News & Events

FRIENDS OF WESTWOOD LIBRARY
February 2019
POP UP BOOKSALE has been RESCHEDULED
from February 2nd to the 9th because of potential rain. Sorry for the inconvenience, but hope to see you there seeking great bargains on books on the 9th
from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
PRICES SO LOW! Hardcovers are $2, paperbacks are $1, fancy art books start at $4 and go up to $15.

Events for Adults
Adult Reference Librarians Joel Boucher and Chrissy Carr

Popcorn and a Movie returns with Tom Cruise in the latest action packed movie—Mission Impossible: Fallout on Monday, February 4th at 5:00 p.m. PG13 147 minutes.
There is evidence that shows children who read to an animal perform better, often due to the non-judgmental, no pressure situation this presents. We will once again be hosting Pet Partners with their certified therapy dogs Buddy, Jake and Hudson on Thursday, February 7th at 4:00 p.m. Bring your readers early so they get a chance to read to all three!
This year’s NEA Big Read is The Beautiful Things that Fall Apart by Dinaw Mengestu. Copies are still available for free, no strings attached so come in and pick one up at the information desk. We will be discussing this book on Wednesday, February 20th at 6:00 p.m. if you’d like to join us. The book tells the story of a lonely Ethiopian shopkeeper in a D.C. neighborhood undergoing gentrification. The novel poses questions not only about the immigrant experience in America and the fraught nature of attaining the American dream, but also about the complex nature of various displacements—country, love, home, one’s past.
Our next Opera Talk will convene on Thursday, February 21st, at 6:30 p.m., this time presenting Mozart’s The Clemency of Titus. Revenge and romance set Rome on fire! The most powerful civilization in the world falls vulnerable to the machinations of power players seeking glory. Learn all about Mozart’s final masterpiece just before it runs at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Come and enjoy an afternoon of poetry when Joe Praml returns on Saturday, February 23rd, at 2:00-4:00 p.m. to read two great classics: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Coleridge and The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde.
Spoken word is an art form that allows you to listen and still engage with a performer as he sweeps you away. Arnold Weiss has been sharing his interpretations of various Chekhov plays recently but this month he’ll be covering “It Had to Be Murder” by Cornell Woolrich which was the basis of the Alfred Hitchcock/Jimmy Stewart movie thriller Rear Window. You’ll be on the edge of your seat on Thursday, February 28th at 6:30 p.m.
  • February 2—Friends of the Library POP-UP Book Sale: Pick up great bargains while helping your library! 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
  • February 4, 6, 11, 13, 20, 25, 27—English Class (ESL): If English is not your first language,this class is for you! Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:00 & 2:00 p.m.
  • February 4—Popcorn and a Movie: Mission Impossible: Fallout. The IMF team joins forces with the CIA to stop an epic disaster. No unaccompanied minors pls. 147 min PG13 5:00 p.m.
  • February 5—LA County Dept. of Public Social Services Table: DPSS will be here to assist with CalFresh and Medi-Cal applications. 12:30-4:30 p.m.
  • February 7, 14—UCLA Memory Training Class: A tune-up for your brain developed by UCLA. Must attend all 4 sessions. 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • February 8 & 22—Knitting Club: Bring your needles and yarn (and a snack to share). Beginners welcome! 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • February 9—Friends of the Library POP-UP Book Sale: Pick up great bargains while helping your library! 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
  • February 9—Book Club: Join the discussion about this month’s great read Night by Elie Wiesel. 11:00 a.m.
  • February 9—Chess for Beginners: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome. 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • February 11—The Calming Effects of Meditation: Doug Frankel will teach you how to chill. 6:00 p.m.
  • February 12—Poetry Open Mic: Come share your masterpiece! Or just listen and enjoy. Hosted by Wyatt Underwood. 6:00 p.m.
  • February 7, 14—UCLA Memory Training Class: A tune-up for your brain developed by UCLA. Must attend all 4 sessions. 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • February 20—NEA Book Read Discussion The Beautiful Things That Fall Apart by Dinaw Mengestu: Join us and share your thoughts on this free (see a librarian) book about immigration and displacement. 6:00 p.m.
  • February 21—Opera Talk: The Clemency of Titus: Come learn about Mozart’s final masterpiece just before it runs at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. 6:30 p.m.
  • February 23—Mystery Book Club: Join us as we discuss The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. 11:00 a.m.
  • February 23—Poetry Reading: Joe Praml will perform The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and The Ballad of Reading Gaol. 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • February 28—French Conversation: Practice your language skills with other French speakers. This group has no instructor. 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • February 28—Arnold Weiss ‘It Had to Be Murder’: Arnie performs the story that the Hitchcock classic Rear Window is based on 6:30 p.m.

TeenScape
Teen Librarian Elizabeth Calla

  • February 4—Popcorn and a Movie: Mission Impossible: Fallout. The IMF team joins forces with the CIA to stop an epic disaster. No unaccompanied minors pls. 147 min PG13 5:00 p.m.
  •  February 9—Chess for Beginners: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome. 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • February 4—Popcorn and a Movie: Mission Impossible: Fallout. The IMF team joins forces with the CIA to stop an epic disaster. No unaccompanied minors pls. 147 min PG13 5:00 p.m.
  • February 9—Chess for Beginners: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome. 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Children’s Programs

Pet Partners and their certified therapy dogs Buddy, Jake and Hudson will be at the library on Thursday, February 7th at 4:00 p.m. Bring your readers early so they get a chance to read to all three!
Our chess strategist will play all levels of players on Saturday February 9th at 1:00 p.m.
We’ll explore more science concepts with 3-10 year olds with a program on Balls & Ramps at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26th. Kids learn about the properties of spheres vs. non-spheres; the force of gravity; how ramps work; what friction is – and more, all while making super-fun ramps and rollercoasters.
  • February 6, 13, 27—Storytime: Stories, songs, and stretches for the little ones. 10:30 a.m. No Storytime on February 20th
  • February 7—Kids Reading to Dogs! Pet Partner’s three therapy dogs will be here to listen to your children practice their reading. 4:00 p.m.
  • February 9—Chess for Beginners: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome. 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • February 14—Building Bricks Club: Try free hand building with the branch’s collection of Legos!4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • February 26—Science Class: Balls and Ramps?: Kids 3-10 will learn about spheres, ramps, rollercoasters and we’ll sneak in some gravity to boot! 4:00 p.m.
  • STAR READERS: Thursdays 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. ,Wednesdays 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.—Join our STAR Readers in the kids area to hear fun 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.
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