February 2018

Children's Department

Feb 1

Thu 6:30 pm

Harry Potter Book Night: Fantastic Beasts (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)

1st February 2018 will see the fourth annual Harry Potter Book Night celebrated throughout the world and here at Westwood Public Library, we’re getting ready to host an unforgettable night themed around Fantastic Beasts. The fun kicks off at 6:30pm.

On Harry Potter Book Night: Fantastic Beasts, we’ll be sharing the wonder of J.K. Rowling’s unforgettable stories and, most excitingly, introducing the next generation of readers to the unparalleled magic of Harry Potter. Here at Westwood Public Library, young wizards, witches and Muggles will be treated to an evening of beastly games, readings from our favourite Harry Potter books and the Beastly Brain-teaser Quiz! It all begins when the Sorting Hat decides who will be in which house, and houses will be competing for house points throughout the evening.

This event requires registration and a ticket.

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Main Library, 2nd Floor Information Desk

Feb 5

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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Children's Department

Feb 6

Tue 6:30 pm

Mother-Daughter Book Club (Grades 3-5 & female adult)

For girls in grades 3-5 and a female adult.  Share your enthusiasm for reading with other book lovers and join us for a lively discussion, a game of Pictionary, snacks, and fun! Books will be available at the Children’s Department one month prior to the book club! Email Lizzy at ehmcgovern@minlib.net for more information.

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Children's Department

Feb 7

Wed 6:00 pm

VolunTEENS (No new applications are being accepted at this time)

For grades 6 -8. Requires application and registration.              

Interested in volunteering at the library? Want to become a member of library Team Reads? Join us on the first Wednesday night of the month for pizza and a library volunteer project. Typical activities may include: Sorting and shelving library materials, adopt a shelf program, assisting with special projects and producing materials for library programs, miscellaneous work, and special event programs (i.e. Westwood Day and Harry Potter Night).

*No new applications are being accepted at this time.

 

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Feb 8

Thu 7:00 pm

Maureen Boyle and Shallow Graves: The Hunt for the New Bedford Highway Serial Killer

Award winning journalist and crime reporter Maureen Boyle will visit the Westwood Public Library to discuss her new book Shallow Graves: The Hunt for the New Bedford Highway Serial Killer. Shallow Graves is the true story of the worst serial killing case in Massachusetts since the Boston Strangler and remains unsolved to this day. Eleven women went missing over the spring and summer of 1988 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, an old fishing port known as the Whaling City, where Moby Dick, Frederick Douglass, textile mills, and heroin-dealing represent just a few of the many threads in the community’s diverse fabric.

Maureen Boyle first broke the story in 1988 and stayed with it for decades. Drawing on more than one hundred interviews, along with police reports, first-person accounts, and field reporting both during the killings and more recently, Shallow Graves brings the reader behind the scenes of the investigation, onto the streets of the city, and into the homes of the families still hoping for answers. No registration is required and all are welcome! Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

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Main Library, 2nd Floor Information Desk

Feb 12

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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Chiara Bistro, Westwood

Feb 13

Tue 7:00 pm

YA for Adults Book Club

You’re never too old for YA!
Join like-minded adults to discuss these fine specimens of Young Adult literature! We’ll have laughs, we’ll have tears, we’ll enjoy all the delicious angst without ever having to step inside a high school.
Please join us for an excellent literary time!

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YAB (grades 6-12, registration required)

For tweens/teens in grades 6-12, registration required.

Join the new and improved YAB (Youth Advisory Board)! Yabbers will work with Lizzy and Molly to revamp the Teen Department at the library by planning events, picking out books, movies, and games for the YA (Young Adult) collection, and decorating the teen space. Email Lizzy at ehmcgovern@minlib.net or Molly at mriportella@minlib.net to register, or call (781) 320-1045. YAB will meet the second Wednesday of every month.

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Feb 15

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 an article about a particular global issue, watching the DVD & meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. Copies of articles are available at both the Main Library & the Islington Branch. Please call 781-320-1045 or email wwdmail1@minlib.net for more information.

Thursday, February 15- The Waning of Pax Americana

Thursday, March 22-  Russia’s Foreign Policy

Thursday, April 19- China and America: The New Geopolitical Equation

Thursday, May 17- Media and foreign policy

Thursday, June 7- Turkey: a partner in crisis

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Main Library, 2nd Floor Information Desk

Feb 19

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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Feb 23

Fri 10:30 am

Friday Morning Book Club

Join us for a montly book discussion! No registration is required. Copies of the book are available at the Main Library and the Islington Branch Library. Call 781-320-1045 or email Molly at mriportella@minlib.net with questions.

Friday, Jan. 26, 2018: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Friday, Feb. 23, 2018: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Friday, Mar. 23, 2018: Wonder by RJ Palacio

Friday, Apr. 20, 2018: Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg

Friday, May 18, 2018: Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt

Friday, June 22, 2018: Delicious! by Ruth Reichl

Friday, July 27, 2018: Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan

Friday, Aug. 24, 2018: Hillbilly Elegy : a memoir of a family and culture in crisis by J.D. Vance.

Friday, Sept. 28, 2018: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman

Friday, Oct. 26, 2018: Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018: News of the World by Paulette Jules

Friday, Dec. 14, 2018: Yankee Book Swap

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Main Library, 2nd Floor Information Desk

Feb 26

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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