While Library usage has steadily increased, tax revenues for the Library have decreased each year with a drop of more than $800,000 over the last five years. The Library has done everything possible to weather these cuts while still providing quality services and programming-with much help from the Friends of the Library, community partnerships, and the creativity of Library staff.
In spite of these efforts, these cuts have reached a critical point in the 2012-2013 budget year. Due to falling tax revenues and unavoidable budget constraints, we are unhappy to announce that beginning July 1, the Library will reduce staff, programming and operational hours.
Hormonal imbalance symptoms often include migraine headaches, memory loss, acne, thinning hair, insomnia, infertility and a whole range of other problems. Join Ilka Handshaw, Alternative Medicine Practitioner, to learn how hormones get out of balance and what you can do about it, naturally.
eReader Support Group
Thursday, May 10 | 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.
District Coffee Hour
Monday, May 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.
Weathering Job Loss*
Tuesday, May 15 | 7 pm
Andrew Gagne, of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., will show you how to manage your expenses, continue to pay bills without a regular salary and provide your family with medical care without your employer's insurance coverage. Also, learn the long-term consequences of tapping into your retirement savings and how job loss can affect your tax situation.
Veterans Writing Group
Wednesday, May 16 | 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.
Thursday, May 17 | 7 pm
Learn about the art of writing for the big and small screens with Drew Tierney, screenwriter and novelist.
Monday, May 21 | 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, May 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.
Stampin' with Cari*
Wednesday, May 23 | 7 pm
Let Cari show you how to create beautiful cards to share with family and friends throughout the year. Supplies will be provided.
Local Authors Day*
Saturday, May 12 | 10 am - 4 pm
Join local authors to hear about the craft and process of creating books for audiences big and small. Also, see the books and talk with the authors firsthand during our Local Author Fair.
10 am Non-Traditional Publishing with Cheryl Vatcher-Martin, children's author, journalist, and poet (and leader of the Westland Library's Writers Club)
11 am Publishing with the Big Wigs with Jim C. Hines, author of the Goblin Quest and Princess series (both published by DAW, an imprint of Penguin books)
1 - 4 pm Local Author Fair - See their books, talk with the authors about the publishing process and their experiences, buy a book if you're interested.
Attendees are welcome to come to one or all of the events. A display near our Circulation Desk will hold attending authors' books and bios for reference before and after Local Author Day.
Monthly Book Clubs*
Tuesday, May 15 | 7 pm
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, historian and educator, Jeff Koslowski, will host a pop-up history viewing of The Conspirator (2010) about the lone co-conspirator charged in Abraham Lincoln's assassination, Mary Suratt, and how her lawyer attempted to free her.
Join us for a documentary film about the Honor Flight Program, which provides veterans with an all-expenses paid trip to the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. One of the film's directors will be on hand to answer questions after the viewing.
Join us for a viewing of the documentary film: Forks Over Knives. Could it be that many of the diseases that plague our society could be prevented if we were to reject animal-based and processed foods and adopt a vegetarian, whole food diet? This documentary follows the theories and research of two doctors who examine this claim and several patients who accept the challenge. Refreshments will be provided.
Check out a book on Free Comic book Day and you'll receive a free comic courtesy of A-Z Cards & Comics in Garden City, MI. You can also spend time in the Teen Area drawing your own comic pages! One comic per person. Comics will be available at the Reference desk only while supplies last.
Wii Super Smash Bros Video Game Tournament*
Thursdays, May 10 & Jun 07 | 3:30 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).
Teen Advisory Board
Tuesday, May 29 | 7 pm
Get your opinion heard about all things teen at the Westland Library. Pizza and pop provided!
Teen Book Club*
Grades 7+ | Thursday, May 24 | 7 pm
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Teen Volunteer Training for Summer Reading Program*
Thursday, May 24 | 7 pm
Wednesday, May 30 | 7 pm
Wednesday, June 04 | 7 pm
Are you 14 or older/completed with 8th grade? Do you have at least two hours a week to spare this summer? We are looking for enthusiastic, dependable teens to help in the Children's Department for our Summer Reading Program, "Dream Big - Read," which begins June 16. Teens will assist in registering patrons, passing out prizes, helping at programs and lots more!
This is an ideal way to get a head start on service hours for the 2012-13 school year, and volunteer experience looks great on your resume. Applications will be available in the library beginning the first week of May or you can download one from the library's website. All applicants should plan to attend one of the training sessions listed above. Please submit your application at the Children's Desk one week or more before attending a training session. The earlier you apply, the better your chance of being scheduled for your preferred time(s).
Mother's Day Craft
Ages 4 - 12 | Sunday, May 06 | 1 - 4 pm
Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of crafts! Make a special gift to show mom how you feel! Everything you need will be ready to go!
Walk-in, no registration!
Family Storytime (all ages)
Mondays, May 07 & 14 | 6:30 pm
Toddler Tales (18 mos - 3.5 yrs)
Tuesdays, May 01, 08 & 15 | 10 am & 11 am
Preschool Storytime (3.5 - 5 yrs)
Thursdays, May 03, 10 & 17 | 10:30 am
Babytime Storytime (0 - 18 mos)
Saturdays, May 05, 12 & 19 | 10:30 am
Ages 7 - 12 | Saturday, May 12 | 1 - 2 pm
This month, we look at the art of tessellation through 13th century Iranian painted tiles. Students will create their own uniquely designed "tiles" which will later be joined together to form a group tessellation and displayed in the Children's Department.
Family Book Club
Sunday, May 20 | 2 - 3 pm
Join us for cocoa, cookies and poetry! We'll read and talk about great poems. Share your favorites and write a poem of your own.
Kindergarten Book Club
Saturday, May 19 | 1 - 2 pm
Are you "wild about books"? We are, too! Stop in to explore fascinating picture books and make a fun project.
There will be no meetings of the 1st & 2nd, 3rd & 4th 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.
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.