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Strongsville branch announces special activities in June

Here are the June 2012 events at the

Registration is required for most events. Please call (440) 238-5530 to register or for more information. All events sponsored by the Friends of Strongsville Branch Library. 

Customers may also visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org to register and to see more library event information. 

Year-Round Story Times! Cuyahoga County Public Library offers story time sessions year-round for children Birth to Grade 2.  Our current story time session is in full swing beginning June 4.  No registration required.  Join us as we share stories and fun in a group setting! Please call the Strongsville Branch for specific program details.

Young at Heart Book Club.  Meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. 

A book club for adults who love children’s and teen books.  Our next discussion will be on Tuesday, June 5. Please register in person to pick up a copy of the book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Join us for refreshments and a sprightly discussion of children’s and teen literature.

Meet Author James Renner!  Wednesday, June 6 at 7 p.m. 

 James Renner is a Northeast Ohio native and author of the debut novel, The Man from Primrose Lane. James has previously released two books of nonfiction, Amy: My Search for Her Killer and The Serial Killer’s Apprentice.  Join us for this special author event!  Books will be available for purchase and signing will be held courtesy of the Friends of the Strongsville Library.

The Mysterious Cleveland Connection to The King’s Speech.  Thursday, June 7 at 7 p.m. 

Did you know that Cleveland has a connection to the Academy Award winning movie, The King's Speech? Local historian Dan Ruminski has discovered a most amazing story about Cleveland's past that starts on Millionaires' Row, has an unexpected twist with a Rockefeller, and includes Wickliffe, Ohio. "It is the best and most exciting story I have done thus far," said Ruminski. Join us to find out!

Mission Possible: READ!  Summer Reading Kick-off Event. All Ages!  Saturday, June 9 from 2 – 4 p.m. Help us kick-off the 2012 Summer Reading Program with this special open house for the whole family to enjoy.  Our 2012 Summer Reading Theme this year is Mission Possible: Read! The reading program runs from June 9th - August 11th.  Guests of all ages are invited to stop by to enjoy entertainment, activities, refreshments, and more!  Join us to sign up for the Summer Reading Game, enjoy the steel drum music of Island Jeff,, Balloon Art with Magic Bob, crafts for children, and more!

Dancing on a Dream.  All Ages.  Tuesday, June 12 at 7 p.m.

Mary, who was born with spina bifida, dreamed of being able to dance as a child even though she was in a wheelchair.  Now as an adult, she has extended the possibility of people with all kinds of abilities to perform together. The piece, entitled "Dancing On A Dream" shows the struggles and triumphs of Mary's life, the perseverance of keeping a physically integrated dance company alive, and ultimately making her dream to dance despite her disability a reality. Dancing Wheels by Patricia McMahon and John Godt, describes the creation, training, and performances of The Dancing Wheels Company.

Safety First: First Aid for Students.  Grades K – 5. Wednesday, June 13 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

If an accident or injury occurs would your child know what to do?  Come listen to an interactive talk given by Southwest General Health Center’s Sondra Martin, family life instructor and Laurie Pfahler, RN.  They will discuss how to prevent injury and what to do and who to call when an injury occurs.  Registration begins Monday, June 4 at 9 a.m.

Mystery Makes a Meal.  Wednesday, June 13 at 7 p.m.

Want a great meal without all the calories?  Work up an appetite at the library with mystery fiction that's all about food!  Mystery expert, Irma Baker, will be presenting this mystery book talk about all things food mysteries!  From barbeque to a blueberry farm, tea shops and coffee shops, cupcakes and ice cream, pizza, cheese, eggs, wine, and more - they're all food for murderous fiction, and their sleuths know good food helps solve the crime.

Teen READ/Book Lounge.  Grades 4 – 8.  Thursday, June 14 from 2 – 3 p.m. Join us for a summer book club that will take you on a mission to read great books.  Stop at the Children's or Teen Desk to register or sign-up online!  Books will be available at the Children's Desk a month prior to the meeting date.  Pick-up our June 14th book – Countdown by Debbie Wiles.

Hip Hop Camp.  Ages 11 – 18.  June 18 – 22 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Develop your imagination, creativity and self-expression, as well as valuable skills in team work and critical thinking.  We'll cover DJing, Mcing (rapping), Dance, and graffiti style art.  Presented by the Progressive Arts Alliance.

Wednesday Evening Book Discussion.  Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. 

New members welcome! Our next discussion will be on Wednesday, June 20 at 7 p.m.  We will discuss the book Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell.  Copies will be available to pick-up at the circulation desk.  Join us for great conversation!

Club READ Summer 2012.  Students going into Grades 3 and 4.  Friday, June 22 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Join us for this fun summer book discussion. Please register in person. Books available to pick-up at the Children’s Desk.

Monday Afternoon Book Discussion.  Meets the 4th Monday of each month at 2:30 p.m.  New Members Welcome! 
Our next discussion will be on Monday, June 25th.  Copies of the book Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok are available at the circulation desk.  Join us for great conversation!


Strongsville Saves Coupon Club.  Meets the 4th Monday of each month from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Our next meeting is on Monday, June 25.

Join us for our coupon swap club and share your passion for saving with other like-minded shoppers!  Bring your scissors, and your stockpile of manufacturer coupons to share.  Share what you don't want and hopefully leave with more coupons that you really need!  This is the place to trade coupons, spend time with other coupon lovers, and share stories of great deals!  See how others organize and share tips.

Ancestor Hunt.  Tuesday, June 26 at 7 p.m. 

Looking for a few good ancestors? Join Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Genealogy Specialist, Joni Mihelich, to learn the tools of the trade to track your favorite, famous or infamous ancestors. Gain the knowledge to make your research a success in a beginner’s genealogy class.

The Pharaoh’s Curse Mystery.  Grades 6 – 9.  Wednesday, June 27 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Mission Possible:  find the right suspect!  She was her prom's Queen of the Nile until the accident...or was it attempted murder?  Join us for an afternoon of crime-solving fun.

Explore: DINOSAURS!  Grades K – 5.  Wednesday, June 27 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Go on a "DIG," discover "FOSSILS," and build a dinosaur.  Explore and learn about these creatures by becoming paleontologist for a day. Registration begins on Monday, June 11th at 9 a.m.

Music for Kids and Parents with Chip Richter.  Saturday, June 30 at 1 p.m.

This is "live" music, no accompaniment tracks, so anything can happen! With his guitar, banjo, harmonica, stories and original tunes Chip connects with the kids and adults, creating moments to remember. Chip Richter is "more fun than a Kid (or Parent) should be allowed to have!" It's the high-energy fun and excitement that naturally comes from a "live" performance all in the wonderful learning environment of a public library.  Registration begins Monday, June 18 at 9 a.m.


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