November events at Westlake Porter Public Library
Tuesday, Nov. 3 (6:30-8 p.m.) ACT/SAT Test Prep Seminar – A great score on the ACT or PSAT/SAT can make the difference in getting admitted to the school of your dreams or having to choose a school that is not your top choice. Be prepared to make your college dreams come true with this test prep seminar from College Tutors. Grades 9-12. Please register
Tuesday, Nov. 3 (7-8:30 p.m.) Edmund Fitzgerald: What Really Happened – We will explore a brief history of shipping on the Great Lakes that lead up to the impressive Edmund Fitzgerald. Her loss on Nov. 10, 1975, puzzles many to this day. We will explore several of the prevailing theories. Please register.
Wednesdays, Nov. 4 and 11 (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.
Wednesday, Nov. 4 (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, Nov. 4 and 11 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Nov. 5 and 12 (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! Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and each Thursday at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 4 (6:30-8:30 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.
Wednesday, Nov. 4 (6:30-7:30 p.m.) Magic Tree House Book Club – Join us for an introduction to one of the "Magic Tree House" books, discussion and a craft. For grades K-2..
Wednesday, Nov. 4 (7-8:30 p.m.) Parent Discussion Group: Childhood Disruptive Behaviors – Join Dr. Nora McNamara, child & adolescent psychiatrist, as she provides an overview of childhood onset disruptive behavior, mood and anxiety disorders. She will discuss when and how to pursue further evaluation and possible treatments. Registration required at 440-250-5563.
Thursday, Nov. 5 (3:30-5 p.m.) Tabletop Gaming Group – Board games! Card games! RPGs! Stop by for an afternoon of playing tabletop games with other gamers! Grades 7-12.
Thursday, Nov. 5 (7-8 p.m.) Intentional Practices to Manage Stress – Join The Gathering Place as they share tips, tools and daily practices that can help you manage stress. Includes an opportunity for guided imagery and relaxation. Please register.
Friday, Nov. 6 (4-5:30 p.m.) Weirder Science – Learn science while having fun! Our interactive after-school science program for middle school students teaches fundamental principles in an entertaining format. Grades 5-8. Please register.
Saturday, Nov. 7 (2-4 p.m.) Carry-Out Crafts – Stop in to create our featured craft. We have all the supplies you'll need to create something fantastic!
Saturday, Nov. 7 (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.
Sunday, Nov. 8 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Mia – Mia is a talented, hardworking skater who finds her passion and has the courage to follow it. Being a good sport and a team player is not always easy, but is important for success. Find success creating a skating themed bookmark and playing team driven games. Ages 6-11. Please register.
Mondays, Nov. 9 and 16 (3:30-5:30 p.m.) Teen Lounge – Need a place to hang out after school? We’ve got computers, video games, board games, snacks and more! Grades 7-12.
Monday, Nov. 9 (6:30 -7:15 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 followed by 30 minutes of play. Content is geared to ages 3-7. Registration begins one week before each session.
Tuesday, Nov. 10 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Making Positive First Impressions – In 5-7 seconds someone forms a lasting opinion of you based how you present yourself. Get tips on the things that determine how you are perceived and how that perception impacts your success.
Tuesday, Nov. 10 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In November we’ll discuss "Everything I Never Told You" by Celeste Ng.
Wednesday, Nov. 11 (7-8 p.m.) Let's Explore GymAmerica – GymAmerica is like having your own personal trainer and nutritionist delivering customized workout and diet plans to fit your specific goals, skill level and equipment. Build your own workouts and diets, create a personal profile page, and get tips and ideas on the message boards. Please register.
Thursday, Nov. 12 (1-7 p.m.) – American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Thursday, Nov. 12 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The November selection is "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt" by Michael Lewis.
Friday, Nov. 13 (9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Family Sessions and 11:30 a.m. Preschool Session) and Saturday, Nov. 14 ( 9:30 a.m. Family Session and 10:30 a.m. Preschool Session) Music Therapy & More – For children ages 1-6 years who are struggling in an area of development. A board certified music therapist will lead families in a fun and exciting music-making class, presenting experiences that address a variety of areas of development. Registration is required at connectingforkids.org/music.
Friday, Nov. 13 (10:30-11:30 p.m.) Homeschool Hub – Developed for homeschoolers with special needs, each session includes literature, art and motor skill development. Registration begins Nov. 6.
Friday, Nov. 13 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Fridays – Each month, we will focus on a different science topic, from Silly Spiders to Our Magnificent Moon. Discoveries will be made through hands-on experiments, active participation and simple take home projects. Ages 4-6. Registration begins Nov. 6.
Saturday, Nov. 14 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) ACT Practice Exam – Get ready for test time with an ACT practice exam. Study skills will be discussed and detailed results will be returned to students at the results session on Nov. 21. Please come prepared with two #2 pencils and a calculator. Grades 9-12. Registration begins Nov. 7.
Saturday, Nov. 14 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Pokemon Fun! – Bring your cards and accessories for a fun morning of play, crafts, prizes and more! For kids ages 6-12 only.
Saturday, Nov. 14 (2-3 p.m.) Turkey Time! – It's almost time to celebrate Thanksgiving! Come to the library and learn how to make turkey favors to decorate your holiday table! Ages 7-10. Registration begins Nov. 7.
Sunday, Nov. 15 (2-3:30 p.m.) Boredom Busters! – Games, crafts, puzzles and more! All ages welcome. Children under age 9 must be accompanied by an adult.
Monday, Nov. 16 (6:30-7:30 p.m.) Sensation Stations – Drop in for sensory fun! Engage your child's senses by scooping, pouring and sorting a variety of materials.
Monday, Nov. 16 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investor’s Interest Group: Just How Random is the Stock Market? – Lou Floyd will discuss what random/chaotic systems look like and how to assess their degree of randomness. Implications of these behaviors for the individual will also be reviewed. Please register.
Tuesday, Nov. 17 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Keys to Finding Hidden Jobs – Competition for published job opportunities is fierce. Review what research is needed to learn about positions before they are advertised, and how to find the best job for you.
Tuesday, Nov. 17 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories – Put on your pajamas and join Mrs. K as we unwind at the end of the day. Our themes each month will include quiet, possibly silly or strange stories, followed by shared songs, finger plays and other activities to help us get ready for bedtime. Ages 4-6; siblings welcome!
Tuesday, Nov. 17 (7-8:30 p.m.) The Assassination of JFK: One Researcher’s Theories About What Happened – Beverly Sadowski will put the JFK assassination into historical perspective while presenting her interpretation of available research on the subject. Please register.
Wednesdays, Nov. 18 and 25 (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.
Wednesday, Nov. 18 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursday, Nov. 19 (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! Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and each Thursday at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 18 (7-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Chris Staats will present "Unlocking the Keystone State: Key Resources and Repositories for Pennsylvania Research."
Wednesday, Nov. 18 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Club: Take Apart Toys – This club celebrates STEAM initiatives (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). Bring in a toy you'd like to take apart to see how it works (make sure it's nothing valuable!). There will be screwdrivers, scissors, seam rippers and more for all "reverse elves." Please register.
Wednesday, Nov. 18 (7-8:30 p.m.) Proposal Writing Basics – Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation, from planning to writing to following up. Please register.
Thursday, Nov. 19 (12-1:30 p.m.) Small Busine$$ Lunch & Learn: Insurance & Retirement Plans – Learn if and why you need insurance for your business, what options you have, and what insurance is best. Find out about options for retirement programs for you and your employee(s). Please register.
Thursday, Nov. 19 (Combined Basic/Advanced Session: 6:30 p.m.) and Friday, Nov. 20 (Basics Session: 10 a.m. and 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. To register: connectingforkids.org/handsontraining.
Thursday, Nov. 19 (3:30-5 p.m.) Tabletop Gaming Group – Board games! Card games! RPGs! Stop by for an afternoon of playing tabletop games with other gamers! Grades 7-12.
Friday, Nov. 20 (10 a.m.-noon) Porter's Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.
Friday, Nov. 20 (1-2:30 p.m.) Fantastic Fridays – Fantastic Friday is a great day for homeschoolers! Every month we’ll explore a new topic with related activities. Ages 6-12. Registration begins Nov. 13.
Saturday, Nov. 21 (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.
Saturday, Nov. 21 (2-3 p.m.) Robo-Arm (Inspired by Make Magazine) – Make your own Robo-Arm. We will experiment with the Robo-Arm and try to pick up a variety of objects. Grades 5-7. Registration begins Nov. 14.
Saturday, Nov. 21 (4-5 p.m.) Full STEAM Ahead – Each session will explore a different aspect of STEAM learning. This month we’ll focus on Simple/Complex Machines. Grades 3 and 4. Registration begins Nov. 14.
Sunday, Nov. 22 (1:30-2:30 p.m.) Celebrate Hanukkah – Learn about the meaning and customs of Hanukkah. We'll celebrate with food, fun and activities! A collaborative program of PJ Library, Jewish Family Services Association of Cleveland, The Mandel JCC, the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. Ages 4-10. Registration begins Nov. 15.
Monday, Nov. 23 (1-7 p.m.) – American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Mondays, Nov. 23 and 30 (3:30-5:30 p.m.) Teen Lounge – Need a place to hang out after school? We’ve got computers, video games, board games, snacks and more! Grades 7-12.
Monday, Nov. 23 (7-8:30 p.m.) Preventing an ID Theft Crisis – Learn about identity theft, how it occurs, how to prevent it, and what to do if you become a victim. Please register.
Wednesday, Nov. 25 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The November selection is "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" by Neil Gaiman.
Wednesday, Nov. 25 – Library Closes at 5 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving Day: Library Closed
Friday, Nov. 27 (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 Nov. 20.
Saturday, Nov. 28 (10:30-11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-12:30 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 followed by 30 minutes of play. Content is geared to ages 3-7. Registration begins one week before each session.
Saturday, Nov. 28 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders and Junior Brick Builders Meet Up! – Love those LEGO bricks? Then bring your ideas and imagination to this meet up for junior and expert brick builders! All Duplo and Lego bricks provided. For ages 3-12.
Monday, Nov. 30 (7-8:30 p.m.) The Health of the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie – A speaker from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District will talk about our waterways and the state and importance of their health. Q&A will follow. 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.