News & Events

Wow! Do we have an exciting month ahead!
Including a FREE concert THIS SUNDAY featuring 8 (count ’em 8) Brazilian Cellists performing catchy, rhythmic Latin American music!
2:30-4:00 (doors open at 2)
upstairs in the main library
Light refreshments generously provided after the show by Maharaja Cuisine of India



Events for Adults
Adult Reference Librarians Joel Boucher and Chrissy Carr

Join us for a multi-sensory experience on Saturday, February 3rd, at 2 p.m., as Michel Pascal performs a meditation concert. He will sing and present his new book Meditation for Daily Stress.
Monday, February 5th at 5:15 p.m. is our last B&W Classic Movie night.  Come see Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains in the Hitchcock thriller ‘Notorious’.  Popcorn’s on us!
Then on Saturday, February 10th, at 2 p.m., Kim Selbert, Certified Cancer Coach and Educator, will share strategies to heal from cancer as well as ways to optimize health and wellness. An optional writing exercise will be included. This talk is for anyone living with or affected by cancer.
Another relaxing evening of adult coloring is on the horizon the night of Wednesday, February 21st at 6:00 p.m..  Join us for 90 minutes of chit chat and homemade treats as we relax and color.
February draws to a close with Arnold Weiss, a well-known local actor, who’ll be performing a variety of stories from the masters like Poe, Chekhov, Saki and more.  Horror and black comedies will be the order of the day so grab a friend for succor and come out Tuesday, February 7th at 6:30 p.m.
  • Feb 3—Author Talk: Michel Pascal: Mr. Pascal will sing and present his new book Meditation for Daily Stress. 2:00 p.m.
  • Feb 4—Friends Concert: 8 Brazilian Cellists: Join us on Sunday afternoon for some great music. 2:30 p.m.
  • Feb 5, 7, 12, 14, 21, 26, & 28—English Class (ESL): If English is not your first language, this class is for you! 1:00 and 2:00 p.m.
  • Feb 5—B&W Movie Classic Night: Hitchcock classic ‘Notorious’with Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains. Popcorn’s on us! 5:15-7:00 p.m.
  • Feb 9, 23—Knitting Club: Bring your needles and yarn (and a snack to share). Beginners welcome! 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Feb 10—Book Club: Join the discussion about this month’s great read, Portobello by Ruth Rendell. 11:00 a.m.
  • Feb 10—YOU Are Stronger Than Cancer: Kim Selbert will share strategies to heal from cancer. 2:00 p.m.
  • Feb. 12—Persian Poetry Night: Enjoy an evening of Persian poetry with other fans 6:00 p.m.
  • Feb 13—Poetry Open Mic: Come share your masterpiece! Or just listen and enjoy. Hosted by Wyatt Underwood. 6:30 p.m.
  • Feb 17—Beginning Chess: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome! 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Feb 17—Tax Update Workshop: Raymond Dietz will explain the changes in the new Tax Bill. 2:00 p.m.
  • Feb 20—Computer Comfort Class: Get comfortable with computer basics in a class for beginners. 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Feb 20—Vision Board Workshop: Identify limiting beliefs and set achievable goals. Limited to ten participants, please register at the Information Desk or call (310) 474-1739. 6:00 p.m.
  • Feb. 21—Adult coloring is back! We’ll provide colored pencils, markers and lots of pictures to color plus treats to eat. 6:00 p.m.
  • Feb 22—French Conversation: Practice your French language skills with other French speakers. 4:00–6:00 p.m.
  • Feb 24—Mystery Book Club: Join us as we discuss The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen . 11:00 a.m.
  • Feb 24—Vita Tax Preparation: FREE Income Tax Preparation by Volunteers. NO itemized deductions will be done. 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 27—Macabre Short Stories by the Masters: The hilarious meets the macabre in these short stories by Poe and Chekhov, read by local actor Arnold Weiss 6:30 p.m.



Teen Librarian Elizabeth Calla

Teens, did you know February is African American Heritage Month? At Westwood Library, we’ll be making special displays in honor of the mid-nineteenth century struggle for freedom and Frederick Douglass’s 200th birthday. Please join us at Teen Council on February 1st (4 p.m.) if you’d like to help with this heritage month display.
And don’t forget, it’s our third session of Stop Motion Animation (for ages 8-18). The program is full, but if you’re signed up, don’t forget to attend our February 13th session (4-6 p.m.) and make hilarious and awesome videos with our expert teacher, Brandon! Teen volunteers, we need more help here, especially if you have expertise with the Stop Motion Studio App or iPads in general. Double community service hours are granted for program help. Questions? Email
  • Feb 1— Teen Council: Help us make heritage month displays with your fellow teen volunteers! If you are new, receive training to be a library volunteer (ages 11-18) 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Feb 13—STEAM: Stop Motion Animation: Make hilarious and awesome videos with our expert teacher, Brandon! Teen volunteers, we need more help here, especially if you have expertise with the Stop Motion Studio App or iPads in general. (ages 8-18). 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.


Children’s Programs

Saturday, February 3rd at 10:30 a.m. we kickoff the children’s programs for the month with local author Stacey Alysson presenting her book “Parker Pig Goes to Yoga” and giving the kids some yoga lessons of their own!
Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker in the house!  ActionEventsLA, a premier sword fighting troupe that trains some of the best in the business will be here in costume to help our kids brush up on their light saber skills and show off their own abilities.  We know we’re pulling for the Resistance!  The kids won’t want to miss this on Wednesday, February 7th at 4 p.m.
This place has gone to the dogs!  Therapy dogs that is—studies have shown that reading to animals helps improve reading performance so let your kids of all ages read to each of our 3 dogs and their handlers on Wednesday, February 21st at 4 p.m.
  • Feb. 3 Author Talk: Interactive yoga time with Stacey Allyson as she reads her book “Parker Pig Goes to Yoga” 10:30 a.m.
  • Feb 7, 14, 21, 28—Storytime: Stories, songs, and stretches for the little ones. 10:15 a.m. for babies 0-18 months and 11:00 a.m. 18 months-3 years+
  • Feb. 7 Star Wars Light Saber Training: Darth and Luke will teach your kids proper light saber techniques for when the Resistance comes calling! 4:00 p.m.
  • Feb 8 —Building Bricks Club: Try free hand building with the branch’s collection of Legos! 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Feb 17—Chess for Beginners: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome. 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Feb. 21—Reading to Dogs: Pet Partners brings 3 pooches for the kids to practice their reading skills on, or belly rubs and treat dispensing if they prefer. 4:00 p.m.
  • Wed., 11:30-1:30, Thurs. 3pm -5pm & Sat. 10 -12pm and 3-5pm—Reading: Join our STAR volunteers in the kids area to hear some stories!

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