May events at Westlake Porter Public Library
Wednesdays, May 8, 15 and 22 (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, May 8 (7-7:30 p.m.) Mix-It-Up! – Let’s mix it up with flowers and fun spring activities! We’ll be getting messy so wear play clothes! Ages 4-6. Please register.
Thursday, May 9 (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.
Thursdays, May 9 and 16 (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, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 (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. This program is led by a Board-Certified Music Therapist. Siblings (ages 0-6 years) may also attend but must register separately. To register, visit connectingforkids.org/music or call 440-570-5908.
Friday, May 10 (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, May 11 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) ACT Practice Exam – Be the most prepared you can be for the actual test with our ACT practice exam. Please come prepared with two #2 pencils and a calculator. Grades 9-12. Please register.
Saturday, May 11 (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.
Saturday, May 11 (10:30 -11:30 a.m.) Pokemon Fun! – A fun morning of Pokemon themed play, prizes and crafts! Ages 6-11.
Saturday, May 11 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Bring your ideas and imagination! Lego and Duplo bricks provided. For ages 3-12.
Sunday, May 12 (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, May 13 (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.
Mondays, May 13 and 20 (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, May 13 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: Be Washington – Step into the shoes of our first commander-in-chief in this interactive game. All ages welcome.
Tuesday, May 14 (1-3 p.m.) Career: Completing Job Applications Plus – Learn how to handle questions on an application so that yours is noticed and read. Learn about keywords that may be used to screen candidates and how to determine what the employer is really looking for. We will discuss both online applications and the few types of paper applications you may run into.
Tuesdays, May 14 and 21 (2-3:30 p.m.) Conversational Spanish – Learn Spanish vocabulary and pronunciation with an expert instructor.
Tuesday, May 14 (7-8:30 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – "The Bonfire of the Vanities" by Tom Wolfe.
Tuesday, May 14 (7-8:45 p.m.) Westlake Westshore Arts Council – Andrea Chevalier from the International Conservation Association (ICA) will present a lecture about the artwork, architectural and historical conservation on the west side of Cleveland.
Wednesday, May 15 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Ohio Genealogical Society trustee Mary Milne Jamba presents "DNA Testing and How to Use Your Results to Find Relatives."
Thursday, May 16 (6:30 p.m., Preschool session) and Friday, May 17 (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. The program is led by an experienced Early Intervention Specialist and Speech-Language Pathologist. Register at www.connectingforkids.org/register or call 440-570-5908.
Saturday, May 18 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) Escape Artists Writers Group – This group meets monthly to provide guidance, encouragement, inspiration and feedback for those looking to improve their writing skills.
Saturday, May 18 (2-3:30 p.m.) Beautifying Your Garden – See how to add color, texture and form to your garden with top performing annuals and perennials. These beauties can benefit our butterflies and pollinators while filling a variety of garden niches. Learn how to install and maintain these plants as part of your spring and summer landscape. Please register.
Saturday, May 18 (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, May 18 (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, May 20 (1-3 p.m.) Ask the Expert: Managing Cash Flow – Industry experts on the subject of managing cash flow for a start-up business, existing business or a non-profit will be here to answer your questions. Provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and SCORE. Please register.
Monday, May 20 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investors’ Interest Group: Optimizing Retirement Income with Social Security and Medicare – Learn how to optimize your Social Security retirement income and Medicare retirement benefits. Discussion includes the essential estate planning documents needed for individuals. Customize your own plan with the provided workbook. Please register.
Tuesday, May 21 (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, May 21 (7-8:30 p.m.) Ohio Day Trips by Theme – Join travel author Cathy Seckman as she talks about her book "Ohio Day Trips by Theme," which gives us a different way to plan trips around our state. Please register.
Wednesday, May 22 (10-11:30 a.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. This class allows time for individual research during class. Please register.
Wednesdays, May 22 and 29 (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, May 22 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – "The President is Missing" by James Patterson.
Wednesday, May 22 (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, May 22 (7-8:30 p.m.) The Music of Birdsong: Sorting Out the Singers in the Chorus – Bird song is music, and the techniques used in ear training and music appreciation classes can provide valuable tools for identification of birds and their repertoire. We’ll also notice that not all birds sing from the same stages and they also sing in different ensembles. Then the real fun begins: learning the meanings of those songs and observing interactions in the avian musical drama, and sharing the musical stories with others. Please register.
Thursday, May 23 (10-11:30 a.m.) Beginning Coding for Adults – What is coding? 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. The class focus is on HTML and CSS. Please register.
Thursday, May 23 (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 come across in the start-up and running of his/her business. This seminar will cover 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 that pertain to his/her business. Please register.
Thursdays, May 23 and 30 (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, May 24 (10 a.m.-noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.
Friday, May 24 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: Fabulous Frogs – Join Mrs. K as we explore the life cycle of frogs and discover why they are fabulous amphibians. Ages 4-6. Please register.
Saturday, May 25 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) Superhero Fun Day! – Bam! It’s a bird ... it’s a plane ... it’s Superhero Fun Day! Join us for crafts and super fun activities.
Saturday, May 25 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Bring your ideas and imagination! Lego and Duplo bricks provided. For ages 3-12.
Saturday, May 25 (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, May 26 and Monday, May 27 – Library closed in observance of Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 28 (2-3:30 p.m.) Conversational Spanish – Learn Spanish vocabulary and pronunciation with an expert instructor.
Tuesday, May 28 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories: Pigs in Pajamas – Put on your pajamas and join Mrs. K as we unwind at the end of the day. Relax with quiet stories, songs, fingerplays and other activities to help us get ready for bedtime. Ages 4-6. Siblings welcome.
Wednesday, May 29 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Thursday, May 30 (6-8:45 p.m.) First Aid – The Heartsaver First Aid course is designed to prepare students to provide first aid in a variety of injury and other emergency situations in a safe, timely and effective manner. Topics include: first aid basics; illnesses and medical emergencies, including stroke, seizure and allergic reactions; external bleeding; internal bleeding; head, neck and spinal injuries; broken bones, sprains and burns; bites and stings; heat stroke and hypothermia; poison; illness and injury prevention. Please register.
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.