October events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, Oct. 2 (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, Oct. 2 (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, Oct. 2 (4-5:30 p.m.) Books With Bella – 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. Registration begins every Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 2 (7-8:30 p.m.) Connecting for Kids Parent Speaker Series – A local pediatric expert will present on a childhood development topic. Childcare is available, but space is limited. You must RSVP by calling 440-250-5563. Topics are listed at connectingforkids.org.

Friday, Oct. 4 (10-11 a.m. OR 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 3-6 years (siblings welcome). Its focus is teaching parents how to help their children engage in play and interact with peers, and positively discipline through hands-on modeling techniques. Caregiver must stay in the room. You must RSVP for the playgroup by calling 440-250-5563. Space is limited.

Saturday, Oct. 5 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) Star Wars Reads Day – The Force is with us! Oct. 5 has been designated Star Wars Reads Day. Stop in for crafts and games – you can even dress up as your favorite character!

Saturday, Oct. 5 (2-2:30 p.m.) Junior Brick Builders! – Let's build with Duplos! Bring your imagination and we'll provide the bricks. Ages 3-5 only. No registration.

Monday, Oct. 7 (4-5:45 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!

Monday, Oct. 7 (7-8:45 p.m.) Monday Night Movie – Join us for an award-winning documentary exploring the many versions of “the truth” around one family’s secret. Rated PG-13. Please register.

Tuesday, Oct. 8 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transitions Center: Reinventing Yourself – Vision 21 Consulting will explore questions that get you engaged and excited, and which will assist you reinventing yourself and developing your future.

Tuesday, Oct. 8 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – This month we’ll discuss "The Tiger’s Wife" by Tea Obreht.

Wednesday, Oct. 9 (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, Oct. 9 (4-5:30 p.m.) Books With Bella – 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. Registration begins every Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 9 (5-5:45 p.m.) The Book-a-holics: Tween Book Club – Join us for discussions about books, audio, apps and more. Grades 5-7. Please register.

Thursday, Oct. 10 (7-8:30 p.m.) Webelo Activity Badge-Scientist – Webelos in grades 4 and 5 can earn their Webelo Activity Pin in this 3-part program. Each Scout should be registered by his own parent, who should attend and will be asked to actively participate in the program. Registration begins Oct. 3.

Thursday, Oct. 10 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The October selection is "Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time" by Mark Adams.

Friday, Oct. 11 (Siblings, Ages 1-6: 9:30-10 a.m.) (Toddler, Under Age 3: 10:30-11 a.m.) (Preschool, Ages 3-6: 11:30 a.m.-noon) Music Therapy & More – Connecting for Kids and the Music Therapy Enrichment Corps will teach parents and caregivers how to have a direct role in bringing music to life at home, at school and in the community. This session is geared to children 1-6 years of age. Siblings are welcome. You must RSVP for the session by calling 440-250-5563. Space is limited.

Friday, Oct. 11 (2-3:30 p.m.) Movies @ Your Library – Watch the fur fly as a new breed of super hero is born in Disney's fun-filled epic adventure featuring adorable Golden Retriever puppies. This movie is not rated. Based on availability; movie titles may change without notice. Registration begins Oct. 4.

Saturday, Oct. 12 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Pokemon League – Bring your cards and accessories for a fun morning of play! For kids ages 6-12 only. Please, no younger siblings. Registration begins Oct. 5.

Saturday, Oct. 12 (3:45-5:15 p.m.) Wiistravaganza – Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of Wii and computer gaming, snacks and tournaments! Grades 7-12.

Sunday, Oct. 13 (1:30-2:15 p.m.) Owl Read You a Story – Stop in for some owl stories, activities and a craft. It'll be a hoot! Ages 4-7. Registration begins Oct. 6.

Sunday, Oct. 13 (1:30-2:30 p.m.) Sunday Zumba for Adults – Join us for a free one-hour introduction to this fitness craze. Wear comfortable exercise clothes and be ready to work up a sweat. Please register.

Monday, Oct. 14 (4-5:45 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!

Monday, Oct. 14 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Medicare – Medicare Annual Open Enrollment runs from Oct. 15-Dec. 7. Receive an overview of Parts A, B, C and D. Learn the differences between Medicare Supplement Insurance and Medicare Advantage. Discussion covers the important decisions you will need to make. Please register.

Tuesday, Oct. 15 (10 a.m.-noon) Results-Oriented Resumes – In the current job market, competition is tough and employers are swamped with resumes. This workshop will teach you what will catch the employers’ attention and make them want to call you.

Tuesday, Oct. 15 (4-5:30 p.m.) Book Art – What do we do with old books we don't want anymore? We turn them into works of art! We'll be taking discarded books and turning their pages into different crafts and works of art, all in celebration of Teen Read Week. Grades 7-12.

Tuesday, Oct. 15 (7:30-8:45 p.m.) Westlake-Westshore Arts Council: FYI Opera – Members of the cast of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" will perform highlights from this well-loved fantasy. Free program.

Wednesday, Oct. 16 (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, Oct. 16 (4-5:30 p.m.) Books With Bella – 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. Registration begins every Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 16 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society

Thursday, Oct. 17 (4-4:45 p.m.) Book Speed Dating – Tired of the same ol' book club? Join us for this fast-paced, fun program where you'll encounter tons of books in just 45 minutes ... and hopefully you'll find your perfect match! Better yet, everyone will get to take their "date" home with them! Grades 7-12.

Thursday, Oct. 17 (7-8:30 p.m.) Five Million Steps: Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail – Robert Grau took a thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. Please register.

Friday, Oct. 18 (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. Siblings welcome! Registration begins Oct. 11.

Saturday, Oct. 19 (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. No registration.

Saturday, Oct. 19 (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 Oct. 12.

Saturday, Oct. 19 (4-5 p.m.) Sweet and Scary Halloween Fun – Come and have a wicked fun time with us at the library! We’ll make some spooky masks, sweet spiders, otherworldly aliens and a ghoulishly good treat. Ages 8-12. Registration begins Oct. 12.

Sunday, Oct. 20 (2-4 p.m.) Friends' Sunday Sounds – The Friends of the Library present the Elm Street Blues Band. Free program.

Monday, Oct. 21 (4-5:45 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!

Monday, Oct. 21 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investor Interest Group – Explore how modern complex financial systems have dramatically increased the risks of investing. Les Szarka will examine several financial complexities, the risks they present, and the possible solutions to protect your portfolio from potentially catastrophic consequences. Please register.

Tuesday, Oct. 22 (10 a.m.-noon) Think Like An Entrepreneur – Taught by Vision 21 Consulting. A little entrepreneurial zeal can give you a distinct advantage in your professional life, whether you think you would ever strike out on your own or not. Train yourself to think like an entrepreneur, and learn to apply the process in your daily life.

Tuesday, Oct. 22 (1:30-2:30 p.m.) Protect your Assets with Estate Planning – Proper estate planning is essential for the average American family. Our discussion will include the legal strategies to avoid probate, preserve your assets in the event of incapacity or remarriage, and protect your child's(ren's) legacy. Please register.

Wednesday, Oct. 23 (4-5:30 p.m.) Books With Bella – 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. Registration begins every Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 23 (7-8:30 p.m.) Secrets of Effective Couponing – Super couponer Laura Ploenzke will teach you the secrets of saving money, with a special emphasis on holiday shopping. Please register.

Wednesday, Oct. 23 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The October selection is "The Last Runaway" by Tracy Chevalier.

Wednesday, Oct. 23 (7-8 p.m.) Family Fun Night – Enjoy some good old-fashioned Halloween stories and rhymes, decorate a trick-or-treat bag, and show off your costume in a library parade! Ages 3-6. Registration begins Oct. 16.

Thursday, Oct. 24 (7-8:45 p.m.) Westlake Historical Society

Friday, Oct. 25 (10-11:30 a.m.) Connecting for Kids Parent Discussion Group – Parent discussion group led by a local pediatric expert. Childcare is offered but space is limited. You must RSVP by calling 440-250-5563. Topics are listed at connectingforkids.org.

Friday, Oct. 25 (10 a.m.-noon) Porter’s Fiber Fanatics – Socialize, share, and solve problems while you work on your current project.

Friday, Oct. 25 (2:30-4 p.m.) Meet the Director – Stop by and chat with the Library’s director!

Friday, Oct. 25 (4-5:30 p.m.) Weird Science – Our interactive program explores fundamental science principles, and you'll participate in hands-on experiments that you can reproduce at home. Grades 4 and 5. Registration begins Oct. 18.

Saturday, Oct. 26 (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) Shredding Day – Bring your sensitive documents to be shredded for free by All Ohio Secure Shred. Limit two boxes per car.

Saturday, Oct. 26 (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, Oct. 26 (2-3:30 p.m.) Porter’s Fall Festival – Join us to celebrate fall with fun games, treats and more! No registration necessary.

Saturday, Oct. 26 (2-3:30 p.m.) Beginning Genealogy – Get started researching your family history. Bring along names and dates for hands-on research. Please register.

Saturday, Oct. 26 (3-5 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, Oct. 28 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Monday, Oct. 28 (4-5:45 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!

Monday, Oct. 28 (7-8 p.m.) Protect your Assets with Estate Planning – Proper estate planning is essential for the average American family. Our discussion will include the legal strategies to avoid probate, preserve your assets in the event of incapacity or remarriage, and protect your child's(ren's) legacy. Please register.

Tuesday, Oct. 29 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Applications That Get Noticed – Job applications are not fun to do and they aren’t much fun to read either. These days most of them are done online so employers don’t have to read all of them. A computer scans applications, looking for keywords for the skills, education, or experience that is most important to the employer. It also scans for keywords that may be used to screen candidates out. Learn how to tackle questions on an application to be sure yours will be read.

Wednesday, Oct. 30 (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, Oct. 30 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Ohio Haunts – ORBS (Ohio Researchers of Banded Spirits) will discuss paranormal activity in Ohio, including known/researched cases and  information on how you can conduct your own research. Please register.

Wednesday, Oct. 30 (7-8 p.m.) Spooky Movies @ Your Library – Join Shrek, Donkey and friends for some funny and slightly spooky films! These films are not rated; however, some material may be inappropriate for younger viewers. All ages welcome. In accordance with library policy, children under age nine must be with a grown-up. Registration begins Oct. 23.

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

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