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Westwood Public Library | December 2022

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Book Buzz: Cozy Winter Reads Edition on Wednesday December 14 at 7 pm at the Main Library. A plush yellow chair next to a table with a stack of books and a steaming cup of tea or coffee.

Book Buzz: Cozy Winter Reads Edition

Wednesday, December 14 at 7 pm, Meeting Room, Main Library

Join us in person to hear about some favorite cozy reads from your Westwood librarians. We'll share our picks for romantic comedies, cozy mysteries, hearty cookbooks, comfort re-reads, can't-put-down YA fantasy, and more! 

Can't attend live and in person? Subscribe to our Book Buzz newsletter to get our list of recommendations following this event.

SAVE YOUR SPOT on December 14!

Featured Events

Maximizing Social Security

Thursday, December 1 at 6:30 pm, Meeting Room, Main Library

Retirement Income Planning

Tuesday, December 6 at 6:30 pm, Meeting Room, Main Library

Are you approaching retirement or already retired? Don't miss this 2-part financial education series with a focus on retirement! 

By registering, you will be signed up to attend both sessions.

The Ukrainian/Russian Conflict

Monday, December 5 at 11 am, Meeting Room, Main Library

Join speaker Roman Dashawetz to learn about Holodomor, or the Great Famine. In 1932-33, Ukrainian farmers desperately resisted Stalin's forced collectivization efforts, which resulted in a man-made famine that killed 7-10 million Ukrainians.

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

A New England Notebook with Ted Reinstein

Monday, December 12 at 1 pm, Meeting Room, Main Library

After covering every corner of New England for 16 years, “Chronicle” reporter Ted Reinstein got tired of saying, “I have enough stories to fill a book,” so he picked the best stories and wrote one. The result is an engaging almanac that offers plenty of intriguing tidbits and little-known facts and reveals the heart of “this historic and quintessentially American place.”

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

Mystery Book Club

Tuesday, December 27 at 10 am, Islington Branch, Wentworth Hall

Come join us at the Islington Branch to discuss mystery and thriller reads on the fourth Tuesday of each month! For December, we're reading The Snowman by Jo Nesbø.

Register here

Please check our website and calendar of events for up-to-date schedule changes. Plus, visit our Readers' Corner to discover all of our book clubs for adults!

View Our Calendar of Events

Recurring Programs

Tech Help @ Islington Branch

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2 pm to 5 pm, Islington Branch, Wentworth Hall

Call 781-326-5914 to register

Open Mah Jongg

Wednesdays at 7 pm, Conference Room, Main Library

No registration required. For players familiar with American Mah Jongg.

What's Happening | News from the Library

Holidays: Closing at 1 pm on Saturday, December 24 and closed on Sunday, December 25 and Monday, December 26 for Christmas. Closing at 1 pm on Saturday, December 31 and closed on Sunday, January 1 and Monday, January 2 for New Year's Day.

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Visit the Living Library at the Branch

Stop by the Islington Branch's Living Library to admire the plants being propagated and take home some bulbs or seeds for your garden!

The winter months are an excellent time to experiment with new varieties of seeds. Both the Main Library and Islington Branch will have a year-round supply of seeds and ideas to keep you busy once the snowy days arrive. ❄️

The Living Library is supported in part by a grant from the Westwood Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Take the Library With You

Traveling for the holidays? Or maybe you want to put on your comfy clothes and settle in your favorite chair on a rainy day? Westwood residents have access to several digital services. Have your library card handy, download, and enjoy.

Preview of Westwood Librarians' 2022 Gift Book Guide

Check out the WPL's gift guides for readers of all ages! We have a collection of gift ideas for all the voracious readers in your life.

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Drop by the Islington Branch through the end of the year to enter our Warm Reads raffle for the chance to win a hand-knit item made by the Islington knitters! 

Hygge. A person holding a mug next to a fluffy orange cat and a tray with cookies and a lit candle.

Revel in the comfort evoked by happiness, meditation, and homemade food with books celebrating the Norwegian feeling of hygge.

Hallmark-esque Novels. A bowl of popcorn next to a remote control.

Enjoy the magic of Christmas with these books reminiscent of your favorite Hallmark movies from any time of the year.

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Will you be Westwood's first Poet Laureate?

The Poet Laureate will promote public awareness of poetry in Westwood, mentor a Teen Poet Laureate, and write poetry for the town during a two-year term. 

Apply now! Submissions open from December 1, 2022 to January 15, 2023.

Westwood Poet Laureate

Did You Know... | How to Borrow a WiFi Hotspot?

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Need WiFi on the go? Borrow a mobile hotspot from the library! Hotspots are available at both the Main Library and the Islington Branch Circulation Desks.

Check our website for more details about the WiFi Hotspots, including our lending rules!

Please note that if network coverage is not available in your location, the devices will not work effectively.

Reserve a Hotspot

Recent Events | Watch on YouTube

Video recording of author Jennifer Lin's talk about Beethoven in Beijing on November 17

Author Talk: Jennifer Lin

November 17, 2022

Beethoven in Beijing

New and Notable Titles

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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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