August events at Westlake Porter Public Library
Wednesdays, Aug. 7, 14 and 21 (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.
Wednesday, Aug. 7 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) CPR – CPR and AED certification for adult, child and infant. Instruction by certified instructors/paramedics Ken Hehnen and Rich Mecklenburg. Must be 13 years of age. Please register.
Wednesday, Aug. 7 (3-4:30 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!
Wednesday, Aug. 7 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club – Join us for another creepy classic from the vault ... if you dare! New members welcome; children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please register.
Thursday, Aug. 8 (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, Aug. 8 and 15 (4-5 p.m.) Code Club! – Grades 3-4: Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! We’ll start with Khan Academy and Google’s CS First. Registration begins one week before each session.
Thursday, Aug. 8 (7-7:30 p.m.) ¡Buenos Noches Amigos! (Good Evening Friends) – Let’s practice some Spanish vocabulary with songs, stories and a craft. Fun for the whole family! Ages 2-6, with caregiver. Siblings welcome.
Friday, Aug. 9 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) Puma Party! – It’s Suma the Puma’s second birthday! Help us celebrate with crafts and activities. While supplies last. All ages.
Friday, Aug. 9 (10-10:45 a.m.) Little Hands – 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, Aug. 10 (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, Aug. 10 and Sunday, Aug. 11 (2-7 p.m.) Westlake Music Festival – Enjoy great music and refreshments at the library (Saturday) and the Westlake Recreation Center (Sunday). Saturday’s bands include Red Light Roxy, Johnny Elvis and the Crown Electrics, Funkology and Monica Robins and the Ninja Cowboys. Featured bands for Sunday are The Screaming Armadillos, Eddie & the Edsels and Key West Express.
Saturday, Aug. 10 (3-5 p.m.) Anime Club – A great club for anime and manga lovers! All otakus and newbies are welcome! Grades 7 to adult.
Mondays, Aug. 12 and 19 (4-5 p.m.) Code Club! – Grades 3-8: Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! We’ll start with Khan Academy and Google’s CS First. Registration begins one week before each session.
Monday, Aug. 12 (7-8:30 p.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.
Tuesday, Aug. 13 (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, Aug. 13 (1-3 p.m.) Career: Sharpen Up Your Resume – How does your resume stack up? Will it make it to the top of the interview pile? Freshen it up with the latest buzz words, fonts and format. Bring your resume with you for an evaluation.
Tuesday, Aug. 13 (7-8:15 p.m.) Belly Dance 101 – Join Roxi DellaDonna for this beginners belly dance class and learn how to add movement to your life and connect with your body. This fun lesson is suitable for all shapes, sizes and activity levels. Please register.
Tuesday, Aug. 13 (7-8:30 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – We’ll discuss "Killers of the Flower Moon" by David Grann.
Tuesday, Aug. 13 (7-7:30 p.m.) Mix-It-Up – Let’s mix it up with sand and fun summer activities! We’ll be getting messy so be sure and wear play clothes! Ages 4-6. Please register.
Thursday, Aug. 15 (2-3 p.m.) Customize Your Locker – You’ll have the coolest locker in school when you customize it with these fun and useful crafts! Grades 5-7. Registration begins Aug. 8.
Friday, Aug. 16 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: Starry Sky – Explore the night sky, discover some constellations and make our own telescopes! For children 4 to 6 years old, in kindergarten or lower. Registration begins Aug. 9.
Saturday, Aug. 17 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) Wild West Craft Day – Knock your spurs off and come on over for a day of Wild West crafts! All ages.
Saturday, Aug. 17 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Pokemon Fun! – A fun morning of Pokemon-themed play, prizes and crafts! Ages 6-11.
Saturday, Aug. 17 (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, Aug. 17 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Lego and Duplo bricks provided. For ages 3-12.
Saturday, Aug. 17 (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, Aug. 18 (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, Aug. 19 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: Silhouette Cameo Vinyl Crafts – Among other things, the Silhouette Cameo can cut out customer designs on vinyl to transfer to craft projects. Bring something you’d like to apply a design to and we’ll get to work! Please register.
Tuesday, Aug. 20 (7-8:30 p.m.) Mansions of Euclid Avenue – Join Michael Goldstein as he discusses the history and the mansions of Euclid Avenue, also known as Millionaires’ Row. The wealthiest owners and managers of the city’s largest companies and banks lived along this stretch of road. Cleveland’s booming industry spelled the end of this wealthy enclave as it encroached upon the mansions and their owners left for the suburbs. Please register.
Tuesday, Aug. 20 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories: Counting Sheep – Put on your pajamas and unwind at the end of the day. We will count sheep and relax with quiet stories, songs and other activities to help get ready for bedtime. Ages 4-6. Siblings welcome.
Wednesdays, Aug. 21 and 28 (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.
Wednesday, Aug. 21 (2-3:30 p.m.) eBooks, Streaming Music, Digital Movies, and More! – Learn how to access free eBooks and eAudiobooks, digital music, streaming movies, and more! Patrons are encouraged to bring their own devices. A brief presentation will be followed by an open lab. Please register.
Wednesday, Aug. 21 (3-4 p.m.) Walt Disney World Travel Tips – Essential tips to get the most out of your Walt Disney World vacation. Join Karen Kulow as she brings her years of experience in the travel industry to help you understand what you need to do to have a fun, exciting, and safe trip to Walt Disney World, including the unexpected costs and fees that crop up with any trip planning. Please register.
Wednesday, Aug. 21 (7-8 p.m.) Tech Lab: Home Automation and Smart Devices – Discover the latest in home/office automation and smart devices in a blended lecture and hands-on demo. Learn about how you can apply new technology to make your surroundings safer and life easier. Please register.
Thursdays, Aug. 22 and 29 (4-5 p.m.) Code Club! – Grades 3-4: Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! We’ll start with Khan Academy and Google’s CS First. Registration begins one week before each session.
Friday, Aug. 23 (10 a.m.-noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.
Friday, Aug. 23 (4-5 p.m.) Got Science? – Learn all about earthquakes. Can you build a structure that can stay standing during an earthquake? Grades 1 and 2. Please register.
Saturday, Aug. 24 (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, Aug. 24 (2-3 p.m.) 3D Printing Orientation – In order to use the library’s 3D printer you need to take this class first. Learn library policies about using it, how to download a 3D printable object file, and how to prepare it for great print. Please register.
Saturday, Aug. 24 (3-4 p.m.) Alternatives to Cable TV – Frustrated with cable service? This program will help you sort through the variety of viewing alternatives available. Learn about digital media players, streaming services and additional options. Please register.
Saturday, Aug. 24 (3:30-5 p.m.) STEAMMaker Lab: Go to the State Fair – It’s time for the state fair! We’ll take a look at various fair attractions, discover how they work, and make our own miniature attraction. Grades 3-5. Please register.
Sunday, Aug. 25 (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.
Sunday, Aug. 25 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club – 2019 Girl of the Year Blaire Wilson uses her creativity to connect with others. We’ll play games and make a theme-related craft. Ages 6-11. Please register.
Monday, Aug. 26 (4-5 p.m.) Code Club! – Grades 3-8: Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! We’ll start with Khan Academy and Google’s CS First. Registration begins one week before each session.
Monday, Aug. 26 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Retirement: Are You Ready? – Do you know what you need to have in place in order to be financially prepared to retire? This class will discuss what you need to think about and know in order to retire comfortably. Please register.
Tuesday, Aug. 27 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Nutrients for Optimal Health – Discover information about water, protein, vitamins, probiotics and Omega 3, 6, 9 fatty acids. Which fat is which? Learn how certain nutrients function, and why they are important to the body. Please register.
Wednesday, Aug. 28 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The August selection is "The Secrets Between Us" by Thrity Umrigar.
Wednesday, Aug. 28 (7-8:30 p.m.) Author Visit with Jill Grunenwald: Reading Behind Bars – Local author Jill Grunenwald will share the details of her newest book, "Reading Behind Bars," a memoir of her time as a prison librarian. Copies of the book will be available for purchase after the program. Please register.
Saturday, Aug. 31 (2-3:30 p.m.) Meet the Artists Reception – Please join the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council in the Porter Room to greet the artists from the juried art show.
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.