February events at Westlake Porter Public Library
Tuesday, Feb. 7 (7 p.m.) Coffee and Chat – Join our interactive support group and meet other families facing similar struggles. The group discussion is facilitated by a mental health professional. Topic: "Parents and Siblings Talk About the Needs of Siblings." Register at www.connectingforkids.org/register, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 440-250-5563.
Wednesdays, Feb. 8 and 15 (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, Feb. 8 (noon-1:30 p.m.) 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.
Wednesdays, Feb. 8 and 15 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursday, Feb. 9 (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, Feb. 9 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Thursday, Feb. 9 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The February selection is "Lab Girl" by Hope Jahren.
Friday, Feb. 10 (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 our Solar System. Grades 5-6. Please register.
Saturday, Feb. 11 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) SAT Practice Exam – Get ready for test time with an SAT practice exam. Study skills will be discussed and detailed results will be returned to students the following week at the results session. Students are asked to bring their own pencils and scientific calculator. Grades 9-12. Please register.
Saturday, Feb. 11 (2-3 p.m.) Pinterest Club – Come each month to recreate a fun craft from Pinterest. This month: "Mandala Rocks." Grades 7-9. Registration begins one week before each session.
Saturday, Feb. 11 (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!
Sunday, Feb. 12 (2-4 p.m.) Mad 4 Manga – A great club for anime and manga lovers! All otakus and newbies welcome! Grades 7-12 only please.
Monday, Feb. 13 (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, Feb. 13 (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, Feb. 13 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: Silhouette Cameo – Learn how to use the Silhouette Cameo to cut out and heat transfer designs to items of your choice. Bring an item to decorate! Please register.
Tuesday, Feb. 14 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Using Twitter for Job Search – Job seekers often have no way of directly connecting with the recruiter or the hiring manager. Twitter can help with this challenge. Bring your mobile device and learn how to set up an account and use it in your job search.
Tuesday, Feb. 14 (1-8 p.m.) Valentine’s Day Fun – Join us in the Youth Services Department for Valentine’s Day crafts! While supplies last. All ages welcome.
Tuesday, Feb. 14 (1:30-3 p.m.) Researching Your Roots: Ancestry.com – Learn how to navigate Ancestry.com Library Edition in order to research your family history. Bring the names and dates of relatives that you know. Class is limited to 12 computers. Please let the staff know if you and a partner will share a computer.
Tuesday, Feb. 14 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In February we’ll discuss "Modern Romance" by Aziz Ansari.
Thursday, Feb. 16 (6:30 p.m.) and Friday, Feb. 17 (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, Feb. 17 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: Static Electricity – Join Mrs. K as we explore the wonders of the world. This month we’ll explore static electricity! Ages 4-7. Registration begins Feb. 10.
Saturday, Feb. 18 (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, Feb. 18 (1-2 p.m.) One By 1 LEGO Mosaics – LEGO artist Wayne Peltz will bring some of his portrait mosaics, talk about his work and answer your questions. All ages welcome. Please register.
Saturday, Feb. 18 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Bring your ideas and imagination to the club! Ages 3-12. Lego and Duplo bricks provided.
Sunday, Feb. 19 (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, Feb. 19 (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 Feb. 12.
Monday, Feb. 20 (2-2:45 p.m.) Kids in the Kitchen – Learn basic cooking skills with fast, simple, no-bake recipes just for kids! For students with special needs and their typical peers. If you have an allergy or special diet concerns, please contact the Youth Department at 440-250-5471 for a complete list of ingredients. Ages 8-12. Registration begins Feb. 13.
Monday, Feb. 20 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investors’ Interest Group: K.I.S.S. System Investing – Let seasoned investor and American Association of Individual Investors Cleveland Chapter President Chuck Evans show you his simple system of investing and managing your savings. Please register.
Tuesday, Feb. 21 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Making Positive First Impressions – Within 5-7 seconds someone forms an opinion of you based on how you present yourself. Get tips on the things that determine how you are perceived and how that perception impacts your success in interviewing.
Tuesday, Feb. 21 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories: Who’s Hibernating? – Put on your pajamas and join Mrs. K as we unwind at the end of the day with quiet stories, songs, fingerplays and other activities to help us get ready for bedtime. Ages 4-6. Siblings welcome.
Tuesday, Feb. 21 (7-8:45 p.m.) Westlake Westshore Arts Council – Join us for the “Catch a Rising Star” program from Baldwin Wallace University.
Wednesday, Feb. 22 (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, Feb. 22 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The February selection is "Kitchens of the Great Midwest" by Ryan Stradal.
Wednesday, Feb. 22 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursday, Feb. 23 (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, Feb. 23 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Busine$$ Lunch & Learn: Non-Profit Grants – Learn how to search for grant opportunities, assess whether you meet the eligibility requirements and how to approach writing an application. Please register.
Thursday, Feb. 23 (2-3 p.m.) Travel Club – This month we’ll explore Italy! Please register.
Friday, Feb. 24 (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. Registration required.
Friday, Feb. 24 (10 a.m.-noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems and show off.
Friday, Feb. 24 (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.
Saturday, Feb. 25 (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, Feb. 25 (4-5 p.m.) Full STEAM Ahead – STEAM = Science & Technology interpreted through Engineering & the Arts, all based in Mathematical elements. This month: "Our Solar System." Grades 3-4. Registration begins Feb. 18.
Sunday, Feb. 26 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club – Addy Walker is a 9-year-old born into slavery and growing up during the Civil War (1864). We will discuss the Civil War, slavery, freedom and equality. We will also play games and make a craft. Ages 6-11. Registration begins Feb. 19.
Sunday, Feb. 26 (2-3 p.m.) Friends’ Sunday Sounds – “Red Light Roxy” will perform jazz and blues songs from the '40s and '50s. Luncheon will be served cabaret-style. Please register.
Monday, Feb. 27 (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, Feb. 27 (6-8 p.m.) Get Ready for Mardi Gras! – Drop in for Mardi Gras fun! Create a mask or a jester’s hat and get ready to celebrate!
Monday, Feb. 27 (7-8:30 p.m.) Adult Coloring – Looking to reduce your stress and anxiety while increasing your mindfulness? Come color with us! We’ll provide coloring pages, colored pencils and cookies. Open to adults 18 and over. Please register.
Tuesday, Feb. 28 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Networking Effectively – Your network helps you to gain information about industries, trends and career fields. Learn how to build and maintain business relationships that will assist you in your job search
Tuesday, Feb. 28 (10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) Individual Tutoring Sessions with Foundation Center – Meet with a Foundation Center staff member for a half-hour session just for you. Learn how to use the grant application database to best advantage. Please call the Reference desk to reserve a time.
To register for any of the programs, please call 440-871-2600 or visit http://westlakelibrary.evanced.info.
Elaine Willis is the Public Relations Associate at Westlake Porter Public Library.