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Westwood Public Library | February 2023

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February Vacation Programs

Puppet Storytime

Tuesday, Feb. 21 @ 11 am, Main Library

Join Leigh Baltzer of Through Me to You Puppetry for a storytime led by the puppets! Afterwards, kids can explore and play with the puppets on their own.

Fostering and Meeting Shelter Animals

Tuesday, Feb. 21 @ 4 pm, Main Library

Learn about the importance of fostering shelter animals and how to safely meet dogs in this program presented by the Baypath Humane Society. At the end, kids will get the chance to practice their new safe meeting skills on Michelle's rescue dog (or rescue stuffy)! Best for Kindergarten and up.

Bunnies at the Branch

Wednesday, Feb. 22 @ 4 pm, Islington Branch

Come to a fun bunny-themed storytime with Lands Sake Farm. Learn about bunnies anatomy and behavior and even meet live bunnies in the bunny circle!

Best for ages 4 and up.

Giants and Giraffes, Detectives and Dragons with Trevor the Games Man

Thursday, Feb. 23 @ 1 pm, Main Library

Join Trevor the Games man in this one of a kind performance featuring stilt walking and cooperative games. This fun, silly interactive show is ideal for kids ages 4 and up.

Cookies and Crafts

Friday, Feb. 24 at 2 pm, Main Library

Families are invited to join us for a cozy afternoon creating our own snowpeople! We'll have cookies, a cozy setting, and everything you need to get creative. Reccommended for ages 4 and up.

Calendar of Events

Parent Cafes

Tuesday, February 7 @ 7:00 pm

Attention Westwood parents of young children! Join us for some fun, free, casual gatherings to discuss the joys and challenges of parenting. Take away tips and tools to strengthen your family! Refreshments will be provided.

Co-Sponsored By Westwood Coordinated Family & Community Engagement Program, Westwood Youth & Family Services & Westwood Library.

Sign Up Here!

Programs for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Branch Books and Boogie (Registration Required)

Mondays @ 10:30am, Islington Branch Library, February 6 and 13

All ages are invited to join Miss Caitlyn for a fun storytime at the Branch, accompanied by a simple craft!

Move and Groove (Registration Required)

Tuesdays @ 10:30am, Main Library,

February 7 and 14

This half hour program with Miss Caitlyn is full of music, movement, and more!

Tales and Tunes (Registration Required)

Wednesdays @ 10:30am, Main Library, February 8 and 15

Join Miss Kristy for stories, songs and dancing! 

Baby Rhyme Time (Registration Required)

Thursdays @ 10:30am, Main Library, February 9; no storytime Feb. 16

Join Miss Kristy for songs, bounces and stories just for babies 0-18 months, followed by a playtime.

Saturday Storytime (Registration Required)

Saturday, February 4 @ 11 am

Join a Westwood Childrens' Librarian for a fun storytime full of stories, rhymes, songs, and more!

Drop-In Playtime

Saturday, February 18 @ 10:30-12:00

Young children and their families are invited to drop in to this self-directed playgroup on the third Saturday of the month. We'll have Duplos, blocks, toys, and coloring.

Sign up on the Website

Programs for Kids and Teens 

Creative Kids  (Registration Required)

Thursdays @ 4pm, Main Library 

February 9

Read a story and then act it out! Kids in Kindergarten and First Grade are invited to register for this unique, fun program with Miss Karen! Each week, kids will have the opportunity to bring a story to life with costumes and creative play. At the end of the class, each child will leave with a related take home craft.

Lego Builders 

Drop in, no registration 

Half Wednesday from 2-4pm,

Main Library

February 8

Kids in grades PreK-5 are invited to drop in for some STEM-inspired engineering fun. Each week, we will put out our collection of Legos, Keva planks and other building toys.

Read to a Dog (Registration Required) 

Select Saturdays @ 11-12pm,

Main Library

February 11


Kids in grades K-5 can sign up for a one on one appointment with a therapy dog to practice their reading. Call or stop by the library to sign up. 

*YAB (Youth Advisory Board)

2nd Wednesday of the month @ 6:30pm, Main Library  

Wednesday, February 15

Interested in volunteering at the library and participating in our Youth Advisory Board? Join us and hear about how to help with programs and share your thoughts, gain some leadership skills, and earn volunteer hours. For grades 6-12.

Gamer Lounge with One Up Games

Wednesdays from 2-4 pm, 

Main Library

Wednesday, February 8

Middle Schoolers can come to the library on Early Release Wednesdays for two hours of open game play with One Up Games featuring SuperSmash Bro., Fortnite, MarioKart, and more! For grades 6 - 8.


Fridays after school @ 3pm, Community Room, Main Library

Come hang out with your friends and relax. Play video or board games, ping pong or just color.

Open to grades 6 - 8.

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Book Clubs: Monthly 

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Book Explorers for 2nd and 3rd graders (Registration Required)

Friday, February 10 @ 4pm

Join Caitlyn and Pat for a lively discussion, followed by fun games and a craft. 

Sign up Here
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MCBA Book Club for 4th-6th graders (Registration Required)

Tuesday, February 14 @ 4pm

Join us one Tuesday per month for this in person book club dedicated to this year's Massachusetts Children's Book Award nominees. Each month we will discuss a book from the list and play games. 

Sign up Here 

Cover to Cover Book Club for 7th - 12th graders (Registration Required)

Monday, February 13

@ 6:00 pm

Join Felicia at the library for snacks and discussion of the book of the month! 

Sign up Here

ReadNext : Staff Book Recommendations

Looking for what to read next and overwhelmed by too many choices? Here's what we've been loving lately!

Book cover of The Last Hope in Hopetown
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Caitlyn's Recommendation: The Last Hope in Hopetown by Maria Tureaud

Sophie Dawes lives in a world where vampires and humans peacefully coexist. She was adopted by her moms, both vampires, when she was seven years old and she couldn’t be happier. Her best friend, Delphine, is a vampire who was turned at the age of 12, so she’s been stuck as a 12 year old for the past 300 years, but finds a kindred spirit in Sophie. There’s only one issue: vampires are going rogue. Sophie takes solace in the fact that it’s happening in other places, but it’s not happening in Hopetown… until it does. When her own Mama turns rouge, Sophie and Delphine are desperate to help her. What follows is a page-turning race against the clock to save not only Sophie's Mama, but vampire and human-kind. Good for grades 4 and up.

Kristy's Recommendation: What Happened to Rachel Riley? by Claire Swinarski

This was a smart, engaging mystery told through emails, text messages and podcast episodes, along with first person narration. The subject matter is intense and deals with sexual harassment, but I don't want to give too much more away, since the central mystery makes the story fun to read. An important, unique tale set in a middle school and perfect for middle schoolers.

Felicia's Recommendation: Nine Liars by Maureen Johnson

For any fans of the Truly Devious series or just mysteries in general, Stevie Bell is back. This time she goes international. Stevie, Nate, Janelle and Vi decide to take a week-long school-approved trip to London to visit Stevie's boyfriend David. Of course, this educational trip doesn't go according to plan. As soon as they get there David's friend Izzy asks for Stevie's help solving a cold case from the 90's that involved her aunt's friends. In classic Truly Devious fashion, the cold case comes to the present and things get messy. You don't need to have read the series to love this book. Recommended for mystery lovers grades 6 and up. 

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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