Westlake Porter Library

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s February, 2014 Calendar of Events.

Saturday, February 1 (2-3 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.

Saturday, February 1 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) DIY Classroom Valentines—Learn how to turn out easy, creative, cool and funny valentines in large numbers to give to your classmates for your school Valentine Day card exchange! Registration begins January 25.

Mondays, March 3, 10 and 24 (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, February 4 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transition Center: 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. No registration required.

Wednesdays, February 5, 12, 19 and 26 (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, February 5 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society—Please stop by for free genealogy help!

Wednesdays, February 5, 12, 19 and 26 (4-5:30 p.m.) Books With Bella— Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday and sign your child up for a 10-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, February 6-Sunday, February 9 Friends’ Annual Book Sale—Stop by for bargain-priced books and audiovisual material (DVDs, Books on CD) for all ages! Sale times are as follows:

Thurs., Feb. 6 (9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.)

Fri., February 7 (9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.)

Sat., Feb. 8 (9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) – Half Price Sale

Sun., Feb. 9 (1:15-4:15 p.m.) – Bag Sale

Fridays, February 7 and 28 (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, February 8 (3-5 p.m.) Mad 4 Manga –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! Grades 7-12 only. No registration required.

Saturday, February 8 (3:30-5 p.m.) Crafty Cupids—Create Valentine’s Day treats to share with your loved ones. Stick around for some games! Grades 4-7. Please register.

Monday, February 10 (6:30-7:30 p.m.) John Green Book Club—This is a group that reads and discusses the books of this popular author. Green fans, Nerdfighters, and just plain book lovers are all welcome! The February book is LOOKING FOR ALASKA, Green’s debut novel and a Printz Award winner. Please register.

Monday, February 10 (7-8:30 p.m.) Marketing: Using Networking & Social Media to Promote Your Business—Business Advisers of Cleveland’s Simon Ellett will show you how to successfully promote your business by networking at the right events with the right people and by learning which social media platforms are right for your business and how to use them to your advantage. Please register.

Tuesday, February 11 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transition Center: Time Management for Job Seekers— Most jobseekers do not spend time efficiently to get the best outcome for their time invested. Learn the ABC method and how to overcome obstacles to find success! No registration required.

Tuesday, February 11 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion—This month we’ll discuss A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy.

Thursday, February 13 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion—The February selection is Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds by Jim Sterba.

Friday, February 14 (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, February 14 (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 February 7.

Friday, February 14 (11 a.m.-Noon) Learn About the Great Backyard Bird Count (February 14-17, 2014)—Participants will identify common backyard birds, enjoy coloring pages and games, build a birdfeeder out of recycled materials, and receive information about doing  their own count at home! Grades 4-6. Registration begins February 7.

Friday, February 14 (2-2:45 p.m.) Candy Mosaics—We’ll use hard candies to create three dimensional art to hang in your room. Grades 4-7. Please register.

Friday, February 14 and Monday, February 17 (2-4 p.m.) Movies @ Your Library

Titles may change without notice. In accordance with library policy, children under age 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Both titles are rated PG. Registration begins one week before each session.

February 14: When Flint discovers that his food-making machine still lives and is making mutant food beasts, he and his friends must return to save the world.

February 17: Gerda and her friends must save her brother – and the world -from the Queen who created a land of eternal winter.

Saturday, February 15 (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) SAT Practice Exam—Get ready for test time with an SAT practice exam. Study skills will be discussed and detailed results will be returned to students at the results session on Saturday, February 22 at 9:30 a.m. Signing up for this will automatically get you signed up for the results session. Grades 9-12. Please register starting February 8.

Saturday, February 15 (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 February 8.

Saturday, February 15 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders Club – Love those LEGO bricks? Then bring your ideas and imagination to the club! All bricks provided. Ages 6-12. No registration.

Sunday, February 16 (2-4 p.m.) Sunday Sounds—The Friends of the Library present vocalist Laura Varcho, who will perform her way through the “Oscars”. Free program.

Sunday, February 16 (2-3 p.m.) Boredom Busters!—Are you bored? Drop by the Storytime Room for board games, crafts, puzzles and more! Grades K-5. In accordance with library policy, children under age nine must be accompanied by an adult.

Monday, February 17 (10-11:30 a.m.) Tom Evert – Dance Man—Explore the world of dance with Tom Evert! The audience will even be invited to participate and perform a mini show of their own! Co-sponsored by the Westlake Westshore Arts Council. Registration begins February 10.

Monday, February 17 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investors’ Interest Group— Learn how to analyze Master Limited Partnerships and other stocks benefiting from the development of shale plays across the United States, with a particular focus on the Utica Shale. Presented by Ben Tegel and Matt Burnham from UBS Financial Services, Inc. Please register.

Tuesday, February 18 (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. Registration not required.

Wednesday, February19 (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.

Wednesday, February 19 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society

Friday, February 21 (11:30 a.m.01:30 p.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, February 22 (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, February 22 (2-4 p.m.) Carryout Crafts—Stop in the Youth Services Department to make our featured craft. Tables will be set up with all of the supplies needed!

Monday, February 24 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Monday, February 24 (6:30-8 p.m.) BSA Computer Merit Badge—Start and finish the Boy Scouts of America Computer Merit Badge here at the library. Remember to review the requirements beforehand and to bring your blue card! Please register starting February 17.

Tuesday, February 25 (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.

Tuesday, February 25 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transition Center: Networking for Hidden Jobs— 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. No registration required.

Wednesday, February 26 (7-8 p.m.) Superhero Storytime—Kapow! Come dressed up as your favorite superhero and use your bionic hearing to listen to tales of bravery. Be sure to bring your super strength, excellent hearing and x-ray vision to play challenging games. We will even make a super special craft to take home! Registration begins February 19.

Wednesday, February 26 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion — The February selection is Catfish Alley by Lynne Bryant.

Thursday, February 27 (7-8:45 p.m.) Westlake Historical Society—Please join the Westlake Historical Society for a free program.

Friday, February 28 (10 a.m.-Noon) Porter’s Fiber Fanatics – Socialize, share, and solve problems while you work on your current project.

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