October events at Westlake Porter Public Library
Wednesdays, Oct. 3, 10 and 17 (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. 3 (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. 3, 10 and 17 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Oct. 4, 11 and 18 (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, Oct. 3 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club – Calling all horror film fans: Join us for another 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.
Wednesday, Oct. 3 (7-7:45 p.m.) Mix-It-Up! – Let’s mix it up with pumpkins and apples at our exploration stations! Use your senses as we have fun playing and discovering! Ages 4-6. Please register.
Thursday, Oct. 4 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Thursdays, Oct. 4, 11 and 18 (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, Oct. 5 (4-5 p.m.) Got Science? – Join us as we delve into the world of science. This month’s topic: Spooky Science! Grades 1 and 2. Please register.
Saturday, Oct. 6 (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, Oct. 6 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Love those bricks? Bring your ideas and imagination! Lego and Duplo bricks provided. For ages 3-12.
Saturday, Oct. 6 (3-3:30 p.m.) Spook-tacular Candy Houses – Spiders, and ghosts and bats, oh my! It’s time to create your own Halloween candy house! All supplies provided. Ages 8 to 10. Attendee MUST give 24-hour cancellation notice to allow others on the waiting list to attend. Please register.
Saturday, Oct. 6 (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, Oct. 7 (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. 7 (2-4 p.m.) Puppet Workshop – Create a puppet, learn about puppetry, put on a play in our theatre and enter into a raffle for tickets to see "Peter and the Wolf" with the National Marionette Theatre in partnership with the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra.
Monday, Oct. 8 – Columbus Day: Library closed for staff training
Tuesday, Oct. 9 (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, please bring all account passwords. Please register.
Tuesday, Oct. 9 (1-2:30 p.m.) Researching Your Roots – This class is an introduction to Ancestry.com as well as other online resources that can be used to research your family. Bring the names and dates of relatives that you do know – you’ll have time for individual research. Please register.
Tuesdays, Oct. 9 and 16 (2-3:30 p.m.) Conversational Spanish – Join us to learn Spanish vocabulary and pronunciation with an expert instructor.
Tuesday, Oct. 9 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – We’ll discuss "The Stranger in the Woods" by Michael Finkel.
Wednesday, Oct. 10 (2-3 p.m.) Free Streaming Movies and TV – Learn how to set up Kanopy, Acorn TV and Hoopla accounts and watch a demonstration of all three so you can easily view movies at home via these streaming services. An email address and library card are needed to access them. Please register.
Wednesday, Oct. 10 (3:30-5 p.m.) Teen Lounge: High Schoolers Only! – In honor of Teen Read Week we’re throwing a special Teen Lounge for only high schoolers. Stop by for snacks, video games, crafts and just hanging out! Grades 9-12 only.
Wednesday, Oct. 10 (7-8 p.m.) Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra Concert Preview – Enhance your knowledge of “Peter and the Wolf” (Serge Prokofiev) and “Carnival of the Animals” (Camille Saint-Saëns) with this free talk with local music expert and enthusiast, Jeanne Hansen. Please register.
Thursday, Oct. 11 (11 a.m.-noon) Crafty Adults – Create art of your own based on the work of a famous artist or holiday. Specifically for ages 18 and up with developmental or intellectual disabilities.
Thursday, Oct. 11 (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.
Friday, Oct. 12 (9:30 and 10:30 a.m.) and Saturday, Oct. 13 (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. This program is led by a board-certified music therapist. Siblings (ages 0-6 years) may also attend but must register separately. Each session is 30 minutes. For more information and to register, visit connectingforkids.org/music or call 440-250-5563.
Friday, Oct. 12 (9:30-10 a.m.) My First Autumn – Celebrate your baby’s first autumn with a simple “thumb-kin patch” craft. For babies 0-18 months with a caregiver. Registration begins Oct. 5.
Saturday, Oct. 13 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) ACT Practice Exam – Get ready for test time with an ACT practice exam. Students are asked to bring their own pencils and scientific calculator. A free results session will take place the following week. Grades 9-12. Registration begins Oct. 6.
Saturday, Oct. 13 (1 and 2:30 p.m.) Connecting for Kids’ Elementary Experiences – Topic: Managing Anger and Controlling Emotions. These hands-on training programs are designed for families and their children (ages 7-12 years) who are struggling. Families will learn targeted skills together and will leave with ideas and resources to use at home. Adults are expected to participate in the program with their children. Siblings (ages 7-12 years) may also attend but must register separately. For more information or to register, call 440-250-5563 or visit www.connectingforkids.org/register.
Saturday, Oct. 13 (2-4 p.m.) Carry Out Crafts – Stop by the Youth Services Department to see what our featured craft is. We have all the supplies you’ll need to create something fantastic!
Saturday, Oct. 13 (3-5 p.m.) Anime Club – A great club for anime and manga lovers! All otakus and newbies are welcome! Grades 7 to adult.
Sunday, Oct. 14 (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.
Monday, Oct. 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, Oct. 15 (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, Oct. 15 (6:30-7:15 p.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. Registration begins Oct. 8.
Monday, Oct. 15 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investors’ Interest Group: Building an Investment Portfolio – A critical part of making good financial decisions is understanding the tools needed to build a strong portfolio. Participants will learn how to develop and manage an effective, long-term investment strategy, including: diversification, re-balancing, re-allocation and how to reduce portfolio overlap. Please register.
Monday, Oct. 15 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: Arduino & Raspberry Pi – Learn about these tiny but mighty technology tools – one a microcontroller, the other a credit card-sized computer – and learn what others have made with them.Please register.
Tuesday, Oct. 16 (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. 16 (10-11 a.m.) Tech Lab: e-Health Devices – Holly Klingler will talk about the latest tech gadgets for health, such as smart watches and Bluetooth blood pressure cuffs. Please register.
Tuesday, Oct. 16 (1-3 p.m.) Planning and Managing Time in Job Search – Most job seekers do not spend their time as efficiently as is necessary to get the best outcome. Learning how to plan your work and work your plan might get you to the next step more quickly. Try the ABC method of ranking priorities to overcome obstacles to success!
Tuesday, Oct. 16 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Outrage in Ohio: A Rural Murder, Lynching, and Mystery – Come see author David Kimmel discuss his book "Outrage in Ohio." In June 1872, 13-year-old Mary Secaur left her church for home. Her disappearance and murder set off an interstate manhunt which led to conflicting confessions and the lynching of an itinerant peddler and an intellectually disabled teenager. The author sets out to discover what led to the lynching and who the perpetrators actually were. Please register.
Tuesday, Oct. 16 (7:30-8:30 p.m.) Westlake Westshore Arts Council – Students from the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Opera program will perform scenes from CIM’s fall opera. Free and open to the public.
Wednesday, Oct. 17 (10-11 a.m.) 5 Steps to Better Hearing – We will review steps that you can take to improve your hearing, including deciding where you want to hear better, using good communication skills, the importance of routine hearing evaluations, how hearing loss is affected by certain diseases, and how you can use technology to help you hear better. Presented by the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center. Please register.
Wednesdays, Oct. 17 and 24 (10-11:30 a.m.) Using Web-Based Email for Beginners – In a two-part class, learn the basics of using web-based email such as Gmail, Yahoo and more. Please register for BOTH classes.
Wednesdays, Oct. 17 and 24 (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, Oct. 17 and 24 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursday, Oct. 18 (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, Oct. 17 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Tom Cirincione will discuss "Using Newspapers in Genealogy."
Thursday, Oct. 18 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Business Lunch & Learn: Social Media 101 – Growing your business through social media views are great, but engagement is better. Learn to navigate the ever-changing world of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. Wendy Stanich, digital marketing consultant with RevLocal, will discuss how often you should be sharing content vs. promoting your business, how to keep existing customers engaged while reaching new customers, how to organize content and schedule posts, and where your target audience spends most of their time. Bring your lunch; coffee & water will be provided. Please register.
Thursdays, Oct. 18 and 25 (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, Oct. 18 (Preschool session: 6:30 p.m.) and Friday, Oct. 19 (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. The program is led by an experienced early intervention specialist and speech-language pathologist. For more information and to register, call 440-250-5563 or visit connectingforkids.org/play.
Friday, Oct. 19 (3:30-4:15 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: Bashful Bats – Join Mrs. K as we explore the wonders of our world. Let's build a food chain that includes bugs and bats. Discover how bats use echolocation to find their food through hands-on experiments, active participation and a simple take-home project. Ages 4-6. Please register.
Saturday, Oct. 20 (9:30-11:30 a.m.) Secure Document Shredding – InfoStore will confidentially handle and permanently destroy two boxes of your personal documents. The shredding truck can shred staples, paperclips and rubber bands, but cannot shred spiral bound notebooks, 3-ring binders or your boxes. The truck will be located in the south parking lot until 11:30 or until it is full.
Saturday, Oct. 20 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) How-To Halloween! – Join us in the Youth Services Department for some spook-tacular crafts! While supplies last. All ages welcome.
Saturday, Oct. 20 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Pokemon Fun! – A fun morning of Pokemon-themed play, prizes and crafts! Ages 6-11.
Saturday, Oct. 20 (2-4 p.m.) How-To Festival – Have you ever wondered how to ... anything? Explore our open house-style event held throughout the meeting rooms. Learn about making smoothies, origami, composting, 3D printing, making pop-up books, panning for gold and more!
Sunday, Oct. 21 (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 Charley Harper. Grades 3-6. Please register.
Mondays, Oct. 22 and 29 (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. 22 (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, Oct. 22 (6-7:30 p.m.) Sensory-Friendly Movie – A sensory-friendly environment including more light, less sound and the option to move around the room will help children with special needs and their families enjoy this free movie screening. All ages. Please register.
Mondays, Oct. 22 and 29 (7-8:15 p.m.) Tai Chi for Health – Discover the healing effects of this movement therapy. Wear comfortable clothing. Held outdoors, weather permitting. Please register.
Tuesday, Oct. 23 (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, Oct. 23 (2-3:30 p.m.) Travel Club: Rochester, NY – Rochester might not be your first thought for a getaway, but it’s only a few hours drive and there’s plenty to do there for the whole family. There are also plenty of sights to see along the way! Please register.
Tuesdays, Oct. 23 and 30 (2-3:30 p.m.) Conversational Spanish – Join us to learn Spanish vocabulary and pronunciation with an expert instructor.
Tuesday, Oct. 23 (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: Bats. Ages 4-6. Siblings welcome.
Wednesday, Oct. 24 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The October selection is "Stars Are Fire" by Anita Shreve.
Wednesday, Oct. 24 (7-8 p.m.) Social History of the Black Death – Join Dr. Elizabeth Lehfeldt, Dean of the Mandel Honors College and Mandel Professor in Humanities at Cleveland State University, as she discusses the cultural and social impact of the spread of the Bubonic Plague, and how the effects of the pandemic influenced other developments in European societies. Please register.
Thursday, Oct. 25 (1:30-4:30 p.m.) CPR – CPR and AED certification for adult, child and infant. Instruction by certified instructor/paramedic Ken Hehnen. Must be 13 years of age. Please register.
Thursday, Oct. 25 (7-8 p.m.) Tech Lab: Home Automation and Smart Devices – Holly Klingler will talk about the latest in home/office automation and smart devices. Learn about the latest technology before the end-of-year sales begin! Please register.
Friday, Oct. 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!
Friday, Oct. 26 (10 a.m.-noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems and show off.
Saturday, Oct. 27 (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, Oct. 27 (2-3 p.m.) 3D Printing Orientation – In order to use the library’s 3D printer, you’ll need to take this orientation first. Learn library policies about using it, how to download a 3D-printable object, and how to prepare it for a great print. Please register.
Saturday, Oct. 27 (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. 27 (2-3:30 p.m.) Jump-Start Your Creativity – Has your muse moved and left no forwarding address? Not to fear! Drawing from her award-winning book, "Rut-Busting Book for Writers," author and speaker Nancy Christie will provide practical tips to get you out of your writing rut. She’ll give you myriad suggestions to break through your roadblocks so you can get back on your creative path. Please register.
Saturday, Oct. 27 (3:30-5 p.m.) STEAMMaker Lab: Chemistry is Out of This World – Learn about the chemistry of and in outer space. Grades 3-5. Registration begins Oct. 20.
Sunday, Oct. 28 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Mystery Party – We need your help! We have several American Girl Mini-Mysteries to solve. Bring your dolls and and join us to crack these cases! Ages 6-11. Registration begins Oct. 21.
Sunday, Oct. 28 (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.
Monday, Oct. 29 (1-2:30 p.m.) Medicare Open Enrollment Updates – Medicare Open Enrollment is Oct. 15-Dec. 7. A community liaison from OSHIIP with the Ohio Department of Insurance will provide us with timely information regarding Medicare coverage. Questions will be answered at the end of the presentation. Please register.
Monday, Oct. 29 (3-4 p.m.) Weiss Ratings Medigap Report Workshop – Weiss Ratings, a source for independent, unbiased financial strength ratings of insurance companies, offers a personalized Medigap Report with step-by-step guidance on how to select the best and most affordable Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan for your needs. Attend this open lab session to generate your own Supplemental Insurance report. (Note: This is not for the Advantage Plan) Bring a flash drive to save your finished report. Please register.
Monday, Oct. 29 (7-8 p.m.) Stop the Bleed – Ken Hehnen from UH St. John Medical Center will be here to teach you how you can help in a bleeding situation before professional help arrives. Please register.
Wednesday, Oct. 31 (10:15-10:45 a.m. or 11-11:30 a.m.) Happy Halloween with Jesse’s Jukebox! – Rock out with Jesse in this lively and engaging concert for young children. Be sure to wear your Halloween costume!
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.