discussions and group readings of selected scenes. The discussions and readings will illuminate key themes and explore how theatre professionals take a play from page to stage.
Brooklyn Castle is the story of how the game of chess came to change not only a group of talented young students, but an entire school.
Don’t miss your chance to experience the uplifting and transcending experience of the Sufi Music Ensemble. Sufi represents the mystical dimension of Islam. Led by the University of Alberta’s Karim Gillani, this band plays in the tradition of Islamic poetry with a modern twist creating soul penetrating rhythms.
Teen Read Week is approaching fast! October 13th through 19th has been designated Teen Read Week by the American Library Association, a week dedicated to the idea that teens should read for fun. I know, I know, you’re in school, you have tons of assigned reading and mountains of homework…but what better way to relax during your downtime than to escape into an amazing book? We know you’re out there teen readers, and that’s why all of our most popular teen titles here at Lakewood Public Library spend more time off the shelf than on it!
For students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Lakewood Public Library Spelling Bee
For students in secon through eighth grade
No one passing through the Library’s Quiet Room last year could have guessed the nice young student in sweatpants was writing what critics are calling one of the most shocking, controversial and must-read novels of the year.
The mission of the Sho-jo-ji Japanese Dancers is to preserve, teach, and perform classical folk dances from Japan. Let your children have the opportunity to experience another culture when this talented group appears at the Lakewood Public Library. They will perform Japanese dances, demonstrate how to wear a kimono, and teach the audience some authentic Japanese folk dances.
The Turkish American Society Of Ohio Seeks To Foster Friendship And Understanding Between Cultures With Muslim Journeys And More
In existence since 2010 and headquartered in Columbus, The Turkish American Society of Ohio’s mission is to introduce Turkish culture into American Society. Through their efforts in dialog and unique community services they also seek to promote friendship and understanding between cultures. In his second year of working with this organization, Murat Gurer organizes a wide variety of programs to make sure their mission is upheld. These programs include Turkish Coffee Nights, breakfast, luncheons, forums and cultural activities as well as intercultural trips to Turkey. One of the latest efforts of Gurer and the rest of TASO Cleveland is their sponsorship of Muslim Journeys at the Library.
How do they do it, again and again? The Friends of Lakewood Public Library pay for nearly all of the Library’s concerts, films, lectures and publications with no source of revenue other than deep discount book sales and two dollar membership dues. There is no doubt that the sales are successful. But after all these years of pennies-on-the-dollar prices, you would think that their supplies would be running low. So how do the Friends keep their shelves stocked with great books, magazines, movies and more? The answer lies in the generous nature of Lakewoodites and their book-loving ways.
Wednesday, September 18
Lakewood Historical Society: Preservation 101
Margaret Lann of the Cleveland Restoration Society will give a brief overview of the historic preservation movement and explain the legal and governmental structures through which preservation activities are carried out. Learn how the movement has evolved from concern for the homes of founding fathers to preserving recently historic resources and presenting a broader vision of cultural significance.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
Back by popular demand: Henna Tattoos at the Lakewood Public Library! Henna has been used throughout history to dye nail, hair, clothing, and many other things. It has also been used in traditional celebrations to create beautiful body art. Teens sixth through twelfth grade are welcome to come learn all about it, and even have a small tattoo applied!
Attention Spellers! And we know from experience, there are a lot of you out there! This year we will be combining the championships for the second through fourth, and the fifth through eighth graders on one special night.
Jim Kleefeld – Magical Entertainer
For the whole family
An Evening With Author (And Cosmo Editor) John Searles: Benefiting The Lakewood Public Library Foundation
The hottest book of the fall hits bookstores this week and its author will be celebrating in Lakewood next Wednesday.
Close your eyes and imagine a show that combines Dr. Seuss and magic. Now open your eyes and bring your kids to a fascinating program starring magician Jim Kleefled at the Lakewood Public Library. Children and parents alike will watch in amazement as magical events take place. Dr. Seuss’s words will literally fly right out of a book! The routines will be light and fun, with a lot of comedy and audience participation.
Did you ever wonder what happens in the Library at night when it’s closed to the public? Here is a chance for your favorite stuffed animal to find out for you. If you are between the ages of 4 and 7 have your parent bring you and your favorite stuffed animal to the Main Library on Thursday September 12th at 6 p.m. in the multipurpose room. We will have special stories and a craft. Then you can kiss your stuffed animal good night and leave them at the Library for a night of fun and games. Join them the next morning, Friday, at 10 a.m., watch a slide show of their sleepover fun and receive a special memento of the evening.
Long distance communication is such a commonplace part of our lives that most people probably wouldn’t even be able to fathom what life would be like without it. Until a little over 150 years ago, that was the reality of life though. Due to the absence of instant communication, something so tragic happened in the life of one man that he dropped everything and dedicated himself to the development of a long distance communication system. That man was Samuel F.B. Morse, inventor of the Morse code and one of the developers of the telegraph. It was one of the first technological inventions of the industrial age, and it changed communication forever. The transmission of coded signals via electricity through long wires made instantaneous communication over long distances a reality. It put an end to the then-current methods of the pony express, carrier pigeon and more.
Fun fact: “origami” literally means folded paper. Well, I suppose that’s not that surprising. What is surprising though, is how incredibly easy it is to make beautiful origami pieces with just a bit of practice. Lakewood Public Library is revisiting our popular origami program for teens: Origami Go! Sixth through twelfth graders can come once a month to try their hand at the art of paperfolding. But it’s not just for beginners- all skill levels are welcome! Novices will be introduced to basic folding terms and techniques, and we will create a simple piece together as a group. Afterward, it’s origami open-studio, with books and supplies at your disposal to try and create whatever you like. Here, the more seasoned origami artists can shine, and show off their skills to their peers.
Lakewood Lego® League
For youth in kindergarten through fifth grade (caregivers welcome)
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” —Rumi
Lakewood Public Library—along with our friends from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Bridging Cultures initiative, and the Turkish American Society of Ohio—is proud to present our Muslim Journey programs. The entire library is working together to educate and enrich our wonderfully diverse community on the subject of Islam. It is especially important to educate our youth, in order to promote understanding of different cultures and religions. That’s where the Children’s and Youth Services Department comes in. We have put together several age-appropriate and entertaining programs at the Main Branch:
If you are a student in the fifth through eighth grade and crave a historical adventure, travel back in time at the Library! Take an active role in history as an escaped slave looking for freedom through the Underground Railroad! Professional from Women in History (http://www.womeninhistoryohio.com/) take on the role of abolitionists who will help you while slavers tirelessly hunt for you. Learn about your people, culture, and past… then master secret codes and skills to survive on the run! The exciting climax to this challenging hands-on, interactive program takes place at the Rocky River Reservation in the Metroparks where participants will attempt their harrowing escape to freedom up north using all the skills they learned!
The Best They Could Be: How The Cleveland Indians Became The Kings Of Baseball, 1916-1920: Meet The Author At Lakewood Public Library
Before they became the Cleveland Indians in 1915, they were the Cleveland Molly McGuires. Yes, the Molly McGuires. And sadly, they were a laughingstock with a losing record. How this nearly defunct team reemerged with a new name and rallied to win the 1920 World Series is the subject of Scott H. Longert’s latest book, The Best They Could Be: How the Cleveland Indians Became the Kings of Baseball, 1916-1920. The local author and historian is visiting Lakewood Public Library to talk about this dramatic era of Cleveland baseball on Wednesday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.
A detective pregnant with twins, an Irish immigrant seeking to clear her own name, a possible kidnapping by witchdoctors in Botswana . . . get ready to delve into these thrillers and more during the new season of Booked for Murder at the Lakewood Public Library. Or if you prefer making handicrafts while having literary discussions, the Knit and Lit Book Club offers an opportunity to show off your handiwork and your opinions at the same time.
For students in sixth through twelfth grade
As part of Teen Read Week, the library is hosting three creative contests. Contest details and submission forms are available online at www.lakewoodpubliclibrary/youth/ or at the Children’s and Youth Services desk, Main Library.
BOOK TRAILER CONTEST: Aspiring filmmakers can create a video trailer of five minutes or less for your favorite teen book. Film deadline: Monday, Oct. 7, 9:00 p.m. Viewing Party and Awards: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.
COVER ART CONTEST: Paint, draw, photograph, or composite as you re-imagine the cover of your favorite teen title! All submissions will be on display in the New Book Room of the Main Library through October. Art deadline: Friday, Oct. 11, 9:00 p.m. Viewing and Awards: Thursday, Oct. 17, 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.
WRITING CONTEST: Submit your creative short story about zombies – two thousand words or less – and we’ll post it on our webpage for public voting. Submissions will be compiled into a booklet for participants to keep. Story deadline: Monday, Oct. 7, 9:00 p.m. Winners announced Friday, Oct. 18, 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.
The Learning Garden Story Time
For the whole family
Calling all summer readers! Get ready to celebrate the end of another great summer with games and goodies galore. LPL’s summer reading club, Dig Into Reading, is drawing to a close, which means it’s time for a party! Our summer readers have done a fabulous job, and now it’s time to reap their rewards. All children ages birth through fifth grade will be treated to frozen yogurt from Menchies, and cookies will also be provided for them. The games are open to all, but only those who completed 30 books or 30 hours of reading can participate in our “soak the staff” event. Bring your completed reading record for your chance to soak the staff! The party will be held on Wednesday, August 7th from 6-7:30 in the Madison Park Pavilion behind the Madison Branch at 13229 Madison Ave. This family event is free and open to the public. Call the Children and Youth Services department (216) 226-8275 ext. 140 for more information.
Comics have come a long way since the days of superheroes printed on pulp and Sunday morning newspaper strips. What was once enjoyed by a small niche audience is now a well-known and legitimate literary genre with an ever expanding readership.
Comics and Graphic Novels have rapidly increased in popularity during recent years and with good reason. The genre has expanded from its beginnings of classic superhero stories to a whole variety of subjects, such as memoirs, classics, and Japanese Manga. They’ve inspired countless movies and television series such as "Watchmen," "Batman" and "The Walking Dead" to name a few, and even well-known authors like Stephen King and James Patterson have taken a crack at adapting their work into graphic formats.
The Lakewood Public Library has nearly 4000 graphic novels currently in its collection and new additions are added every month. Some of the best Graphic Novels and Graphic Novel series to have been recently released are as follows:
LakewoodAlive Front Porch Concert Series: Bobby Ferrazza
Friday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m. on the Main Library Front Porch
Lakewood Art House Cinema
"Power of One" (1992) Directed by John G. Avildsen Rated PG-13
Even before Apartheid, South Africa was a difficult place to find justice. When a young white man whose family spoke up finds himself orphaned and imprisoned, there seems little hope for him or his country. But with the help of some wise men, including Morgan Freeman, Stephen Dorff fights the system with nothing more than his fists. Make no mistake, this film is about more than boxing.
Saturday, July 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
For the whole family
The Parents’ Choice singer/songwriter/storyteller winner shares his love for our natural world with fun and original songs you can move to.
Friday, July 26, at 3:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.
The Learning Garden Story Time
For the whole family
Make the Learning Garden a part of your family time with stories, music, and activities about vegetables, fruits, flowers, and good things to eat!
Friday, August 2, at 10:30 a.m. in the Learning Garden right behind the Madison Branch Library.
The Lakewood Arts Festival is being held on Saturday August 3rd, and with it comes the Friends of Lakewood Public Library’s Book Sale. Escape the heat for a little air conditioned shopping at the Friends’ sale. The sale will take place between 9:00 am and 5:00 p.m. in the Friends’ room in the basement of the Library.
Browse through their great selection of bestselling authors, classics, poetry, cookbooks, children’s books, gardening books, romances and more. There are also CDs for music lovers and DVDs of popular movies for sale. And for anyone still looking for videocassettes, the Friends have a great collection.
Looking for a great coffee table book and don’t want to pay $40 dollars or more? Stop by the Friends’ sale and pick one up for a dollar or two. There is something for everyone at the Friends Book sale. Even free public restrooms, which are in short supply during the Arts Festival.
Join us Friday, July 26, at 3:00 p.m. in the Library’s Multipurpose Room for some great songs, stories, and lots of fun as we clap along with Foster Brown: singer, songwriter, and storyteller. Foster Brown works musical wonders with the guitar, banjo, fiddle, dulcimer and various percussion instruments. Families will want to jump in and participate with hand motions, call-and-response, and sing-alongs. This performance is free and open to the public.
Foster Brown founded Nature Theatre in 1993. It is the stage for his original brand of edu-tainment, where he weaves storytelling within and between his songs to create a memorable mosaic of educational fun. By sharing natural and cultural history through the arts, he imparts valuable information with self-created educational characters, storytelling, folk songs and original music. He won the Parents’ Choice Recommended Award in 2004 for his recording, “Naturally,” and again in 2006 for “Songs from a Naturalist’s Notebook.”
The Revolution Brass Band Performed on July 12 as part of Front Porch Concerts held right in front of Lakewood Public Library. Many more bands will be visiting so don't miss out! Check out www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/events to learn more!
Our Zoo To You
For the whole family
July 1, 2013 was the first day our Summer Reading Club patrons could finish reading 30 books or 30 hours! Arianna Vaughn was first in the door on July 1. Her reward included a brand new book which she chose from a selection of over 600 books! Arianna chose a Fancy Nancy book by Jane O'Connor. She also received a certificate, a free game of bowling and shoe rental at Madison Square Lanes, a Taco Bell coupon, 8 ounces of Menchie's frozen yougurt, and an invitation to "A Diggin' Good Time at Madison Park" on August 7th. She is standing next to her nameplate on the front of the Children's desk at the main branch. Congratulations, Arianna!