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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 Cleveland’s 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

The Cleveland Orchestra At The Library

The renowned Cleveland Orchestra is known for drawing big crowds across the globe, but now they have their sights set on Lakewood. In May, the Orchestra will travel to Lakewood to perform in some unexpected locations.

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

The Friends Of Lakewood Public Library: Books, Movies And More!

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.

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

How To “Sew Your Own Tote” And Carry Those Books In Style

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.

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

Events At Lakewood Public Library

April 3
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.

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

Duct Tape Crafting For Teens

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.

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

Gone To The Dogs?

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.

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

Friendship, Through The Rough & Tumble

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.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 5:10 PM, 03.18.2014

Ohio’s Unsung Heroines

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.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 5:07 PM, 03.18.2014

Cosmic Culture -- A 1960's Roleplay Experience

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.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 5:07 PM, 03.18.2014

Events At Lakewood Public Library

March 19
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

March 20
Judaism in Focus
Judaism Confronts Modernity

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 5:05 PM, 03.18.2014

Geronimo! It's a Doctor Who Party!

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!

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 8:46 PM, 03.04.2014

Judaism In Focus At Lakewood Public Library

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.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 8:46 PM, 03.04.2014

Events At Lakewood Public Library

March 5
Meet the Author: "No Mopes Allowed" by David Oliver
Police 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.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 8:46 PM, 03.04.2014

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.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 8:46 PM, 03.04.2014

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, March 8, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

Doctor Who
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.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 8:46 PM, 03.04.2014

Get Your Irish On At Lakewood Public Library With Joe Rollin Porter

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:

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 8:46 PM, 03.04.2014

TumbleBooks At The Lakewood Public Library

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.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 2:17 PM, 02.18.2014

They Did Not Choose To Come

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.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 2:17 PM, 02.18.2014

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.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 2:17 PM, 02.18.2014

Events At Lakewood Public Library, Feb 4

February 4

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.

February 6

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.

 
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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 5:59 PM, 02.04.2014

Jungle Bob's Reptile Show

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.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 5:55 PM, 02.04.2014

Sharing The Dream

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.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 5:55 PM, 02.04.2014

Have You Discovered Lakewood’s Secret?

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.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 5:55 PM, 02.04.2014

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

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.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 4:08 PM, 01.21.2014

Game On! Computer Fun For Kids

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.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 4:08 PM, 01.21.2014

Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian Marvel: The Weltzheimer/Johnson House

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.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 4:08 PM, 01.21.2014

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