Early October events at Westlake Porter Public Library
Wednesdays, Oct. 2, 9 and 16 (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, Oct. 2 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society Help Session – Please join the genealogy group for an informal walk-in help session. Please bring pedigree and/or family group sheets to aid the volunteers in helping you.
Wednesdays, Oct. 2, 9 and 16 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Oct. 3 and 17 (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, Oct. 2 (6-8:45 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. If any questions, contact the instructors at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please register.
Wednesday, Oct. 2 (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.
Thursday, Oct. 3 (10 a.m.-noon) Reverse Mortgages for Seniors – Reverse mortgages are valuable tools for seniors 62 and older. There is almost no limit for use of the funds which come tax free. Keep Medicare from attacking your home equity. A complimentary quote to see how much you may qualify for is available. Please register.
Thursday, Oct. 3 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Thursday, Oct. 3 (1:30-2:30 p.m.) Write to a Friend – Adults with special needs and their caregivers will decorate cards for friends or senior citizen pen pals. Several options for all abilities will be provided. No letter or card writing experience necessary. Come early and bring your own lunch, if you’d like.
Thursdays, Oct. 3 and 10 (4-5 p.m., Grades 3-4) and Monday, Oct. 7 (4-5 p.m., Grades 3-8) Code Club! – Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! Registration begins a week before each session. Please register for just one session per week.
Thursday, Oct. 3 (6-7 p.m.) Teen Trivia Night – Get your team assembled and join us the first Thursday of the month for Teen Trivia Night! There will be different themes each month. Please register.
Thursdays, Oct. 3 and 10 (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. Please register.
Thursdays, Oct. 3 and 10 (7-8:30 p.m.) Calling Crafters: Fall Paper Leaf Wreath – Adult crafters will have fun learning how to make a fall wreath using a variety of leaf shapes made from patterned papers. Take home your own creative wreath. Registration required; must be 18 or older.
Saturday, Oct. 5 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) ACT Practice Exam – Get ready for test time with an ACT practice exam. Students will have the option to take the writing portion from 1-2 p.m. as well. Grades 9-12. Please register.
Saturday, Oct. 5 (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. The class focus is on HTML and CSS. Please register.
Saturday, Oct. 5 (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, Oct. 5 (3-5 p.m.) Anime Club – A great club for anime and manga lovers! All otakus and newbies are welcome! Grade 7 to adult.
Sunday, Oct. 6 (2-2:45 p.m.) Yoga with Jen! – Calm your mind, body and spirit in this yoga session developed for children in grades 1-4. Please register.
Monday, Oct. 7 (3-4:30 -p.m.) Medicare Update – Oct. 15-Dec. 7 is Medicare Open Enrollment. Join us for an Ohio Department of Insurance OSHIIP presentation providing timely information regarding Medicare coverage options. Please register.
Monday, Oct. 7 (3:30-5:30 p.m.) Teen Lounge – We have computers, video games, board games, snacks and more! For grades 7-12 only.
Monday, Oct. 7 (7-8:30 p.m.) American Sign Language Basics – If you ever wanted to learn ASL, now is your chance! 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, Oct. 8 (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, Oct. 8 (1-3 p.m.) Career: Networking 101 – Learn tips for maximizing your professional network to find your next job.
Tuesdays, Oct. 8 and 15 (2-3:30 p.m.) Conversational Spanish – Learn Spanish vocabulary and pronunciation with an expert instructor.
Tuesday, Oct. 8 (7-8:30 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – We’ll discuss "The Secrets Between Us" by Thrity Umrigar.
Tuesday, Oct. 8 (7-8 p.m.) Teen Taste Test: Chips Edition – Sample a variety of delicious and crazy chip flavors in a blind taste test. We’ll determine fan favorites, and rate each on look, taste and texture. Grades 7-12. Please register.
Wednesdays, Oct. 9 and 16 (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, Oct. 10 (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.
Thursday, Oct. 10 (7-8:30 p.m.) A Conversation with Thrity Umrigar – Join us for a conversation with bestselling novelist and CWRU professor Thrity Umrigar. Ms. Umrigar is the author of "The Secrets Between Us," the much-awaited sequel to "The Space Between Us." Please register.
Friday, Oct. 11 (9:30 and 10:30 a.m.) and Saturday, Oct. 12 (9:30 a.m.) Music Therapy & More – Designed for families and their children (ages 0-6 years) who are struggling in an area of development, this hands-on program teaches 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. Register at connectingforkids.org/register or call 440-250-5908.
Friday, Oct. 11 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: The Lifecycle of the Pumpkin – How does a pumpkin grow and change? Come and explore the lifecycle of a pumpkin with hands-on experiments and activities. For children 4 to 6 years old, in K or lower. Registration begins Oct. 4.
Saturday, Oct. 12 (9:30-11 a.m.) Discovering Gold: How to Mine Your Life Experiences to Write a Memoir – Join writer Marsha McGregor and come prepared to write in class as you gain tools and creative approaches to get your stories on the page. Writers of all experience levels are welcome. Please register.
Saturday, Oct. 12 (10 a.m.-noon) Chainmaille Bracelet or Earrings – Learn how to make a Chainmaille bracelet or pair of earrings. Chainmaille is a special way of putting jump rings together to make jewelry. Please register.
Saturday, Oct. 12 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Pokemon Fun! – A fun morning of Pokemon themed play, prizes, and crafts! Ages 6-12.
Saturday, Oct. 12 (11 a.m.-noon) Author Visit with Adolphe Musanga – Adolphe Musanga will talk about his self-published memoir, "From Congo to Cleveland," which recounts his journey of self-empowerment from Congo-Kinshasa to the American Midwest. Please register.
Saturday, Oct. 12 (1-3 p.m.) Introduction to Line Dancing – Learn the history of line dancing and an easy line dance. Watch professional line dancers as they do more complicated dance steps. Please register.
Saturday, Oct. 12 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Love those bricks? Bring your ideas and imagination! Lego and Duplo bricks provided. For ages 3-12.
Saturday, Oct. 12 (3-3:30 p.m.) Spook-tacular Candy Houses – It’s time to create your own Halloween candy house! All supplies provided. Ages 8-10. Registration begins Oct. 5.
Saturday, Oct. 12 (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, Oct. 13 (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, Oct. 13 (2-4 p.m.) 800+ Chess Club – A chance for those competing at an 800+ USCF Rating to work together on strategies, skills and game play. If you’re a beginner, please attend our Chess Club on the last Sunday of the month.
Monday, Oct. 14 – Columbus Day: Library Closed for staff training.
Elaine Willis is the Public Relations Associate at Westlake Porter Public Library.