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Westwood Public Library | February 2022

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An image of the Beanstack challenge called the "28 in 28 Challenge".

28 in 28 Challenge

February 1-February 28

Can you read 28 hours in 28 days?

Children and Teens are invited to sign up for this fun challenge to see if they can read 28 hours throughout the month of February! For each hour read, readers will earn one ticket that they can put towards a drawing to win a cozy reading basket!


Youth Services Upcoming Events

Be sure to check the website to register for programs and verify dates and location.

Alphabits StoryCraft (Registration Required)

Mondays, 10:30am, Islington Branch Library - Feb 28-April 11


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

Terrific Tuesdays (Registration Required)

Tuesdays, 10:30am, Storytime Room, Main Library- Feb 1 and 8 (on Zoom); March 1-12 (in person)

Join Miss Caitlyn for stories, songs, and dancing at this all-ages storytime on Tuesdays!

Wondrous Wednesdays (Registration Required)

Wednesdays, 10:30am, Storytime Room, Main Library - Feb. 2 and 9 (on Zoom); March 2-13 (in person)

Join Miss Kristy for stories, songs, and dancing at this all-ages storytime on Wednesdays!

Gamer Lounge with One Up Games

Wednesday Feb 2, 2pm, Community Room, Main Library

Join us for two hours of open game play featuring SuperSmash Bro., Fortnite, MarioKart, and more!

Open to 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.

DIY Craft Kit

(Registration Required)

Pick up starts Monday February 14

You will be provided with all the materials you might need to make your own creation at home! Supplies are limited. 

Open to grades 6 - 12.

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February Vacation

2sday Storytime (Registration Required)

Tuesday 2/22, 10:30am, Main Library

It's 2sday 2/22/22! Join Miss Caitlyn for a storytime packed with books, songs, dancing, and more, all involving the number 2! Best suited for ages 2-5.

Animal Adventures (Registration Required)

Wednesday 2/23, 2pm, Main Library

Get up close and personal with many different kinds of animals in this fun and informative program. Open to all ages.

Family Movie Afternoon - Disney's Encanto (Registration Required)

Thursday 2/24, 2pm, Main Library

Come to the library for a showing of the hit movie "Encanto"! After the movie, an Encanto-themed gift basket will be raffled off!

Stuffed Animal Sleepover (Registration Required)

Friday 2/25, 4pm, Main Library

Bring your bestie to storytime! Listen to some bedtime-themed books, then leave your stuffy to have fun in the library overnight. Pick them up in the morning and see what kinds of fun they had!

Book Clubs | Monthly

Image of a book cover for Garlic and the Vampire by Bree Paulsen.

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

Friday, 2/18 @ 4pm

Garlic and the Vampire by Bree Paulsen

Image of the book cover for Scouts by Shannon Greenland

MCBA BookClub for 4th-6th graders (Registration Required)

Tuesday, 2/8 @ 4pm

Scouts by Shannon Greenland

Image of the book cover for The Selection by Kiera Cass.

Cover to Cover BookClub for 6th grade and up. (Registration Required)

Wednesday, 2/2 @ 4pm

The Selection by Kiera Cass


What's Happening | Kids

Join us online or in person!

In these uncertain times, we have been frequently pivoting our programs to be completely virtual (Storytime) or hybrid (bookclubs). Please check the website to find out how you can attend our programs!

Image of our growing collection of Library Things that include STEAM Kits like a magnet kit, problem solving games, a ukulele kit, and more.

Children's DepartmentLibrary of Things

Did you know that the Westwood Library Children's department offers a variety of non-book items to check out and take home? We have puzzles, games and now STEAM kits. Learn to play the Ukulele, experiment with magnets, get up close and personal with real bug specimens and more! Stop by and check out our ever-growing selection!

An image of various Westwood Librarians dressed up for Harry Potter night.

Harry Potter Week!

Harry Potter Book Night has been one of Westwood Library's most treasured traditions. This year, we are looking forward to celebrating a little differently! Join us during April Vacation to celebrate Harry Potter all week long. We will have activities and crafts throughout the week capped off by a costume contest and trivia night. Stay tuned for more updates.

What's Happening | Teens

Chromebook chargers, Nintendo Switch, sports equipment, and board games in the Teen Room

More to find in the Teen Room

Did you know that you can borrow a Nintendo Switch (along with 4 controllers) to use in the library for an hour at a time?

Forget your Chromebook charger and you are here to do homework? Just ask the Teen Desk to borrow a charger while at the library. You can even sign out various sports equipment to use when it's nice outside!

All these items can be found at the Teen Desk and must be returned the day you use it.

ReadNext : Staff Book Recommendations

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

Image of the book cover for The Insiders by Mark Oshiro.
Image of the book cover for Fifty-Four Things Wrong with Gwendolyn Rogers by Caela Carter
Image of the book cover for This Is Why We Lie by Gabriella Lepore.

Caitlyn's Recommendation: The Insiders by Mark Oshiro

Héctor has just moved to a new school and faces relentless bullying, and teachers who are less than helpful. Seeking refuge one day, he enters a janitorial closet that somehow has everything that he finds comforting in it. Héctor frequently uses this as his safe space, however he's shocked when, one day, he enters the room and he's not the only one there. Together, Héctor and his new friends must figure out what the room means, and how they can use it to help each other. Perfect for middle grade readers who are looking to dip into a bit of fantasy.

Kristy's Recommendation: Fifty-Four Things Wrong with Gwendolyn Rogers by Caela Carter

This is one of those middle grade books that I wish all parents and teachers would read. An important, charming, super enlightening look into the mind and heart of a kid struggling to understand herself. Gwendolyn Rogers is an 11-year-old sixth grader who reads her own IEP (individualized education plan) and extracts from it a list of 54 things that are “wrong with her. “ She struggles with behaving, with keeping her anger in check as well as other emotions, and narrates the story with so much heart and honesty that it will break your heart but in the best possible way. I know so many Gwendolyns and I am sure you do too. Highly recommend this excellent book for kids, parents, and anyone who works with young people.

Felicia's Recommendation: This Is Why We Lie by Gabriella Lepore

Get lost in the drama of this coastal British town. This fast-paced mystery has two narrators, Jenna and Adam, from two different sides of town. Jenna is an outsider at the local all-girls private school, while Adam fits right in at the school for troubled boys. After these two accidently discover a dead body in the harbor, everything seems to come back to each of their friend groups. There are twists and turns throughout the entire book that kept me guessing until the end. Perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying or any teen in grades 6 and up looking for their next big mystery.

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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