News & Events

April 2019
Hey! It’s time for another fabulous
Saturday April 6
10am to Noon
in front of the library
A dozen FULLY LOADED and curated carts chock full of books for sale at our regularly cheap cheap prices
$1 paperbacks
$2 hardcovers
$4 and up fabulous art books
Don’t miss it!

Events for Adults
Adult Reference Librarians Joel Boucher and Chrissy Carr

Popcorn and A Movie returns with the recent Oscar winning “A Star Is Born” Monday, April 8th at 5:00 p.m. Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, popcorn and treats! This movie is rated R, 136 minutes long. No minors allowed.
Arnold Weiss is back with another suspenseful spoken word performance on Wednesday, April 10th at 6:30 p.m. “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell was the basis for the movie of the same name as well as episodes of Criminal Minds, Law & Order and Supernatural.
You won’t want to miss Hugo Nogueira’s solo guitar concert on Saturday, April 13th, at 3:00 p.m. Hugo will perform music by South American composers such as Antonio Lauro and Heitor Villa-Lobos, and also talk about characteristics of the music. Join us for this imaginary journey to the remote areas of South America!
Happy Birthday to Shakespeare in April! To celebrate, we’re bringing in one of our favorite historians, Richard Foss, to discuss “The Elizabethan Mind: What Shakepeare Audiences Knew”. If you want to better understand his characters this is the lecture for you! April 17th at 6:30 p.m.
Our Opera Talk on Thursday, April 18th, at 6:30 p.m. will delve into the zarzuela El Gato Montes: The Wild Cat by Manuel Penella. A zarzuela is a Spanish lyric-dramatic genre that alternates between spoken and sung scenes, the latter incorporating operatic and popular songs, as well as dance. In Penella’s masterpiece, a beautiful woman stirs a fatal rivalry between a renowned bullfighter and a bandit on the run. (That sounds like the story from Carmen!) Learn all about El Gato Montes just before it runs at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Join us for an Author Talk on Saturday, April 20th, at 2:00 p.m., featuring a new book by the half-French, half-Iranian reporter for Le Figaro, Delphine Minoui. Originally published in France and due to be released in English in the US this April, I’m Writing You from Tehran is a hybrid memoir/political and social study of post-revolutionary Iran. The author spent many years living in Tehran as a reporter. She’s married to the Middle East correspondent Borzou Daragahi (Financial Times, The Independent, LA Times bureau chief).
LA Made is a special set of programs brought to you by the Library Foundation. We are thrilled to have the Columbia Memorial Space Center coming to present “Pieces from the Space Age” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. They will bring some actual artifacts and give a talk on the history of it all. Wednesday, April 24th at 6:30 p.m. All ages invited to see things that actually went into space!
We will have another Author Talk on Saturday, April 27th, at 2:00 p.m., when Jason Primrose will discuss his debut science fiction novel Zosma, the first in a series called The Lost Children of Andromeda. The apocalyptic tale explores the themes of reality vs. perception, human extinction, climate change, diversity, and resilience.
  • April 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, & 29—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 1—Transform Your Life Through Meditation: Doug Frankel will help you open a new and exciting world. 6:00 p.m.
  • April 2—LA County Dept. of Public Social Services Table: DPSS can assist you with CalFresh and Medi-Cal applications. 12:30-4:30 p.m.
  • April 6—Friends of the Library POP-UP Book Sale: Pick up great bargains while helping your library! 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • April 8—Popcorn and a Movie A Star Is Born: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gage shine in this Oscar winning remake. 141 min. R 5:00 p.m. No minors admitted.
  • April 9—Poetry Open Mic: Come share your masterpiece! Or just listen and enjoy. Hosted by Wyatt Underwood. 6:00 p.m.
  • April 10—Arnold Weiss “The Most Dangerous Game”: This suspense short story by Richard Connell will be performed by Mr. Weiss. 6:30 p.m.
  • April 12, 26—Knitting Club: Bring your needles and yarn (and a snack to share). Beginners welcome! 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • April 13—Book Club: Join the discussion about this month’s great read A Room with a View by E.M. Forster. 11:00 a.m.
  • April 13—Guitarist Hugo Nogueira: Come enjoy this concert of solo guitar music by South American composers. 3:00 p.m.
  • April 16—You Are Born Resilient! Joel Drazner leads a provocative discussion on where our emotions actually come from! 6:00 p.m.
  • April 17—The Elizabethan Mind with Richard Foss: If you want to better understand Shakespeare’s characters this is the lecture for you, from our favorite historian. 6:30 p.m.
  • April 18—Opera Talk: El Gato Montes (The Wild Cat) Learn all about the zarzuela just before it runs at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. 6:30 p.m.
  • April 20—Beginning Chess: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages are welcome! 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • April 20—Author Talk: Delphine Minoui: The Figaro journalist will discuss her memoir I’m Writing You from Tehran. 2:00 p.m.
  • April 24—LA Made: Pieces from the Space Age: For the 50th anniversary celebration of the Apollo 11 space mission come and see actual Apollo artifacts and learn their history. 6:30 p.m.
  • April 25—French Conversation: Come improve your language skills with other French speakers! This group has no instructor. 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • April 27—Mystery Book Club: Join us as we discuss The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware. 11:00 a.m.
  • April 27—Author Talk: Jason Primrose: Mr. Primrose will introduce his debut science fiction novel Zosma. 2:00 p.m.

Teen Librarian Elizabeth Calla

  • April 15—Popcorn and a Movie Spring Break! Ralph Breaks the Internet: Ralph and Vanellope discover a wi-fi router in their arcade 111 min. PG 3:00 p.m.
  • April 24—LA Made: Pieces from the Space Age: For the 50th anniversary celebration of the Apollo 11 space mission come and see actual Apollo artifacts and learn their history. 6:30 p.m.
  • April 30—Mother’s Day Flowers: Make a lovey paper flower bouquet for your mom! Space is limited, please sign up at the Reference Desk to aparticipate. 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Children’s Programs

The kids kick off the month with puppets! Thursday, April 4th at 4:00 p.m. Sailor Sam and his pal Salty will sail the seven seas searching for adventure and treasure—hijinks ensue in this fun slapstick comedy everyone will love
Science Lab for the kids continues on Thursday, April 11th at 4 p.m. with magnets and magnetic slime. What’s the attraction with magnets anyway and what does homemade slime have to do with it? Come and find out—prepare to get a little messy.
Nothing says April like Spring Break! Keep the kids busy and entertained with a Spring Break version of Popcorn and a Movie on Monday, April 15th at 3 p.m. Ralph and Vanellope discover a wi-fi router in their arcade in “Ralph Breaks the Internet”. 111 minutes, rated PG. Then bring them back for Building Blocks Club to play with our collection of LEGOs® Thursday, April 18, 4:00 p.m.
  • April 3, 10. 17, 24—Story Time: Stories, songs, and playtime for babies and toddlers. 10:30 a.m.
  • April 4—Sailor Sam Puppet Show: Meet Sailor Sam and Salty on his high seas adventure with dragons and other fun creatures. 4:00 p.m.
  • April 11—Magnets and Magnetic Slime: Learn what the ‘attraction’ of magnets is all about and what it has to do with slime. 4:00 p.m.
  • April 15—Popcorn and a Movie Spring Break! Ralph Breaks the Internet: Ralph and Vanellope discover a wi-fi router in their arcade 111 min. PG 3:00 p.m.
  • April 18—Building Bricks Club: Try free hand building with the branch’s collection of Legos!4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • April 24—LA Made: Pieces from the Space Age: For the 50th anniversary celebration of the Apollo 11 space mission come and see actual Apollo artifacts and learn their history. 6:30 p.m.


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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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