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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Program pictures

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DSCN1989Please, take a look at our program pictures.  Most recently we were at the Portage Lakes Kiwanis’ Pirate Days.  Lots of fun.

Program pictures

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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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This week at the Portage Lakes Branch Library (07/14/2014-07/19/2014)

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Monday, 7/14/14

Preschool Playroom
Monday, July 14, 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.

Tiffany Lamps – A Local Connection
Monday, July 14, 6:30 pm

Tiffany lamps are easily recognizable, but did you know many of those famous designs came from local resident Clara Wolcott Driscoll?  Linda Alexander retells Clara’s colorful life as a Tiffany Girl, her contributions to the infamous designs and what it was like to be a top notch designer in a man’s world during the late 19th century.

Tuesday, 7/15/14

Preschool Story Time
Tuesday, July 15, 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, 7/16/14

Mind, Body & Sole WOW! Wednesdays
All ages are welcome. No pre-registration needed.
Wednesday, July 16, 1 pm

The Bubble Lady!  Our favorite bubble lady returns to amaze you.

Saturday, 7/19/14

Pirate Days, Portage Lakes State Park
Saturday, July 19, 1-3 pm

Stop by our table for a fun craft and enjoy the Pirate StoryWalk on your way to the treasure hunt!

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

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Plantings in the Sensory Garden

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Summer in the library

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Summer is flying by, and if you haven’t been to your library yet, you are missing out on FUN!

Whether you are looking for books for your reading list or vacation, checking out the new release movies or music, or looking for something fun to do with your favorite little people, the library has it all!


We are just about halfway through the Mind, Body & Sole reading program, but there is still plenty of time to register! The program is easy and fun – read 30 minutes a day and move 30 minutes a day! Reading is one very good way to help kids retain what they have learned at school, and to keep them sharp for the year ahead.

DSCN1793At Portage Lakes Branch Library, we have had a huge summer, with visitors enjoying a variety of fun programs. We offer activities and events that all ages can enjoy; story and play times for preschoolers, DSCN1777our WOW Wednesday events for families, Totally Teen Tuesdays at Two, and DSC_0103craft and food programs for adults! And there are still DSCN1747more fun things coming up! See the events at our Events DSCN1663Calendar, stop in for a copy of our flyer, or call the branch for more information.

Check us out! The library is a great, fun, FREE place to visit not only this summer but all year round!

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This week at the Portage Lakes Branch Library (07/07/2014-07/12/2014)

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Tuesday, 7/8/14

Preschool Story Time
Tuesday, July 8, 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!
Candy Art
Tuesday, July 8, 2 pm

Be inspired!  Create a unique piece of art using candy pieces.  For grades 5 and up.  Please register in advance

Wednesday, 7/9/14

Mind, Body & Sole WOW! Wednesdays
All ages are welcome. No pre-registration needed
Wednesday, July 9, 1 pm

Fizz, Bang, Boom! Science Show! Have fun with science and magic!

Thursday, 7/10/14

Understanding Trusts: Summer Series
Thursday, July 10, 6 pm  Funding 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, 7/12/14

Saturday Morning Craft Club, Hummingbird Feeders
Saturday, July 12, 10:30 am

Using recycled wine bottles, create a beautiful piece of art and feeder all in one.  Class size is limited.  Please register in advance.

Kids Craft Club
Saturdays, July 12, 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, July 12, 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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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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July 4th Closing

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american-flagMain Library and all branches closed
Friday, July 4, 2014
Independence Day

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