September Events at Westlake Porter Public Library

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

Friday, September 1 and Saturday, September 16 (10:30-11:15 a.m.) and Monday, September 25 (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.

Saturday, September 2 (1-8 p.m.) Westlake Music Festival – Join us for an afternoon of music performed by Francis and Bridget Quinn, Surfer Rex, Ray Flanagan, the Screaming Armadillos and the Geeze Cats, as well as refreshments and more! Performances will take place outside on library grounds. In case of rain, the event will be held at the Westlake High School Performing Arts Center.

Sunday, September 3 and Monday, September 4 Library Closed in observance of Labor Day

Tuesday, September 5 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transition Center: Setting Up a LinkedIn Profile (Lab) – Learn techniques for setting up a great LinkedIn profile. Use LinkedIn to meet people who can assist your search and find companies that are hiring. Bring a flash drive with your resume in a Word document and a suitable photograph (if you have one). A reservation is required to secure your seat at a computer; otherwise, bring your laptop or tablet.

Tuesdays, September 5, 12, 19 and 26 (2-3 p.m.) Conversational Spanish for Beginners – Please join us to learn Spanish vocabulary and pronunciation with an expert instructor. Please register.

Tuesday, September 5 (6:30 p.m.) Connecting for Kids’ Coffee and Chat – Join our interactive support group and meet other families facing similar struggles. Free, supervised childcare is available, but adults and children must register separately. Sponsored by the Child & Family Counseling Center of Westlake. Topic: Supporting Parents of Children with Orthopedic Impairments

Tuesday, September 5 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories: Milk and Cookies – 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.

Wednesdays, September 6, 13, 20 and 27 (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 6 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogy Society Help Session – Please join the genealogy group for an informal walk-in help session.

Wednesdays, September 6, 13, 20 and 27 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, September 7, 14, 21 and 28 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – The reading therapy dogs return! Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with one of them. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, September 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.

Wednesday, September 6 (7-8:30 p.m.) Touching up Digital Photos – Learn beginner-intermediate level techniques for altering and repairing digital photos, including cropping, adjusting color levels, and removing blemishes. Practice files will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring a flash drive with their own photos. Please register.

Thursday, September 7 and Monday, September 25 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursdays, September 7, 14, 21 and 28 (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.

Thursday, September 7 (7-8 p.m.) Celebrate Jazz – Mark Gridley, recently retired professor at Heidelberg College, will be giving a talk celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first jazz recording and the beginning of the Jazz Age. Please register.

Friday, September 8 (9:30 and 10:30 a.m.) and Saturday, September 9 (9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.) Music Therapy & MoreSM – For families and their children (ages 0-6 years) who are struggling in an area of development. Join us for a program designed to teach families how to use music to improve their child’s motor, communication and social skills as well as behavior. 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.

Friday, September 8 (1-2 p.m.) Fantastic Fridays – Fantastic Friday is a great day for homeschoolers! This month we will explore the book Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley. We will complete a craft and activities related to the book. Ages 6-12. Registration begins September 1.

Saturday, September 9 (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, September 9 (1 p.m. – For children of all abilities) (2:30 p.m. – For children with moderate-severe disabilities) Elementary ExperiencesSM – For children ages 7-12 years and their families who are struggling in an area of development. Topic: Music Exploration. Register at, or email: or by phone: 440-250-5563.

Saturdays, September 9, 16, 23 and 30 (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, September 9 (4-5:30 p.m.) STEAM Maker Lab – Learn how to create a stop motion video. For students in grades 3-5. Registration begins September 2.

Sunday, September 10 (1-4 p.m.) Remembering Patriot Day – Patriot Day is an annual observance on September 11 to remember those who were injured or dies during the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. We will remember this day by creating butterflies and peace doves in the Youth Services Department and decorating Christina’s Corner with them.

Sunday, September 10 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Z Yang – Z Yang is an expert at stop motion video and is learning about other movie-making techniques. We will be celebrating being your real self and film making, with a craft and games. Ages 6-11. Registration begins September 3.

Mondays, September 11, 18 and 25 (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 required.

Monday, August 14 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: Portable Apps and Linux – Want to have access to all your programs and files everywhere you go? Just bring a USB drive with you, and you can access your saved passwords and email addresses, favorite free programs, and more with Portable Apps. You can also use that USB drive to boot almost any computer into Linux, a free operating system that’s not Windows nor Mac OS, but works almost the same way. Please register.

Tuesday, September 12 (7-8:30 p.m.) The Archaeology of the Battle of Lake Erie & the War of 1812 – Take a look at the history of the Battle and the work that the Great Lakes Historical Society is doing to identify the battlefield. Please register.

Tuesday, September 12 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In September we’ll discuss The Scarlet Sisters by Myra Macpherson.

Wednesday, September 13 (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 14 (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, September 14 (7-8 p.m.) Appreciating Cultural Diversity – Dr. Nahla Harik-Williams from the Tri-C Speakers Bureau will discuss embracing cultural differences, including understanding people’s cultures, promoting engagement with others, and building strong, diverse communities. Please register.

Thursday, September 14 (7-8 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The September selection is Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach.

Friday, September 15 (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, September 16 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) Roald Dahl Day! – Don’t be a Twit! Join us as we celebrate Roald Dahl’s birth month with an assortment of gloriumptious crafts and activities! No registration required.

Saturday, September 16 (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, September 16 (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, September 17 (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 September 10.

Monday, September 18 (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, September 18 (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, September 18 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investors’ Interest Group: Perfect Financial Storm – Professor Todd Allyn Williams, Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Tri-C will look at the current financial challenges on the horizon, and what you can do to protect your wealth development. Please register.

Tuesday, September 19 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transition Center: Using LinkedIn for Job Search – Learn to use this social media tool to discover people who can assist your search, identify and research companies, join and interact with LinkedIn groups. Enhance your visibility and online reputation by engaging in conversations in your groups. Learn to use valuable research functions built into LinkedIn.

Tuesday, September 19 (6:30 p.m.) Connecting for Kids’ Speaker Series – Join us for a discussion on a relevant childhood topic with a local pediatric expert. Topic: Attention Issues and ADHD – What You Need to Know. Register by phone: 440-250-5563, at, or email:

Tuesday, September 19 (7-8:45 p.m.) Continuing the Conversation – This month’s topic: Back to School Anxiety – Helping Adults and Youth get back into the swing of things.

Wednesday, September 20 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Mark Jamba, DVM, presents “What Killed Grandma?”, a lighthearted introduction to medical terminology and common causes of death yesterday and today will be explained via basic anatomy, physiology and pathology

Wednesday, September 20 (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. Please register.

Thursday, September 21 (Noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Business Lunch & Learn: Writing Your Business Plan – Whether you are just starting a business or already have one, you’ll want the direction that a business plan offers. We will explore how to get started, the elements of a business plan, and issues to consider when developing yours. Please register.

Thursday, September 21 (Preschool session: 6:30 p.m.) or Friday, September 22 (Preschool session: 9:30 a.m. and Toddler Session 11:30 a.m.) Connecting for Kids’ Teach Me to PlaySM – 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.

Thursday, September 21 (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 September 14.

Friday, September 22 (10 a.m.-Noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.

Saturday, September 23 (1-2 p.m.) Make Your Backyard Burst in the Spring – The Cleveland Botanical Gardens will be here to explore the diversity of great bulbs that will thrive in our area, naturalize in our gardens and withstand the many creatures that want to eat them! Please register.

Saturday, September 23 (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, September 23 (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, September 24 (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.

Sunday, September 24 (2-3:30 p.m.) The Guitar’s Story: An Afternoon of Classical and Baroque Guitar Music – The guitar expresses a profound musical language. Kevin Sherwin’s The Guitar’s Story explores music from traditions of both folk and art music, ranging from kingly dances and operatic serenades to native folk traditions of South America and Spain. Please register.

Tuesday, September 26 (2-3 p.m.) Travel Club – Hungary: A Travelogue. Andrea Meszaros, Past President & Board Member of the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society, will take you on a fascinating virtual trip to Hungary! See and hear about the wonders Hungary has to offer visitors, and perhaps even pick up some travel tips that will help you enjoy traveling to this beautiful Central European country! Registration begins August 27.

Tuesday, September 26 (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, September 26 (7-8 p.m.) Ectoplasm! The Rise of Victorian Spirituality – Laura Loew will come in period attire to talk about the Victorian spiritualist movement. Mourning artifacts and antique fortune telling cards will be on display. Please register.

Wednesday, September 27 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The September selection is The Turner House by Angela Flournoy.

Wednesday, September 27 (6:30-7:45 p.m.) Police Stops and Your Rights – Do you know what to do if you’re stopped by law enforcement officials? Join attorney Calin Radoi as he discusses what to do if you are questioned by police at a traffic stop or at your home, as well as how to handle inquiries regarding conceal-carry and immigration status. Registration begins August 28.

Friday, September 29 (3-3:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday – Join Mrs. K as we discover the difference between insects, spiders and worms! Let’s discover the world of these creepy critters by counting, sorting and observing these tiny creatures. Ages 4-6. Registration begins September 22.

Friday, September 29 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday – Join Mrs. K as we discover the difference between insects, spiders and worms! Let’s discover the world of these creepy critters by counting, sorting and observing these tiny creatures! Grades K-2. Registration begins September 22.

Saturday, September 30 (2-2:30 p.m.) Yoga Time! – Yoga is great for the mind and body! We will practice basic yoga positions and work on balance and strength. Be sure to wear comfy clothes and bring a towel and mat. For grades 1-3. Namaste. No registration necessary.

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

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