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Local History

History & Genealogy Programs
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Westlake Porter Public Library Summer Library Challenge logo

Summer Library Challenge: June 1-August 1

Read or listen to books, attend programs & complete activities for a chance to earn prizes! For library lovers of all ages. New this year: track your progress with Beanstack!

Non-Traditional Materials picturing ukulele, film and DVD converters, drum machine and boom box

Starting in mid-July, WPPL will have a collection of musical instruments, digital converters, and other non-traditional materials to lend to our cardholders. Learn more here

Porter Public Library building circa 1950s

Do you have any pieces of memorabilia or photos dating to an earlier time in Westlake’s history? If so WPPL would be interested in borrowing them for display. Please contact our Local History Librarian, Chad Statler.

History of the Library

Portrait of Leonard G. PorterLeonard G. Porter's signatureIn 1884, Leonard Porter, a school teacher and a leader in the Dover Literary Society, bequeathed $1,000 and his collection of personal books to form a library for the citizens of Dover Township (now Westlake).

Every year, we celebrate that gift, and the tradition that it began.

In 2009, we celebrated 125 years of service to the Westlake community. This video, 125 Years of Sharing Stories, was part of that celebration.

Dover Township Trustees Minutes

Denise Rosenbaum, Clerk of the City of Westlake, digitized all the existing copies of the Dover Township Trustees minutes and made them available online through the city’s website. The minutes date from the years 1831-1893.

The minutes can be found by going to the portion of the city’s website that houses its documents.

  • Under the dropdown list under Select Search Type choose “CNL - Legislation/Minutes - Web Access.”
  • Next scroll down until you find the box labelled Meeting Type. There you will type “Dover Township Trustees.”
  • Finally, click Search and all the digitized minutes from their meetings will be available for you read.

Together these minutes provide a unique view into the city’s history.

Contact Local History Librarian

Contact Chad Statler, Local History Librarian by telephone at 440-250-5486 or via email using the form below regarding the Veterans History Project or other projects related to the history of Westlake, Ohio.

Girl looking at a computer

Download & Stream

Girl looking at a computer

Download & Stream

adults in library

Adults

adults in library

Adults

Kris delivers in the library van

Outreach & Homebound

Kris delivers in the library van

Outreach & Homebound

foreign language materials from CPL

Language Resources

foreign language materials from CPL

Language Resources