July events at Westlake Porter Public Library
Tuesday, July 18 (2:30-3 p.m.) Book Buddies – Teen volunteers help younger students retain their reading skills. This program is designed for children entering grades 1-3 who need extra help practicing reading. Please note: Book Buddy volunteers are neither expected nor trained to correct learning problems or to teach children to read.
Tuesday, July 18 (3-4 p.m.) Summer Brain Games – Kids in grades 1-3 can drop in each week for grade-appropriate educational games. Teen volunteers and staff from the Westlake City Schools will be on hand to assist.
Tuesday, July 18 (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: "How to Stay Calm When the Kids Are Out of Control."
Wednesdays, July 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, July 19 (2-3:30 p.m.) Busy Town Building Day – Come build Richard Scarry’s Busy Town. All materials will be provided. All ages.
Wednesdays, July 19 and 26 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, July 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, July 19 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society: Genealogical Roundtable Sharing – Bring your photos, trees, brick walls, successes, Eureka! moments, tales or favorite website to share with the group.
Thursdays, July 20 and 27 (2-3:30 p.m.) Teen Crafts – Bring out your creativity for a new craft each week. All supplies provided. Grades 7 and up.
- July 20: Design Your Own Mugs
- July 27: Paint Chip Art
Thursday, July 20 (7 p.m.) Continuing the Conversation – Join us as we continue discussion about tough issues facing parents and students. This month’s topic is "Got Stress? The Impact of Stress on Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues."
Friday, July 21 (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, July 21 and 28 (2-4 p.m.) Movies @ the Library! – Join us on Fridays for family-friendly movies. All ages. Please register one week before each movie.
- July 21: Born for adventure, American Girl Lea Clark heads deep into the Brazilian rainforest, where her most exciting story awaits. (Unrated)
- July 28: Gilly Hopkins has seen more than her share of foster homes and has outwitted every family she has lived with. Will her outrageous scheme to be reunited with her birth mother work? (PG)
Saturday, July 22 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) Build A Better World ... Recycle! – Help us celebrate our summer reading theme by creating crafts from recycled materials! All ages welcome.
Saturday, July 22 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) Build a Better World ... with Bricks! – Members from North East Ohio Lego Users Group (NEOLUG) will display their creative brick sculptures.
Saturday, July 22 (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. Please register.
Saturday, July 22 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Bring your ideas and imagination to the club! Ages 3-12. Lego and Duplo bricks provided.
Saturdays, July 22 and 29 (3-4:30 p.m.) Tween Code Club – Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! Please register. Grades 5-8.
Saturday, July 22 (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.
Sunday, July 23 (3-4 p.m.) Art Smarts – Explore 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, July 24 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Monday, July 24 (1-1:30 p.m.) Yoga Rhyme Time! – This is a perfect way to introduce yoga and practice simple poses with rhymes that imitate animals and nature. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Ages 3-1/2 to 5 with a caregiver.
Tuesday, July 25 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Results-Oriented Resumes – When you’re looking for a job, your primary “sales tool” is a well-designed, targeted resume. Learn what will catch the employer’s attention and make them want to interview you.
Tuesday, July 25 (10–11 a.m.) Google Drive Basics – Learn how to use Google Drive to work with and store files. Create and edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Prerequisite: Gmail account. Please register.
Tuesday, July 25 (2-3 p.m.) Travel Club – Bryan Edwards from Lake Erie Shores and Islands will tell us about wonderful vacation opportunities available along our lake shore.Please register.
Wednesday, July 26 (1-3 p.m.) Super Smash Teen Tournament – Test out your skills to see who will claim the top spot! Retro consoles, other video games, pizza, and snacks will be provided. Grades 7-12.
Wednesday, July 26 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The July selection is "The Personal History of Rachel Dupree" by Ann Weisgarber.
Thursday, July 27 (7-7:30 p.m.) Parachute Play – Get ready to jump and move with music, stories and the parachute. Bring your energy and mom, dad or other caregiver! Ages 4-6. Registration begins July 20.
Friday, July 28 (10 a.m.-noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.
Saturday, July 29 (3-5 p.m.) Anime Club – A great club for anime and manga lovers! All otakus and newbies welcome! Grades 7-12 only please.
Sunday, July 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.
Monday, July 31 (6-8 p.m.) Friends of the Library’s Annual Ice Cream Social – Join the Friends of the Library for $1 ice cream sundaes from Mitchell’s Ice Cream, entertainment by the Big Daddies and Pete Cavano, the cake walk, and more family fun! The Friends will also have sales at Portables and the Book Nook during the Ice Cream Social.
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.