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June 1 through August 1

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Ice Cream Social
Monday, July 25, 6-8 pm

Join the Friends of the Library for their annual ice cream and family entertainment extravaganza!

We've got lots planned for all age groups, including crafts, games and contests, movies, fascinating lectures and more! Recurring programs, like Book Buddies, Teen Crafts and Book Discussions, are listed on the tab for their age group. All other programs are listed here.

Wednesday, June 1


Artists of all ages are invited to chalk the library's sidewalk to kick off the first day of our summer reading program. Chalk will be provided - just bring your coolest ideas! Wednesday, June 1 (4:00pm-5:00pm) *No rain date

Theatrical poster for Lon Chaney in the The Frozen GhostCalling all horror film fans: Join us as we explore the classics of horror, science-fiction, and suspense!

Wednesday, June 1
6:30-8:30pm
in the Dover Room

Register online, call 440-250-5462 or stop by any public service desk to sign up.

This month, a stage hypnotist holds himself responsible for the death of an on-stage volunteer and goes into hiding, moving in with the eccentric staff of a wax museum.  However, Gregor's new life of peace and solitude is threatened by a jealous love triangle and a murderer in the museum.

Photo of Linda StreetJoin us for an uplifting evening with life coach, spiritual teacher, and Reiki master, Linda Street. Linda will be teaching us how to let go of all the things which do not feel good or are weighing us down through the use of guided meditation and energy.

Wednesday, June 1
6:30pm-8:00pm
in the Porter Room

Register online, call 440-250-5462 or stop by any public service desk to sign up.

Thursday, June 2


Photo of several US flags mounted to a light pole along a city blockThe greatest advantage of hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention is the estimated economic impact it will bring to Northeast Ohio. While it's tough to project the exact amount that will be generated from hosting the convention in Cleveland, the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa had an economic impact of more than $200 million in direct spending.

Many Clevelanders have questions about what to expect during this major event. The Host Committee is coming to WPPL to answer questions.  Please join us on Thursday, June 2 at 7:00pm in the Porter Room to find out more.

Register online, call 440-250-5462, or stop by any public service desk to sign up.

Monday, June 6


Let's go to the movies! We'll make cool cars out of cardboard boxes. Then, we'll park your new rides and enjoy a cartoon! All supplies and snacks will be provided. Register online or call 440-250-5471. Monday, June 6 (2:00pm-2:45pm).

Friday, June 10


Designed for 5th and 6th Grade students, each session teaches fundamental principles in an entertaining format, through demonstrations and hands-on activities. June Session: Design and make your own kite. Weather permitting, we will go outside to test them! Register online or call 440-250-5471.

Saturday, June 11


Do you love Manga, Anime, or Japanese culture? If you do, this club is for you! Each month we watch a different Anime series, talk about our favorite Manga. Sometimes we even throw in some crafts, trivia, or Japanese treats just for fun! For grades 7-12 only! Saturday, June 11 (3:00pm-5:00pm).

Wednesday, June 15


Learn basic cooking skills with fast, simple, no-bake recipes just for kids! For students with special needs and their typical peers. Register online or call 440-250-5471. Wednesday, June 15 (4:00pm-4:45pm).

Thursday, June 16


Learn about circuits while making scribbling, jiggling drawing machines. Register online or call 440-250-5471. Thursday, June 16 (2:00pm-3:00pm). Attendee must be between the ages of 9 years and 12 years old.

The Extraordinary Gifts of Jeptha Homer Wade II & Frederic Allen Whiting

Photo of  Holley Witchey and the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2014Holly Witchey, Director of The Wade Project at the Western Reserve Historical Society, returns to speak about the founding of the Cleveland Museum of Art and the importance of the gifts from prominent Clevelanders in making it a reality.

Thursday, June 16
7:00-8:15pm
in the Porter Room

Register online, call 440-250-5460 or stop by a public service desk to sign up.

Photo: Holly Witchey, Ph.D. with Cleveland Museum of Art in the background. Photo credit: Adam LaPorta 2010.

Summer Reading Rules

Image of toy suitcases stamped with "Oh, The Places You'll Go! WPPL SRP"The Summer Reading Program is free and open to children of all abilities. Please stop by the Youth Services area to sign up and get a reading log.

Birth to age 2

Complete all 15 activities by August 1 to receive a free book courtesy of Friends of Porter Public Library.

Ages 3-5

  • Keep track of the books you have read.
  • When you read 5 books, come in for prize #1.
  • Repeat twice more for more rewards!
  • When you're all done, hand your reading log to a librarian to be entered into a grand prize drawing!
  • Keep reading! Each additional five books read qualifies you for another chance at a grand prize!

School age (entering grades 1-5)

  • Keep track of the time you spend reading and have a grownup initial your reading log for every 30 minutes you read.
  • When you reach 5 hours of reading, come in for prize #1.
  • Repeat for another reward!
  • When you're all done, hand your reading log in to a librarian to be entered into the grand prize drawing!
  • Keep Reading! Each additional two hours of reading qualifies you for another chance at a grand prize!

 

Kids Summer Reading

Book Buddies

For kids entering grades 1-4
Tuesdays 2:30-3:00 pm
June 14-July 26

Teen volunteers will help kids retain their reading skills during summer vacation. This program is designed for children who need extra help building their reading skills and is not a tutoring service. Teen Book Buddy volunteers are neither expected nor trained to correct learning problems or to teach children to read. Register online or call 440-250-5471.

Summer Brain Games

For kids entering grades 1-4
Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 pm
June 14-July 26

Keep up your skills during summer vacation! Drop in each week for grade-appropriate educational games and activities. Teen volunteers and staff from the Westlake City Schools will be on hand to assist. Parents of children under age 9 are required to remain in the library. No registration required.

 

How It Works...

Pick up your Summer Reading Passport at the Youth Services desk. There are stamps featuring a selection of activities (including reading). For each activity that you complete, check off or color in that stamp.

  • After you’ve colored in 8 circles, come in for your first prize.
  • After you’ve colored in 16 circles, come in for your final prize and to enter the Grand Prize raffle.

Activity Bonus...

There are 22 stamps. You only need to complete 16 stamps (a.k.a. activities) to get your prizes but If you want to complete all 22 activities you will get two more Grand Prize entry slips!

Prizes...

Rewards will be available starting the following dates:

  • Prize 1—Monday, June 13
  • Prize 2—Monday, June 20

The last day to collect prizes is Monday August 1. Grand prize winners will be drawn at the Wrap-up Party on August 5. If the winners are not present they will be notified by phone on Saturday, August 6.

Do You Want Even More Grand Prize Entries?

Just because you complete your activity sheet doesn’t mean you can't still do things for extra entries! For every 2 hours you read after you've completed your activity log, you'll get another Grand Prize entry slip.

Teen Craft Programs

Teen Crafts

Airline tickets and old-fashioned suitcasesThursdays June 16-July 14 (2-4pm). Grades 7-12. No registration required.

Stop by the Teen Room Thursday afternoons for a variety of drop-in crafts.

June 16—Duct Tape Luggage Tags
June 23—Coloring Pages
June 30—Perler Beads
July 7—Zentangle Keychains and Coasters
July 14—Duct Tape Picture Frames

Paint & Pop: Painting Party

Thursday, July 28 (4-6pm). Grades 7-12. Register online or call 440-250-5471.

Sip on yummy carbonated drinks while you dip your brushes and create a beautiful work of art!  Mobile Art Party will lead us, step-by-step, through a painting that you can make all your own. All supplies and refreshments will be provided for you!

 

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We have a Facebook page just for teens!  Keep up with teen programs, books, and events by liking our page. 

 

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The library’s Summer Reading Program is not just for kids! Adults can also join in the fun by reading for prizes and attending our line-up of entertaining (and yes, even educational!) programs. Here’s how it works:

  • Sign up at any public service desk or on the online calendar.
  • Read or listen to any book or attend a program.
  • Fill out an entry form either in person or online.
  • Drop entry into the box (or click the Submit button).
  • Repeat.
  • Prize winners will be drawn each week!

Book Discussion Groups

Travel the world and beyond without ever leaving Westlake!

Tuesday Evening Book Discussion

In June we’ll discuss The Dead Key by D.M. Pulley. The July selection is Dead Wake by Erik Larson. Tuesday, June 14 and Tuesday, July 12 (7 pm)

Non-Fiction Book Discussion

The June selection is Skeleton Cupboard: The Making of a Clinical Psychologist by Tanya Byron. The July selection is Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship by Robert Kurson. Thursday, June 9 and Thursday, July 14 (7 pm)

Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion

June’s selection is The Summer Guest by Justin Cronin. The July selection is The Personal History of Rachel Dupree by Ann Weisgarber. Wednesdays, June 22 and July 27 (2 pm)

Learn more about WPPL's Book Discussion groups

Adult Summer Reading - Entry Form

Oh, The Places You'll Go!
June 1 to August 1, 2016

What you need to do!

  • Register online or at the Reference or "Ask Us" desks
  • Read or listen to any book
  • Fill out the entry form below or at one of the desks where ballot boxes are provided for paper forms.
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Recurring Adult Programs

Maker Mondays

Maker Mondays is a monthly series of programs for hands-on exploration of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

What is 3D Printing? Learn what 3D printing is, and how it's revolutionized the way anyone can make nearly anything. Register online or call 440-250-5462. Monday, June 13 (7-8:30pm)

Design 3D-Printable Objects. Learn how to create objects on the computer you can later 3D print. Register online or call 440-250-5462. Monday, July 11 (7-8:30pm)

Investor’s Interest Group

Understanding Credit Reports and Credit Scores. Learn the importance of taking charge of your credit identity, how to access your personal credit report and credit score, how the information in these reports impacts your financial life, and how to dispute information on your report. Register online or call 440-250-5460. Monday, June 20 (7-8:30pm)

Travel Club

Join us for travel planning tips and sources,destination suggestions and travelogues. Let's share our best travel experiences with others!

Bed and Breakfast Experience. Tips and suggestions for experiencing your travel destinations while staying in a bed and breakfast. Register online or call 440-250-5462. Thursday, June 23 (2-3pm)

Thursday, July 28 (2-3pm) Register online or call 440-250-5462.

Porter's Fiber Fanatics

A time for needlecrafters to share, socialize and solve needlecraft problems.
Fridays, June 24 and July 22 (10am-Noon)

Tiny suitcases, passport and Airline Tickets

Summer Reading prizes provided by...
Friends of Porter Public Library logo Chipotle Mexican Grill logo Cheesecake Factory logo

libALERTS logoTry libALERTS, a site created by WPPL where you can subscribe to your favorite authors, during Summer Reading and receive notifications when the library orders their latest books all year long!