Westbank Library

1309 Westbank Dr Austin, TX 78746 · Map it!

Laura Bush Community Library

9411 Bee Cave Rd Austin, TX 78746 · Map it!
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Upcoming Programs

Postcard Project: Dear…Wish You Were Here @ Laura’s
May 27 – Aug 15 all-day

Everyone is invited to be a part of a community-wide art exhibit at Laura’s Library this summer. Create an artistic postcard using traditional (paint, pens, etc.) or non-traditional materials (fabric, leaves, plastic, etc.) on a 4”x6” or smaller postcard and drop off or mail to either library. Postcards will be displayed in The Commons at Laura’s Library to coincide with the “Where in the World is Westbank?” summer reading program.

Create a one-of-kind art postcard with us on
June 15 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Laura’s Library.


Where in the World is Westbank? Summer Reading Program 2017
May 27 – Jul 28 all-day

Join us for a summer full of exploration at Westbank Libraries:
Programs run from May 27 – July 28. Click here for a printable calendar.

Read for fun all Summer: Grab a reading log passport at the Information Desk at either library & pick up your “suitcase” to decorate and hang. Record what you read or listen to in the passport and get a stamp each time you visit us. Bring your passport in for a treat at the Finale. Click here for a printable reading log.
Weekly Ways to Play: Stop by each week & participate in a fun activity for all ages, even adults!
All events are free, open to the public, and no registration is required unless noted.
Both Libraries are closed on May 29th & July 4th.

Special Events
Saturday, May 27: Kickoff @ Laura’s
Saturday, June 10: Amazing Honey Bees @ Westbank
Wednesday, June 14: Author Polly Holyoke’s World Building Workshop @ Laura’s

Friday, June 16: Anime Teen Takeover @ Laura’s *Registration Required
Friday, July 28: Finale @ Laura’s

Program Schedule
10:00 Qi Gong (for adults) @ Westbank
10:30 Infant Storytime @ Westbank
12:30 Crafternoon @ Laura’s
1:00 Dog Storytime @ Laura’s
3:00 Watch and Read @ Laura’s

10:30 Preschool Storytime @ Westbank
SPECIAL guest – May 30: Bernadette Nason
12:00 Adult Meditation @ Westbank
12:00 Educating Remarkable Children (for teens & adults) @ Laura’s (May 30, June 27)
2:00 Family Meditation @ Westbank
4:00 Hey YA’ll Book Club (for tweens & teens) @ Laura’s (June 6, June 20, July 11, July 25, Aug 8)
5:00 Tech Help @ Laura’s
5:00 Tech Help @ Westbank
6:00 Educating Remarkable Children (for teens & adults) @ Laura’s (June 13, July 18)
6:00 Family Activity Night @ Westbank (6:30 on third Tuesdays for Laughter Yoga)
SPECIAL guest – May 30: Didgeridoo Demo
SPECIAL guest – June 13: Chinese Paper Cutting with Yang Wang

10:30 Toddler Storytime @ Westbank
SPECIAL guest – June 21: Heartsong Music
10:30 Wednesday Wonderment: Special Performers @ Laura’s
4:30 Discovery! @ Laura’s
SPECIAL guest – May 31: Percussionist Mark Shelton
SPECIAL guest – June 7: Shadow Factory Puppets
SPECIAL guest – June 14: Author Polly Holyoke
SPECIAL guest – June 21: Bilingual Boogie
SPECIAL guest – July 19: Critterman
SPECIAL guest – July 26: Circus ChickenDog

10:30 Toddler Storytime @ Laura’s
10:30 Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp @ Westbank
12:00 Business Technology (for adults) @ Westbank (June 1, June 15, June 29, & July 6)
6:00 Smart Schooling Book Group (for adults) @ Laura’s (Last Thursdays)

12:30 SPECIAL guest – Armstrong Community Music School @ Laura’s (June 2)

10:00 Madrone Trail Hike @ Laura’s (First Saturdays)
11:00 Tech Help @ Laura’s (First Saturdays)
11:00 Tech Help @ Westbank (Third Saturdays)
12:30 Family Storytime @ Westbank
3:00 Chinese Learning Playground @ Westbank

11:00 Sensory Storytime @ Laura’s *Registration Required
11:00 Meditación en Español (for adults) @ Westbank
1:00 Teen Drop In & Do Some Good @ Westbank (June 25)
3:00 Guitar Jam (for teens & adults) @ Laura’s (June 18 & Aug 20)

Commons Closed @ Laura’s
Jul 28 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Commons Closed @ Laura's

The Commons at Laura’s will be closed all day.

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


Knit Wits @ Westbank
Jul 28 @ 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Our Knit Wits meet for fun and fiber every week. Flash your best needles, break out the good yarn, and come teach, be taught, or simply enjoy the glorious art of knitting! Join the group every Friday at noon at the Westbank Library.

Crocheters and embroiderers welcome.


SRP Finale @ Laura’s
Jul 28 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Join us and celebrate the finale of the Summer Reading Program! Everyone is encouraged to bring their Reading Passport (extras will be available on-site) for their final destination stamp.  Attendees can decorate a book bag, choose a free book, and enjoy Frozy’s Shaved Ice generously sponsored by The Friends of the Westbank Library. Everyone will be inspired by the Urban Interface Birds of Prey Program. This is an opportunity to glimpse into the lives and histories of the predatory birds we call raptors – eagles, hawks, and more! The show is spectacular for all ages, and starts at 5:30 p.m.



Family Storytime @ Westbank
Jul 29 @ 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Join Ms. Cristen every Saturday at 12:30 p.m. for family storytime at Westbank Library. We will enjoy a combination of books, songs, movement, and more. Spend some time together as we share in the fun of games and discovery activities.

Join us on the first Saturday of the month for a Sensory-focused Storytime!

Commons Closed @ Laura’s
Jul 29 @ 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Commons Closed @ Laura's

The Commons at Laura’s will be closed from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m.

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


中文游乐园-Chinese Learning Playground @ Westbank
Jul 29 @ 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
“中文游乐园-Chinese Learning Playground” is a Mandarin Chinese study group for young children, recommended for ages 5 and above, led by volunteer native Chinese speaking parents. Children will learn to read, speak, and write Chinese through many fun activities. The first half of the class will focus on reading Chinese folk rhymes, memorizing Chinese characters, and writing simple Chinese words. The second half of the class will consist of fun activities including arts and crafts. Participating children are encouraged to speak Chinese throughout the class, and parents are encouraged to help kids practice Chinese songs, memorize characters, and write simple words at home.
中文游乐园-Chinese learning playground is currently organized by four volunteer parents:
  • Xiaoqing Zhu, a PhD from Stanford and currently a tech lead in a Fortune 500 company, whose favorite side job is to teach and learn from her kindergartner.
  • Wendy You, a college finance professor, who finds it more challenging to teach her five-year-old than to teach a college class.
  • Celine Wright, an MBA and finance executive who worked for many large companies and had managed many difficult mergers and acquisitions projects, realized that her three young kids are the most difficult, but fun, projects of all.
  • Lan Luan, a research professor of biomedical engineering at UT, who finds it extremely fun to guide and observe young children including her own 4-year-old son to grow physically and intellectually.


Meditación en Español @ Westbank
Jul 30 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Sandra es medico en Mexico con especialidad en medicina fisica & rehabilitacion, con maestria en Medicina Oriental y Acupunctura. Tiene su oficina en Austin y San Antonio. Tiene cerca de 15 años practicando meditación, actualmente es estudiante en el Zen Budismo en Austin.

Meditación nos da la oportunidad de hacer una pausa en nuestra vida tan acelerada que llevamos y nos permite conectarnos con nosotros mismos atraves de estar mas conscientes de lo que sucede dentro y fuera de nosotros.

En que consiste esta clase:

Es una hora de meditación donde los primeros 10-15 minutos explico que es meditación y los puntos básicos de meditación.
30-minuto de meditación sentados en la silla o cojines en donde los primeros 15 minutos es dirigida y los otros 15 minutos meditamos en silencio.
15 minutos para preguntas y comentarios.

Meditation gives us the opportunity to take a stop in our busy lives and allow us to connect with ourselves through awareness of what is happening inside and outside ourselves.

What do you expect in this class:

This is an hour meditation where the first 10-15 minutes explain meditation and its basics.
30-minute meditation sitting on chair or cushions where first 15 minutes are guided, next 15 minutes are in silence and stillness.
15 minutes for questions or comments.

Sandra is a physician from Mexico with a specialty in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and a Master in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture. Her offices are in Austin and San Antonio. She has been practicing meditation for 15 years, and is a Zen Buddhism student in Austin.


Sensory Storytime @ Laura’s
Jul 30 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The Westbank Community Library District offers a weekly Sensory Storytime at the Laura Bush Library, Sundays at 11:00 AM. 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 to 12 children.

Interested in joining us? Please fill out and submit the registration form. If you have questions please email pat@westbanklibrary.com.

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