April events at Westlake Porter Public Library
Tuesday, April 5 (7-8:45 p.m.) Westlake-Westshore Arts Council – Westlake Westshore Arts Council presents Sean Crum and a program about "Impressionism: From Manet to Monet."
Tuesday, April 5 (7-8:30 p.m.) Write & Self-Publish Your Own Book – Local author and self-publisher Jim Burkett will walk you through the steps to write and self-publish your book. Please register.
Wednesdays, April 6 and 13 (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, April 6 (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, April 6 and 13 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, April 7 and 14 (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, April 6 (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, April 6 (7-8:30 p.m.) Terry’s Talking Cleveland Sports – Join us for an evening with Plain Dealer sports columnist Terry Pluto, who will share his unique perspective on Cleveland sports. Please register.
Thursday, April 7 (4:15-5:15 p.m.) TBD – Join your friends for a different activity each month. In April we’ll celebrate the beginning of the baseball season! Grades 5-7.
Thursday, April 7 (7-8:30 p.m.) Diggin’ with Dean’s Greenhouse – A representative from Dean’s will discuss vegetable gardening in small spaces, intensive gardening, edible landscaping, container vegetable gardening, as well as pests and disease control. Please register.
Friday, April 8 (9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Family Sessions) and Saturday, April 9 (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, April 8 (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, April 8 (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. Please register.
Saturday, April 9 (10 a.m.-noon) How to Manage Your Financial Life: Transitioning from Saver to Investor – Explore your investing style. Learn about investing concepts: asset allocation, sector rotation, fundamental & technical analysis. Discuss investment portfolios. Please register.
Saturday, April 9 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Minecraft Mania! – Explore the world of Minecraft! Look at books, watch a video and create a craft. Ages 7-12. Please register.
Saturday, April 9 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Bring your ideas and imagination to the club! Ages 3-12. Lego and Duplo bricks provided.
Sunday, April 10 (2 p.m.) Annual Report to the Community – Join Library Director Andrew Mangels as he shares our 2015 annual report.
Monday, April 11 (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. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Ages 3-1/2 to 5 years.
Monday, April 11 (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.
Monday, April 11 (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. Please register.
Monday, April 11 (7-8:30 p.m.) The Health of the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie – Eric Soehnlen from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District will talk about the state of our waterways and the importance of their health. Q&A will follow. Please register.
Tuesday, April 12 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Twitter for Job Search – Take this quick introduction to Twitter and learn how to use it in your job search. Learn how to set up an account. Bring your mobile phone, tablet or laptop with you.
Tuesday, April 12 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In April we’ll discuss "The Art Forger" by B.A. Shapiro.
Wednesday, April 13 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Career Transition Center: Speaker Series Lunch & Learn – Guest speakers present informative and timely topics for job seekers. Bring your lunch; learn and grow. Coffee provided.
Thursday, April 14 (7-8:30 p.m.) Michael Heaton, Minister of Culture – The popular Plain Dealer columnist and author will tell you "How to Get a Job Like Mine." Please register.
Thursday, April 14 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The April selection is "Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania" by Eric Larson.
Friday, April 15 (Basics Session: 9:30 a.m. and 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. To register: connectingforkids.org/handsontraining.
Friday, April 15 (4-5:30 p.m.) Weird(er) 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 learn about fossils. Grades 5-6. Please register.
Saturday, April 16 (10 a.m.-noon) Sensory / Fine Motor Consultations – Abilities First will offer a free consultation for children ages 2-12 for possible delays in fine motor skills and/or sensory processing issues. Information related to these concerns will be provided and a list of all pediatric OT’s in the area will be available for those that may need more information. Call Connecting for Kids at 440-871-7360 to register.
Saturday, April 16 (1-2:30 p.m.) Calling All Midwives – Are you a fan of the hit series "Call the Midwife"? Get on your bike and pedal on over as we welcome a speaker from the Westshore Midwifery Associates to discuss life as a modern-day midwife. Please register.
Saturday, April 16 (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, April 16 (2-3 p.m.) Spring StoryWalk Kickoff! – It’s time to reveal our new StoryWalk! Be the first to stroll through the story of a mischievous mouse with your whole family. Afterward, enjoy face painting, coloring and a sweet treat. Presented by our Teen Advisory Board.
Sunday, April 17 (2-4 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.
Monday, April 18 (6:30-8 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 9 must be accompanied by an adult.
Monday, April 18 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investor’s Interest Group: Making Sense of the Federal Reserve and Monetary Policy – A Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland representative will explain the purpose and functions of the Federal Reserve System and provide an overview of current economic conditions. Please register.
Monday, April 18 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: Digitize Your Records and Cassettes – Join us for a demonstration on how to digitize your records and cassettes using modern software, and learn exactly how you can do it at home! Part of Maker Mondays, which celebrates STEAM initiatives (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) and meets one Monday each month. Please register.
Tuesday, April 19 (9:30-10 a.m.) Stories and Signs – Enjoy interactive stories, songs and movement activities while learning a few words in sign language! Ages 0-3 with caregiver, siblings welcome.
Tuesday, April 19 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Networking – Your network helps you gain information about industries, trends and new career fields so you can present yourself effectively to your next employer. Learn how to build and maintain business relationships that will assist you in your job search and your career.
Tuesday, April 19 (7:30-9 p.m.) Landscaping by Style – Join Margaret Lann from the Cleveland Restoration Society to discuss a brief history of landscape design and explore traditional yard and garden types for different architectural styles found in Northeast Ohio. Please register.
Wednesdays, April 20 and 27 (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, April 20 (2:30-4 p.m.) Opera as an Art Form – Dr. Keller returns for another afternoon of opera appreciation. We’ll be exploring the early opera composers and musicians of the Baroque Era, with samples of performances to enjoy. Please register.
Wednesdays, April 20 and 27 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, April 21 and 28 (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, April 20 (7-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – J. Mark Busch will discuss funeral practices and records.
Thursday, April 21 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Busine$$ Lunch & Learn: Human Resource Management – Learn the legal issues around hiring employees, how to train and manage them, and how to get the most from your employees. Bring your lunch; coffee is provided. Please register.
Thursday, April 21 (2-3 p.m.) Travel Club: River Cruising – River cruising is one of the fastest growing areas of the travel industry. Learn about river cruising in Europe and the USA in this session. Please register.
Friday, April 22 (10 a.m.-noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.
Friday, April 22 (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 celebrate Earth Day by investigating nature's best recyclers ... wonderful worms! Discoveries will be made through hands-on experiments, active participation and a simple take-home project. Ages 4-6.
Friday, April 22 (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. Please register.
Saturday, April 23 (9:30-10:15 a.m.) Preschoolers Rock! – Get ready to move your feet and dance to the beat with your homemade instruments! Use your imagination as we create a drum, jingle bell bracelet and shaker to take home. Ages 3-5.
Saturday, April 23 (10 a.m.-noon) How to Choose Your Financial Advisor – Jan Litterst from EMPOWER Excellence will address these financial questions: Who are you as an investor? What is risk tolerance & what is yours? How do you pay your financial expert? Discuss how to find the right financial advisor for you. Please register.
Saturday, April 23 (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, April 23 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Bring your ideas and imagination to the club! Ages 3-12. Lego and Duplo bricks provided.
Sunday, April 24 (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 9 must be accompanied by an adult.
Monday, April 25 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Monday, April 25 (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.
Monday, April 25 (7-8 p.m.) Spotting and Avoiding Financial Scams and Identity Theft – A Federal Trade Commission representative will discuss how to spot, stop and avoid scams. Learn what steps to take to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft. Please register.
Tuesday, April 26 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Results-Oriented Resumes – Competition is tough and employers are swamped with resumes for each position they post. Learn what will catch their attention and make them want to interview you.
Tuesday, April 26 (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, April 26 (7-8:30 p.m.) Connecting for Kids Parent Discussion Group – This month’s topic is "How Visual Skills Impact Learning and Attention." What red flags should you look for to indicate your child may have a delay in vision skill development? Dr. Alex Andrich, OD, FCOVD, will discuss development of vision skills from birth to grade school, as well as how functional vision deficits can often be misdiagnosed as ADHD and dyslexia. Dr. Leah Steele, OD, will discuss visual skills needed in the classroom as well as symptoms that can occur when there are problems with these visual skills. Free child care is available. Registration is required.
Wednesday, April 27 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The April selection is "We Never Asked for Wings" by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.
Wednesday, April 27 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Financial Conditions Worldwide – John Sawczak will discuss the world’s financial conditions.
Wednesday, April 27 (7-8:30 p.m.) Secrets of Effective Couponing – Learn how to maximize your savings online and in stores using coupons and other discounts. Adult Services Librarian and experienced coupon user Laura Ploenzke shares her savings strategies. Please register.
Thursday, April 28 (7-8 p.m.) Good Eating on a Fast Food Budget – Let the experts at Heinen’s Grocery Store show us how to enjoy “Good Eating on a Fast Food Budget.” Heinen’s wellness coordinator will discuss how to eat healthfully on a budget. Discussion includes selecting fruits and vegetables in season, when to choose frozen over fresh, homemade vs. take out, portion sizes, and more. Please register.
Thursday, April 28 (7-8:45 p.m.) Westlake Historical Society
Saturday, April 30 (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) Secure Paper Shredding – All Ohio Secure Shred will confidentially handle and permanently destroy 2 boxes of your personal documents (bank statements, cancelled checks, applications, etc.). The Shredding Truck will be located in the south parking lot.
Saturday, April 30 (2-4 p.m.) Craftapalooza – Get crafty in the Youth Services Department. Help us clean out our craft closet by making a variety of make it and take it crafts.
Saturday, April 30 (2-3:30 p.m.) Spa-tacular Homemade Bath Essentials – Come shake off the last of the winter blues as we make our own sugar scrubs, soaking salts and bath bombs! Materials will be provided. Please register.
Saturday, April 30 (4-5 p.m.) Full STEAM Ahead: Programming with Scratch – Each session will explore a different aspect of STEAM learning. This month we’ll learn how to use this free programming tool to create interactive stories, games and animations! Grades 3 and 4. Registration begins April 23.
To register for any of the programs, please call 440-871-2600 or visit westlakelibrary.evanced.info.
Elaine Willis is the Public Relations Associate at Westlake Porter Public Library.