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June 8 through August 1

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Monday, July 27, 6-8 pm

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Summer Reading Rules

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

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For kids entering grades 1-4
Tuesdays 2:30-3:00 pm
June 16-July 28

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 16-July 28

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.

 

Make Your Summer Count!

Make Your Summer Count logoThis summer, Westlake Porter Public Library is part of the Make Your Summer Count program. Complete the activity log and turn it in for free passes to Cleveland-area cultural institutions! Look for the logs in the Youth Services Department.

Make Your Summer Count is a cooperative summer program aimed at helping kids maintain their academic achievements during the summer break from school. Participating libraries include Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland Heights University Heights Public Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library, East Cleveland Public Library, Euclid Public Library, Shaker Heights Public Library, and Westlake Porter Public Library.

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Summer reading rules

Grand prizes this year include a Kindle Fire, a collection of duct tape, and a 3Doodler 3D Doodling Pen!

  • Stop by the Youth Services area to sign up and get a reading and activity log. That's right... this year isn't just about reading!
  • Keep track of the amount of time you spend reading and doing the other activities on the log.
  • Once you've completed 8 activities (including reading) come to the library to pick up prize #1.
  • Once you have completed 16 activities, come to collect prize #2 and get registered for the grand prize drawing.
  • Don't stop reading! For every two hours extra you read, you'll receive another grand prize entry slip!

 

Teen Programs

Teen Lounge: Summer Edition!

Every Monday between June 15 and July 27*

Looking for a fun place to hang out? Drop by the library on Monday afternoons for video games, board games, giant Jenga, and delicious snacks.

Boom! A drawing of an audiobook on a phonePLUS, each Monday will have additional fun activities:

  • June 15 - Tie-dye T-shirts!
  • June 29 - Marshmallow Shooters
  • July 6 - Perler Bead & Duct Tape Crafts
  • July 13 - Bleach T-shirts
  • July 20 - Comic Book Crafts
  • July 27 - Experiments

No registration is required. For grades 7-12 only.

* There will be no Teen Lounge on Monday, June 22.

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Make Your Summer Count!

Make Your Summer Count logoThis summer, Westlake Porter Public Library is part of the Make Your Summer Count program. Complete the activity log and turn it in for free passes to Cleveland-area cultural institutions! Look for the logs in the Youth Services Department.

Make Your Summer Count is a cooperative summer program aimed at helping kids maintain their academic achievements during the summer break from school. Participating libraries include Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland Heights University Heights Public Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library, East Cleveland Public Library, Euclid Public Library, Shaker Heights Public Library, and Westlake Porter Public Library.

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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 online or at one adult services desks.
  • Drop entry into the box.
  • Repeat.
  • Prize winners will be drawn each week!

Adult Summer Programs

Coffee With Linda

Please join us for the third in a series of discussions with local author, spiritual intuitive and channeler Linda Street. You will be able to ask questions, relate your own experiences, and get Linda's input. Attendance is limited to 20 participants. Register online or call 440-250-5462. Monday, June 8 (6:30-8:30 pm)

Thinking About Homeschooling?

Hear from homeschooling pros about starting a home-based curriculum program for your children. Will include Q&A time. Register online or call 440-250-5462. Tuesday, June 9 (7-8:30 pm)

Stories from a Service Dog

Hear the stories of a puppy raiser who helped prepare special dogs for the huge responsibility of "Service for those in need." Come and meet a special dog named Donald. He has a great story too! Register online or call 440-250-5462. Sunday, June 14 (2-3 pm)

Recently Historic: Houses of the 1950s - 1960s

This program explores more recently "historic" housing types including ranch and split level style houses. Register online or call 440-250-5462. Tuesday, June 16 (7-8:30 pm)

Lore and Logic of Olive Oil

Come sample fabulous olive oils and discover just how wonderful healthy can taste. You will never think of olive oil in the same way again! Register online or call 440-250-5462. Thursday, June 18 (7-8:30 pm)

Rock n' Roll History: An Intro to Progressive Rock

Join Dr. Joel Keller for another night of Rock n' Roll history as we explore Progressive Rock. We'll look at the influences of the movement, some of the big artists, and of course, sample some of the greatest hits. Register online or call 440-250-5462. Monday, July 6 (7-8:30 pm)

Who Lived Here?

Karen Lakus, Historical Interpreter for the Cleveland Metroparks, will present a program on the prehistoric people who once inhabited Northeast Ohio. Register online or call 440-250-5462. Tuesday, July 21 (7-8 pm)

"Out of the Ordinary Picnic"

Susan Aldrich will demonstrate blender skills making a cold gazpacho soup. She will also make an out of this world PB granola bar and an elegant Hawaiian chicken salad suitable for summer picnics. Register online or call 440-250-5462. Thursday, July 23 (7-8:30 pm)

Geocaching Treasure Hunt (Intro)

To help kick off Science Week, we're hiding a geocache at the library! Use your phone's GPS and solve clues to find a "treasure." If you've never been geocaching before, attend this introductory program to find out how it’s done! Register online or call 440-250-5462. Tuesday, July 28 (7-8:30 pm)

Alien Abductions with Tom Wertman of MUFON Ohio

Tom Wertman, Director of MUFON Ohio and Co-director of the Cleveland Ufology Project, returns with another gripping presentation on Alien Abductions. Because of the sensitive nature of the material, this presentation is recommended for adults only. Register online or call 440-250-5462. Wednesday, July 29 (7-8:30 pm)

Makerspace Technology

Come and check out our Makerspace technology back by the Reference Area! We have Raspberry Pis, littleBits, Squishy Circuits, wearables, augmented reality devices, and much more! Thursday, July 30 (All Day)

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Adult Summer Reading - Entry Form

Be Extraordinary!
June 8 to August 1, 2015

What you need to do!

  • Register online or at the Reference, Information or Popular Materials desks
  • Read/listen to any book
  • Fill out an entry form either online or at one the above desks (if you use a physical form, place them in the provided ballot boxes)
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Recurring Adult Programs

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Tuesday Evening Book Discussion

In June we’ll discuss The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. The July selection is The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. Tuesday, June 9 and Tuesday, July 14 (7 pm)

Non-Fiction Book Discussion

The June selection is How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain by Gregory Berns.  The July selection is The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People by Neil Shubin. Thursday, June 11 and Thursday, July 9 (7 pm)

iPad Users Group

Listen to a brief iPad topic, then share tips with other iPad users. Must bring your iPad with you. Please register. Fridays, June 12 and July 10 (10:30–11:30 am)

Investor’s Interest Group

Just How Random is the Stock Market?  We will discuss what random/chaotic systems look like and how to assess their degree-of-randomness, then  review the implications of these behaviors for individual investors, with an eye to simplifying investing strategies relative to what one hears in the financial media. Presented by Mr. Lou Floyd. Register online or call 440-250-5460. Monday, June 15 (7-8:30 pm)

Maker Club Emerging Technology Program

This club explores Maker Movement projects monthly. In June we’ll learn what you can do with the Raspberry Pi, a credit card-sized computer. In July we’ll explore an Arduino, a microcontroller board that people the world over have programmed to create some fascinating things. Register online or call 440-250-5462. Wednesdays, June 17 and July 15 (7-8:30 pm)

Small Busine$$ Lunch & Learn

ReferenceUSA is a powerful tool for market research. A representative from ReferenceUSA will be here to teach you how to apply the power of this database to planning and growing your business. Bring your lunch; coffee provided. Register online or call 440-250-5460. Thursday, June 18 (12-1:30 pm)

Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion

June’s selection is The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg. The July selection is Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. Wednesdays, June 24 and July 22 (2 pm)

Porter's Fiber Fanatics

A time for needlecrafters to share, socialize and solve needlecraft problems.
Fridays, June 26 and July 24 (10 am-Noon)

Horror Film Club

In July's movie selection, sole survivor Vincent Price fights for his life when the victims of a world-wide plague come back to life from their graves, thirsting for his blood. Register online or call 440-250-5462. Wednesday, July 1 (6:30-8:30 pm)

Investor’s Interest Group

Your Social Security benefit is one source of income on which you can build a secure retirement. Let us help you better understand your Social Security benefits as you plan for your financial future. Register online or call 440-250-5460. Monday, July 20 (7-8:30 pm)

Kindlegarten E-lab

Learn how to download ebooks to your Kindle and other basic techniques. You must bring your registered Kindle with you. Sign up online or call 440-250-5462. Saturday, July 25 (9:30-11 am)

Android Tablet Group: OverDrive

Learn how to use OverDrive to check out and download ebooks onto your Android Tablet. You must bring your Android-based tablet with you. You must also have an email account, WPPL library card, and access to Google Play. Register online or call 440-250-5462. Wednesday, July 29 (10-11 am)

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