March events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, March 1 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories – Put on your pajamas and join Mrs. K as we unwind at the end of the day with quiet stories, songs, finger plays and other bedtime activities. Ages 4-6; siblings welcome!

Tuesday, March 1 (7-8:30 p.m.) Connecting for Kids Coffee & Chat – Join us as we discuss a topic related to parenting children who struggle. This month’s topic is dad’s role in "Raising a Child who Struggles: Dealing with Anger and Frustration." For this program we do not invite an expert speaker. However, the group discussion is facilitated by a mental health professional.

Wednesdays, March 2 and 9 (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, March 2 (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, March 2 and 9 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, March 3 and 10 (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 Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 2 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) 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, March 2 (7-7:45 p.m.) Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! – You could not, would not, want to miss a party as much fun as this. Join us for an evening of stories, games and a craft to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday. Ages 3-5. Please register.

Wednesday, March 2 (7-8:30 p.m.) The Life, Times and Demise of the Passenger Pigeon – 200 years ago, the passenger pigeon was thought to be the most numerous species of bird on Earth. And yet, by 1914, the species was extinct. Harvey Webster, Director of Wildlife Resources at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, looks at the history of this remarkable species and explores how the passenger pigeon’s demise sparked the modern conservation movement. Please register.

Thursday, March 3 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursday, March 3 (7–8:30 p.m.) Sharing Photos on Flickr – Learn how to upload, organize, share and discover digital photos on Flickr. Must have Yahoo account. Please register.

Friday, March 4 (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!

Friday, March 4 (11-11:45 a.m.) Homeschool Hub – Developed for homeschoolers with special needs, each session includes literature, art and motor skill development. Please register.

Saturday, March 5 (10–11 a.m.) Digital Basics – Hear tips on what to consider when purchasing your own computer or mobile device. Learn about library apps available for use.

Saturday, March 5 (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, March 5 (4-5 p.m.) Full STEAM Ahead: Mathematical Science – Each session will explore a different aspect of STEAM learning. This month we’ll perform experiments using measurements and probability. Grades 3 and 4. Please register.

Sunday, March 6 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Marisol – Marisol is a young Latina from Chicago who loves to dance in a traditional Mexican style. We will learn the Mexican Hat Dance and make a Mexican-themed craft. Ages 6-11. Please register.

Monday, March 7 (2-3:30 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. Must bring your own device (smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc.).

Mondays, March 7 and 14 (3:30-5:30 p.m.) Teen Lounge – Need a place to hang out after school? Come to the Teen Lounge! We’ve got computers, video games, board games, snacks and more! Grades 7-12.

Tuesday, March 8 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Job Search Planning and Time Management – Most jobseekers do not spend time efficiently to get the best outcome for their time invested. Learn how to plan your work and work your plan, including the ABC method for overcoming obstacles to success!

Tuesday, March 8 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In March we’ll discuss "The Circle" by Dave Eggers.

Wednesday, March 9 (10 a.m.-noon) iPad Skills Lab – If you need help with basic iPad skills, stop by the Computer Lab with your questions and your iPad. 

Wednesday, March 9 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Career Transition Center: Speaker Series Lunch & Learn – Guest speakers join Career Transition Center to present informative and timely topics for job seekers. Bring your lunch; learn and grow. Coffee provided.

Thursday, March 10 (4:15-5:15 p.m.) TBD – Join your friends for a different activity each month. In March we’ll do Recycled Crafts. Grades 5-7.

Thursday, March 10 (7-8 p.m.) How to Edit, Organize & Style Your Closet – Susan Luc from Shop Your Closet will present a program on how to edit, organize and style your closet for a stress-free wardrobe.

Thursday, March 10 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The March selection is "Getting Schooled: The Reeducation of an American Teacher" by Garret Keizer.

Thursday, March 10 (7-8:30 p.m.) Sharing Photos on Instagram – Learn how to share photos on Instagram, add cool filters and create #hashtags. Prerequisites: Instagram account and Instagram app installed on mobile device. Please register.

Friday, March 11 (9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Family Sessions) and Saturday, March 12 (9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Family Sessions) Music Therapy & More – This program is designed 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. Throughout the session, the therapist will present experiences that address a variety of areas of development. Registration is required at connectingforkids.org/music.

Friday, March 11 (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 March 4.

Saturday, March 12 (10 a.m.-noon) Road to Wealth: How to Manage Your Financial Life, The Savings Plan – Learn about setting goals, paying off debt, and funding emergency and "sinking funds." Get on the path to becoming a saver. Explore some of the "uncomfortable conversations" surrounding money. Please register.

Saturday, March 12 (2 p.m.) Connecting for Kids Parent Discussion Group – This month’s topic is "Ohio’s New Assessments: What is Required and What Accommodations will be Available?" Lea Travis, MEd, of the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, will familiarize families with Ohio’s new assessments and the accommodations students can expect. She will also offer ideas on how to support students in acquiring test content and technology skills. Free child care is available. Registration is required.

Saturday, March 12 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders Club – Bring your ideas and imagination to the club! Ages 3-12. Lego and Duplo bricks provided.

Saturday, March 12 (3:30-4:15 p.m.) Chocolate Bingo – Join us for chocolatey fun as we play chocolate bingo and a special edition of musical chairs! Ages 7-10. Registration begins March 5.

Sunday, March 13 (1-1:45 p.m.) Meet-Ups – Join us for video games, socialization and play among children in grades 1-5 with special needs. Registration begins March 6.

Sunday, March 13 (2-3:30 p.m.) Boredom Busters! – Are you bored? Drop by the Storytime Room and join in the fun! We will have different activities available each month. All ages welcome! Children under age 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sunday, March 13 (1:30-3 p.m.) Friends' Sunday Sounds – Join the Friends of Porter Public Library for "Bootleggers, Gangsters and Babes." You will enjoy a musical fun look at the 1920s-1930s, including vintage clothing styles, trivia and historical facts, great songs to sing along to and a fantastic way to spend an afternoon! This will be a cabaret-style performance with lunch provided. Seating is limited, and registration is required.

Monday, March 14 (6:30-7:15 p.m.) Sensory Storytime – Features an adapted storytime for children with special needs and their caregivers. Siblings are welcome. Includes time for social play. Content is geared to ages 3-7. Registration begins one week before each session.

Monday, March 14 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: Music as Healing – What does music do to "Heal the Savage Beast"? How do experiences in music – both listening and participating – make a difference in our physical, mental and emotional well-being? Research made fun, and experiences galore, give an overall picture of this most interactive of art forms. Please register.

Tuesday, March 15 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Improving Interviewing Skills – Preparation is the essential ingredient for a successful job interview. Learn how to research potential employers so you are prepared to answer difficult questions and differentiate yourself from other candidates.

Tuesday, March 15 (7-8:30 p.m.) The Gradall: A Story of American Ingenuity – James Grant, author of "The Gradall: A Story of American Ingenuity," will present the history of the Gradall while also touching on various aspects of local interest. Please register.

Wednesdays, March 16, 23 and 30 (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.

Wednesdays, March 16, 23 and 30 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, March 17, 24 and 31 (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 Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 6 p.m.

Thursday, March 17 (7-8:30 p.m.) Google Drive – Learn how to use Google Drive to create and edit forms, documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Prerequisite: Gmail account.

Friday, March 18 (Basics Session: 9:30 a.m.; Advanced Session: 11 a.m.) 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 families 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.

Friday, March 18 (4-5:30 p.m.) Weirder Science: Mathematical Science – Learn science while having fun! Our interactive after-school science program for middle school students teaches fundamental principles in an entertaining format. This month we’ll perform experiments using measurements and probability. Grades 5-6. Please register.

Saturday, March 19 (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, March 19 (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, March 20 (2-3 p.m.) Pom Pom Critters – Come to the library to make some cute and cuddly critters. You can choose from a variety of Pom Pom critters to make and take home. Ages 8-10. Please register.

Monday, March 21 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investor’s Interest Group: Understanding The Wizard of Oz, Reading Behind the Financial Headlines – Much like in The Wizard of Oz, financial headlines can leave you frightened and paralyzed. Join Todd Williams, associate professor of business and economics, as he looks "behind the curtain" and explains how to interpret positive and negative financial headlines as they relate to your wealth development. Please register.

Monday, March 21 (3:30-5:30 p.m.) Teen Lounge – Need a place to hang out after school? Come to the Teen Lounge! We’ve got computers, video games, board games, snacks and more! Grades 7-12.

Tuesday, March 22 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Making Positive First Impressions – If you’re networking or interviewing, you need to make a positive impression. Get tips on the things that determine how you are perceived and how that perception impacts your success.

Tuesday, March 22 (1-1:30 p.m.) Yoga Rhyme Time! – A perfect way to introduce yoga and practice simple poses with rhymes that imitate animals and nature. Remember to wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Ages 3-1/2 to 5 years.

Tuesday, March 22 (7-8 p.m.) Tiny House Movement – Adam Davenport from the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization will discuss the first permanent Tiny House in Cleveland and the EcoVillage brand. Learn more about sustainability-based housing and the movement towards living smaller and more efficiently. Please register.

Wednesday, March 23 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The March selection is "The Paris Architect" by Charles Belfoure.

Thursday, March 24 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Busine$$ Lunch & Learn: Where Is the Money Going? – Financial management for your small business. Learn how to calculate your start-up costs, do a cash flow projection, and manage your business funds. Bring your lunch; coffee is provided. Please register.

Thursday, March 24 (2-3 p.m.) Travel Club – Join us for travel planning tips and sources and destination suggestions. Let's share our best travel experiences with others. This month: A New Zealand travelogue!

Friday, March 25 (10 a.m.-noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.

Friday, March 25 (10:30-11:15 a.m.) Sensory Storytime – Features an adapted storytime for children with special needs and their caregivers. Siblings are welcome. Includes time for social play. Content is geared to ages 3-7. Registration begins one week before each session.

Friday, March 25 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday – Explore the wonders of our world in a curious, caring and creative setting. This month, we’ll investigate the stormy science of clouds and weather. Discoveries will be made through hands-on experiments, active participation and a simple take-home project. Ages 4-6. Please register.

Saturday, March 26 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Pokemon Fun! – Bring your cards and accessories for a fun morning of Pokemon-themed play, prizes, and crafts! Ages 6-12.

Saturday, March 26 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders Club – Bring your ideas and imagination to the club! Ages 3-12. Lego and Duplo bricks provided.

Saturday, March 26 (2-4 p.m.) The Healing Power of Psychiatric Service Dogs – Jane Miller, licensed social worker and psychiatric service dog expert, discusses her work with psychiatric service dogs and the healing benefits they provide to individuals. Please register.

Sunday, March 27 Easter – Library Closed

Monday, March 28 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Monday, March 28 and Tuesday, March 29 (2-4 p.m.) Movies @ the Library! – Join us for movie matinees! All ages. Registration begins one week before each session. All movies rated PG.

Tuesday, March 29 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Writing to Employers - Learn letter-writing techniques to prepare effective cover letters, marketing letters, follow-up letters and more.

Tuesday, March 29 (7-8:45 p.m.) Introduction to Finding Grants – Learn how to find potential grants for your nonprofit organization using Foundation Directory Online, a comprehensive online database and research tool. Please register.

Tuesday, March 29 (7-8:30 p.m.) FYI Opera – Please join the Westlake Westshore Arts Council as they present David Bamberger and the Cleveland Institute of Music students.

Thursday, March 31 (2-3 p.m.) Celebrate Harry Houdini's Birthday! – Celebrate Harry Houdini's birthday month by exploring some simple magic tricks and illusions. Grades 2-5. Registration begins March 24.

Thursday, March 31 (7-8 p.m.) Pinterest Basics – This is a lecture-based session focused on the basics of using Pinterest followed by an open Pinterest Lab. Please register.

To register for any of the programs, please call 440 871-2600 or visit westlakelibrary.evanced.info.

Elaine Willis

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

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