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A fond farewell to Ray Harryhausen

Ray Harryhausen passed away last week at the age of 93. He was a groundbreaking pioneer in the world of special effects for films. His work inspired other filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, as well as a host of amateurs with clay and a camera in their parents basement.

The Sports Section - Local Action

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There are a lot of sporting events being held in the Cleveland area this summer and fall, many of them attracting an international field of participants.  In chronological order, here are some activities that might be worth a look.

May 22-25 - 2013 MAC Baseball Tournament

Eight teams will compete for the Mid-American Conference Baseball Championship at All-Pro Freight Staduim in Avon, Ohio.  http://www.mac-sports.com/Championships/Baseball2013.aspx

May 29 - U. S. Soccer Men's National Team vs. Belgium - 8 pm

This is only the third time that the U.S. team has appeared in Cleveland - it will be a tune-up for the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches.  You can see the game at First Energy Stadium - Home of the Cleveland Browns (Cleveland Browns Stadium works better for me!).

Rainy Day Fun

Welcome to the inaugural post of the Playful Parent!  WPPL’s Youth Services     collection includes many great books on crafts, activities, party games, boredom buster books, experiments for home and school and much more.  I will strive to get your cre

Guides for Your Mobile Devices

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Here at WPPL, we field questions about new mobile devices all the time. Do you have one? If so, we have a fat stack of guides to help you learn how to use it. These guides will help you learn everything you can do with your device, not just ebooks.

We even have some in ebook format for iPads and Nook Tablet via our ebook vendor, Overdrive

This picture shows what we have right now among our new non-fiction books. And if you have an older device sitting in your junk drawer, we might have a guide that will help you, too.

May is short story month! Time to try some Science Fiction and Fantasy!

May is short story month!
Admit it, sometimes you want a good story, but don't have a lot of time, and the thought of starting up that thousand-page tome is daunting. If you're in the mood for a quick fix-try some short fiction!

Science fiction and fantasy readers could easily subsist entirely on short fiction if they so desired. With so many sources of good short fiction available, it's hard Not to read it.

It's a Mystery 4/30/2013

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Trends

A recent article in Library Journal discussed trends in the circulation of library materials.  65% of items circulated are from the Fiction area, with Mysteries being the top circulating subgenre within Fiction.  The popularity of mysteries is no surprise to those of us who read them.  Readers continue to be drawn to the varied types of mysteries being published today.

Summer's Coming (and so are the movies!)

Rainy Day Films

Well of course it’s sunny and beautiful today as I am writing this post, but the inspiration for it came on Wednesday—gloomy, rainy Wednesday—when a patron asked for a particular film and remarked that it was her favorite “go-to” rainy day film.  So since we’re bound to have our share of rainy days in the future, I shall channel my inner Boy Scout motto

Pass the Popcorn, please!

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Stumped for a movie to watch with the kids? Overwhelmed by the rows and rows of titles on the shelves? Wondering if, somewhere amidst the rancid stew of reality shows flooding your TV, there might be something actually worth watching?

Reviews of 2 new Fantasy titles.

Fantasy isn't always about Dragons and wizards. Sometimes it's about a big old Victorian house that you never noticed before...until one day you feel compelled to walk up and knock on the door, or a phone call from a stranger who states that you are the only one who can prevent an otherwise certain death.