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

Aug
23
Wed
Sandra Farrell Fine Art @ Laura’s
Aug 23 – Oct 30 all-day

A collection of oil paintings ranging from landscapes to florals, portraiture and still life. She draws her inspiration from nature especially during her travels abroad.

 


Sandra Farrell began painting after the age 50 when her interest in art was sparked while viewing the Sistine Chapel. After returning home, she began art classes under Elizabeth Locke and continued taking weekly classes for 15 years. Farrell has attended various workshops including workshops with Ian Roberts at home in Austin and France.

Oct
14
Sat
Veterans Day Scrapbook @ Laura’s
Oct 14 – Nov 11 all-day

In honor of Veterans Day, Westbank Community Libraries is proud to host an ongoing scrapbook project.

Come in to Laura’s Library between October 14th and November 11th to create your own veteran scrapbook page! We will provide one 12×12” piece of cardstock, some decorations, and supplies; you bring photos of your veteran, a brief biography or list of duties and honors, and any other keepsakes you want to display (medals, letters, etc.). We will have these pages on exhibit at Laura’s Library starting Thursday, November 2nd through Friday, November 11th.

Please note that physical copies of the information are not guaranteed to be protected while on display or returned after the exhibit. We will happily help you make color copies of any photos so that you may keep your original!

Oct
21
Sat
Tech Help @ Westbank
Oct 21 @ 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
Oct 21 @ 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!

Commons Closed @ Laura’s
Oct 21 @ 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Commons Closed @ Laura's

The Commons at Laura’s will be closed from 1:00 until 4:00 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
Oct 21 @ 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.

Oct
22
Sun
Gathering Room In Use @ Westbank
Oct 22 @ 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Gathering Room In Use @ Westbank

The Gathering Room at Westbank will be in use from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. for a community group meeting.

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

 

Meditación en Español @ Laura’s
Oct 22 @ 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
Oct 22 @ 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.

Commons Closed @ Laura’s
Oct 22 @ 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Commons Closed @ Laura's

The Commons at Laura’s will be closed from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m.

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

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