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Social Justice Story Time And Scavenger Hunt

Children begin to categorize people based on race, gender and social status at a very young age to make sense of the world around them. Parents may not feel comfortable talking to their child about social justice in public situations or know where to start. Reading books about tolerance and diversity is a perfect way to start this conversation. Social Justice Storytime is a 45 minute program that features age-appropriate books with a social justice theme and includes a discussion time and related craft. This program will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose room. This a drop-ion program for all ages, so no registration is required.

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Volume 15, Issue 4, Posted 2:41 PM, 02.19.2019

Spring Art Programs

Spring inches ever closer, which means there is a bouquet of art programs at the Lakewood Public Library for students to choose from. Take a break and come on down to the Lakewood Public Library for some creative inspiration.

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Volume 15, Issue 4, Posted 2:41 PM, 02.19.2019

Library Partners With Wick Poetry Center To Present "Traveling Stanzas: Immigrant Voices"

Lakewood Public Library will be hosting the exhibit "Traveling Stanzas: Immigrant Voices," in partnership with the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University, and generously sponsored by the Friends of the Lakewood Public Library. Traveling Stanzas: Immigrant Voices acknowledges the unique experiences of immigrants in our community using an interactive exhibit that includes creative writing tools and activities, and engages a dialogue through the intimate and inclusive voice of poetry. The exhibit is open to visitors from March 1 through April 30, 2019 in the Main Library Second Floor Gallery, with supporting programs throughout the spring and summer. Madison Branch will have a smaller scale interactive component as well.

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Volume 15, Issue 4, Posted 2:41 PM, 02.19.2019

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Presentation: Person-first Language and Disability Legislation
Presentation by Disability Rights Ohio

Since the landmark signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, certain rights for people with disabilities have been protected by law. Three decades later, the struggle for equality is ongoing. A representative from Disability Rights Ohio will share the latest developments in legislation and its impact on everyday living for people with disabilities.
Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 15, Issue 4, Posted 2:41 PM, 02.19.2019

Friends Of Lakewood Library Spring Book Sale

All winter long, the Friends of Lakewood Library have been moving, sorting, stacking and organizing thousands of donations to prepare for the Friends of Lakewood Library Spring Book Sale on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Volume 15, Issue 4, Posted 2:41 PM, 02.19.2019

Heart Art

The “Inspire Your Heart with Art” program, recently held at the Lakewood Public Library, brought a group of children together to listen to a story, write a poem, and complete two different heart art projects. Here they are shown proudly displaying an art project where flowers were created from paper cupcake liners.

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Volume 15, Issue 4, Posted 2:41 PM, 02.19.2019

Immigrant Voices

Immigrant Voices Story Time: What is an immigrant? An Immigrant is a person who moves to a country from somewhere else. The great thing about our country is that it is made up mostly of immigrants. Some came here from a few generations ago, while others are just arriving. Because reading books about immigration is a perfect way to learn about new Americans, we’re going to read stories about different types of immigrant experiences. This forty five minute story time features age-appropriate books with an immigration theme and includes a related craft. This drop-in program for all ages will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose room. No registration is required.

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Volume 15, Issue 4, Posted 2:41 PM, 02.19.2019

Sharing The Dream

These beautiful handmade cards were crafted by students attending a program at the Lakewood Public Library on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. After stories and a song celebrating King’s life and legacy, the participants had fun making a greeting card to warm the hearts of nursing home residents. The cards will be distributed to folks living in a local facility. Each child took home a booklet about the life of Dr. King to cut and color, a song sheet, and a bookmark.

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Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 02.05.2019

Mr. Alex's Magic Show

Abracadebra! Hocus pocus! Alakazam! Witness an amazing display of tricks and illusions and be dazzled by this performance when Lakewood Public Library presents Mr. Alex’s Magic Show. Children and their families are invited to join in the magical fun as Mr. Alex executes fascinating tricks and amazing illusions. Classic magic fills this child friendly presentation that will be a delight for all ages. These mystical maneuvers will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room, which is located in Children’s and Youth Services. This show is free and open to the public and no registration is required. For details about other youth programs at the Lakewood Public Library, please call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140 or visit www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/youth.

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Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 02.05.2019

Great Lakes Theater presents "Treasure Island" At Lakewood Public Library

Picture a pirate. Does he have a peg leg, a tricorn hat, a saber at his side and a parrot on his shoulder? You’ve just conjured Long John Silver, the pirate from Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1883 classic, “Treasure Island.” Stevenson gave us this indelible image, as well as an enduring adventure story. Now the Great Lakes Theater is bringing its version of “Treasure Island” to Lakewood Public Library.

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Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 02.05.2019

LPL Calendar Of Events Complied by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, February 7, 2019
Author Event - "The Super Ladies: A Novel"
by Susan Petrone

Three middle-aged Cleveland women face conventional problems: sending a child to college, dealing with a stale marriage. But changes are coming. Margie, Katherine, and Abra are feeling a new power inside of them – literally. Of all the things they thought they’d contend with as they got older, not one of them considered they'd be becoming superheroes. At once a delightful and surprising adventure and a thoughtful examination of a woman's changing role through life's passages, "The Super Ladies" is larger-than-life fiction at its very best.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 02.05.2019

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Sew Your Own Library Tote
For anyone age 8 and up

Create your own unique and stylish tote bag in this hands-on, no experience necessary craft program. Registration required.

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Main Library Homework Room.

Family Music and More Presents: Mr. Alex’s Magic Show

Witness an amazing display of tricks and illusions and be dazzled by this performance. No registration required.

Saturday, February 16, 2019, 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

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Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 02.05.2019

Cleveland Author On Growing Up In A Lesbian Home

Lara Lillibridge had an unusual upbringing. Raised by her lesbian mother and stepmother and periodically sent to Alaska to visit her father, an unrepentant womanizer who believed in “free love,” she was plagued by doubts and insecurities about her place in the world. So she wrote a memoir, laying bare both the positive and negative of her past.

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Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 3:50 PM, 01.22.2019

Dancing In The Chinese New Year With The Ying Tang Dance Company

The 2019 Chinese New Year arrives Tuesday, February 5 and Lakewood Public Library is celebrating early with the Yin Tang Dance Company on Sunday, February 3, 2019. The talented group will welcome the Year of the Pig by presenting a series of traditional and fusion Chinese dances as part of our Sunday with the Friends programming. The entertainment begins at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Lower Level Auditorium.

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Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 3:50 PM, 01.22.2019

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, January 24, 2019
Great Decisions in the Library - U.S. Global Engagement and the Military
Led by Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler

The global power balance is rapidly evolving, leaving the United States at a turning point with respect to its level of engagement and the role of its military. Some argue for an “America First” paradigm, while others call for a more assertive position overseas. After a brief video, Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler will lead a discussion and help to answer some of the complex questions surrounding military intervention.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room

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Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 3:50 PM, 01.22.2019

Lakewood Public Library Madison Branch Bike Rack Ribbon Cutting

Staff from Lakewood Public Library, members of Bike Cleveland, representatives from Knabe Law Firm, local bike shop owners, and city officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 after the instillation of a bike rack this fall. The custom bike rack, featuring the Bike Lakewood logo, was donated by Knabe Law Firm and installed at the Lakewood Public Library, Madison Branch in the historic Birdtown area of Lakewood.

The idea for the new bike rack was initiated by Ken Knabe, and the project was coordinated by: Parker Mulholland of Knabe Law Firm; Jason Kuhn and Jacob VanSickle of Bike Cleveland; and Molly McGirr Norris, Judy Grzybowski, and Gregory Christian of Lakewood Public Library. At the ceremony Kuhn spoke about how generous community members like Knabe allow Bike Cleveland and its divisions including Bike Lakewood to work towards their goal of safer streets for all drivers. Knabe is an avid cyclist himself, and the Knabe Law Firm focuses on protecting the cyclists of the Greater Cleveland Area.

 

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Volume 15, Issue 1, Posted 5:06 PM, 01.08.2019

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Great Decisions in the Library – The Waning of Pax Americana?
Led by Dr. Javier Morales-Ortiz

Since 1945, Pax Americana has promised peaceful international relations and an open economy, buttressed by U.S. military power. In championing “America First” isolationism, President Trump has shifted the political mood toward selective U.S. engagement, where foreign commitments are limited to areas of vital U.S. interest, and economic nationalism is the order of the day. What short-term and long-term implications do these isolationist policies have? After a brief video, Dr. Javier Morales-Ortiz will lead a discussion and help to answer some of the complex questions surrounding American isolationism.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room

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Volume 15, Issue 1, Posted 5:06 PM, 01.08.2019

The Visual Glory Of Rock And Roll

If you were a teenager in the 1970s, you remember the music. Rock and roll was blasting from cars, in living rooms and at parties. With no earbuds, nobody had a private soundtrack. Rock music was part of the culture, a communal experience. The high point of that culture was the live concert, and Cleveland knew how to put on a show.

If you want to relive those heady days of rock and roll or see a photographer whose work spans decades of live shows in Cleveland, join Janet Macoska and Peter Chakerian in the Main Library Auditorium on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. when they present their book, “All Access Cleveland: The Rock and Roll Photography of Janet Macoska.”

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Volume 15, Issue 1, Posted 5:06 PM, 01.08.2019

Share the Dream: A Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

          For some children, being off from school on January 21, 2019, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, means sleeping late, playing video games, and watching television. The Lakewood Public Library is offering a meaningful alternate. Your child can still catch some extra shut eye, however from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. they can take part in a program that will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through stories, songs, and a craft. As part of the MLK Day of Service, participants will create cards which will be distributed to local nursing home residents. This artistic endeavor will brighten the day of a senior citizen and provide your child with a chance to serve others. The cards will be delivered to a local nursing home by a library staff member at a later date. Each child will also be given the opportunity to make a take home booklet about the life of Dr. King. There is no need to register in advance. All school-age children are invited to participate in this program which will take place in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

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Volume 15, Issue 1, Posted 5:06 PM, 01.08.2019

Reader's Theater

Love reading and yearn for a life on the stage? Readers’ Theater combines both! Actors perform by reading scripts adapted from beloved children’s books, play theater games, and create props and costumes to culminate in a final performance. This four week program is for students in third through fifth grade and will take place Tuesdays from January 8, 2019 to January 29, 2019. Regular sessions will be in the Main Library first floor multipurpose room from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. The final performance will take place on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 in the Main Library Auditorium from 4:30-5:00 p.m. Participants must be able to attend the final performance. Registration is required. Register online at www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org or call Children’s and Youth Services at 216-226-8275x140.

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Volume 14, Issue 24, Posted 3:48 PM, 12.18.2018

The Magic Of Upcycling

Be future-friendly and make a new year’s resolution to upcycle. Start by bringing your children to Lakewood Public Library for some upcycling fun! We will show your kids how to repurpose old unwanted clothing and keep them busy over winter break. Students in third through eighth grade are invited to join us for Upcycling: From Rags to Riches on Thursday, January 3, 2019 from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Main Library First Floor Multipurpose Room.

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Volume 14, Issue 24, Posted 3:48 PM, 12.18.2018

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Lakewood Historical Society - The History of Immigration in America
Presentation by Richard Boyd

“Whom have we welcomed, and whom have we not?” That is one of the key questions to understanding the history of immigration to the United States. Dr. Richard Boyd will shed light on this and other questions about this controversial topic.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 14, Issue 23, Posted 2:28 PM, 12.04.2018

Drumplay At Lakewood Public Library

With the name Drumplay, percussion is expected. But this Cleveland ensemble, who recently celebrated their twenty-fifth anniversary, is so much more than drums. Yes, Drumplay has a drum kit, but there are also bongos, bells and conch shells, as well as vocals, trumpet and flugelhorn.

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Volume 14, Issue 23, Posted 2:28 PM, 12.04.2018

Women In Poetry Night At Lakewood Public Library

With a voice full of intensity, poetry molds the outside world to the inner. Women in Poetry Night at Lakewood Public Library explores the work of Leanne Hoppe and Sarah Marcus-Donnelly, two women whose lives are deeply invested in the poetic. They join us to discuss their books and perform some of their work on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.

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Volume 14, Issue 22, Posted 4:01 PM, 11.20.2018

Strokes Of Genius Comes To A Close

The seven week Fall session of Strokes of Genius at the Lakewood Public Library came to a close in November as participating second, third, and fourth graders proudly showcased their talent at an art show for family and friends. Each week students learned about the life and work of a different artist and then completed an art project in the style of that artist. Artwork created by Henri Matisse, Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Piet Mondrain, and Pablo Picasso provided the inspiration for the students’ creative efforts. Cut paper, oil pastels, watercolor paints, crayons, and markers were some of the art mediums used. After learning about Rembrandt the students completed a “half” portrait. A photo of each child’s face was cut in half down the middle and students drew the other half of their face with colored pencils. Many young artists said it was the most difficult project but also the one they liked the most. At the conclusion of the Art Show each participant took home a certificate and their creative work.

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Volume 14, Issue 22, Posted 4:01 PM, 11.20.2018

Women In History Presents Annie Sullivan

The child of Irish immigrants, blind and abandoned in an orphanage by an alcoholic father, Annie Sullivan did not have an auspicious start in life. However, many people know her as the Miracle Worker who taught Helen Keller to read and write. How did she achieve such success?

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Volume 14, Issue 22, Posted 4:01 PM, 11.20.2018

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Veteran’s Voices
Presentation by Northeast Ohio Veterans Affairs Healthcare System

Each year thousands of individuals are stationed around the world under active military duty. The return to civilian life is not always smooth and can be greatly impacted by the effects of service-connected disabilities. From benefit claims to healthcare, veterans are eligible for a wide range of services. Join us to hear from veterans who have received services provided by the Northeast Ohio Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. Focusing on treating the whole veteran through health promotion and disease prevention, the Northeast Ohio VA Healthcare System provides comprehensive, seamless health care and social services for 111,901 Veterans across Northeast Ohio.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 14, Issue 21, Posted 3:08 PM, 11.07.2018

LEGO® Family Challenge

For youth in K–5th grade and their families.

The Library has a new LEGO® challenge for you and your family! This year’s special build will be a community effort as everyone who attends will get a chance to build their own unique marble maze out of LEGO® bricks and share their mazes with each other. Feel free to keep on building in free play and add your creations to our display table. More activities await as kids can also race against other kids and the clock when trying to build the tallest tower, or race a custom-made car against other kids on our racetrack ramp. Families are encouraged to work together, but kids can work solo as well.

To join in the fun, please stop in to register, or call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140. This program takes place Saturday, November 10, 2018, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

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Volume 14, Issue 21, Posted 3:08 PM, 11.07.2018

Party Pals Animal Show

Bring the whole family to the Lakewood Public Library for a fun program filled with live animals! See turtles, frogs, ferrets, bunnies, chinchillas, geckos, doves and more at this educational show. Party Pals Animal Show will take place in the Multipurpose Room on the first floor of the Main Library in the Children’s and Youth Services area on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

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Volume 14, Issue 21, Posted 3:08 PM, 11.07.2018

Financial Help For Veterans Is Available

Getting old can be a challenge. For military veterans with limited income, the challenges can be overwhelming. However, a program to help with the cost of assisted living known as Aid and Attendance Benefit is available to qualifying veterans, their surviving spouses and dependent children.

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Volume 14, Issue 21, Posted 3:08 PM, 11.07.2018

A Special Veteran’s Day Performance By The Singing Angels

The Singing Angels is a Cleveland institution that has been bringing together some of the most beautiful young voices in Ohio since 1964. The group will be performing at Lakewood Public Library in celebration of Veteran’s Day and the millions of men and women who have served our nation. The concert takes place on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Lower Level Auditorium.

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Volume 14, Issue 21, Posted 3:08 PM, 11.07.2018

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, October 18, 2018
Author Event - The Torso Murders Double Feature
"The Company of Demons: A Novel" 
and "The Unclaimed Victim"
Books by Michael Jordan and D.M. Pulley

Meet two authors in this special double feature! Michael Jordan and D.M. Pulley present their fiction versions of the Torso Murders. "In The Company of Demons," the brutal murder of a friend leaves lawyer John Coleman stunned as the killing evokes memories of the Torso Murderer. In "The Unclaimed Victim," in 1938 a madman hunts his victims through the hobo jungles of Cleveland, terrorizing the city.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 14, Issue 20, Posted 2:25 PM, 10.16.2018

Islamic Scholar To Speak At Lakewood Public Library

Who am I? What is the purpose of my life? Where have I come from and where am I going? The search for answers to these questions is as old as mankind itself. For Dr. Zeki Saritoprak, Islamic spirituality provides guidance on the most fundamental questions of life and can help bring harmony and tranquility to modern society.

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Volume 14, Issue 20, Posted 2:25 PM, 10.16.2018

Peace By Piece Cleveland’s “1st Annual Battle Of The Bars” Showdown October 12, 2018

Getting the most out of life. It’s what we all strive for, but how does it happen? Peace by Piece Cleveland is a non-profit organization that is helping individuals with developmental disabilities discover how to get the most out of life with enriching experiences that explore the possibilities.

To further that goal, Peace by Piece Cleveland’s “1st Annual Battle of the Bars” has been waging for months to see which bar or tavern can raise the most money for the Peace by Piece Cleveland fundraiser on Friday, October 12, 2018 at Around the Corner Saloon & Cafe, 18616 Detroit Avenue. Please help the program expand throughout the greater Cleveland area and support more community members in need by joining us at 6:00 p.m. for a great night of food, drink and entertainment.

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Volume 14, Issue 19, Posted 2:26 PM, 10.02.2018

Access lynda.com With Your Library Card

Lakewood Public Library, as part of a partnership between all Ohio public libraries and LinkedIn Learning, is now offering cardholders free access to online educational courses from lynda.com.

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Volume 14, Issue 19, Posted 2:26 PM, 10.02.2018

The Torso Murders Inspire Two Cleveland Novelists

Two writers slated to appear together at Lakewood Public Library this month have several things in common. Both are from Michigan; both have had long, professional careers in Cleveland; and both turned their fascination with the famed Cleveland Torso Murders into novels.

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Volume 14, Issue 19, Posted 2:26 PM, 10.02.2018

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Lakewood LEGO® League

For youth in kindergarten through fifth grade (caregivers welcome)

Use LPL’s collection of Lego® Bricks and your own imagination to create fabulous new structures and designs each month. No registration, but numbered tickets will be given out first-come, first-served.

Sunday, October 7, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.

Tail Waggin’ Tutors

For school-age children

Bone up on your reading skills by reading to a dog. Drop in for a one-to-one session with one of our dogs and owners that have been certified through Therapy Dogs International.

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

 

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Volume 14, Issue 19, Posted 2:26 PM, 10.02.2018

Fall Art Programs

Fall is nearly upon us, which means there is a cornucopia of art programs at the Lakewood Public Library for students to choose from. Take a break from raking those leaves and come on down to the Lakewood Public Library for some creative inspiration.

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Volume 14, Issue 18, Posted 10:34 AM, 09.18.2018

September Is National Library Card Month

In celebration of National Library Card Month, Lakewood Public Library is offering free replacement cards to all library patrons. Also, patrons can clear their library fines for as little as $10. (The ten dollar deal applies to fines only, not to lost or billed items).

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Volume 14, Issue 18, Posted 10:34 AM, 09.18.2018

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Cleveland History Special Event

Three authors discuss their two books about Cleveland history: "The Birth of Downtown Cleveland: A Vision Interrupted" by Dave Ford and Brad Schwartz and "LGBTQ Cleveland: Images of Modern America" by Ken Schneck. The 1903 Plan for Cleveland’s downtown laid out a vision of neoclassical splendor, but the plan suffered setbacks from all sides. Presenting previously unpublished historic photographs, authors Ford and Schwartz detail a story more than a century in the making. Schneck’s "LGBTQ Cleveland" covers nearly five decades of Cleveland history and features more than 150 photos. Books will be available for sale and signing at this event.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 14, Issue 18, Posted 10:34 AM, 09.18.2018

Teddy Bear Picnic Time!

Children ages three to eight years and their parents are invited to join us for a Teddy Bear Picnic on Friday, September 7, 2018 at Lakewood Public Library. In celebration of National Teddy Bear Day, a Library staff member will present a special teddy bear story time from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the front lawn of the Main Library.

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Volume 14, Issue 17, Posted 4:23 PM, 09.04.2018