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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!

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!


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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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. In July, we will share recommended reads. Wednesdays, June 22 and July 27 (2 pm)

Learn more about WPPL's Book Discussion groups

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 Chuck E. Cheese's 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!