February events at Westlake Porter Public Library
Wednesdays, Feb. 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.
Wednesday, Feb. 6 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogy Society Help Session – Join the genealogy group for an informal walk-in help session.
Wednesdays, Feb. 6 and 13 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Feb. 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 a reading therapy dog. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 6 (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; children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please register.
Wednesday, Feb. 6-Sunday, Feb. 10 – Friends of the Library’s Annual Book Sale – Three rooms filled with thousands of great books, DVDs, CDs and audiobooks!
- Dates and Times:
- Feb. 6 (4-7 p.m.) Friends’ Preview Night – Only for members of the Friends of Porter Public Library. Memberships will be available at the door.
- Feb. 7 (9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.)
- Feb. 8 (9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.)
- Feb. 9 (9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.) – Half-price sale
- Feb. 10 (1:15-4 p.m.) – $2 Bag Sale
Thursday, Feb. 7 (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.
Thursdays, Feb. 7 and 14 (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, Feb. 7 (6-8 p.m.) Harry Potter Book Night – Celebrate the magic and wonder of the 5th annual Harry Potter Book Night! Enjoy games, crafts, contests and other wizarding activities.
Friday, Feb. 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, Feb. 9 (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, Feb. 9 (3-4 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, Feb. 9 (3:30-5 p.m.) STEAMMaker Lab: Birds – Learn about birds that can be seen and heard in Northeast Ohio and participate in several hands-on activities! Grades 3-5. Please register.
Sunday, Feb. 10 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club – Saige Copeland, a 10-year-old who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, discovers that overcoming challenges requires creativity. We will explore our own creativity through game and a craft. Ages 6-11. Please register.
Sunday, Feb. 10 (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, Feb. 11 (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, Feb. 11 and 18 (4-5 p.m.) Learning Centers – Learn about science, technology, engineering, arts, and math using STEAM kits set up in stations around the PC Lab. Space is limited for each weekly session. Grades 4-5. Registration begins one week before each session.
Mondays, Feb. 11, 18 and 25, March 4 and 11 (6-8 p.m.) Starting Your Business with SCORE – In this five-part series learn the basics of starting a business, from start-up basics to marketing, funding, financial projections and more. Please register. Weekly topics: Feb. 11, Start-Up Basics; Feb. 18, Business Concepts; Feb. 25, Marketing Plan; March 4, Financial Projections; March 11, Funding Sources.
Monday, Feb. 11 (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 one week before each session.
Monday, Feb. 11 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: Silhouette Cameo Iron-On Designs – Just in time for Valentine’s Day, learn how to use the Silhouette Cameo to cut out and heat transfer designs (like hearts!) on fabric items of your choice. Iron provided. Bring an item to decorate! Please register.
Tuesday, Feb. 12 (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, Feb. 12 (12-1 p.m.) Yoga for Aging Gracefully – Tips for aging well with a 30-minute gentle yet energizing chair exercise/yoga session. Dress comfortably. Please register.
Tuesday, Feb. 12 (1-3 p.m.) Reinvent Yourself or Retirement? – Have you given thought to your plans for the future? Will it include retirement or cutting back on the number of hours you work? Does the idea of spending your days pursuing leisure activities excite you or do you prefer to find activities to keep you active and engaged? We’ll look at steps to reinvent yourself for your desired future and examine retirement differently.
Tuesdays, Feb. 12 and 19 (2-3:30 p.m.) Conversational Spanish – Join us to learn Spanish vocabulary and pronunciation with an expert instructor.
Tuesday, Feb. 12 (7-8:30 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – We’ll discuss "Citizen" by Claudia Rankine.
Wednesday, Feb. 13 (2-3:30 p.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, Feb. 14 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Thursday, Feb. 14 (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.
Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16 (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 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, Feb. 15 (4-5 p.m.) Got Science? – Join us as we delve into the world of science. This month’s topic: Polymers! Grades 1 and 2. Registration begins Feb. 8.
Saturday, Feb. 16 (10-11:30 a.m.) Intermediate Coding for Adults – Learn intermediate coding through self-paced online modules. An instructor will be on hand to help get you started and to facilitate lessons. The class focus is on Python and Raspberry Pi. Please register.
Saturday, Feb. 16 (10:30 -11:30 a.m.) Pokemon Fun! – A fun morning of Pokemon themed play, prizes and crafts! Ages 6-11.
Saturday, Feb. 16 (2-2:45 p.m.) Kids in the Kitchen – Learn basic cooking skills with fast, simple, no-bake recipes for kids! For children with special needs and their typical peers. If you have an allergy or special diet concern, please contact the Youth Services Department at 440-250-5471 for a complete list of ingredients. Ages 8-12. Registration begins Feb. 9.
Saturday, Feb. 16 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Love those bricks? Bring your ideas and imagination! Lego and Duplo bricks provided. For ages 3-12.
Sunday, Feb. 17 (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, Feb. 17 (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 Feb. 10.
Monday, Feb. 18 (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, Feb. 18 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investors’ Interest Group: Cycle Theory – Learn what these cycles are called, when they typically occur, and how long they typically last. By learning the hallmarks of each cycle, you can distinguish what cycle we are in at any given time. Receive the presenter’s insight about the financial cycle we are in now and how this might affect our future investing style. Please register.
Tuesday, Feb. 19 (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, Feb. 19 (7-9 p.m.) Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Man Who Stood Up to Hitler – Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a Protestant minister and German theologian who came of age between the two World Wars. His writings reflect the increasing alarm as he watched his fellow Germans believe the lies of the National Socialists, turning anger into madness. A lone voice that stood up to Hitler. What message do his words hold for us today? Please register.
Wednesdays, Feb. 20 and 27 (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, Feb. 20 and 27 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, February 21 and 28 (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, Feb. 20 (7-8:30 p.m.) Recycling: Current and Future Technologies – Recycling is a lot more than sorting out bottles, paper and cans. Join Dr. Joel Keller as he teaches us all about the processes of recycling. What can be recycled? How do our communities currently handle recycling? Do those blue and green bins at the end of the driveway really work? And going forward, what are some recycling systems we can look to in the future? Please register.
Thursday, Feb. 21 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Business Lunch & Learn: Financial Statement Basics – Learn what financial statements are, why they are important, and how they are used in the process of running a business. Good bookkeeping and financial management are critical to the health of a business. Please register.
Thursdays, Feb. 21 and 28 (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, Feb. 21 (6:30 p.m., Preschool session) and Friday, Feb. 22 (9:30 a.m., Preschool session; 11:30 a.m., Toddler Session) 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. Register at connectingforkids.org/register or call 440-570-5908.
Friday, Feb. 22 (10 a.m.-noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems and show off.
Friday, Feb. 22 (10-10:30 a.m.) Little Hands Art – Nurture your child’s creative side with this hands-on program featuring a story, craft and music. For children ages 3-5 and their caregiver. Please register.
Saturday, Feb. 23 (1-2:30 p.m.) Grants for Children with Special Needs – Would you like to apply for a grant to help fund your child’s therapies, camps or equipment needs but aren’t sure where to begin? Join Julie K. Robie of Community Fund Management Foundation (CFMF) as she takes participants step-by-step through the process of applying for CFMF Accessibility Grants and CFMF Education, Therapy, and Services Grants. Also, Amy Clawson of Ohio Family 2 Family will present how to create your child’s medical summary and how to write a vision statement to supplement your grant applications and other uses. Families are encouraged to bring a laptop or other device to begin their application. To register visit connectingforkids.org/register or call 440-570-5908.
Saturday, Feb. 23 (2-4 p.m.) Carry Out Crafts – Stop by the Youth Services Department to see our featured craft. We have all the supplies you’ll need to create something fantastic!
Saturday, Feb. 23 (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, Feb. 24 (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, Feb. 25 (12:30-1:30 p.m.) Senior Storytime: LoveNotes – Join us for short stories read by librarians that will warm your heart with love and happiness. Bring a brown bag lunch if you wish! Please register.
Monday, Feb. 25 (2-3 p.m.) 19th Century Mourning Rituals – Lysa Stanton of the Westlake Historical Society will discuss 19th-century mourning rituals and how our ancestors understood the grieving process. Some of these rituals may sound familiar to us and many will strike us as a little out of the ordinary. Please register.
Monday, Feb. 25 (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, Feb. 25 (4-5 p.m.) Learning Centers – Learn about science, technology, engineering, arts, and math using STEAM kits set up in stations around the PC Lab. Space is limited for each weekly session. Grades 4-5. Registration begins one week before each session.
Monday, Feb. 25 (7-8:30 p.m.) Archaeology and Shipwrecks – Carrie Sowden, Archaeological Director of the National Museum of the Great Lakes, will outline the steps it takes to find and then investigate shipwrecks. At each step of the process, we will highlight a shipwreck lost in Lake Erie. This program will give a good understanding of Great Lakes shipwrecks, the science behind archaeology, and the need to preserve these historic vessels. Please register.
Tuesday, Feb. 26 (10-11 a.m.) Finding Your Next Book with NoveList and Goodreads – Are you an avid reader looking for your next book? Come learn about how to use the library database NoveList and the popular website Goodreads to find your next book, keep track of your reading selections, and more! Please register.
Tuesday, Feb. 26 (2-3:30 p.m.) Conversational Spanish – Join us to learn Spanish vocabulary and pronunciation with an expert instructor.
Tuesday, Feb. 26 (6-8:45 p.m.) CPR – CPR and AED certification for adult, child and infant. Instruction by certified instructor/paramedic Ken Hehnen. Must be at least 13 years old. Please register.
Tuesday, Feb. 26 (7-8:45 p.m.) Westlake Westshore Arts Council – “Catch a Rising Star” from Baldwin Wallace University.
Wednesday, Feb. 27 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The February selection is "Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand" by Helen Simonson.
Wednesday, Feb. 27 (3:45-5 p.m.) Tween Scene – Drop in after school to play board games and video games with your friends. Snacks will be provided. For students in grades 5-6.
Wednesday, Feb. 27 (6:30-8 p.m.) Is Starting a Nonprofit Right for You? – Join Dave Holmes from the Foundation Center as he shares the steps required to start a nonprofit and common misconceptions about the process, as well as alternative options that can help you achieve your charitable dreams. Please register.
Thursday, Feb. 28 (11 a.m.-noon) Crafty Adults – Create art of your own based on the work of a famous artist or holiday. Specifically for adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities. Join us after the program for a bring-your-own lunch with attendees.
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.