August Events at Westlake Porter Public Library

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

August 1-26 Community of Fine Arts Show – The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council presents their annual juried art show in the meeting room wing’s art gallery.

Tuesdays, August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 (2-3 p.m.) Conversational Spanish for Beginners – Please join us to learn Spanish vocabulary and pronunciation with an expert instructor. Please register.

Wednesdays, August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 (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, August 2 (2-3 p.m.) SLIME! – SLIME! Spend an hour making different kinds of slime to use and take home. Grades 6-12. Registration begins July 26.

Wednesday, August 2 (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, August 3 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursdays, August 3, 10, 17 and 25 (4-5:15 p.m.) Code Club! – Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! Grades 3-4. Registration begins one week before each session.

Fridays, August 4 and 11 (2-4 p.m.) Movies @ the Library! – Join us on Fridays for family friendly movies. All ages. Please register one week before each movie.

August 4: In the latest LEGO movie, Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted. (PG)

August 11: When a radio falls from the sky into the hands of a dog named Bodi, he leaves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician, setting into motion a series of completely unexpected events.

Friday, August 4 (3-3:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday – Join Mrs. K as we explore rocks and volcanoes! Ages 4-6. Registration begins July 28.

Friday, August 4 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday – Join Mrs. K as we explore rocks and volcanoes! Grades K-2. Registration begins July 28.

Saturday, August 5 (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, August 5 and 19 (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, August 5 (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 29.

Saturdays, August 5, 12, 19 and 26 (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.

Sunday, August 6 (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 30.

Tuesday, August 8 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transition Center: Interviewing Skills – Preparation is the essential ingredient for a successful job interview. It starts with research about the job and the company and includes preparing to answer difficult questions.

Tuesday, August 8 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories: Stormy Night – 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, August 8 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In August we’ll discuss The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin.

Wednesday, August 9 (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, August 10 (10-11:30 a.m.) Intro to Smartphones – Learn the basics of using smartphones, such as screen brightness, wifi settings, adding apps, and more! If bringing your device, please bring all account passwords. Registration begins August 1.

Thursday, August 10 (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, August 10 (7-8 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The August selection is Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston.

Thursday, August 10 (7-8 p.m.) Somebody’s Watching Me: Drones & Domestic Surveillance – The ACLU of Ohio will speak about domestic surveillance. Please register.

Saturday, August 11 (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, August 12 (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, August 12 (4-5:30 p.m.) STEAM Maker Lab – Learn about solar eclipses and build a pin-hole viewer.  For students in grades 3-5. Registration begins August 5.

Saturday, August 12 (2-3 p.m.) DIY Spa Products – Make your own spa products at the library! You not only save money, but will know exactly what’s going into the products. Leave with a lip scrub, a hair mask, bath salts, dry shampoo and recipes to make more at home. Grades 7-9. Registration begins August 5.

Sunday, August 13 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Julie Albright – Julie Albright (1974) likes school, hanging out with friends and playing basketball. We will have a groovy time playing games and doing a craft. Registration begins August 6.

Monday, August 14 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: Transform Your Memories Into Digital – Back by popular demand! WPPL has Maker Stations that can convert your records into mp3s, your slides and pictures into digital formats, and your VHS tapes into DVDs. Learn how here. Please register.

Monday, August 14 (7-8 p.m.) ReferenceUSA – A representative from ReferenceUSA will demonstrate the many uses for the information available through it as well as the best search strategies. Registration begins August 1.

Tuesday, August 15 (7-8 p.m.) Pop-up Paper Artistry – Keith Allen, author of the pop-up book What a Mess! A product designer with American Greetings, will talk about his creative process and give a paper engineering workshop! Please register.

Thursday, August 17 (2-3 p.m.) Customize Your Locker! – You’ll have the coolest locker in school when you customize it with these fun–and useful–crafts!! Grades 5-7. Registration begins August 10.

Thursday, August 17 (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 August 10.

Saturday, August 19 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) Plane Fun! – Spread your wings and join us in the Youth Services Department as we celebrate National Aviation Day with fun crafts! No registration necessary.

Saturday, August 19 (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.

Saturday, August 19 (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, August 20 (2-3:30 p.m.) Boredom Busters! – Are you bored? Drop by the Storytime Room and join in the fun! All ages welcome. No registration necessary.

Monday, August 21 (Noon-4:30 p.m.) Eclipse Watch Party – Watch NASA’s livestream of the total eclipse on the big screen and hang around until the skies darken in Northeast Ohio! Eyewear, refreshments and fun activities provided! No registration necessary.

Monday, August 21 (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, August 21 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investors’ Interest Group: Long-Term Care Planning – Elder law attorney Elizabeth Perla will discuss how one puts together a long term care plan, including utilizing personal resources, insurance and government benefits. Please register.

Tuesday, August 22 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transition Center: Positive First Impressions – People form an opinion of you within 5-7 seconds. Get tips on the things that determine how you are perceived and how that perception impacts your success in interviewing.

Tuesday, August 22 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Anime Movie Club – Enjoy and discuss all your favorite anime movies from Studio Ghibli and beyond! Grades 6 to adult. No registration required.

Tuesday, August 22 (7-8 p.m.) The Beatles in Cleveland – Relive Beatlemania in Cleveland! Dave Schwensen will have concert footage of the Beatles’ concerts from 1964 and 1966. Come early to check out the memorabilia! Please register.

Wednesday, August 23 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The August selection is The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonsen.

Wednesday, August 23 (7-8 p.m.) Alternatives to Cable TV – Frustrated with cable service? This program will help you sort through the variety of viewing alternatives available. Learn about digital media players, streaming services, and additional options.

Thursday, August 24 (10 a.m.-Noon) Keeping in Touch Online – Learn about ways to stay in contact using online tools like Skype, FaceTime, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, and more! The first part of class is a lecture, and the second part is an open lab for trying these technologies.

Friday, August 25 (10 a.m.-Noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.

Saturday, August 26 (2-4 p.m.) Carry Out Crafts – Stop by the Youth Services Department to see what our featured craft is this afternoon. We have all the supplies you’ll need to create something fantastic! No registration required.

Saturday, August 26 (2-3:30 p.m.) Meet the Artist Reception – Please join the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council to greet the artists from the juried art show.

Saturday, August 26 (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.

Sunday, August 27 (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.

Tuesday, August 29 (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, August 29 (2-3 p.m.) Travel Club: APPsolutely Awesome Travel Tools – Your smartphone and tablet are your best tools for travel planning and enjoying vacation! Join us to learn about planning your own travel and the apps that will make it easier. Please register.

Tuesday, August 29 (7-8:30 p.m.) Mindfulness & Meditation – Mello Mitchell returns to instruct us in simple techniques to reduce anxiety and discover inner peace. Please register.

Wednesday, August 30 (7-8 p.m.) Oddball Ohio – Bill Brauning presents a look at the interesting and quirky places and things in Ohio that are off the beaten path. Registration begins August 1.

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

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