Westlake Porter Library

(Westlake) Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s November, 2013 Calendar of Events.

Friday, November 1 (10-11 a.m. OR 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 3-6 years (siblings welcome). Its focus is teaching parents how to help their children engage in play and interact with peers, and positively discipline through hands-on modeling techniques. Caregiver must stay in the room. You must RSVP for the playgroup by calling 440-250-5563. Space is limited.

Saturday, November 2 (2-3 p.m.) Fancy Nancy Party!—Bonjour! (That’s a fancy word for hello!) You’re invited to a posh party to play some spectacular games, make a glamorous craft and enjoy some tasty refreshments. Ooh-la-la! Ages 4-7. Registration begins October 26.

Saturday, November 2 (2-3:30 p.m.) and Friday, Novenber 15 (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.

Saturday, November 2 (3-4 p.m.) Dia de los Muertos (Mexican Day of the Dead)—Our celebration of this Mexican holiday will feature skulls and skeletons that are both beautiful and delicious! Grades 5-7.

Mondays, November 4 and 25 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Mondays, November 4, 11, 18 and 25 (4-5:45 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!

Tuesday, November 5 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transition Center: Improving Interviewing Skills—Preparation is the essential ingredient for a successful job interview. Learn how to discover what the employer needs so that your answers will differentiate you from other candidates.

Tuesday, November 5 (7-8:45 p.m.) Westlake-Westshore Arts Council: Andrea Levy— Andrea Levy will present Beneath Our Feet, the Drama We Miss. Free and open to the public.

Wednesdays, November 6, 13, 20 and 27 (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, November 6 (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, November 6, 13 and 20 (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, November 6 (7-8:30 p.m.) Introduction to Finding Funders—Learn how to use Foundation Directory Online to find funders for your nonprofit organization. Please register.

Thursday, November 7 (6:30-7:30 p.m.) Affordable Care Act 101—An overview of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) – what’s changing and when, who is affected and how, who is covered and eligible, what is covered under preventative care and much more.

Thursday, November 7 (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 31.

Friday, November 8 (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.

Saturday, November 9 (9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) AND Saturday, November 16 (9:30-10:30 a.m.) ACT Practice Exam and Results Session—Get ready for test time with an ACT practice exam. Study skills will be discussed and detailed results will be returned to students the following week at the results session. Signing up for the exam will automatically get you signed up for the results session. Grades 9-12 only!

Saturday, November 9 (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 November 2.

Saturday, November 9 (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, November 10 (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.

Sunday, November 10 (2-3:30 p.m.) American Girl: Kaya—We’ll talk about American Girl Kaya’s life in the 1700s with the Nez Pierce tribe and make a Native American craft. Ages 6-10. Registration begins November 3.

Sunday, November 10 (2-3:30 p.m.) Genealogy 102—Learn how to use the top genealogy web-sites including Ancestry and Fold3, as well as how to find information from many other useful sources. Please register.

Tuesday, November 12 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transition Center: Networking Effectively—People are your single greatest resource in a job search, and networking helps you reach those people. Learn how to build and maintain business relationships that will assist you in your job search and beyond.

Tuesday, November 12 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion—This month we’ll discuss Homer & Langley by E.L. Doctorow.

Wednesday, November 13 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) Calculating Your Hourly Contracting Rate—Not having much luck finding the right employment option? Are others approaching you about contracting your services or working for a contracting firm? Learn practical approaches to determine your hourly rate and obtain a big picture look at the pros and cons of becoming an independent contractor to avoid unpleasant surprises. Please register.

Wednesday, November 13 (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, November 14 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion—The November selection is I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had by Tony Danza.

Friday, November 15 (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 November 8.

Saturday, November 16 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) International Games Day—Celebrate the 6th annual International Games Day! We’ll have all kinds of games to play, from classics like Monopoly to some you’ve never tried before! All ages are welcome. No registration is necessary.

Saturday, November 16 (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. No registration.

Sunday, November 17 (2-4 p.m.) Friends’ Sunday Sounds—The Friends of the Library present The Swinging Bavarians. Free program.

Monday, November 18 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investor Interest GroupProtecting Your Portfolio from Devastating Events – Discussion will include the trends driving different investment strategies, strength and weakness of the economy in light of these trends, and asset class performance during different phases of the business cycles. Please register.

Tuesday, November 19 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transition Center: Writing to Employers—Learn professional letter-writing techniques including how to write effective cover letters, marketing letters, follow-up letters and more. You’ll also gain information on preparing writing samples when employers request them.

Tuesday, November 19 (7-8:30 p.m.) Connecting for Kids Coffee & Chat—Parent support group for families who have a question or concern about their child’s development. Please refer to the Connecting for Kids website ( for the topic.

Wednesday, November 20 (6:30-8:45 p.m.)Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society

Wednesday, November 20 (7-8 p.m.) Captain Underpants Tra La La Palooza—Join us for a Captain Underpants Tra La La Palooza. Experience trivia contests, games of skill, crafts and more! Ages 6-10. Registration begins November 13.

Friday, November 22 (10 a.m.-Noon) Porter’s Fiber Fanatics – Socialize, share, and solve problems while you work on your current project.

Friday, November 22 (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 November 15.

Saturday, November 23 (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, November 23 (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.

Tuesday, November 26 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transition Center: LinkedIn for Job Search—Learn techniques to better utilize this growing social media tool to help you meet people who can assist your search and find companies that are hiring and fit the requirements for your future position.

Wednesday, November 27 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion — The November selection is Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinsky.

Wednesday, November 27 Library Closes at 5 p.m.

Thursday, November 28 Thanksgiving – Library Closed

Saturday, November 30 (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, November 30 (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.

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


Please follow and like us: