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Youth Services Newsletter

Westwood Public Library | July 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.

An open book and a camp mug on a table in front of trees and a sunrise with text saying Read Beyond the Beaten Path

Programs for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Alphabits StoryCraft @ the Branch 

(Registration Required)

Mondays @ 10:30am, Islington Branch Library, July 11-August 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, Storytime Room, Main Library, July 12-August 16

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

Summer Sensory Fun (Registration Required)

Wednesdays @ 10:30am, Storytime Room, Main Library, July 13-August 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, July 20-August 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, Storytime Room, Main Library, July 15-August 19

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

Campfire Songs with Julie Stepanek

(Registration Required)

Thursday, July 14 @ 10:30am, Storytime Room, Main Library. 

Kids of all ages are invited to join Musician Julie Stepanek for a fun and silly campfire sing along.

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Programs for Kids and Teens 

Learning Scratch for Kids (Virtual) 

(Registration Required)

Thursdays @ 6pm, July 21 &

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. 

Rest, Read, Repeat.

(Drop in, no registration required)

Mondays in July, 3-5pm, Main Library 

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

*YAB (Youth Advisory Board)

Mondays @ 4pm, July 18 & 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 July 13th @ 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.

Super Fly Tie Dye

(Registration Required)

Thursday July 28th @ 4pm, Main Library

We will supply dye and t-shirts, all you need to do is bring your creativity! This event might get messy, so please wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty. For grades 6-12.

DIY Kits for Summer

Kids in Grades K-2 and 3-5 are invited to take home a summer sunshine book kit featuring a book, craft, discussion questions, and some small surprises. 

Available while supplies last. Register on the website. (Note: July Kits are "sold out." Register now for August!)

This month's books are:

K-2:  Narwhal and Jellyfish by Ben Clanton

3-5: Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead. 

Teens in Grades 6-12 are invited to sign up to get a personalized take-home craft box with all the materials you need to create your own DIY project. Available while supplies last. Register on the website. 

This month's projects are:

July 6: Galaxy Bowl

July 25: Macramé Wall Hanging

Family Program!

Hamilton Trivia with The Trivia Brothers (Virtual) 

Thursday, July 7 at 7pm. 

Do you know everything there is to know about Hamilton? Join us from the comfort of your own home (or vacation rental) to blow us all away with your knowledge of this beloved musical. Don't Throw Away your Shot! This is a great event

Register Here!
Hamilton the Musical poster

ReadNext : Staff Book Recommendations

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

Growing Pangs book cover
Swim Team book cover
The Agathas book cover

Caitlyn's Recommendation: Growing Pangs by Kathryn Ormsbee

This realistic fiction graphic novel is perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Shannon Hale. Need I say more? This novel is based loosely on the author's experiences growing up, and the tumultuous adventures of friendship. Katie and her best friend Kacey are inseparable, so they can't wait to go to summer camp together. They even get matching best friend necklaces! But when Katie starts making other friends, Kacey becomes jealous, and this becomes about the ups and downs of friendship, and what happens when friends grow apart. Great for grades 4 and up.

Kristy's Recommendation: Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas

This adorable, upbeat graphic novel follows Bree who can't wait for the first day at her new middle school in Florida -- until she gets assigned to Swim 101 as an elective. Bree can't swim and is terrified to try. With the help of her upstairs neighbor (and former champion swimmer) Etta, Bree soon finds herself a member of the middle school swim team. But do she and her teammate have what it takes to lead their school to victory? A great, inspiring story that touches on the history of segregated pools and focuses on overcoming fear and doubt in oneself. Recommended for Grades 4 and up.

Felicia's Recommendation: The Agathas by Kathleen Glasgow

Last summer, Alice Ogilve disappeared for a week and no one knows where she went. After coming back, seemingly unscathed, she lost all her friends and got put on house arrest. Now she's back at school and stuck with Iris Adams as a tutor. Iris is not happy about this fact either and has much more to worry about. After one of Alice's ex-friends goes missing and everyone thinks she pulled an "Ogilve," Iris and Alice decide to work together to figure out what happened to the missing girl and why no one is paying attention. For fans of Truly Devious or Karen McManus. Great 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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