News & Events

Volunteers Needed to Keep Westwood Library Book Sales Running

Friends of Westwood Library Needs Your Help

For years the Friends of Westwood Library have held used-book sales every three months at our Westwood Branch library. These sales are popular community events which raise money to buy additional books for the Branch and to increase the number of programs it offers.

The Friends are seeking volunteers to assist our book sale team. If you are organized, enjoy sorting books, and can supervise and work with others, this is a wonderful opportunity to assist us. The minimum time commitment: one day (Friday or Saturday) four times a year, about four hours each day.

Compensation: hanging out with bibliophiles; seeing joy in the faces of children buying books. For more information, get in touch with Teresa Castelli at

Events for Adults
Adult Reference Librarians Joel Boucher and Chrissy Carr

Don’t miss our last Opera Talk of the season on Wednesday, April 12th, at 6:30 p.m. How far would you go to save the one you love? Puccini explores this question in the intensely dramatic Tosca. Learn all about the opera just before it runs at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

On April 13th the new series “Who Am I? I Am LA!” continues with Dr. Robert Degroot, CalTech’s Earthquake Communication Coordinator. Bob will discuss how he worked his way through science education and made it finally to the USGS Earthquake Center. He’ll also discuss his latest project–the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning Program. 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 20th, at 6:00 p.m., join us when Alzheimer’s of Greater Los Angeles presents Keeping Your Brain Healthy. Learn how to maintain your gray matter and prevent memory loss.

On Saturday, April 22nd, at 2:00 p.m., find out how to plan your estate so that your inheritance instructions will be carried out according to your wishes.

Tuesday, April 25th the Death Cafe returns to Westwood. It’s a time to discuss topics that we don’t normally talk about. This isn’t about grieving support but rather a discussion of things like DNRs & alternatives, plans for yourself and others, what is a good death, how to talk to our loved ones if nobody will discuss it, and so on.

April 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 —English Class (ESL): If English is not your first language, this class is for you! 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

April 3, 10, 24—Acting Class: Alexa Alma covers the fundamentals of acting, plus tips on how to make it in the business. 6:00 p.m.

April 6—Computer Class: Join us in this computer comfort class designed for beginners! 2:30pm

April 8—Book Club: Join the discussion about this month’s great read Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre. 11:00 a.m.

April 11—Poetry Open Mike: Come share your masterpiece! Or just listen and enjoy. Hosted by Wyatt Underwood. 6:00 p.m.

April 12 —Opera Talk: Tosca: Learn all about Puccini’s opera just before it runs at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. 6:30 p.m.

April 13—Who Am I? I am LA! Scientist Robert Degroot: What motivated Dr. Degroot to pursue degrees in science education and ultimately join the USGS ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning Program? 6:30 p.m.

April 15—Beginning Chess: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome. 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

April 17—Author’s Club: Join accomplished author Steven Weiss-Smith as he takes you behind the scenes of ghostwriting.

April 19—Howie Learns America Part Two: Arnold Weiss performs more delightful Marvin Chernoff stories. 6:30 p.m.

April 20—Computer Class: Google Apps! Come and learn the ins and outs of google maps, drive, translate and more 3:00pm

April 20—Keeping Your Brain Healthy: Learn how to prevent Alzheimer’s and memory loss. 6:00 p.m.

April 22—Mystery Book Club: Join us as we discuss The Camel Club by David Baldacci. 11:00 a.m.

April 22—Estate Planning Made Easy: Make sure your inheritance instructions will be carried out according to your wishes. 2:00-4:00 p.m.

April 24—Resume Review Workshop: Adults and teens, register now for resume review and assistance in finding a job or internship. 4:00-6:00p.m.

April 25—Death Café: Just some straight talk among participants about a subject not often discussed. 4:00 p.m.

April 27—French Conversation: Practice your French language skills! For intermediate to advanced students. 4:00–6:00 p.m.

April 28—Knitting Club: Bring your needles and yarn (and a snack to share) and get together with other knitting fans. 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Teen Librarian Elizabeth Calla

Hi Teens! Join us in April for three programs covering art, science, and summer jobs. On April 3rd, learn about Moroccan, Indian and Arabic Henna styles and have Henna art of your choice painted on by Erynne. On April 6th, make a sockbot with a proximity sensor in our teen/tween art and science program. And last but not least, on April 24th, get ready to polish your resume with the help of Liz Mohler, Career Consultant to Palisades Charter High School. Drop off your resume to pre-register for this program, or attend for one-on-one help to make a resume from scratch. All programs begin at 4 p.m. Questions? Email

April 3—Teen/Tween Henna: Learn the history of Henna and choose your own design for Erynne to apply! Ages 8-18. 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

April 6—Make Some Noise: Make your own sockbot with a proximity sensor buzzer. Ages 8-18. 4:00-6:00 p.m.

April 15—Chess for Beginners: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome. 2:00.- 4:00 p.m.

April 24—Resume Review Workshop: Adults and teens, register now for resume review and assistance in finding a job or internship. 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Children’s Programs

April 5, 19—Storytime: Stories, songs, and stretches. Babies and toddlers are welcome! 11:00 a.m.

April 13—Building Bricks Club: Try free hand building or our monthly challenge with the branch’s collection of Legos! 4:00 p.m.

April 15—Chess for Beginners: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome. 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

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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November 2, 2015

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

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May 8, 2015

10th Anniversary Celebration

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Concert Series @ Westwood Library