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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This week at the Portage Lakes Branch Library (03/02/15-03/07/15)

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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

Preschool Story Time
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

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
March 7, 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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Elsa… enough already!

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Pictures from recent programs

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This week at the Portage Lakes Branch Library (02/23/15-02/28/2015)

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Monday

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 Holmes at 330-256-0267.  Sponsored by the Akron Sail and Power Squadron and the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

Tuesday

Preschool Story Time
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.

Thursday

Mystery Book Discussion
6:30 pm
HOUSE OF SILK by Anthony Horowitz

DEATH CLOUD by Andrew Lane

Read one, read both, your choice!  Both feature the incredible character of Sherlock Holmes.
Please call the Portage Lakes Branch Library at 330-644-7050 for more information.

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Cabin fever

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Here it is, time again for another blog post.  The person that manages our blog tells us we should write about things we are doing or enjoy.  Well, it is the hardest time of the winter, the holidays are over and spring seems like it will never get here.  So what do I do in the winter when it’s cold outside?  I sit at my kitchen table with a book and a cup of coffee and enjoy all the little creatures that visit my feeders.  So I thought I would share a couple of my pictures of the little visitors that stop by my backyard.  I threw in just a couple of pictures of my warmer weather visitors as well.  Spring and summer will happen, right?  Stop by our building anytime to pick up some of our wonderful books on bird watching, feeding, housing or whatever winter activities interest you!

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This week at the Portage Lakes Branch Library (02/16/15-02/21/2015)

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Tuesday

Preschool Story Time
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.

Thursday

Family Fun Nights
Chinese New Year
6 pm
Celebrate with us as we share stories and crafts

Saturday

Coventry High School Drama Club presents
Fractured Fairytales
1 pm
Come see Coventry High School’s Drama Club as they present an exclusive collection of fractured fairy tales made for the whole family, featuring rapping wolves, sarcastic princesses, and stinky cheese men.   All ages welcome.  No registration necessary.

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

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National Cherry Month

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cherry blossomFebruary may be known best for Valentine’s Day and for celebrating our U.S. presidents, but it is also National Cherry Month, a time to celebrate all things cherry! Whether you prefer them sweet or sour, there is a cherry for everyone.

Since ancient times, cherries have been enjoyed not only for their sweet deliciousness, but also for having anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. And most recently, the cherry has been found to be an anti-oxidant, and may help with heart disease and cancer prevention as well. All of this has elevated the simple cherry to super-fruit status. What better reason to make a cherry pie, cake, or cookies. Or give some chocolate covered cherries to someone special?

The Guinness World Record for the Largest Cherry Pie was recorded in 1990 in Oliver, BC. The pie was 20 feet in diameter and weighed nearly 38, 000 pounds! That’s a lot of cherry pie!  Here are some recipes for smaller treats featuring the fruit of the month.

Dried Cherry Almond Scones                     Baked Fresh Cherry Pie

 

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This week at the Portage Lakes Branch Library (02/09/15-02/14/2015)

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Monday

Preschool Playroom
11 am
Play with your child and help you 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.

Monday Food Days

6 pm

Meatless Mondays by Linda Bunyan, Volunteer Distric Leader HSUS.

Meat-free eating is getting a lot of attention these days.  Learn about the health benefits, sustainability and improvements to animal welfare of adding more meat-free meals to your week diet.  Enjoy a sample bite after the presentation.

Tuesday

Preschool Story Time
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.

Retirement Goal Setting: Deciding How Much to Invest for Retirement
6 pm
No matter what stage of life you’re currently in, one thing is certain: funding retirement is far different today than it was for your parents or grandparents.  Join Financial Advisor Nichole Coyle as she provides you with tips to ensure you won’t outlive your retirement.  Please register in advance.

Thursday

Family Programs – Build it Club
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 Craft Club – Hershey Kiss Flowers
10:30 am
Deciding between giving flowers or chocolate this Valentine’s Day?  Why not give both!  Learn how to make 3 different types of flowers using Hershey Kisses to combine into a delicious bouquet.  Class size is limited.  Please register in advance.  Ages 16 and up preferred.

Teen Craft – Hershey Kiss Flowers
2 pm
It’s Valentine’s Day!    Learn how to make 3 different types of flowers using Hershey Kisses and combine them into a delicious bouquet.   Ready to give to that special someone later today or just enjoy it yourself!   For grades 5 and up.  Please register in advance.

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

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American Heart Month – Go Red!

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February is devoted to raising heart health awareness.  I know, you think you’re too young to have a heart attack; but don’t be fooled.  Heart attacks can happen at any age!  Many men and women suffer silent heart attacks and don’t even realize it.  The American Heart Association and their Go Red Campaign  strive to educate women on these silent symptoms, as well as establish the differing symptoms from men.  Yes, its true, men and women suffer heart attacks in different ways.

If you believe you could be at risk for developing factors that may lead to a heart attack, the American Heart Association has published a number of cookbooks to help you develop healthier eating habits.  Check out the list of books available from our library and reserve a copy today!

 

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