Westlake Porter Library

(Westlake) Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s November, 2014 calendar of events:

Saturdays, November 1 & 29 (10:30-11 a.m.) Mother Goose on the Loose!—An interactive storytime featuring simple books, rhymes, songs and movement. For ages birth-3 with an adult caregiver.


Saturday, November 1 (1-2 p.m.) Look & Feel Your Best Through Color—Image expert and author Dawn Waldrop will teach you how to determine the best wardrobe and beauty product colors to enhance your natural coloring and boost your confidence. Her book, Best Impressions: How to Gain Professionalism, Promotion and Profit will be available for purchase. Please register.


Saturday, November 1 (3-5 p.m.) Who-vian Haven (Dr. Who Club)—Who-vian Haven is a place for Who-vians to get together, watch episodes of Doctor Who, and talk about Doctor Who and all other Timey-Wimey things. Grades 9-12. Please register.


Sunday, November 2 (2-3 p.m.) Recycled T-shirt Crafts—Want to hang on to that old t-shirt, but you don’t wear it anymore? Upcycle it into something useful and hang on to the memories at the same time. Bring at least one t-shirt that you want to change into something new! Grades 5-7. Please register.


Sundays, November 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 (2-4 p.m.) Chess Club— Hone your chess skills (or learn how to play the game) through WPPL’s new Chess Club. The club is recommended for kids ages 6+, but all ages are welcome to attend. If you have a chess set, please bring it.


Mondays, November 3, 10, 17 and 24 (3:45-5:30 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! Grades 7-12.


Monday, November 3 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Monday Night Movie—This month’s title stars Kevin Costner as the Cleveland Browns’ GM, who is preparing for the NFL draft. Rated PG-13. Please register.


Tuesday, November 4 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transition Center: Making Positive First Impressions—Whether you’re working, networking or interviewing, you need to leave a positive impression. Get tips on the little (and big) things that determine how you will be perceived and learn how that perception will impact your success in your job search.


Tuesdays, November 4 and 24 and Wednesday, November 26 Movies @ Your Library!—Join us from 2-4 p.m. for movie matinees! 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. Movies are as follows:

Tuesday, November 4: The time-traveling adventures of an advanced canine and his adopted son as they endeavor to fix a time rift they have created. (Rated  PG)

Tuesday, November 25: When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that’s home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends become to center of a battle to  protect the peace. (Rated PG)

Wednesday, November 26: An animated adventure about two turkeys from opposite sides of the track who travel back in time in order to keep their species off the Thanksgiving menu. (Rated PG)


Tuesday, November 4 (7 p.m.) Connecting for Kids Coffee & Chat—We will serve coffee and eat delicious desserts as we laugh and discuss the month’s topic. This program is a combination book/article club and support group. For this program we do not invite an expert speaker, however, the group discussion is facilitated by a professional. Free child care is available, but registration is required at or call   440-250-5563. This month’s topic: Meeting the Needs of Siblings When One Child in the Family Struggles.


Wednesdays, November 5, 12, 19 and 26 (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.


Wednesday, November 5 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society—Please stop by for free genealogy help!


Wednesdays, November, 5, 12 and 19 (4-5:30 p.m.) Bow Wow Books—Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.


Wednesday, November 5 (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.


Wednesday, November 5 (7-7:45 p.m.) The Purr-fect Pet!—Join us for a fun evening as we talk about the purr-fect pet! Will it be a dog, cat, bird, fish, or ? Listen to funny stories, sing silly songs, play games, and make a cool craft! Ages 3-6. Registration begins October 29.


Wednesday, November 5 (7-8:45 p.m.) Westlake-Westshore Arts Council—The Arts Council presents a musical revue by Thelma and Jim. Free and open to the public.


Wednesday, November 5 (7:30-8:45 p.m.) Westlake-Westshore Arts Council—The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council presents a musical revue by Thelma and Jim. Free and open to the public.


Thursdays, November 6 and 13 (4-5 p.m.) Magic Tree House Book Club—Do you already love the Magic Tree House Adventures or are you curious to find out what the fuss is all about? Join us for one of the Magic Tree House books, discussion and craft related to the book. Grades K-2. No registration required.


Thursday, November 6 (7-7:45 p.m.) Introduction to Irish Dance—The Leneghan Academy of Irish Dance will teach you the fundamentals of traditional Irish Dance. Wear comfortable clothing and bring your dancing feet! Please register.


Friday, November 7 Connecting for Kids “Teach Me to Play”—For children 3-6 years old. Join us for this hands-on program designed to help parents positively discipline and facilitate playdates. This program is geared toward children struggling in an area of development. You must RSVP to attend. Register by calling 440-250-5563 or at

Basics Sessions: 10 and 11:30 a.m.  Advanced Session: 1 p.m.


Friday, November 7 (1-2:30 p.m.) Fantastic Fridays for Homeschoolers—Calling all homeschoolers! We are beginning our homeschool Fridays with a primer on using the library catalog and a tour of the library. We will also discuss our activities for the next 9 months. Ages 6-9. Registration begins October 31.


Saturday, November 8 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) and Friday, November 21 (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, November 8 (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 1.


Saturday, November 8 (2-3 p.m.) Junior Brick Builders!—Let’s build with Duplos! Bring your imagination and we’ll provide the bricks. Ages 3-6.


Sunday, November 9 (2-3 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 November 2.


Sunday, November 9 (2-3:30 p.m.) Boredom Busters!—Games, crafts, puzzles and more! All ages. In accordance with library policy, children under age nine must be accompanied by an adult.


Tuesday, November 11 (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 you can 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, November 11 (7-8:30 p.m.) The Lakeside Unit: Cleveland Medicine in World War I—In 1914, Cleveland’s foremost physicians and surgeons took a group to Paris to tend to injured soldiers, setting the stage for the formation of similar hospital units from all over the country. Please register starting October 1.


Tuesday, November 11 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion—In November we’ll discuss Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole.


Wednesday, November 12 (7-8 p.m.) Captain Underpants Tra La La Palooza—Join us for Captain Underpants  trivia contests, games of skill, crafts and more! Ages 7-10. Registration begins November 5.


Thursday, November 13 (1-7 p.m.) and Monday, November 24 (1-7 p.m.)

American Red Cross Bloodmobile


Thursday, November 13 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion—The November selection is Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan.


Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15 Connecting for Kids Music Therapy & More—Join us as we play instruments, sing, move to music and discuss how to carry over the music therapy experiences into the home.  This program is geared toward children struggling in an area of development. You must RSVP to attend. Call 440-250-5563 or visit Sessions are as follows:

November 14:

Family Session: 9:30 a.m.

Toddler Session: 10:30 a.m.

Preschool Session: 11:30 a.m.

November 15:

Family Session: 9:30 a.m.

Preschool Session: 10:30 a.m.


Friday, November 14 (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 November 7.


Friday, November 14 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) iPad Users Group—Listen to a brief iPad topic then share talk and share tips and techniques with other iPad users. Must bring your iPad with you. Registration required.


Friday, November 14 (11-11:45 a.m.) Pigeon Party—Celebrate one of our favorite

characters, Mo Willems’ Pigeon, at our Pigeon Party! For children ages 3-6. Registration begins Nov. 7.


Saturday, November 15 (2 p.m.) Connecting for Kids Parent Discussion Group— Meet other parents as we discuss childhood development topics with a local expert. Free child care is available, but registration is required at or call 440-250-5563.  This month’s topic is Parenting Anxious Children, featuring Liesl Glover, MA, Doctoral Resident, of Kenneth A. DeLuca & Associates, Inc.


Saturday, November 15 (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, November 15 (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.


Sunday, November 16 (2-3:30 p.m.) Dangerous Book for Boys Club—Are you looking for something dangerous, but not too dangerous? Learn how to tie knots, make a battery and tell the age of a tree in our Dangerous Book for Boys Club. Ages 9-11. Registration begins November 9.


Monday, November 17 (7-8:30 p.m.) Happiness: Then & Now—We all want happiness but how do we reach our goal? We will explore the origins of happiness, its history and its evolution. It can be learned, practiced and understood. Please register.


Monday, November 17 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investors’ Interest Group— A Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland representative will discuss current national economic conditions including a regional commentary on economic and financial issues of interest to

residents and businesses in the Fourth District, including Ohio. Please register.


Tuesday, November 18 (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. 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. Learn how to build and maintain business relationships that will assist you throughout your career.


Wednesday, Nov. 19 (9:30-10 a.m.) Stories and Signs—Enjoy interactive stories, songs and movement activities while learning a few words in sign language! Ages 0-3 with caregiver, siblings welcome. No registration required.


Wednesday, November 19 (7-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical SocietyCzech and Slovak Genealogical ResearchOn-line Resources for Successfully Tracing your Ancestors presented by Dorothy Titera from the Westlake LDS Family History Center.


Thursday, November 20 (12-1:30 p.m.) Small Busine$$ Lunch & LearnSocial Media 101: The Basics of Social Media Learn the value of using social media to reach your customers, how it can lead to new customers, and how it drives repeat business from your

current customers. We’ll look at the 5 most popular social media networks, discuss which is right for your business, and how and what to post. Please feel free to bring lunch or purchase one at Pulleys at Porter. Please register.


Thursday, November 20 (7-8 p.m.) Nia—Enjoy this blend of dance arts, martial arts and the healing arts that will invite your spirit, mind, body and emotions to play and find joy! Class is for all age and ability levels. Wear clothing for movement and athletic shoes and socks. Please register.


Friday, November 21 (10 a.m.-Noon) Porter’s Fiber Fanatics—A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.


Saturday, November 22 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders Club—Bring your ideas and imagination to the club! All bricks provided. Ages 6-12. No registration required.


Sunday, November 23 (3-4:30 p.m.) Magic: The Gathering—Magic: The Gathering is the world’s premier trading card game. It was the first of its kind, and it’s still the best and the biggest. Come and learn to play the game, or bring a group and fight with other planeswalkers for glory, knowledge and conquest. Players must furnish their own cards. Grades 7-12.


Monday, November 24 (7-8:30 p.m.) TV Discussion Group — Where’s The Acclaim?—Gathering young people 18-39 to discuss excellent television shows that do/did not get the critical acclaim they deserve. The first shows will be Parks & Recreation and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Please register.


Tuesday, November 25 (2-3 p.m.) How To Be A Spy!—Your mission is to use your eyes and ears to crack secret codes! Learn top secret whistle and hand signals, and experiment with invisible ink, mirror writing and writing in code. Ages 8-10. Registration begins November 18.


Tuesday, November 25 (2-3 p.m.) Gobble – Gobble Crafts —Create a Thanksgiving craft that can be used to decorate the Thanksgiving dinner table! Grades K-5. No

registration required.


Wednesday, November 26 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion—The November selection is The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith.


Wednesday, November 26 Thanksgiving Eve- Library Closes at 5 p.m.


Thursday, November 27 Thanksgiving – Library Closed


Sunday, November 30, (2-3 p.m.) American Girl, Kanani—Kanani’s “aloha spirit” will teach us the joy of helping others through our gifts and efforts – perfect for the upcoming holiday season! We’ll make a lei and enjoy a tropical treat. Ages 6-10. Registration begins November 23.


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

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