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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.

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(the other) The Girl Before by Rena Olsen

A little while back I reviewed The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney, a psychological suspense about a death in a mysterious house.  This book, with the same title actually released several months prior to Delaney’s, and if I could only recommend one, it would be this one. 

The Islamic Experience

Libraries have a unique opportunity to inform patrons of the rich and varied experiences of the Islamic world. Please consider a wealth of titles highlighting the Islamic Experience available at your Westlake Porter Public Library.
 

Happy Easter!

BunnyEaster is April 16th and the kids will be home for Spring Break.  If you are looking for a fun activity be sure check out this book and activity.  Otter Loves Easter is written and illustrated by Sam Garton.

The Art of Julian Stanczak

Today we are veering away from music to explore the life and work of artist Julian Stanczak; the Cleveland-based artist who was one of the creators of the genre called "Op Art".

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

This is a true standout among the many suspense titles currently dominating the fiction market.  It begins with a hit and run accident which kills a young boy and follows the investigation that ensues. The story moves between Bristol, England and a coastal community in Wales, spanning just over a year. Divided into two parts, it reads almost innocuously until you reach the end of the first half. It’s this midstream jolt that sets it apart in a genre notorious for eleventh hour plot twists. The story is told in two parts and from a few different perspectives.  Detective Inspector Ray Stevens is investigating this crime. Jenna is a mother grieving the loss of her child. Part two introduces another character that creates the real suspense of this story.  

Libraries Transform: Financial Literacy

My mother and father did a wonderful job of raising three children. They were involved, taught us manners, life skills and helped us become productive capable people. Or so they thought until my mother called me at college one day, screaming about how I could have bounced not one but two checks.

Happy Spring!

CarrotsSpring it here!  The weather is warmer and the first gardens of the year are being planted.  A common vegetable to plant in the spring is the carrot.  Kids love carrots, so this is the perfect opportunity to discuss planting, vegetables and healthy eating.

Songs from Cleveland's Past

How many songs do you know from Cleveland.com's "101 Most Important Songs in Cleveland History"? Are there some songs that you think should have been included?

Happy St. Patrick's Day

shamrockSt. Patrick's Day is almost here and I have a great Read It book and Make It craft. S is for Shamrock: An Ireland Alphabet a non-fiction book by Eve Bunting and Illustrated by Matt Faulkner is the perfect way to learn facts about Ireland and St. Patrick's Day.

This book relates a different fact about Ireland for every letter of the alphabet.  Facts about Irish Wolf Hounds, The Blarney Stone and the city of Dublin are just a few of the facts presented in this book.  

Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra

An imposter returns claiming to be Rebecca Winter, who’s been missing for over a decade.  While the resemblance is striking, can she really step into the life of a girl she knows nothing about?  So begins a tale told in alternating chapters by the real Rebecca, recountin