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Westwood Public Library | September 2023

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Back to Hogwarts: A Harry Potter Celebration (Registration Required)

Thursday, September 14 @ 6:30 PM

Main Library

Gather your robes, wands and magical companions and join us for a night celebrating all things Harry Potter! Get sorted, attend Divination class, try out for Quidditch, and more! We will have a costume contest and house trivia to end the night! For kids in grades K and up with a caregiver.

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September is Library Card Sign Up Month!

Anyone over the age of 5 can sign up for their own Library Card! If an applicant is below 7th grade, they must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian with proof of address. Click the link below to learn more.

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Both the Westwood Public Library and the Islington Branch Library will be closed from Saturday, September 2 through Monday, September 4 for Labor Day.

Programs for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Move and Groove (Registration Required)

Tuesdays @ 10:30; Sept. 12- Oct. 17

Main Library

Join Miss Caitlyn for an all-ages storytime full of stories, dancing, singing, and more.

Branch Books and Boogie (Registration Required)

Wednesdays @ 10:30; Sept. 13- Oct. 18

Islington Branch Library

Join Miss Caitlyn at the Islington Branch Library on Wednesdays for an all-ages storytime full of stories, songs, wiggles, and more! Each storytime will be followed by a simple craft.

Monday Music Makers with Sarah Gardner (Registration Required)

Monday, September 11 @ 10:30;

Main Library

Join Musician Sarah Gardner for a fun 45 minutes of music and dancing! Open to kids age 0-5. 

Baby Rhyme Time (Registration Required)

Thursdays @ 10:30; August 3-10

Main Library

Babies between the ages of 0-18 months are invited to join Miss Kristy for a fun 25 minute 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 parents, caregivers, and babies. 

Preschool Story Craft (Registration Required)

Monday, September 25 @ 4:00;

Main Library

Kids 3-5 years old are invited to join Miss Kristy and Miss Janet for this seasonal story and craft program where we will read books and make a related craft. 

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Programs for School-Aged Kids

LEGO Builders

Short Wednesdays @ 2-4 PM

Main Library

Drop by library to have fun with LEGOs and build! Use LEGOs and other building supplies provided by the library to have fun and build up your engineering skills!

Read to a Dog (Registration Required)

Saturday, September 16 @ 11-12

Main Library

Kids in grades K-5 can sign up for a 15-minute "appointment" to practice their reading with a therapy dog! Please call the Library at (781)-320-1042 or visit us in person to register.

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Teen Programs


Fridays @ 2:30pm

Come hang out with your friends and relax. Eat, play video or board games, listen to music and catch up on new movies and books.

Gamer Lounge with One-Up Games

Wednesday, September 6 @1:30

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

ReadNext : Staff Book Recommendations

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Caitlyn's Recommendation: Misfit Mansion by Kay Davault

This sweet graphic novel is a story about bravery, finding your place in the world, and overcoming your fears. Iris lives with other horrors in a mansion cared for by Mr. Halloway, who collect horrors at his house and cares for them. Iris knows that Mr. Halloway cares for the horrors in his care, but she's always felt like he was afraid of her, and only her. When Mr. Halloway goes on a trip to rescue another horror, the others are able to get out of the house for the first time and roam the town, which is set for Halloween. But fitting in with kids isn't as easy as Iris thinks, especially with a horror hunter right in her own town. A great book to break into spooky season! For grades 4 and up.

Kristy's Recommendation: Lei and the Fire Goddess by Malia Maunakea

It's the summer after 6th grade and part-Hawaiian Anna is dreading her annual trip to visit her grandma in Hawaii. All she can think about is her changing relationship with her best friend at home in Colorado and not becoming the heir to her family's history, as her grandma hopes. One day, in a fit of rage, Anna picks a sacred flower and inadvertently angers the Fire Goddess Pele, who immediately sends an enormous bird to kidnap her best friend and teach Anna a lesson. To save him, Anna will have to learn everything she can about her heritage. An exciting, funny, action-packed story that reads like a Disney adventure. Perfect for fans of Moana and the Percy Jackson books. Recommended for grades 3-6.

Felicia's Recommendation: We'll Never Tell by Wendy Heard

Four California teens spend their free time breaking into Los Angeles' most famous locations, filming it and getting millions on views on YouTube. Casey, Zoe, Jacob and Eddie, the crew that make up the We'll Never Tell channel, are now seniors in high school and are all going their separate ways. They decide to go out with a bang and break in to the infamous Valentini “murder house,” which has been left abandoned, bloodstained, and untouched since a shocking murder/suicide in 1972. When something goes wrong during their break in and the alarm is tripped, only 3 come out of the house. Those remaining need to figure out what happened and how to keep their names out of it. Recommended for grades 6 and up.

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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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