October events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, Oct. 1 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesday, Oct. 1 (1-2:30 p.m.) Small Group Discussion on Energy Healing with Linda Street – Small group discussion with local author, established spiritual teacher, energy channel and intuitive Linda Street. Please register.

Wednesday, Oct. 1 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Please stop by for free genealogy help!

Wednesday, Oct. 1 (4-5:30 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3 (Basics Sessions: 10 & 11:30 a.m.; Advanced Session: 1 p.m.) Connecting for Kids "Teach Me to Play" – For children 3-6 years old. Join us for this hands-on program designed to help parents positively discipline and facilitate playdates. This program is geared toward children struggling in an area of development. You must RSVP to attend. Register by calling 440-250-5563 or at www.connectingforkids.org.

Saturday, Oct. 4 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Sensory Storytime – Join us for a storytime for children with special needs and their parents/caregivers. The program includes interactive stories, rhymes, songs and movement activities, followed by 30 minutes of play. Content is geared to ages 3-7. Please call with questions or to register.

Saturday, Oct. 4 (2-3 p.m.) Unique Photo Display Board – We'll create a photo board so you can display your photos in a cool and interesting way. For children entering grades 4-6 in the fall. Please register.

Sunday, Oct. 5 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl, Caroline – Caroline's bravery during the War of 1812 will inspire us to be everyday heroes. A nautical-themed craft will be part of our adventure. Ages 6-10. Please register.

Sunday, Oct. 5 (2-3:30 p.m.) UFOs and Aliens Discussion Group – Small group discussion of personal experiences with UFOs and aliens with Tom Wertman of MUFON Ohio and The Cleveland Ufology Project.

Sunday, Oct. 5 (2-4 p.m.) Carryout Crafts – Stop by the Youth Services Department to see what each day’s featured craft is! Tables will be set up with all of the supplies needed.

Sunday, Oct. 5 (2-4 p.m.) Chess Club – Hone your chess skills (or learn how to play the game) through WPPL's new Chess Club on Sunday afternoons. The club is recommended for kids ages 6+, but all ages are welcome to attend. If you have a chess set, please bring it.

Monday, Oct. 6 (3:45-5:30 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! Grades 7-12.

Monday, Oct. 6 (6:30-7:30 p.m.) Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Information – Gain a better understanding of Medicare and the differences between Medicare Part A, B, C (Medicare Advantage) and D (Prescription Drug) as well as Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) and Medicare Advantage. Learn how to ensure coverage and avoid penalties. Please register.

Monday, Oct. 6 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Monday Night Movie – This month’s title is "The Fault In Our Stars." Rated PG-13. Please register.

Tuesday, Oct. 7 (10 a.m.-noon) Road Mapping Your Future – What direction are you headed? Where’s your road? Learn how to navigate your own road map, whether it be a new job, your current job, retirement or starting your own business.

Tuesday, Oct. 7 (7 p.m.) Connecting for Kids Coffee & Chat – We will serve coffee and eat delicious desserts as we laugh and discuss the month's topic. This program is a combination book/article club and support group. The group discussion is facilitated by a professional. Free child care is available, but registration is required at www.connectingforkids.org or call  440-250-5563. This month’s topic: "How to Maintain a Healthy Romantic Adult Relationship When a Child Struggles."

Wednesday, Oct. 8 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesday, Oct. 8 (4-5:30 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8 (7-8 p.m.) Blast Off Into Outer Space! – Travel through “space” as we enjoy stories about rocket ships and the planets. We will also have astronaut activities and a fun craft. Ages 3-6. Registration begins Oct. 1.

Wednesday, Oct. 8 (7:30-8:45 p.m.) FYI: Opera – The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council presents David Bamberger with Cleveland Institute of Music students performing excerpts from Handel's "Alcina." Free and open to the public.

Thursday, Oct. 9 (4-5 p.m.) Magic Tree House Book Club – Do you already love the "Magic Tree House" adventures or are you curious to find out what the fuss is all about? Join us for one of the "Magic Tree House" books, discussion and craft related to the book. Grades K-2. No registration required.

Thursday, Oct. 9 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The October selection is "The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War" by Daniel Stashower.

Thursday, Oct. 9 (7:15-8:45 p.m.) Living in Space – Jeffrey M. Woytach from NASA will give a presentation on the topic "Living in Space." Please register.

Friday, Oct. 10 (Family Session: 9:30 a.m.; Toddlers: 10:30 a.m.; Preschool: 11:30 a.m.) Music Therapy & More – Join us as we play instruments, sing, move to music and discuss how to carry over the music therapy experiences into the home. This program is geared toward children struggling in an area of development. You must RSVP to attend. Call 440-250-5563 or visit www.connectingforkids.org.

Friday, Oct. 10 (10-10:45 a.m.) Come Play With Me! – Open playtime with age-appropriate toys. Teaches sharing and socialization. For children ages 2-5 with a caring adult. Siblings welcome! Registration begins Oct. 3.

Friday, Oct. 10 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) iPad Users Group – Listen to a brief iPad topic then talk and share tips and techniques with other iPad users. Must bring your iPad with you. Registration required.

Friday, Oct. 10 (1-2:30 p.m.) Fantastic Fridays for Homeschoolers – Calling all homeschoolers! We are beginning our homeschool Fridays with a primer on using the library catalog and a tour of the library. We will also discuss our activities for the next 9 months. Ages 6-9. Registration begins Oct. 3.

Friday, Oct. 10 (3:30-5 p.m.) Night Sky Star Lab – Find out what's up in the current night sky. Star Lab staff from the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center will show you constellations and the position of the planets and moon.

Saturday, Oct. 11 (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) Shredding Day – All Ohio Secure Shred is back for Customer Appreciation Week! Please bring any secure papers needing shredding.

Saturday, Oct. 11 (Family Session: 9:30 a.m.; Preschool: 10:30 a.m.) Music Therapy & More – Join us as we play instruments, sing, move to music and discuss how to carry over the music therapy experiences into the home. This program is geared toward children struggling in an area of development. You must RSVP to attend. Call 440-250-5563 or visit www.connectingforkids.org.

Saturday, Oct. 11 (10-5 p.m.) Star Wars Reads Day – Star Wars Reads Day strikes back! Stop in for crafts and games – you can even dress up as your favorite character!

Saturday, Oct. 11 (2-3 p.m.) The Pillowcase Project – The Pillowcase Project, presented by the American Red Cross and sponsored by Disney, is designed to educate children about disaster preparedness in a fun and constructive way. Each participant will receive a pillowcase and activity to start their own personalized disaster kit and preparedness plan. Grades 3-5. Registration begins Oct. 4.

Sunday, Oct. 12 (2-3 p.m.) Meet-Ups – Interactive games and activities for socialization and play among children with special needs ages 6-11 with their caregivers. Registration begins Oct. 5.

Sunday, Oct. 12 (2-4 p.m.) Chess Club – Hone your chess skills (or learn how to play the game) through WPPL's new Chess Club on Sunday afternoons. The club is recommended for kids ages 6+, but all ages are welcome to attend. If you have a chess set, please bring it.

Sunday, Oct. 12 (3-4 p.m.) Nia – Enjoy this blend of dance arts, martial arts and the healing arts that will invite your spirit, mind, body and emotions to play and find joy! Class is for all age and ability levels. Wear clothing for movement and athletic shoes and socks. Please register.

Sunday, Oct. 12 (3-4:30 p.m.) Magic: The Gathering – Magic: The Gathering is the world's premier trading card game. It was the first of its kind, and it's still the best and the biggest. Come and learn to play the game, or bring a group and fight with other planeswalkers for glory, knowledge and conquest. Players must furnish their own cards. Grades 7-12.

Monday, Oct. 13 – Columbus Day – Library Closed

Tuesday, Oct. 14 (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 catches employers’ attention and makes them want to call you.

Tuesday, Oct. 14 (7-8 p.m.) College 101 – Patty Saddle of the College Planning Center will go over all the different factors that go into finding the best college fit. Open to both students and parents! Registration begins Oct. 5.

Tuesday, Oct. 14 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In October we’ll discuss "Meet Me at the Emotional Baggage Claim" by Lisa Scottoline.

Wednesday, Oct. 15 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesday, Oct. 15 (4-5:30 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 15 (7-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – "Researching WWI and WWII Military Records," with GeneaBlogger and former OGS trustee, Wally Huskonen

Wednesday, Oct. 15 (7-8:45 p.m.) Ethnic History of Cleveland – David A. Bernatowicz, M.A., of the Tri-C Speakers Bureau will provide a narrative history of the many ethnic groups that migrated to the Cleveland area from the early 19th to the 20th century.

Thursday, Oct. 16 (4-5 p.m.) Magic Tree House Book Club – Do you already love the "Magic Tree House" adventures or are you curious to find out what the fuss is all about? Join us for one of the "Magic Tree House" books, discussion and craft related to the book. Grades K-2. No registration required.

Thursday, Oct. 16 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Reception for Board President Bob Plantz – Join us for a reception celebrating WPPL Board President Bob Plantz receiving the Ohio Library Council’s Trustee Award of Achievement.

Friday, Oct. 17 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Sensory Storytime – Join us for a storytime for children with special needs and their parents/caregivers. The program includes interactive stories, rhymes, songs and movement activities, followed by 30 minutes of play. Content is geared to ages 3-7. Please call with questions or to register.

Friday, Oct. 17 (4-5:30 p.m.) Weird Science – Learn science while having fun! Our interactive after-school science program teaches fundamental principles in an entertaining format. Students will participate in hands-on experiments that they can reproduce at home. Ages 8-12. Registration begins Oct. 10.

Saturday, Oct. 18 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) ACT Practice Exam & Results – Get ready for test time with an ACT practice exam. Study skills will be discussed and detailed results will be returned to students the following week. Signing up for this automatically gets you signed up for the results session on Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. Grades 9-12. Registration begins Oct. 11.

Saturday, Oct. 18 (10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) Beginning Genealogy – Get started researching your family history. Learn where to begin, how to research, what resources are available, and where to find them. Bring along names and dates for hands-on research. Please register.

Saturday, Oct. 18 (2-4 p.m.) Carryout Crafts – Stop by the Youth Services Department to see what each day’s featured craft is! Tables will be set up with all of the supplies needed.

Saturday, Oct. 18 (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.

Sunday, Oct. 19 (2-3:30 p.m.) Dangerous Book for Boys Club – Are you looking for something dangerous, but not too dangerous? Learn how to tie knots, make a battery and tell the age of a tree in our Dangerous Book for Boys Club. Ages 9-11. Registration begins Oct. 12.

Sunday, Oct. 19 (2-4 p.m.) Chess Club – Hone your chess skills (or learn how to play the game) through WPPL's new Chess Club on Sunday afternoons. The club is recommended for kids ages 6+, but all ages are welcome to attend. If you have a chess set, please bring it.

Monday, Oct. 20 (3:45-5:30 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! Grades 7-12.

Monday, Oct. 20 (6:30-7:15 p.m.) Sensory Storytime – Join us for a storytime for children with special needs and their parents/caregivers. The program includes interactive stories, rhymes, songs and movement activities, followed by 30 minutes of play. Content is geared to ages 3-7. Please call with questions or to register.

Monday, Oct. 20 (7-8:15 p.m.) Start Skyping – Skype is a way to keep in touch with far-away family and friends, through video, voice and message. Please join us to learn more about Skype and how to set up your own account today!  

Monday, Oct. 20 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investors' Interest Group – "Learn the Best about ETFs for Better Investing" with Ian Abbott of Abacus Financial Services. Ian will separate fact from fiction about Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). Please register.

Tuesday, Oct. 21 (10 a.m.-noon) Applications That Get Noticed – Often, a computer scans applications looking for keywords for the skills, education, experience, or whatever else is important to the employer. Learn how to tackle questions on an employment application to be sure yours will be read.

Tuesday, Oct. 21 (7 p.m.) Connecting for Kids Parent Discussion Group – Meet other parents as we discuss childhood development topics with a local expert. Free child care is available, but registration is required at www.connectingforkids.org or call 440-250-5563. Topic: "Helping Awkward Preteen Kids Make Friends," featuring Jamie Hughes of KIDnections Group.

Wednesday, Oct. 22 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesday, Oct. 22 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The October selection is "The Secret Keeper" by Kate Morton.

Wednesday, Oct. 22 (4-5:30 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 22 (7-8:30 p.m.) Emotional Intelligence Workshop – Learn to understand and regulate your own emotions, recognize and manage them in others, and make decisions based on those emotions. Kitty Brandal of Corporate Compass presents an insightful and educational course to positively affect your overall well-being. Please register.

Thursday, Oct. 23 (12-1:30 p.m.) Small Busine$$ Lunch & Learn: Creating a Website for Your Business – Meet with a SCORE representative to learn more about the steps to take when creating your business's website. Our discussion will include pre-website planning, designing and uploading your website, accepting payments on your site, and marketing your website. Please feel free to bring lunch or purchase one at Pulleys at Porter. Please register.

Thursday, Oct. 23 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Westlake Historical Society – Please join the Westlake Historical Society for their general meeting.

Friday, Oct. 24 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) iPad Users Group – Listen to a brief iPad topic then share talk and share tips and techniques with other iPad users. Must bring your iPad with you. Registration required.

Friday, Oct. 24 (11 a.m.-noon) SNAP: Sensory Stations – Work and play with provided sensory materials. This program is for adults with developmental disabilities (and their caregivers, if needed) who enjoy textures and working with the five senses as part of our Special Needs Adult Programming series. Please call Rebecca Shook at 440-250-5471 to register or with questions.

Friday, Oct. 24 (11:30 a.m.) Connecting for Kids Parent Discussion Group – Meet other parents as we discuss childhood development topics with a local expert. Free child care is available, but registration is required at www.connectingforkids.org or call 440-250-5563. Topic: "Solving Preschool Behavior Problems," featuring Christie Kimbler from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Saturday, Oct. 25 (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. 18.

Saturday, Oct. 25 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) Spook-tacular Candy Houses – Spiders, and ghosts and bats, oh my! It's time to create your own candy house! All supplies provided! Ages 6-9. Registration begins Oct. 18.

Sunday, Oct. 26 (2-3:30 p.m.) Sweet and Scary Halloween Fun – Come and have a wicked fun time with us! We’ll make some spooky masks, sweet spiders, otherworldly aliens, and a ghoulishly good treat, then have fun practicing our steps to the Monster Mash and other songs. Boo! Ages 8-12. Registration begins Oct. 19.

Sunday, Oct. 26 (2-4 p.m.) Chess Club – Hone your chess skills (or learn how to play the game) through WPPL's new Chess Club on Sunday afternoons. The club is recommended for kids ages 6+, but all ages are welcome to attend. If you have a chess set, please bring it.

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

Monday, Oct. 27 (3:45-5:30 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! Grades 7-12.

Monday, Oct. 27 (7-8:45 p.m.) 2nd Stage Institute – The 2nd Stage Institute is a new and exciting addition to CTC’s curriculum. It is a series of specialized classes and group coaching for mature workers in the managerial, professional, technical and upper-level administrative fields.

Monday, Oct. 27 (7-8:30 p.m.) TV Discussion Group: Where's The Acclaim? – Gathering young people 18-39 to discuss excellent television shows that do/did not get the critical acclaim they deserve. The first shows will be "Parks & Recreation" and "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia." Please register.

Tuesday, Oct. 28 (10 a.m.-noon) Writing to Employers – Learn professional letter-writing techniques including how to write effective cover letters, marketing letters, follow-up letters and more. You will get tips on what works in today’s job market and learn new ways to make your letters stand out among others’.

Wednesday, Oct. 29 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesday, Oct. 29 (1-2:15 p.m.) Start Skyping – Skype is a way to keep in touch with far-away family and friends, through video, voice and message. Please join us to learn more about Skype and how to set up your own account today! 

Wednesday, Oct. 29 (4-5:30 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 29 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Buckeye Big Foot with Marc DeWerth – Come learn more about Big Foot/Sasquatch with Marc DeWerth of the Ohio Bigfoot Organization. Please register.

Wednesday, Oct. 29 (7-8 p.m.) Accidental Art – Mistakes can often be turned into beautiful art; come make your own accidental artwork by tearing apart paper and gluing the pieces to recycled canvas! Grades K-5. For typical peers and students with special needs with a caregiver; siblings welcome. Registration begins Oct. 22.

Thursday, Oct. 30 (7-8:45 p.m.) Ask a Pharmacist – Do you have questions about your medications and how they might interact with vitamins and supplements you are taking? Come and talk to a professional pharmacist from the Northern Ohio Academy of Pharmacy. There will be a one-hour lecture followed by private consultations. Please bring a list of all your current medications.

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

Elaine Willis

Elaine Willis is the Public Relations Associate at Westlake Porter Public Library.

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