Wednesdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 (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, June 1 (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, June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 (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.
Wednesday, June 1 (4-5 p.m.) Chalk the Walk – Artists of all ages are invited to chalk the library’s sidewalk to kick off the first day of our summer reading program. Chalk will be provided – just bring your coolest ideas! *No rain date.
Wednesday, June 1 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) 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, June 1 (6:30-8 p.m.) Letting Go With Love with Linda Street – Reiki master, spiritual teacher, and life coach Linda Street discusses her new book Letting Go With Love. Please register.
Thursday, June 2 (7-8 p.m.) What to Expect From the Cleveland 2016 Republican National Convention – The Host Committee Speakers Bureau will present information about the upcoming convention in Cleveland. Please register.
Friday, June 3 (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! No registration required.
Saturday, June 4 and Friday, June 24 (10:30-11:15 a.m.) and Monday, June 13 (6:30-7:15 p.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.
Saturdays, June 4 and 18 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Bring your ideas and imagination to the club! Ages 3-12. Lego and Duplo bricks provided. No registration required.
Saturday, June 4 (3:30-5 p.m.) Teen SN Lounge – Enjoy a centers-based open lounge including video games, LEGO and more! For teens in grades 6-12 with special needs. Siblings are welcome. Registration begins May 28.
Sunday, June 5 (1-1:45 p.m.) Meet-Ups! – Join us for a centers-based open play group including video games, LEGO and more! For children in grades 1-5 with special needs. Siblings are welcome. Registration begins May 29.
Sunday, June 5 (2-3:30 p.m.) Sensory-Friendly Movie – A sensory-friendly environment including more light, less sound and the option to move around the room will help children with special needs enjoy this free movie screening as we watch everyone’s favorite Minions plot to take over the world. All ages. Registration begins May 29.
Monday, June 6 (1-1:30 p.m.) and Saturday, June 18 (9:30-10 a.m.) Yoga Rhyme Time! – A perfect way to introduce yoga and practice simple poses with rhymes that imitate animals and nature. Remember to wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Ages 3 1/2 – 5 years. No registration necessary!
Monday, June 6 (2-2:45 p.m.) Drive-in Movie at the Library! – Let’s go to the movies! We’ll make cool cars out of cardboard boxes. Then, we’ll park your new rides and enjoy a cartoon! All supplies and snacks will be provided. Ages 3-5. Registration begins May 30.
Monday, June 6 (6-8 p.m.) DIY Bookmark! – Get ready for summer reading… Create your own bookmark!
Wednesday, June 8 (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. This month’s topic: New Economy, New Rules of the Game.
Wednesday, June 8 (7-8:30 p.m.) Genealogy Basics, Too – Learn how to do advanced searches with Ancestry.com and get an introduction to other online resources. Includes hands-on research. Please register.
Thursday, June 9 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The June selection is Skeleton Cupboard: The Making of a Clinical Psychologist by Tanya Byron.
Friday, June 10 (4-5:30 p.m.) Weird(er) Science – Designed to teach fundamental principles in an entertaining format, through demonstrations and activities. This month: design and make your own kite! Grades 5-6. Registration begins June 3.
Saturday, June 11 (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, June 11 (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.
Monday, June 13 (2-3:30 p.m.) Beginning Origami – Learn the basics of origami, the art of folding paper, with crafting guru Jenn Cline. All supplies will be provided! Grades 5-7. Registration begins June 6.
Monday, June 13 (2–3:30 p.m.) Start Skyping – Skype is a way to keep in touch with far away family and friends through video, voice and message. Please join us to learn more about Skype and how to set up your own account today. Please bring your own devices (smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc.) Registration is required.
Monday, June 13 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: What is 3-D Printing? – Learn what 3D printing is, and how it’s revolutionized the way anyone can make nearly anything. Part of Maker Mondays, which celebrates STEAM initiatives (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) and meets one Monday each month. Please register.
Tuesday, June 14 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transition Center: Writing to Employers – Learn letter writing techniques to prepare effective cover letters, marketing letters, follow-up letters and more.
Tuesdays, June 14, 21 and 28 (2:30-3 p.m.) Book Buddies – Teen volunteers help younger students retain their reading skills. This program is designed for children entering grades 1-4 who need extra help practicing reading. Please note: Book Buddy volunteers are neither expected nor trained to correct learning problems or to teach children to read. No registration required.
Tuesdays, June 14, 21 and 28 (3-4 p.m.) Summer Brain Games – Keep up your skills during summer vacation! Kids in grades 1-4 can drop in each week for grade-appropriate educational games. Teen volunteers and staff from the Westlake City Schools will be on hand to assist. No registration required.
Tuesday, June 14 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In June we’ll discuss The Dead Key by D.M. Pulley.
Wednesday, June 15 (4-4:45 p.m.) Kids in the Kitchen – Learn basic cooking skills with fast, simple, no-bake recipes! For students with special needs and their typical peers. If you have an allergy or special diet concerns, please contact the Youth Department at 440-250-5471 for a list of ingredients. Ages 8-12. Registration begins June 8.
Wednesday, June 15 (7-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Betty Franklin of the Westlake LDS Family History Center will speak about Helping Young People Make Their Ancestors Come Alive.
Thursday, June 16 (2-3 p.m.) DoodleBots! – Learn about circuits while making scribbling, jiggling drawing machines. Ages 9-12. Registration begins June 9.
Thursdays, June 16, 23 and 30 (2-4 p.m.) Teen Crafts – Bring out your creativity and kill some time in the Teen Department Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. throughout the summer. Drop in for a new creation each week! All supplies provided! No registration required. June 16: Duct Tape Luggage Tags • June 23: Coloring Pages • June 30: Perler Bead Creations
Thursday, June 16 (7-8:15 p.m.) The Cleveland Museum of Art at 100 – The CMA at 100: The Extraordinary Gifts of Jeptha Homer Wade II & Frederic Allen Whiting – Holly Witchey, Director of The Wade Project at the Western Reserve Historical Society, returns to speak about the founding of the Cleveland Museum of Art and the importance of the gifts from prominent Clevelanders in making it a reality. Please register.
Fridays, June 17 and 24 (2-4 p.m.) Movies @ the Library – Join us for movie matinees on Fridays from 2-4 p.m. Registration begins one week before each session. Movies are as follows: June 17: Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband, hatches a plot to take over the world. PG. June 24: Snoopy embarks on his greatest mission – taking over the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis – while Charlie Brown embarks on an epic quest to win the love of his life. PG.
Friday, June 17 (3-3:34 p.m. OR 4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: Journey to the Rainforest – Join Mrs. K as we travel to the tropical rainforest of the Amazon and investigate the variety of plant and animal life that call this great “greenhouse” home. Discover ways we can help protect and preserve earth’s rainforests through hands-on experiments, active participation and a simple take-home project. Ages 4-6. Registration begins June 10.
Saturday, June 18 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) It’s Father’s Day at the Library! – Join us in the Youth Services Department for fun-filled Father’s Day crafts and activities! All ages! No registration required.
Saturday, June 18 (10:30-11:30 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.
Sunday, June 19 (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.
Monday, June 20 (2-3:30 p.m.) Friendship Bracelets – Crafty Jenn Cline is back to help you create cool (and pretty!) friendship bracelets. Grades 5-7. Registration begins June 13.
Monday, June 20 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Pub Trivia at Porter! – Bring your A-game and your best team as we kick off the summer with a round of pub trivia! Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and snacks and refreshments will be provided. Please register.
Monday, June 20 (6:30-7:30 p.m.) Sensation Stations – Engage your child’s senses by scooping, pouring, and sorting a variety of materials. Specifically for children with special needs. No registration required.
Monday, June 20 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investor’s Interest Group – Understanding Credit Reports and Credit Scores. Learn the importance of taking charge of your credit identity, how to access your personal credit report and credit score, how the information in these reports impacts your financial life. Registration begins June 1.
Tuesday, June 21 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories: Counting Sheep – Put on your pajamas and join Mrs. K as we unwind at the end of the day. We’ll count some sheep and unwind with quiet stories, songs, fingerplays, and other activities to help us get ready for bedtime. Ages 4-6. Siblings welcome. No registration needed.
Tuesday, June 21 (7-8 p.m.) Tai Chi for Health – A representative from The Gathering Place will be here to introduce you to the healing effects of this movement therapy. Wear comfortable clothing. Registration begins June 1.
Wednesday, June 22 (2-3 p.m.) Teen Yoga – Inhale. Exhale. Warrior Pose! Elaine will teach us yoga moves to develop strength and flexibility…and to just relax! Please wear comfortable, loose clothing and bring your own mat! For teens entering grades 7-12 only. Registration begins June 15.
Wednesday, June 22 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The June selection is The Summer Guest by Justin Cronin.
Wednesday, June 22 (2-4 p.m.) World Record Challenge – Have you always wanted to set a world record? Are you officially amazing? Stop by the Youth Services Department to try your hand at some of our world record challenges! Ages 6 and up. No registration required.
Thursday, June 23 (2-3 p.m.) Travel Club: Bed and Breakfast Experience – Tips and suggestions for experiencing your travel destinations while staying in a bed and breakfast. Please register.
Friday, June 24 (10 a.m.-Noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.
Friday, June 24 (1-2 p.m.) Rock Rookies! – We’ll use guitars, bass, drums and keyboards to introduce music fundamentals in a fun way and prepare kids for a lifelong love of music. Grades 1-2. Registration begins June 17.
Saturday, June 25 (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, June 25 (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, June 25 (2-3:30 p.m.) Life Size Monopoly® – Spend your afternoon playing the classic game, only our version will be life-sized. The rules are the same, but you are the playing piece. Grades 7-9. Registration begins June 18.
Saturday, June 25 (4-5 p.m.) Full STEAM Ahead: Little Bits of BubbleBot – STEAM = Science & Technology interpreted through Engineering & the Arts, all based in Mathematical elements. This month we’ll make a Bubblebot with LittleBits. Grades 3 and 4. Registration begins June 18.
Sunday, June 26 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Truly Me, Let’s Talk Friendship – Have fun discovering fun facts about your friends and yourself. Explore, discover, and celebrate who you truly are through games, activities and crafts. Ages 6-11. Registration begins June 19.
Monday, June 27 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Monday, June 27 (2-3:30 p.m.) Recycled Art – It doesn’t take much to turn simple things around your house into something beautiful. Jenn Cline will show us how to make washer pendants, bottle cap earrings, paper beads, cardboard tube art, and more! Grades 5-7. Registration begins June 20.
Tuesday, June 28 (10 a.m. – Noon) Career Transition Center: Communicating Effectively with Employers – Come learn tips to guide you to successful conversations with prospective employers. Learn how they perceive you so you can make the right impression.
Tuesday, June 28 (10–11 a.m.) Pinterest Basics – This is a lecture-based session focused on the basics of using Pinterest followed by an open Pinterest Lab. Registration begins June 1.
Wednesday, June 29 (10–11:30 a.m.) Digital Basics – Hear tips on what to consider when purchasing your own computer or mobile device. Learn about library apps available for use.
Wednesday, June 29 (2-3 p.m.) The Secrets of the Boomerang – The Cleveland Boomerang School will teach us all about boomerangs and how they work. We’ll even go outside and practice throwing them! Grades 5-7. Registration begins June 22.
Wednesday, June 29 (7-8:30 p.m.) Library Lip Sync Battle! – Are you a frequent follower of the lip sync battles seen on the Tonight Show and Spike TV? Show us your skills as we search for the top performers at Porter with our own Lip Sync Battle! Open to adults and teens. Registration begins June 1.
To register for any of the programs, please call (440) 871-2600 or visit http://westlakelibrary.evanced.info.