Westlake Porter Public Library's February calendar of events

Saturday, Feb. 1 (2-3 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.

Saturday, Feb. 1 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) DIY Classroom Valentines – Learn how to turn out easy, creative, cool and funny valentines in large numbers to give to your classmates for your school Valentine's Day card exchange! Registration begins Jan. 25.

Monday, Feb. 3 (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!

Tuesday, Feb. 4 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: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. No registration required.

Wednesday, Feb. 5 (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, Feb. 5 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Stop by for free genealogy help!

Wednesday, Feb. 5 (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, Feb. 5 (7-8:30 p.m.) Introduction to Finding Funders – Learn how to use Foundation Directory Online, the database in which you can search to find funders for your nonprofit organization. Please register.

Thursday, Feb. 6-Sunday, Feb. 9 – Friends' Annual Book Sale – Stop by for bargain-priced books and audiovisual material (DVDs, Books on CD) for all ages! Sale times are as follows:

Thursday, Feb. 6 (9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.); Friday, Feb. 7 (9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.); Saturday, Feb. 8 (9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) – Half Price Sale; Sunday, Feb. 9 (1:15-4:15 p.m.) – Bag Sale

Friday, Feb. 7 (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, Feb. 8 (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.

Saturday, Feb. 8 (3:30-5 p.m.) Crafty Cupids – Create Valentine’s Day treats to share with your loved ones. Stick around for some games! Grades 4-7. Please register.

Monday, Feb. 10 (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, Feb. 10 (6:30-7:30 p.m.) John Green Book Club – This is a group that reads and discusses the books of this popular author. Green fans, Nerdfighters, and just plain book lovers are all welcome! The February book is "Looking for Alaska," Green’s debut novel and a Printz Award winner. Please register.

Monday, Feb. 10 (7-8:30 p.m.) Marketing: Using Networking & Social Media to Promote Your Business – Business Advisers of Cleveland’s Simon Ellett will show you how to successfully promote your business by networking at the right events with the right people and by learning which social media platforms are right for your business and how to use them to your advantage. Please register.

Tuesday, Feb. 11 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Time Management for Job Seekers – Most jobseekers do not spend time efficiently to get the best outcome for their time invested. Learn the ABC method and how to overcome obstacles to find success! No registration required.

Tuesday, Feb. 11 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – This month we’ll discuss "A Week in Winter" by Maeve Binchy.

Wednesday, Feb. 12 (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, Feb. 12 (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, Feb. 13 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The February selection is "Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds" by Jim Sterba.

Friday, Feb. 14 (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, Feb. 14 (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 Feb. 7.

Friday, Feb. 14 (11 a.m.-noon) Learn About the Great Backyard Bird Count (Feb. 14-17, 2014) – Participants will identify common backyard birds, enjoy coloring pages and games, build a birdfeeder out of recycled materials and receive information about doing their own count at home! Grades 4-6. Registration begins Feb. 7.

Friday, Feb. 14 (2-2:45 p.m.) Candy Mosaics – We'll use hard candies to create three-dimensional art to hang in your room. Grades 4-7. Please register.

Friday, Feb. 14 (2-4 p.m.) Movies @ Your Library – When Flint discovers that his food-making machine still lives and is making mutant food beasts, he and his friends must return to save the world. Titles may change without notice. In accordance with library policy, children under age 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Titles are rated PG. Registration begins one week before each session.

Saturday, Feb. 15 (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) SAT Practice Exam – Get ready for test time with an SAT practice exam. Study skills will be discussed and detailed results will be returned to students at the results session on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 9:30 a.m. Signing up for this will automatically get you signed up for the results session. Grades 9-12. Please register starting Feb. 8.

Saturday, Feb. 15 (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 Feb. 8.

Saturday, Feb. 15 (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, Feb. 16 (2-4 p.m.) Sunday Sounds – The Friends of the Library present vocalist Laura Varcho, who will perform her way through the “Oscars.” Free program.

Sunday, Feb. 16 (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, Feb. 17 (10-11:30 a.m.) Tom Evert: Dance Man – Explore the world of dance with Tom Evert! The audience will even be invited to participate and perform a mini show of their own! Co-sponsored by the Westlake Westshore Arts Council. Registration begins Feb. 10.

Monday, Feb. 17 (2-4 p.m.) Movies @ Your Library – Gerda and her friends must save her brother – and the world – from the Queen who created a land of eternal winter. Titles may change without notice. In accordance with library policy, children under age 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Titles are rated PG. Registration begins one week before each session.

Monday, Feb. 17 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investors' Interest Group Learn how to analyze Master Limited Partnerships and other stocks benefiting from the development of shale plays across the United States, with a particular focus on the Utica Shale. Presented by Ben Tegel and Matt Burnham from UBS Financial Services Inc. Please register.

Tuesday, Feb. 18 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center:Improving Interviewing Skills – Preparation is the essential ingredient for a successful job interview. Learn how to discover what the employer needs so that your answers will differentiate you from other candidates. Registration not required.

Wednesday, Feb. 19 (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, Feb. 19 (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, Feb. 19 (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.

Wednesday, Feb. 19 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society

Friday, Feb. 21 (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.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.

Saturday, Feb. 22 (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, Feb. 22 (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!

Monday, Feb. 24 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Monday, Feb. 24 (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, Feb. 24 (6:30-8 p.m.) BSA Computer Merit Badge – Start and finish the Boy Scouts of America Computer Merit Badge here at the library. Remember to review the requirements beforehand and to bring your blue card! Please register starting Feb. 17.

Tuesday, Feb. 25 (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.

Tuesday, Feb. 25 (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. No registration required.

Wednesday, Feb. 26 (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, Feb. 26 (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, Feb. 26 (7-8 p.m.) Superhero Storytime – Kapow! Come dressed up as your favorite superhero and use your bionic hearing to listen to tales of bravery. Be sure to bring your super strength, excellent hearing and X-ray vision to play challenging games. We will even make a super special craft to take home! Registration begins Feb. 19.

Wednesday, Feb. 26 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The February selection is "Catfish Alley" by Lynne Bryant.

Thursday, Feb. 27 (7-8:45 p.m.) Westlake Historical Society – Please join the Westlake Historical Society for a free program.

Friday, Feb. 28 (10 a.m.-noon) Porter’s Fiber Fanatics – Socialize, share, and solve problems while you work on your current project.

Friday, Feb. 28 (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.

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

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