March 2018

Children's Department

Mar 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

Mar 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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America: 1968- A Three Part Series with Dr. Gary Hylander

The upcoming year marks the 50th Anniversary of 1968, a turbulent year in American History. One of Westwood's favorite orators, Dr. Gary Hylander, will discuss the Tet Offensive (3/7), the Assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy (3/21) and the Presidential Election of 1968 (4/4).

Hylander earned his PhD at Boston College, and is currently an independent scholar who specializes as a presidential historian, pedagogical specialist for the NEH, and has been professor of history at Framingham State University and at Stonehill College.  He is a frequent presenter at library forums, historical societies, senior living centers, civic and professional organizations, as well as a public affairs commentator on local cable news and radio.  No registration is required and all are welcome!

Wednesday, March 7 @ 7PM- The Tet Offensive
Wednesday, March 21 @ 7PM- The Assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. &  Robert F. Kennedy
Wednesday, April 4 @ 7:00 PM- The Presidential Election of 1968

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Community Room

Mar 10

Sat 2:00 pm

The New England Irish Harp Orchestra presents The Celtic Harp: Magic and Legend

The orchestra, led by Regina Delaney will play and sing traditional Irish and Scottish music arranged with expertise that reflects their unique musical journey. Regina and members of the orchestra will share the magic and legend of the harp, performing a variety of celtic music, and will also have a "harp petting zoo" at the conclusion of the musical program, so that individuals can try their own hand at creating the mystical magical sounds that only a harp can produce. This event is all ages- fun for the whole family! No registration required. This program is generously sponsored by The Westwood Women's Club and the Westwood Cultural Council.

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Chiara Bistro, Westwood

Mar 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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America: 1968- A Three Part Series with Dr. Gary Hylander

The upcoming year marks the 50th Anniversary of 1968, a turbulent year in American History. One of Westwood's favorite orators, Dr. Gary Hylander, will discuss the Tet Offensive (3/7), the Assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy (3/21) and the Presidential Election of 1968 (4/4).

Hylander earned his PhD at Boston College, and is currently an independent scholar who specializes as a presidential historian, pedagogical specialist for the NEH, and has been professor of history at Framingham State University and at Stonehill College.  He is a frequent presenter at library forums, historical societies, senior living centers, civic and professional organizations, as well as a public affairs commentator on local cable news and radio.  No registration is required and all are welcome!

Wednesday, March 7 @ 7PM- The Tet Offensive
Wednesday, March 21 @ 7PM- The Assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. &  Robert F. Kennedy
Wednesday, April 4 @ 7:00 PM- The Presidential Election of 1968

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Mar 22

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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Mar 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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Mar 28

Wed 7:00 pm

Irish Genealogy with Michael Brophy

A broad overview of Irish genealogy is presented with all three major religious groups will be presented: Catholic, Presbyterian and Anglican. The lecture will start with the central event in the history of Irish genealogy, the destruction of the Public records Office in Dublin on June 30, 1922. As a result unique challenges and realistic expectations for Irish ancestral research will be discussed. Vital records, immigration documentation, and unique resources will be presented. Examples are used to emphasize key principals and record holdings such as the lineage of notable Irish-American Grace Kelly. The overall goal of the lecture is to give attendees a practical guide to finding the origins of their Irish ancestors in a broad overview lecture. For beginners.

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