Westlake Porter Library

Here  is Westlake Porter Public Library’s May, 2013 Calendar of Events.


Wednesday, May 1 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society—Stuck on your

genealogical research? Not sure how to get started? Stop by for a free Help Session!


Wednesday, May 1 (7-8:45 p.m.) Energy Therapy and Chakra Cleansing— Reiki

Master Linda Street, returns to speak about Energy Therapy in more depth. Doors open at

6:30 p.m.; presentation is from 7-8:30 p.m. Q & A to follow. Please register.


Fridays, May 3 and 17 (10-10:45 a.m.) Come Play With Me! —Open playtime with

age-appropriate toys, songs and rhymes. For children ages 2-5 with a caring adult.

Registration begins one week before each program.


Friday, May 3 (Toddler session: 10:30-11 a.m.; Preschool session: 11:30 a.m.-Noon)

Music Therapy & More—Connecting for Kids and the Music Therapy Enrichment Corps

invite you to a music therapy group. Learn how parents and caregivers have a direct

role in bringing music to life. The toddler session is geared for children under 3. The

preschool session is geared for children ages 3-6 (siblings are welcome). Caregiver must

stay in the room. No registration required.


Saturday, May 4 (All Day) National Free Comic Book Day—In partnership with Carol

& John’s Comic Book Shop we’ll be giving out free comic books (one per person) all day

while supplies last!


Thursday, May 9 (7-8:45 p.m.) Westlake-West Shore Arts Council— A View from

Stage of The Cleveland Orchestra. Retired Principal Percussionist Richard Weiner shares

memories and commentary from 48 years as a member of The Cleveland Orchestra.


Saturday, May 11(10:30-11 a.m.) Mother Goose on the Loose!—Join Mother Goose for

this interactive storytime featuring simple books, rhymes, songs and movement. For ages

birth-3 years old with adult caregiver. No registration.


Saturday, May 11 (2-3:30 p.m.) Beginning Genealogy—Learn how to get started

researching your family tree. Bring along names and dates for hands on research. Please



Saturdays, May 11, 18 and 25 (2:30-3:30 p.m.) Brick Builders Club – Love those

LEGO bricks? Then bring your ideas and imagination to the club! All bricks provided.

Ages 6-13. Registration begins one week before each session.


Saturday, May 11 (3-4:45 p.m.) Mad4Manga – Do you love Manga, Anime or Japanese

culture? If you do, this club is for you! Each month we watch a different Anime series

and talk about our favorite Manga. Sometimes we even throw in some crafts, Manga

drawing or Japanese treats just for fun! Grades 6 – 12 only. Registration not necessary.


Monday, May 13 (10-11 a.m.) Dr. Seuss Storytime—You could not, would not, want to

miss a party that’s as fun as this! Join us for a morning of Dr. Seuss stories, games and a

craft to celebrate Children’s Book Week. Ages 3-6. Registration begins May 6.


Tuesday, May 14 (7-8 p.m.) Thomas the Tank Engine Storytime—Listen to stories about

Thomas and his friends, make a cool craft and play some games. Ages 3-5. Registration

begins May 7.


Tuesday, May 14 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – The May selection is

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.


Wednesday, May 15 (5-6 p.m.) Tween Book Club — Read a really good book recently?

Looking for suggestions? Then join us for lively discussions about good books, audio,

apps and more. Snacks provided! Grades 5-8. Please register starting May 8.


Wednesday, May 15 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society—

Researcher Beware: Internet Sources Aren’t Always What You Think, presented by

Margaret Cheney, Vice President, Ohio Genealogical Society.


Wednesday, May 15 (7-8:30 p.m.) Introduction to Finding Funders—Learn how to

use Foundation Directory Online to find funders for your nonprofit organization. Please



Saturday, May 4 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) and Friday, May 17 (1:30-2:30 p.m.) Kids in

Motion Sensory Time— Join us for stories, activities, music and more! Program consists

of a 30-minute storytime followed by a 30-minute social-sharing time for the group. No

registration required. Program is designed to engage children with autism or other special

needs/sensory challenges. Each child must have an adult caregiver.


Saturday, May 4 (1-2:15 p.m.) and Friday, May 10 (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

Connecting for Kids Parent Discussion & Facilitated Playgroup— Participate in a

discussion group led by a pediatric expert while your children play in a separate room

with a CCBDD facilitator. You must RSVP for the playgroup starting one month before

each session by calling 440-250-5563. Children do not need a formal diagnosis to attend.

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Saturday, May 4 (3-4 p.m.) Derby Day Fun!—Join us for horse stories, games and light

refreshments. Create your own Derby Day hat, too! Ages 7-11. Registration begins April



Sunday, May 5 (1-5 p.m.) Compeer Day at Porter Public Library—Enjoy an afternoon

of mini-golf, live music and fun and learn more about Compeer and their mental health



Sunday, May 5 (2-3 p.m.) Cinco de Mayo—Hola! Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us!

Festivities include stories, songs, dancing and a craft. We’ll also break a pinata! Ages 3-5.

Registration begins April 28.


Monday, May 6 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile


Mondays, May 6, 13, and 20 (4-6 p.m.) Teen Lounge—Need a place to hang out after

school? Come to WPPL’s Teen Lounge on Monday afternoons! We’ve got computers,

video games, board games, snacks, and more! Meets only when Westlake Schools are in

session. Registration not necessary.


Tuesday, May 7 (7-8 p.m.) Connecting for Kids Parent Support Group— Support for

parents with questions or concerns about their child’s development. For parents only.

Register at


Wednesdays, May 8, 15, 22 and 29 (10:15-10:45 a.m. or 11-11:30 a.m.) Let’s Sing

and Dance! — Join us for a fun session of singing and dancing for children ages 2-6

with a caregiver. Space is limited, so please arrive early enough to receive a ticket at the

Preschool Desk.


Thursday, May 9 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion—The May selection is

Zoobiquity by Barbara Natterson Horowitz.


Thursday, May 16 (5-6 p.m.) Teen Book Discussion – Read a really good book

recently? Looking for suggestions? Then join us for a snack and a lively discussions

about books, audio, apps and more. Grades 9-12. Please register starting May 9.


Saturday, May 18 (10-10:30 p.m.) Your Favorite Book Characters’ Storytime!—Come

listen to stories about your favorite book characters, like Dora the Explorer, Pete the Cat,

Scooby-Doo and more. Fun for the whole family!


Saturday, May 18 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) Crafts A Go-Go! — Come on in and make a craft!

We provide the supplies – you provide the creativity. No registration necessary. Meets in

front of the Youth Services Desk.


Saturday, May 18 (1-3 p.m.) Billy Yank: A Soldier’s Experience of the Civil War—

Mark Holbrook brings to life Billy Yank, a typical Civil War soldier in the regular army.

He’ll explain what life was like in camp, on the march, and in battle. Please register.


Wednesday, May 22 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion — May’s

selection is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.


Friday, May 24 (10 a.m.-Noon) Porter’s Fiber Fanatics – Socialize, share, and solve

problems while you work on your current project.


Saturday, May 25 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Pokemon League —Bring your cards and

accessories for a fun morning of play, drawing or coloring your favorite characters! For

kids ages 7-10 only. Please, no younger siblings. Registration begins May 18.


Saturday, May 25 (3:45-5:15 p.m.) Wii-stravaganza! – Join us for games, tournaments,

snacks and fun! Grades 6-12. Please register starting May 18.


Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 26 Memorial Day-Library Closed


Tuesday, May 28 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile


Friday, May 31 (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) Connecting for Kids “Teach Me to Play” –

Experts from the Cuyahoga Board of Developmental Disabilities will lead this playgroup

for children 6 years and younger (siblings welcome). Parents will learn how to help

their children play and interact with peers through modeling techniques. Children do not

need a formal diagnosis to attend. Caregiver must stay in the room. Please register at


Monday, May 20 (7-8:30 p.m.) Monday Night Movie— An elderly thief is given a robot

to help him with his daily life but soon realizes that the robot could also help him resume

his life of crime. Rated PG-13. Please register.


To register for any of the programs, please call (440) 871-2600 or visit http://


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