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Westwood Public Library | August 2022

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Summer Reading is Here!

Log in or sign up on Beanstack or stop by the Library. We have summer reading programs for kids, teens and adults. Read books and earn raffle tickets through August 29.

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Programs for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Alphabits StoryCraft @ the Branch 

(Registration Required)

Mondays @ 10:30am, Islington Branch Library, August 1 and 8

Preschoolers are invited to join Miss Caitlyn for an alphabet-themed storytime at the Branch, accompanied by a take-home craft!

Terrific Tuesdays 

(Registration Required)

Tuesdays @ 10:30am, Main Library, August 2, 9 and 16

Join Miss Caitlyn for stories, songs, and dancing at this all-ages storytime.

Summer Sensory Fun (Registration Required)

Wednesdays @ 10:30am, Main Library, August 3 and 10

Have fun with art, water tables, sensory bins, and more in this collaborative program with the Westwood Early Childhood Department.

Pajama Storytime @ the Branch 

(Registration Required)

Wednesday evenings @ 6:30pm, Islington Branch Library, August 3 and 10

Join Miss Karen at the Branch in your PJs! Listen to books, sing songs, and more!

Baby Rhyme Time 

(Registration Required)

Fridays @ 10:30am, Main Library, August 5, 12 and 19

Join Miss Kristy for songs, bounces and stories just for babies, followed by a playtime.

Toddler Jam with Sarah Gardner (Registration Required)

Monday @ 10:30, Main Library, August 15

Join Musician Sarah Gardner for a fun morning of songs, dancing and musical instruments. 

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Programs for Kids and Teens 

Jungle Jim's Camp Balloon Magic Show (Registration Required)

Thursday, August 11 @ 3:30, Islington Branch Library 

Jungle Jim will present a fun, energetic, upbeat show where the audience will be "campers" as he leads them through activities, performs magic, and more! 

Jungle Jim recommends this program for kids ages 4-11. While there is no age limit on this program, children 4 and under must be sitting with a caregiver.

Learning Scratch for Kids (Virtual) 

(Registration Required)

Thursday @ 6pm, August 18

Come learn the basics of Scratch coding with local high school student, Alex! We will figure out the basics of MIT's Scratch, conditionals, and loops! Open to kids going into grades 3 - 5. 

Read, Rest, Repeat.

(Drop in, no registration required)

Mondays, August 1 and 8, Main Library 

Drop everything and read, rest, and refill your bucket for the week. We'll provide Legos, cool things to color and create, and a comfortable space to read! For kids age 7-11. Kids under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

*YAB (Youth Advisory Board)

Monday @ 4pm, August 22, Main Library

Do you want to have a say in what the library offers? Join us over the summer to hear about how to help with programs and share your thoughts, gain some leadership skills, and earn volunteer hours. For grades 6-12.

Candle Making 101

(Registration Required) 

Wednesday August 10 @ 6:30pm, Main Library

Learn the art of candle making. Each person will choose a fragrance which you will then use to make a candle from scratch. For grades 6-12.

3 stacks of photo coasters each tied with a ribbon

Craft Kit for Teens: Photo Coasters

(Registration Required)

Pick up August 15, Main Library

A DIY Craft Kit for teens in grades 6 - 12. In August, we are making photo coasters. You will be provided with all the materials you might need to make your own creation! Supplies are limited. For grades 6-12.

Sign up on the Website

Wingmasters: Birds of Prey New England 

A brown barred owl sitting in a tree

Thursday, August 4 @ 4pm at the Main Library 

Vultures, and Osprey, and Owls... Oh my!

Learn all about Birds of Prey native to New England, including how they hunt and feed in a rapidly changing world. You'll even get to meet a live Bird of Prey!

Registration required, sign up on the website. This program is recommended for ages 5 and up. Kids under 5 must be seated with a caregiver. 

Sign up here

Temple Treasure Escape Room for Teens

Temple Treasure Escape Room Tuesday August 9th

Tuesday, August 9, between 10 and 5 

Do you love solving puzzles and escape rooms? Sign up for this fun challenge in which participants must find the legendary Stone of Azure before they're cursed forever. Sign up with a group of 6 or less for your own hour slot to solve the puzzle. Recommended for grades 6 - 12. 


Sign up for a time slot by clicking below.

Register Here!

ReadNext : Staff Book Recommendations

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

Book cover of Stick and Stone Explore and More
Book cover of Sometime in Summer by Katrina Leno
Book cover of I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys

Caitlyn's Recommendation: Stick and Stone Explore and More by Beth Ferry

Beth Ferry is quickly making her way to the top of my list for favorite beginning reader graphic novels! Her latest installment of Stick and Stone finds best friends Stick and Stone making their way through a scavenger hunt. Each of Ferry's books are treasure for both you and your child to enjoy!

Kristy's Recommendation: Sometime in Summer by Katrina Leno

This is the ultimate feel good novel for kids and parents alike. On her 14th birthday, Anna Lucia Bell hopes for a better year than her 13th. But when she finds out that her parents, who have recently separated, will also be selling their beloved bookstore, she starts to worry. Then her mom informs her that the two of them will be spending the summer on the other side of the country, in the small New England town of Rockport, MA. What follows is a magical, healing summer in more ways than one. This is great for fans of shows like the Gilmore Girls  as well as people (like me!) who love Rockport and Gloucester. Recommended for grades 6 and up. 

Felicia's Recommendation: I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys

Another great Historical Fiction from Ruta Sepetys. The year is 1989 in Romania. 17 year old Cristian Florescu and his family are struggling under the Communist rule of Nicolae Ceaușescu. After finding an American dollar bill in his posession, Cristian is blackmailed by the secret police to become an informer. He’s left with only two choices: betray everyone and everything he loves or use his position to undermine the regime. Recommended for grades 7 and up. 

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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