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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!

We've got lots planned for all age groups, including crafts, games and contests, movies, fascinating lectures and more! Recurring programs, like Book Buddies, Teen Crafts and Book Discussions, are listed on the tab for their age group. All other programs are listed here.

Wednesday, July 6

We're going head-to-head in an epic brawl! Test out your skills in Super Smash Bros for WiiU to see who will claim the tops spot and the ultimate prize! FREE pizza, snacks, and drinks will be served! Register online or call 440-250-5471. Wednesday, July 6 (2:00pm-5:00pm).

Movie poster reads Carl Laemmle presents H.G. Wells fantastic sensation The Invisible Man with Gloria Stuart, Claude Rains, etc.Calling all horror film fans: Join us as we explore the classics of horror, science-fiction, and suspense!

Wednesday, July 6
in the Dover Room

Register online, call 440-250-5462 or stop by any public service desk to sign up.

This month, a brilliant scientist creates a formula that can turn him invisible. However, it has the unforeseen side effect of driving him insane. As he struggles to develop a cure before he completely loses his mind, the police find themselves in the unique predicament of trying to track down a madman they can't even see.

Friday, July 8

Get started making your own video games with Scratch, free software from MIT that you can use at home long after the class ends. Bring your flashdrive to save your game. Register online or call 440-250-5471. Friday, July 8 (10:00am-12:00pm).

Teams will use STEM and 21st Century skills to build on sensors and program LEGO® Mindstorm® EV3 robots to master challenges torn from the pages of popular stories Register online or call 440-250-5471. Friday, July 8 (2:00pm-4:00pm).

We'll use LittleBits to create a Bubblebot and then demonstrate. Register online or call 440-250-5471. Friday, July 8 (4:00pm-5:30pm).

Saturday, July 9

Join your fellow Whovians as we celebrate Doctor Who Comics Day with some trivia, crafts, and other wibbly wobbly timey wimey...stuff! Register online or call 440-250-5462. Saturday, July 9 (1:00pm-3:30pm).

Tuesday, July 12

Try this fun form of exercise. This is a perfect way to introduce yoga and practice simple poses with rhymes that imitate animals and nature. Remember to wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Ages 3-1/2 to 5, with a caregiver. No registration necessary. Tuesday, July 12 (1:00pm-1:30pm).

Monday, July 18

Kick off STEAM Week with hands-on exhibits featuring arch building, programming a robot and more! Ticketed sessions will be hosted every hour, so please choose the session that works best for you.

Limit of 6 free tickets per adult, available beginning July 11 in the Youth Department. Monday, July 18 (12:00pm-7:00pm).

Tuesday, July 19

During STEAM Week, Tuesday is Technology!

All ages can have fun with the Makey Makey: a device that can turn anything conductive into a keyboard. Make a "banana piano" or a human drum set; play Pac-Man with Play-Doh, Super Mario with a graphite pencil-drawn gamepad... the possibilities are endless!

Come and see Jim perform magic with soccer balls, jump ropes, sports collector cards, Olympic events, and lots more! For Ages 4+.

Free tickets available at the Youth Services Desk beginning July 12. Limit of six tickets per adult, please. Tuesday, July 19 (7:00pm-7:45pm).

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. The July selection is The Personal History of Rachel Dupree by Ann Weisgarber. Wednesdays, June 22 and July 27 (2 pm)

Learn more about WPPL's Book Discussion groups

Adult Summer Reading - Entry Form

Oh, The Places You'll Go!
June 1 to August 1, 2016

What you need to do!

  • Register online or at the Reference or "Ask Us" desks
  • Read or listen to any book
  • Fill out the entry form below or at one of the desks where ballot boxes are provided for paper forms.
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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!