May events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, May 1 (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, May 1 (7-8:45 p.m.) Energy Therapy and Chakra Cleansing – Reiki master Linda Street, returns to speak about Energy Therapy in more depth. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; presentation is from 7-8:30 p.m. Q & A to follow. Please register.

Friday, May 3 (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, May 3 (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, May 4 (All Day) National Free Comic Book Day – In partnership with Carol & John's Comic Book Shop we’ll be giving out free comic books (one per person) all day while supplies last!

Saturday, May 4 (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, May 4 (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, May 4 (3-4 p.m.) Derby Day Fun! – Join us for horse stories, games and light refreshments. Create your own Derby Day hat, too! Ages 7-11. Registration begins April 27.

Sunday, May 5 (1-5 p.m.) Compeer Day at Porter Public Library – Enjoy an afternoon of mini-golf, live music and fun and learn more about Compeer and their mental health services.

Sunday, May 5 (2-3 p.m.) Cinco de Mayo – Hola! Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us! Festivities include stories, songs, dancing and a craft. We'll also break a pinata! Ages 3-5. Registration begins April 28.

Monday, May 6 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Monday, May 6 (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, May 7 (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, May 8 (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.

Thursday, May 9 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The May selection is "Zoobiquity" by Barbara Natterson Horowitz.

Thursday, May 9 (7-8:45 p.m.) Westlake-Westshore Arts Council – A View from Stage of The Cleveland Orchestra. Retired Principal Percussionist Richard Weiner shares memories and commentary from 48 years as a member of The Cleveland Orchestra.

Friday, May 10 (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, May 11(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, May 11 (2-3:30 p.m.) Beginning Genealogy – Learn how to get started researching your family tree. Bring along names and dates for hands-on research. Please register.

Saturday, May 11 (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, May 11 (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, May 13 (10-11 a.m.) Dr. Seuss Storytime – You could not, would not, want to miss a party that's as fun as this! Join us for a morning of Dr. Seuss stories, games and a craft to celebrate Children's Book Week. Ages 3-6. Registration begins May 6.

Monday, May 13 (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, May 14 (7-8 p.m.) Thomas the Tank Engine Storytime – Listen to stories about Thomas and his friends, make a cool craft and play some games. Ages 3-5. Registration begins May 7.

Tuesday, May 14 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – The May selection is "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn.

Wednesday, May 15 (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, May 15 (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 May 8.

Wednesday, May 15 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – "Researcher Beware: Internet Sources Aren’t Always What You Think," presented by Margaret Cheney, vice president, Ohio Genealogical Society.

Wednesday, May 15 (7-8:30 p.m.) Introduction to Finding Funders – Learn how to use Foundation Directory Online to find funders for your nonprofit organization. Please register.

Thursday, May 16 (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 May 9.

Friday, May 17 (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, May 17 (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, May 18 (10-10:30 p.m.) Your Favorite Book Characters' Storytime! – Come listen to stories about your favorite book characters, like Dora the Explorer, Pete the Cat, Scooby-Doo and more. Fun for the whole family!

Saturday, May 18 (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, May 18 (1-3 p.m.) Billy Yank: A Soldier’s Experience of the Civil War – Mark Holbrook brings to life Billy Yank, a typical Civil War soldier in the regular army. He’ll explain what life was like in camp, on the march and in battle. Please register.

Saturday, May 18 (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.

Monday, May 20 (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, May 20 (7-8:30 p.m.) Monday Night Movie – An elderly thief is given a robot to help him with his daily life but soon realizes that the robot could also help him resume his life of crime. Rated PG-13. Please register.

Wednesday, May 22 (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, May 22 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – May’s selection is "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn.

Friday, May 24 (10 a.m.-noon) Porter’s Fiber Fanatics – Socialize, share, and solve problems while you work on your current project.

Saturday, May 25 (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 May 18.

Saturday, May 25 (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, May 25 (3:45-5:15 p.m.) Wii-stravaganza! – Join us for games, tournaments, snacks and fun! Grades 6-12. Please register starting May 18.

Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27 – Memorial Day – Library Closed

Tuesday, May 28 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Wednesday, May 29 (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.

Friday, May 31 (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.

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

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