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Music Musings features music news, releases, and everyday musings.

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The Sports Section covers the world of sports, from alpine skiing to yachting.

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It’s All About Apps (Part 3)

Can you believe there are still more apps to talk about that are available to access WPPL’s downloadables and research resources?  Well, The Media Maven has another list of apps of which you should take note.


Ohio Means Jobs


What would you do if you could see into the future? The Fixer by Gene Ducette.

Corrigan Bain is going insane...or is he? As a child, he dreamed of being a superhero. Most people never get to realize their childhood dreams, but Corrigan Bain has come close. He became a fixer. His self-appointed "job" is to prevent accidents. To see the future and "fix" things before people get hurt. But the ability to see into the future, however limited, isn't always so simple. Sometimes not everyone can be saved.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

There is quite a lot of buzz surrounding this debut author’s work.  Perhaps it is the comparison to a cross between Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games (that’s not what it is, however).  Maybe it is the fact it has already been optioned for a movie produced and starring Emma Watson.  Or possibly it is just the sheer wonder that comes with a new fascinating fantasy tr

Hit the Road

Summer vacation is often times synonymous with road trip.  If you’re planning a trip with the kiddos in the next couple months, here are a few off-line entertainment ideas. 

It’s All About Apps (Part 2)

The Media Maven is back with some more apps for you to explore. 



The EBSCOhost app includes access to the databases that make up EBSCOhost.  A list of the included sources from our Research Resources webpage follows:


Academic and Professional Journal Databases

Academic Search Premier

The Martian by Andy Weir

A freak accident leaves astronaut Mark Watney stranded alone on the surface of the red planet in 'The Martian'.

The Sports Section - Summer Events Near and Far

Lots going on with the Cleveland sports scene right now.  First up, this week, (June 5-8) is The Cleveland Open, an event on the golf tour schedule.  The tournament will be played at Lakewood Country Club, right here in Westlake.  For all the details about the event, go to the official site, The Cleveland Open.  Parking for all spectators will be restricted to Crocker Park, with shuttle vans running every 10-15 minutes.  You can also catch the action on the Golf Channel Thursday and Friday from 6:30-9 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 7-9 pm.  Nice to be in the spotlight.


Coming July 3-6 is the Continental Cup International Youth Sports Festival, featuring over 3000 young athletes from all over the world participating in soccer, baseball, and basketball competitions.  Last year 218 teams played more than 500 games on 28 fields/courts.  The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission has all the info on schedules and venues.


The next major golf championship is the U. S. Open, being played at Pinehurst Country Club in Pinehurst, NC from June 9-15.  The defending champion of this tournament, that always concludes on Father's Day, is England's Justin Rose.


One of the premiere sporting events this summer is the FIFA International Men's Football Tournament, better known as the World Cup.  Brazil is the host nation of this once-every-four-years tournament, running from June 12-July 13.  32 teams will compete in 64 matches held at 12 venues, all of which will be televised live on ESPN and its affiliates.  The U.S. team plays its first match against Ghana on June 16 at 6 pm on ESPN.  The early favorite to win it all - Brazil!


Finishing up this week - the French Open tennis tournment played at Roland-Garros.  The Women's Singles Champion of 2013, Serena Williams, is out, but the defending Men's Singles Champion,  Rafael Nadal, continues on towards the finals on Sunday.


This Saturday, June 7, the final leg of racing's Triple Crown will be contested in the Belmont Stakes in New York - the longest of the 3 races.  California Chrome is currently favored to win and become a Triple Crown champion, the first horse to do so since Affirmed in 1978.


And, as always, there's plenty of exciting interest in the Browns, Indians, and Cavaliers right now.  Lots to talk about on all fronts.  Are these the wait-'til-next year seasons all the teams and fans have been waiting for?


Featured books this month - you'll find them in our new book room.

 My Journey through the Beauty and Dark Side of Soccer

Duel for the Crown:  Affirmed, Alydar and Racing's Greatest Rivalry (by Linda Carroll - 798.4 C319D - 2014).


It's a Mystery - Summer Reading

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Unlike the days of required reading you may remember from high school, summer reading at WPPL can be fun!

It’s All About Apps (Part 1)

The Media Maven of Westlake Porter Library is here to present you with all the possible choices you have available to you for your serious search and entrancing entertainment needs all on your mobile device. You may have known about some of the choices available at your convenient app store, but maybe not.

Back in the Yard

Now that warm weather is here, it’s the perfect time to start planning your gardening projects.