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Upcoming Programs

Nov
15
Wed
Appliquettes Bee Quilt Show @ Laura’s
Nov 15 2017 – Jan 8 2018 all-day

Come in to Laura’s to view beautiful quilts presented by the Appliquettes Bee.

The Appliquettes Bee is a quilt bee associated with the Austin Area Quilt Guild. Members meet three times a month and work on individual projects, as well as group projects for the guild. The Austin Area Quilt Guild has two charity quilt programs. “Baby Bundles” provides baby quilts to expectant mothers after finishing a prenatal class.  The “Red, White, and Blue” project makes quilts for injured soldiers and their families.  Hundreds of quilts are provided each year by AAQG members for these two projects.

 

Dec
15
Fri
Winter Reading Challenge
Dec 15 2017 – Jan 5 2018 all-day

Join us for the 3rd Annual Winter Reading Challenge!

Earn a sticker for your reading log when a task is completed. Complete five tasks and return the bottom portion of your log to the library. Participants receive a $5 gift card to Westbank Library’s Jeanne’s Book Store. All ages are encouraged to participate, including grown-ups! Come in to either library to pick up a reading log at the information desk, or click here for a printable version.

We will also have a guessing jar at each location!

Dec
16
Sat
Tech Help @ Westbank
Dec 16 @ 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Get help with all of your technology from a tech-savvy teen.  Bring cameras, laptops, questions about social media, apps, or anything else that comes to mind! Our tech-savvy teens will provide one-on-one help with all your technology questions. 

@ Laura’s Library on the 1st Saturday of the month from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

@ Westbank Library on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

@ Westbank and Laura’s Library every Tuesday of the month from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Want to learn more about technology? Look for classes on the third Saturdays of the month presented by our iTeens on popular subjects such as Microsoft Word, Twitter, WordPress, and more.  Check our monthly calendar to see what they are teaching this month.


Are you a teen interested in volunteering? Check out the volunteer page for more information.

Family Storytime @ Westbank
Dec 16 @ 12:30 PM

If you’re looking for fun for the whole family, join Ms. Cristen for Family Storytime! Spend a fun afternoon together reading, singing songs, playing games, and doing discovery activities. Offered every Saturday at 12:30 p.m. for children with their caregivers at Westbank Library.

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

中文游乐园-Chinese Learning Playground @ Westbank
Dec 16 @ 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.

The Westbank Library has supporting materials for this program. Ask a staff member if you are interested.

Dec
17
Sun
Meditación en Español @ Westbank
Dec 17 @ 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
Dec 17 @ 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 to 12 children. We have two groups that meet on alternate weeks.

 

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

Dec
18
Mon
Qi Gong @ Laura’s
Dec 18 @ 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.

 


Sandra Medina Bocangel 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.

 

Infant Storytime @ Westbank
Dec 18 @ 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.   

Family Storytime @ Laura’s
Dec 18 @ 12:30 PM

If you’re looking for fun for the whole family, join Ms. Leah for Family Storytime! Spend a fun afternoon together reading, singing songs, playing games, and doing discovery activities. Offered every Monday at 12:30 p.m. for children with their caregivers at Laura’s Library.

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