Health on the Shelf: Meditative May

Adopt the pace of nature: Her secret is patienceRalph Waldo Emerson The warmer weather, the clearer skies, the birds singing, the abundant daylight - this time of year always seems…

Folklore Fun! African American Tales

Where people go, stories follow. The African diaspora, unjustly facilitated by the brutal Atlantic Slave Trade, forcibly sent African folklore abroad, where it mixed with new environments and grew into…

Terror in the Snow

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There is something beautiful and haunting and even a little scary about the cold. The silent isolation of a snow-covered mountain, the rising unease that comes with being "snowed in,"…

Introducing Large Print Classics!

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I'm very excited to introduce a new addition to our collection! Patrons have been asking and we've answered with a new selection of Large Print classics for your reading enjoyment!…

Beautiful Portraits of Our Animal Friends

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Whether they're our companions or something we watch in awe from afar, animals are such an important part of our lives (and such a fascinating topic of interest). The books…

A Small List of Giant Books

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What is it about giants that capture our imaginations? Perhaps it's just that they're so big. There's something awe-inspiring, frightening, and exciting about a creature that is so much bigger…

A Little Birdie Told Me…

That there is new art work in the ArtWalk! This month the ArtWalk path between Westlake Porter Public Library and Westlake Elementary School features spring birds created by Kindergarten Westlake…

Read It, Make It: Hyacinth Craft

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Cover of Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert Lois Ehlert's, "Planting a Rainbow" tells the story of a mother and child planting a rainbow of flowers in their garden. Check…

Folklore Fun! Scandinavia

What do the God of Thunder and Disney Queen Elsa have in common? Popular movie franchises? Well, yes. Flashy elemental powers? Um, also yes. However, the answer I'm looking for…

Health on the Shelf: Clean Eats

Spring is here . . Spring Cleaning . . . Clean Eating! What is clean eating? According to the Mayo Clinic, clean eating is eating foods that are as close…

A Case of Mistaken Identity

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At the end of 2021, I shared my yearly Reading Challenge. Throughout the year, I'm going to share some lists that might help with some of the prompts provided. Of…

Fascinating Near-Future Science Fiction Books

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Science fiction has a bit of a reputation for predicting the future. Is good science fiction fortune-telling, or is it talented authors following the latest scientific breakthroughs and their own…

What I’m Reading: March 2022

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I don't know about you, but when it comes to books, it appears that my eyes are bigger than my stomach (or rather, my library bag is bigger than my…

Author Spotlight: John Steinbeck

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When I was in high school, if you were to ask me who my favorite author was, hands down I would have told you John Steinbeck. It was no question.…

Author Spotlight: Toni Morrison

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Today is Toni Morrison's birthday, so let's celebrate this amazing Ohio author with an Author Spotlight! Toni's books skillfully blend elements of fantasy and magical realism with the brutal realities…

Black History Month: Celebrating Black Joy

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There's a lot going on in our world that is stressful, unhappy, and unpleasant. So, instead of focusing on the more unsavory aspects of the world around us, these authors…