Westlake Porter Public Library's calendar of events
Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s upcoming 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.
Wednesdays, Feb. 8 and 15 (7-7:30 p.m.) Saturdays, February 11 and 18 (10:30-11 a.m.) Family Storytime – Join us for rhymes, songs and play! For families with children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Siblings are welcome.
Thursday, Feb. 9 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) Roblox Arcade – 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. Join us in person on online. Please register.
Thursday, Feb. 9 (6:30-7:15 p.m.) Adapted Storytime – Join us for this storytime designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime. Content is geared toward ages 3-7. Registration begins one week before each session.
Thursday, Feb. 9 (7-8 p.m.) Virtual Author Talk: Lana Harper, Back in a Spell (Virtual) – Join us for a magical evening with New York Times bestselling author Lana Harper as she discusses the third installment of her immensely popular "The Witches of Thistle Grove" series. Streamed live. Please register.
Friday, Feb. 10 (11 a.m.-noon) Dance is for Every-Body – Active for Life presents a low-impact and fun seated dance program taught by a certified seated dance instructor. For all abilities and all bodies. For adults with disabilities and caregivers. Please register.
Friday, Feb. 10 (4-4:30 p.m.) Read It, Make It @ the Library – Make a craft based on a story that is read aloud. Grades PreK-1, siblings are welcome. Please register.
Saturday, Feb. 11 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) SAT Practice Test – Want to get some practice before taking the SAT? Sylvan Learning will be here to simulate the exact environment for taking the SAT. Bring your own calculator and a No. 2 pencil. Results session will take place on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 10 a.m. Please register.
Saturday, Feb. 11 (1-2:30 p.m.) Wire-Wrapped Appetizer Flatware – Learn the art of wire-wrapping by wrapping an appetizer fork and spoon using gold-plated wire and your choice of glass beads and/or pearls. Please register.
Saturday, Feb. 11 (1–2 p.m.) Pokémon Fun! – This will be a time to view and trade cards, do a craft (if desired), and play a Pokémon Bingo game. Feel free to bring your cards! Ages 6-11.
Sunday, Feb. 12 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Do you love Legos? Bring your ideas and imagination to Brick Builders! Bricks provided. No registration required, but room capacity is limited. Ages 5-12.
Sunday, Feb. 12 (2–4 p.m.) Anime Club – A great club for anime and manga lovers! All otaku and newbies welcome! Grades 7-adult.
Monday, Feb. 13 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) Valentine Fun Craft Kit Pick-Up – Get ready for Valentine's Day with some fun crafts! Kits are available for pick-up through 6 p.m. on Feb. 19, unless other arrangements are made. Please register.
Monday, Feb. 13 (2-3 p.m.) Is Starting a Nonprofit Right for You? – Starting a nonprofit can seem like a complicated process – is it worth it? Join David Holmes of Candid as he shares the legal and logistical elements necessary to start a successful nonprofit. Please register.
Mondays, Feb. 13 and 27 (3:30–5:30 p.m.) Teen Lounge – Need a place to hang after school? Come to WPPL’s Teen Lounge on Monday afternoons! Video games, board games, snacks and more!
Monday, Feb. 13 (7–8 p.m.) 3D Printing Orientation – In order to use the library’s 3D printer, you’ll need to take this orientation first. Please register.
Tuesday, Feb. 14 (4:30-5:15 p.m.) STEAM Club: Static Electricity – Join Mrs. K as we explore the shocking science of static electricity. Discoveries will be made through hands-on experiments, active participation and a simple take-home project. Grades 1-2. Please register.
Tuesday, Feb. 14 (7-8:30 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Club (In Person AND Virtual) – Join us to discuss "The Magnolia Palace" by Fiona Davis. The discussion will be held in person and on Zoom simultaneously. Please register. If you register for the Zoom option you will receive a Zoom invitation and instructions by email.
Wednesday, Feb. 15-22 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) Discovery Box (Sign-Up) – Register for WPPL’s personalized subscription box service. For teens in grades 7-12. Registration begins on Feb. 15 and must be done by Feb. 22. Pick up begins March 1.
Wednesday, Feb. 15 (1-1:30 p.m.) Fall in Love with your Spine: Virtual Health Talk – Your posture is the window into your health. Join us on Zoom as Dr. Casen from The Drugless Doctors discusses ways to improve function in the body naturally with simple tools to improve the spine. Please register.
Wednesday, Feb. 15 (2-3 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – This month’s title is "Super Host" by Kate Russo. A limited number of books are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk.
Wednesday, Feb. 15 (4:30-6 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with a therapy dog. Sign up starts at 4 p.m. Recommended for grades K-4.
Thursday, Feb. 16 (10-11:30 a.m.) Android Smartphone & Tablet User Group – Do you own an Android smartphone or tablet? Bring it with your questions (or tips!) to this guided user group. Registration begins Feb. 9.
Thursday, Feb. 16 (4- p.m.) Virtual Author Talk: Grace M. Cho – Join us for an insightful chat with award-winning author Grace M. Cho as she discusses her memoir "Tastes Like War." Streamed live. Please register.
Thursday, Feb. 16 (6-8:30 p.m.) HeartSaver CPR/AED – Get certified for adult, child, and infant CPR and AED. Class led by certified instructors from UH St. John Medical Center. Visit uhems.org/event-search to register. Email account required. Participants under the age of 14 must have a parent or legal guardian in class. If any questions, contact the instructors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Feb. 18 (2-3 p.m.) Author Visit with Eric Carlson Author of Dark Arts – Join us for a virtual author visit with author Eric Carlson, joining us live from Geneva, Switzerland! Eric is an author of horror, weird, and other forms of speculative fiction. His short stories and articles have appeared in journals in the US, UK, Argentina and Spain. Please register to attend either in person or online.
Saturday, Feb. 18 (2–4 p.m.) Hand Sewing for Literacy – Learn basic sewing skills and create a sewn project while listening to a story with sewing as its central theme. Grades 1-5. Registration begins Feb. 11.
Monday, Feb. 20 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) Fine Motor Kit Pick Up Begins – Pick up this fun kit and practice fine motor skills at home! For children ages 3-7. Registration begins Feb. 13.
Monday, Feb. 20 (1-2:30 p.m.) True Crime Book Club: 'Say Nothing' by Patrick Radden Keefe – A great way to discover new and classic true crime writing. Please register.
Monday, Feb. 20 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: Alternatives to Cable TV – Frustrated with cable? Let us help you sort through the alternatives available. Please register.
Tuesday, Feb. 21 (7–8 p.m.) Young Adult Book Club: "Pet" by Akwaeke Emezi – Those unable to attend in person can join us simultaneously via Zoom. Please register. Books available in Youth Services.
Wednesday, Feb. 22 (7-8 p.m.) Adult Creative Writing Group: Celebrating Black History Month – Join us for an hour of creative writing prompts to inspire you to start and keep writing. Creativity is more than putting pen to paper. It’s about breaking away and trying something new! This meeting will be a celebration of poetry in honor of black history month. Please register.
Thursday, Feb. 23 (10–11:30 a.m.) Internet and Email Basics with Introduction to Northstar – Learn the basics of the internet, using email, and how to access Northstar Digital Literacy for self-paced online learning. Please register.
Thursday, Feb. 23 (10-10:30 a.m.) Black History Month Storytime – Celebrate Black History Month with a fun and educational storytime! Learn about African American trailblazers through books, songs, and fingerplays. Ages 2-6, siblings welcome.
Thursday, Feb. 23 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) Roblox Arcade – 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. Join us in person on online. Please register.
Friday, Feb. 24 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: Static Electricity – Join Mrs. K as we explore the shocking science of static electricity. Discoveries will be made through hands-on experiments, active participation and a simple take-home project. Ages 4-6, up to Kindergarten. Please register.
Saturday, Feb. 25 (11 a.m.-noon) A Zest for Cooking – Children with disabilities will learn some important cooking skills while making 2 or 3 recipes. Tasting is not required. Previous kitchen experience isn't necessary. Ages 8-12. Typical peers or siblings welcome. Call the Youth Services Desk at 440-250-5471 if you have any concerns about allergens or other dietary issues. Please register.
Saturday, Feb. 25 (3–4 p.m.) Illustration Creation – Learn about a featured illustrator and then create a project inspired by their art. Grades 1-3. Please register.
Sunday, Feb. 26 (1:30-2:55 p.m.) Adapted Storytime – Join us for this storytime designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime. Content is geared toward ages 3-7. Registration begins one week before each session.
Sunday, Feb. 26 (2–3 p.m.) Art Smarts – Explore some works of a well-known artist and then use what you’ve seen to create an art piece of your own! Grades 4-6. Please register.
Monday, Feb. 27 (10-10:30 a.m.) Music Monday – Develop pre-reading skills with music, movement and rhythm through stories, songs and rhymes. Ages 2-6.
Monday, Feb. 27 (7-8:30 p.m.) Simple Steps for Starting a Business: Session 1 – Join us for this five-part series exploring the many facets of starting a business. This session will explore the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, the most profitable form for your business, and more. Presented by SCORE Cleveland. Please register.
Tuesday, Feb. 28 (9:30–9:55 a.m.) Stories and Signs – Enjoy an interactive storytime while learning a few words in sign language! Ages 0-3, siblings welcome.
Tuesday, Feb. 28 (4-5 p.m.) Virtual Author Talk: Sadeqa Johnson – Join us online for an invigorating conversation with highly acclaimed author Sadeqa Johnson as she talks about her brand new novel, "The House of Eve." Streamed live. Please register.
Tuesday, Feb. 28 (7-8:30 p.m.) Ghosts of Amistad: Movie Screening & Discussion – This movie, produced and created by award-winning historians and filmmakers, explores the roots of the Amistad slave rebellion in Africa. "Ghosts of Amistad" explores Sierra Leone to discover the roots and local memories of the slaves who rebelled aboard the Cuban slave ship in 1839.
To register for any of the programs, please visit westlakelibrary.org/events.
Elaine Willis is the Public Relations Associate at Westlake Porter Public Library.