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Adult Book Blog and Recommended Reads - Staff book reviews, fiction and non-fiction.

Farnsworth's blog features news and reviews in the world of sci-fi.

It's a Mystery is a blog about the Mystery genre and its many subgenres.

Just the Facts - In Reference, we learn something new every day. What we find, we share with you.

Let's Talk Trending keeps you up to date with the latest and greatest in what's happening in Popular Culture.

The Media Maven's goal is to help you understand what resources and databases the library has access to, how to use them, and sometimes give reviews to books she thinks you might enjoy.

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

The Playful Parent - Make the most of your family time with ideas for activities and crafts that entertain and educate!

Read It Make It - Introducing a new way to experience your favorite children's book. Read It Make It suggests a book and a related children's craft or activity.

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

STEAM - all about Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math.

Penguins

A wonderful book to read this winter is One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo and Illustrated by David Small. After reading this award winning picture book, your child will fall in love with penguins.  He will want to make a penguin of his own.  

The Legacy of Space Shuttle Challenger

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January 28th marked the 30th anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger explosion 73 seconds after liftoff. Although it was before my time, I remember reading books about it in elementary school, and thought it especially sad that one of the seven astronauts and payload specialists killed had been a teacher. On January 28th, 1986, teachers and schoolchildren across the country tuned in to watch the shuttle launch live on television, only to have excitement turn to tragedy. But Challenger’s overarching goal—STEM education through space travel—lived on.

Going Paperless from Start to Finish with Suzanna Kaye on lynda.com

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Westlake Porter Public Library brings you lynda.com, a leading online resource that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

Building a Snowman

Building a snowman is one of the pleasures of winter.  Most children can't wait to build a snowman and dress him up in a hat, scarf and mittens.  They admire him until the weather is warm enough to melt him away.

In Northeast Ohio, the temperature is often too frigid to spend time playing in the snow. This is a good time to read a book and complete a craft.

A good wintertime picture book series is The Snowman Series by Carolyn Buehner.  The series includes Snowmen at Night, Snowmen at Work, Snowmen All Year and Snowmen at Christmas.  After reading The Snowmen Series, your child can complete this fun snowman craft.

Welcome to 2016's Maker Mondays (and check out some Computer Resources)!

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Last year, we started the "Maker Club Emerging Technology Program" classes exploring STEAM initiatives for all ages (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), and they've been quite popular! This year, after moving them from Wednesdays to Mondays, the programs have been renamed "Maker Mondays." After all, it's not a "club" you have to commit to- simply register for the topics that interest you. (However, since we've had many interesting topics, we've had many repeat visitors!)

Remembering David Bowie (1947-2016)

David Bowie is a legend.  And like all legends, even though he is gone, that doesn't mean that he'll be forgotten.  Now, before we get started, I'd like to preface this by saying that I was never a Bowie fan.  That doesn't mean I hated him--I just never had the chance to check him out.  And now, I feel really sad that I've waited until now to really look into the work of a man who is truly regarded as an amazing artist.

A New Year: A Better You

 

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Happy New Year Westlake!

Celebrating 50 Years of Alan Leatherwood!

Cleveland's own Alan Leatherwood celebrates OVER 50 years in music with the release of new CD collections.

Alan Leatherwood (Cassaro) has been a fixture in the music industry for over 50 years. Mahalo Records released Alan's first record nationally in 1963. A couple of years later Alan was on the Old Town label in New York City. Alan became the featured weekly house act at "Faragher's Back Room" and later performed on the Fredana College Coffee House Circuit where he performed throughout the U.S. and Canada for several years.

The Mitten

Cover of The Mitten by Jan BrettThe weather is finally turning colder and we need to pull out our warmer clothes. Kids love to bundle up with their favorite hats and mittens.

A great book to share with your children is The Mitten by Jan Brett. It is a magical story of a boy who loses his mitten and it is found by woodland animals.

Winter Music

 

It's cold out!  And for those of you who haven't been outside yet today, it's snowing, too!  I don't know about you, but I was getting pretty spoiled with this warm December weather, and I'm just not ready to give it up yet.  Yes, I should be happy to have had it while it lasted, but I'm still going into winter kicking and screaming.