August events at Westlake Porter Public Library
Aug. 1-27 – Westlake-Westshore Arts Council’s Community of Fine Arts Show
Tuesday, Aug. 2 (7-8 p.m.) Make a Difference: The Impact of Volunteering – Kirsten Frei-Herrmann of the Greater Cleveland Volunteers will discuss volunteering statistics, why people choose to volunteer and the impact of volunteering. She will also discuss volunteering as a career move as well as volunteering opportunities. Please register.
Wednesdays, Aug. 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. Arrive early to receive a ticket.
Wednesdays, Aug. 3 and 10 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Aug. 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, Aug. 3 (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, Aug. 3 (7-8 p.m.) Art To Go: Armor from the European Middle Ages and the Renaissance – See and touch amazing works of art up to 4,000 years old from the Cleveland Museum of Art. Please register.
Friday, Aug. 5 (4-5:30 p.m.) Weird(er) Science: Geocaching – Designed to teach fundamental principles in an entertaining format, through demonstrations and activities. This month: we’ll learn about geocaching, and go on a library geocache! Grades 5-6. Please register.
Saturday, Aug. 6 (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, Aug. 6 (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.
Monday, Aug. 8 (2-3 p.m.) Keyboarding for Kids – Before school starts, brush up on keyboarding skills! This class for kids entering 3rd and 4th grade will show some techniques for learning how to type. Please register.
Monday, Aug. 8 (7-8:30 p.m.) The Legacy of Music – Musician, director and composer Kira Seaton gives a fun and interactive presentation about the legacy, psychology and impact of popular music. Please register.
Tuesday, Aug. 9 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Results-Oriented Resumes – When you’re looking for a job, your primary “sales tool” is a well-designed, targeted resume. Learn what will catch employers’ attention and make them want to interview you.
Tuesday, Aug. 9 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In August we’ll discuss "The Round House" by Louise Erdrich.
Wednesday, Aug. 10 (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, Aug. 11 (1:30-3 p.m.) Researching Your Roots – Learn how to navigate the Library’s free edition of Ancestry.com. Bring the family names and dates (of birth, marriage, etc.) that you DO know and we’ll try to find a name or date of something you DON’T know! We’ll also take a look at HeritageQuest and some other online resources. Part of Research Matters Month. Please register.
Thursday, Aug. 11 (2-3 p.m.) Opening Act – Show off your creative, dramatic side in this program filled with all things theatrical. Registration begins Aug. 4.
Friday, Aug. 12 (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) Find Your Next Book with NoveList – Using NoveList is a fun and easy way to find your next reading selection. Join us to learn how to use this library resource and find your next book. Part of Research Matters Month. Please register.
Friday, Aug. 12 (3-3:35 p.m. OR 4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday – Join Mrs. K as we explore the wonders of the world. This month we’ll explore buoyancy and make an ocean in a bottle. Discoveries will be made through hands-on experiments, active participation and a simple take-home project. Ages 4-6. Registration begins Aug. 5.
Saturday, Aug. 13 (10-11 a.m.) Self Defense Basics – A common sense and intelligent approach to self-protection using the basic techniques of the Chinese Martial Arts. Open to men and women, older teens welcome. Dress comfortably. Participants will pair up and practice techniques. Please register.
Saturday, Aug. 13 (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, Aug. 13 (1-2 p.m.) Bubble Mania! – Explore the world of bubbles. Experiment with bubble solutions, find new ways to make bubbles and create bubble art! Things could get messy, wear old clothes! Grades 1-3. Registration begins Aug. 6.
Saturday, Aug. 13 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Bring your ideas and imagination to the club! Ages 3-12. Lego and Duplo bricks provided.
Sunday, Aug. 14 (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, Aug. 14 (3-4 p.m.) Art Smarts – Explore some works of a well-known artist and then use what you've seen to create an art piece of your own! Grades 3-5. Registration begins one week before each session.
Monday, Aug. 15 (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, Aug. 15 (7-8 p.m.) Exploring E-Reference Materials with Gale and EBSCO – Join us as we explore the Gale Virtual Reference Library and the EBSCO Host e-book collection and learn the most effective ways to navigate both databases and utilize their resources. Part of Research Matters Month. Please register.
Monday, Aug. 15 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investors’ Interest Group: Just How Good is Active Management Compared to Buy-and-Hold? – This presentation aims to demonstrate the added value of actively managed accounts with years of theoretical results. Please register.
Tuesday, Aug. 16 (9:30-10 a.m.) Stories and Signs – Enjoy an interactive storytime while learning a few words in sign language! Ages 0-3, siblings welcome.
Tuesday, Aug. 16 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories – Put on your pajamas and join Mrs. K as we unwind at the end of the day. We’ll count sheep and unwind with quiet stories, songs, fingerplays and other activities to help us get ready for bedtime. Ages 4-6. Siblings welcome.
Tuesday, Aug. 16 (7-8:30 p.m.) Ships & Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes – Carrie Sowden, shipwreck diver, historian and nautical archaeologist, will present a historical overview of shipwrecks that have occurred on the Great Lakes while also providing insight into their archaeology. Please register.
Wednesdays, Aug. 17, 24 and 31 (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. Arrive early to receive a ticket.
Wednesdays, Aug. 17, 24 and 31 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Aug. 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.
Wednesday, Aug. 17 (7-8:45 p.m.) Baseball and the Movies – Filmmaker and broadcaster Raymond Rolak will share a multi-media presentation on the rich history of America’s pastime in film. Baseball lovers of all ages are invited to attend this event to learn more about the magic of baseball in the cinema. Special guest will be the voice of Cleveland sports, Michael Reghi. Please register.
Thursday, Aug. 18 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Busine$$ Lunch & Learn: Top Five Things Small Business Owners Should Know About Insurance – As a small business owner you want to protect yourself, your business and your employees from lesser known liabilities. Learn about these liability concerns and how to best protect against them. Please register.
Thursday, Aug. 18 (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. Registration begins Aug. 11.
Friday, Aug. 19 and Saturday, Aug. 27 (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, Aug. 19 (1-3 p.m.) Mini Olympics! – Drop in and go for the gold! Special mini-Olympic games including an obstacle course, bean bag games, bowling and more! For children with special needs and their typical peers. Games will be geared toward children ages 3-8.
Saturday, Aug. 20 (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.
Saturday, Aug. 20 (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, Aug. 20 (2-3 p.m.) Pinterest Club for Teens – Calling all crafters! This is the perfect place to exercise your creativity. Each month we will make a craft inspired by a Pinterest post. Grades 7-9. August craft = Dream Jar. Registration begins Aug. 13.
Saturday, Aug. 20 (4-5 p.m.) Full STEAM Ahead: Art Explorations – STEAM = Science & Technology interpreted through Engineering & the Arts, all based in Mathematical elements. This month: Explore several different art methods including solar print paper, CD Mandala, and sand candles. Grades 3-4. Registration begins Aug. 13.
Sunday, Aug. 21 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Jess, 2006 Girl of the Year – 10-year-old Jess Akiko McConnell, the 2006 Girl of the Year, travels with her archaeologist parents to Belize on a dig. We will talk about archaeology and Central America, play a game, and make a craft. Ages 6-11. Registration begins Aug. 14.
Monday, Aug. 22 (1-7 p.m.) – American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Monday, Aug. 22 (2-3:30 p.m.) Downloading Music with Freegal and Hoopla – Hoopla and Freegal allow you to borrow and download free music from your library onto your computer or mobile device! Join us as we learn how to access and navigate both sites. If you are interested in downloading, please bring your own device. Part of Research Matters Month. Please register.
Monday, Aug. 22 (7-8 p.m.) Reference USA – With 24 million businesses in their database, learn how to utilize the power of Reference USA for your employment searches and business research. Time is allotted at the end of class for hands-on practice. Part of Research Matters Month. Please register.
Tuesday, Aug. 23 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: LinkedIn for Job Search – People in almost all fields need to have a LinkedIn profile to be considered for an interview. Learn techniques to better utilize this growing social media tool to help you meet people who can assist with your search and find companies that are hiring.
Tuesday, Aug. 23 (7-8 p.m.) A Treasure Trove: the Best of Backyard Birding – Cleveland Metroparks naturalist Jen Brumfield will discuss bird species found in our region as well as the best local parks and areas to spot birds. Jen will also share how to attract birds to our own backyards and what we’ll need to get started! Please register.
Tuesday, Aug. 23 (7-8 p.m.) WPPL’s Online Local History Photo Collections: A Guided Tour – Come see the wonderful collections of Westlake images available on the Local History pages of the Westlake Porter Library’s web site, from archival images of Westlake’s Founding Fathers and residents, to views of the area’s farms and ever-changing landscape, civic and social organizations, and more. You’ll be amazed at how much local history is available to you and is as close as your computer screen! Part of Research Matters Month. Please register.
Wednesday, Aug. 24 (2-3:30 p.m.) Explore Languages with Mango – Have fun learning a new language with Mango, a free online learning language system from your library. We will show you how easy it is to use as we get you started. Part of Research Matters Month. Please register.
Wednesday, Aug. 24 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The August selection is "The Children Act" by Ian McEwen.
Thursday, Aug. 25 (2-3 p.m.) Travel Club: Travel Photography – Come and join the Travel Club for a talk on travel photography. Bring your favorite travel photos to share. We will also discuss Lynda.com. Part of Research Matters Month. Please register.
Thursday, Aug. 25 (7-8 p.m.) Consumer Reports Online – Consumer Reports is a great site for consumer research. Research cars, electronics, appliances and more. Find guides on how to shop for particular items. Part of Research Matters Month. Please register.
Friday, Aug. 26 (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, Aug. 26 (10 a.m.-noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.
Saturday, Aug. 27 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) “Just Because” Day – Stop by the Youth Services Department any time to celebrate “Just Because” Day with us! This could be one of the best, most fun days of the month! Why? Just Because!
Saturday, Aug. 27 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Bring your ideas and imagination to the club! Ages 3-12. Lego and Duplo bricks provided.
Saturday, Aug. 27 (2-3:30 p.m.) Meet the Artists Reception – Please join the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council to greet the artists from the juried art show.
Sunday, Aug. 28 (3-4 p.m.) Art Smarts – Explore some works of a well-known artist and then use what you've seen to create an art piece of your own! Grades 3-5. Registration begins one week before each session.
Monday, Aug. 29 (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.
Wednesday, Aug. 31 (7-8:30 p.m.) Mindfulness and Meditation – Learn simple meditation techniques to reduce anxiety and discover inner peace. You’ll also explore the history and research behind the process, and more. Ideal for teens and adults. Dress in comfortable clothes. Chairs will be provided for seated meditation. Please register.
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.