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Update from Westland #Library August 2011 Newsletter #michlit

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Westland Public Library

August 2011 Newsletter

Summer Hours

Mon-Th: 9am-9pm
Fri-Sat: 9am-5pm
Sunday: Closed

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

Reading Help Available for Adults

The Westland Public Library has begun to offer 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.

Summer Reading Program Continues for Teens and Adults

Teens (Grades 7 - 12)*

"You Are Here"

Keep track of your reading to earn awesome prizes! Ends August 6th.

Adults (Ages 18+)*

"Explore the World in Your Back Yard"

Earn tickets for each time you read a book, attend a program, and more! We'll have weekly drawings for great gift cards to local businesses. Ends August 13th.

Summer Concert Series

Thursday | 7 pm

The Westland Summer Concert Series continues! Join us for a free outdoor concert Thursday nights in the Pavilion area.

Aug 04
Bill Bynum & Co.
Country/folk music

Aug 11
Beatles tribute band

Battle of the Bands Winners!
Aug 18
Visit the events calendar for details

Aug 25
'Nique LoveRhodes - 2nd Place
Hip-Hop with a positive message

Sep 01
Hyper Lytics - 1st Place
Green Day cover band

Adult Programs

Flora, Fauna and the HPNA

Tuesday, Aug 09 | 7 pm

Join Holliday Park Nature Association President William Craig in a talk about the colorful and unique flowers and animals in the 500 plus acre Holliday Nature Preserve in Westland. Learn how you can help HPNA, as well.

Basic Internet Privacy and Security*

Thursday, Aug 18 | 6 pm

Develop the confidence to safely navigate the internet.Learn how to avoid online scams, phishing attempts, identity fraud and just plain sharing information you would like to keep private.

Fantasy Football League Draft*

Tuesday, Aug 23 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Football is back and that means it's time to stack your virtual team against other patron's. Monthly, mid-way and season-end prizes. Pizza, refreshments, and prizes at the draft. To join, all interested parties can send an email to

Prevent Mortgage Foreclosure*

Tuesdays, Aug 02 & 16 | 4 - 7 pm

Schedule a private, 30 minute, 1-on-1 meeting with a foreclosure counselor from the Wayne County Fight Mortgage Foreclosure Program.

Writers Barbecue

Tuesday, Aug 16 | 6-8 pm

Join the Writers Club and Writers Workshop for our annual Summer BBQ at Merriman Hollow (Hawthorn Park Drive Pavilion) on Hines Dr. RSVP at the Reference Desk or email

Movies in the Library

Documentary Movie: Afghan Star (2009)

Wednesday, Aug 17 | 7 pm

Join us for a viewing of the documentary film: Afghan Star. Follows four contestants on the reality show/talent competition similar to our own American Idol. The filmmakers follow Hameed, Setara, Rafi and Lema through the show's third season as each competes for a spot in the national spotlight. The film highlights the unifying effect of music and popular culture across cultural lines in a post-Taliban Afghanistan without forgetting the conservative religious culture in which the contestants live their day-to-day lives. Refreshments will be provided.

Afternoon Classics

Foreign Films

Tuesdays | 3:30 pm

Tuesday, Aug 02
Cyrano de Bergerac (NR)

Tuesday, Aug 09

Tuesday, Aug 16
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (PG-13)

Tuesday, Aug 23
Volver (R—Ages 18+ or with adult)

Monthly Book Clubs*

Adult Book Club

Tuesday, Aug 16 | 7 pm

Netherworld by Joseph O'Neill

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Wednesday, Aug 31 | 7 pm

The Ship Who Sang by Anne McCaffrey


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.

Drop-In Knitting Night

Wednesdays | 7 pm

Join Linda Sparkman of Black sheep Northville as she provides group and individual instruction. All skill levels are welcome.

Job Seekers Lab

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

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


Teens Only!

Art Journaling*

Thursday, Aug 04 | 2 pm

Learn the ins and outs of keeping an art journal, where thoughts are expressed through art rather than writing.

Origami Half-hour

Friday, August 05 | 2-2:30 pm

Learn how to fold a new origami creation in the Teen Area.

Teen Book Club*

Thursday, Aug 25 | 7 pm

Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Teen Advisory Board

Thursday, Aug 30 | 7 pm

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

Kids' Happenings

Children's Non-Fiction Challenge

Begins Monday, Aug 01

Children will read books at their own reading level from many different subject areas. Each category completed will earn an entry for a chance to win a jar of treats, a gift card or other cool prize! Earn weekly coupons and prizes along the way. Finishers can choose a free book to keep!

Summer Sidewalk Chalk

Saturday, Aug 06 | 10 am

Please join us for a morning of fun as we decorate our sidewalks with colorful chalk! What kinds of scenes and creatures can you draw? All supplies will be provided. Note: This program is weather-permitting.

Make It/Take It Craft

Tuesdays, Aug 9 & 16 | 1 - 4 pm

Join us for fun crafts! All ages welcome!

Family Movie Matinee

Fridays, Aug 05, 12 & 19 | 1 pm

Join us for a free family movie (G or PG rating) All ages welcome! Enjoy the show! Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.


The Library's regular storytime schedule will resume the week of September 12th. Until then, please enjoy our special summertime stories and crafts!


Back-to-School Storytime and Craft

Grades K-6 | Thursday, Aug 25 | 10 & 11 am

Grades K-6 | Saturday, Aug 27 | 7 pm

Let's welcome the new school year with a special storytime and craft!

Pure Imagine Magic Show with Chris Linn

By Invitation Only | Tuesday, Aug 07 | 11 am, 2 & 7 pm

Children who complete the Summer Reading Program by July 30th will receive an invitation to this special magic show! Chris Linn is sure to amaze us with his unique magic tricks-a pleasurable reward for all of our finishers!

Fairy Magic*

Ages 5 - 7 | Wednesday, Aug 10 | 1 pm

Ages 8 - 12 | Wednesday, Aug 10 | 2:30 pm

Join us for an enchanting afternoon of fairy activities and crafts. Wearing appropriate costumes is optional.

I Spy Around Westland*

Ages 5+ | Friday, Aug 12 | 10:30 am

Come be part of this summer's family "I Spy" competition! Each family will get a sheet of pictures that they will have to find and retake (with your family) around the city. To do this you will need a car and a camera (digital/phone).

Book Clubs

Beginners, 3rd and 4th Grade and 5th and 6th Grade book clubs will return in October.



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



Our mailing address is:
Westland Public Library
6123 Central City Pkwy
Westland, MI 48185

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