Library

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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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 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