Help Us to Celebrate Fifteen Years with The William P. Faust Public Library of Westland
In November, the Library will celebrate its 15th Anniversary! We will be holding a celebration at 12 pm on Saturday, November 5th and hope you will join us for exciting announcements and entertainment for the entire family. There will be live music, team trivia, and more.
Meeting Rooms A+B | 12 - 2 pm
Compete for prizes with this team trivia game. Celebrate the last 15 years with challenging trivia that will test your knowledge of both 1996 and 2011. All ages welcome!
Young Adult Area | 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Our guest artist, Ariel Echevarria, will create silly portraits for our teen visitors.
Jake Reichbart Jazz Guitar
Faust Area | 2 & 3:30 pm
Join us in the Faust Area for the smooth rock and jazz stylings of solo guitarist Jake Reichbart.
Art Start: Collage
Children's Activity Room | 2 pm
Kids can stop by the CAR to make a fun collage out of everyday items!
Meet the Director
Faust Area | 3 pm
Meet our Director, Dr. Sheila Collins, along with Mayor William R. Wild, and other special guests.
Cake and Refreshments
Meeting Rooms A+B | 3 - 4:30 pm
Enjoy delicous cake and coffee! In partnership with Le Cakery and Biggby Coffee of Westland.
Raw Foods for the Holidays*
Monday, Nov 07 | 7 pm
Carolyn Simon from Red Pepper Deli in Northville is back to demonstrate how easy and delicious it is to prepare healthy holiday meals with raw food.
Gettysburg Movie Viewing and Discussion
Part 1 | Tuesday, Nov 08 | 5:30 pm
Part 2 | Thursday, Nov 10 | 6 pm
In remembrance of the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, join local teacher and historian, Jeff Koslowski, for a viewing and discussion of the epic film Gettysburg.
Monday, Nov 21 | 7 pm
Do you knit? Would you like to start? It is relaxing, fun, and can be used to make your own hats, scarves, socks, sweaters and more!Linda Sparkman of Black Sheep Northville (and coordinator of our weekly knitting club) will provide beginning instruction and resources for teens and adults who would like to learn to knit. Each registered participant will receive a beginners set of needles and yarn, and will learn about the knit stitch, casting on and binding off a project.
Secrets to Preventing Type II Diabetes*
Tuesday, Nov 22 | 7 pm
Dr. Brian K. Brackney, D.C. of theFoundation of Wellness Professionals will show you to reduce your risk of Type II diabetes by 60%. Find out which foods to eat, which to avoid, and which two hormones may be causing Type II diabetes.
Daily Bread Reading and Exhibit
Tuesday, Nov 29 | 7 pm
To help raise awareness for National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, join journalist and poet, Jennifer Burd, as she reads from her recent book, Daily Bread: A Portrait of Homeless Men and Women in Lenawee County. Guitarist Laz Slomovitswill be on hand to offer accompaniment to some pieces. Anyone inspired to write a poem, reflection, short story based on the photos exhibited are asked to read their work at this reading.
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Write-In
Wednesdays | 6 - 8:45 pm
NaNoWriMo is here for all writers ready to write their first (or second or third) novel. We'll have a weekly write-in for all interested writers. If you need a laptop to work on, just bring a state ID with your current address on it to check one out at the Reference Desk.
Join us for a viewing of the documentary film: Gasland. In 2009 Josh Fox was offered $100,000 for the rights to lease his land for gas mining through a controversial new method called hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." In an investigative film that is "part mystery, part travelogue, part banjo showdown," Fox travels across the country, from Wyoming down toTexas and even to New York City, to examine the effects on local populations (and water supplies) of this highly unregulated and inadequately researched process. Refreshments will be provided.
Friday Night Movies
Fridays (and select Saturdays due to holiday library closings) | 7 pm [after hours - doors open at 6:30]
Sing, read, play, express at our monthly open mic nights. Singer-songwriter Dave Boutette emcees.
Thursday, Nov 10 | 7 pm
Learn about the art of writing for the big and small screens withDrew Tierney, screenwriter and novelist.
District Coffee Hour
Monday, Nov 14 | 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.
Westland Writers Workshop
Tuesday, Nov 22 | 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.
Monday, Nov 28 | 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.
Art Exhibits in the Library
Teachers Discovery Traveling Exhibit: The Civil War
Nov 06 to Nov 12
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the war's start, the library is glad to welcome a Teacher's Discovery Traveling Exhibit on the Civil War. Filled with stories, letters, and photographs, the exhibit is thought-provoking and beautiful. This exhibit will be open to all interested parties throughout the week.
Daily Bread: A Portrait of Homeless Men and Women in Lenawee County
Nov 16 to Nov 29
In honor of Homelessness Awareness Week, we are hosting an exhibit of photos by Lad Strayer, a photographer from Adrian. Mr. Strayer originally took many of these photos as part of a newspaper piece to run in the Adrian Daily Telegram. When journalist and poet Jennifer Burd saw something more expressive from the project and photos than a news story could project, she asked Mr. Strayer to do a book with her. The photos you will see in the library are from that book.
Monthly Book Clubs*
Adult Book Club
Tuesday, Nov 15 | 7 pm
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
Wednesday, Nov 30 | 7 pm
Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds
Look for these Programs Every Month:
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.
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.
A librarian will be available to assist you in filing for unemployment, creating and uploading a resume and other job-related tasks.
Teen NaNoWriMo Write-In
Grades 7+ | Wednesdays | 3 - 4:30 pm
Come get cracking on your novel for National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write a whole novel by November 30th! Talk your ideas through with other teen writers and work on your novel right here in the library. Bring in your own laptop or use one of ours.
Design your Own Movie Poster Contest*
Entries due Monday, Nov 14
Imagine if your favorite book were made into a movie. What would the poster look like? Create your own poster on an 8 1/2 X 11 sheet of paper or on a poster board. You can re-imagine movie posters for books already made into movies. Winners will receive movie theater gift cards. Entry forms are in the teen area.
Teen Book Club*
Grades 7+ | Thursday, Nov 17 | 7 pm
The Thief of Always by Clive Barker
Teen Advisory Board
Tuesday, Nov 29 | 7 pm
Get your opinion heard about all things teen at the Westland Library. Pizza and pop provided!
Ages 7+ | Saturday, Nov 05 | 2 pm
Each month we will feature a new artist and technique. This month we will be using bits of everyday items to create a beautiful picture landscape in a collage.
Family Movie Matinee
Ages 4-12 | Saturday, Nov 12 | 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.
Friday, Nov 18 | 1 - 4 pm
Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of Thanksgiving crafts! Everything you need will be ready to go!
Painting on Rocks
Ages 8 - 14 | Tuesday, Nov 15 | 6:30 pm
Learn the art of painting on rocks for fun! Local rock-painting enthusiast, Doreen Gregory, will lead this class for children and teens, ages 8 to 14. All materials are supplied, including the rocks! Please bring a smock or wear old clothes.
Young Writers Workshop
Grades 3 - 8 | Thursday, Nov 10 | 7 pm
Do you love to write? Then you should come to the Young Writers Workshop. Share your work with other kids and learn some different brainstorming techniques. Since November is National Native American Heritage Month, we'll read a few tribal legends and start our own stories based on them.
Walk-in, no registration!
Family Storytime (all ages)
Mondays, Nov 07, 14 & 21 | 6:30 pm
Toddler Tales (1.5 to 3.5 yrs)
Tuesdays, Nov 01, 08, 15 & 22 | 10 am & 11 am
Preschool Storytime (3.5 to 5 yrs)
Thursdays, Nov 03, 10 & 17 | 10:30 am
Babytime Storytime (0 to 24 mos)
Saturdays, Nov 05, 12, 19 & 26 | 10:30 am
Get Up and Move!
Ages 8-12 | Sunday, Nov 20 | 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Ages 5-7 | Sunday, Nov 20 | 4 - 4:45 pm
We'll try a new activity each month and play a different type of game. This month we will be playing different rainy day games! Make sure to wear comfortable clothes!
Get Up and Move! Preschool
Monday, Nov 14 & 28 | 10:30 am & 12:30 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!
Family Book Club
Sunday, Nov 06 | 1 - 2:30 pm
No Talking by Andrew Clements
Kindergarten Book Club
Saturday, Nov 19 | 2 pm
This month we'll explore frog stories, including Stick by Steve Breen
1st & 2nd Grade Book Club
Sunday, Nov 20 | 1 - 2 pm
This month we are doing Readers Theater! Each child will get a copy of the script to take home and practice. Not only practice the words but different voices and different emotions.
3rd & 4th Grade Book Club
Tuesday, Nov 08 | 7 pm
The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop
5th & 6th Grade Book Club
Thursday, Nov 03 | 7 pm
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Get started on next month's book club selection...
3rd & 4th Grade Book Club
Tuesday, Dec 13 | 7 pm
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
5th & 6th Grade Book Club
Thursday, Dec 01 | 7 pm
Half-Moon Investigations by Eoin Colfer
*Stop by or call the library to register for any of these programs, or sign up online on the Library's website.