Westlake Porter Library

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


Tuesday, October 1 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transitions Center: Keys to Finding Hidden Jobs—Learn what research you should do to find the best job for you and how to do it, plus how to learn about positions before they’re advertised and how research can help you sell yourself to an employer.


Wednesdays, October 2, 9, 16 and 30 (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.


Wednesday, October 2 (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!


Wednesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23 (4-5:30 p.m.) Books With Bella— Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday and sign your child up for a 15-minute reading time with Bella the Bulldog! Bring your own book to share with Bella or choose one of ours. Registration begins every Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.


Wednesday, October 2 (7-8:30 p.m.) Connecting for Kids Parent Speaker Series—A local pediatric expert will present on a childhood development topic. Childcare is available, but space is limited. You must RSVP by calling 440-250-5563. Topics are listed on the Connecting for Kids website (connectingforkids.org).


Monday, October 7 (7-8:45 p.m.) Monday Night Movie—Join us for an award-winning documentary exploring the many versions of “the truth” around one family’s secret. Rated PG-13. Please register.


Tuesday, October 8 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transitions Center: Reinventing Yourself—Vision 21 Consulting will explore questions that get you engaged and excited, and which will assist you reinventing yourself and developing your future.


Tuesday, October 8 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion—This month we’ll discuss The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht.


Wednesday, October 9 (5-5:45 p.m.) The Book-a-holics: Tween Book Club—Join us for discussions about books, audio, apps and more. Grades 5-7. Please register.


Thursday, October 10 (7-8:30 p.m.) Webelo Activity Badge-Scientist—Webelos in grades 4 and 5 can earn their Webelo Activity Pin in this 3-part program. Each Scout should be registered by his own parent, who should attend and will be asked to actively participate in the program. Registration begins October 3.


Thursday, October 10 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion—The October selection is Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Adams.


Friday, October 11 (Siblings – Ages 1-6: 9:30-10 a.m.) (Toddler – Under Age 3: 10:30-11 a.m.) (Preschool – Ages 3-6: 11:30 a.m.-Noon) Music Therapy & More—Connecting for Kids and the Music Therapy Enrichment Corps will teach parents and caregivers how to have a direct role in bringing music to life at home, at school, and in the community. This session is geared to children 1-6 years of age. Siblings are welcome. You must RSVP for the session by calling 440-250-5563. Space is limited.


Friday, October 11 (2-3:30 p.m.) Movies @ Your Library—Watch the fur fly as a new breed of super hero is born in Disney’s fun-filled epic adventure featuring adorable Golden Retriever puppies. This movie is not rated. Based on availability; movie titles may change without notice. Registration begins October 4.


Saturday, October 12 (10:30-11:30 a.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 October 5.


Saturday, October 12 (3:45-5:15 p.m.) Wiistravaganza—Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of Wii and computer gaming, snacks and tournaments! Grades 7-12.


Sunday, October 13 (1:30-2:15 p.m.) Owl Read You a Story—Stop in for some owl stories, activities and a craft. It’ll be a hoot! Ages 4-7. Registration begins October 6.


Sunday, October 13 (1:30-2:30 p.m.) Sunday Zumba for Adults—Join us for a free one hour introduction to this fitness craze. Wear comfortable exercise clothes and be ready to work up a sweat. Please register.


Monday, October 14 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Medicare –Medicare Annual Open Enrollment runs from Oct.15-Dec. 7. Receive an overview of Parts A, B, C, & D. Learn the differences between Medicare Supplement Insurance and Medicare Advantage. Discussion covers the important decisions you will need to make. Please register.


Tuesday, October 15 (10 a.m.-Noon) Results-Oriented Resumes—In the current job market, competition is tough and employers are swamped with resumes. This workshop will teach you what will catch the employers’ attention and make them want to call you.


Tuesday, October 15 (4-5:30 p.m.) Book Art—What do we do with old books we don’t want anymore? We turn them into works of art! We’ll be taking discarded books and turning their pages into different crafts and works of art, all in celebration of Teen Read Week. Grades 7-12.


Tuesday, October 15 (7:30-8:45 p.m.) Westlake-Westshore Arts Council: FYI Opera—Members of the cast of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s production of Mozart’s THE MAGIC FLUTE will perform highlights from this well-loved fantasy. Free program.


Wednesday, October 16 (6:30-8:45 p.m.)Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society


Thursday, October 17 (4-4:45 p.m.) Book Speed Dating—Tired of the same ol’ book club? Join us for this fast-paced, fun program where you’ll encounter tons of books in just 45 minutes…and hopefully you’ll find your perfect match! Better yet, everyone will get to take their “date” home with them! Grades 7-12.


Thursday, October 17 (7-8:30 p.m.) Five Million Steps: Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail—Robert Grau took a thru hike on the Appalachian Trail. Please register.


Friday, October 18 (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. Siblings welcome! Registration begins September 6.


Saturday, October 19 (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. No registration.


Saturday, October 19 (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 October 12.


Saturday, October 19 (4-5 p.m.) Sweet and Scary Halloween Fun—Come and have a wicked fun time with us at the library! We’ll make some spooky masks, sweet spiders, otherworldly aliens, and a ghoulishly good treat. Ages 8-12. Registration begins October 12.


Sunday, October 20 (2-4 p.m.) Friends’ Sunday Sounds—The Friends of the Library present the Elm Street Blues Band. Free program.


Monday, October 21 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investor Interest Group— Explore how modern complex financial systems have dramatically increased the risks of investing. Les Szarka will examine several financial complexities, the risks they present, and the possible solutions to protect your portfolio from potentially catastrophic consequences. Please register.


Tuesday, October 22 (10 a.m.-Noon) Think Like An Entrepreneur—Taught by Vision 21 Consulting. A little entrepreneurial zeal can give you a distinct advantage in your professional life, whether you think you would ever strike out on your own or not. Train yourself to think like an entrepreneur, and learn to apply the process in your daily life.


Tuesday, October 22 (1:30-2:30 p.m.) and Monday, October 28 (7-8 p.m.) Protect your Assets with Estate Planning—Proper estate planning is essential for the average American family. Our discussion will include the legal strategies to avoid probate, preserve your assets in the event of incapacity or remarriage, and protect your child’s(ren’s) legacy. Please register.


Wednesday, October 23 (7-8:30 p.m.) Secrets of Effective Couponing—Super couponer Laura Ploenzke will teach you the secrets of saving money, with a special emphasis on holiday shopping. Please register.


Wednesday, October 25 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion — The October selection is The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier.


Wednesday, October 23 (7-8 p.m.) Family Fun Night—Enjoy some good old-fashioned Halloween stories and rhymes, decorate a trick-or-treat bag, and show off your costume in a library parade! Ages 3-6. Registration begins October 16.


Thursday, October 24 (7-8:45 p.m.)Westlake Historical Society


Friday, October 25 (10-11:30 a.m.) Connecting for Kids Parent Discussion Group—Parent discussion group led by a local pediatric expert. Childcare is offered but space is limited. You must RSVP by calling 440-250-5563. Topics are listed on the Connecting for Kids website.


Friday, October 25 (10 a.m.-Noon) Porter’s Fiber Fanatics – Socialize, share, and solve problems while you work on your current project.


Friday, October 25 (2:30-4 p.m.) Meet the Director—Stop by and chat with the Library’s director!


Friday, October 25 (4-5:30 p.m.) Weird Science—Our interactive program explores fundamental science principles, and you’ll participate in hands-on experiments that you can reproduce at home. Grades 4 and 5. Registration begins October 18.


Saturday, October 26 (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) Shredding Day—Bring your sensitive documents to be shredded for free by All Ohio Secure Shred. Limit two boxes per car, please.


Saturday, October 26 (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, October 26 (2-3:30 p.m.) Porter’s Fall Festival—Join us to celebrate Fall with fun games, treats and more! No registration necessary.


Saturday, October 26 (2-3:30 p.m.) Beginning Genealogy—Get started researching your family history. Bring along names and dates for hands-on research. Please register.


Saturday, October 26 (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, October 28 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile


Tuesday, October 29 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transition Center: Applications That Get Noticed—Job applications are not fun to do and they aren’t much fun to read either. These days most of them are done online so employers don’t have to read all of them. A computer scans applications, looking for keywords for the skills, education, or experience that is most important to the employer. It also scans for keywords that may be used to screen candidates out. Learn how to tackle questions on an application to be sure yours will be read.


Wednesday, October 30 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Ohio Haunts—ORBS (Ohio Researchers of Banded Spirits) will discuss paranormal activity in Ohio, including known/researched cases and  information on how you can conduct your own research. Please register starting September 30.


Wednesday, October 30 (7-8 p.m.) Spooky Movies @ Your Library—Join Shrek,


Donkey and friends for some funny and slightly spooky films! These films are not rated; however, some material may be inappropriate for younger viewers. All ages welcome. In accordance with library policy, children under age nine must be with a grown-up. Registration begins October 23.


To register for any of the programs, please call (440) 871-2600 or visit http://signup.westlakelibrary.org:8080.

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