Early January events at Westlake Porter Public Library
Wednesdays, Jan. 9 and 16 (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. Arrive early to receive a ticket.
Wednesdays, Jan. 9 and 16 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Jan. 10 and 17 (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, Jan. 10 (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, Jan. 10 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Thursday, Jan. 10 (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 to be read prior to the meeting. Please register.
Thursdays, Jan. 10 and 17 (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. Please register.
Friday, Jan. 11 (9:30 and 10:30 a.m.) and Saturday, Jan. 12 (9:30 and 10:30 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 440-570-5908.
Friday, Jan. 11 (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, Jan. 12 (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, Jan. 12 (1 and 2:30 p.m.) Elementary Experiences – 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. Topic: "Keys to Conversation." To register visit connectingforkids.org/register or call 440-250-5563.
Saturday, Jan. 12 (3:30-5 p.m.) STEAMMaker Lab – Participate in various cold-weather STEAM experiments! Grades 3-5. Please register.
Sunday, Jan. 13 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club – Grace Thomas loves to bake with friends and invent new recipes. We will play games and make a related craft. Ages 6-11. Please register.
Sunday, Jan. 13 (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, Jan. 14 (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, Jan. 14 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: Nintendo Labo – Learn about and experiment with Nintendo Labo, DIY cardboard kits made for the Nintendo Switch. Make “Toy-Con” projects with your creations, and discover how they work! All ages welcome. Please register.
Tuesday, Jan. 15 (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, Jan. 15 (6:30 p.m.) Connecting for Kids' Coffee and Chat –This interactive support group is for families of children ages 0-12 years. Free, supervised children’s activities are available, but adults and children must register separately. Topic: Viewing of the movie “The Unconditional”: The Krakowiak Family of Olmsted Falls is featured in this unflinching documentary of their daily life caring for two children with complex needs. Join us to view and discuss the film with the Krakowiak family and then have an opportunity to share your own experiences caring for your children. To register visit connectingforkids.org/register or call 440-250-5563.
Tuesday, Jan. 15 (7-8:30 p.m.) Valentine Paper Craft – Margaret Bakke returns to show you how to make decorative paper valentines. Hands-on workshop, class size is limited. Please register.
Saturday, Jan. 19 (10-11:15 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. Registration begins one week before each session.
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.