April events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, April 4 (7 p.m.) Connecting for Kids’ 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. This month’s topic: "Marriage Under Pressure: Parenting a Child Who Struggles."

Wednesdays, April 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, April 5 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogy Society Help Session – Please join the genealogy group for an informal walk-in help session.

Wednesdays, April 5 and 12 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, April 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, April 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.

Thursday, April 6 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Friday, April 7 (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: Students in grades 5 and 6 will learn how to use Excel 2013 to create a personalized budget, and learn about personal finance through an online game. Please register.

Saturday, April 8 (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, April 8 (2-3:30 p.m.) Connecting for Kids’ Speaker Series – Join us for a discussion on "Understanding the ABLE Act" with a local pediatric expert. Register at connectingforkids.org or 440-250-5563. Free child care is available.

Saturday, April 8 (2-3 p.m.) DIY Money Crafts – Stop by to make and personalize your own shadowbox bank and other money-related crafts. All supplies provided! Grades 7-12.

Sunday, April 9 (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, April 10 (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, April 10 (6:30-7:15 p.m.) and Friday, April 14 (10:30-11:15 a.m.) Adapted Storytime – Children with varying learning styles and abilities learn in a safe, supportive environment where respect and appreciation for differences are encouraged. This 30-minute storytime, followed by time for socialization, is designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime experience. Content is geared toward ages 3-7, but all ages are welcome. Siblings may also attend, but must register separately. Registration begins one week before each session.

Monday, April 10 (7-8 p.m.) Handling Credit & Debt Wisely – Apprisen will share basic information about managing credit, including the difference between good and bad debt, how to manage debt in order to build your credit rating, why credit is an important tool for reaching financial goals and how to create a “Power Payment System” to pay down debt. Also, learn about various loan products, how they work, and associated interest rates.

Monday, April 10 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: Transform Your Memories into Digital – WPPL has Maker Stations that can convert your records into mp3s, your slides and pictures into digital formats, and your VHS tapes into DVDs. Learn how here. Please register.

Tuesday, April 11 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Finding Hidden Jobs – Research and informational interviewing can reduce the competition and help you sell yourself to an employer. Learn what research is needed and how to do it to find the best job for you.

Tuesday, April 11 (7-8 p.m.) Author Tricia Springstubb – Cleveland Heights author Tricia Springstubb, writer of popular children’s books including "Every Single Second" and "Moonpenny Island" shares her journey to becoming a writer and how ideas turn into books! A reading will follow her presentation; register early as space is limited.

Tuesday, April 11 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In April we’ll discuss "Before the Fall" by Noah Hawley.

Wednesday, April 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. Bring your lunch; learn and grow. Coffee provided.

Thursday, April 13 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The April selection is "True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray" by James Renner.

Thursday, April 13 (7-9 p.m.) Author James Renner – Cleveland author James Renner is known for his true-crime journalism, but he has also written two novels, He will be giving a presentation on writing and his works of fiction, "The Man from Primrose Lane" and "The Great Forgetting." Join us for a fascinating presentation. Please register.

Friday, April 14 (2-4 p.m.) Movies @ the Library! – Join us for a family-friendly movie (rated PG). All ages. Featured film: Rafe is tired of his school's obsession with the rules at the expense of creativity. Desperate to shake things up, Rafe and his friends come up with a plan: break every single rule in the school and let the students run wild. Registration begins April 7.

Friday, April 14 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: A Home for Birds – Join Mrs. K as we explore the wonders of the world. This month let’s be birds and build a nest! Ages 4-7. Registration begins April 7.

Saturday, April 15 (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, April 15 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Bring your ideas and imagination to the club! Ages 3-12. Lego and Duplo bricks provided.

Sunday, April 16 – Library closed in observance of Easter

Monday, April 17 and Wednesday, April 19 (2-4 p.m.) Movies @ the Library! – Join us during spring break for family-friendly movies (all rated PG). All ages. Please register one week before each movie.

  • April 17: Storks have moved on from delivering babies to delivering packages; when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork has to scramble to get the job done.
  • April 19: The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.

Monday, April 17 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investors’ Interest Group – Cycles: economic, monetary, business, stock. What they are, why they exist, why they matter. Please register.

Tuesday, April 18 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Job Search Planning & Time Management – Are you running around in circles trying to find a new position? Most jobseekers do not spend time efficiently. Learn how to plan your work, and the ABC Method to overcome obstacles to success.

Tuesday, April 18 (2-3:30 p.m.) Jr. Robotics: WimpyBOT – Enjoy two of our favorite things, LEGO WeDo robots and Jeff Kinney’s "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" book series as you work with a partner to build and program robots based on the misadventures of Greg and his family. All of the challenges are based on "DWK: The Long Haul"! Ages 8-11. Registration begins April 11.

Tuesday, April 18 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories: Sleep ABCs – 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, April 18 (7-8:30 p.m.) Titanic: Tragedy of Errors – The Titanic’s construction, weather conditions, safety practices, influential passengers, and more will be discussed, along with the six “Mysteries of the Titanic.” Please register.

Wednesdays, April 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.

Wednesdays, April 19 and 26 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, April 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, April 19 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Betsie Norris, director of the Cleveland Adoption Network will discuss "New Adoption Records and Laws."

Thursday, April 20 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Busine$$ Lunch & Learn: Protecting Your Intellectual Property – Intellectual property lawyer Bob Bodi will introduce us to the various forms of intellectual property protection and their purposes, potential shortcomings and risks. Please register.

Thursday, April 20 (2-3:30 p.m.) 3D Animation – Learn how to make animated creations with Carnegie Mellon’s 3D programming environment, Alice. Please bring a flash drive so you can save your work! Grades 7-9. Please register.

Thursday, April 20 (7–8 p.m.) Intro to iPhone – This lecture-based session will provide an overview of iPhone basics. Please register.

Friday, April 21 (1-3:30 p.m.) Fantastic Fridays – Fantastic Fridays are great days for homeschoolers! Every month we’ll explore a new topic with related activities. Ages 6-12. Please register.

Saturday, April 22 (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, April 22 (2-3:30 p.m.) Diggin’ With Dean’s Greenhouse – Dean’s will be sharing tips on planting and making your container gardens, hanging baskets, raised beds and in-ground plantings look their best all summer. They’ll also help with diseases, pests and (of course) deer. Door prizes will be awarded at the end of the evening! Please register.

Saturday, April 22 (2-3 p.m.) Pinterest Club – Come each month to recreate a fun craft from Pinterest. This month: Canvas Art. Grades 7-9. Please register.

Saturday, April 22 (4-5 p.m.) Full STEAM Ahead – This month: Students in grades 3 and 4 will learn how to use Excel 2013 to create a personalized budget, and learn about personal finance through an online game. Please register.

Sunday, April 23 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Money Matters – Celebrate Financial Literacy Month through American Girl quizzes from the book "A Smart Girl’s Guide to Money: How to Make It, Save It, and Spend It," money games and a money-themed craft. Ages 6-11. Please register.

Monday, April 24 (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, April 24 (7-8 p.m.) Spotting & Avoiding Financial Scams & Identity Theft – A Federal Trade Commission representative will discuss how to spot, stop and avoid scams and the steps to take to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft. Please register.

Tuesday, April 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, April 25 (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, April 25 (7-8 p.m.) College is Possible: Financial Aid Seminar – Tri-C’s Financial Aid and Admissions departments will be here to discuss applying for financial aid, navigating the process, and understanding your resources. They’ll also touch on general admissions and transfer options. For teens and their parents.

Wednesday, April 26 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The April selection is "Echoes in Death" by J.D. Robb.

Thursday, April 27 (4-5 p.m.) TBD – This session: Make piggy banks out of recycled materials in celebration of National Financial Literacy Month. Grades 5-7.

Friday, April 28 (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 begins April 21.

Friday, April 28 (10 a.m.-noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.

Friday, April 28 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) Connecting for Kids’ Speaker Series – Join us for a discussion on potty training with a local pediatric expert. Register at connectingforkids.org or 440-250-5563. Free child care is available.

Saturday, April 29 (10:30-11:15 a.m.) Adapted Storytime – Children with varying learning styles and abilities learn in a safe, supportive environment where respect and appreciation for differences are encouraged. This 30-minute storytime, followed by time for socialization, is designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime experience. Content is geared toward ages 3-7, but all ages are welcome. Siblings may also attend, but must register separately. Registration begins one week before each session.

Saturday, April 29 (2-3 p.m.) Art Market – Everything has a price, including your next craft project! You will use funny money to “purchase” craft items and tools that will help you make a project perfect just for you! Grades 2-5. Registration begins April 22.

Sunday, April 30 (2-4 p.m.) Chess Club – Hone your chess skills or learn how to play the game. Recommended for ages 8+, but all ages are welcome. If you have a chess set, please bring it.

To register for any of the programs, please call 440-871-2600 or visit westlakelibrary.evanced.info.

Elaine Willis

Elaine Willis is the Public Relations Associate at Westlake Porter Public Library.

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