Happy New Year from the
January 2020
So many great events this month at the Westwood Branch Library! And say hello to our NEW Senior Librarian, Jennifer Noble! We are super excited for the expertise and enthusiasm she is bringing to our local branch!
And mark your calendars for the next
Saturday February 1st
from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Amazing prices, great inventory, proceeds going right back into our favorite library!

Events for Adults
Adult Reference Librarians Joel Boucher and Chrissy Carr

We’re welcoming 2020 at the Westwood Branch Library with a number of events to help you fulfill your New Year’s resolutions.
Did you resolve to read more books this year? There’s still time to join Los Angeles Public Library’s Winter Reading Challenge! You have until January
15th to register and log your activities. We have handy paper gameboards at the Information Desk or you can register anytime at
Stuck on something to read? Maybe you’ll find inspiration from our three talks by local authors at the branch during January.
  • On Wednesday, January 8th from 6 – 7 p.m, Anne Morgan will present her book Geoglyphs of the Desert Southwest, with aerial photographs by Harry Casey. Across the deserts of the American southwest are one of the largest concentrations of geoglyphs outside of Peru’s Nazca Lines. These ancient Native American works of earthen art can be up to hundreds of feet long, and yet are often invisible until viewed fromabove.
  • The following week on Wednesday, January 15th from 6 – 7 pm, Louis Kemp will speak about his memoir memoir Dylan & Me. Mr. Kemp recounts his years of friendship with Bob Dylan. The description reads, “With a cast of characters that includes Marlon Brando, Cher, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Dennis Hopper, Louie’s mother, and many more, Dylan & Me is the ultimate rock-and-roll biography–a “backstage pass” to Louie and Bob’s life, friendships, and music by the guy who was there every step of the way.” This should be a real treat.
  • Finally, on Monday, January 27th from 6:30-7:30 pm, Veronica Kirin explores how technology changed America in her book Stories of Elders. In 2015, this Millennial author and cultural anthropologist drove 12,000 miles across more than 40 states to interview the last living members of the Greatest Generation. At the start of the new decade, it’s good to getperspective on where we’ve come from.
But wait! There are even more events happening at the Westwood Branch Library that can aid your self-improvement goals, including:
  • Adult Book Club | Saturday, January, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Discussing Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly.
  • Love for Language: Let’s Learn Yiddish | Thursday, January 16, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.: Arnold Weiss returns to celebrate the life of Leo Rosten – humorist, author, teacher, noted lexicographer.
  • “Resilience without Limits” | Wednesday, January 22, 6 -7 p.m.: Joel Drazner presents how a revolutionary approach to life can reduce the burdens of stress.
  • Mystery Book Club on Saturday, January 25, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Discussing Down River by John Hart.
  • “Tam O’Shanter” Reading | Saturday, January 25, 2 – 3 p.m.: Joe Praml will read Robert Burns’ poem on the poet’s birthday.
  • Craft Night: Make a Decorative Wreath | Thursday, January 30, 6 – 7:30 p.m: Recycling for beauty! These decorative wreaths are made entirely out of recycled books.
And our regular events for adults continue, including:
  • English Class (ESL): Are you an adult learner who wants to improve your English? This is the class for you!
  • Classes ongoing, Mondays & Wednesdays starting at 1 p.m.
  • Citizenship Class: Would you like to become a U.S. Citizen? Would you like to prepare yourself for the Naturalization Interview? RSVP at the Information Desk to join this series of classes taught by PARS Equality Center. Bring your Green Card. Classes ongoing, Tuesdays, 12 – 3 p.m.
  • Movie Screening of Yesterday: This 2019 romantic comedy film directed by Danny Boyle, stars Himesh Patel as struggling musician Jack Malik, who, after an accident, finds himself the only person who remembers the Beatles and becomes famous after taking credit for their songs. Monday, January 13 at 5pm.
  • The U.S Census is Hiring: In advance of the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people for temporary jobs across the country. A Census representative help you apply. Table in the Westwood Library Lobby, Tuesdays in January.
  • Chess for Beginners: Chess expert Brian Glover will introduce the classic game of strategy. All ages are welcome! Saturday, January 18th, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Teen Librarian Elizabeth Calla

Teens are invited to our monthly Teen Council event. In January, we’ll host an Adulting 101 class centered around making your own bullet journal. Get organized for the new year by learning time management skills and creating your own bullet journal to help you along with the way. The event will be on Thursday, January 23 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
We’re also accepting teen volunteers! If you know a teenager over the age of 13 who loves the library, we have a great volunteer opportunity for them, including a chance to work with younger children.


Children’s Programs

Kids will not be bored at the library this month. We’re inviting the whole family to our SLIME PARTY! On Thursday, January 9th from 4- 5:30pm, we’ll explore the science behind slime and make our own. This promises to be an ooey gooey event for everyone involved.
Regular kids programs continue throughout January, including:
  • Baby and Toddler Storytime: Please join us for a baby and toddler storytime with songs and rhymes. Every Monday at 10:30 a.m.
  • Building Bricks Club: Freestyle building for your inner architect with the Westwood Branch Lego® and Duplo collection. Thursday, January 16, 4 – 5 p.m.
  • Movie for Kids: Toy Story 4 on January 7 • 4 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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