Late January events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesdays, Jan. 16, 23 and 30 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesday, Jan. 16 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Sherry Minn will present "Finding Your Ancestors in Cuyahoga County Records."

Wednesday, Jan. 16 (7-7:30 p.m.) Mix-It-Up! – Use your senses as we have fun playing and discovering! Ages 4-6. Please register.

Thursday, Jan. 17 (11 a.m.-12 p.m.) Crafty Adults – Create art of your own based on the work of a famous artist or holiday. Specifically for ages 18 and up with developmental or intellectual disabilities. Bring your own lunch from 12-1 p.m. after the program!

Thursdays, Jan. 17, 24 and 31 (4-5 p.m.) Code Club! – Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! Grades 3-4. Registration begins one week before each session.

Thursdays, Jan. 17, 24 and 31 (6:30-8 p.m.) and Wednesdays, January 23 and 30 (4-5:30 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 17 (Preschool session, 6:30 p.m.) and Friday, Jan. 18 (Preschool session, 9:30 a.m.; Toddler session, 11:30 a.m.) Teach Me to Play – A play-based program for families and their children (Toddler: ages 18 months-2 years and Preschool: ages 3-6 years) who are struggling in an area of development. Diverse opportunities for learning are provided, with an emphasis on facilitating communication, practicing social interactions and responding to behaviors in a positive way. Register at, or by phone: 440-250-5563. 

Friday, Jan. 18 (4-5 p.m.) Got Science? – Join us as we delve into the world of science. This month’s topic: Winter Science! Grades 1 and 2. Please register.

Saturday, Jan. 19 (10-11:30 a.m.) Beginning Coding for Adults – Learn the basics of coding through self-paced online modules. An instructor will be on hand to help get you started and to facilitate lessons. Please register.

Saturday, Jan. 19 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) Happy Birthday, Rubber Duckie! – Come help us celebrate Rubber Duckie’s birthday with loads of crafts and lots of quacking up! Free rubber duckies! (While supplies last.)

Saturday, Jan. 19 (10-11:15 a.m) Adapted Storytime – Children with varying learning styles and abilities learn in a safe, supportive environment where respect and appreciation for differences are encouraged. This 30 minute storytime, followed by time for socialization, is designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime experience. Content is geared toward ages 3-7, but all ages are welcome. Siblings may attend, but must register separately. Please register.

Saturday, Jan. 19 (2-3 p.m.) Alternatives to Cable TV – This program will help you sort through the variety of viewing alternatives available. Learn about digital media players, streaming services and additional options. Please register.

Saturday, Jan. 19 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Love those bricks? Bring your ideas and imagination! Lego and Duplo bricks provided. For ages 3-12.

Saturday, Jan. 19 (3:30-4 p.m.) Family Storytime – An interactive family storytime featuring books, rhymes, songs, movement and a small craft. For families with children ages 2-6.

Sunday, Jan. 20 (2-3:30 p.m.) Boredom Busters! – Are you bored? Drop by the Storytime Room and join in the fun! We will have different activities available each month. All ages welcome.

Sunday, Jan. 20 (2-4:30 p.m.) Friends’ Sunday Sounds – Join the Friends for their annual meeting (brief), followed by a musical performance by Bill March featuring songs from the singer-songwriter era.

Sunday, Jan. 20 (3-4 p.m.) Art Smarts – Explore works of a well-known artist and then use what you’ve seen to create an art piece of your own! This month’s artist is George Rodrigue. Grades 3-6. Please register.

Monday, Jan. 21 (1-1:30 p.m.) Yoga Time! – This is a perfect way to introduce yoga and practice simple poses. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Ages 3 and up with a caregiver.

Monday, Jan. 21 (7-8:30 p.m.) The Economy in 2019: What It Means for Your Portfolio – Former U.S. Department of the Treasury senior economist Dr. Kevin Jacques examines what to expect for the U.S. economy in 2019. This includes a discussion of Federal Reserve interest rate policy, inflation, economic growth and the political economy, with an eye toward the implications for individual investor stock and bond portfolios. Please register.

Tuesday, Jan. 22 (11 a.m.-noon) Aging in Place ... On a Budget! – Covers accessibility basics in every area of the home, focused on solutions that help increase safety and efficiency. Also includes costs, resources and working with contractors. Presented by Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio. Please register.

Wednesday, Jan. 23 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The January selection is "Tangerine" by Christine Mangan.

Wednesday, Jan. 23 (3:45-5 p.m.) Tween Scene – Drop in after school to play board games and video games with your friends. Snacks will be provided. For students in grades 5-6.

Wednesday, Jan. 23 (7-8:30 p.m.) Live stream of Public Kick-Off Event with Claudia Rankine – Join us for a live stream of the conversation between poet Claudia Rankine and Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas in which she will discuss her award-winning book "Citizen: An American Lyric." Please register.

Thursday, Jan. 24 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Business Lunch & Learn: Is Entrepreneurship For You? – Are you contemplating or in the process of starting a business? Attend this seminar to receive valuable start-up basics. Attendees will learn what it takes to succeed in starting their own business and sustaining it for the long term. Please register.

Thursday, Jan. 24 (7-7:30 p.m.) Parachute Play! – Get ready to jump and move with music, stories and the parachute. Bring your energy, mom, dad or other caregiver! Ages 4-6. Please register.

Friday, Jan. 25 (10 a.m.-noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.

Saturday, Jan. 26 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) SAT Practice Exam – Study skills will be discussed and detailed results will be returned to students the following week at the results session. Bring two #2 pencils and a calculator. Grades 9-12. Please register.

Saturday, Jan. 26 (2-4 p.m.) Carry Out Crafts – Stop by the Youth Services Department to see what our featured craft is. We have all the supplies you’ll need to create something fantastic!

Saturday, Jan. 26 (3-5 p.m.) Anime Club – A great club for anime and manga lovers! All otakus and newbies are welcome! Grades 7 to adult.

Sunday, Jan. 27 (2-4 p.m.) Chess Club – Hone your chess skills or learn how to play the game. Recommended for ages 6+, but all ages are welcome. If you have a chess set, please bring it with you.

Sunday, Jan. 27 (2-4 p.m.) Puzzle Day – Celebrate Puzzle Day a few days early with a variety of puzzles in the Youth Services Department.

Monday, Jan. 28 (3:30-5:30 p.m.) Teen Lounge – Need a place to hang out after school? Come to WPPL’s Teen Lounge on Monday afternoons! We have computers, video games, board games, snacks and more! For grades 7-12 only.

Tuesday, Jan. 29 (10-11:30 a.m.) Touching up Digital Photos – Learn beginner-intermediate level techniques for altering and repairing digital photos, including cropping, adjusting color levels and removing blemishes. Practice files will be provided, or bring a flash drive with your own photos. Please register.

Tuesday, Jan. 29 (7-8:30 p.m.) Growing Up Cleveland: Barnaby, Captain Penny & Ghoulardi – Baby boomers raised in Cleveland grew up with a variety of unique children’s television hosts, including the lovable Barnaby, the affable Captain Penny and the outrageous Ghoulardi. Join Dennis Sutcliffe as he relives the early days of Cleveland television, and along the way have fun with some TV trivia. Please register.

To register for any of the programs, call 440-871-2600 or visit

Elaine Willis

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

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