Libraries Transform

Libraries Transform because of you!

Libraries Transform is a national public awareness campaign supported by the American Library Association. WPPL has joined libraries of all types in an effeort to increase awareness of the changing role of libraries and the ways that we are transforming to meet the digital and print information needs of our users.

Rapid advances in technology are fueling a library renaissance. No longer just places form books, libraries now offer an assortment of free digitally-based programs and services including downloadable content and technology training. Such tech-based resources are transforming lives through digital literacy and lifelong learning.

As part of the initiative, we'll be sharing the Director's Column from our Notes newsletter, where Andrew Mangels discusses what Libraries Transform means here in Westlake, Ohio. Please share your ideas of how libraries are transforming and transformative, either in the comments section of the blog or on social media.



Libraries Transform: Continuing the Conversation

05/17/2017 - 8:46am

Cuyahoga County is on pace to hit 650 overdose deaths in 2017. Heroin, Fentanyl, Carfentanil are all taking a heavy toll in our communities. Over the past several days I have listened to police detectives, fire chiefs, medical personnel and parents who have lost children to overdose talk about the devastating effects of this epidemic.



Libraries Transform: Financial Literacy

03/27/2017 - 10:48am

My mother and father did a wonderful job of raising three children. They were involved, taught us manners, life skills and helped us become productive capable people. Or so they thought until my mother called me at college one day, screaming about how I could have bounced not one but two checks.



Libraries Transform: The Library Transforms for You

10/06/2016 - 12:56pm

In 2014 Westlake voters passed the library’s five-year operating levy with 70% approval. This was a strong signal that continuing education, life-long learning and human connections are critical components of our community. The library’s strengths lie in rich and diverse collection of materials, a place for people to meet and share ideas and information, and an expert staff to assist with your information needs.



Libraries Transform: A Card for Every Kid

08/15/2016 - 1:58pm

Image reads A Card for Every Kid ConnectED Library ChallengeSeptember is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, which means it's a great time to get a library card! This year it’s even better, because WPPL, along with the eight other library systems in Cuyahoga County is participating in a cooperative program called "A Card for Every Kid."

Because a library card provides access to so many different types of information and materials… Libraries Transform.



Libraries Transform: Summer Reading!

05/31/2016 - 11:00pm

Study after study shows that student do better in school when they keep their minds active in the summer. A study of 1,600 students showed that just 4-6 books over the summer helped kids avoid the summer slide.



Libraries Transform: National Library Week

03/31/2016 - 3:16pm

Free libraries maintained by the people are cradles of democracy, and their spread can never fail to extend and strengthen the democratic idea, the equality of the citizen and the royalty of man. They are emphatically fruits of the true American ideal.

- Andrew Carnegie at the 1903 dedication of the Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C.

National Library Week Libraries Transform logo with butterfliesPublic libraries in Ohio date back to the 1830's with Porter Public Library being founded in 1884. Today, Ohioans make more than 82 million library visits in a year, 9 million citizens are library card holders and over one million attended summer reading activities.



Libraries Transform: Because Partnerships Strengthen Our Community

02/01/2016 - 12:00am

Westlake Porter Public Library is proud to partner with so many wonderful organizations in our community: the Garden Club, the Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, the Westlake Historical Society and the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council are only a few.

In the last couple of years two of our biggest partners have been the Career Transition Center and Connecting for Kids (CFK).



Libraries Transform: Because Early Literacy Begins at the Library

12/01/2015 - 12:00am

People sometimes wonder why the library has things that aren't books. In our Youth Services Department we have a train table, blocks, puzzles, a puppet theater and dress up store.

According to an article published by the Association for Library Services to Children, "Children's first attempts to read and write frequently occur during play. Studies of early readers reveal that these children have engaged often in dramatic open-ended play." Also known as "pre-literacy activities," these imagination stations encourage:

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