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Westland Library December 2011 Newsletter

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Westland Public Library

December 2011 Newsletter

Winter Hours

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

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

OverDrive service starts December 1st!

This month we'll begin OverDrive downloadable books for Westland residents interested in downloading audiobook or eBook files to their home computer, eReader or other device. For details, go to Download Destination website and click on Quick Start Guide or /">Digital Help—FAQ.

Adult Programs

Looking Good on a Budget*

Monday, Dec 05 | 7 pm

Image Consultant Simone Lowe will show you how to stretch your fashion budget to look and feel good everyday, whether it is for a job or with friends and family.

Three Secrets to a Healthy Life*

Monday, Dec 05 | 7 pm

Join Dr. Brian K. Brackey, D.C., to learn more about simple methods for losing weight, reducing stress, and functioning at 100% at all times.

eReader Information Session*

Tuesday, Dec 06 | 7 pm

Thinking about adding an e-reader to your holiday wish list, but don't know which one is right for you? We'll have an e-reader specialist from the Westland Best Buy to demonstrate the differences between the different brands and models. You'll get a chance to see up close the Kindle Keyboard and the Barnes & Noble Nook.

Future of NASA*

Wednesday, Dec 07 | 7 pm

Join NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador, Sarah Smith, as she discusses the future of NASA and America's work in space. Sarah will have NASA goodies to give away to everyone who attends.

Cookie Exchange*

Sunday, Dec 11 | 4 pm

There are so many great holiday recipes, how do we choose? With a cookie exchange, of course! Share your favorite recipe with others and try out some new ones, too! Bring in your favorite recipe, 2 dozen homemade cookies and leave with samples and recipes from other baking enthusiasts.

Red Cross Blood Drive*

Thursday, Dec 29 | 10 - 4 pm

We will be hosting a blood drive all day in meeting rooms A and B. Make an appointment by stopping by or calling the Circulation desk, calling 1-800-GIVELIFE or just drop in! Donors with appointments will be given priority.

Holiday Concerts

Gratitude Steel Band

Sunday, Dec 04 | 2 pm

Celebrate the sounds of the season, Caribbean-style, with The Gratitude Steel Band as they perform their "Holiday in the Islands" theme.

'Nique LoveRhodes

Sunday, Dec 11 | 3 pm

Join us for some afternoon hip-hop. 'Nique brings her own positive spin to this genre known for its verbal dexterity. Note: this concert has a later, 3 p.m. start time.

Kim Waldorf

Sunday, Dec 18 | 2 pm

Harpist Kim Waldorf performs soothing holiday music for young and old.

Movies in the Library

Documentary Movie: Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

Wednesday, Dec 21 | 7 pm

Join us for a viewing of the documentary film: Exit Through the Gift Shop. Through his relationships with Paris' street artists, amateur filmmaker Thierry Guetta comes to focus on the ever-elusive Banksy, documenting his work and eventually becoming something of a street artist in his own right. By the end of the film subject and documentarist have switched roles, with incredible results. Brilliant documentary or elaborate artistic hoax? You decide. Refreshments will be provided.

Friday Night Movies

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

Dec 02
Horrible Bosses (PG-13)

Dec 09
Super 8 (PG)

Dec 16 - Dinner and Movie
Water for Elephants (PG-13)
Doors open at 6:15. Delicious pizza will be provided by Toarmina's. $5 tickets must be purchased in advance.

Dec 23
Crazy, Stupid Love (PG-13)

Dec 30
Midnight in Paris (PG-13)


Open Mic Night

Thursday, Dec 08 | 7 pm

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

Screenwriting Workshop

Thursday, Dec 08 | 7 pm

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

Writers Club

Monday, Dec 19 | 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

Westland Writers Workshop

Tuesday, Dec 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.

Crafty Gifts

Glass Etching*

Tuesday, Dec 13 | 6:30 pm

Turn ordinary glass into an extraordinary present! We'll show you how to etch wintery designs onto water glasses to make a personalized gift.

Just for Teens: Hot Beverage Sleeves*

Thursday, Dec 15 | 6 pm

We're making hot beverage cozies or sleeves from felt. They are perfect to place over your disposable hot chocolate or tea container to protect your hands from heat. They also make great gifts for any coffee drinker you know!

Paper Ornaments*

Saturday, Dec 17 | 2 pm

Come learn how to make some beautiful paper ornaments for your Christmas tree or to give to others this holiday season. Instructions and materials will be provided.

Hot Cocoa Kits*

Monday, Dec 19 | 6:30 pm

Have a lot of people on your "nice" list? Make a gift for them that's fun, delicious and inexpensive. We'll show you how to make your own cocoa mix, personalize marshmallows, and wrap it up in a holiday package. A great gift for teachers and coworkers! All Ages Welcome!

Monthly Book Clubs*

Adult Book Club

Tuesday, Dec 20 | 7 pm

Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City by Greg Grandin

Science Fiction/Fantasy

The Science Fiction/Fantasy book club will return in January.

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!

Candy Cane Critters

Ages 4 - 12 | Wednesday, Dec 21 | 7 pm

Make candy cane mice and reindeer from all those leftover candy canes. Candy canes, hot chocolate, and holiday music will be provided.

Crafty Gifts: Hot Beverage Sleeve*

Thursday, Dec 15 | 6 pm

We're making hot beverage cozies or sleeves from felt. They are perfect to place over your disposable hot chocolate or tea container to protect your hands from heat. They also make great gifts for any coffee drinker you know!

Teen Book Club*

Grades 7+ | Thursday, Dec 22 | 7 pm

Beyond the Burning Time by Kathryn Lasky

Video Game Open Play

Sunday, Dec 10 | 2 - 4 pm

Play games on our X-Box 360 or Nintendo Wii. We have  Madden Football, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Naruto: Rise of a Ninja, and more! 

Teen Advisory Board

Teen Advisory Board meetings will resume in January

Kids' Happenings

Plastic Modeling Workshop

Ages 6+ | Saturday, Dec 03 | 1 pm

Lear to build plastic models with guidance from the International Plastic Modelers' Society (IPMS) of Livonia. All supplies provided for registered children.

Storm the Castle

Saturday, Dec 10 | 1 - 2:30 pm

Have you ever wanted to use a catapult to storm a castle? Here is your chance! Come make your very own catapult and castle for battle!

Fairy Fun

Ages 5 - 12 | Sunday, Dec 11 | 2 pm

Join us for some fairy crafts.  These are the crafts done in Fairy Magic in August so if you missed Fairy Magic, here's your chance! *Children under 5-7 must be accompanied by an adult.

Fabric Flowers

Ages 10+ | Saturday, Dec 17 | 1 pm

Come learn to sew fabric flowers! Use the flowers in your hair, as a pin, or to give as holiday gifts!

Family Movie Matinee

Ages 4-12 | Wednesday, Dec 28 | 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

Ages 4 - 12 | Tuesday, Jan 03 | 1 - 4 pm

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


Our weekly storytimes will resume in January-see you then!

Toddler Times Holiday Hoopla!

Ages 10+ | Tuesday, Dec 06 | 10 & 11 am

Join Mrs. Fry for tons of stories, songs, and a fun holiday craft!

Get Up and Move!

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

Ages 5-7 | Sunday, Dec 18 | 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 jump rope games! Make sure to wear comfortable clothes!

Get Up and Move! Preschool

Monday, Dec 12 | 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!

Book Clubs

Family Book Club

Sunday, Dec 04 | 1 - 2:30 pm

The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling

1st & 2nd Grade Book Club

Sunday, Dec 18 | 1 - 2 pm

Choose Your Own Adventure: Ghost Island by Shannon Gilligan

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.


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

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