Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s April, 2017 calendar of events:
(All Month) Financial Literacy Scavenger Hunt! – Throughout the month of April visit the Youth Department for a Financial Literacy Scavenger Hunt! Using clues find spots in the library that are all about money. Complete the hunt and earn an entry for the grand prize. For children up to Grade 4.
Mondays, April 10 and 24 (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, April 10 (6:30-7:15 p.m.) and Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 29 (10:30-11:15 a.m.) Adapted Storytime – Children with varying learning styles and abilities learn in a safe, supportive environment where respect and appreciation for differences are encouraged. This 30 minute storytime, followed by time for socialization, is designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime experience. Content is geared toward ages 3-7, but all ages are welcome. Siblings may also attend, but must register separately. Registration begins one week before each session.
Monday, April 10 (7-8 p.m.) Handling Credit & Debt Wisely – Apprisen will share basic information about managing credit, including the difference between good and bad debt, how to manage debt in order to build your credit rating, why credit is an important tool for reaching financial goals and how to create a “Power Payment System” to pay down debt. Also, learn about various loan products, how they work, and associated interest rates. No registration required.
Tuesday, April 11 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transition Center: Finding Hidden Jobs – Research and informational interviewing can reduce the competition and help you sell yourself to an employer. Learn what research is needed and how to do it to find the best job for you.
Tuesday, April 11 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In April we’ll discuss Before the Fall by Noah Hawley.
Wednesday, April 12 (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.
Wednesdays, April 12, 19 and 26 (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.
Wednesdays, April 12, 19 and 26 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27 (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, April 13 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The April selection is True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray by James Renner.
Thursday, April 13 (7-9 p.m.) Author James Renner – Cleveland author James Renner is known for his true-crime journalism, but he has also written two novels, He will be giving a presentation on writing and his works of fiction, The Man from Primrose Lane and The Great Forgetting. Join us for a fascinating presentation. Please register.
Friday, April 14 (2-4 p.m.) Movies @ the Library! – Join us for a family-friendly movie (rated PG)! All ages. Registration begins April 7. Featured film: Rafe is tired of his school’s obsession with the rules at the expense of creativity. Desperate to shake things up, Rafe and his friends come up with a plan: break every single rule in the school and let the students run wild. Registration begins April 7.
Friday, April 14 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: A Home for Birds – Join Mrs. K as we explore the wonders of the world. This month let’s be birds and build a nest! Ages 4-7. Registration begins April 7.
Saturday, April 15 (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- 11. No registration required.
Saturday, April 15 (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, April 16 Library Closed in observance of Easter
Monday, April 17 and Wednesday, April 19 (2-4 p.m.) Movies @ the Library! – Join us during spring break for family-friendly movies (all rated PG)! All ages. Please register one week before each movie. April 17: Storks have moved on from delivering babies to delivering packages; when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork has to scramble to get the job done. April 19: The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.
Monday, April 17 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investors’ Interest Group – Cycles: Economic, monetary, business, stock – what they are, why they exist, why they matter. Please register.
Tuesday, April 18 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transition Center: Job Search Planning & Time Management – Are you running around in circles trying to find a new position? Most jobseekers do not spend time efficiently. Learn how to plan your work, and the ABC Method to overcome obstacles to success.
Tuesday, April 18 (2-3:30 p.m.) Jr. Robotics: WimpyBOT – Enjoy two of our favorite things, LEGO WeDo robots and Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series as you work with a partner to build and program robots based on the misadventures of Greg and his family. All of the challenges are based on DWK: The Long Haul! Ages 8-11. Registration begins April 11.
Tuesday, April 18 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories: Sleep ABCs – Put on your pajamas and join Mrs. K as we unwind at the end of the day with quiet stories, songs, fingerplays, and other activities to help us get ready for bedtime. Ages 4-6. Siblings welcome. No registration needed.
Tuesday, April 18 (7-8:30 p.m.) Titanic: Tragedy of Errors – The Titanic’s construction, weather conditions, safety practices, influential passengers, and more will be discussed, along with the six “Mysteries of the Titanic.” Please register.
Wednesday, April 19 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Betsie Norris, Director of the Cleveland Adoption Network: New Adoption Records and Laws
Thursday, April 20 (Noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Busine$$ Lunch & Learn – Protecting Your Intellectual Property- Intellectual Property Lawyer Bob Bodi will introduce us to the various forms of intellectual property protection and their purposes, potential shortcomings and risks. Please register.
Thursday, April 20 (2-3:30 p.m.) 3D Animation – Learn how to make animated creations with Carnegie Mellon’s 3D programming environment, Alice. Please bring a flash drive so you can save your work! Grades 7-9. Please register.
Thursday, April 20 (7–8 p.m.) Intro to iPhone – This lecture-based session will provide an overview of iPhone basics. Please register starting April 1.
Friday, April 21 (1-3:30 p.m.) Fantastic Fridays – Fantastic Friday are a great day for homeschoolers! Every month we’ll explore a new topic with related activities. Ages 6-12. Registration begins April 14.
Saturday, April 22 (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, April 22 (2-3:30 p.m.) Diggin’ With Dean’s Greenhouse – Dean’s will be sharing tips on planting and making your container gardens, hanging baskets, raised beds and in-ground plantings look their best all summer. They’ll also help with diseases, pests, and (of course) deer. Door prizes will be awarded at the end of the evening! Please register.
Saturday, April 22 (2-3 p.m.) Pinterest Club – Come each month to recreate a fun craft from Pinterest. This month: Canvas Art. Grades 7-9. Registration begins April 15.
Saturday, April 22 (4-5 p.m.) Full STEAM Ahead – STEAM = Science & Technology interpreted through Engineering & the Arts, all based in Mathematical elements. This month: Students in grades 3 and 4 will learn how to use Excel 2013 to create a personalized budget, and learn about personal finance through an online game. Registration begins April 15.
Sunday, April 23 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Money Matters – Celebrate Financial Literacy Month through American Girl quizzes from the book A Smart Girl’s Guide to Money: How to Make it, Save it, and Spend it, money games and a money themed craft. Ages 6-11. Registration begins April 16.
Monday, April 24 (7-8 p.m.) Spotting & Avoiding Financial Scams & Identity Theft – A Federal Trade Commission representative will discuss how to spot, stop and avoid scams and the steps to take to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft. Registration begins April 1.
Tuesday, April 25 (9:30-10 a.m.) Stories and Signs – Enjoy an interactive storytime while learning a few words in sign language! Ages 0-3, siblings welcome. No registration required.
Tuesday, April 25 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transition Center: Networking Effectively – Your network helps you to gain information about industries, trends, and career fields. Learn how to build and maintain business relationships that will assist you in your job search.
Tuesday, April 25 (7-8 p.m.) College is Possible: Financial Aid Seminar – Tri-C’s Financial Aid and Admissions departments will be here to discuss applying for financial aid, navigating the process, and understanding your resources. They’ll also touch on general admissions and transfer options. For teens and their parents. No registration required.
Wednesday, April 26 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The April selection is Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb.
Thursday, April 27 (4-5 p.m.) TBD – Join your friends for a different activity each month! This session: Make piggy banks out of recycled materials in celebration of National Financial Literacy Month. Grades 5-7. No registration required.
Friday, April 28 (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 April 21.
Friday, April 28 (10 a.m.-Noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.
Friday, April 28 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) Connecting for Kids’ Speaker Series – Join us for a discussion on a relevant childhood topic with a local pediatric expert. Please register at www.connectingforkids.org/register, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 440-250-5563. Free child care is available. April 28 topic: Potty Training
Saturday, April 29 (2-3 p.m.) Art Market – Everything has a price, including your next craft project! You will use funny money to “purchase” craft items and tools that will help you make a project perfect just for you! Grades 2-5. Registration begins April 22.
Sunday, April 30 (2-4 p.m.) Chess Club – Hone your chess skills or learn how to play the game. Recommended for ages 8+, but all ages are welcome. If you have a chess set, please bring it with you.
To register for any of the programs, please call (440) 871-2600 or visit http://westlakelibrary.evanced.info.