How to Subscribe to WPPL Blogs and the Library Calendar


Westlake Porter Public Library’s blogs are a great way to learn what’s new at WPPL (and a chance to peek into the minds of some of your favorite staff members!)

Of course, you can always see the newest WPPL blog posts at (and this particular STEAM blog here), but if you look to the left of the main text, you’ll see all of the blog names listed with a symbol that looks like this:

What Are "Squishy Circuits?"


Ever want to learn about simple electronics, but felt that wires, soldering, and such were too complicated or dangerous?

Miss sculpting with Play-Doh and want to learn how to make your own (for you or your kids?)

Artist of the Week#4: Mika


It's been pretty cold today.  Especially after the bright and warm weekend we just had, today seemed pretty bleak and depressing.  At least, I thought so.  There's something that happens in mid-winter every year.  The cold and the lack of sunlight leaves me feeling a bit depressed.  I need something to break me out of this winter funk.  And I think I might have found just the right artist.  If you're in the same boat as me, I suggest checking out our next artist of the week: Mika!

Black History Month

The Sports Section - Cold Days, Mostly Warm Thoughts

Some random thoughts as I watch the snow falling on a cold Cleveland day.


Rah Rah Mardi Gras

Here comes February!  Scattered in with a couple of presidential birthdays and Valentine’s Day is Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday on February 17th.

Get Ready...

How to Build Your Own Computer

Westlake Porter Public Library’s first Maker Club Emerging Technology Program, Take Apart Computers, was a big hit! Next month's will be Squishy Circuits, and you can reserve your spot for that here. I'll also be teaching four digital photo classes soon: Digital Photos Online, Picasa, Facebook Photo Albums, Instagram, and Snapchat, and Flickr, YouTube, and More, so sign up while you still can!

Taking apart a computer (and watching the video from that program) is a great way to learn how computers work. But there's nothing quite like really getting down to "byte size" by building a computer from scratch. With powerful desktop and laptop computers selling for only hundreds of dollars nowadays, it’s not necessarily more budget-friendly to build your own PC (unless you’re creating a very high-end machine), but it is educational.