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Westwood Public Library | December 2022

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December in the Library

Programs for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Alphabits @ the Branch (Registration Required)

Mondays @ 10:30am, Islington Branch Library, Dec. 5 and 12

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

Move and Groove (Registration Required)

Tuesdays @ 10:30am, Main Library, Dec. 6 and 13

This half hour program with Miss Caitlyn is full of music, movement, and more!

Wondrous Wednesday (Registration Required)

Wednesdays @ 10:30am, Main Library, Dec. 7 and 14

Join Miss Kristy for stories, songs and dancing! 

Baby Rhyme Time (Registration Required)

Thursdays @ 10:30am, Main Library, Dec. 8 and 15

Join Miss Kristy for songs, bounces and stories just for babies 0-18 months, followed by a playtime.

Sign up on the Website

Programs for Kids and Teens 

Creative Kids  (Registration Required)

Thursdays @ 4pm, Main Library 

Dec. 1-15

Read a story and then act it out! Kids in Kindergarten and First Grade are invited to register for this unique, fun program with Miss Karen! Each week, kids will have the opportunity to bring a story to life with costumes and creative play. At the end of the class, each child will leave with a related take home craft.

Lego Builders 

Drop in, no registration 

Half Wednesday, 2-4, Main Library

Dec. 7

Kids in grades PreK-5 are invited to drop in for some STEM-inspired engineering fun. Each week, we will put out our collection of Legos, Keva planks and other building toys.

Read to a Dog (Registration Required) 

Select Saturdays @ 11-12pm,

Main Library

Dec. 10


Kids in grades K-5 can sign up for a one on one appointment with a therapy dog to practice their reading. Call or stop by the library to sign up. 

*YAB (Youth Advisory Board)

2nd Wednesday of the month @ 6:30 pm, Main Library  

Wednesday, Dec. 14

Interested in volunteering at the library and participating in our Youth Advisory Board? Join us on the second Wednesday of the month to hear about how to help with programs and share your thoughts, gain some leadership skills, and earn volunteer hours. For grades 6-12.

Gamer Lounge with One Up Games

Wednesdays from 2-4 pm, 

Main Library

Wednesday, Dec. 7

Middle Schoolers can come to the library on Early Release Wednesdays for two hours of open game play with One Up Games featuring SuperSmash Bro., Fortnite, MarioKart, and more! For grades 6 - 8.


Fridays after school @ 3pm, Community Room, Main Library

Come hang out with your friends and relax. Play video or board games, ping pong or just color.

Open to grades 6 - 8.

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December Break Programs for Kids and Teens

Registration for all December Break programs start on December 5.

Make your own yeti luminaria

Tuesday, December 27

Main Library (Registration required)

Kids, ages 8-12, are invited to pick up a craft kit created by Pop Up Art School featuring everything you will need to make your own Yeti Luminaria out of clay. Participants will also receive exclusive access to a video with detailed instructions. Kits can be picked up starting at 10am on December 27.

Register Here
Family Magic Show

Tuesday, December 27 at 3:00pm

Islington Branch Library (Registration required)

Come to the Branch to be wowed and amazed by magician Scott Martell! Scott brings his own unique brand of magic by using comedy, surprises, and more! Recommended for kids aged 4-12.

Register Here
Disney Trivia

Wednesday, December 28 at 4:00pm

Main Library (Registration required)

Join the Trivia Brothers in person for a fun night of Trivia and games focused on Disney! Create a team of up to 5 people (more is okay if little kids are involved) and get ready to rumble!

Register Here
Snowy Songs, Thursday, December 29 at 11 am.

Thursday, December 29 @ 11:00am

Main Library (Registration required)

Join us for a fun and festive music show with songs about snow, then come to the Children's department and make your own snowperson. Fun for the whole family but ideal for toddlers and preschoolers.

Register Here
Pop Up Art School: Mountain Watercolor Landscape

Thursday, December 29 at 3:00pm

Main Library

Follow along step-by-step as we paint a serene mountain landscape using watercolor paint. Learn about atmospheric perspective and how to create a sense of the depth in your painting. You'll create 2 to 3 smaller watercolor paintings! For grades 6-12.

Register Here
Good Guys vs. Bad Guys Double Feature! Friday December 30-DC League of Super-Pets at 11 AM and The Bad Guys at 2 PM.

Friday, December 30 at 11:00am and 2:00pm

Main Library

Come to the library for a showing of two new movies! Watch DC League of Super-Pets at 11, and come back to watch The Bad Guys at 2!

Drop in, no registration required!

December in the Library. Holiday Hours. 12/24: Close at 1. 12/25: Closed. 12/26: Closed. 12/31: Close at 1. 1/1: Closed. 1/2: Closed.

Book Clubs: Monthly 

Image of the book cover for The First Midaventure by Doreen Cronin.

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

Friday, December 16 @ 4pm

Join Caitlyn and Pat for a lively discussion, followed by fun games and a craft. 

Sign up Here
Book cover of Roll With It by Jamie Sumner

MCBA Book Club for 4th-6th graders (Registration Required)

Tuesday, December 13 @ 4pm

Join us one Tuesday per month for this in person book club dedicated to this year's Massachusetts Children's Book Award nominees. Each month we will discuss a book from the list and play games. 

Sign up Here 
Book cover of White Out

Cover to Cover Book Club for 7th - 12th graders (Registration Required)

December date TBD- check the calendar for more information.

Join Felicia at the library for snacks and discussion of the book of the month! 

Sign up 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!

The book cover for Invisible by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat
Hollow Fires by Samira Ahmed

Caitlyn's Recommendation: Invisible: A Graphic Novel by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

This is a Breakfast Club remix for kids! Five kids, who all happen to speak Spanish, are put together to volunteer so that their school can win a community service award. When they encounter a young girl and her mother at the playground next to the school, they suspect that they are homeless and living in their van. So they hatch a plan to help them! But the lunch lady that they're working for thinks that they're up to no good and will try to stop them at all costs. Can they all pull together to help someone in need? Perfect for fans of The Baby-Sitter's Club, and realistic fiction fans. Great for grades 4 and up.

Kristy's Recommendation: The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat

The Last Mapmaker is a thrilling, moving adventure story that also manages to touch on the darker side of exploration and empire. 12-year old Sai lives in the kingdom of Mangkon, where she works as an assistant to a celebrated mapmaker. She pretends to come from a wealthy family but is actually the daughter of a conman and has known considerable hard times. When an opportunity arises to get a position on board a ship that will explore and chart the southern seas, Sai will do anything to join! But once aboard, she soon learns that everyone seems to be hiding a secret...and nothing and no one is quite what it seems. A great read aloud for families and perfect for grades 4 and up.

Felicia's Recommendation: Hollow Fires by Samira Ahmed

Safiya Mirza has always wanted to be a journalist. As the editor of her school newspaper she's trying to help change the world with her column called "Be the Change." She gets more than she bargains for when she finds the body of a murdered boy and gets wrapped up in the investigation. Jawad Ali was fourteen years old when he built a cosplay jetpack that a teacher mistook for a bomb. A jetpack that got him arrested, labeled a terrorist and eventually killed. The book alternates chapters between Safiya solving the murder and Jawad’s ghost form dealing with his death. Recommended for mystery lovers 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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