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Westwood Public Library| June 2023

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The Main & Branch libraries will be closed Monday, June 19th for Juneteenth Independence Day.

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Featured Events

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Monday Drop-In Series

Mondays at 3:00 pm, Islington Branch, Wentworth Hall

Join us for drop-in activities at the Islington Branch on Monday afternoons! Great fun for all ages! Check the website for each week's theme.

*supplies will be on a first-come, first-serve basis

Dr. Joseph Warren

Dr. Joseph Warren: First American Martyr at the Battle of Bunker Hill June 17, 1775 Saturday, June 10th at 3:00 pm, Main Library

Historical author Christian DiSpigna will take us back in time exploring the life and death of Dr. Joseph Warren Founding Martyr. Using his effective arsenal of voice, pen, and sword, Dr. Joseph Warren helped push thirteen colonies towards independence. Without him, the rebellion would have likely faltered, possibly ending in failure. The values and principles he championed endure, while his story remains a tale of inspiration.

This event is sponsored by the Westwood Public Library, Massachusetts Freemasons, and the Dr. Joseph Warren Foundation. For more information about the Massachusetts Freemasons go to: and for the Dr. Joseph Warren Foundation go to:

Registration is Required. 


Westwood Seniors Present Spring Art Exhibit ‘Creative Inspirations’

Thursday, June 8th at 4:00 pm, Main Library

We welcome all to celebrate Spring and explore a fabulous array of inspirational and creative artworks done in Watercolor painting and Drawings by Westwood Seniors. Students attending classes with Instructor Brenda Goldman at the Westwood Council on Aging learn various Watercolor painting and drawing techniques, resulting in the vast array of subjects on exhibit.

Enjoy the artwork and meet many of the artists!

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Readers Digest

Thursday, June 15th at 6:00 pm, Main Library

Join us for a community potluck the third Thursday of every month! Pick a dish from this month's book, cook it, and bring it to the library to share, discuss, and digest.

Registration open May 25 - June 12, 2023.

Submit your dish online using this form

June cookbook: Smitten Kitchen Everyday: Triumphant & Unfussy New Favorites by Deb Perelman

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

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The annual Friends of the Library (FOL) community appeal is underway. The FOL provides funds for library programs not covered by the existing town budget. If you’d like to donate, please send your tax-deductible donation to the library (care of the FOL) or use the link below to make your donation. Thank you! 

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FOL Book Sale! One Day Book Bonanza

The Westwood Library is holding a ONE-DAY BOOK SALE at the Main Library on Saturday, June 3rd from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. You'll find bestsellers including fiction and non-fiction books for adults, children, and teens, art books, coffee table books, cookbooks, and more.

Islington Branch Book Club Picks

June book club picks

Ongoing Series

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Tech Help @ Islington Branch

Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm by appointment, Islington Branch, Wentworth Hall

General troubleshooting of phones, tablets, and laptop computers. Help with library apps, databases and website.

Staff cannot be held responsible for damage to patron-owned equipment.

Call 781-326-5914 to register!

Monday Matinees

Monday Matinee

First Monday of each month at 2:00 pm, Main Library

This month's feature is A Man Called Otto starring Tom Hanks.

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Westwood Quilters

Fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 pm, Main Library

Come on the fourth Monday of each month to sit, sew, and share quilting ideas. All skill levels welcome. Work on your current project and join the group. 

Email Carol Devlin for more information: [email protected] 

We want to know!

Tell us what you think by choosing an option from the poll questions below!

Have more thoughts to share? Send us an email at: [email protected]

Where would you like to see more library outreach?
Council on Aging
Westwood Schools
Author Visits
Town Events
What is your favorite type of 'guilty pleasure' book?
Young Adult Novels
Graphic Novels
Cozy Mysteries
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What's Happening | News from the Library

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Westwood Library Monthly Photography Challenge

June theme: Pets!

To submit your photo(s), email them to [email protected] using the subject "June Photography Challenge". To view other submissions, click on the comments link at the top of each post. This is not a competition - just a place to share photos and encourage each other to get out with our cameras (including smartphones)! All experience levels are welcome.

To submit your photos and read up on some tips for capturing your pet looking their best visit our blog!


New Library of Things Homepage

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Find all the information you need for the Library of Things in one easy place!

Puzzles, lawn games, electronics, and more await in our new Library of Things libguide. Check out something amazing today!

Featured Theme: Juneteenth Reads

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Conjure Women by Afia Atakora

For more suggested reads, check out our Juneteenth Book List!

Did You Know... | Westwood has a New Youth Poet Laureate

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youth poet laureate

Lucie Sechler, Westwood High School class of 2024, is Westwood’s first Youth Poet Laureate. She was formally appointed at the May 8 Westwood Select Board meeting by a unanimous vote. A selection committee composed of library director Elizabeth McGovern, Friends of the Library member and poet Karen Michaelson, and Westwood Poet Laureate Lynne Viti reviewed applications of several applicants and interviewed three finalists before formally recommending Lucie to the Select Board. Her term runs for one year, beginning June 1, 2023.

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Recent Events | Watch on YouTube

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Where Do I Begin? Coordinating Your Loved Ones Care: Dementia Education Series (April 26th, 2023)

This series is brought to you by the Westwood Public Library, Bridges® by EPOCH at Westwood Senior Advisors, and Cornerstone Caregiving and is geared towards family caregivers and caretakers of loved ones with memory loss.

Pete Bruce and Maggie Kuriakose, Bridges® by EPOCH at Westwood Senior Advisors, are the series presenters. Pete has a masters degree in counseling and is a dementia practitioner trainer and has worked for Bridges for 6 years. Pete has been working with clients and families for over 25 years. 

Learn more here!

For more online events, visit our Library Programs LibGuide!

Homebound Delivery Services


For additional information, please contact:

Karen Gallagher, Head of Circulation Services

Phone: 781-320-1049                                 

Email: [email protected]

Library materials delivered to your doorstep! Sponsored by the Westwood Council on Aging and the Friends of the Westwood Public Library.

Requests for materials will be filled and delivered to your home by a Homebound Delivery Volunteer for a three-week loan period. We can select items for you by title or provide you with a selection based on your reading interests and preferences.


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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