March events at Westlake Porter Public Library
Wednesdays, March 6, 13 and 20 (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, March 6 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogy Society Help Session – Please join the genealogy group for an informal walk-in help session.
Wednesdays, March 6, 13 and 20 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, March 7, 14 and 21 (6:30-8 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.
Wednesday, March 6 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club – Calling all horror film fans: Join us for another creepy classic from the vault ... if you dare! New members are always welcome, but children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please register.
Thursday, March 7 (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.
Thursday, March 7 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Thursdays, March 7 and 14 (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.
Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9 (9:30 and 10:30 a.m.) Music Therapy & More – For families and their children (ages 0-6 years) who are struggling in an area of development. Join us for a hands-on program designed to teach families how to use music to improve their child’s motor, communication and social skills as well as behavior. Siblings (ages 0-6 years) may also attend but must register separately. Each session is 30 minutes. For more information and to register, visit connectingforkids.org/music or call 440-570-5908.
Friday, March 8 (10-10:45 a.m.) Come Play With Me! – Open playtime with age-appropriate toys. For children ages 2-5 with a caring adult. Siblings welcome.
Saturday, March 9 (10:30-11 a.m.) Mother Goose On the Loose! – An interactive storytime featuring simple books, rhymes, songs and movement. For ages birth-3 years old with a caregiver.
Saturday, March 9 (3:30-5 p.m.) STEAMMaker Lab: The Golden Pi – You are explorers and archaeologists trying to find the priceless Pi Idol in an ancient cave near Babylon. You need to crack all the codes and safely get the artifact out of the cave. This is your only chance to get the most valuable artifact in the world! Grades 3-5. Please register.
Saturday, March 9 (4-5 p.m.) 3D Printing Orientation – In order to use the library’s 3D printer, you’ll need to take this orientation first. Learn library policies about using it, how to download a 3D-printable object, and how to prepare it for a great print. Please register.
Sunday, March 10 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Truly Me Let’s Talk Friendship – Have fun discovering fun facts about your friends and yourselves. Explore, discover and celebrate who you truly are through games, activities and crafts. Ages 6-11. Please register.
Sunday, March 10 (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, March 10 (2-3 p.m.) Friends’ Sunday Sounds – Join the Friends for a musical performance by Monica Robins and The Whiskey Kings, who have been rocking Cleveland since 1998 and feature classic rock hits of the last four decades and much more. Please register.
Mondays, March 11 and 18 (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.
Mondays, March 11 and 18 (4-5 p.m.) Learning Centers – Learn about science, technology, engineering, arts and math using STEAM kits set up in stations around the PC Lab. Space is limited for each weekly session. Grades 4-5. Registration begins one week before each session.
Monday, March 11 (6:30-8 p.m.) Sibling Revelry Book Club – Sit back, grab a brew, and join us for the Sibling Revelry Book Club. The discussion will be held in the party room at Sibling Revelry Brewery (29305 Clemens Road). Titles will be announced two months before each discussion, with eBooks and eAudiobooks options available through Hoopla Digital. The March title is "The Orphan’s Tale" by Pam Jenoff. Outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are welcome.
Tuesday, March 12 (noon-12:45 p.m.) How to Improve Your Brain Health – Join Dr. Casen DeMaria from the Drugless Doctors for a dynamic and fun workshop on what you can do naturally to help your brain function. Whatever age you are, you want to work on keeping your master controller going strong! Please register.
Tuesday, March 12 (1-3 p.m.) Time for a Personal Marketing Tools Check Up? – When looking for a new job you want all of your personal marketing tools to shine the best light on you. Come in for a review of your cover letter, resume, and LinkedIn page so that you can present yourself as current and competitive to potential employers.
Tuesdays, March 12 and 19 (2-3:30 p.m.) Conversational Spanish – Join us to learn Spanish vocabulary and pronunciation with an expert instructor.
Tuesday, March 12 (7-8:30 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In March we’ll discuss "The Map of Salt and Stars" by Zeyn Joukhadar.
Thursday, March 14 (2-3:30 p.m.) Great Decisions Discussion Program on World Affairs – Discuss critical global issues facing America today. At the beginning of each month a copy of the article may be picked up at the Ask Us Desk. Please read prior to the meeting. Please register.
Thursday, March 14 (7-8 p.m.) Intro to Ballroom Dancing—Learn some basic dance steps with an instructor from Starz Ballroom. Wear comfortable clothing. Couples and singles welcome. Please register.
Friday, March 15 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) Sensory Strategies to Build Every Child’s Self Control and Competence – What is the best way to equip your child to stay in control of his or her emotions and behaviors through the ups and downs of daily life? Learn practical tips that families can implement immediately to help children successfully navigate through their daily activities. This program is for typically developing children as well as children with developmental delays. To register visit connectingforkids.org/register or call 440-570-5908.
Friday, March 15 (4-5 p.m.) Got Science? – Join us as we delve into the world of science. This month’s topic: The Science Behind Simple Machines! Grades 1 and 2. Registration begins March 8.
Saturday, March 16 (10-11:30 a.m.) Intermediate Coding for Adults – Learn intermediate coding through self-paced online modules. An instructor will be on hand to help get you started and to facilitate lessons. The class focus is on Python and Raspberry Pi. Please register.
Saturday, March 16 (1-4 p.m.) Baseball Extravaganza – Get ready for another season of America's pastime with appearances by local mascots, a baseball-themed storytime, popcorn and a presentation by Jonathan Knight, the author of ten books on Cleveland sports.
Saturday, March 16 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Love those bricks? Bring your ideas and imagination! Lego and Duplo bricks provided. For ages 3-12.
Saturday, March 16 (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, March 17 (2-3:30 p.m.) Boredom Busters! – Drop by the Storytime Room and join in the fun! We will have different activities available each month. All ages welcome!
Sunday, March 17 (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 focus is Celtic Art. Grades 3-6. Registration begins March 10.
Monday, March 18 (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, March 18 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investors’ Interest Group: Connecting the Economy to the Stock Market – The economy and the stock market are tightly interconnected, with economics being a large driver of market behavior. This talk will examine economic and stock market data, underlying signals, and market cycles and will demonstrate some simple steps that any investor can follow to obtain clearer information to guide his/her efforts. Please register.
Monday, March 18 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: Editing Home Movies – Your home movies are already in a digital format (or can be using our Maker Stations). Now you want to edit them and put them onto a new DVD, but how? Learn at this Maker Monday! Please register.
Tuesday, March 19 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Tablet Tuesday User Group – This group will share tips and tricks with each other about using iPads and Android tablets. Kindle Fire users welcome. Please bring your devices. Please register.
Tuesday, March 19 (4-7 p.m.) Do the Right Thing: Volunteer! – Westlake Porter Public Library is partnering with Westlake’s Community Services Department for a community volunteer fair. Whether you’re interested in developing new skills or want to give back using your expertise, you’ll be able to discuss a variety of short and long term opportunities with many local organizations. Unsure of what kind of volunteer projects or roles to look for? Come to our special program at 5 p.m. and learn more. The Greater Cleveland Theatrical Volunteer Players will present skits you are sure to enjoy. We will also be accepting donations of non-perishable unexpired items for the Westlake Food Pantry.
Wednesdays, March 20 and 27 (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, March 20 (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.
Wednesdays, March 20 and 27 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, March 21 and 28 (6:30-8 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.
Wednesday, March 20 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – John Noble presents "Using City Directories in Your Family Research."
Thursday, March 21 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Business Lunch & Learn: Marketing Basics – Getting and keeping customers is the most important and difficult task facing any business. Wise allocation of resources is essential. Learn general marketing principles and terminology. Please register.
Thursday, March 21 (Preschool session, 6:30 p.m.) and Friday, March 22 (Preschool session, 9:30 a.m. and 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. The program is led by an early intervention specialist and speech-language pathologist. Register at connectingforkids.org/register or by phone: 440-570-5908.
Thursdays, March 21 and 28 (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.
Friday, March 22 (10 a.m.-noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.
Friday, March 22 (1-2:30 p.m.) Author Visit with Zeyn Joukhadar – Join us in welcoming author Zeyn Joukhadar for a presentation on his book, "The Map of Salt and Stars," a sweeping tale told through the eyes of Nour, a young Syrian American girl whose family returns to the Middle East after the death of her father. Please register.
Saturday, March 23 (2-4 p.m.) Carry Out Crafts – Stop by the Youth Services Department to see what our featured craft is this afternoon. We have all the supplies you’ll need to create something fantastic!
Saturday, March 23 (3-5 p.m.) Anime Club – A great club for anime and manga lovers! All otakus and newbies are welcome! Grades 7 to adult.
Monday, March 25 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Monday, March 25 (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.
Monday, March 25 (4-5 p.m.) Learning Centers – Learn about science, technology, engineering, arts and math using STEAM kits set up in stations around the PC Lab. Space is limited for each weekly session. Grades 4-5. Registration begins one week before each session.
Tuesday, March 26 (2-3:30 p.m.) Conversational Spanish – Join us to learn Spanish vocabulary and pronunciation with an expert instructor.
Tuesday, March 26 (7-8:45 p.m.) Westlake Westshore Arts Council – Art historian Sean Crum will present "American Art: From Benjamin West to the Wild West."
Wednesday, March 27 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The March selection is "The Bookshop at Water’s End" by Patti Callahan Henry.
Wednesday, March 27 (6-8:45 p.m.) CPR – CPR and AED certification for adult, child and infant. Instruction by certified instructor/paramedic Ken Hehnen. Must be 13 years of age. Please register.
Sunday, March 31 (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.
To register for any of the programs, please call 440-871-2600 or visit westlakelibrary.evanced.info.
Elaine Willis is the Public Relations Associate at Westlake Porter Public Library.