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Particle Physics, Backaches And The Theory Of Evolution

How did we begin? This question has engaged thinkers for as long as human consciousness has existed. Lakewood Public Library is offering a chance to contemplate the science of origins on three successive Thursdays in December, beginning on December 3rd at 7 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.24.2015

"Alice" Is 150

"Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" (commonly shortened to "Alice in Wonderland") was published on November 26, 1865. Written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, this imaginative story continues to excite young readers. The 150th Anniversary is the perfect occasion to celebrate a brilliant book. Lakewood Public Library invites children to participate in an “Alice in Wonderland Picture Search.” Young patrons can hunt the Children’s and Youth Services area to find copies of original illustrations from the book. When they find all ten pictures, their names will be entered into a drawing to win a prize! The fun continues throughout the month of November. Come to the Children’s desk at the Lakewood Public Library to get an entry slip and begin your quest. It’s fun and easy!

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Volume 11, Issue 23, Posted 4:01 PM, 11.10.2015

Ralph Hutchison Brings The Words Of Homer To Lakewood Public Library

As Book I of Homer’s "The Odyssey" begins, Odysseus is being held captive after failing to return home from the Trojan War. Penelope, his ever-patient wife, awaits his return in a palace overrun with suitors. With vengeful gods, invocations to muses, bloodshed, and disasters, "The Odyssey"is filled with adventure and mayhem.

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Volume 11, Issue 23, Posted 4:01 PM, 11.10.2015

Saturday Night Cinema At Lakewood Public Library

Terry Meehan wants to take you to the movies. As a popular film host at Lakewood Public Library, he always chooses great titles, educates with anecdotes and rare clips or documentaries and finishes with a lively audience discussion.

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Volume 11, Issue 23, Posted 4:01 PM, 11.10.2015

LPL Calendar Of Events compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Saturday, November 14
"Hour of the Gun" (1967) Directed by John Sturges

In 1957, Sturges made "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral," starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas as Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. It was very popular with audiences but took a few liberties with history. This time around Sturges wanted to stick closer to the facts in his portrayal of the famous gunfight and its aftermath. The result? Much lower box office figures. Terry Meehan continues his series, “Westerns of the Sixties,” introducing each film with rare clips and original documentaries, followed by audience reaction and a lively discussion. Tonight’s program includes a special guest, novelist Mary Doria Russell, who has written two books on Holliday and Earp. In "Doc" she creates a portrait of Holliday that is more compelling than what has been seen in any movie. In "Epitaph," she explores the famous gunfight itself and the events that followed. Both books will be available for sale and signing.
6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 11, Issue 23, Posted 4:01 PM, 11.10.2015

A Dog-Gone Good Show

Close your eyes and imagine a show that combines animals and magic. Now open your eyes and bring your kids to a fascinating program starring magician Jim Kleefled at the Lakewood Public Library. Children and their parents will meet many vibrant characters, each with a fun and friendly attitude. Your family is sure to enjoy this bright colorful act full of magic tricks and routines about animals.  

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Volume 11, Issue 23, Posted 4:01 PM, 11.10.2015

Art Club For Teens Winter Session Starts

Are you a teen artist? Do you like to draw, paint, sculpt or do mixed media pieces? Maybe you’d like to meet some other teen artists like you, or possibly nothing like you. Sketchbook Club at Lakewood Public Library is a group for artists of all skill levels in the 9th-12th grades. This is a relaxed meetup group where every week there will be a group exercise available exploring different types of drawing and other artmaking, or, you can come with your own sketchbook to work on your own drawings. Bring any art project you are working on to the club and get some perspective or critique from your peers and the club leader. You can even start something new at Sketchbook--all kinds of supplies and materials will be available for you to use. You can do what you choose! We are looking for teen artists of any kind to join us for this fun and open group so register now and let’s make some art together!

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Volume 11, Issue 23, Posted 4:01 PM, 11.10.2015

LPL Calendar Of Events compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, October 29
Meet the Author: "On Liberty Street" by Margaret Ford-Taylor
Filled with subtle wisdom and simple humor, this often hilarious debut novel from the former director of Karamu House is a fun ride, following a year in the life of Ardelia Rose Watson Cunningham through her private correspondence. To this septuagenarian grandmother of four, every inch of life is important. With her letters—to Malachi, an eight-year-old African pen pal, to neighbors and friends of long and intimate standing, to judges and CEO’s of major corporations and other strangers—she collects relationships and dissects and directs events. To know her is to love her. Unless, of course, your name is Lilah Pitts. Margaret Ford-Taylor is a celebrated playwright, actress, and author. (You might remember her as Aunt Eda in Denzel Washington’s Antwone Fisher). Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 11, Issue 22, Posted 2:57 PM, 10.27.2015

From T-Shirt To Bag Without Sewing A Stitch!

Hey teens! What do you do with your old t-shirts that no longer fit? What about the one that mom has deemed “unwearable” simply because the bottom or sleeves are tattered and torn? You think that lends it character, but no matter how much you argue mom wants that shirt in the rag bag.

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Volume 11, Issue 22, Posted 2:57 PM, 10.27.2015

WordStage Performs Killer Verse: Poems Of Murder And Mayhem

If you don’t get enough spine-tingling creepiness this Halloween, join us on Sunday, November 8 for our Sunday With The Friends program at Lakewood Public Library as we welcome WordStage for a Chamber Music Theater performance inspired by the anthology Killer Verse: Poems of Murder and Mayhem edited by Harold Schechter and Kurt Brown.

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Volume 11, Issue 22, Posted 2:57 PM, 10.27.2015

A Free Case Western Reserve course at LPL: The Return of Religion and Science with Michael Miller, Ph.D.

Is it necessary to choose between Religion and Science? Can a thinking person appreciate both or are they mutually exclusive? 

Few topics evoke so much emotion and carry such significance in our modern age as the seeming battle between Religion and Science.  Lakewood Public Library is hosting a free and open course from The Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University that breaks the topic down into four talks being held every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in October 2015.  Michael Miller, Ph.D. will be leading the following discussions:

God’s Existence: Arguments for and Against

After establishing a framework for considering science and religion, we will examine a number of influential attempts to argue for and against the existence of God.

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 4:17 PM, 10.13.2015

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Blind Date With a Book
For readers of juvenile and teen chapter books

Don’t judge a book by its cover! Pick a new read sight unseen. Choose from our cleverly disguised titles and maybe fall in love for the first time.

Sunday, October 18, through Saturday, October 24, in the Main and Madison branch juvenile and teen collections.

Sensory Story Time
For you and your 3-7 year old child

This story time program can be enjoyed by all children, but it is specifically designed for young children with special needs, autism or those with sensory processing challenges. Registration required.

Saturday, October 17, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Main Library Toddler Story Time Room.

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 4:17 PM, 10.13.2015

LPL Calendar of Events compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, October 14
"Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy" (2013)
Directed by Michael Kantor
This film explores the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical and many of the songs that comprise "The American Songbook." A virtual behind-the-scenes-of-Broadway, this is an engaging, humorous, and provocative film with entertaining perspectives on Broadway's most beloved songs, stories, and shows. This documentary showcases the nation's pre-eminent creators of musical theatre including Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Kurt Weill, Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Jules Styne and many others.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 4:17 PM, 10.13.2015

Run, Swim, Bike, Survive

What is the Finish Line Feeling? According to Liz Ferro, it’s a powerful sensation of being the most extraordinary person you can be and feeling as if you can do anything.

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 4:17 PM, 10.13.2015

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, October 1
Meet the Author - "Expert Insights: Business Gurus Share Tips to Accelerate Your Business Growth" by Diane Helbig

If you are looking for innovative ways to grow your business and ensure its long term prospects, look no further than this new book from business maven Diane Helbig. She’s gathered wisdom from some of the world’s best business minds who have appeared as guests on her radio show and compiled it all in one handy place. It’s the kind of book you’ll reference over and over again as your business grows and grows. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 11, Issue 20, Posted 11:29 AM, 09.29.2015

Lakewood Public Library To Show Acclaimed Documentaries During Jewish FilmFest

Musical theater and World War II history are two of the topics being explored during the ten day 2015 Cleveland Jewish FilmFest, October 8-18. Last year, more than 5000 people attended films at venues around Cleveland, and this year, Lakewood Public Library is pleased to be part of this nine year old festival.

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Volume 11, Issue 20, Posted 11:29 AM, 09.29.2015

Teen Craft... Monster Magnets!

Make it creepy. Make it cute. Make it creative. Then stick it on the fridge. Stick it in your locker. Stick it anywhere that needs monstering up. I’m talking about handmade polymer clay monster magnets!

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Volume 11, Issue 20, Posted 11:29 AM, 09.29.2015

"Hip To That" Fills In And Swings The Library

Come see Hip to That, a four piece jazz band, as they swing the socks off the Library. Playing jazz standards, crossover charts, and even a few pop tunes, Hip to That puts their own flavor into each song they do. Their music is swinging and often gets people out of their seats and dancing. Stepping in for the originally-scheduled Acclarion, who is unable to travel from Canada, Hip to That will perform on Sunday, October 4 at 2 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.

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Volume 11, Issue 20, Posted 11:29 AM, 09.29.2015

From Refugee To Neighbor Stories From The CLE

Imagine tragedy strikes. War on your street, people you know tortured or killed, your home in ruins. You and your family run for your lives, grateful for the borrowed tent that becomes your new home. Time passes. Your children grow up but they don’t move away. In fact, it is 20 years later, and you are still waiting for something to change.

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Volume 11, Issue 19, Posted 5:42 PM, 09.15.2015

Author Mark Turner Brings Advanced Blending To Lakewood Public Library

Where do new ideas come from? And why are human beings exceptionally good at innovation? According to Mark Turner, a pioneer in the concept of conceptual blending, our creativity may come from our ability to blend different ideas together. In his book, "The Origin of Ideas: Blending, Creativity, & the Human Spark," Turner, a Professor of Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University, discusses how humans develop creative genius. He will elaborate on the concept of blending during his Meet the Author appearance on Thursday, September 24 at 7 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.

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Volume 11, Issue 19, Posted 5:42 PM, 09.15.2015

Renowned Baroque Ensemble, Les Délices, Gives Free Concert At Lakewood Public Library

Lauded for their “daring programming, presented both with conviction and mastery” (ClevelandClassical.com), Les Délices is “an early music ensemble with an avant-garde appetite” (The New York Times). Les Délices features Debra Nagy on baroque oboe, Julie Andrijeski on baroque violin, David Ellis on viola da gamba and Simon Martyn-Ellis on theorbo. The musicians perform on period instruments, which allows them to explore a rich tapestry of tone colors. The ensemble will perform on Sunday, September 27 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.

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Volume 11, Issue 19, Posted 5:42 PM, 09.15.2015

LPL Calendar Of Events

Thursday, September 17
Booked For Murder: Murder in Motion
Lovers of mystery take to the skies, seas and rails this season. Murderers look for their next victim aboard various modes of transport from ships to planes, trains and even a blimp.This Thursday’s book is Johannes Cabal the Detective by Jonathan Howard
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Meeting Room

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Volume 11, Issue 19, Posted 5:42 PM, 09.15.2015

The Famous And Infamous Women Of Millionaires’ Row

Behind every great man there is a great woman…or so they say. During the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, Euclid Avenue was the home to some of the country’s richest and most influential men. John D. Rockefeller, Mark Hanna and Thomas Howard White are just a few of the millionaires who lived on the avenue called “the Showplace of America.” While much is known about these men, their fortunes and the companies they started, little is known about their wives…until now. On Sunday, September 20, Dan Ruminski, Cleveland’s Storyteller, will be at Lakewood Public Library to regale us with tales of the famous and infamous women behind the men of Millionaires’ Row.

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

Jonathan Hooper: Cool And Classic At Lakewood Public Library

It had to be you, Jonathan Hooper. Who else could come to Lakewood Public Library and make us feel like we are at Rhett’s Piano Bar, the New Orleans-inspired piano bar where you used to work back in sunny old St. Augustine? On Sunday, September 13 at 2 p.m., that classically trained pianist crooning at the back of the joint is waking up the grand piano in our Multipurpose Room for a Sunday With The Friends concert.

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

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

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

RailShakers Shake Things Up At The Library

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

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

LPL Calendar Of Events compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations To 573 Lakewood Super Readers!

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

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

Don Dancing from Burmese Refugees at Lakewood Public Library

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

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

Library Director Removes Wheels From Chairs To Increase Accessibility

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

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

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

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

Middle School Summer Reading Assignment Assistance

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

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

Summer Reading Superhero Convention At Madison Park

Celebrate the end of another great summer with games and goodies galore! Lakewood Public Library’s summer reading club is drawing to a close, which means it’s time for a party! Our summer readers have done a fabulous job, and now it’s time to reap their rewards.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:37 PM, 07.21.2015

Love Is A Verb

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

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

The Wonderful World Of Bubbles

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

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

LPL Calendar of Events compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

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

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

LPL Calendar of Events compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Friday, July 10
LakewoodAlive Front Porch Concert Series - Drumplay

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

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

The Escape Artistry Of Ron Price

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

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

Give A Dog A Bone - Read To Them

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

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

Powerhouse 5: The Music Of The Raymond Scott Quintette

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

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

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

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

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

Lakewood Public Library Board Of Trustees

The Lakewood City Schools Board of Education is accepting applications for appointment to the Lakewood Public Library Board of Trustees for an expired seven year term ending September 12, 2015. Additional information concerning the duties and responsibilities of Library Trustees is available at www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/trustee. Interested candidates should direct a letter of interest and qualifications to the Superintendent of Schools by August 14, 2015.

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