Summer Reading Program 2017: Build a Better World

June 1 through August 1

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Ice Cream Social
Monday, July 31, 6‑8 pm

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

Summer Reading Rules

drawing of a child reading about inventionsThe 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.

Bitty Builders - Birth to age 2

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

Preschool - 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 13-July 18

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.

Two children reading under a treeSummer Brain Games

For kids entering grades 1-4
Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 pm
June 13-July 18

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 Log 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.
  • Complete ALL 24 activities and earn 3 extra Grand Prize entries!


Rewards will be available starting the following dates:

  • Prize 1—Thursday, June 15
  • Prize 2—Thursday, June 22

The last day to collect prizes is Tuesday, August 1. Grand prize winners will be drawn at the Teen Lock-in on August 11. If the winners are not present they will be notified by phone on Saturday, August 12.

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

Thursdays June 8-July 27 (2-3:30pm). Grades 7-12. No registration required.

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

Teens creating a table-top trebuchetJune 8—Duct Tape Crafts
June 15—Recycled CD Crafts
June 22—Random Acts of Kindness Bookmarks
June 29—DIY Flower Pots
July 6—Painted Rocks
July 13—Yarn Bottle Vases
July 20—Design Your Own Mugs
July 27—Paint Chip Art

stack of booksThe 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!

Adult Summer Reading - Entry Form

Build a Better World
June 1 to August 1, 2017

What you need to do!

  • Register online or at the Reference or "Ask Us" desks
  • Read or listen to any book, or attend program
  • Fill out the entry form below or at one of the desks where ballot boxes are provided for paper forms.
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Book Discussion Groups

See the world from a new perspective with interesting books and thoughtful discussion.

Tuesday Evening Book Discussion

On Tuesday, June 13th we’ll discuss The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. The July 11th selection is The Summer That Melted Everything. Join us for a Skype Chat with author Tiffany McDaniel! Both discussions begin at 7 pm.

Non-Fiction Book Discussion

On Thursday, June 8th we'll discuss Time Travel: A History by James Gleick. The July 13th selection is The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America's First Serial Killer by Skip Hollandsworth. Both discussions begin at 7 pm.

Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion

The Wednesday, June 28th selection is The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. On July 26th, we will discuss The Personal History of Rachel Dupree by Ann Weisgarber. Both discussions begin at 2 pm.

Learn more about WPPL's Book Discussion groups

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Recurring Adult Programs

Horror Film Club

Are you scared yet? Calling all horror film fans: Join us as we explore the classics of horror, science-fiction, and suspense! Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Register online to join us Wednesday, June 7 and Wednesday, July 5 (6:30-8:30pm)... if you dare!

Maker Mondays

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

Augmented & Virtual Reality. Come learn about the different types of augmented and virtual reality apps available today, and try some out for yourself! Bring your smartphone or tablet if you have one. Register online or call 440-250-5462. Monday, June 12 (7-8:30pm)

Make Things Sparkly with Silhouette Cameo. Do you miss "bedazzling" things with rhinestones? Bring an article of clothing, and relive your tween years with the Silhouette Cameo! You can also use it to etch glass with any design you'd like. Bring something made of glass (such as a jar) you'd like to decorate. Register online or call 440-250-5462. Monday, July 10 (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!

Ohio State Parks. Naturalist Richelle Slomer will present about the Ohio State Parks, a great vacation destination. Register online or call 440-250-5462. Tuesday, June 27 (2-3pm)

Lake Erie Shores and Islands. Bryan Edwards from Lake Erie Shores and Islands will tell us about the wonderful vacation opportunities available along the lake shore. Register online or call 440-250-5462. Tuesday, July 25 (2-3pm)

Porter's Fiber Fanatics

A time for needlecrafters to share, socialize and solve needlecraft problems.
Fridays, June 23 and July 28 (10am-Noon)

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 28

Let's go to the movies! We'll build cool cars out of cardboard boxes, then we'll park our new rides and enjoy a short cartoon! All supplies and snacks will be provided. For ages 3 to 5 years old. Register online or call 440-250-5471. Wednesday, June 28 from 2:00pm-2:45pm.

Thursday, June 29

Come view the results of Westlake Porter Public Library's Art Walk and meet the artists! The ArtWalk is an opportunity for persons with disabilities to explore nature and share their unique perspective of the world. Participants captured pictures of scenery they found beautiful, inspiring, or moving.

This free reception is open to all! Thursday, June 29 from 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Porter Room. Photos will be on display in the library the week of June 26.

Saturday, July 1

Learn about rescue efforts for birds of prey, including how they are rehabilitated, as well as their place in the ecosystem. Some of our feathered friends will be brought along as special guests. All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Register online or call 440-871-2600. Saturday, July 1 from 2:00pm-3:00pm.

Monday, July 3

Join us in the Youth Services Department as we get ready to celebrate July 4th with fun crafts and activities! Monday, July 3 from 2:00pm-4:00pm.

Thursday, July 6

Running with a Police Escort: Tales from the Back of the Pack book coverCleveland author and blogger Jill Grunenwald chronicles the racing adventures that helped her get fit and find happiness. Running With a Police Escort is a touching and insightful journey about conquering fears and learning to love yourself, no matter what place you finish in.

Register online or call 440-250-5462. Thursday, July 6 from 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Dover Room.


Saturday, July 8

Paramedic Ken Hehnen from UH St. John Medical Center will be here to teach adult, child and infant certification for CPR and AED use. Class time is 3.5 hours.

Saturday, July 8 from 9:30am-1:00pm. Please register online or call 440-250-5460.

Get ready to move your feet and dance to the beat with your homemade instruments! Use your imagination as we create a drum, jingle bell bracelet, and shaker to take home. Ages 3-5. No registration necessary. Saturday, July 8 from 9:15am-10:00am.

Sunday, July 9

Test your quarterback skills by creating a paper football and launching it on WPPL's paper football field! We'll measure your yardage and see who can score a TOUCHDOWN! Ages 8-11. All supplies provided. Sunday, July 9 from 2:00pm-2:45pm.

Monday, July 10

Participants will learn the similarities of the world of Minecraft® and the real world. They will dig for iron ore by building a motorized jackhammer Bricks4Kidz style. Once the mining is done it will be time to finish with a take home craft to complete the full Mining and Crafting experience. Monday, July 10 from 2:00pm-5:00pm. Register online or call 440-250-5471.

Come color with us! Studies show coloring can reduce your stress and anxiety while increasing mindfulness. We'll provide coloring pages and colored pencils or bring your own.  Open to adults 18 and over, please register online or call 440-250-5462. Monday, July 10 from 7:00-8:00pm in the Dover Room.

Tuesday, July 11

Henna has been used for thousands of years to create beautiful, temporary designs on the body. Join us to learn how to mix your own henna paste and create your own beautiful designs. For students in grades 7-12. Register online or call 440-250-5471.

Thursday, July 13

Peanut Butter Dogs photographs by Greg Murray cover Calling all dog lovers!! Greg Murray, award-winning and internationally-recognized local photographer and author of the book Peanut Butter Dogs, will be sharing his story as well as tips on photographing your furry friends.

Register online or call 440-250-5462. Thursday, July 13 from 7:00pm-8:00pm in the Porter Room.

Saturday, July 15

It's time for The Amazing Race! Teams will compete as they "travel" to each of the seven continents in the Library Edition. Don't miss out on the fun! Register online or call 440-250-5471. For grades 7-9. Saturday, July 15 from 2:00pm-3:00pm.

Build a simple wind generator to light a LED. For grades 3-5. Register online or call 440-250-5471. Saturday, July 15 from 4:00pm-5:30pm.

Monday, July 17

The Magic of Science allows everyone, both in the audience and on stage, to become a magician! Everything done in this program looks and acts like a real magic trick. The only real trick is that everything done is science at work. If that wasn't cool enough... sometimes we'll tell you how to do the trick at home! Geared towards grades K-6.

Register online or call 440-250-5471. Monday, July 17 from 1:00pm-1:45pm or 4:00pm-4:45pm.

Tuesday, July 18

Create a banana piano, play video games with Play-Doh, and use your fellow humans to play the bongos with Makey Makey, which can turn any conductive material into a keyboard! For grades 3-5. Register online or call 440-250-5471.

Wednesday, July 19

Celebrate engineering during STEAM Week with your design in our egg drop. Come to the Porter Room from 11:00-11:45am to build your design to hold your egg. Then join us at 12:00 noon in the library lobby for the official egg drop. Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

Come build the Richard Scarry's Busy Town using a variety of materials. All materials will be provided. All ages. No registration required. Wednesday, July 19 from 2:00pm-3:30pm.

The task is simple: teams must build a free-standing structure out of spaghetti, tape, string, and a single marshmallow.... Which team can succeed in building the tallest tower?! Register online or call 440-250-5471. Wednesday, July 19 from 3:00pm-4:00pm.

Thursday, July 20

Explore magnetism and create artwork that will look great on your fridge! Register online or call 440-250-5471. Thursday, July 20 from 10:00am-10:30am.

As a designer moves through the process of taking a show from their mind to the stage, they are continually producing sketches, paintings, and technical drawings that allow them to communicate their thoughts and ideas. We'll explore the new technologies and the ways that the modern designer is using these innovations to further the design process. Register online or call 440-250-5462. Thursday, July 20 from 7:00pm-8:00pm.

Friday, July 21

DVD cover of Hidden FiguresFinishing off STEAM Week, watch the true "hidden" story of African-American female mathematicians Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson, whose brilliance helped NASA put a man in orbit. Rated PG. Friday, July 21 from 1:00pm-3:15pm.

Saturday, July 22

Help us celebrate our summer reading theme by creating crafts from recycled materials! All ages welcome. Saturday, July 22 from 10:00am-4:00pm.

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