Westlake Porter Library

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s August, 2014 calendar of events:

Friday, August 1 (10-11 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., OR 1-2 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.

Fridays, August 1, 8, 15 and 22 (2-4 p.m.)Movies @ Your Library!—Join us for Friday afternoon flicks! Based on availability; movie titles may change without notice. In accordance with library policy, children who are under age nine must be accompanied by an adult. Registration begins one week before each session. Titles:

Friday, August 1: In a time when dinosaurs rule the earth a playful Pachyrhinosaurus named Patchi embarks on the biggest adventure of his life. (Rated PG)

Friday, August 8: Isabelle is thrilled to be studying ballet, but her classmates are so talented. Can she find the courage to step into the spotlight and discover her own way to shine? (Not Rated)

Friday, August 15: It’s a jungle out there as Blu, Jewel and their kids are hurtled from Rio to the wilds of the Amazon. (Rated G)

Friday, August 22: While on a world tour the Muppets fund themselves wrapped into a European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit look-alike and his dastardly sidekick. (Rated PG)

Friday, August 1 (6:30-8 p.m.) Special Needs Family Night—An opportunity for families of children with special needs to enjoy the library with less stress! Sensory Storytime will also be offered. Please call Rebecca Shook at 440-250-5471 to register.

Saturday, August 2 (11 a.m.-Noon) Fancy Nancy Science Party!—Create sparkly star constellations, awesome windsocks, dazzling kaleidoscopes and a volcano that erupts in glitter! Registration begins July 26.

Saturdays, August 2 and 30 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders Club—Bring your ideas and imagination to the club! All bricks provided. Ages 6-12.

Sunday, August 3 (2-3:30 p.m.)Boredom Busters!—Board games, crafts, puzzles and more! All ages welcome. In accordance with library policy, children under age nine must be accompanied by an adult.

August 4 – 30 Westlake Westshore Arts Council’s Annual Juried Art Show

Monday, August 4 (2-3 p.m.) Build a Better Bubble—Experiment with different solutions and wands to figure out how to build the very best bubble. This event will be held rain or shine. Expect to get wet and messy and dress accordingly! Grades K-3. Registration begins July 28.

Monday, August 4 (7-8 p.m.) CSI – WPPL—Where is Sherlock Holmes when you need him? There has been a crime at the library and we need your super sleuthing help to solve it. Grades 5-7. Registration begins July 28.

Wednesdays, August 6, 13, 20 and 27 (10:15 & 11 a.m.)Let’s Sing and Dance!—Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesdays, August 6, 13, 20 and 27 (4-5:30 p.m.)Bow Wow! Read to Uncle Chow Chow!—Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with Uncle Chow Chow, our reading dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 6 (7-8:30 p.m.)UFOs: Government Coverups with Tom Wertman—Tom Wertman of MUFON Ohio and the Cleveland Ufology Project returns to talk about Government Coverup of UFO activity. 7-8:30 pm in the Porter Room; Ample time for Q&A and to relate your own experience. Registration required.

Saturday, August 9 (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 with an adult caregiver.

Saturday, August 9 (1-1:45 p.m.) Kindergarten Kick-Off—You’re in for a fun-filled afternoon of stories, songs and games to celebrate that BIG step into Kindergarten! For children entering Kindergarten in Fall 2014. Registration begins August 2.

Saturday, August 9 (2:30-4 p.m.) Origami Yoda SuperFolder Stookiness—SuperFolders are invited to celebrate the final release in the Origami Yoda series titled “Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus.” We will practice our SuperFolder skills and create an Origami Rebel Alliance! There will be prizes for the most stooktacular origami! Grades 3-7. Registration begins August 2

Sunday, August 10 (2-3 p.m.) DIY Birdhouses—Transform a milk carton into a cozy birdhouse and prepare for many feathered visitors! Grades 1-4. Registration begins August 3.

Monday, August 11 (7-8 p.m.)DIY T-Shirt Necklace—You’ve seen those amazing DIY t-shirt necklaces in the fashion magazines, now make one for yourself! Bring a bright, solid color seamless t-shirt or camisole to this class and take home a fashion statement. Grades 6-12. Registration begins August 4.

Tuesday, August 12 (10 a.m.-Noon)Career Transition Center:Reinventing Yourself—What are you waiting for? What is getting in the way of your process? What do you have the most fun doing? This is where can you begin to reinvent yourself. The workshop explores questions that get you engaged and excited and will assist you with beginning to develop your own future.

Tuesday, August 12 (11 a.m.-Noon)Jumping, Jumping, Jumping—Learn everything you always wanted to know about jumping rope. We will make our own jump ropes, use a Chinese jump rope and learn some jump rope games. Ages 6-8. Registration begins August 5.

Tuesday, August 12 (7 p.m.)Tuesday Evening Book Discussion—In August we’ll discuss Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.

Thursday, August 14 (7 p.m.)Non-Fiction Book Discussion—The August selection is One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson.

Friday, August 15 (10-10:45 a.m.) Come Play With Me!—Open playtime with age-appropriate toys. Teaches sharing and socialization. For children ages 2-5 with a caring adult. Siblings welcome! Registration begins August 8.

Friday, August 15 (2-3 p.m.) Junk Drawer Jewelry—We will make jewelry and a pouch to keep it in, so you are ready to go to school in style. Ages 8-10. Registration begins August 8.

Saturday, August 16 (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 August 9.

Saturday, August 16 and Friday, August 22 and (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Sensory Storytime—Join us for a storytime for children with special needs and their parents/caregivers. The program includes interactive stories, rhymes, songs and movement activities, followed by 30 minutes of play. Content is geared to ages 3-7. Please call with questions or to register.

Saturday, August 16 (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.

Sunday, August 17 (6:30-7:30 p.m.)Meet-Ups—Interactive games and activities for socialization and play among children with special needs ages 6-11 with their caregivers. Registration begins August 10.

Wednesday, August 20 (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 21 (11 a.m.-Noon)SNAP Art Day— Use art materials and your imagination to create a masterpiece. This program is for adults with developmental disabilities (and their caregivers, if needed). Please call Rebecca Shook at 440-250-5471 to register or with questions.

Thursday, August 21 (2-3 p.m.)Trick Your Locker—You’ll have the coolest locker in school when you trick it out with these fun–and useful!–crafts. Grades 5-7. Registration begins August 14.

Friday, August 22 (10 a.m.-Noon)Porter’s Fiber Fanatics—A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.

Saturday, August 23 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)Make Event—Please register for this special program on creation, collaboration and innovation. Enjoy a gathering place for tools, projects, mentors and expertise that celebrates the Maker Movement so popular today. Plan to participate in design projects at a variety of skill levels. We promise to explore the Maker in all of us.

Saturday, August 23 (2-4 p.m.)Carryout Crafts—Stop by the Youth Services Department to see what each day’s featured craft is! Tables will be set up with all of the supplies needed.

Saturday, August 23(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.

Monday, August 25 (1-7 p.m.)American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Tuesday, August 26 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transition Center:Think Like an Entrepreneur—Starting and running a new business isn’t for everyone. Regardless of your previous career, there’s something to be said for the entrepreneurial spirit. 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 – learn to apply the process in daily life.

Wednesday, August 27 (2 p.m.)Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion—The August selection is Stella Bain by Anita Shreve.

Saturday, August 30 (2-3:30 p.m.) Meet the Artist Reception—Please join the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council in the Porter Room to greet the artists from the juried art show.

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