News & Events

Events for Adults
Adult Reference Librarians Joel Boucher and Chrissy Carr

Find out how to make the internet work for you at Social Media Marketing for Beginners on Saturday, April 21st, at 2:00-4:00 p.m. Learn the basic building blocks, execution strategies, and analysis methods in modern social media. The instructor Amanda Hoskinson is a full-time social media marketer currently working on prime time shows at a major television network. Amanda also runs a digital marketing agency.
Join us on Thursday, April 26th, at 6:00 p.m., for A Glimpse into the Persian Mind, as Isaac Yomtovian presents his book My Iran: Memories, Mysteries & Myths. The author will share stories of his childhood in Iran, interlaced with history and cultural insights.
Our patron Kyle Ray returns this month to talk about Financial Advisor Transparency.  How is your financial advisor compensated?  It’s important to know and it can affect the decisions they make.  Learn how to find out.  April 17th at 6:30 p.m.
This year the NEA Big Read book is Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine. Adult librarian Chrissy Carr will lead a discussion of this important work on April 19th at 6:30p.m.  Please register at the information desk to participate in the discussion and get a free copy of the book–yours to keep.
Retired college history professor Irving Ostrow returns to explain why the impeachment process was written into the Constitution on April 24th at 6:30p.m.
3D Printing has come to the library!  Come learn the basics of 3D printing on April 24th in this hands on 2-part course.  2nd part is May 9th.  Both at 6:30p.m.
  • April 4, 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 p.m., Wednesdays 1:00 p.m.
  • April 2—Meditation: An Antidote to Stress: Doug Frankel will show you a simple technique to achieve health, serenity, and joy. 6:00 p.m.
  • April 4—Short Story Master Class: Arnie Weiss will present and dissect 6 short stories by some of the greats. 6:30 p.m.
  • April 9—Italian for Beginners: Learn to speak Italian! This class meets once a month. 4:00 p.m.
  • April 10—Poetry Open Mic: Come share your masterpiece! Or just listen and enjoy. Hosted by Wyatt Underwood. 6:00 p.m.
  • April 13 & 27—Knitting Club: Bring your needles and yarn (and a snack to share). Beginners welcome! 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • April 14—Book Club: Join the discussion about this month’s great read Jayne Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. 11:00 a.m.
  • April 16—Computer Comfort: Learn to surf the web at 4:00 p.m.
  • April 17—Financial Advisor Transparency: How your financial advisor is compensated and why you should care! 6:30 p.m.
  • April 19—NEA Big Read Booktalk: Adult librarian Chrissy Carr will lead a discussion of Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine at 6:30 p.m.
  • April 21—Beginning Chess: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome! 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • April 21—Social Media Marketing for Beginners: Come and learn the basic building blocks, strategies, and methods. 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • April 24—Government 101: Presidential Impeachment: Retired college history professor Irving Ostrow returns to explain why the impeachment process was written into the Constitution. 6:30 p.m.
  • April 25—3D Printing Primer: Come learn the basics of 3D printing in this hands-on 2-part course. 2nd part is 5/9. Both at 6:30 p.m.
  • April 26—French Conversation Class: Practice your language skills with other French speakers. There is no instructor. 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • April 26—Author Talk: My Iran: Isaac Yomtovian will share his memoir of living in Iran. 6:00 p.m.
  • April 28—Mystery Book Club: Join us as we discuss Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty. 11:00 a.m.
  • April 30—Computer Comfort: Learn how to create your first email account at 4:00 p.m.


Teen Librarian Elizabeth Calla

April at Westwood Library offers a lot of programs for Westwood teens! Three test prep options and Mother’s Day Flower gift making–take your pick, academics or fun with arts and crafts.
If it’s SAT practice you need to sign up to join us for one or all of our SAT prep sessions: pril 7th (Review) , April 14th (Practice Test), April 28th (Review).
If you’re done with the SAT or not at that age yet, no problem. Join us for making cool Mother’s Day gifts at our L.E.D Flowers program on April 17th. Your mom will be amazed at the paper flower that lights up for her. This is for ages 8-18; only 15 spaces available for reservation.
Do you have questions or want to sign up for a program? Email or call 310-474-1739.
  • April 14—SAT Practice Test: Teens, bring your #2 pencils and calculators to this Princeton Review SAT practice. Get scored by the professionals before you take the real thing. Sign up required.  12:30-5:00 p.m.
  • April 17—L.E.D Flowers: Make a book-page flower with a glowing inner LED light. Give it as a Mother’s Day gift or keep it as gift for yourself! 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • April 21—Beginning Chess: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome! 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • April 28—SAT Review: Review your results and strategize on how to up your SAT score. Sign up required.  1:00-2:30 p.m.

Children’s Programs

Our Children’s Librarian will continue her very popular Wednesday morning baby and toddler’s story time at 10:15 and 11:00 a.m. Don’t miss the 4/4 session. We have arranged a special surprise music program for you.
  • April 4, 11, 18, 25—Storytime: Stories, songs, and stretches for the little ones. 10:15 a.m. for babies 0-18 months or 11:00 a.m. 18 months-3 years+
  • April 12 —Building Bricks Club: Try free hand building with the branch’s collection of Legos! 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • April 23—Come color Earth Day pictures in the kids area all day!
  • Thursdays 3pm -5pm & Saturdays 10 to 12 —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.

June 25, 2016

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

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Concert Series @ Westwood Library, April 17th, 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

The Friends of Westwood Library is thrilled to present a free children’s program of the world famous Bob Baker Marionette Theater at the Westwood Branch Public Library on […]
October 12, 2015

Submission: Reading fiction crucial for broadening social awareness

I often wonder how many college students read fiction if not for the purpose of writing a course paper. Many students would claim that the sheer […]
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

Last Monday of every month Present By West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and Co-Sponsor by Friends of Westwood Library and Los Angeles Public Library Westwood […]
June 24, 2015

June 28, 2015 Concert

Join us for the second concert of the 2015 Season in our popular Concert Series @ Westwood Library. Get a head start on the 4th of […]
June 5, 2015

Used Book Sale

THIS Saturday 6/8 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Come visit the Westwood Branch this Saturday to choose from an amazing array of previously owned books….fiction, classics, […]
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10th Anniversary Celebration

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