Westlake Porter Public Library's March calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s March 2024 calendar of events. All programs are subject to change. Please check westlakelibrary.org or follow the library on Facebook and Instagram (@WestlakePorter) for the latest updates.

Wednesday, March 6 (4-5 p.m.) Virtual Author Talk: Nina Totenberg – You’re invited to an intimate conversation with Nina Totenberg as she talks about her nearly 50-year friendship with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Streamed live. Please register.

Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27 (4:30-6 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog. Sign up starts at 4 p.m. Dogs will stay for 10 minutes past the last registered reader or 1-1/2 hours, whichever comes first. Recommended for grades K-4.

Wednesday, March 6 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club – Join us for another creepy classic from the Vault! New members are welcome, but children under 13 must be with an adult. Please register.

Wednesdays, March 6 and 20 (7-7:30 p.m.) and Saturdays, March 9 and 23 (10:30-11 a.m.) Family Storytime – Join us for rhymes, songs and play! Children are welcome to wear their pajamas and bring along a stuffed animal to the Wednesday evening session! Ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

Wednesday, March 6 (7-8:30 p.m.) The Final Witness – Paul Landis was a Secret Service agent attached to Mrs. Kennedy’s detail on that fateful day in November 1963. Paul joins us to discuss his new book and what he saw that day in Dallas. Please register.

Thursday, March 7 and Monday, March 25 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursday, March 7 (4-5 p.m.) Make Your Own Treasure Tin – Drop in and decorate a treasure tin! For grades 3-6.

Thursday, March 7 (6:30-7:15 p.m.) and Saturday, March 16 (11-11:45 a.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.

Saturdays, March 9 and 16 (1-2 p.m.) Super Readers – This program is designed to increase vocabulary, fluency, and sight words using a Marvel and DC comics theme while incorporating art, poetry, creative writing and more! Grades 1-3. Please register each child individually.

Saturday, March 9 (1-2:30 p.m.) Learn About Ramadan – Curious about the month of Ramadan and how millions of people fast for 30 days? Come join us for an informational session and enjoy cultural treats from around the world! This program is presented by the West Cleveland Muslim Association (WCMA). Please register.

Sunday, March 10 (2-4 p.m.) Stuffed Animal Hospital – Bring a soft toy of any kind that needs repaired and learn basic sewing techniques to make your friend as good as new. Please register each child individually. Grades 1-5. Caregivers are encouraged to stay for the program to learn the sewing techniques and assist their child(ren).

Monday, March 11 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) Marvelous March Craft Kit Pick Up – Celebrate March with some fun crafts. Space is limited. Kits will be available until March 17.

Tuesday, March 12 (10-11:30 a.m.) Microsoft Excel – Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel, and how to access Northstar Digital Literacy for self-paced online learning. Please register.

Tuesday, March 12 (6-8 p.m.) Makerspace Foundations: Cricut – Join us in the Makerspace as we learn how to use the Print then Cut operation in Cricut’s free-to-use design software, Design Space. Please register.

Tuesday, March 12 (7-8:30 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Club – Join us in person or on Zoom to discuss "The Violin Conspiracy" by Brendan Slocumb. The discussion will be held in person and on Zoom simultaneously. Please register. If you register for the Zoom option, you will receive an invitation and instructions by email.

Wednesday, March 13 (6:30-8 p.m.) The Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County: Seed Starting – The Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County, part of the Ohio State University Extension program, will give a presentation on seed starting in Northeast Ohio. Participants will learn about proper containers, planting, light, heat, how to set up an area at home, when to start, how to water, how to prevent dampening, and how to harden. Please register.

Thursdays, March 14 and 28 (4-5 p.m.) Roblox Arcade (Virtual) – Join us in the Roblox Arcade! We have private servers set up for tweens in grades 4-6 to enjoy some of the most popular games. Please register.

Thursday, March 14 (4-5 p.m.) Virtual Author Talk: Christopher Paolini – Join us as we chat with master storyteller and internationally bestselling author Christopher Paolini about his return to the world of Eragon with "Murtagh," a stunning continuation of the epic fantasy series. Streamed live. Please register.

Thursday, March 14 (6:30-7:30 p.m.) Kids in the Kitchen – Children with disabilities will learn some important cooking skills while making 2 or 3 recipes. Tasting is not required. Ages 8-12. Some previous kitchen experience is great, but isn’t necessary. Typical peers or siblings welcome. Please call the Youth Services Desk (440-250-5471) if you have any concerns about allergens or other dietary issues. Registration begins March 7.

Thursday, March 14 (7-8 p.m.) Thursday Night Book Discussion – "Two Nights in Lisbon" by Chris Pavone. The group meets the second Thursday of odd months. Please register.

Friday, March 15 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday – It’s good to be green but how is the color green made? Discover primary and secondary colors along with other green activities, experiments and a take-home project. For ages 4-6, up to kindergarten. Registration begins March 8.

Saturday, March 16 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) Jewelry Junction: Jewelry Workshop – Bring in your jewelry projects or create a new one with the assistance of our jewelry artist, Evelyn. Registration begins March 9.

Saturday, March 16 (2-4 p.m.) Make It, Take It! – Stop by Youth Services to complete a featured craft. While supplies last. PreK-Grade 2.

Saturday, March 16 (3-4 p.m.) Illustration Creation – Learn about a featured illustrator then create a project inspired by their art. Grades 1-3. Registration begins March 9.

Sunday, March 17 (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. Registration begins March 10.

Monday, March 18 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) Tween Craft Kit – Register beginning March 11, then stop by Youth Services starting at 9 a.m. for a Tween craft kit! For tweens in grades 5-7.

Monday, March 18 (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, March 18 (1-2:30 p.m.) True Crime Book Club – This month’s title is "Confessions of a Serial Killer" by Katherine Ramsland. Please register.

Monday, March 18 (7-8 p.m.) Retirement Income Planning – Will you have enough at retirement? While there’s no such thing as a “one size fits all” plan, there are steps you can take to maximize the possibility of a financially secure retirement. Presented by Dave Herwerden of WestPoint Wealth Management. Please register.

Monday, March 18 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: Alternatives to Cable TV – Frustrated with cable? Let us help you sort through the alternatives. Please register.

Tuesday, March 19 (4:30-5:15 p.m.) Shadows & Sunshine: Exploring the Eclipse – It’s eclipse time! In preparation for the total solar eclipse on April 8, we will learn about the eclipse and discover the power of our nearest star. Come and make a pinhole viewer out of a cereal box to safely view the changing sun. Ages 5-9. Registration begins March 12.

Tuesday, March 19 (7-8:30 p.m.) Cleveland’s Millionaire’s Row – The extravagance of Euclid Avenue’s opulent properties have attracted the imagination and fascination of Clevelanders for years. Join local author Alan Dutka as he talks about this iconic street. Please register.

Wednesday, March 20 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) Discovery Box (Sign Up) – Register for WPPL’s personalized subscription box service. For teens in grades 7-12. Pick-up begins April 3.

Wednesday, March 20 (2-3 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – This month’s title is "The Stranger in the Lifeboat" by Mitch Albom. A limited number of books are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk.

Wednesday, March 20 (7-8 p.m.) Embrace Life in Your Garden – The Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County, part of the Ohio State University Extension program, will give a presentation on tips and techniques you can use to welcome pollinators and other beneficials to your vegetable garden and landscape. Please register.

Thursday, March 21 (1-3 p.m.) Jazz Up Your Accessory – Learn from an artist how to jazz up (decorate) your hat, handbag, shoes, or tote. Bring your own accessory. All materials included except the item you bring to decorate (a few will be available). Registration begins March 14.

Thursday, March 21 (6-8:30 p.m.) Heartsaver CPR/AED – Get certified for adult, child, and infant CPR and AED. Email account required. Class led by certified instructors from UH St. John Medical Center. Please register.

Thursday, March 21 (7-8 p.m.) Virtual Author Talk: Madeline Miller – You’re invited to a fascinating exploratory conversation with Madeline Miller, bestselling author of "The Song of Achilles" and "Circe," as she chats with us about her body of work and her process in retelling Greek classics in modern fiction epics. Please register.

Friday, March 22 (4-5 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. First come, first served. Ages 5-12.

Sunday, March 24 (2-3 p.m.) Come Play With Me – Open playtime for children ages 2-5 with a caring adult. Siblings welcome.

Monday, March 25 (7-8:30 p.m.) Eclipse Photography – Learn safe ways to photograph the upcoming eclipse on April 8. Please register.

Tuesday, March 26 (7-8 p.m.) Career Exploration Open House – Join us for a drop-in program to help students in grades 9-12 explore their career options.

Wednesday, March 27 (7-8 p.m.) Adult Creative Writing Group: Theatre Edition – Creativity is more than putting pen to paper. It’s about breaking away and trying something new! This meeting will focus on poems that have inspired major theatrical productions. Please register.

Thursday, March 28 (10-11:30 a.m.) iPhone and iPad User Group – Do you own an an iOs smartphone (iPhone) or tablet (iPad)? Bring it with your questions (or tips!) to this guided user group. Registration begins March 21.

Friday, March 29 (4-4:30 p.m.) Read It, Make It @ the Library – We will read one story then make a craft based on that story. For children ages 4-7. Siblings welcome.

To register for any of the programs, please visit westlakelibrary.org/events.

Elaine Willis

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

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