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Westland Public Library

April 2012 Newsletter

Winter Hours

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12pm - 5pm

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

Library News

Coming Soon! - New Public Computers

What's that mess?
You may have noticed some work being done in the library in the area next to the Reference Desk. The Library is preparing for the addition of 28 new computers, funded by a federal grant through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). This grant, part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), will allow the library to significantly upgrade their technology offerings, including new laptops in our hands-on computer classes and Job Seekers Lab, an additional 11 computers in our general public computing area, and 4 new public computing stations in both the Young Adult and Children's areas.
When will we see the new stations in use?
Soon! The new laptops are already in place in computer classes and the Job Seeker's Lab. Everything else is anticipated to be in place by Summer 2012.

OverDrive service is here!

Wondering what to do with that new eReader? We now have OverDrive downloadable content for Westland residents interested in downloading audio book or eBook files to their home computer, eReader or mobile device. For more information, visit Download Destination website.

Reading Help Available for Adults*

The Westland Public Library offers literacy tutoring to adults interested in improving their reading skills. If you or someone you know is interested in this program, please call or visit Kristy in the Reference department.

Adult Programs

Gemini: Songs of Peace and Social Justice

Sunday, Apr 01 | 2 pm

Join us for a live concert, refreshments, and a chance to learn more about the Citizens for Peace organization, which promotes the practice and principles of non-violence. The Library has recently accepted a donation of almost $500 for the purchase of books on peace and justice. Gemini, will play a concert featuring folk songs of the 1960s folk revival as well as poems by ancient and contemporary poets on the themes of peace and social justice, which have been set to original music. In conjunction with the Citizens for Peace organization.

Zumba Dance Party*

Thursday, Apr 05, 19, 26 & May 10 | 9:30 am

Lisa Davis will lead a Zumba Dance Party! The Zumba® program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and low tread shoes. All Fitness Levels Welcome. No Dance Experience Necessary!

District Coffee Hour

Monday, Apr 09 | 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.

Trigger Point Therapy*

Tuesday, Apr 10 | 7 pm

Join Dr. Brian K. Brackey, D.C., to learn more about simple methods for dealing with everyday stress without pharmaceuticals.

Grand Canyon Adventures*

Wednesday, Apr 11 | 7 pm

Bill Craig, Holliday Nature Preserve Association President, will share his hiking and rafting experiences in Grand Canyon National Park. His slideshow presentation will appeal to anyone considering a trip out West or just interested in beautiful scenery. Please bring any stories you have of your own adventures "below the rim".

eReader Support Group

Thursday, Apr 12 | 6 - 8 pm

Do you have an eReader? Want to learn more about it? Drop in on the 2nd Thursday of each month to meet with other eReader users, share your eReader expertise, or learn some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your device.

Open Mic Night

Thursday, Apr 12 | 7 pm

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

Lessons Learned from the Great Recession*

Monday, Apr 16 | 7 pm

Learn how to find investing opportunities in today's markets, keep emotions from affecting your financial decisions and get back on track toward reaching your financial goals. Andrew Gagne, Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. will show you how to get started.

Eat Your Veggies: Quick, Easy and Nutritional Meal Planning*

Tuesday, Apr 17 | 7 pm

Join Sharon Strebbing of the Plymouth/Westland Grange to get the skinny on the real nutritional value of your food, and how to eat well with a busy schedule and tight budget.

Veterans Writing Group

Wednesday, Apr 18 | 7 pm

Join veteran and working-class poet, Mark Durfee, as he helps veterans of all foreign wars explore their wartime experiences through writing. Writers of all styles (poetry, fiction, memoir) are encouraged to attend.

Screenwriting Workshop*

Thursday, Apr 19 | 7 pm

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

Writers Club*

Monday, Apr 23 | 7 pm

Do you have stories, 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, Apr 24 | 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.

Sheila Landis Trio: Poetry of the Blues/Music and Metaphor*

Thursday, Apr 26 | 7 pm

The Sheila Landis Trio featuring Rick Matle (on 7 String Guitar) will blend two of their popular programsinto one fun-filled night. Starting off with a chance to learn about truly American music which is the basis for much of what we hear today. Afterward, attendees may submit their own material for on-the-spot interpretation, as performed by the Sheila Landis Trio. Feeling brave? Come up and perform with the band! Sign required if you plan on having your poetry or writing interpreted or simply stop on in.

Monthly Book Clubs*


Tuesday, Apr 17 | 7 pm

Homer & Langley by E. L. Doctorow

NEW: Noontime

Monday, Apr 23 | 12 pm

Mr. Pip by Lloyd Jones

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Wednesday, Apr 25 | 7 pm

The Windup Girl by Paulo Bacigalupi

Red Cross Blood Drive*

Monday, Apr 23 | 10 am - 4 pm

Make an appointment by visiting redcrossblood.org, calling the Reference Desk or calling 1-800-GIVELIFE or just drop in that day! Donors with appointments will be given priority.

Money Smart Week: April 21 - 28

Community Shred

Saturday, Apr 21 | 10 am - 2 pm

The library is kicking off Money Smart Week with a Community Shred, with help from General Shredding. Shred financial documents for free in a secure shredder. This will be a drive-up event in our pavilion area, so please feel free to stop in anytime. Note: There is a 100 pound per car limit.

Understanding Your Credit Report*

Monday, Apr 23 | 7 pm

Join Jenny Hale from the Wayne-Westland Federal Credit Union as she breaks down the information in a credit report and explains ways to improve your score.

Starting a Small Business*

Wednesday, Apr 25 | 7 pm

The Small Business and Technology Development Center at Schoolcraft Community College will be here to conduct an overview of their Entrpreneurial Series to help you better address your goals.

Social Security Seminar*

Thursday, Apr 26 | 2 pm

Do you have questions about your Social Security benefits and how to assign entitlement? Are you curious how your Social Security is taxed? Get answers to these and other questions about Social Security benefits with Co-Op Services Credit Union Retirement Advisor, Dan Devine.

Westland Writes...Poetry and Stories

Submissions accepted Apr 01 to Apr 28

Seeking Westland Writes...Submissions

Would you like to be published in our annual addition to the Westland Writes...series? Submit a poem or story during your next library visit or email a copy of to andy.schuck@westlandlibrary.org. Please include your name and contact information, including a phone number.

Ekphrasis Poetry Contest

Write a poem inspired by one of the many pieces of art hanging in our library stacks. The winner will be announced at the May 1st release of our Westland Writes... poetry book!

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.

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

The Greatest Generation: Viewing and Discussion

Wednesday, Apr 18 | 3 pm

Join us for a viewing of The Greatest Generation (2010), a documentary film about the lives of veterans and other Detroiters during World War II. Joe Salvio, an area Veteran and historian, will be on hand to answer your questions after the viewing. In partnership with American House of Westland.

Documentary Movie: Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)

Wednesday, Apr 18 | 7 pm

Join us for a viewing of the documentary film: The Cave of Forgotten Dreams. The Chauvet Cave in southern France holds what are believed to be man's earliest cave paintings, at an estimated 32,000 years old. When they were discovered in 1994, the French government cut off access to the site, allowing in only a select few archaeologists and paleontologists…and one filmmaker. Join us for Werner Herzog's examination of this beautiful artwork, and his conversations with historians and scientists about what this art reveals about our ancient ancestors, and about us. Refreshments will be provided.

Friday Night Movies

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

Apr 06
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (R)

Apr 13 - Dinner and Movie
War Horse (PG-13)
Dinner at 6:15. Beaver Creek Tackle and Beer, Co. Will provide delicious shepherd's pie and fish n' chips. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance.

Apr 20
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (R)

Apr 27
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (PG-13)

Teens Only!

Teen Book Club*

Grades 7+ | Thursday, Apr 26 | 7 pm

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Teen Poetry Slam*

Thursday, Apr 19 | 6 - 8 pm

Bring out your best poems for others to hear- and win great prizes in the process. If you don't have anything to read, come anyways and have fun, hearing great poetry and eating pizza. Emceed once again by otherworldly slam poet, Versiz. Sign up ends Tuesday, April 17th.

Money Smart Week: April 21 - 28

Duct Tape Wallets

Saturday, Apr 28 | 1 - 2 pm

Teens learn to make their own duct tape wallet out of colorful duct tape provided by the library.

Building Great Credit*

Saturday, Apr 28 | 2 pm

Join Jenny Hale from the Wayne-Westland Federal Credit Union to learn how teens can build great credit right now and keep it that way.

Teen Advisory Board

Tuesday, Apr 24 | 7 pm

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

Wii Super Smash Bros Video Game Tournament*

Thursdays, Apr 05, May 10 & Jun 07 | 4 pm

Join us for our Wii Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament! The tournament starts at 4 PM, so be sure to check in by that time if you want to participate. Small prizes are available for the individual tournament date winners, and a big prize will be awarded to the overall tournament champ (points accumulated over all three tournament dates).

Spring Break Movies

Apr 11 - 13 | 1 - 3 pm

Watch the movies that led up to The Avengers (out May 4th).Enter to win a $10, $15, or $20 MJR gift card. Pop and popcorn provided!

Wednesday, Apr 11

Iron Man 2 (2010)

Thursday, Apr 12

Thor (2011)

Friday, Apr 13

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Kids' Happenings

Art Start*

Ages 7 - 12 | Sunday, Apr 28 | 2 - 3 pm

Learn about Expressionist art and painter Franz Marc, and his boldly colorful and dramatic paintings. We'll make an animal painting that is far from ordinary!

Family Movie Matinee

Sunday, Apr 22 | 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 Craft

Ages 4 - 12 | Tuesday, Apr 10 | 1 - 4 pm

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


Walk-in, no registration!

Family Storytime (all ages)

Mondays, Apr 02, 09, 16, 23 & 30 | 6:30 pm

Toddler Tales (18 mos - 3.5 yrs)

Tuesdays, Apr 10, 17 & 24 | 10 am & 11 am

Preschool Storytime (3.5 - 5 yrs)

Thursdays, Apr 12, 19 & 26 | 10:30 am

Babytime Storytime (0 - 18 mos)

Saturdays, Apr 14, 21 & 28 | 10:30 am

Celebrate National Library Week!

Apr 8 - 14

Are you up for a Spring-time challenge? If so, visit the Children's Department during National Library Week to take part in a guessing game of popular illustrations and book covers!

Money Smart Week: Apr 21 - 28

Join us for a money smart Family Storytime and other fun activities throughout the week.


Get Up and Move!

Sunday, Apr 15 | 3 - 4 pm

Each month we'll stay active by trying a new activity and playing a different game. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes!

Toddler Time Drop-In Craft

Ages 1.5 - 3.5 | Monday, Apr 03 | 10 - 11:30 pm

Bring your families in to get crafty with Mrs. Fry!

World Book Night Reception

Monday, Apr 16 | 3 - 4 pm

World Book Night (WBN) is a celebration of reading and books in which tens of thousands of people share books with others in their communitites across America to spread the joy and love of reading by giving out free books. If you love books and like to share them, please stop by for some light refreshments and find out how you can be involved in future World Book Night book giveaways! Registered current year givers will pick up their books at this time.

Book Clubs

Family Book Club

Sunday, Apr 29 | 2 - 3 pm

Pick up a copy of Peter Pan or Beauty and the Beast...or one of each!

Kindergarten Book Club

Saturday, Apr 21 | 1 - 2 pm

Are you "wild about books"? We are, too! Stop in to explore fascinating picture books and make a fun project.

1st & 2nd Grade Book Club

Sunday, Apr 15 | 1 - 2 pm

Pick up a copy of our Readers Theater script: Peter Pan! We'll have a lively reading and eat a snack.

3rd & 4th Grade Book Club

Tuesday, Apr 03 | 7 pm

Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan

5th & 6th Grade Book Club

Thursday, Apr 19 | 7 pm

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R. L. La Fevers

There will be no meetings of the 3rd & 4th Grade or 5th & 6th Grade book clubs over the summer. They will resume in the fall. See you then!


*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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