April 2018

Sunday, Apr. 1

Easter

The library will be closed for the holiday.

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Main Library

Apr 2

Mon 7:00 pm

Dr. Gary Hylander & America 1968

The Assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. &  Robert F. Kennedy- Wednesday, April 4 @ 7:00 PM
The Presidential Election of 1968- RESCHEDULED for Monday, April 30 @ 7:00 PM

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 (4/2), the Assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy (4/4) and the Presidential Election of 1968 (4/30).

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!

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Main Library

Apr 4

Wed 7:00 pm

Dr. Gary Hylander & America 1968

The Assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. &  Robert F. Kennedy- Wednesday, April 4 @ 7:00 PM
The Presidential Election of 1968- RESCHEDULED for Monday, April 30 @ 7:00 PM

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 (4/2), the Assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy (4/4) and the Presidential Election of 1968 (4/30).

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!

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Children's Department

Apr 5

Thu 4:00 pm

*Creative Kids: (Program Full)

For Kindergarten and 1st graders, registration required. Children will have lots of fun as they participate in creative dramatics and arts & crafts activities. 

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Main Library

Apr 9

Mon 7:00 pm

Poetry Reading: Lynne Viti and Heather Bryant

Celebrate National Poetry Month by listening to local poets Lynne Viti and Heather Bryant read from their recent publications. Books will be available for purchase and signing following the reading. Viti's first collection of poems, Baltimore Girls was released by Finishing Line Press in 2017, and her newest chapbook,The Glamorganshire Bible, will be released in May 2018. She is a senior lecturer in the Writing Program at Wellesley College, and a Westwood resident.Heather Bryant is also a lecturer in the Writing Program at Wellesley College. Eve’s Lament is Bryant's new poetry collection

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Main Library

Apr 10

Tue 6:00 pm

Monet’s Magic: Pastel Paint Monet’s Wondrous Water Lilies

Award-winning pastel artist Gregory John Maichack will return to Westwood Public Library to present an adult hands-on workshop, “Monet’s Magic: Pastel Paint Monet’s Wondrous Water Lilies."Imagine using the actual imagery that inspired Monet to paint his “Water Lily” paintings. In this new, highly researched two-hour workshop, participants create  their own pastel painting, freely experimenting with hundreds of the artist’s professional grade pastels,pastel pencils, and pastel paper, in this fun pastel painting workshop.This pastel painting workshop is designed for sheer beginners to experienced artists. Seats may fill quickly so please call 781-320-1045 to register. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Westwood Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and the Friends of the Westwood Public Library.

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Children's Department

Apr 10

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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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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Children's Department

Apr 12

Thu 4:00 pm

*Creative Kids: (Program Full)

For Kindergarten and 1st graders, registration required. Children will have lots of fun as they participate in creative dramatics and arts & crafts activities. 

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Community Room

Apr 12

Thu 7:00 pm

Author Talk:  Benjamin Ludwig and Ginny Moon

Join author Benjamin Ludwig for a discussion of his debut novel, Ginny Moon.

ABOUT BENJAMIN. A life-long teacher of English and writing, Ginny Moon is Benjamin Ludwig’s first novel. Shortly after he and his wife married they became foster parents and adopted a teenager with autism. The novel was inspired, in part, by his conversations with other parents at Special Olympics basketball practices.

Ginny Moon is full of heart and humor, and you are bound to fall in love with the 14 year old narrator, Ginny Moon, who discovers a new meaning of family on her journey home.

April is autism-awareness month, and we are pleased to present this author talk in conjunction with the Library's April Gallery Display: Faces, Voices and Lives of the May Institute.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Westwood Public Library.

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Apr 17

Tue 10:30 am

Spring Sing-along

All ages. Families are welcome to join us for a special sing along program where we will sing and tell stories that celebrate all things spring and more! Get those voices ready for favorite children’s songs!

        Tuesday, April 17th @ 10:30AM

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Main Library

Apr 18

Wed 7:00 pm

Mystery Making: How They Do It

Mystery Making at the Westwood Public Library featuring 4 stellar authors who create mysteries in four different  genres:  thriller, suspense, traditional and cozy will turn suggestions from the audience into stories!

Authors include: Hank Phillippi Ryan, Elisabeth Elo, Stephanie Gayle and Julie Hennrikus

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Westwood Public Library

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Main Library

Apr 19

Thu 3:00 pm

Afternoon Movie

We will be screening Suburbicon (2017, rated R, 1 hour 45 minutes).

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Apr 19

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

Apr 20

Fri 10:30 am

Friday Morning Book Club

Join us for a monthly 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

Apr 23

Mon 6:00 pm

Drop-in Tech Help

Come to the Information Desk on the 2nd Floor between 6:00-8:00 PM for help with downloading eBooks, using your smart phone/tablet, or anything else tech related. No appointment is necessary.

Technology help is also available throughout the week by appointment. Please call 781-320-1045, or email wwdmail1@minlib.net for more information.

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Main Library

Apr 25

Wed 7:00 pm

Michele R. McPhee & Maximum Harm: The Tsarnaev Brothers, the FBI…

In Maximum Harm, veteran investigative journalist Michele R. McPhee unravels the complex story behind the public facts of the Boston Marathon bombing. She examines the bombers’ roots in Dagestan and Chechnya, their struggle to assimilate in America, and their growing hatred of the United States—a deepening antagonism that would prompt federal prosecutors to dub Dzhokhar Tsarnaev “America's worst nightmare.” The difficulties faced by the Tsarnaev family of Cambridge, Massachusetts, are part of the public record. Circumstances less widely known are the FBI’s recruitment of the older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as a “mosque crawler” to inform on radical separatists here and in Chechnya and the disenchantment, rage, and growing radicalization of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, along with their mother, sisters, and Tamerlan’s wife, Katherine.

 

Maximum Harm is an compelling examination of the Tsarnaev brothers’ movements in the days leading up to the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, the subsequent investigation, the Tsarnaevs’ murder of MIT police officer Sean Collier, the high-speed chase and shootout that killed Tamerlan, and the manhunt in which the authorities finally captured Dzhokhar, hiding in a Watertown backyard. McPhee untangles the many threads of circumstance, coincidence, collusion, motive, and opportunity that resulted in the deadliest attack on the city of Boston to date. Copies of the book will be available for signing and purchase. No registration is required and all are welcome.

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Main Library, 2nd Floor

Apr 30

Mon 6:00 pm

Drop-in Tech Help

Come to the Information Desk on the 2nd Floor between 6:00-8:00 PM for help with downloading eBooks, using your smart phone/tablet, or anything else tech related. No appointment is necessary.

Technology help is also available throughout the week by appointment. Please call 781-320-1045, or email wwdmail1@minlib.net for more information.

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Main Library

Apr 30

Mon 7:00 pm

Dr. Gary Hylander & America 1968

The Assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. &  Robert F. Kennedy- Wednesday, April 4 @ 7:00 PM
The Presidential Election of 1968- RESCHEDULED for Monday, April 30 @ 7:00 PM

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 (4/2), the Assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy (4/4) and the Presidential Election of 1968 (4/30).

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!

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