December Events at Westlake Porter Public Library

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

Saturday, December 1 (10-11:30 a.m.) Beginning Coding for Adults – Learn the basics of coding through self-paced online modules. An instructor will be on hand to help get you started and to facilitate lessons. Please register.

Saturday, December 1 (10-11:15 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 November 24.

Saturday, December 1 (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.

Saturday, December 1 (2-3:30 p.m.) Staying Safe Online – Learn simple best-practices to avoid scam emails, use strong passwords, and keep your computer safe. Please register.

 Sunday, December 2 (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 necessary!

Monday, December 3 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) CPR – CPR and AED certification for adult, child, and infant. Instruction by certified instructor/Paramedic Ken Hehnen. Must be 13 yrs of age. Please register.

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

Mondays, December 3, 10 and 17 (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.

Mondays December 3, 10 and 17 (4-5 p.m.) Tween Code Club – Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! Grades 3-8. Registration begins one week before each session.

Tuesdays, December 4 and 11 (2-3:30 p.m.) Conversational Spanish – Spanish is the most popular second language learned in the United States. Please join us to learn Spanish vocabulary and pronunciation with an expert instructor. You’re sure to be speaking the romance language fluently in no time. No registration required.

Tuesday, December 4 (6-7 p.m.) Teen Taste Test – Comfort Food Edition – Can you taste the difference between name brand and store brand? Are comfort foods your favorite type food? Chase the winter chills away with Teen Taste Test – Comfort Food Edition. Grades 7-12. Registration begins November 27.

Tuesday, December 4 (7-9 p.m.) Bullets and Ballots: Black Power Politics, Urban Guerilla Warfare and Cleveland – James Robenalt will look at the roots of the violence in 1968 and its political aftermath in Cleveland, a uniquely important city in the civil rights movement. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Cleveland in 1963 and Malcolm X appeared here in 1964, at which time he delivered his “The Ballot or the Bullet” speech. Mr. Robenalt is an attorney and partner at Thompson Hine’s Business Litigation practice group and a member of the Advisory Board for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. He is also an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Please register.

Wednesdays, December 5, 12 and 19 (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, December 5 and 12 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, December 6 and 13 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, December 5 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club – Calling all horror film fans: Join us for another creepy classic from the vault…if you dare! New members are always welcome, but children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please register.

Wednesday, December 5 (6:30-7:45 p.m.) How to Manage Personal Collections Like a Pro – Do you want to learn more about how to care for your family’s heirlooms and other treasures? Get an introductory lesson from Jennifer Souers Chevraux, Principal at Illumine Creative Solutions, LLC. Jennifer will walk participants through the basics of collections care at home. Q&A session to follow. Please register.

Thursday, December 6 (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. Please register.

Thursday, December 6 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursdays, December 6, 13, 20 and 27 (4-5 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, December 6 (7-8 p.m.) Finding Scholarships for Undergraduate and Graduate School – Foundation Center’s Sara Krane and Natalie Jemiola-Wilson will discuss foundation support and other sources of financial aid for students in higher education. Learn how to research private scholarships and hear about available funding opportunities for students. Please register.

Saturday, December 8 (10-11:30 a.m.) What Is Cloud Computing –…and how can it help me? Discover how Google products, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Apple iCloud, and other cloud-based services can make your life easier. Please register.

Saturday, December 8 (1-2:30 p.m.) Researching Your Roots – This class is an introduction to as well as other online resources that can be used to research your family. Bring the names and dates of relatives that you do know – you’ll have time for individual research. Please register.

Saturday, December 8 (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, December 8 (3-5 p.m.) Anime Club – A great club for anime and manga lovers! All otakus and newbies are welcome! Grades 7 to adult. No registration required.

Sunday, December 9 (2-3 p.m. OR 3-4 p.m.) Breakout: A Christmas Story Challenge – Similar to an escape room, this breakout challenge is going to test your ability to work together to solve all the clues that’ll save the beloved Christmas classic! Can you break out?! Grades 7-12. Registration begins December 2.

Sundays, December 9 and 30 (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, December 10 (7-8:15 p m.) Everybody Gets Anxious – Day to day life is stressful. Winter weather, shorter days and Holiday stress can all add feelings of anxiety. Come and learn about anxiety – what it is; how it can help us; how it can hurt us; and how to manage it. Please register.

Tuesday, December 11 (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, December 11 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Tablet Tuesday User Group – This group will share tips and tricks with each other about using iPads and Android Tablets. Kindle Fire users welcome! Please bring your devices. Please register.

Tuesday, December 11 (1-3 p.m.) Make! Wire-Wrapped Pendants – Learn the art of wire-wrapping pendants! Wire-wrap two pendants with silver- or gold-plated artistic wire. You can adorn one with pearls or crystals if you wish. It’s easy and fun! No previous experience needed. Cord included. Please register.

Tuesday, December 11 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In December we’ll discuss The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen by Hendrik Groen.

Wednesday, December 12 (7-8 p.m.) Thank You Notes: One a Day for a Year! – Without really knowing why, Glenn Blair decided to write a thank you note a day for a year…to friends, celebrities, and strangers. He soon discovered the reason he had to write the letters, along with a number of powerful positive lessons, and some surprising responses and reactions during this 365 day project. Please register.

Thursday, December 13 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Sensation Stations – Engage your child’s senses by scooping, pouring and sorting a variety of materials. For children with special needs and their typical peers. Ages 3-6. No registration necessary.

Thursday, December 13 (2-3:30 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 prior to the meeting. Please register.

Friday, December 14 (9:30 and 10:30 a.m.) and Saturday, December 15 (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. Join us for a hands-on 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. Siblings (ages 0-6 years) may also attend but must register separately. Each session is 30 minutes. For more information and to register, visit or call 440-250-5563.

Friday, December 14 (3:30-4:15 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: Holiday Senses – Join Mrs. K as we explore the five senses with seasonal experiences, scientific observations, hands-on experiments and activities. Ages 4-6. Registration begins December 12.

Saturday, December 15 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) Gingerbread Craft Day Fun! – Run, run, as fast as you can, it’s craft making day with gingerbread men! While supplies last. No registration required.

Saturday, December 15 (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, December 16 (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 December 9.

Monday, December 17 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: Virtual Reality – Learn about and experience virtual reality with your own smartphone (via Google Cardboard) and the high-tech HTC Vive! Defend a castle, explore space, and even encounter a whale! Registration begins November 17.

Tuesday, December 18 (9:30-10 a.m.) My First Winter – Celebrate your baby’s first winter with a fingerprint ornament and a blizzard sensory bottle. For babies 0-18 months with a caregiver. Registration begins December 11.

Tuesday, December 18 (11 a.m.-12 p.m.) Crafty Adults – Create art of your own based on the work of a famous artist or holiday. Specifically for ages 18 and up with developmental or intellectual disabilities. Bring your own lunch from 12-1 after the program! No registration required.

Tuesday, December 18 (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 stories, songs, fingerplays, and other activities. This month: Mouse in the House. Ages 4-6. Siblings welcome. No registration required.

Wednesday, December 19 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The December selection is News of the World by Paulette Jiles.

Wednesday, December 19 (5:30-8 p.m.) Drop-In Gift Wrapping – Having trouble finding a private spot to wrap gifts at home? Drop by the library anytime between 5:30-8pm and wrap your gifts here. A self-proclaimed “excellent gift wrapper” will be on hand to help you with your wrapping skills. (Please bring your own scissors, we’ll have the rest!) No registration required.

Thursday, December 20, (3:30-6 p.m.) Super Smash ULTIMATE Teen Tournament – The new Super Smash Ultimate for Nintendo Switch is finally out! Come try it out and battle to take the top spot. Plus, free snacks and pop. This tournament is for teens in grades 7-12 only! No registration required.

Thursday, December 20 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Super Smash ULTIMATE Tournament – The new Super Smash Ultimate for Nintendo Switch is finally out! Come try it out and battle to take the top spot. Plus, free snacks and pop! This tournament is for adults 18+ No registration required.

Friday, December 21 (4-5 p.m.) Got Science? – Join us as we delve into the world of science. This month’s topic: World of Bubbles! Grades 1 and 2. Registration begins December 14.

Saturday, December 22 (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, December 22 (11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) Elf Academy – Santa is extra busy this year and needs your help. Join in our reindeer games and train to become a “Certified Elf” by completing several elf-ercises. No registration required – just drop in! While supplies last.

Saturday, December 22 (3:30-5 p.m.) STEAMMaker Lab – Make and run your very own Bristlebot! Grades 3-5. Registration begins December 15.

Sunday, December 23 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Nanea Mitchell – The stories of Nanea Mitchell, a native Hawaiian girl growing up in Hawaii during WWII, teach that Kokua – doing good deeds and giving selflessly – sometimes requires sacrifice. We will discuss traditional Hawaiian customs, play games and make a craft. Ages 6-11. Registration begins December 16.

Monday, December 24Christmas Eve – Library Closed.

Tuesday, December 25Christmas Day – Library closed

Thursday, December 27 (2-4 p.m.) Movies @ Your Library – Join us for a movie matinee in which Mr. Incredible is left to care for the kids while Helen is out saving the world. Rated PG. All ages. Registration begins December 20.

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

Monday, December 31 (11:15 a.m.-Noon) Countdown to Noon Family Storytime – Join us for a special New Year’s Eve family storytime celebrating our favorite stories, songs, and rhymes. We’ll make a simple craft and do our own early countdown to 12:00 (noon). Ages 3-5. Registration begins December 23.

 Monday, December 31Library Closes at 5 p.m.

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

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