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Sufi Music Ensemble

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 21, Posted 8:53 PM, 10.15.2013

Teen Read Week Events At LPL

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!

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Volume 9, Issue 20, Posted 8:12 PM, 10.03.2013

Homework ER

For students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

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Sho-jo-ji Japanese Dancers

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 20, Posted 8:12 PM, 10.03.2013

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 20, Posted 8:12 PM, 10.03.2013

The Friends Of Lakewood Public Library Fall Book Sale: A Proud Lakewood Tradition

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 20, Posted 8:12 PM, 10.03.2013

Lakewood Public Library Events

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

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Volume 9, Issue 19, Posted 8:12 PM, 10.03.2013

Henna Tattoos Are Back

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!

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Volume 9, Issue 19, Posted 11:41 AM, 09.20.2013

Lakewood Public Library Annual Spelling Bee

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 19, Posted 11:41 AM, 09.20.2013

Do You Believe In Magic?

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 19, Posted 11:41 AM, 09.20.2013

Stuffed Animal Friend Sleepover

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 1:37 PM, 09.05.2013

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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.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 1:37 PM, 09.05.2013

InCREASE Your Skills

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 1:37 PM, 09.05.2013

Muslim Journeys: Children’s And Youth Edition

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:

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 1:37 PM, 09.05.2013

Escape! A Civil War Role-Play Event

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!

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 1:37 PM, 09.05.2013

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 1:37 PM, 09.05.2013

Library Book Clubs Begin New Season in September

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 11:29 AM, 08.21.2013

Teen Writers, Filmmakers, And Artists wWanted

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 11:29 AM, 08.21.2013

Dig Into Reading Party At Madison Park

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 15, Posted 10:38 PM, 07.24.2013

Graphic Novels: An Engaging Mix Of Story And Image

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:

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Events at Lakewood Public Library

July 26

LakewoodAlive Front Porch Concert Series: Bobby Ferrazza

Friday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m. on the Main Library Front Porch

July 27

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

 

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Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Foster Brown
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.

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Volume 9, Issue 15, Posted 10:38 PM, 07.24.2013

The Friends Of The Library's Arts Festival Book Sale Is Coming!

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 15, Posted 10:38 PM, 07.24.2013

Foster Brown Sing-Along

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.”

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Volume 9, Issue 15, Posted 10:38 PM, 07.24.2013

Celebrating Music: Lakewood Front Porch Concerts

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!

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Volume 9, Issue 15, Posted 10:38 PM, 07.24.2013

The Lakewood Library's First Summer Reading Club Finisher of 2013

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!

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 8:59 AM, 07.10.2013

Our Zoo To You! Live Animal Show At LPL

Bryan and Terri Wise each loved animals before they married and now currently have 30 animals that have been rescued or re-homed. Get ready to get wild with rabbits, spiders, hedgehogs, snakes, macaws, sugar gliders, chinchillas, foxes and more! Meet, learn about, and even pet many of the animals. Cameras are welcome.

This Special Friday Performance will be held on July 12th in the Multipurpose room of the Main Library. The show will begin at 3:00 p.m. and will last up to an hour. There is no registration; the show is open to the public. And, of course, you can’t beat the price, it’s free!

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 8:59 AM, 07.10.2013

Booked for Murder

Have you always wanted to be in a book club but didn’t know how to start or join one? Lakewood Public Library’s got you covered.

Each month, readers meet to discuss a mystery title in the Booked for Murder club that gathers in the Main Library Meeting Room. There’s no need to register; all are welcome to attend. This friendly group meets on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. A Lakewood librarian chooses the mysteries based on the preferences of loyal book club members and supplies a list of questions and discussion topics for the meetings. Titles are usually a little out of the mainstream so that the books will be fresh for readers. The date of the next meeting and the book to be discussed can be found at www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/events/bookedformurder.htm. Clicking on the book title will link you to the library catalog, where you can check the availability of the book.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 8:59 AM, 07.10.2013

Wallace Coleman's Living Blues At Lakewood Public Library: A Free Concert!

Like a million other Americans in the 1950’s, Wallace Coleman left his southern home and headed north looking for work. But he didn’t leave the state of Tennessee without a deep and abiding love for the blues, thanks to a radio his mother had given him as a child. He also had a rare talent for playing the blues harp, and it didn’t come from taking music lessons once a week in a dusty parlor. It came from somewhere inside.

Coleman is packing up his harmonica, along with a lifetime of blues experience, and heading for Lakewood Public Library on Sunday, July 21 at 2:00 p.m. for another great concert. As always, this Sunday with the Friends event is free and everyone is welcome! It will be held in the Main Library Auditorium at 15425 Detroit Avenue.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 8:59 AM, 07.10.2013

Events At Lakewood Public Library

June 30           

Sunday with the Friends: Brian Henke: Nimble Fingerstyle

The lion sits alone onstage, playing his acoustic guitar with a quiet intensity that can mislead those who aren't really listening. But if you're there with him, he can conjure thunderstorms as easily as he can paint a rainbow. Flocks of birds soar overhead while ants build cities at your feet. You are a child again and the wonders of nature are yours.

Sunday, June 30 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

July 4

Holiday: Independence Day – Closed

July 5

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Volume 9, Issue 13, Posted 11:03 PM, 06.26.2013

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Music to Go with Miss Misty
For the whole family

Get ready to jump, wiggle and dance with sing-along music. Miss Misty’s got the beat!

Friday, June 28, at 3:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

Afternoon at the Movies
For the whole family

Beat the summer heat by taking in a movie on our big screen. All movies are free and open to the public. Movies are shown in the Main Library Auditorium.

Tuesday, July 2, at 1:00 p.m.: "The Secret World of Arrietty"

Tuesday, July 9, at 1:00 p.m.: "Madagascar III"

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Volume 9, Issue 13, Posted 11:03 PM, 06.26.2013

Love Your Library? Then You're Invited!

For nearly a hundred years, Lakewood residents have enriched their lives with the many educational and cultural benefits of the Lakewood Public Library. Thousands of books, millions of songs, movies, magazines, concerts, lectures and forums crowd the Main Library and the Madison Branch. To ensure that the community retains robust access to these riches—even as the nature of its resources continue to change and grow—the Lakewood Public Library Foundation was formed.

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Volume 9, Issue 13, Posted 11:03 PM, 06.26.2013

Who's That Librarian? Philly!

Name: Philistine B. Ayad

Position/Department: Paraprofessional/Children and Youth Services (CYS)

Birthplace: Cleveland, OH

Tell us something interesting about yourself: I cannot swim. I also lived in Jerusalem for five years.

How long have you worked at LPL? Since October of 2011.

What's your favorite spot in the Library? My favorite spot in the Library is a tie between the Librainium and the Toddler Story Room. I love how the Librainium engages the imagination, offers entertainment, and allows children to learn without realizing it. The Toddler Story room is also a favorite because of the gorgeous story-themed paintings.

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Volume 9, Issue 13, Posted 11:03 PM, 06.26.2013

Summoning The Divine In Nature: Brian Henke’s Guitar

Known as the guru of finger style guitar, Brian Henke is a self-taught guitarist, composer, and a graduate of Lakewood High School. Henke finds inspiration mainly from nature, but also from his own human reaction to the divine in everything around and within us. Henke brings his unique acoustic guitar style to Lakewood Public Library on Sunday, June 30 at 2:00 p.m. in Lakewood Public Library’s Main Auditorium. But before he does, he sits down to answer some questions about himself and his work.

When did you first realize that the guitar was the instrument for you?

I received my first real guitar, a Harmony Stella, on the evening of my 13th birthday. It was like the heavens opened up and all the angels were singing.

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Volume 9, Issue 13, Posted 11:03 PM, 06.26.2013

Special Friday Performance: Music To Go With Miss Misty

Get ready to jump, wiggle, and dance all around with sing-along music when Miss Misty performs at the Lakewood Public Library. Miss Misty will engage the audience with her beautiful voice as she sings and plays the guitar. This performer knows how to entertain! Having earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Ohio University, Misty Drotleff uses the power of music with children to encourage early literacy. She has been doing children’s musical performances for the past eleven years at several west side libraries and for several community events and programs. Misty states, “My main goal for performances is to keep the children engaged with high energy songs that foster movement, singing along and, of course, general silliness.” For this specific program at Lakewood, she is planning on performing circle and movement songs, many classic children’s songs with a twist, and a few cover songs from popular children’s artists.

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Volume 9, Issue 13, Posted 11:03 PM, 06.26.2013

The Friends Summer Book Sale Is Just In Time

Summer is finally here! Time to hit the beach and soak up some rays… But wait. You don’t want to take that Library book to the beach do you? What if it gets wet? Or gets ice cream all over it? Or starts to smell like cocoa butter?

Once again, the Friends of Lakewood Public Library are saving the day. The volunteer group that supports so many wonderful things at Lakewood Public Library will be hosting their Summer $3.00 Bag of Books Sale on Saturday, June 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the basement of the Main Library. That’s right! You can purchase a whole bag of romances, mysteries, thrillers and more for just three dollars—and nothing is stopping you from buying more than one bag. The best part is that, once you finish up that inexpensive Grisham, you can make room in your beach tote by tossing it to a pelican or other large seabird—or donate it back to the Friends. The good times never have to stop.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 11:51 AM, 06.13.2013

Events At Lakewood Public Library

June 13

Friend’s Preview Book Sale

Thursday, June 13 6p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Lakewood Public Library Friends Book Sale Room

June 13

BOOKED FOR MURDER: Queens of Crime

"The Crime at Black Dudley" by Margery Allingham
The greatest collection of crime-solving, lady detectives from yesterday and today will keep you up late, turning the pages. Unburden yourself once a month and share your sleepless ponderings with this friendly, law-abiding group of mystery lovers. Visit www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/bookclubs for more clues and full book descriptions. 

Thursday, June 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Meeting Room

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Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Jungle Safari Puppet Show
For the whole family

Enjoy puppets, storytelling and humorous antics with a touch of magic. Free and open to the public.

Friday, June 14, 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, June 14, at 10:30 a.m. in the Learning Garden right behind the Madison Branch Library.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 11:51 AM, 06.13.2013

Calling All Eagles, Arrows And Rangers! The LPL Yearbook Collection Needs Your Help!

A small, happy crowd can often be found gathered around the Library’s Lakewood High School yearbook collection. And now, for the first time ever, we want to expand the collection to include St. Edward High School, St. Augustine Academy and any other Lakewood yearbooks from your glory days. But we need your help! We are asking for your donations to add to a collection that has become a treasure here at Lakewood Public Library.

Our yearbooks confirm what we know. Times have changed. Consider our first Lakewood High School yearbook from 1903. The eight graduating students are honored with elegant photographs and personal descriptions like the one describing the lovely Stella Colahan, who was by all accounts, “a quiet, unassuming maiden.” Yes, times have changed.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 11:51 AM, 06.13.2013

Jungle Safari Show With Katie Bee And Roger Dodger

The summer solstice begins on June 21st this year, but as every parent with school age children knows summer is truly determined by the last day of school. So what are doing to entertain your children this summer? Amid the plans for swim lessons, day camp and trips to Grandma’s, why not make it a point to visit the library? Take us up on our offer of free entertainment and fun. In our line-up of crafts, movies, and registered programs we are also providing live entertainment for the whole family. Our Special Friday Performance series begins this month on the 14th with the Katie Bee and Roger Dodger Jungle Safari Show.

Kathy and Roger Divella will be performing as Katie Bee and Roger Dodger to help us use our imaginations to travel on a jungle safari. On our trip we will meet a few jungle animals. There is Vern a wild and wacky bird. Orie; a very ornery, but adorable orangutan. And last but not least, Peanut, the effervescent elephant. Katie Bee does an excellent job as the puppeteer, while Roger Dodger handles the slapstick comedy and balloon animals with ease. It is a delightful show that will have the kids rolling on the floor with laughter.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 11:51 AM, 06.13.2013

The Lakewood Library Learning Garden Story Time: For The Whole Family

Make the Learning Garden a part of your family time with stories, finger plays, and music about vegetables on Fridays June 14, July 12, August 2, and August 23, at 10:30 a.m. This story time will replace the Family Weekend Wonders program, weather permitting, on these dates. There is no need to register in advance. The story time will be held inside the Madison Branch during inclement weather.

The Learning Garden is a garden where families can read, learn and enjoy together and is located behind the Madison Branch. This garden is a collaboration between the Lakewood Public Library, LEAF Community, and the City of Lakewood. The Learning Garden was made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and by the State Library of Ohio.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 11:51 AM, 06.13.2013

Discover Your Family With Ancestry.com, Library Edition

Did your ancestors arrive on the Mayflower? Was your great-grandfather a WWI hero? Unlock the story of your family’s past with one of the Library’s most popular online resources. Ancestry.com, Library Edition can make this tremendous undertaking a little easier by providing access to thousands of records that will help you fill in your family tree. Genealogist Dr. Deborah Abbott will be here on Wednesday, June 19 at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Learning Lab to show you the ins and outs of genealogical research using Ancestry.com, Library Edition and other online resources.

Dr. Abbott comes with a vast amount of experience as a genealogist. In addition to being the former president of the Cleveland African-American Genealogical Society, she is an adjunct faculty member at the Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research at Samford University in Alabama. Abbott has presented lectures at many genealogical societies, libraries, schools, and churches throughout Ohio and surrounding states. We asked her to share a little about herself and her studies.

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Dig Into Crafts

Hey all of you Summer Readers! Escape the heat and come to the Lakewood Library for an hour of self-guided craft time fun. Create a Cicada to commemorate the return of the magicada to Ohio. Make garden markers for the garden you planted in the spring. Cut, color, paste, and pretend to be a garden gnome. Stop in at the Main Branch or Madison Branch anytime, June 10 - August 1st, Monday through Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. No registration is needed.

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Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Lakewood Lego® League
For youth in kindergarten through fifth grade (caregivers welcome)

Use LPL’s collection of Lego®Bricks and your own imagination to create fabulous new structures and designs each month. No registration, but numbered tickets will be given out first-come, first-served. One ticket per child. For more information, stop in or call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140.

Sunday, May 19, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.

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Jugglers Enjoyed By All

Jugglers from the St. Ignatius Circus Company recently treated an enthusiastic audience at the Lakewood Public Library to a fun-filled program. The entertainers, students at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, delighted the crowd with a professional juggling show and some magic tricks. There seemed to be a special “connection” between the performers and the boys and girls in the audience because the children could see that the jugglers are not that much older than they are. Following the performance children were invited to come up and “meet the props” and enjoy a quick “learn to juggle” event with tennis balls.

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My Sicily: Life In The Cusp Of The Mediterranean Sea: Meet The Author At LPL

If it rhymed it would be a sonnet, if it had a tune it would be a romantic ballad, and although it’s considered a travel guide, "My Sicily: Life in the Cusp of the Mediterranean Sea" remains a love story. That big beautiful island with a thousand scents and colors is the sole object of author Francesca V. Mignosa’s affection in her new book. And good news, this is no tragic romance; Sicily loves her too. To prove it, Mignosa has been named Ambassador of Sicily in the World and has won the Italian Literary Award “Sicilia Mondo 2013.”

Now that the award-winning author is closer to our moody Lake Erie shores than the sun-drenched Mediterranean, Lakewood Public Library is happy to announce she will be the guest speaker at our Meet the Author Series on Friday, May 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium. We hope you can join us for this enjoyable discussion with Francesca V. Mignosa. Copies of her book will be available for sale and signing at the event.

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Strokes Of Genius Ends With Art Show

The 2013 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, Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Michelangelo, Georges Seurat, 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. Each participant took home their creative work, a certificate, and a purple ribbon.

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Renowned Professor Now Calls Lakewood Home

Lakewood welcomes highly respected author, playwright and professor Dr. Paul Kuritz to its midst. Dr. Kuritz had taught at Bates College located in Lewiston, Maine since 1978. There he taught acting and directing for the stage and screen. He has directed over one hundred plays throughout the United States, and in 1990 was invited to teach and direct at the National Theater School in Bratislava, Slovakia. He has also directed films, “A New Life” (2008) and “Amy’s Wish” (2012). These films were selected to be shown in Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, and the Gideon’s Flame Christian Film Festival, in Manila, Philippines.

His dramatization of the short story "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman was included in The Best American Short Plays 2001-2002 (Applause, 2006). His most recent work is "The Fiery Serpent: a Christian Theory of Film and Theater." (Pleasant Word, 2007) 

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 11:07 PM, 05.14.2013