Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s October, 2015 calendar of events:
Thursdays, October 1 and 15 (3:30-5 p.m.) Tabletop Gaming Group—Board games! Card games! RPGs! Stop by for an afternoon of playing tabletop games with other gamers! Games will include Munchkin, Settlers of Catan, Forbidden Island, and MORE!!! Grades 7-12. Please let us know if you have any game requests.
Thursdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 (6:30-8 p.m.) Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21 and 28 (4-5:30 p.m.) Bow Wow Books—Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday or Thursday 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. and each Thursday at 6 p.m.
Thursday, October 1 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) UFO Discussion—Tom Wertmann of MUFON Ohio will be here to discuss UFO sightings. Do you have one to share? Please register.
Friday, October 2 (1-2:30 p.m.) Fantastic Friday—Fantastic Friday is a great day for homeschoolers! Every month we’ll explore a new topic with related activities. Ages 6-12. Registration begins September 25.
Saturday, October 3 (10-11 p.m.) The Wealth Formula: Attitudes and Characteristics of Wealthy People—After reviewing wealthy people’s attitudes toward education, employment, housing, relationships, finances and healthcare we’ll discuss their personal characteristics and how we can emulate them to become better investors and increase our wealth. Please register.
Saturday, October 3 and Friday, October 23 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) and Monday, October 5 (6:30 -7:15 p.m.) Sensory Storytime—A storytime for children with special needs and their parents/caregivers featuring 30 minutes of 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, October 3 (2-3 p.m.) Junior Brick Builders!—Let’s build with Duplos! Bring your imagination and we’ll provide the bricks. Ages 3-6. No registration required.
Sunday, October 4 (1-1:45 p.m.) Meet-Ups!—Join us for video games, socialization and play among children in Grades 1-5 with special needs. Registration required.
Sunday, October 4 (2-3:30 p.m.) Boredom Busters!—Games, crafts, puzzles and more! All ages welcome. No registration necessary. In accordance with library policy, children under age nine must be accompanied by an adult.
Mondays, October 5, 19 and 25 (3:30-5:30 p.m.) Teen Lounge—Need a place to hang out after school? Come to the Teen Lounge! We’ve got computers, video games, board games, snacks and more! Grades 7-12. No registration.
Monday, October 5 (7-8:45 p.m.) FYI Opera—Please join the Westlake Westshore Arts Council as they bring David Bamberger and CIM students to present excerpts from an opera.
Tuesday, October 6 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transition Center: LinkedIn for Job Search— People in almost all fields need to have a LinkedIn profile to be considered for an interview. 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.
Tuesday, October 6 (7 p.m.) Connecting for Kids Coffee & Chat—We will laugh and discuss an article or book related to parenting children who struggle. The group discussion is facilitated by a professional. This month’s topic is Beyond Roughhousing: A Dad’s Role in Raising a Child Who Struggles. Free child care is available, but registration is required at www.connectingforkids.org or call 440-250-5563.
Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21 and 28 (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.
Wednesday, October 7 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society—Drop-in session for genealogy help provided by the members of the Cuyahoga West Chapter.
Wednesday, October 7 (6:30-8 p.m.) Eliminating Paper Clutter—Professional Organizer Kandy Walker-Sartori returns to help you round up your photos, along with personal and business files, and tame the mess with PC and online storage solutions. Please register.
Wednesday, October 7 (6:30-8:30 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. Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please register.
Wednesday, October 7 (6:30-7:30 p.m.) Magic Tree House Book Club—Do you already love the Magic Tree House books or are you curious to find out about them? Join us for an introduction to one of the Magic Tree House books, discussion and a craft. For grades K-2. No registration required.
Thursday, October 8 (7-8:30 p.m.) Holiday Wellness—Heinen’s will present some healthy alternatives to holiday traditions. Food samples will be available. Please register.
Thursday, October 8 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion—The October selection is 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help that Actually Works by Dan Harris.
Friday, October 9 (9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Family Sessions and 11:30 a.m. Preschool Session) and Saturday, October 10 ( 9:30 a.m. Family Session and 10:30 a.m. Preschool Session) Music Therapy & MoreSM—This program is designed for children (ages 1-6 years) who are struggling in an area of development. A Board Certified Music Therapist from Music Therapy Enrichment Center, Inc. (MTEC) will lead families in a fun and exciting music-making class. Throughout the session, the therapist will present experiences that address a variety of areas of development. At the conclusion of each session, caregivers will receive a handout with ideas and resources and have time to ask the therapist any specific questions they have about how to carry over the music therapy experiences into the home. Registration is required at www.connectingforkids.org/music.
Friday, October 9 (4-5:30 p.m.) Weirder Science—Learn science while having fun! Our interactive after-school science program for middle school students teaches fundamental principles in an entertaining format. Grades 5-8. Registration begins October 2.
Saturday, October 10 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) Star Wars Reads Day—Enjoy intergalactic activities, crafts, and games. You can come dressed up as your favorite character! Giveaways and a raffle, too! All ages welcome; no registration necessary. May the Force Be With You!
Saturday, October 10 (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, trivia or Japanese treats! Grades 7-12. No registration.
Sunday, October 11 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club – Chrissa—Chrissa is a friendly, creative girl who finds the courage to stand up for herself and others. We will make friendship bracelets to share with friends and play friendship games. Ages 6-11. Registration begins October 4.
Monday, October 12 Columbus Day – Library Closed for Staff Training
Tuesday, October 13 (10 a.m. – Noon) Career Transition Center: Applications That Get Noticed— Learn the latest on how to tackle questions on an employment application to be sure yours will be read.
Tuesday, October 13 (3-4:30 p.m.) It’s a Mystery—No matter what your mystery preference is there’s always something new in this genre. Come hear about the latest trends, get updates on your favorite authors, and learn about some fresh new voices in mystery fiction. Please register.
Tuesday, October 13 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion—In October we’ll discuss The Children Act by Ian McEwen.
Wednesday, October 14 (2:30-4:30 p.m.) Introduction to Opera As an Art Form—Participants will receive a background in the history of opera, including biographies of a number of opera composers and a plot summary of at least one of each of these composers’ works. Video clips will also be played for the group. Please register.
Thursday, October 15 (Combined Basic/Advanced Session: 6:30 p.m.) and Friday, October 16 (Basics Session: 10 a.m. and Advanced Session: 11:30 a.m.) Connecting for Kids: Teach Me to Play—For children 3-6 years old who need help with communication and social skills. 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. Led by an Early Intervention Specialist in Behavior from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. To register: www.connectingforkids.org/handsontraining.
Friday, October 16 (10:30-11:30 p.m.) Homeschool Hub—Developed for homeschoolers with special needs, each session includes literature, art and motor skill development. Registration begins October 9.
Saturday, October 17 (2-4 p.m.) Make Event—The Make Event will celebrate STEAM initiatives (Science, Arts, Technology, Engineering and Math). Join us for Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects and special demos, including Google Cardboard. Fun for all ages. No registration.
Sunday, October 18 (2-3 p.m.) Fancy Nancy’s Perfectly Paris Party—Bonjour! (That’s fancy for hello.) You are invited to a Perfectly Paris Party to practice your French, play glamorous games, make a spectacular craft and enjoy tasty refreshments! Ooh la la! Ages 4-7. Registration begins October 11.
Sunday, October 18 (2-3 p.m.) WHS Jazz Band—Join us for an afternoon of music performed by the Westlake High School Jazz Band.
Monday, October 19 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investor’s Interest Group: Timing Equities and Bonds and Dynamic Asset Allocation. Dr. Gary Harloff will illustrate market timing results for equities and bonds and discuss dynamic asset allocation for portfolio management. Please register.
Monday, October 19 (7-8 p.m.) National Chemistry Week: Chemistry Colors Our World—Exploring the chemistry of dyes, pigments, and light. Grades 5-7. Registration begins October 12.
Tuesday, October 20 (9:30-10 a.m.) Stories and Signs—Enjoy an interactive storytime while learning a few words in sign language! Ages 0-3 with caregiver, siblings welcome. No registration required.
Tuesday, October 20 (10 a.m. – Noon) Career Transition Center: Success with LinkedIn Groups— Learn techniques to meet and utilize LinkedIn group members to help you meet people who can assist your search. Your intent is to be the expert and the helper while making contacts with people who can help you.
Tuesday, October 20 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories—Put on your pajamas and join Mrs. K as we unwind at the end of the day. Our themes each month will include quiet, possibly silly or strange stories, followed by shared songs, finger plays and other activities to help us get ready for bedtime. Ages 4-6; siblings welcome! No registration required.
Tuesday, October 20 (7-8:30 p.m.) Travel the USA with AAA—Whether you are taking a weekend trip from home, or visiting one of North America’s popular vacation destinations, AAA Drive Trips can help. Join us for information about cities, attractions, and events in your Drive Trip destination areas. Enter a raffle for a 64 piece roadside emergency kit. Please register.
Wednesday, October 21 (2-3:30 p.m.) Explore Mango Languages—Have fun learning a new language with Mango. Mango is a free online learning language system from your library. We will show you how easy it is to use as we get you started. Please register starting October 1.
Wednesday, October 21 (3-5 p.m.) Foreign Film—Please enjoy a special foreign film in celebration of Customer Appreciation Week. Please register.
Wednesday, October 21 (7-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society— Tom Neel, OGS Library Director presents Sinners and Saints: An Introduction to Your Ancestor’s Dark Side
Wednesday, October 21 (7-7:45 p.m.) Family Fun Night—Enjoy some good old-fashioned Halloween stories and rhymes, decorate a trick-or-treat bag, and show off your costume in a library parade! Ages 3-6. Registration begins October 14.
Wednesday, October 21 (7-8:30 p.m.) Introduction to Finding Grants—Learn how to find potential grants for your nonprofit organization using Foundation Directory Online, a comprehensive online database and research tool. Please register.
Thursday, October 22 (10-11:30 a.m.) Be Your Own Travel Agent—Using the Internet to plan your vacation has never been easier … or more overwhelming. This class will introduce you to travel sites and resources to make your trip the best it can be. Get ready to plan your next great travel adventure! Basic computer and mouse skills required. Registration begins October 1 for Westlake residents. Open registration begins October 2.
Thursday, October 22 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Sensation Stations—Drop in for sensory fun! Engage your child’s senses by scooping, pouring, and sorting a variety of materials. No
registration required, just drop in!
Thursday, October 22 (12-1:30 p.m.) Small Busine$$ Lunch & Learn—Contract agreements are part of business whether you are entering into a relationship with a business partner(s), customer, vendor, or independent contractor. When you make a contract, proper documentation will give you and your business the legal protection you need. Learn more about these documents. Registration begins October 1.
Thursday, October 22 (7-8:45 p.m.) Westlake Historical Society—Meg Parish will present The History of Tea.
Friday, October 23 (10 a.m.-Noon) Porter’s Fiber Fanatics—A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.
Friday, October 23 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) Connecting for Kids Parent Discussion Group— How to Get the Most Out of Your Child’s Therapy. Sara Solet, MA, CCC-SLP, of Speech Spot, will share ideas for getting the most out of any type of therapy including occupational, physical and speech-language therapy. She will introduce the idea of a parent notebook and why it is so critical to keep track of progress. Registration required at 440.250.5563.
Saturday, October 24 (9 a.m.-Noon) Shredding Day—Bring your sensitive documents to be destroyed in a commercial shredder. Limit two bags or boxes per vehicle.
Saturday, October 24 (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, October 24 (1-4 p.m.) Craftapalooza—Come help us clean out our craft closet! A variety of make-it and take-it crafts will be available at the Youth Services Desk. All ages. Drop-in; registration not required.
Saturday, October 24 (2-4 p.m.) Around the World Tasting—Come join the Westlake Porter Public Library as we say “Thank You” to all of our patrons with an international food tasting from local restaurants. Food will be available to all while supplies last. For all ages. No registration.
Saturday, October 24 (4-5 p.m.) Full STEAM Ahead—Each session will explore a different aspect of STEAM learning. This month we’ll focus on Halloween Science Fun. Grades 3 and 4. Registration begins October 17.
Monday, October 26 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Monday, October 26 (7-8 p.m.) Spook-tacular Candy Houses—Spiders, and ghosts, and bats, oh my! It’s time to create your own Halloween candy house! All supplies provided! Ages 8-10. Registration begins October 19.
Monday, October 26 (7-8:30 p.m.) Strategies for Paying for College—This workshop will help participants evaluate educational goals and projected costs. Participants will also learn of alternatives available to pay for college. Please register starting October 1.
Tuesday, October 27 (10 a.m. – Noon) Career Transition Center: Networking Effectively— 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.
Tuesday, October 27 (7-8:30 p.m.) John F. Kennedy Assassination & the Warren Commission Report—Judge Burt Griffin, who served as a General Counsel to the Warren Commission, and Judge Ellen Connally will discuss why they are confident in the Warren Commission investigation and its conclusions. Please register starting September 27.
Tuesday, October 27 (7-8:30 p.m.) Japanese Book Binding—In this class you will learn how to make a basic Japanese stab book, plus another book using a modified, decorative sewing pattern. No previous bookbinding experience necessary! Please bring a pencil, ruler, needle awl (if you have one), and a craft knife like X-acto or Olfa. Please register starting September 27.
Wednesday, October 28 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion—The October selection is One Plus One by Jojo Moyes.
Friday, October 30 (10-10:45 a.m.) Come Play With Me!—Open playtime with age-appropriate toys. For children ages 2-5 with a caring adult. Siblings welcome! Registration begins October 23.
Saturday, October 31 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Pokemon Fun!— Bring your cards and accessories for a fun morning of play, crafts, prizes and more! For kids ages 6-12 only. No registration required.
Saturday, October 31 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders Club—Bring your ideas and imagination to the club! All bricks provided. Ages 6-12. No registration required.
To register for any of the programs, please call (440) 871-2600 or visit http://signup.westlakelibrary.org:8080.