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Westwood Public Library | October 2022

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Yankee Dahlia Society Bloom Exhibit Saturday October 1, 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday, October 2, 2 pm to 5 pm, Main Library

Blooms on Display!

Come and join in the fun as the Westwood Public Library and Yankee Dahlia Society (YDS) present a free public dahlia exhibit. See hundreds of dahlia blooms on display, of all colors, forms, and sizes from dinner plate to dainty.

Saturday, October 1

10 am - 12 pm: Staging Blooms & Set-Up*

12 pm - 5 pm: Dahlia Exhibit Open for Viewing

3 pm: Presentation: Beautiful Bouquets with Dahlias from your Garden

Sunday, October 2

2 pm - 5 pm: Dahlia Exhibit Open for Viewing

3 pm: Presentation: The Joy of Growing Dahlias in New England

*You're invited to bring your dahlia blooms to display! To participate, drop off your dahlias at the Main Library before noon on Saturday, October 1. Vases will be supplied by Yankee Dahlia Society. 

Three orange traffic cones on a background of alternative yellow and black diagonal stripes

October 11-12: Parking Lot Paving

The Main Library will be closed due to Parking Lot Paving on Tuesday, October 11 and Wednesday, October 12. The Main Library will reopen on Thursday, October 13 at 10 am.

The Islington Branch will be open its regular hours: Tuesday, 10 am to 6 pm and Wednesday, 10 am to 8 pm. Items may be returned to the Branch while the Main Library is closed. 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions, please email askwestwood@minlib.net. Both the Main Library and Islington Branch will be closed on Monday, October 10.

Featured Events

Leaf Rubbing

Wednesday, October 5 at 6:30 pm, Meeting Room, Main Library

Create flora and fauna artwork using local leaves, petals, crayons and rice paper. General technique instruction will be provided as well as all materials.

Click here to register

Lynne Viti | Poetry Reading

Tuesday, October 11 at 10 am, Islington Branch, Wentworth Hall

Join us to hear local poet Lynne Viti read from her new book, The Walk to Cefalù

Click here to register

Fundamentals of Photography Class

Thursday, October 13 at 5 pm, Islington Branch, Wentworth Hall

Do you want to create more engaging images with your smartphone or digital camera?

Join Westwood librarian and photographer, Zoe, to learn composition techniques and how to best take advantage of different lighting situations. 

Click here to register

Author Talk with Stephen F. Knott 

Tuesday, October 18 at 6:30 pm, Meeting Room, Main Library

Almost 60 years after his death, we continue to debate John F. Kennedy's legacy and impact. Now, Stephen F. Knott will discuss his new book, Coming to Terms with John F. Kennedy.

No registration required. Click here for more details

NEW! Mystery Book Club

Tuesday, October 25 at 10 am, Islington Branch, Wentworth Hall

Discuss mystery and thriller reads with us on the fourth Tuesday of each month! October's book: Wish You Were Here by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown.

Click here to register

The Rise of a True Crime Podcast

Tuesday, October 25 at 6:30 pm, Meeting Room, Main Library

Join Diane Godfrey, court reporter, and cohost Jordan Rich of WBZ Radio as they discuss true crime in Massachusetts, podcasting, and their podcast All Rise

Click here to register

Recurring Programs

Tech Help @ Islington Branch

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2 pm to 5 pm, Islington Branch, Wentworth Hall

Call 781-326-5914 to register

Open Mah Jongg

*new time!* Wednesdays at 7 pm, Conference Room, Main Library

No registration required. For players familiar with American Mah Jongg.

True Crime Book Club

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

10/19: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Click here to register

Westwood Quilters

4th Mondays at 6:30 pm, Meeting Room, Main Library

No registration required

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

View Our Calendar of Events

What's Happening | News from the Library

Holidays: The Main Library and Islington Branch will be closed on Monday, October 10.

Card Writing Table

Card Writing Station

Can you think of someone who would love to get a card in the mail from you

Visit the 2nd floor of the Main Library to write a card to a friend or family member. Drop your card in our mailbox, and the library will add a postage stamp and mail your card for you! 


The Westwood Public Library

Book Club Kits

Borrow a Book Club Kit

What? A set of 6 copies of a popular book guaranteed to spark a spirited debate among you and your reading crew! Each kit comes with author info and discussion questions.

  • This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub
  • Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
  • Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
  • The Love of My Life by Rosie Walsh
  • The Change by Kirsten Miller
  • The Maid by Nita Prose

How? Reserve a Book Club Kit online or stop by the Main Library to check out a kit. Each kit goes out for 4 weeks. Be sure to return all 6 books in their bag when you're done!

What to Read Next...?

Indigenous Authors

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day with our collection of fiction and nonfiction focused on indigenous authors and stories.

Books About Books

It's National Book Month —the perfect time to read one of our books about books. Get lost in the magic of a good book by reading about books, libraries, bookshops, and literary places. 

Haunted Happenings

Leave the light on and curl up with one of our hauntingly true tales. From witches to ghosts, you’ll be terrified of the noises in the night after reading these books.

Book Clubs at the Library

Join one of our book clubs — we've got mystery, historical fiction, true crime, and more! Check our online calendar for dates and details.

National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 16-22, 2022

The Friends of the Westwood Library provides funds for library programs not covered by the existing town budget. The Friends is funded through the generous donations of the Westwood community as well as through the annual book sale — the next book sale is scheduled for Saturday, November 5 at the Main Library! 

If you’re interested in joining the friends, please email folwestwood@gmail.com. Be on the lookout for the Friends' annual appeal letter in October!

Learn More About the Friends

Gardening & Horticulture | Featured Resources

Two round orange pumpkins

If you enjoyed our Blooms on Display program with Yankee Dahlia Society, check out our Gardening & Horticulture database for more information on gardening timetables, sustainable agriculture, and all things flowering!

Plus, don't forget to stop by our Living Library on the 2nd floor of the Main Library to pick out seeds, borrow gardening tools, and more. 

Gardening & Horticulture Database

New and Notable Titles

A stack of books

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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