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Westlake Porter Public Library's early August calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s early August 2022 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, Aug. 3 (2- 3 p.m.) Virtual Author Talk: Dr. Marcia Chatelain – Join us online for a conversation with Dr. Marcia Chatelain as she discusses her Pulitzer prize-winning book, “Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America.” Please register.

Wednesday, Aug. 3 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club – Are you scared yet? Join us for another creepy classic from the Vault ... if you dare! Please register.

Thursday, Aug. 4 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Friday, Aug. 5 (9:30-10 a.m.) Summer Yoga with Ms. Jen – Calm your body, mind and spirit in this yoga class taught by a certified yoga instructor. Wear comfy clothes and bring your own mat or towel. Ages 2-6, siblings welcome. Please register.

Saturday, Aug. 6 (10:30-11 a.m.) Family Storytime – Join us for rhymes, songs and play! Ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please register.

Saturday, Aug. 6 (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. Please register.

Saturday, Aug. 6 (2-3 p.m.) My Garden of a Thousand Bees – Join us for a screening of a new documentary, “My Garden of a Thousand Bees” (53  min.). Prior to and after the screening, take part in family friendly "pollinator" activities. Please register.

Sunday, Aug. 7 (2-4 p.m.) Anime Club – A great club for anime and manga lovers! All otaku and newbies welcome! Grades 7-adult. Please register.

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Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 10:05 AM, 08.02.2022

Westlake Porter Public Library's late July calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s late July 2022 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, July 20 (2-3 p.m.): Wednesday Book Discussion – This month’s title is "Rock the Boat" by Beck Dorey-Stein. A limited number of books are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. Please register.

Wednesday, July 20 (2-2:30 p.m.) Myrna Chelko Early Literacy Initiative Storytime – Members of WPPL's Myrna Chelko Early Literacy Initiative are invited to join Ms. Jamie for an afternoon of silly stories, songs and rhymes.For children up to age 4. These early literacy activities will help you earn badges toward completion of the MCELI. You must be eligible to join or have already joined the MCELI to attend this program. To register or for more information on this initiative visit westlakelibrary.beanstack.org.

Wednesday, July 20 (2-2:45 p.m.) STEAM Challenge: Building for Hurricanes – Can you build a structure that can survive a simulated hurricane? We’ll provide the materials. You supply the creativity. Assemble your design team or build solo. Then we’ll test your creation in simulated hurricane conditions. For teens in grades 7-12. Please register.

Thursday, July 21 (9 a.m.-2 p.m.) Surplus Sale – The library will be selling used surplus items and other supplies. Stop by for bargains! All sales as-is and final.

Thursday, July 21 (11 a.m.-noon) WPPL’s Annual Egg Drop – Celebrate engineering during STEAM week with your design for the egg drop. Building starts at 11 a.m. in the Porter Room. Join us at noon in the library lobby for the official egg drop.

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Volume 14, Issue 14, Posted 10:31 AM, 07.19.2022

STEAM Week returns to WPPL July 18-23!

Westlake Porter Public Library's annual STEAM Week has begun! Learn all about science, technology, engineering, arts and math in a variety of ways while helping kids prepare for the coming school year.

All week long, the library will feature blog posts on its website about science, technology, engineering, arts, and math, as well as a variety of programs for all ages. The remaining schedule includes:

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20 (2-2:45 p.m.)

STEAM Challenge: Building for Hurricanes

Can you build a structure that can survive a simulated hurricane? We’ll provide the materials. You supply the creativity. Assemble your design team or build solo. Then we’ll test your creation in simulated Hurricane conditions. For teens in grades 7-12.

THURSDAY, JULY 21 (11 a.m.-noon)

WPPL’s Annual Egg Drop

Celebrate engineering during STEAM week with your design for the egg drop. Building starts at 11 a.m. in the Porter Room. Join us at noon in the library lobby for the official egg drop. No registration required.

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Volume 14, Issue 14, Posted 10:34 AM, 07.19.2022

Porter Library to hold surplus sale

Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, will hold a surplus sale on Thursday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until everything is sold. Items for sale include tables, chairs and other items. All items will be sold as-is and all sales will be final. Please call 440-871-2600 for further information.

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Volume 14, Issue 14, Posted 10:31 AM, 07.19.2022

Westlake Porter Public Library's early July calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s early July 2022 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, July 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. Join us in person or stream on Watch2Gether.com. The link will be posted at 6 p.m. the day of the program. Please register.

Wednesdays, July 6 and 13 (7-7:30 p.m.) and Saturdays, July 9, 16 and 30 (10:30-11 a.m.) Family Storytime – Join us for rhymes, songs and play! For families with children ages 2-6. Siblings are welcome. Registration begins one week before each session.

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

Thursday, July 7 (2-3 p.m.) Teen Crafternoons – Join us for in-person crafting. For teens in grades 7-12.

Thursday, July 7 (9-10 p.m.) Virtual Author Talk: Alka Joshi – Join us online for an evening with the New York Times bestselling author of "The Henna Artist" as she discusses her book. Streamed live. Please register.

Friday, July 8 (10 a.m.-noon) Hand Sewing for Literacy – 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. Grades 3-5. Please register.

Friday, July 8 (1-3 p.m.) Movies @ Your Library – Enjoy a feature-length newly released movie or favorite family classic! Contact Youth Services for specific title. All ages. Please register.

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Volume 14, Issue 13, Posted 9:36 AM, 07.06.2022

Porter Library dedicates donated trees

Westlake Porter Public Library’s Board of Trustees and Director dedicated two trees in a ceremony at the library on Wednesday, June 15. The trees replaced two of those lost in 2019 during the city’s Center Ridge Road widening project.

One replaced a tree originally donated in memory of the daughter of former Board President Tom Fox, Linda Fox Lustenberger, who died in 1992. The other was provided by the Herb Guild Garden Club in partnership with the library as their part of the Holden Forest and Gardens’ People for Trees initiative, which aims to have more than 15,000 trees planted in our region by 2025.

Both trees are “Autumn Brilliance” Serviceberry trees, which are native to Ohio, fast growing, and can be 15 to 20 feet tall at maturity. The trees will offer year-round interest with spring blooms, summer berry fruit for birds to enjoy and brilliant fall foliage. They are located on the library lawn facing Center Ridge Road.

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Volume 14, Issue 12, Posted 10:02 AM, 06.21.2022

Westlake Porter Public Library's late June calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s late June 2022 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, June 22 (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 uh4cpr@gmail.com. 

Wednesdays, June 22 and 29 (7-7:30 p.m.) Family Storytime – Join us for rhymes, songs and play! For families with children ages 2-6. Siblings are welcome. Registration begins one week before each session.

Thursday, June 23 (2-3 p.m.) Teen Crafternoons – Join us for in-person crafting this afternoon. For teens in grades 7-12.

Thursday, June 23 (4-5:30 p.m.) Art Walk – Enjoy a low impact walk in Clague Park and take nature photographs. Meet at the parking lot off Roman Lane, closest to the pond. Dress for the weather and bring water! The library will provide devices for participants. You may use your own camera, phone, or other device, if you prefer. Photography will be featured in the library gallery in September 2022. For adults with disabilities and caregivers. Please register.

Friday, June 24 (9:30-10 a.m.) Summer 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, siblings welcome. Please register.

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Volume 14, Issue 12, Posted 10:03 AM, 06.21.2022

Westlake Porter Public Library receives clean audit

Westlake Porter Public Library has passed its recent audit, which means auditors found no weaknesses or deficiencies in the library’s financial management and record-keeping. In addition, the library was found to be in compliance with the laws, regulations, contracts and other agreements it is required to meet. This continues the library’s longstanding record of successful audits.

“I am not at all surprised by this result,” said Library Director Andrew Mangels. “Our Finance Department works very hard to make sure the library is a good steward of the funds entrusted to us by the community, and the rest of the staff do a great job following the fiscal procedures Finance has put in place.”

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Volume 14, Issue 12, Posted 10:03 AM, 06.21.2022

Porter Library seeks new trustee

Westlake Porter Public Library is currently accepting applications for a position on the board of trustees that starts immediately. The opening will fill an unexpired term available due to a board member’s resignation to pursue opportunities in another state, and will expire in 2026.

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 14, Issue 11, Posted 10:09 AM, 06.07.2022

Take the Summer Library Challenge at Porter Library!

Westlake Porter Public Library invites readers of all ages to go “Off the Beaten Path” and join the annual Summer Library Challenge! Starting June 1 participants will find themselves on a journey of reading and fun in which they can win prizes and become eligible for a grand prize by reading and completing adventures from a list available at westlakelibrary.org/summer.

Readers ages birth through adults can also read and complete the activities on Beanstack, a digital tool for tracking reading and other library challenges throughout the year. To register, visit westlakelibrary.beanstack.org/reader365. Set up your account and select the challenge that is right for you or your child. Parents can add all of their young readers to their account. Beanstack Challenges are divided into four age categories: Baby/Toddler/ Preschool, Grades K-6, Grades 7-12 and Adult.

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Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 10:10 AM, 06.07.2022

Westlake Porter Public Library's early June calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s early June 2022 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, June 8 and 15 (7-7:30 p.m.) and Saturdays, June 11 and 18 (10:30-11 a.m.) Family Storytime – Join us for rhymes, songs and play! For families with children ages 2-6. Siblings are welcome. Registration begins one week before each session.

Wednesday, June 8 (7-8 p.m.) Author Visit: Angeline Walsh – Author and filmmaker Angeline Walsh discusses her serial novel, "The Reign of Victoria; or, the Year Everything Changed," which is being published in monthly installments on the author’s website. Learn about the inspiration behind the book, the author’s unique creative and writing processes, and the historical setting. Walsh will also have copies of her previous novel, "Memento Mortale," her poetry collection, "Bad Psychiatry," and some Victoria-themed merchandise to sell following the event. Please register.

Friday, June 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, June 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. Please register.

Saturday, June 11 (2-3 p.m.) Burlesque Fundamentals – Build your confidence and learn the building block movements of classic burlesque! Join performer and instructor Eliza Sidecar as she shares a little background, ​presents the history of this particular performance style while teaching attendees basic burlesque dance moves and combos. All genders and abilities welcome; a pair of short heels is recommended (but not required). Please register.

Saturday, June 11 (9-10:30 p.m.) Movies Under the Stars – Enjoy a feature length newly released DVD or favorite family classic. Contact the library for specific titles. We will be outside in our field enjoying an evening under the stars. Movies will begin at dusk so bring lawn chairs and blankets for chilly evenings. Snacks are okay to bring. Building restrooms will be accessible. Caregivers must stay with their child(ren) during programming.

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Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 10:11 AM, 06.07.2022

Westlake Porter Public Library's late May calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s late May 2022 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, May 18 (2-3 p.m.) Wednesday Book Discussion – This month’s title is "The Golden Cage" by Camilla Lackberg. Please register.

Wednesday, May 18 (4-5 p.m.) Every-BODY Dance Now! – Dance is for everyone and every-body! Enjoy dancing to popular music at this inclusive program. Ages 8-13. This program will encourage gross motor movements. This program is led by a librarian, not a therapist and is not a substitute for music or other therapy.

Wednesday, May 18 (7-8 p.m.) Cookbook Discussion – Join us as we share recipes from "The Forest Feast Mediterranean" by Erin Gleeson. This book is available to download on Hoopla Digital. Pick a dish from the book to share with a group of 15. Please register, and email your selection or any questions to Victoria Vogel (victoria.vogel@westlakelibrary.org) by May 13. We’ll meet to share our dishes and discuss any changes we would have made.

Wednesday, May 18 (7-7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, May 21 (10:30-11 a.m.) Family Storytime – Join us for rhymes, songs and play! For families with children ages 2-6. Siblings are welcome. Please register.

Thursday, May 19 (10-11:30 a.m.) Computer Basics & Introduction to Northstar – Learn how to turn on a computer, use a mouse, go online, and access Northstar Digital Literacy for self-paced online learning. Please register.

Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 28 (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 years. Registration begins one week before each session.

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Volume 14, Issue 10, Posted 9:50 AM, 05.17.2022

Barb Gauthier receives Porter Library volunteer award

Barb Gauthier received the 2022 Myrna Chelko Volunteer Award from Westlake Porter Public Library at a special ceremony preceding the April 20 board meeting. The award is given annually to the volunteer who best demonstrates the spirit of volunteerism exemplified by its namesake, Myrna Chelko.

Gauthier joined the Friends of Porter Public Library in January 2021. When the long-time Portables Gift Shop manager decided to step down, she almost immediately expressed an interest in taking over. Gauthier began managing Portables shortly after meeting with the outgoing manager, and in her first year of running Portables the store netted over $21,000! It is due to Gauthier stepping in and maintaining the excellent quality of merchandise and service that Portables is known and loved for that it still exists.

Myrna Chelko was a long-time library volunteer who was known for her dedication to the library and her hard work. She helped found the Friends of Porter Public Library 50 years ago (1972), and her many volunteer services include being an officer of that group and a Library Board member.

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Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 10:36 AM, 05.03.2022

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at Porter Library!

Comic book and graphic novel fans of all ages are invited to celebrate Free Comic Book Day at Westlake Porter Public Library by picking up a free comic book, learning to draw their own comic book, or meeting and posing with popular comic book character figures. Free superhero buttons and craft activities will also be available. Free Comic Book Day will take place on Saturday, May 7, during regular business hours (9 a.m.-6 p.m.).

The free comic books are courtesy of Carol & John’s Comic Book Shop and will be available while supplies last – limit three per person. The character figures, which are in the library lobby, are provided by Westlake’s own Mel Maurer and include Superman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Batman, the Hulk, Black Panther, the Flash, a Minion, SpongeBob, Sonic the Hedgehog, and some of the Peanuts Gang.

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Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 10:31 AM, 05.03.2022

Westlake Porter Public Library's early May calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s early May 2022 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.

Tuesday, May 3 (7-8:30 p.m.) World at War Forum – The World at War Forum is a group of local people interested in the history of the first 50 years of the 20th century and the cataclysmic World Wars and associated events that helped shape our current world. The May program will be "Fear God and Dreadnaught: The Battleship of the 20th Century," rescheduled from January. Join us for a lively discussion of the history and impact of the battleship on the 20th century. In addition, attendees will be able to participate in a series of naval war games. Please register.

Wednesdays, May 4 and 11 (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. Join us in person or stream on Watch2Gether.com. The link will be posted at 6 p.m. the day of the program.

Wednesday, May 4 (7-7:30 p.m.) and Saturdays, May 7 and 14 (10:30-11 a.m.) Family Storytime – Join us for rhymes, songs and play! For families with children ages 2-6. Siblings are welcome. Registration begins one week before each session.

Thursday, May 5 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursday, May 5 (1:30-3:30 p.m.) Painting with Acrylics – Learn from a professional acrylics painter how to create a canvas painting of a fishbowl with fish using acrylics. Please register.

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Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 10:33 AM, 05.03.2022

Characters to help Porter Library celebrate Comic Book Day

Now that the archvillain – Corona Virus – has been beaten down by superheroes in the medical field, my “Guys” – life size figures of other kinds of superheroes and cartoons characters – will be returning to Porter Library on April 24 to help celebrate Free Comic Book Day on May 7.

Several new figures have been added to the roster since last displayed two years ago – Iron Man (will he be flying?), Sonic the Hedgehog and The Flash. They join Superman (who always flies), Spiderman (in action), Black Panther, The Hulk (big as ever), Batman (of course) along with Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy, Sponge Bob Square Pants and Bob the Minion.

They all love the library, especially when pictures are taken with them. They look forward to meeting you there.

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Volume 14, Issue 8, Posted 9:29 AM, 04.19.2022

Westlake Porter Public Library's late April calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s late April 2022 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, April 20 (2-3 p.m.) Wednesday Book Discussion – This month’s title is "The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell" by Robert Dugoni. Please register.

Wednesday, April 20 (7-8 p.m.) Women’s Financial Planning Series – Join us for the last of this three-part series exploring financial planning topics for women. This session’s topic is "Finding Certainty in an Uncertain World." In it you’ll learn how to create a retirement cash flow. Presented by Connie Costanzo with AFE – Association of Financial Educators. Please register.

Thursday, April 21 (10-10:30 a.m.) JECC Presents Storytime – Join the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland for a storytime that celebrates Judaism. Ages 2-5, siblings welcome. Please register.

Thursday, April 21 (1:30-3:30 p.m.) Painted Wine Glasses – Learn from a professional painter how to paint spring flowers on two wine glasses. After painting, you take them home and bake them in the oven. Please register.

Thursday, April 21 (4-5 p.m.) Teen Craft: Handmade Jewelry – During this craft session we’ll learn some basics of hand-made jewelry by making charm earrings. Please register.

Friday, April 22 (1-2 p.m.) Earth Day Sensory Stations – Engage your child's senses by scooping, pouring, sorting, and more with a variety of fun materials. For children ages 2-7 with disabilities, their families, and their typical siblings or peers. Please register.

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Volume 14, Issue 8, Posted 9:27 AM, 04.19.2022

Westlake Porter Public Library's early April calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s early April 2022 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, April 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. Join us in person or stream on Watch2Gether.com. The link will be posted at 6 p.m. the day of the program.

Wednesdays, April 6 (7-7:30 p.m.) and Saturdays, April 9 and 16 (10:30-11 a.m.) Family Storytime – Join us for rhymes, songs and play! For families with children ages 2-6. Siblings are welcome. Registration begins one week before each session.

Thursday, April 7 (9 a.m-9 p.m.) Jewelry Junction: Spring Fling Bracelet Pick-up Kit – Make a colorful spring bracelet using silver findings and colorful glass beads. Please register.

Thursday, April 7 (9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursday, April 7 (7-8:30 p.m.) World at War Forum – The World at War Forum is a group of local people interested in the history of the first 50 years of the 20th century and the cataclysmic World Wars and associated events that helped shape our current world. The April program will be "Best Fighter Planes of the Second World War," presented by Library Director Andrew Mangels. He will examine the benefits and drawbacks of many of the most commonly used fighters used by the combatants. Please register.

Thursday, April 7 (7-8 p.m.) Author Visit: Dana McSwain – Do you like gothic tales of horror? Do you like stories of unsettling psychological terror? Then join us for an evening with the author of the NYC Big Book Award winner, "Roseneath." We’ll chat with Dana about "Roseneath," her writing process, her inspiration and everything in between. Bring your books, your questions, and your curiosity for the peculiar. Please register.

Friday, April 8 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.) Peep Diorama Kit – Express your peep-sonality by creating a peep diorama! Pick up your peep kit, build a diorama, and post a photo of it to social media using the hashtag #wpplpeeps22. All ages. Peep dioramas should be family-friendly and focused on a favorite book or favorite book character. See “Peep Diorama Contest” photos on our social media page for inspiration from your library staff.

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 10:55 AM, 04.05.2022

Westlake Porter Public Library's late March calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s late March 2022 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.

Thursday, March 17 (10-11:30 a.m.) Excel 2: Basic Formulas – Practice using functions: SUM, AVERAGE, MIN, MAX, IF, COUNT, COUNTA and COUNTIF. Recommended for those comfortable with Excel. Class is in person. Please register. Capacity is limited.

Thursday, March 17 (3-4 p.m.) Is Starting a Nonprofit Right for You? – Starting a nonprofit can seem terrifically complicated, is it worth it? This class can help you decide. You’ll learn the legal and logistical elements necessary to start a successful nonprofit as well as possible alternatives to starting your own nonprofit. Please register.

Thursday, March 17 (6:30-7 p.m.) and Friday, March 25 (11-11:30 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 years. Registration begins one week before each session.

Friday, March 18 (9:30-10 a.m.) Music Is My Jam – Explore music with shakers, rhythm sticks and more! For children with disabilities, ages 2-7, with a caregiver. Siblings are welcome. This program will encourage gross and fine motor movements while playing with instruments and moving to music. Please register.

Friday, March 18 (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.

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Volume 14, Issue 6, Posted 10:38 AM, 03.15.2022

Bay library announces grand opening!

The ribbon cutting and grand opening festivities for the new Cuyahoga County Public Library-Bay Village Branch will be held on Saturday, April 30, from 2-5 p.m. at the state-of-the-art facility located at 27400 Wolf Road. We hope that community members will come out to help us celebrate this exciting occasion! 

The event will feature demonstrations in the branch’s new Innovation Center, musical performances from Bay High students, the Zygote Press mobile printing press for creating custom art and commemorative library cards. The Bay Village Historical Society will also be sharing the rich history of the library in Bay Village.  The Thyme Traveler food truck and Hunny Bunny confections will be available for purchasing tasty treats!

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Volume 14, Issue 5, Posted 10:26 AM, 03.01.2022

Westlake Porter Public Library's early March calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s early March 2022 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.

Tuesday, March 1 (7-8:45 p.m.) World at War Forum – The World at War Forum is a group of local people interested in the history of the first 50 years of the 20th century and the cataclysmic World Wars and associated events that helped shape our current world. The March program will be "Recent Books in World War II History." Join Local History Librarian Chad Statler a he discusses some of his favorite recently published works on the Second World War. Titles covering the European and Pacific theaters will be covered. Please register.

Wednesdays, March 2 and 16 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) Teen Writers Workshop: Screenwriting 101 – Join us to learn the basics of screenplay writing: developing your idea, character development and plot structure. Grades 7-12. Registration begins one week before each session.

Wednesday, March 2 (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. The March film will be presented as a hybrid format – you can meet with us in person or stream on Watch2Gether.com. The link will be posted at 6 p.m. the day of the program.

Wednesdays, March 2, 9 and 16 (7-7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, March 12 (10-10:30 a.m.) Family Storytime – Join us for rhymes, songs and play! For families with children ages 2-6. Siblings are welcome. Registration begins one week before each session.

Thursday, March 3 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) Teen Craft: Handmade Jewelry – In this afterschool craft session we’ll be making hand-made earrings. Please register.

Friday, March 4 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: Wild Weather – Join Mrs. K to explore the science of wild weather! Spring can be anything from wind, ice and snow to tornades. Ages 4-6, up to kindergarten. Please register.

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Volume 14, Issue 5, Posted 10:29 AM, 03.01.2022

Friends of Porter Public Library celebrating 50 years of service in 2022

The Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding this year. To honor this milestone the group is planning a variety of activities throughout 2022. More details will be shared when available, in both the library and Friends newsletters, the Observer and social media.

The first Friends meeting was held on Oct. 18, 1972. At that time, there were 66 members. Today the group has a membership of over 200. The first officers of the organization were: Ruth Lesko, President; Wilson Caldwell, Vice President; Kenneth Crandall, Treasurer; and Myrna Chelko, Secretary. These four individuals were instrumental in guiding the Friends of Porter Public Library into the organization it is today.

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Volume 14, Issue 4, Posted 9:58 AM, 02.15.2022

Westlake Porter Public Library's late February calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s late February 2022 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.

Thursday, Feb. 17 (10-11:30 a.m.) Windows 10 Introduction – Learn how to work with the basic features of Windows 10: the Start Menu, Tiles, Access Settings, Task View, Action Center, and Microsoft Edge. This class is in person. Capacity is limited. Please register.

Thursday, Feb. 17 (12:30-2:30 p.m. OR 3-5 p.m.) Jewelry Junction: Earrings Using Precious Stones – Design and make a pair of earrings using precious stones, and learn the benefits of precious stones. Please register.

Friday, Feb. 18 (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. 19 (1-2 p.m.) Pokemon Fun – Join Miss Rachel for Pokemon fun! This will be a time to view and trade cards, do a craft (if desired), and play a Pokemon bingo game. Feel free to bring your cards! Ages 6-11. Please register.

Saturdays, Feb. 19 and 26 (10:30-11 a.m.) Family Storytime – Join us for rhymes, songs and play! For families with children ages 2-6. Siblings are welcome. Registration begins one week before each session.

Saturday, Feb. 19 (1-2 p.m.) Can the Right Headshot Make You Money? – You need to look your best for your business publicity shot or your LinkedIn profile. Learn the difference between portraits, headshots, and branding photography and which will be most beneficial for you and your business. Presented by professional photographers Christina Bock and Katie Garlock. Please bring your smartphone as Christina and Katie will teach you to take better selfies! Please register.

Sunday, Feb. 20 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Do you love Legos? Then 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.

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Volume 14, Issue 4, Posted 9:57 AM, 02.15.2022

Westlake Porter Public Library's early February calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s early February 2022 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.

Tuesday, Feb. 1 (7-8:45 p.m.) World at War Forum (Virtual) – The World at War Forum is a group of local people interested in the history of the first 50 years of the 20th century and the cataclysmic World Wars and associated events that helped shape our current world. The February program will be "Three Presidents Go to War." Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge William F.B. Vodrey will discuss presidents William McKinley, Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt, all of whom grappled with the responsibility of sending U.S. service members to war. Please register for Zoom instructions.

Wednesday, Feb. 2 (6:30-8 p.m.) Horror Film Club (Virtual) – Join us for another creepy classic! New members are welcome, but children under 13 must be with an adult. The February film will be virtual only – we will stream on Watch2Gether.com. The link will be posted at 6 p.m. the day of the program.

Wednesdays, Feb. 2 and 9 (7-7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, Feb. 12 (10-10:30 a.m.) Family Storytime – Join us for rhymes, songs and play! For families with children ages 2-6. Siblings are welcome. Registration begins one week before each session.

Thursday, Feb. 3 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursday, Feb. 3 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) Teen Craft: Handmade Jewelry – Need a Valentine’s Day gift for someone? Just want to learn the basics of handmade jewelry? Join us for this afterschool craft session. Please register.

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Volume 14, Issue 3, Posted 10:14 AM, 02.01.2022

Westlake Porter Public Library's late January calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s late January 2022 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.

Tuesday, Jan. 18 and 25 and Thursdays, Jan. 20 and 27 (10-10:30 a.m.), Wednesdays, Jan. 19 and 26 (7-7:30 p.m.) and Saturdays, January 22 and 29 (10-10:30 a.m.) Family Storytime (Virtual) – Join us on Zoom for rhymes, songs and play! For families with children ages 2-6. Siblings are welcome. Please register. Zoom instructions will be sent by email.

Wednesdays, Jan. 19 and 26 (1-1:30 p.m.) Preschool Storytime (Virtual) – Join us on Facebook or YouTube for rhymes, songs and play!

Wednesday, Jan. 19 (2-3 p.m.) Wednesday Book Discussion (Virtual) – This month’s title is "The Good Neighbors" by Sarah Langan. Please register for Zoom information.

Friday, Jan. 21 (11-11:30 a.m.) Adapted Storytime (Virtual) – Join us on Zoom 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. Zoom instructions will be emailed.

Tuesday, Jan. 25 (6-8:30 p.m.) Heartsaver CPR – Get certified for adult, child, and infant CPR and AED. Email required for certification. Participants under the age of 14 must have a parent or legal guardian with them in class. Instruction provided by certified instructors/paramedics from UH St. John Medical Center. If any questions, contact the instructors at uh4cpr@gmail.com. Please register.

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Volume 14, Issue 2, Posted 10:11 AM, 01.18.2022

Westlake Porter Public Library's early January calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s early January 2022 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.

Tuesday, Jan. 4 and Thursdays, Jan. 6 and 13 (10-10:30 a.m.), Wednesdays, Jan. 5 and 12 (7-7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, Jan. 15 (10-10:30 a.m.) Family Storytime (Virtual) – Join us on Zoom for rhymes, songs and play! For families with children ages 2-6. Siblings are welcome. Please register. Zoom instructions will be sent by email.

Wednesday, Jan. 5 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) New Year, New You Kit Pick-Up – Start the new year off right with some crafts and activities meant to help you put your best foot forward in 2022! This program for adults with special needs will focus on goal setting, trying new hobbies, and increasing self-confidence. Please register.

Thursday, Jan. 6 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursday, Jan. 6 (6:30-7 p.m.) and Sunday, Jan. 9 (2-2:30 p.m.) Adapted Storytime (Virtual) – Join us on Zoom 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. Zoom instructions will be emailed.

Friday, Jan. 7 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) Fun Science Friday Kit Pick-Up – Pick up this kit and then watch the "Cup of Science" video to explore the science of snow! Ages 4-6, up to Kindergarten. Please register.

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Volume 14, Issue 1, Posted 9:58 AM, 01.04.2022

Porter Library receives 5 stars in Library Journal's annual index

Westlake Porter Public Library has been named a 5-Star Library by Library Journal magazine in its annual Star Libraries index, up from its 4-Stars in 2020. Libraries are eligible for up to five stars. The index used 2019 statistics on physical circulation, circulation of electronic materials, library visits, program attendance, public computer use and WiFi sessions. Successful retrievals of electronic information, which measures use of electronic resources such as databases other than by title checkout, is also included.

The index is compiled by budget category so that libraries of approximately the same size and budget are compared to each other. Westlake Porter Public Library received its Star rating in the $5-9.9 million category.

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Volume 13, Issue 24, Posted 9:50 AM, 12.21.2021

Westlake Porter Public Library's late December calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s late 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.

Tuesday, Dec. 21 (3:30-4 p.m.) Winter Tea Party – You are invited to a Winter Tea Party! Practice pouring, table manners and ice breakers while enjoying tasty refreshments. For children with special needs, ages 5-8. Please register.

Friday, Dec. 24-Sunday, Dec. 26 – Library closed in observance of Christmas

Monday, Dec. 27 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) New Year’s Eve Party Pack Pick-Up – Pick up your New Year’s Eve party pack filled with everything you need to celebrate at home! Recommended for ages 4-7. Please register.

Friday, Dec. 31 (11:30 a.m.-noon) Countdown to Noon Family Storytime (Virtual) – Join us on Facebook or YouTube for a special New Year’s Eve family storytime featuring our favorite stories, songs, and rhymes. We will even do our own early countdown to 12 o’clock (noon)!

Friday, Dec. 31 – Library closes at 5 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 1 – Library closed for New Year’s Day

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

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Volume 13, Issue 24, Posted 9:51 AM, 12.21.2021

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.

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:38 AM, 12.07.2021

Westlake Porter Public Library's late November calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s late November 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, Nov. 17 (2-3 p.m.) Wednesday Book Discussion – This month’s title is "The Widows" by Jess Montgomery. A limited number of books are available at the Circulation Desk. Please register.

Wednesday, Nov. 17 (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. This meeting will focus on the spirit of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Please register. Masks will be required during the program.

Friday, Nov. 19 (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. Please register.

Friday, Nov. 19 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: Volcanoes – Some volcanoes erupt slowly and others are fast. Let’s explore volcanoes by making some of our own pretend lava eruptions. Ages 4-6, up to kindergarten. Please register.

Saturday, Nov. 20 (11-11:30 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 years. Please register.

Saturday, Nov. 20 (3-3:34 p.m.) Pre-Cooking Skills for Kids – Get ready to cook by learning important skills you will use in the kitchen! Ages 8-12 No food will be consumed or prepared during this program. No sharp knives or heat will be used. It is led by a librarian, not a chef or occupational therapist. Please register.

Monday, Nov. 22 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Monday, Nov. 22 (7-8:30 p.m.) Alternatives to Cable TV (Live) – Frustrated with cable? Let us help you sort through the alternatives available. Learn about digital media players, streaming services, and additional options. Please register to receive the Zoom link.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 10:23 AM, 11.16.2021

Westlake Porter Public Library's early November calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s early November 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, Nov. 3 (1-1:30 p.m.) Improve Your Posture (Live) – Do you have rounded shoulders? Do you work at a computer? Do you sit for long periods of time? Learn how to improve your posture with Dr. Casen DeMaria. Please register. A valid email address is required to receive an email with Zoom instructions.

Wednesday, Nov. 3 (6:30-8 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. We will be streaming October’s film on Watch2Gether. The November film will be hybrid – you can choose to watch in person or stream it. Links will be posted for those streaming the day of each program. Please register.

Thursday, Nov. 4 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursday, Nov. 4 (4-5 p.m.) Introduction to Proposal Writing (Virtual) – Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, this class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. Please register. Zoom instructions will be emailed.

Thursday, Nov. 4 (7-8 p.m.) Thursday Night Book Discussion – This month’s title is "The Girl in the Mirror" by Rose Carlyle. The group will meet odd months. Since we meet only every other month, participants will need to obtain their own copies of the title. Please register for meeting details.

Friday, Nov. 5 (10:30-11 a.m.) Adult Storytime – Adults with special needs are invited to laugh, sing, and listen to stories, along with a paper craft or a coloring page. Please register.

Saturday, Nov. 6 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) ACT Practice Test – Sylvan Learning will be here to administer an ACT Practice Test. Students will also have the option to take the written portion of the test from 1-2 p.m. Sylvan Learning will return on Nov. 13 (10 a.m.-11a.m.) for anyone who would like to go over their practice test. Please register.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 10:27 AM, 11.02.2021

Westlake Porter Public Library's late October calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s late October calendar of events. All programs are subject to change. Check westlakelibrary.org or follow the library on Facebook and Twitter (@WestlakePorter) for the latest updates.

Wednesday, Oct. 20 (10 a.m.-noon) Combating Food Insecurity: Fundraising for Nonprofits (Live) – In collaboration with Candid we’ll explore fundraising and programmatic efforts to reduce food insecurity and hunger in Northeast Ohio. Join local nonprofit leaders for a conversation about how their organizations are working to improve access to healthy food in the communities they serve. Panelists will also discuss the challenges and successes of managing and funding their programs and services during the pandemic. Please register. Zoom instructions will be sent by email.

Wednesday, Oct. 20 (2-3 p.m.) Wednesday Book Discussion – This month’s title is "The Doll Factory" by Elizabeth Macneal. A limited number of books are available at the Circulation Desk. Please register.

Wednesday, Oct. 20 (4-5 p.m.) Fall Teen Writers Workshop (Live) – A twice-a-month meet up for writers in grades 7-12. We’ll be prepping for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November. Hit the ground running by getting organized and brainstorming within a supportive group of young writers. We’ll also share tips and tricks to maintaining a productive writing environment. Please register. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions.

Wednesday, Oct. 20 (8-9 p.m.) Discovery Box Survey Sign-Up – Teens in grades 7-12: You’ll receive a survey to fill out, and we’ll use your responses to create a custom Discovery Box! Register Oct. 20-27. Pick up your box on Nov. 3 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 21 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) to Sunday, Oct. 24 (1-5 p.m.) Send Your Friend to a Sleepover Party! – Drop off your favorite stuffed friend or doll for a library sleepover! We will show your stuffed animal what a sleepover is all about. Then you can take them with you when you need some confidence! Stuffed friends can be dropped off at the Youth Services desk during library hours on Oct. 21 and picked up on on Oct. 24. Ages 3-7. Please register.

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 10:20 AM, 10.19.2021

Westlake Porter Public Library's late September calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s early September 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, Sept. 22 (4-5 p.m.) Fall Teen Writers Workshop (Live) – A twice-a-month meet-up for writers in grades 7-12. In this workshop, we’ll be prepping for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November. Hit the ground running by getting organized and brainstorming within a supportive group of young writers. We’ll also share tips and tricks to maintaining a productive writing environment. Please register. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions.

Wednesday, Sept. 22 (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. Creativity is more than putting pen to paper. It’s about breaking away and trying something new! Please register. Please provide an email address when registering.

Thursday, Sept. 23 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) Roblox Arcade (Live) – 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.

Friday, Sept. 24 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: Dinosaur Discovery – Let’s explore the word of dinosaurs, from fossils and eggs to carnivores and herbivores. Discoveries will be made through hands-on experiments, active participation and a simple take-home project. Ages 4-6, through kindergarten. At this time, caregivers must stay with their child(ren) during programming. Please register every person attending, including children and adults.

Saturday, Sept. 25 (11-11:30 a.m.) Adapted Storytime (Live) – Join us for this Zoom storytime designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime. Content is geared toward ages 3-7 years. Pick up a kit for a hands-on experience! Please register. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions.

Monday, Sept. 27 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

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Volume 13, Issue 18, Posted 10:13 AM, 09.21.2021

Westlake Porter Public Library's early October calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s early October 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, Oct. 6 (4-5 p.m.) Fall Teen Writers Workshop (Live) – A twice-a-month meet up for writers in grades 7-12. In this workshop, we’ll be prepping for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November. Hit the ground running by getting organized and brainstorming within a supportive group of young writers. We’ll also share tips and tricks to maintaining a productive writing environment. Please register to receive Zoom instructions by email.

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

Saturday, Oct. 9 (10:30 a.m.-noon) Medicare Open Enrollment Information (Live) – Attend a presentation on Zoom by Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) volunteer counselor Jim Langan to learn the “ins and outs” of Medicare, including Medicare coverage options, Medicare benefits Part A and Part B, supplemental insurance policies, prescription drug coverage, and Medicare Advantage plans. Please register to receive Zoom instructions by email.

Saturday, Oct. 9 (11-11:30 a.m.) Pokemon Fun (Live) – Join Miss Rachel in person for  Pokemon fun! This will be a time to view and trade cards, do a craft (if desired) and play a Pokemon Bingo game. Feel free to bring your cards! Ages 6-11. Please register.

Monday, Oct. 11 (All Day) Sewing Soft Circuits Pick-Up Halloween Craft (On Demand) – Sew LEDs into a spooky felt craft with an on-demand webinar to watch whenever you’d like! Instructions for materials pick-up and webinar access will be emailed a few days before the program. Participants must provide an email address to receive instructions. You will need your own scissors. Suitable for tweens, teens and adults. Please register.

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Volume 13, Issue 18, Posted 10:00 AM, 10.05.2021

Westlake Porter Public Library's early September calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s early September 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.

Thursdays, Sept. 9 and 23 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) Roblox Arcade (Live) – 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.

Thursday, Sept. 9 (6:30-7 p.m.) and Friday, Sept. 17 (10-10:30 a.m.) Adapted Storytime in the Garden – This storytime is designed for children ages 3-7 who may not be successful in a typical storytime experience. Siblings may attend but must register separately. This program is weather permitting. Staff will make every effort to notify you in a timely manner if we cannot meet in-person. If we cannot meet in-person Zoom invitations will be sent to all registered attendees. Please register every person that will be attending, including children and adults. Caregivers must stay with their child(ren) during the programming. Please register.

Friday, Sept. 10 (4-4:45 p.m.) The Science of 'Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark' – There is science inside the "Magic Tree House" books. Let’s begin with "Dinosaurs Before Dark" and explore the world of dinosaurs, from fossils and eggs to carnivores and herbivores. Grades 1-2. Discoveries will be made through hands-on experiments, active participation and a simple take home project. This program is weather permitting. Please register.

Saturday, Sept. 11 (11-11:30 a.m.) Pokemon Fun (Live) – Join Miss Rachel for a Pokemon Zoom meeting! We’ll play a “Guess that Pokemon” game and have time for show and tell. Feel free to bring a favorite Pokemon card or toy for show and tell! Please register. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions.

Monday, Sept. 13 (11-11:30 a.m.) Gross Motor Monday – Start your week with some movement activities! We will have fun balancing, jumping, tossing, marching and more! For children ages 3-7 with special needs. This program is led by a librarian, not a therapist, physician or exercise professional. This program is weather permitting. If we cannot meet in-person, we will meet on Zoom invites will be sent to all registered attendees. Please register every person that will be attending, including children and adults. Caregivers must stay with their child(ren) during programming. Please register.

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Volume 13, Issue 17, Posted 10:45 AM, 09.08.2021

Porter Library commemorates 20th anniversary of 9/11

Westlake Porter Public Library is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a special poster exhibition of "September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World." Consisting of images and stories from survivors and witnesses, the exhibit hangs in the art gallery area. It is accompanied by postcards upon which visitors will be encouraged to share their memories of that day. The memory cards will be placed in a book for others to view. The exhibit opened on Sept. 1.

The exhibition was developed by the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum and was made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom.

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Volume 13, Issue 17, Posted 10:45 AM, 09.08.2021

Join Porter Library for '5 Days For Democracy'

Westlake Porter Public Library invites local residents to take just a little bit of time each day from Sept. 20-24 to participate in "Five Days for Democracy." Residents will be encouraged to think about what democracy means to them and join neighbors in tackling fun daily challenges to help learn more about government in their own backyard.

This year the effort will focus on how all politics is local: what does local government look like, who represents us, and how we can impact city hall. Each day will focus on one specific topic, including:

  • Who represents me?
  • What’s on my ballot?
  • Why does voting matter?
  • How does it work?
  • How can I do more?
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Volume 13, Issue 17, Posted 10:43 AM, 09.08.2021

Westlake Porter Public Library seeking input in space planning process

Westlake Porter Public Library is engaging in a new space planning process. One of the goals of WPPL’s most recent strategic plan is to form a long-term space plan, which examines the current and future uses of the library. 

WPPL is working on this project with Bialosky, a multidisciplinary design firm comprised of architects, engineers, interior designers, graphic designers, planners and strategists.

Beginning Aug. 28 and running until Sept. 4, patrons are invited to provide input that will help guide our plans for the future of the library building.

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Volume 13, Issue 17, Posted 9:11 PM, 08.17.2021

Westlake Porter Public Library's late August calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s late August 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.

Thursday, Aug. 19 (2-3 p.m.) DIY Crafts for Your Learning Space – Make some creative DIY crafts for your learning space for the upcoming school year. We will provide most of the supplies with instructions to complete four crafts. Grades 5-7. Program will take place in the Reading Garden. Please register.

Friday, Aug. 20 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.) Happy Birthday Suma the Puma! – It’s Suma the Puma’s birthday! This year we are celebrating with a jungle theme. Pick up your party pack beginning Aug. 20. Ages 4-6. Party packs will be available until Aug. 28 unless other arrangements are made. Please register.

Friday, Aug. 20 (10-10:30 a.m.) and Thursday, Aug. 26 (6:30-7 p.m.) Adapted Storytime in the Garden – This 30-minute storytime is designed for children ages 3-7 who may not be successful in a typical storytime experience. Siblings may attend but must register separately. If we cannot meet in-person Zoom invitations will be sent to all registered attendees. Please register every person that will be attending, including children and adults. Caregivers must stay with their child(ren) during the programming. Registration begins one week before each program.

Friday, Aug. 20 (10 a.m.-noon) Nonprofit Community Hours – Do you have questions about nonprofit management and fundraising? Schedule a one-to-one 15-minute virtual reference session with WPPL’s Candid FIN Manager Natalie, to discuss the needs of your 501(c)(3) organization and the various resources available to you.

Saturday, Aug. 21 (9-11 a.m.) Shredding Day – A shredding truck will be available for destruction and disposal of documents. The staff will handle the documents for shredding while you watch. Please limit materials to the capacity of two standard size copy paper boxes (10” x 18” x 9”). The truck is booked until 11 a.m., but may fill sooner (it is only permitted to carry weight up to a specific limit), so plan to get here early!

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Volume 13, Issue 16, Posted 10:13 AM, 08.17.2021

Early August events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s early August 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, Aug. 4 (noon-1 p.m.) Heart Health (Live) – Join us on Zoom for a talk on heart health with Dr. Bill Lewis from MetroHealth. Please register. After registration, you will receive by email a link to join the program.

Wednesday, Aug. 4 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club: Online Edition – New members are always welcome, but children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Please register. The Club will continue to meet online using the video sharing site Watch2Gether. To participate, check the event on the library’s website as early as 6 p.m. on the day of the program.  There will be a link to take you to the site.You do not need an account with Watch2Gether to participate.

Thursday, Aug. 5 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Friday, Aug. 6 (9-11 p.m.) Movie Under the Stars – Enjoy a feature-length newly released DVD or favorite family classic. Contact the library for the title. We will be outside, socially-distanced in our field enjoying an evening under the stars. Movies will begin at dusk; feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets. (Snacks are okay to bring, however masks must be worn anytime you are not actively eating.) Building restrooms will be accessible. Please register every person that will be attending including children and adults. Caregivers must stay with their child(ren) during the program.

Saturday, Aug. 7 (4-5 p.m.) STEAM Maker Lab: Mars Base Camp, Landing Zone Surveyor – Discover features of the surface of Mars that are important for safe landing, traveling around the landscape and setting up a base camp. Grades 3-5. This program is weather permitting. Staff will make every effort to notify you in a timely manner if we cannot meet in person. In that case Zoom invitations will be sent by email. A decision will be made 24 hours in advance to allow time to pick up supplies if we aren’t meeting in person. Please register.

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Volume 13, Issue 15, Posted 9:59 AM, 08.03.2021