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Westwood Public Library | March 2022

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Creative Kids with Miss Karen

Read a story and then act it out! Kids in Kindergarten and First Grade are invited to register for this unique, fun program with Miss Karen! Each week, kids will have the opportunity to bring a story to life with costumes and creative play. At the end of the class, each child will leave with a related take home craft. Thursdays @ 4pm. March 3-April 7. Register on the website.


Programs for Kids and Teens

Be sure to check the website to register for programs and verify dates and location.

Lego Builders

Half Wednesdays, 2-4pm

March 9 and 23; April 6 and 27;

May 11 and 25

Kids in grades PreK-5 are invited to drop in for some STEM-inspired engineering fun. Each week, we will put out our collection of Legos, Keva planks and other building toys.

Read to a Dog (Registration Required)

Select Saturdays @ 11-12pm,

Main Library; Mar. 12, April 9, May 14

Kids in grades K-5 can sign up for a one on one appointment with a therapy dog to practice their reading. 

Munchkin Mornings

Select Saturdays @ 11 am, Main Library; Mar 19, April 16, May 21

Stop by for a drop-in morning of play! Use our toys, books, art supplies, and more!

Gamer Lounge with One Up Games

Wednesday March 23, 2pm, Community Room, Main Library

Join us for two hours of open game play featuring SuperSmash Bro., Fortnite, MarioKart, and more!

Open to grades 6 - 8.


Fridays after school, 3pm, Community Room, Main Library

Come hang out with your friends and relax. Play video or board games, ping pong or just color.

Open to grades 6 - 8.

YAB (Youth Advisory Board)

Wednesday, March 9 @ 6:30pm,

Main Library

Join us on the second Wednesday of the month to help to revamp the Teen Department at the Westwood Public Library! Typical volunteering activities may include: adopt-a-shelf program, assisting with special projects and producing materials for library programs, and special events.

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Storytimes for all ages

Alphabits StoryCraft (Registration Required)

Mondays, 10:30am, Islington Branch Library; Feb 28-April 11


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; March 1-April 12

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

Saturday Storytime (Registration Required)

Select Saturdays, 11:00am, Storytime Room, Main Library; Mar. 5, April 2, May 7

Join us for an all-ages storytime filled with singing, dancing and stories.

Wondrous Wednesdays (Registration Required)

Wednesdays, 10:30am, Storytime Room, Main Library; March 2-April 13

Join Miss Kristy for stories, songs, and dancing at this all-ages storytime on Wednesdays!

Baby Rhyme Time (Registration Required)

Fridays, 10:30am, Storytime Room, Main Library; March 4-April 15

Babies between the ages of 0-18 months are invited to a fun 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 moms and babies. 

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Book Clubs | Monthly

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Book Explorers for 2nd and 3rd graders (Registration Required)

Friday, 3/18 @ 4pm

Megabat by Anna Humphrey


MCBA BookClub for 4th-6th graders (Registration Full)

Tuesday, 3/8 @ 4pm

When Life Gives you Mangos by Kereen Getten

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Cover to Cover BookClub for

6th-12th graders (Registration Required)

Wednesday, 3/9 @ 1:45pm

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti


What's Happening | Kids

Take and Makes Moving Indoors

Starting March 1, our monthly Take and Make Craft Bin will be moved inside the Children's Room. Come inside and look for the ASK Desk. Crafts will be located nearby.

Visit the Islington Branch Library's Children's Section!

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Visit the brand new branch library and find where this adorable Yeti is hiding in the Children's Section. Enter your name into a drawing to win your own Yeti!

Harry Potter Night!

Harry Potter Book Night has been one of Westwood Library's most treasured traditions. This year, we are looking forward to celebrating a little differently! Join us during April Vacation week to celebrate Harry Potter with an interactive movie, a scavenger hunt, crafts, trivia and of course, a costume contest. Stay tuned for more updates.

What's Happening | Teens

Chromebook chargers, Nintendo Switch, sports equipment, and board games in the Teen Room

More to find in the Teen Room

Did you know that you can borrow a Nintendo Switch (along with 4 controllers) to use in the library for an hour at a time?

Forget your Chromebook charger and you are here to do homework? Just ask the Teen Desk to borrow a charger while at the library. You can even sign out various sports equipment to use when it's nice outside!

All these items can be found at the Teen Desk and must be returned the day you use it.

ReadNext : Staff Book Recommendations

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

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Caitlyn's Recommendation: The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera

This sci-fi pick just took home the Newbery Medal! The year is 2061, and Petra Peña and her family are some of the chosen few who have been selected to board a spaceship just before a comet takes out Earth. However, when they are awoken hundreds of years into the future, Petra is the only one who remembers life on earth and everyone else has been brainwashed to serve a mysterious group called "The Collective," who claim to have their best interests at heart, but are much more sinister than they make themselves out to be. Petra rushes to fight against the Collective and save those she cares about most. The audiobook is available on hoopla! Good for grades 6 and up.

Kristy's Recommendation: Bad Kitty Gets a Phone by Nick Bruel

This hilarious graphic novel follows what happens when everyone's favorite feline gets his first phone. As you might expect, he is immediately addicted to playing games, makes bad decisions on social media, and can't stop watching "View Tube." This is a great book for making kids (and their grownups) laugh while learning about the safe way to approach Internet usage. Good for grades 2-5.

Felicia's Recommendation: The Girls I've Been by Tess Sharpe

You know it's a good book when you never even find out the main character's real name! Nora O'Malley (as she is known in this version of her life) is the daughter of a con-artist, a sister of a private investigator and currently stuck in the middle of a bank robbery with her ex-boyfriend and her current girlfriend. What can go wrong? Good 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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