Thursdays, June 1 and July 6, and Monday, July 24 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Thursdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 26 (6:30-8 p.m.) and Wednesdays, June 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, June 1 (7-8 p.m.) Amazing Benefits of Gratitude Journaling – Keeping a daily journal of things that you are thankful for helps to elevate mood, increase optimism, alleviate depression, cope with grief, and provide a happier outlook on life. This class teaches how to start a journal, what to include, and all of the ways that gratitude journaling can benefit you. Please register.
Friday, June 2 (3-4 p.m.) Paint Chip Art (Skylines and More) – Make a “painting” of your favorite cityscape using paint chips, glue and scissors. Grades 5-7. Registration begins May 26.
Saturday, June 3 (Noon-2 p.m.) Cleveland Photographic Society – It’s a Small World: The World of Macro Photography reception hosted by The Cleveland Photographic Society.
Saturday, June 3 (2-4 p.m.) Carry Out Crafts – Stop in to see our featured craft. We have all the supplies you’ll need to create something fantastic! No registration required.
Sunday, June 4 (2-4 p.m.) Anime Club – A great club for anime and manga lovers! All otakus and newbies welcome! Grades 7-12 only please. No registration required.
Monday, June 5 (3:30-5:30 p.m.) Teen Lounge – Hang out after school for the last Teen Lounge of the school year. We’ll have video and board games, laptops, snacks, and ice cream! For grades 7-12 only. No registration.
Monday, June 5 (5-6 p.m.) or Tuesday, June 6 (10-11 a.m.) Through My Eyes – ArtWalk – Join us on a nature walk and capture pictures of scenery you find beautiful and inspiring. The library will print, mount and display the photographs to the public at our pop-up gallery on June 29. This is an opportunity for adults with disabilities to explore nature and share your unique perspective with friends, family and the Westlake community. The walks will take place at the Westlake Rec Center and will last about an hour. The library does not provide transportation. Please bring a caregiver and smartphone. If you do not have a smartphone or tablet to use, please let us know when you register. Please register.
Wednesdays, June 7, 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, June 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, June 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.
Wednesday, June 7 (7-8 p.m.) Captain Underpants – Come to the library and explore The Adventures of Captain Underpants. We will play games and make crafts based on the popular children’s series. Ages 7-9. Registration begins May 31.
Thursdays, June 8 and July 13 (2-3 p.m.) Great Decisions Discussion Program on World Affairs – Discuss critical global issues facing America today. At the beginning of each month, a copy of the article may be picked up at the Ask Us Desk. Please read the article prior to the meeting. Please register.
Thursdays (2-3:30 p.m.) Teen Crafts – Bring out your creativity every Thursday from 2-3:30 p.m. for a new craft each week. All supplies provided. Grades 7 and up. No registration required. June 8: Duct Tape Crafts; June 15: Recycled CD Crafts; June 22: Random Acts of Kindness Bookmarks; June 29: DIY Flower Pots
Thursday, June 8 (7 p.m.) Continuing the Conversation – Join us as we continue discussion about tough issues facing parents and students. This month’s topic is Using Social Media for Information and Support
Thursday, June 8 (7-8 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The June selection is Time Travel: A History by James Gleick.
Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 24 (10:30-11:15 a.m.) and Monday, June 12 (6:30-7:15 p.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.
Fridays June 9, 16, 23 and 30 (2-4 p.m.) Movies @ the Library! – Join us on Fridays for family friendly movies. All ages. Please register one week before each movie. June 9: After their Troll village is invaded, Poppy and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a rescue mission. (PG); June 16: Moana sets sail on a daring mission to save her people. (PG); June 23: Explore the wizarding world before Harry Potter, when something mysterious is leaving a path of destruction on the streets of 1926 New York. (PG-13); June 30: Buster Moon, an eternally optimistic koala, puts on the world’s greatest singing competition to save his crumbling theater. (PG)
Friday, June 9 (7-8:30 p.m.) Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band – Grammy Award winning duo Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis have been named ‘THE face of kindie music’ by the Washington Post, ‘SUPERSTARS’ by Red Tricycle, ‘The Rolling Stones of Kids Music’ by the Style Network, and PEOPLE Magazine called their album the #1 in COOLEST kids music!” FREE tickets available at the Youth Services Desk on June 2. Limit of six tickets per adult, please. All Ages. TICKETS REQUIRED!
Saturday, June 10 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) It’s Father’s Day at the Library! – Join us for fun-filled Father’s Day crafts and activities. All ages. No registration required.
Saturday, June 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- 11. No registration required.
Saturdays, June 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, June 11 (3-4 p.m.) Art Smarts – Explore 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 one week before each session.
Monday, June 12 (2-3 p.m.) Zumba! – Party and get into shape with ZUMBA Fitness! No experience necessary -it’s easy to do, effective, and totally exhilarating! Please wear workout clothing and gym shoes! Grades 6-12. Registration begins June 5.
Monday, June 12 (6-7 p.m.) Medicare – Join us as an OSHIIP (Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program) Community Liaison provides us with timely information regarding Medicare changes, enrollment in a Medicare prescription drug plan (Part D) and Medicare health plan. Please register.
Monday, June 12 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: Augmented and Virtual Reality – Learn about the immersive virtual reality apps available today, and try some out for yourself! Bring your smartphone or tablet if you have one. Please register.
Tuesday, June 13 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transition Center: Job Applications and Cover Letters – Learn how to manage an application so that yours is read, as well as effective letter writing techniques for cover, marketing and follow-up letters.
Tuesdays, June 13, 20 and 27 (2:30-3 p.m.) Book Buddies – Teen volunteers help younger students retain their reading skills. This program is designed for children entering grades 1-3 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 13, 20 and 27 (3-4 p.m.) Summer Brain Games – Kids in grades 1-3 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 13 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories: Goodnight Dinosaurs – 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, June 13 (7-8 p.m.) Hamilton: A Uniquely American Musical – Patrick Fulton, Research Services Librarian for the Cleveland Institute of Music, will discuss the crafting of national identity and popular appeal through the music and rhyme of this contemporary Broadway classic. Please register.
Tuesday, June 13 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In June we’ll discuss The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton.
Wednesday, June 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.
Wednesday, June 14 (3-3:45 p.m.) Kids in the Kitchen – Learn basic cooking skills with fast, simple, no-bake recipes just for kids. For students with special needs and their typical peers. If you have an allergy or special diet concern, please contact the Youth Services Department at 440.250.5471 for a complete list of ingredients. Ages 8-12. Registration required.
Wednesday, June 14 (7–8:30 p.m.) eBooks and Digital Content – Whether you want to be tech savvy or pack light for vacation, digital content is for you. Learn how to access the library’s eBooks, eMagazines, digital music, streaming movies, and more! Patrons are encouraged to bring their own devices.
Friday, June 16 (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 17 (1-2:15 p.m.) Invasive Plants – Judy Semroc, Conservation Specialist at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, will discuss some of the top invasive plants and why they are problematic, along with some helpful information on how to get rid of them and what to plant in their place. Registration begins June 1.
Saturday, June 17 (4-5:30 p.m.) STEAM Maker Lab – Design and build a Lego skyscraper strong enough to survive testing on a “shake table.” For students in grades 3-5 4 Registration begins June 10.
Sunday, June 18 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Tenney Grant and Logan Everett – We will explore the world of American Girl dolls through activities, games and crafts.Ages 6-11. Registration begins June 11.
Monday, June 19 (2-4:15 p.m.) Monday Movie – Spend your Monday afternoon munching on snacks and watching a movie that’s based on a book! Rated PG-13. Grades 6-11. No registration necessary. Featured film: When Jacob discovers clue to a mystery that stretches across time, he finds a home for Peculiar Children.
Monday, June 19 (2-5 p.m.) Pokemon Mini-Camp with Bricks4Kidz – Get ready for an adventure in the world of Pokèmon®! Capture wild Pokèmon® creatures and train them for battle. Grades 3-5. Registration begins June 12.
Tuesday, June 20 (6-7 p.m.) Cupcake Wars – Team up (or compete solo) to try to create the best cupcake design for our chosen theme…though you won’t know the theme until we get started! All supplies provided. Grades 7-12. Registration begins June 13.
Tuesday, June 20 (7-8:30 p.m.) Porches: History, Design & Construction – Margaret Lann, Heritage Home Program Associate of the Cleveland Restoration Society, will present the history of porches, their design and construction, and provide information relevant for today’s home owner when considering repair, reconstruction, or adding a porch to a current home. Please register.
Wednesday, June 21 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – History of the Danube-Schwabians, Where They Came from and Why, presented by Astrid Julian, Teacher of the German Language School at Lenau Park.
Wednesday, June 21 (7-7:45 p.m.) Fun Science Evening Exploration: Starry Sky – Join Mrs. K as we explore the night sky and make a craft! Ages 4-7. Registration begins June 14.
Wednesday, June 21 (7-8 p.m.) Hamilton, Hip Hop, and the American Dream – Dr. Julie Burrell, Assistant Professor of English at Cleveland State University, will explore the hip hop roots of the Broadway musical Hamilton and consider what hip hop has to do with the American Dream. Please register.
Thursday, June 22 (11 a.m.-Noon) Healthy Eyes – Darcy Downie from Prevent Blindness Ohio will talk about eye health and safety and what preventive measures can be taken as we age to safeguard our sight. Registration begins June 1.
Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) Ikenobo Ikebana Society – The Society will present a floral exhibit in the Porter Room. Free and open to the public.
Friday, June 23 (10 a.m.-Noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.
Friday, June 23 (1-2 p.m.) Paper Beads – You will make a bottle full of paper beads to take home. Ages 9-11. Registration begins June 16.
Saturday, June 24 (3:30-4 p.m.) Family Storytime – An interactive family storytime featuring books, rhymes, songs, movement, and a small craft. For families with children ages 2-6 and their siblings. No registration required.
Monday, June 26 (1-1:30 p.m.) Yoga Rhyme Time! – This is 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 with a caregiver. No registration required.
Monday, June 26 (7-7:50 p.m.) Build a Better World Magic Show – Join magical entertainer, Greg Carson, and his live bunny, Trixie, for a “Build a Better World” magic show! FREE tickets available at the Youth Service Desk starting June 19. Limit six per adult.
Tuesday, June 27 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transition Center: 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, June 27 (1-1:45 p.m.) Craft & Sign: The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Create a booklet of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and learn the signs to tell the story with your hands! For hearing children ages 5-8. No registration required.
Tuesday, June 27 (2-3 p.m.) Travel Club – Naturalist Richelle Slomer will discuss the Ohio State Parks, a great vacation destination. Registration begins May 28.
Wednesday, June 28 (2-2:45 p.m.) Drive-In Movie at the Library! – Let’s go to the movies! We’ll build cool cars out of cardboard boxes, then we’ll park our new rides and enjoy a short cartoon! All supplies and snacks will be provided. Ages 3-5. Registration begins June 21.
Wednesday, June 28 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The June selection is The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.
Thursday, June 29 (7-8:30 p.m.) ArtWalk Gallery Reception – Come view the results of Westlake Porter Public Library’s Art Walk and meet the artists! This free reception is open to all! Photos will be on display in the library the week of June 26. No registration necessary.
To register for any of the programs, please call (440) 871-2600 or visit http://westlakelibrary.evanced.info.