Library listings May 3-9



Bay Village Branch, 502 Cahoon Road, (440) 871-6392.

• from Log cabin to the White House-James Garfield, 10 a.m. may 8. Join us as you meet James Garfield, from being born in a log cabin to becoming the 20th president of the United States through to his untimely death. The audience will experience an intimate and timely view of the stages of Garfield’s life and his many accomplishments.

• Playhouse Square Presents, 7 p.m. may 9. get a sneak peak at the upcoming season at Playhouse Square. A short DVD of scenes from the plays will be presented.

• Meet Dan Chaon, author of “Await Your Reply”, 7 p.m. may 16. his latest collection of short stories, entitled “Stay Awake,” will be released this spring.

Fairview Park Branch, 21255 Lorain Road, (440) 333-4700 or

• Benefits Clinic, noon-8 p.m. today. If you struggle to provide nutritious meals for you or your family, talk to Food Assistance Counselor to learn if you qualify for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — formerly known as Food Stamps).

• The best Plants for Shade, 2 p.m. may 6. Mark Bir of the Cleveland Botantical Garden will discuss which plants grow best in the Northeast Ohio shade. Registration required.

• Book Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. may 12.

North Olmsted Branch, 27403 Lorain Road. (440) 777-6211 or

• English as a Second Language — Polaris hosts ongoing classes for individuals interested in learning English, 9-11:30 a.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Registration required.

• Job Club, 1:30-3 p.m. Tuesdays. Join career counselor Jim Hansen for helpful tips on resumes, job search strategies, and interviewing. anyone who is job hunting or looking to change careers is welcome.

• The Teen Homework Center is open 3:30-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday throughout the school year. Teens entering grades 7 through 11 are invited to register for free homework help. Program coordinators provide a positive learning environment designed to help students gain lifelong learning skills. Registration required. Form must be picked up at the North Olmsted branch.

• Computer Essentials, 1-3 p.m. may 7. The class offers an overview of basic computer parts, using the mouse and keyboard and an introduction to the Microsoft Windows operating system. Registration required.

• Tips for a Successful Job Search, 6:30-8:30 p.m. may 7. A career center counselor will present tips and ideas on what to do to be successful at finding the job you want.

Olmsted Falls Library, 7850 Main St., Olmsted Falls. (440) 235-1150 or

• Mother/Daughter Tea Party, 2-4 p.m. may 5. Girls ages 7 and up with their female caregiver are invited to attend. Registration required.

• Ohio’s Lake Erie Wineries, 7-8:30 p.m. may 10. Join Claudia Taller, author of “Ohio’s Lake Erie Wineries,” as she discusses the history of wine making along Ohio’s north coast and makes recommendations for wine country adventures. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Registration required.

• Adult Book Discussion, 7:30-8:30 p.m. may 21. Discussion of “The Cailiffs of Bagdad,” Georgia by Mary Helen Stefaniak. Books are available for pick-up at the library.


Lakewood Public Library, 15425 Detroit Ave., (216) 226-8275 or

• Family Weekend Wonders presents: A Hair Affair, may 4-6; amazing Adventures, may 11-13; who is in the Zoo?, may 18-20; Healthy me!, may 25-26.

• Strokes of Genius, 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through may 9. Learn about renowned artists and the history of creativity. for students in grades 2-4.

• Western Movies, the Early Years: 1903-1948 — “The Ox-Bow Incident” (1943) directed by William Wellman, 6 p.m. may 5.

• Sunday with the Friends presents Bella Italia: A Photographic Journey, 2 p.m. may 6.

• Health and Wealth: Strategies to Maximize Your Pension and Social Security, 7 p.m. may 8.

• Meet Laura Maylene Walter, author of “Living Arrangements”, 7 p.m. may 9.

• It’s All Greek to me, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, through may 9.

• Tail Waggin’ Tutors, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. may 12. for school-age children.

• The cinema presents “Wee Willie Winkie” (1975) (PG), directed by John Ford, 6 p.m. may 12.

• Sunday with the Friends presents the NorthCoast Consort of Violas, 2 p.m. may 13.

• Art Explosion, 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, through may 14. for grades 5-8.

• Meet Shelly Pearsall, author of “All Shook up,” 7 p.m. may 15.

• Meet Jim Wood, author of “Out and About with Winsor French,” 7 p.m. may 16.

• Introduction to Ancestry: Library Edition, 6 p.m. may 17.

• The cinema presents “Simone” (2002) (PG-13) directed by Andrew Niccol, 6 p.m. may 19.

• Sunday with Friends presents Wallace Coleman: Deeply Rooted in the Blues, 2 p.m. may 20.

• Meet Scott Longert, author of “Addie Joss: King of the Pitchers”, 7 p.m. may 24.

• Brain Recess, 3-6 p.m. weekdays through may 25. Challenge yourself or your friends with a brain-teasing card game or puzzle. Grades K-8.

• The cinema presents “my own Private Idaho” (1991) (R) directed by Gus Van Sant, 6 p.m. may 26.

• Family Movie Night presents “Air Bud: World Pup”(2001), 7 p.m. may 26.

• Lakewood Historical Society presents “An Evening with General Nathan Bedford,” 7 p.m. may 30.


Rocky River Public Library, 1600 Hampton Road. (440) 333-7610 or

• Outreach Service provides free delivery and pick up of library materials for Rocky River residents who are unable to come to the library due to age, illness or physical disability. If you or someone you know is interested in this service, please call (440) 895-3755.

• Free Comic Book Day, 1:30-4 p.m. may 5. Fans of all ages can get a free comic book while supplies last. Tweens and teens are invited to hang out in the afternoon to make crafts using recycled comic books and catch a superhero movie. Drop-in crafts will be in the Teen Room at 1:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 2 p.m.

• Teen Pizza Pagers, 3:30-4:30 p.m. may 9. Seventh and eighth graders are invited to meet at the library after school for a book discussion group. Pizza will be provided. Registration required.

• The library will be closed on may 13 for Mother’s Day.


Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. (440) 871-2600 or

• Fall Storytime sessions and are as follows:

Lapsit — Songs, rhymes and play. for ages 6-24 months with caregiver. Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays 9:30 a.m.

Toddler — stories, rhymes and songs. for ages 2-3-½ with caregiver. Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays 10:15 a.m.

Preschool — stories, songs and rhymes for ages 3-½ to 5; siblings and families welcome. Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m.

• Investor Interest Group, 7-8:30 p.m. today. Larry Wickstrom will discuss the Oil and Natural Gas Supplies in Ohio and how investors can use this knowledge.

• Cinco de Mayo, 10-11 a.m. may 4. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the library. Festivities include stories, songs, dancing and a craft. Ages 3-5. Registration required.

• Free Comic Book Day, all day, may 5 while supplies last.

• Crafts A Go-Go, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, may 5 and 26. Join us for a fun and easy craft experience. All supplies provided.

• Finding Your Voice in a World That needs It, 3 p.m. may 6. Dr. Karen Gilliam will provide thought-provoking questions to show you how to revisit and re-claim your past; to reflect on the present; and to explore your signature purpose.

• American Red Cross Bloodmobile “Type O” Drive, 2-7 p.m. may 7.

• Tuesday Evening Book Discussion, 7 p.m., may 8. “Prodigal Summer” by Barbara Kingsolver.

• Non-Fiction Book Discussion, 7 p.m. may 10. “Losing It” by William Ian Morrison.

• Connecting for Kids Brown Bag Lunch Playgroup, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. may 11 and 25. A playgroup for parents with questions or concerns about their child’s development. Bring your brown bag lunch (no peanuts, please) and we’ll hold an informal discussion while the children eat lunch and play.

• Kids in Motion Sensory Time, 10:30-11:30 a.m. may 12. Join us for stories, activities, music and more. Program is designed to engage children with special needs/sensory challenges, and consists of a 30-minute storytime followed by a 30-minute social-sharing time. Each child must have an adult caregiver.

Brick Builders Club, 2-3 p.m. Saturday, may 12 and 26. Bring your ideas and imagination to the club. All bricks provided. Ages 6-13. Register one week before session.

• Small Business: The Art of Marketing, 7-8:30 p.m. may 14. this seminar is intended for entrepreneurs or small business owners who need a more in-depth understanding of the basic elements of marketing a small business or expanding an existing small business’s market presence. Registration required.

• Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society meeting, 6:30-8:45 p.m. may 16.

• Finding Funders for Your Non-profit Organization, 7-8:30 p.m. may 16. Learn how to use Foundation Directory Online Professional, a Foundation Center database you can use to help find potential funders for your nonprofit organization.

• Come Play with me, 10:30-11:15 a.m. may 18. Open playtime with age-appropriate toys, songs and rhymes for ages 2-5 and their caring adults. Registration begins may 11.

• Westside Writers, 9:30 a.m. may 19.

• Lapsit Storytime, 10-10:45 a.m. may 19. Join us for songs, rhymes and stories, then stay and play. for ages 0-24 months with a caregiver.

• Connecting for Kids Saturday Playgroup, 1-3 p.m. may 19. A playgroup for parents with questions or concerns about their child’s development. we will hold an informal discussion while the children play Legos, board games and do crafts.

• Mad4Manga, 3-4:45 p.m. may 19. Grades 6-12 only.

• American Red Cross Bloodmobile, 1-7 p.m. may 21.

• Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion, 2 p.m. may 23. “One Summer” by David Baldacci.

• Porter’s Fiber Fanatics, 10 a.m. to noon may 25. Socialize, share, and solve problems while you work on your current project.

• The library will be closed on Sundays for the summer beginning may 27.

• The library will be closed may 28 for the Memorial Day holiday.

• E-Reader help, 6-8 p.m. may 29. Make an appointment at the popular materials desk for help with your e-Reader.

Avon Branch, Lorain Public Library system, 37485 Harvest Drive. (440) 934-4743 or

• New hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Wednesday 2-8:30 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed Sunday.

North Ridgeville Branch, Lorain Public Library system, 35700 Bainbridge Road. (440) 327-8326 or

• Excel for Beginners, 10:30 a.m. today. this introductory class is for those who have little or no experience using Microsoft Excel. Registration required.

• Come view the North Ridgeville City Schools’ annual student art exhibition that includes artwork from all grade levels. The art will be on display during regular library hours through may 18.

• Comic Book Day — Free comic books will be available 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. while supplies last may 5.

• Computers for Beginners, 6:30 p.m. may 7 and 10:30 a.m. may 11. Learn computer basics such as using a mouse, identifying computer parts and how the Windows 7 operating system works. Practice time is included. Registration required.

• Friends General Membership Meeting, 7 p.m. may 7. New members are welcome.

• Adults 18 years or older are invited to attend the screening of the foreign film, “Welcome,” 6 p.m. may 8.

• Literacy Rocks: Decorative Rock Craft — Families with children of all ages are invited to stop in 6:30 p.m. may 9 and paint their own rocks to show excitement for reading. Paint one to display at the library, and paint another to display at home. you may bring your own rock, or use one provided by the library.

• Internet for Beginners, 6:30 p.m. may 14 and 10:30 a.m. may 17.

• Adults are invited to attend a Mystery Book Discussion, 7 p.m. may 16. “The Lighthouse” by P. D. James. New members are welcome.

• Have you ever wanted to meet other writers and hone your writing skills? do you need motivation to pick up a pen in the first place? If so, attend this organizational meeting of the North Ridgeville Writers, 2 p.m. may 19. we are attempting to create a writer’s group, but need to know what you would like to get out of it. Come share your thoughts about focus, possible activities, practical meeting times and much more. If there is enough interest, the group will begin meeting officially in fall 2012. Registration required.

• An eMedia program will be presented 6:30 p.m. may 21 and 10:30 a.m. may 24. Participants will learn about the various types of media that can be downloaded. Registration required.

• The library will be closed, may 28 in observance of Memorial Day.


Avon Lake Public Library, 32649 Electric Blvd. (440) 933-8128.

• If you have placed a book on hold and have been notified that it’s now available, you can pick it up yourself in the library. Your book will be waiting for you on the shelf next to the circulation desk. Books are shelved alphabetically by patron’s last name. Simply pick up your book and check it out.

• Our eBook collection is now compatible with the world’s bestselling eBook reader, the Amazon Kindle. Patrons can now download popular and classic eBooks to a Kindle device or any mobile device running the free Kindle app, such as iPhone, iPad, Android and more. to get started, visit the library’s web site at and go to Digital Media.

• The resume coach will work with you to create or polish your resume so it stands out from the crowd. Coaching sessions are one-on-one and free. Call the reference department to make an appointment.

• Special Collection — Do you have a special collection of clowns or other circus related items? Would you be willing to share it with us this summer? As part of the library’s summer reading program, we are looking for a circus-themed collection to display in June and July. If you have a collection to share, contact Sue Hurbanek at (440) 933-8128, Ext. 249.

• The Children’s Department is now accepting donations of Lego building bricks and pieces to be used in their “Lego my Library Summer Club.” Drop off your donation in the children’s department.

• Environmental Series-Geese Nuisance Control, 7 p.m. may 9. Jeff Westerfield will discuss the nuisance of geese. If you live or work near a pond, you won’t want to miss this presentation.

• The library will be closed to the public on may 18 due to a technology system migration. Scheduled kindergarten screening appointments for may 18 will still take place at the library.

• stop in and browse the art exhibit in the Waugaman Gallery from may 4 –24. Avon Lake elementary students from Westview, Eastview, Redwood and Erieview share their artistic talents with this colorful and imaginative show.

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