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Westwood Public Library | November 2022

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Collections on the Move!

If you've been to the Main Library recently, you've probably noticed that some of our collections are in new locations. With these changes, we can give more space to our expanding Library of Things and Book Club Kits, improve access to large print materials, and highlight key collections! 


On the First Floor, across from the Circulation Desk, you'll find:

  • New fiction, mystery, non-fiction, and biographies
  • Large print fiction, mystery, non-fiction, and biographies
  • Fiction and mystery books on CD
  • The Library of Things, including board games, puzzles, and lawn games
  • Book Club Kits — 6 copies of a book, plus author info and discussion questions
  • Music CDs, feature film DVDs, and TV series


On the Second Floor, across from the Information Desk, look for these featured collections: 

  • The Living Library
  • Cookbooks 
  • Local History and Reference
  • Travel Guides and Language Learning


On the Second Floor, across from our non-fiction books, we have non-fiction AV: 

  • Non-fiction and biography books on CD 
  • Non-fiction, documentary, and instructional DVDs
  • The Great Courses


Thank you to our generous donors. The large print collection is given by the Lehmann and Collins family in honor of Gerda Lehmann. The Great Courses are supported by Westwood resident Charles Donahue. 


P.S. Our Children's Librarians have also been busy reorganizing, shifting, and expanding their collections. If you're curious about what's new, ask at the Children's Desk the next time you're at the Main Library. 

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Did you know? The Great Courses are a series of college-level audio and video courses and documentaries on a wide range of topics. The Great Courses are also available for on-demand video streaming on hoopla and Kanopy

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Shop 'til you drop at the Friends of the Library Book Sale! Find a great selection of recent fiction and non-fiction books, cookbooks, coffee table books, and a wide variety of children's books. All genres for all ages. Something for everyone. 


20% discount for teachers!


No Book Donations: Thanks to the generous donations of library patrons, the Friends has reached maximum capacity for donated books! We are not able to accept book donations at this time. Please bring any books to the book bin in front of Westwood Pizza on Route 109. All proceeds from books donated at this location go directly to the Westwood Public Library.

Learn More About the Friends

Featured Events

Open Mah Jongg

Wednesdays at 7 pm, Conference Room, Main Library


If you like to play American Mah Jongg, join our open play group on Wednesday evenings! No registration required.


Familiar with Mah Jongg but looking to master more playing techniques? Register for Advanced Beginners Mah Jongg this December!

DIY Harvest Bouquet Design

Wednesday, November 16 at 6:30 pm, Meeting Room, Main Library


Join Suzie for an evening of DIY flower arranging inspired by the harvest season! Receive a hands-on demonstration and design an arrangement to take home and enjoy. All materials are included.


Register here. Registration opens on November 2.

Author Talk | Jennifer Lin's Beethoven in Beijing

Thursday, November 17 at 7 pm, Meeting Room, Main Library


Author and documentary filmmaker Jennifer Lin will discuss her book, Beethoven in Beijing, an oral history of the first American orchestra to perform in the People's Republic of China. Copies of Beethoven in Beijing will be available for purchase. 


No registration required. More event details here

Artist Reception for Westwood Seniors' "Lessons in Fine Art"

Friday, November 18 at 4 pm, Gallery, Main Library


All are welcome at this artist reception for "Lessons in Fine Art, an Eclectic Collection of Drawings and Paintings" presented by Westwood Seniors in the Library's Gallery during the month of November 2022. This exhibition is a diverse and creative collection of artwork consisting of drawings and watercolor paintings.


No registration required. More event details here

Cookies, Cocoa & Crafts

Friday, November 25 at 1 pm, Meeting Room, Main Library


Get in the holiday spirit! Join us for an afternoon of cookie decorating, gift wrapping, and holiday themed crafts. Cocoa will also be available! All ages are welcome.  


No registration required. Drop-in while supplies last! More event details here

DSLR Photography Class

Wednesday, November 30 at 6:30 pm, Islington Branch, Wentworth Hall


Join photographer and Westwood librarian, Zoe, to learn how to use the settings of your DSLR camera.


Register here

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

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Book Clubs for Adults

Book covers for The Unlocked Path, The Midnight Library, The Killer Across the Table, and And Then There Were None

Historical Fiction Book Group

1st Tuesdays at 10 am, Islington Branch, Wentworth Hall


11/1: The Unlocked Path by Janis Robinson Daly — Meet the Author!

Islington Branch Book Club

2nd Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, Islington Branch, Wentworth Hall


11/9: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

True Crime Book Club

3rd Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, Islington Branch, Wentworth Hall


11/16: The Killer Across the Table by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker

*new!* Mystery Book Club

4th Tuesdays at 10 am, Islington Branch, Wentworth Hall


11/22: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Visit our Readers' Corner to find past book club titles, tips for picking what to read next, and top requested books of the past year!

What's Happening | News from the Library

Holidays: The Main Library and Islington Branch will be closed on Friday, November 11 for Veterans Day and will be closing at 1 pm on Wednesday, November 23 and closed on Thursday, November 24 for Thanksgiving.

The Living Library

Fall is Here but the Living Library is Still in Full Bloom!


Even though fall has arrived in New England, the Westwood Public Library's Living Library is expanding to some new and exciting places...


The seed catalog now includes a generous donation of tiger lily bulbs which may be "checked out" with a maximum of 2 per patron. November is the perfect time of year to get those bulbs in the ground for next spring so make sure you come up to the second floor of the Main Library to add to your outdoor gardening collection.


In addition, you can now visit the Living Library at our Islington Branch location! Come on in and browse a variety of indoor plants, check out some vegetable/herb seeds, and leaf through our informational flyers which may assist you with your green thumb endeavors.

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A notepad with text saying Community Share Cookbook next to dishes of spices, garlic, and a wooden spoon.

Calling all chefs! We're gearing up again to collect recipes from the community! 


We are looking for a variety of dishes: casseroles, salads, soups, gluten free, desserts, vegetarian, and more. 


Submit your recipes to askwestwood@minlib.net or in person at the 2nd floor Information Desk.

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Looking for some yummy snacks while you binge watch your favorite show? Check out our list of cookbook tie-ins for recipes inspired by movies, literature, and art.

Watercolor maps of the United States and the continents

Tell us where you've traveled! Find the new location of our Travel Guides and place a red dot on the maps to show where you've visited before.

Wall Street Journal | Featured Resource

The Wall Street Journal on a laptop, phone, and tablet

You can read the Wall Street Journal online, free through the Westwood Public Library! Create an account and start using wsj.com immediately. Your access will be available for the next 3 days. After 3 days, simply come back and click the above link again, then sign in as an existing user with the same username and password you originally created.


By accessing the WSJ through the Westwood Library, you are agreeing to not share your login credentials with anyone. 

Read the Wall Street Journal

Recent Events | Watch on YouTube

Author talk with Stephen F. Knott

Author Talk: Stephen F. Knott

October 18, 2022

Coming to Terms with John F. Kennedy

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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