August Events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s August, 2019 calendar of events:

August 1-31 Westlake Westshore Arts Council’s Community of Fine Art Show – Stop by the library to view works entered in the annual juried art show.

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

Thursdays, August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 (4-5 p.m.) Code Club! – Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! We’ll start with Khan Academy and Google’s CS first Grades 3-4. Registration begins one week before each session. Please register for just one session per week.

Friday, August 2 (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 3 (10-11:30 a.m.) Beginning Coding for Adults – What is coding? 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. The class focus is on HTML and CSS. Please register.

Saturdays, August 3 and 17 (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.

Sunday, August 4 (3-4 p.m.) Art Smarts: Henri Rousseau – 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 July 28.

Monday, August 5 (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, August 5, 12, 19 and 26 (4-5 p.m.) Code Club! – Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! We’ll start with Khan Academy and Google’s CS first Grades 3-8. Registration begins one week before each session. Please register for just one session per week.

Tuesday, August 6 (7-8:30 p.m.) Timothy Carroll “World War II Akron” Author Visit – When World War II engulfed the nation the men and women of Akron dutifully played their part in the epic struggle. Local author Tim Carroll recalls all that Akron gave for freedom. Please register.

Wednesdays, August 7, 14, 21 and 28 (9:30 & 10:15 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 7 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) CPR – CPR and AED certification for adult, child, and infant. Instruction by certified instructors/Paramedics Ken Hehnen and Rich Mecklenburg. Must be 13 years of age. Please register.

Wednesday, August 7 (3-4:30 p.m.) and Sunday, August 18 (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.

Wednesday, August 7 (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.

Thursday, August 8 (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.

Thursday, August 8 (7-7:30 p.m.) ¡Buenos Noches Amigos! (Good Evening Friends) – Hola! Let’s practice some Spanish vocabulary with songs, stories and a craft. Fun for the whole family! Adios! Ages 2-6, with caregiver. Siblings welcome! No registration required.

Friday, August 9 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) Puma Party! – It’s Suma the Puma’s second birthday! Help us celebrate with crafts and activities. While supplies last. All ages. No registration required.

Friday, August 9 (10-10:45 a.m.) Little Hands – Nurture your child’s creative side with this hands-on program featuring a story, craft and music. For children ages 3-5 and their caregiver. Registration begins August 2.

Saturday, August 10 (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 10 and Sunday, August 11 (2-7 p.m.) Westlake Music Festival – Enjoy great music and refreshments at the library (Saturday) and the Westlake Recreation Center (Sunday). Saturday’s bands include Red Light Roxy, Johnny Elvis and the Crown Electrics, Funkology and Monica Robins and the Ninja Cowboys. Featured bands for Sunday are The Screaming Armadillos, Eddie & the Edsels and Key West Express.

Saturday, August 10 (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.

Monday, August 12 (7-8:30 p.m.) What is Cloud Computing – Discover how Google products, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Apple iCloud, and other cloudbased services can make your life easier. Please register.

Tuesday, August 13 (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, August 13 (1-3 p.m.) Career: Sharpen Up Your Resume – How does your resume stack up? Will it make it to the top of the interview pile? Freshen it up with the latest buzz words, fonts, and format. Bring your resume with you for an evaluation. No registration required.

Tuesday, August 13 (7-8:15 p.m.) Belly Dance 101 – Join Roxi DellaDonna for this beginners belly dance class and learn how to add movement to your life and connect with your body. This fun lesson is suitable for all shapes, sizes and activity levels. Please register.

Tuesday, August 13 (7-8:30 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In August we’ll discuss Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann.

Tuesday, August 13 (7-7:30 p.m.) Mix-It-Up – Let’s mix it up with sand and fun summer activities! We’ll be getting messy so be sure and wear play clothes! Ages 4-6. Registration begins August 6.

Thursday, August 15 (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 8.

Friday, August 16 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: Starry Sky – Explore the night sky, discover some constellations and make our own telescopes! For children 4 to 6 years old, in K or lower. Registration begins August 9.

Saturday, August 17 (10 a.m.- 4 p.m.) Wild West Craft Day – Yee-Haw! Knock your spurs off and come on over for a day of wild west crafts! All ages. No registration required.

Saturday, August 17 (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, August 17 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) Escape Artists Writers Group – This group meets monthly to provide guidance, encouragement, inspiration and feedback for those looking to improve their writing skills. No registration necessary.

Saturday, August 17 (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.

Monday, August 19 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: Silhouette Cameo Vinyl Crafts – Among other things, the Silhouette Cameo can cut out customer designs on vinyl to transfer to craft projects. Bring something you’d like to apply a design to and we’ll get to work! Please register.

Tuesday, August 20 (7-8:30 p.m.) Mansions of Euclid Avenue – Join Michael Goldstein as he discusses the history and the mansions of Euclid Avenue, also known as Millionaires’ Row. The mansions of Euclid Avenue once formed one of the highest concentrations of wealth in the country. In Cleveland the wealthiest owners and managers of the city’s largest companies and banks lived along this stretch of road. Cleveland’s booming industry spelled the end of this wealthy enclave as it encroached upon the mansions and their owners left for the suburbs. Please register.

Tuesday, August 20 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories: Counting Sheep – Put on your pajamas and unwind at the end of the day. We will count sheep and relax with quiet stories, songs and other activities to help us get ready for bedtime. Ages 4-6. Siblings welcome. No registration required.

Wednesday, August 21 (2-3:30 p.m.) eBooks, Streaming Music, Digital Movies, and More! – Learn how to access free eBooks and eAudiobooks, digital music, streaming movies, and more! Patrons are encouraged to bring their own devices. A brief presentation will be followed by an open lab. Please register.

Wednesday, August 21 (3-4 p.m.) Walt Disney World Travel Tips – Essential tips to get the most out of your Walt Disney World vacation. Join Karen Kulow as she brings her years of experience in the travel industry to help you understand what you need to do to have a fun, exciting, and safe trip to Walt Disney World, including the unexpected costs and fees that crop up with any trip planning. Please register.

Wednesday, August 21 (7-8 p.m.) Tech Lab: Home Automation and Smart Devices – Discover the latest in home/office automation and smart devices in a blended lecture and hands-on demo. Learn about how you can apply new technology to make your surroundings safer and life easier. Please register.

Friday, August 23 (10 a.m.-Noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.

Friday, August 23 (4-5 p.m.) Got Science? – Learn all about earthquakes. Can you build a structure that can stay standing during an earthquake? Grades 1 and 2. Registration begins August 16.

Saturday, August 24 (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 24 (2-3 p.m.) 3D Printing Orientation – In order to use the library’s 3D printer you need to take this class first. Learn library policies about using it, how to download a 3D printable object file, and how to prepare it for great print. Please register.

Saturday, August 24 (3-4:00 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.

Saturday, August 24 (3:30-5 p.m.) STEAMMaker Lab: Go to the State Fair – It’s time for the State Fair! We’ll take a look at various State Fair attractions, discover how they work, and make our own miniature attraction. Grades 3-5. Registration begins August 17.

Sunday, August 25 (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.

Sunday, August 25 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Blaire Wilson – 2019 Girl of the Year Blaire Wilson uses her creativity to connect with others. We’ll play games and make a theme-related craft. Ages 6-11. Registration begins August 18.

Monday, August 26 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Retirement: Are You Ready? – Do you know what you need to have in place in order to be financially prepared to retire? This class will discuss what you need to think about and know in order to retire comfortably. Please register.

Tuesday, August 27 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Nutrients for Optimal Health – Discover information about water, protein, vitamins, probiotics and Omega 3,6,9 fatty acids. Which fat is which? Learn how certain nutrients function, and why they are important to the body. Please register.

Wednesday, August 28 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The August selection is The Secrets Between Us by Thrity Umrigar.

Wednesday, August 28 (7- 8:30 p.m.) Author Visit with Jill Grunenwald: Reading Behind Bars – Local author Jill Grunenwald will share the details of her newest book, Reading Behind Bars, a memoir of her time as a prison librarian. Copies of the book will be available for purchase after the program. Please register.

Saturday, August 31 (2-3:30 p.m.) Meet the Artist Reception – Please join the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council in the Porter Room to greet the artists from the juried art show.

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

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