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Westwood Public Library | August 2023

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Animals at the Branch: It's Great to Communicate (Registration Required)

Thursday, August 10 at 3:30

Islington Branch Library

Matt Gabriel, of Animal World Experience, will delight children with live animals, and teach them how they communicate! Afterwards, kids will get the opportunity to hang out and pet all the animals.

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Programs for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Branch Books and Boogie (Registration Required)

Mondays @ 10:30; August 7 and 14

Islington Branch Library

Join Miss Caitlyn at the Islington Branch Library for an all-ages storytime full of stories, songs, wiggles, and more! Each storytime will be followed by a simple craft.

Move and Groove (Registration Required)

Tuesdays @ 10:30; August 2-15

Main Library

Join Miss Caitlyn for an all-ages storytime full of stories, dancing, singing, and more.

Baby Rhyme Time (Registration Required)

Thursdays @ 10:30; August 3-10

Main Library

Babies between the ages of 0-18 months are invited to join Miss Kristy for a fun 25 minute lapsit and wiggle time filled with songs and rhymes designed just for them. After storytime, stick around for open play and social time with other parents, caregivers, and babies. 

Puppet Storytime (Registration Required)

Tuesday, August 29 at 11 AM

Main Library

Come to a storytime lead by the puppets! Leigh from Through Me to You Puppetry brings her friends to the Library for some fun. Afterwards, stick around for some puppet play time!

Summer Sensory Fun (Registration Required)

Wednesdays @ 10:30; August 2 and 9

Main Library

Kids aged 2-5 years old and their caregivers are invited to join us for a special summer program in partnership with the Westwood Early Childhood Department. Join Miss Janet and Miss Kristy each week to explore the senses through arts, crafts, fine motor activities and play! Please note, this is a child/caregiver program that calls for consistent supervision and interaction. Activities will include small, potentially choke-able items. Grownups and kids should come prepared to play, explore and get messy! 

Toddler Jam with Sarah Gardner (Registration Required)

Tuesday, August 22 at 11 AM

Main Library

Sarah is back! Children are invited to the library to play with instruments, sing songs, and dance!

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Programs for School-Aged Kids

Dog Days of Summer

Wednesday, August 16 @ 3:30 PM

Main Library

De-stress with dogs! Stop by the Library for some doggy cuddles from a therapy dog and read, color, and unwind! All ages are welcome and no registration is required.

LEGO Builders

Mondays @ 2-4; August 7 and 14

Main Library

Drop by library to have fun with LEGOs and build! Use LEGOs and other building supplies provided by the library to have fun and build up your engineering skills!

Jungle Jim: Wild About Reading

Wednesday, August 2 @ 4 PM

Main Library

Drop by library to have fun with LEGOs and build! Use LEGOs and other building supplies provided by the library to have fun and build up your engineering skills!

STEAM Explorations (Registration Required)

August 17 @ 3:00-4:30

Main Library

Kids in grades 2-5 are invited to enjoy some STEAM-inspired fun! Play with robots, coding, games and more. Please note: this is not a drop-off program. Grown-up supervision is required.

Registration for these programs will open 2 weeks before each event.

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Take Home Kits

Summer Sunshine Book Kits

Pick up week of August 1

Main Library

Make your own book club at home! Kids in grades kindergarten-2 and 3-5 can reserve their own book kit that comes with crafts, snacks, and materials related to the book to have your own book club at home.

Sign Up for K-2
Sign Up for 3-5

DIY Craft Kits

Pick up week of August 1

Main Library

A DIY Craft Kit for teens in grades 6 - 12. In August, you will learn to crochet and make your own octopus! You will be provided with all the materials you might need to make your own creation!

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Teen Programs

Outdoor Movie Night:

Top Gun: Maverick (Rated PG-13)

Wednesday, August 23 @ 8:30pm

Join us under the stars for an outdoor movie night! We will have an inflatable movie screen on the Deerfield lawn on the library side. Bring a blanket and snacks to enjoy this summer movie night! Registration required.

Brought to you by the Friends of the Library and Westwood Recreation Department.

Youth Advisory Board (YAB)

Monday, August 14 @ 4

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.

ReadNext : Staff Book Recommendations

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Caitlyn's Recommendation: The Grimoire of Grave Fates created by Hanna Alkaf and Margaret Owen

When I heard this book described as "Harry Potter meets One of Us is Lying" I knew I had to read it! At the Galileo Academy for the Extraordinary, each student has their own kind of magic; there's one student who practices necromancy (which is forbidden), another student can go to alternate worlds, and that's just the beginning of their powers. But when every student's least favorite teacher, Professor Dropwort, is found murdered, everyone becomes a suspect. Each chapter is written by a different author and tells the story of a different student who can offer more to help readers figure out the mystery. Recommended for grades 7 and up.

Kristy's Recommendation: Lasagna Means I Love You by Kate O'Shaughnessy

This was the sweetest, most heart squeezing book! I loved it to pieces, especially on audio. Mo is a rising 6th grader who must go into foster care after her beloved grandma dies and there is no family member who can take care of her. She ends up with a wealthy couple on the Lower East Side, but the complicated reality of foster care continues to upend her life.

I loved Mo’s hopeful voice and the way she realistically struggles with her anger and sadness. I also loved the complicated, flawed presentation of adult characters who are not necessarily redeemed or explained. It was brave and rang true for me, even if Mo’s story is probably more positive than many other foster kids’ experiences.

A really great book that will appeal to both kids and adults alike. Recommended for grades 4 and up.

Felicia's Recommendation: Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

Otherworld is a new video game from The Company, with state of the art technology where you can really feel what it's like to be in the game. Simon, a 17 year old kid from New Jersey, get's early access to the game for him and his friend Kat in an attempt to get back in her good graces. When this attempt doesn't work, he follows her to a party where a scary accident leaves most of the party-goers in comas, including Kat. When The Company gets involved, offering an experimental technology using the Otherworld game and brain implants, Simon feels like something is up. Working with an anonymous source, Simon enters Otherworld to track down Kat and find out what is really happening. 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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Did You Know?

The Friends of the Library are now accepting book and puzzle donations! Puzzles that are donated must be complete (no missing pieces, please!) and secured with a piece of tape on the bottom. As a reminder, all proceeds from FOL Book Sales go towards supporting the Library programming you know and love!

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