Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s March, 2015 calendar of events:
Sunday, March 1 (2-4 p.m.) Down the Rabbit Hole Family Fun Day—Travel with us through the looking glass for an afternoon of family activities, crafts, and games based around the kooky world of Alice in Wonderland. For all ages – no registration required!
Monday, March 2 (11-11:30 a.m.) Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss—You could not, would not want to miss a party as fun as this. Join us for a morning of stories, games and a craft to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Ages 3-5. Registration begins February 23.
Mondays, March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 (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.
Tuesday, March 3 (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 how to do so.
Tuesday, March 3 (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, which is How to Stay Calm When the Kids Are Out of Control. 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 www.connectingforkids.org or call 440-250-5563.
Tuesday, March 3 (7–8:30 p.m.) Facebook Photo Albums, Instagram, and Snapchat—Learn how to upload and share your digital photos to Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Prerequisite: Facebook account. If you choose to bring your mobile device, please have Instagram and Snapchat installed before the class. (Remember your password!)
Wednesdays, March 4, 11, 18 and 25 (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, March 4 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society—Drop-in session for genealogy help provided by the members of the Cuyahoga West Chapter.
Wednesdays, March 4, 11, 18 and 25 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19 and 26 (6:30-8 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, March 4 (7-8:30 p.m.) WPPL Horror Film Club—Join us as we explore some of the classic films from the genres of Horror, Science Fiction, and Suspense. Our first film will be announced at the meeting. Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please register.
Thursday, March 5 (7-8:30 p.m.) Celebrate Playhouse Square—The Playhouse Square Speakers Bureau’s George McNulty will share the history of the Playhouse, current information about the Cleveland theater district and show glimpses of the Dazzle on the square. You’ll also learn about the differences between professional theater and local theater, so don’t miss the wonderful program! Please register.
Friday, March 6 (Basics Sessions: 10 and 11:30 a.m., Advanced Session: 1 p.m.) Connecting for Kids: Teach Me to Play—For children 3-6 years old. Join us for a play-based program designed to model and teach parents/caregivers strategies to improve their child’s social interactions, facilitate communication, and manage behavior in a positive way. This program is designed for children who need help with communication and social skills. It is led by an Early Intervention Specialist in Behavior from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. You must RSVP to attend. Register at www.connectingforkids.org or by calling 440-250-5563.
Saturday, March 7 (9:30-11 a.m.) and Friday, March 27 (3-4:30 p.m.) Kindlegarten e-Lab!—Must bring your registered Kindle with you. Learn how to download eBooks to your Kindle and other basic techniques. Call the Popular Materials desk to sign up for this eLab. Space is limited.
Saturday, March 7 (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. No registration required.
Saturday, March 7 (2-2:30 p.m.) Brick Builders Club—Bring your ideas and imagination to the club! All bricks provided. Ages 6-12. No registration required.
Sunday, March 8 (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, March 10 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transition Center: Results-Oriented Resumes— This workshop will teach you what catches employers’ attention and make them want to call you.
Tuesday, March 10 (7–8:30 p.m.) Flickr, YouTube, and More—Learn about online photo sharing service Flickr, YouTube, and more! Prerequisites: Yahoo! account and Gmail or YouTube account. If you bring your mobile device, please have Flickr installed before the class.
Tuesday, March 10 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion—In March we’ll discuss The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.
Wednesday, March 11 (7-8 p.m.) MOOCs—A MOOC is a massive open online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. A MOOC is ideal for independent study and users can select courses from any institution offering them. Video-based, they offer interaction either through peer review and group collaboration or automated feedback through objective, online assessments (including quizzes and exams). Learn about the many classes available using such sites as Lynda.com, Kahn Academy, Ted Talks, Coursera, Educause.edu, and more. Take advantage of free learning opportunities. Please register.
Wednesday, March 11 (7-8 p.m.) Rainbow Magic Fairy Party—You’re invited to a Rainbow Magic Fairy Party at the library! We’ll use our fairy powers to conjure up beautiful flower crowns and wands! For grades K-2. Registration begins March 4.
Thursday, March 12 and Monday, March 30 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Thursday, March 12 (4:30-5:30 p.m.) and Wednesday, March 25 (10-11 a.m.) Android Tablet Group – Accessing Settings—Must bring your Android-based tablet with you. Explore how to access wireless, sound and display settings on your Android tablet. Please register.
Thursday, March 12 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion—The March selection is What a Plant Knows: A Field Guild to the Senses by Daniel Chamovitz
Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14 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 led by a Board Certified Music Therapist from Music Therapy Enrichment Center, Inc. (MTEC) and geared toward children struggling in an area of development. You must RSVP to attend. Call 440-250-5563 or visit www.connectingforkids.org. Sessions are as follows:
Family Session: 9:30 a.m.
Toddler Session: 10:30 a.m.
Preschool Session: 11:30 a.m.
Family Session: 9:30 a.m.
Preschool Session: 10:30 a.m.
Friday, March 13 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) iPad Users Group: Photos and Albums—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, March 13 (1-2:30 p.m.) Fantastic Fridays— Fantastic Friday is a great day for homeschoolers! Every month we’ll explore a new topic with related activities. Ages 6-12. Registration begins March 6.
Friday, March 13 (4-5 p.m.) House of Readers—Participate in reading discussions, crafts and more in this book club for children in grades 1-3 with special needs and their typical peers. Registration begins March 6.
Saturday, March 14 (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. No registration required.
Saturday, March 14 (1-3 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 5-12. No registration necessary.
Saturday, March 14 (2 p.m.) and Friday, March 20 (11:30 a.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 www.connectingforkids.org or call 440-250-5563.
March 14 Topic: iPad Apps and Other Technology for Communication, Learning Disabilities and More presented by Joe Little
March 20 Topic: Homework Strategies with Allison Frazier, MA, BCBA, Assistant Principal, Director of Student Services, Julie Billiart School
Sunday, March 15 (2-3 p.m.) Friends’ Sunday Sounds: “Luck O’ the Irish”—
Join us for a light-hearted collection of songs, stories, wit and wisdom of the Irish.
Sunday, March 15 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club – Samantha— Through discussion of the stories of Samantha, set in 1904, we will learn about innovation, generosity and family. We will create family trees – please bring pictures of family that may be cut to size. For ages 6-11. Registration begins March 8.
Monday, March 16 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investors’ Interest Group— Just How Random is the Stock Market? Since “random” behavior looks quite different from what most people believe, we will review what random/ chaotic systems look like, determine how to assess their degree-of-randomness and review the implications of these behaviors for individual investors. Presented by Mr. Lou Floyd. Please register.
Tuesdays, March 17 and 24 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transition Center: LinkedIn for Job Search— Learn techniques to better utilize this growing social media tool.
Wednesday, March 18 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society—OGS Genealogy Boot Camp Part III of III: “Digging for Your Roots: Embarking on the Quest – Using and Sharing Information Gleaned from Vital Records.”
Wednesday, March 18 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Club Emerging Technology Program: MaKey MaKey— The MaKey MaKey is a device that can turn anything conductive- including fruits, vegetables, metal, and you- into a keyboard! Play a banana piano, a human drum set, and anything else you can think of! Part of the monthly Maker Club Emerging Technology Program. This club will explore Maker Movement projects monthly. Please join us for an E-Tech Lab, bringing emerging technology to our club. Please register.
Thursday, March 19 (12-1:30 p.m.) Small Busine$$ Lunch & Learn— Where is the money going? Discussion will focus on financial management for your small business. Learn how to calculate your start-up costs, perform cash flow projection, and manage your business funds. Please register.
Thursdays, March 19 and 26 (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.
Friday, March 20 (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 March 13.
Saturday, March 21 and Friday, March 27 (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. Registration begins one week before each session.
Saturday, March 21 (1-2 p.m.) Fancy Nancy Tea Party—Bonjour! (that’s fancy for hello!) You are invited to a party to play glamorous games, make a spectacular craft and enjoy tasty refreshments. Ooh la la! Ages 4-7. Registration begins March 14.
Saturday, March 21 (1-2 p.m.) Illustrating a Children’s Book—An artist from the Cleveland Institute of Art will be here to discuss the process of illustrating a picture book. Registration begins February 21.
Saturday, March 21 (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, March 22 (2-3 p.m.) Kids in the Kitchen!—Learn basic cooking skills and the joy of cooking with fast, simple no-bake recipes just for kids! For students ages 8-12 with special needs and their typical peers. If you have allergy or special diet concerns, please contact the Youth Department at 440-250-5471 for a complete list of ingredients. Registration begins March 15.
Monday, March 23 (7-8:30 p.m.) Beginning Beekeeping—Join us to learn how to get started as a beekeeper. You will learn how to set up your hive, how to move the bees into their home, how to feed them and much more. Please register.
Tuesday, March 24 (7-8:30 p.m.) Looking for Lizzie: The True Story of an Ohio Madam, Her Life & Hidden Legacy—A closely-held family secret hinted at long ago leads Westlake’s own Debra Lape, an amateur genealogist, to uncover a late-19th-century scandal centered on her 2nd great-grandmother. She may not have changed the course of presidential history, but Lizzie set the train careening. Registration begins February 23.
Wednesday, March 25 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion—The March selection is Flight of the Sparrow: A Novel of Early America by Amy Belding.
Thursday, March 26 (11 a.m.-Noon) SNAP – Music Appreciation—Learn more about music from classical to pop and share your favorite music. For adults with developmental disabilities and a caregiver, if needed. Registration opens March 19. When registering, register the participant; registration of the caregiver is not necessary.
Friday, March 27 (10 a.m.-Noon) Porter’s Fiber Fanatics—A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.
Friday, March 27 (4-5:30 p.m.) Weirder Science—Learn science while having fun! Our interactive after-school science program teaches fundamental principles in an entertaining format. Students will participate in hands-on experiments that they can reproduce at home. Please note program change: participants must be in Grades 5-8. Registration begins March 20.
Saturday, March 28 (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, March 28 (2-4 p.m.) Cleveland Botanical Garden: Plants for Butterflies, Honeybees and Hummingbirds— Join us for a presentation by a horticulturist from the Cleveland Botanical Garden! Learn the best plants to attract butterflies, honeybees, and hummingbirds into your garden this Spring! Registration begins February 28.
Saturday, March 28 (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, March 29 (2-3:30 p.m.) Dangerous Book for Boys Club—Are you looking for something dangerous, but not too dangerous? We will be playing games, conducting experiments and having fun inspired by the Dangerous Book for Boys. For children ages 9-11. Registration begins March 22.
Tuesday, March 31 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transition Center: Communicating Effectively with Employers —Learn tips to guide you to successful business conversations.
Tuesday, March 31 (7:30-8:45 p.m.) FYI:Opera—The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council presents David Bamberger, Artistic Director of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Opera and CIM students previewing “Opera’s Greatest Hits.” Free and open to the public.
To register for any of the programs, please call (440) 871-2600 or visit http://signup.westlakelibrary.org:8080.