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

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.

The Golden Globe Nominees are In!

Awards season is right around the corner, and this week the nominations came in for the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

The Littlest Christmas Tree

tree'Tis The Season

The Holiday Season is here.  Thanksgiving came and went in a flash and Christmas is only 10 days away.  Hopefully you are enjoying the holidays and spending quality time with family and friends.  

Happy Birthday Kwanzaa!

2016 will see the trio of this month's happy holidays all stacked together. We are all familiar with Christmas and Hannukah, but how much do we know about Kwanzaa.

For Gingerbread Day: The Starship Gingerprise!

Starship Gingerprise!

Redditor Recreates USS Enterprise in Gingerbread: Read the article on Mental Floss.

System maintenance, partial outage set for Jan. 3-5

Cloud computing iconWestlake Porter Public Library has scheduled a major system upgrade for Jan. 3 through Jan. 5, 2017. During the transition, the library system that provides the online catalog and keeps track of user accounts, checkouts and holds will have very limited function.

Remembering John Glenn

"Godspeed, John Glenn"
July 18, 1921 - December 8, 2016

Maker Monday: Transfer Videocassettes to DVDs

There are still some spots left for 12/12’s Maker Monday: Transfer Videocassettes to DVDs!

If you just want to transfer your home movies on VHS straight to a DVD, the process is simple with our new Maker Station. Just request a slot (up to 4 hours) at the Reference Desk. (Test your VHS at home first. The library is not responsible for damaged tapes). Turn on the TV and the recorder, then put in a videocassette and a blank DVD-R (the library has some available for purchase).

Mittens

Mitten WreathThe weather outside continues to fluctuate, but mitten weather is on the way.  Take a moment, cuddle up on the couch and read The Missing Mitten Mystery by Steven Kellogg.

 

 

 

Libraries Foster Workforce Development

In early November I was invited to participate in a meeting with Ryan Burgess, Governor Kasich’s Director of Workforce Transformation, to discuss what libraries are currently doing for workforce development and how the state can leverage the power of libraries even more. One of Governor Kasich’s key initiatives is Ohio Means Jobs, “a central front door for individuals and businesses interested in employment programs.”

Public libraries generally, and Westlake Porter Library specifically, offer a tremendous amount of resources for workforce development.

Fun Things to 3D Print

Tonight's Maker Monday, "Fun Things to 3D Print," may inspire you to create your own 3D-printable objects. Some of those techniques have already been described in this earlier blog post (including how to access the tutorials on how to use them through Lynda.com). Read that post to learn more about designing objects from scratch on the computer with Tinkercad, Meshmixer, or Blender. You can also learn how to scan real-life objects with your smartphone with 123D Catch.