September Events at Westlake Porter Public Library

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

Thursdays, September 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 (6:30-8 p.m.) and Wednesdays, September 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.

Friday, September 2 (2-4 p.m.) Movies at the Library – A comedy set in the modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia. Office Judy Hopps, the first bunny on Zootopia’s police force, jumps at the chance to crack her first case even if it means partnering with scam-artist fox Nick Wilde to solve the mystery. All ages. Rated PG. Registration begins on August 26.

Fridays, September 2 and 30 (4-5:30 p.m.) Weird(er) Science – Designed to teach fundamental principles in an entertaining format, through demonstrations and activities. This month: we’ll learn about geocaching, and go on a library geocache! September 2: Explore several different art methods, including solar print paper, CD Mandala, sand candles, and more. September 30: Explore properties of light and color through experiments and building your own spectrascope Grades 5-6. Registration begins one week before each session.

Saturday, September 3 (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, September 3 (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, September 4 and Monday, September 5 Labor DayLibrary Closed

Tuesday, September 5-Thursday, October 13 Fall Storytime Session – No registration is necessary, but group size is limited to 58. Storytimes are as follows: LAPSIT STORYTIME: Join us for songs, rhymes and play! For ages birth-24 months with a caregiver. Tuesdays and Thursdays (9:30-10 a.m.). TODDLER STORYTIME: Join us for stories, rhymes, activities and songs. For ages 2-3 1/2 with a caregiver. Tuesdays and Thursdays (10:15-10:45 a.m.). PRESCHOOL STORYTIME: Join us for stories, rhymes, activities and songs for ages 3 1/2 to 5 with a caregiver. Tuesdays (11-11:30 a.m.) and Wednesdays (1-1:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, September 6 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transition Center: Networking Effectively – Your network helps you gain information about industries, trends, and new career fields to present yourself effectively to your next employer. Learn how to build and maintain business relationships that will assist you in your job search and your career.

Tuesday, September 6 (10–11 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.

Tuesday, September 6 (7 p.m.) Coffee and Chat – Join us as we discuss a topic related to parenting children who struggle. The group discussion is facilitated by a mental health professional. Sponsored by The Child & Family Counseling Center of Westlake. Topic: Single Parenting a Child with Special Needs. Register at, or email: or by phone: 440-250-5563.

Wednesdays, September 7 and 14 (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, September 7 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogy Society Help Session – Please join the genealogy group for an informal walk-in help session.

Wednesday, September 7 (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.

Thursday, September 8 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The September selection is Theft of Memory by Jonathan Kozol.

Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 24 (10:30-11:15 a.m.) and Monday, September 12 (6:30-7:15 p.m.) and 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.

Friday, September 9 (3-3:35 p.m. OR 4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday – Join Mrs. K as we explore the wonders of the world. This month we’ll explore our closest star and the changing seasons. Ages 4-6. Registration begins September 2.

Saturday, September 10 (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.

Saturdays, September 10 and 24 (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.

Sunday, September 11 (3-4 p.m.) Art Smarts – Explore some works of a well-known artist and then use what you’ve seen to create an art piece of your own! Grades 3-5. Registration begins September 4.

Mondays, September 12, 19 and 26 (3:30-5:30 p.m.) Teen Lounge – Need a place to hang out after school? Come to WPPL’s Teen Lounge on Monday afternoons! We have computers, video games, board games, snacks, and more! For grades 7-12 only. No registration.

Monday, September 12 (7-8:30 p.m.) The 20 #1 Hits of the Beatles – Dr. Keller of Baldwin-Wallace University returns with his usual wit and wisdom to explore the history of the Beatles and their music from 1960-1970. Please register.

Monday, September 12 (7-8:30 p.m.) Road to Wealth: How to Manage Your Financial LifeGet to Know Your Money: This first of three presentations will discuss the importance of understanding income & expenses, assets & liabilities, net worth & ratio analysis. Bring a flash drive to save a personal assignment. Please register.

Tuesday, September 13 (10 a.m. – Noon) Career Transition Center: Keys to Finding Hidden Jobs – Research and informational interviewing can reduce competition and help you sell yourself to an employer. Learn about the research needed and how to do it to determine the best job for you and to find out about positions before they’re advertised.

Tuesday, September 13 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories – 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, September 13 (7-7:45 p.m.) Lush Life! – Pamper yourself! Join us for an evening of indulgence with skincare products from Lush Cosmetics as they tell us about their company and products…and even let us try some out! Grades 7-12. Registration begins September 6.

Tuesday, September 13 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In September we’ll discuss The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck.

Wednesday, September 14 (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.

Thursday, September 15 (6:30 p.m.) and Friday, September 16 (9:30 OR 11 a.m.) Connecting for Kids: Teach Me to PlaySM – This program is designed for children ages 3-6 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. This program is led by an Early Intervention Specialist in Behavior from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Register at, or email: or by phone: 440-250-5563.

Friday, September 16 (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 September 9.

Tuesday, September 17 (10–11 a.m.) Android Tablet Group: Pinterest – Bring your Android tablet and learn how to use Pinterest. Prerequisite: Must have access to Google Play. Please register.

Saturday, September 17 (10-11:30 a.m.) Star Trek Day: Space Exploration with NASA – Join us as we welcome Jeffrey Woytach from the NASA Glenn Research Center to discuss space exploration. Please register.

Saturday, September 17 (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, September 17 (Noon-1 p.m.) Get Ready for 3D Printing – What’s 3D printing, and how is it done? Come find out! Grades 3-5. Registration begins September 10.

Saturday, September 17 Star Trek Day Double Feature – Celebrate Star Trek Day with a classic Star Trek Movie double feature! Please register. 1-3 p.m.: With the assistance of the Enterprise, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis, Khan. (PG) 3-5 p.m.: The Borg go back in time intent on preventing Earth’s first contact with an alien species, and Captain Picard and the crew pursue them. (PG-13)

Saturday, September 17 (2-3 p.m.) Pinterest Club for Teens – Calling all crafters! This is the perfect place to exercise your creativity. Each month we will make a craft inspired by a Pinterest post. Grades 7-9. September craft = DIY Marble Stationery. Registration begins September 10.

Saturday, September 17 (4-5 p.m.) Full STEAM Ahead: Light and Color – STEAM = Science & Technology interpreted through Engineering & the Arts, all based in Mathematical elements. This month: Explore properties of light and color through experiments and building your own spectrascope. Grades 3-4. Registration begins September 10.

Sunday, September 18 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Lindsey, 2001 Girl of the Year – Funny and good-hearted Lindsey Bergman just wants to help out and “fix” things. We will discuss how to help out in different ways, play a game, and make a craft. Ages 6-11. Registration begins September 11.

Monday, September 19 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investors’ Interest Group: Anticipating Trend Changes – Due to the stock market’s random nature, predicting its future is not possible. Lou Floyd will show us how, with the use of trend-following techniques, one can detect trend changes with a reliability sufficient for taking action. Please register.

Monday, September 19 (7-8:30 p.m.) Movie Maker Monday – Ever want to make a movie using just your smartphone? Or learn about how to create better home movies? This series for all ages will show you how. This month’s session: Shooting Your Movie. Please register.

Tuesday, September 20 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transition Center: Writing to Employers – Learn how to prepare effective cover letters, marketing letters, follow-up letters and more. You will learn new ways to make your letters stand out among other job seekers.

Tuesday, September 20 (7 p.m.) Connecting for Kids: Family Discussion Group – Join us for a discussion on a relevant, childhood topic with a local pediatric expert. This month’s topic: Food Allergies. Register at, or email: or by phone: 440-250-5563.

Wednesday, September 21 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Jennifer Nieves presents: Storage and Preservation of Family Archival Photos, Documents & Heirlooms.

Wednesday, September 21 (7-8 p.m.) Developing Study Skills – This seminar focuses on recognizing the student’s learning style, understanding time and study management, how to take notes based on your learning style, memorization strategies, group studying, and test taking strategies. For students and parents. Registration begins September 14.

Thursday, September 22 (Noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Busine$$ Lunch & Learn: Business Owner Life Insurance Strategies – Business owners can utilize life insurance for succession planning, retaining key employees, offsetting estate taxes, tax deferred investments and other financial benefits. Learn how at today’s presentation. Please register.

Thursday, September 22 (2–3 p.m.) Travel Club: Ohio State Parks – Ms. Cindi Bessett of Ohio State Park Lodges & Conference Centers will help you discover, or rediscover Ohio’s beautiful and historic state parks so you can find your ultimate Ohio State Park experience. Please register.

Thursday, September 22 (4-5 p.m.) TBD – Color your way to calm. We will have coloring pages, crayons, pencils, and markers available. Grades 5-7. No registration required.

Friday, September 23 (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.

Friday, September 23 (10 a.m.-Noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.

Saturday, September 24 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) Minecraft Fun Day! – Join us in the Youth Services Department for a fun-filled day of Minecraft activities and crafts! All ages welcome.

Saturday, September 24 (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 September 17.

Sunday, September 25 (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 September 18.

Sunday, September 25 (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, September 26 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Tuesday, September 27 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transition Center: Improving Interviewing Skills – Preparation is the essential ingredient for a successful job interview. It starts with research to ensure the job is right for you and that you are well qualified; learning about the job and the company, and then preparing to answer difficult questions.

Wednesday, September 28 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The September selection is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

Thursday, September 29 (7-8 p.m.) Fail! How the News Media is Letting Down American Society – John Kerezy, Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at Cuyahoga Community College will discuss how our news is disseminated through the various channels. Please register.

Friday, September 30 (9:30 OR 10:30 a.m.) Connecting for Kids: Music Therapy & MoreSMThis program is designed for children ages 1-6 who are struggling in an area of development. Join us for a program designed to model and teach families how to use music to improve their child’s skills. This program is led by a Board Certified Music Therapist from Music Therapy Enrichment Center, Inc. (MTEC). Each session is 30 minutes. Register at, or email: or by phone: 440-250-5563.

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

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