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 the Library had to reduce staff, programming and operational hours.
Keep track of your reading to earn awesome prizes! We'll have weekly gift card drawings. Ends August 4th.
Adults (Ages 18+)
Earn a ticket 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, Aug 8 | 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, Aug 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.
Thursday, Aug 16 | 6 pm - 8 pm
The Writers groups at the Library invite all group members and interested writers to join us for a BBQ at Merriman's Hollow on Hines Drive (Hawthorn Park Drive and Merriman). The library will provide BBQ chicken, chips, and soft drinks. Attendees are asked to bring an appetizer or dessert to pass.RSVP to Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Aug 09 | 7 pm
Join Janet Kester, psychotherapist and professional organizer specializing in chronic disorganizing and hoarding, who will address Hoarding Disorder. Anyone interested in learning more about this disorder, treatment and assistance options, and the effects on hoarders and their family members are encouraged to attend.
Pop-Up History: 8 Men Out*
Thursday, Aug 22 | 6 pm - 8:30 pm
Join local historian Jeff Koslowski for a pop-up history viewing of this baseball classic about the 1919 World Series scandal involving White Sox players. Starring John Cusack and David Strathairn. Refreshments served.
Wednesday, Aug 23 | 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
Fantasy Football is back! Join the Westland Library's head-to-head league for a chance at monthly, mid-season, and season-ending prizes. We'll have pizza, pop, and party favors for all participating teams. Team managers are welcome to review Fantasy Football magazines at the Reference Desk up to and after the draft.
Monthly Book Clubs*
Wednesday, Aug 22 | 7 pm
Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon
Tuesday, Aug 28 | 12 pm
Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell
Wednesday, Aug 29 | 7 pm
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
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.
eReader Support Group
Wednesday, Aug 15 | 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.
Teen SRP: Own the Night
SRP Finishers' Party*
Saturday, Aug 11 | 7 pm - 8:30 pm
Own the Night Summer Reading Program finishers (and one guest each) are invited to an After-Hours Video Game Party at the library! Come and play Dance Dance Revolution, Rock Band, Guitar Hero, and more! Invitation required.
Check for Book Reviews from the Summer Reading Program in the Rants & Raves binder on the teen magazine rack
Watch for the return of TAB and Teen Book Club in September!
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!
Summer reading fun continues in August with the Children's Non-Fiction Challenge. Children will read books at their own reading level from different subject areas. Each category completed will earn an entry for a chance to win a jar of treats, a gift card or another cool prize. Earn weekly coupons and other prizes along the way. Finishers can choose a free book to keep! The Non-Fiction Challenge runs from August 1 until August 31. Pick up your challenge sheet at the Children's Desk today!
Get Up and Move!*
Ages 5 - 7 | Aug 14 | 3:30pm - 4:15 pm
Ages 8 - 12 | Aug 14 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Ages 5 - 7 | Aug 23 | 6 pm - 6:45 pm
Ages 8 - 12 | Aug 23 | 7 pm - 8 pm
This program is all about getting up and moving around. We will play different games, some you may already know and some new ones too. Please wear clothes that are easy to move in and come ready to have fun!!
Summer Sidewalk Chalk
Saturday, Aug 11 | 10 am - 11 am
Please join us for a morning of fun as we decorate our sidewalks with colorful chalk! Weather permitting.
Family Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Aug 18 | 11 am - 12:30 pm
Come be part of this summer's family competition! Each family will get a sheet of items to find around the city. Figure out where you can find the items, drive there and then take a picture (on a digital or phone camera) with your family in it. Once you have taken a picture with all the items on the list, come back to the library to get a prize. There is no time limit but the sooner you make it back the better choices you have of prizes! You will need a car, a camera, and your family. It will take between 45 minutes and 90 minutes. You may not want to bring children younger than five since it involves getting in and out of a car multiple times. Also, you may want to show some team spirit and pick a family color to wear!
Field of Flowers
Tuesday, Aug 21 | 2 pm - 3 pm
Paint a "field of flowers" using the warm color tones of summer. For children ages 7 to 12. Registration begins August 7.
The four new computers in the Children's Department are ready to use! The new computers, labeled A - D, are for Internet use and school work. Children age 12 and under can log in with their library cards just like they do on the regular adult computers.
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.