BOOK SALE: The Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library annual book sale takes place Thursday through Sunday in the Porter Room of the library, located at 27333 Center Ridge Road.
“It’s definitely one of the biggest books sales in the past five years,” said Jennifer Cirincione, the Friends’ recording secretary. More than 10,000 books, movies and CD titles will be available for purchase, she said. More than 40 volunteers assist with the sale, she added.
A silent auction of items, including a copy of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaba,” signed by author J.K. Rowling, will be part of the Friends’ sale. The autographed “Harry Potter” book, currently on display at Porter, was a donation to the library’s youth services department by a patron, Cirincione said.
A preview sale for Friends members takes place today from 4 to 7 p.m. Some individuals line up about two hours before the preview sale opens in order to get first dibs on titles for sale, Cirincione said.
MATH GRANT: Hilliard Elementary School Intervention Specialist Christina Meecha recently received a $250 grant from Walmart of North Olmsted for reading materials tied to mathematics concepts.
Meecha plans to use the grant to purchase literature dealing with math concepts during math and reading lessons. The books will go toward helping children in preschool through fourth grade.
Earlier in the school year, Meecha earned a $2,000 grant from Target to use toward math literature for teachers and students.
COLORING BOOK RETURNS: The Westlake Historical Society has updated and republished a picture history book of Westlake, once known as Dover.
The Dover Coloring Book was originally published in 1976 as a project to celebrate the nation’s bicentennial. The Historical Society updated and reprinted the coloring book late last year in celebration of the 200th birthday of Westlake.
Lysa Stanton, the organization’s president, said the goal is to share this historical book with all second-grade students attending Westlake schools.
Funds to republish the coloring book were provided by the Jean A. Robishaw Memorial fund, as well as the Westlake Historical Society Children’s Education Fund. Those wishing to purchase a copy of the coloring book should contact the Westlake Historical Society at 440-808-1961 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The suggested donation for each book $5.
CLEVELAND BROADCASTER PORTRAYED: Carol Starre-Kmiecik will portray legendary Cleveland broadcaster Dorothy Fuldheim at the next meeting of the Westlake Historical Society. The meeting, to take place Feb. 27 at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, will begin at 7 p.m.
Starre-Kmiecik will recreate Fuldheim as she was in the 1940s, rather than the senior WEWS commentator many contemporary greater Clevelanders remember. Fuldheim, who died in 1989, worked at WEWS from 1947 to 1984.