Road works may block entrances to Westbank Library intermittently from Friday 3/22 to Friday 3/29, 7am to 5 pm, except Sunday.

City of Austin asks that no one park on Pinnacle during that week and that we be patient with the process.

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Upcoming Programs

Mar
13
Wed
Creative Arts Society Showcase @ Laura’s
Mar 13 – May 13 all-day

The Creative Arts Society 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. Three professional artist members are featured in this exhibit.

LA Hollins
LA Hollins creates visual art that is spontaneous, lushly textured, and instinctive. She explores life’s daily challenges, memories, and dreams through modern abstract expression. Her work often features the recurring themes of joy, hope, loss, humanity, wildlife, nature, and technology. She enjoys sharing art with others and working with families, the elderly, and populations with special needs. You can find her at https://bluestonesart.com/

Beverly Dennis
Beverly uses art to reflect and understand. Color and form are the armatures that hold her images. Blue in the deepest purple, or red in the greenest leaf. Organic curve and geometric form suggest structure. There is an exploration of surface and under-painting. Always there is a reflection on place and impression. She received her MFA from the University of Mississippi. Her art expresses her impressions. You can find her at http://beverlydennis.net/

Makenna Hatter
Makenna is a lifelong Austinite and artist. She passionately utilizes organizational line technique to depict interesting perspectives in her work. She leaves “cluster lines” in her drawings because they are evidence of her process. In addition to watercolors, Makenna works with multiple mediums including resin, oil paint, and ink. She is currently enrolled at Austin Community College with the intention of earning a BFA. You can find her at www.makennahatterdesign.com


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.

Mar
16
Sat
There’s No Place Like Home
Mar 16 – Mar 23 all-day

This Spring Break, join us at the library for a week filled with fun events and activities. We are celebrating the classic book The Wizard of Oz. Drop in at either location during the week to participate in the scavenger hunt and guessing jar games. Pick up a calendar for the month of March at the library, or print out the downloadable version here.

Here are just a few of the programs happening over the break:

Mar
23
Sat
Magician, Cody Fisher @ Laura’s
Mar 23 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Join us today at Laura’s for a special magic show by magician Cody Fisher. Cody combines comedy, magic, and lots of audience participation in his performances. Get ready to have some magical fun!

 


Cody Fisher is a crowd-favorite magician. Upon completion of multiple science degrees in biology and chemistry from The University of Texas, Cody decided to pursue a Ph.D. in biochemistry. After several years of graduate teaching and research, Cody made an amazing discovery; he wanted to pursue his lifelong dream of a career in entertainment. When Cody is not out amazing audiences he is using his science education combined with magic to help others. Together with his wife Debbie, an Occupational Therapist, they have developed a unique program that uses “sleight of hand” magic as a form of therapy.

Sheng Zhen: Seated Qi Gong @ Westbank
Mar 23 @ 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
Mar 23 @ 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.

Join us today to plant seeds in your own mini garden.


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NEW! Women in Print Book Club @ Laura’s
Mar 23 @ 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Led by volunteer Camille Hoff, this book club reads and discusses books focusing on women’s perspective of the world. Their reading list includes literary fiction, non-fiction, and some classic titles. Join the group on the fourth Saturday of the month at 3 p.m. at Laura’s Library.

 


2019 Selections:

 

Mar
24
Sun
Tech Help @ Westbank
Mar 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.

 

Commons Closed @ Laura’s
Mar 24 @ 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.

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

Library News

  • Spring Break Programs

Plan Your Spring Break

Every spring, a school-less week gives the community an opportunity to breathe, play, and re-group. This year, the library has a full schedule of events to celebrate neighborhood and home as we remember the lessons of the enduring classic, Wizard [...]

  • Kanopy video streaming logo

Kanopy video streaming

You can now stream a wonderful assortment of over 30,000 independent, documentary, foreign, and classic films from Kanopy, including The Great Courses. You can access Kanopy from the library’s website or directly at https://westbank.kanopy.com/. Follow these steps to set [...]

  • Photo of Beth Fox 1984

Westbank turns 35!

Beth Fox in our first library location in the Texas Commerce Bank Westbank is having a birthday!  It was 35 years ago that Westbank Library opened its doors for the first time in the Texas Commerce Bank Building. [...]

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