Seven Wonders of the World

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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 afterschool program.  Our program learning about the Seven Wonders of the World has been quite an adventure.  We have listened to stories, done silly dances and discussed some interesting facts about each country.  Our budding artists have made lanterns, Aztec suns, fans and attempted to  write their names in hieroglyphics.  The building corner has made their unique versions of the pyramids and the great wall of China.  We hope you enjoy the photos of the children’s work and play as they continue to learn and discover interesting facts about our world.

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This week at the Portage Lakes Branch Library (10/27-11/01/2014)

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Monday

Monday Food Days
Olive Oil Tastings from The Olive Tap
CANCELLED

Tuesday

Baby -N- Me Time
Tuesday, October 28, 11 am

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

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

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Beer goes with everything…or so you think!

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We are all familiar with pairing wine with food to accentuate flavors and heighten our eating experience, but did you know that pairing beer with food is just as important?  With the explosion of craft beers and microbreweries in the last few years, the styles and types of beer available is limitless.  Long gone are the days of purchasing a Miller or Bud Light to make beer bread or to throw in a marinade.  Now you can choose anything from lagers and pale ales to seasonal pumpkin or Christmas ales.

With the popularity of the craft beer industry, chefs and home cooks are exploring a whole new palate of flavors.  By pairing specialty beers with seasonal foods, unbelievable combinations of foods are being created.  Those skills you learned to evaluate and enjoy wine should be used to enjoy beers too.  Use your senses to review the following: appearance, aroma, taste & overall impression. Did you know that a pale ale will taste best with Rosemary Creamed Chicken?  Or a dark stout is best enjoyed with chocolate cake?  For more tips, recipes and a beer pairing chart, visit Craftbeer.com.

Akron is home to a number of very successful brewing companies including Thirsty Dog, Hoppin Frog  Brewery, and  R. Shea just to name a few.  Beer Lover’s Midwest: Best Breweries, Brewpubs & Beer Bars  being published in December, will take you on a tour of the best breweries in our area.  Road trip anyone?

To learn more about craft beer or the beer industry, check out these books available through the library’s catalog.

 

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This week at the Portage Lakes Branch Library (10/20-10/25/2014)

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Tuesday

Baby -N- Me Time
Tuesday, October 21, 11 am

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

Thursday

Family Fun Nights
Thursday, October 23, 6 pm

Not-too-spooky Halloween stories and fun!  No registration necessary.

Mystery Book Discussion
Thursday, October 23, 6:30 pm

ICE SHEAR by M.P. Conley

A small town cop’s murder investigation turns deadly when she uncovers a web of politics and drugs linked to an outlaw motorcycle gang in this gripping debut suspense novel.

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

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Program pictures

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This week at the Portage Lakes Branch Library (10/13-10/18/2014)

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Monday

Preschool Playroom
Monday, October 13, 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 1-5 with a caregiver. No registration necessary.

Tuesday

Baby -N- Me Time
Tuesday, October 14, 11 am

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

Thursday

Preview Sale for Friends Members
Thursday, October 16, 5:30 – 7 pm

Not a member?  Don’t worry, you can join at the door!

Saturday

Friends of the Library Book Sale
Saturday, October 18, 10 am – 3 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 fourth 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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Autumn has arrived

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9324_158902890282_1512105_nSo with autumn officially here, a lot of things come along with it.  The change in the leaves’ colors, football season, Halloween…

Did you know that Ohio is home to over 10 haunted houses, four of which are located here in northeast Ohio?  If you’re a Halloween fanatic, horror enthusiast, or just love to get scared, then look no further!  Wanna get out on the town?  The Carnival of Horrors is only a 25 minute drive from Akron.  Or, feel free to make the drive up to Cedar Point to check out their Halloweekends running all through October.  Are you not much of a “scary” person?  Don’t worry.  There are tons of smaller, family-friendly events that you can take the kids to, such as DeBord’s 19th annual Halloween Festival, located in Hardesty Park in Akron on October 11th.  Maybe you’d rather stay home for a night?  There’s a huge selection of scary story books to curl up with on a Friday night.

So, whatever the occasion, there’s something for everyone to enjoy throughout this autumn season.  Here are some book titles that follow this beautiful season:

Scary stories to tell in the dark : collected from folklore

Haunted Ohio : ghosts and strange phenomena of the Buckeye State

Pumpkin carving

 

 

 

 

Trick or Treat? A History of Halloween

Fall color and woodland harvests : a guide to the more colorful fall leaves and fruits of the eastern forests

Autumn : recipes inspired by nature’s bounty

 

 

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This week at the Portage Lakes Branch Library (10/06-10/11/2014)

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Monday

Introduction to Wines, a four-part series
Monday, October 6, 6 pm
Presented by David M. Baloun, Wine Consultant, Elevage Wine Advisors

Are you overwhelmed when trying to pick out a wine for dinner?  Do you know what characteristics and regions you should be looking for?  Join us for this four session course on wine education and have your questions answered by an expert.  This is a lecture course only with no tastings available.  Please register in advance.

Tuesday

Baby -N- Me Time
Tuesday, October 7, 11 am

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

Wednesday

Strategies for Making the Most of Your Doctor Visits
Wednesday, October 8, 2 pm

Join Lori Presser from Hospice of the Western Reserve as she teaches you how to be an active member of your healthcare team.  Identify ways to get organized for your doctor visits and what questions to ask to ensure the best possible outcome.

Thursday

Build it Club!
Thursday, October 9, 6 pm

Join us once a month for some building fun with our friends from Bricks 4 Kidz! Create your own fun machines and more! No registration necessary.

Saturday

Saturday Morning Craft Club-Paperback Pumpkins
Saturday, October 11, 10:30 am

Turn a damaged paperback book into an adorable fall decoration.  Class size is limited.  Please register in advance.  Ages 16 and up preferred.

Smile!  It’s Crazy Photo Day!
Saturday, October 11, 2 pm

Create instant silly photos with crazy props!  Pick you favorite picture to print and display on the new personalized photo frame you create.  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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This week at the Portage Lakes Branch Library (9/29-10/04/2014)

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Tuesday

Preschool Story Time
Tuesday, September 30, 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: Guardianship
Wednesday, October 1, 2 pm

Attorney Linda Ulinski completes her series as she provides you with the most important and useful information you need to know.  Please register in advance.

Saturday

Saturday Kids Crafts
Saturday, October 4, 1 pm

Join us each month for some creative fun with arts and crafts to try. Preschool through grade 5 recommended. No registration necessary.

Tails-N-Tales
Saturday, October 4, 2 pm

Visit with our 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. No registration necessary.

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

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