October events at Westlake Porter Public Library
Tuesday, Oct. 4 (7:30-8:45 p.m.) FYI Opera – Stars of the Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Program will preview Puccini’s "Sister Angelica" and Menotti’s "Amelia Goes to the Ball."
Wednesdays, Oct. 5 and 12 (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, Oct. 5 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogy Society Help Session – Please join the genealogy group for an informal walk-in help session.
Wednesday, Oct. 5 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Oct. 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, Oct. 5 (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.
Friday, Oct. 7 (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, Oct. 7 (11:30 a.m.) Connecting for Kids: Family Discussion Group – Join us for a discussion on "When is the Worry Too Much?" with a local pediatric expert. Register at connectingforkids.org or by phone: 440-250-5563.
Friday, Oct. 7 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday – Join Mrs. K as we explore the wonders of the world. This month we’ll find out what happened to the dinosaurs and more. Ages 4-6. Please register.
Saturday, Oct. 8 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) Star Wars Reads Day – Mark your calendars for our 5th Annual Star Wars Reads Day! Enjoy intergalactic activities, crafts and games. You can come dressed up as your favorite character. Giveaways and a raffle, too! All ages welcome.
Saturday, Oct. 8 (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, Oct. 8 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Bring your ideas and imagination to the club! Ages 3-12. Lego and Duplo bricks provided.
Sunday, Oct. 9 (2-3:30 p.m.) Boredom Busters! – 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, Oct. 9 (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. Please register.
Monday, Oct. 10 – Columbus Day: Library Closed for Staff Training
Tuesday, Oct. 11 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: First Impressions – In 5-7 seconds someone forms an opinion of you that stays with them. Get tips on the things that determine how you are perceived and how that perception impacts your success.
Tuesday, Oct. 11 (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 some sheep and unwind with quiet stories, songs, fingerplays and other activities to help us get ready for bedtime. This month: Monster Mash! Ages 4-6. Siblings welcome.
Tuesday, Oct. 11 (7-8 p.m.) ACT/SAT Test Prep Seminar – A great score on the ACT or PSAT/SAT can be the difference between getting admitted to the school of your dreams or not. Be prepared to make your college dreams come true with this test prep seminar. Both students and parents are welcome. Please register.
Tuesday, Oct. 11 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In October we’ll discuss "A Tale for the Time Being" by Ruth Ozeki.
Wednesday, Oct. 12 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Speaker Series Lunch & Learn – Guest speakers join Career Transition Center to present informative and timely topics for job seekers. This month: "Myths and Realities of Older Workers." Bring your lunch; learn and grow. Coffee provided.
Wednesday, Oct. 12 (2-3 p.m.) Medicare Check-Up – Join us as an OSHIIP (Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program) community liaison provides us with timely information regarding Medicare changes, enrollment in a Medicare prescription drug plan (Part D) and Medicare health plan. Please register.
Wednesday, Oct. 12 (7-8 p.m.) International Education from Westlake Schools – Please join us to learn how the Westlake Schools are preparing kids with the International Baccalaureate program.
Thursday, Oct. 13 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The October selection is "The Residence: Inside the World of the White House" by Kate Andersen Brower.
Friday, Oct. 14 (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.
Fridays, Oct. 14 and 28 (2-4 p.m.) Movies at the Library! – Join us on Fridays for movie matinées! All ages. All movies are rated PG. Registration begins one week before each session. Oct. 14: Meet Red, Chuck and Bomb, a team of unlikely heroes, and finally learn why these birds are so angry! Oct. 28: In Disney's live-action adventure, Mowgli, a man-cub raised by a family of wolves, embarks on a journey of self-discovery when he's forced to abandon the only home he's ever known.
Saturday, Oct. 15 (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, Oct. 15 (1-2 p.m.) 3-D Printing Orientation – Before you can use the library's new 3D printer, you'll need to take this orientation. Learn library policies about using it, how to download a 3D-printable object, and how to prepare it for a great print! Please register.
Saturday, Oct. 15 (2-4 p.m.) Folk Music with Andy and Judy – Join Andy and Judy Daigle for an afternoon of folk music and fun. This talented folk duo performs regularly at libraries, coffeehouses and concert venues, blending popular folk covers with their growing list of original songs. Please register.
Saturday, Oct. 15 (2-3 p.m.) Frankentoy – What would Frankenstein do? Celebrate Halloween by making your own Frankentoy. Engineer a new toy by taking toys apart and putting them together in a new way. Grades 5-7. Registration begins Oct. 8.
Saturday, Oct. 15 (4-5 p.m.) Full STEAM Ahead – STEAM = Science & Technology interpreted through Engineering & the Arts, all based in Mathematical elements. This month: "Forensics: Solving Mysteries Through Chemistry." Grades 3-4. Registration begins Oct. 8.
Sunday, Oct. 16 (1–3 p.m.) Android Skills Lab – If you need help with basic Android skills, stop by the Computer Lab with your questions and your Android phone or tablet.
Sunday, Oct. 16 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club – Kit, a 9-year-old growing up during the Great Depression, believes that a can-do attitude and good friends are worth more than anything money can buy. We will discuss the Great Depression, play a game and make a craft. Ages 6-11. Registration begins Oct. 9.
Monday, Oct. 17 (3:30-5:30 p.m.) Teen Lounge – Need a place to hang out after school? Come to WPPL’s Teen Lounge on Monday afternoons! We have computers, video games, board games, snacks and more! For grades 7-12 only.
Monday, Oct. 17 (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, Oct. 17 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investors’ Interest Group: Solving the Retirement Income Puzzle – Strategies and vehicles to help maintain your income during retirement will be discussed. Please register.
Monday, Oct. 17 (7-8:30 p.m.) Movie Maker Monday – Ever want to make a movie using just your smartphone? Or learn about how to create better home movies? This series for all ages will show you how. This month’s session: "Editing and Finishing Your Movie." Please register.
Tuesday, Oct. 18 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Networking Effectively – Your network helps you gain information about industries, trends and new career fields to 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, Oct. 18 (2–3 p.m.) The App Review: Productivity Apps – Note taking, Office Suites, calendars, to-do lists, and more. Come and learn about popular productivity apps available for your device.
Tuesday, Oct. 18 (7-8:30 p.m.) Pet Grooming 101: Tips and Tricks from a Pet Stylist – Expert groomer and pet stylist Kayte Whitmer will discuss and demonstrate grooming pets. Please register.
Tuesday, Oct. 18 (7 p.m.) Connecting for Kids: Family Discussion Group – Join us for a discussion on "Survival Strategies – How to Improve Family Functioning" with a local pediatric expert. Register at connectingforkids.org or by phone: 440-250-5563.
Wednesdays, Oct. 19 and 26 (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, Oct. 19 (11 a.m.-noon) and Thursday, Oct. 27 (3-4 p.m.) 3-D Printing Orientation – Before you can use the library's new 3D printer, you'll need to take this orientation. Learn library policies about using it, how to download a 3D-printable object, and how to prepare it for a great print! Please register.
Wednesday, Oct. 19 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) DIY Pet Toys for Charity – Stop by the teen area to make simple and fun toys for pets at the animal shelter! For each toy you make for the animal shelter, you may also make one for your own furry friend. All supplies provided. Grades 7-12 only please.
Wednesdays, Oct. 19 and 26 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Oct. 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, Oct. 19 (6-8 p.m.) Stuffed Animal Adoption Event! – Celebrate Customer Appreciation Week with us at our Stuffed Animal Adoption Event! Ages 8 and under.
Wednesday, Oct. 19 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society— Doris Gorgas presents "Cemetery Art and Tombstone Inscriptions"
Wednesday, Oct. 19 (7-8:30 p.m.) Purrfectly Crazy Cat Lady Party – Are you a cat lover? Then you won’t want to miss this fun program to celebrate our feline friends! Please register.
Thursday, Oct. 20 (Noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Busine$$ Lunch & Learn: Using and Managing Social Media for Your Business – Learn to navigate Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest and live streaming on Periscope. Examine how productivity apps and smartphone features can be used to organize your life and manage your time. Please register.
Thursday, Oct. 20 (4-5 p.m.) TBD – Celebrate the Day of the Dead with games and a craft. Grades 5-7.
Thursday, Oct. 20 (6:30-7:30 p.m.) and Friday, October 21 (9:30 OR 11 a.m.) Connecting for Kids: Teach Me to Play – This program is designed for children ages 3-6 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. Register at connectingforkids.org or by phone: 440-250-5563.
Thursday, Oct. 20 (7-8 p.m.) Ask the Trainer – Mike Honan from SIT MEANS SIT Dog Training will bring one or two of his best friends to show people how to get the happy, confident, obedient furry family member they had dreamed of. Please register.
Friday, Oct. 21 (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 Oct. 14.
Saturday, Oct. 22 (9:15-11:45 a.m.) Secure Paper Shredding – All Ohio Secure Shred will confidentially destroy two boxes of your sensitive documents. Truck will be in the library’s back parking lot.
Saturday, Oct. 22 (2-4 p.m.) Tail Waggin’ Thank You Animal Rescue Fair – Stop by and meet representatives of local animal rescue groups and learn about the pets available for adoption. Enjoy a complimentary treat from Peace Love and Little Donuts.
Saturday, Oct. 22 (3-3:45 p.m.) Spook-tacular Candy Houses – It’s time to create your own Halloween candy house! All supplies provided. Registration begins Oct. 15.
Monday, Oct. 24 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Monday, Oct. 24 (1-1:30 p.m.) Yoga Rhyme Time! – This is a perfect way to introduce yoga and practice simple poses with rhymes. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Ages 3-1/2 to 5 with a caregiver.
Mondays, Oct. 24 and 31 (3:30-5:30 p.m.) Teen Lounge – Need a place to hang out after school? Come to WPPL’s Teen Lounge on Monday afternoons! We have computers, video games, board games, snacks and more! For grades 7-12 only.
Monday, Oct. 24 (6:30-7:30 p.m.) Medicare Open Enrollment – Attend this timely presentation to learn more about Medicare Parts A, B, C (Medicare Advantage), Part D (Prescription Drug), Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap), and Medicare Advantage. Learn when to make decisions to ensure coverage and avoid penalties. Please register.
Tuesday, Oct. 25 (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, Oct. 25 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Hidden Jobs – Competition for published job opportunities is fierce. Learn about the research needed to determine the best job for you and how to find out about positions before they’re advertised.
Tuesday, Oct. 25 (7-8 p.m.) Fun Facts About Latin – Latin was once the dominant language of Italy and later the entire Roman Empire. Learn to speak a few phrases and pick up some trivia along the way. Teens are welcome. Please register.
Tuesday, Oct. 25 (7-8 p.m.) De-Clutter Your Closet and Streamline Your Wardrobe – Did you know that most women wear 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time? Susan Luc from Shop Your Closet returns to teach us how to de-clutter our closets and streamline our wardrobe. Please register.
Wednesday, Oct. 26 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The October selection is "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson.
Wednesday, Oct. 26 (7-7:45 p.m.) Family Fun Night – Enjoy some good old-fashioned Halloween stories and rhymes, decorate a trick-or-treat bag, and show off your costume in a library parade! Ages 3-6. Registration begins Oct. 19.
Thursday, Oct. 27 (2–3 p.m.) Travel Club: Hawaii – We’ll visit all four islands, from the beaches to the tops of the volcanos! Please register.
Thursday, Oct. 27 (7-8:30 p.m.) The Skinny on Diet Trends – There are a multitude of diet plans and weight loss programs to choose from. This presentation will offer an overview of popular diets/diet books, including related materials available in the library and online. Please register.
Friday, Oct. 28 (10 a.m.-noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.
Fridays, Oct. 28 (4-5:30 p.m.) Weird(er) Science – Designed to teach fundamental principles in an entertaining format, through demonstrations and activities. This month: National Chemistry Week – Forensics: Solving Mysteries through Chemistry. Grades 5-6. Registration begins one week before each session.
Saturday, Oct. 29 (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 the following week at the results session. Grades 9-12. Registration begins Oct. 22.
Saturday, Oct. 29 (1-5 p.m.) Craftapalooza – Come to the library and help us clean out our craft closet. A variety of make-it and take-it crafts will be available at the Youth Services desk.
Sunday, Oct. 30 (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.
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.