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Adult Book Blog and Recommended Reads - Staff book reviews, fiction and non-fiction.

Farnsworth's blog features news and reviews in the world of sci-fi.

Just the Facts - In Reference, we learn something new every day. What we find, we share with you.

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.

Pass the Popcorn shares movie news from the library's collection of DVDs, BluRays and streaming services.

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.

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

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Warm your hearts with popular culture this Valentine’s day!

 

 

What Are "Squishy Circuits?"

Ever want to learn about simple electronics, but felt that wires, soldering, and such were too complicated or dangerous?

Miss sculpting with Play-Doh and want to learn how to make your own (for you or your kids?)

Artist of the Week#4: Mika

 

It's been pretty cold today.  Especially after the bright and warm weekend we just had, today seemed pretty bleak and depressing.  At least, I thought so.  There's something that happens in mid-winter every year.  The cold and the lack of sunlight leaves me feeling a bit depressed.  I need something to break me out of this winter funk.  And I think I might have found just the right artist.  If you're in the same boat as me, I suggest checking out our next artist of the week: Mika!

Black History Month

Rah Rah Mardi Gras

Here comes February!  Scattered in with a couple of presidential birthdays and Valentine’s Day is Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday on February 17th.

Don't miss our pop culture programs in February!

Get Ready...

How to Build Your Own Computer

Westlake Porter Public Library’s first Maker Club Emerging Technology Program, Take Apart Computers, was a big hit! Next month's will be Squishy Circuits, and you can reserve your spot for that here. I'll also be teaching four digital photo classes soon: Digital Photos Online, Picasa, Facebook Photo Albums, Instagram, and Snapchat, and Flickr, YouTube, and More, so sign up while you still can!

Taking apart a computer (and watching the video from that program) is a great way to learn how computers work. But there's nothing quite like really getting down to "byte size" by building a computer from scratch. With powerful desktop and laptop computers selling for only hundreds of dollars nowadays, it’s not necessarily more budget-friendly to build your own PC (unless you’re creating a very high-end machine), but it is educational.

Artist of the Week #3: Michael Crawford

I love musicals!  There's something about a story set to music that always resonsates with me.  Whether I'm watching a live or recorded performance, or just listening to a CD in my car, I am always in the mood for show tunes.  This wasn't always the case, however.  For a long time, I ignored this wonderful genre of music for several reasons, the biggest being that my friends considered them uncool.  Then, in 8th grade, I happened to listen to just a few songs from The Phantom of the Opera...and I've been hooked ever since.