Notes -- June & July 2009

Summer Reading Celebrates Our 125th Anniversary!

Get ready for a summer of celebration at Westlake Porter Public Library! Our annual summer reading program revolves around the library's 125th Anniversary, and begins on June 10. Youth Services is hosting a "Birthday Bash" featuring party-themed programs, movies, gaming, crafts and more for children and teens. There are rewards for reading, cool prizes to win, and the Cleveland Cavaliers' "buy one, get one" ticket promotion will be available again this year to all who finish the program.

Adults can also join in the fun of the Summer Reading Club. All you need to do is register at any of the adult services desks, read/listen to any book, fill out an entry form, and place it in any of the ballot boxes for a chance to win a gift basket. Be sure to check out the fabulous gift baskets on display in the glass cases in the library lobby during the month of June.
Here are some of our exciting program highlights:
Children's Programs:
Mad Hatter's Tea Party - Kids ages 6 - 9: Join us for a wonderland of games, crafts and fun!
The Science of Creativity - Discover the science behind the world of art, music and more!
Happy Birthday "American Girl" - Let's celebrate with the American Girls! For ages 7 - 10.
Stamps and Stationery - Stop in and make your own birthday cards, bookmarks and stationery. Grades 3-5.
Olivia the Pig - Join us for stories, songs and games featuring everyone's favorite pig! Ages 3 - 5.
Sock Hop - We'll demonstrate dances and keep music going for an hour of family fun. All ages.
Crazy About Cupcakes - An evening of cupcake decorating, stories, and a craft. For ages 5 - 7.
Juggling with Matt Jergens - Join us for a spellbinding show as Matt juggles everything from playing cards to bowling balls!
Family Fiesta! - We'll tell stories, sing, dance and break a pinata. For ages 4 - 7.
Lego Build-Off - Bring a shoebox of legos and creative ideas! Building begins at 2, and prizes will be awarded starting at 3:30.
Teen Programs:
Karaoke Madness - Come sing karaoke and show us what you've got! Grades 6 - 12.
Teen Angst Tuesdays - Join us for some TV therapy featuring some of the best coming of age dramas ever! Grades 6 - 12.
Adult Programs:
Using Reference USA - Learn how to use this database to resarch prospective customers, employers and business partners.
Genealogical Search on the Web - Learn how to use databases available at the library and on the Internet to do genealogical research.
Getting Away with Murder - with Les Roberts - Join legendary Cleveland mystery author Les Roberts, creator of Milan Jacovich, for a book talk and signing.
For details, registration information, and more programs, see the calendar of events at http://signup.westlakelibrary.org:8080.

Director's Notes: State Funding Decreases

Businesses, non-profits, and libraries all around the country - especially Ohio - are feeling the effects of the current economic climate, and Porter Library is no exception. We receive funding primarily from two sources: a local levy and the state, with the state portion accounting for approximately 30% of our revenue. In 2009 we had planned for a 10% decrease in state revenue but recent news of shortfalls in the Ohio State General Revenue Fund will increase our loss to 20%. This will result in approximately $270,000 less than we received in 2008.

During this tough economic time we will do everything possible to find the most effective ways to absorb this loss without affecting the quality of your visit to the library. And though times are tough one thing hasn't changed, the library is still the best value in town.

Things to look forward to for the rest of the year include new library programs that will focus on resume building and job seeking skills, WestFest author visits, the Summer Reading program and don't forget the Ice Cream Social. We will also continue to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of Porter Public Library.

Regardless of the economic climate, or perhaps because of it, the library's place in the community is more important than ever and we look forward to your visit.

Andrew Mangels, Director

Picturing America

In the spring of 2009 the library received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities entitled Picturing America.
According to the National Endowment for the Humanities, "By bringing high-quality reproductions of notable American art into public and private schools, libraries, and communities, Picturing America gives participants the opportunity to learn about our nation's history and culture in a fresh and engaging way."

From June 1 through August 15 identify the 20 works of art from the Picturing America series throughout the library. Record the artist and title of the artwork on a form obtained at any service desk in the library. Turn in your completed form by August 31 for a chance to win prizes.

Check Out NetLibrary's New Media Center

Downloading audiobooks from the library's NetLibrary subscription just got easier! NetLibrary now offers a new Media Center that allows "one-click" downloading to a compatible portable device. Just plug your device into your computer, open and log in to the Media Center, find the title you wish to download, and choose "Transfer to Portable Device." The "one-click" feature also works with downloading to your PC, and the new Media Center sports a glossy new look and lots of ways to search and sort your results. And there is more good news for iPod owners. Now 750 titles can be downloaded to iPods from the Media Center, with more iPod-compatible titles to be added every month.

To install the Media Center, just go to the www.NetLibary.com web site.
If you are happy using the old NetLibrary site, don't worry. Downloading the new Media Center is optional—you can still access and use the familiar NetLibrary site as usual. All log-in information will remain the same whether you are downloading from the old NetLibrary site or the new Media Center.
Interested in downloading audiobooks but don't have a free NetLibrary account? Stop by or call the Popular Materials Desk (440) 250-5462.

Upturn the Downturn with WPPL

If the recession has you scrambling for ways to cope, WPPL can help. We offer a variety of resources and programs that should make weathering the downturn a little easier. Whether you're job hunting, seeking to manage your finances better, or just want to cut expenses, we have something for you.

This summer the library will offer a series of programs focusing on weathering the current economic conditions. They include:
Using Tools & Resources to Tell Your Story — Tips on resume construction, job networking, and interviewing.
Monday, June 15 (7 - 8:45 p.m.)
Using Reference USA — Learn how to use this database to find a variety of information about prospective customers, employers and business partners.
Monday, June 22 (7-8:15 p.m.)
Applying Online — Quick tips and basic computer skills needed for any online job search.
Saturday, June 27 (10 - 11:30 a.m.)
Monday, July 27 (10 - 11:30 a.m.)
Thursday, July 30 (7 - 8:30 p.m.)
Managing Financial Issues During Career Transition — Practical ways to make financial and money management decisions during an employment transition.
Monday, June 29 (7 - 8:45 p.m.)
Saving Money With Online Coupons — Discover the many ways to save with online coupons and discounts.
Monday, July 6 (7 - 8:30 p.m.)

Please check out the Calendar of Events for more details and registration information.
In addition to these programs, WPPL also offers a variety of resources that can help, including Learning Express Library, Reference USA, computers with word processing software or Internet access, and our reference and non-fiction book collection.

If you're going through a career transition or job search, you'll want to check out LearningExpress Library (available through our web site, http://www.westlakelibrary.org). This online tool offers practice employment and licensing tests for careers such as cosmetology, nursing, real estate, teaching, law enforcement, military, and firefighting. If you need to brush up your skills, try the business writing, job search, and Microsoft Office software courses. Those looking toward continuing or completing their education can take practice GED and college entrance exams to prepare for the real thing.

Looking for information on a potential employer? Try Reference USA, also available through the library's web site. This valuable tool provides information that can answer questions like Who is the correct person to send my resume to? and Do my skills and experience fit the products/services this company provides? You can also glean facts and figures that may come in handy during a job interview.

Need a computer on which to compose your resume or access the Internet to look up prospective employers or apply for jobs online? Come to the library's Electronic Services Department and use one of ours for up to an hour (or more if no one is waiting when your hour's up).

Finally, browse our collection of books for information on financial management, job hunting, writing resumes, interviewing, saving money and more.