News & Events

December 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, art books starting at $5, $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 won’t find better prices! We have kid books, cook books, non fiction and fiction plus an amazing array of art books!

Events for Adults
Adult Reference Librarians Joel Boucher and Chrissy Carr

Because of its unique properties, bone supports vertebrate life and later records Earth’s history and human culture. Dr. Roy Meals, orthopedic surgeon and professor of same at UCLA, will present a broad overview of how bone fascinates anatomists, physicians, paleontologists, anthropologists, art historians, cooks, and musicians, among others. Learn why bone has always been the world’s best building material and why it always will be. Wednesday, December 5th at 6:30 p.m..
Are you looking for your next adventure? Make sure to join us on Saturday, December 8th, at 2:00-4:00 p.m., for an information session presented by local Road Scholar Ambassador Jill Swaim. Come learn about the Road Scholar programs of Elderhostel! Not-for-profit Road Scholar is the world’s largest and most innovative creator of experiential learning opportunities. Alongside renowned experts, participants experience in-depth and behind-the-scenes learning opportunities by land and by sea on travel adventures designed for boomers and beyond.
Family Mug Painting is back Just in time for the holidays. Bring the family to paint their own mug or bowl for keeping or giving. 1 mug for the first 20 people or BYO and it doesn’t need to be white. 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 13th.
Come enjoy “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Dylan Thomas on Saturday, December 15th, at 2:00-4:00 p.m. Joe Praml will read the beloved story, plus holiday poems by other famous poets, and Joe’s own piece “The Night That Changed the World” that describes Christmas from its origins and how it became the holiday we have today.
Popcorn and a Movie returns with the Christmas classic “Elf” starring the very funny Will Ferrell. Monday, December 17th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Holiday treats will be served.
The popular local troupe Theatre 40 will delight us once again with warm and funny seasonal stories at their Christmas Show on Saturday, December 22nd, at 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • December 1—Friends of the Library Book Sale: Pick up some great bargains while helping out your library. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • December 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 26, & 31—English Class (ESL): If English is not your first language,this class is for you! Mondays 1:00 and 2:00 p.m, Wednesdays 1:00 p.m.
  • December 6, 10, 13, 17, & 20—PowerPoint: Learn the PowerPoint skills employers are looking for. Mondays 10:15 am-12:15 pm, Thurs.1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • December 5—Love Your Library Card/Learn What’s Free!: There are SO many things you can access with your library card—come find out all the goodies! 5:30 p.m.
  • December 5—All About Bone: UCLA Orthopedic surgeon/professor Dr. Roy Meals will explain why bone fascinates and supports us our entire lives! 6:30 p.m.
  • December 8—Road Scholar: Love to travel? Come learn about the Road Scholar programs of Elderhostel! 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • December 10—Staying Relaxed this Holiday Season through Meditation: Doug Frankel will help you chill. 6:00 p.m.
  • December 11—Poetry Open Mic: Come share your masterpiece! Or just listen and enjoy. Hosted by Wyatt Underwood. 6:00 p.m.
  • December 13—Family Mug Painting: Just in time for the holidays bring the family to paint their own mug or bowl for keeping or giving. 1 mug for the first 20 or BYO, doesn’t need to be white. 6:30 p.m.
  • December 14 & 28—Knitting Club: Bring your needles and yarn (and a snack to share). Beginners are welcome! 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • December 15—Beginning Chess: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome! 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • December 15—“A Child’s Christmas in Wales”: Joe Praml will read the Dylan Thomas favorite, plus various holiday poems. 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • December 16—Fiato String Quartet: The ensemble will perform works of Claude Debussy – Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10, Ludwig von Beethoven – Quartet No. 16, Op. 135, and and a special Holiday tune to end our 2018 Season!. 2:30 p.m.
  • December 17—Popcorn and a Movie: “Elf” Don’t miss Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf in this Christmas classic with popcorn and treats! 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • December 22—Theatre 40 Holiday Show:  Members of the local acting troupe will read warm and funny seasonal stories. 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • December 27—French Conversation: Practice your language skills with other French speakers. This group has no instructor. 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Teen Librarian Elizabeth Calla

Teens, please join us for the final two field trips in our community service project, Tech for Seniors! We’ll be using wishlists to preload Kindles with books, movies and music. 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 and field trips on Saturdays and on one Sunday this December, so please join us on the following dates: December 1st at 1:00 p.m., December 8th at 12:00 p.m., December 9th at 10:00 a.m., December 15th at 4:15 p.m., December 22nd at 1:00 p.m., and December 29th at 2:00 p.m. Questions? Email
  • December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 —Teens Leading Change: Teens volunteers deliver LAPL eMedia (movies, books, music!) to the residents of the senior centers and assisted living places on Kindle. Call the library for more details.
  • December 15—Chess for Beginners: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome. 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • December 17—Popcorn and family movie night : “Elf” Don’t miss Will Farrell as Buddy the Elf in this Christmas classic with popcorn and treats! 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Children’s Programs

Come for a fabulous program on Dinosaurs on December 6 at 4 p.m. Richard Wade presents an interactive program about dinosaurs, how they lived and how they died, and even the sounds they made. Find out how fossils are formed and get to see life-size T-Rex skull and a lot more.
On December 13th at 4 p.m. bring your imagination and build your dream building with our Lego collection.
  • Wednesdays December 19 and 26 —Story time: Stories, songs, and stretches for 0-18 months 10:15 a.m., 18 months –3 years 10:30 a.m.
  • December 6 —Last Days of the Dinosaurs with Richard Wade: learn how Dinosaurs lived & died with real life –size T-Rex skull, fossils and more 4 p.m.
  • December 13—Building Bricks Club: Try free hand building with the branch’s collection of Legos!4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • December 15—Chess for Beginners: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome. 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • December 17—Popcorn and family movie night : “Elf” Don’t miss Will Farrell as Buddy the Elf in this Christmas classic with popcorn and treats! 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • STAR READERS: Thursdays 3pm -5pm & Wednesdays 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 12 noon —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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