July Events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s July, 2017 calendar of events:

Saturday, July 1 (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.

Saturday, July 1 (2-3 p.m.) Raptor Rescue – Learn about rescue efforts for birds of prey, including how they are rehabilitated, as well as their place in the ecosystem. Some feathered friends will be brought along as special guests. All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Please register.

Saturdays, July 1 and 29 (3-5 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, July 3 (2-4 p.m.) Happy Birthday, America! – Join us in the Youth Services Department as we celebrate July 4th with fun crafts and activities! No registration required.

Tuesday, July 4 Independence Day – Library Closed.

Wednesdays, July 5, 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, July 5, 12, 19 and 26 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, July 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.

Wednesday, July 6 (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, July 6, and Monday, July 24 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

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. July 6: Painted Rocks; July 13: Yarn Bottle Vases; July 20: Design Your Own Mugs; July 27: Paint Chip Art

Thursday, July 6 (7-8:30 p.m.) Running With a Police Escort: Tales From the Back of the Pack – Cleveland author and blogger Jill Grunenwald chronicles the racing adventures that helped her get fit and find happiness. Running With a Police Escort is a touching and insightful journey about conquering fears and learning to love yourself, no matter what place you finish in. Please register.

Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 22 (10:30-11:15 a.m.) and Monday, July 10 (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 July 7, 14, 21 and 28 (2-4 p.m.) Movies @ the Library! – Join us on Fridays for family friendly movies. All ages. Please register one week before each movie. July 7: Kubo mesmerizes people with his magical gift for spinning wild tales with origami. When he accidentally summons an evil spirit seeking vengeance, Kubo goes on a quest to solve the mystery of his fallen samurai father (PG). July 14: An animated adventure about Chinese and Canadian ducks that must overcome their differences to save the sun from being harnessed by a selfish villain (PG). July 21: Born for adventure, American Girl Lea Clark heads deep into the Brazilian rainforest, where her most exciting story awaits (Unrated). July 28: Gilly Hopkins has seen more than her share of foster homes and has outwitted every family she has lived with. Will her outrageous scheme to be reunited with her birth mother work? (PG)

Saturday, July 8 (9:15-10 a.m.) Preschoolers Rock! – Use your imagination as we create a drum, jingle bell bracelet, and shaker to take home. Ages 3-5. No registration necessary.

Saturday, July 8 (9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) CPR Certification – CPR and AED certification for adult, child, and infant. Instruction by certified instructor/Paramedic Ken Hehnen. Please register.

Saturday, July 8 (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, July 8 and 22 (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, July 8 (2-2:45 p.m.) Introduction to Keyboard Skills – Get ready for school! Learn keyboarding in this introduction to typing skills. Must come with valid e-mail address! Ages 8-11. Registration begins July 1.

Sunday, July 9 (2-2:45 p.m.) Football Frenzy! – Test your quarterback skills by creating a paper football and launching it on WPPL’s paper football field! Ages 8-11. All supplies provided. No registration required.

Monday, July 10 (2-5 p.m.) Minecraft Mini-Craft with Bricks4Kidz – Participants will learn the similarities of the world of Minecraft® and the real world. They will dig for iron ore by building a motorized jackhammer Bricks4Kidz style. Grades 3-5. Registration begins July 3.

Monday, July 10 (7-8 p.m.) Adult Color – Studies show coloring can reduce your stress and anxiety while increasing mindfulness. We’ll provide coloring pages and colored pencils or bring your own. Open to adults 18 and over. Please register.

Monday, July 10 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: Make Things Sparkly with Silhouette Cameo – Bring an article of clothing and “bedazzle” it! You may also bring something made of glass (such as a jar) and use Cameo to etch it. Please register.

Tuesday, July 11 (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.

Tuesdays, July 11 and 18 (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, July 11 and 18 (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, July 11 (6-7 p.m.) DIY Henna Art – Join us to learn how to mix your own henna paste and create your own beautiful designs. Grades 7-12. Registration begins July 4.

Tuesday, July 11 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories: I See the Moon – 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, July 11 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In July we’ll discuss The Summer That Melted Everything. Join us for a Skype Chat with author Tiffany McDaniel!

Wednesday, July 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.

Wednesday, July 12 (7-7:45 p.m.) Fun Science Evening Exploration: Our Moon – Join Mrs. K as we explore the night sky and make a craft! Ages 4-7. Registration begins July 5.

Thursday, 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.

Thursday, July 13 (7-8 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The July selection is The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America’s First Serial Killer by Skip Hollandsworth.

Thursday, July 13 (7-8 p.m.) Peanut Butter Dogs – Greg Murray, award winning and internationally recognized local photographer and author of the book Peanut Butter Dogs, will be sharing his story as well as tips on photographing your furry friends. Registration begins June 1.

Friday, July 14 (10-11 a.m.) Sensation Stations – Engage your child’s senses by scooping, pouring and sorting a variety of materials. Developed for children with special needs and their typical peers. No registration required. Ages 3-6.

Saturday, July 15 (10:30-11 a.m.) Mother Goose On the Loose! – An interactive storytime featuring simple books, rhymes, songs and movement. For ages Birth-3 years old with a caregiver. No registration required.

Saturday, July 15 (2-3 p.m.) The Amazing Race – Library Edition – Come to the library to compete in the ultimate challenge! Teams will compete as they “travel” to each of the seven continents. Don’t miss out on the fun! Grades 7-9. Registration begins July 8.

Saturdays, July 15, 22 and 29 (3-4:30 p.m.) Tween Code Club – Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! Registration begins one week before each session. Grades 5-8.

Saturday, July 15 (4-5:30 p.m.) STEAM Maker Lab – Explore renewable energy from wind power by building a simple wind generator to light an LED.  For students in grades 3-5. Registration begins July 8.

Sunday, July 16 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Picnic Fun! – We will enjoy a light picnic with our dolls before engaging in outdoor picnic games and activities on the side lawn. Ages 6-11. Registration begins July 0.

Monday, July 17 (1-1:45 p.m. OR 4-4:45 p.m.) The Magic of Science – Studies in chemistry, light, magnetism, optical illusions, physics, and mathematics are all demonstrated in an energetic performance. However each of these topics will appear to the audience as a challenging and astonishing magic trick. If that wasn’t cool enough…sometimes we’ll tell you how to do the trick at home! Please register.

Monday, July 17 (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: The monster does not come walking often. This time it comes to Connor, and it asks for the one thing Connor cannot bring himself to do –to tell the truth. He struggles at school with bullies, with pitying looks from everyone, and at home with his mother’s illness. Will Connor overcome his problems? Will everything be okay? Will Connor be able to speak the truth?

Tuesday, July 18 (2-3 p.m.) Makey Makey – Create a banana piano, play video games with Play-Doh, and use your fellow humans to play the bongos with Makey Makey, which can turn any conductive material into a keyboard! Please register.

Tuesday, July 18 (7 p.m.) Connecting for Kids Coffee and Chat – Join our interactive support group and meet other families facing similar struggles. The group discussion is facilitated by a mental health professional. Sponsored by the Child and Family Counseling Center of Westlake. This month’s topic: How to Stay Clam When the Kids Are Out of Control

Wednesday, July 19 (11-11:45 a.m.) WPPL’s Annual Egg Drop – Celebrate engineering during STEAM week with your design in our egg drop. Come to the Porter room from 11:00-11:45 to build your design to hold your egg, then join us at noon in the library lobby for the official egg drop! No registration required.

Wednesday, July 19 (2-3:30 p.m.) Busy Town Building Day – Come build Richard Scarry’s Busy Town. All materials will be provided. All ages. No registration required.

Wednesday, July 19 (3-4 p.m.) Marshmallow Challenge – The task is simple: teams must build a free-standing structure out of spaghetti, tape, string, and a single marshmallow…which team will succeed in building the tallest tower?! Grades 6-9. Registration begins July 12.

Wednesday, July 19 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical SocietyGenealogical Roundtable Sharing. Bring your photos, trees, brick walls, successes, Eureka! Moments, tales or serendipity or favorite website to share with the group.

Thursday, July 20 (10-10:30 a.m.) Use the Force: Painting with Magnets! – Explore magnetism and create artwork that will look great on your fridge! Ages 3-6. Registration begins July 13.

Thursday, July 20 (7 p.m.) Continuing the Conversation – Join us as we continue discussion about tough issues facing parents and students. This month’s topic is Got Stress? The Impact of Stress on Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues.

Thursday, July 20 (7-8 p.m.) From the Mind to the Stage: New Developments in Theater Design Technology – Until recently the field of lighting design has been restricted by the technology that is available. However, there are now new and exciting ways for lighting designers to effectively communicate their ideas. This discussion will explore these new technologies and the ways that the modern designer is using them to further the design process. Please register.

Friday, July 21 (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, July 21 (1-3:15 p.m.) Movie Based on the Book “Hidden Figures” – Finishing off STEAM Week, watch the true “hidden” story of African-American female mathematicians Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson, whose brilliance helped NASA put a man in orbit. Rated PG. No registration necessary.

Saturday, July 22 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) Build A Better World…Recycle! – Help us celebrate our summer reading theme by creating crafts from recycled materials! All ages welcome. No registration required.

Saturday, July 22 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) Build a Better World…with Bricks! – Members from North East Ohio Lego Users Group (NEOLUG) will display their creative brick sculptures. No registration required.

Saturday, July 22 (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. No registration required.

Sunday, July 23 (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 July 16.

Monday, July 24 (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.

Tuesday, July 25 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transition Center: Results-Oriented Resumes – When you’re looking for a job, your primary “sales tool” is a well-designed, targeted resume. Learn what will catch the employer’s attention and make them want to interview you.

Tuesday, July 25 (10–11 a.m.) Google Drive Basics – Learn how to use Google Drive to work with and store files. Create and edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Prerequisite:  Gmail account. Please register.

Tuesday, July 25 (2-3 p.m.) Travel Club – Bryan Edwards from Lake Erie Shores and Islands will tell us about wonderful vacation opportunities available along our lake shore. Please register.

Wednesday, July 26 (1-3 p.m.) Super Smash Teen Tournament – Test out your skills to see who will claim the top spot! Retro consoles, other video games, pizza, and snacks will be provided as well. Grades 7-12. No registration required.

Wednesday, July 26 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The July selection is The Personal History of Rachel Dupree by Ann Weisgarber.

Thursday, July 27 (7-7:30 p.m.) Parachute Play – Get ready to jump and move with music, stories and the parachute. Bring your energy, mom, dad, or other caregiver! Ages 4-6. Registration begins July 20.

Friday, July 28 (10 a.m.-Noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.

Sunday, July 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. No registration necessary.

Monday, July 31 (6-8 p.m.) Friends of the Library’s Annual Ice Cream Social – Join the Friends of the Library for $1 ice cream sundaes from Mitchell’s Ice Cream, entertainment by the Big Daddies and Pete Cavano, the cake walk, and more family fun! The Friends will also have sales at Portables and the Book Nook during the Ice Cream Social.

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

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