This week at the Portage Lakes Branch Library (03/30/15-04/04/15)

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Spring Break Art to Go
March 30 – April 10

Looking for something to do during your time off school?  Stop in and pick up an Art to Go pack in the Teen department.   A different activity each day; 6 unique activities total.   Bring back your art for us to display in the Teen area or take a picture of your creation so we can share your work.  All Teens who share their art will receive an entry ticket for a prize drawing at the end of the two week period.  For grades 5 and up.

Monday

TAI CHI: Moving Better for Balance
Mondays and Wednesdays, March 2 – June 3, 2 pm

Kim Mozzochi with the Area Agency on Aging conducts this FREE exercise series, geared toward older adults wanting to improve strength, flexibility and muscle tone. The sessions meet twice per week for a 12-week period. There will be no classes on May 4, May 13, May 18, and May 25.  Please register in advance.  Class size is limited.

Know Before You Go
America’s Boating Course
5:30-7:30 pm

Upon completion and passing the course, you will be certified to operate a powerboat of 10hp or more in all 50 states.  For those who were born on or after January 1, 1982, certification is required to operate a powerboat in Ohio.  This free instruction is open to the public.  For more information and registration, contact Jan Homes at 330-256-0267 or Don Gifford at 330-929-6045.  Sponsored by the Akron Sail and Power Squadron and the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

Tuesday

Baby-N-Me Time
March 10-31, 11 am

Bring your littlest learners for fun with stories, songs, finger plays, creative art and playtime!  Ages 6-30 months recommended with a caregiver.  No registration required.

Wednesday

TAI CHI: Moving Better for Balance
Mondays and Wednesdays, March 2 – June 3, 2 pm

Kim Mozzochi with the Area Agency on Aging conducts this FREE exercise series, geared toward older adults wanting to improve strength, flexibility and muscle tone. The sessions meet twice per week for a 12-week period. There will be no classes on May 4, May 13, May 18, and May 25.  Please register in advance.  Class size is limited.

Saturday

Saturday Craft Club
April 4, 1 pm

Like to create fun projects?  Join us the first Saturday of each month for crafting fun.   Preschool through grade 4 recommended.  No registration necessary.  Finished with the crafts?  Stay for a visit with the dogs of Tails-N-Tales at 2 pm.

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

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New titles, Books and DVD’s

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ComingSoonCheck out our Coming Soon tab here on our blog.  From our main blog page, it is the fifth tab over.  Click on it any time to see which new books and DVD’s have been added over the previous month.

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This week at the Portage Lakes Branch Library (03/23/15-03/28/15)

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Monday

TAI CHI: Moving Better for Balance
Mondays and Wednesdays, March 2 – June 3, 2 pm

Kim Mozzochi with the Area Agency on Aging conducts this FREE exercise series, geared toward older adults wanting to improve strength, flexibility and muscle tone. The sessions meet twice per week for a 12-week period. There will be no classes on May 4, May 13, May 18, and May 25.  Please register in advance.  Class size is limited.

Know Before You Go
America’s Boating Course
Mondays, March 3 – April 7, 5:30-7:30 pm

Upon completion and passing the course, you will be certified to operate a powerboat of 10hp or more in all 50 states.  For those who were born on or after January 1, 1982, certification is required to operate a powerboat in Ohio.  This free instruction is open to the public.  For more information and registration, contact Jan Homes at 330-256-0267 or Don Gifford at 330-929-6045.  Sponsored by the Akron Sail and Power Squadron and the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

Tuesday

Baby-N-Me Time
March 10-31, 11 am

Bring your littlest learners for fun with stories, songs, finger plays, creative art and playtime!  Ages 6-30 months recommended with a caregiver.  No registration required.

Books You Might Have Missed in 2014
March 24, 6 pm

Sit back with a hot beverage and a treat while you learn about nearly 70 titles, both fiction and nonfiction, from last year (don’t worry – we give you a book list to follow along).  This informal, fun evening focuses on the joy of discovering your next great read.  Presented by Patrick Manning, Manager of the Nordonia Hills Branch Library.

Wednesday

TAI CHI: Moving Better for Balance
Mondays and Wednesdays, March 2 – June 3, 2 pm

Kim Mozzochi with the Area Agency on Aging conducts this FREE exercise series, geared toward older adults wanting to improve strength, flexibility and muscle tone. The sessions meet twice per week for a 12-week period. There will be no classes on May 4, May 13, May 18, and May 25.  Please register in advance.  Class size is limited.

Thursday

Mystery Book Discussion
March 26, 6:30 pm

COUAGHT DEAD: A Rick Van Lam Mystery by Andrew Lanh
INVISIBLE CITY by Julia Dahl
LAND OF CAREFUL SHADOWS by Suzanne Chazin

Read one, read all, your choice!  Engage in cultural differences as each detective must overcome the stereotypes associated with their respective heritage: Vietnamese, Jewish and Latino.

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

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Photos from recent programs

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E-Services Tab

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We have placed a new Tab on our blog.  It is fourth from the left and is titled “E-Services“.  Here you will find a quick link to our digital resources as shown below.  We hope these links will make finding many of the libraries e-resources accessible.

 

E-Reader Guides

 

 

Zinio – Free Digital Magazine

 

 

 

We’ve Gone Mobile – Akron Summit County Public Library App

 

 

 

 

 

Mobile Printing

 

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This week at the Portage Lakes Branch Library (03/16/15-03/21/15)

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Monday 

TAI CHI: Moving Better for Balance
Mondays and Wednesdays, March 2 – June 3, 2 pm

Kim Mozzochi with the Area Agency on Aging conducts this FREE exercise series, geared toward older adults wanting to improve strength, flexibility and muscle tone. The sessions meet twice per week for a 12-week period. There will be no classes on May 4, May 13, May 18, and May 25.  Please register in advance.  Class size is limited.

Know Before You Go
America’s Boating Course
Mondays, March 3 – April 7, 5:30-7:30 pm

Upon completion and passing the course, you will be certified to operate a powerboat of 10hp or more in all 50 states.  For those who were born on or after January 1, 1982, certification is required to operate a powerboat in Ohio.  This free instruction is open to the public.  For more information and registration, contact Jan Homes at 330-256-0267 or Don Gifford at 330-929-6045.  Sponsored by the Akron Sail and Power Squadron and the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

Tuesday

Baby-N-Me Time
March 10-31, 11 am

Bring your littlest learners for fun with stories, songs, finger plays, creative art and playtime!  Ages 6-30 months recommended with a caregiver.  No registration required.

Wednesday

TAI CHI: Moving Better for Balance
Mondays and Wednesdays, March 2 – June 3, 2 pm

Kim Mozzochi with the Area Agency on Aging conducts this FREE exercise series, geared toward older adults wanting to improve strength, flexibility and muscle tone. The sessions meet twice per week for a 12-week period. There will be no classes on May 4, May 13, May 18, and May 25.  Please register in advance.  Class size is limited.

Thursday

Family Fun Nights with live Irish Dancers
March 19, 6 pm

Each month we have a special evening dedicated to fun programs the whole family can enjoy together. Stories, Crafts, Music – you never know what the night might include!

March: St. Patrick Day Fun

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

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Listening to books

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I love listening to audiobooks!  I usually have a book on CD (BOCD) I’m listening to in my car.  At the same time I may have an audiobook downloaded on my phone I can listen to with earphones or with a MP3 cable to listen through my car radio or home radio speakers. Or, I can download an audiobook onto my laptop and listen that way.  Sometimes when I’m walking at the local Rec Center I am listening to a book on a Playaway to help make those laps go by quicker!  There are certain narrators I love to listen to and will sometimes check out books I know nothing about because I enjoy listening to that particular  narrator!  If you’ve never listened to a book I encourage you to give it a try.  It can be very entertaining!  The library has a wide selection of books on CD you can check out and, through OneClickdigital, you can listen to recorded books electronically.  Just go to the Library homepage and click on the link shown below and it will walk you through the process of downloading titles.

Some BOCD available from ASCPL:

A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders

NPR driveway moments : radio stories that won’t let you go. Moms

 

 

 

Examples of e-audiobooks available from ASCPL:

How to Knit a Wild Bikini by Christie Ridgway

Vineyard prey: a Martha’s Vineyard Mystery by Philip R. Craig

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fairy Tales at SCOPE Academy

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Portage Lakes Library would like to give a big thank you to SCOPE Academy for sharing their children and families with us during our after-school program.  Our program featuring Fairy Tales, has been quite an adventure!   We started each of our sessions with a silly read aloud story, we continued our time together enjoying silly songs and crafts. We pretended to be fish hiding in seaweed houses or the big bad shark that crunched through everything.  We are sure the children won’t forget how very large the little pig was, or their favorite wolf hat!  We were so sorry to miss our last week together because of inclement weather.  We hope you enjoy the photos of the children’s work and play as we learned about fairy tales old and new.

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This week at the Portage Lakes Branch Library (03/9/15-03/14/15)

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Monday 

Preschool Playroom
March 9, 11 am

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 1-4 with a caregiver.

TAI CHI: Moving Better for Balance
Mondays and Wednesdays, March 2 – June 3, 2 pm

Kim Mozzochi with the Area Agency on Aging conducts this FREE exercise series, geared toward older adults wanting to improve strength, flexibility and muscle tone. The sessions meet twice per week for a 12-week period. There will be no classes on May 4, May 13, May 18, and May 25.  Please register in advance.  Class size is limited.

Know Before You Go
America’s Boating Course
Mondays, March 3 – April 7, 5:30-7:30 pm

Upon completion and passing the course, you will be certified to operate a powerboat of 10hp or more in all 50 states.  For those who were born on or after January 1, 1982, certification is required to operate a powerboat in Ohio.  This free instruction is open to the public.  For more information and registration, contact Jan Homes at 330-256-0267 or Don Gifford at 330-929-6045.  Sponsored by the Akron Sail and Power Squadron and the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

Tuesday

Baby-N-Me Time
March 10-31, 11 am

Bring your littlest learners for fun with stories, songs, finger plays, creative art and playtime!  Ages 6-30 months recommended with a caregiver.  No registration required.

Wednesday

TAI CHI: Moving Better for Balance
Mondays and Wednesdays, March 2 – June 3, 2 pm

Kim Mozzochi with the Area Agency on Aging conducts this FREE exercise series, geared toward older adults wanting to improve strength, flexibility and muscle tone. The sessions meet twice per week for a 12-week period. There will be no classes on May 4, May 13, May 18, and May 25.  Please register in advance.  Class size is limited.

Thursday

Build it Club
March 12, 6 pm

Join us once a month for some building fun with our friends from Bricks 4 Kidz!  Build, play and explore with Legos.  All ages welcome.  No registration required.

Saturday

Saturday Morning Craft Club – Fabric-Covered Easter Eggs
March 14, 10:30 am

Using fabric scraps and Mod-Podge, design 3 unique eggs to display in the paper Easter basket you will also be creating.   With just a few cuts and folds of scrapbooking paper, have a paper basket ready to go in just minutes. Class size is limited.   Please register in advance.  Ages 16 and up preferred.

Peep House Contest
March 14, 2 pm

You’ve heard of building Gingerbread houses at the holidays, how about building a house for your Easter Peeps?  Using graham crackers, icing and your imagination design the perfect place for your Peep to nest.  Crashed and broke, no problem, eat your efforts!  For grades 5 and up.  Please register in advance.

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

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Any teens out there looking for a good read?

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YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association, provides some great lists of award winning and nominated book recommendations of all different genres and formats.

Looking for a great Graphic Novel?

Check out some of the Top 10 for 2015:

Afterlife with Archie

Through the Woods

Seconds

 

 

 

 

Need an audiobook for a long road trip?

Look at some of these audiobook lists from each year:

Acid
by Emma Pass
Zombie Baseball Beatdown
by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Diviners
by Libba Bray

 

 

 

 

 

Just looking for a popular read?

Check out some of the Top 10 Books of 2014:

Eleanor and Park

Earth Girl

The Eye of Minds

 

 

 

 

 

The YALSA website even has Teen Fabulous Film recommendations for all different types of genres!

There are so many great works of fiction and nonfiction that you can find on these lists.  Look for a book or movie that interests you in one of the many lists found on the YALSA website and then drop on by the Portage Lakes Branch Library, or one of our many branch locations, to see if we have it on our shelves for you!

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