News & Events

January 2019
Happy New Year to our
Westwood Community!
Mark you calendar now for our next Pop Up Booksale on February 2nd from 10 am to 12 pm. Several carts of curated books, including kids books, cookbooks, art books, fiction, and nonfiction selections. Same CHEAP prices!

Events for Adults
Adult Reference Librarians Joel Boucher and Chrissy Carr

Make sure to sign up for our two-part workshop on Navigating Retirement on two successive Saturdays, January 5th and 12th, at 2:00-4:00 p.m. Learn how to align your financial assets to your personal goals and retire on schedule! Reduce current and future taxes while maximizing social security, pensions, and personal savings. You can register at the Information Desk or by calling (310) 474-1739.
Popcorn and a Movie continues with ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Come and enjoy this delightful romantic comedy fantasy set in beautiful Singapore. 120 min PG13 5:30 p.m.
On Thursday, January 10th, at 6:30 p.m., we have a program that will turn you into an expert! It’s called So You Wanna Be an Opera Buff? Impress your friends with your knowledge of the wonderful art form that combines drama with great music.
Our favorite storyteller Arnold Weiss continues his sharing of Anton Chekhov masterpieces with 3 comedies: Swan Song, On the Harmfulness of Tobacco and The Darling. January 16th at 6:30 p.m.
We are once again doing the popular UCLA Memory Training Class conducted by the Wise and Healthy Aging organization. Consider this a tune-up for your brain in this 4 week, highly structured program developed by neuroscientists at UCLA. Participants need to complete all 4 classes held January 17th, 24th and February 7th and 14th all from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please note this program is not for individuals with dementia or memory loss.  Sign-up is required. Call the library’s information desk at 310-474-1739.
You won’t want to miss our Author Talk with Westwood resident Nina Sadowsky on Wednesday, January 23rd, at 6:30 p.m. Her thriller The Burial Society has been turned into a book series and is being developed for television. Previously a film and television producer, currently Ms. Sadowsky teaches at USC (screenwriting and producing). The conversation will touch on how filmmaking has influenced her as an author and will also include a sneak peek of the second Burial Society book.
Joe Praml returns on Saturday, January 26th, at 2:00-4:00 p.m. This time instead of reading poetry, Mr. Praml will share his own story of discovery: When he first read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as a boy. This event commemorates the 200th anniversary of the classic horror novel.
Did you get a drone for the holidays? Are you intrigued by this fun pastime? Do you have questions about training and licensing? Well the experts from L.A. Drones are just the guys to answer all your questions. You’ll see some exciting footage they’ve done, they’ll go over how-tos, discuss legalities and how to do it right! There will even be a live demo. Thursday, January 31st at 6:30 p.m.
  •  January 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 23, 28 & 30—English Class (ESL): If English is not your first language,this class is for you! Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:00 and 2:00 p.m.
  • January 5 & 12—Navigating Retirement: Learn how to align your financial assets to your personal goals and retire on schedule! 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • January 7—Popcorn and a Movie: Crazy Rich Asians: Come and enjoy this delightful romantic comedy fantasy set in beautiful Singapore. 120 min PG13 5:30 p.m.
  • January 8—Poetry Open Mic: Come share your masterpiece! Or just listen and enjoy. Hosted by Wyatt Underwood. 6:00 p.m.
  • January 10—So You Wanna Be an Opera Buff? Become an expert on the wonderful art form that combines drama with great music. 6:30 p.m.
  • January 11 & 25—Knitting Club: Bring your needles and yarn (and a snack to share). Beginners welcome! 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • January 12—Book Club: Join the discussion about this month’s great read, Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. 11:00 a.m.
  • January 15—You Are Born Resilient! Joel Drazner leads a provocative discussion on where our emotions actually come from! 6:00 p.m.
  • January 16, 23, & 30—Windows 10 Class: Learn to use Windows 10 for internet searching and email. 3:15-5:15 p.m.
  • January 16—Arnold Weiss Chekhov Masterpieces: Arnie performs 3 comic masterpieces from Chekhov: Swan Song, On the Harmfulness of Tobacco and The Darling. 6:30 p.m.
  • January 17 & 24—UCLA Memory Training Class: A tune-up for your brain developed by UCLA. Must attend all 4 including Feb. 7 and 14. 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • January 19—Beginning Chess: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome! 11:00 am-1:00 p.m.
  • January 19—Mindfulness Meditation Performance: Music and spoken word will guide you to an awareness of your higher self. 2:00 p.m.
  • January 23—Author Talk: Nina Sadowsky:The author will discuss her book The Burial Society and its TV adaptation. 6:30 p.m.
  • January 26—Mystery Book Club: Join us as we discuss The Girl from Venice by Martin Cruz Smith. 11:00 a.m.
  • January 26—Discovering Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Joe Praml will share his story of first reading the classic horror novel as a boy. 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • January 31—French Conversation: Practice your language skills with other French speakers. This group has no instructor. 4:00–6:00 p.m.
  • January 31—Drones 101: Learn drone basics from logistics to licensing to maximize the FUN! Experts at L.A. Drones will tell us what we need to know and provide demo 6:30 p.m.

Teen Librarian Elizabeth Calla

Teens and tweens, come get an airbrush tattoo from the amazing artists at Party Faces! Their temporary tattoos have been seen at Laker events, Dodger events, MTV, Nike, and movie premiers and more. Don’t miss this opportunity for free professional artwork with you as the canvas. Ages 8-18 on Monday July 16th at 4 p.m.
  • January 15—Temporary Airbrush Tattoos for Teens: Teens and tweens come get a fancy airbrush tattoos from amazing artist at Party Faces. Their temporary tattoos have been seen t major event. Ages 8-18 . 5:00 p.m.
  • January 19— Chess for Beginners: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome. 11:00a.m.-1:00 pm

Children’s Programs

We continue our entertaining story times every Wednesday morning in January at 10:30. Your little toddler can sing along, stretch and exercise, and listen to super fun stories.
We call the youngest generation of architects to join us on January 17 at 4:00 p.m. and create their dream structure with the branch Lego collection.
What is an insect? On January 29th at 4:00pm we’ll learn how to identify an insect, discover the various types and how they develop. Do they have jobs? Explore an ant farm and see if you can tell.
  • January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 —Storytime: Stories, songs, and stretches for the little ones. 10:30 a.m .
  • January 17 —Building Bricks Club: Try free hand building with the branch’s collection of Legos!4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • January 19—Chess for Beginners: Chess expert Brian Glover introduces the classic game of strategy. All ages welcome. 11:00 am to 1:00 p.m.
  • January 29—What Is An Insect?: Learn how to identify an insect and discover the various types and how they develop. Do they have jobs? Explore an ant farm. 4:00pm
  • STAR READERS: Thursdays 3pm -5pm, Wednesdays 11:30-1:30, and Saturdays and 10 to 12 —Join our STAR readers in the kids area to hear fun stories or read to us.

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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