January events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day: Library Closed

Thursday, Jan. 2 and Friday, Jan. 3 (2-4p.m.) Movies @ Your Library – Join us for a kids’ movie series. Titles may change without notice due to availability. In accordance with library policy, children under age 9 must be accompanied by an adult. All titles are rated PG. Registration begins one week before each session. Planned titles are:

  • Jan. 2: In this animated epic, a teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest where a battle between the forces of good and evil is taking place. She and her new friends must draw on the best of themselves together and discover what they have to save their world.
  • Jan. 3: An all-new comedy adventure featuring the return of the (formerly?) despicable super-villain Gru, his adorable girls, the unpredicable, hilarious Minions and a host of new and outrageously funny characters.

Sunday, Jan. 5 (2-3 p.m.) Boredom Busters! – Are you bored? Drop by the Storytime Room for board games, crafts, puzzles and more! Grades K-5. In accordance with library policy, children under age nine must be accompanied by an adult.

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

Tuesday, Jan. 7 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center:Networking for Hidden Jobs – People are your single greatest resource in a job search, and networking helps you reach those people. Learn how to build and maintain business relationships that will assist you in your job search and beyond.

Tuesday, Jan. 7 (7-8:30 p.m.) Connecting for Kids Coffee & Chat – Parent support group for families who have a question or concern about their child's development. Please refer to connectingforkids.org for the topic.

Wednesday, Jan. 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.

Wednesday, Jan. 8 (4-5:30 p.m.) Books With Bella – Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday and sign your child up for a 10-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.

Thursday, Jan. 9 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The January selection is "Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Day of Old China" by Paul French.  

Friday, Jan. 10 (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, Jan. 10 (4-5:30 p.m.) Weird Science – This program explores fundamental science principles, and you'll participate in hands-on experiments that you can reproduce at home. Grades 4-7. Please register.

Saturday, Jan. 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, Jan. 11 (2-4 p.m.) Carryout Crafts – Stop in the Youth Services Department to make our featured craft. Tables will be set up with all of the supplies needed!

Saturday, Jan. 11 (3-5 p.m.) Mad 4 Manga – 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! Grades 7-12 only. No registration required.

Monday, Jan. 13 (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, Jan. 13 (7-8:30 p.m.) Entrepreneurship 101 – Thinking of starting your own business? Learn how to maximize your chances of success with Business Advisors of Cleveland representative Simon Ellett. Please register.

Tuesday, Jan. 14 (10 a.m.-noon) Career TransitionCenter:Writing to Employers – Learn professional letter-writing techniques including how to write effective cover letters, marketing letters, follow-up letters and more. You’ll also gain information on preparing writing samples when employers request them.

Tuesday, Jan. 14 (7-8 p.m.) College Financial Aid – Whether you’re a high school student or parent of a high school student, let us help you navigate the world of FAFSA, grants, loans, scholarships and work study with the help of Patty Saddle from the College Planning Center. Open to all future college students and their parents.

Tuesday, Jan. 14 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – This month we’ll discuss "The Forgotten Garden" by Kate Morton.

Wednesday, Jan. 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, Jan. 15 (4-5:30 p.m.) Books With Bella – Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday and sign your child up for a 10-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, Jan. 15 (6:30-7:15 p.m.) Owl Read You a Story! – Stop in for owl stories, activities and a craft. Ages 4-7. Registration begins Jan. 8.

Wednesday, Jan. 15 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) – Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society

Friday, Jan. 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. Siblings welcome! Registration begins Jan. 10.

Saturday, Jan. 18 (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 Jan. 11.

Saturday, Jan. 18 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders Club – Love those LEGO bricks? Then bring your ideas and imagination to the club! All bricks provided. Ages 6-12. No registration.

Sunday, Jan. 19 (2-3 p.m.) I Love Dinosaurs! – Listen to stories about your favorite dinosaurs, sing funny songs and rhymes, play games and even make a prehistoric craft! Ages 3-6. Registration begins Jan. 12.

Monday, Jan. 20 (2-2:45 p.m.) Teddy Bear Picnic – Bring your own special teddy bear or favorite stuffed animal and join us for a BEARY fun time! Ages 3-6. Registration begins Jan. 13.

Monday, Jan. 20 (3:30-5:30 p.m.) Movies @ Your Library – A snail dreams of becoming the fastest racer in the world, which leads to embarrassment until a freak accident gives him the characteristics of a car. Rated PG. Based on availability, movie may change without notice. In accordance with library policy, children under age nine must be accompanied by an adult. Registration begins Jan. 13.

Monday, Jan. 20 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investors' Interest Group – Making Sense of the Economic Puzzle: Prospects for 2014 Jack Kleinhenz of Kleinhenz & Associates will examine key economic factors underpinning the financial outlook for 2014. Please register.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 (10 a.m.-noon) Telephone Tips for Jobseekers – Contacting people by phone is an essential part of a job search. This workshop will prepare you to use the telephone effectively.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 (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 on connectingforkids.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 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, Jan. 22 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The January selection is "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Wednesday, Jan. 22 (4-5:30 p.m.) Books With Bella – Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday and sign your child up for a 10-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.

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

Friday, Jan. 24 (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 on connectingforkids.org.

Sunday, Jan. 26 (2-3:30 p.m.) American Girl: McKenna – McKenna will kick the new year off by encouraging us to set goals and overcome obstacles. Ages 6-10. Registration begins Jan. 19.

Sunday, Jan. 26 (2-4 p.m.) Friends' Annual Meeting and Sunday Sounds – Join the Friends of the Library’s Board for a short business meeting followed by John Volio performing classic rock, country and acoustic selections.

Monday, Jan. 27 (All Day) Celebrate National Puzzle Day @ Your Library – Puzzles of all types will be available in Youth Services for your solving pleasure! Crossword, Sudoku, Word Search, Jigsaw, Jumble and more, plus board games. All ages welcome.

Monday, Jan. 27 (1-7 p.m.) – American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Monday, Jan. 27 (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, Jan. 27 (6-8 p.m.) Study Break Café – Take a break from studying for those mid-terms in our Study Break Cafe. We'll have music, snacks and drinks ready for you to keep your mind and body fueled during those long hours studying. For grades 9-12 only!

Tuesday, Jan. 28 (10 a.m.-noon) Positive First Impressions – Whether you’re networking or interviewing, you will create a lasting impression. Get tips on the little (and big) things that determine how you will be perceived and learn how that perception will impact your success in a job search.

Tuesday, Jan. 28 (6-8 p.m.) Study Break Café – Take a break from studying for those mid-terms in our Study Break Cafe. We'll have music, snacks and drinks ready for you to keep your mind and body fueled during those long hours studying. For grades 9-12 only!

Wednesday, Jan. 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.

Wednesday, Jan. 29 (4-5:30 p.m.) Books With Bella – Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday and sign your child up for a 10-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, Jan. 29 (6-8 p.m.) Study Break Café – Take a break from studying for those mid-terms in our Study Break Cafe. We'll have music, snacks and drinks ready for you to keep your mind and body fueled during those long hours studying. For grades 9-12 only!

Friday, Jan. 31 (3:30-5:30 p.m.) Movies @ Your Library –  In order to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising. Rated PG. Based on availability, movie may change without notice. In accordance with library policy, children under age nine must be accompanied by an adult. Registration begins Jan. 24.

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

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