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Meet The Author: The HeART Of Cleveland By Scott Kraynak

While working as a park ranger at the Grand Canyon National Park, Scott Kraynak was thinking about Cleveland; the tough, resilient town was the center of an underappreciated community of artists and both needed to be celebrated. Nearly 2000 miles away, "The HeART of Cleveland" was born.

Kraynak is taking a break from his day job to visit Lakewood Public Library on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 7 p.m. to discuss "The HeART of Cleveland" and the city’s dynamic art scene. Joining book editor Scott Kraynak will be featured artists John W. Carlson, Gary Dumm, Laura Dumm, Ron Hill, Leslie Edwards Humez, George Kocar, Ray McNiece, James Quarles, William Scheele and Pam Spremulli. 

The work and personal city-reflections of our special guests are showcased in The HeART of Cleveland along with 70 artists, both past and present.

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Volume 15, Issue 13, Posted 6:32 PM, 07.03.2019

Doan Brook Trio Performs “My Family Immigration Story” Concert

Doan Brook Trio is a woodwind ensemble featuring oboist Martin Neubert, clarinetist Alix Reinhardt, and bassoonist Ian Hoy. Taking its name from Doan Brook, one of the five greater bluestone brooks found in Cuyahoga County, the trio was founded in 2018 by Ian Hoy. The trio’s mission is to raise awareness of social justice issues through enriching programs which are fact-based and which have a personal connection.

The Doan Brook Trio brings a special concert entitled “My Family Immigration Story” to the Lakewood Main Library on Sunday, July 14, 2019. The inspiration for Sunday’s performance stems from Hoy’s own family immigration story. A family letter was sent to France from New York on the occasion of the inauguration of the Statue of Liberty in 1886.

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Volume 15, Issue 13, Posted 6:32 PM, 07.03.2019

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, July 4, 2019
Library Closed
Library closed in observance of Independence Day.

Friday, July 5, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. 
Front Porch Concert Series Presented by LakewoodAlive 
Main Library Front Porch 
The Front Porch Concert Series adds vibrancy and an enhanced sense of community to Lakewood’s urban core. Concerts take place on the Library’s front porch, are sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James, and are presented by LakewoodAlive. Tonight we welcome The Robin Blake Sound Experiment.

Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Film - "Gas Food Lodging" (1992)
Directed by Allison Anders
Main Library Auditorium
In the boring New Mexico town of Laramie, Nora (Brooke Adams) is a truck-stop waitress living in a trailer park where she is raising her two teenaged daughters, Trudi (Ione Skye) and Shade (Fairuza Balk). Free-spirited Trudi is the opposite of Shade, who dreams about having a normal family. The film follows all three women in their attempts at love and their struggles of living day to day. This film continues our series highlighting woman directors. 

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Volume 15, Issue 13, Posted 6:32 PM, 07.03.2019

The Comic World Of Nicholas

The Lakewood Public Library invites you to an entertaining program full of mixed-up magic with Nicholas, a graduate of the St. Ignatius Circus Club. An early interest in the world of magic led Nicholas to create a one-of-a-kind show that will be fun for all ages. You’ll be in awe as Nicholas blends magic with balloons and juggling into one show. His hilarious antics will keep you laughing, making this a performance you won’t want to miss. His award-winning act is coming to the Lakewood Public Library, so bring the whole family for a magical and amazing afternoon. This program will take place on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

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Volume 15, Issue 13, Posted 6:32 PM, 07.03.2019

Classical Dance Of India To Be Performed a At Lakewood Public Library

Bharathanatyam may be an unpronounceable word to you, but to Sujatha Srinivasan, it is her life’s work. Srinivasan is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, and teacher of Bharathanatyam in North America who began Shri Kalaa Mandir (Center for Indian Performing Arts) in 1993. The dance troupe she founded will perform as part of Lakewood Public Library’s celebration of immigrant voices going on this spring and summer.

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:55 PM, 06.19.2019

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Author Event - "We Celebrate our Mother and Father"
by Joseph Meissner
Main Library Auditorium
We Celebrate our Mother and Father relates stories about Joseph Meissner’s family from the perspectives of his, brothers, sisters and himself. Stories shared include how his father went to work in the fields at seven years old, his mother’s story of immigration from Ireland, and other anecdotes like his mother pestering them on her final day with the question, “Is the kitchen floor clean?” Books will be available for sale and signing at this event.

Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Booked for Murder Book Club
Main Library Meeting Room
If you share a passion for mystery, join the group each month to discuss your favorites and selections made by group members. Tonight we will discuss "The Woman in Cabin 10: A Novel" by Ruth Ware.


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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:55 PM, 06.19.2019

Live Animals At Lakewood Public Library

Jungle Terry is a busy man. He has over one hundred animals requiring care, attention, and twice daily feedings. Despite his full schedule, he seems barely able to contain his energy and enthusiasm for his work as an animal trainer, naturalist, educator, and entertainer.

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:55 PM, 06.19.2019

Meet The Author Of "We Celebrate Our Mother And Father"

There is a lot to be learned from an ordinary life, particularly one that has survived more than a century of the stuff. In "We Celebrate our Mother and Father," author Joseph Meissner describes the ordinary lives of his parents, which turn out to have had an extraordinary effect on the lives of their children. Meissner will visit Lakewood Public Library on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. to share.

Co-authored with his four siblings, this collection of letters, emails, photos and “I Remembers” feels like pulling up a chair to the Meissners’ kitchen table. The stories of their seven-year-old father having to drop out of school to work in the fields or their mother’s immigration from Ireland are realistic pictures of our collective past, making "We Celebrate our Mother and Father" both a personal record and a history of Ohio, describing life in the Buckeye State during the last century.

Most of all, the book is a labor of love, a parting gift to beloved parents, reminding us on every page how an ordinary life can affect generations. This Meet the Author event takes place in the Main Lower Level Auditorium. Books will be available for sale and signing.

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 6:03 PM, 06.05.2019

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
Forum – Wastewater and the West Side: What are the Issues?
Main Library Auditorium
Tens of billions of gallons of wastewater are processed every year through Cleveland’s three water treatment plants. Northeast Ohio’s geographical proximity to Lake Erie keeps conservation at the forefront of community concern and planning initiatives. Join the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland to hear from area experts on the process and issues surrounding wastewater treatment on the West Side. Panelists will be Frank Greenland, NEORSD Director of Watershed Programs, Janine Rybka, Director of Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District, and Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers. Professor Howard E. Katz will moderate the discussion.

 

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 6:03 PM, 06.05.2019

Citizenship Workshops At Lakewood Public Library

The United States naturalization process can be overwhelming. Are you ready to become a U.S. citizen? Do you need help navigating the paperwork involved? Would you like more information on how to study for the English and civics tests? Learn how to get started in the naturalization process with the assistance of Tri-C Aspire.

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 6:03 PM, 06.05.2019

Gentleman Joe Variety Show

Come one, come all! Bring your family to the Lakewood Public Library to enjoy the Gentleman Joe Variety Show. This versatile performer is a veteran of the Ringling Brothers Circus. Get ready for eye-popping balancing stunts, juggling, musical entertainment and more. All ages will be delighted with this captivating show that combines humor, clowning and magic. Prepare to laugh and get ready to be amazed! It will be an afternoon to remember—one that will live in your child’s memory for years to come. This event will take place on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room, which is located in Children’s and Youth Services. The show is free and open to the public and no registration is required.

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 6:03 PM, 06.05.2019

Immigration Legislation In The United States

Magistrate Barbara Greenberg returns to the Main Library for another of her informative series; this time, she will be discussing immigration. Since the inception of US history, immigration has been a hotly debated issue. Discover the cases which shaped U.S. immigration legislation in a four-part series led by Magistrate Greenberg.

During this four-week series, participants will learn about and then discuss the cases, laws, and public policy which made immigration legislation what it is today. Magistrate Greenberg, a dynamic and articulate speaker, will present the case law and legislation and will then open up the room for debate and discussion. The first class takes place on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room. Subsequent classes will be held in the Main Library Multipurpose Room at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, Tuesday, June 18, 2019, and Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.22.2019

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Author Event - "Cleveland Then and Now"
by Laura DeMarco
Main Library Auditorium

"Cleveland Then and Now" matches rare archive images with specially-commissioned contemporary color photos of the same scenes to reveal the past and present of Cleveland. It concentrates on landmarks that have stayed intact and adapted to survive. Tradition amid change is the story of Cleveland, then and now. Laura DeMarco is an arts and culture reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Books will be available for sale and signing at this event.

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.22.2019

Treasures In The Cuyahoga County Archives

If you have ever wondered what kind of historical information can be found at the Cuyahoga County Archives, now is your chance to learn from Northeast Ohio’s expert on the subject. Judith G. Cetina, PhD, who has an incredible 42 years of experience at the archives, will be visiting Lakewood Public Library on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss what can be discovered in the collection.

The Cuyahoga County Archives was created in 1975 to save important records: estate files, birth and death certificates, naturalization records, plat books, tax records and marriage certificates. Up to that point, these valuable documents were vulnerable to decay and loss from being stored with inconsistent standards in different buildings around the Greater Cleveland area. 

In 1977, two years after its founding, Dr. Cetina began her career at the archives where she saw the scattered pieces of the collection come together and eventually find a safe place at the Rhodes House on Franklin Avenue in 1985, the same year she became the new director. Great efforts were made to organize, record, preserve and make these valuable documents available to the public. In 2018 the archives were moved once again to their new home at 3951 Perkins Ave. 

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.22.2019

Tradition Amid Change: The Story Of Cleveland

As a hometown, Cleveland holds a special place in residents’ hearts. They love to talk about the city’s history and their own memories of it. Author Laura DeMarco tapped into that nostalgia with her first book, “Lost Cleveland,” in 2017. Now she’s back with “Cleveland Then and Now,” which matches historic images of Cleveland landmarks with contemporary color photos of the same scenes.

You can meet DeMarco on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium to see and hear images and stories of historic and contemporary Cleveland.

Located in a prime location for industrial success, Cleveland prospered in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with both great wealth and the inevitable pollution and poverty that follow industrialization. By the early 1900s, the prosperity generated from the steel mills, factories and railroads resulted in a number of substantial civic and commercial buildings, monuments, bridges and mansions. By the 1920s, Cleveland was America’s fifth largest city, with almost a million people. When the city started to falter in the 1960s, buildings were left to molder and people began to leave. Many of the city’s landmarks remained.

“Cleveland Then and Now” explores those landmarks with 150 photos on 144 pages. DeMarco describes each scene, detailing the history and development of each landmark over time. She worked with photographer Karl Mondon, who examined the historical photographs and attempted to recreate the same scene, from the same angle and time of day. Each pair of photos reveals fascinating differences or similarities.

 

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.22.2019

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Kidical Mass Bike Ride and Story Time

For the Whole Family

The Lakewood Public Library, Bike Lakewood and Beat Cycles invites the whole family to enjoy a fun morning bicycle ride around the neighborhood. The event includes bicycle safety instruction, a story time, an art project and a refreshment to end the event. No registration is required.

Sunday, May 26, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Madison Park Bike Racks.

 

 

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.22.2019

Summer Reading Is For All Ages At Lakewood Public Library

Dream big and explore the universe with this year’s summer reading theme, “A Universe of Stories.” Starting this year, summer reading is for all ages at Lakewood Public Library. From Monday, May 13 to Monday, August 5, children and adults can read their way through the universe at the Library. 

For youth, it’s 3... 2... 1... Lift off! Journey to either the Main Library or Madison Branch libraries to sign up for Summer Reading Club! Participants ages birth through twelfth grade will gather stamps and prizes as they go, and a special reward awaits those who complete thirty hours, thirty books, or thirty chapters of reading by Monday, August 5. The fun doesn’t end there, either. Arts and crafts abound! Any child with a parent or caregiver can stop by Monday through Thursday, June 10 through July 25, anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and pick up a space-themed craft to do together. Our craft changes each week!

While finishing your reading record is quite an accomplishment, we’ve got an encore you won’t want to miss! Children and their families can attend the Summer Reading Club Party at Madison Park on Wednesday, August 7, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Fun, games, and prizes await! Teens will have their own party on Friday, August 6, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Main Library. To register for summer reading, stop by the Main Library or Madison Branch Summer Reading Club Desk starting May 13.

 

 

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Volume 15, Issue 9, Posted 8:01 PM, 05.08.2019

Strokes Of Genius Ends With Art Show

The 2019 spring session of Strokes of Genius at the Lakewood Public Library recently came to a close 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 in the style of that artist. Artwork created by Paul Cezanne, Georges Seurat, Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Michelangelo, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Andy Warhol provided the inspiration for the students’ creative efforts. Oil pastels, watercolor paints, clay, tempera, and markers were some of the art mediums used. At the conclusion of the Art Show each participant took home a certificate and their creative work.

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Volume 15, Issue 9, Posted 8:01 PM, 05.08.2019

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Art Connection

For students in kindergarten through fifth grade

Unleash your imagination and creativity through thoughtful art activities. Students will express their view of the world by creating their own unique piece of art to take home. Registration required.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.

 

Tail Waggin’ Tutors

For school-age children

Bone up on your reading skills by reading to a dog. Drop in for a one-to-one session with one of our dogs and owners that have been certified through Therapy Dogs International.

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

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Volume 15, Issue 9, Posted 8:01 PM, 05.08.2019

Prelude To Summer Book Sale

Victor Hugo once said, “A library implies an act of faith.”

The resilience of modern Libraries and how we move forward in this technological age will discern the level of our active investment in the future.

It promises that the responsibility and development of the collection, as well as the distribution of knowledge, will lie securely in the hands of those who would protect and cherish it.

At Lakewood Public Library we take the future very seriously, which is why we are so proud and invested in the programming that we provide.

Recently we have been given a fantastic opportunity to host a display in the Main Library building, up in the second-floor gallery, under the name Traveling Stanzas.

This amazing exhibit features beautifully raw immigrant poetry and also facilitates an opportunity to create your own poems using blackout poetry with some state of the art equipment.

 

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Volume 15, Issue 9, Posted 8:01 PM, 05.08.2019

LPL Calendar of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Non-Fiction Book Club
Main Library Meeting Room
Come and join the conversation with our newest book club. There are sure to be serious and thought-provoking discussions about many subjects inspired by these non-fiction works. Tonight we will discuss "So You Want to Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo.

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Film - "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962) Directed by John Frankenheimer
Presented by Terry Meehan 
Main Library Auditorium
During the Korean War, a U.S. platoon is captured and taken to a mysterious location in Communist China. Somehow the men make it back to U.S. lines, and the platoon leader, Captain Marco (Frank Sinatra), declares Sergeant Shaw (Laurence Harvey) a war hero, but something is not quite right. Terry Meehan continues his series Cold War Chronicles, introducing each film with an original video, followed by audience reaction and a lively discussion.

Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Adam Miller Folk Music ─The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie: American Balladeer
Main Library Auditorium
In his short life, Woody Guthrie wrote over 1,000 American songs – and he didn’t use an original melody for any of them! Folksinger, storyteller and autoharp virtuoso, Adam Miller, will perform an outstanding tribute, The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie: American Balladeer. It is the story of the man who wrote, “This Land is Your Land,” one of the most widespread English language folksongs. Miller has performed this program across the United States.


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Volume 15, Issue 9, Posted 8:01 PM, 05.08.2019

Nora The Explorer Animal Encounters

Bring the whole family to the Lakewood Public Library when animal educator Nora the Explorer brings her collection of creatures. From creepy and crawly to soft and fluffy, her collection includes a parrot, rabbit, chinchilla, bugs, snakes, lizards and more. Nora the Explorer Animal Encounters will take place in the Multipurpose Room on the first floor of the Main Library in the Children’s and Youth Services area on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

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Volume 15, Issue 8, Posted 12:14 PM, 04.17.2019

You’ve Written A Book…Now What?

Local author Amanda Uhl writes a blog which sometimes gives aspiring writers advice on the writing and publishing process. So what is her secret for finishing a book when faced with writer’s block? Keep writing.

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Volume 15, Issue 8, Posted 12:14 PM, 04.17.2019

Traveling Stanzas: Immigrant Voices Poetry Contest Deadline Extended

The submission deadline for the Immigrant Voices Poetry Contest has been extended to April 22, 2019 at 9:00 p.m. To submit a poem, visit the Traveling Stanzas Exhibit located in the Main Library Second Floor Gallery and use the theme, Immigrant Voices, to compose your work. Poems will be judged by local poets. The winners and two runners up for each age group will be selected from the following age groups: Kindergarten through eighth grade, ninth through twelve grade and over eighteen years of age. The contest will culminate with a poetry reading by the winners. Submissions will be accepted at any Library service desk at the Main Library or Madison Branch and via email to events@lakewoodpubliclibrary.org. Please include your name, contact information and age group.

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Volume 15, Issue 8, Posted 12:14 PM, 04.17.2019

WordStage Performs "Give Me Your Tired": Expressions of Immigration

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” are the words of Emma Lazarus. Her poem, “The New Colossus,” has found a permanent place at the base of the Statue of Liberty and in the hearts of people the world over who hope in its promise.

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Volume 15, Issue 8, Posted 12:14 PM, 04.17.2019

LPL Calendar of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday April 18, 2019
Booked for Murder Book Club
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Meeting Room 

If you share a passion for mystery, join the group each month to discuss your favorites and selections made by group members. Tonight we will discuss "Morality Play: A Novel" by Barry Unsworth.

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Volume 15, Issue 8, Posted 12:14 PM, 04.17.2019

Hire Local Lakewood

Job hunting has never been easy. “Pounding the pavement” to look for a job isn’t fun, but some human contact is usually guaranteed. While internet job sites and electronic applications seem to streamline the process, in reality they have only increased barriers to employment for some applicants. However, help is available.

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Volume 15, Issue 7, Posted 7:53 AM, 04.03.2019

Meet the Author: Bad Boys, Bad Times: The Cleveland Indians And Baseball In The Prewar Years

If you know what a golden sombrero, a worm burner and a meatball have in common, you must be an honest-to-goodness fan of baseball. Scott H. Longert understands. The author is visiting Lakewood Public Library on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the game as it was played by the Cleveland Indians in the years leading up to World War II as outlined in his new book, "Bad Boys, Bad Times: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Prewar Years, 1937-1941."

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Volume 15, Issue 7, Posted 7:53 AM, 04.03.2019

Magic With Neil And Company

Come enjoy a delightful magic show as Neil and Company perform their stage magic tricks and illusions. Magician Neil Rozum has won first place in numerous competitions, including the Columbus Magi-Fest. He has worked with David Copperfield to promote the occupational therapy program called Project Magic. His entertaining program of comedy magic will keep you laughing while amazing you with a trunk of unbelievable feats!

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Volume 15, Issue 6, Posted 1:00 PM, 03.20.2019

Is Wright Still Relevant?

Sixty years after his death in 1959, Frank Lloyd Wright remains one of America’s most revered architects. His career spanned seven decades and included iconic public buildings, as well as modest domestic dwellings.

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Volume 15, Issue 6, Posted 1:00 PM, 03.20.2019

The Cleveland Opera Brings "Susanna’s Secret" To The Library

"Il segreto di Susanna" ("Susanna’s Secret") is an intermezzo in one act composed by the Italian composer Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari. The opera had its premiere at Munich’s Hoftheater on December 4, 1909. The Cleveland Opera’s performance of "Susanna’s Secret" will be staged and costumed in art deco style to celebrate Cleveland’s Golden Era.

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Volume 15, Issue 6, Posted 1:00 PM, 03.20.2019

LPL Calendar of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Booked for Murder Book Club

If you share a passion for mystery, join the group each month to discuss your favorites and selections made by group members. Tonight we will discuss "Nutshell: A Novel" by Ian McEwan.
Main Library Meeting Room  

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Volume 15, Issue 6, Posted 1:00 PM, 03.20.2019

Traveling Stanzas: Immigrant Voices Poetry Exhibit Workshops With Leanne Hoppe

Poetry helps us understand ourselves and others in a way nothing else can. It filters out what doesn’t matter and intensifies what does, distilling our collective life experiences into verse. With that in mind, Lakewood Public Library and the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University present "Traveling Stanzas: Immigrant Voices," an interactive exhibit where inspiration flows in a special space that allows you to create your own poetry and enjoy the poetry of others in our community with the use of creative writing tools, activities and technology.

The display is open to visitors from March 1, 2019 through April 30, 2019 to explore independently, but on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., Leanne Hoppe, local teacher, editor and translator, will lead the first in a series of workshops to explore the different aspects of the exhibit. The display can be found on the Main Library Second Floor Gallery. The Madison branch will have a small interactive component of the exhibit as well.

Leanne Hoppe will return for another workshop specifically designed for individuals 18 and under on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

 

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Volume 15, Issue 5, Posted 12:58 PM, 03.05.2019

Women In History Presents Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells was a woman ahead of her time. Born a slave in 1862, Wells went on to become a journalist, civil rights activist, public speaker and educator. She was arrested in Tennessee in 1884 after refusing to give up her first-class train seat. She also ran for state senate in 1930, only a year before her death.

You can learn more about this civil rights pioneer on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium when Women in History presents the life of Ida B. Wells-Barnett in a portrayal by Sherrie Tolliver.

Wells began her anti-lynching campaign in 1892 when three black store owners in Memphis were lynched after defending themselves against an attack by a white mob angry over the success of the store. Wells’ outrage grew into a series of articles in black-owned newspapers, a trip around the South to gather information and the publication of an in-depth report on lynching in America for the New York Age. For her efforts, white citizens in Memphis destroyed her newspaper office and threated to kill her if she returned from New York. She became Ida B. Wells-Barnett in 1895 after marrying Ferdinand Barnett, with whom she had four children. Wells-Barnett went on to establish several civil rights organizations and was present at the meeting which founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The Library performance will feature Sherrie Tolliver, dressed in period costume, delivering a monologue as Ida B. Wells-Barnett, followed by a question and answer session. Founded in 1991, Women in History does extensive character research and uses authentic vintage clothing when possible. Even hairdos are styled by a specialist in historic hair design.

Join Tolliver on March 10, 2019 at this Sunday with the Friends performance to learn more about the remarkable life of Ida B. Wells-Barnett.

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Volume 15, Issue 5, Posted 12:58 PM, 03.05.2019

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Spring Book Sale Preview

Friends of Lakewood Public Library host a Members Only Preview Sale. Join at the door for as little as $3.00.
Main Library Friends’ Book Sale Area

Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Author Event - "100 Things to See in the Night Sky:
 From Planets and Satellites to Meteors and Constellations, Your Guide to Stargazing"
by Dean Regas

Rocket through space and sail among billions of stars and galaxies as author Dean Regas guides you through the universe. Utilizing amazing simulation software, you’ll stop at the Moon and individual planets. Dean Regas has been the Astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory since 2000 and is the co-host of Star Gazers, a backyard astronomy program airing on PBS stations around the world. Books will be available for sale and signing at this event.
Main Library Auditorium 

Friday, March 8, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
Traveling Stanzas: Immigrant Voices Opening Gala
Featuring: David Hassler, Director Wick Poetry Center; Katie Daley, Teaching Artist Wick Poetry Center

We invite you to celebrate the opening of Traveling Stanzas: Immigrant Voices. David Hassler will speak about the history and impact of the Traveling Stanzas exhibits, and Katie Daley will speak about leading workshops in our community to create poetry featured in our exhibit. The poetry created in these workshops is directly reflected in this public display. There will also be a performance by the Global Connections, and a poetry reading. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. Opening remarks begin at 7:00 p.m.
Main Library Grand Reading Room

Spring Book Sale
Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friends of Lakewood Public Library host the Spring Book Sale.
Main Library Friends’ Book Sale Area 

 

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Volume 15, Issue 5, Posted 12:58 PM, 03.05.2019

Children/Youth Events

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library
for 3/6-3/20

Stories About Kenya! Meet Local Author, Daniel J. Cleary

For students in kindergarten through fifth Grade. 

Daniel J. Cleary has traveled extensively in Kenya and will read two of his titles and compare and contrast children's lives in Kenya to children's lives in the United States. This will be followed by a craft; make your own rain stick to take home with you. Registration is required.

 

Friday, March 8, 2019, 4:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

Happy Chinese

For students in first through sixth Grade. 

Learn about Chinese characters, expressions and culture in this seven-week interactive program. Registration required.

Tuesdays, March 6- April 17, 2019, 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

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Volume 15, Issue 5, Posted 12:58 PM, 03.05.2019

Social Justice Story Time And Scavenger Hunt

Children begin to categorize people based on race, gender and social status at a very young age to make sense of the world around them. Parents may not feel comfortable talking to their child about social justice in public situations or know where to start. Reading books about tolerance and diversity is a perfect way to start this conversation. Social Justice Storytime is a 45 minute program that features age-appropriate books with a social justice theme and includes a discussion time and related craft. This program will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose room. This a drop-ion program for all ages, so no registration is required.

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Volume 15, Issue 4, Posted 2:41 PM, 02.19.2019

Spring Art Programs

Spring inches ever closer, which means there is a bouquet of art programs at the Lakewood Public Library for students to choose from. Take a break and come on down to the Lakewood Public Library for some creative inspiration.

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Volume 15, Issue 4, Posted 2:41 PM, 02.19.2019

Library Partners With Wick Poetry Center To Present "Traveling Stanzas: Immigrant Voices"

Lakewood Public Library will be hosting the exhibit "Traveling Stanzas: Immigrant Voices," in partnership with the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University, and generously sponsored by the Friends of the Lakewood Public Library. Traveling Stanzas: Immigrant Voices acknowledges the unique experiences of immigrants in our community using an interactive exhibit that includes creative writing tools and activities, and engages a dialogue through the intimate and inclusive voice of poetry. The exhibit is open to visitors from March 1 through April 30, 2019 in the Main Library Second Floor Gallery, with supporting programs throughout the spring and summer. Madison Branch will have a smaller scale interactive component as well.

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Volume 15, Issue 4, Posted 2:41 PM, 02.19.2019

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Presentation: Person-first Language and Disability Legislation
Presentation by Disability Rights Ohio

Since the landmark signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, certain rights for people with disabilities have been protected by law. Three decades later, the struggle for equality is ongoing. A representative from Disability Rights Ohio will share the latest developments in legislation and its impact on everyday living for people with disabilities.
Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 15, Issue 4, Posted 2:41 PM, 02.19.2019

Friends Of Lakewood Library Spring Book Sale

All winter long, the Friends of Lakewood Library have been moving, sorting, stacking and organizing thousands of donations to prepare for the Friends of Lakewood Library Spring Book Sale on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Volume 15, Issue 4, Posted 2:41 PM, 02.19.2019

Heart Art

The “Inspire Your Heart with Art” program, recently held at the Lakewood Public Library, brought a group of children together to listen to a story, write a poem, and complete two different heart art projects. Here they are shown proudly displaying an art project where flowers were created from paper cupcake liners.

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Volume 15, Issue 4, Posted 2:41 PM, 02.19.2019

Immigrant Voices

Immigrant Voices Story Time: What is an immigrant? An Immigrant is a person who moves to a country from somewhere else. The great thing about our country is that it is made up mostly of immigrants. Some came here from a few generations ago, while others are just arriving. Because reading books about immigration is a perfect way to learn about new Americans, we’re going to read stories about different types of immigrant experiences. This forty five minute story time features age-appropriate books with an immigration theme and includes a related craft. This drop-in program for all ages will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose room. No registration is required.

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Volume 15, Issue 4, Posted 2:41 PM, 02.19.2019

Sharing The Dream

These beautiful handmade cards were crafted by students attending a program at the Lakewood Public Library on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. After stories and a song celebrating King’s life and legacy, the participants had fun making a greeting card to warm the hearts of nursing home residents. The cards will be distributed to folks living in a local facility. Each child took home a booklet about the life of Dr. King to cut and color, a song sheet, and a bookmark.

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Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 02.05.2019

Mr. Alex's Magic Show

Abracadebra! Hocus pocus! Alakazam! Witness an amazing display of tricks and illusions and be dazzled by this performance when Lakewood Public Library presents Mr. Alex’s Magic Show. Children and their families are invited to join in the magical fun as Mr. Alex executes fascinating tricks and amazing illusions. Classic magic fills this child friendly presentation that will be a delight for all ages. These mystical maneuvers will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room, which is located in Children’s and Youth Services. This show is free and open to the public and no registration is required. For details about other youth programs at the Lakewood Public Library, please call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140 or visit www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/youth.

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Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 02.05.2019

Great Lakes Theater presents "Treasure Island" At Lakewood Public Library

Picture a pirate. Does he have a peg leg, a tricorn hat, a saber at his side and a parrot on his shoulder? You’ve just conjured Long John Silver, the pirate from Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1883 classic, “Treasure Island.” Stevenson gave us this indelible image, as well as an enduring adventure story. Now the Great Lakes Theater is bringing its version of “Treasure Island” to Lakewood Public Library.

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Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 02.05.2019

LPL Calendar Of Events Complied by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, February 7, 2019
Author Event - "The Super Ladies: A Novel"
by Susan Petrone

Three middle-aged Cleveland women face conventional problems: sending a child to college, dealing with a stale marriage. But changes are coming. Margie, Katherine, and Abra are feeling a new power inside of them – literally. Of all the things they thought they’d contend with as they got older, not one of them considered they'd be becoming superheroes. At once a delightful and surprising adventure and a thoughtful examination of a woman's changing role through life's passages, "The Super Ladies" is larger-than-life fiction at its very best.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 02.05.2019

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Sew Your Own Library Tote
For anyone age 8 and up

Create your own unique and stylish tote bag in this hands-on, no experience necessary craft program. Registration required.

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Main Library Homework Room.

Family Music and More Presents: Mr. Alex’s Magic Show

Witness an amazing display of tricks and illusions and be dazzled by this performance. No registration required.

Saturday, February 16, 2019, 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

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Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 02.05.2019

Cleveland Author On Growing Up In A Lesbian Home

Lara Lillibridge had an unusual upbringing. Raised by her lesbian mother and stepmother and periodically sent to Alaska to visit her father, an unrepentant womanizer who believed in “free love,” she was plagued by doubts and insecurities about her place in the world. So she wrote a memoir, laying bare both the positive and negative of her past.

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Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 3:50 PM, 01.22.2019

Dancing In The Chinese New Year With The Ying Tang Dance Company

The 2019 Chinese New Year arrives Tuesday, February 5 and Lakewood Public Library is celebrating early with the Yin Tang Dance Company on Sunday, February 3, 2019. The talented group will welcome the Year of the Pig by presenting a series of traditional and fusion Chinese dances as part of our Sunday with the Friends programming. The entertainment begins at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Lower Level Auditorium.

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Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 3:50 PM, 01.22.2019

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, January 24, 2019
Great Decisions in the Library - U.S. Global Engagement and the Military
Led by Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler

The global power balance is rapidly evolving, leaving the United States at a turning point with respect to its level of engagement and the role of its military. Some argue for an “America First” paradigm, while others call for a more assertive position overseas. After a brief video, Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler will lead a discussion and help to answer some of the complex questions surrounding military intervention.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room

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Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 3:50 PM, 01.22.2019