This week at the Portage Lakes Branch Library (9/01-9/6/2014)

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Tuesday

Preschool Story Time
Tuesday, September 2, 11 am

Join Ms. Elaine each week for great stories, music, finger plays, art, and more fun! Ages 2-5 recommended, with a caregiver. No registration necessary.

 

Wednesday

Peace of Mind:  Tax Matters
Wednesday, September 3, 2 pm

Attorney Linda Ulinski guides you through the most important and useful information you need to know.  Please register in advance.

Thursday

Medicare 101:
Thursday, September 4, 6 pm

Happy Birthday, you’re turning 65!  Join Sharon Honroth as she guides you through the Medicare maze with emphasis on Medicare, Supplements, Advantage Plans and Part D Prescription plans.  Please register in advance.

Saturday

140th Library Celebration
Saturday, September 6, 1-3 pm
Celebrate 140 years of Library service in Akron!

Wear a costume from your favorite time period, 1880’s – 1980’s for a chance to win a prize!

1 pm Old Fashioned Crafts with Miss Elaine

1:30 pm Make your own Old-Fashioned Root Beer Float

(Supported by Portage Lakes Friends of the Library)

2 pm Tails-N-Tales will be on hand so you can read to your favorite furry friend

Please call the Portage Lakes Branch Library at 330-644-7050 for more information about these programs.

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Mobile printing

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mobileprintingWe now have mobile printing available
at the library, which allows you to print
from your laptop or mobile devices to
the printers located in the library.
Click on MOBILE PRINTING to follow
a link with directions.

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Labor Day

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labor dayAll Library locations will be closed Monday, September 4th – Labor Day.

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This week at the Portage Lakes Branch Library (08/25/2014-08/30/2014)

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Thursday

Mystery Book Discussion
Thursday, August 28, 6:30 pm

AFTER I’M GONE by Laura Lipmann
Sanchez, a retired Baltimore detective,  discovers a tangled web stretching over three decades that connects five intriguing women. 

Please call the Portage Lakes Branch Library at 330-644-7050 for more information about these programs.

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Pictures from summer programs

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Here are a few of our favorite pictures from our summer programs.  You can see them all at Program Pictures here on the home page of our blog.

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Non-traditional Required Reading

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As the beginning of the school year draws near, students rush to finish their summer reading assignments and buy their books for school.  For many, classics are the stereotypical books to read for literature classes: The Great Gatsby, Catcher in the Rye, As I Lay Dying, etc.  However, of all the literature classes I’ve taken in my years as a student, there have been many books I’ve had to read that weren’t so typical:

Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser is a book I had to read for summer reading in high school. It gives a fascinating depiction of the fast food industry and how it’s shaped our world.

 

Persepolis by Mariane Satrapi is an auto-biographical Graphic Novel.  It tells the incredible story of Satrapi’s life growing up during the Islamic Revolution and the prejudices she faced.

Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy is a novel about a Hispanic lady named Connie, her struggle for survival in a tumultuous world, and a future utopia that only she can see.  This book keeps you guessing every step of the way and looks in-depth at racial attitudes and social norms during the 60s and 70s.

 

The Gold CoastThe Gold Coast by Kim Stanley Robinson is the second in the Three Californias Trilogy; however, you do not need to read the first to love this book.  It is a story about our future dystopian world that is turned upside down when a terrorist organization shows the people the truth about their city.

 

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Plantings in the Sensory Garden

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This week at the Portage Lakes Branch Library (08/11/2014-08/16/2014)

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Monday

Preschool Playroom
Monday, Aug. 11, 11 am

Come play with your child and help your little one discover a whole new world through play! We provide a variety of activities and toys for preschoolers to explore while making new friends. Ages 1-5 with a caregiver.  No registration necessary.

Tuesday

Totally Teen Tuesdays at Two!
CD Art
Tuesday, August 12, 2 pm

Using recycled cd’s create a one-of-a-kind piece of art using etching techniques.  For grades 5 and up.  Please register in advance

Hands-on Computer Class

No registration is required: however, you must have a ticket to be admitted.  15 tickets will be distributed 30 minutes prior to start of class.

Monday, August 11, 6 pm Introduction to Windows 8

Tuesday, August 12, 6 pm Introduction to Computers

Wednesday, August 13, 2 pm Internet 1

Thursday

Understanding Trusts: Summer Series
Thursday, August 14, 6 pm
Administering your Trust

Attorney Linda Ulinski discusses all the information you need to establish and maintain a trust.   Each session lasts approximately 45 minutes.  Participants will receive a worksheet to be used during each session.  No registration necessary. 

Saturday

Saturday Morning Craft Club, CD Etching
Saturday, August 16, 10:30 am

Using recycled cd’s create a unique piece of art!  Please register in advance.  Ages 16 and up preferred.

Please call the Portage Lakes Branch Library at 330-644-7050 for more information about these programs.

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This week at the Portage Lakes Branch Library (08/04/2014-08/09/2014)

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Wednesday

Peace of Mind: Asset Registration
Wednesday, August 6, 2 pm

Attorney Linda Ulinski guides you through the most important and useful information you need to know.

Community Photo Days, in collaboration with the Portage Lakes Historical Society
Thursday, August 7, 5-7 pm
Friday, August 8, 1-4 pm
Saturday, August 9, 1-4 pm

Do you have interesting old photos that we can share with the public?  Bring your original pre- 1980’s photos from the Portage Lakes area to be scanned and digitally saved for a digital community archive.  The images will be made available for use by the Library, the PLHS, and the public for research and educational purposes.  Limit 10 photos per person.  We’re looking for historic landmarks, obsolete businesses & schools, community events, camps and local organizations.  Please register in advance for an appointment time.

Please call the Portage Lakes Branch Library at 330-644-7050 for more information about these programs.

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Stargazing

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stargazingA favorite summertime activity for many people is stargazing.  Finding a dark spot that isn’t “corrupted” with too much night time light “pollution”, then setting up an amateur telescope and having friends and family gathered to observe a meteor shower, an eclipse, or full moon is fun and educational.

 

 

If you’re a beginner, The McDonald Observatory has info on how to “Become a Stargazer” on their website.

We here in the Portage Lakes area are privileged to be the home of The Astronomy Club of Akron and have an observatory in the Portage Lakes State Park.

click here for directionsThe Astronomy Club of Akron

 

 

 

 

Some of their upcoming activities include:

Saturday Aug. 16, 2014
8:30pm
Classical Music Night: Listen to the best musical selections of Mozart, Vivaldi, & Bach by which to gaze at the stars.

Saturday Aug. 30, 2014
8:30pm
Come out tonight to view craters, mountains, valleys, and seas on a 5-day old Moon.

Saturday Sep. 13, 2014
8:00pm
Globular Cluster observing featuring the best clusters the Northern Hemisphere has to offer: M13, M92, M22, M15, NGC6229, M71, M80, and more.

The Library offers a nice selection of books on stargazingthe night sky and astronomy.  Shown below is just a sample of a few of them available at the Portage Lakes Branch.

 

 

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