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Westwood Public Library | May 2022

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Summer Reading is almost here!

Westwood Children's Librarians are busy getting ready for a fun summer of reading, prizes and programs for all ages! Stay tuned for more details about our annual Summer Reading Program which begins June 1. 

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

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, 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; 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 May 25, 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, May 11 @ 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; May 2-23


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; May 3-24

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; 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; May 4-25

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; May 6-27

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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What's Happening | Kids

May is AAPI Heritage Month 

Stop by the Children's room all month long for great books celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander culture. 

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Harry Potter Night 2022!


In April, we celebrated Harry Potter Book Night: Magical Journeys. Patrons had the chance to visit the Hogwarts Express, travel on the Knight Bus and try out the Floo Network! We are already looking forward to next year! 

What's Happening | Teens


Speaking of Harry Potter Night...

Thank you to all of our teen volunteers who helped out during April vacation week with our many Harry Potter themed events. 

Over the 3 events, we had 13 different teens volunteer their time. Our programs wouldn't have run so smoothly without their help. 

ReadNext : Staff Book Recommendations

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

Book cover of the book Field Guide to the Supernatural Universe by Alyson Noel.
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Caitlyn's Recommendation: Field Guide to the Supernatural Universe by Alyson Noel

Maxen Woodbead Smith can see ghosts. No one else believes that what they call his "incidents" could possibly just be him trying to stop a disaster from happening at the hands of a ghost. When an incident at school is the final straw, Max's dad sends him to live with his grandfather, Ramhart Woodbead, famed ghost-hunter, to straighten him out. Soon after arriving at his estranged grandfather's house, Max starts to realize that there's more than meets the eye to literally everything, and that there are much more than ghosts out there. There's constant action and adventure, great friendships, and great humor. This is one of the funniest ghost stories you'll ever read! Good for grades 4 and up.

Kristy's Recommendation: The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin by Kip Wilson

Right after her 18th birthday, Hilde leaves the orphanage where she grew up and sets out to find a place for herself in Berlin. It's 1932, just before the rise of Hitler, and the city is balanced precariously between two eras. Hilde stumbles into a queer nightclub (think Cabaret) where she meets Rosa, who immediately invites her into the fold, providing a taste of love and home that Hilde has been lacking so long. I loved this gorgeous novel in verse and the way it shed light on a particular time and place we don't often see. Great for historical fiction fans! Recommended for Grades 10 and up.

Felicia's Recommendation: Strangeworlds Travel Agency by L.D. Lapinski

A great start to a new magical series. Flick Hudson is tired of taking on chores and helping with caring for her baby brother Freddy. After discovering The Strangeworlds Society, whose members use suitcases to explore different worlds, she feels like maybe she's found her place. A fun series that makes you want to jump into your own suitcase to see where it takes you! Great for grades 4 - 7.

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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