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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.

Shelves full of books inside the Book Nook

The Book Nook will be open the FIRST and LAST Saturdays of the month from 10 am-2 pm. In order to encourage social distancing, the Book Nook will be temporarily located in the Café next to the library lobby beginning Saturday, February 27 until further notice. A limited amount of inventory will be available. There will be a limit of four customers allowed in our new space at one time. Masks and social distancing will be required.

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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

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, stationery 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

Tuesday - Friday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Saturday: 11 AM - 3 PM

Phone: (440) 250-5477

Visit Portables on Facebook at Portables Gift Shop.

Book Nook

Book Nook Used Book Room

wppl book nookThe Book Nook is a used book store operated by the volunteer Friends of Porter Public Library. Beginning February 27, 2021, a limited inventory will be available in the Café space to encourage social distancing.

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.

Ongoing book sale shelvesBook Nook Hours

The Book Nook will be open the first and last Saturdays of the month from 10 am-2 pm starting Saturday, February 6, 2021.

Customers will be required to wear a mask, and there will be a limit of four customers in the Book Nook at a time. Browsing will be limited to 15 minutes if others are waiting. We ask that social distancing guidelines be followed. Volunteers will be at a table outside the Book Nook to take payments.

When the Book Nook is closed, please visit our $1 shelves located in the lobby.


The Book Nook accepts donations of books, media and other items in good condition. Items are sold in the Book Nook and at the Friends' Annual Big Book Sale to benefit the library. Please review the guidelines for acceptable materials.


Annual Book Sale

The Annual Friends' Book Sale

The Friends of Westlake Porter Library hold an big book sale for 4 days in late January or early February every year. In addition to deals on books and other media, there is a Silent Auction of special items usually with local interest.

Check back after the holidays for information on the next Friends' Book Sale. In the meantime, check out the Book Nook Used Book Room for deals on books and more!



Ice Cream Social

Families celebrate the Ice Cream SocialThe Friends of Porter Public Library will not be hosting the Ice Cream Social in 2021, but we look forward to having one next year!

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.


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

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