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Upcoming Programs

Jan
10
Thu
Heidi Lowell: Art Exhibit @ Laura’s
Jan 10 – Mar 4 all-day

Heidi Lowell creates colorful watercolor mosaics that pay homage to the natural world, as well as the human heart. She strongly believes that art and nature are required in daily doses to nurture us. In this vein, she was recently the Artist in Residence at the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve.

Heidi lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, daughter, and their pug Norman. She grew up in the mountains of Colorado. Her most formative experiences were camping and hiking with her family and friends in National Parks, and along the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail. Her favorite hikes have been the Narrows in Zion National Park and Sulphur Mountain in Banff National Park. For more, visit her at heidilowell.art.

 


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.

Feb
24
Sun
Sensory Storytime @ Laura’s
Feb 24 @ 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.

Tech Help @ Westbank
Feb 24 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 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.

@ Westbank Library on Sundays from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

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


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

 

Feb
25
Mon
Qi Gong @ Laura’s
Feb 25 @ 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
Feb 25 @ 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.   

A Book Study: Changing Our Perspective and Awareness @ Westbank
Feb 25 @ 11:00 AM

As life brings its inevitable ups and downs, whether they be large or small, learn how to bring new awareness and perspective to these changes in this weekly book group facilitated by Elizabeth Hoisington.

This group will be discussing There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem by Wayne W. Dyer. Book discussion will continue for 13 weeks, covering each chapter over two weeks:

  • 1.7 & 1.14 – Chapter 8
  • 1.21 – On hiatus
  • 1.28 & 2.4 – Chapter 9
  • 2.11 & 2.25 – Chapter 10 (On hiatus 2.18)
  • 3.4 & 3.11 – Chapter 11
  • 3.18 & 3.25 – Chapter 12
  • 4.1 & 4.8 – Chapter 13 (final chapter of this title)

Elizabeth Hoisington is a meditation facilitator, dedicated to assisting people in the journey of mindfulness. She has practiced meditation for the past 17 years, facilitates a weekly mindfulness meditation at the Westbank Library, Mindful Eating Workshops at the YMCA, in addition to yearly Children’s Mindfulness Programs in local Austin. Some former clients include The Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, Freescale, Central Health, and various health facilities.

Elizabeth brings mindfulness meditation into the workplace as well as having a private practice in Austin, where she works with clients on an individual basis. Elizabeth attended the University of Santa Monica, receiving a Masters in Spiritual Psychology. Prior she attended the University of Colorado receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts. Additionally Elizabeth has been through the 8-week University of Massachusetts/MBSR (Mind-Based Stress Reduction) Course, and Certified through the Mindful Schools for K-12.

Macklin Room Closed @ Westbank
Feb 25 @ 2:15 PM – 4:15 PM
Macklin Room Closed @ Westbank

The Macklin Room at Westbank is closed from 2:15 to 4:15 p.m.

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

Free Play @ Laura’s
Feb 25 @ 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!

 

Feb
26
Tue
Music Pups @ Westbank
Feb 26 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Come to Westbank to enjoy a demonstration of a Music Pups class, normally offered at Clavier-Werke School of Music. Music Pups is a program for parents and children to learn playful and creative ways of developing musical skills from an early age. Mixed age classes are developmentally appropriate and allow siblings to enjoy music together. Designed for children age 0 to 4 with their caregivers. Our demo class is about 30 minutes long.

 


Andres Vargas was born in Chile, where he began his piano studies at the age of three. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the Universidad Austral de Chile where he studied with Ximena Cabello. In 2004, he became a private student of Krassimira Jordan, artist-in-residence at Baylor University. In the fall of 2008, Andres relocated to the United States in order to pursue a master’s degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance at Baylor University. He has performed in several cities in Chile, as well as in Europe and the U.S.

Adult Meditation @ Westbank
Feb 26 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Our 20-minute lunchtime meditation is an opportunity to relax, breathe, and de-stress.


Elizabeth is a meditation facilitator, dedicated to assisting people in the journey of mindfulness. She has practiced meditation for the past 17 years, facilitates a weekly mindfulness meditation at the Westbank Library, Mindful Eating Workshops at the YMCA, in addition to yearly Children’s Mindfulness Programs in local Austin.

Elizabeth brings mindfulness meditation into the workplace as well as having a private practice in Austin, where she works with clients on an individual basis. Elizabeth attended the University of Santa Monica, receiving a Masters in Spiritual Psychology. Prior she attended the University of Colorado receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts. Additionally Elizabeth has been through the 8-week University of Massachusetts/MBSR (Mind-Based Stress Reduction) Course, and Certified through the Mindful Schools for K-12.

 

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