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FRIENDS OF WESTWOOD LIBRARY
May 2019
If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?
More amazing programming to the Westwood Branch Library!

Events for Adults
Adult Reference Librarians Joel Boucher and Chrissy Carr

Family Origami night on May 6th at 6:30 p.m. will be fun for older kids, teens and adults. Artist and bestselling author Joel Stern will show you how to create playful origami models that flap, collapse and expand, pop up and down, and twist and turn. Come and explore the exciting and magical world of animated origami!
Anime Your Way workshop on Thursday, May 9th at 4 p.m.will feature Carlos Nieto III–a former Simpson’s artist who’s coming to teach you his comprehensive method to draw your own anime characters from scratch—no matter what your level! You’ll gain practical tips and tricks that demystify the drawing process, allowing you to create truly unique characters. Want to turn those doodles into something more meaningful, expand to the next level—then this workshop is for you! Ages 11-19 please.
Popcorn and a Movie for May will be on May 13th at 5:00 p.m. and is the 2019 Best Picture Green Book featuring Viggo Mortenson and Mahershala Ali. Based on the true story of Dr. Donald Shirley, an African American musician who, along with his bodyguard, sets out on a musical tour of the south during the turbulent 1960s. 130 min. PG13
There are several good science programs for the kids this month. The first is Green Girl Saves the World where the kids will, through original songs and play, learn all about recycling and how to make the world and themselves healthier. That’s Tuesday, May 14th at 4:00 p.m. The following Tuesday, May 21st at 4:00 p.m. a group called Blue Submarine will bring their own tidal pool creatures for the kids to learn about and touch.  Sea stars, sharks and octopi are just some of the animals featured.
Saturday May 18th from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., teens can take an SAT practice test. Seating is limited and sign-ups are required. Call the reference desk at (310) 474-1739.
That little orange and blue card is your FREE ticket to online learning, databases, a daily copy of the New York Times, hundreds of magazines, literally thousands of videos, technical training, free entrance to places like the LA Zoo and or Grammy museum (*subject to change) and SO much more. Come find out all that you can take advantage of with your card. 5:00 p.m. on May 22nd.
Our Opera Talk on Thursday, May 23rd, at 6:30 p.m. will cover a favorite of the repertoire, La Traviata (The Fallen Woman) by Giuseppe Verdi. The opera was based on the novel The Lady of the Camellias by Alexandre Dumas, Jr. (son of the Dumas who wrote The Three Musketeers). After opening night was met with jeers, mainly because the audience didn’t like the casting of the singers, Verdi made some revisions, and subsequent productions were great successes. Learn all about La Traviata just before it runs at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Adult:
  • May 1. 6. 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 29 —English Class (ESL): If English is not your first language,this class is for you! Mondays & Wednesdays 1:00 & 2:00 p.m.
  • May 6—Family Origami Night: Create playful origami models that flap, collapse and expand, pop or twist. 6:30 p.m.
  • May 7—LA County Dept. of Public Social Services Table: DPSS can assist you with CalFresh and Medi-Cal applications. 12:30-4:30 p.m.
  • May 10, 24—Knitting Club: Bring your needles and yarn (and a snack to share). Beginners welcome! 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • May 11—Book Club: Join the discussion about this month’s great read Emily Alone by Stewart O’Nan. 11:00 a.m.
  • May 11—Beginning Chess: Brian Glover introduces the great game of strategy. All ages are welcome! 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • May 13—Popcorn & a Movie Green Room: Dr. Shirley, an African American musician and his bodyguard tour the south during the turbulent 60s.130 min. PG-13 5:00 p.m.
  • May 14—Poetry Open Mic: Come share your masterpiece! Or just listen and enjoy. Hosted by Wyatt Underwood. 6:00 p.m.
  • May 18—Mindfulness Meditation Performance: Music and spoken word will guide you to an awareness of your higher self. 3:00 p.m.
  • May 22—Love Your Library Card—Learn What’s Free!: There are SO many things you can access for free with your library card—come find out all the goodies! 5:00-5:30 p.m.
  • May 23—Opera Talk: La Traviata: Learn all about Verdi’s opera just before it runs at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. 6:30 p.m.
  • May 25—Mystery Book Club: Join us as we discuss The Governor’s Wife by Michael Harvey. 11:00 a.m.
  • May 30—French Conversation Group: Come practice your language skills with other French speakers! This group has no instructor. 4:00-6:00 p.m.

TeenScape
Teen Librarian Elizabeth Calla

  • May 9—Anime Your Way Workshop : Former Simpsons artist will teach you how to draw your own anime characters from scratch no matter what your skill level 4:00 p.m. Ages 11+
  •  May 4—Star Wars Day: Come in to color some Star Wars themed pages, make a button and enter a drawing for some goodies.  All day while supplies last.
  • May 11—Beginning Chess: Brian Glover introduces the great game of strategy. All ages are welcome! 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • May 18—SAT Practice Test:  Seating is limited.  Sign-ups required at the reference desk. 10:00am-2:30 p.m.

Children’s Programs

  • May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 —Story Time: Stories, songs, and playtime for babies and toddlers. 10:30 a.m .
  • May 4—Star Wars Day: Come in to color some Star Wars themed pages, make a button and enter a drawing for some goodies.  All day while supplies last.
  • May 9—Anime Your Way Workshop : Former Simpsons artist will teach you how to draw your own anime characters from scratch no matter what your skill level 4:00 p.m. Ages 11+ only please
  • May 11—Beginning Chess: Brian Glover introduces the great game of strategy. All ages are welcome! 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • May 14—Green Girl Saves the World: Learn through original songs and play all about recycling, how to make the world and themselves healthier. 4:00 p.m.
  • May 21—Marine Biology: Blue Submarine brings sea stars, sharks and octopi to teach the kids about reef inhabitants. Touching permitted!  4:00 p.m.
  • May 23 —Building Bricks Club: Try free hand building with the branch’s collection of Lego®s  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!

 

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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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