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The Friends of Porter Public Library

The Friends of Porter Public Library fund library programs and activities, purchase special equipment and materials for the library, contribute to renovation costs, and sponsor programs designed to add to the social and cultural life of the community.

Portables Gift Shop

Volunteers are needed to staff Portables Gift Shop. Please consider volunteering for the Friends in the gift shop—it's a great place to work! Stop by the gift shop to start the process. Volunteers usually work 1 shift per week.

Friends of WPPL Hilliard flower box

Friends members Cathy Schultz, Nancy Shaw, Carol Masek, Barb Hajek, Alice Lang, Steve Pettyjohn and Lynn Pettyjohn (not pictured) planted the Porter Library flower box on Hilliard Boulevard in May 2022. The  flower boxes are planted and maintained every year by the volunteers of the Friends of Porter Public Library.

The Friends of Porter Public Library was founded in 1972 with the mission of supporting the library through volunteer service and monetary contributions. Since then the Friends have contributed over $1,000,000 and countless volunteer hours to the library. Check out this documentary produced in honor of their 50 years of service!

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Memberships

  •  Individual - $10.00
  •  Family - $15.00
  •  Patron - $25.00
  •  Silver Patron - $50.00
  •  Golden Patron - $100.00

Benefits

  • Free Mitchell's Homemade Ice Cream coupon
  • Used Book Buck for use in the Book Nook
  • 10% Dean's Greenhouse discount (when you show your membership card)
  • 10% discount at Portables Gift Shop all of 2022 in celebration of Friends' 50th Anniversary (excludes candy, cards, and sale items, and must show membership card)
  • Admission to Preview Night for the Friends' Annual Big Book Sale

View and print the application (PDF) and bring it to the Information Desk at the library. The Friends Board usually meets at the library on the second Thursday of every other month, and members are welcome to attend. An Annual Meeting is held, usually in January (contact the Friends for information).

Portables Gift Shop

portables gift shop

Portables Gift Shop located in Westlake Porter Public Library offers a complete line of gift and decorative items along with jewelry, purses (some made in the USA), scarves, greeting cards (most printed in the USA), Root Candles, ladies tops (made in the USA), baby items, stationery and much more. If you have not visited Portables, plan on stopping by soon to see what you are missing.

Portables is run by volunteers of Friends of Porter Public Library and all profits go to the library to support programs that are not within the library budget.

Store hours

Monday - Friday: 10 AM - 4 PM Now open Mondays!

Phone: (440) 250-5477

Volunteers are needed to staff Portables Gift Shop. Please consider volunteering here—it's a great place to work! Stop by the gift shop to start the process. Volunteers usually work 1 shift/week.

Book Nook

Book Nook Used Book Room

wppl book nookThe Book Nook is a used book store located in the library lobby near the Welcome desk and operated by the volunteer Friends of Porter Public Library.

Used books, CDs, DVDs, and puzzles donated to the Friends, as well as items removed from the library's collection, are on sale to the public.

You won't find more reasonable prices anywhere! Most paperbacks are $0.25 or $1.00, most hardbound books are $1.00, children’s books are $0.50 or less and recent library discards are $2.00. There are a few specially priced books, usually $5.00 and under.

Ongoing book sale shelvesBook Nook Hours

Monday: 3 pm - 7 pm
Wednesday: 10 am - 2 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm

When the Book Nook is closed, please visit our $1 shelves located in the lobby.

Donations

The Book Nook accepts donations of books, media and other items in good condition. Items are sold in the Book Nook and at the Friends' Annual Big Book Sale to benefit the library. Please review the guidelines for acceptable materials.

 

Annual Book Sale

Kids and adults at the book sale in 2021

The 2022 Friends’ Annual Big Book Sale is scheduled for October 20 through October 23, 2022, with Preview Night on October 19 for Friends members.

If you would like to help with the sale, please indicate that on your membership form, email the Friends below, or leave a message on the Friends' voicemail. (Book Sale volunteers do not need to be Friends members.)

 

 

 

Ice Cream Social

Families celebrate the Ice Cream SocialThe Friends of Porter Public Library will not be hosting the Ice Cream Social in 2022.


The Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library have hosted the Ice Cream Social on the last Monday in July annually over three decades. It continues to be an enjoyable event year after year. In addition to delicious $1 sundaes from Mitchell’s Homemade, there is always music and family-friendly activities, such as a cakewalk and face painting.

Portables Gift Shop has a sidewalk sale and the Book Nook Used Book Shop also runs sales in conjunction with this annual event.

 

History

friends of porter public library historyOrganized in 1972, the Friends of the Porter Public Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization which supports the library by giving volunteer service and monetary contributions. These monetary gifts support programs and purchase items that are beyond the library's regular budget.

The Friends raise funds from membership, Portables Gift Shop, the Book Nook, annual Book Sale, and periodic special fundraisers throughout the year. Since its inception, the Friends have donated over $1,000,000 to Westlake Porter Public Library! The donations have been used to purchase Outreach vans, underwrite the summer reading program, Joyful Noise programs, various staff incentives, computers and programs for the Children's area, new shelving, furniture and equipment, library and audio materials, and programming.

In addition, the Friends provided funding for the Quiet Reading Room when the library went through a major renovation and doubled its size in 2001. They also provided underwriting for the biennial "WestFest", a literary celebration that brought accomplished authors to Westlake for lectures and school appearances. Recently they donated money toward renovating the children's area. Every summer the Friends hold their annual Ice Cream Social, which coincides with the conclusion of the Summer Library Challenge.

Download a membership brochure, or pick one up at the Reception Desk in the lobby of the library and join this active and great group who support Westlake Porter Public Library.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities with the Friends of Porter Public Library are available in the following areas.

  • The Book Nook - selling, sorting, and organizing books
  • October Annual Big Book Sale - sorting and organizing books before the sale; working during the Preview Night or sale
  • Portables Gift Shop - retail sales and running a cash register
  • The Ice Cream Social - selling tickets, running the cakewalk game, etc.

Please contact us if you are interested.

Myrna Chelko Award

Volunteer award plaque 1996-2013Volunteer award plaque 2014-2021The Myrna Chelko Volunteer Award is given annually to a library volunteer who has contributed to the success of Westlake Porter Public Library as an inclusive environment that fosters learning, community growth and connection in an ever-changing world. Over the years, hundreds of people have volunteered at WPPL to deliver materials to the homebound, shelve materials, staff Portables Gift Shop, the Book Nook and the Book Sale, assist in the Youth Services department, and much more.

Myrna Chelko


Myrna Chelko was a long-time library volunteer who was known for her dedication to the library and her hard work. She helped found the Friends of Porter Public Library and her many volunteer services include being an officer of that group and a Library Board member. Myrna exemplified the volunteer spirit, which is why the award was created in her name.

 

 

 

Recent Projects

Friends has funded many projects over the years: here are just a few!

Pre-School Play Area Renovation

wppl youth services

Computer Lab Renovation

wppl computer lab

Reading Garden Furnishings

wppl reading gardenwppl reading gardenwppl reading garden

Minivan

Friends has purchased minivans for the library to use for delivery to the homebound.

wppl mini van

The Friends group also funds many library programs and events throughout the year, such as the Summer Library Challenge.

Corporate Sponsors

If you would like to become a corporate sponsor, please send us the following:

Corporate Sponsorship Form
Corporate Friends Membership Request

Corporate sponsors will be mentioned in the Friends newsletter and on the TV behind the Circulation Desk.

 
 

Contact the Friends

Friends' mascot Porter J. Mouse carries a pile of booksLynn Pettyjohn, President

Mailing address:
Friends of WPPL
27333 Center Ridge Road
Westlake, Ohio 44145

Please call:
(440) 250-5562

Email the Friends