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Meet The Author Of "She Who Is Like A Mare" At Lakewood Public Library

Set in early twentieth century eastern Kentucky, nurse-midwives navigated the rugged terrain of the back country in fulfillment of their calling. Caring for pregnant women in their most desperate hours, they provided nurturing comfort door-to-door. These pioneer members of the Frontier Nursing Service (FNS) founded by Mary Breckenridge battled Mother Nature in all of her seasons in pursuit of helping their patients. The carefully and artistically structured poems of Karen Kotrba allow the reader to discover this defining period in the history of nursing.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 1:48 AM, 01.08.2014

Every Apron Tells A Story At Lakewood Public Library

Opening the box from my cousins, I saw fabric and was dismayed. I knew my cousins were sending me something of Grandma’s, but I hadn’t expected a box of her old aprons. I had never worn an apron in my life, do not particularly enjoy cooking, and could envision no use for them. Still, since they were Grandma’s, I am reluctant to get rid of them. Some are elaborate bib aprons with pockets and ruffles. Others are simple waist aprons. There is a yellow apron with pockets trimmed in rickrack and a waist apron embroidered with coppery thread into patterns of flowers and birds. I wonder about their workmanship and history: were any made by my great-grandmother in Italy? Which ones are handmade? When were they created? Now, thanks to Caroline Urban, some of my aprons’ mysteries may be solved.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 1:48 AM, 01.08.2014

Jungle Bob's Traveling Zoo

Have you ever wanted to pet a Python or play with a Bearded Dragon? Well, come see Jungle Bob’s live Reptile show at the Lakewood Public Library and meet some of Bob’s incredible animals, including snakes, lizards, turtles, and tortoises. Jungle’s Bob’s show is an educational and interactive experience that will entertain kids of all ages.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 1:48 AM, 01.08.2014

Share the Dream: A Celebration Of Martin Luther King, Jr.

For some children, being off from school on January 20th, MLK Day, means sleeping late, playing video games, and watching television. The Lakewood Public Library is offering a meaningful alternate. Your child can still catch some extra shut eye, however from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. they can take part in a program that will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through stories, songs, and a craft. As part of the MLK Day of Service, participants will create cards which will be distributed to local nursing home residents. This artistic endeavor will brighten the day of a senior citizen and provide your child with a chance to serve others. The cards will be delivered to the nursing home by the library at a later date. Each child will also be given the opportunity to make a take home booklet about the life of Dr. King. There is no need to register in advance. All school-age children are invited to participate.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 1:48 AM, 01.08.2014

Four-Star Library: What You Always Knew In Your Heart Is Now Confirmed By National Library Authority

Lakewood Public Library has once again been named a four-star library by Library Journal, the most trusted and respected publication for the library community. The overall score, based on circulation, library visits, public programs and computer use, was 1714--one of the best scores in the state and the highest score of all public libraries in Cuyahoga County. This is the second year Lakewood has received such a designation. Ohio was second in the nation for the most starred libraries following New York.

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Volume 9, Issue 25, Posted 2:41 PM, 12.11.2013

Cleveland Playhouse Script Club, Yentl

In fulfillment of her dream, a young woman rebels against conventional beliefs and lives in disguise to obtain an education. After debating with her rabbi father on Jewish law and religion, she dreams to aspire to greatness. She finds a school and transforms her identity to study amongst her peers. Once enrolled, she emerges as a gifted student and the most eligible bachelor in town. The play is based on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s short story, "Yentl the Yeshiva Boy." Singer and Leah Napolin adapt the story to create the heartwarming script for "Yentl," a progressive and inspiring story of love, determination and self-discovery. The play will run January 10 - February 2, 2014 at the Cleveland Playhouse Allen Theatre.

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Volume 9, Issue 25, Posted 2:41 PM, 12.11.2013

A Visit From Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau is considered one of the greatest writers in American literature. His progressive abolitionist ideas, intensive studies of nature and reformist opinions on government have inspired readers for over 160 years. His essay, "Civil Disobedience" (1849), and his book, "Walden" (1854), are his most famous titles among a vast collection of essays, novels, manuscripts and journals. He considered materialism and conformity the evils of society while promoting a more simple existence based on truth, inward reflection and nature. These ideas along with Thoreau’s timeless and captivating spirit are captured by Dr. Kevin Radaker in his presentation.

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Volume 9, Issue 25, Posted 2:41 PM, 12.11.2013

Register Now For Winter Storytimes

It’s the most wonderful time of the year— Lakewood Public Library’s Winter Storytime Season! Registration is simple and easy. You can stop in at the Children’s and Youth services desk anytime to sign up. You can also call us at (216) 226-8275 extension 140 or 141, or register online at http://www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/youth/ and click on the button at the top of the page.

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Volume 9, Issue 25, Posted 2:41 PM, 12.11.2013

Love Triumphs Over Mental Illness In Mother/Daughter Memoir

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 24, Posted 5:48 PM, 11.28.2013

Have Yourself An Affordable Little Holiday

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 24, Posted 5:47 PM, 11.28.2013

The Spyder Stompers Celebrate Homegrown American Music At Lakewood Public Library

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 24, Posted 5:47 PM, 11.28.2013

Weekends with Wee Ones

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 24, Posted 5:47 PM, 11.28.2013

Strokes Of Genius Concludes With Art Show

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 24, Posted 2:01 PM, 11.12.2013

Polka With Attitude: The Chardon Polka Band

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.  

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 2:01 PM, 11.12.2013

Paul Dimmick: A Friend Of The Library

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 4:09 PM, 10.29.2013

Online Book Clubs At Lakewood Public Library

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!

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 4:09 PM, 10.29.2013

Lakewood Public Library Board Of Trustees

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 4:09 PM, 10.29.2013

Lakewood Public Library Spelling Bee Winners!

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 4:09 PM, 10.29.2013

Meet New Local Children's Book Authors At The Lakewood Library

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:

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 4:09 PM, 10.29.2013

Free Concert With Jazz Great Ernie Krivda At Lakewood Public Library

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. 

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 4:09 PM, 10.29.2013

Steampunk Jewelry For Teens

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 4:09 PM, 10.29.2013

The Journey Continues

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 4:09 PM, 10.29.2013

Nick Shamhart On Authorship And Autism

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 4:09 PM, 10.29.2013

It's A Block Party!

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 21, Posted 8:54 PM, 10.15.2013

Join Cleveland Playhouse Script Club At Lakewood Public Library

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 21, Posted 8:54 PM, 10.15.2013

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

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