February Events at Westlake Porter Public Library

WPPL LogoFollowing is Westlake Porter Public Library’s February, 2016 calendar of events:

Tuesday, February 2 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transition Center: Applications That Get Noticed Learn how to tackle questions on an application to be sure yours will be read by both human and computer scanners.

Tuesday, February 2 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories Put on your pajamas and join Mrs. K as we unwind at the end of the day with quiet stories, songs, finger plays and other bedtime activities. Ages 4-6; siblings welcome! No registration required.

Wednesdays, February 3 and 24 (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, February 3 (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, February 3, 10, 17 and 24 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, February 4, 11 18 and 25 (6:30-8 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, February 4 (9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.), Friday, February 5 (9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.), Saturday, February 6 (9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. – Half-Price Sale) and Sunday, February 7 (1:15-4 p.m. – $2 Bag Sale) Friends’ Annual Book Sale Stop by for bargain books and more!

Thursday, February 4 (6-8 p.m.) Harry Potter Book Night Celebrate the magic and wonder of the 2nd annual Harry Potter Book Night at Westlake Porter Public Library. Enjoy games, crafts, contests, and other wizarding activities. No registration required.

Thursday, February 4 (7–8:30 p.m.) Digital Photos Online This is the first in a series of digital photography classes. Come and learn the basics of digital photography, how to use free online photo editors, and get an overview of the topics covered in the rest of the series. Prerequisites: Ability to take digital photos with a camera or mobile device. Please register.

Friday, February 5 (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 January 29.

Friday, February 5 (11-11:45 a.m.) Homeschool Hub Developed for homeschoolers with special needs, each session includes literature, art, and motor skill development. Registration begins January 29.

Saturday, February 6 (10 a.m –Noon) iPad Skills Lab If you need help with basic iPad skills, stop by the Computer Lab with your questions and your iPad. No registration required.

Saturday, February 6 (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, February 6 (4-5 p.m.) Full STEAM Ahead: It’s Elementary Each session will explore a different aspect of STEAM learning. This month we’ll explore the periodic table and elements. Grades 3 and 4. Registration begins January 30.

Sunday, February 7 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Tea PartyYou and your American Girl Doll will enjoy a tea party with Marie-Grace and Cecile while we learn about tea party etiquette from Elizabeth. American Girl Doll characters courtesy of Olmsted Performing Arts. Ages 6-11. Registration begins January 31.

Mondays, February 8, 22 and 29 (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, February 8 (6-7 p.m.) Get Ready for Mardi Gras! Drop in for Mardi Gras fun! Create a mask or a jester’s hat and get ready to celebrate! No registration required.

Monday, February 8 (6:30-7:15 p.m.), Saturday, February 13 (11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.) and Friday, February 26 (10:30-11:15 a.m.) Sensory Storytime Features an adapted storytime for children with special needs and their caregivers. Siblings are welcome. Includes time for social play. Content is geared to ages 3-7. Registration begins one week before each session.

Monday, February 8 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: Personal Home Computer Security John Dolinar, the Executive Director of Enterprise Infrastructure Services at Cuyahoga Community College, will show you how to use and maintain security software on your home computer to protect yourself from those seeking to compromise your personal information or damage your computer. Part of the Maker Club, which celebrates STEAM initiatives (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) and meets one Monday each month. Please register.

Tuesday, February 9 (10 a.m. – Noon) Career Transition Center: Networking Effectively Learn how to build and maintain business relationships that will assist you in your job search and your career.

Tuesday, February 9 (7-8 p.m.) Author Visit with Mark Kozak Local author Mark Kozak will be here to discuss his new book Cat & Cat: A Novel in Three Movements, a crime thriller about a man who finds himself at a crossroads in life. Books will be available for purchase. Please register.

Tuesday, February 9 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion In February we’ll discuss We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

Wednesday, February 10 (Noon-1:30 p.m.) Career Transition Center: Speaker Series Lunch & Learn Guest speakers join Career Transition Center to present informative and timely topics for job seekers. Bring your lunch; learn and grow. Coffee provided.

Wednesday, February 10 (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.

Thursdays, February 11 (4:15-5:15 p.m.) TBD Join your friends for a different activity each month. February’s activity will be Lego Creation and in March we’ll do Recycled Crafts. Grades 5 – 7. No registration required.

Thursday, February 11 (7–8:30 p.m.) Google’s Picasa 1 Google’s Picasa lets you import your digital photos, edit them, put them in albums, and share them on the Web. Learn how! In this class we will learn about the organization and layout of Picasa. Prerequisite: Gmail account. Please register.

Thursday, February 11 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion The February selection is Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures by Christine Kenneally.

Thursday, February 11 (7-8:30 p.m.) Zentangle® for your Valentine Zentangle® is a new easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. You will be amazed at how easy and simple it is to do. No previous art or drawing experience is needed! Join Certified Zentangle® teachers Cathy Zavodny and Michelle Rodgers to learn this amazing new art form while creating a valentine. Please register.

Friday, February 12 (9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Family Sessions) and Saturday, February 13 (9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Family Sessions) 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, February 12 (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 February 5.

Saturday, February 13 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) Valentine Fun Day! Join us in the Youth Services Department for a fun-filled day of Valentine’s crafts and activities! All ages! No registration required.

Saturday, February 13 (10 a.m.-Noon) Road to Wealth: How to Manage Your Financial Life Get to Know Your Money. This first of three presentations will discuss the importance of understanding income & expenses, assets & liabilities, and net worth & ratio analysis. Bring a flash drive to save a personal assignment. Registration begins February 1.

Saturday, February 13 (10:30-11:3- a.m.) Pokemon Fun! Bring your cards and accessories for a fun morning of Pokemon-themed play, prizes, and crafts! Ages 6- 12. No registration required.

Saturdays, February 13 and 27 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders Club Bring your ideas and imagination to the club! Ages 3-12. Lego and Duplo bricks provided. No registration required.

Sunday, February 14 (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 begins February 7

Sunday, February 14 (3-4 p.m.) Friends’ Sunday Sounds Join the Friends of Porter Public Library for The Vios Project.

Monday, February 15 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investor’s Interest Group REITs. Jason Orsky with JMO Wealth Management will discuss what you should look for when investing in a REIT, how REITs measure earnings and ability to pay dividends, and what role REITs play in retirement savings. Please register.

Tuesday, February 16 (10 a.m. – Noon) Career Transition Center: LinkedIn for Job Search LinkedIn is the best social media platform for job seekers. Learn techniques to better utilize this growing social media tool to help you meet people who can assist your search and to find companies that are hiring for positions that meet your requirements.

Tuesday, February 16 (7-8:45 p.m.) Catch a Rising Star The Westlake/Westshore Arts Council brings the Catch a Rising Star program from Baldwin Wallace University. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, February 17 (6:30- 8:30 p.m.) Writing with a Flourish: The Art of Calligraphy Modern calligraphy is often found in wedding and event invitations, graphic design, memorial documents, and even film and television. Learn a brief history of the art from Jim Williams of the Western Reserve Calligraphers, and practice learning basic lettering techniques. Previous experience is not required and materials will be provided. Please register.

Wednesday, February 17 (7-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society

Thursday, February 18 (Noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Busine$$ Lunch & Learn Is Marketing Necessary for Your Business? Learn how to do market research, decide what approach to marketing is best for your business, and how to develop and execute your plan. Bring your lunch; coffee is provided. Please register.

Thursday, February 18 (2-3 p.m.) Travel Club Welcome to the Westlake Porter Public Library Travel Club. Hope you can join us for travel planning tips and sources and destination suggestions. Let’s share our best travel experiences with others. This month: A Scotland travelogue!

Thursday February 18 (Combined Basic/Advanced Session: 6:30 p.m.) and Friday, February 19 (Basics Session: 9:30 a.m. and Advanced Session: 11 a.m.) 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 families 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.

Thursday, February 18 (7–8:30 p.m.) Google’s Picasa 2 In this class we will learn how to import and edit photos in Picasa. We will also learn how to share digital photos on Picasa Web Albums. Prerequisite: Gmail account. Please register.

Friday, February 19 (4-5:30 p.m.) Weirder Science: It’s Elementary! Learn science while having fun! Our interactive after-school science program for middle school students teaches fundamental principles in an entertaining format. This month we’ll explore the periodic table and elements! Grades 5-6. Registration begins February 12.

Saturday, February 20 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) SAT Practice Exam Get ready for test time with a practice exam. Study skills will be discussed and detailed results will be returned to students at the results session on February 27. Remember to come prepared with two #2 pencils and a calculator. Registration begins February 13.

Saturday, February 20 (2-4 p.m.) Carry-Out Crafts Stop in to create our featured craft. We have all the supplies you’ll need to create something fantastic! No registration required.

Saturday, February 20 (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, February 21 (2-3 p.m.) DIY Games Make some travel games to take on your next trip. You can customize your own tic-tac-toe and checkers game. Ages 9-11. Registration begins February 14.

Monday, February 22 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Tuesday, February 23 (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, February 23 (10 a.m. – Noon) Career Transition Center: Results-Oriented Resumes Competition is tough and employers are swamped with resumes for each position they post. Learn what will catch their attention and make them want to interview you.

Tuesday, February 23 (7-8:30 p.m.) Finding Scholarships for College or Graduate School Learn about financial aid resources from Foundation Center and College Now in this free class. Come learn how to research private scholarships and hear about available scholarship opportunities for Cleveland-area students. Please register.

Wednesday, February 24 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion The February selection is The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.

Thursday, February 25 (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. This session is specifically for children with special needs (ages 3-6) and their typical peers. No registration necessary.

Thursday, February 25 (7–8:30 p.m.) Sharing Photos on Facebook Learn how to upload your digital photos onto Facebook, “tag” your friends, and share them in albums! Prerequisite: Facebook account. Please register.

Thursday, February 25 (7-8:45 p.m.) Westlake Historical Society

Friday, February 26 (10 a.m.-Noon) Fiber Fanatics A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.

Friday, February 26 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday Explore the wonders of our world in a curious, caring and creative setting. This month, we’ll explore how the earth is like a big magnet. Discoveries will be made through hands-on experiments, active participation and a simple take-home project. Ages 4-6. Registration begins February 19.

Sunday, February 28 (2-3:30 p.m.) Boredom Busters! Are you bored? Drop by the Storytime Room and join in the fun! We will have different activities available each month. All ages welcome! No registration necessary. In accordance with library policy, children under age nine must be accompanied by an adult.

Sunday, February 28 (2-3 p.m.) Frederic & George: A Musical Portrait WordStage Literary Concerts presents the dynamic relationship between Frederic Chopin and George Sand through a reading of select letters they exchanged. Some of Chopin’s most memorable music for the piano underscores the text. Please register.

Monday, February 29 (6:30-7:15 p.m.) Leapin’ Leap Year Celebration Celebrate Leap Year with stories, games, activities, and a craft with a Leapin’ Theme! Grades K-2. Registration begins February 22.

Monday, February 29 (6:30-8 p.m.) Test Prep and Financial Planning Seminar College Tutors and POM College Consulting are teaming up to bring you a seminar full of information about both preparing for the ACT or SAT as well as useful information about financial aid and how to minimize college cost. It’s sure to be useful to both parents and students! Registration begins February 22.

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

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