May events at Westlake Porter Public Library
Monday, May 1-Saturday, May 6 – Mascot Naming Contest – Our mascot needs a name! Help us find one by submitting a name for our puma and see if yours is the lucky pick! Entry forms will be available at the Youth Services Desk May 1-6, and will be judged by WPPL staff. The winning name will be announced on May 6.
Wednesday, May 3 (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, May 3 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogy Society Help Session – Please join the genealogy group for an informal walk-in help session.
Wednesday, May 3 (2-3:30 p.m.) Adult Coloring – Today’s group will be coloring fashion pages! We’ll provide coloring pages, colored pencils, and cookies. Open to adults 18 and over. Please register.
Wednesday, May 3 (3:30-5 p.m.) Duct Tape Fashion Accessories – Make duct tape fashion accessories you can wear! We’ll have instructions and tons of duct tape in the teen area to help you make wallets, purses, bracelets and more! For students in grades 7-12.
Wednesdays, May 3 and 10 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, May 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, May 3 (6-8 p.m.) Stuffed Animal Adoption Event – Celebrate Children’s Book Week with us at this event. Ages 8 and under. While supplies last.
Wednesday, May 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, May 3 (7-8:30 p.m.) The Art and Fashion of Costuming – Costume designer Charlotte Yetman will be taking us behind the scenes of theatrical costuming. A theatre professor and resident costume designer at Baldwin Wallace University, she’ll be bringing some costumes with her! Please register.
Thursday, May 4 (7-7:45 p.m.) Cinco De Mayo! – Let’s celebrate with stories, songs and a pinata! Ages 4-6. Please register.
Thursday, May 4 (7-8:30 p.m.) Envision a Fashionable You – Wishing you had a better sense of style? Need ideas to make the things in your closet work together? We will provide a guide to fashion and explore your personal style, fit, color and more. Great for all ages, women and men! Please register.
Friday, May 5 (9:30 or 10:30 a.m.) and Saturday, May 6 (9:30, 10:30 OR 11:30 a.m.) Music Therapy & More –This program is designed for children ages 1-6 who are struggling in an area of development. Join us for a program designed to model and teach families how to use music to improve their child’s motor, communication and social skills as well as behavior. Each session is 30 minutes. Register at connectingforkids.org or or by phone: 440-250-5563.
Friday, May 5 (10:30-11:15 a.m.) Paint Your Story – Westlake’s Over the Moon Ceramics Studio will host this special preschool program. We’ll share a story about a very hungry caterpillar and then we’ll make a craft to take home! Ages 3-5. Please register.
Friday, May 5 (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 all about plants and participate in hands-on projects involving plants. Please register.
Saturday, May 6 (All Day) National Free Comic Book Day – In partnership with Carol & John’s Comic Book Shop we’ll be giving out free comic books (two per person) while supplies last.
Saturday, May 6 (10 a.m.-noon) Nan Baker – Cuyahoga County Council representative Nan Baker will meet with you and answer questions.
Saturday, May 6 (1-2 p.m.) Fashion: How the Pros Do It – Kelly Velikonya Patel, store manager at Kate Spade Beachwood, will talk about her experiences working at Fashion Week New York and Miami, and highlight current fashion trends. Please register.
Saturday, May 6 (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, May 6 (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.
Sunday, May 7 (1:30-3:30 p.m.) Compeer Day – Celebrate National Mental Health Awareness month with Far West Center’s Compeer Program. Fun, food, games!
Sunday, May 7 (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.
Mondays, May 8 and 15 (3:30-5:30 p.m.) Teen Lounge – Need a place to hang out after school? We have computers, video games, board games, snacks and more! For grades 7-12 only.
Monday, May 8 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: Silhouette Cameo Vinyl Transfer – The Silhouette Cameo can cut out custom designs on vinyl to transfer to craft projects. Bring something you’d like to apply a design to, and we’ll get to work! Please register.
Tuesday, May 9 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Improving Interviewing Skills – Preparation is the essential ingredient for a successful job interview. It starts with research about the job and the company and includes preparing to answer difficult questions.
Tuesday, May 9 (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: Grandparent Chat. Register at connectingforkids.org or by phone: 440-250-5563.
Tuesday, May 9 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In May we’ll discuss "The Story Hour" by Thrity Umrigar.
Wednesday, May 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.
Wednesday, May 10 (7-8:30 p.m.) Summer Spa-La-La – Say bye-bye to winter skin and get your summer glow on with this DIY workshop. We’ll be making scrubs for your face and feet, a body exfoliation bar, and a lip polish for you to take home. Please register.
Thursday, May 11 (7 p.m.) Continuing the Conversation – Join us for discussions on serious topics facing parents and students. Groups run concurrently as follows:
- Starting the Conversation (Parents): Join a facilitated discussion with Recovery Resources on how to initiate a helpful and productive conversation with your child about tough topics like drugs, alcohol, depression, “cutting” and other risky behaviors rather than arguing and fighting.
- Starting the Conversation (Grades 5-12): It can be really hard to bring up certain topics with a parent. How do you express your questions and concerns about drugs, alcohol and other everyday pressures? This facilitated discussion is for youth to get perspectives from a Recovery Resources expert as well as peer to peer advice.
Thursday, May 11 (7-8 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The May selection is "The Genius of Birds" by Jennifer Ackerman.
Friday, May 12 (10:30-11:15 a.m.) and Monday, May 15 (6:30-7:15 p.m.) Adapted Storytime – 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.
Friday, May 12 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: Fabulous Frogs – Join Mrs. K as we explore the wonders of the world. This month we’ll explore the life cycle of frogs. Ages 4-7. Registration begins May 5.
Saturday, May 13 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) Mother’s Day Fun! – Join us in the Youth Services Department for fun-filled Mother’s Day crafts and activities! No registration required.
Saturday, May 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 6-11.
Saturdays, May 13 and 27 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Bring your ideas and imagination to the club! Ages 3-12. Lego and Duplo bricks provided.
Sunday, May 14 (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.
Monday, May 15 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investors’ Interest Group –Investing Wisely: It’s Easier Than You Think – George Dagnino, editor of the Peter Dag Portfolio, will discuss portfolio management techniques and how to recognize a bull or bear market. Please register.
Tuesday, May 16 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Positive First Impressions – People form an opinion of you within 5-7 seconds. Get tips on the things that determine how you are perceived and how that perception impacts your success in interviewing.
Tuesday, May 16 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories: Rhyme Time – Put on your pajamas and join Mrs. K as we get a little silly with rhymes then relax with quiet stories, songs, fingerplays and other activities to help us get ready for bedtime. Ages 4-6. Siblings welcome.
Wednesdays, May 17 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. Please arrive early to receive a ticket.
Wednesdays, May 17, 24 and 31 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, May 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.
Thursday, May 18 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Busine$$ Lunch & Learn: Financial Management for Your Small Business – Learn how to calculate your start-up costs, create a cash flow projection, and manage your business funds. Please register.
Thursday, May 18 (6:30 p.m.) and Friday, May 19 (11 a.m.) 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. Register at connectingforkids.org or by phone: 440-250-5563.
Friday, May 19 (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, May 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, May 20 (4-5 p.m.) Full STEAM Ahead – STEAM = Science & Technology interpreted through Engineering & the Arts, all based in Mathematical elements. This month: Students in grades 3 and 4 will learn all about plants and participate in hands-on projects involving plants. Please register.
Sunday, May 21 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Gabriela McBride, 2017 Girl of the Year – Celebrate the arts, dance, painting, music, theater and poetry with Gabriela McBride, through games and crafts. Ages 6-11. Please register.
Monday, May 22 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Monday, May 22 (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, May 23 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Setting Up a LinkedIn Profile – Learn techniques for setting up a great LinkedIn profile. Use LinkedIn to meet people who can assist your search and find companies that are hiring. Bring a flash drive with your resume in a Word document. A reservation is required to secure your seat at a computer; otherwise, bring your laptop or tablet.
Wednesday, May 24 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The May selection is "The Three Year Swim Club: The Untold Story of Maui’s Sugar Ditch Kids and their Quest for Olympic Glory" by Julie Checkoway.
Thursday, May 25 (4-5 p.m.) TBD – Join your friends for a different activity each month! This session: We’ll make no-sew emoji pillows. Grades 5-7.
Thursday, May 25 (7-8 p.m.) Alternatives to Cable TV – This program will help you sort through the wide variety of viewing alternatives to traditional cable and satellite service. Learn about digital media players, streaming services and additional options. Please register.
Friday, May 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! Registration begins May 19.
Friday, May 26 (10 a.m.-noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.
Saturday, May 27 (10:30-11:15 a.m.) Adapted Storytime – 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, May 27 (3:30-4 p.m.) Family Storytime – An interactive family storytime featuring books, rhymes, songs, movement and a small craft. For families with children ages 2-6 and their siblings.
Sunday, May 28 and Monday, May 29 – Library closed in observance of Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 30 (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.
Tuesday, May 30 (7-8:30 p.m.) Cleveland in World War II – James Banks is director of Crile Archives and author of "Cleveland in World War II." Through interviews and archival material, he and Brian Albrecht honor a time when Clevelanders of all stripes answered the call to arms, both overseas and on the homefront. Please register.
Wednesday, May 31 (10–11 a.m.) Internet Safety: Sharing Information Online – Tips and best practices for sharing information and staying safe online. 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.