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June 8 through August 1

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Ice Cream Social Monday, July 27, 6-8 pm


Summer Reading Rules

The Summer Reading Program is free and open to children of all abilities.

Pick up an early literacy activity sheet by June 16

Birth to age 2 Ages 3-5 School age (entering grades 1-5)
Complete all 15 activities by August 2 to receive a free book courtesy of Friends of Porter Public Library
  • 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!
  • 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

Summer Brain Games
For kids entering grades 1-3
Tuesdays 3-4 
Thursdays 11-Noon
June 24-July 24
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.

Book Buddies
For kids entering grades 1-3
Tuesdays 2:30-3
Thursdays 10:30-11
June 24-July 24
Teen volunteers will help kids retain their reading skills during summer vacation.  Sign up once a week for the Tuesday or Thursday that best suits your schedule.  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.  Registration required.

Summer reading rules:

  • Stop by the Youth Services area to sign up and get a reading log
  • Keep track of the amount of time you spend reading. For every 30 minutes cross off a box in the log.
  • Once you've completed 7.5 hours of reading come to the library to pick up prize #1.
  • Once you have completed 15 hours, come to collect prize #2 and get registered for the grand prize drawing.
  • Don't stop reading! For every two hours extra you read, you'll receive another grand prize entry slip!

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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 online at on any Adult Summer Reading calendar event and register like any prorgam)
  • Read or listen to any book or attend a program.
  • Fill in an entry form.
  • Drop entry into the box.
  • Repeat.
  • Prize winners will be drawn each week!

Adult Programs

From Vision to Values: The Art of Strategic Planning
Learn the importance of Vision and Mission to a company’s strategic direction. Simon Ellett from Business Advisers of Cleveland will explain how these two key factors help determine everything from values and culture to objectives and priorities. Please register. Monday, June 9 (7-8 p.m.)
Tuesday Evening Book Discussion
In June we’ll discuss The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit. The July selection is Anonymous by Christine Benedict. Tuesday, June 10 (7 p.m.) Tuesday, July 8 (7 p.m.)
The Rays of Light with Reiki Master Linda Street
Third Degree Reiki Master Linda Street returns to teach us how to tune into psychologically and spiritually healing frequencies. Learn how to bring calm, peace, and happiness into your life. Linda will engage participants in experiential activities. Book sale and signing to follow. Please register. Thursday, June 12 (6:30-8:30 p.m.)
Non-Fiction Book Discussion
The June selection is Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss. The July selection is Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan. Thursday, June 12 (7 p.m.) Thursday, July 10 (7 p.m.)
SNAP Bingo Game Day
Adults with developmental disabilities (and their caregivers, if needed) can enjoy board games, cards and bingo as part of our Special Needs Adult Programming (SNAP) series. Please call Rebecca Shook at 440-250-5471 to register or with questions. Friday, June 13 (1-2 p.m.)
Investors’ Interest Group
Learn how Market Linked Investments can help individuals gain exposure to stocks, bonds, and other asset classes while capitalizing on current opportunities and market views. Manage risk and invest in specific themes such as - downside protection, enhanced return, steady income or greater market access. Presented by Mr. Michael Sofka, PMD/Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch. Please register. Monday, June 16 (7-8:30 p.m.)
Science of Baking Bread with Yeast
Susan Aldrich returns to WPPL to demonstrate bread baking. Please register starting May 18. Thursday, June 19 (7-8:30 p.m.)
Digital Literacy Workshops
Learn the basic skills necessary to use technology to access news and information, including and the Plain Dealer’s new e-edition. Provided by Northeast Ohio Media Group, publisher of the Plain Dealer and Sun Newspapers, as well as Only 12 seats are available at computers - others can bring in their own devices or just come to watch. Registration is required to attend. To register please call the Reference Desk at 440-250-5460. Monday, June 23 (2 p.m.) Monday, July 14 (11 a.m.)
Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion
June’s selection is The German Bride by Joanna Hershon. The July selection is And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. Wednesday, June 25 (2 p.m.) Wednesday, July 23 (2 p.m.)
Porter's Fiber Fanatics
A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off. Friday, June 27 (10 a.m.-Noon) Friday, July 25 (10 a.m.-Noon)
Genealogy Research from Home
Discover free genealogy web-sites available to you from home including HeritageQuest and Fold3. Bring along names and dates for hands on research. Please register. Saturday, June 28 (10:30 a.m.-Noon)
Monday Night Movie A recent movie starring Cate Blanchett in her Academy Award-winning role as a socialite whose life has fallen apart. Rated PG-13. Please register. Monday, July 7 (7-8:30 p.m.)
SNAP Art Day
Use our materials and your imagination to create a masterpiece. This program is for adults with developmental disabilities (and their caregivers, if needed) as part of our Special Needs Adult Programming (SNAP) series. Please call Rebecca Shook at 440-250-5471 to register or with questions. Friday, July 11 (1-2 p.m.)
Investors' Interest Group Investment Strategies: Building an Investment Portfolio.
Learn which tools are needed to build, develop, and manage a strong portfolio. This knowledge will support your long-term investment strategies. Learn techniques for managing money including: diversification, re-balancing, re-allocation and reducing portfolio overlap. Presented by Szarka Financial. Please register. Monday, July 21 (7-8:30 p.m.)
Beginning Genealogy
Learn how to research your family history, including the available resources and where to find them. Bring along names & dates for hands-on research. Please register. Saturday, July 26 (10:30 a.m. -Noon)
Summer Movie Weekend
Please join us for a movie duo:
Saturday:  a movie starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson about the relationship between Walt Disney and the novelist who wrote about a magical nanny. Rated PG-13.
Sunday: watch the original movie about that nanny starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. Please register for both movies. Saturday, July 26 (2-4:15 p.m.) Sunday, July 27 (2-4:30 p.m.)
Friends’ Annual Ice Cream Social Join the Friends of Porter Public Library for ice cream sundaes and family fun! Monday, July 28 (6-8 p.m.)

Adult Summer Reading -- Entry Form

Literary Elements: Adult Summer Reading
June 16 to August 2, 2014

What you need to do!

  • Register online or at the Reference, Information Desk or Popular Materials desks
  • Read/listen to any book
  • Fill out an entry form either online or at one the above desks (if you use a physical form, place them in the provided ballot boxes
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