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The Friends of Porter Public Library

The Friends of Porter Public Library fund library programs and activities, purchase special equipment and materials for the library, contribute to renovation costs, and sponsor programs designed to add to the social and cultural life of the community.

Friends' garden background and library van, Big Book Sale and Friends' Board photos

The Friends of Porter Library is a vital part of many of the services and events that make WPPL such a special place. Join the Friends (or renew your membership) during National Friends of Libraries Week, October 20-26, 2019, and you'll be eligible to win a box full of fall goodies!

Check out the video highlights of another fun and fabulous Friends' Ice Cream Social on July 29, 2019! We hope to see you next year.

Learn more about the Friends of WPPL!
Join Friends of WPPL

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Individual - $10.00
Family - $15.00
Patron - $25.00
Silver Patron - $50.00
Golden Patron - $100.00


Free Mitchell's Homemade Ice Cream coupon
10% Dean's Greenhouse discount
10% Portables Gift Shop discount

Download the application and bring it to the Information Desk at the library. While there are no Friends meetings, the Friends Board meets on the second Thursday of each month, and members are welcome to attend. An Annual Meeting is held each January, before a Sunday Sounds program.


portables gift shop

Portables Gift Shop located in Westlake Porter Public Library offers a complete line of gift and decorative items along with jewelry, purses (some made in the USA), scarves, greeting cards (most printed in the USA), Root Candles, ladies tops (made in the USA), baby items, stationary and much more. If you have not visited Portables, plan on stopping by soon to see what you are missing.
Portables in run by volunteers of Friends of Porter Public Library and all profits go to the library to support programs that are not within the library budget.

Store hours:
Monday: 10 am - 5 pm
Tuesday: 10 am - 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 am - 7 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 5 pm
Friday: 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 11 am - 3 pm
Sundays (Sep. through May): 1 - 4:30 pm

Phone: (440) 250-5477

Visit the Portables website at

Book Nook

Book Nook Used Book Room

wppl book nookLocated to the right of the lobby welcome desk is the Book Nook, a used book store operated by the volunteer Friends of Porter Public Library. The Book Nook accepts used books (in good condition), CDs, DVDs and puzzles for re-sale, and also sells items removed from the library's collection.

You won't find more reasonable prices anywhere! Paperbacks are $.50 or $1.00. Hardbound books are $1.00, and recent library discards are $2.00. There are a few specially priced books, usually $5.00 and under.

Book sale $1 shelves in the lobbyBook Nook Hours

Monday: 3:00 – 7:00
Wednesday: 10:00 – 2:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 2:00
Sunday*: 1:30 – 3:30

*The Book Nook will NOT be open on Sundays during the summer. We will resume Sunday sales after Labor Day.

The Book Nook is CLOSED the week before the Friends' Annual Book Sale in late January or early February and then open during Book Sale hours for the duration of the sale. Regular hours resume after the Book Nook is cleaned and restocked (usually 7-10 days after the sale ends).

When the Book Nook is closed, please visit our $1 shelves located just outside of the security gates.

Annual Book Sale

The Friends holds an Annual Big Book Sale, usually in February.


Ice Cream Social

Families eating Mitchell's Homemade at the Ice Cream Social

The Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library have hosted the Ice Cream Social on the last Monday in July annually over three decades. It continues to be an enjoyable event year after year. In addition to delicious $1 sundaes from Mitchell’s Homemade, there is always music and family-friendly activities, such as a cakewalk and face painting.

Portables Gift Shop has a sidewalk sale and the Book Nook Used Book Shop also run sales in conjunction with this annual event.




friends of porter public library historyOrganized in 1972, the Friends of the Porter Public Library is a non-profit volunteer organization which supports the library by giving volunteer service and monetary contributions. These monetary gifts support programs and purchase items that are beyond the library's regular budget.

The Friends raise funds from membership, Portables Gift Shop, the Book Nook, annual Big Book Sale (which is held in February each year), and periodic special fundraiser throughout the year. Since its inception, the Friends have donated over $650,000 to Westlake Porter Public Library! The donations have been used to purchase Outreach vans, underwrite the Summer Reading program, Joyful Noise programs, various staff incentives, computers and programs for the Children's area, new shelving, furniture and equipment, library and audio materials, and programming.

In addition, the Friends provided funding for the Quiet Reading Room when the library went through a major renovation and doubled its size in 2001. They also provided underwriting for the biennial "WestFest", a literary celebration that brought accomplished authors to Westlake for lectures and school appearances. Recently they donated money toward renovating the children's area. Every summer the Friends hold their annual Ice Cream Social, which coincides with the conclusion of the Summer Reading program.

Download a membership brochure, or pick one up at the Reception Desk in the lobby of the library and join this active and great group who support Westlake Porter Public Library.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities are available in:

The Book Nook - selling and sorting books
February Annual 3-room big Book Sale - help sort and organize books before the sale and work during the 4-day sale.
Portables Gift Shop - retail and running a cash register
The Ice Cream Social - selling tickets, running the cakewalk game, etc.

Please contact us if you are interested.

Myrna Chelko Award

deb myers myrna chelko award

Westlake resident Deb Myers received the library's 2019 Myrna Chelko Volunteer Award at a volunteer recognition event on March 31, 2019.

A Reception Desk volunteer since 2002, Deb is one of the first "faces of the library" you see when entering the building. Because of her longevity as a volunteer, Deb is known for her knowledge about the library and her resulting ability to assist patrons. She also volunteers for the Friends of Porter Public Library’s annual Big Book Sale and Ice Cream Social. Deb has given close to 2500 hours of service to the library.

Recent Projects

Friends has funded many projects over the years: here are just a few!

Pre-School Play Area Renovation

wppl youth services

Computer Lab Renovation

wppl computer lab

Reading Garden Furnishings

wppl reading garden   wppl reading garden   wppl reading garden


Friends has purchased minivans for the library to use for delivery to the homebound.

wppl mini van

Friends also funds many library programs and events throughout the year, such as Summer Reading programs.

Corporate Sponsors

If you would like to become a corporate sponsor, please send us the following:

Corporate Sponsorship Form
Corporate Friends Membership Request

Corporate sponsors will be mentioned in the Friends newsletter and on the TV behind the Circulation Desk.

Friends Newsletter

Contact the Friends

Friends' mascot Porter J. Mouse carries a pile of booksLynn Pettyjohn, President

Mailing address:
Friends of WPPL
27333 Center Ridge Road
Westlake, Ohio 44145

Please call:
(440) 250-5562

Email the Friends