Westlake Porter Public Library's October Calendar
Tuesday, Oct. 3 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories: Toybox – 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, Oct. 3 (7:30-8:30 p.m.) Westlake Westshore Arts Council: FYI Opera – David Bamberger from the Cleveland Institute of Music brings his students to perform scenes from the upcoming opera.
Wednesdays, Oct. 4 and 11 (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, Oct. 4 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogy Society Help Session – Please join the genealogy group for an informal walk-in help session.
Wednesdays, Oct. 4 and 11 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Oct. 5 and 12 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – The reading therapy dogs return! Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with one of them. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 4 (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, Oct. 5 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Thursdays, Oct. 5 and 12 (4-5:15 p.m.) Code Club! – Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! Grades 3-4. Registration begins one week before each session.
Friday, Oct. 6 (1-2 p.m.) Fantastic Fridays – Fantastic Friday is a great day for homeschoolers! This month we will explore the book "Harriet the Spy" by Louise Fitzhugh. We will complete a craft and activities related to the book. Ages 6-12. Please register.
Saturday, Oct. 7 (2-4 p.m.) Craftapalooza – Come to the library and help us clean out our craft closet. A variety of make-it and take-it crafts will be available at the Youth Services desk.
Saturday, Oct. 7 (4-5:30 p.m.) STEAMMaker Lab – This month’s topic: "Geochemistry – the chemistry of rocks." Grades 3-5. Please register.
Saturdays, Oct. 7 and 14 (3-4:30 p.m.) Tween Code Club – Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! Registration begins one week before each session. Grades 5-8.
Sunday, Oct. 8 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Fall Fun – Celebrate fall with a seasonal craft and games. Halloween costumes are optional for you and your doll. Ages 6-11. Please register.
Monday, Oct. 9 – Columbus Day: Library Closed for Staff Training
Tuesday, Oct. 10 (1-2 p.m.) Book Buzz – Join Amanda Fensch from Penguin Random House for a fun discussion of the hottest new books (fiction and non-fiction) coming out at the end of the year! Please register.
Tuesday, Oct. 10 (2-3 p.m.) Estate Planning: Why Most Estate Plans Fail, and What to Do About It – Learn the differences between wills and trusts, avoiding probate, protecting your family even after your death, and preserving the tax deferral benefits of retirement plans for your heirs. Please register.
Tuesday, Oct. 10 (6:30-7:30 p.m.) Robotics Class & Coding for Kids – Sylvan Learning Center is joining us to present two great classes at the same time! Kids can choose to either create and animate robots using LEGO bricks kits or to learn how to use coding to design their own video game! Grades 3-6 only. Registration begins one week before each session.
Tuesday, Oct. 10 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In October we’ll discuss "Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter" by Kate Clifford Larsen.
Wednesday, Oct. 11 (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, Oct. 12 (1:30-4:30 p.m.) CPR Training – CPR and AED certification for adult, child and infant. Instruction by certified instructor/paramedic Ken Hehnen. Please register.
Thursday, Oct. 12 (2-3 p.m.) Great Decisions Discussion Program on World Affairs – Discuss critical global issues facing America today. At the beginning of each month, a copy of the article may be picked up at the Ask Us Desk. Please read the article prior to the meeting. Please register.
Thursday, Oct. 12 (7-8 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The October selection is "I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life" by Ed Young.
Friday, Oct. 13 (9:30 and 10:30 a.m.) and Saturday, Oct. 14 (9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.) Music Therapy & More – For families and their children (ages 0-6 years) who are struggling in an area of development. Join us for a program designed to 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/register or by phone: 440-250-5563.
Friday, Oct. 13 (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.
Saturday, Oct. 14 (10-11 a.m.) Self-Publishing with Pressbooks & SELF-e – Learn to use Pressbooks to format manuscripts and create files for print and electronic publication. Please register.
Saturday, Oct. 14 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Bring your ideas and imagination to the club! Ages 3-12. Lego and Duplo bricks provided.
Saturday, Oct. 14 (2-3:15 p.m.) Indie Author Day – Carrie Gessner, speculative fiction writer, will discuss the process of independent publishing, from writing and editing to formatting and marketing. A panel discussion will follow. Please register.
Saturday, Oct. 14 (3-3:45 p.m.) Kids in the Kitchen – Learn basic cooking skills with fast, simple, no-bake recipes for kids! For students with special needs and their typical peers. If you have an allergy or special diet concern, please contact the Youth Department at 440-250-5471 for a complete list of ingredients. Registration begins Oct. 7.
Sunday, Oct. 15 (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.
Sunday, Oct. 15 (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. Registration begins Oct. 8.
Monday, Oct. 16 (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.
Monday, Oct. 16 (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, Oct. 16 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investors’ Interest Group: Federal Reserve Bank – We will look at a range of simple monetary policy rules and their implications for the federal funds rate based on multiple forecasts. Please register.
Monday, Oct. 16 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: Make A Button – Bring in 2.25-inch designs to turn into buttons! Also, learn how to make your own printable badges on the computer with templates. Please register.
Tuesday, Oct. 17 (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, Oct. 17 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Keys to Finding the Hidden Jobs – Research and informational interviewing can reduce competition for jobs 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, Oct. 17 (7-8:30 p.m.) Tailgate Foods – Fabulous tailgate snack ideas for your next game or get together. Free samples provided by Trader Joe’s. Please register.
Wednesdays, Oct. 18 and 25 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Oct. 19 and 26 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – The reading therapy dogs return! Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with one of them. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 18 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Author William G. Krejci presents "Buried Beneath Cleveland: Lost Cemeteries of Cuyahoga County."
Wednesday, Oct. 18 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Family Trivia – Test your family’s sports trivia knowledge! Please register.
Wednesday, Oct. 18 (7-7:45 p.m.) Play Ball! Family Storytime – Run, jump or slide into the library for a sports-themed storytime. For families with children ages 2-6.
Wednesdays, Oct. 18 and 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.
Thursday, Oct. 19 (10-11:30 a.m.) Intro to Smartphones – Learn the basics of using smartphones, such as screen brightness, wifi settings, adding apps and more! If bringing your device, bring all account passwords. Please register.
Thursday, Oct. 19 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Business Lunch & Learn: Marketing 101 – Learn the basics of creating a marketing plan for your business, including writing your situation analysis, creating measurable goals, understanding timing and budgeting, and how to communicate the unique value of your product or service. Please register.
Thursdays, Oct. 19 and 26 (4-5:15 p.m.) Code Club! – Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! Grades 3-4. Registration begins one week before each session.
Thursday, Oct. 19 (Preschool session: 6:30 p.m.) or Friday, Oct. 20 (Preschool session: 9:30 a.m. and Toddler Session 11:30 a.m.) Teach Me to Play – Designed for children (Toddler: ages 18 months-2 years and Preschool: ages 3-6 years) who are struggling in an area of development. For more information or to register, visit connectingforkids.org or call 440-250-5563.
Thursday, Oct. 19 (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. Please register.
Friday, Oct. 20 (10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.) Dugout Movies – Celebrate Customer Appreciation Week with a baseball-themed movie marathon! Featured movies: 10 a.m. – A vintage film featuring the 1948 Cleveland Indians (unrated); 1 p.m. – A movie that proves that there’s no crying in baseball (PG); 3:30 p.m. – A movie about a piece of paradise a half a block wide and a whole summer long (PG).
Saturday, Oct. 21 (9:15-11:45 a.m.) Secure Paper Shredding – You’re invited to bring your personal documents for shredding. InfoStore will confidentially handle and permanently destroy 2 boxes of your personal documents (bank statements, canceled checks, applications, etc.) The shredding truck will be in the back of the library parking lot.
Saturday, Oct. 21 (2-4 p.m.) Carry Out Crafts – Stop by the Youth Services Department to see what our featured craft is this afternoon. We have all the supplies you’ll need to create something fantastic!
Saturday, Oct. 21 (2-4 p.m.) Tailgate Party – Who are the MVPs? You are! All our Most Valuable Patrons are invited to the finale of Customer Appreciation Week with tailgate games, snacks and family fun.
Saturdays, Oct. 21 and 28 (3-4:30 p.m.) Tween Code Club – Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! Registration begins one week before each session. Grades 5-8.
Saturday, Oct. 21 (3-5 p.m.) Anime Club – A great club for anime and manga lovers! All otakus and newbies welcome! Grades 7-12 only.
Sunday, Oct. 22 (2-2:30 p.m.) Cupcake Wars: Halloween Edition! – It’s a battle of the cupcake! Team up to try to create the best spooky cupcake design for our chosen theme. All supplies provided. Small prizes will be given for Best Cupcake! Grades 7-12. Please register.
Mondays, Oct. 23 and 30 (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, Oct. 23 (6:30-7:45 p.m.) Travel Savings Tips Featuring Joe “The Coupon Guy” – Learn tips and tricks on how to travel affordably! Find out how to get the best deals on car rentals, flights, cruises and more, and how to save on entertainment and restaurants. Please register.
Monday, Oct. 23 (7-8 p.m.) Balancing Hormones Naturally – Dr. Casen DeMaria from the Drugless Doctors will present strategies to help women stay healthy. He’ll discuss how to become aware of body signals you may experience and what you can do to help them naturally. Please register.
Tuesday, Oct. 24 (1-2 p.m.) Cyber Security – Learn about cyber security from an expert with certification in advanced ethical hacking. Presented by an instructor from the State Library of Ohio’s Serving Every Ohioan (SEO) Library Center. Please register.
Tuesday, Oct. 24 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Anime Movie Club – Enjoy and discuss all your favorite anime movies from Studio Ghibli and beyond! Grades 6 to adult.
Wednesday, Oct. 25 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The October selection is "Truly, Madly, Guilty" by Liane Moriarty.
Wednesday, Oct. 25 (7-8:30 p.m.) "Welcome to Night Vale" Listening Party – Celebrate the release of "It Devours!", the new novel from Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. Listen to episodes of the popular podcast while mingling and crafting with fellow fans! Please register.
Thursday, Oct. 26 (7-8 p.m.) Succulents 101 – Tim Malinich of the Midwest Cactus and Succulent Society will teach us the basics of cactus and succulent care. Please register.
Friday, Oct. 27 (10 a.m.-noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.
Friday, Oct. 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.
Friday, Oct. 27 (Ages 4-6: 3-3:45 p.m.; Grades K-2: 4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday – Join Mrs. K as we explore our world! This month we’ll learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin. Ages 4-6. Registration begins Oct. 20.
Saturday, Oct. 28 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Pokemon Fun! – A fun morning of Pokemon-themed play, prizes, and crafts! Ages 6-11.
Saturday, Oct. 28 (3-3:30 p.m.) Spook-tacular Candy Houses – It’s time to create your own Halloween candy house! All supplies provided! Ages 8-10. Registration begins Oct. 21. NOTE: A 24- hour cancellation notice is required to allow others on the waiting list to attend.
Sunday, Oct. 29 (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, bring it with you.
Sunday, Oct. 29 (2-2:45 p.m.) Football Frenzy! – Test your quarterback skills by creating a paper football and launching it on WPPL’s paper football field! We’ll measure your yardage and see who can score a touchdown! Ages 8-11. All supplies provided.
Monday, Oct. 30 (7-8:30 p.m.) Insights into the Unknown – Tri-C Ghost Hunters will present evidence from some of their most memorable paranormal and ghost hunting investigations. Please register.
Tuesday, Oct. 31 (10 a.m.-noon) Networking Effectively – Your network of “business friends” can help you reach decision-makers, learn about industries, trends, new career fields, companies and their cultures. Learn how to build and maintain business relationships that will assist you in your job search and your career.
Tuesday, Oct. 31 (2-3 p.m.) Travel Club: Nashville – Plan a 4-day weekend in the Music City. 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.