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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 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

Westlake Porter Public 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, 2022. The position will become available when Jeff Armstrong’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 13, Issue 15, Posted 9:58 AM, 08.03.2021

Westlake Porter Public Library's late July calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s late July 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, July 21 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Book Discussion – This month’s title is "The Secrets We Kept" by Lara Prescott. Discussion will be held via Zoom. Please register. An email must be provided to receive Zoom instructions.

Wednesday, July 21 (4-5 p.m.) Summer Teen Writers Workshop (Live) – Join fellow Teen writers (grades 7-12) this summer as we create an anthology of short stories. You pick the genre, characters, time period – everything. During each session we’ll reveal a new writing challenge to work into your story. Come with an idea and by the end, you’ll leave with a fantastic short story. Please register. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom information.

Wednesday, July 21 (7-8 p.m.) Adult Creative Writing Group – Join us for an hour of creative writing prompts. Please bring a notebook and a pen or pencil. Please register. This program is in person, weather permitting. Staff will make every effort to notify you if we cannot meet in person. If so, Zoom invites will be sent to all registered attendees.

Thursday, July 22 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) Sea Glass Necklace Craft Take-Home Kit – Love the beach? Grab a take-home craft kit with materials and instructions to make a sea glass necklace. Materials for the necklace and instructions will be included in the kit (tools such as pliers and glue are not included). Please register.

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Volume 13, Issue 14, Posted 10:26 AM, 07.20.2021

Bay Village Branch Library accepting book donations for fill-a-bag sale

As we make the return to even more of our regular services, the Bay Village branch library, 502 Cahoon Road, is once again accepting book donations. And, in lieu of our quarterly book sales, the branch will host an ongoing fill-a-bag sale. 

For only $2, patrons will be able to fill a library provided bag with book sale items. Please ask at the check out desk for your bag. You won't want to miss out on the ever-varying assortment of books, DVDs and CDs available for purchase. The library is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Our Friends of the Library group depends on donated items to fund programs and items for the library. If you have any questions about items we accept for donations, please call the Bay Village branch at 440-871-6392.

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Volume 13, Issue 13, Posted 10:32 AM, 07.06.2021

Early July events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s early July 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.

Wednesdays, July 7 and 21 (4-5 p.m.) Summer Teen Writers Workshop (Live) – Join fellow Teen writers (grades 7-12) this summer as we create an anthology of short stories. You pick the genre, characters, time period – everything. During each session we’ll reveal a new writing challenge to work into your story. Come with an idea and by the end, you’ll leave with a fantastic short story. Registration begins one week before each session. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom information.

Wednesday, July 7 (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 Horror Film 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.

Thursdays, July 8 and 15 (1-1:30 p.m.) Family Storytime (Live) – Join us on Zoom for an interactive storytime featuring books, rhymes, songs and movement. For families with children ages 2-6. Siblings welcome. Registration begins one week before each session. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions.

Thursdays, July 8 and 22 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) Roblox Arcade (Live) – 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 13, Posted 10:32 AM, 07.06.2021

STEAM Week returns to WPPL July 18-24!

Join Westlake Porter Public Library for our annual STEAM Week from July 18-24! 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. Listen to naturalists talk about the fascinating world of animals as part of the "Tails & Tales" Summer Library Challenge theme and read about the science behind animals (and other topics) in exclusive articles.

Pick-up craft kits will be available for all ages starting Monday, July 19. You must register for them starting Monday, July 12, at westlakelibrary.org.

In addition, the library will also be offering the following science, technology, engineering, arts and math programs for all ages:

Monday, July 19 (2-3 p.m.) Tails & Tales (Live) – Get up close and personal with native animals from Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. Learn what makes a reptile different from a mammal or a bird. See scales, feathers, and fur from all different animals in this virtual presentation. Investigate the purpose of an animal’s tail and see how these different animals move in their environment. Live on Zoom. Appropriate for elementary school-age kids to adults. Please register.

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Volume 13, Issue 13, Posted 10:29 AM, 07.06.2021

Westlake Porter Public Library's late June calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s late June 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, June 17 and 24 (1-1:30 p.m.) Family Storytime (Live) – Join us on Zoom for an interactive storytime featuring books, rhymes, songs and movement. For families with children up to 2-6, siblings welcome. Please register. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions.

Thursday, June 17 (7-8 p.m.) Writing the Rainbow: An Hour of Creative Writing to Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month (Live) – Join us for an hour of creative writing prompts to celebrate and nurture our own journey toward self-acceptance. All are invited. Please register and supply an email address to receive Zoom instructions.

Monday, June 21 (9- a.m.-9 p.m.) Celebrate Summer! Craft Bag Pick-Up – Celebrate the start of summer with a bag of fun crafts! Please register. Kits will be available for pick up until June 29 unless other arrangements are made.

Monday, June 21 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) Crafty Adults Supply Pick-Up – Make a craft project of your own with this simple kit. For adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities. While supplies last. No previous crafting experience necessary. Some household items, such as glue, scissors, or markers will not be included. All other craft items will be supplied. Please register. Contact WPPL at 440-250-5471 if you need an alternate pick-up option.

Monday, June 21 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) Teen Craft Pick Up – Come to the Drive-Up Window to pick up a craft kit from June 21 through June 29. Grades 7-12. Please register.

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 10:02 AM, 06.15.2021

Westlake Porter Public Library's early June calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s early June 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.

June 1 to Aug. 1 – Summer Library Challenge – WPPL’s annual Summer Reading Challenge starts June 1 and lasts through Aug. 1. Kids, teens and adults can earn prize entries by reading books and eBooks and completing activities like attending library programs. Log your reading and activities on Beanstalk either by computer or on the Beanstalk Tracker app for Android or iOS. To register, find printable logs and more information, visit westlakelibrary.org/summer.

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

Friday, June 4 (4-4:30 p.m.) Cup of Science (Live) – Join Miss Holly on Facebook or YouTube for a fun science video about the Spring Pond! For ages 4-6.

Friday, June 4 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday – Join Mrs. K to explore the life cycle of a frog & listen to the sounds of a spring pond. Discoveries will be made through hands-on experiments, active participation & a simple take-home project. Ages 4-6, through kindergarten. This program is in-person, weather permitting. Staff will make every effort to notify you in a timely manner if we cannot meet in person. There will be a coordinating Cup of Science video at 4 p.m. on June 4 on Facebook or YouTube in the event the in-person program has to be canceled due to weather conditions. Please register every person that will be attending, including children and adults. Caregivers must stay with their child(ren) during programming. Masks are required for anyone ages 2+.

Saturday, June 5 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.) STEAM Maker Lab Supply Pick-Up – Register to learn more about solar energy. Kits available in the Youth Services Department starting June 5. Grades 3-5. Note: Registration for the pick-up also registers you for the June 12 STEAM Maker program on Zoom. Please provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions before the program.

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 10:32 AM, 06.02.2021

Westlake Porter Public Library's late May calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s late May 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.

May 12-22 – Summer Art Walk Submissions – What does summer look like to you? Artists in grades K-6 to be showcased throughout the month of June. Artists in grades 7-adult to be showcased throughout the month of July. Art must meet all guidelines and must be submitted with a submission form. Guidelines and form can be found at westlakelibrary.org. Bring completed form and art piece to the Youth Services Desk no later than May 22. Need help? Contact Youth Services at 440-250-5471.

Wednesday, May 19 (2-3 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion (Live) – The Wednesday book discussion takes place on the THIRD Wednesday of the month. This month’s book is "This Tender Land" by William Kent Krueger. A limited number of books are available at the Circulation Desk. The discussion will be held via Zoom. Please register and provide an email to receive Zoom instructions.

Wednesday, May 19 (7-8 p.m.) Virtual Trivia Night at Porter (Live) – Join us for a Virtual Trivia Night all about your favorite movies! Play as a single player or family. Presented live via Zoom. Please register.

Saturday, May 22 (11-11:30 a.m.) Pokemon Fun (Live) – 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! Registration begins one week before each program. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions.

Monday, May 24 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 10:13 AM, 05.18.2021

Westlake Porter Public Library's early May calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s early May 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, May 5 (6-7 p.m.) Learning to Cube Supply Pick-Up and Program – Have you always wanted to solve the Rubik’s Cube? Pick up your Learning to Cube supplies at the Youth Services desk then join us on Zoom to learn the basics of cubing. Ages 9-13. You will need a cube to participate in the program. Please register. Registration for the kit also registers you for the May 5 program. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions.

Wednesday, May 5 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club: Online Edition – The Horror Film Club returns for another online viewing! New members are welcome; children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Please register. The Club will 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, May 6 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursdays, May 6 and 13 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) WPPL Roblox Club – 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, May 6 (7-8 p.m.) Thursday Night Book Discussion – May’s title is "The Girl He Used to Know" by Tracey Garvis Graves, and is available in ebook format in the Hoopla app. The group will meet on the first Thursday of the month in July, September & November. Due to the extended time frame, participants will need to obtain their own copies of each month’s title.

Friday, May 7 (4-4:30 p.m.) Cup of Science (Live) – Join Miss Holly on Facebook or YouTube for a fun video on flowers and bees! Recommended for ages 4-6.

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Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 10:04 AM, 05.04.2021

Westlake Porter Public Library's late April calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s late April 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.

Monday, April 19 (9 a.m.) to Sunday, April 25 (5 p.m.) Earth Day Celebration Bag – Celebrate Earth Day with earth-friendly crafts and activities! Please register.

Wednesdays, April 21 and 28 and May 5 (2-3:30 p.m.) Learn American Sign Language Basic Sign Language for Beginners and Beyond (Live) – In this beginner to intermediate class, students will learn how to meet and greet people, basic gestures, fingerspelling and he basics of communicating with the deaf. The instructor is Valerie Williams. Ages 10 and up are welcome. Please register and provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions. For the class to be interactive, we recommend you have a working microphone and webcam.

Wednesday, April 21 (2-3 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion (Live) – The Wednesday book discussion takes place on the THIRD Wednesday of the month. This month’s book is "The Golden Hour" by Beatriz Williams. A limited number of books are available at the Circulation Desk. The discussion will be held via Zoom. Please register and provide an email to receive Zoom instructions.

Thursdays, April 22 and 29 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) WPPL Roblox Club – 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, April 22 (7-7:45 p.m.) Aging Spine Talk (Live) – Join us on Zoom for a discussion on the aging spine by Dr. Michael Kelly from MetroHealth. Please register. You must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions.

Saturday, April 24 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) Mystery STEAM Bag Challenge Supply Pick-Up and Program – Pick up your bag of mystery craft materials and a challenge card. Use these materials to complete the design challenge. Share your designs with us on Zoom at 11 a.m. on May 1. Grades 1-2. Registering for the pick-up also registers you for the design sharing program. Please provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions.

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 10:48 AM, 04.20.2021

Porter Library distributing COVID home tests

Westlake Porter Public Library is distributing BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Tests through its drive-up window. Those unable to pick up a test during regular library hours may contact the library to arrange for a test kit to be left in an after-hours locker. WPPL also has RTA passes to hand out to anyone who needs one to get to a vaccination appointment.

Anyone seeking a test who is feeling sick or showing COVID symptoms should send someone else to pick up a test for them. Users must have a smartphone and a computer with a webcam and internet access to administer the at-home test.

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 10:38 AM, 04.06.2021

Let's build a library!

After what seemed like an interminably long wait, construction on the new Bay Village branch library building officially kicked off with a ceremonial groundbreaking on March 24. The event featured remarks from Cuyahoga County Public Library Executive Director Tracy Strobel, CCPL board president Bill Leonard and Bay Village Mayor Paul Koomar.

The project, which has been in the works since early 2017, was delayed several times – most recently by the coronavirus pandemic. The new building was almost scrapped entirely in 2018, after residents voiced displeasure with the proposed design. Following a renewed commitment to the project from city officials, CCPL hired a new architecture firm that focused on the history and culture of Bay Village and its existing architectural styles to create a facade that better fit the city.

The redesigned building also comes with a bigger price tag –  CCPL’s construction budget for the new, 17,000-square-foot branch is $9.2 million, up from an estimated $7.5 million at the start of the process. That figure includes nearly $500,000 in private donations for what Strobel termed the “special wish-list items ... that help make a library unique to its community.” Donors included the Bay Village Foundation, Friends of the Bay Village Library, Bay Kiwanis and a number of Bay Village residents.

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 11:16 AM, 04.06.2021

Westlake Porter Public Library's early April calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s early April 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, April 7 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club: Online Edition – The Horror Film Club returns for another online viewing! New members are always welcome, but children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Please register. The Club will meet online using the video sharing site Watch2Gether. To participate, please 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.

Friday, April 9 (4-4:30 p.m.) Cup of Science (Live) – Join Miss Holly on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube for a fun video on Stormy Science! Recommended for ages 4-6.

Saturday, April 10 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.) STEAM Maker Lab Supply Pick-Up – April is Financial Literacy Month! We’ll provide most of the supplies needed to make our own banks out of recycled materials and duct tape wallets. Kits available in the Youth Services Department. Grades 3-5. Registration for the pick-up also registers you for the April 17 STEAM Maker program on Zoom. Please provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions.

Saturday, April 10 (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. Registration begins April 3. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions.

Sunday, April 11 (1-5 p.m.) Pet Day Craft Pick-Up – It’s National Pet Day! Stop by the Youth Services Department to pick up a craft kit that celebrates pets! Please register.

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 10:37 AM, 04.06.2021

Westlake Porter Public Library's late March calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s late March 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, March 17 (11-11:30 a.m.) Mix-It Up (Live) – Let’s mix it up with some fun St. Patrick’s Day activities you can do at home! Ages 4-6. Join us on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube for the livestream.

Wednesday, March 17 (2-3 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion (Live) – The book discussion takes place on the THIRD Wednesday of the month. This month’s book is "Searching for Sylvie Lee" by Jean Kwok. A limited number of books are available at the Circulation Desk. The discussion will be held via Zoom. Please register and provide an email to receive Zoom instructions.

Thursdays, March 18 and 25 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) WPPL Roblox Club – Love Roblox? Then WPPL has a club for you! 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, March 19 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.) Got Science? Supply Pick-up – Join Got Science? and make a model lung! Kits will be available beginning March 19. You will need a kit to participate in the program. Grades 1 & 2. Registering for the supply pick up will also register you for the Zoom event on March 26 at 4 p.m. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions.

Friday, March 19 (11-11:30 a.m.) Fred Rogers Birthday Storytime (Live) – Join us on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube for a storytime that celebrates Fred Rogers and his neighborhood!

Saturday, March 20 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) Spring Felt Chick Softie Craft to Go – Welcome spring with this adorable hand-sewn felt craft. Each kit contains supplies to create three chick softies and will include templates as provided in the Creativebug project video tutorial, which is available with your library card through the library website. You will need to view the tutorial to complete the project. A limited number of kits will be available for pickup, so only one kit per person, please. Please register.

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Volume 13, Issue 6, Posted 10:27 AM, 03.16.2021

Westlake Porter Public Library's early March calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s early March 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, March 3 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club: Online Edition – The Horror Film Club returns for another online viewing! New members are always welcome, but children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Please register. The Club will 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, March 4 and Monday, March 22 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursdays, March 4 and 11 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) WPPL Roblox Club – Love Roblox? Then WPPL has a club for you! 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, March 4 (7-8 p.m.) Thursday Night Book Discussion – Join us as we launch a new discussion group! March’s title, "The Last Flight" by Julie Clark, is available in ebook format in the Hoopla app. The group will meet on the first Thursday of the month in March, May, July, September and November. Due to the extended time frame, participants will need to obtain their own copies of each month’s title. Please register.

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Volume 13, Issue 5, Posted 9:50 AM, 03.02.2021

Porter Library announces initiative aimed at young readers

Westlake Porter Public Library has announced a new early literacy initiative aimed at children ages 4 and under. The Myrna Chelko Early Literacy Initiative is named for the long-time, dedicated library volunteer who helped found the Friends of Porter Library and the Westlake Porter Library Foundation, served on the Library’s board of trustees, and gave her time to the library in many other capacities. It is funded by a generous donation in her honor.

Participating in this initiative will help build habits that foster early literacy development and lifelong learning. Literacy and language development are closely linked to a baby’s earliest positive experiences with parents and caregivers.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 11:08 AM, 02.16.2021

Westlake Porter Public Library's late February calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s late February 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, Feb. 17 (11-11:30 a.m.) Foodies @ 11 Part Deux (Live) – Join Miss Cathy and Miss Natalie on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube as they test popular kitchen hacks! All ages.

Wednesday, Feb. 17 (2-3 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion (Live) – This month’s book is "The Second Mrs. Hockaday" by Susan Rivers. Please note that this monthly discussion will take place on the THIRD Wednesday of the month from now on. Discussion will be held via Zoom. Please register.

Wednesday, Feb. 17 (7-8 p.m.) Creative Writing for Adults (Live) – This class is designed to wake up the creativity within. No experience is necessary, just a desire to try new things! Practice the art of putting pen to paper and spontaneously creating. This class will be taught on Zoom. Please register. Please provide an email address to receive a link to the program. To make the class more interactive, a working camera and microphone are recommended.

Thursday, Feb. 18 (11-11:30 a.m.) Storytime (Live) – Join us on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube for a fun storytime!

Thursdays, Feb. 18 and 25 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) WPPL Roblox Club – Love Roblox? Then WPPL has a club for you! 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, Feb. 19 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.) Got Science? Supply Pick Up – Join us as we explore phases of the moon! Kits will be available beginning Feb. 19. You will need a kit to participate in the program. Grades 1 & 2. Registering for the supply pick up will also register you for the Zoom event on Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. Please register. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 11:08 AM, 02.16.2021

WPPL and WPD partner on crime prevention webinar

Westlake Porter Public Library and the Westlake Police Department are partnering to offer "Neighborhood Crime Prevention" on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Registration is required, and participants will receive Zoom login information by email after registering.

In response to the recent string of home burglaries in Westlake, Lt. Jason Dancy of the Westlake Police Department will offer information on ways you can safeguard your home and property, as well as tips on spotting and helping to reduce crime in your neighborhood.

To register please visit westlakelibrary.org/events.

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Volume 13, Issue 3, Posted 10:11 AM, 02.02.2021

Westlake Porter Public Library's early February calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s early February 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, Feb. 3 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club: Online Edition – The Horror Film Club returns for another online viewing! New members are always welcome, but children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Please register. The Club will meet online using the video sharing site Watch2Gether. To participate, please 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.

Thursdays, Feb. 4 and 11 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) WPPL Roblox Club – 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.

Saturday, Feb. 6 (2-3 p.m.) National Hijab Day: Unveil the Veil – Join us on Zoom for an informative program presented by the Westside Cleveland Muslim Association (WCMA). Learn the significance and purpose of the hijab. Presentation will be followed by discussion and trivia. Geared toward adults and teens. Please register.

Sunday, Feb. 7 (2-2:30 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club Pick-Up and Program (Live) – Valentine’s Day Fun supply kits will be available beginning Jan. 31. You will need a kit to participate in the Feb. 7 Zoom program. Ages 6-10. Please register. Registering for the kit will also register you for the program. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions.

Monday, Feb. 8 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) Baby-Sitter’s Club Activity Bag Pick Up: Welcome Kit – Welcome to the Baby-Sitters Club! Pick up your Baby-Sitters Club activity bags at the Youth Services Desk. Grades 5-8. Please register.

Monday, Feb. 8 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) Valentine’s Day Craft Pick Up – Get ready for Valentine’s Day with some fun crafts! Stop by the Youth Services Department to pick up your craft kit. Please register.

 

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Volume 13, Issue 3, Posted 10:16 AM, 02.02.2021

Westlake Porter Public Library's late January calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s late January 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, Jan. 20 (11-11:30 a.m.) Preschoolers Rock! (Live) – Join Miss Nancy on social media as we have fun singing songs and using instruments to keep to the beat of the music! This month we’ll share ideas for making shakers from everyday items! Ages 3-5.

Wednesday, Jan. 20 (noon-1 p.m.) Accelerating Growth with New Business Development, Part 2 (Live) – Kelly Lawrence, founder and CEO of Lawrence Innovation, shows us how great interviewing leads to better customer insights and engagement which leads to superior new products and services … then ultimately rapid, profitable, sustainable growth. This is the second part of a 3-part series presented by Cleveland SCORE. Please register. You will need to provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions.

Wednesday, Jan. 20 (2-3 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion (Live) – This month’s book is "The Guest Book" by Sarah Blake. Please note that this monthly discussion will take place on the third Wednesday of the month from now on. Discussion will be held via Zoom. Please register. An email must be provided to receive Zoom instructions.

Thursdays, Jan. 21 and 28 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) WPPL Roblox Club – Love Roblox? Then WPPL has a club for you! 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, Jan. 21 (7-8:30 p.m.) Business Legal Series (Live) – SCORE Cleveland is offering this free presentation on Human Resources. Please register. You will need to provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions.

Friday, Jan. 22 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.) Got Science? Supply Pick Up – Join Got Science? as we experiment with electricity! Kits will be available beginning Jan. 22. You will need a kit to participate in the program. Grades 1 & 2. Registering for the supply pick up will also register you for the Zoom event on Jan. 29 at 4 p.m. Please register. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 10:00 AM, 01.19.2021

Curbside service and personalized picks at the Bay Village Branch Library

The staff of the Cuyahoga County Public Library Bay Village Branch wish you and yours a happy and healthy New Year! 

As the library branches are currently only open for curbside transactions due to the County Stay at Home Advisory, we have rolled out a new service to help get our materials into the hands of our customers! 

It’s called "Personalized Picks" and it’s very simple!

Fill out the brief online form to give staff an idea of what types of materials (books, DVDs, etc.) you are looking for and a few hints as to your preferences.

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 9:43 AM, 01.05.2021

Porter Library invites community to join annual Winter Reading Challenge

Westlake Porter Public Library is inviting the community to "Chill with a Good Book" during the annual Winter Reading Challenge Jan. 3-31. The program is open to children ages birth-grade 4, teens and tweens grades 5-12 and adults age 18+.

Every book participants read while the challenge runs earns them a chance to win prizes weekly for adults or one end-of-the-month prize drawing each for both of the youth age categories. Paper logs for youth readers are available to print out at home or pick up at the library.

Ebooks, audiobooks, large print, graphic novels and traditional books all count. To sign up simply visit westlakelibrary.beanstack.org. If you already signed up for an account during the Summer Library Challenge, just sign in to get started.

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 9:39 AM, 01.05.2021

Westlake Porter Public Library receives 4 stars in Library Journal's annual index

Westlake Porter Public Library has been named a 4 Star Library by Library Journal magazine in its annual Star Libraries index. Libraries are eligible for up to five stars. The index used 2018 statistics on physical circulation, circulation of electronic materials, library visits, program attendance, public computer use and WiFi sessions. In addition, successful retrievals of electronic information, which measures use of electronic resources such as databases other than by title checkout, was added this year.

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 $1-4.9 million category.

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 9:44 AM, 01.05.2021

Westlake Porter Public Library's late December calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s late December 2020 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. 16 (2-3 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – This month’s title is "The Immortalists" by Chloe Benjamin. Please register to receive Zoom instructions.

Wednesday, Dec. 16 (4-5 p.m.) Teen Writers Group (Live) – A bi-weekly meet-up for writers in grades 7-12. This is a dedicated hour just to write. We’ll reserve the last 15 minutes for any writer in need of group brainstorming. Please register. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions.

Wednesday, Dec. 16 (7-8 p.m.) Alfred Hitchcock: His Greatest Films (Live) – Join us on Zoom for a fascinating presentation on the Master of Suspense! Alfred Hitchcock was a master director of mystery movies with surprise endings in the early and middle 20th century. He was also a very active anti-fascist as some of his movies confirm. This presentation will offer information on many of his greatest films. Please register. Participants must provide an email to receive Zoom instructions.

Thursday, Dec. 17 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) WPPL Roblox Club – Love Roblox? Then WPPL has a club for you! 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, Dec. 18 (4-4:30 p.m.) Cup of Science (Live) – Join Miss Holly on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube for a fun science video about Candy Chemistry! For ages 4-6.

Friday, Dec. 18 (4:30-5 p.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. Please register. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 9:56 AM, 12.15.2020

Westlake Porter Public Library's early December calendar of events

Effective Nov. 19, Westlake Porter Public Library is offering drive-up window services, telephone services, online programs and limited computer access ONLY. The physical library will be closed for browsing, but open for limited computer access by appointment only. The new, expanded WiFi can be accessed in the parking lot for those who need the Internet.

Customers may continue to request materials online by visiting westlakelibrary.org or by calling the library at 440-871-2600. Materials already on hold will be available for pick-up through the drive-up window during regular open hours. Limited computer access appointments can be requested by calling the library at 440-871-2600, ext. 2.

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s early December 2020 calendar of events. All programs are subject to change. Please check the library's website or follow the library on Facebook and Twitter (@WestlakePorter) for the latest updates.

Wednesday, Dec. 2 (11-11:30 a.m.) Cook with WPPL, Volume 1 (Live) – Join us on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube as we make Smoky Chipotle Chicken Chili for a chilly weekend.

Wednesdays, Dec. 2 and 16 (4-5 p.m.) Teen Writers Group (Live) – An online meet-up for teens in grades 7-12. This is an hour to just write, with the last 15 minutes reserved for any writer in need of some group brainstorming. Please register. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions.

Wednesday, Dec. 2 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club: Online Edition – The Club will meet online using the video sharing site Watch2Gether. New members are always welcome, but children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Please register. 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.

Dec. 3-10 – Calling Crafters: Snowman Ornament Take-Home Kit – Using glue and our take-home kit, create a Snowman Ornament. This is a fun, easy project to do at home. Please register. Kits may be picked up at the Drive-Up Window anytime from Dec. 3-10.

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 10:03 AM, 12.01.2020

Westlake Porter Public Library announces services changes due to county order

Effective Thursday, Nov. 19, Westlake Porter Public Library will be offering drive-up window services, telephone services, online programs and limited computer access ONLY. The physical library will be closed for browsing, but open for limited computer access by appointment only. The new, expanded WiFi can be accessed in the parking lot for those who need the Internet.

“The health and safety of our patrons and staff are of the upmost importance,” said Library Director Andrew Mangels. “This difficult decision to reduce services was made in response to the rising COVID-19 cases locally as well as in response to the Cuyahoga County stay-at-home advisory.”

Customers may continue to request materials online by visiting westlakelibrary.org or by calling the library at 440-871-2600. Materials already on hold will be available for pick-up through the drive-up window during regular open hours. Limited computer access appointments can be requested by calling the library at 440-871-2600, ext. 2.

NOTE: Cuyahoga County Public Library also announced the closing of their branches, including the Bay Village branch, to in-person services. Materials on hold may be picked up via drive-though window or curbside service.

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 9:50 AM, 11.19.2020

Dreaming big at Porter Library

Westlake Porter Public Library is encouraging tweens, teens and adults to dream big this month by viewing a series of engineering-related video programs and panels on Vimeo, Mimecast and YouTube. Titled "Dream Big: Engineering Our World," the programs are presented by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the STAR Library Network (STAR Net) and its Project Build engineering program.

"Dream Big: Engineering Our World" will be presented On-Demand on Nov. 17 and 24 via Vimeo. Registration is required to receive a password to access the video. The remaining panel programs include:

  • Dream Team: El Futuro se Diseña (Spanish) – Thursday, Nov. 19 (3-4 p.m.)
  • Dream Team: Chats with Change Makers featuring Avery Bang – Friday, Nov. 20 (2-3 p.m.)
  • Dream Team: Engineering Extravaganza – Tuesday, Nov. 24 (4-5 p.m.)

The panel programs will be available on YouTube except for "Chats with Changemakers," which will take place on Mimecast. To register for any of the programs or panels please visit westlakelibrary.org/events or call 440-871-2600.

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Volume 12, Issue 22, Posted 9:25 AM, 11.17.2020

Westlake Porter Public Library's late November calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s late November 2020 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, Nov. 17 and 24 (All Day) Dream Big: Engineering Our World (On Demand) – You're invited to participate in an exciting virtual engineering experience introducing engineers and engineering for people of all ages, especially families and children. Travel the world to see engineering in action, from the Great Wall of China, to solar car races in Australia, and underwater robots in the USA. Please register. Once registered, the URL and passcode will work all day. You will receive Vimeo.com links and passcodes to English, Spanish, and Closed-Captioned versions later in an email.

Wednesday, Nov. 18 (11-11:30 a.m.) Sing and Dance! (Live) – Join Miss Nancy on Zoom! Participants must provide an email address in order to receive Zoom instructions. Ages 2-6.

Wednesday, Nov. 18 (2-3 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – This month’s title is "The Stationery Shop" by Marjan Kamali. Please register to receive Zoom instructions.

Wednesdays, Nov. 18 and 25 (4-5 p.m.) Teen Writers Group: Writers Room (Live) – A bi-weekly meet-up for writers in grades 7-12. We’re working our way through National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) with a dedicated hour just to write. We’ll reserve the last 15 minutes for any writer in need of group brainstorming. Please register. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions.

Wednesday, Nov. 18 (7-8 p.m.) A Taste of Tea: Tea Preparation and Health Benefits (Live) – Join us on Zoom as we learn all about tea! Paula from Storehouse Teas will teach us how to properly select and brew tea, while also explaining the health benefits of various varieties. Please register. Participants must provide an email to receive Zoom instructions.

Thursday, Nov. 19 (11-11:30 a.m.) American Indian and Alaskan Native Heritage Storytime (Live) – Join us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for a storytime celebrating American Indian and Alaskan Native Heritage Month.

Thursday, Nov. 19 (3-4 p.m.) Dream Team: El Futuro se Diseña/the Future is Designed (Spanish) (Live) – Join us online for a Spanish-language engineering panel led by Fernando Ceballos, a Minecraft builder and featuring engineers Angelica Hernandez and Isamar Escobar. To join in, visit westlakelibrary.org/events and click on the link in the program description.

Thursday, Nov. 19 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) WPPL Roblox Club – 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, Nov. 20 (11-11:30 a.m.) Fall Yoga with Miss Nancy! (Live) – Join Miss Nancy on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube to calm your body and mind with yoga. Ages K-4.

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Volume 12, Issue 22, Posted 9:25 AM, 11.17.2020

Porter Library partnering with SJMC to provide 'Welcome Baby Bundles'

Westlake Porter Public Library is partnering with the Family Birth Center at University Hospitals St. John Medical Center to provide "Welcome Baby Bundles" to expecting families. Beginning in November, families who take childbirth and/or newborn classes through UH St. John Medical Center will receive a bib, board book and information about early literacy and your baby.

“Studies show that reading to your infant helps them develop language skills as they grow,” said Youth Services Manager Rebecca Shook. “This project aims to support parents and provide resources to help them start their children on the road to literacy.”

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Volume 12, Issue 22, Posted 9:25 AM, 11.17.2020

Westlake Porter Public Library's early November calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s early November 2020 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. 4 (11-11:30 a.m.) Sing and Dance! (Live) – Join Miss Nancy on Zoom! Participants must provide an email address in order to receive Zoom instructions which will be sent the day of the program. Ages 2-6.

Wednesday, Nov. 4 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club: Online Edition – The Horror Film Club returns for another online viewing! New members are always welcome, but children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Please register. The Club will meet online using the video sharing site Watch2Gether. To participate, please 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.

Thursdays, Nov. 5 and 12 (11-11:30 a.m.) Library at 11 (Live) – Join us on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube to see what family friendly video we have in store for you today!

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

Friday, Nov. 6 (All Day) Got Science? Supply Pick Up – Join Got Science and learn about Newton’s Law of Motion. Kits will be available beginning today. Grades 1-2. Please register. Registering for this event will also register you for the Zoom event on Nov. 13. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions, which will be sent the day of the event.

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Volume 12, Issue 21, Posted 9:28 AM, 11.03.2020

Westlake Porter Public Library's late October calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s late October 2020 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, Oct. 20 (7-8 p.m.) Currently Reading (Live) – Bring a book to rave about or find your next favorite! An open discussion for Teens in grades 7-12 who love to read. Please register. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions, which will be sent the day of the program.

Tuesday, Oct. 20 (7-10 p.m.) Moonlight Lantern Festival – Drive by Westlake Porter Public Library this evening to experience the Moonlight Lantern Festival!

Wednesday, Oct. 21 (All Day) Spooky Sounds Contest – Do you have what it takes to send shivers down our spines? Submit your spooky sound creation by Oct. 26 for a chance at a Halloween grand prize! Grades 4-12. Visit westlakelibrary.org/events for rules, the submission form, and resources.

Wednesday, Oct. 21 (11-11:30 a.m.) Academic Search Premiere/CRAAP Resource Share (Live) – These two databases are excellent research companions for your teen or college-age student. Join us on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube to find out about them.

Wednesday, Oct. 21 (7-8 p.m.) Vampires: A Bloody History (Live) – Join us on Zoom for a spine-chilling talk on vampires with local author, actor and scholar Mark Dawidziak! Dawidziak is the author of vampire-centric books, including "The Nightstalker Companion." He also teaches "Vampires on Film and Television" at Kent State University. Please register. Participants must provide an email to receive Zoom instructions for joining the meeting.

Thursdays, Oct. 22 and 29 (11-11:30 a.m.) Storytime (Live) – Tune in to Facebook, Twitter or YouTube and join the fun as we livestream a storytime!

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Volume 12, Issue 20, Posted 10:25 AM, 10.20.2020

Porter Library adds a shredding day due to demand

Westlake Porter Public Library has scheduled an additional Shredding Day event due to popular demand. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. or until the 5.5 ton shredding truck is full.

Visitors are limited to two boxes per vehicle and should stay in their cars as a COVID-era precaution. Large boxes or bags will not be accepted. While the truck scheduled is larger than the truck used during the Customer Appreciation Week shredding event, participants should still be prepared for heavy traffic.

The Westlake Kiwanis Club and the Westlake Police Auxiliary are assisting with the event.

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Volume 12, Issue 20, Posted 10:15 AM, 10.20.2020

Westlake Porter Public Library closed until Sunday, Sept. 20, due to COVID-19

Westlake Porter Public Library will be closing beginning today, Sept. 15, 2020, at 5 p.m. The Library has been informed that staff members of the library have tested positive for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, WPPL will remain closed and will reopen at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20.

During the closure, browsing and computer use will be suspended. However, the drive-up window on the south side of the building will remain open and many of our scheduled virtual programs will continue. Visit westlakelibrary.org for updates to check the status of online programs.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:01 PM, 09.15.2020