Libraries

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

The Bay Village branch library is continuing its Teen Zone program on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. starting on Sept. 4 for the 2019/20 school year. This weekly after school program for students in grades 5 and up focuses on themes in gaming, art, movies, technology and more. Parents must sign a release before their child can participate. Please stop by to see a librarian to register your child for Teen Zone.

CHILDREN

Weekly storytimes are on hiatus for the month of August. Please join us again starting Sept. 3.

Wednesday, Sept. 4 (7 p.m.) Mad Scientists: Strawbees Tower – Grades K-2: Join us for a hands-on science program. Construct the tallest tower using Strawbees that can hold a ping pong ball at the top for two minutes.

Saturday, Sept. 7 (11 a.m.) Let's Celebrate Grandparents – Bring your grandparents or grandparent figure to share stories, activities and crafts.

TEEN

Wednesday, Sept. 4 (3 p.m.) Teen Zone 

ADULT

Wednesday, Aug. 21 (7 p.m.) Through the Eyes of the Artist: Mary Cassatt – Mary Cassatt influenced Impressionism not only as an artist, she also had an important role in sponsoring and financially promoting Impressionist art. She was single-handedly responsible for introducing the paintings of the French Impressionists to the United States. Join us to learn about her life and art as presented by Felicia Zavarella Stadelman.

Saturday, Aug. 24 (2 p.m.) Canvas Button Art – Join us to learn how to make a piece of art from beads, buttons and a silhouette image. All supplies will be provided. This program is intended for adults ages 18 and over.

Tuesday, Sept. 3 (7 p.m.) '90s Maker Nights - Let’s hit rewind to a wicked cool time. Join us for totally '90s maker nights featuring your favorite old school crafts and snacks. This month's craft is Perler Bead Jewelry.

Please register to attend the featured programs online at cuyahogalibrary.org, call us at 440-871-6392, or stop in to the library at 502 Cahoon Road and register with a librarian.

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Volume 11, Issue 16, Posted 9:22 AM, 08.20.2019

Porter 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, 2020. The position will become available when Lindsay English’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 11, Issue 16, Posted 9:20 AM, 08.20.2019

Westlake Porter Public Library will go fine free starting in September

Starting Sept. 3, as part of National Library Card Sign-Up Month, Westlake Porter Public Library borrowers will no longer have to pay fines. The library is eliminating new fines on overdue material as of that date. Fines accrued before Sept. 3 will remain, but those with fines on their accounts at that time may want to check with library staff about their options. Fines will also remain on SearchOhio and OhioLink material, which the library does not control.

WPPL joins a growing number of Ohio libraries which have recently gone fine free, including the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, Cleveland Public Library, Lorain Public Library System and several others.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 10:13 AM, 08.06.2019

August events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Aug. 20 (7-8:30 p.m.) Mansions of Euclid Avenue – Join Michael Goldstein as he discusses the history and the mansions of Euclid Avenue, also known as Millionaires’ Row. The wealthiest owners and managers of the city’s largest companies and banks lived along this stretch of road. Cleveland’s booming industry spelled the end of this wealthy enclave as it encroached upon the mansions and their owners left for the suburbs. Please register.

Tuesday, Aug. 20 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories: Counting Sheep – Put on your pajamas and unwind at the end of the day. We will count sheep and relax with quiet stories, songs and other activities to help get ready for bedtime. Ages 4-6. Siblings welcome.

Wednesdays, Aug. 21 and 28 (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, Aug. 21 (2-3:30 p.m.) eBooks, Streaming Music, Digital Movies, and More! – Learn how to access free eBooks and eAudiobooks, digital music, streaming movies, and more! Patrons are encouraged to bring their own devices. A brief presentation will be followed by an open lab. Please register.

Wednesday, Aug. 21 (3-4 p.m.) Walt Disney World Travel Tips – Essential tips to get the most out of your Walt Disney World vacation. Join Karen Kulow as she brings her years of experience in the travel industry to help you understand what you need to do to have a fun, exciting, and safe trip to Walt Disney World, including the unexpected costs and fees that crop up with any trip planning. Please register.

Wednesday, Aug. 21 (7-8 p.m.) Tech Lab: Home Automation and Smart Devices – Discover the latest in home/office automation and smart devices in a blended lecture and hands-on demo. Learn about how you can apply new technology to make your surroundings safer and life easier. Please register.

Thursdays, Aug. 22 and 29 (4-5 p.m.) Code Club! – Grades 3-4: Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! We’ll start with Khan Academy and Google’s CS First. Registration begins one week before each session.

Friday, Aug. 23 (10 a.m.-noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.

Friday, Aug. 23 (4-5 p.m.) Got Science? – Learn all about earthquakes. Can you build a structure that can stay standing during an earthquake? Grades 1 and 2. Please register.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 10:14 AM, 08.06.2019

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

CHILD

Weekly storytimes are on hiatus for the month of August. Please join us again in September.

ADULT

Friday, Aug. 9 (10 a.m.) BAYarts Book Discussion – Join friends, neighbors and library staff for a monthly book discussion on the BAYarts campus. This month's book, "Washington Black" by Esi Edugyan, is available at the library and BAYarts.

Tuesday, Aug 13 (6 p.m.) Library For All: Adapted Storytime – Join us for fun, adapted programs featuring stories, art, music and more, specifically designed for adults with developmental disabilities and their caregivers. Adults (18+) of all abilities are welcome. Registration required; caregivers need not include themselves when registering.

Wednesday, Aug. 14 (7 p.m.) Hometown Rockers from the Sixties and Early Seventies – If you remember The Raspberries, Glass Harp and the James Gang, this program is for you! If you listened and danced at venues like The Agora, The Plato and various Hullabaloo clubs come share your memories with Dennis Sutcliffe of "Lost Cleveland Memories" as he presents audio clips from local bands.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 10:17 AM, 08.06.2019

Library Storywalk celebration will take place on July 24 at Westlake Recreation Center

The Westlake Porter Public Library Storywalk at the Westlake Recreation Center will be opened with a special celebration on Wednesday, July 24, starting at 6:30 p.m. Special VIP readers will be stationed along the path to read parts of the story to walkers, and refreshments will be served. The community is welcome to attend and enjoy this new attraction.

“The Storywalk promotes early literacy, exercise and community engagement,” said Library Director Andrew Mangels. “We believe this will be an extremely popular attraction for our citizens.”

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 1:32 PM, 07.16.2019

Friends of the Bay Village Library to hold used book sale

The Friends of the Bay Village Library Summer Used Book Sale begins Saturday, July 27, at 9:00 a.m. and runs through Tuesday, July 30, 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, audiobooks and more. All materials have been categorized for easy shopping. Tuesday, the last day of the sale, is bag day when a full bag of books costs $1. Bags are provided by the library. Proceeds from the sale are used to support upcoming library programs and activities.

For more information on the book sale, volunteering to help with the sale, or becoming a member of the Friends of the Bay Village Library, visit the library at 502 Cahoon Road or call 440-871-6392.

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 10:10 AM, 07.16.2019

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

CHILD

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

Tuesdays (2 p.m.) Poolside Storytime – Cooling off at the Bay Village pool? Splash over for stories with the Bay Village Library children’s staff during the 2 p.m. rest period. 

Monday, July 22 (2 p.m.) Monday Movie – Visit the library for special screenings of popular movies. Bring a blanket and pillow or sleeping bag.

Friday, Aug. 2 (10 a.m.) I'm Ready for School – Ages 5 and 6: Have fun practicing kindergarten skills as we use scissors, identify shapes, work with glue and count. Registration required.

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 10:11 AM, 07.16.2019

Experience science, technology, engineering, arts and math at Porter Library July 21-27

Kids of all ages are invited to Westlake Porter Public Library to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) concepts in a fun, hands-on way from July 21-27. Have fun learning about the concepts that power our world with these amazing programs!

Sunday, July 21 (3-4 p.m.) Art Smarts: Georgia O’Keefe – Explore works of a well-known artist and then use what you’ve seen to create an art piece of your own! Grades 3-6. Please register.

Monday, July 22 (2-3 p.m.) Coding for Kids – Learn computer programming by designing video games that can be shared and played with friends! Grades 3-6. Please register.

Monday, July 22 (3-4 p.m.) Robotics for Kids – Pair up to create, program, and animate robots using LEGO bricks then experiment with other kids in friendly competitions. Grades 3-6. Please register.

Monday, July 22 (7-8 p.m.) 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11’s Moon Landing – Join guest speakers from NASA Glenn Research Center as they commemorate the first manned lunar landing and NASA's Human Exploration of the Moon: Past, Present, and Future. Please register.

Monday, July 22 (7-8 p.m.) Breakout EDU: Frazioni’s Pizza Parlor – Frazioni has locked all but one of his top secret recipes inside the large box. He can’t remember how to decipher the clues to unlock the box and now he only has 45 minutes until he has to start baking! He needs YOUR help to find the top secret recipes! Grades 3-5. Please register.

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 10:08 AM, 07.16.2019

Porter Library debuts 'non-traditional item' collection

Are you interested in trying out an instrument or karaoke machine or borrowing one for a special event? Would you like to digitize your memories in the comfort of your own home? Want to teach your kids musical rhythm? Starting in mid-July Westlake Porter Public Library will be able to help with their Non-Traditional Item collection.

Included in the collection are musical instruments such as ukuleles, banjos, a drum machine and a portable keyboard, equipment for converting slides, audio cassettes and 8mm/Super 8mm film to digital formats, a karaoke machine, Music Kits for kids, VCR and DVD recorders, and much more.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 10:02 AM, 07.02.2019

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

Fifty years ago, Apollo 11 landed on the moon. In celebration of this anniversary, The Great lakes Science Center will join us at the Bay Village branch library to present, "Legacy of the Apollo: The Greatest Leap" on Saturday, July 6, at 2 p.m. Find out more about the early days of spaceflight, the tragedies, and the triumphs.

Our annual ice cream social is a great way to enjoy all the library has to offer while enjoying free Mitchell's ice cream. Join us on Monday, July 8, from 6-8 p.m. browse the library's collection, sign up for our summer reading program, talk to neighbors, enjoy balloon art, and cool down with a sweet treat.

CHILD

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

Tuesdays (2 p.m.) Poolside Storytime – Cooling off at the Bay Village pool? Splash over for stories with the Bay Village Library children’s staff during the 2 p.m. rest period. 

ADULT

Tuesday, July 9 (6 p.m.) Library for All: Adapted Adult Programs – Join us for fun, adapted programs featuring stories, art, music and more, specifically designed for adults with developmental disabilities and their caregivers. Adults (18+) of all abilities are welcome. Registration required; caregivers need not include themselves when registering.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 9:57 AM, 07.02.2019

July events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, July 16 (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! Bring your devices. Please register.

Tuesday, July 16 (6:30-8 p.m.) Connecting for Kids’ Coffee and Chat – Join our interactive support group and meet other families facing similar struggles. Free, supervised children’s activities are available, but adults and children must register separately. This month’s topic: "Coping with Fear of the Future."

Wednesdays, July 17, 24 and 31 (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, July 17, 24 and 31 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, July 18 and 25  (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 Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, July 17 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Jane Gramlich, Special Collections Librarian at the Akron-Summit County Public Library will present "Resources and Services in the Special Collections Division, Akron-Summit County Public Library." Rescheduled from April.

Wednesday, July 17 (7-8 p.m.) Dorm Room Hacks: Cooking for Teens – Learn cooking hacks for the dorm room or at home, in this hands-on cooking class. We will make snacks and desserts to satisfy your hunger. Grades 10-12. Registration begins July 10.

Thursday, July 18 (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, but participants can bring a flash drive with their own photos. Please register.

Thursdays, July 18 and 25 (2-3:30 p.m.) Teen Crafts – Bring out your creativity every Thursday throughout the summer! Drop-in for a new craft each week. While supplies last.

Thursdays, July 18 and 25 (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.

Fridays, July 19 and 26 (2-4 p.m.) Movies @ Your Library – Enjoy a feature-length newly released DVD or favorite family classic! Contact the Youth Services Department for specific titles.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 9:56 AM, 07.02.2019

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

It's summer and many of you may be frequenting the Bay Village pool to cool off and enjoy some summer fun. On Tuesdays, join us there for our poolside storytime. Librarians from the Bay Village branch children's department will host a storytime during the 2 p.m. rest break. We hope to see you there.

Don't forget to stop by the branch library to stock up on reading materials for summer and mark your minutes read to win prizes and entries for grand prizes in our Grand Slam Summer Reading Game!

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, June 22 (10 a.m.) Drive In at Bay – Join us for a Bay Library “Drive In” movie! Work with your child to transform a plain box into a personalized car. Once the cars are ready and parked, we will enjoy selections from the Disney movie "Mater's Tall Tales."

Monday, June 24 to Friday, June 28 (10:30 -11 a.m.) Chalk the Walk – Bring your imagination and creativity to the library and decorate our sidewalks with colored chalk after storytime all week. Budding artists of all ages are welcome!

Monday, June 24 (2 p.m.) Monday Movie – Cool off this summer by visiting the library for special screenings of popular movies. Bring a blanket and pillow or sleeping bag. A parent/guardian must sign a release form before the program.  

ADULT

Saturday, July 6 (2 p.m.) Legacy of the Apollo: The Greatest Leap – Great Lakes Science Center celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Journey through the early days of spaceflight, tragedies, triumphs, and future plans for spaceflight.

Please register to attend the featured programs online at cuyahogalibrary.org, call us at 440-871-6392, or stop in to the library at 502 Cahoon Road and register with a librarian.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 9:48 AM, 06.18.2019

2 June fundraisers support Porter Library

Avid readers and library supporters have two ways this month to enjoy books and movies and support the library: a month-long sale at the Book Nook Used Book Sale room and a fundraiser with Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market.

From now through June 29 everything at the Friends of Porter Public Library’s Book Nook is half-price. This includes books, DVDs, music CDs and more. The Book Nook’s hours are Mondays from 3-7 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 9:43 AM, 06.18.2019

June events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesdays, June 19 and 26 (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.

Wednesdays, June 19 and 26 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, June 20 and 27 (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 Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, June 19 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Tom Neel, director of the Ohio Genealogical Society Library in Bellville, Ohio, will present "Until Death Do Us Part: An Examination of Marriage and Divorce Records of the 1800s."

Wednesday, June 19 (7-8 p.m.) Teen Taste Test: Ice Cream Edition! – Sample a variety of delicious ice creams in this blind taste test! We’ll determine fan favorites, and rate each on look, taste and texture. May not be suitable for individuals with allergies. Grades 7-12. Registration begins June 12.

Thursday, June 20 (10-11 a.m.) Staying Safe Online – Learn some simple best-practices to avoid scam emails, use strong passwords, and keep your computer safe. Please register.

Thursday, June 20 (Noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Business Lunch & Learn: Integrating Email Marketing with Social Media – Maximize the impact of your email marketing campaign. Email marketing is one aspect of social media marketing that is often overlooked. In this workshop we explore effective ways to use email marketing with your social media marketing strategy. Your email can serve as a launch point for content you want to share across platforms. Please register.

Thursdays, June 20 and 27 (2-3:30 p.m.) Teen Crafts – Bring out your creativity every Thursday throughout the summer! Drop-in for a new craft each week. While supplies last.

Thursday, June 20 (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, June 21 (9:30-10 a.m.) My First Summer – Celebrate your baby’s first summer with a fingerprint flowerpot craft. For babies age 0-18 months with a caregiver. Please register.

Fridays, June 21 and 28 (2-4 p.m.) Movies @ Your Library – Enjoy a feature-length newly released DVD or favorite family classic! Contact the Youth Services Department for specific titles.

Friday, June 21 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: The Sun and the Seasons – Hopefully the sun will be shining as learn about our closest star and what makes the seasons change. Ages 4-6. Please register.

Saturday, June 22 (10:30 -11:30 a.m.) Pokemon Fun! – A fun morning of Pokemon themed play, prizes and crafts! Ages 6-11.

Saturday, June 22 (2-2:45 p.m.) Porter Playtime Marching Band – Join our Porter Playtime Marching Band! No experience necessary. All instruments provided. Ages 4-6. Please register.

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 10:28 AM, 06.04.2019

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

The popular musical "Come From Away" arrives in Cleveland next month. In anticipation of this award-winning show, join us at the Bay Village branch library on Monday, June 10, at 7 p.m. as a scholar from the Center for Popular Music Studies at CWRU provides insight and background on the production.

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, June 8 (10 a.m.) Water Building Challenge – Grades K-5: Make a working water slide and a boat that floats in this library water challenge.

Saturday, June 22 (10 a.m.) Drive In at Bay – Join us for a Bay Library “Drive In” Movie! Work with your child to transform a plain box into a personalized car. Once the cars are ready and parked, we will enjoy selections from the Disney movie "Mater's Tall Tales."

ADULT

Wednesday, June 5 (7 p.m.) Evoking Native Landscapes – David Slawson will discuss the process of evoking native landscapes using Japanese garden principles. His design process is applicable to any given garden site and locally available rocks and plants.

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 10:28 AM, 06.04.2019

Take the Summer Library Challenge!

Westlake Porter Public Library’s annual Summer Library Challenge began June 1 and it’s going digital! This year, readers of all ages (birth-adults) can read and complete other activities on Beanstack, an online summer reading log and activity site.

Participants can have fun earning badges and raffle tickets for prizes, including the grand prize. Complete extra activities exclusively on Beanstack to earn extra raffle tickets! To register, visit westlakelibrary.beanstack.org/reader365. Set up your account and select the challenge that is right for you or your child. Parents can add all of their young readers to their account. Challenges are divided up by age group (Babies, Toddlers & Preschool, Elementary, Tweens & Teens and Adult), with different prizes and activities available for each group. For more details, visit westlakelibrary.org/summer.

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 10:26 AM, 06.04.2019

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Registration is now open for Cuyahoga County Public Library's Grand Slam Summer Reading Game. Register online or in the library and get ready to log your reading during the summer months to earn prizes and raffle entries.

Many of you may be utilizing the Bay Village pool to cool off and enjoy some summer fun. Starting on June 11 join us for weekly poolside storytime. Librarians from the Bay Village branch children's department will host a storytime on Tuesdays during the 2 p.m. rest break. We hope to see you there!

CHILDREN

Storytimes start back up on June 3!

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, June 8 (10 a.m.) Water Building Challenge – Grades K-5: Make a working water slide and a boat that floats in this library water challenge.

ADULT

Monday, June 3 (7 p.m.) A Real Read: Nonfiction Book Discussion – Join us to discuss "The Library Book" by Susan Orlean.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:30 AM, 05.21.2019

May events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, May 22 (10-11:30 a.m.) Researching Your Roots – This class is an introduction to Ancestry.com as well as other online resources that can be used to research your family. Bring the names and dates of relatives that you do know. This class allows time for individual research during class. Please register.

Wednesdays, May 22 and 29 (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, May 22 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – "The President is Missing" by James Patterson.

Wednesday, May 22 (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, May 22 (7-8:30 p.m.) The Music of Birdsong: Sorting Out the Singers in the Chorus – Bird song is music, and the techniques used in ear training and music appreciation classes can provide valuable tools for identification of birds and their repertoire. We’ll also notice that not all birds sing from the same stages and they also sing in different ensembles. Then the real fun begins: learning the meanings of those songs and observing interactions in the avian musical drama, and sharing the musical stories with others. Please register.

Thursday, May 23 (10-11:30 a.m.) Beginning Coding for Adults – What is coding? 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. The class focus is on HTML and CSS. Please register.

Thursday, May 23 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Business Lunch & Learn: Business Law – This seminar will cover the legal topics that most entrepreneurs and business owners will come across in the start-up and running of his/her business. This seminar will cover business start-up issues, doing business with a partner, lease review, general contract matters and general intellectual property issues. Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions that pertain to his/her business. Please register.

Thursdays, May 23 and 30 (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, May 24 (10 a.m.-noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.

Friday, May 24 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: Fabulous Frogs – Join Mrs. K as we explore the life cycle of frogs and discover why they are fabulous amphibians. Ages 4-6. Please register.

Saturday, May 25 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) Superhero Fun Day! – Bam! It’s a bird ... it’s a plane ... it’s Superhero Fun Day! Join us for crafts and super fun activities.

Saturday, May 25 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Bring your ideas and imagination! Lego and Duplo bricks provided. For ages 3-12.

Saturday, May 25 (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, May 26 and Monday, May 27 – Library closed in observance of Memorial Day

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 2:13 PM, 05.06.2019

Porter Library parking lot to close May 26, 27

Westlake Porter Public Library’s parking lot will be closed for resealing and striping from 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, through 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28. There will be no access to the drive-up book drops while the parking lot is closed.

The library will be closed on May 26 and 27 in observance of Memorial Day, making it an ideal time for performing the annual maintenance. The re-sealing and re-striping will be done weather-permitting.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:29 AM, 05.21.2019

Check out the Bay Village Branch

The Bay Village Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library offers many services and programs. If you haven’t visited recently, here are just a few reasons to stop by.

Did you know that we are a Passport Acceptance Facility? We process passports and take passport photos every day up until an hour before we close.

All Ohio residents can sign up for a library card which allows you to browse and borrow books, magazines, movies, music and more. We also offer Senior, Educator and Institution cards that allow those cardholders to check out materials without worrying about late fees.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 2:16 PM, 05.06.2019

Myers receives Porter Library volunteer award

Westlake resident Deb Myers received the 2019 Myrna Chelko Volunteer Award from Westlake Porter Public Library at a volunteer recognition event on March 31.

A Reception Desk volunteer since 2002, Myers is one of the first “faces of the library” that visitors see when entering the building. Because of her longevity as a volunteer, Myers is known for her knowledge about the library and her resulting ability to assist patrons. She also volunteers for the Friends of Porter Public Library’s annual Big Book Sale as well as at the Ice Cream Social. She has given close to 2,500 hours of service to the library.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 9:53 AM, 04.16.2019

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, April 24 (2 p.m.) Bloxels – Get your STEAM juices flowing as you personalize Bloxels' Ugly Sweater Kitty into your very own video game character! Test your creation using the Bloxels app. No prior game building or coding required! 

Thursday, April 25 (2 p.m.) Spring Break Movie – For all ages with a caregiver. Visit the library for a special screening of a popular movie. Bring a blanket and pillow or sleeping bag. A parent/guardian must sign a release form before the program.

Saturday, May 4 (2 p.m.) Star Wars Day – May the Fourth Be With You! Drop in to celebrate Star Wars Day with Jedi Training activities! Don’t forget to wear your Star Wars gear!

Saturday, May 11 (10 a.m.) Preschool STEAM – Join us for stories and a hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) activity.

TEEN

Wednesday, April 17  (3 p.m.) Teen Zone – Grades 5 & up: Hang out with something fun to do after school – gaming, art, movies, technology and more!

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 9:53 AM, 04.16.2019

Friends of Bay Village Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Bay Village Library Spring Used Book Sale begins Saturday morning, April 27, at 9:00 a.m. and runs through Tuesday, April 30, 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. Tuesday, the last day of the sale, is bag day when a full bag of books costs $1. Bags are provided by the library. Proceeds from the sale are used to support upcoming library programs and activities.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 9:50 AM, 04.16.2019

Superheroes at Porter Library

What is that flying above Westlake Porter Public Library’s lobby – is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s SUPERMAN!

And there’s Spider-Man shooting his webbing, while nearby is Batman. Watching everything is The Hulk, standing tall at over 7-feet, all celebrating Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 4. (Free comic books that day too.)

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 9:48 AM, 04.16.2019

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, April 13 (10 a.m.) Preschool STEAM - Join us for stories and a hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) activity.

TEEN

Wednesdays, April 3, 10 and 17 (3 p.m.) Teen Zone – Grades 5 & up: Hang out with something fun to do after school – gaming, art, movies, technology and more!

Thursday, April 4 (3 p.m.) Write On! – Grades 5-8: Join us for fun, quirky and challenging writing exercises and activities to get your creativity flowing.

Saturday, April 6 (10 a.m.) AP 1 Physics with Kaplan – Come learn from the person who literally wrote the book on how to study for this exam! Learn about the exam, receive study advice from the experts, and participate in a Q&A with the authors. Participants will receive free books from Kaplan. Bring your own device or use a library provided computer.

ADULT

Friday, April 5 (10 a.m.) BAYarts Book Discussion – Join friends, neighbors and library staff for a monthly book discussion on the BAYarts campus. This month's book, "Salt to the Sea" by Ruta Sepetys, is available at the library and BAYarts.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:52 AM, 04.02.2019

April events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, April 16 (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! Bring your devices. Please register.

Tuesday, April 16 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Earth Day Origami – Come celebrate Earth Day with us! This program, designed for adult beginners, will teach you how to make a beautiful origami bouquet out of recycled magazines! Please register.

Tuesday, April 16 (7-8:45 p.m.) King of the Moondoggers: Alan Freed and the Birth of Rock and Roll – Follow Alan Freed on his journey to Cleveland and beyond as Rock and Roll is being born. Dance at the Moondog Coronation Ball! This program will include audio clips from 9 early Rock and Roll favorites. Please register.

Wednesdays, April 17 and 24 (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, April 17 (2-3:30 p.m.) eBooks, Streaming Music, Digital Movies, and More! – Learn how to access free eBooks and eAudiobooks, digital music, streaming movies and more! Bring your own device. The class will include an open lab. Please register.

Wednesday, April 17 (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.

Wednesday, April 17 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Jane Gramlich, Special Collections Librarian at the Akron-Summit County Public Library, will present "Resources and Services in the Special Collections Division, Akron-Summit County Public Library."

Thursday, April 18 (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. The class focus is on HTML and CSS. Please register.

Thursdays, April 18 and 25 (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.

Thursday, April 18 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Business Lunch & Learn: Intellectual Property – This is an introduction to the general concepts of protecting various forms of intellectual property including: patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. A general description of the various forms of intellectual property, their purposes, how to legally protect them, and potential shortcomings and risks will be introduced. Please register.

Thursday, April 18 (6:30 p.m., Preschool session) and Friday, April 19 (9:30 a.m., Preschool session; 11:30 a.m., Toddler Session) 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 staff coaches families, demonstrates and suggests strategies, responds to questions and provides resources. Register at connectingforkids.org/register or by phone: 440-570-5908.   

Saturday, April 20 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) Escape Artists Writers Group – This group meets monthly to provide guidance, encouragement, inspiration and feedback for those looking to improve their writing skills.

Saturday, April 20 (2-3:30 p.m.) Attracting Butterflies, Hummingbirds and Other Pollinators to Your Garden – Join horticulture expert Cynthia Druckenbrod as she shares tips and tricks on how to create a pollinator-friendly garden. Please register.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:52 AM, 04.02.2019

Westlake Garden Club is ready to grow

Westlake Porter Public Library welcomes the 2019 outdoor season with the Westlake Garden Club. Founded in 1963 by a group of women dedicated to promoting beauty in the garden and in the home, several men have also joined the ranks in recent years. Club meetings and events focus on horticultural education that promotes and fosters civic beauty and community conservation.

WPPL hosts regular Garden Club meetings every third Wednesday of the month from March through December. When the season is in full swing, meetings may be off-site through a variety of field trips and outings. Activities include civic projects in the city and surrounding communities along with guest speakers at regularly scheduled meetings.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:52 AM, 04.02.2019

Below the Rubble: A voice speaks out for Syrian refugees

While perusing my alma mater's University of Connecticut alumni magazine, I was not prepared for the enormous impact of an article written by a Syrian American author. A passionate, smart and gifted writer, Zeyn Joukhadar finds purpose by listening to the voices of Syrian refugees.

Moved by this noble cause, I decided to reach out to Zeyn to explore if he could make time in his busy schedule to visit Cleveland and talk about his debut novel, "The Map of Salt and Stars." To my great surprise, Zeyn enthusiastically accepted the invitation.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:12 AM, 03.19.2019

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

Thursday, March 28 (4 p.m.) Eye Spy Animals – Let’s look into the eyes of different animals and learn how and what they see.

TEEN

Wednesdays, March 20, 27 and April 3 (3 p.m.) Teen Zone – Grades 5 & up: Hang out with something fun to do after school – gaming, art, movies, technology and more! 

Saturday, March 30 (2 p.m.) Raspberry Pi Basics – Learn to build and program electronic circuits using a Raspberry Pi microcomputer in this introductory class.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:11 AM, 03.19.2019

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

As we get ready to cheer on the Cleveland Indians for another baseball season, the Bay Village branch library will welcome author Scott Longert on Monday, March 11, at 7 p.m. to talk about the history of the Indians and his book, "Bad Boys, Bad Times: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the PreWar Years, 1937-1941." A book sale and signing will take place after the presentation.

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

Tuesday, March 5 (6:30 p.m.) One School, One Book Family Night – Drop in for activities related to the Normandy Elementary School "One School, One Book" selection. Registration required.  

Saturday, March 9 (10 a.m.) Preschool STEAM – Join us for stories and a hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) activity.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 9:56 AM, 03.05.2019

Get ready for baseball season with WPPL's Baseball Extravaganza!

Get ready for another season of America’s favorite pastime by spending the afternoon at Westlake Porter Public Library’s Baseball Extravaganza on Saturday, March 16, from 1-4 p.m.

The Extravaganza will include appearances by local mascots, a baseball-themed storytime, popcorn and a presentation by Jonathan Knight! Knight is the author of 10 books on Cleveland sports with a reputation as “one of the most articulate and devoted sportswriters in Ohio,” according to the Akron Beacon Journal. This family-friendly program is for all ages, and no registration is required.

For more information, please call the library at 440-871-2600 or visit westlakelibrary.evanced.info.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 9:54 AM, 03.05.2019

See Monica Robins and The Whiskey Kings at Porter Library

Monica Robins & The Whiskey Kings have been rocking Cleveland since 1998 and they’ll rock Westlake Porter Public Library on Sunday, March 10, from 2-3 p.m.

The band, which features the classic rock hits of the last four decades, has opened for legendary acts such as Donnie Iris and the Cruisers, South Side Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Temptations, Eddie Money and Hall and Oates. They feature Monica Robins on lead vocals, the tasty licks of lead guitarist Ken Cali, the smooth bass of Brian McDonald, the dulcet tones of Steve Revay playing the keys, the rhythm of Deke Kumler on drums and the sultry lead and backup vocals of Luther Smith.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 9:54 AM, 03.05.2019

March events at Westlake Porter Public Library

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.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 9:56 AM, 03.05.2019

Free digital entertainment with your WPPL card

Winter’s polar blast have you trapped inside? Did you know your Westlake Porter Public Library card gives you access to hours and hours of free digital media content through Hoopla, Kanopy, Acorn TV and Stingray Qello?

All these streaming services are available online or via apps for your mobile devices. Each requires a simple account setup attached to your WPPL card to access a variety of TV shows, movies, documentaries and digital books and music.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 10:03 AM, 02.19.2019

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, Feb. 20 (3:15 p.m.) Stuffed Animal Sleepover – Ages 2-5: Join us for a stuffed animal sleepover party for stories, crafts and activities when you pick up your favorite stuffed friend. One stuffed animal per child.

Thursday, Feb. 21 (4 p.m.) American Girl: Julie – Learn about the times and cultures represented by the dolls. Feel free to bring your doll to the program if you have one.

Saturday, Feb. 23 (10 a.m.) Wonderful World of Bubbles – Prepare to be amazed at this spectacular show! You won’t believe your eyes as the Bubble Lady herself creates bubbles like you’ve never seen before!

Monday, March 4 (11 a.m.) Homeschool: Spray Bottle Art – Spray your boredom away! Make your own spray bottle silhouette art of your favorite cartoon or book character.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 10:01 AM, 02.19.2019

Learn how to improve your brain's health

Dr. Casen DeMaria of the Drugless Doctors will share what you can do to keep your brain healthy on Tuesday, March 12, from noon to 12:45 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library. At this dynamic and fun workshop attendees will learn what they can do naturally to help their brains function at peak, no matter their age. Registration is required.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 9:58 AM, 02.19.2019

February events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Feb. 19 (7-9 p.m.) Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Man Who Stood Up to Hitler – Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a Protestant minister and German theologian who came of age between the two World Wars. His writings reflect the increasing alarm as he watched his fellow Germans believe the lies of the National Socialists, turning anger into madness. A lone voice that stood up to Hitler. What message do his words hold for us today? Please register.

Wednesdays, Feb. 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.

Wednesdays, Feb. 20 and 27 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, February 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, Feb. 20 (7-8:30 p.m.) Recycling: Current and Future Technologies – Recycling is a lot more than sorting out bottles, paper and cans. Join Dr. Joel Keller as he teaches us all about the processes of recycling. What can be recycled? How do our communities currently handle recycling? Do those blue and green bins at the end of the driveway really work? And going forward, what are some recycling systems we can look to in the future? Please register.

Thursday, Feb. 21 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Business Lunch & Learn: Financial Statement Basics – Learn what financial statements are, why they are important, and how they are used in the process of running a business. Good bookkeeping and financial management are critical to the health of a business. Please register.

Thursdays, Feb. 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.

Thursday, Feb. 21 (6:30 p.m., Preschool session) and Friday, Feb. 22 (9:30 a.m., Preschool session; 11:30 a.m., Toddler Session) 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 connectingforkids.org/register or call 440-570-5908.

Friday, Feb. 22 (10 a.m.-noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems and show off.

Friday, Feb. 22 (10-10:30 a.m.) Little Hands Art – Nurture your child’s creative side with this hands-on program featuring a story, craft and music. For children ages 3-5 and their caregiver. Please register.

Saturday, Feb. 23 (1-2:30 p.m.) Grants for Children with Special Needs – Would you like to apply for a grant to help fund your child’s therapies, camps or equipment needs but aren’t sure where to begin? Join Julie K. Robie of Community Fund Management Foundation (CFMF) as she takes participants step-by-step through the process of applying for CFMF Accessibility Grants and CFMF Education, Therapy, and Services Grants. Also, Amy Clawson of Ohio Family 2 Family will present how to create your child’s medical summary and how to write a vision statement to supplement your grant applications and other uses. Families are encouraged to bring a laptop or other device to begin their application. To register visit connectingforkids.org/register or call 440-570-5908.

Saturday, Feb. 23 (2-4 p.m.) Carry Out Crafts – Stop by the Youth Services Department to see our featured craft. We have all the supplies you’ll need to create something fantastic!

Saturday, Feb. 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.

Sunday, Feb. 24 (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.

Monday, Feb. 25 (12:30-1:30 p.m.) Senior Storytime: LoveNotes – Join us for short stories read by librarians that will warm your heart with love and happiness. Bring a brown bag lunch if you wish! Please register.

Monday, Feb. 25 (2-3 p.m.) 19th Century Mourning Rituals – Lysa Stanton of the Westlake Historical Society will discuss 19th-century mourning rituals and how our ancestors understood the grieving process. Some of these rituals may sound familiar to us and many will strike us as a little out of the ordinary. Please register.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 9:55 AM, 02.05.2019

Friends of Porter Public Library present 'Nobody Does Sinatra Like Sonata'

The Friends of Porter Public Library will present Frank Sinatra tribute artist Michael Sonata at the library on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 2-3 p.m. Sonata’s performance is part of the “Sunday Sounds” series, and will be cabaret-style with a free luncheon served.

Sonata is one of the most sought-after Sinatra tribute artists in the country. His vocal styling and presence is second only to the legend himself. From concert halls to corporate events, Sonata brings the sights, sounds and simple sophistication of “Old Blue Eyes” live to the stage.

Seating for the luncheon will begin at 1:30. Seating is limited, so please register by calling 440-871-2600 or visiting westlakelibrary.evanced.info.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 9:54 AM, 02.05.2019