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Upcoming Programs

Aug
7
Wed
Creative Arts Society Photography Exhibit @ Laura’s
Aug 7 – Sep 4 all-day

This exhibit features professional photo artists, Leslie Kell, Lisa Zinna and LeRoy Lawson from the Creative Arts Society (CAS). CAS is an Austin-based, non-profit 501(c)(3) arts organization actively promoting the development of the “Artist in Everyone.” Established in 1999, the vision of this group is to inspire cultural enrichment, community participation, and respect for diversity.

Leslie Kell creates surreal artworks using an original technique that synthesizes her artistry in design and photography. She works with architectural forms to create virtual environments in which her photos are assembled into the spaces and patterns of visionary designs. The complex and layered works are visual encounters where a light beam or a fleeting reflection can ignite a spark as it passes between reality and illusion. The result reveals a place you might not recognize—but, somehow, have been waiting to visit.  https://lesliekell.com/

Lisa Zinna creates “photoart” by reworking a digital image or creating a composite from multiple photos, including images of paper collages or original artwork. She plays with layering images and blending techniques in editing software until achieving a look that feels intriguing, balanced, and fresh. Austin and Texas are common themes in her work, and they might be layered with a photo of a paper word collage. The style is contemporary, the images are modern and bright, and they are sure to make you smile. You can find out more at http://thepurplelime.com/.

 LeRoy Lawson attended Austin Community College Photography School and the Texas School of Professional Photography. In 1993, he established Lawson Studios, where he does portraits, model portfolios, head shots for professionals, event and product photography, and artwork photography. He uses 35mm, medium format, large format, and digital cameras. His love of nature has inspired him to photograph landscapes and wildlife throughout the U. S. and Europe.


Are you an artist interested in exhibiting your work at the library? Visit our Art at Laura’s page to find out more, see past shows, and submit your samples.

Aug
17
Sat
Commons Closed @ Laura’s
Aug 17 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Commons Closed @ Laura’s

The Commons at Laura’s will be closed from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

If you’d like to inquire about using a meeting room, please see our Meeting Room Policies.

Sheng Zhen: Seated Qi Gong @ Westbank
Aug 17 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Sheng Zhen Healing Qi Gong is a unique seated form of exercise developed by Master Li Junfeng. This gentle form of Qi Gong is ideal for loosening stiff joints, restoring focus and mental clarity, producing deep relaxation, and promoting overall health. The movements are easy to perform for all fitness levels, and are ideal for anyone with lower extremity difficulties, such as knee or hip pain. The meditative element of Sheng Zhen Healing Qi Gong also helps calm the mind, reduce stress, and balance emotions.

Thomas Najar is a licensed acupuncturist and certified Qi Gong instructor. He left a career in hi-tech to pursue a healing career and has been teaching Qi Gong and practicing acupuncture since 2016. A native of Wisconsin, he’s lived in Austin for the past 20 years and is passionate about healthy living through fitness, nutrition and meditation.

Discovery! @ Westbank
Aug 17 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

 The Discovery program offers hands-on exploring for young learners in many different topics, including science, art, music, and more. Come each week and discover something new!

All ages welcome.


August:

  • 8/3 Legos
  • 8/10 Slime
  • 8/17 Diffusing Color Art
  • 8/24 Music & Movement
  • 8/31 Special GUEST – Laughter Yoga

September:

  • 7th: Building with Rigamajig
  • 14th: Snap Circuits
  • 21st: Marble Art and Outdoor Play
  • 28th: Music and Movement
Aug
18
Sun
Sensory Storytime @ Laura’s
Aug 18 @ 11:00 AM

The Westbank Community Library District offers a Sensory Storytime at the Laura Bush Library, Sundays at 11:00 a.m. These storytimes are for children ages 3 – 8 who are on the autism spectrum or are prone to sensory overload. A parent or caregiver is required to attend with their child. Participants will enjoy stories, songs, and a variety of sensory activities. Because this is a specialized storytime, participation is limited.

 


Interested in joining us? If you’re new to the group, please fill out and submit the registration form.

Commons Closed @ Laura’s
Aug 18 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Commons Closed @ Laura’s

The Commons at Laura’s will be closed from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m.

If you’d like to inquire about using a meeting room, please see our Meeting Room Policies.

Aug
19
Mon
Qi Gong @ Laura’s
Aug 19 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Qi Gong (pronounced chee gung) is an ancient Chinese health care practice that integrates physical postures and gentle movements, breathing and focused mind. “Qi” means vital energy or life force, and “gong” means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qi Gong means cultivating energy and is practiced for health maintenance, healing, and increasing vitality.

In this one hour class, we will learn the different qi gong movements that help reduce stress, increase vitality, and build stamina.


Thomas Najar is a licensed acupuncturist and certified Qi Gong instructor. He left a career in hi-tech to pursue a healing career and has been teaching Qi Gong and practicing acupuncture since 2016. A native of Wisconsin, he’s lived in Austin for the past 20 years and is passionate about healthy living through fitness, nutrition, and meditation.

 

Infant Storytime @ Westbank
Aug 19 @ 10:30 AM

You’re never too young for storytime! Our littlest book lovers stroll in to Infant Storytime to hear fun songs, stories, and fingerplays, followed by open free-play with other wee ones. Designed for children from 0 to 12 months old.   

Free Play @ Laura’s
Aug 19 @ 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Make Mondays fun days! Meet up with your friends at the world’s best play date. Your kids can play with each other, make new friends, use their imaginations, and just be kids. Fun for all, and no clean-up for you – a great way to start your week!

 

Aug
20
Tue
Music & Movement @ Westbank
Aug 20 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Bring your little ones to stretch, sing, wiggle, and dance!

We will use rhythm instruments and other props to have some fun with music. This program focuses on developing gross motor skills and social skills. We’ll also read a story. All ages are welcome, grown ups are encouraged to participate too!

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