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LPL Calendar Of Events

Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Nonfiction Book Club
Main Library Meeting Room
Come and join the conversation with our newest book club. There are sure to be serious and thought-provoking discussions about many subjects inspired by these nonfiction works. Tonight we will discuss "This Land is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto" by Suketu Mehta. 

Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. (91 minutes) 
Lakewood Public Cinema
Film Series—Sam Fuller: Audacious Auteur: "The Naked Kiss" (1964)
Directed by Samuel Fuller 
Presented by Terry Meehan 
Main Library Auditorium
Kelly (Constance Towers) is a prostitute troubled by a traumatic experience. She resolves to give up her transient lifestyle and big-city pimp. She leaves her past behind and finds solace in the small town of Grantville, but this small town proves to be just as sordid as a big city. Terry Meehan continues his series Sam Fuller: Audacious Auteur, introducing each film with an original video followed by audience reaction and a lively discussion.

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Volume 16, Issue 1, Posted 2:29 PM, 01.08.2020

Share the Dream - A Celebration Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For some children, being off from school on January 20, 2020, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, means sleeping late, playing video games, and watching television. The Lakewood Public Library is offering a meaningful alternative. Your child can still catch some extra shut-eye, however from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. they can take part in a program that will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through stories, songs, and a craft. As part of the MLK Day of Service, participants will create cards which will be distributed to local nursing home residents. This artistic endeavor will brighten the day of a senior citizen and provide your child with a chance to serve others. The cards will be delivered to a local nursing home by a library staff member at a later date. Each child will also be given the opportunity to make a take-home booklet about the life of Dr. King. There is no need to register in advance. All school-age children are invited to participate in this program which will take place in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

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Volume 16, Issue 1, Posted 2:29 PM, 01.08.2020

The Magical World Of Bill Gang

Do you believe in magic? The Lakewood Public Library invites children and their families to The Magical World of Bill Gang on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. With a repertoire of numerous mystical maneuvers, this program will puzzle and entertain. Try to figure out Bill Gang’s secrets as he performs fascinating tricks and enchanting illusions. Children and parents alike will watch in amazement as magical events take place. Family fun and giggles will fill the evening. This interactive magic program will make you a believer. Families will enjoy this free show in the Main Library Multipurpose Room. You might even see a rabbit pulled out of a hat!

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Volume 16, Issue 1, Posted 2:29 PM, 01.08.2020

Tuesday Genealogy Programs At The Library

Do your New Year’s Resolutions include learning more about your family history? If so, Lakewood Public Library is the place to be.

On Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Edward Bolte will discuss using obituaries as a genealogical research tool in his presentation, The Changing Face and Future of Obituaries. President of the Western Reserve Historical Society Genealogical Committee, Mr. Bolte has conducted family history research for more than forty years.

On Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Deborah A. Abbott, PhD returns with her popular genealogy workshop. Dr. Abbott shows fifteen students how to research their ancestors and how to use the in-Library resource, Ancestry Library Edition. Registration is required. To register, call (216) 226-8275, ext. 127. But you don’t have to wait for a workshop. Ancestry Library Edition is free for everyone to use every day at the Library.

Other online genealogical resources can be accessed from the library or from your home via the Library’s website. African American Heritage offers a comprehensive mix of resources specifically pertaining to African Americans. Fold3® Library Edition collects historical military records, including stories, photos, and personal documents. HeritageQuest® Online collects genealogical and historical sources from more than sixty countries, with coverage dating back to the 1700s.

Both “Data Mining the Deceased” and The Changing Face and Future of Obituaries take place in the Main Library Auditorium. Dr. Abbott’s genealogy workshop will be held in the Main Library Second Floor Learning Lab.

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Volume 16, Issue 1, Posted 2:29 PM, 01.08.2020

The Magic Of Upcycling

Be future-friendly and make a New Year’s resolution to upcycle. Start by bringing your children to Lakewood Public Library for some upcycling fun! We will show your kids how to repurpose old unwanted clothing and keep them busy over winter break. Students in third through eighth grade are invited to join us for Upcycling: From Rags to Riches on Monday, December 30, 2019 from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Main Library First Floor Multipurpose Room.

What’s upcycling? Upcycling turns old things into something new - which is basically magic! It’s taking an item that is no longer wanted or needed and giving it new life as something useful or creative. Children will learn how to transform old clothing into new treasures. Turn an old t-shirt into a strand necklace, infinity scarf or tote bag. Rework an old sweater into a slouch beanie with matching mittens to keep warm during the cold winter months. Participants learn more about the upcycling movement and then use their imagination to create unique wearable art.

No experience is necessary to participate in this program. Some materials are provided but registrants must bring an old t-shirt and/or sweater which will be cut up for upcycling projects.

Space is limited for this creative program and registration is required so sign up your children today. To register, stop by the Children’s & Youth Services desk at the Main Library, call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140 or visit www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org, select the Youth tab and Programs for School-Age Students, then scroll down to the event and click on Read More.

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Volume 15, Issue 24, Posted 1:34 PM, 12.18.2019

Meet The Author Of “Abandoned Cleveland,” Jeffrey Stroup

A battered door hanging by an overburdened hinge; hopeless stairways no longer going anywhere anyone needs to go; a hobbled desk where decisions were once made in an office reclaimed by earth and sky – these are the remains of the forsaken buildings of Cleveland.

Jeffrey Stroup has documented these haunts before they inevitably disappear in “Abandoned Cleveland.”  The talented photographer will visit Lakewood Public Library on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss his adventures in urban decay. 

Stroup and his camera have taken on the crumbling -- or non-existent – floors, the rotted ceilings and the rusting framework of disintegrating monoliths that stand like tombstones throughout our city.

So skip the ride on Lolly the Trolley and join us for Jeffery Stroup’s visual tour of Cleveland’s forgotten places. This special Meet The Author program will be held in the Main Lower Level Auditorium. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

 

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Volume 15, Issue 24, Posted 1:34 PM, 12.18.2019

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Meet the Author
"A Brave Face: Two Cultures, Two Families, and the Iraqi Girl Who Bound Them Together"
Book by Barbara Marlowe and Teeba Furat Marlowe
Main Library Auditorium
"A Brave Face" is the story of a woman who moved mountains to provide medical care for an Iraqi girl badly burned during a roadside attack. Barbara Marlowe’s determination to fight for her future daughter highlights the way love can reach across both cultures and continents. Marlowe overcame many obstacles to bring Teeba to the US for medical treatment—and to ultimately offer her a home. Books will be available for sale and signing at this event.

Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. (86 minutes) 
Lakewood Public Cinema
"Crossfire" (1947)
Directed by Edward Dmytryk
Presented by Barbara Steffek-Hill 
Main Library Auditorium
When a Jewish war veteran is found beaten to death, clues lead police captain Finlay (Robert Young) to unlikely suspects: a group of demobilized soldiers. The gang includes Monty (Robert Ryan) and Mitch (George Cooper). As the accused scrape together alibis, Finlay investigates the incident as a hate crime and is determined to find the real killer. Barbara Steffek-Hill presents a series of classic and contemporary films from her personal favorites.

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Volume 15, Issue 24, Posted 1:34 PM, 12.18.2019

An Ancient Tale Retold: Discuss Circe At The Library

A well-written and well-told story has the power to stand the test of time. In the Greek tradition, the ancient poetic epic "The Odyssey" by Homer remains the second-oldest surviving work of Western literature. Filled with tales of bravery, war, and tragedy, "The Odyssey" is a story of ancient mythology that has captivated audiences throughout the ages.

Homer’s epic is given a fresh perspective in Madeline Miller’s New York Times bestselling novel "Circe." The most infamous female figure in "The Odyssey" is reimagined and retold as Miller explores the life of the legendary sorceress best known for turning Odysseus’s sailors into swine.

Discuss "Circe" alongside selections from Emily Wilson’s translation of "The Odyssey" with Barbara Parr, an instructor with Case Western Reserve University’s Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program. This four-week discussion will begin on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room and continue on January 15, 2020, January 22, 2020, and January 29, 2020.

The Siegal Lifelong Learning Program connects the academic world and Northeast Ohio's wider community through innovative and engaging programming. Adults of all ages pursue their love of learning by participating in courses and lectures with internationally renowned scholars and local experts who share their cutting-edge research and current topics of interest. Instructor Barbara Parr received a BS from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Education from Cleveland State University. After retiring from teaching English and literature at Rocky River High School, Barbara now leads discussions throughout Greater Cleveland. 

 

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Volume 15, Issue 24, Posted 1:34 PM, 12.18.2019

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Art Connection
For students in kindergarten through fifth grade
Art activities let you express your view of the world. Create your own unique piece of art to take home and show off to family and friends. Registration is required.
Monday, December 23, 2019, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.

Lakewood LEGO® League
For youth in kindergarten through fifth grade (caregivers welcome)
Use Lakewood Public Library’s collection of Lego® Bricks and your own imagination to create fabulous new structures and designs each month. No registration, but numbered tickets will be given out first-come, first-served.
Sunday, December 29, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.

Upcycling – From Rags to Riches
For students in third through eighth grade
Transform old clothing into new treasures by turning an old t-shirt into strand necklaces, infinity scarves or a tote bag. Discover more about upcycling and then use your imagination to create your own work of art. Some materials will be provided, but students are required to bring an old t-shirt and sweater to use for upcycling projects. Registration required.
Monday, December 30, 2019, 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

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Volume 15, Issue 24, Posted 1:34 PM, 12.18.2019

A Brave Face: A Story Of Love

Barbara Marlowe is a determined woman. In 2006, a photo of an Iraqi girl in The Plain Dealer affected her so much she reached across the world, overcoming the obstacles of bureaucracy, time, distance and culture to help a severely burned child achieve a new life.

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Volume 15, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 12.04.2019

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled By Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Friends’ Preview Book Sale
Main Library Friends’ Book Sale Room

There is a special members-only preview book sale on Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Memberships may be purchased at the door for as little as $3.00. The preview sale is not a bag sale.

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Volume 15, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 12.04.2019

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Happily Ever Crafter

For students in sixth through twelfth grade

Beginners and pros, come create clever crafts with everyday materials! Registration required.

Sunday, December 8, 2019, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.

Space is the Place: Star Clocks

For students in third through fifth grade

Explore the world before clocks, when people determined what the time was without them. Using simple materials, participants will construct their very own star clock, also known as a nocturnal, and discover how it can be used to map the changing of time by utilizing the stars as their guide. Registration required.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

 

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Volume 15, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 12.04.2019

Meet The Author: Nicole Hennessy And The Poetry Of “Gypsy Queen”

Nicole Hennessy writes with a passion. As a journalist and poet, she has written for many local and national publications, co-founded the bimonthly art and literary magazine “Miser,” published the nonfiction book “Black Rabbit” and belongs to a community of poets actively creating and sharing their work in Cleveland.

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Volume 15, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 12.04.2019

Debbie Darling: Songs Of The 30s, 40s, 50s And 60s

In the 1930s, folks tapped their toes to hits from the Great American Songbook with their families gathered around the living room radio. Now we keep the beat with handheld smartphones, but favorites like Cole Porter’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” or George Gershwin’s, “ S’ Wonderful” have never left our playlists.

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Volume 15, Issue 22, Posted 4:39 PM, 11.20.2019

Light-Up Lakewood Booksale

The Holiday season is upon us, and there is so much to love about this festive time of year. 

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Volume 15, Issue 22, Posted 4:39 PM, 11.20.2019

A Lake Erie Shipwreck: Past, Present And Future

For most of us, Lake Erie is a broad expanse of beautiful water, a recreational highlight of life in Lakewood. But Lake Erie was once a bustling commercial water highway and below its surface lie hundreds of shipwrecks, abandoned in the murky depths of the lake. One of these wrecks is the Dundee, a wooden schooner that went down in a storm that swept over Lake Erie in September of 1900.

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Volume 15, Issue 22, Posted 4:39 PM, 11.20.2019

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Meet the Author
"Monsoon Postcards: Indian Ocean Journeys"
Book by David H. Mould
Main Library Auditorium

In the sequel to "Postcards from Stanland: Journeys in Central Asia," historian and journalist David Mould traverses the Indian Ocean—from Madagascar through India and Bangladesh to Indonesia. It’s an unpredictable journey, and along the way he meets journalists, professors, students, aid workers, cab drivers and slum-dwellers. Mould has traveled widely in Asia and southern Africa. Books will be available for sale and signing at this event.

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Volume 15, Issue 22, Posted 4:39 PM, 11.20.2019

Strokes Of Genius Concludes With Art Show

The fall session of Strokes of Genius at the Lakewood Public Library came to a close in November as participating second, third, and fourth graders proudly showcased their talent at an Art Show for family and friends.

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Volume 15, Issue 22, Posted 4:39 PM, 11.20.2019

Jungle Bob And His Crazy Critters

Come to the Lakewood Public Library and meet some of Jungle Bob’s incredible animals. Jungle Bob is a certified animal technician as well as a licensed teacher in animal care who has been educating and engaging children for nearly three decades. He is not only dedicated to entertaining audiences with his interactive animal shows, but also to teaching children about the importance of animal care, safety, and conservation. It will be a fun evening with reptiles and furry friends. “Jungle Bob and His Crazy Critters” will take place in the Main Library Multipurpose Room on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

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Volume 15, Issue 21, Posted 12:59 PM, 11.06.2019

Cuyahoga And Its Burning River

The Cuyahoga River dates back 12,000 years, but it was the fire in 1969 that made it famous. Even though it was not the first or the worst, the 1969 blaze caught the attention of the country, making Cleveland the butt of jokes and spurring the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Volume 15, Issue 21, Posted 12:59 PM, 11.06.2019

Family Secrets Uncovered: Award-Winning Author Gail Lukasik To Visit The Library

What if your family history research revealed a long-hidden family secret? Award-winning author Gail Lukasik grew up with few photographs of her mother’s family and in 1995 she discovered the reason why. When researching census records for her Louisiana family, Gail discovered that her mother’s father and his entire family were designated as black. “You can’t tell anyone,” said her mother Alvera.

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Volume 15, Issue 21, Posted 12:59 PM, 11.06.2019

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Meet the Author
"Cafe Abyss: John O’Brien’s Fiction, A Reflection"
Edited by Dave Megenhardt and Rob Jackson
Main Library Auditorium

Editors and contributors of "Cafe Abyss" discuss the fiction of John O’Brien, Lakewood native and author of four novels including "Leaving Las Vegas." O’Brien’s sister, Erin O’Brien, will discuss John’s life and legacy. Contributors Sara Dobie Bauer, Patrick Snee, Matt Marshall and Tanya Pilumeli, will speak about discovering O’Brien’s work and share their analyses of it. Books will be available for sale and signing at this event.

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Volume 15, Issue 21, Posted 12:59 PM, 11.06.2019

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Author Event - "Pit Bull Heroes: 45 Underdogs with Resilience and Heart"
Book by Greg Murray
Main Library Auditorium

Meet Chad, the first pit bull in the pet therapy program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Apollo, who sniffs out narcotics at his job in Washington State; Charlie, who rallied a community to fight breed-specific legislation laws in Lakewood; and forty-six other underdogs. They are all pit bulls and heroes in their own way. Greg Murray is an award-winning animal photographer and advocate. Books will be available for sale and signing at this event.

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Volume 15, Issue 20, Posted 4:59 PM, 10.16.2019

Meet The Author- “Cafe Abyss: John O'Brien's Fiction, A Reflection”

Long before he wrote the novel “Leaving Las Vegas,” John O’Brien called Lakewood home. The 1978 Lakewood High School graduate had a tragically short life and literary career, but the impact he made on the people who knew him and the readers moved by his work has more than endured the twenty-five years since his untimely death in Beverly Hills.

It is from this legacy that “Café Abyss: John O’Brien’s Fiction, A Reflection” was born. The editors and contributors of the book are visiting Lakewood Public Library on the day of its release, Thursday November 7, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. for a discussion about the novelist’s life and work. This special Meet The Author event will be held in the Main Lower Level Auditorium at 15425 Detroit Avenue.

Editors of “Café Abyss,” Dave Megenhardt and Rob Jackson, as well as O’Brien’s sister, Erin O’Brien, will join the discussion, along with additional essay contributors Sara Dobie Bauer, Patrick Snee, Matt Marshall and Tanya Pilumeli, who will speak about discovering O’Brien’s work and share their analyses of it.

In addition to his first novel, “Leaving Las Vegas,”(1990) which was made into a film of the same name in 1995, three more books, “The Assault on Tony’s”(1996), “Stripper Lessons”(1997), and “Better: a novel”(2009) were released posthumously with help from his sister.

 

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Volume 15, Issue 20, Posted 4:59 PM, 10.16.2019

Comedy Escapes And Magic Fun With Ron Price

Come to Lakewood Public Library to experience a riveting show that blends comedy and magic. The astounding escape artist Ron Price will captivate the audience by his ability to escape from just about anything. Wrap him in chains, ropes, mail bags, or straitjackets--it doesn’t matter--he can escape! Price spent years practicing magic and escape artistry to create an amazing show. You might even be picked out of the crowd to enjoy the fun of being a magician’s helper. “Comedy Escapes and Magic Fun with Ron Price” will take place in the Main Library Multipurpose Room on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Come and enjoy a free program that is full of amusement for the whole family.

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Volume 15, Issue 20, Posted 4:59 PM, 10.16.2019

Folias Duo Performs Concert In Main Library Auditorium

Folias Duo, a flute and guitar ensemble, is comprised of husband-and-wife team flutist Carmen Maret and guitarist Andrew Bergeron. Maret and Bergeron met while both were graduate music students at Michigan State University; they married in 2003.

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Volume 15, Issue 20, Posted 4:59 PM, 10.16.2019

The Results Are In: Understanding Your DNA Test

Over 26 million Americans have mailed in their saliva sample for an at-home ancestry test. The initial process is simple for the consumer, but deciphering the results of this ever advancing DNA research can be baffling. Mary Jamba is visiting Lakewood Public Library on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. to explain what the reports mean and how you can get the most out of them.

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Volume 15, Issue 19, Posted 5:59 PM, 10.02.2019

Guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto Performs At The Library

Lakewood Public Library is pleased to welcome Hiroya Tsukamoto, internationally acclaimed guitarist and singer-songwriter, to our concert stage. Born in Kyoto, Japan, Hiroya was thirteen years old when his father gave him a five-string banjo. Inspired by a recording of "Foggy Mountain Banjo" by Earl Scruggs, Hiroya taught himself the banjo and took up the guitar shortly thereafter.

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Volume 15, Issue 19, Posted 5:59 PM, 10.02.2019

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Friends’ Fall Book Sale Preview
Friends’ Book Sale Area

Friends of Lakewood Public Library host a special members-only preview book sale. Join at the door for as little as $3.00.

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Volume 15, Issue 19, Posted 5:59 PM, 10.02.2019

Local Photographer Greg Murray Highlights “Pit Bull Heroes”

When it comes to dog breeds, pit bulls have the reputation of posing a dangerous threat to our neighborhoods. Greg Murray’s latest book proves that these dogs can have a very different role in our community. Former strays, working dogs, family pets and social media stars are among the “Pit Bull Heroes: 49 Underdogs with Resilience and Heart.”

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Volume 15, Issue 19, Posted 5:59 PM, 10.02.2019

Books, Cats, And A Book About Cats

Some extra special guests are coming to the Lakewood Public Library this month. We are thrilled to welcome illustrator Dave Mottram as well as representatives from Tails from the City cat rescue.

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Volume 15, Issue 18, Posted 3:47 PM, 09.18.2019

Internationally Acclaimed Folk Duo to Appear At Lakewood Public Library

A whispering tree evokes the peaceful harmony of nature, the subtle call of natural forces. For singer/songwriter Eleanor Kleiner and multi-instrumentalist Elie Brangbour, the imagery and symbolism contained within that name call forth the music that expresses their very essence.

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Volume 15, Issue 18, Posted 3:47 PM, 09.18.2019

Friends Of Lakewood Library Fall Book Sale

It sounds too good to be true, but for more than 38 years, volunteers from the Friends of Lakewood Library have been saving thousands of books from area landfills by selling them to happy new readers at super low prices.

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Volume 15, Issue 18, Posted 3:47 PM, 09.18.2019

Mr. Zap's Magic And Thrill Show

Perhaps you’ve seen Mr. Zap at the Lakewood Public Library before. He is a familiar face in children’s entertainment and has been performing magic for over thirty-five years. He loves to entertain, and that shines through in all of his performances. Mr. Zap will keep you laughing with hilarious antics while amazing you with unbelievable feats of magic! He promises to deliver a show that will thrill and dazzle the audience. Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. when Mr. Zap’s Magic and Thrill Show will take place in the Main Library Multipurpose Room. You will enjoy a free program that is full of fun for the whole family.

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Volume 15, Issue 18, Posted 3:47 PM, 09.18.2019

LPL Calendar of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. (52 minutes)
ReelAbilities Film Festival: Family & Hope
Main Library Auditorium

Join us for Family & Hope a double feature and discussion as part of ReelAbilities Cleveland 2019 film fest. The Lakewood Public Library will be featuring two short documentaries, "The Unconditional" and "Unstuck," which touch on parenting, kids and disability. ReelAbilities is the largest film festival in the US dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities.

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Volume 15, Issue 18, Posted 3:47 PM, 09.18.2019

Luca Mundaca Performs At Lakewood Public Library

With a voice clear and warm, the music of Luca Mundaca refreshes like an ocean breeze off her native Brazilian coast. The talented singer and songwriter brings her sophisticated sound to Lakewood Public Library on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. as part of our Sunday With The Friends programming.

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Volume 15, Issue 17, Posted 6:27 PM, 09.04.2019

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Double Author Event: "Mama, Mama, Only Mama" and "Mrs. Morhard and the Boys"
Books by Lara Lillibridge and Ruth Hanford Morhard
Main Library Auditorium

These books are about the lengths to which single mothers will go to create a memorable childhood. In "Mama, Mama, Only Mama," Lara Lillibridge offers advice she’s gained while raising children in a non-nuclear family. In "Mrs. Morhard and the Boys," Ruth Hanford Morhard shares how her mother-in-law, out of love for her son, founded the first ever Little League with support from the Cleveland Indians. Books will be available for sale and signing at this event.

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Volume 15, Issue 17, Posted 6:27 PM, 09.04.2019

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

International Day of Peace- Origami Paper Crane Folding Tutorial

For All Ages

Celebrate the International Day of Peace by making origami cranes. Come learn how to contribute paper cranes to the display by learning and practicing how to fold your own origami paper cranes.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

Girls Who Code 

For students in sixth through twelfth grade.

Join our club and use computer science to solve a problem that you care about in our community by working on a Computer Science Impact Project where you'll learn to use computer science to create a mobile app, design a website or program a robot. This program is designed for all levels of computer science experience.

Mondays, September 9, 2019 – November 25, 2019 and Mondays, January 6, 2020 – March 23, 2020, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Main Library Learning Lab.

 

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Volume 15, Issue 17, Posted 6:27 PM, 09.04.2019

International Dot Day Fun

International Dot Day was created to encourage students to explore their creativity. The inspiration behind the event is the children’s book "The Dot" by Peter H. Reynolds. It tells the story of a teacher who motivates a doubting student to trust in her own abilities and from a dot on a page the child goes on to make her mark. The book "The Dot" has been translated into over 25 languages, including Braille. Since the first Dot Day in 2009, the number of involved students in both schools and libraries around the globe has skyrocketed. It has grown to a world-wide celebration with children from 181 countries expected to participate in 2019.

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Volume 15, Issue 17, Posted 6:27 PM, 09.04.2019

Join The Discussion On World Affairs At The Library

Discuss world affairs with friends, neighbors and experts during Great Decisions, America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. Every year the Foreign Policy Association highlights eight critical foreign policy challenges facing the United States. Each discussion will focus on one of the policy challenges, featuring a thirty minute video and an expert-led discussion.

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Volume 15, Issue 17, Posted 6:27 PM, 09.04.2019

Dear Lakewood, Thank You

Dear Lakewood,

Thank you for helping our youth Read to the moon and back during the summer of 2019!

Thank you to parents, grandparents and caregivers who encouraged summer reading and registered their family members to participate at the Library. Thank you also to the 1,027 adult readers who set a stellar example for our young people by participating in the adult summer reading program. Monday, May 13, 2019 began a reading journey at the Lakewood Public Library. The annual summer reading club themed “A Universe of Stories” attracted 1,768 youth. Over a twelve week time period, 743 youth readers met the goal of 30 books, 30 chapters or 30 hours of reading by Monday, August 5, 2019! We should all be proud of our Lakewood readers. They couldn’t have done it without you!

 

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Volume 15, Issue 17, Posted 6:27 PM, 09.04.2019

Two Cleveland Authors On Motherhood

How far will a mother go for her children? Two local authors have written books examining that very question, one a memoir and the other a biography of her mother-in-law.

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Volume 15, Issue 16, Posted 3:19 PM, 08.21.2019

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled By Elaine Rosenberger

Friday, August 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Front Porch Concert Series Presented by LakewoodAlive

Main Library Front Porch
The Front Porch Concert Series adds vibrancy and an enhanced sense of community to Lakewood’s urban core. Concerts, which take place on the Library’s front porch, are sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James and are presented by LakewoodAlive. Tonight we welcome Drumplay.

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Volume 15, Issue 16, Posted 3:19 PM, 08.21.2019

Fall Art Programs

Fall is nearly upon us, which means it’s time to take a break from raking those leaves and come on down to the Lakewood Public Library for some creative inspiration with our fall art programs.

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Volume 15, Issue 16, Posted 3:19 PM, 08.21.2019

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Kidical Mass Bike Ride and Storytime

For the Whole Family

The Lakewood Public Library, Bike Lakewood and Beat Cycles invites the whole family to enjoy a fun morning bicycle ride around the neighborhood. The event includes bicycle safety instruction, a story time, an art project and a refreshment to end the event. No registration is required.

Sunday, August 25, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at Lakewood Park Solstice Steps.

International Day of Peace - Origami Paper Crane Folding Tutorial

For All Ages

Celebrate the International Day of Peace by making origami cranes. Come learn how to contribute paper cranes to the display by learning and practicing how to fold your own origami paper cranes.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

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Volume 15, Issue 16, Posted 3:19 PM, 08.21.2019

Voluptuous, Political And Bawdy: Burlesque In Clevelad

Burlesque. The word brings up images of early 20th century stages with scantily clad women dancing and telling bawdy jokes in front of raucous audiences. Photographer Bob Perkoski and writer Erin O’Brien decided to bring that image up to date with the release of their book, “Rust Belt Burlesque: The Softer Side of a Heavy Metal Town.”

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Volume 15, Issue 15, Posted 2:59 PM, 08.07.2019

LPL Calendar of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, August 8, 2019
Nonfiction Book Club
Main Library Meeting Room

Come and join the conversation with our newest book club. There are sure to be serious and thought-provoking discussions about many subjects inspired by these non-fiction works. Tonight we will discuss Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.

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Volume 15, Issue 15, Posted 2:59 PM, 08.07.2019

Sinatra CLE In Concert

Re-live the glory days of Ol’ Blue Eyes and the Rat Pack when Sinatra CLE takes the stage at the Main Library Auditorium at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 11, 2019. One of Cleveland’s premier Frank Sinatra tribute acts, Sinatra CLE was founded by vocalist Patrick Lynch. In addition to performing iconic songs of Ol’ Blue Eyes, Sinatra CLE also performs the hits of Dean Martin, Michael Buble, and Elvis. This iconic jazz ensemble will take you back in time to the great Rat Pack performances of the ‘50s and ‘60s.

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Volume 15, Issue 15, Posted 2:59 PM, 08.07.2019

Mystery Writers To Speak At Lakewood Public Library

Murder. Intrigue. Family dynamics. Lottery winnings. Food. Mystery novels can be centered around many things. Two local authors who have successfully launched careers in writing, Vivien Chien and Annie Hogsett, will appear at Lakewood Main Library to discuss their books and their techniques for navigating the fast-paced and cutthroat mystery genre.

Chien started her writing life in elementary school, making up simple stories about adventures with her classmates. She attempted to write her first novel at the age of sixteen and in 2018 published her first book, “Death by Dumpling.”  This was quickly followed by “Dim Sum of All Fears.” Chien’s protagonist is Lana Lee, manager of her family’s Chinese restaurant, who enters Cleveland’s Best Noodle Contest in “Murder Lo Mein.” Part of a popular genre known as cozy mysteries, the Noodle Shop Mysteries have been praised as charming and fun. The books not only take the reader along to solve a mystery, but explore evolving relationships as well.

Hogsett takes a different tack with her series, "Somebody’s Bound to Wind Up Dead." “Murder to the Metal,” the second book in the series, revolves around a part-time librarian and a blind college professor living large in Bratenahl due to an infusion of cash from a winning lottery ticket. They are carrying on a steamy love affair while also taking on jobs for the T&A Detective Agency. Their first case, which starts out as a search for a missing man, leads eventually to organized crime, drug addiction, larceny and murder. Hogsett, originally from a small West Virginia town, now lives on the shore of Lake Erie in Cleveland. She spent years writing advertising copy before publishing her first novel in 2017.

 

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Volume 15, Issue 14, Posted 7:18 PM, 07.17.2019

Friends Host Arts Festival Book Sale

To accompany the 2019 Lakewood Arts Festival, the Friends of Lakewood Public Library are hosting the Friends’ Arts Festival Book Sale on Saturday, August 3, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Friends Book Sale area of the Main Lakewood Public Library, located at 15425 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, Ohio.

The volunteer Friends of Lakewood Public Library raise funds for Library programs and services. Book Sale proceeds support Lakewood Public Library’s free lectures, concerts, films, and youth programs throughout the year.

In keeping with the Arts Festival theme, the Book Sale will feature special art books in the entrance area. Proceeding through the Friends Book Sale Room, you will discover bestsellers, classics, poetry, cookbooks, mysteries, gardening books, self-help and religious books, an amazing selection of Children’s books, magazines, vinyl LP records, VHS tapes, CDs, DVDs and jigsaw puzzles. As with every Arts Festival book sale, there is no preview sale.

Take a break from the heat and enjoy the air conditioning as you browse the Friends’ Book Sale. Although the sale runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., plan to get there as early as possible for the best selection.

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Volume 15, Issue 14, Posted 7:18 PM, 07.17.2019

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Citizenship Workshop
Presented by Tri-C ASPIRE
Main Library Multipurpose Room
The second session of our two-week workshop showing participants how to become a U.S. citizen through the process of naturalization. Registration is required. Register by calling (216) 226-8275, ext. 127.

Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Booked for Murder Book Club
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. Tonight we will discuss In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II by Rhys Bowen.

Friday, July 19, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Front Porch Concert Series Presented by LakewoodAlive
Main Library Front Porch
The Front Porch Concert Series adds vibrancy and an enhanced sense of community to Lakewood’s urban core. Concerts take place on the Library’s front porch, are sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James and are presented by LakewoodAlive. Tonight we welcome Diana Chittester.

Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Film - "The Decoy Bride" (2011)
Presented by Barbara Steffek-Hill Directed by Sheree Folkson

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Volume 15, Issue 14, Posted 7:18 PM, 07.17.2019

A Ride Back To Luna Park With Dave Buehler

It was mostly demolished by 1931. Luna Park, known as “Cleveland’s fairyland of pleasure,” was a 35-acre amusement park which opened the spring of 1905 in the Woodhill Road, East 110th, Woodland and Mt. Carmel section on Cleveland’s eastside. It beckoned thrill-seekers and beer drinkers alike with roller coasters and a dance hall until Prohibition and the Great Depression took their toll, forcing the park to close its gates for good.

Dave Buehler, who founded the popular Templar Motors collection at the Erie Screw Factory, will serve as tour guide to the once booming Luna Park as part of our Lakewood Historical Society programming on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Cleveland’s Luna Park was part of an international amusement park chain that was known for its wildly exotic architecture. The midway was an amazing spectacle illuminated by one thousand incandescent lamps. It boasted a seventy-two-horse carousel, a roller rink and a 20,000-seat stadium, nicknamed the Luna Bowl, which was home field to the Cleveland Bulldogs and Cleveland Panthers professional football teams as well as the Negro league baseball teams: the Cleveland Stars, the Cleveland Giants, and the Cleveland Red Sox.

From the streets where it once stood, Luna Park has gone without a trace. Join Dave Buehler as he brings back memories of this long-forgotten summertime destination. The program takes place in the Main Lower Level Auditorium.

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Volume 15, Issue 14, Posted 7:18 PM, 07.17.2019