June events at Westlake Porter Public Library
Tuesday, June 2 (7-8:30 p.m.) Stand-Up Comedy Workshop – Jerry Jaffe, The World's Most Highly Educated Stand Up Comedian, will conduct an improv workshop introducing you to the fundamentals of stand-up comedy. Please register.
Wednesdays, June 3 and 10 (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, June 3 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Drop-in session for genealogy help provided by the members of the Cuyahoga West Chapter.
Wednesdays, June 3 and 10 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, June 4 and 11 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department 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. and each Thursday at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, June 3 (7-8:30 p.m.) WPPL Horror Film Club – Join us as we explore some of the classic films from the genres of horror, science fiction and suspense. Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please register.
Thursday, June 4 (2-3 p.m.) One Click Demonstrations – Join our Recorded Books sales representative for a quick demonstration and account help with our One Click digital audiobook service. She will be on the floor in Adult Services, so stop by!
Thursday, June 4 (3:45-5:45 p.m.) Tabletop Gaming Group – Board games! Card games! RPGs! Stop by for an afternoon of playing tabletop games with other gamers! Games will include Munchkin, Settlers of Catan, Forbidden Island, and more! Grades 7-12.
Friday, June 5 (Basics Session: 10 a.m.; Advanced Session: 11:30 a.m.) Connecting for Kids: Teach Me to Play – For children 3-6 years old who need help with communication and social skills. Join us for a play-based program designed to model and teach parents/caregivers strategies to improve their child’s social interactions, facilitate communication, and manage behavior in a positive way. Led by an Early Intervention Specialist in Behavior from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Register at connectingforkids.org.
Saturday, June 6 (10-11 a.m.) Android Tablet Group: Overdrive – Learn how to use Overdrive to check out and download ebooks. Must bring your Android-based tablet with you. Must also have an email account, WPPL library card, and access to Google Play. Please register.
Saturday, June 6 (10:30-11 a.m.) Mother Goose on the Loose! – An interactive storytime featuring simple books, rhymes, songs and movement. For ages birth-3 with an adult caregiver. No registration required.
Saturday, June 6 (2-3 p.m.) Starz Ballroom Dancing – Join the fun of learning a group dance with instructor Andy Slimak! Please register.
Monday, June 8 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Coffee with Linda – Please join us for the third in a series of discussions with local author, spiritual intuitive and channeler Linda Street. You will be able to ask questions, relate your own experiences, and get Linda's input. Registration is required; limited to 20 participants.
Tuesday, June 9 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Making Positive First Impressions – Get tips on the things that determine how you are perceived and learn how that perception impacts your success so you can make a better impression on prospective employers.
Tuesday, June 9 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In June we’ll discuss "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger.
Tuesday, June 9 (7-8:30 p.m.) Thinking About Homeschooling? – Hear from homeschooling pros about starting a home-based curriculum program for your children. Will include Q&A time. Please register.
Thursday, June 11 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The June selection is "How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain" by Gregory Berns.
Friday, June 12 (10-10:45 a.m.) Come Play With Me! – Open playtime with age-appropriate toys. For children ages 2-5 with a caring adult. Siblings welcome! Registration begins June 5.
Friday, June 12 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) iPad Users Group – Listen to a brief iPad topic then share tips and techniques with other iPad users. Must bring your iPad with you. Please register.
Friday, June 12 (1-2:30 p.m.) Fantastic Friday – Fantastic Friday is a great day for homeschoolers! Every month we’ll explore a new topic with related activities. Ages 6-12. Registration begins June 5.
Saturday, June 13 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) and Monday, June 15 (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. Registration begins one week before each session.
Saturday, June 13 (2-3 p.m.) Junior Brick Builders! – Let's build with Duplos! Bring your imagination and we'll provide the bricks. Ages 3-6. No registration required.
Sunday, June 14 (1-1:45 p.m.) Meet-Ups! – Join us for video games, socialization and play among children in Grades 1-5 with special needs and their caregivers. Registration begins June 7.
Sunday, June 14 (2-3:30 p.m.) Boredom Busters! – Games, crafts, puzzles and more! All ages welcome. No registration necessary. Children under age 9 must be accompanied by an adult.
Sunday, June 14 (2-3 p.m.) Stories from a Service Dog – Hear the stories of a puppy raiser who helped prepare special dogs for the huge responsibility of “service to those in need.” Come and meet a special dog named Donald. He has a great story too! Registration required.
Monday, June 15 (2-4 p.m.) Teen Lounge: Summer Edition – Looking for a fun place to hang out? Each week there will be different activities, this week is tie-dye T-shirts. Grades 7-12.
Monday, June 15 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investors' Interest Group: Just How Random is the Stock Market? – We will discuss what random/chaotic systems look like and how to assess their degree-of-randomness, then review the implications of these behaviors for individual investors, with an eye to simplifying investing strategies relative to what one hears in the financial media. Please register.
Tuesdays starting June 16 (2:30-3 p.m.) Book Buddies – Teen volunteers will help younger students retain their reading skills. This program is designed for children entering grades 1-4 who need extra help practicing reading. Please note: Book Buddy volunteers are neither expected nor trained to correct learning problems or to teach children to read. Registration begins one week before each session.
Tuesdays starting June 16 (3-4 p.m.) Summer Brain Games – Keep up your skills during summer vacation! Kids in grades 1-4 can drop in each week for grade-appropriate educational games. Teen volunteers and staff from the Westlake City Schools will be on hand to assist.
Tuesday, June 16 (6-7 p.m.) Magnetic Poetry – Get creative when you make your own magnetic poetry set. Grades 5-7. Registration begins June 9.
Tuesday, June 16 (7-8:30 p.m.) Recently Historic: Houses of the 1950s-1960s – This program explores more recently "historic" housing types including ranch and split level style houses. Please register.
Wednesdays, June 17 and 24 (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.
Wednesdays, June 17 and 24 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, June 18 and 25 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department 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. and each Thursday at 6 p.m.
Wednesdays, June 17 and August 12 (6:30-8 p.m.) BSA Reading Merit Badge – Start and complete the BSA Reading Merit Badge at WPPL. Sign up one time for both sessions. Remember to bring your Blue Card and be familiar with requirements. Grades 5-12. Registration required.
Wednesday, June 17 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – "German Culture and Lifestyle of Village People of Eastern Europe," presented by the Library’s local history specialist, Dan Dmytrykiw.
Wednesday, June 17 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Club Emerging Technology Program – This club explores Maker Movement projects monthly. This month we’ll learn what you can do with the Raspberry Pi, a credit card-sized computer. Please register.
Thursday, June 18 (11-11:45 a.m.) Stuffed Animal Sleepover – Bring your favorite stuffed animal to the library for a sleepover! Drop-off begins at noon on June 17. Come to our 11 a.m. storytime on June 18 to pick up your stuffed animal and to see what happened overnight! Ages 3-6. Registration begins June 11.
Thursday, June 18 (12-1:30 p.m.) Small Busine$$ Lunch & Learn – ReferenceUSA is a powerful tool for market research. A representative from ReferenceUSA will be here to teach you how to apply the power of this database to planning and growing your business. Bring your lunch; coffee provided. Please register.
Thursday, June 18 (3:45-5:45 p.m.) Tabletop Gaming Group – Board games! Card games! RPGs! Stop by for an afternoon of playing tabletop games with other gamers! Games will include Munchkin, Settlers of Catan, Forbidden Island, and more! Grades 7-12.
Thursday, June 18 (7-8:30 p.m.) Lore and Logic of Olive Oil – Come sample fabulous olive oils and discover just how wonderful healthy can taste. You will never think of olive oil in the same way again! Please register.
Fridays, June 19 and 26 (2-4 p.m.) Movies @ Your Library! – Join us for Friday afternoon movie matinees! Registration begins one week before each movie. Rated PG. Based on availability; movie titles may change without notice. To be shown:
- June 19: Get ready for another wild night at the museum as security guard Larry spans the globe, uniting favorite and new historical characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it’s gone forever.
- June 26: An orphan sees her life change when a business tycoon agrees to foster her in this 2014 remake of a Broadway classic.
Friday, June 19 (4-5:30 p.m.) Weirder Science – Learn science while having fun! Our interactive program teaches fundamental principles in an entertaining format. Students will participate in hands-on experiments that they can reproduce at home. Participants must be in Grades 5-8. Registration begins June 12.
Saturday, June 20 (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, June 20 (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, trivia or Japanese treats! Grades 7-12. No registration.
Sunday, June 21 (2-3:30 p.m.) Dangerous Book for Boys Club – We will be playing games, conducting experiments and more, inspired by "The Dangerous Book for Boys." For ages 9-11. Registration begins June 14.
Monday, June 22 (1-4 p.m.) We Can Code It: Make Your Own Virtual Pet in Scratch – Use Scratch to create your own virtual puppy or kitten, dress it up, and then make a program to take care of it! No previous programming experience required. Ages 8-12. Registration begins June 15.
Monday, June 22 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Tuesday, June 23 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: LinkedIn for Job Search – Learn how to better utilize this growing social media tool to meet people who can assist your search, and to find companies that are hiring and which fit the requirements for your future position.
Tuesday, June 23 (2-3:30 p.m.) Zentangle Doodle Club – Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful works of art! In this club, we'll learn all about Zentangle, try a few patterns, work on a sketchbook cover, and make shrinky-dink charms. Grades 7-12. Registration begins one week before each session.
Wednesday, June 24 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The June selection is "The All-Girl Filling Station" by Fannie Flagg.
Thursday, June 25 (2-3 p.m.) Beginning Origami – Learn the basics of origami, the art of folding paper, with crafting guru Jenn Cline! All supplies will be provided! Grades 4-6. Registration begins June 18.
Friday, June 26 (10 a.m.-noon) Porter's Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems and show off.
Friday, June 26 (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. Registration begins one week before each session.
Friday, June 26 (1-4 p.m.) MarioKart 8 Tournament – Put your skills and experience to the test and burn rubber on Rainbow Road in an epic clash to seize the top spot! Will you claim a prize? Pizza, pop, and snacks will be provided! Grades 7-12. Registration begins June 19.
Saturday, June 27 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Pokemon Fun Day! – Come to our special Pokemon Fun Day for lots of games and prizes! Ages 6-16. Registration begins June 13.
Saturday, June 27 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders Club – Bring your ideas and imagination to the club! All bricks provided. Ages 6-12. No registration required.
Monday, June 29 (2-4 p.m.) Teen Lounge: Summer Edition – Looking for a fun place to hang out? Each week there will be different activities, this week is marshmallow shooters. Grades 7-12.
Monday, June 29 (7-8 p.m.) Superhero Magic with Mike Hemmelgarn! – This show features a blend of ventriloquist characters, a wild variety of comedic juggling, with a splash of magic and balloons! Most suitable for ages 4 and up. Free tickets for the show will be available beginning June 22 in the Youth Services Department. Limit 6 per family, please.
Tuesday, June 30 (2-3 p.m.) Turtle Power Storytime! – Cowabunga! Learn the techniques of a true ninja. Listen to exciting ninja stories, play awesome games, and make a cool craft. Ages 4-8. Registration begins June 23.
Tuesday, June 30 (6-9 p.m.) Teen Movie Night: Sing-a-long! – Grab your friends and come on by for a night of singing along to one of your favorite movies ("Pitch Perfect"). We'll have popcorn and drinks to share! Grades 7-12. No registration.
To register for any of the programs, please call 440-871-2600 or visit signup.westlakelibrary.org:8080.
Elaine Willis is the Public Relations Associate at Westlake Porter Public Library.