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Learn what to expect from the economy in 2019

Former U.S. Department of the Treasury senior economist Dr. Kevin Jacques will examine what to expect for the U.S. economy in 2019 during the Monday, Jan. 21, Investors’ Interest Group program at Westlake Porter Public Library.

His presentation will include a discussion of Federal Reserve interest rate policy, inflation, economic growth and the political economy, with an eye toward the implications for individual investor stock and bond portfolios.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 9:49 AM, 01.08.2019

Join Porter Library's adult winter reading program

Looking for a way to while away the long, cold month of January? Pick up a book and join Westlake Porter Public Library’s Adult Winter Reading Program! For every book read from Jan. 6 through Feb. 2 participants can complete an entry for a chance to win one of four weekly prizes.

Entries can be completed at the library’s Ask Us and Circulation Desks, or online at westlakelibrary.beanstack.org. Read as many or as few books as you like – you can enter for every book you complete!

The program is open to adults 18 and over, and no registration is required.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 9:49 AM, 01.08.2019

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Dan Ruminski returns to the Bay Village branch library on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. to talk about Francis Drury, who turned his love of theater into a reality called the Cleveland Play House. He'll discuss how Drury achieved his wealth, why he and his wife, Julia, suddenly abandoned their home in Cleveland, and what role Cleveland society played in that decision. You'll learn about his building of one of the last and most fabulous mansions on Millionaires’ Row and his desire for more space resulting in the building of his Cedar Hill Farm, known today as Gilmour Academy. This program is presented in collaboration with the Bay Village Historical Society and sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch. 

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, Jan. 10 (3 p.m.) Write On! – Join us for fun, quirky and challenging writing exercises and activities to get your creativity flowing. Registration required.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 9:53 AM, 01.08.2019

Early January events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesdays, Jan. 9 and 16 (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. Arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesdays, Jan. 9 and 16 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Jan. 10 and 17 (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.

Thursday, Jan. 10 (10-11:30 a.m.) Intro to Smartphones – Learn the basics of using smartphones, such as screen brightness, wi-fi settings, adding apps and more. If bringing your device, please bring all account passwords. Please register.

Thursday, Jan. 10 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursday, Jan. 10 (2-3:30 p.m.) Great Decisions Discussion Program on World Affairs – Discuss critical global issues facing America today. At the beginning of each month a copy of the article may be picked up at the Ask Us Desk to be read prior to the meeting. Please register.

Thursdays, Jan. 10 and 17 (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. Please register.

Friday, Jan. 11 (9:30 and 10:30 a.m.) and Saturday, Jan. 12 (9:30 and 10:30 a.m.) Music Therapy & More – For families and their children (ages 0-6 years) who are struggling in an area of development. Join us for a hands-on program designed to teach families how to use music to improve their child’s motor, communication and social skills as well as behavior. Siblings (ages 0-6 years) may also attend but must register separately. Each session is 30 minutes. For more information and to register, visit connectingforkids.org/music or call 440-570-5908.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 9:51 AM, 01.08.2019

Friends of Porter Public Library's annual meeting to feature musician Bill March

The Friends of Porter Public Library’s annual meeting on Sunday, Jan. 20, will feature musician Bill March. The meeting and performance will take place at the library (27333 Center Ridge Road) from 2-3 p.m.

March is a veteran of the Cleveland music scene. He has played solo and with a countless number of bands including The Raspberries in a career spanning over three decades. He has played with many local favorite recording artists such as Jonah Koslen (Stage Pass Now, Breathless, Michael Stanley Band), Wally Bryson (Raspberries), and was also a founding member of Beau Coup. His performance will take attendees back to the singer/songwriter era.

No registration is required.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 9:48 AM, 01.08.2019

Aging in place ... on a budget!

Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio will give a presentation at Westlake Porter Public Library on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 11:00 a.m. Learn about accessibility basics in various areas of the home. This program is focused on solutions that help increase safety and efficiency. Also includes costs, resources and working with contractors. Please register in person, call the library at 440-871-2600, or visit westlakelibrary.org

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 9:48 AM, 01.08.2019

Upcoming programs at Bay Branch Library

As we get ready to celebrate the arrival of 2019, the staff of the Bay Village branch library would like to thank you for your patronage this past year.

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

CHILDREN

Our weekly storytimes will start back up on Wednesday, Jan. 2. Please see the schedule below for days and times.

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. 5 (2 p.m.) Family Movie – Join us 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.

Monday, Jan. 7 (11 a.m.) Homeschool: Pioneer Life – Grades 3-6: Explore pioneer times through activities and building a log cabin. Registration required.

Saturday, Jan. 10 (10 a.m.) Preschool STEAM – 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, Dec. 19 and Jan. 9  (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 10, Issue 24, Posted 10:05 AM, 12.18.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

CHILDREN

Storytimes at the Bay Village branch library are on hiatus for the month of December. Please join us again in January for our weekly storytimes. Through Dec. 22, children can stop by to make a seasonal craft to take home.

Wednesday, Dec. 5 (7 p.m.) Mad Scientists: Snow – Grades K-2: Join us for a hands-on science program. Learn about polymers as we make our own snow. Registration required.

Friday, Dec. 7 (10 a.m.) Block Party – Ages 2-5: Come build with us! We will supply the building bricks and you bring the imagination.

Saturday, Dec. 8 (10 a.m.) Preschool STEAM – Join us for a hands-on science program. Learn about polymers as we make our own snow.

Monday, Dec. 10 (7 p.m.) STEAM On: Let it Glow – Grades 3-4: Join us for a hands-on STEAM program. Use paper circuits to light up a holiday card.

Thursday, Dec. 13 (4 p.m.) American Girl: Rebecca – Learn about the times and cultures represented by the dolls. Feel free to bring your doll to the program if you have one.

TEEN

Wednesdays, Dec. 5, 12 and 19 (3 p.m.) Teen Zone – Grades 5 & up: Hang out with something fun to do after school – gaming, art, movies, technology and more! 

Thursday, Dec. 6 (3 p.m.) Write On! – Join us for fun, quirky and challenging writing exercises and activities to get your creativity flowing. Registration required.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 10:24 AM, 12.04.2018

Porter Library to present 'Thank You Notes: One a Day for A Year'

Without really knowing why, Glenn Blair decided to write a thank you note a day for a year ... to friends, celebrities and strangers. He soon discovered the reason he had to write the letters, along with a number of powerful positive lessons, and some surprising responses and reactions during this 365-day project.

Glenn will share his amazing story when Westlake Porter Public Library presents "Thank You Notes: One A Day for a Year," on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 7-8 p.m. Registration is required. To do so please call 440-871-2600 or visit westlakelibrary.evanced.info.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 10:20 AM, 12.04.2018

Experience virtual reality at Porter Library

Learn about and experience Virtual Reality at Westlake Porter Public Library on Monday, Dec. 17, from 7-8:30 p.m. with "Maker Monday: Virtual Reality." Attendees will learn about and have the opportunity to defend a castle, explore space and even encounter a whale with their own smartphones via Google Cardboard and the high-tech HTC Vive!

For more information or to register, please call 440-871-2600 or visit westlakelibrary.evanced.info.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 10:20 AM, 12.04.2018

December events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, Dec. 5 (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, Dec. 5 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursday, Dec. 6 (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, Dec. 5 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club – Calling all horror film fans: Join us for another creepy classic from the vault ... if you dare! New members are always welcome, but children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please register.

Wednesday, Dec. 5 (6:30-7:45 p.m.) How to Manage Personal Collections Like a Pro – Do you want to learn more about how to care for your family’s heirlooms and other treasures? Get an introductory lesson from Jennifer Souers Chevraux, principal at Illumine Creative Solutions. Jennifer will walk participants through the basics of collections care at home. Please register.

Thursday, Dec. 6 (10-11:30 a.m.) Intro to Smartphones – Learn the basics of using smartphones, such as screen brightness, wi-fi settings, adding apps and more! If bringing your device, please bring all account passwords. Please register.

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

Thursdays, Dec. 6 and 13 (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, Dec. 6 (7-8 p.m.) Finding Scholarships for Undergraduate and Graduate School – Foundation Center’s Sara Krane and Natalie Jemiola-Wilson will discuss foundation support and other sources of financial aid for students in higher education. Learn how to research private scholarships and hear about available funding opportunities for students. Please register.

Saturday, Dec. 8 (10-11:30 a.m.) What Is Cloud Computing – Discover how Google products, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Apple iCloud, and other cloud-based services can make your life easier. Please register.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 9:34 AM, 11.20.2018

Talk to focus on Cleveland's civil rights history

Westlake Porter Public Library will present a talk by author James Robenalt about Cleveland’s unique place in civil rights history on Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. Registration is required.

Based on Robenalt’s book "Ballots and Bullets: Black Power Politics and Urban Guerilla Warfare in 1968 Cleveland," the talk will cover the Glenville Riots, visits to the city by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X (including his iconic “The Ballot or the Bullet” speech), the election of Carl Stokes as the first black mayor of a major American city, Bobby Kennedy’s “Mindless Menace of Violence” speech delivered here, and how all of these played into national politics at the time and still affect society and politics today.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 9:33 AM, 11.20.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

As we head into the holiday season, you'll definitely want to take a look at the Cuyahoga County Public Library's Great Books for Kids – a collection of books, apps, toys and gift ideas recommended by CCPL librarians. A list is available at ccplgreatbooksforkids.org.

The library will be closing at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21, for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will re-open at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 23.

CHILDREN

Storytimes will be on hiatus during the month of December.

  • 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. 3 (11 a.m.) Homeschool: Sticky Science – Grades 3-6: We will build free-standing Eiffel towers out of gum drops and spaghetti. Registration required.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 9:36 AM, 11.20.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

CHILDREN

  • 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, Nov. 15 (4 p.m.) American Girl: Kit (Grades 2-6) – Learn about the times and cultures represented by the dolls. Feel free to bring your doll to the program if you have one.

TEEN

Wednesdays, Nov. 7 and 14 (3 p.m.) Teen Zone – Grades 5 & up: Hang out with something fun to do after school – gaming, art, movies, technology and more! 

ADULT

Friday, Nov. 16 ( 10 a.m.) BAYarts Book Discussion – Join friends, neighbors and library staff for this monthly book discussion on the BAYarts campus. This month's title, "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas, is available at the library and BAYarts one month before the discussion.

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 10, Issue 21, Posted 10:02 AM, 11.06.2018

Learn 'how-to' at Westlake Porter Public Library

If you’ve ever wondered “how-to” do something, Saturday, Oct. 20, from 2-4 p.m. may be your chance to find out! Instructors will show attendees how to perform a variety of tasks, skills and crafts in brief presentations throughout Westlake Porter Public Library’s meeting rooms during the library’s first How-To Festival. The open house-style event will cover how to make smoothies, origami, composting, 3D printing, making pop-up books, knitting, panning for gold, and much more. No registration is necessary.

For more information about the How-To Festival, call 440-871-2600 or visit westlakelibrary.org/node/6376.

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Volume 10, Issue 20, Posted 10:05 AM, 10.16.2018

November events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Nov. 20 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories – Put on your pajamas and join Mrs. K. as we unwind at the end of the day with stories, songs, fingerplays and other activities. This month: Goodnight, Trucks. Ages 4-6. Siblings welcome.

Wednesday, Nov. 21 – Library closes at 5 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 22 – Thanksgiving Day: Library closed

Saturday, Nov. 24 (10:30-11 a.m.) Mother Goose On the Loose! – An interactive storytime featuring simple books, rhymes, songs and movement. For ages birth-3 years old with a caregiver.

Sunday, Nov. 25 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club – Samantha Parkington, an orphan living during the early 1900s is compassionate and kind. Her friends consider her a “life saver” because she’s “all heart and ready to help others.” We’ll discuss these qualities while playing games and making a craft. Ages 6-11. Please register.

Sunday, Nov. 25 (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, Nov. 26 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Monday, Nov. 26 (3:30-5:30 p.m.) Teen Lounge – Need a place to hang out after school? We have computers, video games, board games, snacks and more! For grades 7-12 only.

Monday, Nov. 26 (4-5 p.m.) Tween Code Club – Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! Grades 3-8. Registration begins one week before each session.

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Volume 10, Issue 20, Posted 10:10 AM, 10.16.2018

Porter Library receives award from United Cerebral Palsy Center

Westlake Porter Public Library has been honored with a Community Partner Award from the United Cerebral Palsy Center of Greater Cleveland. The Community Partner Award recognizes an individual or organization that has excelled in partnering with UCP to advance its mission and serve the interests of people with special needs.

In her nomination letter, UCP Activities and Training Manager Amy Vedova said, “The library is more than just a place to go for information and resources for the individuals we support; it is a place where they feel welcomed, encouraged, and are viewed as contributing members of and active partners in their community with a purpose!”

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Volume 10, Issue 20, Posted 10:05 AM, 10.16.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

"The Wolf Man," "The Bride of Frankenstein," "Creature from the Black Lagoon" – these horror movies from Hollywood's Golden Age catapulted the characters to cult status. On Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m., Largely Literary Theater presents lighthearted sketches, props and costume pieces to explore Hollywood's Golden Age of Horror. Join us for a monstrous good time that shows how famous film fiends became beloved characters. This presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. There will also be a book signing featuring many of Mark Dawidziak's horror-centric titles. You won't want to miss this fun program just in time for Halloween!

CHILDREN

  • 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, Oct. 24 (7 p.m.) National Chemistry Week: Chemistry is out of this World! – Grades 2-6: Come join us for fun, hands-on activities that let you get close to the action! Be prepared to get in and get messy. Led by volunteers from the American Chemical Society. Registration required.

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Volume 10, Issue 20, Posted 10:10 AM, 10.16.2018

October events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesdays, Oct. 3, 10 and 17 (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, Oct. 3 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogy Society Help Session – Please join the genealogy group for an informal walk-in help session.

Wednesdays, Oct. 3, 10 and 17 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Oct. 4, 11 and 18 (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, Oct. 3 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club – Calling all horror film fans: Join us for another creepy classic from the vault ... if you dare! New members are always welcome, but children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please register.

Wednesday, Oct. 3 (7-7:45 p.m.) Mix-It-Up! – Let’s mix it up with pumpkins and apples at our exploration stations! Use your senses as we have fun playing and discovering! Ages 4-6. Please register.

Thursday, Oct. 4 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursdays, Oct. 4, 11 and 18 (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, Oct. 5 (4-5 p.m.) Got Science? – Join us as we delve into the world of science. This month’s topic: Spooky Science! Grades 1 and 2. Please register.

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Volume 10, Issue 19, Posted 9:56 AM, 10.02.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

The Cleveland Museum of Art joins us at the Bay Village branch library on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. to present their program, "Cool Knights: Armor from the European Middle Ages and Renaissance." Adult participants will explore the Middle Ages and Renaissance through actual museum artifacts – the armor and weaponry of the Medieval and Renaissance knight.

CHILDREN

  • 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, Oct. 4 (4 p.m.) Planes, Trains, and Automobiles – Join us for transportation stories, songs and activities!

Friday, Oct. 5 (10 a.m.) Play, Learn and Grow – Children ages birth to 3 years old will play with developmentally appropriate toys in a play group atmosphere while parents meet and learn from community health experts.

TEEN

Wednesdays, Oct. 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!

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Volume 10, Issue 19, Posted 9:56 AM, 10.02.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

As we prepare for the upcoming colder temperatures and the leaves get ready to fall, it's time to start thinking about cleaning up your garden and getting it ready for the winter weather. Join us at the Bay Village branch library on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m. as the Master Gardeners present "Putting Your Garden to Bed." Learn what chores to do to make your gardening easier come springtime.

CHILDREN

  • 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.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Thursday, Sept. 20 (4 p.m.) American Girl: Caroline – Grades 2-4: Learn about the times and cultures represented by the dolls. Feel free to bring your doll to the program if you have one.

Thursday, Oct. 4 (4 p.m.) Trains, Planes and Automobiles – Join us for transportation stories, songs and activities!

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Volume 10, Issue 18, Posted 10:10 AM, 09.18.2018

CCPL and city to host Bay library engagement sessions

Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) and the City of Bay Village want to hear from Bay Village residents. We will be co-hosting four community engagement sessions to gather input for the new Bay Village branch library project. To date we have gathered feedback from the public in 2017 and from more than 600 survey respondents this year. Now we are hoping for strong participation in these final four community engagement sessions.

We are reserving one session specifically for students because we want to give the youth who use the library the opportunity to share their perspectives. The final session will serve as a “capstone” meeting, where participants in the three previous sessions may come together to share their feedback from the previous sessions.

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Volume 10, Issue 17, Posted 9:11 AM, 09.05.2018

September events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesdays, Sept. 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, Sept. 19 and 26 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, September 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 each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 19 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Liz Pearson will speak about "English and Welsh Parish Records, 1538-1837."

Thursday, Sept. 20 (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 encounter in the start-up and running of their businesses. Attendees will learn about 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 pertaining to his/her business. Please register.

Thursdays, Sept. 20 and 27 (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, Sept. 20 (Preschool session: 6:30 p.m.) and Friday, Sept. 21 (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. Each themed session offers a variety of engaging individual, small and whole group activities. Led by an experienced early intervention specialist and speech-language pathologist. To register, call 440-250-5563 or visit connectingforkids.org.

Friday, Sept. 21 (3:30-4:15 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: Dinosaur Discovery – Join Mrs. K as we explore the wonders of our world. What happened to the dinosaurs? We’ll answer that question and more. Discoveries will be made through hands-on experiments, active participation and a simple fossil to take home. Ages 4-6. Please register.

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

Saturday, Sept. 22 (1-4 p.m.) WPPL Health Fair – Learn more about your health and how to stay healthy at all ages. You’ll have a chance to participate in three different programs (registration required), get health screenings (vision, blood pressure and stroke risk assessment), and visit with area health organizations. Registration required for programs only.

Saturday, Sept. 22 (1-1:30 p.m.) Yoga with Inner Bliss Yoga Studio – Join us for a free yoga class. Presented as part of the WPPL Health Fair. Please register.

Saturday, Sept. 22 (1:30-2:30 p.m.) Healthy Living for Brain and Body – For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association as part of the WPPL Health Fair. Please register.

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Volume 10, Issue 17, Posted 9:15 AM, 09.05.2018

Health fair at Porter Library

A health fair will be held at Westlake Porter Public Library on Saturday, Sept. 22, 1-4 p.m. Attend a program, visit with local organizations, and get a screening. Enter to win a free 30-day membership to the West Shore Family YMCA or a Fitbit.  

Attending organizations include:

ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County, Aetna/Medicare, Alzheimer's Association, Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center, Connecting for Kids, Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Drugless Doctors, Gathering Place, Hospice of the Western Reserve, National Alliance on Mental Illness, University Hospitals St. John Medical Center Community Outreach, West Shore Family YMCA, and Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging.

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Volume 10, Issue 16, Posted 8:46 AM, 08.21.2018

Porter Library honored with Parent Choice Award

Westlake Porter Public Library was voted best library in Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine’s annual Parent Choice Awards poll. Readers cited the library’s “unique programming for kids” (including the Little PIM language learning service and New Readers Club) and “packed calendar” as reasons for their votes. WPPL tied with Cuyahoga Falls Library in the poll.

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Volume 10, Issue 16, Posted 8:51 AM, 08.21.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Anxiety in children can cause problems in social, personal and academic performance, and parents may feel at a loss on how to help their child deal with the excessive worry and nervousness. Join us at the Bay Village branch library on Monday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. to learn what every parent needs to know about parenting the anxious child, including how to differentiate worry and anxiety. Joanna Hardis, LISW, will engage participants and share elements of supportive communication and concrete tools that can be used with an anxious child. Plus, participants will have a better understanding of the role of accommodation in anxiety.

CHILDREN

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

Friday, Aug. 3 (10 a.m.) Let's Rock Storytime – Join us for a rocking storytime featuring stories and songs with guitar accompaniment. 

ADULTS

Friday, Aug. 10 (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, "Exit West" by Mohsin Hamid, is available at the library and BAYarts. No registration required. 

Saturday, Aug. 11 (2 p.m.) Monthly Makers – Join us to create vinyl decal tea towels. Space is limited.

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Volume 10, Issue 15, Posted 9:53 AM, 08.07.2018

August events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, Aug. 22 (10-11:30 a.m.) Introduction to Streaming Music – This class will give an overview of both free library streaming services as well as services such as Pandora and Spotify. Learn what might work best for you, and how to use these services on your computer or mobile devices. If bringing your device, bring all account passwords. Please register.

Wednesdays, Aug. 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, Aug. 22 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The August selection is "The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane" by Lisa See.

Wednesday, Aug. 22 (3:45-5 p.m.) Tween Scene (Back to School Edition) – Celebrate your first day back to school! Play video or board games, or just relax with your friends. Snacks will be provided. Grades 5-6.

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

Friday, Aug. 24 (3:30-4:15 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: Fabulous Fish – Join Mrs. K as we explore the wonders of our world. We’ll learn what makes fish so special, fins and scales included. Discoveries will be made through hands-on experiments, active participation and a simple take-home project. Ages 4-6. Registration begins Aug. 17.

Saturday, Aug. 25 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) Family Fun Craft Day – It’s National Family Fun Month! Stop by and celebrate in the Youth Services Department with family friendly crafts.

Saturday, Aug. 25 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Pokemon Fun! – A fun morning of Pokemon-themed play, prizes and crafts! Ages 6-11.

Saturday, Aug. 25 (2-3:30 p.m.) Meet the Artists Reception – Please join the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council and greet the artists from the annual juried arts show.

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

Sunday, Aug. 26 (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.

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Volume 10, Issue 15, Posted 9:53 AM, 08.07.2018

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Look for colorful rocks in Bay Village.

Families dropped by the Bay Village Library on July 14 to paint rocks that they then hid throughout the community.

Here’s how you can join in the fun:

1. Look for these colorful rocks around Bay Village.
2. When you find one, take a photo and post it to facebook.com/groups/NEohioRocks.
3. Choose a different location in Bay Village and rehide the rock.
4. Use the hashtag #BAYlibraryrocks to follow the travel of the rock.

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Volume 10, Issue 15, Posted 11:41 AM, 07.17.2018

Used book sale July 28-31 at Bay Village Library

The Friends of the Bay Village Library Summer Used Book Sale begins Saturday, July 28, at 9 a.m. and runs through Tuesday, July 31, at 7 p.m. The sale is held in the meeting room of the library.

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 10, Issue 14, Posted 10:04 AM, 07.17.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

CHILDREN

Pool Storytime: Join us at the Bay pool every Monday and Tuesday at 2 p.m. as one of our children's librarians hosts storytime during the rest break.

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.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Thursdays, July 19, 26 and Aug. 2 (2 p.m.) Little Buddies – Share the joy of books with Big Buddies by reading aloud to each other and playing fun reading games and activities. Students must be able to read. Please attend all 3 sessions. Registration required. 

Saturday, July 21 (10 a.m.) Mr Science – While using mostly ordinary household materials and a dash of exuberant character, Mr. Science will bring joy and wonderment to the minds of any and all young learners. You will learn about and see dozens of experiments, demonstrations and creative tricks, all while discovering the science behind how they work. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library. Registration required.

Monday, July 23 (2 p.m.) Monday Movies at the Library – Cool off this summer by visiting the library for special screenings of popular movies. Bring a blanket and pillow or sleeping bag.

Friday, Aug. 3 (10 a.m.) Let's Rock Storytime – Join us for a rocking storytime featuring stories and songs with guitar accompaniment. 

ADULTS

Thursday, July 19 (7 p.m.) De-Stressing Tools and Techniques: Finding Peace & Balance for a Joyful Life! – Join us as Shannon Baron, wellness consultant from Heinen’s Bay Village, and Rebecca Reynolds, certified health coach and drugless practitioner, present proper nutrition, helpful anti-anxiety tools and practices for creating balance in life. 

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Volume 10, Issue 14, Posted 10:05 AM, 07.17.2018

Digital Bookmobile will stop at Porter Library

Overdrive Inc.’s Digital Bookmobile National Tour will be making a stop at Westlake Porter Public Library on Wednesday, July 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors are invited to board this unique traveling exhibit and enjoy an interactive experience in which they’ll learn about and try eBooks and audiobooks available from the library.

Readers at all levels of comfort and familiarity with eBooks are welcome. Equipped with interactive workstations, touchscreen activities, devices to sample titles and more, the Digital Bookmobile has all readers need to get started. Popular devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, Chromebook and Kindle, fill the Gadget Gallery for visitors to browse Porter Library’s digital service.

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Volume 10, Issue 14, Posted 9:59 AM, 07.17.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay branch library

Painted rocks are fun to hide in the community as unexpected tokens of cheer to an unsuspecting finder. Families are invited to join us in this fun activity on Saturday, July 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bay Village branch library. Supplies will be provided so you can paint your own rock and hide it. Bring your creativity and get ready to spread some cheer!

CHILDREN

Pool Storytime: Join us at the Bay pool every Monday and Tuesday at 2 p.m. as one of our children's librarians hosts storytime during the rest break.

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.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Saturday, July 7 (2 p.m.) Harry Potter Anniversary Party – Come celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Boy Who Lived with crafts, games, trivia and more.

Saturday, July 14 (10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) Rock Painting – Families can drop by as we paint rocks together to hide and spread cheer in the community. We'll provide all the supplies. 

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:24 AM, 07.03.2018

July events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Join us as we celebrate STEAM Week, July 15-21, with programs that focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Conceived as Science Week, STEAM Week recognizes the importance of these disciplines to today’s life and seeks to encourage all library visitors to learn more about them, whether as a potential career field or to better understand and use the technologies we rely on.

Sunday, July 15 (3-4 p.m.) Art Smarts – Explore works of a well-known artist and then use what you’ve seen to create an art piece of your own! Grades 3-6. Registration begins July 8.

Monday, July 16 (1-2 p.m. OR 4-5 p.m.) COSI on Wheels: Energy! – Experiment with electricity, magnetism and motion while you help COSI’s inventor complete their greatest creation. Build circuits, create chain reactions and move objects without touching them while learning more about forces and energy.

Monday, July 16 (1-1:30 p.m.) Yoga Time! – This is a perfect way to introduce yoga and practice simple poses that imitate animals and nature. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Ages 3 and up with a caregiver.

Monday, July 16 (6-8 p.m.) Rockin’ Games – Stop by the Youth Services area to play games using rocks ... mancala, checkers, tic-tac-toe and more. Finally, create your own rockin’ game to take home!

Monday, July 16 (6:30-7 p.m.) Digital Storytime – Songs, rhymes and stories with multimedia elements such as video clips, music and animation. For children up to age 6 and a caregiver.

Monday, July 16 (7-8 p.m.) Cyber Security: What Everyone Needs to Know – Security expert David Kennedy, founder of TrustedSec and Binary Defense and former chief security officer for Diebold Inc., will talk about the steps that everyone should take to keep their information and computers secure. Please register.

Tuesday, July 17 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Tablet Tuesday User Group – This group will share tips and tricks with each other about using iPads and Android tablets. Kindle Fire users welcome! Please bring your devices. Please register.

Tuesday, July 17 (1-3 p.m.) Winning 101: Interviewing for Jobs in 2018 – Are you prepared to have a successful interview today? Learn some basic expectations of the interviewer with extra tips from employers on how to differentiate yourself from other candidates, answer difficult questions, discuss salary needs and WIN.

Tuesday, July 17 (2-3 p.m. OR 3:30-4:30 p.m.) Makey Makey – Create a banana piano, play video games with Play-Doh, and use your fellow humans to play the bongos with Makey Makey, which can turn any conductive material into a keyboard! Geared towards grades 3-5. Please register.

Tuesday, July 17 (6-7 p.m.) Egg Splatter Painting – Have you ever wanted to make a beautiful piece of art and have fun doing it? Choose your colors, fill your eggs and throw them at your canvas. When you’re finished take home your one-of-a-kind creation! Grades 5-6. Registration begins July 10.

Tuesdays, July 17 and 31 (6-7 p.m.) Heartfulness Meditation – Heartfulness is a simple, practical way to regulate the mind and experience the heart’s unlimited resources. An experienced trainer will guide you through the various aspects of heartfulness meditation practice. Registration begins one month before each session.

Wednesday, July 18 (11-11:45 a.m.) WPPL’s Annual Egg Drop – Celebrate engineering during STEAM week by designing a protective device for an egg. Come to the Porter Room from 11-11:45 to build your creation then join us at noon in the library lobby to test all of the devices in the official egg drop!

Wednesday, July 18 (4-5 p.m.) Marshmallow Challenge – The task is simple: teams must build a free-standing structure out of spaghetti, tape, string and a single marshmallow ... which team can succeed in building the tallest tower? Grades 5-9. Please register.

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:24 AM, 07.03.2018

July 14 is LEGO Day at the Library

Join us at Westlake Porter Public Library for "LEGOs at the Library" on Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Porter Room. Members from the Northeast Ohio LEGO Users Group (NEOLUG) return with more LEGO creations to get your creative juices flowing. Stop by and be inspired.   

This is a drop-in event for all ages, no registration required. Porter Library is located at 27333 Center Ridge Road. If you have any questions please call 440-871-2600 or visit us online at westlakelibrary.org.

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:22 AM, 07.03.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

With the mega-hit Broadway musical "Hamilton" arriving in Cleveland next month, join us at the Bay Village branch library on Monday, June 25, at 7 p.m to get some insight on the production. Daniel Goldmark, director of the Center for Popular Music Studies at Case Western Reserve University, will present some background on the musical and also discuss how these massive Broadway productions have developed over the last 40 years.

Cool off with some delicious Mitchell's ice-cream at our annual ice cream social while listening to the music of the '60s and '70s performed by Desmond and Molly on Wednesday, June 27, from 6-8 p.m. We hope to see you there!

CHILDREN

Join us a the Bay pool every Monday and Tuesday at 2 p.m. as one of our children's librarians hosts storytime during the 2 p.m. rest break.

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.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Saturday, June 23 (10 a.m.) Drive in at Bay – Ages 2-4: Join us for a Bay Library “drive-in” movie! Work with your child to transform a plain box into a personalized car that your child will proudly take to the drive-in. Once the cars are “parked,” we will enjoy selections from the Disney movie "Mater’s Tall Tales."

Monday, June 25 to Friday, June 29 (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!

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 9:29 AM, 06.19.2018

Learn about ornamental trees in Porter Library program

With the arrival of warmer weather, we all want to spend more time outside. Looking for your next outdoor project? Why not beautify your yard with some ornamental trees?

Not sure where to begin? Then join us on Thursday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library as we welcome Master Gardener Ann Chanon for an informative evening designed to help you find just the right beautiful tree for your yard or garden. After all, while trees make a wonderful addition to any outdoor space, some plants are better suited for certain areas than others. Let's learn how to make the most of our beautiful yards this summer!

Please register for this free event on our website, westlakelibrary.org, or by calling us at 440-871-2600.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 10:08 AM, 06.05.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Registration is now open for Cuyahoga County Public Library's summer reading program, Libraries Rock. 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. On Mondays and 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!

CHILDREN

  • 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.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Saturday, June 9 (10 a.m.) Summer Jam – Get ready for a rock 'n' reading experience! Make your own instruments with everyday materials while singing, dancing and shaking to rhymes, songs and stories.

Saturday, June 16 (2 p.m.) Outback Ray's Amazing Animal Show – Join us for a fun, exciting and educational look at exotic animals. This hands-on show is entertaining for kids of all ages. 

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 10:06 AM, 06.05.2018

June events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, June 19 (1-3 p.m.) Career: Motivating Yourself to Life Success – Motivation is a crucial element in setting and attaining goals. It is necessary when making a transition or changing to something new. You can influence your own levels of motivation and self-control to be successful in your job or career with ideas learned here.

Tuesdays, June 19-July 17 (3-4 p.m.) Summer Brain Games – Keep up your skills during summer vacation! Kids in grades 1-3 can drop in each week for grade-appropriate educational games. Teen volunteers and staff will be on hand to assist.

Tuesday, June 19 (6:45-8:30 p.m.) League Park and Cleveland Sports History – For more than half a century, League Park was the center of the Cleveland sports scene and one of sports’ most important venues. Built for the Cleveland Spiders of the National League, the ballpark was home for the Cleveland Indians, the Cleveland Rams of the NFL and the Cleveland Buckeyes of the Negro Leagues. Come listen to local author Vince Guerrieri talk about this storied park. Please register.

Wednesdays, June 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. Arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesday, June 20 (2-3 p.m.) Self Defense – The martial arts experts at Horizon ATA will teach us some self defense techniques and basics of conflict avoidance to help keep you safe. Please wear comfortable athletic attire and shoes. Grades 7-12. Please register.

Wednesdays, June 20 and 27 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, June 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 one of the reading therapy dogs! Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, June 20 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Ohio Genealogical Society trustee Dr. Deborah Abbott will speak on "Cluster Genealogy: Finding Your Lost Ancestors."

Thursday, June 21 (10-10:45 a.m.) Signing Dr. Seuss – Participate in a lively reading of a Dr. Seuss classic with Bill Morgan, SignStage Artistic Manager of the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center, and learn American Sign Language for words in the story. For children ages 3-1/2 to 7.

Thursdays, June 21 and 28 (2-3:30 p.m.) Teen Crafts – Bring out your creativity every Thursday throughout the summer! Drop-in for a new craft each week. Grades 7-12.

Thursday, June 21 (2-5 p.m.) Classic Arcade Fun with Lego – Bricks4Kidz will help participants use Lego to build all kinds of arcade-style games, including a marble run! Grades 3-5. Please register.

Thursdays, June 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, June 22 (9:30-10 a.m.) My First Summer – Celebrate your baby’s first summer with a simple sunshine footprint craft. For babies age 0-18 months with a caregiver. Please register.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 10:07 AM, 06.05.2018

Summer reading kick-off party at Porter!

Celebrate summer reading on Thursday, May 31, at our kick-off party! Stop by between 4-7 p.m. to register for the Summer Reading program and grab a sign-up prize. Plus we'll have food, rock painting, giveaways (while supplies last), activities and live music from the Paulo Costa Trio! Summer Reading runs June 1 to Aug. 1 and we look forward to seeing you at all our programs over the summer!

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:37 AM, 05.15.2018

Porter parking lot will be closed May 27, 28

Westlake Porter Public Library’s parking lot will be closed for resealing and striping from 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, through 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29. There will be no access to the drive-up book drops while the parking lot is closed. The library will be closed on May 27 and 28 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 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:37 AM, 05.15.2018