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Westland Library January 2013 Newsletter via @westlandlibrary

Westland Public Library

January 2013 Newsletter

Westland Library


Tues-Thurs: 9am - 9pm
Fri-Sat: 9am - 5pm

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

January Holiday Closings

For the New Year's holiday, the library will be closed on Tuesday, January 1, and Wednesday, January 2. In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the library will be closed Tuesday, January 22.


As we work to increase service to our patrons, we are glad to welcome several new employees. A warm welcome to Ashton, Clay, Colette, Dayna, JaVonne, Leigh-Ann, and Samantha, and welcome back Liz!

Regular Operating Hours to Resume March 1

The Westland Public Library will resume regular hours of operation beginning March 1, 2013.

Sunday: 12:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.(Closed Sundays Memorial Day to Labor Day) 
Monday-Thursday: 9:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M. 
Friday & Saturday: 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

See what we're reading on Goodreads

Ever wonder what the librarians read? Visit the Westland Public Library on Goodreads to see our favorite books and find out what the library book clubs and staff are reading!

Adult Programs

This Month: Get Healthy

It's the time of year when we make resolutions to get healthy. This month the library will be providing programs to help you get off to the right start in 2013. Check out our special programs designed to help you get healthy!

Special Programs

Running 101

Wednesday, Jan 30 | 7 pm - 8 pm

Two experts from Running Fit of Novi will be here to teach you the benefits of running. Have you always wanted to run a 5K but aren't sure where to start? Learn where to begin, what foods to eat, and how to progress from your couch to running a 5K. No matter your age or fitness level, find out how you can get into this rewarding lifestyle.

I have an iPad, now what?

Thursday, January 10 | 7 pm - 8:30 pm

Join tech guru, Lindsay Wieczorek, to learn how to get the most use out of the iPad Tablet you received (or bought) for the holidays.

I have an Android Tablet, now what?

Thursday, January 24 | 7 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Lindsay Wieczorek to learn how to get the most use out of the Android Tablet you received (or bought)  for the holidays.

Adult Literacy Tutor Information Night

Wednesday, Jan 23 | 7 pm - 8 pm

Find out how you can get involved and share your love of reading with an adult in need. We will go over how tutor training works (15 hours on March 2nd, 9th & 16th from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm) and what's necessary to become a tutor-just 2 hours a week. No formal training in education is required and you don't have to make any commitments right away. Just show up and find out what adult literacy is all about!

Getting Healthy After the Holidays

A special 3-part series led by Dessi Tzankova, Health Fitness Professional. The focus will be on helping you make the right decisions to get (and stay) healthy. Attend one or all (all are suggested for best results).


Thursday, Jan 10 | 7 pm - 8 pm


Thursday, Jan 17 | 7 pm - 8 pm

Managing Stress

Thursday, Jan 24 | 7 pm - 8 pm

Friday Night Movies

Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Pitch Perfect (PG-13)

Friday, Jan 4 | 7 pm

Looper (R)

Friday, Jan 11 | 7 pm

Dinner and a Movie*: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG-13)

Friday, Jan 18 | 7 pm

Join us once again for this monthly special feature in our Friday Night Movies. This month: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, with dinner provided by Marvaso's Italian Grille. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance. Dinner starts at 6:15 [doors open at 5:45].

Beasts of the Southern Wild (PG-13)

Friday, Jan 25 | 7 pm

Writers Workshop*

Wednesday, Jan 23 | 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*

Thursday, Jan 31 | 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

Monthly Book Clubs*


When You are Engulfed in Flames

Wednesday, Jan 16 | 7 pm

When You are Engulfed in Flames
by David Sedaris


The Expats

Tuesday, Jan 29 | 12 pm

The Expats
by Chris Pavone

Science Fiction/Fantasy


Wednesday, Jan 30 | 7 pm

by Daniel H. Wilson

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

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.

Open Mic*

Thursday, Jan 17 | 7 pm - 8:30 pm

*Tonight's Open Mic will be held at Biggby Coffee at 37644 Ford Road*
Join us for a fun and always unique night of music, poetry, comedy, and storytelling. Performers of all persuasions (singers, musicians, poets, storytellers, etc.) are encouraged to attend. Biggby Coffee  will be offering $1 coffees and teas as well as $1 off all specialty drinks for Open Mic attendees and performers.

eReader Support Group

Thursday, Jan 24 | 2 - 4 pm

Do you have an eReader? Want to learn more about it? Come and meet with other eReader users, share your eReader expertise, or learn some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your device.

Teens Only!


Wednesday, Jan 16 | 7 pm - 8 pm

If you want to have input on teen programs, books, and displays in the Teen Area, ask about joining TAB at the Reference Desk. This month we'll be making Valentine's Day decorations for the Teen Area.

Manga Drawing Contest

The Library is holding a manga drawing contest for teens! Entry forms are at the Reference Desk and in the Teen Area. Thedeadline for entries is January 15th. Drawings need to be on 8.5 X 11 sheets of paper. Only one submission is allowed per person. We'll be displaying the pictures in the Teen Area and at A to Z Cards & Comics for people to vote on their favorite.  There'll be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner for judges' choice, and an overall people's choice winner (which will become the new background to the teen website).

Fever 1793

7th - 9th Grade Book Club*

Thursday, Jan 31 | 7 pm - 8:30 pm

This month we will be reading Cheaper by the Dozen by Gilbreth & Carey. Book Club will meet in the Teen Area on the last Thursday of the month at 7 pm.

Teen Art Club!

Saturday, Jan 19 | 2 pm - 4 pm


Visit the Teen Area on the 3rd Saturday of every month for Teen Art Club! Bring your own project or use supplies provided. If you want, we can hang up your finished work in the Teen Area.

Kids' Happenings

Family Movie Double Features

Friday, Jan 4 |

Please join us for a FREE family movie at 1:00 pm.  THEN... join us for another FREE family movie at 3:00 pm.   (You can just choose one movie if you like.)

1 pm - 2:45 pm

Ice Age: Contenental Drift (PG)

3 pm - 4:45 pm

ParaNorman (PG)

Saturday, Jan 5 |

Please join us for a FREE family movie at 10:00 am... perfect for little ones!  THEN... join us for another FREE family movie at 1:00 pm.

10 am - 11:45 am

Finding Nemo (G)

1 pm - 2:45 pm

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (PG)

Book Clubs

3rd/4th Grade Book Club

The Search for Delicious

Wednesday, Jan 9 | 7 pm - 7:45 pm

The Search for Delicious by Natalie Babbitt

Twelve-year-old Gaylen has a rather peculiar quest: He must poll the kingdom to find out which food defines "delicious." Of course, no one can agree. Is it apples or pudding, fried fish or potato soup? It might sound like a silly story, but many serious things have a silly start.

5th/6th Grade Book Club


Thursday, Jan 17 | 7 pm - 7:45 pm

Larklight by Philip Reeve

In an alternate Victorian England, Young Arthur and his sister Myrtle, residents of Larklight, a floating house in one of Her Majesty's outer space territories, uncover a spidery plot to destroy the solar system. Join the discussion, enjoy related activities and refreshments. Don't miss the fun!



Wednesdays, Jan 9, 16, 23 & 30 | 10 am - 10:45 am

An interactive storytime which includes stories, songs, rhymes, and games geared especially to babies (birth to 24 monts, with a caregiver). Older siblings are welcome too! Storytime is followed by a playtime with interactive learning toys, puzzles, and music.

Toddler Tales

Tuesdays, Jan 8, 15 & 29 | 
10 am - 10:30 am or 11 am - 11:30 am

This is an interactive program between parents/caregivers and their children ages 18 months to 3.5 years. Enjoy 30 minutes of theme-based stories, songs, signs, and vocabulary building with your little ones.

Preschool Storytime

Fridays, Jan 11, 18 & 25 | 10:30 am - 11 am

Preschool storytime is designed for an independent child 3.5 to 5 years old, not yet in kindergarten, who is ready to sit and listen to stories, learn rhymes, and sing songs. Storytime runs approximately 30 minutes and introduces early literacy concepts.

Family Fun Storytime

Saturdays, Jan 12 & 26 | 10 am - 10:45 am

Stories, songs, and fingerplays along with a simple craft or group activity for children 0 - 5 years and their caregivers. Siblings welcome.


*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.

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Funding for all library programs provided by The Friends of the Westland Public Library.


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