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This Land Is Your Land: Family Storytimes About Diversity

Spring is finally here, and so is the next session of Lakewood Public Library's diversity and inclusion storytime- This Land Is Your Land- Body Positive edition. What is body positivity you might ask? Body positivity is recognizing that all bodies are equally valuable and worthy of acceptance and love, regardless of size, shape, gender, race or ability. It's about letting others decide what is good and healthy for their bodies, and that no one deserves bias or prejudice because of their size.

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Volume 14, Issue 10, Posted 3:06 PM, 05.15.2018

You Are Entering The Twilight Zone: Life Lessons From A Timeless Show

You may have watched an episode of "The Twilight Zone" and laughed, shaken your head, cringed, cowered (in my case,) or been amazed at its ingenuity. But did you ever think of "The Twilight Zone" as a body of work from which you could draw countless life lessons? Author and critic Mark Dawidziak was inspired to do just that, resulting in his book, "Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Twilight Zone: A Fifth-Dimension Guide to Life."

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Volume 14, Issue 10, Posted 3:06 PM, 05.15.2018

Baby Thief Author Will Sign Books At Library

It sounds like a nightmare: renowned social worker accused of kidnapping and selling babies. But this is no horror story; it’s the true account of Georgia Tann, written by Lakewood author Barbara Bisantz Raymond.

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Volume 14, Issue 10, Posted 3:06 PM, 05.15.2018

Lakewood Public Library Summer Reading Club Starts

Libraries Rock! Music of all kinds is the theme of summer reading this year, so dance your way to either the Main or Madison Branch libraries to sign up for Summer Reading Club! Starting Monday, May 14, children ages birth through fifth grade can sign up to be a part of “Libraries Rock!” Sixth through twelfth graders have their own reading club, “This Party Rocks!” Participants will gather stamps and prizes as they go, and a special reward awaits those who complete thirty hours, thirty books, or thirty chapters of reading by Monday, August 6. 

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Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 12:39 PM, 05.01.2018

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Saturday, May 5, 2018
Film - "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939)
Directed by Frank Capra

Idealistic Jefferson Smith (James Stewart) is thrust into the spotlight as a United States Senator despite a total lack of political clout. He is shocked by the corruption among the high-ranking officials and takes on a personal mission to expose them despite the risk to his own career.
6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 12:39 PM, 05.01.2018

Friends Of Lakewood Library Summer Bag Book Sale

   

Summer’s coming, and the ‘Super’ Friends of LPL are here just in the nick of time to help you prepare for those sunny days spent relaxing by Foster pool or sitting in your favorite shady spot on the front porch with all the books and magazines you’ll need thanks to their Summer Bag Book Sale.

The Members Only Summer Book Sale preview (not a bag sale) is Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. You can join the Friends at the door for as little as three dollars to participate.  The Big Better Books in the lower level lobby will be half price on Thursday night.

               

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Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 12:39 PM, 05.01.2018

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Meet Local Author/Illustrator: Michael Samulak

For you and your 2 to 8 year old child

Meet and enjoy a story time with the author of A Wonderful Day and A is for Africa. Registration required.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.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.

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Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 12:39 PM, 05.01.2018

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

When it comes to mental health, we can do better. As a nation, we need more awareness, more treatment and more funding to promote mental health. What we don’t need is more stigma surrounding mental illness.

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Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 12:39 PM, 05.01.2018

Meditation Series Presented By Nadine Feighan

The Library is pleased to welcome back Nadine Feighan for another series on meditation. Building on the popularity of last year’s Heartfulness Meditation series, Feighan will return to the Lakewood Public Library Main Multipurpose Room on Tuesday May 1, 2018 and Tuesday May 8, 2018 for a two-part meditation series.

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Volume 14, Issue 8, Posted 3:27 PM, 04.17.2018

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Author Event - "The Edge of Innocence: The Trial of Casper Bennett"
by David Miraldi

The Edge of Innocence is historical fiction based on the 1964 murder trial of Casper Bennett, a man accused of drowning his wife in a bathtub of scalding water in Lorain. Bennett’s sensational trial pitted an aggressive, mercurial county prosecutor against the author’s father, a civil trial attorney who had never before defended anyone for murder. 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 8, Posted 3:27 PM, 04.17.2018

Sunday With The Friends: The Cleveland Opera Performs April 29

Discover the joys of opera as The Cleveland Opera performs at Lakewood Public Library on Sunday, April 29, 2018 as part of our popular Sunday with the Friends program. The 2:00 p.m. show will be a free performance of Le Mariage aux Lanternes, or Marriage by Lantern-Light, by Jacques Offenbach.

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Volume 14, Issue 8, Posted 3:27 PM, 04.17.2018

Outback Ray’s Amazing Animal Show

Have you ever seen a red-footed tortoise, a dwarf caiman, a silver fox rabbit, or a 13 foot Burmese python? These are just some of the animals that Outback Ray might bring to his upcoming performance at the Lakewood Public Library. Outback Ray has had a passion for animals since he was a child and has been doing live animal shows since 1987. He has appeared on television, radio talk shows, and has trained animals for commercials. Outback Ray shares his knowledge with the audience as he tells fascinating facts about each of his beloved animals. All of Outback Ray’s animals live in his home as pets and are given the greatest care possible. The animals are trained and handled daily to ensure the safety of the audience as well as the animals. Bring your family to this educational and fun program and give them the opportunity to see these and other exotic animals.

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Volume 14, Issue 8, Posted 3:27 PM, 04.17.2018

The Beloved Bard Of Kent At Lakewood Public Library

In “Clouds Pile Up in the North,” Maj Ragain describes “the enduring life of poetry, how it can link what is here with the past, how scratchings on a page can come alive, how that voice extends far beyond our brief time.” Ragain’s voice will undoubtedly extend beyond his time; it will also be heard in Lakewood on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. when this acclaimed poet visits the Lakewood Public Library.

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 12:07 PM, 04.03.2018

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Art Connection
For students in kindergarten through fifth grade

Create your own unique piece of art to take home. Registration required.

Saturday, April 4, 2018, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.

 

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 12:07 PM, 04.03.2018

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Saturday, April 7, 2018
Film - "Goodfellas" (1990)
Directed by Martin Scorsese

Mobster Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) begins his life of crime as a gofer for local mob boss Paul “Paulie” Cicero (Paul Sorvino). Upon initiation into the crime family he is introduced to his partners Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) and Jimmy Conway (Robert DeNiro).
6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 12:07 PM, 04.03.2018

Sew Your Own Library Tote

In observance of Earth Day later this month, go green and sew your own tote at Lakewood Public Library. The Library stopped handing out plastic bags years ago out of a concern for the environment and as a way to save a little money but that doesn’t mean we want you to stop checking out more materials than you can carry.

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 12:07 PM, 04.03.2018

March "Magical" Madness

Tired of all the basketball hoopla? Then join us for a little March “magical” madness at Lakewood Public Library on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Robert E. from Cleveland Magic and Balloons will delight children of all ages with his magical illusions and amazing balloon creations. The entertainment begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

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Volume 14, Issue 6, Posted 7:14 PM, 03.20.2018

Get To Know The Birds Of Northeast Ohio

As the snow melts and the ground thaws, you may begin to notice an influx of singing visitors to your backyard birdfeeders. From the Northern Cardinal to the Dark-Eyed Junco, over 200 species of birds make their home in Northeast Ohio in a typical year. Migratory birds such as the Blue-headed Vireo head south for the winter but bring their songs back to Ohio in the spring months.

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Volume 14, Issue 6, Posted 7:14 PM, 03.20.2018

LPL CALENDAR OF EVENTS Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, March 22, 2018
Author Event - A Path through Ohio: A Bicycle Journal
Book by Mark J. Looney

Mark Looney explores the state of Ohio by bike, riding on the Ohio to Erie Trail, a newly formed bicycle trail, which links Lake Erie to the Ohio River. “Looney’s Road Rules” provide the details necessary for any intermediate or long distance ride. 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 6, Posted 7:14 PM, 03.20.2018

MTA: Author Craig Sanders And The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

The railroad tracks that curl across our American countryside remind us how interconnected the history of the railroad is with that of our nation’s history. “The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad,” by author Craig Sanders, details the life and times of a local train system that has become a favorite feature of Northeast Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley. Sanders will visit Lakewood Public Library as part of our Meet the Author series on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Main Library Basement Auditorium.

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Volume 14, Issue 6, Posted 7:14 PM, 03.20.2018

The Lakewood Public Library Shows You How

Have you ever wondered how to tackle a task and wished you had something more interactive than written instructions or a YouTube video? The Lakewood Public Library's upcoming How-to Series will try to answer some of these burning questions. Over the span of six months, from March to August 2018, the library will have a series of presentations that cover everything from couponing and composting to dream interpretation.

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Volume 14, Issue 5, Posted 12:07 PM, 04.03.2018

Meet Author/Cyclist Mark J. Looney

Cyclist Mark J. Looney will discuss his latest book, "A Path through Ohio: A Bicycle Journal" in his Meet the Author appearance at the Lakewood Public Library's Main Auditorium on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

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Volume 14, Issue 5, Posted 9:40 PM, 03.06.2018

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled By Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Friends’ Spring Book Sale Preview
Members-only book sale preview. Memberships may be purchased at the door for as little as $3.00.
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Main Library Friends Book Sale Room

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Volume 14, Issue 5, Posted 9:40 PM, 03.06.2018

Space Is The Place: NASA@MyLibrary Programs

Engage and inspire your child’s interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through special programs made possible by funding through a NASA@MyLibrary grant. Registration required. Space is limited. Register online at http://www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/event-age-group/youth-programs/ or call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140.

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Volume 14, Issue 5, Posted 9:40 PM, 03.06.2018

LPL Calendar of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Performance – Great Lakes Theater Classics on Tour Huck Finn

Great Lakes Theater’s Classics on tour presents Huck Finn. Adapted by Eric Schmiedl and based on the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Two runaways – a boy and a slave – team-up for adventure on the mighty Mississippi! On the journey, they learn lessons of integrity, dignity, and friendship.
6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 14, Issue 4, Posted 12:12 PM, 02.20.2018

Hospice 101: Help Is Available

Hospice provides care for individuals and families when they need it the very most. On Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 7 p.m., Nancy Miller, RN at The Hospice of the Western Reserve will visit Lakewood Public Library for an informative discussion about end-of-life and palliative care services that are available and how to access them.

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Volume 14, Issue 4, Posted 12:12 PM, 02.20.2018

Illustration Creation And Art Connection

Calling all artists in kindergarten through first grade! Do you love to look at the illustrations in picture books? Create your own masterpieces in Illustration Creation, an engaging art program featuring picture book illustration at the Lakewood Public Library. This six week program will feature a different children’s book illustrator and author each week for project inspiration and will culminate in an art show for family and friends.

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Volume 14, Issue 4, Posted 12:12 PM, 02.20.2018

Strokes Of Genius Fun

Do you enjoy art? Do you like to use markers, oil pastels and paint? Are you in the second, third or fourth grade? If you answered “yes” to these questions, sign up for the Strokes of Genius program at the Lakewood Public Library. You will have the opportunity to learn about renowned artists and then have fun creating your own masterpiece in each artist’s style. Register for this program online at lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/youth or call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140. You can also register at the Children’s and Youth Services desk at the Main Library or the Madison Branch.

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Volume 14, Issue 4, Posted 12:12 PM, 02.20.2018

Spring Into The Spring Book Sale!

It’s time for our spring book sale, and we are so excited to once again showcase one of our biggest highlights here at Lakewood Public Library.  We have an amazingly large selection of materials for our beloved patrons. This time around, our special attraction for the Spring sale is in the Big Better Book area located in the main library's lower level lobby. They will all be half price, even including new materials. We will also have a nice selection of military history and transportation books for our patrons to peruse. This will be one of the featured areas in the Big Better Book section.

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Volume 14, Issue 4, Posted 12:12 PM, 02.20.2018

Magic By Blake

An enthusiastic group of children and their parents enjoyed an entertaining versatile program at the Lakewood Public Library on a recent Saturday evening. “Magic by Blake” showcased a young illusionist who started the evening with several mystifying tricks. A juggling demonstration followed that had balls, rings, and pins flying through the air. Jaws dropped as Blake pulled a unicycle from behind the curtain and juggled as he rode the unicycle back and forth in front of captivated children. Balloon creations ranging from a flower to Superheroes were quickly fashioned by the able fingers of the magician to reward youngsters who had assisted with puzzling trickery.

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Volume 14, Issue 3, Posted 4:45 PM, 02.06.2018

LPL Calendar of Events Compiled By Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, February 8, 2018
Author Event - "Too Lucky To Live: A Somebody's Bound to Wind Up Dead Mystery"
Book by Annie Hogsett

Cleveland divorce-survivor Allie Harper needs a nice, smart, hot guy and enough money to get her car fixed. The hot guy arrives first in a crosswalk, clutching a bag of groceries while a blonde in a Hummer is learning hard on her horn, sending the man's groceries and white cane flying. How has this woman missed the fact that the man is blind? Allie jumps to his rescue and the money is in the bag- literally. Thomas Bennington III, the handsome stranger, has bought a MondoMegaJackpot ticket. Allie and Tom grasp two things: one, they're hot for each other, and two, the ticket is a hot target, and now so are they. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 14, Issue 3, Posted 4:45 PM, 02.06.2018

Internationally Touring Band Members To Bring Americana To The Library

Prepare yourself for a rousing performance by Jen Maurer and Anthony Papaleo, who play an awe-inspiring variety of music, including blues and Americana. Join us at the Main Auditorium of the Lakewood Public Library at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 18, 2018. This concert is part of the Sunday With The Friends program series.

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Volume 14, Issue 3, Posted 4:45 PM, 02.06.2018

Great Lakes Theater Performs Huck Finn At The Library

On Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium Great Lakes Theater's Classics on Tour will present the play "Huck Finn." Great Lakes Theater's play has been adapted by Eric Schmiedl from the novel, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," by Mark Twain. It was first published in the United Kingdom and then in the United States. It was — and still is — one of the greatest American novels.

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Volume 14, Issue 3, Posted 4:45 PM, 02.06.2018

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 facility in Lakewood. 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 14, Issue 2, Posted 9:51 PM, 01.23.2018

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled By Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, January 24
"The World in Your Backyard: Immigrants and Refugees Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow"
Presentation by Kenneth J. Kovach

The purpose of the World in Your Backyard Program is to increase cultural awareness and bridge-building among neighbors in diverse communities of Northeast Ohio and introduce to these communities a wide range of "cultural ambassadors" who are available to make presentations to these communities to help residents connect with their diverse neighbors.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 14, Issue 2, Posted 9:51 PM, 01.23.2018

Author Of Crescent City Crimes Reveals New Orleans’ Dark Side

New Orleans evokes images of the French Quarter, Cajun cuisine, revelers partying during Mardi Gras and jazz. Local author Charles Cassady, Jr. has a different take on the Big Easy in his book “Crescent City Crimes: Old New Orleans 1718-1918.” He examines the first two centuries of the underbelly of New Orleans history - its pirates, smugglers, murderers and notorious red light district.

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Volume 14, Issue 2, Posted 9:51 PM, 01.23.2018

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

This Land is Your Land: Family Story Times about Diversity

For you and your birth through 8-year-old child

Story time features age-appropriate book on various social justice issues, including discussion and activities. This session’s theme is Immigrant Justice. Registration required.

Sunday, January 28, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.

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Volume 14, Issue 2, Posted 9:51 PM, 01.23.2018

MTA: The Family Gene By Joselin Linder

People in Joselin Linder’s family have been dying from strange, agonizing symptoms for generations. Without diagnosis or cure, doctors and loved ones have had no choice but to watch helplessly as the same ruthless pattern took its deadly course time and again. 

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Volume 14, Issue 2, Posted 9:51 PM, 01.23.2018

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, January 10
Discussion - Queers, Jeers, and Beers: The Relationship between Alcohol and Other Drugs and the LGBTQ Community
Presentation by Ken Schneck
Presented by B. Riley Sober House
What little research has been conducted results in one glaring fact: If straight folks are using alcohol and other drugs (AOD), LGBTQ folks are using AOD more. In fact, some studies show that the LGBTQ community is two to three times more likely to interact with substances than their straight peers.
7:00 p.m. Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 14, Issue 1, Posted 4:06 PM, 01.09.2018

Meet The Author: "The Last Voyageurs"

Join sixteen teenaged students on an inspiring odyssey along one of America’s most famous rivers. On Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7:00 p.m., Lorraine Boissoneault is coming to the Lakewood Public Library’s Main Auditorium to discuss her book, "The Last Voyageurs: Retracing La Salle’s Journey Across America: Sixteen Teenagers on the Adventure of a Lifetime."

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Volume 14, Issue 1, Posted 4:06 PM, 01.09.2018

This Land Is Your Land: Family Story Time About Diversity

In October of 2017, Lakewood Public Library launched an exciting new story time series, "This Land is Your Land: Family Story Times about Diversity." The October and November sessions were a huge success, with over 80 people in attendance. Children as young as 6 months and as old as 10 years joined in the fun, diving into two important topics in social justice today- LGBTQ+ and Disability Rights.

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Volume 14, Issue 1, Posted 4:06 PM, 01.09.2018

Online Dating

In this era of internet, everything falls at the tip of your fingers. You can enter a world of knowledge just by pushing some buttons on your phone or computer. How convenient it is! From educating ourselves, to paying bills, applying for jobs, completing documents, or even finding a lifelong companion - all can be achieved online.

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Volume 13, Issue 24, Posted 3:19 PM, 12.19.2017

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, December 21, 2017
Author Event - "Lisa's Legacy Trilogy"
Book by Tom Batiuk

Since 1972 Batiuk has blended comedy and drama to create the familiar world of the "Funky Winkerbean" comic strip. A cancer diagnosis for the character of Lisa spotlights the masterful way Batiuk weaves emotional narratives into a traditionally humorous medium. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event. 
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 13, Issue 24, Posted 3:19 PM, 12.19.2017

An Innovative Musical Experience: Night Terrors At LPL

Meditative singing bowls, clashing Chinese cymbals, gongs of every size and pitch, ancient drumbeats and the modern squeal of an electronic guitar pedal; these are some of the instruments Paul Stranahan and Tim Mirth use to create Night Terrors, a mystical soundscape that leaves the unsuspecting concertgoer with a collection of thrills, chills and frissons.

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 PM, 12.05.2017

Library Screens Ground-Breaking Documentary: “What the Health”

In their 2017 documentary, “What the Health,” award-winning filmmakers Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn uncover one of the United States’ largest health secrets when they expose the collusion between government and big business that costs trillions of dollars and keeps us sick.

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 PM, 12.05.2017

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, December 7
Author Event - "Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City's Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation"
Book by Brad Ricca

"Mrs. Sherlock Holmes" tells the true story of Mrs. Grace Humiston, the detective and lawyer who turned her back on New York society life to become one of the nation's greatest crime fighters. Grace opened a legal clinic in the city for low-income immigrant clients and also solved several true crime cases, including the 1917 disappearance of Ruth Cruger.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 PM, 12.05.2017

Out With The Old, In With The New!

Clean out the kids' closets and bring their old t-shirts and sweaters to the Library where they can upcycle them into something new! Students in third through eighth grade are invited to join us for Upcycling: from Rags to Riches on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Main Library First Floor Multipurpose Room.

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 PM, 12.05.2017