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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

Westlake Porter Public Library's early October calendar of events

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

Wednesday, Oct. 7 (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, Oct. 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 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, Oct. 8 and 15 and Wednesday, Oct. 14 (11-11:30 a.m.) Storytime (Live)—Tune in to Facebook, Twitter or YouTube and join the fun as we livestream a storytime!

Friday, Oct. 9 (All Day) Got Science? Supply Pick Up – Join us on and make your own miniature geodesic dome! Kits will be available for pick up in the Youth Services Department beginning Oct. 9. You will need a kit to participate in the program. Grades 1-2. Please register.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 9:54 AM, 10.06.2020

Porter Library participates in One Community Reads effort

Westlake Porter Public Library has joined with Cuyahoga County’s eight other library systems to present the One Community Reads program, which focuses on racial equity in America. The program will allow readers to learn about and reflect on race, history, and a more just future locally and nationally. In addition to reading and discussing the same books, participants are encouraged to join in the conversation about the issues they cover at onecommunityreads.org.

In addition to the programs offered throughout the county through December, WPPL will offer a special book discussion of "March: Book One" by John Lewis. Join the Tuesday Evening Book Club on Oct. 13, 7-8:30 p.m., for a discussion of the graphic novel version of the late Congressman’s memoir, including the Civil Rights movement. The discussion will include an interview with local comic book creator Abdul Rashid.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 9:51 AM, 10.06.2020

Porter Library takes annual Health Fair virtual

Westlake Porter Public Library is taking its annual Health Fair virtual this year, with a week’s worth of virtual programs, online health challenges and health blogs. The Virtual Health Fair Week will take place Sept. 20-26.

All ages are invited to join The Healthy Living Challenge on Beanstack. Complete activities to earn points toward a healthy living prize. Participants may log their activities on Beanstack using the same account they used for the Summer Reading Challenge, or on logs they can pick up at the library or print out at home from westlakelibrary.org. Points may be earned from Sept. 20-26, and paper logs must be returned to the library by Sept. 26. Prize drawings will be held on Sept. 28. The more activities participants do and the more library programs they attend during the week, the more prize points they’ll earn.

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Volume 12, Issue 18, Posted 10:22 AM, 09.15.2020

Westlake Porter Public Library's late September calendar of events

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s late September 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, Sept. 16 (All Day) Fall Craft Pick Up! – Kids: Stop by the Youth Services Department starting Sept. 16 to pick up your bag of festive fall crafts. While supplies last.

Wednesday, Sept. 16 (11-11:30 a.m.) Dot Day (Live) – Celebrate Dot Day with us with our Dot Day blog, and tune in to our social media to hear a special Dot Day storytime! The Dot Day crafts pick up begins Sep. 16, while supplies last. Grades K-4.

Wednesdays, Sept. 16 and 30 (4-5 p.m.) Teen Writers Group (Live) – A bi-weekly meet-up for writers in grades 7-12. In this workshop we’ll be prepping for National Novel Writing Month in November. Hit the ground running in November by getting organized and brainstorming with a supportive group of young writers. We’ll also share tips and tricks for maintaining a productive writing environment. Please register. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions, which will be sent the day of the program.

Thursday, Sept. 17 (All Day) Wire-Wrapped Pendant – Supplies to make a wire-wrapped pendant will be available for pick-up at the Drive-Up Window from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1. You will need to supply wire cutters and round-nosed pliers. Please register.

Thursday, Sept. 17 (11-11:30 a.m.) Storytime (Live) – Tune in to Facebook, Twitter or YouTube and join the fun as we livestream a live storytime!

Thursdays, Sept. 17 and 24 (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. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions, which will be sent the day of the program. Then we'll get everyone's Roblox screen name and admit you onto the servers.

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Volume 12, Issue 18, Posted 10:22 AM, 09.15.2020

Early September virtual events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s early September 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, Sept. 2; Thursday, Sept. 3; and Friday, Sept. 4 (11-11:30 a.m.) Library at 11 (Online) – Join us on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube to see what family friendly video we have in store for you!

Wednesday, Sept. 2 (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 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, Sept. 3 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursday, Sept. 3 (6-6:30 p.m.) Mystery STEAM Bag Challenge – Pick up your Mystery Bag of craft materials and a challenge card at the library. Use these materials to complete the design challenge, and share your designs in a Zoom meeting on Sept. 3 with Miss Andrea and Miss Holly. Grades 1-2. Please register.

Monday, Sept. 7 (11-11:30 a.m. or 7-7:30 p.m.) Kindergarten Kick-Off Storytime (online) – Join us on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube for a kindergarten-themed storytime as we kick off the new school year! For kindergartners.

Tuesdays, Sept. 8 and 15 (11-11:30 a.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. Registration begins one week before each session. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions on the day of the program.

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 9:34 AM, 09.01.2020

William Perry appointed to Porter Library board of trustees

Westlake resident William Perry has been appointed to the Westlake Porter Public Library board of trustees. Perry replaces Audrey Forrest, who stepped down earlier this year. He will fulfill her term which expires in December 2025.

Perry is an attorney who owns and operates an independent law practice in Westlake. Prior to receiving his Juris Doctor from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law he was a PR/communications specialist at Progressive Insurance. Perry received a Bachelor of Arts from Cleveland State University.

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 9:32 AM, 09.01.2020

Westlake Porter Public Library's mid-August calendar of events

Wednesday, Aug. 19 (11-11:30 a.m.) Sing and Dance! (Zoom) – Join Miss Nancy on Zoom! Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions, which will be sent the day of the program.

Wednesday, Aug. 19 (7-8 p.m.) Moralists in Disguise: Mark Twain Meets the Twilight Zone – What do Mark Twain and Rod Serling have in common? Join author and actor Mark Dawidziak for a fascinating online program to find out! Dawidziak is the author of "Everything I Need to Know I Learned in The Twilight Zone," as well as five books about Mark Twain. This program will be hosted on Zoom. Registration is required to attend.

Thursdays, Aug. 20 and 27, and Tuesday, August 25 (11-11:30 a.m.) Storytime Online – Join us on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube for a livestreamed storytime with one of our Youth Services staff.

Thursdays, Aug. 20 and 27 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) WPPL Roblox Club – Love Roblox? We have a few private servers set up for Tweens in grades 4-6 to hang out with their friends and enjoy some of the most popular games. Please register separately for each session. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions, which will be sent the day of the program.

Fridays, Aug., 21 and 28, and Monday, Aug. 31 (11-11:30 a.m.) Library at 11 (Online) – Join us on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube to see what family friendly video we have in store for you!

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Volume 12, Issue 15, Posted 9:53 AM, 08.04.2020

Westlake Porter Public Library's early August calendar of events

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.

Saturday, Aug. 1 (11-11:30 a.m.) Mystery STEAM Bag – Pick up a bag at the library starting July 25. Each bag will contain craft materials and a challenge card. Use them to complete the challenge and share your designs on a Zoom meeting on Aug. 1. Grades 1-2. Please register. An email must be provided to receive meeting instructions.

Monday, Aug. 3 (6-8 p.m.) Virtual Tarot Card Readings – After a short introduction to tarot card reading, practice reading with the assistance of an experienced reader. Bring your own cards (Rider-Waite recommended). Some tarot card experience helpful. Please register. An email must be provided to receive meeting instructions.

Wednesday, Aug. 5 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club: Online Edition – Calling all horror film fans: Join us for another creepy classic from the vault...if you dare! New members always 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, 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.

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

*CANCELLED* Monday, Aug. 10 (7-8 p.m.) Pets and the Pandemic – Do you have a pet that has helped you cope through the pandemic? This is your opportunity to show him or her off! Please register. This program will take place on Zoom, so attendees must provide an email address to receive meeting instructions.

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Volume 12, Issue 14, Posted 10:05 AM, 07.21.2020

Mid-July events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Following is Porter Library’s late July 2020 calendar of events. All programs are subject to change. Check westlakelibrary.org or follow the library on Facebook and Twitter (@WestlakePorter) for the latest updates.

Tuesday, July 21 (9:30-10 a.m.) Lapsit Storytime – Join Miss Jamie on Zoom for a live Lapsit Storytime for ages birth-24 months with a caregiver. Registration begins July 14. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions, which will be sent the day of the event.

Tuesdays, July 21 and 28 and Thursdays, July 23 and 30 (11-11:30 a.m.) Storytime Online – Join us on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube as we stream a live storytime!

Tuesday, July 21 (7-8:15 p.m.) Gender Trouble: Exploring Why Gender Identity is So Contested (Online) – Join Dr. Molly Merryman as she shares historical and cultural context to trans and other non-binary gender identities. Dr. Merryman, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality and an associate professor of sociology at Kent State. Please register. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions.

Wednesday, July 22 (11-11:30 a.m.) Sing and Dance! (Zoom) – Join Miss Nancy on Zoom to sing and dance! Please register. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions, which will be sent the day of the program.

Wednesday, July 22 (1-1:30 p.m.) Preschool Storytime (Zoom) – Ages 3.5 to 5 with a caregiver. Registration begins July 15. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions, which will be sent the day of the program.

Wednesday, July 23 (All Day) Virtual Calling Crafters: Library Card Mini-Notebook – Learn how to make yourself a mini-notebook! You will need a glue stick and a ¼-inch single hole punch. Other materials provided. Registration begins July 16. Participants must provide an email address to receive instructions about when to pick up materials and how to access the webinar.

Thursday, July 23 (10-10:30 a.m.) Toddler Storytime (Zoom) – For ages 2-3.5 with a caregiver. Registration begins July 16. Participants must provide an email address in order to receive Zoom instructions, which will be emailed the day of the program. 

Thursdays, July 23 and 30 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) WPPL Roblox Club – Love Roblox? We have a few private servers set up for Tweens in grades 4-6 to hang out with their friends and enjoy some of the most popular games. Please register separately for each session. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions, which will be sent the day of the program. We'll keep the Zoom meeting going for anyone who wants to chat while playing or if you have any tech questions. Grades 4-6.

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Volume 12, Issue 13, Posted 10:04 AM, 07.07.2020

Porter Library reopens June 17

Westlake Porter Public Library will reopen the building for patrons to browse the collection on Wednesday, June 17, at 9 a.m. At this time, curbside service will cease in lieu of the drive-up window on the south side of the building. The first hour of the day, 9-10 a.m. Monday through Saturday, will be set aside for older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions.

Because WPPL takes the safety of its patrons and staff seriously, physical distancing guidelines and a continued reduction in some services will be in place to provide a safe environment for everyone. Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the building.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:49 AM, 06.16.2020

Late June and early July events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s late June and early July 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.

Tuesdays, June 16 and 30 and July 14 (3-4 p.m.) Hunger Games Book Club Online – In this book club, we'll be reading through the "Hunger Games" series in chronological order. For the June 16 meeting, please read "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes." For the June 30 meeting please read "The Hunger Games" (and watch the film too!) and for the July 14 meeting please read "Catching Fire" (and watch the film too!). Please register. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions, which will be sent the day of the event.

Wednesday, June 17 (11-11:30 a.m.) Dinosaur Yoga – Kids: Calm your body and mind with yoga with Miss Nancy! Program will be livestreamed on the library’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts.

Wednesday, June 17 (1-1:30 p.m.) Preschool Storytime – Join us for a live Preschool Storytime on Zoom! Ages 3.5 to 5 with a caregiver. Please register. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions, which will be sent the day of the program.

Thursday, June 18 (All Day) Virtual Calling Crafters: Paper Pinwheels – For this virtual class for adults all you need is an internet connection, email and a device to watch a webinar. Other supplies are included. We will notify you when to pick up the supplies and instructions. Please register.

Thursdays, June 18 and July 2 (9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.) Teen Crafts (Pick-Up) – Stop by Youth Services to pick up your craft kit anytime on June 18 or July 2, while supplies last.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:45 AM, 06.16.2020

Late May and early June virtual events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Following are additions to Westlake Porter Public Library’s late May and June 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.

Thursday, May 28 (3:30-4:0 p.m.) WPPL Roblox Club – Love Roblox? Then WPPL has a club for you! We have a few private servers set up for Tweens in grades 4-6 to hang out with their friends and enjoy some of the most popular games. Please register. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions, which will be sent the day of the program. Then we'll get everyone's screen name and admit you onto the servers. We'll keep the Zoom meeting going for anyone who wants to chat while playing or if you have any tech questions. Grades 4-6.

Tuesday, June 2 (9-11 a.m.) Kinder Club – Pick up your Kinder Club packet between 9 and 11 a.m. at the library. Each bag will contain four alphabet letter activities that will be featured on the library’s weekly Kinder Club blog (find it on the library’s website and social media). Please register.

Tuesday, June 2 (9:30-10 a.m.) Lapsit Storytime – Join Miss Jamie on Zoom for a live Lapsit Storytime for ages birth-24 months with a caregiver. Registration begins May 26. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions, which will be sent the day of the event.

Wednesday, June 3 (11-11:30 a.m.) Stories and Signs – Join us on Facebook, YouTube or Twitter and enjoy a storytime while learning a few words in sign language. Ages 0-3.

Wednesday, June 3 (1-1:30 p.m.) Preschool Storytime – Join us for a live Preschool Storytime on Zoom! Ages 3.5 to 5 with a caregiver. Registration begins May 27. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions, which will be sent the day of the program.

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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 12:40 PM, 05.26.2020

Later June events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s mid-late June 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, June 10 (11-11:30 a.m.) Let’s Sing & Dance – Join Miss Nancy on Zoom! Registration required. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions, which will be sent the day of the program.

Wednesday, June 10 (7-8 p.m.) Virtual Trivia Night – Play as a single player or as a family. Presented live via Zoom. Registration is required. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions. You can join using a desktop, laptop, mobile phone, tablet or Chromebook.

Thursdays, June 11, 18 and 25 (3:30-4:0 p.m.) WPPL Roblox Club – Love Roblox? Then WPPL has a club for you! We have a few private servers set up for Tweens in grades 4-6 to hang out with their friends and enjoy some of the most popular games. Please register separately for each session. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions, which will be sent the day of the program.

Tuesday, June 16 (9:30-10 a.m.) Lapsit Storytime – Join Miss Jamie on Zoom for a live Lapsit Storytime for ages birth-24 months with a caregiver. Registration is required. 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 11, Posted 10:39 AM, 06.02.2020

Porter Library's Summer Reading Challenge will be online this year

Westlake Porter Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Challenge will be conducted solely online this year to minimize transmission of the COVID-19 virus. All the other details will be the same: Read books and attend library programs via Zoom, YouTube and other virtual means and become eligible for weekly prizes and a grand prize drawing at the end of the summer. The program will run from June 1 to Aug. 1 and is for all ages, from birth to adult.

Participants should register online via Beanstack at westlakelibrary.beanstack.org. Anyone who has previously used Beanstack to participate in library challenges like Winter Reading, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten or last year’s Summer Reading Challenge should still be able to use their account. Anyone who hasn’t used it before just needs to register.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 10:44 AM, 05.19.2020

Upcoming virtual events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s late May and June 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, May 19 (7-8 p.m.) Dogs of WPPL MeetUp – We can't wait to "meet" all the dogs of WPPL and see their special tricks and hear their stories! Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions, which will be sent the day of the program. Please register.

Wednesday, May 20 (noon-12:45 p.m.) Improve Your Mental Health Naturally – May is Mental Health Month. Join Dr. Casen DeMaria from the Drugless Doctors for this short and dynamic interactive Zoom session on tips to naturally improve your mental clarity. Please register and provide an email address. You will receive a confirmation email containing a Zoom link and instructions. 

Wednesday, May 20 (1-3 p.m.) Coping with Job/Career Loss or Change – Is this you: "I don't know what to do next? I did not see it coming!" Let's name "it" – downsizing, layoff, dismissed, fired or retired. And now the pandemic has made it worse! Feelings like denial anger, sadness and grief may occur. Accept your feelings and let's move forward! This presentation will be conducted on the Zoom platform. Registration is required so that a Zoom link and instructions can be emailed to you.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 10:42 AM, 05.19.2020

Westlake Porter Public Library's homebound service is operating

Once again Westlake Porter Public Library is offering free, monthly delivery to Westlake residents who are unable to safely visit the library due to a permanent or temporary condition. All deliveries will be contactless to ensure the safety of both patrons and library staff. For more information or to register for the Homebound Delivery Service please contact the Outreach Department at 440-250-5448.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 10:42 AM, 05.19.2020

Westlake Porter Public Library announces re-opening plans

In accordance with the plan for reopening businesses and organizations in Ohio announced by Governor DeWine on April 27, Westlake Porter Public Library will begin reopening procedures starting the week of May 3.

The plan for bringing back in-person services will occur in three parts while ensuring that the library continues to be mindful of the health and safety of both patrons and staff. Library staff will be cleaning the building and preparing materials for circulation throughout the reopening process.

Curbside service and telephone reference services are the first part of the gradual reopening plan. The official start date for both will be announced soon. When curbside service begins, patrons will be able to pick up new or existing holds by parking in one of several parking spaces in front of the building. Patrons will then call the library and provide their name and parking spot number. A WPPL staff member will bring out the materials in a plastic bag and place them in the trunk of the patrons’ vehicle. Any materials returned to the library will be quarantined for 72 hours.

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 9:43 AM, 05.05.2020

Porter Library is closed through April 6

After considering information indicating social distancing can stop the coronavirus from exponentially spreading, Westlake Porter Public Library leadership made the difficult decision to close on Friday, March 13, at 6 p.m. The library plans on reopening on Monday, April 6. However, the length of the closure will be continually reassessed. WPPL believes the longer the library remains open, the less benefit the community gets from this difficult decision.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 4:26 PM, 03.13.2020

Bay Library to close through April 5

Cuyahoga County Public Library announced on March 13 that all branches, including the Bay Village branch, will close to the public on Saturday, March 14, through Sunday, April 5.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 5:55 PM, 03.13.2020

Westlake Porter Public Library named a 'Star Library'

Westlake Porter Public Library has once again been named a “Star Library” by Library Journal magazine in its annual rating of public libraries across the United States. WPPL was awarded four stars out of five based upon 2017 statistics compiled by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The index compares public libraries across the nation with their budget-category peers using total circulation, library visits, program attendance, public internet computer use, circulation of electronic materials (such as e-books) and WiFi usage.

“It is always nice to be recognized as one of the best libraries in the nation,” said Library Director Andrew Mangels. “We could not do it without the tremendous support from our community.”

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 10:07 AM, 03.03.2020

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Grown-ups and their kids are invited to participate in a fun, non-competitive, zany challenge-meets-party led by the Upcycle Parts Shop on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m. at the Bay Village branch library. We’ll supply more pieces and parts than you could imagine, and you’ll bring the enthusiasm and innovation needed to create some truly fabulous objects to take home! You'll work together to upcycle items from our challenge list. Enjoy hands-on problem solving with no expectations other than to have a great time!

On Monday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m., you won't want to miss Jazz for All Ages. The Biasella Trio will take you on a live musical journey through America’s jazz history from swing to Latin to blues to ballads.

CHILDREN

Weekly Storytimes

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m. and 11 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Thursday, Feb. 20 (4 p.m.) Flight School – Let’s learn about airplanes and then design your own. We’ll see which ones fly the farthest!

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:07 AM, 02.18.2020

Create a dream wedding reception

Westlake Porter Public Library is offering a class on “How to Create A Dream Wedding Reception” on Thursday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. This class is for anyone who may be planning a wedding, part of the wedding party, or just interested in wedding design.

Get your questions answered. Meet a wedding and design expert that talks about a realistic budget for a wedding design, how to create an actionable budget plan, key components to an unforgettable wedding reception design, and how to make the reception a true reflection of the couple. Learn how to select the best team of vendors, and see a live demonstration of the creation of a reception centerpiece.

The library is located at 27333 Center Ridge Road. The class is free; call 440-871-2600 to register.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:03 AM, 02.18.2020

Bay library to host community-wide book discussion

Cuyahoga County Public Library is once again a proud partner and presenter of the One Community Reads program. This initiative for all Cuyahoga County residents, with County Executive Armond Budish as honorary chair, encourages discussions based around the reading of a common book exploring themes that resonate with our communities in Northeast Ohio.

The book this year is "Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life" by renowned sociologist Eric Klinenberg, which explores the connections between robust community services including libraries and parks, to overall neighborhood and public health. Klinenberg has written a testament to the roles of libraries, community centers and public parks as critical components of social infrastructure for our residents.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:52 AM, 02.04.2020

February events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Feb. 18 (9:30-9:50 a.m.) Stories and Signs – Enjoy an interactive storytime while learning a few words in sign language! Ages 0-3. Siblings welcome.

Tuesday, Feb. 18 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Tablet Tuesday User Group – Share tips and tricks with each other about using iPads and Android tablets. Kindle Fire users are welcome! Bring your own devices. Please register.

Tuesday, Feb. 18 (6-7 p.m.) Teen Trivia Night – Get your team assembled and join us for trivia! There will be different themes each month as well as popcorn and prizes. Grades 7-12. Please register.

Tuesday, Feb. 18 (7-8:45 p.m.) Westlake Westshore Arts Council: Catch a Rising Star – The Westlake Westshore Arts Council will present a performance by a Baldwin Wallace student. Free and open to the public.

Wednesdays, Feb. 19 and 26 (9:30 & 10:15 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.

Wednesdays, Feb. 19 and 26 (3-4:30 p.m.) Tween Scene – Drop in after school to play board games and video games with your friends. Snacks will be provided. Grades 5-6.

Wednesday, Feb. 19 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursday, Feb. 20 (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. Dogs will stay for 10 minutes past the last registered reader or 1.5 hours, whichever comes first. Sign-ups begin Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 19 (7-8:30 p.m.) Author Talk: Catherine Urban – Join astrologer and writer Catherine Urban as she talks about the benefits of astrology in our daily lives and shares tips and recipes from her new book, “Your Astrological Cookbook: The Perfect Recipe for Every Sign.” Please register.

Thursday, Feb. 20 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Business Lunch & Learn: Financial Statement Basics – Good bookkeeping and financial management are critical to the health of a business. Learn what financial statements are, why they’re important and how they’re used in the process of running a business. Please register.

Thursday, Feb. 20 (Preschool: 6:30 p.m.) and Friday, Feb. 21 (Preschool: 9:30 a.m. ; Toddler: 11:30 a.m.) Teach Me to Play – Are you looking to give your child more social opportunities? Your child will enjoy playing with other children while practicing language and social skills. Since you attend together, you will have the opportunity to interact with our experienced early intervention specialist and speech-language pathologist who can provide strategies for managing problem behaviors, offer tips for increasing your child’s communication skills or share appropriate resources. This program is specifically designed for children ages 18 months-6 years who are struggling in an area of development. Register at connectingforkids.org/register or by phone: 440-570-5908.

Friday, Feb. 21 (3-4:15 p.m.) Candid: Introduction to Finding Grants – Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course. Please register.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:55 AM, 02.04.2020

Upcoming Programs at Bay Village Branch Library

CHILDREN

Weekly Storytimes

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m. and 11 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Saturday, Feb. 8 (10 a.m.) Preschool STEAM – Ages 3-5: Join us for stories and a hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) activity. Registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library.

Monday, Feb. 10 (7 p.m.) STEAM On: Sock Puppets – Grades 3-4: Join us for a hands-on STEAM program. Make a sock puppet of your favorite character. Registration required.

Wednesday, Feb. 12 (7 p.m.) Melted – Grades K-2: Bring your favorite grownup for a chocolate lover’s dream with hands-on candy making.

Thursday, Feb. 20 (4 p.m.) Flight School – Let’s learn about airplanes and then design your own. We’ll see which ones fly the farthest!

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.04.2020

Porter Library's huge annual book sale

The Annual Book Sale presented by The Friends of Porter Public Library will run from Feb. 6-9.  We have three rooms filled to the brim with books we have been saving for a year – fiction for $1, thousands of children's books from $.50, non-fiction for $1 and special priced, DVDs for $2, CDs and audiobooks for $1, and much more.

Check out our large selection of leather-bound classics in our special-priced books section. We also have a silent auction of very special books in the showcase in the lobby of the library. Many books about Cleveland and our sports teams, plus books signed by their authors. Bids for the silent auction items will be taken until 3:00 on Feb. 9. No phone bids, please. 

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:53 AM, 02.04.2020

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

CHILDREN

Weekly Storytimes

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m. and 11 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Wednesday, Jan. 29 (3:15 p.m.) Stuffed Animal Sleepover – Drop off your stuffed animal at the Bay Village Library on Jan. 28 any time between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Join us for a stuffed animal sleepover party on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 3:15 p.m. for stories, crafts and activities when you pick up your favorite stuffed friend.

Saturday, Feb. 8 (10 a.m.) Preschool STEAM – Ages 3-5: Join us for stories and a hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) activity. Registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library.

TEEN

Wednesdays, Jan. 22, 29 and Feb. 5 (3-4 p.m.) Teen Zone – Grades 5 and up: Hang out with something fun to do after school – gaming, art, movies, technology and more! Parents/guardians must complete a Release and Hold Harmless form.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:55 AM, 01.21.2020

Friends of Bay Village Library's winter book sale is Jan. 25-27

The Friends of the Bay Village Library's winter used book sale begins Saturday, Jan. 25th, at 9:00 a.m. and runs through Monday, Jan. 27, at 7:00 p.m. The sale is held in the meeting room of the library during regular library hours.

There is a large selection of books for readers of all ages as well as magazines, DVDs, CDs, audio books and more. All materials have been categorized for easy shopping. Monday, the last day of the sale, is bag day when a full bag of books costs $2. Bags are provided by the library. Proceeds from the sale are used to support upcoming library programs and activities.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:55 AM, 01.21.2020

Porter Library's annual book sale is Feb. 6-9

The Friends of Porter Public Library in Westlake will have their annual book sale from Feb. 6-9 with a preview night for members of Friends on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 4-7 p.m. Memberships will be available at the door.

You will find plenty of fiction, non-fiction, children's books, DVDs, CDs, and audio books. There will be three rooms, including a room dedicated to hundreds of children's books.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:49 AM, 01.21.2020

January events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Jan. 21 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Tablet Tuesday User Group – Share tips and tricks with each other about using iPads and Android tablets. Kindle Fire users are welcome. Please bring your own devices. Please register.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 (2-3 p.m.) Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia – Danielle Bruck from Symphony at Olmsted Falls will give an overall explanation of dementia with additional information about Alzheimer’s Disease. Please register.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 (6-7:30 p.m.) Tabletop Game Night: Ticket to Ride – Europe – It’s game night at the library! This month’s game is Ticket To Ride: Europe. We’ll provide the game, snacks and drinks. Bring your suggestions for future Tabletop Game Nights. Grades 7-12. Registration begins Jan. 14.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 (6:30 p.m.) Speaker Series – Join us for a presentation by local pediatric professionals on "How to Meet the Needs of Typical Siblings." Free, supervised children’s activities are available, but adults and children must register separately. Register at connectingforkids.org/register, or by calling 440-570-5908.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories: Llama, Llama – Time to unwind at the end of the day. Llama, Llama will help us as we get ready for bed with quiet stories, songs and other bedtime activities. Ages 4-6. Siblings welcome.

Wednesdays, Jan. 22 and 29 (9:30 & 10:15 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. 22 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The January selection is "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng.

Wednesdays, Jan. 22 and 29 (3-4:30 p.m.) Tween Scene – Drop in after school to play board games and video games with your friends. Snacks will be provided. Grades 5-6.

Wednesday, Jan. 22 (4-5 p.m.) Winter Walk – Bundle up for a winter walk with us in our garden and on our property. We will quietly observe nature, hear a story, and warm up with hot cider and a treat. Registration begins Jan. 15. Please register siblings separately.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 10:34 AM, 01.07.2020

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

CHILDREN

Weekly Storytimes

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m. and 11 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Saturday, Jan. 11 (10 a.m.) Preschool STEAM – Ages 3-5: Join us for stories and a hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) activity. Registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library.

Monday, Jan. 13 (7 p.m.) STEAM On: Snap Circuits – Join us for a hands-on STEAM program. Design and build models of working electrical circuits. Registration required.

Thursday, Jan. 16 (4 p.m.) Beach Party – Heat things up with summer stories, songs and sand. It might be cold outside, but we won’t mind! Registration required.

TEEN

Wednesdays, Jan. 8 and 15 (3-4 p.m.) Teen Zone – Grades 5 and up: Hang out with something fun to do after school – gaming, art, movies, technology and more! Parents/guardians must complete a Release and Hold Harmless form.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 10:37 AM, 01.07.2020

Kathryn Maver named to Westlake Porter Public Library board

The Westlake Porter Public Library board of trustees has appointed Kathryn “Kate” Maver to serve a term from 2020-2026.

A Westlake resident, Maver is the director of development for the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, Cleveland. She previously served as the pastor of the Wells River/Newbury United Church of Christ in Vermont, the planned & major gifts officer at the Little City Foundation in Palatine, Illinois, and the communications and development director at the Horizons Hospice. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a master’s degree in divinity.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 10:34 AM, 01.07.2020

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Books make wonderful and appreciated gifts. "Great Books for Kids," Cuyahoga County Public Library’s annual list of the very best recently published books for kids of all ages, is a great source to find books to give as gifts to the children in your life this holiday season. Stop by the library to pick up the expanded Winter Program Guide to see what books have been featured on our list this year.

Our library will be closed on Dec. 24, 25, 31, and Jan. 1, but our digital collection is always open, so don't forget to browse our book, magazine, music and movie downloadables.

CHILDREN

Storytimes will be on hiatus through the rest of December. They will start back up on Jan. 6. We will have a make-and-take craft in the children's area until Dec. 20.

Weekly Storytimes (Start Jan. 6)

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m. and 11 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Saturday, Jan. 11 (10 a.m.) Preschool STEAM – Ages 3-5: Join us for stories and a hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) activity. Registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library.

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 10:21 AM, 12.17.2019

December events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Dec. 17 (1-3 p.m.) BINGO – Adults with special needs will play BINGO for fun and socialization. Small prizes available. No cost to play. No BINGO experience necessary. All materials provided. Come early and bring your own lunch if you’d like.

Tuesday, Dec. 17 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Interactive Movie – Watch this holiday classic in a brand new way. Sing, snack and craft along with Buddy the elf as he learns his true identity. Grades 7-12. Registration required, but drop-ins welcome while supplies last. Please register.

Wednesday, Dec. 18 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – We'll discuss "A Lowcountry Christmas" by Mary Alice Monroe.

Wednesday, Dec. 18 (9:30 & 10:15 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, Dec. 18 (3:30-6 p.m.) Super Smash Brothers Ultimate Tournament: Teen – Battle it out in Super Smash Ultimate for Nintendo Switch to see who will take the top spot and reign as champion! Grades 7-12.

Wednesday, Dec. 18 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursday, December 19 (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. Sign-ups begin Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 18 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Super Smash Brothers Ultimate Tournament: Adult – Battle it out in Super Smash Ultimate for Nintendo Switch to see who will take the top spot and reign as champion!

Wednesday, Dec. 18 (7-8 p.m.) 50 Years Later: Looking Back at the Summer of Love, Altamont and Woodstock – This year marks 50 years since Woodstock! Take a step backward in time to one of the biggest musical events in history! Please register.

Thursday, Dec. 19 (4-4:45 p.m.) Cookie Decorating – Engage your child’s senses and encourage messy play while delighting in the fun and wonder of the season. For students with special needs ages 3-7 and their typical peers. If you have allergy or diet concerns please contact the Youth Services Department at 440-250-5471. Please register.

Thursday, Dec. 19 (6-6:45 p.m.) and Friday, Dec. 27 (11-11:45 a.m.) Adapted Storytime – Children with varying learning styles and abilities learn together in a safe supportive environment where respect and appreciation for differences is encouraged. This 30-minute storytime followed by a time for socialization is designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime experience. Content is geared to ages 3-7 but all ages are welcome. Siblings may also attend but must register separately. Registration begins one week before each session.

Friday, Dec. 20 (4-4:45 p.m.) Got Science? – Have you ever wondered how the police figure out a crime? This month we’ll figure out the clues to solve a crime. Grades 1 and 2. Please register.

Saturday, Dec. 21 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) December Fun! – ‘Tis the season for fun! Join us as we make homemade crafts to enjoy! All ages.

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Volume 11, Issue 23, Posted 3:07 PM, 12.06.2019

Porter Library now offering a special needs literacy kit

Westlake Porter Public Library is now offering its users a special needs literacy kit specifically designed for individuals with developmental or learning differences. The kit features the book "Jay and Ben" by Lulu Delacre. The book is unique because it comes with communication symbols that children with special needs will find familiar. According to WorldCat, a global catalog of library collections, WPPL is one of only two libraries in Ohio to offer the kit.

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Volume 11, Issue 22, Posted 9:29 AM, 11.19.2019

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

What made Christmas extra-special to a Cleveland kid? Come relive some of your fondest moments as Gail Ghetia Bellamy presents stories and photos from her book "Cleveland Christmas Memories" at the Bay Village branch library on Monday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m.

Take a trip down memory lane as you recall wonderful memories of Mr. Jingeling (the keeper of Santa’s keys) on TV or in person at Halle’s; gazing at the giant Sterling-Lindner tree; stopping at Higbee’s downstairs Frosty Bar for sweet relief after the long line to see Santa; mouthwatering treats from Hough Bakery and traditional ethnic flavors from the local market; the brilliant holiday lighting display at GE’s Nela Park. Plus, many more. A book signing will follow the presentation. 

CHILDREN

Storytimes will be on hiatus for the month of December. We will have a daily make-and-take craft in the children's area from Dec. 2-20.

Weekly Storytimes:

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m. and 11 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Monday, Dec. 2 (11 a.m.) Homeschool: Bouncy Slime – Make and test the properties of slime to see if it will bounce. Registration required.  

Wednesday, Dec. 4 (7 p.m.) Mad Scientists: Gingerbread – Join us for a hands-on science program. Challenge your engineering skills to build a gingerbread house. Registration required.

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Volume 11, Issue 22, Posted 9:31 AM, 11.19.2019

Three Friends of the Library events in one weekend

Look no further than the Westlake Porter Public Library for your holiday gifts!

Portables Gift Shop’s annual Holiday Sale, located in the lobby of the Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, will be Saturday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 1, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Portables sells jewelry, greeting cards, candles, clothing, Night Scout beanies, Simply Southern, household décor, seasonal gifts, sundries and more.

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Volume 11, Issue 22, Posted 9:30 AM, 11.19.2019