News & Events

Events for Adults
Adult Reference Librarians Joel Boucher and Chrissy Carr

On Saturday, May 6th, at 10:00 a.m., learn how to Improve Your Vision Naturally, without glasses, contacts, or surgery. These techniques work well for kids as well as adults.

Monday May 15th 6:00 p.m. we host the author, book critic, and former editor of L.A. Times David Ulin. Mr. Ulin is the author of “Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles”, “The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time” and seven other titles. This will be an enlightening discussion of Los Angeles as a literary and narrative landscape, and is sponsored by Friends of Westwood Library.

On Tuesday, May 16th, at 6:00 p.m., join us for Anxiety, Self-Esteem, and Other Thought Creations. Joel Drazner will lead a provocative discussion on where our emotions and feelings actually come from! A simple understanding of how your mind actually works can help you reduce stress and anxiety, resolve conflict, and view life with more clarity and a sense of hope. You are never more than one new thought away from a completely different inner experience.

Tuesday, May 23rd at 4 p.m. is our next installment of Death Café–just some straight talk among participants about a subject not often discussed.  Coffee and dessert served.

May 25th brings us another in our series “Who Am I?  I Am LA!”  The all-ages program where we showcase the wide variety of people and occupations that make up our Los Angeles landscape.  This month Dr. Simon J. Simonian, transplant surgeon, immunologist, man of peace, author, philanthropist, Surgeon-in-Chief to Presidents Reagan and Bush among many other things, will discuss his illustrious career and how he co-invented the freeze-dried smallpox vaccine, saving 2 million lives/year since 1977, and was nominated for a Nobel Prize.  The program meets at 6:00 p.m. in the meeting room.

  • May 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 31—English Class (ESL): If English is not your first language, this class is for you! 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The 2:00 p.m. class on Wednesdays is an audio visual class.
  • May 1—Acting Class: Alexa Alma covers the fundamentals of acting, plus tips on how to make it in the business. 6:00 p.m.
  • May 2, 9, 16, 23UCLA Memory Training Class: A tune-up for your brain developed by UCLA (FULL) 5/2 2-4PM, 5/9,16,23 1-3pm
  • May 5—Computer Comfort Class: Get comfortable with computer basics in a class for beginners. 3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • May 6—Improve Your Vision: Learn how to improve your eyesight through natural means. 10:00-11:30 a.m.
  • May 9—Poetry Open Mic: Come share your masterpiece! Or just listen and enjoy. Hosted by Wyatt Underwood. 6:00 p.m.
  • May 12, 26—Knitting Club: Bring your needles and yarn (and a snack to share). Beginners welcome! 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • May 13—Book Club: Join the discussion about this month’s great read, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. 11:00 a.m.
  • May 15—Author Talk: David L. Ulin: Mr. Ulin will discuss Los Angeles as a literary and narrative landscape. 6:00 p.m.
  • May 16—Be Stress Free: Joel Drazner leads a provocative discussion on where our emotions and feelings actually come from! 6:00 p.m.
  • May 20—Chess for Beginners: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome! 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • May 20—Mindfulness Meditation Performance: Music and spoken word will guide you to an awareness of your higher self. 2:00 p.m.
  • May 23—Death Café: Just some straight talk among participants about a subject not often discussed. 4:00 p.m.
  • May 25—French Conversation: Practice your French language skills! For intermediate to advanced students. 4:00–6:00 p.m.
  • May 25—Who Am I?  I Am LA!  Dr. Simon J. Simonian will discuss his illustrious career and how he co-invented the freeze-dried smallpox vaccine, saving 2 million lives/year since 1977, and was nominated for a Nobel Prize. 6:00-7:00 p.m.
  • May 27—Mystery Book Club: Join us as we discuss Poison Flower by Thomas Perry. 11:00 a.m.

TeenScape
Teen Librarian Elizabeth Calla

Are you a teen or tween who loves art and science? If you do, join us in May for our last two STEAM eTextile programs at Westwood Library! Our April eTextile program had 28 teens and tweens successfully craft toys with buzzing proximity sensors. These final two programs will be a Pet-O-Meter toy (May 3rd, 4pm) and a Light Switch Plushie (May 18th, 4pm). Attend both and learn how to make a toy that knows when it’s stroked and a toy with a light you can switch on and off. Interested? Email ecalla@lapl.org or call 310-474-1739.

  • May 3— Teen STEAM:  Make a stuffed animal with a petting sensor! Sign up at the info desk. Space is limited to 20 teens/tweens. Ages 8-18 may attend. Teen volunteers needed. 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • May 18— Teen STEAM:  Make a plushie with a light you can turn off and on with a switch!  Sign up at the info desk. Space is limited to 20 teens/tweens. Ages 8-18 may attend. Teen volunteers needed. 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • May 23—Death Cafe: Just some straight talk among participants about a subject not often discussed. 4:00 p.m.

Children’s Programs

Monday, May 8th at 4:00 p.m.Kids Playing Cards returns!  Your kids can learn about playing cards, learn simple games such as Go Fish, Old Maid and other classic card games.  Fun for the whole family!

  • May 3, 17, 31 Story time: Stories, songs, and stretches for the little ones. 11a.m.
  • May 8—Kids Playing Cards—Kids will learn simple card games.  4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • May 11 —Building Bricks Club: Try free hand building with the branch’s collection of Legos! 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • May 20—Chess for Beginners: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome. 11:00a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays  3:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m. & Saturdays 10:00 to 12:00 and  3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.—Reading: Join our STAR volunteers in the kids area to hear some stories!

Looking for the Perfect Gift ?
Buy a Bookplate or Make a Donation in Someone’s Name!

Are you looking for a birthday, bar mitzvah or other gift for someone special? Perhaps you want to honor a special event or birthday, or you just want people to know that you support Westwood Library. If so, a donation of $25 to Friends of Westwood Library will put a BOOKPLATE inside a newly purchased book for the branch. The bookplate can be dedicated in your name, or it can be dedicated “in honor of” or “in memory of” someone special.

Click here and you will be able to purchase a bookplate online. Please make sure to follow the directions for a bookplate donation on the website. If you prefer, you can pick up a bookplate donation envelope at the branch and leave it with the librarians or mail it in later.

If your donation is a gift, a lovely gift card will be sent to your honoree informing them of your generous gift in their name.

June 25, 2016

Concert Series @ Westwood Library, June 26th, 2:30 PM | Free Event

Don’t miss the second concert of the 2016 Season @ Westwood Library, featuring the BRASS PACIFICA QUINTET back by popular demand for a terrific pre-4th of […]
March 28, 2016

Concert Series @ Westwood Library, April 17th, 2:30 PM | Free Event

Join us for the first concert in the 2016 Season of our popular Concert Series @ Westwood Library, featuring musicians Diana Morgan, Stephen Pfeifer and Derek […]
December 12, 2015

Concert Series @ Westwood Library, December 13th, 2:30 PM | Free Event

The Friends of Westwood Library invite you to enjoy the final concert in the 2015 Season of our popular free Concert Series @ Westwood Library, this […]
November 2, 2015

The Bob Baker Marionettes Theater | Saturday, November 7th, 11:00 a.m | Free Event

The Friends of Westwood Library is thrilled to present a free children’s program of the world famous Bob Baker Marionette Theater at the Westwood Branch Public Library on […]
October 12, 2015

Submission: Reading fiction crucial for broadening social awareness

I often wonder how many college students read fiction if not for the purpose of writing a course paper. Many students would claim that the sheer […]
September 3, 2015

To Live and Dine in LA with Friends of Westwood Library

The Friends of Westwood Library have three programs centered around To Live and Dine in LA this week, August 19, 22, and 29 We have 3 […]
June 25, 2015

JUN 29 West Los Angeles Author’s club with Gina Barkhordar Nahai

Last Monday of every month Present By West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and Co-Sponsor by Friends of Westwood Library and Los Angeles Public Library Westwood […]
June 24, 2015

June 28, 2015 Concert

Join us for the second concert of the 2015 Season in our popular Concert Series @ Westwood Library. Get a head start on the 4th of […]
June 5, 2015

Used Book Sale

THIS Saturday 6/8 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Come visit the Westwood Branch this Saturday to choose from an amazing array of previously owned books….fiction, classics, […]
May 8, 2015

10th Anniversary Celebration

May 8, 2015

May 2015 Events

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Concert Series @ Westwood Library