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Jiggers the Cat

Past patrons of Westlake Porter Public Library may remember the affectionate and playful mascot that took up residence at the library in the autumn of 1981. Jiggers appeared at the door one chilly day and quickly won the hearts of library personnel and patrons. The tabby adopted the building, making it her home. She joined the staff, doing her part to keep the old building free of mice and chipmunks and wandering the stacks at will.

The Winners Are...1/22/07

The American Library Association announced the 2007 winners for children's literature today.


Newbery Medal
The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron

Newbery Honor Books
Penny From Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
Rules by Cynthia Lord

Caldecott Medal
Flotsam illustrated by David Wiesner

Books for Boys

I am always trying to keep tabs on great books for boys to read. In the past, I have had several parents come to the desk and ask for recommendations for their sons who do not like to read. I have not one, not two, but THREE new juvenile fiction recommendations for parents of boys who do not like to read.
My first recommendation is (drum roll please)...
Travis and Freddy's Adventures in Vegas by Henry Johnson

Hello/goodbye to bright comet!

JAN. 11 UPDATE: See a photo of Comet McNaught shot from Northeast Ohio last night (Jan. 10) by a friend of mine. Visit the Web home of the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association.

UPDATE: Well, I saw it! Briefly. I went to the roof of the library during my dinner hour taking along my camera and tripod. It was a beautiful sunset with orange and red colors illuminating jet contrails in the western sky. As the twilight dimmed and Venus sparkled to the southwest, I spotted Comet McNaught glowing a ghostly white between the orange jet trails. It was bright, even at about 5:30 when I first sighted it. Still, as the night fell so did the comet. Already low in the sky, McNaught sank behind the trees far to the west of the building before it really became photogenic, only visible to me for 10 minutes or so. Still, I saw it with and without the telephoto lens: my first comet of the year! So, with freezing metal tripod in hand, I headed back into the building and back to work. I hope you got to see this comet or will see it yet! Read original post, below....

The Clague House Museum Closed for Renovation

The Clague House Museum located at 1371 Clague Road, Westlake, Ohio, is now closed for renovation.
Westlake Porter Public Library will continue to display a scale model of the museum created by The Cleveland Miniature Society and on loan from The Westlake Historical Society. The replica may be viewed in the lobby of the library.

Industry in Dover Village (1813-1930)

Joseph Cahoon built the first Grist Mill in Dover in 1813. The mill stones were quarried from the bed of Cahoon Creek and were said to mill fine flour. Soonafter, saw mills were established in the area to consume raw timber. Asheries produced potash, about the only commodity farmers could sell for cash to pay taxes during that era. And so it was that Dover became a town.
Trade was common, since money was scarce in the area. A sheet iron manufacturer in Cleveland accepted the following items for trade: rags, pewter, brass, copper, feathers, bristles, beeswax, furs, ginseng, and dried peaches and apples. In 1827, Mrs. Coolidge’s Cleveland millinery establishment advertised that the company would accept butter, cheese, dried peaches and apples in exchange for a stylish hat. Surely, a fine bargain!

Looking for something?

Did you know there are two search boxes on our Web pages? The two forms look for information in two separate places!

Titled "Search Catalog," the first search form is the place where users can enter a title, subject, author's name, or key words. By clicking the "Search Now" button they can conveniently search the library's catalog of materials for items of interest.

The second search box, titled "Search this site," does just that ... it can be used to search our main Web site for information about the library, its services, policies, things that aren't in our catalog.

Saturn viewing canceled

UPDATE: Sorry to say we're dealing with Northeastern Ohio weather again. The sky is 100% overcast making stargazing impossible so we're calling it off! The event will not be rescheduled.

Original post....

We plan to bring telescopes back to the library's sidewalk the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 28, in hopes of seeing the beautiful ringed world Saturn. We'll start at about 7:30 PM. This program was postponed from Feb. 21 due to poor seeing conditions. Note: The rescheduled program also depends upon the sky being clear! Cloudy skies cancel and the forecast is for poor to bad seeing. Watch this space for updates!

Famous Westlaker

Robert F. Overmyer was born on July 14, 1936, in Lorain, Ohio, but the future astronaut considered Westlake his hometown. The Overmyer family lived on Canterbury Road. Robert was nicknamed “Bucky” as a child after a favorite cowboy star of the era. He worked at Dean’s Greenhouse while he was in school. Bucky graduated from Westlake High School in 1954, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Baldwin Wallace College in 1958. He then received a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics from the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1964.

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.