Westlake Porter Public Library's early December calendar of events
Saturday, Dec. 2 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday, Dec. 3 (1-4:30 p.m.) Portables’ Annual Holiday Open House – The Friends of the Library’s gift store offers jewelry and other accessories, home entertaining items, gifts for children, and much more. Stop in for your holiday shopping and get great deals!
Saturday, Dec. 2 (10:30-11 a.m.) Mother Goose On the Loose! – An interactive storytime featuring simple books, rhymes, songs and movement. For ages birth-3 years old with a caregiver.
Saturday, Dec. 2 (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, Dec. 2 (3:30-5 p.m.) Winter Pottery – Quill Pottery Studio will bring everything you need to make some great clay medallions that you can wear around your neck and a holder to keep them in. Grades 6-9. Please register.
Saturday, Dec. 2 (4-5:30 p.m.) STEAMMaker Lab: The Science of Music – Make your own octave set of Boomwhackers! Grades 3-5. Registration begins Nov. 25.
Sunday, Dec. 3 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Grace – Grace loves to bake with friends and invent new recipes. We will follow a recipe to make a treat, and create a Paris-themed craft. Ages 6-11. Registration begins Nov. 26.
Sunday, Dec. 3 (2-3 p.m. for Grades 1-2; 3:30-4:30 p.m. for Grades 3-5) Winter Pottery – Quill Pottery Studio will be here to help you make fun clay mittens that you can use to decorate your tree or use as a gift! Please register.
Monday, Dec. 4 (6:30-7:30 p.m.) Sensation Stations – Engage your child’s senses by scooping, pouring and sorting a variety of materials. For children with special needs and their typical peers. Ages 3-6.
Monday, Dec. 4 (7-8:15 p.m.) A Celebration of Animation: Great Cartoon Characters from Television History – Everyone has their favorites, but who are some of the most influential cartoon characters from television? Mark Gitlin, author of the book "A Celebration of Animation: The 100 Greatest Cartoon Characters in Television History," will host this fun presentation for kids, teenagers and adults. Please register.
Monday, Dec. 4 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: Transfer 8mm Film to Digital – Have old holiday home movies you want to transfer from 8mm film or Super 8? Now you can with our new converter! Bring a film with you if you want, plus an SD card. Bring a blank DVD-R if you want to burn it to that as well. Please register.
Tuesday, Dec. 5 (2-3 p.m.) Conversational Spanish – Spanish is the most popular second language learned in the United States. Please join us to learn Spanish vocabulary and pronunciation with an expert instructor.
Tuesday, Dec. 5 (6:30 p.m.) Connecting for Kids Coffee and Chat – Join our interactive support group and meet other families facing similar struggles. Free, supervised children’s activities are available, but adults and children must register separately. Topic: "Blending Families when Children have Special Needs" – Blending families is difficult but even more challenging if a child has ADHD, an autism spectrum disorder or other special need.
Tuesday, Dec. 5 (7-8 p.m.) Financial Aid for Students in Higher Education – Dave Holmes from the Foundation Center will discuss foundation support and other sources of financial aid for students in higher education. Come learn how to research private scholarships and hear about available scholarship opportunities for Cleveland-area students. Please register.
Wednesdays, Dec. 6 and 13 (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, Dec. 6 and 13 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, December 7 and 14 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with one of the reading therapy dogs! Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 6 (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, Dec. 6 (7-8 p.m.) and Saturday, Dec. 9 (10-11 a.m.) Tech Gifts for Holiday 2017 – Take a look at some of this season’s most popular gadgets and tech gifts. Registration begins Dec. 1.
Thursday, Dec. 7 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Thursdays, Dec. 7 and 14 (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, Dec. 8 (9:30 and 10:30 a.m.) and Saturday, Dec. 9 (9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.) Connecting for Kids Music Therapy & More – For families and their children (ages 0-6 years) who are struggling in an area of development. Siblings (ages 0-6 years) are welcome to attend. 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, Dec. 8 (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, Dec. 9 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Pokemon Fun! – A fun morning of Pokemon-themed play, prizes and crafts! Ages 6-11.
Saturday, Dec. 9 (2-3 p.m.) Savvy Shopper featuring Joe “The Coupon Guy” – Learn how to consistently save 70% and even earn a profit through couponing, sales and rewards programs on groceries and toiletries. Find out new ways to save money on restaurants, utilities, cell/smart phones, travel, gas, prescriptions, clothes and more! Please register.
Saturday, Dec. 9 (2-2:45 p.m.) Gingerbread Fun! – Create your own gingerbread house with us! Just bring your sweet imagination, and we’ll supply all the necessary parts and pieces! Ages 8-10. Registration begins Dec. 2.
Saturdays, Dec. 9 and 16 (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, Dec. 9 (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, Dec. 10 (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, Dec. 10 (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 3-6. Registration begins Dec. 3.
Monday, Dec. 11 (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 3-5 with a caregiver.
Mondays, Dec. 11 and 18 (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, Dec. 11 (7-8 p.m.) Tai Chi for a Happier Holiday – Susan Cady returns to teach the skill to chill even in the holidays. Movement therapy to ease your mind and body from seasonal stress. Dress comfortably. Please register.
Tuesday, Dec. 12 (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, Dec. 12 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Job Applications and Cover Letters – Most job applications are done online. Computers scan them looking for the keywords for skills, education or experience important to the employer. Learn how to manage an application so yours will be read, how to prepare effective cover, marketing and follow-up letters, and the proper use of email.
Tuesday, Dec. 12 (2-3 p.m.) Conversational Spanish – Spanish is the most popular second language learned in the United States. Please join us to learn Spanish vocabulary and pronunciation with an expert instructor.
Tuesday, Dec. 12 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In December we’ll discuss "Rogue Lawyer" by John Grisham.
Thursday, Dec. 14 (10 a.m.-noon) Keeping in Touch Online – Learn about ways to stay in contact using online tools like Skype, FaceTime, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook and more. The first part of class is a lecture, and the second part is an open lab for trying these technologies. Registration begins Dec. 1.
Thursday, Dec. 14 (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, Dec. 14 (5:30-8:30 p.m.) CPR Training – CPR and AED certification for adult, child and infant. Instruction by certified instructor/paramedic Ken Hehnen. Please register.
Thursday, Dec. 14 (7-8 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The December selection is "Grit: Passion, Perseverance and the Science of Success" by Angela Duckworth.
Thursday, Dec. 14 (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 Dec. 7.
Saturday, Dec. 16 (10-11 a.m.) Creating a Dementia Friendly Westshore Community – The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation will present a program to share methods that enhance quality of life for individuals touched by dementia/Alzheimer’s along with their care partners. Please register.
Saturday, Dec. 16 (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, Dec. 16 (3-5 p.m.) Anime Club – A great club for anime and manga lovers! All otakus and newbies welcome! Grades 7-12 only.
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.