Westlake Porter Public Library's early January calendar of events
Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s January 2023 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.
Sunday, Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day: Library Closed
Monday, Jan. 2 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) Teen Craft Pick-Up – A New Year-themed take-home craft kit for teens in grades 7-12. Registration begins Dec. 26.
Tuesday, Jan. 3 (1-2 p.m.) Vision Boards – What do you want to do in 2023? Volunteer, get a job, start a new hobby? Creating a vision board puts all your dreams, goals, and aspirations directly in front of you. For adults with disabilities. We will be cutting images from magazines and gluing on boards. No experience necessary. Registration begins Dec. 27.
Wednesday, Jan. 4 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club – Join us for another creepy classic from the Vault! New members are welcome, but children under 13 must be with an adult. Please register.
Thursday, Jan. 5 and Monday, Jan. 16 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Friday, Jan. 6 (4-5 p.m.) and Sunday, Jan. 15 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Do you love Legos? Bring your ideas and imagination to Brick Builders! Bricks provided. No registration required, but room capacity is limited. First come, first served. Ages 5-12.
Saturdays, Jan. 7, 14 and 21 (10:30-11 a.m.) and Wednesdays, Jan. 11, 18 and 25 (7-7:30 p.m.) Family Storytime – Join us for rhymes, songs and play! For families with children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Siblings are welcome.
Saturday, Jan. 7 (2-3 p.m.) Virtual Author Talk: Namina Forna – Join us for an action-packed conversation with New York Times-bestselling author of "The Gilded Ones" series to discuss her second installment, "The Merciless Ones." Streamed live. Please register.
Sunday, Jan. 8 (2-3 p.m.) Come Play With Me – An open playtime for children ages 2-5 with a caring adult. Siblings welcome!
Monday, Jan. 9 (9:30-10 a.m.) My First Winter – Celebrate your baby's first winter by creating a winter-themed canvas art piece together! For babies 0-18 months with a caregiver. Registration begins Jan. 2.
Mondays, Jan. 9, 23 and 30 (3:30-5:30 p.m.) Teen Lounge – Need a place to hang after school? Come to WPPL’s Teen Lounge on Monday afternoons! Video games, board games, snacks and more!
Monday, Jan. 9 (7-8 p.m.) Veganuary: What’s It All About? Reasons to go Vegan: Steps to Take and Tips – What does it mean to be vegan and why would you want to become vegan? Come to hear a panel discussion from several individuals who choose to live a vegan lifestyle. Discover their whys and hows. Please register.
Tuesday, Jan. 10 (7-8:30 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Club (In Person AND Virtual) – Join us to discuss "The Complete Maus: A Survivor’s Tale" by Art Spiegelman. The discussion will be held in person and on Zoom simultaneously. Please register. If you register for the Zoom option you will receive a Zoom invitation and instructions by email.
Wednesday, Jan. 11 (4-4:45 p.m.) Ready, Set, Kindergarten – Children ages 4 and 5 are invited to rotate through skill stations in preparation for making the big leap into Kindergarten. Registration begins Jan. 4.
Wednesday, Jan. 11 (7-8 p.m.) Cookbook Discussion: Talk About Your Favorite Recipe! – Pick a cookbook from our library shelves, and bring a dish to share! This meeting will focus on Chinese cuisine! Please register.
Thursdays, Jan. 12 and 26 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) Roblox Arcade – 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. Join us in person on online. Registration begins one week before each session.
Thursday, Jan. 12 (6:30-7:15 p.m.), Friday, Jan. 20 (11-11:45 a.m.) and Saturday, Jan. 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. Registration begins one week before each session.
Thursday, Jan. 12 (7-8 p.m.) Thursday Night Book Discussion – "Unlikely Animals" by Annie Hartnett. The group meets the second Thursday of odd months. Participants will need to obtain their own copies of the title.
Friday, Jan. 13 (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. Registration begins Jan. 6.
Saturday, Jan. 14 (10 a.m.-noon or 1-3 p.m.) Creating Cell Phone Photos You Love, Part 1 of 2 – Learn from a professional photographer how to have more control of your cell phone camera by using available settings, tips and tricks. Registration begins Dec. 29.
Saturday, Jan. 14 (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.
Sunday, Jan. 15 (2-4 p.m.) Anime Club – A great club for anime and manga lovers! All otaku and newbies welcome! Grades 7-adult.
Monday, Jan. 16 (1-2:30 p.m.) True Crime Book Club – "American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics and the Birth of American CSI" by Kate Winkler Dawson. Please register.
Monday, Jan. 16 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investors Interest Group – An advisor from Szarka Financial will be discussing an issue relevant to today's economic climate. Please register.
Monday, Jan. 16 (7-8:30 p.m.) Design 3D-Printable Objects with Tinkercad – Design 3D-printable objects with Tinkercad's website, and after they're printed, you can pick them up at the library! (This also counts as a 3D printing orientation). Registration begins Jan. 9.
Tuesday, Jan. 17 (10-11:30 a.m.) Computer Basics with 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. Registration begins Jan. 10.
Tuesday, Jan. 17 (2-3 p.m.) Virtual Author Talk: Dana K. White – You’re invited tostart your new year calm and collected by learning to become better organized and clutter-free with Dana K. White as she shares tips from her new book, "Organizing for the Rest of Us." Streamed live. Please register.
Tuesday, Jan. 17 (4:30-5:15 p.m.) STEAM Club: Snowflake Science – Join Mrs. K as we explore the science of snowflakes and states of matter. Discoveries will be made through hands-on experiments, active participation and a simple take-home project. Grades 1-2. Registration begins Jan. 10.
Tuesday, Jan. 17 (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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, Jan. 17 (7–8 p.m.) Young Adult Book Club – "Maus" by Art Spiegelman. Those unable to attend in person can join us simultaneously via Zoom. Please register. Books available in Youth Services.
To register for any of the programs, please visit westlakelibrary.org/events.
Elaine Willis is the Public Relations Associate at Westlake Porter Public Library.