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Westwood Public Library | June 2023

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Librarians on the Go!

June 1-14th

Where are all the Librarians!?

During the month of June, Westwood Youth Services Librarians visit all 5 elementary schools and the Middle School to talk about our Summer Reading Program. We love these visits because it gives us an opportunity to drum up excitement about the Reading Challenge. We also get to talk about our favorite books of the year-- which in turn encourages kids to get excited about reading! You may notice the desk is empty at times as we are in and out of the library. We appreciate your understanding. Feel free to leave us a message by phone (781-320-1042) or email us at wwdchildrens@gmail.com.

Summer Reading is here!

June 1-August 31

If your child is as excited as we are about Summer Reading, click the button below to get more information and register them for the challenge of their choosing!

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Programs for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Our regularly scheduled storytimes may be on hiatus until July, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to do!

Toddler Jam with Sarah Gardner (Registration Required) 

Tuesdays @ 11am; June 13-27

Main Library

Visit fan-favorite musician Sarah Gardner for a fun-filled 45 minute program full of singing, dancing, and making music of your own! All ages welcome, registration required.

Sign Up Here

Pajama Storytime at the Branch (Registration Required) 

Wednesday, June 28 @ 6:30pm

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.

Sign Up Here

Free Play Friday

Fridays @ 10:30am; June 16-30

Main Library

Drop-in for some self-directed play using Library toys. Each week, we'll have an assortment of games, crafts, and toys available. Come with your friends, or meet new ones there! No registration required!

Even More Programs...

Teen Craft Kits are back!

A DIY Craft Kit for teens in grades 6 - 12. Each month this summer register for a different craft kit. In June, we are making Sunflower Suncatchers. You will be provided with all the materials you might need to make your own creation!

Click here to Sign Up

Learn About First Lego League with WHS Robotics

Saturday, June 10 from 1-2:30

Do you like Legos or robots? Are you interested in learning more about engineering and programming? If so, join us at the Westwood Public Library to learn more about First Lego League: Challenge. FLL is a unique opportunity for students in grades 4-8 to learn about programming, design, and entrepreneurship by constructing a robot and completing research on a project. Students will work together as a team to develop solutions to a challenge presented in early August and compete in competition in December. No registration required! Recommended for kids going into grades 4-8.

*Please note: This is an informational program presented by the Westwood High School Robotics Club. It is not an active program with hands on activities.  

Book Club in a box!

Kids in grades K-2 and 3-5 can sign up to reserve their own book club kit! Each kit comes with the book, discussion questions, other toys or materials related to the book! Separate registration required for each month.

Outdoor Family Movie Night

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.

Summer Programs to Look Forward To

Registration for these programs will open 2 weeks before the event.

Find our Calendar of Events on our website!

Hands On Nature: The Magic of Fireflies

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. 

Vinny the Bubble Guy

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.

Animal Show: It's Great to Communicate

Thursday, August 10 at 4pm

Islington Branch Library

Matt Gabriel, of Animal World Experience, will delight children with live animals, and teach them how they communicate! Afterwards, kids will get the opportunity to hang out and pet all the animals.

Jungle Jim: Wild About Reading!

Wednesday, August 2 at 4pm

Main Library

This 45 minute program features giant ocean creature creation; routines that promote books and reading; over a dozen volunteers performing on stage with Jungle Jim; and of course, the giant 6-foot balloon!

ReadNext : Staff Book Recommendations

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Caitlyn's Recommendation: The Manifestor Prophecy by Angie Thomas

Nic Blake is a Remarkable in an Unremarkable world. She and her father have lived in human cities for 12 years together, but every year that her father doesn't teach her how to use her powers, she becomes increasingly frustrated. When she finds out that her favorite fantasy novels are actually based on real events and that her father is even a character in them, she's suddenly catapulted into the Remarkable world with two friends and her hellhound, Cocoa. She and her friends must prove her father's innocence, who's been on the run since being falsely accused of a crime. This novel created such a great world and characters that when I finished it, I thought "Okay, where's the next one?" Nic Blake is a character that I very much look forward to spending more time with! For grades 4 and up.

Kristy's Recommendation: Finally Seen by Kelly Yang

In Kelly Yang's latest heartfelt novel, we meet Lina, who has come to America to live with her parents after five years of living in China with her Grandma. When Mina gets to America, she is startled to find that it is nothing like she imagined it would be. Her parents work incredibly hard and constantly struggle to make enough money. They worry about their green card status and battle the mean farmer who employs Lina’s dad and works him to exhaustion every day. Lina struggles to speak English in school, but finds connection with her ESL teacher and in her school library, where she loves to read graphic novels.

Lina’s story is full of love and hope — and heart wrenching sweetness that is impactful for both kid and adult readers. Yang’s books are so special because they truly appeal to kids and their grownups. This one, in particular, features a moving and positive plot line about the power of books as windows and sliding doors to other cultural experiences and the dangers of book banning. Such a sweet, fun, relatable story. Perfect for grades 3-6.

Felicia's Recommendation: Live Your Best Lie by Jessie Weaver

One of Us is Lying meets Gossip Girl. Summer Cartwright is a popular Social Media Influencer with millions of followers and a newly minted book deal. Every moment of her life has been carefully curated to complement her “perfectly imperfect” social media personality. But when Summer goes missing during her annual Halloween party and an unscheduled post appears on her feed claiming she’ll be dead in the next five minutes, those closest to Summer—her best friend, her ex-boyfriend, her frenemy, and her wannabe—know it isn’t a media stunt for attention. It’s not Summer’s brand. Something is wrong. When their investigation leads to Summer’s lifeless body, they’re forced to accept that she was murdered. This story is told from many points of view with some flashbacks and Summer's social media posts. Recommended for grades 9 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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