Libraries

Porter Library is closed through April 6

After considering information indicating social distancing can stop the coronavirus from exponentially spreading, Westlake Porter Public Library leadership made the difficult decision to close on Friday, March 13, at 6 p.m. The library plans on reopening on Monday, April 6. However, the length of the closure will be continually reassessed. WPPL believes the longer the library remains open, the less benefit the community gets from this difficult decision.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 4:26 PM, 03.13.2020

Bay Library to close through April 5

Cuyahoga County Public Library announced on March 13 that all branches, including the Bay Village branch, will close to the public on Saturday, March 14, through Sunday, April 5.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 5:55 PM, 03.13.2020

Westlake Porter Public Library named a 'Star Library'

Westlake Porter Public Library has once again been named a “Star Library” by Library Journal magazine in its annual rating of public libraries across the United States. WPPL was awarded four stars out of five based upon 2017 statistics compiled by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The index compares public libraries across the nation with their budget-category peers using total circulation, library visits, program attendance, public internet computer use, circulation of electronic materials (such as e-books) and WiFi usage.

“It is always nice to be recognized as one of the best libraries in the nation,” said Library Director Andrew Mangels. “We could not do it without the tremendous support from our community.”

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 10:07 AM, 03.03.2020

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Grown-ups and their kids are invited to participate in a fun, non-competitive, zany challenge-meets-party led by the Upcycle Parts Shop on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m. at the Bay Village branch library. We’ll supply more pieces and parts than you could imagine, and you’ll bring the enthusiasm and innovation needed to create some truly fabulous objects to take home! You'll work together to upcycle items from our challenge list. Enjoy hands-on problem solving with no expectations other than to have a great time!

On Monday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m., you won't want to miss Jazz for All Ages. The Biasella Trio will take you on a live musical journey through America’s jazz history from swing to Latin to blues to ballads.

CHILDREN

Weekly Storytimes

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m. and 11 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Thursday, Feb. 20 (4 p.m.) Flight School – Let’s learn about airplanes and then design your own. We’ll see which ones fly the farthest!

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:07 AM, 02.18.2020

Create a dream wedding reception

Westlake Porter Public Library is offering a class on “How to Create A Dream Wedding Reception” on Thursday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. This class is for anyone who may be planning a wedding, part of the wedding party, or just interested in wedding design.

Get your questions answered. Meet a wedding and design expert that talks about a realistic budget for a wedding design, how to create an actionable budget plan, key components to an unforgettable wedding reception design, and how to make the reception a true reflection of the couple. Learn how to select the best team of vendors, and see a live demonstration of the creation of a reception centerpiece.

The library is located at 27333 Center Ridge Road. The class is free; call 440-871-2600 to register.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:03 AM, 02.18.2020

Bay library to host community-wide book discussion

Cuyahoga County Public Library is once again a proud partner and presenter of the One Community Reads program. This initiative for all Cuyahoga County residents, with County Executive Armond Budish as honorary chair, encourages discussions based around the reading of a common book exploring themes that resonate with our communities in Northeast Ohio.

The book this year is "Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life" by renowned sociologist Eric Klinenberg, which explores the connections between robust community services including libraries and parks, to overall neighborhood and public health. Klinenberg has written a testament to the roles of libraries, community centers and public parks as critical components of social infrastructure for our residents.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:52 AM, 02.04.2020

February events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Feb. 18 (9:30-9:50 a.m.) Stories and Signs – Enjoy an interactive storytime while learning a few words in sign language! Ages 0-3. Siblings welcome.

Tuesday, Feb. 18 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Tablet Tuesday User Group – Share tips and tricks with each other about using iPads and Android tablets. Kindle Fire users are welcome! Bring your own devices. Please register.

Tuesday, Feb. 18 (6-7 p.m.) Teen Trivia Night – Get your team assembled and join us for trivia! There will be different themes each month as well as popcorn and prizes. Grades 7-12. Please register.

Tuesday, Feb. 18 (7-8:45 p.m.) Westlake Westshore Arts Council: Catch a Rising Star – The Westlake Westshore Arts Council will present a performance by a Baldwin Wallace student. Free and open to the public.

Wednesdays, Feb. 19 and 26 (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, Feb. 19 and 26 (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.

Wednesday, Feb. 19 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursday, Feb. 20 (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, Feb. 19 (7-8:30 p.m.) Author Talk: Catherine Urban – Join astrologer and writer Catherine Urban as she talks about the benefits of astrology in our daily lives and shares tips and recipes from her new book, “Your Astrological Cookbook: The Perfect Recipe for Every Sign.” Please register.

Thursday, Feb. 20 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Business Lunch & Learn: Financial Statement Basics – Good bookkeeping and financial management are critical to the health of a business. Learn what financial statements are, why they’re important and how they’re used in the process of running a business. Please register.

Thursday, Feb. 20 (Preschool: 6:30 p.m.) and Friday, Feb. 21 (Preschool: 9:30 a.m. ; Toddler: 11:30 a.m.) Teach Me to Play – Are you looking to give your child more social opportunities? 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 managing problem behaviors, offer tips for increasing your child’s communication skills or share appropriate resources. This program is specifically designed for children ages 18 months-6 years who are struggling in an area of development. Register at connectingforkids.org/register or by phone: 440-570-5908.

Friday, Feb. 21 (3-4:15 p.m.) Candid: Introduction to Finding Grants – Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course. Please register.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:55 AM, 02.04.2020

Upcoming Programs at Bay Village Branch Library

CHILDREN

Weekly Storytimes

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m. and 11 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Saturday, Feb. 8 (10 a.m.) Preschool STEAM – Ages 3-5: Join us for stories and a hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) activity. Registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library.

Monday, Feb. 10 (7 p.m.) STEAM On: Sock Puppets – Grades 3-4: Join us for a hands-on STEAM program. Make a sock puppet of your favorite character. Registration required.

Wednesday, Feb. 12 (7 p.m.) Melted – Grades K-2: Bring your favorite grownup for a chocolate lover’s dream with hands-on candy making.

Thursday, Feb. 20 (4 p.m.) Flight School – Let’s learn about airplanes and then design your own. We’ll see which ones fly the farthest!

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.04.2020

Porter Library's huge annual book sale

The Annual Book Sale presented by The Friends of Porter Public Library will run from Feb. 6-9.  We have three rooms filled to the brim with books we have been saving for a year – fiction for $1, thousands of children's books from $.50, non-fiction for $1 and special priced, DVDs for $2, CDs and audiobooks for $1, and much more.

Check out our large selection of leather-bound classics in our special-priced books section. We also have a silent auction of very special books in the showcase in the lobby of the library. Many books about Cleveland and our sports teams, plus books signed by their authors. Bids for the silent auction items will be taken until 3:00 on Feb. 9. No phone bids, please. 

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:53 AM, 02.04.2020

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

CHILDREN

Weekly Storytimes

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m. and 11 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Wednesday, Jan. 29 (3:15 p.m.) Stuffed Animal Sleepover – Drop off your stuffed animal at the Bay Village Library on Jan. 28 any time between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Join us for a stuffed animal sleepover party on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 3:15 p.m. for stories, crafts and activities when you pick up your favorite stuffed friend.

Saturday, Feb. 8 (10 a.m.) Preschool STEAM – Ages 3-5: Join us for stories and a hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) activity. Registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library.

TEEN

Wednesdays, Jan. 22, 29 and Feb. 5 (3-4 p.m.) Teen Zone – Grades 5 and up: Hang out with something fun to do after school – gaming, art, movies, technology and more! Parents/guardians must complete a Release and Hold Harmless form.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:55 AM, 01.21.2020

Friends of Bay Village Library's winter book sale is Jan. 25-27

The Friends of the Bay Village Library's winter used book sale begins Saturday, Jan. 25th, at 9:00 a.m. and runs through Monday, Jan. 27, at 7:00 p.m. The sale is held in the meeting room of the library during regular library hours.

There is a large selection of books for readers of all ages as well as magazines, DVDs, CDs, audio books and more. All materials have been categorized for easy shopping. Monday, the last day of the sale, is bag day when a full bag of books costs $2. Bags are provided by the library. Proceeds from the sale are used to support upcoming library programs and activities.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:55 AM, 01.21.2020

Porter Library's annual book sale is Feb. 6-9

The Friends of Porter Public Library in Westlake will have their annual book sale from Feb. 6-9 with a preview night for members of Friends on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 4-7 p.m. Memberships will be available at the door.

You will find plenty of fiction, non-fiction, children's books, DVDs, CDs, and audio books. There will be three rooms, including a room dedicated to hundreds of children's books.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:49 AM, 01.21.2020

January events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Jan. 21 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Tablet Tuesday User Group – Share tips and tricks with each other about using iPads and Android tablets. Kindle Fire users are welcome. Please bring your own devices. Please register.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 (2-3 p.m.) Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia – Danielle Bruck from Symphony at Olmsted Falls will give an overall explanation of dementia with additional information about Alzheimer’s Disease. Please register.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 (6-7:30 p.m.) Tabletop Game Night: Ticket to Ride – Europe – It’s game night at the library! This month’s game is Ticket To Ride: Europe. We’ll provide the game, snacks and drinks. Bring your suggestions for future Tabletop Game Nights. Grades 7-12. Registration begins Jan. 14.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 (6:30 p.m.) Speaker Series – Join us for a presentation by local pediatric professionals on "How to Meet the Needs of Typical Siblings." Free, supervised children’s activities are available, but adults and children must register separately. Register at connectingforkids.org/register, or by calling 440-570-5908.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories: Llama, Llama – Time to unwind at the end of the day. Llama, Llama will help us as we get ready for bed with quiet stories, songs and other bedtime activities. Ages 4-6. Siblings welcome.

Wednesdays, Jan. 22 and 29 (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, Jan. 22 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The January selection is "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng.

Wednesdays, Jan. 22 and 29 (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.

Wednesday, Jan. 22 (4-5 p.m.) Winter Walk – Bundle up for a winter walk with us in our garden and on our property. We will quietly observe nature, hear a story, and warm up with hot cider and a treat. Registration begins Jan. 15. Please register siblings separately.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 10:34 AM, 01.07.2020

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

CHILDREN

Weekly Storytimes

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m. and 11 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Saturday, Jan. 11 (10 a.m.) Preschool STEAM – Ages 3-5: Join us for stories and a hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) activity. Registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library.

Monday, Jan. 13 (7 p.m.) STEAM On: Snap Circuits – Join us for a hands-on STEAM program. Design and build models of working electrical circuits. Registration required.

Thursday, Jan. 16 (4 p.m.) Beach Party – Heat things up with summer stories, songs and sand. It might be cold outside, but we won’t mind! Registration required.

TEEN

Wednesdays, Jan. 8 and 15 (3-4 p.m.) Teen Zone – Grades 5 and up: Hang out with something fun to do after school – gaming, art, movies, technology and more! Parents/guardians must complete a Release and Hold Harmless form.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 10:37 AM, 01.07.2020

Kathryn Maver named to Westlake Porter Public Library board

The Westlake Porter Public Library board of trustees has appointed Kathryn “Kate” Maver to serve a term from 2020-2026.

A Westlake resident, Maver is the director of development for the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, Cleveland. She previously served as the pastor of the Wells River/Newbury United Church of Christ in Vermont, the planned & major gifts officer at the Little City Foundation in Palatine, Illinois, and the communications and development director at the Horizons Hospice. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a master’s degree in divinity.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 10:34 AM, 01.07.2020

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Books make wonderful and appreciated gifts. "Great Books for Kids," Cuyahoga County Public Library’s annual list of the very best recently published books for kids of all ages, is a great source to find books to give as gifts to the children in your life this holiday season. Stop by the library to pick up the expanded Winter Program Guide to see what books have been featured on our list this year.

Our library will be closed on Dec. 24, 25, 31, and Jan. 1, but our digital collection is always open, so don't forget to browse our book, magazine, music and movie downloadables.

CHILDREN

Storytimes will be on hiatus through the rest of December. They will start back up on Jan. 6. We will have a make-and-take craft in the children's area until Dec. 20.

Weekly Storytimes (Start Jan. 6)

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m. and 11 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Saturday, Jan. 11 (10 a.m.) Preschool STEAM – Ages 3-5: Join us for stories and a hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) activity. Registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library.

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 10:21 AM, 12.17.2019

December events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Dec. 17 (1-3 p.m.) BINGO – Adults with special needs will play BINGO for fun and socialization. Small prizes available. No cost to play. No BINGO experience necessary. All materials provided. Come early and bring your own lunch if you’d like.

Tuesday, Dec. 17 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Interactive Movie – Watch this holiday classic in a brand new way. Sing, snack and craft along with Buddy the elf as he learns his true identity. Grades 7-12. Registration required, but drop-ins welcome while supplies last. Please register.

Wednesday, Dec. 18 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – We'll discuss "A Lowcountry Christmas" by Mary Alice Monroe.

Wednesday, Dec. 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. Please arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesday, Dec. 18 (3:30-6 p.m.) Super Smash Brothers Ultimate Tournament: Teen – Battle it out in Super Smash Ultimate for Nintendo Switch to see who will take the top spot and reign as champion! Grades 7-12.

Wednesday, Dec. 18 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursday, December 19 (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. Sign-ups begin Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 18 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Super Smash Brothers Ultimate Tournament: Adult – Battle it out in Super Smash Ultimate for Nintendo Switch to see who will take the top spot and reign as champion!

Wednesday, Dec. 18 (7-8 p.m.) 50 Years Later: Looking Back at the Summer of Love, Altamont and Woodstock – This year marks 50 years since Woodstock! Take a step backward in time to one of the biggest musical events in history! Please register.

Thursday, Dec. 19 (4-4:45 p.m.) Cookie Decorating – Engage your child’s senses and encourage messy play while delighting in the fun and wonder of the season. For students with special needs ages 3-7 and their typical peers. If you have allergy or diet concerns please contact the Youth Services Department at 440-250-5471. Please register.

Thursday, Dec. 19 (6-6:45 p.m.) and Friday, Dec. 27 (11-11:45 a.m.) Adapted Storytime – Children with varying learning styles and abilities learn together in a safe supportive environment where respect and appreciation for differences is encouraged. 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, Dec. 20 (4-4:45 p.m.) Got Science? – Have you ever wondered how the police figure out a crime? This month we’ll figure out the clues to solve a crime. Grades 1 and 2. Please register.

Saturday, Dec. 21 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) December Fun! – ‘Tis the season for fun! Join us as we make homemade crafts to enjoy! All ages.

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Volume 11, Issue 23, Posted 3:07 PM, 12.06.2019

Porter Library now offering a special needs literacy kit

Westlake Porter Public Library is now offering its users a special needs literacy kit specifically designed for individuals with developmental or learning differences. The kit features the book "Jay and Ben" by Lulu Delacre. The book is unique because it comes with communication symbols that children with special needs will find familiar. According to WorldCat, a global catalog of library collections, WPPL is one of only two libraries in Ohio to offer the kit.

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Volume 11, Issue 22, Posted 9:29 AM, 11.19.2019

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

What made Christmas extra-special to a Cleveland kid? Come relive some of your fondest moments as Gail Ghetia Bellamy presents stories and photos from her book "Cleveland Christmas Memories" at the Bay Village branch library on Monday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m.

Take a trip down memory lane as you recall wonderful memories of Mr. Jingeling (the keeper of Santa’s keys) on TV or in person at Halle’s; gazing at the giant Sterling-Lindner tree; stopping at Higbee’s downstairs Frosty Bar for sweet relief after the long line to see Santa; mouthwatering treats from Hough Bakery and traditional ethnic flavors from the local market; the brilliant holiday lighting display at GE’s Nela Park. Plus, many more. A book signing will follow the presentation. 

CHILDREN

Storytimes will be on hiatus for the month of December. We will have a daily make-and-take craft in the children's area from Dec. 2-20.

Weekly Storytimes:

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m. and 11 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Monday, Dec. 2 (11 a.m.) Homeschool: Bouncy Slime – Make and test the properties of slime to see if it will bounce. Registration required.  

Wednesday, Dec. 4 (7 p.m.) Mad Scientists: Gingerbread – Join us for a hands-on science program. Challenge your engineering skills to build a gingerbread house. Registration required.

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Volume 11, Issue 22, Posted 9:31 AM, 11.19.2019

Three Friends of the Library events in one weekend

Look no further than the Westlake Porter Public Library for your holiday gifts!

Portables Gift Shop’s annual Holiday Sale, located in the lobby of the Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, will be Saturday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 1, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Portables sells jewelry, greeting cards, candles, clothing, Night Scout beanies, Simply Southern, household décor, seasonal gifts, sundries and more.

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Volume 11, Issue 22, Posted 9:30 AM, 11.19.2019

Holiday prep at Porter Library

Westlake Porter Public Library has two events coming up to get you in the holiday spirit.

"Decorating with Dean’s" on Monday, Dec. 2, from 7-8:30 p.m. is becoming an annual tradition at WPPL. Staff from Dean’s Greenhouse in Westlake will give an overview of different types of greenery and show you how to create a beautiful porch pot to brighten your front door. They will also share some tablescape ideas and demonstrate how to create gorgeous bows to adorn wreaths and pots.

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Volume 11, Issue 22, Posted 9:29 AM, 11.19.2019

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

CHILDREN

Weekly Storytimes:

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m. and 11 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Saturday, Nov. 9 (10 a.m.) Preschool STEAM – Ages 3-5: Join us for stories and a hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) activity. Space is limited. Registration required.

Monday, Nov. 11 (7 p.m.) STEAM On: Makey Makey – Join us for a hands-on STEAM program. Turn everyday objects, like bananas and clay, into controllers using Makey Makey invention kits. Registration required.

TEEN

Wednesdays, Nov. 6, 13 and 20 (3-4 p.m.) Teen Zone – Grades 5 & up: Hang out with something fun to do after school – gaming, art, movies, technology and more! Parents/guardians must complete a Release and Hold Harmless form.

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 9:31 AM, 11.05.2019

Learn about owls in Ohio

The Westlake Garden Club completes its evening speaker series with "Owls in Ohio" presented by Jim Tomko, president of the Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library. Come and learn about these fascinating creatures. Up to eight owl species reside in Northeast Ohio throughout the year and three of the most common include the Great Horned Owl, the Barred Owl and the Eastern Screech-Owl.

This presentation is free but space is limited. Please register by calling Porter Library at 440-871-2600 or by going online at westlakelibrary.org/events. For questions regarding Garden Club events or membership, please contact Kathy Bruening at 440-385-7566.

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 9:25 AM, 11.05.2019

November events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Nov. 5 (7-8 p.m.) Big Spender: How to Beat the College Cost Game – It’s hard to know what’s “normal” to spend on your child’s higher education. College Tutors will help you discern what you should be looking for – and looking out for – when it comes to spending on college and offer tips on how to save. Please register.

Wednesdays, Nov. 6, 13 and 20 (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, Nov. 6 (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, Nov. 6 and 13 (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.

Wednesdays, Nov. 6, 13 and 20 (4-5:30 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, Nov. 6 (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.

Wednesday, Nov. 6 (7-8 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.

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

Thursday, Nov. 7 (3-5 p.m.) Purrr-fect Reading Friends – Charlie the Cat is the purrr-fect reading friend! Drop in and share a story with Charlie, a reading therapy cat. Bring your own book to share or choose one of ours. Charlie’s environment adapts for those with allergies. Please call ahead if you have any questions. Sign-up at the Youth Services desk begins at 3 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 9:30 AM, 11.05.2019

WPPL celebrates Veterans Day

Westlake Porter Public Library will celebrate veterans and Veterans Day with a special program on Monday, Nov. 11, at 6:30 p.m. "WPPL Celebrates Veterans Day" will be a two-part program based on eyewitness accounts of wartime and military life.

The first part will feature Glenn Blair as he shares his recollections of growing up during the turbulent times of World War II. Following Blair’s presentation, three veterans will talk about their experiences in the U.S. military. All three participated in the Veterans History Project through the library. Clips from their interviews will be shown followed by remarks by the veterans about their time in the service.

For more information or to register, please call 440-871-2600 or visit westlakelibrary.org/events.

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 9:25 AM, 11.05.2019

Friends of Bay Village Library used book sale

The Friends of the Bay Village Library Fall Used Book Sale begins Saturday, Oct. 26, at 9:00 a.m. and runs through Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7:00 p.m. The sale is held in the meeting room of the library during regular library hours.

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Volume 11, Issue 20, Posted 9:25 AM, 10.15.2019

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

During World War II, more than 6,000 prisoners of war resided at Camp Perry near Port Clinton and its branch camps at Columbus, Rossford, Cambridge, Celina, Bowling Green, Defiance, Marion, Parma and Wilmington. Dr. Jim Van Keuren will delve into the neglected history of Ohio's POW camps when he joins us at the Bay Village branch library on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. He will sell and sign his book, "World War II POW Camps in Ohio," following the presentation.

CHILDREN

Weekly Storytimes:

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m. and 11 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Saturday, Nov 9 (10 a.m.) Preschool STEAM – Ages 3-5: Join us for stories and a hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) activity. Space is limited. Registration required.

TEEN

Wednesdays, Oct. 16, 23, 30 and Nov. 6 (3-4 p.m.) Teen Zone – Grades 5 & up: Hang out with something fun to do after school – gaming, art, movies, technology and more! Parents/guardians must complete a Release and Hold Harmless form.

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Volume 11, Issue 20, Posted 9:27 AM, 10.15.2019

Late October events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesdays, Oct. 16, 23 and 30 (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. 16 (3-4 p.m.) Ocean and River Cruising – Which type of cruise is right for you and your family? Karen Kulow helps you figure out which cruise will maximize your fun and time. Please register.

Wednesday, Oct. 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.

Wednesdays, Oct. 16, 23 and 30 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursday, Oct. 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. 16 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Dorothy Titera from the Westlake Family History Center will present "Genealogical Roundtable: Honoring Our Military Ancestors."

Wednesday, Oct. 16 (7-8:30 p.m.) Garden Club Presents Medical Marijuana – Dr. Dvora Nelson of Lakewood Medical Clinic will discuss the benefits of medicinal marijuana for some common diseases that fall under Ohio’s qualifying conditions. Please register.

Thursdays, Oct. 17, 24 and 31 (4-5 p.m., Grades 3-4) and Mondays, Oct. 21 and 28 (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.

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Volume 11, Issue 20, Posted 9:26 AM, 10.15.2019

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

CHILDREN

Weekly Storytimes:

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m. and 11 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Monday, Oct. 14 (7 p.m.) STEAM On: Candy Corn Catapult – Join us for a hands-on STEAM program. Build a catapult and see how far you can launch candy corn.

TEEN

Wednesdays (3-4 p.m.) Teen Zone – Grades 5 & up: Hang out with something fun to do after school – gaming, art, movies, technology and more! Parents/guardians must complete a Release and Hold Harmless form.

Thursday, Oct. 3 (3 p.m.) Write On – Grades 5-8: Join us for fun, quirky and challenging writing exercises and activities to get your creativity flowing.

ADULT

Friday, Oct. 4 (10 a.m.) BAYarts Book Discussion – Join friends, neighbors and library staff for a monthly book discussion on the BAYarts campus. This month's book, "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens, is available at the library and BAYarts.

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Volume 11, Issue 19, Posted 9:16 AM, 10.01.2019

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 uh4cpr@gmail.com. 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.

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Volume 11, Issue 19, Posted 9:15 AM, 10.01.2019

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

CHILDREN

Weekly Storytimes:

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m. and 11 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Saturday, Sept. 28 (10 a.m.) Lego WeDo Big Bot Challenge – Grades 1-4:Team up with your grown-up for a hands-on building adventure using Lego WeDo Robotics Kits. Build and program your own Smart Spinner and other Amazing Mechanisms. Space is limited. Registration is required.

TEEN

Wednesdays, Sept. 18, 25 and Oct. 2 (3-4 p.m.) Teen Zone – Grades 5 & up: Hang out with something fun to do after school – gaming, art, movies, technology and more! Parents/guardians must complete a Release and Hold Harmless form.

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 9:13 AM, 09.17.2019

Celebrate library card sign-up month at Porter Library

If you don’t have a Westlake Porter Public Library card, now is the time to get one. September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, and all who register for a library card through Sept. 30 will receive a special gift in addition to their card, and all the library materials, services and programs you can access with it.

Whether you’re a new cardholder or an existing one, your library card opens a world of infinite possibilities through resources and services that give students the tools to succeed in school and beyond. From STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) programs, family storytimes, to maker programs and devices, and streaming and downloadable media, libraries transform lives through education.

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 9:09 AM, 09.17.2019

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

In the 1970s, Danny Greene and John Nardi tried to muscle in on the Cleveland mob’s operations. The result was a bloody mob war that left Cleveland with the moniker “Bomb City USA.” Local historian Dennis Sutcliffe will present the life of Danny Greene from his childhood in North Collinwood, to his time as head of the local longshoremen’s union, to his war with the local mafia when bombings were a regular occurrence in Cleveland. Join us at the Bay Village branch library for an evening of local mob lore on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7:00 p.m.

CHILDREN

Weekly Storytimes:

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m. and 11 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Saturday, Sept. 7 (11 a.m.) Let's Celebrate Grandparents – Bring your grandparents or grandparent figure to share stories, activities and crafts.

Saturday, Sept. 14 (10 a.m.) Preschool STEAM – Join us for stories and a hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) activity.

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Volume 11, Issue 17, Posted 9:53 AM, 09.04.2019

September events at Westlake Porter Public Library

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.

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Volume 11, Issue 17, Posted 9:53 AM, 09.04.2019

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

The Bay Village branch library is continuing its Teen Zone program on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. starting on Sept. 4 for the 2019/20 school year. This weekly after school program for students in grades 5 and up focuses on themes in gaming, art, movies, technology and more. Parents must sign a release before their child can participate. Please stop by to see a librarian to register your child for Teen Zone.

CHILDREN

Weekly storytimes are on hiatus for the month of August. Please join us again starting Sept. 3.

Wednesday, Sept. 4 (7 p.m.) Mad Scientists: Strawbees Tower – Grades K-2: Join us for a hands-on science program. Construct the tallest tower using Strawbees that can hold a ping pong ball at the top for two minutes.

Saturday, Sept. 7 (11 a.m.) Let's Celebrate Grandparents – Bring your grandparents or grandparent figure to share stories, activities and crafts.

TEEN

Wednesday, Sept. 4 (3 p.m.) Teen Zone 

ADULT

Wednesday, Aug. 21 (7 p.m.) Through the Eyes of the Artist: Mary Cassatt – Mary Cassatt influenced Impressionism not only as an artist, she also had an important role in sponsoring and financially promoting Impressionist art. She was single-handedly responsible for introducing the paintings of the French Impressionists to the United States. Join us to learn about her life and art as presented by Felicia Zavarella Stadelman.

Saturday, Aug. 24 (2 p.m.) Canvas Button Art – Join us to learn how to make a piece of art from beads, buttons and a silhouette image. All supplies will be provided. This program is intended for adults ages 18 and over.

Tuesday, Sept. 3 (7 p.m.) '90s Maker Nights - Let’s hit rewind to a wicked cool time. Join us for totally '90s maker nights featuring your favorite old school crafts and snacks. This month's craft is Perler Bead Jewelry.

Please register to attend the featured programs online at cuyahogalibrary.org, call us at 440-871-6392, or stop in to the library at 502 Cahoon Road and register with a librarian.

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Volume 11, Issue 16, Posted 9:22 AM, 08.20.2019

Porter Library seeks new trustee

Westlake Porter Public Library is currently accepting applications for a position on the board of trustees that starts on Jan. 1, 2020. The position will become available when Lindsay English’s term expires on Dec. 31.

The board is composed of seven members and has primary responsibility for approving library policies, setting the budget, hiring a director and fiscal officer and advocating for the library. Terms are seven years with a maximum of two terms. Library board meetings are held monthly, usually on the third Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the library.

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Volume 11, Issue 16, Posted 9:20 AM, 08.20.2019

Westlake Porter Public Library will go fine free starting in September

Starting Sept. 3, as part of National Library Card Sign-Up Month, Westlake Porter Public Library borrowers will no longer have to pay fines. The library is eliminating new fines on overdue material as of that date. Fines accrued before Sept. 3 will remain, but those with fines on their accounts at that time may want to check with library staff about their options. Fines will also remain on SearchOhio and OhioLink material, which the library does not control.

WPPL joins a growing number of Ohio libraries which have recently gone fine free, including the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, Cleveland Public Library, Lorain Public Library System and several others.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 10:13 AM, 08.06.2019

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

CHILD

Weekly storytimes are on hiatus for the month of August. Please join us again in September.

ADULT

Friday, Aug. 9 (10 a.m.) BAYarts Book Discussion – Join friends, neighbors and library staff for a monthly book discussion on the BAYarts campus. This month's book, "Washington Black" by Esi Edugyan, is available at the library and BAYarts.

Tuesday, Aug 13 (6 p.m.) Library For All: Adapted Storytime – Join us for fun, adapted programs featuring stories, art, music and more, specifically designed for adults with developmental disabilities and their caregivers. Adults (18+) of all abilities are welcome. Registration required; caregivers need not include themselves when registering.

Wednesday, Aug. 14 (7 p.m.) Hometown Rockers from the Sixties and Early Seventies – If you remember The Raspberries, Glass Harp and the James Gang, this program is for you! If you listened and danced at venues like The Agora, The Plato and various Hullabaloo clubs come share your memories with Dennis Sutcliffe of "Lost Cleveland Memories" as he presents audio clips from local bands.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 10:17 AM, 08.06.2019

August events at Westlake Porter Public Library

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.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 10:14 AM, 08.06.2019

Library Storywalk celebration will take place on July 24 at Westlake Recreation Center

The Westlake Porter Public Library Storywalk at the Westlake Recreation Center will be opened with a special celebration on Wednesday, July 24, starting at 6:30 p.m. Special VIP readers will be stationed along the path to read parts of the story to walkers, and refreshments will be served. The community is welcome to attend and enjoy this new attraction.

“The Storywalk promotes early literacy, exercise and community engagement,” said Library Director Andrew Mangels. “We believe this will be an extremely popular attraction for our citizens.”

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 1:32 PM, 07.16.2019