September Events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s, 27333 Center Ridge Rd., September 2019 calendar of events:

September 1-2 Library Closed in Observance of Labor Day

Wednesday, September 4 (9:30-10 a.m. OR 10:15-10:45 a.m.) Angelina Ballerina Story Time – Your little ballerina will be delighted by the adventures of Angelina Ballerina, a young mouse training to be a real ballerina. Through her training Angelina learns not only dance technique but valuable lessons about imagination, hard work and friendship! After the story the young ballerinas will learn some basic ballet positions and steps and have a chance to show off their new knowledge with interactive dance games. Ages 0-5. Presented by Baldwin Wallace Community Arts School. No registration required.

Wednesday, September 4 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society Help Session – Please join the genealogy group for an informal walk-in help session. Please bring pedigree and/or family group sheets to aid the volunteers in helping you.

Wednesdays (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays (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. Dogs will stay for 10 minutes past the last registered reader or 1.5 hours, whichever comes first. Sign-ups begin Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, September 4 (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, September 4 (7-8:30 p.m.) Garden Club presents the Western Reserve Land Conservancy – The Garden Club welcomes Jim Rokakis, Vice President of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy and Director of Thriving Communities at the, a nonprofit organization that works to conserve natural areas, preserve farmland and revitalize urban centers. Please register.

Thursdays September 5 and Monday, September 23 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursdays, September 5, 12, 19 and 26 and Mondays, September 9, 16, 23 and 30 (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 on Thursdays and 3-8 on Mondays. Registration begins one week before each session. Please register for just one session per week.

Thursdays, September 5, 12 and 19 (6-6:45 p.m.) Adapted Storytime – Children with varying learning styles and abilities learn together in a safe supportive environment where respect and appreciation for differences is encouraged. This 30-minute storytime followed by a time for socialization is designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime experience. Content is geared to 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 7 (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.

Saturday, September 7 (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 7 (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, September 9 (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, September 9, 16, 23 and 30 (3:30-5:30 p.m.) Teen Lounge – 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, September 9, 16, 23 and 30 (7-8:30 p.m.) American Sign Language Basics – If you ever wanted to learn American Sign Language, now is your chance! Join us for drop-in sessions on Mondays. Instructor June Pritchard will teach the basics of this visual, gestural language used most often by the hearing impaired. No registration required.

Tuesday, September 10 (10-11:30 a.m.) Intro to Smartphones – Learn the basics of using smartphones, such as screen brightness, Wi-Fi settings, adding apps, and more! If bringing your device, please bring all account passwords. Please register.

Tuesday, September 10 (1-3 p.m.) Career: Glass Door -What’s All the Talk About? – We will examine Glass Door for information on company culture and values, salary and compensation, career growth opportunities, worklife balance, locations, and more. This information will enable you to take a holistic look at positions and companies your are targeting and to understand what accepting an offer would mean. No registration required.

Tuesdays, September 10, 17 and 24 (2-3:30 p.m.) Conversational Spanish – 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, September 10 (7-8:30 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In September we’ll discuss A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline.

Wednesdays, September 11 and 18 (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, September 11 (1-5 p.m.) Christina Ryook Remembrance – Gather in Christina’s Corner once an hour on the hour to share a special book and craft in honor of Westlake alumna Christina Ryook. No registration required.

Wednesdays, September 11 and 18 (3-4:30 p.m.) Tween Scene – Drop in after school to play board games and video games with your friends. Snacks will be provided. Grades 5-6. No registration necessary.

Thursday, September 12 (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, September 13 and Saturday, September 14 (9:30 and 10:30 a.m.) Connecting for Kids’ Music Therapy & MoreSM – This program is designed 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. Please register at, by emailing, or calling 440-250-5908. Music Therapy & More is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Friday, September 13 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: Creepy Critters – What is the difference between an insect and a spider? Discover the world of creepy critters by counting, sorting, and observing these tiny creatures. For children 4 to 6 years old, in K or lower. Registration begins September 6.

Saturday, September 14 (10:30 -11:30 a.m.) Pokémon Fun! – A fun morning of Pokémon themed play, prizes, and crafts! Ages 6-12. No registration required.

Saturdays, September 14 and 28 (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, September 15 (2-2:45 p.m.) Fancy Nancy Tea Party! – You’re invited to a Fancy Nancy Tea Party to create a spectacular craft, play glamorous games and enjoy tasty refreshments! Ooh la la! Ages 5-8. Registration begins September 8.

Sunday, September 15 (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 September 8.

Monday, September 16 (6:30-8 p.m.) Sibling Revelry Book Club – Books are on tap at Sibling Revelry! Sit back, grab a brew, and join us for the Sibling Revelry Book Club. The discussion will be held in the party room at Sibling Revelry Brewery (29305 Clemens Road) in Westlake. This month’s title is The Gone Dead by Chanelle Benz. eBooks and eAudiobooks are available through Hoopla Digital at Outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are welcome. Please no outside alcohol. No registration required.

Monday, September 16 (7-8:15 p.m.) Travel Affordably with Joe the Coupon Guy – Learn travel saving tips and secrets from Joe the Coupon Guy! Find out how to get the best deals on car rentals, flights, cruises, lodging and transportation. You will also learn how to save on entertainment and restaurants at your destination. Please register.

Monday, September 16 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investors’ Interest Group: The Million Dollar Question – How much do you really need for retirement? Learn how to calculate targets for your retirement income stream. The Instructor will discuss sources for retirement income and the amount of personal savings needed to supplement a person’s employer sponsored retirement plan(s). Please register.

Monday, September 16 (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 or Mac OS, but works almost the same way. Learn all about it here! Please register.

Tuesday, September 17 (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, September 17 (1:30-2:30 p.m.) Crafty Adults – Feeling crafty? Join us and make a unique work of art! Create your own art based on the work of a famous artist or holiday. Specifically for adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities. No previous art experience necessary. No registration necessary.

Tuesday, September 17 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Scrapbooking and Stamping – Learn how to make three 12 x 12 layouts to put your pictures in when you get home by combining stamping and scrapbooking. Please register.

Tuesday, September 17 (7-8 p.m.) Myths of College Admissions – College Tutors will dispel myths, spill secrets of college admissions and shed light on what admission officers are thinking when they come across your child’s college application. For teens and their parents. Registration begins September 10.

Tuesday, September 17 (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. Siblings welcome. No registration required.

Wednesday, September 18 (3-4 p.m.) Traveling Through Europe – Karen Kulow, who has many years of experience in the travel industry, will share tips to help you maximize your time, money, and enjoyment while traveling through Europe. Please register.

Wednesday, September 18 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Dorothy Titera from the Westlake Family History Center will present Researching Your Czech/Slovak Ancestors. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, September 18 (7-8:30 p.m.) Beginning 3D Design – Use the free, web-based software TinkerCad to create simple 3D designs. Students will create user accounts in class. Valid email address required. Please register.

Friday, September 20 (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, September 20 (4-4:45 p.m.) Got Science? – Explore the world of rockets as we make and launch stomp rockets. Grades 1 and 2. Registration begins September 13.

Saturday, September 21 (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 21 (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, September 21 (3:30-5 p.m.) STEAMMaker Lab: Chain Reactions – We will watch a curated selection of chain reaction videos and make our own Chain Reaction! Grades 3-5. Registration begins September 14.

Sunday, September 22 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Mystery – We need your help! We have several American Girl Mini Mysteries to solve. Bring your dolls and join us to crack these cases! Ages 6-11. Registration begins September 15.

Monday, September 23 (9:30-10 a.m.) My First Autumn – Celebrate your baby’s first autumn with a simple fingerpaint wind chime craft. For ages 0-18 months with a caregiver. Registration begins September 16.

Monday, September 23 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) CPR – CPR and AED certification for adult, child, and infant. Instruction by certified instructors/Paramedics from UH St. John Medical Center. Must be 13 years of age. Participants under the age of 14 must have a parent/legal guardian with them in class. Please register.

Tuesday, September 24 (4-7 p.m.) Exploring 50+ – WPPL and the Westlake Community Services Center present a 50+ Fair featuring exhibitors with resources and ideas to help you plan your “second act.” Takes place at the Westlake Community Services Center. No registration required.

Tuesday, September 24 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Jewelry Junction: Chunky Bracelet – Make a chunky bracelet using silver- or gold-colored wire, large beads, and silver-plated findings. Registration begins September 1.

Tuesday, September 24 (6:30 p.m.) Connecting for Kids’ Coffee and Chat – Join our interactive support group and meet other families facing similar struggles. Free, supervised children’s activities are available, but adults and children must register separately. This month’s topic: Parenting is Lonely. The isolation of raising a child with special needs is real. People we once counted as friends disappear or invitations stop coming. Meet other families and receive encouragement as we discuss the article, 13 Things Hard for Me to Admit as a Special Needs Parent. Lisa Ruman, LISW, CHt, of The Child & Family Counseling Center of Westlake, will facilitate a discussion about ways to find support for the journey. Please register at, by emailing, or calling 440-250-5908.

Wednesday, September 25 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The September selection is The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton.

Thursday, September 26 (Preschool session: 6:30 p.m.) and Friday, September 27 (Preschool session: 9:30 a.m. and Toddler session: 11:30 a.m.) Connecting for Kids’ Teach Me to PlaySM – Do you want to help your child learn to play with others? Are you looking to give your child more social opportunities? With fun, new themes each month, Teach Me to Play offers your child a host of new activities and experiences each time he or she attends. Your child will enjoy playing with other children while practicing language and social skills. Since you attend together, you will have the opportunity to interact with our experienced Early Intervention Specialist and Speech-Language Pathologist who can provide strategies for dealing with problem behaviors and offer tips for increasing your child’s communication skills. This program is specifically designed for children ages 18 months-6 years who are struggling in an area of development. Come connect with other families in a supportive and accepting environment. Please register at, by emailing, or calling 440-250-5908. Teach Me to Play is supported by a grant from GPD Employees’ Foundation.

Friday, September 27 (10 a.m.-Noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.

Saturday, September 28 (1-4 p.m.) WPPL Health Fair – Take charge of your health with vision, hearing and blood pressure screenings and information from representatives of local health organizations. No registration necessary for screenings and visits with exhibitors. Also: register to win a Fitbit Inspire!

Saturday, September 28 (1:30-2:30 p.m.) Eating for the Mind and Body – Find out about the impact of inflammation on your health and key nutrients to optimize brain health. Presented by Kemper Cognitive Wellness. Please register.

Saturday, September 28 (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. Siblings welcome. No registration required.

Sunday, September 29 (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.

Sunday, September 29 (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.

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

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