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Westland #Library February 2012 Newsletter #michlit #michigan

Westland Public Library

February 2012 Newsletter

Winter Hours

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

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

OverDrive service is here!

We now have OverDrive downloadable content for Westland residents interested in downloading audiobooks or eBook files to their home computer, eReader or mobile device. For details, stop by the Reference desk or visit Download Destination website and click on Quick Start Guide or Digital Help FAQ.

Register for Free ESL Classes!*

Friday, Feb 24 | 9:30 - 11 am

Register in-person for an eight-week ESL (English as a Second Language) class conducted by Diane and Richard Goers. Classes run on Fridays from March 2nd through May 18th from 9:30 to 11:00 am (no class on April 20 & 27). Students with children are welcome!

Adult Literacy Tutor Training - Registration ends February 21st!*

Would you like to help an adult learn to read? We will be hosting adult literacy tutor training March 3, 10 and 17 (9:30-3:30). See Kristy in the Reference department by Tuesday, February 21 for details and to register for this great volunteer opportunity.

Adult Programs

Informaton Session: Online Tax Tools

Wednesday, Feb 01 | 7 pm

Saturday, Feb 04 | 3 pm

Join Jerisha Hawkins, experienced tax preparer, as she shares free online tools that are available to use as you prepare your taxes online. Jerisha will demonstrate how to use these tools and provide examples to guide you through tax preparation. Taxpayers who earn $57,000.00 or less can choose from approximately 20 commercial software programs to use free of charge.

Chef Reva Constantine: A Life in Food*

Monday, Feb 06 | 7 pm

We will spotlight local chef, Reva Constantine, her rise to Executive Chef status at Joe's Produce in Livonia, and also her recent 1st place finish at the 2011 Arts, Beats, and Eats Chef Duel. Chef Reva will give a cooking demonstration.

Five Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss*

Tuesday, Feb 07 | 7 pm

Join Dr. Brian K. Brackey, D.C., to learn more about ways to rev up your metabolism and lose weight in a natural, healthy and sustainable way.

OverDrive Essentials*

Tuesday, Feb 13 | 2 pm

Tuesday, Feb 20 | 7 pm

Come in to learn more about the Library's new OverDrive service, and what you need to get started downloading free audiobooks, eBooks and music to your computer or mobile device. We'll answer your basic questions, show you how to search for and check out content, and download eBooks to Nook and Kindle eReaders.

Friends Book Sale

Thursday, Feb 16 | 3 - 6 pm

Preview: Friends members only!

Friday and Saturday, Feb 17 & 18 | 10 am - 4 pm

Sunday, Feb 19 | 12 - 3 pm

$4 Bag sale - Sunday only!

Researching African-American Genealogy*

Wednesday, Feb 29 | 7 pm

Hit a wall when searching your family's history? African American Genealogy records are much more difficult to find due to the scant nature of record keeping for blacks prior to the Civil War. Learn how to be more successful in your research. Kris Rzepczynski, Library or Michigan Genealogy Coordinator, will present an informational session for beginners and advanced genealogists.

Open Mic Night

Thursday, Feb 02 | 7 pm

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

Screenwriting Workshop

Thursday, Feb 09 | 7 pm

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

District Coffee Hour

Monday, Feb 13 | 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, Feb 21 | 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, Feb 27 | 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

Teen/Adult Event:

Gamer's Club

Ages 12 - 25 | Saturday, Feb 25 | 1 - 4 pm

Palladium Books of Westland will be here leading games of their fantasy/horror/sci-fi role-playing game Rifts and their Palladium Fantasy RPG. They'll have character sheets ready. Bring your own dice if possible (4-sided, 6-sided, and 20-sided).

Monthly Book Clubs*

Adult Book Club

Tuesday, Feb 21 | 7 pm

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Wednesday, Feb 29 | 7 pm

Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke

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 - 4 pm

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

Movies in the Library

Glory: Viewing and Discussion

Thursday, Feb 23 | 6-9 pm

Join us for a viewing of Glory, the story about a band of African-American soldiers fighting for freedom during the American Civil War. Historian and educator, Jeff Koslowski, will provide pop-up history during the movie and answers questions afterwards.

Documentary Movie: Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002)

Wednesday, Feb 22 | 7 pm

Join us for a viewing of the documentary film: Standing in the Shadows of Motown. In 1959 Ben Gordy, Jr. gathered a group of promising musicians called "The Funk Brothers." Over the next 14 years these musicians were the house band for every #1 hit to come out of Motown, creating more chartbusters than the Elvis, the Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles combined. Three decades later, the Funk Brothers return to Detroit to reunite-and tell their unforgettable story. Refreshments will be provided.

Friday Night Movies

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

Feb 03
50/50 (R)

Feb 10
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13)

Feb 17 - Dinner and Movie
The Ides of March (R)
Doors open at 6:15. Delicious Italian fare will be provided by Marvaso's. $10 tickets must be purchased in advance.

Feb 24
Real Steel (PG-13)

Teens Only!

Teen Book Club*

Grades 7+ | Thursday, Feb 23 | 7 pm

Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

BollyFit for Teens*

Grades 6 - 12 | Saturday, Feb 04 | 1 pm

Learn Bollywood dance, a popular form of dance seen in Indian films. An instructor from BollyFit in Ann Arbor, MI, will be here to teach us how to dance Bollywood-style. 

Candy Making

Thursday, Feb 09 | 6:30 - 8 pm

The best part of Valentine's Day has to be the candy! Pour melted chocolate into molds to make Valentine's Day candy and chocolate lollipops.

Teen Bento Lunch*

Wednesday, Feb 22 | 1 pm

Make your own delicious bento box lunch. Bento Boxes are traditional Japanese lunches that make food fun! We'll make a basic bento that will include a sandwich and a few small sides. A peanut butter alternative will be used in case of peanut allergies. 

Marvel vs. CapCom 3 Tournament*

Friday, Feb 24 | 12:30 - 4 pm

Compete in our Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds tournament. We'll be playing on the X-Box 360. Play as the Hulk, Magneto, Deadpool, Chun-Li, and others from the Marvel or Capcom universe.

Teen Advisory Board

Tuesday, Feb 28 | 7 pm

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

Kids' Happenings

Art Start*

Ages 7 - 12 | Sunday, Feb 11 | 2 - 3 pm

Join us as we learn about Vincent Van Gogh's beautiful painting "Starry Night." We will talk about color, movement and texture and create our own "Starry Night" using these techniques!

Abracadabra Magic*

Ages 6+ | Sunday, Feb 19 | 2 pm

Come see a short magic performance and learn to perform some magic tricks of your own!

Creative Craft

Ages 4 - 12 | Tuesday, Feb 20 | 1 - 4 pm

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

Mario Kart Open Play

Ages 6 - 12 | Wednesday, Feb 22 | 3 - 4:30 pm

Race to the finish line in Mario Kart on our Nintendo Wii! Kids ages 6 and up can compete in 4 person races. Can you come in 1st place? Play as Mario, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Toad, and more!

African Mancala Game*

Ages 7 - 12 | Saturday, Feb 25 | 2:30 pm

The African game of Mancala is one of the oldest in the world and is still played every day. Join us to make your own Mancala game, using mostly recycled materials, and learn how to play it!


Walk-in, no registration!

Family Storytime (all ages)

Mondays, Feb 06 & 20 | 6:30 pm

Toddler Tales (1.5 to 3.5 yrs)

Tuesdays, Feb 07, 14 & 21 | 10 am & 11 am

Preschool Storytime (3.5 to 5 yrs)

Thursdays, Feb 02, 09, 16 & 23 | 10:30 am

Babytime Storytime (0 to 24 mos)

Saturdays, Feb 04, 11, 18 & 25 | 10:30 am

Special Family Storytimes and Crafts

Join us for a special craft and storytime to celebrate these February holidays! Open to all children with a caregiver.

Valentine's Day Storytime and Craft

Monday, Feb 13 | 6:30 - 7:15 pm

Leap Year Storytime and Craft

Monday, Feb 27 | 6:30 - 7:15 pm


Get Up and Move!*

Ages 5-12 | Sunday, Feb 12 | 2 - 3 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, Feb 06 | 10:30 am & 12 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 Movie Matinee

Ages 4-12 | Thursday, Feb 23 | 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

Family Book Club

Sunday, Feb 26 | 2 - 3:30 pm

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Koningsburg

Kindergarten Book Club

Saturday, Feb 25 | 1 - 2 pm

Are you "wild about books"? We are, too! Join us for a wild story and lots of fun!

1st & 2nd Grade Book Club

Sunday, Feb 12 | 1 - 2 pm

Stop by the Children's desk to pick up a book of poetry. We'll talk about poems while having a snack and making a fun craft!

3rd & 4th Grade Book Club

Tuesday, Feb 14 | 7 pm

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

5th & 6th Grade Book Club

Wednesday, Feb 01 | 7 pm

Behind the Bedroom Wall by Laura E. Williams

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

3rd & 4th Grade Book Club

Tuesday, Mar 06 | 7 pm

The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill

5th & 6th Grade Book Club

Thursday, Mar 01 | 7 pm

surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie Tolan


*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.


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

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