News & Events

will be Saturday, September 22nd in front of the library from 10am to Noon. Our normal CHEAP pricing, $4 for art books, $2 for hardcovers, $1 for paperbacks, dvds and cds.
And don’t forget about Sunday, September 30th, for our Friends of Westwood Library special children’s program featuring the world renowned
Bob Baker Marionette Theater

Events for Adults
Adult Reference Librarians Joel Boucher and Chrissy Carr

Arnold Weiss continues his amazing master class in short stories with an all Chekhov night on September 5th, at 6:30 p.m. Something we all look forward to!
This month’s Opera Talk on Thursday, September 6th, at 6:30 p.m., will delve into Verdi’s Don Carlo, an enthralling tale of morality and mortality. After losing his fiancée to his father, the king of Spain, the broken-hearted Don Carlo turns against the Spanish Inquisition, knowing full well that his fight for liberty might ultimately cost him his life. Learn all about Verdi’s opera just before it runs at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Our computer class for job seekers begins September 10th, and will take place on Mondays at 10:15 a.m.-12:15 a.m., and Fridays at 1:00-3:00 p.m. Students will learn the skills employers are looking for, as they master the Microsoft Office Suite. A minimum ability to keyboard 10 WPM and familiarity with MS Windows is required. Please call 310-474-1739 to register. Bring a laptop if have one.
Chess expert Brian Glover will teaches beginning chess on September 22 from 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. All ages and levels are welcome
We’ll be celebrating Latino Heritage Month and Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday with this multi-Oscar retelling of Romeo and Juliet—Puerto Rican/New York style. Treats will be served! 5:00 p.m. on September 24th.
Stress Relieving Adult Coloring returns on September 26th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy some conversation, a little music and, as always, some yummy treats. A relaxing evening all the way around.
We’ll finish up the month on the 29th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with Gentle Yoga and Expressive Arts. Hatha yoga is a gentle form of yoga ideal for beginners which incorporates simple, stress-relieving movements. Mona Wells is a registered yoga instructor with over 16 years of experience. Mona developed a very unique program that facilitates a journey towards discovery, healing and self-celebration utilizing yoga, expressive movements, drawing, and writing to give voice to our authentic self.
  • September 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, & 26—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 September 3rd) and 1:00 p.m. Wednesdays.
  • September 5—Short Story Master Class: All Chekhov: Arnold Weiss continues telling us wonderful short stories highlighting Anton Chekhov this time. 6:30 p.m.
  • ·September 6—Opera Talk: Don Carlo: Learn all about Verdi’s opera just before it runs at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. 6:30 p.m.
  • September 7 & 28—Knitting Club: Bring your needles and yarn (and a snack to share). Beginners are welcome! 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • September 8—Book Club: Join the discussion about this month’s great read, The President and the Assassin by Scott Miller. 11:00 a.m.
  • September 8—Mindfulness Meditation Performance: Music and spoken word will guide you to an awareness of your higher self. 2:00 p.m.
  • September 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27—MS Office Class for Job Seekers: Learn the computer skills employers are looking for. Mondays 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Thursdays 1:00-3:00 p.m. Register at the Information Desk or by calling (310) 474-1739.
  • September 11 & 20—Computer Comfort: Learn the basics of navigating a laptop computer to surfing the world wide web at 4:00 p.m.
  • September 11—Poetry Open Mic: Come share your masterpiece! Or just listen and enjoy. Hosted by Wyatt Underwood. 6:00 p.m.
  • September 15—Friends of the Library Book Sale: Pick up some bargains while helping out your library. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • September 18—You Are Born Resilient! Joel Drazner leads a provocative discussion on where our emotions actually come from! 6:00 p.m.
  • September 22—Mystery Book Club: Join us as we discuss The Dry by Jane Harper. 11:00 a.m.
  • September 22—Beginning Chess: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome! 12:30a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • September 24—Movie Night: West Side Story: Celebrate Latino Heritage Month and Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday with this multi-Oscar retelling of Romeo and Juliet—Puerto Rican/New York style. Treats will be served! 5:00 p.m.
  • September 26—Stress Relieving Adult Coloring:  Enjoy a relaxing evening of coloring, music and treats with adult coloring. Supplies provided or bring your own. 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • September 27—French Conversation: Practice your language skills with other French speakers. This group has no instructor. 4:00–6:00 p.m.
  • September 28—Citizenship Class: Get help with citizenship issues. 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
  • September 29—Gentle Yoga and Expressive Arts: Experienced yoga instructor will lead a complete program of gentle yoga, drawing, writing and expressive movements to help you give voice to your authentic self. Bring a mat or use a chair. 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Teen Librarian Elizabeth Calla

Teens, please join us as we gear up for our community service project, Tech for Seniors! We’ll be using wish lists to preload Kindles with books, movies and music. Teens will deliver the Kindles to senior centers, demonstrate their use, and make the library more accessible for seniors. We’ll be having weekly meetings on Saturdays, so please join us:
September 1st from 2:00-3:00 p.m.September 8 from 3:00-4:00 p.m.September 15 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.September 22 from 3:30-4:30 p.m., and September 29 from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Children’s Programs

For September, we’ll be returning to all of our favorite programs for children:
Wednesday Baby Story Time at 10:15 p.m. and Toddler Story Time at 11 p.m. will be delivered with new themes, a renewed emphasis on practical tips for encouraging pre-literacy skills at home, ukuleles to play with and banjo sing-along songs!
Chess expert Brian Glover will teaches beginning chess on September 22 from 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. All ages and levels are welcome.
Building Bricks Club: Kids, big and little, are invited to build with the library Lego and Duplo collections.
Plus, a super special event for families: the world famous Bob Baker Marionette Theater will be at the library on Sunday, September 30 at 2:30 p.m. to perform their “Traveling Jamboree”show. Meet the puppeteers at a reception immediately following the show. Free!
Stories with our STAR volunteer readers on Wednesdays from 10:30 p.m.-12:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 p.m.-12 p.m. We hope to have our Thursday reader back soon and will post a sign in the branch when we know the date.
  • Every Wednesday—Story time: Stories, songs, and stretches for 0-18 months 10:15a.m., 18 months –3 years 11:00a.m.
  • September 13—Building Bricks Club: Try free hand building with the branch’s collection of Legos! 4:00-5:00p.m.
  • September 22—Chess for Beginners: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome. 12:30a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • 4:00p.m.
  • September 30—Bob Baker’s Marionette Theater: Traveling Jamboree. Come to this super popular marionette theater at 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 10:30a.m.-12:30p.m., Saturdays 10a.m.- 12p.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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