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Wednesday, September 2
Internet Search Skills
Discover what’s been waiting for you online while learning search strategies. To register, stop in or call (216) 226-8275, ext. 127.
10:00 a.m. in the Main Learning Lab

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 1:57 PM, 09.01.2015

RailShakers Shake Things Up At The Library

RailShakers rock the library on Sunday August 23 at 2 p.m. with a unique mix of Americana, Alt-Country, Folk-Rock, Rockabilly, and Rock-and-roll. This five piece band is fronted by Michael Harvan and includes bassist Ron Cerosky, guitarist James Bucceri, Chris Celleghin on drums, and Kristine Jares on violin and vocals. As individual musicians, they have been playing the local music scene for a long time, but they banded together in early 2013 to form RailShakers.

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Volume 11, Issue 17, Posted 4:01 PM, 08.18.2015

LPL Calendar Of Events compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, August 20
Booked For Murder: Genres within Genres
"Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story"
by Leonie Swann
This time around, the ladies of murder mystery and mayhem will explore niche mysteries with animal sleuths, steampunk, a caper story, robot detectives, locked room mystery and a psychological ghostly thriller.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Meeting Room

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Volume 11, Issue 17, Posted 4:01 PM, 08.18.2015

S.T.E.M. Programs For Youth Are A Success At The Lakewood Public Library

Summer science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.) programs make learning fun at the Lakewood Public Library! Students in grades second through eighth grade have participated in two-hour Lego® Robotic workshops, two-hour Video Game Creation workshops and four-day Robotics Camps.

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Volume 11, Issue 17, Posted 4:01 PM, 08.18.2015

Congratulations To 573 Lakewood Super Readers!

Five-hundred seventy-three readers from birth through twelfth grade finished the Lakewood Public Library summer reading club by reading either 30 books or 30 hours from May 19 through August 3.

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Volume 11, Issue 17, Posted 4:01 PM, 08.18.2015

Don Dancing from Burmese Refugees at Lakewood Public Library

Readers, you are cordially invited to join the Friends of the Lakewood Public Library at 2 p.m. on August 9 in a magnificent embrace of culture. Some of the newest residents of our city – hailing from the country of Burma (renamed Myanmar by the ruling military junta in 1989) – will treat us to a presentation of Don Dancing.

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Volume 11, Issue 17, Posted 5:56 PM, 08.04.2015

Library Director Removes Wheels From Chairs To Increase Accessibility

At a recently held town hall meeting hosted by Lakewood’s State Representative Nickie J. Antonio, it became apparent that the wheeled chairs in the Multi-Purpose room were not optimal for many of the community’s senior citizens. The chairs were intimidating, the seniors told Antonio, as the wheels made them difficult to get in and out of. Realizing this was a safety concern, Antonio went to the Library Director to see if there was anything that could be done to remediate this issue.

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Volume 11, Issue 16, Posted 4:01 PM, 08.18.2015

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Thursday, August 6
"Love is a Verb" (2014) Directed by Terry Spencer Hesser, Narrated by Ashley Judd
"Love is a Verb" is an examination of a social movement of Sufi-inspired Muslims that began in Turkey in the 1960s and now spans the globe. The group is called Hizmet (the Turkish word for service) or The Gulen Movement after leader and beloved teacher Fethullah Gulen. Marcia Hermansen explains: "This movement is not about individual enlightenment, this is about making the world a better place. But while making the world a better place, at the same time, this altruism is also transformative." This screening is made possible by the generosity of the Turkish American Society of Ohio—Cleveland and The Niagara Foundation.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 11, Issue 16, Posted 5:56 PM, 08.04.2015

Middle School Summer Reading Assignment Assistance

Hey, Lakewood Middle School Students, help is on the way! The library is offering help with your summer reading assignment again this year. We will be holding sessions in the Learning Lab at the Main Library several times starting Monday, August 10th through Saturday, August 15th. These sessions will be two hours long and will give the student a chance to complete the assignment and print a copy to turn in as soon as school starts.

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Volume 11, Issue 16, Posted 5:56 PM, 08.04.2015

Summer Reading Superhero Convention 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 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:37 PM, 07.21.2015

Love Is A Verb

The Gulen Movement has been described as an interfaith group begun by a beloved Muslim teacher from Turkey who inspired a world-wide social movement dedicated to education and improving the lives of people in underdeveloped and war-torn areas of the globe. It has also been called a cult.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:30 PM, 07.21.2015

The Wonderful World Of Bubbles

Bubbles are fun! Bubbles are funny! Bubbles are coming to the Lakewood Public Library! Come witness Sue Durante (aka The Bubble Lady) as she inflates tiny bubbles, long bubbles, giant bubbles, and a remarkable square bubble. Sue searches her home for everyday household items that become the tools for producing remarkable frothy creations. Will she bring a hula hoop, a rope, a mesh strawberry basket, or even a Croc shoe? Whatever she brings will be dipped into a special concoction of soap, water, and glycerin to enable her to blow marvelous, magnificent sudsy balloons. An afternoon of family fun is guaranteed!

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:30 PM, 07.21.2015

LPL Calendar of Events compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Friday, July 24
LakewoodAlive Front Porch Concert Series – Vance Music Studios – Student Rock Bands
Held on the Library's Front Porch, these concerts are free and open to the public. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy fantastic music with friends and neighbors in the heart of Downtown Lakewood.
7:00 p.m. on the Front Porch of the Main Library

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:30 PM, 07.21.2015

LPL Calendar of Events compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Friday, July 10
LakewoodAlive Front Porch Concert Series - Drumplay

LakewoodAlive, in collaboration with Lakewood Public Library and Vance Music Studios, is proud to announce the 6th Annual Front Porch Concert Series. Held on the Library's Front Porch, these concerts are free and open to the public. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy fantastic music with friends and neighbors in the heart of Downtown Lakewood. For the full line-up of acts, visit www.LakewoodFrontPorchConcerts.com.
7:00 p.m. on the Front Porch of the Main Library

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 3:05 PM, 07.07.2015

The Escape Artistry Of Ron Price

Looking for a cool escape from the heat this summer? Well, there’s no better refuge than the Lakewood Public Library, where the astounding escape artist Ron Price will be performing on Friday, July 10th. Ron Price is one of Ohio’s leading escape artists, blending both comedy and magic into his shows. You will be riveted by his ability to escape from just about anything all the while laughing at his hilarious comedy. Wrap him in chains, ropes, mail bags and strait jackets, it doesn’t matter. He can escape from anything. By the end, you’ll be saying “Houdini who?”

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 3:05 PM, 07.07.2015

Give A Dog A Bone - Read To Them

Hey kids, are you having a “ruff” time keeping up on your reading this summer? Then come to Lakewood Public Library where therapy dogs can help you bone up on your reading skills. We welcome beginner readers to join us Saturdays, July 11 and August 8 for Tail Waggin’ Tutors, a program for school-age children to enjoy reading books to our fabulous four-legged friends.

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 3:05 PM, 07.07.2015

Powerhouse 5: The Music Of The Raymond Scott Quintette

It’s unlikely you have ever heard of Raymond Scott or his eponymous Quintette that got started in 1936, but it’s a sure thing you have heard his music. The compositions of this brilliant, classically trained musician have been playing behind the laughs on cartoons like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Looney Tunes and the Simpsons for decades.

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 3:05 PM, 07.07.2015

The 2015 Front Porch Concert Series Begins First Show Friday Night July 3

Warm summer memories are waiting for you on Lakewood Public Library’s front porch.  Join friends and neighbors for the 2015 Front Porch Concert Series presented by LakewoodAlive. The live music starts each Friday night at 7:00 p.m. from July 3 thru September 11. Bring along some chairs, a blanket, something good to eat and enjoy the atmosphere and free music from this talented line-up:

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 3:05 PM, 07.07.2015

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 expired seven year term ending September 12, 2015. Additional information concerning the duties and responsibilities of Library Trustees is available at www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/trustee. Interested candidates should direct a letter of interest and qualifications to the Superintendent of Schools by August 14, 2015.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 4:18 PM, 06.23.2015

Our Zoo To You Animal Show

Did you know that a coatimundi is also known as a South American raccoon? Would you like to see one? Have you ever seen a ringtail lemur, a kinkajou, or a Columbian tegu? These are just some of the exotic creatures that Bryan and Terri Wise, owners of Our Zoo to You, may bring to their upcoming family friendly program at the Lakewood Public Library. Their zoo is constantly growing and changing and they will bring a variety of animals to keep everyone interested. Meet, learn about, and even pet many of the animals on Friday, June 26 at 3 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 4:18 PM, 06.23.2015

Sketchbook Club For Teens!

Are you a teen artist? Do you like to draw, paint, sculpt or do mixed media pieces? Maybe you’d like to meet some other teen artists like you, or possibly nothing like you.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 4:18 PM, 06.23.2015

LPL Calendar Of Events compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Saturday, June 27
"Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966) Directed by Mike Nichols
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor draw on the turmoil of their own storied romance as George and Martha—a miserable couple who play hateful mind games in between bouts of hard drinking. Based on the play by Edward Albee, the film includes gorgeous cinematography by Haskell Wexler. Nominated for thirteen Academy Awards, the film walked away with five Oscars, including a Best Actress Award for Elizabeth Taylor.
6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 4:18 PM, 06.23.2015

WordStage Brings A Thurber Carnival To Lakewood Public Library

Celebrated cartoonist, playwright, wit, and author of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” James Thurber was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1894. Now, returning from their standing-room-only performance of Gilgamesh, the players of WordStage bring Thurber to life in A Thurber Carnival on Sunday, June 14, at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 5:52 PM, 06.09.2015

Afternoon At The Movies

Are you sick of the pool? Do you want to keep cool? Are the movie prices so high that you think you will cry? Well don’t fret, my friends, there’s no need to fear! Whoopee, hooray, the Lakewood Public Library is here. Our Afternoon at the Movies is the perfect place for you! You can even bring along the whole family too! From June sixteenth to July twenty first we’ll be showing movies at 1 p.m. Come on Tuesday afternoons, it will be so much fun! We have six great movies you’re sure to enjoy! Films that will bring delight to every girl and boy. We’ll be showing LEGO: The Adventures of Clutch Powers, Mulan, Monsters vs. Aliens woo-hoo! Kiki’s Delivery Service, Wreck-It-Ralph and the Incredibles too! In the Main Library Auditorium, it will be cool as ice, but remember, no food, no drinks and turn off your mobile device. Thanks to the Lakewood Public Library, your vacation won’t be such a bummer! Here’s a list of the movies we’ll be showing this Summer:

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 5:52 PM, 06.09.2015

Zap! Bam! Kapow! Create A Super Hero Cape

Look, up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane! No, it’s super kids! Does your child dream of being a super hero? Let his or her imagination come to life at Lakewood Public Library where your pint-sized public protector can make his or her own super hero cape with personalized symbol. Children ages 4 to 7 and their parents or caregivers are invited to join us on Thursday, June 11 at 11 a.m. for this hour-long, hero-inspired program in the Main Library Multipurpose Room. Together you and your caped crusader will create a unique super hero symbol and apply it to a ready-made cape provided by the library. And then it’s up, up and away to save the day!

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 5:52 PM, 06.09.2015

Down On The Farm Fun! Music, Magic And Puppetry

Come and enjoy the animal antics of some favorite farmyard friends at the Down on the Farm Puppet Show at Lakewood Public Library on Friday, June 12 at 3 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room. Puppetry, music, cool magic tricks, comedy, and audience participation make this a fun and exciting program for the whole family.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 5:52 PM, 06.09.2015

Sample Schubert’s Lieder At Lakewood Public Library

One of the masters of classical music, Franz Schubert is renowned for his solo piano music, symphonies, string compositions (the bubbly "Trout," the hauntingly beautiful "Death and the Maiden"), and sacred works. However, his true accomplishment may be as the greatest songwriter ever. Despite his death at the age of thirty-one, Schubert composed 615 Lieder. Enjoy a rare opportunity to hear some of these beautiful Lieder performed live by Great Lakes Light Opera on Tuesday, June 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 3:04 PM, 05.26.2015

LPL Calendar of Events compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Saturday, May 30
Lakewood Public Cinema: "The Misfits" (1961) Directed by John Huston
Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe make their final screen appearances in this melancholy masterpiece, graced with humor and humanity. Monroe plays a disillusioned young woman who has come to Reno for a divorce. After making fast friends with Thelma Ritter, an older divorcée who never left the state after her own divorce, and heartbroken mechanic Eli Wallach, she's introduced to a larger-than-life cowboy named Gay, played by Clark Gable. As the last of the real men, Gay is a little too good at masking his pain behind romantic speeches about cowboy freedom and the beauty of nature. After hitting it off at first, her innocent idealism clashes violently with his hard-edged, hard-hearted practicality.
6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 3:04 PM, 05.26.2015

Bestselling Writer To Visit Lakewood Library

Many teachers and office workers dream of the time they can quit their mundane jobs, let their creativity flow and work full time writing the novels they know are bursting to get out. Mary Ellis made that dream a reality.

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 3:04 PM, 05.26.2015

Lakewood Board of Education Accepting Applications for Appointment to the Library Board of Trustees

Lifelong resident of Lakewood, Mary Louise Nixon served the community through participation in many civic and educational groups, leaving a permanent mark on the community she called her home. As such, her passing is deeply felt not just here at the Library, but throughout all of Lakewood. Her service as a Library Trustee started in 1976, and during the 39 years that she served, she was instrumental in shaping the Library into what it is today.

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 3:04 PM, 05.26.2015

Library Celebrates 99 Years With New Website, Cards And More

May 19, 2015 will mark the ninety-ninth anniversary of Lakewood Public Library. To celebrate, the Library will unveil a brand new website, redesigned library cards, sharp looking nametags for the employees, free stickers and more.  Stop by the Library and wish us a happy birthday. (No gifts please, just keep reading, watching and listening.) You can pick up one of the new library cards while you’re here and get a free sticker to show the world that you’re a proud patron of the Lakewood Public Library.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 4:47 PM, 05.12.2015

Strokes Of Genius Art Show

An Art Show for family and friends recently ended the spring session of Strokes of Genius at the Lakewood Public Library. Over a six week period, participating second, third, and fourth graders learned about the life and work of famous artists and then completed an art project inspired by the style of that artist.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 4:47 PM, 05.12.2015

Lakewood Public Library Screens "The Jewish Cardinal"

The Lakewood Public Library is proud to announce that it will be one of the free venues for the 2015 Cleveland Jewish Film Fest in October. To celebrate our selection, the Library will screen "The Jewish Cardinal" on Thursday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 4:47 PM, 05.12.2015

LPL Calendar of Events Compiled By Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, May 14
M
eet the Author: "The Bible's Cutting Room Floor" by Joel Hoffman
The Bible you usually read is not the complete story. Passages were omitted accidentally, intentionally for political or theological reasons, or because they contained information everyone already knew. The Book of Genesis doesn’t tell us about Adam and Eve after they get kicked out of the Garden or the lessons they have for us about good and evil. The Bible introduces us to Abraham, but it doesn’t include the troubling story of his early life, which explains how he came to reject idolatry to become the father of monotheism. And while there are only 150 Psalms in today’s Bible, there used to be many more. The Bible’s Cutting Room Floor reveals what’s missing from your Bible, who left it out, and why it is so important. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event. Co-sponsored by Beth Israel—The West Temple.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 4:47 PM, 05.12.2015

Socratic Dialogue Workshop

I would never dare to alarm or accuse, O patrons, but as the Greek philosopher Socrates said: the unexamined life is simply not worth living. To be sure, this is bold talk – and the jury he was speaking to put him to death. But do not lose heart; once again your local library has the antidote. Cuyahoga Community College’s own Professor Kerry Tobin will be leading two Socratic Dialogue Workshops, first on May 23rd, and the second on July 25th. Both sessions will fall on a Saturday, and begin at 2 p.m. in the Main Library Meeting Room; please call ahead to register (216-226-8275 ext. 127).

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 4:47 PM, 05.12.2015

Vine & Viral Video Club

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?

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 1:16 PM, 04.28.2015

Remembering Mary Louise Nixon

Out of the rich history of trustee commitments to Lakewood Public Library, Mary Louise Nixon will be remembered for her wise determination that the institution always live near the aspirations, energies, interests, needs, and values of the city’s people. To live and learn purposefully in community with both the Main Library and the Madison Branch as accessible pivot points was Mrs. Nixon’s vision for Lakewood.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 1:16 PM, 04.28.2015

What I Have Learned From Lakewood Literary Legend, Herbert Gold

I’ve never met Herbert Gold. In fact, I didn’t know he existed until the Library invited him to be a guest speaker. (To be fair, I am sure he doesn’t know that I exist). After researching his life I have discovered a great many things about this celebrated writer: what he’s done, who he’s met and where he’s been. In the process of writing this article I realized that I would have to write a whole series of books to cover the amazing life of this captivating man. Since I am limited by space, I will share two important things that I have learned from him.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 1:16 PM, 04.28.2015

Discover The Bible’s Cutting Room Floor When Dr. Joel M. Hoffman Visits Lakewood Public Library

Weighing in at sixty-six books and over 800,000 words, the Bible is no one’s idea of a quick read. But what if our version of the Bible isn’t the whole story? What if important information has been omitted from the Bible, either deliberately or inadvertently? In "The Bible’s Cutting Room Floor:The Holy Scriptures Missing from your Bible," Dr. Joel M. Hoffman claims that our version of the Bible is the abridged version. According to Hoffman, biblical passages were omitted to save space, for political reasons, or because the information contained in the texts was already well known at that time. Dr. Hoffman will discuss The Bible’s Cutting Room Floor on Thursday, May 14 at 7 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium as part of the Library’s Meet the Author series.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 1:16 PM, 04.28.2015

LPL Calendar of Events compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, April 29
Lakewood Historical Society
"The Cleveland Cavaliers: A History of The Wine & Gold"
by Vince McKee
Take a courtside seat with author Vince McKee as he dishes out the complete history of the Cleveland Cavaliers, from the founding of the franchise in 1970 to the triumphant return of LeBron James in 2014. Relive every major moment in team history. Highlights include draft picks turned all-stars, coaching changes, heated rivalries, player departures; and dubious distinctions like “the Shot” and “the Stepien Rule.” Get insight and analysis of every epic run from legendary sportscaster Joe Tait; players Austin Carr, Craig Ehlo and Larry Nance; and others as they reveal the untold true stories behind every major event in Cavs history. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 1:16 PM, 04.28.2015

Mary Louise Nixon, 1934-2015

Sharp-witted, feisty, loving and bursting with energy until the very end, Mary Louise Nixon set a daunting example for a life lived well. The longtime member and former president of Lakewood Public Library’s Board of Trustees passed away peacefully on April 17, depriving us all of the irreplaceable wealth of her experience—not to mention her passion, shrewd judgment and wry sense of humor. A tireless advocate, not just for the Library, but for the people who work here, for those who frequent the Library and especially for those who have not yet discovered what the Library has to offer, she will be deeply missed by many.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 1:16 PM, 04.28.2015

Juggling And Magic!

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN AND CHILDREN OF ALL AGES! Announcing an exciting juggling and magic performance at the Lakewood Public Library by the one and only St. Ignatius Circus Company! Prepare to be amazed by high school students who have an interest in juggling, magic, unicycle riding, and performance acrobatics! These performers meet weekly for practice and entertain at more than 150 events each year.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 6:10 PM, 04.14.2015

LPL Calendar of Events compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

April 15
Lakewood
Historical Society
"
AsiaTown Cleveland: From Tong Wars to Dim Sum" by Alan F. Dutka
Cleveland, Chinese immigrants often earned poor pay for long hours of strenuous work. In 1925, Cleveland police responded to an especially brutal outbreak of Tong war violence by arresting every Chinese person in the city, creating an international scandal. Today, Clevelanders and tourists travel to the growing AsiaTown neighborhood to enjoy authentic Asian dinners and shop at stores. Alan F. Dutka vividly portrays one of the oldest and most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the city. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.
Wednesday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 6:10 PM, 04.14.2015