News & Events

Look for our Big Booksale in October and our next Pop Up in November!
(don’t worry, we will send out an email for both!)

Events for Adults
Adult Reference Librarians Joel Boucher and Chrissy Carr

Here are the adult programming highlights for the month of September:
We’ll have a family program of mug painting on Wednesday, September 6th at 6:00 p.m. The first 20 participants will get a mug, bowl or plate to decorate to their heart’s content with our colorful markers OR they can bring their own item to personalize. Just in time for Grandparents Day!
On Thursday, September 7th author Mandisa Mndela will discuss her book ‘Stand Your Truth’, 6:30 p.m. She will discuss the challenges in today’s parent/child dynamic.
Also on the topic of parent/child dynamic Adult Librarian Chrissy Carr leads a discussion on  what is ‘screen time’ and how can we effectively manage our children’s exposure, on September 21st at 6:30 p.m.
If you want to help the world but don’t know where to start, you can join us on Tuesday, September 26th, at 6:00 p.m. to learn about Transmission Meditation, a unique vehicle for service that stimulates the evolution of humanity. Transmission Meditation, also has a wonderful secondary effect, helping us move forward in our own personal evolution.
Our Opera Talks continue on Thursday, September 28th, at 6:30 p.m. with Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, an early opera by the composer of Carmen. Learn all about Bizet’s “other opera” just before it runs at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
At the end of the month, you can get a Medicare update on Saturday, September 30th, at 2:00 p.m. Raymond Dietz will go over Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D for those over 65 or under 65 and disabled. Learn to navigate the Medicare system and find out about any changes!
  • September 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, & 27—English Class (ESL): If English is not your first language, this class is for you! Mondays 1:00 and 2:00 p.m., as well as Wednesdays at 1:00 ((audio-visual ) and 2 p.m.
  • September 6—Family Mug Painting: Come paint mugs for yourself or Grandparents Day with our colorful markers. 1st 20 get mugs or BYO 6:00 p.m.
  • September 7—Author Talk: Mandisa Mndela: Her book ‘Stand Your Truth’ discusses the challenges in today’s parent/child dynamic 6:00 p.m.
  • September 8 & 22—Knitting Club: Bring your needles and yarn (and a snack to share). Beginners welcome! 2:00-4:00 p.m
  • September 9—Pop Up Book Sale: Get a great deal on pre-loved books covering many genres and topics, while helping your library! 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
  • September 9—Book Club: Join the discussion about this month’s great read, The Round House by Louise Erdrich. 11:00 a.m.
  • September 12—Poetry Open Mic: Come share your masterpiece! Or just listen and enjoy. Hosted by Wyatt Underwood. 6:00 p.m.
  • September 16—Beginning Chess: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome! 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • September 16—Mindfulness Meditation Performance: Music and spoken word will guide you to an awareness of your higher self. 2:00 p.m.
  • September 18—Author’s Club: Austin Dragon—The author of the new cyberpunk detective series Liquid Cool will talk about his creative process. 6:00 p.m.
  • September 19—Be Stress Free: Joel Drazner leads a provocative discussion on where our emotions actually come from! 6:00 p.m.
  • September 21—Screen Time for Kids—What’s Right? What is ‘screen time’ and how do we effectively manage our children’s exposure? 6:00 p.m.
  • September 23—Mystery Book Club: Join us as we discuss Kind of Blue by Miles Corwin. 11:00 a.m.
  • September 26—Transmission Meditation: Learn how to serve humanity while moving forward your personal evolution. 6:00 p.m.
  • September 28—French Conversation: Practice your French language skills! For intermediate to advanced students. 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • September 28—Opera Talk: The Pearl Fishers: Learn all about Bizet’s opera just before it runs at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. 6:30 p.m.
  • September 30—Medicare Update: Raymond Dietz goes over Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D. For those over 65, or under 65 and disabled. 2:00 p.m.

TeenScape
Teen Librarian Elizabeth Calla

This September at Westwood Library, we are celebrating Hispanic Heritage month with our Day of the Dead Art Lab (Make Mini Shrines 9/20at 4 p.m.) We’re also celebrating the freedom to read with our Banned Books Week display program, entitled: Would you go to jail to defend your favorite book? Come to the library from the 25th through the 30th, and write down what you think!
In mid-September, we have some special teen volunteer projects we’re kicking off. Are you interested in getting up to $5,000 to improve your community? Teens ages 11-18, bring your ideas to Westwood Library’s Teen Council on September 12th at 4 p.m. Remember, community improvement projects are great training in leadership and civics, so ask your teachers if you can get extra credit for getting a Community Engagement Grant! If you have questions about any teen programs, please email ecalla@lapl.org.
  • September 12— Teen Council: Learn how you can get a community improvement grant for $5,000, get volunteer assignments for children’s programs, and help us make displays for upcoming library programs. (ages 11-18 only) 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • September 16—Chess for Beginners: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome. 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • September 20—Day of the Dead Art Lab: Make a mini-shrine honoring the departed in Dia de los Muertos style. (Teens and tweens ages 8-18 )4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • September 25-30th—Banned Books Week: Would you go to jail to defend your favorite book? Come write what you think on our Banned Books Display!

Children’s Programs

Here’s what we have planned for the Westwood kids this month:
Our Building Bricks Club will meet on Thursday, September 14 at 4PM. Bring your imagination and let’s build something together with the branch’s LEGO collection!
For all our young strategists we’re happy to once again welcome chess expert Brian Glover who will introduce the classic game on Saturday, September 16 at 11AM
Hooray for science! Discover the basic science of magnetism at our Magnetic Wand Hair Salon (and don’t worry, we won’t touch your hair!) Tuesday, September 26 at 4pm for ages 5-8.
Join us for Baby and Toddler Storytime on Wednesdays September 6, 20 and 27 at 11am. For ages 0-3.
  • September 6—Family Mug Painting: Come paint mugs for yourself or Grandparents Day with our colorful markers. 1st 20 get mugs or BYO 6:00 p.m.
  • September 6, 20, 27—Story time: Stories, songs, and stretches for the little ones. 11:00 a.m. Just a reminder that there is No Story Time on September 13.
  • September 14—Building Bricks Club: Try free hand building with the branch’s collection of Legos! 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • September 16—Chess for Beginners: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome. 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • September 21—Screen Time for Kids—What’s Right? What is ‘screen time’ and how do we effectively manage our children’s exposure? ADULT PROGRAM 6:00 p.m.
  • September 26 —Science! Learn all about magnets at our Magnetic Wand Hair Salon (don’t worry, we won’t touch your hair!) Ages 5-8. 4 p.m..
  • Thursdays 3 p.m. -5 p.m. & Saturdays 10 to 12 and 3 p.m. to 5 p.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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The Bob Baker Marionettes Theater | Saturday, November 7th, 11:00 a.m | Free Event

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10th Anniversary Celebration

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