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Westwood Public Library | April 2022

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Celebrate Harry Potter!

Calling all witches, wizards, and muggles! Join us this month as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. We will have multiple events, including our 5th annual Harry Potter night! Be sure to check out our calendar below.

April Programs for Kids and Teens

Be sure to check the website to register for programs and verify dates and location.

Poetry Writing Workshop for Kids

Main Library, Wednesday 4/13 @ 4 pm

Celebrate National Poetry month with a writing workshop for kids, aged 8-12. Learn about different kinds of writing and create your own work with award-winning poet Meghan Sterling.

Toddler Tunes with Sarah Gardner

Main Library, Tuesday 4/19 @ 11 am

Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to dance and jam along with Sarah Gardner in this fun, upbeat music program!

Rainforest Reptiles @ the Branch

Islington Branch, Thursday 4/21 @ 4 pm

Reptiles Rock! Get up close and personal with bugs, frogs, snakes, lizards and more with a mini zoo at the Islington Branch Library!

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Harry Potter Events

Harry Potter Night: Magical Journeys

Main Library, Wednesday 4/20 @ 6:30 pm

Join us for a night of magic and mischief as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Recommended for Kindergarten and up.

Harry Potter Escape Room

Main Library, Thursday 4/21, all day

Help Harry, Ron and Hermione find the Sorcerer's Stone by retrieving a map to the stone's location from Snape's locked office. Sign up with a group of 6 or less for your own hour slot to solve the puzzle. All ages welcome, grades 5th and under must be accompanied by caregiver.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Interactive Movie

Main Library, Friday 4/22, @ 2 pm

Join us for a fun and interactive viewing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone! Each participant will get a bag of items to use at specific times during the movie. Laugh, scream and jump your way through this beloved movie.

Calendar of Events

April Scavenger Hunts

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Starting Monday, April 4, visit both the Branch and the Main Libraries to participate in special spring-themed scavenger hunts!

Book Clubs | Monthly

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Book Explorers for 2nd and 3rd graders (Registration Required)

Friday, 4/8 @ 4 pm

Wedgie and Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors

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Cover to Cover Book Club for

6th-12th graders (Registration Required)

Wednesday, 4/27 @ 1:45 pm

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


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ReadNext : Staff Book Recommendations

Looking for what to read next and overwhelmed by too many choices? Here's what we've been loving lately!

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Caitlyn's Recommendation: The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill

This charming middle grade novel is about the town Stone-In-The-Glen, which used to be a lovely town, just lovely, ask anyone! But the town has taken a turn for the worse; neighbors don't trust each other anymore, a rash of fires has destroyed parts of town, and a charming dragon-slayer-turned-mayor has convinced everyone that he alone can fix everything. Meanwhile, the Orphan House faces issues as they struggle to make ends meet with the 10+ kids that it was never supposed to have. And the ogress who lives just outside of town delivers crates of food to her neighbors in the dead of night in the attempt to be a good neighbor. But when one of the orphans go missing, the townspeople are quick to blame the Ogress, and the "charming" mayor only fuels the fire. This middle grade book challenges readers to think about what they're told, march to the beat of their own drum, and to think for themselves. Best for grades 5 and up.

Kristy's Recommendation: Anybody Here Seen Frenchie? by Leslie Connor

Bubbly Aurora (self described as “too much for a lot of people”) is best friends with Frenchie, her non-verbal, bird loving neighbor. The two are inseparable until 6th grade when they are placed in different classrooms. Not long after that, Frenchie slips out the school door one day and disappears into the woods of their Maine town. What follows is a heartwarming but nerve-wracking account of the search for Frenchie from a variety of townspeople’s POV, as well as Aurora’s and sometimes even Frenchie’s.

Leslie Connor does such a great job bringing this story to life. It is funny and interesting and uplifting and very very readable.

A perfect reflection of positivity and kindness, and a community coming together— which makes it a great book to read for these trying times. This story would make a great family read aloud for all ages, and an independent read for grade 3 and up

Felicia's Recommendation: Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth

A laugh-out-loud funny book about serious topics. Aideen is struggling with her mother's drinking problem coming back, her best friend pulling away AND new found pressure from her new homeroom teacher. Of course instead of focusing on herself, she teams us with her archenemies, Meabh, to try to fix her life. Aideen finds that it's much easier to help other people with their problems than focusing on her own and she starts making a business out of it! This book takes place in Ireland, so I highly recommend the audiobook if you want to listen to an Irish accent for a few hours. Good for grades 7 and up.

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