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Adult Book Blog and Recommended Reads - Staff book reviews, fiction and non-fiction.

Farnsworth's blog features news and reviews in the world of sci-fi.

It's a Mystery is a blog about the Mystery genre and its many subgenres.

Just the Facts - In Reference, we learn something new every day. What we find, we share with you.

Let's Talk Trending keeps you up to date with the latest and greatest in what's happening in Popular Culture.

Music Musings features music news, releases, and everyday musings.

The Playful Parent - Make the most of your family time with ideas for activities and crafts that entertain and educate!

Read It Make It - Introducing a new way to experience your favorite children's book. Read It Make It suggests a book and a related children's craft or activity.

The Sports Section covers the world of sports, from alpine skiing to yachting.

STEAM - all about Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math.

Eric Carle Caterpillar

Welcome to the new Youth Services Blog at Westlake Porter Public Library Read It. Make It. Read It. Make It. will bring you children’s crafts inspired by children’s books. It will give you the opportunity to not only read a book to your child, but experience the book in an different way.

"The name's Bond, James Bond."

Maker Club: Take Apart Toys

Do you like taking things apart to see how they work? And do you like (or have you liked) to play with toys? (Age doesn't matter, after all!) Then the Maker Club's "Take Apart Toys" event on Wednesday, November 18th at 7:00pm in the Dover Room is for you! 

Bring in a toy (or several) you'd like to take apart to see how it works (but check the internet first to make sure it's nothing valuable! Broken toys would be a great idea). Learn about what components you may find! There will be screwdrivers, scissors, seam rippers, and more for all "reverse elves."

Register online, call 440-250-5460, or stop by any public service desk to sign up. All ages welcome, but those under 18 must bring a parent/guardian with them to sign the waiver. 

Some of you may have enjoyed the Tech Toys of Yore post from last year. You'll find many of your favorite toys profiled on HowStuffWorks (but be careful- you may not come back for a few hours!)

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King

first cover of book first US mass market cover Second US mass market cover 20th anniversary trade cover

October Tunes

October is here, and Halloween is just over a week away.  As the day quickly approaches for ghosts, ghouls, and all manner of spooky, creepy, freaky things, why not check out some "scary good" music to set the mood?

The Music Timeline

I'm always looking for cool new websites.  This post is one of my newer finds.  Ever wonder what was popular in music in a specific decade or genre?  Well, The Music Timeline takes information from people's posts on Google Music and uploads it into a timeline that shows you what was popular and includes links so that you can add your favorites to your Google Play Music account!

We <3 Zombies


A new season of The Walking Dead begins on October 11th at 9:00 on AMC.

The Apple of my Eye

As another summer becomes just a memory, fall beckons with crunchy leaves underfoot and the smell of apple pie wafting through the air. Here in Northeast Ohio we have Johnny Appleseed to thank for the abundance of orchards just waiting to be picked!

The Doc of Rock n' Roll Returns!


Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend? Do you enjoy good music and classic films? Then join us on September 26th from 2:00-3:30pm for another session of music history and fun!


Get ready for a culmination of pop culture favorites!


Hello Westlake, are you ready for the 67th annual Emmy Awards? It premiers this Sunday, September 20th on Fox.