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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Program pictures

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DSCN2098Please, take a look at our program pictures.  Most recently we had our Crazy Games Day.  The rain held off and we had a lot of fun!

Program pictures

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This week at the Portage Lakes Branch Library (07/28/2014-08/02/2014)

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Monday, 7/28/14

Identifying Your Family Photographs
Monday, July 28, 6 pm

Learn to read clues, such as the type of photograph, clothing and hairstyles, and even whether or not subjects are smiling, to reveal the stories behind every photograph.  This workshop will also take a look at how genealogy databases and local history resources can be used to identify your family photographs.  Presented by Rebecca Larson-Troyer, Special Collections Librarian.

Tuesday, 7/29/14

Preschool Story Time
Tuesday, July 29, 11 am

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

Wednesday, 7/30/14

Mind, Body & Sole WOW! Wednesdays
All ages are welcome. No pre-registration needed.
Wednesday, July 30, 1 pm

Mr. Puppet’s Fizz, Boom, Read  Show! Fun with ventriloquist and puppeteer Mr. Puppet!

Thursday, 7/31/14

Mystery Book Discussion
Thursday, July 31, 6:30 pm

INDIA BLACK AND THE GENTLEMAN THIEF by Carol K. Carr
First in a new series featuring India Black who is living a double life as a spy and brothel operator in Victorian England.

Saturdays, 8/2/14

Kids Craft Club
Saturdays, August 2, 1 pm

Join us each month as we have new arts and crafts to make & do.  Preschool through grade 5 welcome.   No registration necessary.  Finished with crafts?  Stay for a visit with the dogs of Tails-N-Tales at 2 pm.

Tails-N-Tales
Saturday, August 2, 2 pm

Visit with our favorite furry friends and practice your reading skills. These dogs just love to hear a good story! Children not yet reading are welcome to share a favorite picture book.  All ages welcome.

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

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World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational

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The famed South Course of the Firestone Country Club was designed in 1929 by Bert Way and redesigned in 1960 by Robert Trent Jones.  It is a 7,283 yard par 70 course.  It was designed from the start to be a championship level course and has hosted over 70 professional tournaments through the years.  The 16th Hole, a 667 yard par-5, is one of the longest par 5s in great golf storiesexistence.  Its pond in front of the green adds more than its fair share of difficulty to the hole. At the first PGA held at the course, Arnold Palmer shot a triple-bogey on the 16th hole and called it a “monster”.  The name stayed and struck such a chord with frustrated golfers that the entire South course is now known fondly as “The Monster”.  Since 1962, the World Series of Golf, now known as the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, has been held at Firestone, usually on the South course.

The Bridgestone Invitational will be held at the South Course of Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio from July 30 through August 3.  The current event has a field of about 75 players, roughly half the number for a standard professional golf event.  As those of us who live in the area know, be leery of the traffic during the Invitational.  It can be gruesome…

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This week at the Portage Lakes Branch Library (07/21/2014-07/26/2014)

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Monday, 7/21/14

Family Story Nights 
Monday, July 21, 6:30 pm

Join Ms. Elaine for great stories, songs, finger plays, art and lots of fun for the whole family!  All ages welcome.  No registration necessary. 

Tuesday, 7/22/14

Preschool Story Time
Tuesday, July 22, 11 am

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

Totally Teen Tuesdays at Two!
Build it!
Tuesday, July 22, 2 pm

Put your creative caps on!  Bricks 4 Kidz will be here with lots of fun robotic pieces to build a really cool creation.  For grades 5 and up.  Please register in advance

Wednesday, 7/23/14

Mind, Body & Sole WOW! Wednesdays
All ages are welcome. No pre-registration needed.
Wednesday, July 23, 1 pm

Crazy Games Day!  Race a rubber duck, play with giant bouncy balls, maneuver an obstacle course, and participate in parachute games and more.

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

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Boat ride through the lakes

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Because we are the Portage Lakes Branch Library, we would like to take you on a little boat ride just to show you some of the beautiful things you might see on a lake adventure. Stop by our building anytime to pick up books on the history of Portage Lakes  or our very nice collection on boat repair.

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Outboard Inboard Maintenance and repair

boat manuals

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