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Featured Events

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg - "I Dissent"

Tuesday, April 4th at 20 am, Main Library

This live performance has been a hit in New England and we are now bringing it to Westwood! RBG (as she was known) was an American lawyer and jurist who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 until her death in September 2020. A champion of fairness and equality, she objected to different expectations for men and women and prejudice against minority groups. Come hear her in “her own words” as you learn how she helped shape American history.

Please call the Council on Aging to register: 781-329-8799

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Howie Newman's Musical Baseball Show

Wednesday, April 19th, Islington Branch, Wentworth Hall

Performing a unique, interactive and highly entertaining program, local singer-songwriter (and former sportswriter) Howie Newman will sing baseball songs, offer up baseball trivia and tell stories about his days as a sportswriter on the Red Sox beat. Howie covered baseball for the Patriot Ledger, Lowell Sun, Boston Globe and Lynn Item as well as several other newspapers and magazines.

Lynn Viti

Poet Laureate: Office Hours

Starting Wednesday, April 5th at 10:30 am, Main Library

Lynne Viti is Westwood's inaugural Poet Laureate. Have a question? Want to learn more about poetry? Lynne will have open office hours between 10am-12pm in the first floor conference room and by appointment.

Lynne can be reached by email

Also check out Open Mic Poetry with Lynne on the 25th at 6:30 PM! 

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Post-War America: Prosperity, Paranoia, & Transformation

Tuesday, April 25th, Main Library

Historian Paolo DiGregorio discusses Post-War America: Prosperity, Paranoia and Transformation (1945-1970). In the decades following the end of the Second World War, the US was in a position of unprecedented global power and domestic prosperity. Yet that period was also marked by Cold War fear and growing calls for social change. This program will look at the transformative era from 1945-1970. Remember to understand what is happening today, you must first understand what has happened in history. 

Please call the Council on Aging to register: 781-329-8799

Please check our website and calendar of events for up-to-date schedule changes.

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Islington Branch Book Club Picks

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Ongoing Series | January to April 2023

Parent Café Series with Westwood Early Childhood

Tuesdays, January 10, February 7, March 7, and April 4 at 7 pm, Conference Room, Main Library

Attention Westwood parents and guardians of young children! Join us for some fun, free, casual gatherings to discuss the joys and challenges of parenting. Registration required.

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Dementia Education Series with Bridges by EPOCH and Cornerstone Caregiving

4th Wednesdays from January to April at 6:30 pm, Meeting Room, Main Library

4/26: Panel Discussion: Where Do I Begin? Coordinating Your Loved Ones' Care

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What's Happening | News from the Library

Check out these new additions to our Libby library!

We are always adding new copies to Libby AKA our digital library collection. Check out the new popular titles just added!

Please Note:Overdrive will soon be phased out, so make sure to download the Libby app and follow the instructions here to transfer your account.

Jackson’s clever debut chronicles the struggles of three women born or married into an old-monied New York City family. 

Rife with the indulgent pleasures of life among New York’s one-percenters, Pineapple Street is a smart escapist novel that sparkles with wit. It’s about the peculiar unknowability of someone else’s family, the miles between the haves and have-nots and everything in between, and the insanity of first love

From the New York Times bestselling author of Dear Edward comes an emotionally layered and engrossing story of a family that asks: Can love make a broken person whole?

Napolitano (Dear Edward) explores the meaning of love and family with this striking story of four Chicago sisters and the young man who enters their lives. An exquisite homage to Louisa May Alcott's timeless classic, Little Women.

While job hunting, slightly lost New Yorker Julian Künstler is trapped in Los Angeles by COVID and ends up bunking with feisty 93-year-old grandmother Mamie, whose family arrived in California in 1939 from Vienna. And has she got stories to tell about the community that surrounded them—from the Jewish artists and intellectuals who fled Hitler to the likes of Christopher Isherwood and Greta Garbo.

An emotionally resonant meditation on family, memory, and the need for stories. 

Introducing the Lucky Day Collection!

It's your lucky day!

Formally the "Speed Read" collection, now when you visit the main library it just might be your "lucky day" to get the latest Best Sellers and hot books of the season without waiting for a long line of holds. These books cannot be reserved or renewed but now you can check them out for 2 weeks instead of 1!

Featured Themes: Earth Month & Poetry Month

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For more book suggestions to celebrate Earth Month, check out our Environmental Reads booklist!

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For more suggestions to celebrate Poetry Month, check out our Poetry Reads booklist! All of the above books (and more) were written by our new Poet Laureate, Lynne Viti. Stop by her office hours or come to Open Mic Poetry to learn more.

Did You Know... | You Can Get Book Club Kits at the Library?

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To Request a Book Club Kit:

Westwood Residents Only

*You can always stop by the Main Library to see what kits are available for immediate pick up as well! Available for pickup by all Minuteman Library Network members.

For more information check out our Readers' Corner!

Recent Events | Watch on YouTube

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Dementia Education Series (Feb. 22, 2023)

This series is brought to you by the Westwood Public Library, Bridges® by EPOCH at Westwood Senior Advisors, and Cornerstone Caregiving and is geared towards family caregivers and caretakers of loved ones with memory loss.

Pete Bruce and Maggie Kuriakose, Bridges® by EPOCH at Westwood Senior Advisors, are the series presenters. Pete has a masters degree in counseling and is a dementia practitioner trainer and has worked for Bridges for 6 years. Pete has been working with clients and families for over 25 years. 

Learn more here!

For more online events, visit our new Library Programs LibGuide!

New and Notable Titles

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General Fiction | Mystery | Romance | Science Fiction | Adventure

Nonfiction | Past & Present | Science & Nature | Lifestyles | Business

Children's Picture Books | Children's Chapter Books | Teens

Don't miss this week's bestsellers:

Hardcover Fiction | Paperback Fiction | Hardcover Nonfiction | Paperback Nonfiction

All library programs are free and open to the public thanks to generous support from the Friends of the Westwood Library.

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