Friday, February 24, 2012

Westland Library March 2012 Newsletter

Westland Public Library

March 2012 Newsletter

Winter Hours

9am - 9pm
9am - 5pm
12pm - 5pm

6123 Central City Pkwy, Westland, MI 48185 | 734.326.6123 |

OverDrive service is here!

We now have OverDrive downloadable content for Westland residents interested in downloading audiobooks or eBook files to their home computer, eReader or mobile device. For details, stop by the Reference desk or visit Download Destination website.

Reading Help Available for Adults*

The Westland Public Library offers literacy tutoring to adults interested in improving their reading skills. If you or someone you know is interested in this program, please call or visit Kristy in the Reference department.

Adult Programs

eReader Support Group

Thursday, March 08 | 6 - 8 pm

Do you have an eReader? Want to learn more about it? Drop in on the 2nd Thursday of each month to meet with other eReader users, share your eReader expertise, or learn some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your device.

Open Mic Night

Thursday, Mar 08 | 7 pm

Sing, read, play, express at our monthly open mic nights. Singer-Songwriter Dave Boutette emcees.

District Coffee Hour

Monday, Mar 12 | 9 - 10 am

Join State Senator Glenn Anderson and State Representative Richard LeBlanc for a monthly district coffee hour. Ask questions and share your concerns with your local government officials.

New Solutions to Fibromyalgia*

Tuesday, Mar 13 | 7 pm

Join Dr. Brian K. Brackey, D.C., to learn more about how to help your body overcome this devastating illness without pharmaceuticals.

Screenwriting Workshop

Thursday, Mar 15 | 7 pm

Learn about the art of writing for the big and small screens with Drew Tierney, screenwriter and novelist.

Westland Writers Workshop

Tuesday, Mar 20 | 7 pm

The Writers Workshop critiques individuals' writing in a workshop setting. All genres accepted. We will tell you what is working with your piece, as well as what needs improvement.

Veterans Writing Group

Wednesday, Mar 21 | 7 pm

Join veteran and working-class poet, Mark Durfee, as he helps veterans of all foreign wars explore their wartime experiences through writing. Writers of all styles (poetry, fiction, memoir) encouraged to attend.

Writers Club

Monday, Mar 26 | 7 pm

Do you have stories or poems or ideas you would like others to hear, but not critique, in a casual atmosphere? Led by Cheryl Vatcher-Martin.

Plan for the Future*

Thursday, Mar 29 | 7 pm

Andrew Gagne, Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. will share with you how to care for the people you love, even after you're gone and how you can leave behind a lasting, meaningful legacy. Ronald Thompson, Attorney from the Morello Law Group, will be available for questions.

Fitness in the Library

Yoga for Beginners*

Thurs, Mar 01, 15, 22 & 29 | 5:45 pm

Friday, Mar 02, 09, 23 & 30 | 10 am

Join Lois Gannon of Evolve yoga studio as she leads a beginning Hatha yoga class. Wear loose and comfortable clothing. Bring a yoga mat or towel, if possible.

Zumba Dance Party*

Tuesday, Mar 06, 20, 27 & Apr 03 | 7:30 pm

Lisa Davis will lead a Zumba Dance Party! The Zumba® program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and low tread shoes. All fitness levels welcome. No dance experience necessary!

Monthly Book Clubs*

Adult Book Club

Tuesday, Mar 20 | 7 pm

The Children's Book by A. S. Byatt

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Wednesday, Mar 28 | 7 pm

Red As Blood: Or, Tales from the Sisters Grimmer by Tanith Lee

Look for these Programs Every Month:

Computer Classes

A variety of free, hands-on computer classes are offered every month at the library. Space is limited, so sign up at the Reference Desk.

Chess Club

Thursdays | 6 pm

Saturdays | 1 pm

Like to play chess? Come to the Westland Chess Group and hang out and play a couple of games. Bring your own board or use one of ours. Novices to chess masters are all welcome.

Job Seekers Lab

Tuesdays | 10 am - 1 pm
Wednesdays | 5 pm - 8 pm
Fridays | 1pm - 4 pm

A librarian will be available to assist you in filing for unemployment, creating and uploading a resume and other job-related tasks.

Movies in the Library

Documentary Movie: Bhutto (2010)

Wednesday, Mar 21 | 7 pm

Join us for a viewing of the documentary film: Bhutto. Celebrate Women's History Month with the story of Benazir Bhutto. Born into one of a wealthy and politically important family sometimes referred to as the "Kennedys of Pakistan," Benazir Bhutto was the first female Prime Minister elected to lead a Muslim country. Her assassination in 2008 shook the world of Islamic politics and turned her into a political martyr, as well as a symbol for democracy in the Middle East. Refreshments will be provided.

Friday Night Movies

Fridays | 7 pm [after hours - doors open at 6:30]

Mar 02
Drive (R)

Mar 09
J. Edgar (R)

Mar 16
Hugo (PG)

Mar 23 - Dinner and Movie
The Descendants (R)
Doors open at 6:15. Delicious Asian fare will be provided by Thai City. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance.

Mar 30
My Week with Marilyn (R)

Teens Only!

Teen Book Club*

Grades 7+ | Thursday, Mar 22 | 7 pm

Down the Mysterly River by Bill Willingham

Hunger Games Movie Party*

Saturday, Mar 24 | 1 - 2:30 pm

Celebrate the release of The Hunger Games movie by participating in the Library Games. Win prizes for your district in Hunger Games Trivia and make your own mini bow-and-arrow. Come dressed in your favorite Panem attire.

Teen Tech Week Movie: Tron: Legacy (2010) (PG)

Wednesday, Mar 07 | 6:30 pm

The son of a wealthy video game programmer finds himself trapped in the virtual world into which his father disappeared decades before. Pop and popcorn will be provided!

Teen Advisory Board

Tuesday, Mar 27 | 7 pm

Get your opinion heard about all things teen at the Westland Library. Pizza and pop provided!

Kids' Happenings

Art Start*

Ages 7 - 12 | Sunday, Mar 04 | 2 - 3 pm

Join us as we use geometric shapes and vivid colors to create a cityscape. We will look at the work of Swiss artist Paul Klee (pronounced "clay") and his use of cubism and then create our own unique designs. Wear old clothes/paint shirt!

Pete the Popcorn: Author Visit*

Sunday, Mar 11 | 3 - 4:30 pm

Westland native and author Joe Kelley will read from his new children's book Pete the Popcorn. Visit with the author and enjoy popcorn and juice.

Creative Craft

Ages 4 - 12 | Sunday, Mar 18 | 1 - 4 pm

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of crafts! Everything you need will be ready to go!


Walk-in, no registration!

Did you know...?

March is Reading Month, so we will be welcoming over 600 FABULOUS FIRST READERS to visit the library! Please join us when we resume our full storytime schedule in April.

Cookies and Cocoa Storytime (all ages)

Mondays, Mar 05, 12, 19 & 26 | 6:30 pm

Movie Marathons

Every other Saturday | 1 - 3 pm

Drop in to watch a variety of videos on the BIG SCREEN TV in the Children's Activity Room! *Open to all children with a caregiver.

Dr. Seuss

Mar 03

Magic School Bus

Mar 17

Fairy Tales

Mar 31


Get Up and Move!*

Ages 8 - 12 | Sunday, Mar 18 | 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Ages 5 - 7 | Sunday, Mar 18 | 4 - 4:45 pm

Each month we'll stay active by trying a new activity and playing a different game. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes!

Get Up and Move! Preschool

Monday, Mar 04 | 3 pm

Attend with your preschooler and learn fun new ways to play. Each activity will work on different skills like kick, catch, balance, and more. Come ready to move around and have fun!

Book Clubs

Family Book Club

Sunday, Mar 25 | 2 - 3 pm

The Silver Balloon by Susan Bonners

Kindergarten Book Club

Saturday, Mar 24 | 1 - 2 pm

Are you "wild about books"? We are, too! Join us for a wild story and lots of fun!

1st & 2nd Grade Book Club

Sunday, Mar 11 | 1 - 2 pm

Young Cam Jansen and the Pizza Shop Mystery by David Adler

3rd & 4th Grade Book Club

Tuesday, Apr 17 | 7 pm


5th & 6th Grade Book Club

Thursday, Apr 05 | 7 pm

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R. L. La Fevers

Get started on next month's book club selection...

3rd & 4th Grade Book Club

Tuesday, Mar 06 | 7 pm

The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill

5th & 6th Grade Book Club

Thursday, Mar 01 | 7 pm

surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie Tolan


*Stop by or call the library to register for any of these programs, or sign up online on the Library's website.


Funding for all library programs provided by The Friends of the Westland Public Library.


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