News & Events

We will be starting our NEW POP UP BOOKSTORE Saturday July 15th from 11:00am to 2:00 pm in front of the library.
Same great prices as our book sale!


Events for Adults
Adult Reference Librarians Joel Boucher and Chrissy Carr

The UCLA Memory Training course was SO popular when we offered it in May that they’ve agreed to do it again beginning July 12th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for 4 weeks.  Sign-ups will NOT be taken before July 5th so stay tuned.  On July 20th at 6:30 p.m. Dr. David Schechter, a family and sports medicine physician associated with Cedars-Sinai Hospital, will be giving an author talk on his book Think Away Your Pain. He will show us how to use the immense power of our thoughts and beliefs to literally change the neural circuitry of our brains.

On Monday, July 24th, at 6:00 p.m., the thespians among us should take advantage of the tips on Overcoming Performance Anxiety. This program is especially for actors and actresses who get butterflies in their stomachs. Joel Drazner will address the psychological causes of stage fright, and help you overcome your fears.

  • July 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 &31—English Class (ESL): If English is not your first language, this class is for you! 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. Mondays (except for July 3rd) and Wednesdays. The 2:00 p.m. class on Wednesdays is an audio visual class.
  • July 11—Poetry Open Mic: Come share your masterpiece! Or just listen and enjoy. Hosted by Wyatt Underwood. 6:00 p.m.
  • July 12, 19, 26 and 8/2: UCLA Memory Training (a tune-up for your brain) returns 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • July 14 & 28—Knitting Club: Bring your needles and yarn (and a snack to share). Beginners welcome! 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • July 15—Beginning Chess: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome! 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • July 15—Mindfulness Meditation Performance: Music and spoken word will guide you to an awareness of your higher self. 2:00 p.m.
  • July 17— Author Talk: to be announced
  • July 18—Be Stress Free: Joel Drazner leads a provocative discussion on where our emotions actually come from! 6:00 p.m.
  • July 20—Author Talk: Dr. David Schechter the author of “Think Away Your Pain” will show us how we can use the immense power of our thoughts and beliefs, literally change the neural circuitry of our brain, and think away our pain.   6:30p.m.
  • July 22—Mystery Book Club: Join us as we discuss The Crossing by Michael Connelly. 11:00 a.m.
  • July 24—Overcoming Performance Anxiety: How actors can conquer stage fright. 6:00 p.m.
  • July 27—French Conversation: Practice your French language skills! For intermediate to advanced students. 4:00–6:00 p.m.
  • July 29—Improve Your Vision: Learn how to improve your eyesight through natural means. 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Teen Librarian Elizabeth Calla

We’re mid-summer already, Westwood teens, so make sure you stop in this July and sign up for summer reading project. If you’ve already signed up, don’t forget to claim your awesome midway prize! Chalkboard jars, tubes of glowing wristbands, gigantic bubble wands and more–choose yours before supplies run out.

Our don’t miss programs this month are the rapidly filling up. In “Networking Your Way to Success”, July 10th at 4:00 p.m., sign up to meet Liz Mohler, our dynamic and popular presenter. She’ll teach you the secret techniques in landing those highly sought after jobs or internships.  On July 18th at 4:00 p.m. we also have a special Teen Council Party with trivia, beach balls and prizes! If you’re a Westwood teen volunteer or interested in becoming one, this meeting is a must-go. Email to reserve your space in our programs:

  • July 10— Networking Your Way to Success: Sign up to learn the secret techniques in landing those highly sought after jobs or internships (for teens and adults) 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • July 18— Teen Council Party: Sign up for Teen Council to attend our party and movie trivia contest with prizes. Get training or learn what it takes to be a volunteer (ages 11-18 only) 4:0 0p.m.-5:00 p.m.


Children’s Programs

The LA Kings mascot Bailey and his Ice Crew will make an appearance at Westwood  Library to read his special book to our kids and sign ‘paw’tographs on July 11th at 4:00 p.m. Our Building Bricks Club meets on July 13th at 4:00 p.m.–come make some great creations with our set of Legos. On July 19th at 4 p.m. Thor and his Reptiles will be back so we can learn about these fascinating creatures and even get some hands on fun! Finally onJuly 31st at 4:00 p.m. we will  all “Build a World”–using cardboard and other elements. Kids will be able to design their own town and decorate it. Remember Summer Reading by Design ends on August 5th.

  • July 11—LA Kings mascot Bailey and crew: will come and read their special book to kids and sign “paw’tographs!”    4:00 p.m.
  • July 12 & 26Story time: Stories, songs, and stretches for the little ones. 11 a.m.
  • July 13—Building Bricks Club: Try free hand building with the branch’s collection of Legos! 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • July 15—Chess for Beginners: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome. 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • July 19—Thor’s Reptile Family: Go on a safari right here in Westwood learning about lots of different reptiles.  Hands on too!  4:00 p.m.
  • July 31—Build a World:  Work with our artist to create a 3-D world or town using cardboard and other elements and then decorate it 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays  3 p.m.-5 pm & Saturdays 10 to 12 and  3 p.m. to 5 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.

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

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

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

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October 12, 2015

Submission: Reading fiction crucial for broadening social awareness

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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

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June 24, 2015

June 28, 2015 Concert

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Used Book Sale

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May 8, 2015

10th Anniversary Celebration

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Concert Series @ Westwood Library