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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.

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.

Pass the Popcorn shares movie news from the library's collection of DVDs, BluRays and streaming services.

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.

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

Electronics & Making


This month's Maker Monday, "Arduino & Raspberry Pi," was full, but you can still use them both right here at Westlake Porter Public Library, even if you haven't taken the class! Just ask for either kit at the Reference Desk, and you're welcome to try them out in the library.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The MayflowerIt is hard to believe we just celebrated Halloween and Thanksgiving is two weeks away. There is so much to teach children about the history of Thanksgiving.

Country's Big Night: The 51st Country Music Association Awards


Last night's Country Music Association (CMA) Awards saw old favorites, talented instrumentalists, and new stars on ABC. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood returned as hosts. Here are some of the winners!

Happy Halloween

mummyHalloween is Tuesday.  Hopefully everyone has their costumes planned and will be attending some fun parties this weekend.  In between the festivities or for some much needed down time, share a story and craft


Ghosts, Skeletons and Monsters! Oh My! Halloween is around the corner and we are seeing creative costumes everywhere. It is fun to see children in the spirit of the holiday and having fun.


All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

All Our Wrong Todays A Novel by Elan MastaiThose of us who crossed the space time continuum with Marty McFly will likely enjoy Mastai’s take on time travel.   

Tom Barren is from the Jetsons versions of 2016 - a utopia of flying cars, moving sidewalks, liquid polymer outifts that recycle daily, and more.  All courtesy of the Goettreider engine, a source of unlimited absolute clean energy, invented by Lionel Goettreider on July 11, 1965.

Apple Pie

AppleIt is apple picking season and the local orchards are welcoming visitors of all ages.  Whether you are picking apples for an apple pie or to have as a snack a trip to an orchard is great family time.

Banned Books Week 2

Welcome to Day 2 of Banned Books Week postings.  Yesterday, we talked about the importance of Banned Books Week.  Today, I'm going to talk about a few banned books that might surprise you.  I was working with a coworker yesterday to add more books to the display, and found myself constantly questioning the titles she added.  Not because I didn't want them on the display*, but because I couldn't understand why that particular title would be banned.

Banned Books Week

Show your rebellious side and celebrate Banned Books Week with us!  This is one of my favorite times of the year, because its a perfect reminder of the importance of the library and the dangers of censorship.  By banning a book, you essentially are saying that no one should be allowed to read it.  And while your concerns are certainly legitimate, oftentimes, this leads to restricting access of books to other patrons.  A good way to think of it is like this: if everyone went into the stacks and pulled books that they didn't like or didn't agree with, we wouldn't have very many books on the shelves at all!  I once heard it put best: "A good library always has something to offend everyone".

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter SwansonLook no further for your next suspense title.  Swanson delivers a tangled web of murderous schemes at the center of which is Lily Kintner.  Beautiful and aloof Lily is the daughter of an eccentric writer and his artistic wife, the product of a rather bohemian upbringing.  Lily meets Ted on a flight and strikes up a conversation that leads to Ted admitting his wife is cheating on him and he’d like to kill her.  So begins a fledgling relationship whose foundation is devising the perfect crime together, until the plot takes a turn.  Lily’s unusual way of solving problems has caught up with her, dredging up an old acquaintance and another perfect crime.