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Westwood Public Library | September 2022

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STEAM TEAM A series of programs for kids aged 7-11 focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Imagarena A Building Workshop: Friday, September 23 at 4 pm

Kids in grades 2-5 are invited to sign up for this fun, unique program. ImagArena is a building workshop designed to awaken the imagination of every child! This hands-on program combines the spirit of an art program, the materials of a building workshop, and the framework of a video game to provide an experience that all will enjoy. 

Register on the website

College Prep Programs

High School Academics and College Admissions

Wednesday, September 14 @ 7pm

Hybrid: Main Library - Meeting Room

and Zoom

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.

Crafting Your College Essay

Wednesday, October 5 @ 7pm

Hybrid: Islington Branch Library and Zoom

Perhaps the hardest part of applying to college is writing college application essays, because it's unlike anything students have ever done. Join Sarah from The Princeton Review to learn how to write the best essay for your application.

Sign up for either of these programs to enter a raffle to win a

Princeton Review College Admissions 101 E-book

Programs for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Alphabits StoryCraft @ the Branch (Registration Required)

Mondays @ 10:30am, Islington Branch Library, Sept. 12-October 3

Preschoolers are invited to join Miss Caitlyn for an alphabet-themed storytime at the Branch, accompanied by a take-home craft!

Move and Groove (Registration Required)

Tuesdays @ 10:30am, Main Library, Sept 6- October 11

This half hour program with Miss Caitlyn is full of music, movement, and more!

Wondrous Wednesday (Registration Required)

Wednesdays @ 10:30am, Main Library, Sept. 7- October 12

Join Miss Kristy for stories, songs and dancing! 

Baby Rhyme Time (Registration Required)

Thursdays @ 10:30am, Main Library, Sept. 8-October 13

Join Miss Kristy for songs, bounces and stories just for babies, followed by a playtime.

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Programs for Kids and Teens 

Creative Kids  (Registration Required)

Thursdays @ 4pm, Main Library 

Sept. 8 - Oct. 13

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.

Lego Builders 

Drop in, no registration 

Half Wednesday, 2-4, Main Library

Sept. 28, Oct. 12 and 26; Nov. 2 and 16; Dec. 7

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

Sept. 12, October 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 10


Kids in grades K-5 can sign up for a one on one appointment with a therapy dog to practice their reading. Call or stop by the library to sign up. 

*YAB (Youth Advisory Board)

2nd Wednesday of the month @ 6:30 pm, Main Library  

Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Dec. 14

Interested in volunteering at the library and participating in our Youth Advisory Board? Join us on the second Wednesday of the month to hear about how to help with programs and share your thoughts, gain some leadership skills, and earn volunteer hours. For grades 6-12.

One Up Games

Wednesdays from 2-4 pm, 

Main Library

Oct. 12, Nov. 2, Dec. 7

Middle Schoolers can come to the library on Early Release Wednesdays for two hours of open game play with One Up Games featuring SuperSmash Bro., Fortnite, MarioKart, and more! For 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.

Sign up on the Website

Book Clubs: Monthly 

Book cover of The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey

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

Friday, September 16 @ 4pm

Join Caitlyn and Pat for a lively discussion, followed by fun games and a craft. 

Sign up here
Book cover of A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry

MCBA Book Club for 4th-6th graders (Registration Required)

Tuesday, October 11 @ 4pm

Join us one Tuesday per month for this in person book club dedicated to this year's Massachusetts Children's Book Award nominees. Each month we will discuss a book from the list and play games. 

Sign up Here 
Book cover of Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Cover to Cover Book Club for 7th - 12th graders (Registration Required)

Wednesday, October 26 @ 1:45pm

Join Felicia the 2nd Early Release Wednesday of the month at the library for snacks and discussion of the book of the month! 

Sign up Here

ReadNext : Staff Book Recommendations

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

Image of the book cover for The Silence That Binds Us by Joanna Ho.
Book cover of Yonder by Ali Standish
Book cover of Crumbs by Danie Stirling

Caitlyn's Recommendation: The Silence That Binds Us by Joanna Ho

Maybelline, or May, struggles in the aftermath when her brother, Danny, takes his own life. Things are only made worse when racist comments are made towards her family that suggest that it's their parents' fault. May tries to stand up for her family by writing in the local newspaper, but when further threats are made against her family, she's not sure whether she's really doing the right thing. This book explores a lot of tough themes including racism and suicide, but Ho handles it well. This book is an excellent opportunities for teen readers to read and reflect on how they would handle that situation, or something similar. Good for grades 9 and up.

Kristy's Recommendation: Yonder by Ali Standish

A classic coming of age story that takes place during World War II. In small town North Carolina, Danny Timmins has looked up to Jack Bailey since he saved two small children from drowning during a town flood. When the war starts and Danny's father goes away to fight while his mother is expecting a new baby, Danny relies on Jack for friendship more than ever. But then Jack goes missing and some of the town elders seem to know more than they're letting on. This has a classic feel and a great, evocative voice. A good choice for kids in grades 5 and up and will appeal to adults as well!

Felicia's Recommendation: Crumbs by Danie Stirling

A colorful and magical graphic novel that follows Ray, a young seer, as she follows her dream to become a Council member (basically a witch). Even with her busy schedule studying, she treats herself to her favorite bakery once a week. This magical bakery has more than just good pastries. It's where Ray meets Laurie, the kind barista who aspires to be a professional musician. Over the next few months, Ray and Laurie support each other in chasing their dreams, while figuring out what future they have together. Recommended for grades 8 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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