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Westwood Public Library | June 2022

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7th Annual Adult Summer Reading!

June 1 to August 29

Our goal: Encourage everyone to get into the habit of reading. Log each day that you read this summer — audiobooks count, too!

To log your reading, sign into your Beanstack account or pick up a paper log at the library.

Earn a badge for every 10 days that you read/listen. 1 badge = 1 ticket to win a prize basket — that's up to 8 entries!

2022 Adult Summer Reading badges

We know that some days will be busier than others, so whether you read 10 pages or 10 books in one day, you can log that as a reading day for the challenge. The Summer Reading program is 90 days long. If you ever need a break, skip up to 10 days without missing out on a raffle entry.

Sign Up for Adult Summer Reading

Summer Reading for Seniors: How to Use Beanstack 

Wednesday, June 15 at 10 am, Meeting Room, Main Library

Seniors, come learn how to create an email account and download apps specifically for using the reading app Beanstack.

Save Your Spot on June 15!

Events Spotlight

Author Talk with Jenna Blum

Wednesday, June 1 at 6:30 pm, Islington Branch, Wentworth Hall

Bestselling author Jenna Blum joins us to discuss her memoir Woodrow on the Bench, about her senior black Lab and what his last seven months taught her.

Click here to register

Great Plant Swap

Wednesday, June 8, 3 to 7 pm, Islington Branch Lawn

Celebrate the gardening season! This event will include a Plant Swap Station, Children's Grow Craft Table, Garden Themed Book Sale, Horticultural Information Material Kiosk and Seed Trade Station. Find more details on our calendar.

No registration required.

Rain or shine!

Armchair Travel with Barry Pell: Antarctica

Thursday, June 9 at 10 am, Meeting Room, Main Library

Photojournalist Barry Pell will share photos from his travels to the last continent to be understood: Antarctica. 

Offered in partnership with Westwood Council on Aging. Call the COA to register: 781-329-8799

Author Talk with Libby DeLana 

Wednesday, June 15 at 6:30 pm, Meeting Room, Main Library 

One morning in 2011, Libby DeLana stepped outside her New England home for a walk. She did the same thing the next day, and the next. It became a daily habit that has culminated in her walking over 25,000 miles – the equivalent of the earth’s circumference.

Click here to register

How to Heal Our Nation

Thursday, June 16 at 7 pm, online

Curious about how to communicate more effectively despite our differences? Join attorney Frederick T. Golder for an evening of dialogue about how to bridge the divide. Mr. Golder is author of the book Reaching Common Ground

Click here to register

Game Night at the Branch

Wednesday, June 29 at 5:30 pm, Islington Branch, Wentworth Hall

Join us for board games at the Branch. Drop in or stay the whole time! Board and card games will be provided. Ages 15+

No registration required

Please check our website and calendar of events for up-to-date schedule changes.

Calendar of Events

What's Happening | News from the Library

Holidays: The library will be closed on Monday, June 20 for Juneteenth.

Hours Update: The library is closed on Sundays until September.

Books to Celebrate Pride Month

June is National Pride Month! To celebrate, we have reading choices for all ages.

Celebrate Juneteenth!

On June 19th, we honor the end of slavery in the United States. Learn about the history of this holiday and find featured titles on our Juneteenth booklist.

The Living Library Est. 2022

If you've visited the second floor of the Main Library recently, you've probably seen the plants thriving under the library's skylights. You can check out our new Living Library to: 

  • Pick up seeds to start a home garden,
  • Borrow a "Grab and Grow" tote with gloves and tools
  • Read about farm-to-table cuisine, floral arranging, or landscape design
  • Find gardening tips and tricks
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Wednesday, June 8, 3 pm to 7 pm on the Islington Branch lawn

Join Suzie and Caroline for the 1st Annual Great Plant Swap. No registration required. Details here! 

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Wednesday, June 22, 6:30 pm at the Islington Branch

Learn how to start your own indoor herb garden at our Herb Container Gardening program. Registration is limited and opens on Wednesday, June 8 at 10 am.

Discover the Living Library

Museums and More

A photo of baseball players in vintage Boston jerseys on Georges Island. The Boston Harbor Islands logo is in the top left corner.

This summer, step back in time and watch a vintage baseball game at historic Fort Warren on Georges Island in Boston Harbor! See the game schedule here and request a discount library pass here.

A display at the Patriots Hall of Fame

Take Dad to the Patriots Hall of Fame in Foxborough for Father's Day! Each library pass admits 2 visitors for free.

A young child looking through the window of a white board

Build big at the Boston Children's Museum! Inspired by the best kind of experience that starts with an empty cardboard box, Fantastic Forts encourages kids and adults to explore, create, test, and try again. Reserve a pass for half-price admission for up to 4 people.

Thank you to the Friends of the Library and our generous community sponsors for making museum passes available at the library.

Did You Know... | How to reserve a study room?

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You can reserve a study room up to 7 days in advance!

The Main Library has 2 study rooms on the second floor for quiet work and study for up to 4 people per room. 

Questions? Ask at the Reference Desk

Reserve a Study Room

Recent Events | Watch on YouTube

Book Buzz: Beach Reads Edition

Book Buzz: Beach Reads Edition

May 25, 2022

Read our first special edition Book Buzz newsletter here!

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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