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Westwood Public Library | August 2022

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Minuteman Library Crawl 2022 Wednesday, August 3, 10 am to 5 pm

Minuteman Library Crawl 2022

Wednesday, August 3 from 10 am to 5 pm, Main Library and Islington Branch

A “crawl,” or tour, is a fun way to visit multiple libraries in your area. Travel from library to library, meet the friendly staff, and learn more about what nearby libraries have to offer. 

Here's how it works: 

  1. Visit as many participating Minuteman libraries as you can
  2. Find specified items in each library and take pictures with them
  3. Show your pictures to library staff to win a prize

Start where you want, end where you want – it’s a self-guided crawl. All are welcome to participate – children, families, adults, everyone!

It's a 21st century scavenger hunt. Share your pics on Instagram or Facebook and tag @WestwoodPLMA and #MLNCrawl2022.

Both the Westwood Main Library and Islington Branch are joining in on the fun! View this Library Crawl 2022 Flyer for more details and the full list of participating libraries.

Read to the end of this newsletter for a behind-the-scenes peek at something you'll be searching for during the crawl... 👀🔍

Events Spotlight

Open Mah Jongg

Wednesdays at 10:30 am, Conference Room, Main Library

If you like to play American Mah Jongg, join our open play group on Wednesday mornings through the end of August. 

Click for more details. No registration required.

(Don't know how to play? Stay tuned for details about our Beginners Mah Jongg class returning in September.)

True Crime Book Club

Wednesday, August 17 at 6:30 pm, Islington Branch, Wentworth Hall

Do you always know the culprit before they are revealed? Have you already binged every documentary available on Netflix & all the podcasts on your phone? Join the True Crime Book Club on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Islington Branch!

In August, we'll be reading In Cold Blood by Truman Capote – pick up a copy of the book at the Main Library and Islington Branch. 

Click here to register

Armchair Travel: Bhutan

Thursday, August 25 at 10 am, Meeting Room, Main Library

Accompanied by his photography, Barry Pell will share insights from his travels through the small kingdom of Bhutan, tucked within the rugged Himalaya mountains.

All are welcome. Call the Council on Aging to register: 781-329-8799

This program is offered in partnership with Westwood Council on Aging and is made possible by the generosity of the Friends of the Westwood Council on Aging. 

Fundamentals of Photography Class

Wednesday, August 31 at 6:30 pm, Islington Branch, Wentworth Hall

Do you want to get more out of your smartphone or digital camera?

Join Westwood librarian and photographer, Zoe, to learn what makes a great photo and how to photograph in different scenarios, like family portraits, landscapes, or wildlife.

Click here to register

Please check our website and calendar of events for up-to-date schedule changes.

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Gardening Wall of Fame 2022

Living Library Gardening Wall of Fame 2022

Welcome to The Living Library's Gardening Wall of Fame!

The library has had a very successful first season unveiling our new seed catalog, garden bibliothèque, garden of things, and information resource section throughout the spring and summer season. 

If you have been growing seeds from our catalog and you would like to share your green thumb efforts, we would LOVE to hear from you! 

Please send photos to LivingLibrary.WPL@gmail.com to be featured on our board in an effort to inspire others and grow our gardening community while showing off your hard work. Thank you so much for participating!

Summer Reading ends August 29

Don't miss your chance to win one of these prize baskets!

Join the 7th annual Adult Summer Reading Program, log your daily reading, and earn raffle tickets for every 10 days of reading. You can track your reading on Beanstack or pick up a paper log at the Main Library or Islington Branch through August 29.

BBQ/Grilling Basket with grilling tools, a picnic basket, a cookbook, and more
Games Basket with crossword puzzles, board games, candy, and more
Gardening Basket with gardening tools, a watering can, seeds, and more
Relaxation Basket with a massager, weighted blanket, sound machine, and more

Thank you to our sponsors! Adult Summer Reading is sponsored by the Friends of the  Westwood Library, Dedham Savings, Roche Bros, and Wegmans. 

What's Happening | News from the Library

True Crime

No matter your favorite flavor of true crime, we’ve got your next great read. Murders, cults, and mobs abound as you delve into the psychology of crime and our obsession with it. Meet other true crime aficionados at our new True Crime Book Club!

Armchair Travel

Take a break and travel anywhere in the world from the comfort of home. Check out our booklist to go from Europe to Asia with the flip of a page – and don't forget to save your spot to learn about Bhutan with photojournalist Barry Pell on Thursday, August 25.

Discover More Book Lists

Wild Things are welcome at the Gardner Museum!

Diorama of Max (from Where the Wild Things Are) in the Forest, by Maurice Sendak

Through September 11, Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak’s Designs for Opera and Ballet features enchanting illustrations, detailed dioramas, and clever costumes for productions of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Prokofiev’s Love for Three Oranges, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, and Sendak's own Where the Wild Things Are.

Learn more about this gallery exhibit, then reserve the Isabella Stewart Gardner pass from the library. 

The Friends of the Westwood Library is seeking donations for their Fall Book sale. Drop off gently used books in the vestibule of the Main Library. (Please, no old textbooks or travel guides! Check this list of items the Friends cannot accept.)

Did You Know...? | Philbrick Art Collection

The Westwood Public Library's collection of Philbrick art consists of over fifty pieces. But, you may ask, who were the Philbricks? 

Margaret and Otis Philbrick were internationally renowned artists and residents of Westwood, MA for many years. Many of Mrs. Philbrick's works depict Westwood places and give the viewer a glimpse into the town's history. Margaret Philbrick was known for her printmaking and painting. An interview with Mrs. Philbrick can be found in the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. The Westwood Library has a transcript of this interview.

Otis Philbrick was also a professor at Massachusetts College of Art. His work can be found at the National Gallery of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Both Philbricks were listed in Who's Who in American Art (1970)

The Westwood Public Library is currently in the process of prominently displaying this art collection. You can find many Philbrick pieces throughout the library and scan their nearby QR codes for more information. Explore our online Philbrick Resources for biographies of Margaret and Otis, a timeline, collection highlights, and much more.

A black and white drawing of a house in the shade of a large tree with ivy in the foreground.

July Afternoon 1941 (Margaret Philbrick)

A screen print in green and brown of an old mill building, the Glover Mill in Westwood, MA

Glover Mill

(Margaret Philbrick)

A black and white portrait of Robert Frost, with three drawings of Frost's head, one angled away, one facing the viewer, and one in profile

Robert Frost (Otis Philbrick)

Transparent Language | Featured Resource

New resource alert! Learn 110+ languages with Transparent Language Online
Explore Transparent Language

Are you traveling out of the country this summer? Do you want to practice a new language? Try our new resource: Transparent Language

Learners of all levels can build their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in a foreign language. Transparent Languages provides lessons for more than 110 different languages, plus English for speakers of other languages. 

After you set up your Transparent Language account online, download and sign into the mobile app (Apple/iOS and Android) to keep learning anytime, anywhere.

Provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS.

New and Notable Titles

A stack of books

General Fiction | Mystery | Romance | Science Fiction | Adventure

Nonfiction | Past & Present | Science & Nature | Lifestyles | Business

Children's Picture Books | Children's Chapter Books | Teens

Don't miss this week's bestsellers:

Hardcover Fiction | Paperback Fiction | Hardcover Nonfiction | Paperback Nonfiction

All library programs are free and open to the public thanks to generous support from the Friends of the Westwood Library.

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