July events at Westlake Porter Public Library
Wednesdays, July 3, 10 and 17 (9:30 & 10:15 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, July 3, 10 and 17 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, July 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 Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, July 3 (6-8 p.m.) Happy Birthday America! – Stop by the Youth Services area to celebrate America’s birthday with red, white and blue crafts. While supplies last. All ages.
Wednesday, July 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.
Friday, July 5 (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.
Fridays, July 5 and 12 (2-4 p.m.) Movies @ Your Library – Enjoy a feature-length newly released DVD or favorite family classic! Contact the Youth Services Department for specific titles.
Saturday, July 6 (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. Focus is on HTML and CSS. Please register.
Saturday, July 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, July 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.
Sundays, July 7 and 14 (2:30-4 p.m.) American Sign Language Basics – If you ever wanted to learn ASL, now is your chance! Join us for 8 drop-in sessions on Sundays. Instructor June Pritchard will teach the basics of this visual, gestural language used most often by the hearing impaired. Ages 16 and up.
Monday, July 8 (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.
Tuesday, July 9 (1-3 p.m.) Career: Interviewing Well to Get the Offer – Preparation is essential for a successful job interview. Research to ensure the job is right for your skills, and to learn about the company and the specific job so you’ll be prepared to answer difficult interview questions.
Tuesdays, July 9 and 16 (3-4 p.m.) Brain Games – Keep up those skills by stopping by to play grade-appropriate educational games with our friendly teen volunteers. For students in grades 1-3.
Tuesday, July 9 (7-8:30 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – We’ll discuss "Pachinko" by Min Jin Lee.
Wednesday, July 10 (2-3:30 p.m.) Intro to Smartphones – Learn the basics of using smartphones, such as screen brightness, wifi settings, adding apps and more! If bringing your device, bring all account passwords. Please register.
Wednesday, July 10 (3-4:30 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.
Thursday, July 11 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Thursday, July 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.
Thursdays, July 11 and 18 (2-3:30 p.m.) Teen Crafts – Bring out your creativity every Thursday throughout the summer! Drop-in for a new craft each week. While supplies last.
Thursdays, July 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, July 12 (10:30-11:15 a.m.) Adaptive Dance with Inspirations Dance Academy – Dance moves are taught in many different ways incorporating visual tools and sensory techniques to help each participant learn how their body best responds to dance while in a positive and accepting environment. Led by a physical therapist and lifelong dancer, this program is developed specifically for children with special needs. Ages 3-8. Siblings and typical peers are welcome. Registration begins July 5.
Saturday, July 13 (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, July 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.
Sundays, July 14 and 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, bring it with you.
Monday, July 15 (1-3:30 p.m.) Teen Super Smash ULTIMATE Tournament – Battle it out in Super Smash Ultimate for Nintendo Switch to see who will take the top spot and reign as champion! Plus, retro game consoles and free snacks.
Tuesday, July 16 (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, July 16 (6:30-8 p.m.) Connecting for Kids’ Coffee and Chat – Join our interactive support group and meet other families facing similar struggles. Free, supervised children’s activities are available, but adults and children must register separately. This month’s topic: "Coping with Fear of the Future."
Wednesdays, July 17, 24 and 31 (9:30 & 10:15 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, July 17, 24 and 31 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, July 18 and 25 (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 Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, July 17 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Jane Gramlich, Special Collections Librarian at the Akron-Summit County Public Library will present "Resources and Services in the Special Collections Division, Akron-Summit County Public Library." Rescheduled from April.
Wednesday, July 17 (7-8 p.m.) Dorm Room Hacks: Cooking for Teens – Learn cooking hacks for the dorm room or at home, in this hands-on cooking class. We will make snacks and desserts to satisfy your hunger. Grades 10-12. Registration begins July 10.
Thursday, July 18 (10-11:30 a.m.) Touching Up Digital Photos – Learn beginner-intermediate level techniques for altering and repairing digital photos, including cropping, adjusting color levels, and removing blemishes. Practice files will be provided, but participants can bring a flash drive with their own photos. Please register.
Thursdays, July 18 and 25 (2-3:30 p.m.) Teen Crafts – Bring out your creativity every Thursday throughout the summer! Drop-in for a new craft each week. While supplies last.
Thursdays, July 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.
Fridays, July 19 and 26 (2-4 p.m.) Movies @ Your Library – Enjoy a feature-length newly released DVD or favorite family classic! Contact the Youth Services Department for specific titles.
Friday, July 19 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: Apollopalooza – Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing with hands-on STEM activities, out of this world experiments and a take-home project. For children 4 Years and 6 Years old, in K or lower. Please register.
Saturday, July 20 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) Unicorn Craft Day – Do you believe in unicorns? Would you like to meet a dragon? Join us for some magical unicorn and dragon crafts. While supplies last.
Saturday, July 20 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Pokemon Fun! – A fun morning of Pokemon themed play, prizes and crafts! Ages 6-11.
Saturday, July 20 (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, July 20 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Love those bricks? Bring your ideas and imagination! Lego and Duplo bricks provided. For ages 3-12.
Sundays, July 21 and 28 (2:30-4 p.m.) American Sign Language Basics – If you ever wanted to learn ASL, now is your chance! Join us for 8 drop-in sessions on Sundays. Instructor June Pritchard will teach the basics of this visual, gestural language used most often by the hearing impaired. Ages 16 and up.
Monday, July 22 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Tuesdays, July 23 and 30 (3-4 p.m.) Brain Games – Keep up those skills by stopping by to play grade-appropriate educational games with our friendly teen volunteers. For students in grades 1-3.
Tuesday, July 23 (7-7:45 p.m.) Juggling Jergens – Come experience the comedic skills and juggling talents of Matt Jergens! Includes audience participation and family-friendly comedy. All ages welcome. Please register each person planning to attend.
Wednesday, July 24 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The July selection is "Nine Perfect Strangers" by Liane Moriarty.
Thursday, July 25 (noon-3 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.
Friday, July 26 (10 a.m.-noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.
Saturday, July 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.
Sunday, July 28 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club – Caroline Abbott is a 10-year-old from Sackett's Harbor whose family owns a shipyard near the shores of Lake Ontario in 1812. Ages 6-11. Registration begins July 21.
Monday, July 29 (6-8 p.m.) Friends of the Library’s Annual Ice Cream Social – Join the Friends of Porter Public Library for $1 sundaes from Mitchell’s Ice Cream and family entertainment, including music by Abracadabra It’s Music! Also check out the Portables sidewalk sale and a sale at the Book Nook.
Tuesday, July 30 (10 a.m.-noon) Tri-C Encore Program – Tri-C offers the 55+ population adult education programs to enhance learning opportunities and community engagement through their Encore program. Come and learn what is available for you both on and off campus, and enjoy the Encore Teaser Program, "Around the World with Nellie Bly."
Tuesday, July 30 (3-4 p.m.) Breakout: Historical Mastermind – Similar to an escape room, this breakout challenge is going to test your ability to work together, solve all the clues, and stop an evil mastermind from changing history! Grades 7-12. Registration begins July 23.
Tuesday, July 30 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Understanding Food Labels – Learn how to interpret food labels. Servings, calories, fats, sugars, sugar substitutes and food nutrients will also be discussed. Review the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA), while gaining insight into what each nutrient provides for the body. Review a list of food additives to avoid. What does organic or non-organic really mean? Please register.
Wednesday, July 31 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories: Milk and Cookies – 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.
To register for any of the programs, please call 440-871-2600 or visit events.westlakelibrary.org/events.
Elaine Willis is the Public Relations Associate at Westlake Porter Public Library.