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Westwood Public Library | September 2022

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Library Card Sign-Up Month 2022

If you live in Massachusetts and you're over the age of five, you can get a library card at the Westwood Public Library! 

Here's how: 

  1. Bring a photo ID and proof of current MA address to the library*
  2. Fill out our library card application form
  3. Done! Library staff will enter your info and give you your new card!

*For applicants below 7th grade, a parent or legal guardian must be present to sign the application and provide identification.

Lost card? Visit the Circulation Desk to get a replacement.

Temporary card? If you registered for a card online, visit the Circulation Desk with your photo ID and proof of address to convert your online registration and pick up your physical library card. (When you come to the library, please let us know if you already have a temporary card. Thank you!)

Expired card? Visit the Circulation Desk to confirm your contact information, and library staff will extend your current library card – no need to get a new physical card!

Forgotten PIN/password? Reset your password online or call the Circulation Desk at 781-320-1048.

Here are just some of the things Westwood residents can do with a library card...

Westwood Day

Visit the library's booth at Westwood Day on September 17, 10 am to 3 pm, in the Westwood High School parking lot. Drop by to sign up for a card, make a button, enter a raffle, and find out more about our services and programs for the fall! In celebration of our great town, browse the library's print and digital local history resources to uncover the history of your house, flip through Westwood High School yearbooks, and learn more about Westwood's rich history.

Upcoming Events

The Present and Future of Olive Oil

Thursday, September 8 at 1 pm, Meeting Room, Main Library

Where are we with olive oil now and where is it going? Tour the Lazio region of Italy with Casa Mia Tours –  all without leaving Westwood!

All are welcome. Call the Council on Aging to register: 781-329-8799

This program is offered in partnership with Westwood Council on Aging and is made possible by the generosity of the Friends of the Westwood Council on Aging. 

Great Decisions: Drug Policy

Thursday, September 8 at 7 pm, Conference Room, Main Library

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. This month, we'll tackle the question: Have harsh drug control policies caused more harm than good?

Click here to register

Don't miss these discussions this fall:

10/13: Industrial Policy

11/10: Biden's Agenda

12/15: Changing Demographics in the World

Westwood Poets Writing Group

Biweekly on Tuesdays starting September 13 at 6:30 pm, Conference Room, Main Library

Join our writing workshop facilitated by poet Lynne Viti. Open to seasoned poets, fledgling poets, and those with no previous writing experience but with a desire to try poetry!

Click here to register

High School Academics and College Admissions

Wednesday, September 14 at 7 pm, online and Meeting Room, Main Library

How important are your high school grades on your college applications? Join us to learn more about your school grades, what makes a good transcript, and more in this free seminar for students and parents presented by the Princeton Review.

Click here to register

An Evening with SpeakOUT Boston

Thursday, September 15 at 7 pm, Meeting Room, Main Library

SpeakOUT is a community of speakers working to create a world free of homo-bi transphobia and other forms of prejudice by telling the truths of our lives. Join us to listen, learn, and engage in honest dialogue. This will be a great opportunity to hear about the different perspectives of LGBTQ+ people and a space to ask questions. 

Click here to register

This event is sponsored by Inclusive Westwood, SpeakOUT Boston, and the Westwood Public Library.

Greeting Cards

Monday, September 19 at 2:30 pm, Meeting Room, Main Library

Let's celebrate snail mail by creating handmade cards! We'll provide the supplies, instruction, and postage stamps; you bring your creativity and your loved ones' mailing address.

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.

To learn to play, sign up for Beginners Mah Jongg, Tuesdays at 10:30 am, October 4 to November 8.

True Crime Book Club

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

9/21: I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

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.

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What's Happening | News from the Library

Holidays: The library will be closed on Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5 for Labor Day.

Hours Update: Starting Saturday, September 10, the library will be open 10 am to 5 pm on Saturdays and 2 pm to 5 pm on Sundays.

Latinx Authors

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) with this selection of adult and young adult fiction, short stories, and more by Latinx authors.

Hiking at Drumlin Farm

Map of Drumlin Farm trails

Along the trail on Bird Hill, you can encounter most of the raptors that live in Massachusetts. Depending on the season, hawks, falcons, owls, and vultures look back at you from their enclosures.

Learn more about the trails at Drumlin Farm, then reserve a Mass Audubon pass from the library!

New! Lawn Games Collection

Have a grand ol' time playing Bocce, Giant Jenga, Croquet, Lawn Bowling, Pickleball, or Cornhole with your friends! Click here to request a lawn game to borrow for 2 weeks.

The Living Library's Wall of Fame!

If you have used our seed catalog this growing season and would like to share pictures of your harvest, please email your photos to LivingLibrary.WPL@gmail.com

Learn about the Living Library
Wander Into the Wilderness of Summer Reading 2022

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Summer Reading Program for adults! We've notified the winners of our prize baskets, but truly, we think everyone who joined us in reading this summer is a winner! 

Adult Summer Reading is made possible by our generous sponsors: the Friends of the Westwood Library, Dedham Savings, Roche Bros, and Wegmans. 

Drop off gently used books in the vestibule of the Main Library. (Please, no old textbooks or travel guides! Check this list of items the Friends cannot accept.) Save the Date: The next Friends book sale will be on Saturday, November 5!

Donation Box for Ukrainian Families

Backpacks of Love is collecting the following items for Ukrainian children. Drop off new, unused donations in the lobby of the Main Library: 

  • Backpacks and school supplies
  • Small toys and stuffed animals
  • Simple kids books
  • Clothes and shoes
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste

Find more donation details here. Thank you!

Two children with their arms around each other's shoulders above the words Backpacks of Love. One child wears a blue and yellow backpack and holds a teddy bear.

NoveList Plus | Featured Resource

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Explore NoveList Plus

NoveList Plus is a comprehensive resource for readers of fiction and nonfiction and audiobooks.

With NoveList Plus, you can search by genre or topic, find stories that appeal with their quirky characters or conversational writing style, and discover award-winning titles. 

With its expert recommendations, reviews, articles, booklists, and more, NoveList Plus answers the question: What should I read next?

If you're looking for book recs for kids, try NoveList K-8 Plus, too!

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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