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The Heart Of Rock And Roll Is Still Beating

Put your glad rags on and join us at the Lawther Center on Madison Avenue for this fun, free course on the rock that won’t stop, co-sponsored by the Lakewood Public Library and the Division of Aging. Dr. Joel S. Keller originally designed this course for retirees at Baldwin-Wallace University and now he’s spinning it again for Lakewood. Every session will be offered as both an afternoon and an evening course and will be jam-packed with great music, pictures, videos and the warm glow of nostalgia. To register, please call the Lakewood Division of Aging Activities Office at (216) 529-5005.

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Volume 10, Issue 17, Posted 8:13 AM, 08.21.2014

Homebound Service Delivers The Library To Those In Need

Lakewood residents are lucky to have a world-class Library in their city, but many times the elderly or sick cannot make it through the doors to take advantage of all the great books, magazines, music and movies the Library offers. That is where some dedicated Library employees come in who bring the Library to their doorstep.

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Volume 10, Issue 16, Posted 3:05 PM, 08.05.2014

Events at Lakewood Public Library

August 8
LakewoodAlive Front Porch Concert Series

Every Friday in July and August at 7:00 p.m. in Front of the Main Library

LakewoodAlive, in collaboration with Lakewood Public Library and Vance Music Studios, is proud to announce the 5th Annual Front Porch Concert Series. Held on the Library's Front Porch, these concerts are free and open to the public. Bring lawn chairs and enjoy fantastic music with friends and neighbors in the heart of Downtown Lakewood. The Front Porch Concert Series is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and by the Friends of Lakewood Public Library. The full line-up of acts will be announced in late spring at www.LakewoodFrontPorchConcerts.com.

Fridays at 7:00 p.m. on the Front Porch of the Main Library
July 11 through August 29

August 9
Lakewood Public Cinema: "The Salton Sea" (2002)

Directed by D. J. Caruso

What happens to you when you lose the love of your life? After witnessing the murder of his wife, Val Kilmer searches for... something... and finds himself adrift in the senseless world of small time thugs and simple junkies. It wasn't her fault—a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. But everybody's in the wrong place at the Salton Sea, the largest inland body of water in California. This godforsaken place must have been beautiful once, but now it's a post-apocalyptic wasteland of houses, trailers and boarded-up beach clubs slowly sinking into the toxic mud. But searching for her here is all he has left... Set to the lonely resonant tones of Miles Davis, this film crawls down the long road that leads beyond crippling alienation.
Saturday, August 9 at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 10, Issue 16, Posted 3:05 PM, 08.05.2014

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

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, August 9, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

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.

Sunday, August 17, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.

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Volume 10, Issue 16, Posted 3:05 PM, 08.05.2014

Summer Survivor's Teen Party

Hey teens! Have you survived the summer and your summer reading? Congratulations! You are now invited to the Summer Survivor’s Teen Party. We are celebrating the end of the summer and the Summer Reading Club. Use you amazing wit and intelligence to help your team win games. Use you dexterity to create a cool craft. And then after all that hard work, kick back and relax while watching a movie. We will be getting together on August 15th in the Main Library Multipurpose room from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 16, Posted 3:05 PM, 08.05.2014

Printmaking Workshop At The Lakewood Public Library

Dina Hoeynck from the Progressive Arts Alliance taught a group of kindergarten through second grade children about printmaking with hands on printmaking projects! This hour and a half program on Wednesday, July 30, fascinated these children who created beautiful art using printmaking techniques

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Volume 10, Issue 16, Posted 3:05 PM, 08.05.2014

LPL's Tailspinner's Workshop Was Fantast-acting

There was yet another special event at Lakewood Public Library. Tailspinners Children’s Workshop was at the library on July 16th teaching a special acting class for children from 3rd to 5th grades. It included games, singing and acting.

“A truly amazing experience!” says attendee Lydia Kress. “It had me moving and being creative. The teachers taught us three parts of actors and actresses. Those things were body, voice and imagination. I really liked the singing part. It sounded so pretty”

“So fun and active!” says other attendee Julia Kompier. “I also think it was so awesome and cool. The teachers were so nice. One of the things I liked was the games. I liked the games because they used our body, our voice and because we acted a lot during the games. We played Captain on Deck and a game where we acted out being in different places. I acted out an amusement park and a restaurant and a zoo. The other team acted out a school, a ballet studio and a baseball game. We also played Charades and had to act everything out with a scarf."

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Volume 10, Issue 16, Posted 10:42 PM, 07.22.2014

End Of The Trail Party At Madison Park

Celebrate the end of another great summer with games and goodies galore! Lakewood Public Library’s summer reading club 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.

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Volume 10, Issue 15, Posted 10:32 PM, 07.22.2014

Camp Lakewood Public Library Summer Reading Club Ends August 2

Youth from birth through twelfth grade have enjoyed their summer reading this year! 3,238 readers are currently signed up to read 30 books or 30 hours this summer by 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 2. All finishers are rewarded with a brand new book of their own, an 8 ounce serving of Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, and a free game and shoe rental at Madison Square Lanes Bowling Alley. Teens also get a raffle ticket to win an additional prize.

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Volume 10, Issue 15, Posted 10:32 PM, 07.22.2014

Summer Nights: Lakewood's Front Porch Concerts 2014

On Friday July 11th Cletus Black and his band Revue kicked off Lakewood’s Front Porch Concert series. His bluesy rock music literally had kids dancing in circles while their parents looked on with smiles on their faces. Those of you present soaked in the balmy seventy degree breezes and the soulful sound of live music. And there are more to come!

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Volume 10, Issue 15, Posted 10:32 PM, 07.22.2014

Friends of Lakewood Library Art Festival Book Sale

Just when we thought a Friends of Lakewood Library Book Sale couldn’t get any better, it becomes a literary oasis, a respite from the August sun, an air-conditioned vision of affordable books in the minds of weary art lovers who have been strolling through the heat of the 2014 Lakewood Arts Fest.

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Volume 10, Issue 15, Posted 10:32 PM, 07.22.2014

Celebrate Oktoberfest With The Swinging Bavarians At Lakewood Public Library

The Swinging Bavarians bring Oktoberfest to Lakewood Public Library on Sunday, July 13 at 2 p.m. when they perform as part of the Library’s Sunday with the Friends series. German oompah music and polkas will abound. However, the Swinging Bavarians also perform marches, waltzes, standards, children’s favorites, swing music and rock.  Dr. Tom Herbell conducts the Swinging Bavarians and plays clarinet. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Herbell worked for many years as a scientist at NASA’s Glenn Research Center. Before their concert, he takes the time to answer a few questions.

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Volume 10, Issue 14, Posted 3:34 PM, 07.08.2014

Lakewood Public Library Events Calendar

Tuesday, July 15
Introduction to Ancestry: Library Edition
The Ancestry genealogy resource is free to use every day at the Library. How far back would you like to trace your family tree? Genealogist Deborah Abbott will show you how to unlock the secrets held by census reports, military records, birth certificates and death notices in this hands-on workshop. Unravel your history with professional results. Space is limited. Call 216-226-8275 ext. 127 to register.
6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Learning Lab

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Volume 10, Issue 14, Posted 3:28 PM, 07.08.2014

Five More Reasons To Visit Lakewood Public Library

Do you love movies? Are you one of those indecisive people who, when confronted with choices, chooses them all? Perhaps you are one of those people who know exactly what they want, and you want every bit of it. Lakewood Public Library is excited to announce we can help with either choice! We have raised the DVD check out limit to fifteen DVDs per patron, instead of the previous limit of ten!

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Volume 10, Issue 14, Posted 3:28 PM, 07.08.2014

That's What It's All About! Sing-A-Long Musical Fun With Billy Kaye

Lakewood Public Library presents Musical Fun and Sing-A-Long with Billy Kaye, the third program in its Special Friday Performances summer series. Children and their families are invited to join one-man band, Billy Kaye for a special sing-a-long at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 11 as he performs many popular favorites on his melodious accordion. Families will enjoy this free, interactive music program in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

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Volume 10, Issue 14, Posted 3:28 PM, 07.08.2014

Talespinner's Children's Theatre Workshop

We all have a diva inside of us just waiting to take center stage, so why not let your inner thespian out and come to the Talespinner’s Children’s Theater workshop at the Lakewood Public Library. Aspiring actors who participate in this workshop will receive a fast-paced arts experience that will encourage them to use their active imaginations. Throughout the workshop, children will use their minds, hearts, and imaginations to learn teamwork, poise, confidence, and creative expression.

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Volume 10, Issue 14, Posted 3:28 PM, 07.08.2014

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 returns to the Lakewood Public Library. Miss Misty will engage the audience with her beautiful voice as she sings and plays the guitar. 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 performing children’s musical programs for the past twelve 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.” She is planning to perform 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 10, Issue 13, Posted 7:26 AM, 06.25.2014

One-On-One Job Hunting

Looking for a job? Recently laid off? Switching Careers? Learning how to network? Library staff can help you with all aspects of your career path. Come to the library for a One on One Job Searching appointment and embark on a journey to land your dream job.

Evolving from the original Resume Tune-Up Class, the sessions offer a more personalized approach to career guidance. What do you need help with? It’s your chance to sit down with a library staff member and ask the important questions that pertain to your personal career. Entry-level or professional, no matter what your experience, we can help.

According to our career expert, Amy Kloss, “job hunting is very individual, no longer one-size fits all and everyone has different skills.” Evaluate your experience and determine the skills that qualify you for your future job. Determine how to focus on your goals rather than your past experiences. In the ever-changing and fast paced job market, learn how to hone your schools and look ahead.

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 7:20 AM, 06.25.2014

Progressive Arts Alliance Presents The "Found Sounds Percussion Workshop" At The Lakewood Public Library

The Lakewood Public Library shook and rattled for 90 minutes on Wednesday, June 18, 2014! Thirty students entering kindergarten through fifth grade made their own instruments out of recyclable items, kitchen utensils, and school supplies. They learned about rhythm, tempo, and tone and then put their knowledge to practice with their instruments. A good time was had by all.

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 7:20 AM, 06.25.2014

Printmaking Workshop At The Lakewood Public Library

Presented By The Progressive Arts Alliance: For students entering kindergarten through second grade. Learn about fine art prints and design your own original piece in this hands-on-workshop. Students will learn different processes related to the art of printmaking. Images will be displayed in Children’s and Youth Services for everyone to enjoy before participants take them home. Space is limited. Registration is required and ends on July 23. Register online at www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/youth or phone 216-226-8275, ext. 140.

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 7:20 AM, 06.25.2014

Lakewood Public Library Events

Saturday, June 14
Friends Summer Book Sale
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 14
Lakewood Public Cinema: "Day of the Outlaw" (1959) Directed by André De Toth
Part of The Golden Age of Westerns Discussion Series
Presented by Terry Meehan
This is one of those little-known gems that western movie buffs love to discover, mainly because of its surprises and twists. First of all, it looks nothing like a western. No hot dusty deserts or rock-carved valleys, this film was shot on top of a snowy mountain in the middle of winter. Cranky cattleman Robert Ryan wants to settle some scores with the town’s leader Alan Marshal who is cutting up the land with barbed wire, and who also happens to be married to Ryan’s former sweetheart Tina Louise. Just as their big gunfight scene is about to play out, a gang of outlaws rides in to town, led by renegade Union officer Burl Ives. They turn the town into a living hell—and then hell freezes over and the bitter cold may kill them all. Professor Terry Meehan continues his series of classic westerns, introducing each film with rare clips and original documentaries, followed by audience reaction and a lively discussion.
6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

Sunday, June 15
Hands-On Help with eReaders
Do you own a shiny, new eReader, but don’t know how to download any of the thousands of free titles that are available through the Library? Make an appointment with a knowledgeable staff member who can show you  around the bells and whistles of your device, whether it’s a Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone or something else entirely. Let’s talk.
Thursday Nights at the Madison Branch - Call (216)228-7428
Sunday Nights at the Main Library - Call (216)226-8275 ext. 127


Tuesday, June 17
Introduction to Ancestry: Library Edition
The Ancestry genealogy resource is free to use every day at the Library. How far back would you like to trace your family tree? Genealogist Deborah Abbott will show you how to unlock the secrets held by census reports, military records, birth certificates and death notices in this hands-on workshop. Unravel your history with professional results. Space is limited.
6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Learning Lab

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 6:26 PM, 06.10.2014

Children's Book Drive

Donate new and gently used children’s and young adult books to Lakewood Public Library June 10-20 for United Way of Greater Cleveland’s Stuff the Bus with Books event. On Saturday, June 21 from 5-8pm in Rally Alley at Progressive Field, the library systems of Cuyahoga County are collaborating to “Stuff the Bus with Books” before the Indians game.

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 6:28 PM, 06.10.2014

Summer Story Time/Drop-In Programs

Jump into summer by registering your child for the Lakewood Public Library’s Summer Story Time season. The story time season begins Monday June 16th and continues for six weeks. Several options are available for different age groups:  Just Baby ‘N Me is for babies 9-24 months; Toddler Treats is for your 2 to 3½ year old; Storylore is for your 3½ to 6 year old; Shake, Rattle and Roll (a more movement based story time) for your 2 to 6 year old and/or our Camp Story Time program.

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 6:28 PM, 06.10.2014

Summertime Anime Club

Teens and tweens can meet up with like-minded peers this summer at Lakewood Public Library’s “Otaku Café,” a six week program aimed at fans of anime & manga. The word “otaku” is a Japanese term used to describe someone with an obsessive interest and has come to be synonymous with anime and manga fans in the United States. The genre has steadily grown in popularity over the past 20 years, gradually getting absorbed into the mainstream. The appeal still may baffle some, but fans of the genre can’t get enough.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 6:24 PM, 05.28.2014

A Night At The Library

Do your children ever wonder what happens in the library at night when it’s closed to the public? Here is a chance for them to get a sneak peek at the Stuffed Animal Friend Sleepover. Lakewood Public Library invites you and your children ages 4 to 7 to bring their favorite stuffed animal friends to the Main Library on Wednesday, June 11 for a special story time and craft at 6 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room. Kids then kiss their cuddly friends good night and leave them at the library for a sleepover filled with fun and games.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 6:24 PM, 05.28.2014

If They Build It, They'll Have FUN!

Question: Do you have a school-age child at home who loves all things Lego®? Answer: The Lakewood Lego® League! The Lakewood Lego® League is a Lakewood Public Library program for children in grades K-5. At each monthly session, students will be able to use LPL’s collection of LEGO® bricks to create fabulous new structures and designs. (Participants are encouraged to bring their imaginations, but not their own bricks--  while new ideas are likely to be found, tiny toys are likely to be lost!) They will also have the opportunity to meet other young builders, as well as to check out LPL’s large collection of LEGO® books. Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend with their children, but due to choking hazards children under the age of five will not be permitted in the program. The program meets once a month from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Main library Activity Room. Upcoming sessions are June 22, July 20, and August 17. Fall and winter dates will be posted at the end of summer.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 6:24 PM, 05.28.2014

Art Show Concludes Strokes Of Genius

The 2014 Spring session of Strokes of Genius at the Lakewood Public Library recently ended 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. These included watercolor paintings of birds in the spirit of John James Audubon, oil pastel creature drawings in the style of Joan Miro, cut paper story quilts imitating the art of Faith Ringgold, 3-dimensional collages sparked by the work of Robert Swedroe, and chalk drawings inspired by pavement artist Julian Beever. The budding artists also enjoyed expressing themselves with a String Art project.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 4:57 PM, 05.13.2014

Oleg Kruglyakov, Balalaika Virtuoso, Performs at Lakewood Public Library

Growing up in Omsk, Siberia, Oleg Kruglyakov began studying the balalaika--a triangular traditional Russian stringed instrument--when he was seven years old.  At the age of seventeen, he was accepted into the prestigious Ekaterinburg Conservatory, where he studied both balalaika and conducting. He is the protégé of Yevgeny Grigorovich Blinov and has toured Moscow, St. Petersburg, Siberia, Canada, the United States and the Ukraine. In 2007, Kruglyakov and pianist Terry Boyarsky formed the group Russian Duo. Kruglyakov has recorded several CDs including Prikamie (1995), Golden Russia (1997), Feel Yourself Russian (1999), and Russian Duo (2009).

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 4:57 PM, 05.13.2014

Events At Lakewood Public Library

May 14

Meet the Author: "Islam’s Jesus" by Zeki Saritoprak, Ph.D.
In the West, it is not well known that Jesus is an important figure in the history of Islam. Perhaps it’s time to change that. Dr. Saritoprak’s groundbreaking new book examines Islam’s theological engagement with the Nazarene and explores his role in the future of Islam itself. It begins by examining the Muslim world’s understanding of Jesus in the Qu’ran and Hadith. In these key religious texts Jesus is not just a historical figure, but an Islamic messiah. One of the key roles the Son of Man plays today and in the future is as a bridge between Christianity and Islam. The final chapter surveys his place in Christian-Muslim dialogue. As more than half of the world’s people are either Muslim or Christian, through dialogue Jesus can be a bringer of world peace. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

Wednesday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

May 15
"A Lyrical Life:
 Reflections on Life-Journeys through Poetry and Song" Presented by Rabbi Enid Lader
Explore your own life journey through poetry in this four-week program presented by Case Western Reserve University. The roads upon which you've traveled are marked by steps still to be taken. Rabbi Enid Lader will lead a discussion of poetry and song that beckons us to reflect on what it means to think of our lives as a journey and how the text of our lives reflects our values. We will explore the questions of what we want to pass on to the next generation and what is in store for us in the future. Rabbi Enid C. Lader has served the Beth Israel - The West Temple congregation since August, 2012. Active in the Educational Director's Network, Enid also served in various capacities on the regional board for the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (now the Union for Reform Judaism) and has taught the west side Taste of Judaism and Feast of Judaism classes for the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland for over twelve years.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 4:57 PM, 05.13.2014

Lakewood Public Library Summer Reading Club Starts

Ready for an adventure? Take a walk on the wild side and explore your world by reading in our Summer Reading Club! Starting May 19, children ages birth through fifth grade can sign up to be a part of “Camp Lakewood Public Library.” Sixth through twelfth graders have their own reading club, “Survive the Summer.” Participants will gather stamps and prizes as they go, and a special reward awaits those who complete thirty hours of reading (or thirty books for younger readers) by August 2.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 4:57 PM, 05.13.2014

Alternative Movie Posters: Film Art From The Underground

Have you ever found yourself looking at a poster and wonder what attracts you to it? Why it persuades you , one way or another to watch the movie it represents? The posters we see when we go to the pictures on Friday night are a still life embodiment of a living feature. For them to be a success the artist must conceptualize the entire film to create a snapshot of what he or she believes will capture and observer’s attention and in essence encapsulate all the movie stands for. It is in this development that something called underground film art surfaced, a group of artists dedicated to bringing a truly artistic and unique element to the posters they create. If you find yourself enjoying the art aspect of films as much as the storyline, you will undoubtedly enjoy attending out meet and greet the author event here at the Lakewood Public Library, featuring the book Alternative Movie Posters: Film Art from the Underground by Matthew Chojnacki on Wednesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 11:21 AM, 04.29.2014

Events At Lakewood Public Library

April 30
Poetry Month: "
Weather" by Dave Lucas

In this debut collection, named winner of the Ohioana Book Prize in 2012, Dave Lucas turns and returns to Cleveland. The weather he writes about arises from the lush light of the natural world and the hard rain of industry. Poem by poem, Lucas surveys the majesty and ruin of landscape and lakefront, paying tribute to the shifting seasons of a city, of a terrain, and of those who dwell there. “I love our weather. There's always a moment in the winter when I'm sick of it and a moment sooner in the summer. But I love the steel look to the sky in winter. It makes our few days of crystal blue in spring and fall all the more worthwhile. I use the word "weather" as a verb. This city is weathering the storm. The town has been beaten down, but many Clevelanders take that as a point of pride. Like the coffee mugs say, ‘Cleveland: You gotta be tough.’” Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 11:21 AM, 04.29.2014

Forbidden Passion Leads To Blackmail When M. Michelle Dwyer Visits Lakewood Public Library

M. Michelle Dwyer’s second novel, "Love and Do What You Will," tells the story of a forbidden love affair and its unforeseen consequences. Kate Danville is a vulnerable seventeen year-old when she embarks on an affair with the thirty-two year old married pastor of her church. Although Kate marries someone else, her affair with Pastor Northington is not forgotten and leads both to remorse and to blackmail. Dwyer describes Kate as “[a] woman misled by love who refuses to see the truth behind her mishaps.”

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 11:21 AM, 04.29.2014

Meet The Author: Author Of "Islam's Jesus" Leads Discussion At LPL

Many people are surprised to learn that Jesus is an important figure in Islam. Muslims believe Jesus was a prophet, a messenger of God, and that he will return again in the Last Days. Although both Christianity and Islam view him differently on many essential levels, Dr. Zeki Saritoprak, author of Islam’s Jesus sees Jesus as a path to peace between the two faiths, an opportunity for mutual good will. Come meet the good doctor as he discusses his fascinating new book as part of our Meet The Author series on Wednesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 11:21 AM, 04.29.2014

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Vine & Viral Video Club
For students sixth through twelfth grade

Watch the best (and worst) viral videos and vines on our glorious big screen. Each week will have a different theme filled with hilarious, amazing, cringeworthy video goodness. Submit your suggestions to teens@lakewoodpubliclibrary.org. To register, please stop in or call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140.

Thursdays, May 1 through May 22, at 4:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

Origami Go
For students sixth through twelfth grade

Origami Go is for everyone! Each session begins with basic fold techniques and transitions to a group project. After that, it’s origami free-time. Supplies and project books provided. To register, please stop in or call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140.

Sunday, May 4, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 11:21 AM, 04.29.2014

Weekend With Wee Ones

Are you looking for a fun, family activity for your children under 2? Then join us for Weekend with Wee Ones! We’ll help your little ones gain some early literacy skills through songs, movement, nursery rhymes, and most importantly, through books! Reading with children from an early age is a very important part of childhood development, and at Lakewood Public Library, we make it fun.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 11:14 AM, 04.29.2014

Meet Authors Sara Holbrook And Michael Salinger At Lakewood Public Library

Lakewood Public Library will be hosting authors Sarah Holbrook and Michael Salinger on Tuesday, May 6th. After spending the morning and afternoon with many of the students in Lakewood, the writing duo will present an evening program called “Practical Poetry: A Nonstandard Approach to Meeting Content-Area Standards.”

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 11:14 AM, 04.29.2014

Lakewood Public Library Plans For The Future

In an ever-evolving world, Lakewood Public Library continually evaluates services and resources to ensure that the Library maintains a vital presence in the community. After almost a year of adopting a new strategic plan, staff has made great strides toward new goals so that the Library provides the best possible service. Over the next five years, the Library will focus on the following areas:

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:37 PM, 04.15.2014

Rabbi Enid C. Lader Returns To The Lakewood Public Library For "A Lyrical Life"

April is National Poetry Month and that gives us at the Lakewood Public Library the chance to honor this special art form that examines the joys and tragedies of life. Joining us for this celebration is Rabbi Enid C. Lader who will be presenting the series, "A Lyrical Life:Reflections on Life-Journeys through Poetry and Song." "A Lyrical Life" will take place on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Lakewood Main Library Auditorium starting on April 24, continuing on May 1 and May 8 and concluding on May 15.

Having previously presented the popular "Taste of Judaism" series that was held at the Library last Spring, Rabbi Enid shines at engaging her audiences in lively and thoughtful discussion. For "A Lyrical Life," she will assist and encourage you to explore your own life journey through poetry in this four-week program presented by Case Western Reserve University.

“Over the four sessions, I hope to engage participants in a discussion to help them reflect in their own life journeys, what they have come to value, how they can share those values with the next generation, and at this point in their lives-- what’s next and how do our values inform where we go from here. All of this will be supported by an array of poetry and song lyrics,” says Enid.

Rabbi Enid C. Lader and her husband have made Lakewood their family’s home for the past 30 years. She has served Beth Israel --The West Temple congregation since 2012. Active in the Educational Director's Network, Enid also served in various capacities on the regional board for the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (now the Union for Reform Judaism) and has taught the west side Taste of Judaism and Feast of Judaism classes for the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland for over 12 years.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:34 PM, 04.15.2014

Vine & Viral Video Club For Teens!

You know what’s awesome? The internet. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably spent more time watching insane YouTube videos than doing, oh, I don’t know, important things. But why watch all those hilarious videos on your puny laptop or even punier smart phone when you could be watching them on our glorious big screen? That’s right! All through the month of May, Lakewood Public Library will be hosting the Vine & Viral Video Club for sixth through twelfth graders. We’ll spend Thursday afternoons seeing how many boxes Maru can fit into, learning What the Fox Says, and trying to figure out how Desmond the Moon Bear got there. Have a favorite video you want us to show? Send an email to Teens@lakewoodpubliclibrary.com with the subject: Video Suggestion and a link to the video. Family-friendly videos only will be considered.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:32 PM, 04.15.2014

Dance Program For Children

The Vibrant Wind Dancers have entertained audience members in the past at the Lakewood Public Library with their programs of Middle Eastern style interpretive dance. They are returning to the library on April 26th with a program designed especially for boys and girls. The performers will be wearing costumes of flowing skirts, hip scarves, and nine-foot long silk veils. Their gestures will include neck, rib, hip, and hand movements. The Vibrant Wind Dancers often perform to different types of music, including Middle Eastern, Celtic, New Age, South American, classical, folk, pop, and rock. For the upcoming show the dancers will move to popular children’s music!

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:32 PM, 04.15.2014

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Youth Trivia
For students in fourth through sixth grade

This team-based, four-week program will test your knowledge of all things important and not. Sign up as a team or let us place you in one. To register, please stop in or call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140.

Thursdays, April 3 – April 24, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

Duct Tape Wallet
For students sixth through twelfth grade

Make your own fashion statement by creating a duct tape wallet. To register, stop in or call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140.

Saturday, April 5, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

Origami Go
For students sixth through twelfth grade

Origami Go is for everyone! Each session begins with basic fold techniques and transitions to a group project. After that, it’s origami free-time. Supplies and project books provided. To register, please stop in or call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 3:06 PM, 04.01.2014

Recapture The Magic Of Clevelandís Great Lakes Exposition At Lakewood Public Library

In the middle of the Great Depression, Cleveland threw a party for seven million people.  During the summers of 1936 and 1937, Cleveland, then the country’s sixth largest city, opened Cleveland’s Great Lakes Exposition along Lake Erie’s waterfront.  Built to commemorate Cleveland’s centennial, the Expo extended from Municipal Stadium to East 22nd Street, covered 135 acres, and featured a floating stage, streets of the world with international shopping and dining, and an infamous aquacade. Highlights included a presidential visit by Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, a scandalous divorce, Cleveland’s first taste of orange sherbet, and a dancer with an “invisible dress.”

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 3:06 PM, 04.01.2014

Brian Henke, A Lakewood Treasure

I first met Brian here at the Lakewood Public Library about 8 years ago. Brian was performing and it was through a mutual friend’s recommendation that I checked him out. Little did I think then that there would come a day that I worked here at the Library and would have the opportunity to write an article about this incredible talent. Brian is an amazing guitarist and a Lakewood icon who graces our stage regularly. Without fail people come from all over to enjoy Brian’s work in the comfort and warmth of the library’s auditorium. It’s not a show as much as a mesmerizing journey peppered with Brian’s homespun humor and storytelling.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 3:06 PM, 04.01.2014