April 2017

Main Library

Apr 2

Sun 2:00 pm

Poetry Reading: Lynne Viti & Heather Bryant

Celebrate National Poetry Month by listening to local poets Lynne Viti and Heather Bryant read from their recent publications. Viti's first collection of poems, Baltimore Girls was recently released by Finishing Line Press. She is a senior lecturer in the Writing Program at Wellesley College. Heather Bryant is also a lecturer in the Writing Program at Wellesley College. My Wedding Dress is Bryant's new poetry collection.

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Apr 3

Mon 4:00 pm

Sensory Storytime

For children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental delays and a parent/caregiver (siblings are also welcome!). We will enjoy stories, rhymes, and songs together in this sensory-friendly storytime. This 20-minute storytime will feature a visual schedule, hello & goodbye songs accompanied by American Sign Language, and a sensory-friendly activity at the end – perfect for group or parallel play. This is a drop-in program, and new storytime-goers are always welcome. For more information about Sensory Storytime, please feel free to contact Hannah at hgavalis@minlib.net. 

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Main Library, 2nd Floor Information Desk

Apr 3

Mon 6:00 pm

Technology Help Drop-in

Do you have a new laptop, tablet or e-reader, and are looking for a little help getting started?

Have you heard about getting free e-books, audio books, tv shows & movies from the library, and want to learn more?

Or do you want to learn a new language at home & at no cost?

Grab your device & come to our Technology Help Drop-in! No registration is required, but be sure to bring your device, your library card, and any passwords or other information that might help get you hooked up!

Call 781-320-1045, or email mriportella@minlib.net for more information.

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Apr 3

Mon 7:00 pm

TEEN KNITTING

Teens, join us Monday nights to knit hats and blankets for Children's Hospital and Boston Medical Center.  All Supplies will be provided.

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Children's Department, Main Library

Apr 3

Mon 10:30 pm

Mindfulness for Mamas

For moms and babies 0-6 (Pre-crawlers)

Being a mom can be overwhelming and stressful but take a deep breath, relax, and renew at the library this spring!

Join Jane Signh, local Health Coach and Meditation Guide as she gives moms the tools of mindfulness and meditation to create inner peace, calm, and renewed energy. Bring your snuggly baby to this positive and supportive environment as we spend a little time on you.

            Mondays, April 3rd, 10th, and May 1st @ 10:30am

Registration Required. Call 781-320-1042

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Children's Programming Room

Apr 4

Tue 6:30 pm

Mother/Daughter Book Club

For girls in grades 3 -5 and a female adult. Share your enthusiasm for reading with other book lovers and join us for lively discussion, a game of Pictionary, snacks, and fun! Check the library website for a listing of the book to be read. Books will be available at the Kids’ Department ASK! Desk the month before. Interested in coming? Please email Lizzy at ehmcgovern@minlib.net to let her know you’re coming and to receive scheduling updates.

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Main Library

Apr 5

Wed 7:00 pm

JFK: A Three Part Series with Dr. Gary Hylander

Professor Gary Hylander will present a seriesof historical lectures about John F. Kennedy to celebrate the centennial anniversary of his birth. A professor of history at Framingham State University, Hylander earned his Ph.D.from Boston College and specializes as a presidential historian. He is a frequent presenter and is often featured as a commentator on local cable news and radio. No registration is required and all are welcome! Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Westwood Public Library. Feel free to attend any and all of these lectures!

February 1: The Bay of Pigs

March 1: The Cuban Missile Crisis

April 5: Civil Rights & JFK's Legacy

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Main Library, Community Room

Apr 6

Thu 7:00 pm

Great Decisions with Tina McCusker

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs.  The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in the library’s Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. Registration is open- please call 781-320-1045 to register!

Join us on Thursdays at 7:00 PM on the following dates:

2/9/17- Topic: The Future of Europe

3/9/17- Topic: Trade and Politics

4/6/17- Topic: Conflict in the South China Sea

5/4/17- Topic: Saudi Arabia in Transition


This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Westwood Public Library.

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Main Library

Apr 7

Fri 10:30 am

Molly & Helen’s Fresh Picks

Molly and Helen are back for another round of book picks! Come prepared to get a list of books, new and old, to read while you wait for your garden to bloom. No registration is required and all are welcome!

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Apr 7

Fri 3:00 pm

CASUAL FRIDAYS

For tweens/teens in grades 6-12.  Come hang out with your friends in a relaxed, informal setting.  Play video or board games, listen to music and catch up on new movies and books.  We need you there to make sure something interesting is always happening.

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Main Library, 2nd Floor Information Desk

Apr 10

Mon 6:00 pm

Technology Help Drop-in

Do you have a new laptop, tablet or e-reader, and are looking for a little help getting started?

Have you heard about getting free e-books, audio books, tv shows & movies from the library, and want to learn more?

Or do you want to learn a new language at home & at no cost?

Grab your device & come to our Technology Help Drop-in! No registration is required, but be sure to bring your device, your library card, and any passwords or other information that might help get you hooked up!

Call 781-320-1045, or email mriportella@minlib.net for more information.

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Apr 10

Mon 7:00 pm

TEEN KNITTING

Teens, join us Monday nights to knit hats and blankets for Children's Hospital and Boston Medical Center.  All Supplies will be provided.

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Children's Department, Main Library

Apr 10

Mon 10:30 pm

Mindfulness for Mamas

For moms and babies 0-6 (Pre-crawlers)

Being a mom can be overwhelming and stressful but take a deep breath, relax, and renew at the library this spring!

Join Jane Signh, local Health Coach and Meditation Guide as she gives moms the tools of mindfulness and meditation to create inner peace, calm, and renewed energy. Bring your snuggly baby to this positive and supportive environment as we spend a little time on you.

            Mondays, April 3rd, 10th, and May 1st @ 10:30am

Registration Required. Call 781-320-1042

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Apr 12

Wed 1:30 pm

Just for Fun Teen Book Group

For tweens and teens in grades 5 – 8. Take a break from the stresses of class and read a book just for fun! We will do some fun activities, chat about the book, & have some yummy snacks! More information about book selections will be available online, at the Children’s ASK! Desk or in the Teen Room.     

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Apr 14

Fri 3:00 pm

CASUAL FRIDAYS

For tweens/teens in grades 6-12.  Come hang out with your friends in a relaxed, informal setting.  Play video or board games, listen to music and catch up on new movies and books.  We need you there to make sure something interesting is always happening.

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Main Library, Children's Program Room

Apr 20

Thu 2:00 pm

DIY Bird Feeder (PROGRAM FULL)

For ages 3-8 and parent/caregiver. Join us as we upcycle and create and decorate bird feeders for our feathered friends who will visit our yards this spring.                                                                     PROGRAM FULL, call for waitlist.

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Apr 21

Fri 3:00 pm

CASUAL FRIDAYS

For tweens/teens in grades 6-12.  Come hang out with your friends in a relaxed, informal setting.  Play video or board games, listen to music and catch up on new movies and books.  We need you there to make sure something interesting is always happening.

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Westwood Public Library: Gallery Exhibit

Apr 24

Mon 6:00 pm

Bridging Memories Through Art - Gallery Reception

Bridging Memories Through Art - Gallery Reception

Bridges by EPOCH residents have collaborated on a new exhibit at the Westwood Public Library. 

Art will be on display at the Library through April 30. 

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Main Library, 2nd Floor Information Desk

Apr 24

Mon 6:00 pm

Technology Help Drop-in

Do you have a new laptop, tablet or e-reader, and are looking for a little help getting started?

Have you heard about getting free e-books, audio books, tv shows & movies from the library, and want to learn more?

Or do you want to learn a new language at home & at no cost?

Grab your device & come to our Technology Help Drop-in! No registration is required, but be sure to bring your device, your library card, and any passwords or other information that might help get you hooked up!

Call 781-320-1045, or email mriportella@minlib.net for more information.

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Main Library

Apr 24

Mon 6:30 pm

Westwood Library Quilters

Bring your hand or machine quilting projects to work on in the friendly company of other local quilters. Show and tell is encouraged! An iron, ironing pad, cutting mat, and cutting tools will be available. No registration required.

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Apr 24

Mon 7:00 pm

TEEN KNITTING

Teens, join us Monday nights to knit hats and blankets for Children's Hospital and Boston Medical Center.  All Supplies will be provided.

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Main Library Community Room

Apr 25

Tue 10:30 am

Spring Sing-Along

Families with children of all ages are welcome to join us for a special sing along program where we will sing and tell stories that celebrate spring and more!

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Main Library, Community Meeting Room

Apr 25

Tue 4:00 pm

Buzz Around Town

Families are welcomed to come learn about bees from a real beekeeper, meet with Westwood Conservation, and make 'seed bombs'! Simple bumble bee crafts will also be available for our young bee-friends. Westwood DPW will also be there to share in the fun!

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Author Talk: Rabbi Emeritus Henry A. Zoob

For many readers of the Bible, there are two major obstacles to the enjoyment of scripture: comprehension and relevancy. In A Lifetime of Genesis, Rabbi Zoob seeks to help the reader overcome these obstacles. In clear, logical prose, Rabbi Zoob explains the course of the Covenant of Abraham in Genesis and how each major player- Abraham,Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, and Leah—has an impact on the development and continuity of the Covenant of Abraham. He solves the relevancy problem by sharing stories from his life that are connected to the patriarchal and matriarchal events and themes in each previous chapter. Rabbi Zoob hopes that his use of this midrashic process to discover personal insights will encourage the reader to do the same Rabbi Zoob served as the rabbi of Temple Beth David of Westwood for thirty-six years. He became the temple’s Rabbi Emeritus in July 2006. This program is generously sponsered by the Friends of the Westwood Public Library.

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Apr 26

Wed 7:00 pm

BULLET JOURNALING

Teens will create and design a journal.  Each month the group will come together and listen to writing/art prompts.  Supplies and snacks will be provided.

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Main Library, Confernece Room

Apr 28

Fri 10:30 am

Friday Morning Book Discussion

A monthly book group held in the Main Library Conference Room once a month on Friday mornings at 10:30 AM. No registration required and all are welcome!  Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk- just ask for the Friday Morning Book Club title.

Friday, April 28, 2017: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi    

Friday, May 19, 2017:  The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters.

Friday, June 30, 2017: Olive Kitterage by Elizabeth Strout

Friday, July 28, 2017:  The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Friday, August 25, 2017:  Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Friday, September 29, 2017:  Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady by Susan Quinn

Friday, October 27, 2017: Laughing all the Way to the Mosque by Zarqa Nawaz

Friday, November 17, 2017: Our Souls At Night by Kent Haruf

Friday, December 15, 2017:  Holiday Yankee Book Swap

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Apr 28

Fri 3:00 pm

CASUAL FRIDAYS

For tweens/teens in grades 6-12.  Come hang out with your friends in a relaxed, informal setting.  Play video or board games, listen to music and catch up on new movies and books.  We need you there to make sure something interesting is always happening.

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Children's Programming Room

Apr 29

Sat 10:30 am

Saturday Storytime

For children of all ages & their families. Come enjoy listening to stories, songs, rhymes, and more at this fun, Saturday-morning storytime! Perfect for working parents! New storytime-goers are always welcome! This is a drop-in storytime and no registration is needed.

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