Read with Pride: YA Fiction

Young Adulthood is a vital time of discovering one's identity and empathizing with other diverse identities. Growing up as a queer teen in the early 2000's, I would have loved…

Classics Lost at Sea

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Ah, summer...This time of year always makes me think of the ocean. My favorite vacation destination is someplace warm with plenty of sand and beautiful water. Since COVID has nixed…

Quirky Female Memoirs

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I love a good memoir. It's so interesting to climb into someone else's world and learn all about them. While many readers automatically gravitate towards the big-name biographies, I really…

Kinder Club – Letter I

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Welcome back to the Kinder Club blog! Each week we will focus on a letter of the alphabet and share fun stories, activities and tips to help you get ready to make…

Queue It Up! Vol. 1

Films Recommendations for Young Adults: Police Reform A documentary on any given topic can be a great way to see life thru someone else's eyes. Some may inspire you to…

Read It Make It: Paperbag Firefly

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Fly, Firefly written by Shana Keller and illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki is cleverly written and will help your child connect to the natural world. Keller was inspired by a letter…

Campfire Lasagna

Looking for a way to break in your Dutch oven while enjoying the lovely outdoors? Try campfire lasagna. Just one of the tasty recipes features in The Campside Guide to…

Read It Make It: Friendship Bracelet

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Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt De La Pena and illustrated by Christian Robinson is such an important story to share with your child. This picture book is…

Villains as Heroes

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If you're like me, you enjoy reading books (or watching movies or TV shows) with strong villain characters. There's something so complex, so delightfully devious about them. But, why stop…

Epistolary Novels

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June 22, 2020 My dear, dear Reader: I hope that this letter finds you well, and that your family is in good health. I am writing because I have been…

Kinder Club – Letter S

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Welcome back to the Kinder Club blog! Each week we will focus on a letter of the alphabet and share fun stories, activities and tips to help you get ready to make…

June is National Men’s Health Month

June is National Men's Health Month. The following is a selection of Hoopla ebooks and audiobooks on the subject of men's health and well being. Remember, Hoopla titles are always…

Read It Make: Goldfish Craft

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Pet Show written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats is a heartwarming story of a young boy, Archie, wanting to enter his beloved cat in the neighborhood pet show. The…

Vampires!

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I love a good vampire story. There's something absolutely horrible about the idea of a creature that was once human, but is now transformed into a bloodthirsty monster (and it's…

Summer of Pride 2020

Welcome to Westlake Porter Public Library’s Summer of Pride! While the library will not be hosting in-person programs this summer, our staff members are committed to offering diverse and inclusive…

Happy Houseplants

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There is nothing that brightens up one's home quite like a houseplant. Whether you have something with fragrant flowers, big showy blooms, or just beautiful greenery, houseplants are a wonderful…

Aging Adventurously

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As we get older, we're generally expected to be more mature and to "grow up". But, who said that growing up has to be boring? Aging doesn't mean an end…

Kinder Club – Letter C

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Welcome back to the Kinder Club blog! Each week we will focus on a letter of the alphabet and share fun stories, activities and tips to help you get ready to make…

Music Therapy at Home

What is Music Therapy? Music Therapy is the clinical & evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed…

Free Play Activities

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Free play activities are an important part of your child's development. These activities allow your child to develop dexterity and encourage creative thinking. While engaging in these activities your child…

Unreliable Narrators

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When reading a book, you can expect the narrator to be truthful. After all, that's how we get our information about what is occurring in the story. The narrator or…

Locked Room Mysteries

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I LOVE a good locked room mystery! How did the killer manage to sneak into a locked room, commit a crime, and then sneak out again? It makes for great…

Suma Plays Outside

Suma is doing a happy dance now that summer has finally arrived in Westlake and, with it, lots of outdoor activities to choose from! Let’s face it – sitting on…