When it comes to the legendary Friends of Lakewood Public Library Book Sales, everybody knows about the thousands of titles available for pennies, but did you also know the Friends sell magazines, DVDs, VHS tapes and electronics? The Friends sell these items for less than you can find at the cheapest thrift shop, and unlike the great finds on sites like Amazon, you don’t need to pay for shipping or wait weeks for that package to arrive.
One bright spring day, in between storytime and checking out books, “Miss Kate from the library,” as she is affectionately known to thousands of children in Lakewood, had an Earth Day inspired thought. She could combine the Library’s new plastic-free bag policy and her much loved sewing hobby - with its accompanying pile of leftover material - into one good idea. Four years later, the “Sew Your Own Tote” program is fast becoming a tradition at Lakewood Public Library.
Poetry Month: "A Bomb in Her Bosom: the Enigma of Emily Dickinson"
A Dramatic Presentation by WordStage
The first word of the first poem she ever wrote was, appropriately enough, “awake.” Almost two centuries later, Emily Dickinson is still jolting us into consciousness. The legendary recluse, who spent most of her life hidden from the world in the small town of Amherst, Massachusetts, wrote poetry for four decades yet allowed only a handful of her poems to be published in her lifetime. It wasn’t until decades after her death, that all 1,789 of them were discovered and published in their original, unedited form. But according to recent scholarship and new biographies, the myth of the shy, virginal woman in the white dress hidden away in her father’s house, is too simple. The Dickinson of closer inspection reveals a fiercely passionate poetic pioneer with a withering wit and yearnings that, like a good poem, can lift the top of your head off. In truth, her avoidance of public life may have had a less romantic cause—epilepsy. (The most effective treatment available for such a condition to those who could afford it would have been to simply stay home.) The debate rages on and readers are welcome to make up their own minds. Whatever the case, Dickinson has never suffered from a shortage of fans and admirers and she is now widely considered one of the New World’s greatest poets. WordStage examines her life and literary legacy through dramatic readings of her poems, letters and diaries, accompanied by the music of her time.
Have you noticed that duct tape has gotten extremely colorful and interesting lately? You may not be aware of the growing trend of crafting with it, but duct tape’s versatility has taken it far beyond the taping of ducts. Jewelry, tote bags, decorations, even clothes have been forged by crafty crafters longing to push the limits of what industrial strength tape can do.
Lakewood Public Library hasn’t gone to the dogs, they have come to us! Every second Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. school-age children may enjoy reading books to their four-legged friends at Tail Waggin’ Tutors. Beginner readers can bone up on their reading skills by sharing a book or two with therapy dogs and their owners that been certified through Therapy Dogs International.
We all know friendship creates something magical in our lives, but few of us are lucky enough to have it create art as well. Please join us on Sunday April 6 at 2 p.m. in the Lakewood Public Library to enjoy true friendship at its best. Musicians Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler have a specific feel to the music they make. The journey they take the audience on is a captivating one, and something to be remembered and truly enjoyed.
Ohio is well known for its importance as a route on the Underground Railroad before the Civil War. Less well known is the vital role played by the state during the Civil War. Nearly 320,000 of its citizens served in the Union army, sixty percent of all Ohio men between the ages of 18 and 45.
Step into our groovy time machine to experience the craziest decade in American history … the 1960’s! The Cold War, Space Race, Civil Rights Movement, Hippies, and of course, the music and fashion all made for an exciting era! Now you have a chance to relive the experience in this six-week, team-based program for teens.
CPH Script Club: "Clybourne Park" by Bruce Norris
The Cleveland Play House Script Club is everything you love about a book club—but with a play in the spotlight! Check out a copy of the script and read it at home. Then join CPH Artistic Staff at the Library for a free-flowing exploration of the story and how CPH artists will take a play from page to stage. In "Clybourne Park" by Bruce Norris, neighborhoods change, but do people? This ferociously smart satire takes a hard-eyed, sharp-tongued look at the ways race, history and humor impact the owners of one house through fifty years of societal changes. No wonder it won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011.
Space is limited. Call 216-226-8275 ext. 127 to register.
Wednesday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
Judaism in Focus
Judaism Confronts Modernity
Calling all Whovians who are in the 6th through 12th grade! The TARDIS is landing at the Lakewood Public Library on Saturday, March 8th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Main Branch. Yes, we know we seem to be a bit late for the 50th anniversary of the Doctor, but if you think of that wibbly wobbly, timey wimey, time space continuum thing…well, we could be right on time!
Over the past two millennia, Judaism has developed and spread across the globe, taking shapeas a vast and complex system. Judaism in Focus is a brief series being held at Lakewood Public Library that offers a glimpse into four distinct areas of the religion. Each session will be lead by a renowned local scholar. This unique educational opportunity is presented by Case Western Reserve University.
How Jews Read the Bible: A Literary Approach Presented by Dr. Rabbi Moshe Berger
The Bible contains laws, moral lessons and theological truths. It also contains numerous dramatic moments. In this session, we shall focus exclusively on the drama, as we read and analyze two famous seduction scenes: Samson and Delilah; and Joseph and Mrs. Potiphar. We shall consider character motivation, stage directions implied in the text, theological issues and the Bible’s demand for reader participation.
Meet the Author: "No Mopes Allowed" by David OliverPolice Chief David Oliver’s tell-it-like-it-is sense of humor and no-holds-barred opinions have made him (and the Brimfield Police Department) a Facebook sensation with 130,000 likes and counting from users across the country and around the world. Whether he’s busting mopes (old-fashioned cop slang for criminal types), comforting a teen runaway or promoting school safety, Oliver’s folksy and feisty style connects with readers. He tackles tough issues like crystal meth, drunk driving and school shootings while chastising politicians and championing personal responsibility. All proceeds from this book go to the Chief Oliver Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that distributes funds to police department charitable programs and assists juvenile survivors of sexual assault. Books will be available for sale and signing. This program is made possible by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and Hospice of the Western Reserve.
A Busy Week For Authors At The Library: Baseball, The Battle Of The Bulge And A Little Bit Of Historical Mystery
Here at LPL, one thing’s for sure. We love books and we love authors. Having four authors coming to visit in only three days makes us feel that March is a very lucky month indeed. Join us March 10th through 12th for our Meet the Author series held at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium. Even luckier, all of these cold, gloomy days with blustery, howling winds are the perfect forecast for a good book and a good discussion…or three.
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, March 8, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.
For students in sixth through twelfth grade
Are you a Whovian? Join us for two hours of games, crafts, trivia, and fun. Come dressed as your favorite Doctor or companion for a photo opportunity with the TARDIS. For more information, stop in or call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140.
A master of acoustic fingerstyle guitar and a lifelong Ohio resident, Joe Rollin Porter injects new life and energy into the folk tradition. Joe brings a Celtic theme with him when he takes the stage at 2 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium on Sunday, March 16. Before his concert, he takes a few minutes to discuss his art:
Animated, talking picture books teach kids the joy of reading. TumbleBooks add music, narration and movement to titles to create a new book experience that you can read or have read to you. The collection includes story books, chapter books, non-fiction books, and even language learning books in Spanish, French, Chinese, and Russian! National Geographic is part of the fun with educational videos that enhance the non-fiction books. Educational games are included, too. TumbleBooks is perfect for use in the classroom! Access is available in the Main Library Computer Connections Room, the Madison Branch Kid Kiosks, or remotely through the Library’s website, www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/youth.
For the past decade, CityMusic Cleveland has been on a mission. Wanting to bring classical music to everyone, this professional chamber music orchestra has identified two major obstacles, high ticket prices and unfamiliar venues, and has eliminated them by holding free concerts throughout the community. They use their programming as a way to address community needs and interests and this season they are focusing on the needs of Cleveland’s refugee community. On Sunday, March 2 at 2 p.m., join CityMusic Cleveland as they continue their mission and kick off the spring season of Sunday with the Friends at the Lakewood Public Library.
Sunday with the Friends: Refugee Music: They Did Not Choose To Come
Great Lakes Theater Festival Presents: "Seven Ages" – An Original Play By Nina Domingue, Mike Geither, David Hansen, Christine Howey, Michael Oatman, Anne McEvoy, And Toni K. Thayer
What makes a life? That is the question when the members of a motley quartet of characters from Shakespeare's As You Like It cross paths whilst seeking shelter in the rambles of the forest. They share stories to keep the darkness at bay—myths, memoirs, fables and fantasies. Tales told to pass the time give way to deeper meanings, elicitations of joy, and surprising glimpses into their own hearts. This one-hour touring production will no doubt prove to be the journey of a lifetime, so join us on Tuesday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.
Magic Fun with Zap the Wonder Chap
For the whole family
Learning Lab Classes: One-on-One Job Search
Spend thirty minutes with a staff member polishing your resume, brushing up on computer skills and exploring employment websites. Whether you need a new job or just want to explore your options, we want to get you started with personal attention.
Appointments are available on Tuesday, February 4 between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Documentary Film: "Flag Wars" (2003) Directed by Linda Goode Bryant and Laura Poitras
Shot over a four-year period, Linda Goode Bryant and Laura Poitras’ Flag Wars is a poignant and personal look at a community in Columbus, Ohio, undergoing gentrification. What happens when gay white homebuyers move into a working-class black neighborhood? As the new residents restore the beautiful but run-down homes, black homeowners must fight to hold on to their community and heritage. The inevitable clashes expose prejudice and self-interest on both sides, as well as the common dream to have a home to call your own. Winner of the Jury Award at the South by Southwest Film Festival, "Flag Wars" is a candid, unvarnished portrait of privilege, poverty and local politics taking place across America.
An enthusiastic group of children and their families weathered snow and cold temperatures on a recent Saturday evening to come to the Lakewood Public Library for Jungle Bob’s Reptile Show. Jungle Bob shared his collection of animal facts and stories but the real stars of the show were his reptiles.
These beautiful handmade cards were crafted by students attending a program at the Lakewood Public Library on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. After stories and a song celebrating King’s life and legacy, the participants had fun making a greeting card to warm the hearts of nursing home residents. The cards are being distributed to folks living at Lakewood Senior Health Campus. Each child took home a booklet about the life of Dr. King to cut and color, a song sheet, and a bookmark.
If you have never seen Zap the Wonder Chap perform, I have one question for you; why not?
Tail Waggin’ Tutors
For school-age children
The Madison Branch of the Lakewood Library is a modest neighborhood branch located in Lakewood’s Birdtown area. The brick building that houses the library was originally built in 1929 to serve the diverse population of the southeastern portion of Lakewood. Madison is a warm and comfortable place to visit; our building is all one floor, making it great for people with mobility limitations. We have a small staff so there is always a familiar face to assist you.
Jungle Bob’s Educational Traveling Zoo
For the whole family
Jungle Bob will entertain and educate the audience with his live reptile show, which includes a variety of snakes, lizards, turtles, and tortoises. There is no need to register in advance.
Saturday, January 25, at 7:00 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. For more information, stop in or call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140.
Sunday, February 2, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.
Children can enjoy playing computer games that are not only fun, but educational in the Computer Connections room at the Main Library. Computers are preloaded with a wide variety of games which are age appropriate. Kids select from over 35 educational computer games designed to encourage literacy and improve math and problem-solving skills.
Innovative, charismatic and controversial, architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed buildings which are in harmony with their environment. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Usonian architecture of Wright’s Weltzheimer/Johnson house. Designer Fred R. Unwin will profile the Weltzheimer/Johnson house in Lakewood Public Library’s Main Auditorium on Sunday, February 2, 2014, at 2 p.m.
Open during library hours
A Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.
For school age children
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lakewood Lego® League
For youth in kindergarten through fifth grade (caregivers welcome)
The holidays are coming, and with them the purchase of new, shiny eBook readers. To get help using your new device or downloading free eBooks look no further than Lakewood Public Library.
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.
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.
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.
Lakewood Lego® League
For youth in kindergarten through fifth grade (caregivers welcome)
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.
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.
Steampunk Jewelry Making
For teens in sixth through twelfth grade
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.
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.
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!
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.
A reading program for children from birth to age 5
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.
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:
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.
Lakewood Lego® Block Party
For youth in kindergarten through fifth grade
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.