Westlake Porter Library

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s August, 2013 Calendar of Events.


Thursday, August 1-Saturday, August 17 Westlake-Westshore Arts Council’s Juried Art Show—Please visit the Porter Library art gallery in the meeting room wing to view the juried art show from The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council.


Thursday, August 1 (7-7:45 p.m.) Sweet Wall Art—Create some cool art with hard candies! We’ll be gluing them on to pre-set designs to make decorative prints. Grades 4-7.


Thursday, August 1 (7-8:30 p.m.) Almost Guiltless Desserts—Join Susan Aldrich for tasting and recipes for almost guiltless desserts. Please register.


Saturday, August 3 (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, August 3 (3-5 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, August 5 and Wednesday, August 7 (2-4 p.m.) Who’s Living in my Backyard?— Join us for experiments, games, crafts, songs and stories to discover the at Bonne Bell, as she tells us all about the science that goes into making some of your favorite make-up products. You’ll even do some mixing and go home with your own homemade cosmetic! Grades 6-12.


Tuesday, August 6 (7-8 p.m.) It’s a Robot Storytime!—All systems are GO! Clink, beep or creak on over to hear out-of-this-world stories about robots, sing songs, play games and make a stellar craft! Ages 4-7. Registration begins July 30.


Wednesdays, August 7, 14, 21 and 28 31 (10:15-10:45 a.m. or 11-11:30 a.m.) AND Saturday, August 10 (10:15-10:45 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.


Wednesday, August 7 (2-4 p.m.) Solar Cooking—We’ll use recycled materials make an oven that cooks with the power of the sun! You’ll even get to make some treats in your oven! Grades 4-8.


Wednesday, August 7 (7-8:30 p.m.) Introduction to Finding Funders—Learn how to use Foundation Directory Online, the database in which you can search to find funders for your nonprofit organization. Please register.


Thursday, August 8 (10:00 a.m.-Noon) Daytime Astronomy—View the Sun through a solar-safe telescope. With luck, Earth’s Moon will also be visible. Telescope(s) will be set up on the sidewalk not far from the library’s main entrance. Cloudy skies will cancel this outdoor event.


Thursday, August 8 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion—The August selection is Born to Rise by Deborah Kenny.



Friday, August 9 (10-10:45 a.m.) Come Play With Me!—Open playtime with ageappropriate toys, songs and rhymes. For children ages 2-5 with a caring adult. Siblings welcome! Registration begins one week before each session.


Friday, August 9 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) iPad Users Group —Share easy tips with other iPad users. Please bring your iPad with you. Please register.


Friday, August 9 (7-7:45 p.m.) Thomas Alva Edison—Join us for an evening with the famed inventor, and get a look at his early chemistry experiments and those leading to some of his most famous inventions. All ages.


Saturday, August 10 (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, August 10 (2-2:30 p.m.) Junior Brick Builders!—Let’s build with Duplos! Bring your imagination and we’ll provide the bricks. Ages 3-5 only.  No registration.


Wednesday, August 12 (2-3:30 p.m.) Let’s Build!—Explore your architectural side as we build with a variety of bricks and blocks. Grades K-5. Registration begins August 7.


Tuesday, August 13 (10 a.m.-Noon) Improving Interviewing Skills—Preparation is the

essential ingredient for a successful job interview. It starts with research to be sure the job is right for you and that you are well qualified, learning as much as possible about the company and the job, and then preparing to answer difficult and probing questions. Come and learn to discover what the employer needs so that your answers will differentiate you from other candidates.


Tuesday, August 13 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion—This month we’ll discuss The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners by Luanne Rice.


Tuesday, August 13 (7-8:45 p.m.) The Civil War in Northern Ohio—Local historian/author John Vacha will  focus on life on the home front in Cleveland during the Civil War. Special focus: the role played behind the front line by women and the Soldiers Aid Society. Please register.


Thursday, August 15 (1-6 p.m.) Movies @ Your Library: Oz Marathon—We’re off to see the wizard… at the library! August 15 marks the 74th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz movie premiere. Come watch the newest film, Oz the Great and Powerful, followed by the classic Wizard of Oz. Films are rated PG. All ages welcome. In accordance with library policy children under age 9 must have a parent/adult guardian present. All movies are rated PG. Registration begins August 8.


Saturday, August 17 (2-3:30 p.m.) Meet the Artists Reception—The WestlakeWestshore Arts Council presents the Fine Arts Show artists.


Saturdays, August 17 and 24 (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, August 17 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) and Friday, August 30 (1:30-2:30 p.m.) Pokemon League—Bring your cards and accessories for a fun morning of play! For kids ages 6-12 only. Please, no younger siblings. Registration begins one week before each program.


Mondays, August 19 and 26 (3-4:30 p.m.) Boredom Busters—While you wait for school to start, combat that boredom with arts, crafts or a game! Open for all ages; children under nine must be with a grown-up. No registration.


Monday, August 19 (6:30-7:30 p.m.) Colored Cow Creation Celebration—Celebrate the creation of the Black Cow (Root Beer Float), which occurred on August 19, 1893. Program includes history, science and taste testing of many delicious flavor combinations! Grades 1-3.Registration begins August 12.


Tuesday, August 20 (10 a.m.-Noon) Networking Effectively—People are your single greatest resource in a job search and networking helps you reach those people. Getting to talk to a decision-maker often depends on who you know. Learning how to build a network of “business friends” is essential to uncover hidden job opportunities and to learn more about companies and their cultures. Your network helps you gather important information about industries, trends, and new career fields, so that you can present yourself effectively to your next employer. Learn how to build and maintain business relationships that will assist you in your current search and throughout your career.


Wednesday, August 21 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society Friday, August 23 (10 a.m.-Noon) Porter’s Fiber Fanatics – Socialize, share, and solve problems while you work on your current project.


Saturday, August 24 (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) West Side Writers Mini Writing Conference—The West Side Writers and WPPL present  Steve Grant, Intellectual Property Attorney and Adjunct Professor, on Author’s Rights & the Copyright Law and author Steve Swiniarski on Word Building: Creating Settings for Science Fiction, Historical and Other Genres. Free and open to the public.


Monday, August 26 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile Tuesday, August 27 (10 a.m.-Noon) Writing to Employers—Learn professional letter writing techniques including how to write effective cover letters, marketing letters, follow-up letters and more. Proper use of email is imperative to jobseeker success. You will get tips on what works in today’s job market and learn new ways to make your letters stand out among other job seekers. You’ll gain information on preparing writing samples when employers request them.


Tuesday, August 27 (2-3 p.m.) Trick My Locker—You’ll have the coolest locker in school when you trick it out with these fun crafts. Grades 5-7.



Wednesday, August 28 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion — The August selection is The Forgotten by David Baldacci.


Thursday, August 29 (7-8:45 p.m.) 4th Annual Spelling Bee—Get a team together and compete for the title of Westlake’s best spellers! Word list available at the library’s Desk.


Friday, August 30 (3-4:30 p.m.) Porter Paper Air Show—Create paper airplanes and then fly them! Which will be fastest? Best looking? Fly farthest? There’s only one way to find out–join us! Grades 4-7.


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


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