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Westwood Public Library | July 2023

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NEW: Social Emotional Learning Collection

Our Library of Things Collection is growing! We've expanded to include a new collection called the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Collection. Here, you can find different materials, toys, and resources that your child can use to learn about emotions and feelings, how to calm down, and how to interact with their peers and navigate social situations. Click the button below to learn more about the collection as well as what it offers!

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Programs for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Branch Books and Boogie (Registration Required)

Mondays @ 10:30; July 10-August 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; July 11-August 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; July 13-August 17

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. 

Pajama Storytime at the Branch (Registration Required) 

Wednesdays @ 6:30pm; June 28, July 26, and August 30

Islington Branch Library

Join Miss Karen for a cozy night of stories and songs at the Islington Branch Library. Wear your favorite pajamas and bring a stuffed animal to cuddle with.

Summer Sensory Fun (Registration Required)

Wednesdays @ 10:30; July 12 and 18; 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! 

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Programs for School-Aged Kids

LEGO Builders

Mondays @ 2-4; July 10-August 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!

Hands On Nature: The Magic of Fireflies (Registration Required)

Tuesday, July 11 at 4pm

Main Library

Learn about these special nocturnal insects, and the ways they have been used as sources of light in many cultures. Discover the habits and lifestyles of these luminous insects, and learn what makes their ‘cool light’ different from other ‘warm light’. Bring a recycled glass jar, and make a firefly catcher to bring home and enjoy this summer! For kids age 3 and older. 

STEAM Explorations (Registration Required)

July 20 @ 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.

Vinny the Bubble Guy (Registration Required)

Monday, July 24 at 4pm

Main Library

Using giant homemade bubble wands, a sound system full of music, and a lot of fun, family entertainment experience, Mr. Vinny get kids

and adults involved in bubble chasing games. The program is all about big beautiful bubbles, running-around, and... having FUN! Truly best for all ages. 1-100 years old.

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 July 5

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.

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Sign Up for 3-5

DIY Craft Kits

Pick up week of July 5

Main Library

A DIY Craft Kit for teens in grades 6 - 12. In July, we are making Light Blub Flower Art. 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: Back to the Future

Tuesday, July 18 @ 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.

ReadNext : Staff Book Recommendations

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Caitlyn's Recommendation: The Fort by Gordon Korman

This is Gordon Korman's 100th book! When five boys are exploring in the woods after a hurricane hits their town, they stumble upon a underground fort that they believe was a bomb shelter built by a wealthy man in town a long time ago. They make a pact to keep it a secret between the five of them and they all use it for different things; though arguably the most important use of it is by CJ, who's using it as an escape from his abusive stepfather. When the town bullies start to suspect the boys of keeping secrets from them, and CJ's stepfather starts to get worse, keeping the fort a secret is more important than ever. Best for grades 6 and up.

Kristy's Recommendation: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I love this classic science fiction adventure story that re-imagines Cinderella in a futuristic world in which cyborgs and droids live among humans. As a deadly pandemic wreaks havoc around the world, Cinder, secretly living as a Cyborg, meets Prince Kai, the soon to be king. Little do they know that their world is about to change dramatically when political and personal events come crashing together. This book is also great on audio and is available to check out immediately through Hoopla. Great for grades 6 and up.

Felicia's Recommendation: They're Watching You by Chelsea Ichaso

Maren Montgomery's best friend and roommate, Polly St. James, goes missing after spending the months prior distancing herself from any of her friends. Maren knows Polly had a secret that she was about to share before she disappeared. A secret that had to do with the elite, ultra-rich crowd at Torrey-Wells. After finding an invitation to the Gamemaster's Society among Polly's things, Maren starts questioning her classmates in this secret society about the truth of what happened to Polly. In order to be told anything useful, Maren must join and make it through the dangerous initiation. She discovers a world she never knew existed within her school, where Society members compete in high-stakes games for unheard-of rewards―Ivy League connections, privileges, favors. But Maren's been drawn into a different game: for every win, she'll receive a clue about Polly. And as Maren keeps winning, she begins to see just how powerful the Society's game is―bigger and deadlier than she ever imagined. Recommended for grades 8 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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