News & Events

November 2018
We know you have missed our BIG book sales and we are happy to celebrate the end of the year with a great one!
Saturday, December 1st
CHEAP pricing, $4 for art books, $2 for hardcovers, $1 for paperbacks, dvds and cds. These make great gifts and even better additions to your own home collections.
10:30 to 3:30 in front of the library. You can’t miss it. Seriously, you can’t.

Events for Adults
Adult Reference Librarians Joel Boucher and Chrissy Carr

On Monday, November 5th, at 6:00 p.m., photographer Will Furman will present his book Bodie: Good Times and Bad. Mr. Furman will cover the fascinating history of Bodie, CA and describe his unique FotoReflections photography technique, in which images are superimposed on each other in striking ways. What looks like a fancy camera trick is really done with reflections on glass.
Confused about Medicare? Want to know the latest changes in the law? On Tuesday, November 6th, at 12:30 p.m., our local Medicare expert Samuel Schwartz will get you the answers you need to make an educated decision. Bring any and all questions!
On November 7th we know you’ll enjoy a unique evening of pop tunes and the wizardry of magic together for Cabaret and Magic Night! 6:30 p.m.
Come get the story behind the opera on Thursday, November 8th, at 6:30 p.m., when Richard Hutman presents his talk on Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. The enchanting fairy tale opera will soon run at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Don’t miss our favorite Arnold Weiss on November 15th at 6:30 p.m. when he performs Chekhov’s short story “Lady With the Dog”.
To finish off the month be sure to join us for the Mars InSight Mission Landing we’ll be broadcasting live! The InSight Mission is a robotic lander designed to measure the interior of the red planet, specifically its seismic activity. It launched in May and we’ll be watching it land on Monday, November 26th between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
  • November 1, 5, 8, 15, 19, 29—Excel for Job Seekers: Learn to use Excel so you can add that skill to your resume.  Mondays 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Thursdays 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • November 16—Knitting Club: Bring your needles and yarn (and a snack to share). Beginners welcome! 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • November 5, 7, 19, 21, 26, 28–English Class (ESL): If English is not your first language,this class is for you! Mondays at 1:00 and 2:00 p.m., Wednesdays @ 1:00 p.m.
  • November 5—Author Talk: Will Furman: Mr. Furman will present his book Bodie: Good Times and Bad and describe his FotoReflections technique. 6:00 p.m.
  • November 6—Medicare 101: Samuel Schwartz will answer your Medicare questions. 12:30 p.m.
  • November 6—The Auschwitz Volunteer: Watch a work-in-progress rehearsal for “The Auschwitz Volunteer: Captain Pilecki,” premiering on Broadway 11/11/18 at the United Solo Theatre Festival.2:30–5:30 p.m.
  • November 6—You Are Born Resilient! Joel Drazner leads a provocative discussion on where our emotions actually come from! 6:00 p.m.
  • November 7—Cabaret Singing and Magic!: You’ll enjoy this unique evening of pop tunes and the wizardry of magic together. 6:30 p.m.
  • November 8—Opera Talk: Hansel and GretelLearn all about this enchanting opera just before it runs at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. 6:30 p.m.
  • November 10—Book Club: Join the discussion about this month’s choice, The Reader by Bernhard Schlink. 11:00 a.m.
  • November 13—Poetry Open Mic: Come share your masterpiece! Or just listen and enjoy. Hosted by Wyatt Underwood. 6:00 p.m.
  • November 15—Arnold Weiss—Chekhov’s ‘Lady with a Dog’: Chekhov’s classic short story performed as only Arnie can. 6:30 p.m.
  • November 17—Beginning Chess: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome! 11:00 am-1:00 p.m.
  • November 17—Mindfulness Meditation Performance: Music and spoken word will guide you to an awareness of your higher self. 2:00 p.m.
  • November 24—Mystery Book Club: Join us as we discuss A Burial at Sea by Charles Finch. 11:00 a.m.
  • November 26—Mars Landing Live Viewing: Come watch the Insight Mission land on Mars LIVE! 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ALL AGES!
  • November 29—French Conversation Class: Practice your French language skills! For intermediate to advanced students. 4:00–6:00 p.m.


Teen Librarian Elizabeth Calla

Teens, please join us as we gear up for our community service project, Tech for Seniors! Teens will deliver the Kindles to senior centers and demonstrate their use, helping make the library more accessible for seniors. We’ll be having weekly meetings on Saturdays, so please join us on: November 3rd 2:00-3:00 pm, November 10th 1:00-2:00 p.m, and November 24th 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • November 3, 10, 24 — Tech for Seniors: Teens partner with the library to create projects that will enhance our Westwood community.
  • November 26—Mars Landing Live Viewing: Come watch the Insight Mission land on Mars LIVE! 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ALL AGES!

Children’s Programs

  • November 8 —Building Bricks Club: Try free hand building with the branch’s collection of Legos!4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • November 17—Chess for Beginners: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages. 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • November 26—Mars Landing Live Viewing: Come watch the Insight Mission land on Mars LIVE! 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ALL AGES!
  • Thursdays 3 p.m. to 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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