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Westlake under siege

I don’t think anyone would disagree when I say that Westlake Ohio, and gang violence are hardly synonymous terms. This idyllic city has as safe a feel to it as any I’ve been too. And for most of its 199 year history this has been perfectly true. But if you were around town in the 1950s, you’d know that Westlake was not devoid of what historian William M.

Cleveland area once a wild kingdom

For most of us today, the most exposure we get to the “wilderness” is spotting a deer or raccoon in the back yard from time to time. But there was a time when this whole area was a vast wilderness covered in thick forest. And in this wilderness were wild animals; animals that were not used to human beings traipsing around in their territory.

Next Monthly Monday Movie: August 20, 7:00 p.m.

Send summer off in fine style with this documentary film about the sport of surfing around the world. Watch dedicated surfers "shoot the curl" of some totally gnarly waves! MPAA rating: PG--Approx. 88 minutes.
Register here or call (440) 250-5462.

Next Monthly Monday Movie: July 16, 7:00 P.M.

For July's Monthly Monday Movie we'll cool off with an Academy Award-winning film about the heartwarming (and sometimes heartbreaking) breeding cycle of the emperor penguins of Antarctica. Approx. 80 minutes. Register here or call (440) 250-5462.

Computer Classes

Sign up now for these computer classes in June and July:

  • Computers for Beginners
  • Introduction to Windows and Toolbars
  • Introduction to Microsoft Word I and II
  • Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Introduction to Microsoft Excel

Registration for Internet classes in June and July starts on June 11 for Westlake residents and opens to everyone on June 12.

Two books for winter reading

Foreign Correspondent
by Alan Furst, 2006

Carlo Weisz is an Italian journalist seeking refuge in Paris with other intellectuals fleeing Mussolini's fascist government. While working as a foreign correspondent for Reuters, he becomes the editor of an underground newspaper that hopes to keep the flames of resistance alive in both countries. His efforts not only place his own life in danger, but that of the German socialite and lover he is trying to save from the Nazis. This latest espionage novel by the author of Dark Voyage and Red Gold is once again filled with atmosphere, intrigue, and romance.

Joe Barbera

Joe Barbera, one half of the Hanna-Barbera animation team died on Monday, December 18, 2006. He was 95 years old. Hanna-Barbera was famous for such well-loved cartoon characters as Tom and Jerry, Yogi Bear, the Flintstones, the Jetsons, Scooby-Doo and Huckleberry Hound. Bill Hanna, who died in 2001, once said that Barbera could "capture mood and expression in a quick sketch better than anyone I've ever known." Their first success was with the battling cat and mouse cartoon Tom and Jerry which won seven Academy Awards.

DVD News

There is a new way to check out DVDs at the library! The Friends of the Library have donated the funds for our new Intelligent Media Manager (IMM). It's the large black machine located across from the Circulation Desk. The IMM stores, dispenses, and checks out DVDs. If you find a DVD cover on our shelves without a clear plastic security case and with no DVD inside, it's in the IMM. What next? Take the cover and your library card to the IMM.

Book Discussion Group Date Change

The 4th Wednesday afternoon book discussion group is changing its December meeting date. We will be meeting on Wednesday December 20th at 2:00pm, instead of December 27th due to the holidays. Our book for discussion will be Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg.