My mother and father did a wonderful job of raising three children. They were involved, taught us manners, life skills and helped us become productive capable people. Or so they thought until my mother called me at college one day, screaming about how I could have bounced not one but two checks.
“Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.” – Unknown
Westlake Porter Public Library is proud to now offer passport services and our Circulation Department is ready to help you get the document you need to be an international traveler. Offering passports is part of a larger trend towards libraries providing assistance with government services.
In early November I was invited to participate in a meeting with Ryan Burgess, Governor Kasich’s Director of Workforce Transformation, to discuss what libraries are currently doing for workforce development and how the state can leverage the power of libraries even more. One of Governor Kasich’s key initiatives is Ohio Means Jobs, “a central front door for individuals and businesses interested in employment programs.”
Public libraries generally, and Westlake Porter Library specifically, offer a tremendous amount of resources for workforce development.
In 2014 Westlake voters passed the library’s five-year operating levy with 70% approval. This was a strong signal that continuing education, life-long learning and human connections are critical components of our community. The library’s strengths lie in rich and diverse collection of materials, a place for people to meet and share ideas and information, and an expert staff to assist with your information needs.
September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, which means it's a great time to get a library card! This year it’s even better, because WPPL, along with the eight other library systems in Cuyahoga County is participating in a cooperative program called "A Card for Every Kid."
Because a library card provides access to so many different types of information and materials… Libraries Transform.
Study after study shows that student do better in school when they keep their minds active in the summer. A study of 1,600 students showed that just 4-6 books over the summer helped kids avoid the summer slide.
Free libraries maintained by the people are cradles of democracy, and their spread can never fail to extend and strengthen the democratic idea, the equality of the citizen and the royalty of man. They are emphatically fruits of the true American ideal.
- Andrew Carnegie at the 1903 dedication of the Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C.
Public libraries in Ohio date back to the 1830's with Porter Public Library being founded in 1884. Today, Ohioans make more than 82 million library visits in a year, 9 million citizens are library card holders and over one million attended summer reading activities.
Westlake Porter Public Library is proud to partner with so many wonderful organizations in our community: the Garden Club, the Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, the Westlake Historical Society and the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council are only a few.
In the last couple of years two of our biggest partners have been the Career Transition Center and Connecting for Kids (CFK).
People sometimes wonder why the library has things that aren't books. In our Youth Services Department we have a train table, blocks, puzzles, a puppet theater and dress up store.
According to an article published by the Association for Library Services to Children, "Children's first attempts to read and write frequently occur during play. Studies of early readers reveal that these children have engaged often in dramatic open-ended play." Also known as "pre-literacy activities," these imagination stations encourage: