Westlake Porter Public Library's September calendar of events
Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s September 2022 calendar of events. All programs are subject to change. Please check westlakelibrary.org or follow the library on Facebook and Twitter (@WestlakePorter) for the latest updates.
Thursday, Sept. 8 (2-3 p.m.) Virtual Author Talk: Dr. Michele Borba – Join us online for a conversation with the bestselling author as she discusses her book “Thrivers: Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Thrive.” Streamed live. Please register.
Thursdays, Sept. 8 and 22 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) Roblox Arcade – We have some private servers set up for Tweens in grades 4-6 to hang out with their friends and enjoy some of the most popular games via Zoom. Join us in person on online. Please register.
Thursday, Sept. 8 (7-8 p.m.) Thursday Night Book Discussion – "I’d Give Anything by Marisa" de los Santos. Participants will need to obtain their own copies of the title. Please register.
Thursday, Sept. 8 (7-8:30 p.m.) Local Author Visit with John Keyse-Walker – Join local writer John Keyse-Walker to discuss the inspiration behind his Teddy Creque Mystery Series and his newest novel, “Havana Highwire.” Book signing will follow. Please register.
Friday, Sept. 9 (4-5 p.m.) Teddy Bear Picnic – You and your favorite stuffed animal are invited to a Teddy Bear Picnic! Join us for stories, songs, a craft, and a snack. Bring a blanket, we'll bring the fun! In case of inclement weather, the event will be indoors. Ages 3-8. Please register.
Saturdays, Sept. 10 and 24 (10:30-11 a.m.) and Wednesdays, Sept. 14, 21 and 28 (7-7:30 p.m.) Family Storytime – Join us for rhymes, songs and play! For families with children ages 2-6. Siblings are welcome. Registration begins one week before each session.
Saturday, Sept. 10 (2-2:30 p.m.) Teen Craft: Handmade Jewelry (Post Earrings) – During this craft session teens in grades 7-12 will learn how to make their own post earrings. Drop-ins are welcome but space is limited.
Sunday, Sept. 11 (1-5 p.m.) 9/11 Remembrance – Visit Christina’s Corner in the Youth Services Department and add a leaf to our remembrance tree in memory of Christina Ryook.
Sunday, Sept. 11 (2-4 p.m.) Hand Sewing for Literacy – Learn basic sewing skills and create a sewn project while listening to a story with sewing as its central theme. Hand sewing helps kids develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, self-confidence, patience and focus – skills used in reading and writing. Caregivers are encouraged to stay for the program to learn the sewing techniques and assist their child(ren). Younger siblings are welcome and a simple stitching project will be available for them. Grades 3-5. Please register.
Mondays, Sept. 12 and 26 (3:30-5:30 p.m.) Teen Lounge – Need a place to hang after school? Video games, board games, snacks and more!
Monday, Sept. 12 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Indoor Movie Night – Enjoy a feature-length newly released DVD or favorite family classic! Call the library at 440-871-2600 for more information. All ages. Please register.
Monday, Sept. 12 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: Beginning Coding for Adults – Want to learn how to code? Find resources on how to start at this program. Please register.
Tuesdays, Sept. 13 and 27 (4:30-6 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with a therapy dog. Sign up begins at 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 13 (7-8:30 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Club (In Person AND Virtual) – Join us to discuss "The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett. The discussion will be held in person and on Zoom simultaneously. Please register. If you register for the Zoom option you will receive a Zoom invitation and instructions by email.
Tuesday, Sept. 13 (7-8:30 p.m.) Medical Advances During the Civil War – Join Suzanne Rusnak as she leads us through a discussion of medical and surgical advances made during the U.S. Civil War. Please register.
Wednesday, Sept. 14 (4-5 p.m.) Family Game Time – There’s a world of games to explore! Enjoy a game at the library. You can bring your own or use one of ours! Families can gather and have fun in an understanding and empathetic environment. This program is inclusive and is for those with disabilities and typical peers. Ages 3-12. Please register.
Wednesday, Sept. 14 (6-8:30 p.m.) First Aid & Stop the Bleed – Join us for a program which combines the classes First Aid and Stop the Bleed. Class led by certified instructors from University Hospitals St. John Medical Center. Please register. If you have questions, contact the instructors at email@example.com.
Thursday, Sept. 15 (10-11:30 a.m.) Computer Basics & Introduction to Northstar – Learn how to turn on a computer, use a mouse, go online, and access Northstar Digital Literacy for self-paced online learning. Registration begins Sept. 8.
Thursday, Sept. 15 (3-4:15 p.m.) Introduction to Proposal Writing – Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes! This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. Please register.
Thursday, Sept. 15 (6:30-7 p.m.) So Many Ways to Read Storytime – Have fun learning stories, rhymes, and movements in many languages and formats. Ages 3-7. Registration begins Sept. 8.
Friday, Sept. 16 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: Our Sun and Seasons – Join Mrs. K as we learn about our closest star, the sun. Discoveries will be made through hands-on experiments, active participation and a simple take-home project. Ages 4-6, up to Kindergarten. Registration begins Sept. 9.
Saturday, Sept. 17 (1–4 p.m.) Community Welcome Fair – Welcoming Week culminates in this Fair, bringing together neighbors of all backgrounds and building strong connections and community. A variety of local culture groups and businesses will be here to share their stories, traditions and food. The Fair will feature a performance by the Adrija Dance Academy at 1 p.m. and an opportunity to visit and learn about different organizations including the North Coast Pandas, Rimis Indian Bakers n’ Grocers, Westlake Chinese School, West Cleveland Muslim Association and more from around the Cleveland Area from 2-4 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 18 (2-3 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 Sept. 11.
Monday, Sept. 19 to Monday, Sept. 26 – B is for Bear Craft Pick Up – Celebrate all kinds of bears with some fun crafts! Registration begins Sept. 12.
Monday, Sept. 19 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) Tween Craft Pick-Up – A take home craft kit for grades 4-6. Registration begins Sept. 12.
Monday, Sept. 19 (10-10:30 a.m.) Music Monday – Develop pre-reading skills with music, movement and rhythm through stories, songs and rhymes. Ages 2-6. Registration begins Sept. 12.
Monday, Sept. 19 (1-2:30 p.m.) True Crime Book Club – This month’s title is "Scoundrel: How a Convicted Murderer Persuaded the Women Who Loved Him, the Conservative Establishment, and the Courts to Set Him Free" by Sarah Weinman. This club is a great way to discover some new titles and some classics of True Crime. Please register.
Monday, Sept. 19 (1-2:30 p.m.) Amazing Adults – Enjoy some crafts, songs, simple fitness and fun! For adults with disabilities. Registration begins Sept. 12.
Monday, Sept. 19 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Tuesday, Sept. 20 (10-11:30 a.m.) Microsoft Excel & Introduction to Northstar – Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel, and how to access Northstar Digital Literacy for self-paced online learning. Registration begins Sept. 13.
Tuesday, Sept. 20 (2-3 p.m.) Virtual Author Talk: Simon Winchester – Join us online for a conversation with this prolific British-American writer, journalist, and consummate adventurer. Winchester is the author of "The Professor and the Madman." Streamed live. Please register.
Tuesday, Sept. 20 (7-8 p.m.) Young Adult Book Club (In Person and Virtual) – Join us for a discussion of "Every Day" by David Levithan. Copies will be available at the Youth Services desk. This program will be in person and on Zoom simultaneously. Please register.
Wednesday, Sept. 21 (2-3 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – This month’s title is "Raft of Stars" by Andrew J. Graff. A limited number of books are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. Please register.
Wednesday, Sept. 21 (7-8 p.m.) Adult Creative Writing Group – Join us for an hour of creative writing prompts to inspire you to start and keep writing. Creativity is more than putting pen to paper. It’s about breaking away and trying something new! Please register.
Thursday, Sept. 22 (6:30-7:15 p.m.) and Friday, Sept. 30 (11-11:45 a.m.) Adapted Storytime – Join us for this storytime designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime. Content is geared toward ages 3-7. Registration begins one week before each session.
Friday, Sept. 23 (4-5 p.m.) Brick Builders – Do you love Legos? Bring your ideas and imagination to Brick Builders! Bricks provided. No registration required, but room capacity is limited. First come, first served. Ages 5-12.
Saturday, Sept. 24 (10:30 a.m.-noon) Medicare: Open Enrollment Information – Medicare Open Enrollment is Oct. 15-Dec. 7. Join us for a presentation on Medicare with OSHIIP, Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program, to learn the ins and outs of Medicare. OSHIIP volunteer counselor Jim Langan will discuss your Medicare coverage options. Please register.
Saturday, Sept. 24 (2-3:30 p.m.) 3D Printing Orientation – In order to use the library's 3D printer, you'll need to take this orientation first. Learn library policies about using it, how to download a 3D-printable object, and how to prepare it for a great print. Registration begins Sept. 17.
Sunday, Sept. 25 (2-3 p.m.) Come Play With Me – An open playtime for children ages 2-5 with a caring adult. Siblings welcome! No registration required but room capacity is limited. First come, first served.
Monday, Sept. 26 (6-8 p.m.) How to Overcome Depression Naturally – Learn from a Certified Herbalist how to shine a positive light on depression by applying self-care techniques with herbal and
nutritional supplements. Registration begins Sept. 19.
Tuesday, Sept. 27 (4- p.m.) Virtual Author Talk: Hernan Diaz – Join us online for an afternoon with Pulitzer Prize finalist and PEN/Faulkner Award winner Hernan Diaz, author of "In the Distance" and "Trust." Streamed live. Please register.
Wednesday, Sept. 28 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) Discovery Box Sign-Up – For Teens in grades 7-12. Register for WPPL's personalized subscription box service by Sept. 28. Here's how it works: 1. register; 2. fill out a brief survey; 3. based on your answers, we'll prepare a personalized Discovery Box that is catered to your specific taste; 4. pick up your Discovery Box starting Oct. 5.
Wednesday, Sept. 28 (2-3:30 p.m.) OR Thursday, Sept. 29 (7-8:30 p.m.) Hello Fall Sign Craft – Welcome the season with a rustic wooden sign featuring a felt leaf wreath. This project requires
painting, wire wrapping and using a glue gun. Please choose one session. Registration begins one week before each.
Friday, Sept. 30 (1-3 p.m.) Art Walk Reception – Come and experience the nature photography featured in our gallery space and meet the artists! During the summer, persons with disabilities had the opportunity to explore nature and share their perspective of the world through photography as part of a series of Art Walk programs. The photography on display in the library the entire month of September is the outcome of our Art Walk programs.
Friday, Sept. 30 (4-4:30 p.m.) Read It, Make It @ the Library – Make a craft based on a story that is read aloud. Grades PreK-1, siblings are welcome. Registration begins one week before each session.
For more information or to register for any of the programs, please visit westlakelibrary.org/events.
Elaine Willis is the Public Relations Associate at Westlake Porter Public Library.