December events at Westlake Porter Public Library
Saturday, Dec. 1 (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, Dec. 1 (10-11:15 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. Registration begins Nov. 24.
Saturday, Dec. 1 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Love those bricks? Bring your ideas and imagination! Lego and Duplo bricks provided. For ages 3-12.
Saturday, Dec. 1 (2-3:30 p.m.) Staying Safe Online – Learn simple best-practices to avoid scam emails, use strong passwords, and keep your computer safe. Please register.
Sunday, Dec. 2 (2-3:30 p.m.) Boredom Busters! – Drop by the Storytime Room and join in the fun! We will have different activities available each month. All ages welcome.
Monday, Dec. 3 (10 a.m.-1 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.
Monday, Dec. 3 (1-1:30 p.m.) Yoga Time! – This is a perfect way to introduce yoga and practice simple poses. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Ages 3 and up with a caregiver.
Monday, Dec. 3 (3:30-5:30 p.m.) Teen Lounge – Need a place to hang out after school? Come to WPPL’s Teen Lounge on Monday afternoons! We have computers, video games, board games, snacks and more! For grades 7-12 only.
Monday, Dec. 3 (4-5 p.m.) Tween Code Club – Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! Grades 3-8. Registration begins one week before each session.
Tuesday, Dec. 4 (2-3:30 p.m.) Conversational Spanish – Join us to learn Spanish vocabulary and pronunciation with an expert instructor.
Tuesday, Dec. 4 (6-7 p.m.) Teen Taste Test: Comfort Food Edition – Can you taste the difference between name brand and store brand? Are comfort foods your favorite type food? Grades 7-12. Registration begins Nov. 27.
Wednesday, Dec. 5 (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, Dec. 5 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursday, Dec. 6 (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, Dec. 5 (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, Dec. 5 (6:30-7:45 p.m.) How to Manage Personal Collections Like a Pro – Do you want to learn more about how to care for your family’s heirlooms and other treasures? Get an introductory lesson from Jennifer Souers Chevraux, principal at Illumine Creative Solutions. Jennifer will walk participants through the basics of collections care at home. Please register.
Thursday, Dec. 6 (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.
Thursday, Dec. 6 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Thursdays, Dec. 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.
Thursday, Dec. 6 (7-8 p.m.) Finding Scholarships for Undergraduate and Graduate School – Foundation Center’s Sara Krane and Natalie Jemiola-Wilson will discuss foundation support and other sources of financial aid for students in higher education. Learn how to research private scholarships and hear about available funding opportunities for students. Please register.
Saturday, Dec. 8 (10-11:30 a.m.) What Is Cloud Computing – Discover how Google products, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Apple iCloud, and other cloud-based services can make your life easier. Please register.
Saturday, Dec. 8 (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.
Saturday, Dec. 8 (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. 8 (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, Dec. 9 (2-3 p.m. OR 3-4 p.m.) Breakout: A Christmas Story Challenge – Similar to an escape room, this breakout challenge is going to test your ability to work together to solve all the clues that’ll save the beloved Christmas classic! Grades 7-12. Please register.
Sunday, Dec. 9 (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.
Mondays, Dec. 10 and 17 (3:30-5:30 p.m.) Teen Lounge – Need a place to hang out after school? Come to WPPL’s Teen Lounge on Monday afternoons! We have computers, video games, board games, snacks and more! For grades 7-12 only.
Mondays, Dec. 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! Grades 3-8. Registration begins one week before each session.
Monday, Dec. 10 (7-8:15 p.m.) Everybody Gets Anxious – Day-to-day life is stressful. Winter weather, shorter days and holiday stress can all add feelings of anxiety. Come and learn about anxiety – what it is; how it can help us; how it can hurt us; and how to manage it. Please register.
Tuesday, Dec. 11 (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. 11 (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! Bring your devices. Please register.
Tuesday, Dec. 11 (1-3 p.m.) Make! Wire-Wrapped Pendants – Learn the art of wire-wrapping pendants! Wire-wrap two pendants with silver- or gold-plated artistic wire. You can adorn one with pearls or crystals if you wish. It’s easy and fun! No previous experience needed. Cord included. Please register.
Tuesday, Dec. 11 (2-3:30 p.m.) Conversational Spanish – Join us to learn Spanish vocabulary and pronunciation with an expert instructor.
Tuesday, Dec. 11 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – We’ll discuss "The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen" by Hendrik Groen.
Wednesdays, Dec. 12 and 19 (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, Dec. 12 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursday, Dec. 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, Dec. 12 (7-8 p.m.) Thank You Notes: One a Day for a Year! – Without really knowing why, Glenn Blair decided to write a thank you note a day for a year ... to friends, celebrities and strangers. He soon discovered the reason he had to write the letters, along with a number of powerful positive lessons, and some surprising responses and reactions during this 365-day project. Please register.
Thursday, Dec. 13 (10:30-11:30 a.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.
Thursday, Dec. 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.
Friday, Dec. 14 (9:30 and 10:30 a.m.) and Saturday, Dec. 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. 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, Dec. 14 (3:30-4:15 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: Holiday Senses – Join Mrs. K as we explore the five senses with seasonal experiences, scientific observations, hands-on experiments and activities. Ages 4-6. Registration begins Dec. 12.
Saturday, Dec. 15 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) Gingerbread Craft Day Fun! – Run, run, as fast as you can, it’s craft making day with gingerbread men! While supplies last.
Saturday, Dec. 15 (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. 16 (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. 9.
Monday, Dec. 17 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: Virtual Reality – Learn about and experience virtual reality with your own smartphone (via Google Cardboard) and the high-tech HTC Vive! Defend a castle, explore space and even encounter a whale! Please register.
Tuesday, Dec. 18 (9:30-10 a.m.) My First Winter – Celebrate your baby’s first winter with a fingerprint ornament and a blizzard sensory bottle. For babies 0-18 months with a caregiver. Registration begins Dec. 11.
Tuesday, Dec. 18 (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. Bring your own lunch to eat after the program!
Tuesday, v 18 (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: Mouse in the House. Ages 4-6. Siblings welcome.
Wednesday, Dec. 19 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The selection is "News of the World" by Paulette Jiles.
Wednesday, Dec. 19 (5:30-8 p.m.) Drop-In Gift Wrapping – Having trouble finding a private spot to wrap gifts at home? Drop by the library and wrap your gifts here. A self-proclaimed “excellent gift wrapper” will be on hand to help you with your wrapping skills. (Bring your own scissors, we’ll have the rest!)
Thursday, Dec. 20, (3:30-6 p.m.) Super Smash ULTIMATE Teen Tournament: Teens – The new Super Smash Ultimate for Nintendo Switch is finally out! Come try it out and battle to take the top spot. Plus, free snacks and pop. This tournament is for teens in grades 7-12 only.
Thursdays, Dec. 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, Dec. 20 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Super Smash ULTIMATE Tournament: Adults – The new Super Smash Ultimate for Nintendo Switch is finally out! Come try it out and battle to take the top spot. Plus, free snacks and pop! This tournament is for adults 18+.
Friday, Dec. 21 (4-5 p.m.) Got Science? – Join us as we delve into the world of science. This month’s topic: World of Bubbles! Grades 1 and 2. Please register.
Saturday, Dec. 22 (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. 22 (11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) Elf Academy – Santa is extra busy this year and needs your help. Join in our reindeer games and train to become a “Certified Elf” by completing several elf-ercises. While supplies last.
Saturday, Dec. 22 (3:30-5 p.m.) STEAMMaker Lab – Make and run your very own Bristlebot! Grades 3-5. Please register.
Sunday, Dec. 23 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club – The stories of Nanea Mitchell, a native Hawaiian girl growing up in Hawaii during WWII, teach that Kokua – doing good deeds and giving selflessly – sometimes requires sacrifice. We will discuss traditional Hawaiian customs, play games and make a craft. Ages 6-11. Please register.
Monday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve: Library Closed
Tuesday, Dec. 25 – Christmas Day: Library Closed
Thursday, Dec. 27 (2-4 p.m.) Movies @ Your Library – Join us for a movie matinee in which Mr. Incredible is left to care for the kids while Helen is out saving the world. Rated PG. All ages. Registration begins Dec. 20.
Friday, Dec. 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, Dec. 28 (10 a.m.-noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.
Sunday, Dec. 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.
Monday, Dec. 31 (11:15 a.m.-noon) Countdown to Noon Family Storytime – Join us for a special New Year’s Eve family storytime celebrating our favorite stories, songs and rhymes. We’ll make a simple craft and do our own early countdown to 12:00 (noon). Ages 3-5. Registration begins Dec. 23.
Monday, Dec. 31 – New Year's Eve: Library closes at 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 1 – New Year's Day: Library Closed
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.