Library

Upcoming Events

Support local writers and celebrate the creativity of our diverse community by attending Lakewood Public Library’s "Meet The Author," a platform for Northeast Ohioans to share their latest books and unique perspectives.

Meet The Author: "The Long & Winding Phone!" by Helen Marketti, Wednesday, July 10, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium 

Julian Lennon, Pete Best and Pattie Boyd are part of a collection of interviews with a Fab Four connection by Helen Marketti in "The Long & Winding Phone!" Join the author for a nostalgic trip into Beatles history from the people who either knew or were deeply affected by the four lads from Liverpool. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event. 

Meet the Author- "Gift Me with Flowers While I’m Present" by LaTonya Fenderson-Warren, Wednesday, July 24, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium. 

LaTonya Fenderson-Warren is a soul poetess and author. Her fourth book of poetry, "Gift Me with Flowers While I’m Present" encourages you to live now, love now, and gift flowers to your loved ones while they can enjoy them. Fenderson-Warren’s poetry sheds light on social issues that are normally ignored, hoping to become a voice for those that feel silenced. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event. 

Film- Barbara Steffek-Hill’s Five-Star Movie Matinee- "Gilda"(1945) Sunday, July 7, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. (110 minutes) in the Main Library Auditorium 

Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford) is a small-time American gambler, newly arrived in Buenos Aires. When he is caught cheating Farrell manages to talk his way into a job with the casino's owner, the powerful Ballin Mundson (George Macready). The two form an uneasy partnership until Mundson introduces Farrell to his beautiful new wife, Gilda (Rita Hayworth), who just happens to be Farrell's ex-lover. 

 

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Volume 20, Issue 13, Posted 8:59 PM, 07.02.2024

Lakewood Public Library Upcoming Programs-Children’s And Youth Services

Adventure Begins at Your Library 

For all children and youth from birth up to those entering twelfth grade. Read for fun and rewards. Participants will be entered into weekly drawings for prizes and gift cards. Readers can check online or in person. Finishers receive a certificate of completion and a new book to keep. Registration is required. 

Friday, May 10, 2024 through Monday, August 12, 2024 at the Main Library and Madison Branch 

Adventure Begins at Your Library Scavenger Hunt 

For all ages. Children are invited to participate in the Summer Reading Club scavenger hunt by looking for pictures of road and traffic symbols they might find on their next adventure. The pictures are found throughout the Children’s and Youth Services area of the library. The hunt lasts all summer. When you finish, turn in your scavenger hunt sheet to be entered in a drawing for a prize. No registration is required.  

Friday, May 10, 2024 through Monday, August 12, 2024 at the Main Library and Madison Branch 

Just Baby 'N Me 

For You and Your Birth to 24-Month-Old Baby 

Just Baby 'N Me is a lap-sit story time ideal for babies from birth through early walkers. The focus is on rhymes, songs, finger plays and exploring short books together. Registration is required. Register for each session separately.  

 

For all children and youth from birth up to those entering twelfth grade. Read for fun and rewards. Participants will be entered into weekly drawings for prizes and gift cards. Readers can check online or in person. Finishers receive a certificate of completion and a new book to keep. Registration is required. 

Friday, May 10, 2024 through Monday, August 12, 2024 at the Main Library and Madison Branch 

Adventure Begins at Your Library Scavenger Hunt 

For all ages. Children are invited to participate in the Summer Reading Club scavenger hunt by looking for pictures of road and traffic symbols they might find on their next adventure. The pictures are found throughout the Children’s and Youth Services area of the library. The hunt lasts all summer. When you finish, turn in your scavenger hunt sheet to be entered in a drawing for a prize. No registration is required.  

Friday, May 10, 2024 through Monday, August 12, 2024 at the Main Library and Madison Branch 

Just Baby 'N Me 

For You and Your Birth to 24-Month-Old Baby 

Just Baby 'N Me is a lap-sit story time ideal for babies from birth through early walkers. The focus is on rhymes, songs, finger plays and exploring short books together. Registration is required. Register for each session separately.  

 

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Volume 20, Issue 13, Posted 8:59 PM, 07.02.2024

Lakewood Public Library Programs

Literary Cleveland Presents:  

Write Now – Poetry Writing Workshop with Instructor Corey Miller 

Saturdays: July 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2024   10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room  

Participants will generate new writing in this free four-week practical workshop that explores a different element and form of poetry each Saturday. Registration is required and begins on June 1, 2024.  Visit lakewoodpubliclibrary.org or call (216) 226-8275 ext. 110.

Documentary - "Before Stonewall" (1984)                                                     

Presented by Tom Stebel from the LGBT Community Center of Cleveland 

Saturday, June 22, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. (87 minutes) in the Main Library Auditorium         

The Stonewall Inn in New York City is considered by many to be the birthplace of the gay rights movement.Through personal interviews and archival footage, this documentary reveals the history of the LGBTQ community prior to the Stonewall riots.  

Meet the Author - "The Beginning Was the End: Devo in Ohio" 

Book by David Giffels 

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Volume 20, Issue 12, Posted 1:36 AM, 06.19.2024

Lakewood Public Library Upcoming Programs-Children’s And Youth Services

Adventure Begins at Your Library 

For all children and youth from birth up to those entering twelfth grade. Read for fun and rewards. Participants will be entered into weekly drawings for prizes and gift cards. Readers can check online or in person. Finishers receive a certificate of completion and a new book to keep. Registration is required. 

Friday, May 10, 2024 through Monday, August 12, 2024 at the Main Library and Madison Branch 

Adventure Begins at Your Library Scavenger Hunt 

For all ages. Children are invited to participate in the Summer Reading Club scavenger hunt by looking for pictures of road and traffic symbols they might find on their next adventure. The pictures are found throughout the Children’s and Youth Services area of the library. The hunt lasts all summer. When you finish, turn in your scavenger hunt sheet to be entered in a drawing for a prize. No registration is required.  

Friday, May 10, 2024 through Monday, August 12, 2024 at the Main Library and Madison Branch 

Just Baby 'N Me 

For You and Your Birth to 24-Month-Old Baby 

Just Baby 'N Me is a lap-sit story time ideal for babies from birth through early walkers. The focus is on rhymes, songs, finger plays and exploring short books together. Registration is required. Register for each session separately.  

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Volume 20, Issue 12, Posted 1:36 AM, 06.19.2024

Upcoming Events In June

Support local writers and celebrate the creativity of our wonderfully diverse community by attending Lakewood Public Library’s Meet The Author, a platform for Northeast Ohioans to share their latest books and unique perspectives. 

Meet The Author: "The Girl from Cleveland City" Series by Alexsandra Sukhoy 

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium  

Alexsandra Sukhoy breaks and blends writing and visual platforms- including screenplays, blogs and photography in The Girl from Cleveland City series. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.  

Presentation - Cleveland's Olympic History 

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium 

The Olympics are coming this summer! Come and learn about some of Northeast Ohio’s notable Olympians. Presenter Jill Jaracz is the founder and co-host of Keep the Flame Alive, a podcast dedicated to the Olympics and Paralympics. 

Literary Cleveland Presents:  

Write Now – Poetry Writing Workshop with Instructor Corey Miller 

Saturdays: July 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2024  

 

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Volume 20, Issue 11, Posted 12:51 PM, 06.05.2024

Lakewood Public Library Upcoming Programs: Children’s And Youth Services

Adventure Begins at Your Library 

For all children and youth from birth up to those entering twelfth grade. Read for fun and rewards. Participants will be entered into weekly drawings for prizes and gift cards. Readers can check online or in person. Finishers receive a certificate of completion and a new book to keep. Registration is required. 

Friday, May 10, 2024 through Monday, August 12, 2024 at the Main Library and Madison Branch 

Adventure Begins at Your Library Scavenger Hunt 

For all ages. Children are invited to participate in the Summer Reading Club scavenger hunt by looking for pictures of road and traffic symbols they might find on their next adventure. The pictures are found throughout the Children’s and Youth Services area of the library. The hunt lasts all summer. When you finish, turn in your scavenger hunt sheet to be entered in a drawing for a prize. No registration is required.  

Friday, May 10, 2024 through Monday, August 12, 2024 at the Main Library and Madison Branch 

Just Baby 'N Me 

For You and Your Birth to 24-Month-Old Baby 

 

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Volume 20, Issue 11, Posted 12:51 PM, 06.05.2024

Upcoming Events

Meet the Author - "Broad Street Tully: A Rust Belt Tragedy" by David Higgs 

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium 

As a table games dealer and pit manager in casinos across the Midwest, David Higgs discovered a sickness he never knew existed: problem gambling. The experience inspired his debut novel. Books will be available for sale and signing. 

Literary Cleveland Presents - Write Now: Nonfiction Workshop with Christopher Johnston 

Saturdays: June 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  

Main Library Multipurpose Room  

Participants will generate new writing in this free four-week practical workshop designed to kick their writing into gear. Registration is required and begins on May 1, 2024. Visit us online at lakewoodpubliclibrary.org. 

Film - "Act of Violence" (1948, 82 minutes) 

Sunday, June 2, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium 

Former prisoner of war, Frank Enley (Van Heflin) is considered a hero in his California town. However, Frank aided his Nazi captors, a secret he guards closely. His past comes back to haunt him when fellow survivor Joe Parkson (Robert Ryan) emerges, intent on making him pay for his betrayal. As Joe closes in, Frank goes into hiding, abandoning his wife (Janet Leigh), who has no clue about Frank’s wartime transgressions. 

 

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Volume 20, Issue 10, Posted 5:36 PM, 05.22.2024

Lakewood Public Library Upcoming Programs-Children’s and Youth Services

Adventure Begins at Your Library 

For all children and youth from birth up to those entering twelfth grade. Read for fun and rewards. Participants will be entered into weekly drawings for prizes and gift cards. Readers can check online or in person. Finishers receive a certificate of completion and a new book to keep. Registration is required. 

Friday, May 10,2024 through Monday, August 12, 2024 at the Main Library and Madison Branch 

Adventure Begins at Your Library Scavenger Hunt 

For all ages. Children are invited to participate in the Summer Reading Club scavenger hunt by looking for pictures of road and traffic symbols they might find on their next adventure. The pictures are found throughout the Children’s and Youth Services area of the library. The hunt lasts all summer. When you finish, turn in your scavenger hunt sheet to be entered in a drawing for a prize. No registration is required.  

Friday, May 10, 2024 through Monday, August 12, 2024 at the Main Library and Madison Branch 

Family Weekend Wonders 

Looking for weekend entertainment for the whole family? Look no further! Drop in to the Library's special weekend story time. Your whole family will enjoy these programs full of enthusiastic stories, engaging activities, entertaining music and clever crafts. Family Weekend Wonders Drop-In Story Time is offered every weekend throughout the year and features a different theme each week to keep things engaging. No registration is required.

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Volume 20, Issue 10, Posted 5:36 PM, 05.22.2024

Upcoming Events In May

Presentation- Classic Candy of the Twentieth Century... with a special visit by Adele Malley 

Sunday, May 19, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium 

Join Kathleen Williams as she examines the best-selling candies from the turn of the century through the 1970s and stick around for a special visit with Adele Malley, from Lakewood’s very own Malley's Chocolates, as she discusses her new book, "Conversations with Adele."  

Meet The Author- "Cycling Rights" by Ken Knabe  

Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium  

Protect yourself and others as you enjoy the fun of riding your bike this season. Author and Attorney Ken Knabe will discuss the newest edition of his book Cycling Rights.  

2024 Adult Summer Reading Club: Adventure Begins at Your Library 

May 10, 2024-August 12, 2024  

Enter online at lakewoodpubliclibrary.beanstack.com or in-person at the Main Library or Madison Branch. No matter what you’re reading, make sure to log each book because every book, eBook, audiobook, or graphic novel you log equals one entry to win a prize. Winners will be drawn weekly. Having trouble? Call or stop by for assistance.   

 

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Volume 20, Issue 9, Posted 2:53 PM, 05.08.2024

Upcoming Events At Lakewood Public Library

Meet The Author - "The Final Witness: A Kennedy Secret Service Agent Breaks His Silence After Sixty Years " by Paul Landis 

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium 

Special Agent Paul Landis was standing on the running boards of the car directly behind JFK’s Cadillac on the tragic afternoon of November 22,1963. In "The Final Witness," the author tells his story, the one he could not speak about for over sixty years. Books will be available for sale. 

Presentation - Women, Guitars and Pop Music: A Short History with Diana Chittester 

Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium 

Diana Chittester takes listeners on a musical journey through the past century to discover the styles of influential, and often overlooked, female guitarists. 

Film Matinee - "Enchanted April" (1991)  

Sunday, April 28, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. (98 minutes) in the Main Library Auditorium 

Four British women are transformed by a quiet holiday in an Italian castle.  

 

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Volume 20, Issue 8, Posted 1:24 PM, 04.17.2024

Lakewood Public Library Upcoming Programs: Children’s and Youth Services

Just Baby 'N Me 

For You and Your Birth to 24-Month-Old Baby 

Just Baby 'N Me is a lap-sit story time ideal for babies from birth through early walkers. The focus is on rhymes, songs, finger plays and exploring short books together. Registration is required. Register for each session separately.  

 April 1- April 25, 2024 

Main Library-  

Mondays- 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  

Wednesdays- 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.  

Thursdays-10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Madison Branch-  

Thursdays- 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

Pre-school Story Time 

 

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Volume 20, Issue 8, Posted 1:24 PM, 04.17.2024

Upcoming Events At Lakewood Public Library

Lakewood Public Cinema Documentary- Eclipse Over America

Presented by Rita Chahda

Sunday, April 7, 2024 
2:00 p.m. (60 minutes) 
Main Library Auditorium

Join us for a special visit by Lakewood High School science teacher, Rita Chahda, as she gives us an informative overview of the April 8th eclipse, the first total solar eclipse visible over Lakewood since 1806, followed with a screening of Nova’s Eclipse Over America. The film documents the events surrounding the August 21, 2017, path of totality for both scientists and the public, while explaining the significance of this once in a lifetime phenomenon. Free eclipse glasses will be available after the documentary while supplies last.

Film- Casablanca (1942)  

Presented by Terry Meehan

Saturday April 13, 2024  

6:00 p.m. (102 minutes)  

Main Library Auditorium  

Filmed and set during World War II, Casablanca focuses on an American expatriate (Humphrey Bogart) who must choose between his love for a woman (Ingrid Bergman) and helping her resistance-leader husband (Paul Henreid) to escape from Vichy-controlled Casablanca. Particularly memorable is the "duel of the anthems" between the German officers and the patrons of Rick’s Café.  

 

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Volume 20, Issue 7, Posted 4:24 PM, 04.03.2024

Lakewood Public Library Children’s And Youth Services Programs

Just Baby 'N Me 

For You and Your Birth to 24-Month-Old Baby 

Just Baby 'N Me is a lap-sit story time ideal for babies from birth through early walkers. The focus is on rhymes, songs, finger plays and exploring short books together. Registration is required. Register for each session separately.  

April 1- April 25, 2024 

Main Library-  

Mondays- 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  

Wednesdays- 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.  

Thursdays-10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Madison Branch-  

Thursdays- 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

Pre-school Story Time 

For You and Your 2 to 5-Year-Old Pre-schooler. This pre-school story time is ideal for walkers, new talkers, and learning early literacy skills. You and your toddler and preschoolers will enjoy short books, songs and rhymes. The focus is on skills with your participation as a model. No registration is required. 

 

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Volume 20, Issue 7, Posted 4:24 PM, 04.03.2024

Upcoming Events

Presentation - "Stories from a NASA Photographer" 

Presented by Marv Smith 

Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. 

Main Library Auditorium 

Marv Smith served as the Lead Photographer at NASA Glenn Research Center for thirty-seven years until his retirement in 2023. Join us as he shares one hundred of his NASA photos, along with the intriguing stories behind them. The result is a visual history of this landmark institution. Free eclipse glasses will be available after the program while supplies last. 

Documentary - "Eclipse Over America" 

Sunday, April 7, 2024  

2:00 p.m. (60 minutes) 

Main Library Auditorium 

The April 8, 2024 eclipse will be the first total solar eclipse visible over Lakewood since 1806, putting us directly in what is known as the ‘path of totality.’ Prepare for the celestial spectacle with Nova's Eclipse Over America. The film documents the events surrounding the August 21, 2017, path of totality for both scientists and the public, while explaining the significance of this once in a lifetime phenomenon. Free eclipse glasses will be available after the documentary while supplies last. 

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Volume 20, Issue 6, Posted 6:47 PM, 03.20.2024

Lakewood Public Library Children’s And Youth Services Programs

Just Baby 'N Me 

For You and Your Birth to 24-Month-Old Baby 

Just Baby 'N Me is a lap-sit story time ideal for babies from birth through early walkers. The focus is on rhymes, songs, finger plays and exploring short books together. Registration is required. Register for each session separately.  

Session 1: March 4- March 28, 2024  

Session 2: April 1- April 25, 2024 

Main Library-  

Mondays- 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  

Wednesdays- 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.  

Thursdays-10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Madison Branch-  

Thursdays- 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

Pre-school Story Time 

For You and Your 2 to 5-Year-Old Pre-schooler. This pre-school story time is ideal for walkers, new talkers, and learning early literacy skills. You and your toddler and preschoolers will enjoy short books, songs and rhymes. The focus is on skills with your participation as a model. No registration is required. 

 

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Volume 20, Issue 6, Posted 6:47 PM, 03.20.2024

Lakewood Public Library Children’s And Youth Services Programs

Just Baby 'N Me 

For You and Your Birth to 24-Month-Old Baby 

Just Baby 'N Me is a lap-sit story time ideal for babies from birth through early walkers. The focus is on rhymes, songs, finger plays and exploring short books together. Registration is required. Register for each session separately.  

Session 1: March 4- March 28, 2024  

Main Library-  

Mondays- 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  

Wednesdays- 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.  

Thursdays-10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Madison Branch-  

Thursdays- 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

 

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Volume 20, Issue 5, Posted 3:51 PM, 03.06.2024

Upcoming Events

Vietnamese Art: Its History, Traditions and Modern Flourishing

Presented by Katie Kilory Blaser

Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

Main Library Auditorium

Join Katie Kilroy Blaser of the Cleveland Museum of Art's Asian Art Department for a discussion of the beauty of Vietnamese art from its rich traditions to modern art scene. Learn more about Vietnamese art with a particular focus on blue-and-white ceramics and modern painting.

Vietnam Program-Documentary

Bolinao 52 (2007)

Directed by Duc Nguyen

Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.

Main Library Auditorium

A Vietnamese ship with refugees was stranded in the Pacific Ocean in 1988. During their thirty-seven days at sea, the group encountered violent storms, engine failures and abject hunger and thirst. The fifty-two out of the one-hundred-and-ten boat people who survived were rescued by Filipino fishermen who brought them to Bolinao in the Philippines.  English and Vietnamese with English subtitles.

 

Presented by Katie Kilory Blaser

Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

Main Library Auditorium

Join Katie Kilroy Blaser of the Cleveland Museum of Art's Asian Art Department for a discussion of the beauty of Vietnamese art from its rich traditions to modern art scene. Learn more about Vietnamese art with a particular focus on blue-and-white ceramics and modern painting.

Vietnam Program-Documentary

Bolinao 52 (2007)

Directed by Duc Nguyen

Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.

Main Library Auditorium

A Vietnamese ship with refugees was stranded in the Pacific Ocean in 1988. During their thirty-seven days at sea, the group encountered violent storms, engine failures and abject hunger and thirst. The fifty-two out of the one-hundred-and-ten boat people who survived were rescued by Filipino fishermen who brought them to Bolinao in the Philippines.  English and Vietnamese with English subtitles.

 

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Volume 20, Issue 4, Posted 1:44 PM, 02.21.2024

Lakewood Public Library Children’s And Youth Services Programs

Just Baby 'N Me 

For You and Your Birth to 24-Month-Old Baby 

Just Baby 'N Me is a lap-sit story time ideal for babies from birth through early walkers. The focus is on rhymes, songs, finger plays and exploring short books together. Registration is required. Register for each session separately.  

February 19- March 14, 2024 

Main Library-  

Mondays- 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  

Wednesdays- 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.  

Thursdays-10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Madison Branch-  

Thursdays- 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

 

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Volume 20, Issue 4, Posted 1:44 PM, 02.21.2024

Lakewood Public Library Children’s And Youth Services Programs

Just Baby 'N Me 

For You and Your Birth to 24-Month-Old Baby 

Just Baby 'N Me is a lap-sit story time ideal for babies from birth through early walkers. The focus is on rhymes, songs, finger plays and exploring short books together. Registration is required. Register for each session separately.  

January 8- February 29, 2024 

Main Library-  

Mondays- 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  

Wednesdays- 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.  

Thursdays-10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Madison Branch-  

Thursdays- 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

Pre-school Story Time

For You and Your 2 to 5-Year-Old Pre-schooler.

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Volume 20, Issue 3, Posted 12:29 PM, 02.07.2024

Upcoming Events

Vietnam Program- Film: “The Scent of Green Papaya” (1993)

Saturday, February 3, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. (104 minutes)

Main Library Auditorium

Winner of the 1993 Cannes Camera d’Or award, this film captures the beauty of Vietnam and its people. Set in the 1940s and 1960s, this film follows the life of an innocent, keenly observant young child name Mui. Highly reviewed by Robert Ebert, this film “is of great visual beauty; watching it is like a poem for the eyes.”  Vietnamese with English subtitles.

Vietnam Program- Vietnamese Faith Traditions: Buddhism and Roman Catholicism

Presented by Professor Ellen Posman

Thursday, February 8, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

Main Library Auditorium

Cleveland’s Vietnamese Buddhist temples, including Quan Am Temple and Chua Vien Quang Temple and St. Boniface Catholic Church have served Vietnamese Americans for years. Join Professor Ellen Posman, Chair of the Department of Religion at Baldwin Wallace University, in an exploration of Vietnamese Catholicism and Vietnamese Buddhism.

Presentation- A Visit with Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sara Lucy Bagby

Presented by Women in History

Sunday, February 11, 2024 at 2:00 p.m.

Main Library Auditorium

Sara Lucy Bagby (1833-1906), one of the last people to suffer under the provisions of the Fugitive Slave Act and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020) were born 100 years apart, but both had a significant impact on our country.  Robin Pease and Juliette Regnier from Women in History bring these historical figures back to life with individual monologues in period costumes, followed by a question and answer session from the audience.

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Volume 20, Issue 2, Posted 1:15 PM, 01.24.2024

February Events At Lakewood Public Library

Vietnamese Refugees: Stories of Courage, Hope and Resilience

Through exhibits and related programs involving literature, poetry, film, the study of faith traditions, art and photography, we examine the lives and important stories of Vietnamese refugees, celebrating a people's history and culture.

Film- "The Scent of Green Papaya" (1993)

Directed by Tran Anh Hung

Saturday, February 3, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. (104 minutes)

Main Library Auditorium

Winner of the 1993 Cannes Camera d’Or award, this film captures the beauty of Vietnam and its people. Set in the 1940s and 1960s, the film follows the life of an innocent, keenly observant young child named Mui. Highly reviewed by Roger Ebert, this film “is of great visual beauty; watching it is like a poem for the eyes.” Vietnamese with English subtitles.

Vietnamese Faith Traditions: Buddhism and Roman Catholicism

Presented by Professor Ellen Posman

Thursday, February 8, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

 

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Volume 20, Issue 2, Posted 1:15 PM, 01.24.2024

Lakewood Public Library Children’s And Youth Services Programs

Just Baby 'N Me

For You and Your Birth to 24-Month-Old Baby

Just Baby 'N Me is a lap-sit story time ideal for babies from birth through early walkers. The focus is on rhymes, songs, finger plays and exploring short books together. Registration is required. Register for each session separately.

January 8- February 29, 2024

Main Library-

Mondays- 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Wednesdays- 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Thursdays-10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Madison Branch-

Thursdays- 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Pre-school Story Time

 

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Volume 20, Issue 2, Posted 1:15 PM, 01.24.2024

Lakewood Public Library Children’s And Youth Services Programs

Just Baby 'N Me

For You and Your Birth to 24-Month-Old Baby

Just Baby 'N Me is a lap-sit story time ideal for babies from birth through early walkers. The focus is on rhymes, songs, finger plays and exploring short books together. Registration is required. Register for each session separately.

January 8- February 29, 2024

Main Library-

Mondays- 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Wednesdays- 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Thursdays-10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Madison Branch-

Thursdays- 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Pre-school Story Time

For You and Your 2 to 5-Year-Old Pre-schooler. This pre-school story time is ideal for walkers, new talkers, and learning early literacy skills. You and your toddler and preschoolers will enjoy short books, songs and rhymes. The focus is on skills with your participation as a model. No registration is required.

 

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Volume 20, Issue 1, Posted 1:59 PM, 01.10.2024

Lakewood Public Library Children’s And Youth Services Programs

Just Baby 'N Me

For You and Your Birth to 24-Month-Old Baby

Just Baby 'N Me is a lap-sit story time ideal for babies from birth through early walkers. The focus is on rhymes, songs, finger plays and exploring short books together. Registration is required. Register for each session separately.

January 8- February 1, 2024

Main Library-

Mondays- 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Wednesdays- 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Thursdays-10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Madison Branch-

Thursdays- 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Pre-school Story Time

 

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Volume 19, Issue 24, Posted 3:43 PM, 12.20.2023

Lakewood Public Library Children’s And Youth Services Programs

Family Weekend Wonders

Looking for weekend entertainment for the whole family? Look no further! Drop in to the Library's special weekend story time. Your whole family will enjoy these programs full of enthusiastic stories, engaging activities, entertaining music and clever crafts. Family Weekend Wonders Drop-In Story Time is offered every weekend throughout the year and features a different theme each week to keep things engaging. No registration is required.

Main Library- Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

Madison Branch- Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Homework Help

For Students in Kindergarten through Eighth GradeStudents who need a little extra help with homework or just want a cool place to work can come to the Library for Homework Help to get assistance and to use the Library’s resources in a quiet place free of distractions. Students can use their library card to check out a Chrome Book to use in the Library and have access to a variety of school supplies including pencils, pens, crayons, markers, calculators, protractors, and more. A library staff member is on hand and available to assist with everything from spelling words to solving math problems. No registration is required.

 

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Volume 19, Issue 23, Posted 12:42 PM, 12.06.2023

December Events At Lakewood Public Library

Meet the Author- “This is Christmas, Song by Song: The Stories Behind 100 Holiday Hits”

Book by Annie Zaleski

December 6, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

Main Library Auditorium

'Tis the season! Break out the eggnog, hang the mistletoe, blast those Christmas songs, and settle down in your favorite armchair with this beautifully illustrated volume exploring well-known and lesser-known behind-the-scenes stories of the 100 most cherished holiday songs of all time and their everlasting impact. What song was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling single of all time? Which popular Christmas tune was reportedly written to commemorate Thanksgiving? What holiday song led to a special meet-and-greet between the song's 10-year-old singer and a 700-pound hippopotamus? You'll find out answers to these questions -- and more! -- in this lively presentation going behind-the-scenes of this festive new book. Annie Zaleski is an award winning writer of four books along with credits that include Rolling Stone, Billboard and R.E.M.’s liner notes. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

Terry Meehan Film Series - “Family Plot” (1976)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. (120 minutes)

Main Library Auditorium

Fake psychic Blanche Tyler (Barbara Harris) and her boyfriend George Lumley (Bruce Dern) are offered $10,000 to locate the nephew of wealthy dowager Julia Rainbird (Cathleen Nesbitt). The nephew (William Devane) turns out to be a master criminal; he and his partner in crime (Karen Black) make their living by kidnapping the rich and ransoming them for precious gems. In his final film, Hitchcock sets the two couples on a suspenseful (and comical) collision course. Join Terry Meehan for an original video introduction of the film followed by audience reaction and a lively discussion.

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Volume 19, Issue 23, Posted 12:42 PM, 12.06.2023

December Events At Lakewood Public Library

An Encore Presentation of "Bomb City USA: The Danny Greene Era"

Presented by Dennis Sutcliffe

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. 

Main Library Multipurpose Room

After being expelled from Collinwood High School, St. Ignatius and the Boy Scouts during a troubled childhood, Danny Greene went on to become the Irish-American gangster known as “The Irishman.”

Lakewood Public Cinema- "The Lavender Scare" (2017)

Hosted by Tom Stebel 

Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. (77 minutes)

Main Library Auditorium

In 1953, President Eisenhower declared gay men and lesbians to be a threat to the security of the country, leading to a forty year campaign to identify and fire all federal employees suspected of being homosexual. Join host Tom Stebel for this screening of "The Lavender Scare" (2017) which tells the inspiring story of Frank Kameny, the first person to fight his dismissal in a court of law.

Meet the Author- "This is Christmas, Song by Song: The Stories Behind 100 Holiday Hits"

Book by Annie Zaleski

 

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Volume 19, Issue 22, Posted 11:05 AM, 11.22.2023

In Loving Memory Of Julie Strunk: A Champion Of Early Childhood Literacy

The world lost a remarkable woman with the passing of Julie Strunk, whose dedication to children and passion for literacy left an indelible mark on all who were fortunate enough to know her. Julie, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and advocate for early literacy, spent close to twenty-three years of her life at Lakewood Public Library, working to create a brighter future for generations of children.

Julie began her library career at the Madison Branch. It was here that she found her calling to be a children's librarian. Earning her MLIS degree while working full-time, she eventually became the Manager of Children's and Youth Services at Lakewood Public Library. Julie had a deep love for books and a desire to share that love with others. Her friendliness and willingness to help made every visit to the Library a warm and welcoming experience. She worked closely with the Lakewood school system, forging strong partnerships with local educators and students. She organized class visits to the Library, providing an invaluable opportunity for young learners to explore the world of books. She initiated outreach programs, bringing the library experience directly to schools, and helped in securing for teachers and students the resources they needed each school year.

Julie was also a champion of children with disabilities and served on the board of Connecting for Kids, an initiative that provides education and support for families who have concerns about their child’s development. Recognizing the community’s need and what a valuable resource this organization could be for both parent and child, Julie collaborated with the Healthy Lakewood Foundation to bring Connecting for Kids and adapted programming to Lakewood Public Library.

Julie was a source of encouragement to her colleagues, inspiring and motivating them in their library careers. Her work ethic was hard to match, with one co-worker describing her as “the hardest-working person” she’d ever met. She was a decisive leader who was generous with her time and grateful for her staff. Her impact went beyond the professional sphere; Julie's innate kindness and generosity made her a compassionate listener and a good friend.

 

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Volume 19, Issue 21, Posted 9:45 AM, 11.08.2023

November Events At Lakewood Public Library

Meet the Author- Cleveland Noir

Presented by Miesha Wilson Headen

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

Main Library Auditorium

Cleveland Noir navigates the dregs of the North Shore, where Eliot Ness hunted for a serial killer and the murder of Marilyn Sheppard made national headlines.  Award winning journalist Miesha Wilson Headen along with select contributors present Cleveland Noir, an anthology from renowned local authors edited by Headen with Michael Ruhlman.

Terry Meehan Film Series- Frenzy (1972), Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. (116 minutes)

Main Library Auditorium

Presentation-Route 6, Presented by Gary Hunter

Wednesday, November 15, at 7:00 p.m.

Main Library Auditorium

Come learn about U.S. Route 6 from Gary Hunter, the Executive Director of historic Route 6 for the State of Ohio.

 

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Volume 19, Issue 21, Posted 9:45 AM, 11.08.2023

Lakewood Public Library Children’s And Youth Services Programs

Girls Who Code Club

For Students in Sixth through Twelfth Grade

Are you interested in learning more about computer science? Join our Girls Who Code Club this fall, 2023. Sign up once for all sessions.

Monday, November 13, 2023: Environmental Public Service Announcements (Scratch) in the Main Library Computer Connections Room

Family Weekend Wonders

Your whole family will enjoy these programs full of enthusiastic stories, engaging activities, entertaining music and clever crafts. Family Weekend Wonders Drop-In Story Time is offered every weekend throughout the year and features a different theme each week to keep things engaging. No registration is required.

Main Library- Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 am

Madison Branch- Fridays at 10:30 am

Music Therapy & More by Connecting for Kids

For You and Your Birth to 6-Year-Old Child

This program is designed for children (ages 0-6 years) who have concerns about development. Join us for a hands-on program designed to teach families how to use music to improve their child's academic, motor, communication and social skills as well as behavior. This program is led by a Board-Certified Music Therapist.

 

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Volume 19, Issue 21, Posted 9:45 AM, 11.08.2023

November Events At Lakewood Public Library

Meet the Author- Cleveland Noir

Presented by Miesha Wilson Headen

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

Main Library Auditorium

Cleveland Noir joins Columbus Noir as the Akashic Noir Series continues its tour of Ohio, and navigates the dregs of the North Shore, where Eliot Ness hunted for a serial killer and the murder of Marilyn Shepherd made national headlines. Award winning journalist and the former mayor of Richmond Heights, Miesha Wilson Headen along with select contributors present Cleveland Noir, an anthology edited by Headen with Michael Ruhlman, and featuring brand-new stories by: Jill Bialosky, Thrity Umrigar, Michael Ruhlman, Daniel Stashower, D.M. Pulley, J.D. Belcher, Alex DiFrancesco, Miesha Wilson Headen, Abby L. Vandiver, Sam Conrad, Angela Crook, Susan Petrone, Paula McLain, Dana McSwain, and Mary Grimm. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

Film: Alfred Hitchcock - Capping a Career

Frenzy (1972) 116 minutes

Presented by Terry Meehan

Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.

Main Library Auditorium

 

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Volume 19, Issue 20, Posted 3:10 PM, 10.18.2023

Lakewood Public Library Children’s And Youth Services Programs

Girls Who Code Club

For Students in Sixth through Twelfth Grade

Are you interested in learning more about computer science? Join our Girls Who Code Club this fall, 2023. Sign up once for all sessions.

Mondays through November 13, 2023 in the Main Library Computer Connections Room:

October 23: Generating Random Messages (JavaScript)

October 30: Halloween Quiz (Python)

November 6: Rock, Paper, Scissors

November 13: Environmental Public Service Announcements (Scratch)

UV Kid

For Students in First through Fifth Grade. Make creations out of special ultraviolet-sensitive beads and other materials we provide, then use our ultraviolet flashlights to see the sun's effects. Registration is required.

Friday, October 20, 2023 4:00 pm-4:30 pm in the Madison Branch Youth Program Room

Galaxy Slime

For Students in First through Fifth Grade. Make your own colorful, sparkly galaxy slime using glue, cornstarch, food colors and glitter. Registration is required.

 

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Volume 19, Issue 20, Posted 3:10 PM, 10.18.2023

Lakewood Public Library Children’s And Youth Services Programs

UV Kid

For Students in First through Fifth Grade. Make creations out of special ultraviolet-sensitive beads and other materials we provide, then use our ultraviolet flashlights to see the sun's effects. Registration is required.

Friday, October 6, 2023 4:00 pm-4:30 pm Main Library Activity Room

Friday, October 20, 2023 4:00 pm-4:30 pm Madison Branch Youth Program Room

Galaxy Slime

For Students in First through Fifth Grade. Make your own colorful, sparkly galaxy slime using glue, cornstarch, food colors and glitter. Registration is required.

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm Main Library Activity Room

Tuesday, October 24, 2023 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm Madison Branch Youth Program Room

Thursday, October 26, 2023 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm Madison Branch Youth Program Room

Searching for Life

 

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Volume 19, Issue 19, Posted 11:59 AM, 10.04.2023

October Events At Lakewood Public Library

Presentation- Bomb City USA: The Danny Greene Era

Presentation by Dennis Sutcliffe

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

Main Library Auditorium

After being expelled from Collinwood High School, St. Ignatius and the Boy Scouts during a troubled childhood, Danny Greene went on to become the Irish-American gangster known as “The Irishman.” He and John Nardi tried to muscle in on the Cleveland Mob’s operations during the 1970’s which began a bloody mob war that left Cleveland with the moniker “Bomb City, USA!”  Presenter Dennis Sutcliffe is a local author and historian, well-known for his Lost Cleveland Memories program, but his biggest mission has become raising awareness and funds for the rare disorder, ataxia-telangiectasia.

Film- Alfred Hitchcock: Capping a Career-

"Marnie" (1964) 

Presented by Terry Meehan

Saturday, October 14, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. (130 minutes)

Main Library Auditorium

 

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Volume 19, Issue 19, Posted 11:03 AM, 09.20.2023

Lakewood Public Library Children’s And Youth Services Programs

Pre-school Story Time

For You and Your 2 to 5-Year-Old Pre-schooler. This pre-school story time is ideal for walkers, new talkers, and learning early literacy skills. You and your toddler and preschoolers will enjoy short books, songs and rhymes. The focus is on skills with your participation as a model. No registration is required.

Main Library:

Tuesdays: October 10- October 31, 2023

10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Wednesdays: October 11- November 1, 2023

11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Madison Branch:

Thursdays: October 12- November 2, 2023

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

 

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Volume 19, Issue 18, Posted 11:03 AM, 09.20.2023

Lakewood Public Library Children’s And Youth Services Programs

Pre-school Story Time

For You and Your 2 to 5-Year-Old Pre-schooler. This pre-school story time is ideal for walkers, new talkers, and learning early literacy skills. You and your toddler and preschoolers will enjoy short books, songs and rhymes. The focus is on skills with your participation as a model. No registration is required.

Main Library:

Tuesdays: September 12- October 31, 2023

10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Wednesdays: September 13- November 1, 2023

11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Madison Branch:

Thursdays: September 14- November 2, 2023

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

 

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Volume 19, Issue 17, Posted 3:28 PM, 09.06.2023

Lakewood Public Library Wins 2023 Best Library Parent Choice Award

Lakewood Public Library has won the Northeast Ohio Parent 2023 Parent Choice Award for Best Library. Available both online and in print, Northeast Ohio Parent gathers the opinions of local parents to find family-friendly places and events in Northeast Ohio. Readers and online followers can vote for their favorite places and services.

Lakewood Public Library was praised for its wide variety of unique extended learning opportunities, as the Library offers story times, camps, literacy programs, book clubs, tutoring, homework help, and special family-friendly performances. Lakewood Public Library also partners with Connecting for Kids, which provides education, resources and support to families.

Stop in at the Main Library, 15425 Detroit Ave., or the beautifully-renovated Madison Branch, 13229 Madison Ave, to see what makes our library uniquely wonderful.

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Volume 19, Issue 17, Posted 3:28 PM, 09.06.2023

September Events At Lakewood Public Library

Lakewood Public Cinema - "The Birds" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1963)

Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.

Main Library Auditorium

A San Francisco socialite (Tippi Hedren) arrives in Bodega Bay with a gift of exotic caged birds to amuse her beau (Rod Taylor). He appreciates the gesture, but the birds of Bodega are having none of it; not since Poe’s Raven have our feathered friends seemed so ominous. According to the Master, “The Birds could be the most terrifying motion picture I have ever made.” Terry Meehan concludes his series, Hitchcock’s Best (1958-1963), introducing each film with an original video followed by audience reaction and a lively discussion.

Lakewood Public Cinema - "Dangerous" (1935)    

Directed by Alfred E. Green

Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. (78 minutes)

Main Library Auditorium

Joyce Heath (Bette Davis) is a fading actress turned alcoholic until wealthy architect Don Bellows (Franchot Tone) rescues her. Joyce rehabilitates in the home of her adoring benefactor, who is unaware that she is married. When her vindictive husband Gordon (John Eldredge) gets involved, Joyce begins to believe she is bad luck to the men in her life. Barbara Steffek-Hill presents a series of classic and contemporary films from her personal favorites.

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Volume 19, Issue 17, Posted 3:28 PM, 09.06.2023

Northstar Digital Literacy Now Available

Are you struggling to make sense of your new laptop? Do you want to brush up on Microsoft Word or Excel? Maybe you are job hunting and want to improve your job search skills. There’s no need to register for a class, or ask that tech-savvy and long-suffering friend for help again, because Northstar Digital Literacy is now available at Lakewood Public Library. 

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Volume 19, Issue 15, Posted 2:44 PM, 08.02.2023

Lakewood Public Library Children’s And Youth Services Programs

Family Weekend Wonders

Looking for weekend entertainment for the whole family? Look no further! Drop in to the Library's special weekend story time. Your whole family will enjoy these programs full of enthusiastic stories, engaging activities, entertaining music and clever crafts. Family Weekend Wonders Drop-In Story Time is offered every weekend throughout the year and features a different theme each week to keep things engaging. No registration is required.

Main Library- Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

Madison Branch- Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Tail Waggin’ Tutors

Saturday, August 12, 2023, 11:00am - 12:30pm in the Main Library Multipurpose Room

For School-Age Children

Your child can bone up on their reading skills during a one-on-one session in a dog-friendly atmosphere. Students can practice reading with one of the dogs and owners that have been certified through Therapy Dogs International, an organization dedicated to regulating, testing and registering therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers. Reading to a therapy dog can provide comfort, support and happiness for self-conscious readers. No registration is required.

 

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Volume 19, Issue 15, Posted 2:44 PM, 08.02.2023

August Events At Lakewood Public Library

 Meet the Author: Literary Cleveland Presents...

Wednesday, August 2, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

Main Library Auditorium

This program is the kick-off to a series of introductory writing courses for emerging writers in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and publishing led by the featured authors.  

Learn about the process of finishing a manuscript, how publishing works for poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers, and ways to get your own writing out into the world.

Accomplished local writers and Literary Cleveland instructors will share their behind-the-scenes journeys, growing their projects from big ideas to marketable books in the tough climate of modern publishing.

Meet the Author: Intro to Poetry Writing

Wednesday, August 9, 2023 from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Main Library Auditorium

In this introductory workshop, we will explore and discover how poems are generated, crafted, and refined. We will read and discuss example poems and engage with writing prompts that will surprise and inspire the imagination. Expect to be delightfully nudged out of your usual habits with language and discover yourself as a poet in the process. 

 

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Volume 19, Issue 15, Posted 2:44 PM, 08.02.2023

Lakewood Public Library Children’s And Youth Services Programs

The Wonderful World of Bubbles

For the Whole Family

This is a laugh out loud comedy show for all ages. See bubbles that change shape and watch bubbles that walk a tight rope. Square bubbles? You bet! See so much more when the "Bubble Lady" performs with bubbles of all sizes! No registration is required.

Friday, July 28, 2023, 3:00pm - 4:00pm in the Main Library Multipurpose Room

Youthbiz Academy! A Cuyahoga READS Program

Join us at Lakewood Public Library's Madison Branch for Youthbiz Academy! This program is in coordination with the Cuyahoga Reads Initiative. Youthbiz Academy is designed for students in upper elementary and middle school. This entrepreneurship program is designed to equip youth with the skills needed to do an elevator speech, create and design a business logo, and write a small business plan all while competing for a cash prize! Registration is required.

Check out the website: Cuyahoga Reads

Tuesday, July 25, 2023, 4:00pm - 5:00pm in the Madison Branch Youth Program Room

Teen Robotics Camp

 

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Volume 19, Issue 14, Posted 1:59 PM, 07.19.2023

Lakewood Public Library Children’s And Youth Services Programs

Find Your Voice and Be Heard: From Zero to Hero

For the Whole Family

You will love our Zero to Hero show with Mr. Zap. Learn what traits make a good friend, how to deal with bullies and much more. See real magic as solid rings link together. See how our actions reflect everyone around us as cloths change color before your eyes. See the smallest child turn into a "real life Super Hero." Laugh and giggle with Zap's puppet friends and much more. No registration is required.

Friday, July 14, 2023 3:00pm - 4:00pm in the Main Library Multipurpose Room

Youthbiz Academy! A Cuyahoga READS Program

Join us at Lakewood Public Library's Madison Branch for Youthbiz Academy! This program is in coordination with the Cuyahoga Reads Initiative. Youthbiz Academy is designed for students in upper elementary and middle school. This entrepreneurship program is designed to equip youth with the skills needed to do an elevator speech, create and design a business logo, and write a small business plan all while competing for a cash prize! Registration is required.

Check out the website: Cuyahoga Reads

Tuesday, July 25, 2023, 4:00pm - 5:00pm in the Madison Branch Youth Program Room

The Wonderful World of Bubbles

For the Whole Family

This is a laugh out loud comedy show for all ages. See bubbles that change shape and watch bubbles that walk a tight rope. Square bubbles? You bet! See so much more when the "Bubble Lady" performs with bubbles of all sizes! No registration is required.

Friday, July 28, 2023 3:00pm - 4:00pm in the Main Library Multipurpose Room

Family Weekend Wonders

Looking for weekend entertainment for the whole family? Look no further! Drop in to the Library's special weekend story time. Your whole family will enjoy these programs full of enthusiastic stories, engaging activities, entertaining music and clever crafts. Family Weekend Wonders Drop-In Story Time is offered every weekend throughout the year and features a different theme each week to keep things engaging. No registration is required.

 

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Volume 19, Issue 13, Posted 6:16 PM, 07.05.2023

Meet The Author: "Noodle Shop" Mystery Writer Vivien Chien

Local author Vivien Chien is a lifelong Clevelander with a national following of cozy mystery lovers.

Her Noodle Shop Mystery series follows heroine Lana Lee as she works at her family’s Ho-Lee Noodle House in Cleveland while attempting to solve the murder cases that seem to follow her wherever she goes.

Vivien Chien will visit Lakewood Public Library on Wednesday, July 12, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss "Misfortune Cookie," the ninth and latest installment of the series as part of our Meet the Author program.

The author will also discuss her passion for writing and what it's like to write from the viewpoint of a mixed race protagonist. Get an inside look at creating a sustainable cast of characters, establishing a setting with many working pieces, and what's coming next for Lana Lee.

The program takes place in the Main Library Auditorium at 15425 Detroit Avenue. After questions and answers, books will be available for sale and signing.

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Volume 19, Issue 13, Posted 6:16 PM, 07.05.2023

Meet the Author: “Mary Brewster’s Love Life” By Kathryn Haueisen

Nineteen women set sail on the Mayflower in 1620. After a year in the new world, only five were still alive. One of them was Mary Brewster. 

Author Kathryn Haueisen will visit Lakewood Public Library on Wednesday, June 28, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss “Mary Brewster’s Love Life,” a historical fiction biography based on the life of the woman who became known as the “Matriarch of the Mayflower.”

Mary Brewster and her husband, Elder William Brewster, belonged to a Separatist group who broke away from the Established Church of England. Fleeing from the persecution of King James for years, their decision to start a colony of likeminded believers in the New World promised a freedom they could only dream about, but it came with danger and loss as well.

Writer Kathryn Haueisen is a great-granddaughter back twelve generations of Mary Brewster. She is also a speaker, former pastor and the author of seven books, many articles and several publications. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

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Volume 19, Issue 12, Posted 4:07 PM, 06.21.2023

Lakewood Public Library Children’s And Youth Services Programs

Pre-school Story Time For You and Your 2 to 5-Year-Old Pre-schooler

This pre-school story time is ideal for walkers, new talkers, and learning early literacy skills. You and your toddler and preschoolers will enjoy short books, songs and rhymes. The focus is on skills with your participation as a model. Registration is required. 
Main Library- Tuesdays, June 13- July 18, 2023 
10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 
11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 
Wednesdays, June 14- July 19, 2023 
11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 
Madison Branch- Thursdays, June 15- July 20, 2023 
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Just Baby 'N Me For You and Your Birth to 24-Month-Old Baby

 

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Volume 19, Issue 11, Posted 2:20 PM, 06.07.2023

June Events At Lakewood Public Library

Meet the Author – "Akron’s Infamous Escort Case"

Book by Jane Bond

Wednesday, June 7, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

Main Library Auditorium

“Operation Red Light” was launched by a special unit to investigate two escort services in Akron. "Akron’s Infamous Escort Case" is the true story of a crime investigation that destroyed careers, ruined reputations, broke up marriages, led to allegations of police corruption and challenged the justice system. Author Jane Bond is the former judge who presided over this complex case in the late 1990’s which has left many unanswered questions and the murder of a young woman still unsolved. Books will be available for sale and signing at this event.

Lakewood Public Cinema - "Psycho" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)

Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.

Main Library Auditorium

A real estate office worker (Janet Leigh) has been entrusted with an envelope full of cash to take to the bank. She takes the forty grand, and then takes it on the lam. On the way to meet her boyfriend, she stops at a roadside motel. After a friendly chat with the weirdly amiable clerk (Anthony Perkins), she begins to have second thoughts. She decides to come clean and return the money. There’s nothing like a nice shower to wash away the guilt. Terry Meehan continues his series, Hitchcock’s Best (1958-1963), introducing each film with an original video followed by audience reaction and a lively discussion.

 

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Volume 19, Issue 10, Posted 3:10 PM, 05.17.2023

Lakewood Public Library Children’s And Youth Services Programs

All Together Now Summer Reading Club

For all Children and Youth Up to Those Entering Twelfth Grade
Age appropriate goals include thirty books for our youngest children, ten hours for elementary school students and thirty hours for middle school and high school students, broken down into manageable parts to enable all readers to complete their goal. Readers may participate online and/or in person and must visit the Library to collect rewards. Finishers receive a certificate of completion and a new book to keep. Registration is required.

Friday, May 12, 2023 through Monday, August 14, 2023
Main Library and Madison Branch

Build A Bear Story Time

For Students entering Kindergarten through Second Grade
A special inclusive themed story time where students will make their own stuffed rainbow teddy bear, name their teddy bear and receive an adoption certificate. Registration is required. 
Wednesday, June 7, 2023, 11:00am - 12:00pm , Main Library Activity Room 
Thursday, June 8, 2023 / 11:00am - 12:00pm / Madison Branch Children's Program Room

Madison Branch Teen Robotics Camp

 

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Volume 19, Issue 10, Posted 3:10 PM, 05.17.2023

Lakewood Public Library Children’s And Youth Services Programs

All Together Now Summer Reading Club

For all Children and Youth Up to Those Entering Twelfth Grade. Age appropriate goals include thirty books for our youngest children, ten hours for elementary school  students and thirty hours for middle school and high school students, broken down into manageable parts to enable all readers to complete their goal. Readers may participate online and/or in person and must visit the Library to collect rewards. Finishers receive a certificate of completion and a new book to keep. Registration is required.

Friday, May 12, 2023 through Monday, August 14, 2023
Main Library and Madison Branch

Tail Waggin' Tutors

For School-Age Children. Your child can bone up on their reading skills during a one-on-one session in a dog-friendly atmosphere. Students can practice reading with one of the dogs and owners that have been certified through Therapy Dogs International, an organization dedicated to regulating, testing and registering therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers. Reading to a therapy dog can provide comfort, support and happiness for self-conscious readers. No registration is required.
Saturday, May 13, 2023, 11:00am - 12:30pm, Main Library Multipurpose Room. 

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Volume 19, Issue 9, Posted 12:21 PM, 05.03.2023

May Events At Lakewood Public Library

Meet the Author – "Skin Over Milk"

Book by Sara Chansarkar
Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.
Main Library Auditorium
In a culture where boys are adulated and girls are killed in the womb, three Muslim sisters snatch moments of light and joy to survive from one day to another in the novella, "Skin Over Milk." Author Sara Chansarkar will discuss the story of quiet, resilient feminism where women find agency and grit to alter the lives of daughters and sisters while doing their course of duty in 1990’s India. Books will available for sale and signing at this event.


Film -- "A Struggle for Home: The Crimean Tatars" (2016)

Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.
Main Library Auditorium
The Russian Empire conquered the Crimean peninsula in 1783. Since then, the Tatars have struggled to reclaim their home and have suffered ethnic and religious persecution. When the Soviet Union collapsed, many Tatars thought they finally would be free and secure in their homeland, Ukraine. In February 2014, those dreams were dashed when Russia re-annexed the peninsula. 

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Volume 19, Issue 9, Posted 12:21 PM, 05.03.2023

Lakewood Public Library Children’s And Youth Services Programs

All Together Now Summer Reading Club

For all Children and Youth Up to Those Entering Twelfth Grade

Age appropriate goals include thirty books for our youngest children, ten hours for elementary school students and thirty hours for middle school and high school students, broken down into manageable parts to enable all readers to complete their goal. Readers may participate online and/or in person and must visit the Library to collect rewards. Finishers receive a certificate of completion and a new book to keep. Registration is required.
Friday, May 12, 2023 through Monday, August 14, 2023
Main Library and Madison Branch

Family Weekend Wonders

Looking for weekend entertainment for the whole family? Look no further! Drop in to the Library's special weekend story time. Your whole family will enjoy these programs full of enthusiastic stories, engaging activities, entertaining music and clever crafts. Family Weekend Wonders Drop-In Story Time is offered every weekend throughout the year and features a different theme each week to keep things engaging. No registration is required.
Main Library- Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. 
Madison Branch- Fridays at 10:30 a.m. 

To sign up for any program, register online at lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/youth or call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140.

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Volume 19, Issue 8, Posted 1:06 PM, 04.19.2023

April Events At Lakewood Public Library

Film- Signs of Humanity (2016)

Presented by Director Willie Baronet

Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

Main Library Auditorium

Over the years, artist and professor Willie Baronet has purchased thousands of signs created by people living on the streets. In 2014, Baronet and three other filmmakers went on a cross-country trip and interviewed more than 100 people. "Signs of Humanity" is a documentary about this trip that explores homelessness, compassion, humanity and the idea of home.

Join filmmaker Willie Baronet as he leads us in the screening of his film presented in collaboration with One Community Reads.

 

Meet the Author - "Hidden History of Cleveland Sports"

Book by Marc Bona

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. 

Main Library Auditorium 

Cleveland sports history goes well beyond The Shot, The Fumble, The Drive and so many other ignoble moments. Many of the city's most illustrious sports tales are long-forgotten chapters of tribulations and tragedy, of fleeting fame and enduring milestones. From basketball to boxing, hockey to Heisman, journalist Marc Bona chronicles more than a century of unremembered tales. Bona is a features writer for cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer. Books will be available for sale and signing at this event.

 

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Volume 19, Issue 7, Posted 4:16 PM, 04.05.2023

Lakewood Public Library Children’s And Youth Services Programs

Pre-school Story Time

For You and Your 2 to 5-Year-Old Pre-schooler
This pre-school story time is ideal for walkers, new talkers, and learning early literacy skills. You and your toddler and preschoolers will enjoy short books, songs and rhymes. The focus is on skills with your participation as a model. Registration is required. 
Main Library- Tuesdays, April 4- April 25, 2023 
10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 
11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 
Wednesdays, April 5- April 26, 2023 
11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 
Madison Branch- Thursdays, April 6- April 27, 2023 
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Just Baby 'N Me

For You and Your Birth to 24-Month-Old Baby
Just Baby 'N Me is a lap-sit story time ideal for babies from birth through early walkers. The focus is on rhymes, songs, finger plays and exploring short books together. Registration is required. 
Wednesdays, April 5- April 26, 2023 
10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 
6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. 
Thursdays, April 6- April 27, 2023 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

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Volume 19, Issue 7, Posted 4:16 PM, 04.05.2023

Lakewood Public Library Children’s And Youth Services Programs

Pre-school Story Time: For You and Your 2 to 5-Year-Old Pre-schooler

This pre-school story time is ideal for walkers, new talkers, and learning early literacy skills. You and your toddler and preschoolers will enjoy short books, songs and rhymes. The focus is on skills with your participation as a model. Registration is required. 
Main Library- Tuesdays, April 4- April 25, 2023 
10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 
11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 
Wednesdays, April 5- April 26, 2023 
11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 
Madison Branch- Thursdays, April 6- April 27, 2023 
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Just Baby 'N Me: For You and Your Birth to 24-Month-Old Baby

Just Baby 'N Me is a lap-sit story time ideal for babies from birth through early walkers. The focus is on rhymes, songs, finger plays and exploring short books together. Registration is required. 
Wednesdays, April 5- April 26, 2023 
10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 
6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. 
Thursdays, April 6- April 27, 2023 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

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Volume 19, Issue 6, Posted 12:10 PM, 03.15.2023

March Events At Lakewood Public Library

Booked for Murder Book Club

Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.

Main Library Meeting Room   

If you share a passion for mystery, join the group each month to discuss your favorites and selections made by group members.

March 16, 2023 "Daisy Darker" by Alice Feeney

 

Knit & Lit Book Club

Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Main Library Meeting Room

Come share your passion for great literature and show off your knitting, crocheting, counted cross-stitch, embroidery and quilting works-in-progress.

March 21, 2023 "Sankofa" by Chibundu Onuzo

Meet the Author – "The Seeds of Greatness are Within You"

Book by Wayne Dawson

Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.

Main Library Auditorium

 

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Volume 19, Issue 5, Posted 8:21 PM, 03.01.2023

Lakewood Public Library Children’s And Youth Services Programs

Pre-school Story Time

For You and Your 2 to 5-Year-Old Pre-schooler
This pre-school story time is ideal for walkers, new talkers, and learning early literacy skills. Registration is required. 
Main Library- Tuesdays, March 7- March 28, 2023 
10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 
11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 
Wednesdays, March 8- March 29, 2023 
11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 
Madison Branch- Thursdays, March 9- March 30, 2023 
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Just Baby 'N Me

For You and Your Birth to 24-Month-Old Baby
Just Baby 'N Me is a lap-sit story time ideal for babies from birth through early walkers. Registration is required. 
Wednesdays, March 8- March 29, 2023 
10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 
6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. 
Thursdays, March 9- March 30, 2023 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

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Volume 19, Issue 5, Posted 8:21 PM, 03.01.2023