Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Corrected Westland Library September Newsletter #michlit

Westland Public Library

September 2011 Newsletter

Fall Hours

Mon-Thu: 9am-9pm
Fri-Sat: 9am-5pm
Sunday: 12pm-5pm

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

Last Chance to Register for Free ESL Classes!*

Friday, Sep 02 | 9:30 - 11 am

Register in-person for a nine week ESL (English as a Second Language) class conducted by Diane and Richard Goers. Classes run Friday mornings from September 9th through November 4th.

9/11: Ten Years Later

Please join us in the Westland Public Library's efforts to remember the tragic events of September 11th, 2001.

9/11 Journaling Project

Thursday, Sep 01 through Friday, Sep 30

Where were you on the morning of September 11th, 2001? How has your life (and our world) changed as a result? Journals will be available at the Reference Desk for anyone interested in sharing their post-9/11 thoughts and feelings through writing.

9/11 Memory Writing

Saturday, Sep 10 | 1-4 pm

This open-ended workshop is for all who would like to write about their experiences with this most heartbreaking and tragic of national events. View pictures, engage in discussions, and use writing prompts to explore feelings and experiences. Patrons are not required to write anything to attend. For those interested, their writings will be entered into the library's 9/11 journal.

102 Minutes that Changed America: Movie and Discussion*

Monday, Sep 12 | 6 pm

Join us for a viewing of the History Channel's 102 Minutes That Changed America. Kathryn Casa, former journalist and current Director of Communications at ACCESSDetroit, will moderate discussion before and after the movie. If you're interested in more events like this, please visit the site, sponsored by ACCESS. Refreshments provided.

Adult Programs

Digital Scrapbooking*

Tuesday, Sep 13 | 7 pm

Sign up to learn the how you can use your computer to create beautiful scrapbooking projects. Let Dawn Montagano, scrapbooking expert will provide an overview of the whole process and an introduction to Studio J online design software. Computers will be provided. Basic computer skills required.

Baseball During the Civil War

day, Sep 19 | 7 pm

Join local historian and teacher, Jeff Koslowski, as he discusses the origins of baseball from its beginnings as a regionalized kid's game to a professional game resembling what we know today.  Hear about the impact the Civil War had on the game and see reproductions of the equipment used during the 1860's. Also, get the inside scoop on the Historic Baseball Game between the Greenfield Village Lah-De-Dahs and the Westland Zip-a-dee-doo-dah's on Sunday, September 25th.

Friends Book Sale

Thursday, Sep 22 | 3 - 6 pm

Preview: Friends members only!

Friday and Saturday, Sep 23 & 24 | 10 am - 4 pm

Sunday, Sep 25 | 12 - 3 pm

$4 Bag sale - Sunday only!

Natural Approaches to Treating Arthritis*

Tuesday, Sep 27 | 7 pm

Join Dr. Brian K. Brackey, D.C, to learn more about the true causes of this debilitating condition and how to live a pain-free life.

Movies in the Library

Documentary Movie: Restrepo (2010)

Wednesday, Sep 07 | 7 pm

Join us for a viewing of the documentary film: Restrepo. Spend 90 minutes in one of the most dangerous deployments for the U.S. military. Restrepo, nicknamed for a medic who was killed in action, is a strategically crucial valley in northeastern Afghanistan, the setting for the entirety of this documentary. No breakaway interviews, just constant danger, hard work, and the camaraderie of soldiers. Come spend an hour and a half in their shoes. Refreshments will be provided.

Friday Night Movies

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

Sep 09
The Lincoln Lawyer (PG-13)

Sep 16
Rango (PG)

Sep 23 - Dinner and Movie
Limitless (PG-13)
Doors open at 6:15. Delicious food will be provided by Golden Chopsticks. $10 tickets must be purchased in advance.

Sep 30
The Conspirator (PG-13)


Open Mic Night

Thursday, Sep 08 | 7 pm

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

District Coffee Hour

Monday, Sep 12 | 9 - 10 am

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

Westland Writers Workshop

Tuesday, Sep 13 | 7 pm

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

Writers Club

Monday, Sep 26 | 7 pm

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

Monthly Book Clubs*

Adult Book Club

Tuesday, Sep 20 | 7 pm

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Wednesday, Sep 28 | 7 pm

Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov

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!

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Monday, Sep 19 | 2 - 9 pm

Arrr! We're celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day! Enjoy our pirate decorations, win prizes, and perform pirate-y activities. Don't forget yer parrot and yer eye patch, yarrr!

Wii Mario Kart Tournament*

Ages 12+ | Thursday, Sep 29 | 5:30 pm

Gift cards will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners!

Teen Lock-In*

Grades 7+ | Friday, Oct 01 to Saturday, Oct 02 | 9 pm to 8 am

Each year, our Teen Advisory Board holds a Library Lock-In. We'll play games, eat pizza, watch movies, and read books all night long. If you'd like to attend, please fill out and return the questionnaire available in our Teen Area by Wednesday, Sep 07.

Teen Book Club*

Grades 7+ | Thursday, Sep 22 | 7 pm

Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers

Teen Advisory Board

Tuesday, Sep 27 | 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

Ends Friday, Sep 02

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!

Family Movie Matinee

Saturday, Sep 17 | 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.

Book Clubs

3rd & 4th Grade and 5th & 6th Grade book clubs will return in October. Registration begins in early September.

3rd & 4th Grade Book Club

Tuesday, Oct 11 | 7 pm

Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye by Geronimo Stilton

5th & 6th Grade Book Club

Thursday, Oct 6 | 7 pm

Midnight Library: Voices by Damien Graves


Walk-in, no registration
Storytimes begin the week of September 12! The "Michigan Reads" featured book for 2011 is Devin Scillian's Memoirs of a Goldfish.  All week our storytimes will feature this charming book followed by a craft.  Also, in honor of Library Card Sign-Up Month, show your library card to the presenter for a special treat! 

Family Storytime (all ages)

Mondays, Sep 12, 19 & 26 | 6:30 pm

Toddler Tales (1.5 to 3.5 yrs)

Tuesdays, Sep 13, 20 & 27 | 10 am & 11 am

Preschool Storytime (3.5 to 5 yrs)

Thursdays, Sep 15, 22 & 29 | 10:30 am

Babytime Storytime (0 to 24 mos)

Saturdays, Sep 17, 24 & Oct 01 | 10:30 am



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


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