January events at Westlake Porter Public Library
Tuesday, Jan. 10 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Communicating Effectively with Employers – Come learn tips to guide you to successful conversations with prospective employers. Learn how they perceive you so you can make the right impression.
Tuesday, Jan. 10 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In January we’ll discuss "Eleanor & Park" by Rainbow Rowell.
Wednesdays, Jan. 11 and 18 (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, Jan. 11 (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.
Wednesdays, Jan. 11 and 18 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Jan. 12 and 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! 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.
Thursday, Jan. 12 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The January selection is "Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble" by Daniel Lyons.
Friday, Jan. 13 (4-5:30 p.m.) Weird(er) Science – Each session teaches fundamental principles in an entertaining format, through demonstrations and hands-on activities. This month: Learn all about birds in our area, their colors, shapes, calls, habitats and more. Grades 5-6. Registration begins one week before each session.
Saturday, Jan. 14 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) ACT Practice Exam – Get ready for test time with an ACT practice exam. Students are asked to bring their own pencils and scientific calculator. Grades 9-12. Please register.
Saturday, Jan. 14 (2-4 p.m.) Carry Out Crafts – Stop in to see our featured craft. We have all the supplies you’ll need to create something fantastic!
Saturday, Jan. 14 (3-5 p.m.) Mad 4 Manga – A great club for anime and manga lovers! All otakus and newbies welcome! Grades 7-12 only please.
Monday, Jan. 16 (6:30-7:15 p.m.) Sensory Storytime – Features an adapted storytime for children with special needs and their caregivers. Siblings welcome. Includes time for social play. Content is geared to ages 3-7. Registration begins one week before each session.
Monday, Jan. 16 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investors’ Interest Group: Exchange Traded Products, Pros & Cons – Ian Abbott, past president of AAII Cleveland Chapter and owner of Abacus Financial Services will discuss the pros & cons of owning ETFs. Please register.
Tuesday, Jan. 17 (10 a.m.-noon) Keys to Finding 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, Jan. 17 (7-8:30 p.m.) Connecting for Kids: Family Discussion Group – Join us for a discussion on a relevant childhood topic with a local pediatric expert. Register at www.connectingforkids.org or by phone, 440-250-5563.
Wednesday, Jan. 18 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society: Genealogical Roundtable Sharing – Bring your photos, trees, brick walls, successes, Eureka! moments, etc. to share with the group.
Thursday, Jan. 19 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Busine$$ Lunch & Learn: Non-Profit – Starting a non-profit can be confusing and complex. This session will address the requirements and challenges and how to recruit and orient board members, and provide some tools to assure success. Please register.
Thursday, Jan. 19 (6:30 p.m.) and Friday, Jan. 20 (9:30 OR 11 a.m.) Connecting for Kids’ Teach Me to Play – 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. This program is led by an early intervention specialist in behavior from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
Friday, Jan. 20 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: States of Matter – Join Mrs. K as we explore the wonders of the world. This month we’ll discover how water changes from solid to liquid and back again! Ages 4-6. Registration begins Jan. 13.
Saturday, Jan. 21 (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- 11.
Saturday, Jan. 21 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Bring your ideas and imagination to the club! Ages 3-12. Lego and Duplo bricks provided.
Sunday, Jan. 22 (2-3 p.m.) Friends’ Sunday Sounds – “Vibrant Wind Dancers” will perform Middle Eastern belly dancing.
Sunday, Jan. 22 (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 Jan. 15.
Monday, Jan. 23 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Monday, Jan. 23 (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, Jan. 23 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: Google Cardboard – Experience 3D video with Google Cardboard! Bring your smartphone and (optionally) headphones. Please register.
Tuesday, Jan. 24 (10 a.m.-noon) 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, Jan. 24 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories: Llama and Mama – Put on your pajamas and join Mrs. K as we unwind at the end of the day. We’ll get to know Llama and Mama as we unwind with quiet stories, songs, fingerplays, and other activities to help us get ready for bedtime. Ages 4-6. Siblings welcome.
Wednesday, Jan. 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, Jan. 25 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The January selection is "Fool Me Once" by Harlan Coben.
Wednesday, Jan. 25 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursday, Jan. 26 (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.
Thursday, Jan. 26 (2-3 p.m.) Travel Club – It’s your turn to share your favorite destinations, tips and must-sees with the group! Let’s share our best travel experiences with others.
Friday, Jan. 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.
Friday, Jan. 27 (10 a.m.-noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.
Friday, Jan. 27 (10:30-11:15 a.m.) Sensory Storytime – Features an adapted storytime for children with special needs and their caregivers. Siblings welcome. Includes time for social play. Content is geared to ages 3-7. Registration begins one week before each session.
Saturday, Jan. 28 (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, Jan. 28 (4-5 p.m.) Full STEAM Ahead – STEAM = Science & Technology interpreted through Engineering & the Arts, all based in Mathematical elements. This month: "Birds, Birds, Birds." Grades 3-4. Please register.
Sunday, Jan. 29 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club – Ivy Ling is a Chinese American who wants to make her family proud. Celebrate the Chinese New Year with a craft and traditional Chinese games. Ages 6-11. Please register.
Monday, Jan. 30 (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.
Tuesday, Jan. 31 (10 a.m.-noon) Improving Interviewing Skills – Preparation is the essential ingredient for a successful job interview. It starts with research to ensure the job is right for you and that you are well qualified, and includes learning about the job and the company and preparing to answer difficult questions.
Tuesday, Jan. 31 (4-4:45 p.m.) Craft & Sign: The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Create a booklet of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle and learn the signs to tell the story with your hands! For hearing children in grades K-2. 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.