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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.

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

Pout Fish

fishThe Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen and Illustrated by Dan Hanna tells the story of a very sad fish.  All Pout Pout fish can do is spread his gloominess all over the ocean.

You had me at Murderbot

Martha Wells All Systems Red The Murderbot DiariesAll Systems Red (Book 1 of the Murderbot Diaries) by Martha Wells.

In a corporate-dominated space-faring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon

Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon

Leaving Lucy Pear is the tale of two mothers, one who was impelled to leave her infant to be raised by strangers, and the woman who raises the child.

3 Sherlock Holmes Series to Try

Sherlock Holmes is one of the most enduring characters in literature.  The sight of his iconic hat and pipe bring this fictional detective to mind, even when his name is not used.  In film alone, he has taken many forms, from Basil Rathbone to Jeremy Brett, Michael Caine, Robert Downey Jr., and Benedict Cumberbatch.  But, of course, everyone's favorite detective has also had a very colorful history on the printed page, far reaching the scope that his original author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle could possibly have imagined for him.  If he had known that Holmes would be such an enduring character, would he have been so quick to kill him off at Reichenbach Falls--only to resurrect him years later--or would he have had a bit more respect for the eccentric detective who had taken over his life?

In honor of Conan Doyle's 158th birthday (which happens to be today), here are a selection of books written in honor of his most famous creation.  Conan Doyle will never be forgotten, as long as Sherlock Holmes lives on.

Libraries Transform: Continuing the Conversation

Cuyahoga County is on pace to hit 650 overdose deaths in 2017. Heroin, Fentanyl, Carfentanil are all taking a heavy toll in our communities. Over the past several days I have listened to police detectives, fire chiefs, medical personnel and parents who have lost children to overdose talk about the devastating effects of this epidemic.

Dandelions

DandelionsWhen spring arrives it bring dandelions.  For most of us dandelions are a nuisance we want out of our yard.  Nibbles the guinea pig wants as many dandelions as possible.

The Beginner's Guide to Anime and Manga

Anime and manga have become very popular.  And to a lot of the uninitiated, it doesn't make a lot of sense.  After all, what can so many adults find fascinating about watching children's cartoons and reading comic books?  Quite a bit, as it turns out!

Something to Talk About by Beth Donaldson

Something to Talk About is a sweet and sexy romance, from a new author and Northeast Ohio librarian, set in the small Ohio town of Mill Falls where gossip runs amok and wreaks havoc for our couple.

Sci-fi and Cli-fi: Which Is for You?

New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson & The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

Sometimes science fiction skews local and hopeful. Other times it's doomy and far-out. Two modern masters--Kim Stanley Robinson and John Scalzi--have new books, and they happen to fall on opposing ends of that spectrum. Which one’s for you?

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Transform Your Memories Into Digital Formats

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Westlake Porter Public Library has a wide variety of technology that will help you transform your memories stored on slides, pictures, videocassettes, audiocassettes, and records into digital formats! We had a (full plus waiting list!) Maker Monday on the subject back in April, but don't worry, you can just stop by the Reference Desk to sign up and use the equipment at any time!