March events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Friday, March 1 (Toddler session: 10:30-11 a.m.; Preschool session: 11:30 a.m.-noon) Music Therapy & More – Connecting for Kids and the Music Therapy Enrichment Corps invite you to a music therapy group. Learn how parents and caregivers have a direct role in bringing music to life. The toddler session is geared for children under 3. The preschool session is geared for children ages 3-6 (siblings are welcome). Caregiver must stay in the room. No registration required.

Saturday, March 2 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Pokemon League – Bring your cards and accessories for a fun morning of play, drawing or coloring your favorite characters! For kids ages 7-10 only. Please, no younger siblings. Registration begins one week before each session.

Saturday, March 2 (2:30-3:30 p.m.) Brick Builders Club – Love those LEGO bricks? Then bring your ideas and imagination to the club! All bricks provided. Ages 6-13. Registration begins one week before each session.

Saturday, March 2 (3:45-5:15 p.m.) Wii-stravaganza! – Join us for games, tournaments, snacks and fun! Grades 6-12. Please register starting two weeks before each session.

Monday, March 4 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Monday, March 4, 11, 18 and 25 (4-6 p.m.) Teen Lounge – Need a place to hang out after school? Come to WPPL's Teen Lounge on Monday afternoons! We've got computers, video games, board games, snacks and more! Meets only when Westlake Schools are in session. Registration not necessary.

Tuesday, March 5 (7-8 p.m.) Connecting for Kids Parent Support Group – Support for parents with questions or concerns about their child’s development. For parents only. Register at connectingforkids.org.

Wednesday, March 6 (10:15-10:45 a.m. or 11-11:30 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Join us for a fun session of singing and dancing for children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Space is limited, so please arrive early enough to receive a ticket at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesday, March 6 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Stuck on your genealogical research? Not sure how to get started? Stop by for a free Help Session!

Wednesday, March 6 (4-5 p.m.) Books with Bella – What do you get when you bring children, dogs and books together? You get happy, confident children who love reading! Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday and sign your child up for a 15-minute reading time with Bella the Bulldog! Bring your own book to share with Bella or choose one of ours.

Thursday, March 7 (7-8:45 p.m.) Baby Boomers’ Guide to Social Security – Find out what Baby Boomers need to know about Social Security. What is it? How and when do you become eligible? How retirement benefit is calculated and more. Please register.

Friday, March 8 (10-10:45 a.m.) Come Play With Me! – Open playtime with age-appropriate toys, songs and rhymes. For children ages 2-5 with a caring adult. Registration begins one week before each program.

Friday, March 8 (4-5 p.m.) Let's Go Fly a Kite! – March is National Kite Month. Come celebrate by making your own newspaper kite! All supplies provided. Ages 6-12. Registration begins March 1.

Saturday, March 9 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) Crafts A Go-Go! Come on in and make a craft!We provide the supplies, you provide the creativity. No registration necessary. Meets in front of the Youth Services Desk.

Saturday, March 9 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Kids in Motion Sensory Time – Join us for stories, activities, music and more! Program consists of a 30-minute storytime followed by a 30-minute social-sharing time for the group. No registration required. Program is designed to engage children with autism or other special needs/sensory challenges. Each child must have an adult caregiver.

Saturday, March 9 (1-2:15 p.m.) Connecting for Kids Parent Discussion & Facilitated Playgroup – Participate in a discussion group led by a pediatric expert while your children play in a separate room with a CCBDD facilitator. You must RSVP for the playgroup starting one month before each session by calling 440-250-5563. Children do not need a formal diagnosis to attend. Topics listed at connectingforkids.org.

Saturday, March 9 (2:30-3:30 p.m.) Brick Builders Club – Love those LEGO bricks? Then bring your ideas and imagination to the club! All bricks provided. Ages 6-13. Registration begins one week before each session.

Sunday, March 10 (2-4 p.m.) Friends' Sunday Sounds – The Friends of Porter Public Library present Ian Helsey and Friends performing Celtic songs. Free programs.

Monday, March 11 (4-6 p.m.) Teen Lounge – Need a place to hang out after school? Come to WPPL's Teen Lounge on Monday afternoons! We've got computers, video games, board games, snacks and more! Meets only when Westlake Schools are in session. Registration not necessary.

Tuesday, March 12 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – The March selection is "Room" by Emma Donoghue.

Wednesday, March 13 (10:15-10:45 a.m. or 11-11:30 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Join us for a fun session of singing and dancing for children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Space is limited, so please arrive early enough to receive a ticket at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesday, March 13 (4-5 p.m.) Books with Bella – What do you get when you bring children, dogs and books together? You get happy, confident children who love reading! Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday and sign your child up for a 15-minute reading time with Bella the Bulldog! Bring your own book to share with Bella or choose one of ours.

Wednesday, March 13 (7-8:30 p.m.) Proposal Writing Basics – Learn the steps of writing a thorough grant proposal, from planning and research to writing to following up. Please register.

Thursday, March 14 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The March selection is "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher" by Timothy Egan.

Friday, March 15 (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) Connecting for Kids "Teach Me to Play" – Experts from the Cuyahoga Board of Developmental Disabilities will lead this playgroup for children 6 years and younger (siblings welcome). Parents will learn how to help their children play and interact with peers through modeling techniques. Children do not need a formal diagnosis to attend. Caregiver must stay in the room. Please register at connectingforkids.org.

Saturday, March 16 (10:30-11 a.m.) Mother Goose on the Loose! – Join Mother Goose for this interactive storytime featuring simple books, rhymes, songs and movement. For ages birth-3 years old with adult caregiver. No registration.

Saturday, March 16 (2:30-3:30 p.m.) Brick Builders Club – Love those LEGO bricks? Then bring your ideas and imagination to the club! All bricks provided. Ages 6-13. Registration begins one week before each session.

Saturday, March 16 (3-4:45 p.m.) Mad4Manga – Do you love Manga, Anime or Japanese culture? If you do, this club is for you! Each month we watch a different Anime series and talk about our favorite Manga. Sometimes we even throw in some crafts, Manga drawing or Japanese treats just for fun! Grades 6-12 only. Registration not necessary.

Monday, March 18 (4-6 p.m.) Teen Lounge – Need a place to hang out after school? Come to WPPL's Teen Lounge on Monday afternoons! We've got computers, video games, board games, snacks and more! Meets only when Westlake Schools are in session. Registration not necessary.

Monday, March 18 (7-8:30 p.m.) Monday Night Movie – Join us for "Beasts of the Southern Wild." Rated PG-13. Please register.

Tuesday, March 19 (7-8:30 p.m.) Cleveland's West Side Market: 100 Years and Still Counting – Laura Taxel, co-author of a new book on the history of the West Side Market, will talk. Please register.

Wednesday, March 20 (10:15-10:45 a.m. or 11-11:30 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Join us for a fun session of singing and dancing for children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Space is limited, so please arrive early enough to receive a ticket at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesday, March 20 (4-5 p.m.) Books with Bella – What do you get when you bring children, dogs and books together? You get happy, confident children who love reading! Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday and sign your child up for a 15-minute reading time with Bella the Bulldog! Bring your own book to share with Bella or choose one of ours.

Wednesday, March 20 (5-6 p.m.) Tween Book Club – Read a really good book recently? Looking for suggestions? Then join us for lively discussions about good books, audio, apps and more. Snacks provided! Grades 5-8. Please register starting March 13.

Wednesday, March 20 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – “Our Favorite Genealogical Websites Demo” by Jim Denham and John Noble.

Thursday, March 21 (5-6 p.m.) Teen Book Discussion – Read a really good book recently? Looking for suggestions? Then join us for a snack and a lively discussions about books, audio, apps and more. Grades 9-12. Please register starting March 14. Meets at Panera Bread, 26137 Detroit Rd., Westlake.

Friday, March 22 (10-10:45 a.m.) Come Play With Me! – Open playtime with age-appropriate toys, songs and rhymes. For children ages 2-5 with a caring adult. Registration begins one week before each program.

Friday, March 22 (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) Connecting for Kids Parent Discussion & Facilitated Playgroup – Participate in a discussion group led by a pediatric expert while your children play in a separate room with a CCBDD facilitator. You must RSVP for the playgroup starting one month before each session by calling 440-250-5563. Children do not need a formal diagnosis to attend. Topics listed at connectingforkids.org.

Friday, March 22 (10 a.m.-noon) Porter’s Fiber Fanatics – Socialize, share, and solve problems while you work on your current project.

Friday, March 22 (4-4:45 p.m.) Hoppin’ Family Storytime – Hop into spring in our family storytime featuring frogs and other animals that hop! We'll also sing songs and do a spring craft. Ages 3-6. Please register starting March 15.

Saturday, March 23 (2-3 p.m.) Happy 50th Birthday, Amelia Bedelia – We can't wait to celebrate Amelia's 50th birthday with you! Stories, games and a goofy craft will be part of the fun. Come prepared to be silly and laugh a lot! Ages 5-8. Please register starting March 16.

Monday, March 25 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Monday, March 25 (4-6 p.m.) Teen Lounge – Need a place to hang out after school? Come to WPPL's Teen Lounge on Monday afternoons! We've got computers, video games, board games, snacks and more! Meets only when Westlake Schools are in session. Registration not necessary.

Wednesday, March 27 (10:15-10:45 a.m. or 11-11:30 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Join us for a fun session of singing and dancing for children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Space is limited, so please arrive early enough to receive a ticket at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesday, March 27 (4-5 p.m.) Books with Bella – What do you get when you bring children, dogs and books together? You get happy, confident children who love reading! Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday and sign your child up for a 15-minute reading time with Bella the Bulldog! Bring your own book to share with Bella or choose one of ours.

Wednesday, March 27 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – March’s selection is "Olive Kitteridge" by Elizabeth Strout.

Thursday, March 28 (7-8:45 p.m.) Westlake Historical Society – Will Krause interview with Roger and Lolly Cooley.

Friday, March 29 (1:30-2:30 p.m.) Kids in Motion Sensory Time – Join us for stories, activities, music and more! Program consists of a 30-minute storytime followed by a 30-minute social-sharing time for the group. No registration required. Program is designed to engage children with autism or other special needs/sensory challenges. Each child must have an adult caregiver.

Saturday, March 30 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Pokemon League – Bring your cards and accessories for a fun morning of play, drawing or coloring your favorite characters! For kids ages 7-10 only. Please, no younger siblings. Registration begins one week before each session.

Saturday, March 30 (2:30-3:30 p.m.) Brick Builders Club – Love those LEGO bricks? Then bring your ideas and imagination to the club! All bricks provided. Ages 6-13. Registration begins one week before each session.

Saturday, March 30 (3:45-5:15 p.m.) Wii-stravaganza! – Join us for games, tournaments, snacks and fun! Grades 6-12. Please register starting two weeks before each session.

Sunday, March 31 – Easter Day: Library Closed

To register for any of the programs, please call 440-871-2600 or visit signup.westlakelibrary.org:8080.

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