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Ice Cream Social July 29, 6-8 p.m.


Summer Reading Rules:

Pick up your log starting Monday, June 3 at the YS desk

Babies through age 3

Complete the 15 activities on the back of the log and receive a free board book.

    Preschool through K
  • Keep track of books read.
  • When you read five books, come in for your first
  • Repeat twice more for two more rewards!
  • When you’re all done, hand in this sheet to the librarians—we’ll enter you into the grand prize drawing.
  • Keep reading! Every additional five books qualifies you for another chance at a grand prize!
Grades 1-6
  • For every 1/2 hour of reading, mark your log
  • At 5 hours, claim your first prize
  • At ten hours, claim your second prize
  • For every 2 additional hours or reading after 10, you get another chance at the grand prize.

Special Guests

image of jugglerComedy Juggling with Aaron Bonk

 The Aaron Bonk Stage Show will astound and amuse you with cutting edge juggling, comedy, music, stunts and more!  Free tickets available at the Youth Services desk starting on June 11.

Tuesday, June 18, 7:00 p.m.




image of magicianAn Evening of Magic With Jason Alan

 Join us for a rollercoaster ride of amazement and wonder with Jason Alan. Free tickets available at the Youth Services desk starting on July 2.

Tuesday, July 9, 7:00 p.m.



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Jim Gill in Concert!

Family fun artist Jim Gill returns with a super summer concert!  Come sing, clap, sneeze and silly dance along with us!  Free tickets available at the Youth Services Desk starting on July 11.

Thursday, July 18, 2:00 p.m.


Preschool Events


Mother Goose on the Loose!

Mother Goose is on the loose in this interactive storytime featuring simple books, rhymes, songs and movement. For ages Birth-3 years old with adult caregiver.

Saturday, June 8, 10:30 a.m.


Summer Sing Along

You’re invited to our family sing along!  Just bring your voices and have fun! All ages welcome.

Tuesday, June 11, 7:00 p.m.


Come Play With Me

Join us for an open

playtime designed to encourage socializing for ages 2-5 with a grown-up.  Registration required.

Fridays, June 14 & 28, 10:00 a.m.


If You Give a Dog a Donut

...there’s no telling what will happen!  Join Dog and friends for sweet stories, games and a craft.  Registration required; ages 3-5.

Thursday, June 20, 2:00 p.m.


Junior Brick Builders

Have fun building with Duplo bricks.  Registration required; ages 3-5.

Saturday, June 15, 2:00 p.m.


Can I Have a Cookie?

Join us for cookies stories, a cool magnet craft and a treat! 

Registration required, ages 4-7.

Friday, July 12, 11:00 a.m.


Life-Sized Candyland

Take a trip with your kids around the board as we bring Candyland to life!  Call to register starting on July 10; for ages 3-8.

Wednesday, July 17, 3:00 p.m.


Movies @ Your Library

Beat the heat with these cool films! All ages welcome, registration required.


June 14: Rise of the Guardians

June 21: Toys in the Attic

June 28: A Monster in Paris

July 12: Dino King

July 19: Return to Nim’s Island

July 26: Escape from Planet Earth



Let’s Sing and Dance!

Join Miss Nancy for musical fun!  For ages 2-6 with a grown-up.  Pick up a ticket at the Preschool desk as space is limited!

Wednesdays: 10:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Saturdays: June 15,

July 13 & August 10, 10:45 a.m.




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School-Age Events

Grow Your Own Treats
Learn about vegetable gardening and plant seeds to take home.
Registration required, ages 7-10.
Thursday, June 6, 4:00 p.m.

Pokemon League
Bring your cards and accessories to play! For ages 6-12; registrationrequired.
Fridays, June 7 & July 5, 1:30 p.m.
Saturdays, June 22 & July 20,
10:30 a.m.

Join us for an action packed dance workout! Registration required, ages 7-10.
Sunday, June 9,
3:00 p.m.

Join us for a fun afternoon of Wii games and fun! Registration required, ages 6-11.
Sunday, June 9, 2:30 p.m.

Let’s Build
Explore your architectural side as we build with a variety of materials.
Registration required, grades K-5.
Monday, June 10, 2:00 p.m.

Celebrate Flag Day
Celebrate our nation’s flag with stories songs and a treat! Registration required, ages 6-10.
Monday, June 10, 7:00 p.m.

Summer Sing Along
You’re invited to our family sing along! Just bring your voices and have fun! All ages welcome.
Tuesday, June 11, 7:00 p.m.

Beginning Origami
Learn the basics of origami with artist Jenn Cline! Registration required, grades 3-5.
Thursday, June 13, 2:00 p.m.

Superman Day
Test your might with super challenges and games! Registration required, for grades K-3.
Thursday, June 13, 6:30 p.m.

Cupcake Fun
Join us for swirling, sprinkling cupcake fun! Registration
required, ages 6-8.
Monday, June 17, 2:00 p.m.

Brick Builders
Join us at Brick Builders--just bring your imagination! *Registration
required; ages 6-13.Saturdays, June 22 & 29
July 6, 20 & 27

American Girl Summer
Meet Molly, an American Girl growing up during WW2. Registration
required, ages 6-10.
Sunday, June 23, 1:30 p.m.

For the Birds
Give your feathered friends a treat--make a bird feeder! Registration
required, ages 7-10.
Monday, June 24, 2:00 p.m.

Tales of Treats
Enjoy tales of tasty treats from around the world in this special storytelling program. Registration required, grades K-5.
Wednesday, July 10, 7:00 p.m.

Can I Have a Cookie?
Join us for cookies stories, a cool magnet craft and a treat!
Registration required, ages 4-7.
Friday, July 12, 11:00 a.m.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame
In honor of the MLB All-Star Game, come to the library in your favorite team attire and enjoy baseball stories and a treat! Registration required, ages 4-6.
Monday, July 15
6:30 p.m.

Sushi, Kid-Style
What is sushi? Come find out! Make your own yummy treats! Registration required, ages 7-10.
Tuesday, July 16, 2:00 p.m.

Life-Sized Candyland
Take a trip with your kids around the board as we bring Candyland to life! Call to register starting on July 10; for ages 3-8.
Wednesday, July 17, 3:00 p.m.

Candy Wrapper Totes and Wallets
We’ll show you how to make a tote or wallet out of candy wrappers! All supplies provided.
Registration required, grades 5-8.
Tuesday, July 30, 6:00 p.m.

Sweet Wall Art
Create awesome wall art with candy! All supplies provided. Registration required, ages 8-12.
Thursday, August 1, 7:00 p.m.

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Storytime and more!

Summer Storytimes


LAPSIT STORYTIME: Rhymes, play and fun. (birth-2 years with adult)

Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.


TODDLER: Stories, rhymes and activities.(ages 2-3 1/2 with adult) 

Tuesdays, 10:15 a.m.


GROWING READERS: Stories and literacy stations. (ages 3 1/2-5)

Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m.


Storytime runs from June 11 toJuly  24.  There will be no storytimes the week of July 4. 



Summer Reading RULES:
  • Pick up a Summer Reading Log at the Youth Services desk.
  • Keep track of your time spent reading. For every 30 minutes you read, cross off, or color in, one of the boxes on the log.
  • Once you complete 6 hours of reading come in for Prize 1
  • Once you’ve completed all 12 hours come in for your final prize and to get entered for a chance at a Grand Prize!

Rewards will be available starting the following dates (sorry, no sooner!):

  • Prize 1—Monday 6/17
  • Prize 2—Monday 7/1

The last day to collect prizes is Monday 8/5
Grand prize winners will be drawn Monday 8/5 and will be notified by phone.

On the back of your log, find info on how to to get additional Grand Prize entries!

Mad 4 Manga





Do you love Manga, Anime, or Japanese culture? If you do, this club is for you! Each month we watch a different Anime series and talk about our favorite Manga. Sometimes we even throw in some crafts, drawing, or Japanese treats just for fun!

Video Games




Join WPPL and Game Stop for our Mario Kart Wii Tournament! With the perfect combination of luck and skill, you might just bring home the grand prize!



SATURDAY, JUNE 22 @ 3:45-5:15PM

SATURDAY, JULY 20 @ 3:45-5:15PM


Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of Wii and computer gaming, snacks and tournaments!

Stay Connected

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We have a Facebook page just for teens!  Keep up with teen programs, books, and events by liking our page. 


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Looking for a good book to read?  Check out our page for reviews and a listing of other books you might like.

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Follow the library's teen account on Twitter.




Use printmaking techniques to create a custom design for a new addition to your wardrobe! Bring a clean, 100% cotton t-shirt, hat, pair of shorts, or tote bag and go home with a fabulous, unique creation that is totally you! GRADES 9-12 ONLY!



THURSDAY, JUNE 13 @ 3-4:30PM

Jenn Cline will be here to teach us some origami, but not just the basics! We'll be making a cool modular origami project called a "firework" that can even move and is perfect for those of you that are bored with the same ol' origami projects.




Have you always wanted to try those crafts you see on Pinterest? Maybe you just like making crafts in general! Stop by as we make some of the most popular crafts from Pinterest. We'll set out all the materials needed and let the fun begin!



THURSDAY, JULY 18 @ 3-4:30PM

Learn how to embellish your headbands, hair clips, and barrettes with handmade and purchased fabric flowers, beads, and more! Bring a comfortable, rigid headband that fits you or a hair clip or hair comb of a type that works for you, and take home a chic hair ornament!




They're treats perfect for the undead! We're going to take ordinary cupcakes and decorate them with brains, eyeballs, and other creepy (but delicious) goodies! All supplies will be provided and each teen will go home with at least 2 cupcakes!




We'll show you how to take candy wrappers from your favorite treats along with duct tape and transform them into bags and wallets!  GRADES 5-8 ONLY!




Do you love Manga, Anime, or Japanese culture? If you do, this club is for you! Each month we watch a different Anime series and talk about our favorite Manga. Sometimes we even throw in some crafts, drawing, or Japanese treats just for fun!

SUNDAY, JUNE 9 @ 1:30-2:30PM
SUNDAY, JULY 7 @ 1:30-2:30PM
Zumba is a fun workout that combines elements of hip-hop, samba, salsa, mambo, and Bollywood dance. We'll be working out, but you won't even know it because you'll be having so much fun!

THURSDAY, JUNE 13 @ 1:30-3PM
Start and finish the Boy Scouts of America Reading Merit Badge at the library. Remember your blue card!
*Second meeting on Thurs, August 8th @ 1:30-3pm

TUESDAY, JUNE 17 @ 6-8
Who has the best pizza in Westlake? Be part of the fun as we try out pizza from all the different pizza places in and around Westlake. We'll taste them all and then vote on who has the best (and worst) pizza in the area!

We'll show you the ins and outs of using Pinterest, the newest social media trend, so that you can share all your favorite crafts, recipes, pictures, fashion ideas, and so much more! No need to already have an account -- we'll go over that too!

Tuesday, July 9 @ 7-8pm
Team up with your friends for a fun night of chocolate competition! We'll challenge your knowledge of different chocolate bars, and will test your skills at stacking Oreos, playing chocolate syrup pictionary, and more!

It'll be an exciting night of murder mysteries as we bring the classic board game, Clue, to life! But you won't find Colonel Mustard or Mrs. White here! Instead we're giving the board game a whole new book theme complete with Katniss, Harry Potter, and your other favorite characters as possible suspects!

Zombies are taking over the Library! You're invited to transform into zombies, snack on brains, play games, listen to creepy music, and more. You won't have to rise from the dead to have fun at this'll just have to look like you did!

Adult Summer Reading -- Entry Form

Between the Covers: Adult Summer Reading
JUNE 3 to AUGUST 3, 2013

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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Adult Summer Reading -- Special Events

Summer Reading isn’t just for kids. Adults can also join in the fun! All you need to do is register online or at any of the adult services desks, read or listen to any book, fill out an entry form, and place it in any of the ballot boxes for a chance to win one of our many gift packages.

Investor Interest Group
Les Szarka presents Mind Over Money. Join us for a deeper look into the behavior behind the financial decisions you make every day. Please register.
Thursday, June 6 (7-8:30 p.m.)

Burning River Roller Girls
The Burning River Roller Girls roller derby team will discuss roller derby and demonstrate their moves! They'll be joined by the RockStars junior derby team. Program will take place in the library's parking lot.
Tuesday, June 11 (7-8 p.m.)

Tuesday Evening Book Discussion  
In June we'll discuss The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan. The July selection is Defending Jacob by William Landay.
Tuesdays, June 11 and July 9 (7 p.m.)

Proposal Writing Basics
Learn the steps of writing a thorough grant proposal, from planning and
research to writing to following up. Please register.
Wednesday, June 12 (7-8:30 p.m.)

Non-Fiction Book Discussion
The June selection is All the Money in the World by Laura Vanderkam. July's selection is When America First Met China by Jay Dolin.
Thursdays, June 13 and July 11 (7 p.m.)

iPad Users Group
Share easy tips with other iPad users. Please bring your iPad with you. Please register starting May 31.
Fridays, June 14 and July 12
(10:30-11:30 a.m.)

Monday Night Movie
Join us for Hitchcock. Rated PG-13. Please register.
Monday, June 17 (7-8:30 p.m.)

Civil War and Cleveland
Dr. Pershy from the Western Reserve
Historical Society will focus on daily life as he discusses how Cleveland was affected by the ravages of the Civil War. Please register.
Tuesday, June 18 (7-8:30 p.m.)

In the Kitchen with Cleveland's Favorite Chefs
Maria Isabella, author of the book In the Kitchen with Cleveland's Favorite Chefs, will discuss her book and what local chefs prepare at home. There will also be samples! Please register.
Thursday, June 20 (7-8:30 p.m.)

Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion
June's selection is The Gilded Age by Claire McMillan. The author will join us! The July Selection is The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce.
Wednesdays, June 26 and July 24 (2 pm)
Porter's Fiber Fanatics
This is a group for needle crafters. It will be a time to socialize, share, solve problems, and show off.
Fridays, June 28 and July 26 (10 am - Noon)
Cleveland in the Gilded Age: A Stroll Down Millionaire's Row Revisited
Join author Dan Ruminski as he shares stories about the 250 homes that were part of Cleveland's Millionaire's Row. Copies of Dan's book will be available for signing and purchase for $20 cash or check.
Tuesday, July 2 (7-8:30 pm)

Secrets of Effective Couponing
Super couponer Laura Ploenzke teaches you how to save money, get freebies and more. Special emphasis on back-to-school deals. Please register.
Wednesday, July 10 (7-8:30 p.m.)

Monday Night Movie
Join us for Promised Land. Rated R. Please register.
Monday, July 15 (7-8:30 p.m.)

Sunday Zumba for Adults
Join Zumba instructor Mary Ann Francis for a free one-hour introduction to the latest fitness craze. Wear comfortable exercise clothes and be ready to work up a sweat. Please register.
Sunday, July 21 (1:30-2:30 p.m.)

Almost Guiltless Desserts
Join Susan Aldrich for tasting and recipes for almost guiltless desserts. Please register starting June 23.
Thursday, July 25 (7-8:30 p.m.)

Friends' Annual Ice Cream Social
Join the Friends of Porter Public Library for ice cream sundaes and family fun!
Monday, July 29 (6-8 p.m.)

Civil War 150 Reading and Discussion Group
Read the material provided by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and join us for a discussion about it. Please register.
Tuesday, July 30 (7-8:30 p.m.)

UFOs: Unexplained Encounters
Thomas Wertman of MUFON Ohio and the Cleveland Ufology project will discuss
unexplained sightings and encounters of the third kind. Doors open at 6:30. Please register starting July 1.
Wednesday, July 31 (7-8:30 p.m.)

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