September events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, Sept. 4 (9:30-10 a.m. OR 10:15-10:45 a.m.) Angelina Ballerina Story Time – Your little ballerina will be delighted by the adventures of Angelina Ballerina, a young mouse training to be a real ballerina. Through her training Angelina learns not only dance technique but valuable lessons about imagination, hard work and friendship! After the story the young ballerinas will learn some basic ballet positions and steps and have a chance to show off their new knowledge with interactive dance games. Ages 0-5.

Wednesday, Sept. 4 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society Help Session – An informal walk-in help session. Please bring pedigree and/or family group sheets to aid the volunteers in helping you.

Wednesdays (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays (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. Dogs will stay for 10 minutes past the last registered reader or 1.5 hours, whichever comes first. Sign-ups begin Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 4 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club – 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.

Wednesday, Sept. 4 (7-8:30 p.m.) Westlake Garden Club – The Garden Club welcomes Jim Rokakis from the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that works to conserve natural areas, preserve farmland and revitalize urban centers. Please register.

Thursday, Sept. 5 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursdays, Sept. 5 and 12, and Mondays, Sept. 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! We’ll start with Khan Academy and Google’s CS First. Grades 3-4 on Thursdays and 3-8 on Mondays. Registration begins one week before each session. Please register for just one session per week.

Thursdays, Sept. 5 and 12 (6-6:45 p.m.) Adapted Storytime – This 30-minute storytime followed by a time for socialization is designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime experience. Content is geared to ages 3-7 but all ages are welcome. Siblings may also attend but must register separately. Registration begins one week before each session.

Saturday, Sept. 7 (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.

Saturday, Sept. 7 (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, Sept. 7 (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, Sept. 9 (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, Sept. 9 and 16 (3:30-5:30 p.m.) Teen Lounge – We have computers, video games, board games, snacks and more! For grades 7-12 only.

Mondays, Sept. 9 and 16 (7-8:30 p.m.) American Sign Language Basics – Join us for drop-in sessions on Mondays. Instructor June Pritchard will teach the basics of this visual, gestural language used most often by the hearing impaired.

Tuesday, Sept. 10 (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.

Tuesday, Sept. 10 (1-3 p.m.) Glass Door: What’s All the Talk About? – We will examine Glass Door for information on company culture and values, salary and compensation, career growth opportunities, work-life balance, locations, and more. This information will enable you to take a holistic look at positions and companies you are targeting and to understand what accepting an offer would mean.

Tuesdays, Sept. 10 and 17 (2-3:30 p.m.) Conversational Spanish – Learn Spanish vocabulary and pronunciation with an expert instructor.

Tuesday, Sept. 10 (7-8:30 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – We’ll discuss "A Piece of the World" by Christina Baker Kline.

Wednesdays, Sept. 11 and 18 (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. Arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesday, Sept. 11 (1-5 p.m.) Christina Ryook Remembrance – Gather in Christina’s Corner once an hour on the hour to share a special book and craft in honor of Westlake alumna Christina Ryook, who died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Wednesdays, Sept. 11 and 18 (3-4:30 p.m.) Tween Scene – Drop in after school to play board games and video games with your friends. Snacks will be provided. Grades 5-6.

Thursday, Sept. 12 (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.

Friday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Sept. 14 (9:30 and 10:30 a.m.) Music Therapy & More – This program is designed 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. Please register at www.connectingforkids.org/register or by calling 440-250-5908.

Friday, Sept. 13 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: Creepy Critters – What is the difference between an insect and a spider? Discover the world of creepy critters by counting, sorting and observing these tiny creatures. For children 4 to 6 years old, in kindergarten or lower. Please register.

Saturday, Sept. 14 (10:30 -11:30 a.m.) Pokemon Fun! – A fun morning of Pokemon themed play, prizes, and crafts! Ages 6-12.

Saturday, Sept. 14 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Love those bricks? Bring your ideas and imagination! Lego and Duplo bricks provided. For ages 3-12.

Sunday, Sept. 15 (2-2:45 p.m.) Fancy Nancy Tea Party! – You’re invited to a Fancy Nancy Tea Party to create a spectacular craft, play glamorous games and enjoy tasty refreshments! Ages 5-8. Registration begins Sept. 8.

Sunday, Sept. 15 (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 Sept. 8.

Monday, Sept. 16 (6:30-8 p.m.) Sibling Revelry Book Club – The discussion will be held in the party room at Sibling Revelry Brewery (29305 Clemens Road) in Westlake. This month’s title is "The Gone Dead" by Chanelle Benz. eBooks and eAudiobooks are available through Hoopla Digital at theclub.hoopladigital.com. Outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are welcome. Please no outside alcohol.

Monday, Sept. 16 (7-8:15 p.m.) Travel Affordably with Joe the Coupon Guy – Learn money-saving travel tips and secrets from Joe the Coupon Guy! Find out how to get the best deals on car rentals, flights, cruises, lodging and transportation. You will also learn how to save on entertainment and restaurants at your destination. Please register.

Monday, Sept. 16 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investors’ Interest Group: The Million Dollar Question – How much do you really need for retirement? Learn how to calculate targets for your retirement income stream. The instructor will discuss sources for retirement income and the amount of personal savings needed to supplement a person’s employer-sponsored retirement plan(s). Please register.

Monday, Sept. 16 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: Portable Apps and Linux – Want to have access to all your programs and files everywhere you go? Just bring a USB drive with you, and you can access your saved passwords and email addresses, favorite free programs, and more with Portable Apps. You can also use that USB drive to boot almost any computer into Linux, a free operating system that’s not Windows or Mac OS, but works almost the same way. Learn all about it here! Please register.

Tuesday, Sept. 17 (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, Sept. 17 (1:30-2:30 p.m.) Crafty Adults – Create your own art based on the work of a famous artist or holiday. Specifically for adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities. No previous art experience necessary.

Tuesday, Sept. 17 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Scrapbooking and Stamping – Learn how to make three 12 x 12 layouts to put your pictures in when you get home by combining stamping and scrapbooking. Please register.

Tuesday, Sept. 17 (7-8 p.m.) Myths of College Admissions – College tutors will dispel myths, spill secrets of college admissions and shed light on what admission officers are thinking when they come across your child’s college application. For teens and their parents. Registration begins Sept. 10.

Tuesday, Sept. 17 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories – Put on your pajamas and join Mrs. K as we unwind at the end of the day with stories, songs, fingerplays and other activities. Siblings welcome.

Wednesday, Sept. 18 (3-4 p.m.) Traveling Through Europe – Karen Kulow, who has many years of experience in the travel industry, will share tips to help you maximize your time, money and enjoyment while traveling through Europe. Please register.

Wednesdays (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays (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. Dogs will stay for 10 minutes past the last registered reader or 1.5 hours, whichever comes first. Sign-ups begin Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 18 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Dorothy Titera from the Westlake Family History Center will present "Researching Your Czech/Slovak Ancestors." Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, Sept. 18 (7-8:30 p.m.) Beginning 3D Design – Use the free, web-based software TinkerCad to create simple 3D designs. Students will create user accounts in class. Valid email address required. Please register.

Thursdays, Sept. 19 and 26, and Mondays, Sept. 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! We’ll start with Khan Academy and Google’s CS First. Grades 3-4 on Thursdays and 3-8 on Mondays. Registration begins one week before each session. Please register for just one session per week.

Thursday, Sept. 19 (6-6:45 p.m.) Adapted Storytime – This 30-minute storytime followed by a time for socialization is designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime experience. Content is geared to ages 3-7 but all ages are welcome. Siblings may also attend but must register separately. Registration begins one week before each session.

Friday, Sept. 20 (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.

Friday, Sept. 20 (4-4:45 p.m.) Got Science? – Explore the world of rockets as we make and launch stomp rockets. Grades 1 and 2. Please register.

Saturday, Sept. 21 (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, Sept. 21 (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, Sept. 21 (3:30-5 p.m.) STEAMMaker Lab: Chain Reactions – We will watch a selection of chain reaction videos and make our own Chain Reaction! Grades 3-5. Please register.

Sunday, Sept. 22 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Mystery – We need your help! We have several American Girl Mini Mysteries to solve. Bring your dolls and join us to crack these cases! Ages 6-11. Please register.

Monday, Sept. 23 (9:30-10 a.m.) My First Autumn – Celebrate your baby’s first autumn with a simple fingerpaint wind chime craft. For ages 0-18 months with a caregiver. Please register.

Monday, Sept. 23 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) CPR – CPR and AED certification for adult, child and infant. Instruction by certified instructors/paramedics from UH St. John Medical Center. Must be 13 years of age. Participants under the age of 14 must have a parent/legal guardian with them in class. Please register.

Monday, Sept. 23 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Mondays, Sept. 23 and 30 (3:30-5:30 p.m.) Teen Lounge – We have computers, video games, board games, snacks and more! For grades 7-12 only.

Mondays, Sept. 23 and 30 (7-8:30 p.m.) American Sign Language Basics – Join us for drop-in sessions on Mondays. Instructor June Pritchard will teach the basics of this visual, gestural language used most often by the hearing impaired.

Tuesday, Sept. 24 (2-3:30 p.m.) Conversational Spanish – Learn Spanish vocabulary and pronunciation with an expert instructor.

Tuesday, Sept. 24 (4-7 p.m.) Exploring 50+ – WPPL and the Westlake Community Services Center present a 50+ Fair featuring exhibitors with resources and ideas to help you plan your “second act.” Takes place at the Westlake Community Services Center. No registration required.

Tuesday, Sept. 24 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Jewelry Junction: Chunky Bracelet – Make a chunky bracelet using silver- or gold-colored wire, large beads, and silver-plated findings. Please register.

Tuesday, Sept. 24 (6:30 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: "Parenting is Lonely." Please register at www.connectingforkids.org/register or by calling 440-250-5908.

Wednesday, Sept. 25 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – "The Clockmaker’s Daughter" by Kate Morton.

Thursday, Sept. 26 (Preschool session: 6:30 p.m.) and Friday, Sept. 27 (Preschool session: 9:30 a.m. and Toddler session: 11:30 a.m.) Connecting for Kids’ Teach Me to Play – Your child will enjoy playing with other children while practicing language and social skills. Since you attend together, you will have the opportunity to interact with our experienced Early Intervention Specialist and Speech-Language Pathologist who can provide strategies for dealing with problem behaviors and offer tips for increasing your child’s communication skills. This program is designed for children ages 18 months-6 years who are struggling in an area of development. Please register at www.connectingforkids.org/register or by calling 440-250-5908.

Friday, Sept. 27 (10 a.m.-noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.

Saturday, Sept. 28 (1-4 p.m.) WPPL Health Fair – Take charge of your health with vision, hearing and blood pressure screenings and information from representatives of local health organizations. No registration necessary for screenings and visits with exhibitors. Also, register to win a Fitbit Inspire!

Saturday, Sept. 28 (1:30-2:30 p.m.) Eating for the Mind and Body – Find out about the impact of inflammation on your health and key nutrients to optimize brain health. Presented by Kemper Cognitive Wellness. Please register.

Saturday, Sept. 28 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Love those bricks? Bring your ideas and imagination! Lego and Duplo bricks provided. For ages 3-12.

Saturday, Sept. 28 (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. Siblings welcome.

Sunday, Sept. 29 (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.

Sunday, Sept. 29 (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.

To register for any of the programs, please call 440-871-2600 or visit westlakelibrary.org/events.

Elaine Willis

Elaine Willis is the Public Relations Associate at Westlake Porter Public Library.

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