News & Events

JULY 2018

Events for Adults
Adult Reference Librarians Joel Boucher and Chrissy Carr

Our inveterate storyteller Arnold Weiss is back with more short stories with a theme of Youth or “the child is father to the man”.  Selections from Chekhov, Hemingway, Shirley Jackson and more!  Wednesday, July 11th at 6:30 p.m.
Gardening questions?  Venice based master gardener Emi Carvell always commands a great crowd here at Westwood and this time she’ll talk about vegetable gardening in a Mediterranean climate.  There’ll be lots to learn on Saturday, July 14th from 1:00-3:00 p.m., whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned veteran.
The summer reading theme is:  “Reading Takes You Everywhere” and we think you should learn as much about our National Parks as you can!   Emmy Lam will be here to discuss the NPS system and highlight 3 of her favorites: Yellowstone, Hawai’i volcanoes and, in our own backyard, Death Valley.  Come hear and see all about them on Wednesday, July 18th at 6:30 p.m.
Don’t miss our Author Talk on Monday, July 23rd, at 6:00 p.m., when Kathryn Sermak will present her book Miss D & Me: Life with the Invincible Bette Davis. Ms. Sermak was the personal assistant of the famous actress for the final ten years of her life. Come get the inside story! The talk will include Bette Davis film clips and a Q&A.
We’ll end the month on Monday, July 30th at 5:15 p.m. with the 2018 version of the movie ‘Tomb Raider’ with Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer who stops at nothing to try to locate dear old Dad.  Popcorn and a movie!
  • July 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, & 30—English Class (ESL): If English is not your first language,this class is for you! Mondays 1:00 & 2:00 pm, Wednesdays 1:00 pm
  • July 6, 9, & 13—Beginner’s Computer Class in Persian: This class is full. 10:15 am-12:15 pm
  • July 5—Creative Writing Workshop: Join us as we discuss The Murder of the Century by Paul Collins. 1:30-3:30 pm
  • July 10—Poetry Open Mic: Come share your masterpiece! Or just listen and enjoy. Hosted by Wyatt Underwood. 6:00 pm
  • July 11—Story Story Master Class: Arnold Weiss returns with stories of Youth or “the child is father to the man”.  Selections from Chekhov, Hemingway, Shirley Jackson and more! 6:30 pm
  • July 13 & 27—Knitting Club: Bring your supplies and a snack to share and get together with other knitters. 2:00-4:00 pm
  • July 14—Book Club: Join us as we discuss The Murder of the Century by Paul Collins. 11:00 AM
  • July 14—Mediterranean Vegetable Gardening: Hands-on class by master gardener Emi Carvell who will show us how to be a successful veggie farmer. 1:00 pm
  • July 17—You Are Born Resilient! Joel Drazner shows you how to free your mind of stress. 6:00 pm
  • July 18—Learn About National Parks: World traveler Emmy Lam will share stories of the National Park Service and highlight Yellowstone, Death Valley and Hawai’i volcanoes. 6:30 pm
  • July 21—Mindfulness Meditation Performance: Music and spoken word will guide you to an awareness of your higher self. 2:00 pm
  • July 23—Author Talk: Kathryn Sermak: Ms. Sermak will present her memoir Miss D & Me: Life with the Invincible Bette Davis. 6:00 pm
  • July 26—French Conversation: Practice you language skills with other French speakers. This group has no instructor. 4:00-6:00 pm
  • July 28—Mystery Book Club: Join us as we discuss Shanghai Redemption by Qiu Xiaolong. 11:00 am
  • July 28—Beginning Chess: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome. 1:00-3:00 pm
  • July 30—Popcorn and a Movie: We’re showing the 2018 version of ’Tomb Raider’ with Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft. (2 hrs) 5:15 pm

Teen Librarian Elizabeth Calla

Teens and tweens, join us at Westwood Library this July for two awesome performers, Magic Wayne and Marta from Party Faces! On July 10th at 4 p.m., Magic Wayne will perform amazing feats of magic, then at the end of the program, show the audience how to perform the tricks themselves! If you want to hear the secrets of magic revealed, don’t miss Magic Wayne. The on July 16th at 4pm, the talented Marta from from Party Faces will create temporary airbrush tattoos for teens and tweens. Just choose a design and Marta will transform you! Questions about these events? Call (310) 474-1739 or email
  • July 10—Magic Show: Magic Wayne will perform amazing magic feats then show you how to actually perform the tricks too! 4:00 pm
  • July 16—Airbrush Tattoos: Choose a design and our expert from Party Faces will transform you with these temporary tattoos!! Ages 11-18 only. 4:00 pm
  • July 28—Beginning Chess: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome. 1:00-3:00 pm

Children’s Programs

Our Summer Reading Program Reading Takes you Everwhere continues this month:
Ages 5 and up are invited to travel to Russia with the story “The Real Elephant” by artist and storyteller Yulya Dukhonvy and her microscope toy theater on July 12 at 6:30 p.m.
All ages can travel to Africa with African Drummer Marcus Miller. We’ll have plenty of drums for everyone to play in our drum circle on July 19 at 6:30 p.m.
 Ages 7 and up can travel to Asia where the codex style book was invented. Book Arts LA bookmaker Marcia Moore will teach the class on July 26 at 6:30 p.m.
In addition to Reading Takes you Everwhere, all ages and levels are invited to join chess expert Brian Glover on July 28 from 1-3 p.m.
As always, we’ll have Baby storytime at 10:15 a.m. and Toddler storytime at 11:00 a.m. every Wednesday. Please note, there will be no storytimes in August.
Everyone is invited to read with our STAR volunteer readers on Wednesdays July 11, 18, 25 from 10:30-12:30, Thursdays July 19 & 26 from 3-5 p.m. and all Saturdays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
· July 11, 18, 25—Storytime: Stories, songs, and stretches. Babies 10:15 am, Toddlers 11:00 am
· July 12— “The Real Elephant” story from Russia: Artist and Storyteller Yulya Dukhonvny brings her microscope toy theater. For ages 5 and up. 6:30 pm.
· July 19—African Druming: join an African Drums circle with musician Marcus Miller. Plenty of drums for everyone to play. All ages. 6:30 pm
· July 26—Bookmaking: Book Arts LA bookmaker Marcia Moore will teaches how to make our own books. Ages 7 and up. 6:30 pm.
· July 28—Beginning Chess: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome. 1:00-3:00 pm
· Read with a STAR volunteer: Wednesdays July 11, 18, 25 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Thursdays July 19 & 26 3-5PM, Saturdays 10 am-12 pm.

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