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.
Read (or be read to) for 100 minutes for a prize! Can you log 600 minutes this summer? We have something special in store for kids who rise to the challenge! Ends July 28th.
Own the Night
Teens (Grades 7 - 12)*
We have a special challenge just for teens: keep track of your reading to earn awesome prizes! We'll have weekly gift card drawings. Ends August 4th.
Adults (Ages 18+)
Earn tickets for each time you read a book, listen to an audiobook, or download an ebook from OverDrive! We'll have weekly drawings for great gift cards to local businesses. Ends August 4th.
Westland Writers Workshop
Wednesday, Jul 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.
Thursday, Jul 19 | 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.
Adult SRP: Think Again
Art for Left-Brainers*
Saturday, Jul 07 | 11 am
If you've ever said to yourself: "I'm just not artistic", then this program is for you. Artist and Instructor Megan Olsen will help you channel your inner creativity and produce a piece of art. Participants will be working with paints, so please wear appropriate clothing. All supplies provided.
Thursday, Jul 19 | 7 pm
Join us for a free program on ISHA Meditation, a simple meditation which you can easily practice on your own. Jennifer Giordano, a certified ISHA instructor, will lead the program.
Monthly Book Clubs*
Wednesday, Jul 18 | 7 pm
The Believers by Zoe Heller
Tuesday, Jul 31 | 12 pm
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Wednesday, Jul 25 | 7 pm
Darwin's Radio by Joe Greg Bear
eReader Support Group
Wednesday, Jul 11 | 2 - 4 pm
Do you have an eReader? Want to learn more about it? Drop in 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.
Best of the Web: Pinterest*
Saturday, Jul 14 | 11 am
Pinterest lets you create virtual "boards" where you can collect inspiration and ideas through images and links. Plan a wedding, organize your home, collect recipes, share crafting know-how, plan activities for kids and much, much more! Join us to set up an account, create boards and start Pinning! Email address and Internet 101 or comparable Internet proficiency required.
Look for these Programs Every Month:
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.
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 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.
Teen SRP: Own the Night
Ghost Hunters of Southeast MI*
Saturday, Jul 21 | 7 pm
Local ghost hunters will join us to discuss their experiences, and how they own the night when hunting the supernatural.
Paint a ceramic animal any way you'd like to make it your very own creation!
Shadow Art: Silhouettes
Ages 7 - 12 | Jul 19 | 2 & 7 pm
Work with bright tissue papers and deep shadows to create a striking work of art!
Olympic Financial Boot Camp*
Ages 7 - 12 | Jul 26 | 2 pm
A triathlon of money-smart activities: learn about saving, investing, and spending wisely.
Marathon Family Game Night
Ages 3+ w/caregiver | Jul 26 | 7 pm
We'll start with a group game and move on to a full night of board games for the whole family!
Dream Big: READ!
Summer Reading Finisher's Party with Nick Paul: Magician & Entertainer (By Invitation Only!)
Wednesday, Aug 01 | 12:30 pm, 3 pm & 7 pm
Nick Paul will bring his combination of comedy, magic and audience participation to the Westland Library in a special performance for SRP finishers!
Jun 20 - Jul 25
We will fill a "Guessing Jar" with treats each week. Stop by for a guess. The closest guess will win the entire jar! One guess per child per day.
Summer Sidewalk Chalk
Saturday, Jul 21 | 10:30 am
Please join us for a morning of fun as we decorate our sidewalks with colorful chalk! Weather permitting.
Fridays | 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.
Family Summer Storytime
Tuesdays, Jul 03, 10, 17 & 24 | 10:30 & 11:30 am
Bring the whole family to enjoy 30 minutes of stories, rhymes, fingerplays and songs!
There will be no book club meetings 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.