January Events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s January, 2018 calendar of events:

Mondays, January 8, 22 and 19 (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, January 8 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: Savvy Cybersecurity – Financial advisor Michael Wasylyshyn will speak about the best ways to protect yourself online and off. Please register.

Tuesday, January 9 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In January we’ll discuss The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve.

Wednesdays, January 10, 17, 24 and 31 (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, January 10, 17, 24 and 31 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, January 11, 18 and 25 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with one of the reading therapy dogs! Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Thursday, January 11 (10-11 a.m.) Apps to Build Good Habits – Use technology to help form new habits and keep your resolutions! We’ll discuss apps for fitness, diet, spending, and more. Please register.

Thursday, January 11 (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, January 11, 18 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.

Thursday, January 11 (5:30-8:30 p.m.) Heroin, Fentanyl, Carfentanil: The Triple Threat on Our Doorstep – Attend a panel discussion with community partners and local experts for an open conversation regarding the opioid epidemic. Presented by Cleveland Clinic’s Office of Government and Community Relations. Registration is required at www.clevelandclinic.org/TripleThreat, or call 440-695-5174 for more information.

Thursday, January 11 (7-8 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The January selection is Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond.

Friday, January 12 (9:30 and 10:30 a.m.) and Saturday, January 13 (9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.) Connecting for Kids Music Therapy & MoreSM – For families and their children (ages 0-6 years) who are struggling in an area of development. Siblings (ages 0-6 years) are welcome to attend. 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. Each session is 30 minutes. Register at www.connectingforkids.org/register, or email: info@connectingforkids.org or by phone: 440-250-5563.

Friday, January 12 Fun Science Friday – Join Mrs. K as we explore our world! In January we’ll learn about animals that love winter. Registration begins January 5. Ages 4-6 (3-3:45 p.m.). Grades K-2 (4-4:45 p.m.)

Saturday, January 13 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) Happy Birthday, Rubber Duckie! – Splish, Splash! It’s a birthday bash! Come help us celebrate Rubber Duckie’s birthday with loads of crafts and lots of quacking up! Free rubber duckies! (While supplies last.) No registration required.

Saturday, January 13 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Pokemon Fun! – A fun morning of Pokemon-themed play, prizes, and crafts! Ages 6-11. No registration required.

Saturday, January 13 (1 and 2:30 p.m.) Elementary ExperiencesSM – For children ages 7-12 years and their families who are struggling in an area of development. Siblings (ages 7-12 years) may also attend. For more information, visit connectingforkids.org/elementary. Topic: Get Organized — If organization is a challenge for your student, join Christine A. Chambers, MEd, OTR/L, of Abilities First, LLC, as she provides tips for organizing backpacks, lockers and homework spaces. Each student attending is asked to bring their backpack and a photo of their homework space. Chambers will discuss strategies to help your child get started on a task, prioritize, see a task through to completion and manage his or her time so there is time left over to have fun! Register at www.connectingforkids.org/register, or email: info@connectingforkids.org or by phone: 440-250-5563.

Saturdays January 13 and 20 (1-2 p.m.) Tai Chi for Health – Discover the healing effects of this movement therapy. Wear comfortable clothing. Please register.

Saturdays, January 13 & 27 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Love those bricks? Bring your ideas and imagination! Lego® and Duplo® bricks provided. For ages 3-12. No registration required.

Saturdays January 13, 20 and 27 (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, January 14 (2-3:30 p.m.) Boredom Busters! – Are you bored? Drop by the Storytime Room and join in the fun! We will have different activities available each month. All ages welcome! No registration required.

Sunday, January 14 (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 3-6. Registration begins January 7.

Monday, January 15 (2-3 p.m.) Busy Town Building Day – Come build Richard Scarry’s Busy Town using a variety of materials. All ages. No registration required.

Monday, January 15 (6:30-7:15 p.m.) and Saturday, January 27 (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, January 15 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investors’ Interest Group: How to Preserve Personal Wealth – This program will cover basic financial strategies to help you learn how to build wealth by discussing the importance of creating a savings plan based on your personal financial goals. Learn about the impact of recent tax law changes and tax-efficient investing. Participants will also learn about different types of risk and how to minimize it, and how to avoid some of the roadblocks to wealth accumulation. Please register.

Tuesday, January 16 (1-3 p.m.) Career: Power Up Your Job Search – In transition? Refresh what you have been doing or start a plan that uses up to date methods. Employers and recruiters don’t play the same game they used to. Glassdoor, LinkedIn and Applicant Tracking Systems will be discussed. No registration required.

Tuesday, January 16 (6:30 p.m.) Connecting for Kids’ Speaker Series – Free, supervised children’s activities are available, but adults and children must register separately. For more information, visit connectingforkids.org/speakerseries. Topic: Sleep Solutions — Learn how medications and underlying mental health issues such as anxiety, ADHD and depression can affect a child’s ability to fall or stay asleep. John Hertzer, M.D., Director, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, will discuss what parents and caregivers can do to encourage higher quality sleep. He will also talk about when a family should seek medical intervention for sleep and what type of a professional to see. Lastly, Dr. Hertzer will walk participants through the benefits of undergoing a sleep study and how the results can be useful to solving sleep problems. The program is co-sponsored by NAMI Greater Cleveland. Register at www.connectingforkids.org/register, or email: info@connectingforkids.org or by phone: 440-250-5563.

Tuesday, January 16 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories – 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. Ages 4-6. Siblings welcome. No registration required.

Wednesday, January 17 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Lysa Stanton, President of Westlake Historical Society: How to Date Your Old Photos Without Breaking Up With Them!

Thursday, January 18 (10-11:30 a.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, Jan. 18 (Noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Business Lunch & Learn: SEO – Learn how to improve your business’ online presence across all digital platforms. Nachum Langsner and Aaron Garfunkel, Hubspot Certified Inbound Marketers and Co-founders of LocalBizGuru, will explore the main off-site factors in local search results, including Listings Consistency and Review Generation. Please register.

Thursday, January 18 (Preschool session: 6:30 p.m.); Friday, January 19 (Preschool session: 9:30 a.m. and Toddler Session: 11:30 a.m.) Connecting for Kids Teach Me to PlaySM – For families and their children (Toddler: ages 18 months-2 years and Preschool: ages 3-6 years) who are struggling in an area of development. Register at www.connectingforkids.org/register, or email: info@connectingforkids.org or by phone: 440-250-5563.

Saturday, January 20 (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, January 20 (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, January 20 (4-5:30 p.m.) STEAMMaker Lab – This month’s topic: It’s Electric! Grades 3-5. Registration begins January 13.

Sunday, January 21 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Kit Kittredge – Kit, a 9 year-old growing up during the Great Depression, believes that a can-do attitude and good friends are worth more than anything money can buy. We will discuss the Great Depression, play a game and make a craft. Ages 6-11. Registration begins January 14.

Sunday, January 21 (2-3 p.m.) Friends’ Sunday Sounds – The Friends of the Library will present 4 to Go after their brief Annual Meeting. The “4 To Go Band” is a West Coast Sound Band that performs songs from artists including CSN&Y, The Eagles, Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers, The Grateful Dead, James Taylor and many others.

Monday, January 22 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Tuesday, January 23 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Anime Movie Club – Enjoy and discuss all your favorite anime movies from Studio Ghibli and beyond! Grades 7 to adult. No registration required.

Wednesday, January 24 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The January selection is All By Myself, Alone by Mary Higgins Clark.

Friday, January 26 (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, January 26 (10 a.m.-Noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.

Saturday, January 26 (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, January 28 (2-4 p.m.) Chess Club – Hone your chess skills or learn how to play the game. Recommended for ages 6+, but all ages are welcome. If you have a chess set, please bring it with you. No registration necessary.

Monday, January 29 (1-1:30 p.m.) Yoga Time! – This is a perfect way to introduce yoga and practice simple poses that imitate animals and nature. Remember to wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Ages 3 and up with a caregiver. No registration required.

Tuesday, January 30 (10-11:30 a.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. Please register.

Tuesday, January 30 (2-3 p.m.) Travel Club: Hawaii – Our speaker will show highlights of both Oahu and the Big Island of Hawaii. Please register.

Wednesday, January 31 (2-3 p.m.) Kanopy Movie Discussion Club – We’ll discuss the movie Le Samourai, available for viewing with a Kanopy account. Watch at home, then meet and discuss! See the library’s website for details on setting up an account and viewing the movie. (Click “Research Resources” then “K” to find the Kanopy link.) Please register.

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

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