August events at Westlake Porter Public Library
Saturday, Aug. 1 (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, Aug. 1 (2-3 p.m.) Sensation Stations – Drop in for sensory fun! Engage your child's senses by scooping, pouring and sorting a variety of materials. No registration required.
Saturday, Aug. 1 (4-5 p.m.) Full STEAM Ahead – Each session will explore a different aspect of STEAM learning. Grades 3 and 4. Registration begins one week before each session.
Sunday, Aug. 2 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Grace – Grace loves to bake with friends and invent new recipes. We will follow a recipe to make a treat and create a Paris-themed craft. Ages 6-11. Registration begins July 26.
Aug. 3-29 – Westlake-Westshore Arts Council’s Annual Juried Art Show
Tuesday, Aug. 4 (9:30-10 a.m.) Stories and Signs – Enjoy an interactive storytime while learning a few words in sign language! Ages 0-3 with caregiver, siblings welcome. No registration required.
Tuesday, Aug. 4 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Networking Effectively – Learn how to build and maintain business relationships that will assist you in your job search and your career.
Wednesday, Aug. 5 (1-2 p.m.) Mango Languages – Mango Languages teaches real conversations on over 60 languages and makes it fun. With free mobile apps and learning through videos, you’ll find success quickly and easily. Registration begins Aug. 1 for Westlake residents. Open registration begins Aug. 2.
Wednesdays, Aug. 5 and 12 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, August 6 and 13 (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, Aug. 5 (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, Aug. 6 (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, Aug. 6 (7-8:30 p.m.) Digital Photos Online – You’ve taken digital photos, now learn how to share them with the world! We’ll give an overview of tools like Picasa, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Snapchat, and more. Prerequisite: Ability to take digital photos with either a camera or mobile device. Registration begins Aug. 1 for Westlake residents. Open registration begins Aug. 2.
Fridays, Aug. 7 and 14 (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:
- Aug. 7: Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, goes on an adventure with her brother to save the spirit world. Recommended for ages 7 and up.
- Aug. 14: When a diabolical pirate above the sea steals the secret Krabby Patty formula, Spongebob and his nemesis Plankton must team up in order to get it back. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
Saturday, Aug. 8 (10:30-11:15 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.) Sensory Storytime – A storytime for children with special needs and their parents/caregivers featuring 30 minutes of interactive stories, rhymes, songs and movement activities. Content is geared to ages 3-7. Please register and choose only one session to attend.
Saturday, Aug. 8 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders Club – Bring your ideas and imagination to the club! All bricks provided. Ages 6-12. No registration required.
Sunday, Aug. 9 (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.
Tuesday, Aug. 11 (10-11 a.m.) Research Resources – Get an overview of current research databases available from home or at the library. Please register.
Tuesday, Aug. 11 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In August we’ll discuss "The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown.
Wednesday, Aug. 12 (3-4 p.m.) Kids in the Kitchen! – Learn basic cooking skills with fast, simple, no-bake recipes just for kids! For students with special needs and their typical peers. If you have allergy or special diet concerns, please contact the Youth Department at 440-250-5471 for a complete list of ingredients. Registration begins Aug. 5.
Thursday, Aug. 13 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The August selection is "The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal about Being Human" by Noah Strycker.
Thursday, Aug. 13 (7-8:30 p.m.) Picasa – Google’s Picasa lets you import your digital photos, edit them, put them in albums, and share them on the Web. Learn how! Prerequisite: Gmail account. Please register.
Friday, Aug. 14 (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.
Saturday, Aug. 15 (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, Aug. 15 (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.
Monday, Aug. 17 (7-8 p.m.) Introduction to Lynda.com – Learn how to improve your creative, technical or business skills using the online learning platform Lynda.com. Please register.
Tuesday, Aug. 18 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Keys to Finding the Hidden Jobs – Research and informational interviewing can reduce the competition and help you sell yourself to an employer. Learn what research is needed and how to do it to find the best job for you and to learn about positions before they are advertised.
Tuesday, Aug. 18 (7-8:30 p.m.) They Came From Cleveland! – This highly interactive program will test your knowledge of Cleveland's hometown heroes. Some celebrities are easy to identify, while others present more of a challenge! Please register.
Wednesdays, Aug. 19 and 26 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, August 20, and 27 (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, Aug. 19 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Club Emerging Technology Program: Science Online – This club explores Maker Movement projects monthly. This month we’ll explore Science Online, a research database covering all aspects of science. It will soon include STEM learning. Please register.
Thursday, Aug. 20 (1-2 p.m.) Using ReferenceUSA for Career Research – Learn how ReferenceUSA can be used in your job search to research businesses and locate job listings. Please register.
Thursday, Aug. 20 (2-3 p.m.) Trick Your Locker – You'll have the coolest locker in school when you trick it out with these fun and useful crafts. Grades 5-7. Please register.
Thursday, Aug. 20 (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, Aug. 20 (4-5 p.m.) All About Healthcare Websites – Learn how to evaluate the health information that you find on the Web and explore health websites to find valuable information and tools for managing your health. View content that is timely and credible. Please register.
Saturday, Aug. 22 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Pokemon League – Bring your cards and accessories for a fun morning of play, crafts, prizes and more! For kids ages 6-12 only. No registration required.
Saturday, Aug. 22 (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.
Monday, Aug. 24 (1-7 p.m.) – American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Monday, Aug. 24 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Coffee with Linda – Local author, spiritual intuitive and channeler Linda Street returns for the fourth in a series of small group discussions on connecting to universal energies to heal ourselves and improve our lives. Attendance will be limited to 20, so you can feel free to ask questions and relate your personal experiences. Please register.
Tuesday, Aug. 25 (7-8:30 p.m.) Using Consumer Reports Online – Learn how to use our Consumer Reports reference database to compare products before you purchase. Please register.
Wednesday, Aug. 26 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The August selection is "The Silver Star" by Jeannette Walls.
Thursday, Aug. 27 (7-8:30 p.m.) Facebook Photo Albums, Instagram and Snapchat – Upload your digital photos to Facebook, “tag” your friends, and share them in albums! Also, learn how to use the popular mobile photo apps Instagram and Snapchat. Prerequisite: Facebook account. If you choose to bring your mobile device, please have Instagram and Snapchat installed on it before the class. Please register.
Friday, Aug. 28 (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 Aug. 21.
Friday, Aug. 28 (10 a.m.-noon) Porter's Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.
Saturday, Aug. 29 (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, Aug. 29 (2-3 p.m.) It Looks Real, It Feels Real, or Is it an Illusion? – In our program, reality isn't what it seems! Become a master of your own illusions. We will view optical illusions and make some to take home. Ages 10-12. Registration begins Aug. 22.
Saturday, Aug. 29 (2-3:30 p.m.) Meet the Artists Reception – Please join the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council and meet the artists from the juried art show.
Saturday, Aug. 29 (4-5 p.m.) Full STEAM Ahead – Each session will explore a different aspect of STEAM learning. Grades 3 and 4. Registration begins one week before each session.
Monday, Aug. 31 (7-8 p.m.) The Grand Tour – During the 19th century, wealthy Clevelanders polished their cultural credentials by taking a grand tour of Europe where they explored art galleries, castles, museums and spectacular natural landscapes. This illustrated talk follows the Wades, Adella Prentiss Hughes and other Clevelanders on their journeys abroad. Presented by the Western Reserve Historical Society. Please register.
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.