Westlake Porter Public Library's early December calendar of events
Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s early December 2021 calendar of events. All programs are subject to change. Please check westlakelibrary.org or follow the library on Facebook and Twitter (@WestlakePorter) for the latest updates.
Wednesday, Dec. 8 (7-8 p.m.) Virtual Trivia Night@Porter Holiday Edition – Join us for a trivia night for all to enjoy! Play as a single player or as a family. Test your knowledge of all things related to winter holidays and celebrations. Presented live via Zoom. Registration is required. You must provide a valid email address to receive Zoom instructions.
Wednesday, Dec. 8 (7-8 p.m.) Homemade Gifts for the Holidays – Susan Aldrich is back with lots of gift ideas for the holidays! Nothing says it better than something yummy and homemade for the holidays. Learn some great holiday gift ideas that are just as much fun to give as they are to receive. Including homemade oatmeal pancake mix, decadent soft biscotti and themed gift baskets. Super easy packaging ideas and recipe booklet included. Lots of samples to try! Please register.
Thursday, Dec. 9 (1:30- 4 p.m.) Jewelry Junction: Make or Recycle – Bring in your jewelry projects to complete or your old or broken jewelry to update. We will provide tools and some supplies and be available to assist you with your beading projects. Please register.
Thursday, Dec. 9 (2-3:30 p.m.) Beginning Genealogy – Learn how to explore your family history! Learn how to get started, where to find records, and how to use the leading genealogy web sites and other top resources. Presented by genealogy teacher Sue Bennis. The presentation will be followed by a hands-on workshop where you can begin building your family tree and go home with the tools you need to continue to uncover your family story. Please register.
Thursday, Dec. 9 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) Roblox Arcade (Virtual) – Love Roblox? We have some private servers set up for Tweens in grades 4-6 to hang out with their friends and enjoy some of the most popular games via Zoom. Please register.
Fridays, Dec. 10 and 17 (9:30-10 a.m.) Yoga with Ms. Jen! – Calm your body, mind, and spirit in this yoga class taught by Ms. Jen, certified yoga instructor! Wear comfy clothes and bring your own mat or towel. Ages 2-6. Masks are required for anyone ages 2 and up. Registration begins one week before each session.
Saturday, Dec. 11 (9 a.m.- 9 p.m.) Calling All Crafters: Photo Ornament Pick-Up Kit – Decorate a clear, round ornament and insert your favorite photo inside resting on fake snow. Tie a bow at the top (optional). Hang and enjoy! Please register.
Saturday, Dec. 11 (2-3 p.m.) Dungeons & Dragons 101 – Interested in Dungeons & Dragons but don’t know where to start? Join us as we dive into the world of D&D together. For those in grades 4-6. Please register.
Sunday, Dec. 12 (2-3 p.m.) Teen Craft: Ugly Sweater Decorating – Let’s make those sweaters ugly! Need an ugly sweater for an upcoming holiday party ... or just because? You bring the sweater; we’ve got the decorations and the tools to make it ugly. Grades 7-12. Please register.
Sunday, Dec. 12 (2-3:30 p.m.) Hand Sewing for Literacy (Grades 3-5) – Learn basic sewing skills and create a sewn project while listening to a story with sewing as its central theme. Hand sewing helps kids develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, self-confidence, patience and focus – skills used in reading and writing. Caregivers are encouraged to stay for the program to learn the sewing techniques and assist their child(ren). Younger siblings are welcome and a simple stitching project will be available for them. Please register.
Monday, Dec. 13 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) Tween Craft Kit Pick-Up – Stop by Youth Services starting at 9 a.m. for a tween craft kit! Grades 4-6. Please register.
Monday, Dec. 13 (3:30-5:30 p.m.) Teen Lounge – Need a place to hang out after school? Come to WPPL’s Teen Lounge for video games, board games, crafts, snacks and more! Grades 7-12.
Monday, Dec. 13 (6-8 p.m.) Immigration Issues: What You Need to Know – Learn about immigration reforms, laws and immigrants’ economic and cultural impact from a professor of Immigration Issues and Cultural Competency. Please register.
Monday, Dec. 13 (7-8 p.m.) WPPL Learn the Basics of Zoom – Are you looking forward to getting together online with family this holiday season? In this class you will learn how to log into a Zoom meeting, use the features of the Zoom toolbar, change the layout of the screen, and share your screen. Please provide an email address when registering. Class is in person. Masks will be required during the class.
Monday, Dec. 13 (7-8:30 p.m.) Squishy Claus Circuits Pick-Up (On Demand) – Create holiday play-dough squishy circuits with an on-demand webinar to watch whenever you’d like! You will need either ready-made play dough or your own flour, vegetable oil, salt, sugar, food coloring, lemon juice and cream of tartar. Please register. Participants must provide an email address for instructions for materials pick-up and webinar access. Suitable for all ages.
Tuesday, Dec. 14 (10-11:30 a.m.) Windows 10 Introduction – Learn how to work with the basic features of Windows 10. Work with the Start Menu, Tiles, Access Settings, Task View, Action Center, and Microsoft Edge. This class is in person. Capacity is limited. Please register.
Tuesday, Dec. 14 (7-8:30 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Podcast Discussion (In-person and Virtual) – Join the WPPL Tuesday Evening Book Club in person or on Zoom to discuss podcast episodes dealing with conflicts and the stories that arise from the interaction between and across generations. Links to the podcasts can be found at westlakelibrary.org/events. Please register. You will receive a Zoom invitation and instructions by email.
Tuesday, Dec. 14 (7-8 p.m.) The Pitfalls of Misinformation & How to Recognize It (Virtual) – Identifying trustworthy information can be difficult. Join Westlake librarian Chad Statler as he gives you some hints and the needed tools to identify misinformation and what you can do to avoid it. Please register. A valid email is required to receive Zoom instructions.
Wednesday, Dec. 15 (2-3 p.m.) Wednesday Book Discussion – This month’s title is "Seven Days of Us" by Francesca Hornak. A limited number of books are available at the Circulation Desk. Please register.
Wednesday, Dec. 15 (4-5:30 p.m.) Hand Sewing for Literacy (Grades K-2) – Learn basic sewing skills and create a sewn project while listening to a story with sewing as its central theme. Hand sewing helps kids develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, self-confidence, patience and focus - skills used in reading and writing. Caregivers are encouraged to stay for the program to learn the sewing techniques and assist their child(ren). Younger siblings are welcome and a simple stitching project will be available for them. Registration begins Dec. 8.
Wednesday, Dec. 15 (7-8 p.m.) Adult Creative Writing Group – Join us in person for an hour of creative writing prompts to inspire you to start and keep writing. Registration begins Dec. 8. Please provide an email address when registering.
Thursday, Dec. 16 (4-5 p.m.) Introduction to Project Budgets – Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don’t know what and how much to ask for? If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, join us on Zoom to learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence. Please register, and include a valid email address to receive Zoom instructions.
Thursday, Dec. 16 (4-4:45 p.m.) Ready, Set, Kindergarten! – Children ages 4 and 5 are invited to rotate through skill stations in preparation for making the leap into kindergarten. Registration begins Dec. 9.
Friday, Dec. 17 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) Jewelry Junction: Disco Ball Earrings Pick-Up Kit – Dress up your holiday outfit with a beautiful pair of silver crystal ball pierced earrings that resemble small disco balls. Registration begins Dec. 10.
Friday, Dec. 17 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday – Let’s explore our 5 senses in holiday style! From the smell of candy canes to the feel of pinecones, discoveries will be made through hands-on experiments, active participation and a simple take-home project. Ages 4-6, up to kindergarten. Registration begins Dec. 10.
Saturday, Dec. 18 (11-11:30 a.m.) Adapted Storytime (Live) – Join us for this storytime designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime. Content is geared toward ages 3-7 years. Registration begins one week before each session.
To register for any of the programs, please visit westlakelibrary.org/events.
Elaine Willis is the Public Relations Associate at Westlake Porter Public Library.