News & Events

Once again we have TWO big events this weekend: Booksale and Free Concert!

March 4th (Saturday) from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, join us for our first book sale of 2017!

A great selection of preloved books at amazing, can’t be beat prices! All proceeds go to making your branch library the awesome place that it is!

Sunday, March 5th, join us for our first FREE concert of the year at 2:30 pm with the Fiato String Quartet playing selections from Ludwig von Beethoven and Adam Schoenberg

Refreshments generously provided by SWEETFIN POKÉ and DIDDY RIESE

Parking is free as always, even on a Sunday, and doors open at 2 p.m.

Events for Adults
Adult Reference Librarians Joel Boucher and Chrissy Carr

Last month we kicked off a successful new program “Who Am I? I Am LA!” that highlights the breadth and diversity of jobs here in Los Angeles and the people who do them. On Thursday March 2nd at 6:30 p.m., we will hear from Dr. Roy Meals, a hand surgeon affiliated with UCLA hospitals. Dr. Meals will tell us why he pursued medicine, what it’s like to perform surgeries as well as how he got into teaching at UCLA.

Thursday March 2nd from 3:00-4:30 p.m., an intriguing troupe of performers will entertain us about a very serious subject–How to Avoid Senior Scams. All the performers are between the ages of 65 and 98 and some have walked in those shoes and want to help others avoid it. An important topic for everyone!

The Opera Talk this month will explore Jacques Offenbach’s masterpiece The Tales of Hoffmann on Wednesday, March 8th, at 6:30 p.m. This opera was the composer’s final work, as he died a few months before its premiere in 1881. Join us for this fascinating presentation on the Tales of Hoffman, just before it runs at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Then onWednesday, March 15th, at 6:30 p.m., come enjoy some delightful, semi-autobiographical tales of a young Jewish boy growing up in New York in the mid-20th century. Talented Arnold Weiss will perform Howie Learns America: The Howie Monologues, written by Marvin Chernoff.

Made in LA is a library-wide program. Entertainer, writer and comedian Beth Lapides hosts comedy writers from shows like Seinfeld, Will & Grace, The Office, Sex and the City, Modern Family, etc. The writers will read stories from their own lives with Q&A afterwards. Should prove to be a very funny evening! Thursday March 23 at 6:30 p.m.

For our second “Who Am I? I Am LA!” program we are hosting Ray McNamara on March 29 at 6:00 PM. Ray is a professional musician/drummer who has an MFA, and has extensive film and television credits and has performed for the LA Philharmonic under the baton of Dudamel. Ray will tell us about how he began his career, why he likes to teach and the skinny on playing for Dudamel! Join us for this fun new series.

March 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22 & 29—English Class (ESL): If English is not your first language, this class is for you! 1:00 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and on Wednesdays there is an audio visual class at 2:00 p.m. as well.

March 2—Stop Senior Scams: A theater program to inform older adults and community about senior fraud and discusses prevention through an often humorous educational program. 3:00-4:30 p.m.

March 2—Who am I? I am LA!: Roy Meals: Come hear Dr. Roy Meals tell us how he became an orthopedic surgeon. 6:30 p.m.

March 4—Friends of the Library Book Sale: Pick up some great bargains while helping out your library! 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

March 5—Concert Series: Fiato String Quartet will present an eclectic and enticing program. 2:30 p.m.

March 6, 13, 20—Acting Class: Alexa Alma covers the fundamentals of acting, plus tips on how to make it in the business. 6:00 p.m.

March 7—Improve Your Vision: Learn how to improve your eyesight through natural means. 6:00 p.m.

March 8—Opera Talk: The Tales of Hoffman: Find out all about Offenbach’s opera just before it runs at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. 6:30 p.m.

March 9—Meditation: Treat yourself to some special time to nourish your body, mind, and spirit. 6:00 p.m.

March 11—Book Club: Join the discussion about this month’s great read, Daisy Miller by Henry James. 11:00 a.m.

March 14—Poetry Open Mic: Come share your masterpiece! Or just listen and enjoy. Hosted by Wyatt Underwood. 6:00 p.m.

March 15—Howie Learns America: Stories by Marvin Chernoff: Enjoy delightful, semi-autobiographical tales of a young Jewish boy growing up in New York in the mid-20th century, performed by Arnold Weiss. 6:30 p.m.

March 16—Computer Comfort Class: Get comfortable with computer basics in a class for beginners. 3:00-4:00 p.m.

March 17, 31—Knitting Club: Bring your needles and yarn (and a snack to share) and get together with other knitters. Beginners welcome! 1:00-3:00 p.m.

March 18—Chess for Beginners: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome. 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

March 18—Mindfulness Meditation: Music and spoken word will guide you to an awareness of your higher self. 2:00 p.m.

March 21—Be Stress Free: Joel Drazner leads a provocative discussion on where our emotions and feelings actually come from! 6:00 p.m.

March 23—Computer Class Email: A refresher course on how to use email effectively. 3:00-4:00 p.m.

March 23—Made in LA: Beth Lapides will host TV writers from comedy shows to read some of their material. Promises to be a fun evening. 6:30 p.m.

March 25—Mystery Book Club: Join us as we discuss The Dinosaur Feather by S.J. Gazan. 11:00 a.m.

March 25—Opera and Musical Theater Concert: Jennifer Ann Seidman, Soprano, and Andy S. Watson, Baritone, will perform songs from some of your favorite operas and Broadway shows. 2:00 p.m.

March 28—Death Café: Just some straight talk among participants about a subject not often discussed. 4:00 p.m.

March 29—Who am I? I am LA! Roy McNamara: A professional musician/drummer with extensive film and television credits and who performed for the L.A. Philharmonic under the baton of Dudamel will tell us about how he began his career, why he likes to teach as well as the lowdown on working for Dudamel. 6:30 p.m.

March 30—French Conversation: Practice your French language skills! For intermediate to advanced students. 4:00–6:00 p.m.

March 30—Paying Student Loans: Student loans can put a heavy burden on monthly finances. Come hear about the many options available to help. 6:30 p.m.

TeenScape
Teen Librarian Elizabeth Calla

Teens, join us this March at Westwood Library for Shakespeare, art and science! As part of the Bard Goes West, on March 29th teens and tweens can make leaf crowns and masks in the Shakespearean dramatic style. On March 1st, we welcome LA Makerspace for Switch It On!, a program that shows teens and tweens how to make an electronic switch. And teen volunteers, make sure you attend teen council on March 14th for crafty glass magnets and leadership discussion. All programs begin at 4 p.m. Questions? Email ecalla@lapl.org or call 310-474-1739.

March 1— Teen STEAM: Make your own electronic switch! Sign up at the info desk. Space is limited to 20 teens/tweens. 4:00-6:00 p.m

March 14—Teen Council: Make cool personalized glass magnets, leadership discussion & music ordering. 4:00 p.m.

March 28—Death Cafe: Just some straight talk among participants about a subject not often discussed. 4:00 p.m.

March 29—Teen Shakespeare: Join us for our March Art Lab: Shakespeare in a box! We have a craft box full of materials to make crowns and masks fit for a Shakespeare play. 4:00 p.m.

March 30—Paying Student Loans: Student loans can put a heavy burden on monthly finances. Come hear about the many options available to help. 6:30 p.m.

Children’s Programs
Children’s Librarian Laura Barnes

We celebrate the spring and the Persian New Year “NowRuz” which literally translates to “ A New Day” on Saturday March 11, at 2:30 p.m. Come learn about this 3000 year old tradition of Persian people. We’ll set up “Haft Seen” the seven symbolic items of Nowruz tabletop, we’ll have crafts for Kids, traditional music, dance, and lot more. Join us and expect to have a fun filled family event.

We will continue our story time every other Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. Children can share the joy of reading with our STAR Volunteers who will read to them or listen to them, when they read their favorite books. STAR Volunteers are here on Tuesdays 1-3 p.m., Thursdays 3-5 p.m., and Saturdays 3-5 p.m.

March 8, 22 —Story time: Stories, songs, and stretches. 11AM

March 9 —Building Bricks Club: Try free hand building with the branch’s collection of Legos! 4:00-5:00 p.m.

March 11—NowRuz the Celebration of Persian New Year: arts and crafts, Story time, Nowruz treats, Haji Firuz (man dressed in traditional red costume playing tambourine) and Haft Seen (traditional Nowruz tabletop arrangement of 7 symbolic items.) 2:30-4:00 p.m.

March 18—Chess for Beginners: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome. 11:00a.m.-1:00 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.

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