September events at Westlake Porter Public Library
Wednesdays, Sept. 5 and 12 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Sept. 6 and 13 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 5 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club – Join us for a creepy classic from the vault ... if you dare! New members are always welcome, but children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please register.
Thursday, Sept. 6 (10-11:30 a.m.) Touching Up Digital Photos – Learn beginner-intermediate level techniques for altering and repairing digital photos, including cropping, adjusting color levels, and removing blemishes. Practice files will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring a flash drive with their own photos. Please register.
Thursday, Sept. 6 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Thursdays, Sept. 6 and 13 (4-5 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, Sept. 7 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) Got Science? – There are millions of insects in the world. Join us as we delve into the world of insects. Grades 1 and 2. Please register.
Saturday, Sept. 8 (10-11:30 a.m.) Beginning Coding for Adults – Learn the basics of coding through self-paced online modules. An instructor will be on hand to help get you started and to facilitate lessons. Please register.
Saturday, Sept. 8 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) Grandparents Day Fun! – Show your love and appreciation for the grandparent or special grown-up in your life by making a craft for them! All supplies provided.
Saturday, Sept. 8 (10:30-11:15 a.m.) and Monday, Sept. 17 (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.
Saturday, Sept. 8 (2-3 p.m.) Alternatives to Cable TV – Frustrated with cable service? This program will help you sort through the variety of viewing alternatives available. Learn about digital media players, streaming services, and additional options. Please register.
Saturday, Sept. 8 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Bring your ideas and imagination! Lego and Duplo bricks provided. For ages 3-12.
Saturday, Sept. 8 (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, Sept. 9 (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! This month’s artist is Pablita Velarde. Grades 3-6. Please register.
Mondays, Sept. 10 and 17 (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.
Mondays, Sept. 10 and 17 (4-5 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 3-8.
Monday, Sept. 10 (6:30-8 p.m.) Introduction to Finding Grants – Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course led by Foundation Center’s David Holmes. Class will end with 30 minutes of hands-on, guided online grant research. It is advisable to bring a laptop/tablet for this portion of the class. Please register.
Monday, Sept. 10 (7-8:30 p.m.) Medicare 101 – John Avon, a Medicare specialist with Aetna Insurance Company, will take you through the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP). Learn about Original Medicare, Medicare Supplements and Medicare Advantage Plans. Increase your understanding of the “Donut Hole” and other Part D prescription coverage rules and learn how to utilize Medicare enrollment periods. Please register.
Tuesday, Sept. 11 (10-11:30 a.m.) Intro to Smartphones – Learn the basics of using smartphones, such as screen brightness, wi-fi settings, adding apps and more! If bringing your device, please bring all account passwords. Please register.
Tuesdays, Sept. 11 and 18 (2-3 p.m.) Conversational Spanish – Spanish is the most popular second language learned in the U.S. Join us to learn Spanish vocabulary and pronunciation with an expert instructor. You’re sure to be speaking the romance language fluently in no time.
Tuesday, Sept. 11 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – We’ll discuss "Small Great Things" by Jodi Picoult.
Wednesday, Sept. 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, Sept. 12 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursday, Sept. 13 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 13 (2-3:30 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 prior to the meeting. Please register.
Thursday, Sept. 13 (7-8:30 p.m.) A Concert of Crickets and Katydids – In late summer and early autumn crickets and katydids take the stage for nature’s final musical performances of the year! Dr. Lisa Rainsong of the Cleveland Institute of Music will introduce you to the members of this delightful ensemble and explain how to identify who’s doing all that singing! Please register.
Friday, Sept. 14 (9:30 and 10:30 a.m.) and Saturday, Sept. 15 (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 hands-on program designed to teach families how to use music to improve their child’s motor, communication and social skills as well as behavior. Led by a board-certified music therapist. Siblings (ages 0-6 years) may also attend but must register separately. Each session is 30 minutes. To register, visit connectingforkids.org or call 440-250-5563.
Saturday, Sept. 15 (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, Sept. 15 (3-5 p.m.) Anime Club – A great club for anime and manga lovers! All otakus and newbies are welcome! Grades 7 to adult.
Monday, Sept. 17 (1-1:30 p.m.) Yoga Time! – This is a perfect way to introduce yoga and practice simple poses that imitate animals and nature. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Ages 3 and up with a caregiver.
Monday, Sept. 17 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investors’ Interest Group: Introduction to Annuities – Join us as we learn the answers to the following questions: What is an annuity? Should I choose taxable vs. tax deferred growth? Which is a better choice, fixed or variable? Presented by the non-profit Society for Financial Awareness, Michael Zawatsky. Please register.
Monday, Sept. 17 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: Transform Your Memories Into Digital – Learn how to use WPPL's Maker Stations that can convert your records into mp3s, your slides and pictures into digital formats, and your VHS tapes into DVDs. Please register.
Tuesday, Sept. 18 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Tablet Tuesday User Group – This group will share tips and tricks with each other about using iPads and Android tablets. Kindle Fire users welcome! Please bring your devices. Please register.
Tuesday, Sept. 18 (1-3 p.m.) Career: Targeting for Hidden Jobs – When searching for a new position wouldn’t it be great to get a list of available positions that fit you perfectly? The correct, targeted research will get you that. Learn how to find these hidden positions and how to go directly after them.
Tuesday, Sept. 18 (6:30-8 p.m.) Connecting for Kids’ Speaker Series – Join us for a presentation by local, pediatric professionals. Free, supervised children’s activities are available, but adults and children must register separately. Topic: Solutions to Anger and Defiance. To register, call 440-250-5563 or visit connectingforkids.org.
Wednesdays, Sept. 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, Sept. 19 and 26 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, September 20 and 27 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 19 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Liz Pearson will speak about "English and Welsh Parish Records, 1538-1837."
Thursday, Sept. 20 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Business Lunch & Learn: Business Law – This seminar will cover the legal topics that most entrepreneurs and business owners will encounter in the start-up and running of their businesses. Attendees will learn about business start-up issues, doing business with a partner, lease review, general contract matters and general intellectual property issues. Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions pertaining to his/her business. Please register.
Thursdays, Sept. 20 and 27 (4-5 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, Sept. 20 (Preschool session: 6:30 p.m.) and Friday, Sept. 21 (Preschool session: 9:30 a.m. and Toddler Session: 11:30 a.m.) Teach Me to Play – A play-based program for families and their children (Toddler: ages 18 months-2 years and Preschool: ages 3-6 years) who are struggling in an area of development. Diverse opportunities for learning are provided, with an emphasis on facilitating communication, practicing social interactions and responding to behaviors in a positive way. Each themed session offers a variety of engaging individual, small and whole group activities. Led by an experienced early intervention specialist and speech-language pathologist. To register, call 440-250-5563 or visit connectingforkids.org.
Friday, Sept. 21 (3:30-4:15 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: Dinosaur Discovery – Join Mrs. K as we explore the wonders of our world. What happened to the dinosaurs? We’ll answer that question and more. Discoveries will be made through hands-on experiments, active participation and a simple fossil to take home. Ages 4-6. Please register.
Saturday, Sept. 22 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Pokemon Fun! – A fun morning of Pokemon-themed play, prizes, and crafts! Ages 6-11.
Saturday, Sept. 22 (1-4 p.m.) WPPL Health Fair – Learn more about your health and how to stay healthy at all ages. You’ll have a chance to participate in three different programs (registration required), get health screenings (vision, blood pressure and stroke risk assessment), and visit with area health organizations. Registration required for programs only.
Saturday, Sept. 22 (1-1:30 p.m.) Yoga with Inner Bliss Yoga Studio – Join us for a free yoga class. Presented as part of the WPPL Health Fair. Please register.
Saturday, Sept. 22 (1:30-2:30 p.m.) Healthy Living for Brain and Body – For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association as part of the WPPL Health Fair. Please register.
Saturday, Sept. 22 (3-4 p.m.) What is Functional Medicine? – Functional medicine, as defined by the Institute for Functional Medicine, is “a systems biology-based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease.” Join us as Dr. Emily Brawner talks about this whole-person approach to medicine. Presented as part of the WPPL Health Fair. Please register.
Sunday, Sept. 23 (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!
Monday, Sept. 24 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Monday, Sept. 24 (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, Sept. 24 (4-5 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 3-8.
Tuesday, Sept. 25 (2-3 p.m.) Conversational Spanish – Spanish is the most popular second language learned in the U.S. Join us to learn Spanish vocabulary and pronunciation with an expert instructor. You’re sure to be speaking the romance language fluently in no time.
Tuesday, Sept. 25 (2-3:30 p.m.) Travel Club: Travel Apps – There are apps for everything, they can tell you what weather to expect, where the best deals can be found, or even help to order your lunch. What about travel and planning your vacation? Join us as one of our librarians describes various apps available to help you plan your next big adventure or trip around town. Please register. Note: The location for the meeting for this month only has been switched to the Porter Room.
Tuesday, Sept. 25 (7-8 p.m.) ACT/SAT Test Prep Seminar – Students in grades 10-12 and their parents are invited to join us for a presentation on the differences between the ACT and the SAT, including what both tests look like, what’s tested and how they’re scored, in order to help you decide which test (or both) is more appropriate to take. You’ll also receive tips and tricks to get the best score possible! Please register.
Tuesday, Sept. 25 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories – Put on your pajamas and join Mrs. K. as we unwind at the end of the day with stories, songs, fingerplays and other activities. This month: Goodnight Dinosaurs. Ages 4-6. Siblings welcome.
Tuesday, Sept. 25 (7-8:30 p.m.) Westlake Candidates Night – The League of Women Voters will present an opportunity for candidates on the November 2018 ballot for Ohio Congressional District 16, Ohio House District 16 and Cuyahoga County Council District 1 to speak to the public. Timed presentations will be based on questions written by the audience and moderated by a member of the League. Citizens will also have an opportunity to register to vote, update their voter registration and/or apply for mail-in ballots.
Wednesday, Sept. 26 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – We'll discuss "Carrying Albert Home" by Homer Hickam.
Friday, Sept. 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.
Friday, Sept. 28 (10 a.m.-noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.
Saturday, Sept. 29 (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, Sept. 29 (2-3 p.m.) DIY Zen Garden – Get your zen on and make your own relaxing zen garden. You can design your own garden and take it home to use in the future. Grades 6-8. Registration begins Sept. 22.
Saturday, Sept. 29 (4-5:30 p.m.) STEAMMaker Lab – Topic: Dem Bones, Dem Bones! Study and create your own human skeleton model. Grades 3-5. Please register.
Sunday, Sept. 30 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club – Join us for a discussion about Isabelle, the 2014 Girl of the Year, who discovers a unique talent to call her very own. We too will try to find our own unique talents through a craft and games! Ages 6-11. Registration begins Sept. 23.
Sunday, Sept. 30 (2-4 p.m.) Chess Club – Hone your chess skills or learn how to play the game. Recommended for ages 6+, but all ages are welcome. If you have a chess set, please bring it with you.
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.