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Westland Public Library

October 2011 Newsletter

Fall Hours

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

6123 Central City Pkwy, Westland, MI 48185 | 734.326.6123 | www.westlandlibrary.org

New Library Director: Sheila Collins

Sheila Collins joins us from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma, where she also served as Library Director. She has spent almost 20 years in public and academic libraries, after past careers in both dairy farming and general law. Dr. Collins is very pleased to join the team at the Westland Public Library: "I am very happy and excited to be here. I am impressed by the beauty of the library and its grounds, and by the number of patrons who walk through its doors each day."

Westland Public Library turns 15!

Next month the William P. Faust Public Library will celebrate 15 years of serving the community of Westland. Be sure to visit the library in early November to be a part of the celebration and learn about how far we've come since opening in 1996.

Adult Programs

Blogging for Beginners*

Saturday, Oct 08 | 2 pm

Share your thoughts, feelings and important elements of your everyday life with your friends, family or the general public by publishing your own blog. We will cover tips for writing a great blog, personalizing the look of your blog, publishing and sharing your blog with others.

Michigan Harvest: Healthy, Local Eating on a Budget

Tuesday, Oct 11 | 7 pm

Eating foods grown by Michigan farmers not only supports the local economy, it also benefits the environment, your health…and even your wallet! Join Sharon Strebbing of the Plymouth Westland Grange to learn more about local farmers and how to buy your food directly from the people who grow it. You'll also leave with delicious recipes for Michigan's bountiful fall harvest

How to Know If Your Children Are on Drugs...And How to Help Them*

Tuesday, Oct 11 | 7 pm

Join Dr. Brian K. Brackney, D.C., to learn more about the signs of drug abuse in teenagers and how parents can help them.

Screenwriting Workshop*

Thursday, Oct 13 | 7 pm

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

Uncovering the Hidden Job Market*

Wednesday, Oct 26 | 7 pm

Join Mike Nosal of Reference USA as he discusses how to find jobs and connections you may have overlooked using more conventional search methods.

Job Seekers: Dress for Success*

Tuesday, Nov 01 | 7 pm

Simone Lowe, formerly of Michigan Works and now an image consultant, will show job seekers how to present a positive image to give them the best chance to get (and keep) that job. 

Movies in the Library

Documentary Movie: Catfish (2010)

Wednesday, Oct 19 | 7 pm

Join us for a viewing of the documentary film: Catfish. Who are your Facebook friends? Can you really know someone over the Internet? These questions arise when Nev Shulman, a New York photographer, begins a penpal exchange with a young artist named Abby, which quickly evolves into an entire world of online relationships. As curious details begin to arise, Nev and his team make a surprise visit to rural Michigan to finally meet Abby. What they find when they get there is shocking, sad…and fascinating. Refreshments will be provided.

Friday Night Movies

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

Oct 07
Bridesmaids (R)

Oct 14
The Adjustment Bureau (PG-13)

Oct 21 - Dinner and Movie
X-Men: First Class (PG-13)
Doors open at 6:15. Delicious appetizers will be provided by a variety of local restaurants. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Oct 28
Win Win (R)


Open Mic Night

Thursday, Oct 06 | 7 pm

Sing, read, play, express at our monthly open mic nights. Local bluesman John Latini emcees.

District Coffee Hour

Monday, Oct 10 | 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, Oct 18 | 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.

Writers Club

Monday, Oct 24 | 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, Oct 18 | 7 pm

The Last Child by John Hart

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Wednesday, Oct 26 | 7 pm

Neuromancer by William Gibson

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!

Monster Make-Up

Ages 10+ | Thursday, Oct 13 | 7 pm

Learn how to apply monster make-up for Halloween from theatrical make-up artist Russ Kennedy.

Teen NaNoWriMo Information Session

Monday, Oct 17 | 4 - 5 pm

Can you write a novel in 30 days? We think you can. Find out more about participating in National Novel Writing Month in November. Set your word count, hang out with fellow teen writers, and sign up for teen NaNoWriMo, which runs the month of November.

Teen Book Club*

Grades 7+ | Thursday, Oct 27 | 7 pm

Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

Teen Advisory Board

Tuesday, Oct 25 | 7 pm

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

Kids' Happenings

Art Start

Ages 7+ | Saturday, Oct 08 | 12:30 pm

Each month we will feature a new artist and technique. This month we will be doing a seasonal still life drawing in the style of Paul Cezanne.

Family Movie Matinee

Ages 4-12 | Saturday, Oct 15 | 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.

Creative Crafts

Sunday, Oct 30 | 1 - 4 pm

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

Get Up and Move!

Ages 8-12 | Sunday, Oct 23 | 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Ages 5-7 | Sunday, Oct 23 | 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 tag! Make sure to wear comfortable clothes!

Get Up and Move! Preschool

Monday, Oct 17 | 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!


The week before Halloween we invite you to wear a fun costume and join us for some slightly spooky stories! Walk-in, no registration.

Family Storytime (all ages)

Mondays, Oct 03, 10 & 24 | 6:30 pm

Toddler Tales (1.5 to 3.5 yrs)

Tuesdays, Oct 04, 11 & 25 | 10 am & 11 am

Preschool Storytime (3.5 to 5 yrs)

Thursdays, Oct 06, 13 & 27 | 10:30 am

Babytime Storytime (0 to 24 mos)

Saturdays, Oct 01, 08, 15 & 29 | 10:30 am


Book Clubs

Family Book Club

Sunday, Oct 09 | 7 pm

Nim's Island by Wendy Orr

Kindergarten Book Club

Saturday, Oct 22 | 7 pm

Pig, Pigger, Piggest by Rick Walton

1st & 2nd Grade Book Club

Sunday, Oct 23 | 7 pm

Johnny Appleseed: My Story by David L. Harrison

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 06 | 7 pm

Midnight Library: Voices by Damien Graves

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

3rd & 4th Grade Book Club

Tuesday, Nov 08 | 7 pm

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

5th & 6th Grade Book Club

Thursday, Nov 03 | 7 pm

Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix


*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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