Westlake Porter Library December Events

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

Friday, December. 2 (10:30-11:15 a.m.) and Thurs., Dec. 8 (6:30-7:15 p.m.) Adapted Storytime – Join us for this storytime designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime. Content is geared toward ages 3-7. Registration begins one week before each session.

Saturday, December 3 (10:30-11 a.m.) Family Storytime – Join us for rhymes, songs and play! For families with children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Siblings are welcome. No registration required.

Saturday, December 3 (1-2 p.m.) Holiday Earrings – A crafting session for teens where we’ll make holiday-themed earrings. Registration begins November 26.

Sunday, December 4 (2-3 p.m.) Finger Knitting Fun – Learn how to finger knit and use your new skill to contribute to a collaborative weaving project! For students in K-5th grade. Knitting helps kids develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, self-confidence, patience, and focus—skills used in reading and writing. Caregivers are encouraged to stay for the program to learn this fun technique and assist their child(ren). Registration begins November 27.

Monday, December 5 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) Teen Craft Pick-Up – A take home craft kit to make your own beaded snowflake. For teens in grades 7-12. Registration begins November 28.

Mondays, December 5 and 12 (3:30–5:30 p.m.) Teen Lounge – Need a place to hang after school? Come to WPPL’s Teen Lounge on Monday afternoons! Video games, board games, snacks and more!

Tuesday, December 6 (10–11:30 a.m.) Microsoft Word & Introduction to Northstar – Learn the basics of Microsoft Word and how to access Northstar Digital Literacy for self-paced online learning. Registration begins November 29.

Tuesday, December 6 (1–4 p.m.) Book Page Holiday Tree Craft – Drop in to create a folded book page tree and decorate it with seasonal or holiday embellishments. Re-purpose an old book! For ages 10 and up. While supplies last. Drop-in program – no registration required.

Tuesday, December 6 (7-8:15 p.m.) VOICES Book Discussion – Join us for a bimonthly book discussion with a focus on diverse authors and titles that depict various experiences, identities, and intersectionality. This month we are reading Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Please register.

Tuesday, December 6 (7–8:30 p.m.) World at War Forum: Battle of the Bulge – Frank O’Grady and his colleagues from the 101st Airborne Division reenactment group will return to tell us about the critical role of their unit at Bastogne and how they helped turn the tide of this pivotal WWII battle. Please bring your Battle of the Bulge stories and photos to share if you or a relative have any. Please register.

Tuesday, December 6 (7-8 p.m.) Virtual Author Talk: Geraldine Brooks – “Horse: A Novel” (Virtual)-Join us online for an exciting chat with the highly-acclaimed and award-winning novelist in conversation about her most recent New York Times bestselling novel. Streamed live. Please register.

Wednesday, December 7 (6-8:30 p.m.) HeartSaver CPR/AED – Get certified for adult, child, and infant CPR and AED. Class led by certified instructors from UH St. John Medical Center. Please visit https://uhems.org/event-search to register. Email account required. Participants under the age of 14 must have a parent or legal guardian in class. If any questions, contact the instructors at uh4cpr@gmail.com.

Wednesday, December 7 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club – Join us for another creepy classic from the Vault! New members are welcome, but children under 13 must be with an adult. Please register.

Thursdays, December 8 and 22 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) Roblox Arcade – Love Roblox? Then join us in the Roblox Arcade! We have some private servers set up for Tweens in grades 4-6 to hang out with their friends and enjoy some of the most popular games via Zoom. Join us in person on online. Registration begins one week before each session.

Friday, December 9 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: Holiday Colors – Explore the colors of the season in a very scientific way with hands-on experiments, active participation and a simple take-home project. Ages 4-6, through Kindergarten. Registration begins December 2.

Saturday, December 10 (10 a.m.-Noon) Italian Cookie Decorating – Learn how to make icing and decorate a dozen premade cutout cookies using icing and sprinkles. Registration begins December 3.

Saturday, December 10 (4- p.m.) Virtual Author Talk: Fredrik Backman – Join us for an online chat with bestselling author Fredrik Backman as we discuss his outstanding body of work, including his breathtaking new novel The Winners. Streamed live. Please register.

Saturday, December 10 (3–4 p.m.) Illustration Creation – Learn about a featured illustrator and then create a project inspired by their art. Grades 1-3. Registration begins December 3.

Sunday, December 11 (2–3 p.m.) Art Smarts – Explore some works of a well-known artist and then use what you’ve seen to create an art piece of your own! Grades 4-6. Registration begins December 4.

Monday, December 12 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) Holiday Fun Craft Kit Pick Up – Celebrate the holidays with some fun crafts! Kits will be available until closing on Monday, December 19, unless other arrangements are made. Registration begins December 5.

Monday, December 12 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) Tween Craft Pick-Up – A take home craft kit for grades 4-6. Registration begins December 5.

Monday, December 12 (10-10:30 a.m.) Music Monday – Develop pre-reading skills with music, movement and rhythm through stories, songs and rhymes. Ages 2-6. No registration required.

Monday, December 12 (7-8:30 p.m.) 3D Printing Orientation – In order to use the library’s 3D printer, you’ll need to take this orientation first. Learn library policies about using it, how to download a 3D-printable object, and how to prepare it for a great print. Please register.

Tuesday, December 13 (9:30–9:55 a.m.) Stories and Signs – Enjoy an interactive storytime while learning a few words in sign language! Ages 0-3, siblings welcome.

Tuesday, December 13 (10-11:30 a.m.) Android Smartphone & Tablet User Group – Do you own an Android smartphone or tablet? Bring it with your questions (or tips!) to this guided user group.

Tuesday, December 13 (4:30-5:15 p.m.) STEAM Club: Holiday Colors – Explore the colors of the season in a very scientific way with hands-on experiments, active participation and a simple take-home project. Grades 1-2. Registration begins December 6.

Tuesday, December 13 (7-8:30 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Club (In Person AND Virtual) – Join the WPPL Tuesday Evening Book Club in person or on Zoom to discuss The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. The discussion will be held in person and on Zoom simultaneously. Please register. If you register for the Zoom option you will receive a Zoom invitation and instructions by email.

Wednesday, December 14 (Noon-1 p.m.) Virtual Author Talk: Nicole Eustace – Join us online for a riveting conversation with historian Nicole Eustace as she discusses her book Covered With Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America. Streamed live. Please register.

Thursday, December 15 (10–11:30 a.m.) Internet and Email Basics with Introduction to Northstar – Learn the basics of the internet, using email, and how to access Northstar Digital Literacy for self-paced online learning. Registration begins December 8.

Thursday, December 15 (4-4:30 p.m.) Cookie Decorating – Engage your child’s senses and encourage messy play while delighting in the fun and wonder of the season. No baking or decorating experience necessary. This inclusive program is for ages 3-7. If you have an allergy or special diet concerns, please contact the Youth Services Department at 440-250-5471 for a complete list of ingredients. Typical peers or siblings welcome. Registration begins December 8.

Friday, December 16 (4-5 p.m.) Brick Builders – Do you love Legos©? Then bring your ideas and imagination to Brick Builders! Bricks provided. No registration required, but room capacity is limited. First come, first served. Ages 5-12.

Sunday, December 18 (2-3 p.m.) Come Play With Me – An open playtime for children ages 2-5 with a caring adult. Siblings welcome! No registration required but room capacity is limited. First come, first served.

Monday, December 19 (7-8:30 p.m.) Investors Interest Group: Szarka Financial – An advisor from Szarka Financial will be discussing an issue relevant to today’s economic climate. Please register.

Monday, December 19 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: Squishy Claus Circuits (On Demand) – Create holiday play-dough squishy circuits with an on-demand webinar to watch whenever you’d like! Instructions for materials pick-up and webinar access will be sent a few days before the program. Registration begins December 12.

Tuesday, December 20 (7–8 p.m.) Young Adult Book Club: The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater – Those unable to attend in person can join us simultaneously via Zoom. Please register. Books available in Youth Services.

Wednesday, December 21 (1-2 p.m.) College Application Essay Success (Virtual) – Talya, from College Calm with Talya, will join us via Zoom to go over the process of writing a great personal essay to go with your college application. Registration begins December 14.

Wednesday, December 21 (2-3 p.m.): Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The Wednesday Book Group meets the third Wednesday of each month. A limited number of books are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. This month’s title is A Wild Winter Swan by Gregory Maguire. Please register.

Wednesday, December 21 (7-8 p.m.) Virtual Trivia Night @ Porter: Winter Holiday Edition – Join us on Zoom for a Winter Holiday Virtual Trivia Night to celebrate the end of the year! Say goodbye to 2022 for good! This program will take place on Zoom. Please register and provide an email address to receive an invite.

Friday, December 23 (4-4:30 p.m.) Read It, Make It @ the Library – Make a craft based on a story that is read aloud. Grades PreK-1, siblings are welcome. Registration begins December 16.

Saturday, November 24 – Monday, December 26Library Closed for Christmas Holiday

Wednesday, December 28 (7-8 p.m.) Adult Creative Writing Group: Holiday Edition – Join us for an hour of creative writing prompts to inspire you to start and keep writing. Creativity is more than putting pen to paper. It’s about breaking away and trying something new! Registration begins November 30.

Thursday, December 29 (2-4 p.m.) Jewelry Junction: You and Me Necklace Making – Have fun making a necklace with your tween(s) and/or teen(s). This class is for 1 adult with tween(s) and/or teen(s). Registration begins December 15.

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

Saturday, December 31 New Year’s Eve – Library Closes at 5 p.m.

To register for any of the programs, please visit westlakelibrary.org/events.

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