April events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Movies @ Your Library – Join us for some cool movies over Spring Break! All ages welcome. In accordance with library policy, children under age 9 must be with adult. Please register starting March 26. Movies go from 2-3:30 p.m. Scheduled films:

  • Tuesday, April 2: Video game bad-guy Ralph embarks on an action-packed adventure to prove he’s really a hero.
  • Wednesday, April 4: After young Victor loses his beloved dog, he harnesses the power of science to bring him back – with some interesting adjustments!
  • Thursday, April 7: Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish resort where monsters and their families can live it up, and no humans are allowed!

Tuesday, April 2 (7-8 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.

Tuesday, April 2 (7:30-8:45 p.m.) FYI Opera – David Bamberger from the Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Theater and students will present a free opera program hosted by the Westlake Westshore Arts Council.

Wednesday, April 3 (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, April 3 (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, April 3, 10 and 17 (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, April 3 (7-7:30 p.m.) Junior Brick Builders! – For our younger builders! Let's build with Duplos and have lots of fun playing and creating! Bring your imagination and we'll provide the Duplo bricks. For ages 3-5 only, please! Registration begins April 1.

Thursday, April 4 (5-6 p.m.) Duct Tape Flowers for Teens – There are so many fun things to make with duct tape! This time around we're going to transform this bright and colorful tape into flower pins, barrettes, and pencils! Grades 6-12. Please register.

Friday, April 5 (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, April 5 (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.

Friday, April 5 (3-4:45 p.m.) Teen Movie – Drop in for snacks and a movie! Based on a novel written by Stephen Chbosky, the movie is about 15-year-old Charlie coping with first love, the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. Rated PG-13. No registration required.

Saturday, April 6 (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.

Friday, April 19 (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, April 6 (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, April 6 (2-4 p.m.) Let's Build a Fort! – Drop in between 2 and 4 p.m. to help us build a fort in the Storytime Room. Be sure to bring your imagination; all other supplies will be provided!

Sunday, April 7 (3-4:45 p.m.) Annual Report to the Community – Library Director Andrew Mangels will present the library’s 2012 annual report.

Monday, April 8 (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, April 9 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – The April selection is "The Language of Flowers" by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.

Wednesday, April 10 (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, April 10 (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, April 11 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The April selection is "The Other Wes Moore" by Wes Moore.

Friday, April 12 (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, April 13 (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, April 13 (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, April 13 (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, April 13 (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, April 15 (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, April 15 (7-8:30 p.m.) Monday Night Movie – Join us for "The Odd Life of Timothy Green." Rated PG. Please register.

Tuesday, April 16 (7-8:45 p.m.) Cleveland in the Gilded Age: A Stroll Down Millionaires' Row – Join author Dan Ruminski as he regales us with tales about the 250 homes that were part of Cleveland's storied Millionaires' Row. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing for $20 cash or check. Please register.

Wednesday, April 17 (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, April 17 (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, April 17 (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.

Wednesday, April 17 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Exploring the New Features at FamilySearch.org, presented by Betty Franklin, from the Westlake LDS Family History Center.

Wednesday, April 17 (7-8:30 p.m.) Secrets of Effective Couponing – Have you ever wondered how some people save so much money – and even get stuff for free – using coupons? Super couponer Laura Ploenzke teaches you these secrets and more. Please register.

Thursday, April 18 (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 April 11.

Thursday, April 18 (7-8:30 p.m.) Benefits of Compounding in Our Daily Lives – Learn about the benefits of compounding for people and pets from the pharmacist at Nature's Pharmacy. Please register.

Friday, April 19 (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, April 19 (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.

Friday, April 19 (4-5 p.m.) I Spy Celebration – The storytime room has been turned into a giant game of "I Spy"! Collect your game board and see how many items you can find. Ages 4-8. Registration begins April 12.

Friday, April 19 (7-8 p.m.) Kids & Families Rock! – Awesome family rock band Scribblemonster returns for an evening of singing, laughing, playing and more! Fun for the whole family! Free tickets will be available in the Youth Services Department starting April 12. Limit of 6 per adult, please! Sorry, no reserves.

Saturday, April 20 (2-3:30 p.m.) Star Wars Family Fun Fair – Coming to a galaxy near you! Mark your calendars for our fourth annual Star Wars Family Fun Fair. Enjoy inter-galactic activities and a visit from the Rebel Legion and 501st Brigade! All ages welcome, no registration.

Sunday, April 21 (2-4 p.m.) Friends' Sunday Sounds – The Friends of Porter Public Library present the Westlake United Methodist Church Bell Choir. Free program.

Monday, April 22 (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, April 24 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – April’s selection is "Calico Joe" by John Grisham.

Thursday, April 25 (7-8:45 p.m.) Westlake Historical Society – Featuring a showing of "Wild Goose Jack," a film about renowned wild bird conservationist (and one-time Westlake resident) Jack Miner.

Friday, April 26 (10 a.m.-noon) Porter’s Fiber Fanatics – Socialize, share, and solve problems while you work on your current project.

Friday, April 26 (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.

Saturday, April 27 (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 April 20.

Saturday, April 27 (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, April 27 (3:45-5:15 p.m.) Wii-stravaganza! – Join us for games, tournaments, snacks and fun! Grades 6-12. Please register starting April 20.

Sunday, April 28 (1:30-3 p.m.) American Girl Book Club – Join us as we meet the American Girls! We'll discuss the books, have a snack and make a craft. This month we’ll Meet Addy. Ages 6-12. Registration begins April 21.

Monday, April 29 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Monday, April 29 (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.

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

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