Lakewood OH

Porter Library programs keeps young minds sharp

Leah Franklin, a sophomore at Westlake High School and Summer Brain Games volunteer, plays word bingo with students. (West Life photo by Kevin Kelley)

By Kevin Kelley

With students enjoying a slightly longer break this summer to accommodate the Westlake City Schools construction projects, the school district and Westlake Porter Public Library wondered what they could do to keep young minds sharp during June, July and August.

The answer is “Summer Brain Games,” a program in which students in grades one through six can participate in a variety of mind-stimulating activities.

The program takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays through Aug. 22 in the library’s Porter Room.

Nick Miller, a physical education teacher at Holly Lane Elementary School, oversees the program with some other district educators, along with student volunteers from Westlake High School.

Games and other projects are offered in subjects such as math, social studies, science, and reading and writing.

Students who participate are not required to stay for the entire two-hour period.

“It’s a drop-in program, so they can stay for a half-hour or the full two hours,” Miller explained. Children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by a responsible adult when attending Summer Brain Games.

Four workshops will also be offered during Summer Brain Games – Reading Buddies, Readers’ Theater, Brown Bag Theater and Young Authors.

When West Life visited the Porter Room for Summer Brain Games last week, students definitely sounded like they were having fun.

Summer Brain Games will take a break twice during the summer – during the week of July 4, and during Porter Library’s Science Week, Aug. 4 – 10. Science Week consists of programs focusing on the STEM fields – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It is aimed at getting students ready to study these subjects in the new school year and communicating a sense of excitement about them.

Again this year, Porter is offering its summer reading program to encourage children to keep up with their reading while school is on break. The summer reading program takes place from June 3 to July 31.

For more information on the library’s summer learning programs, visit its website at



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