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Upcoming Programs

May
15
Tue
Let’s Play: An Art Exhibit @ Laura’s
May 15 – Aug 16 all-day

Join us at Laura’s Library for a special exhibit of art created during the Free Play & Food Trucks program. These collaborative works feature different mediums, including tempera, oil pastel and charcoal. This is an art show as fun as the summer.

Mondays at Laura’s the art creation continues!

—Drop in between noon and 2:00, June 4 –July 23, for Art Exploration to make creations you can take home.
—Come to Free Play & Food Trucks at 4:30, and help to create more masterpieces to hang on the walls!

Click here to check out the calendar for the upcoming creative and crafty programs.

May
26
Sat
Let’s Play! Summer Discovery Program
May 26 – Jul 27 all-day

Join us this summer for fun and discovery!

We have a summer full of events and programs, click here for a printable version of the calendar. Pick up a log to track your reading or discoveries, and stamp it each time you visit the library. Click here for the printable version of the log. Stop by both locations each week for guessing jar games and scavenger hunts.

Special Events
The games begin on May 26th for Kickoff at Laura’s from 10 am – 1 pm. Music, magic, balloon art, and more!

Join us for Movie Matinees on select Fridays at 2 pm at Laura’s:
June 22 we will screen Toy Story
July 20 we will screen Toy Story 2

Celebrate your summer of discovery on July 27 at Laura’s from 5 – 7 pm, where we’ll have Amy’s Ice Cream!

Weekly Events
Events are all ages, unless otherwise specified.

MONDAYS
10:30 – Infant Storytime @ Westbank (ages 0-12 mos.)
Noon – Art Exploration @ Laura’s
1:00 – Reading Dog Storytime @ Laura’s
4:30 – Free Play & Food Trucks @ Laura’s

TUESDAYS
10:30 – Music & Movement @ Westbank
1:00 – Fun & Games @ Laura’s
2:00 – Inspiration! @ Westbank (ages 5 & up)
6:00/6:30 on 3rd Tuesdays – Family Night @ Westbank

WEDNESDAYS
10:30 – Performers @ Laura’s (ages 3 & up)
10:30 – Storytime @ Westbank
4:30 – Discovery @ Laura’s (ages 5 & up)

THURSDAYS
10:30 – Storytime @ Laura’s
10:30 – Spanish Storytime @ Westbank (ages 0-5)
3:00 – Watch & Read Book Club (ages 7 & up)

SATURDAYS
12:30 – Storytime @ Westbank
3:00 – Chinese Learning Playground (ages 5 & up)

Teens & Tweens
Young Adult Book Club: Superhero Edition @ Laura’s, 4 pm on 1st and 3rd Thursdays
Calling gamers! Video Game Night is June 15, 4:30-7 pm at Laura’s (ages 13-17)

Programs for Adults
Mondays – 10 am – Qi Gong @ Laura’s
Tuesdays – noon – Meditation @ Westbank
Tuesdays – 5-7 pm – Tech Help @ both locations
4th Tuesdays – 10:30 am – Senior Living Series @ Laura’s
Last Tuesdays – 1 pm – BookTalk Book Club @ Westbank
Wednesdays – 6:30 pm – Yoga @ Laura’s
3rd Wednesdays – 1 pm – Mysteries & More Book Club @ Westbank
2nd & 4th Thursdays – 12:30 pm – Quilters @ Laura’s
Last Thursdays – 6 pm – Smart Schooling Book Group @ Laura’s
Fridays – 11 am – Book Study: Changing Our Perspective @ Westbank
Fridays – noon – Knit Wits @ Westbank
1st Fridays – 10 am – Genealogy @ Laura’s
1st Saturdays – 10 am – Madrone Trail Hike @ Laura’s
1st Saturdays – 11 am – Tech Help @ Laura’s
3rd Saturdays – 11 am – Tech Help @ Westbank
1st Sundays – 4 pm – Daytime Book Group @ Laura’s
2nd Sundays – 4 pm – Shakespeare Out Loud @ Laura’s

Jul
16
Mon
Qi Gong @ Laura’s
Jul 16 @ 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
Jul 16 @ 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.   

Art Exploration @ Laura’s
Jul 16 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Join us every week through July 23 to explore art!

Drop in anytime between noon and 2 pm on Mondays at Laura’s. Clay, sand, paint? We’ll explore different mediums each week, and create something new.

Dog Storytime @ Laura’s
Jul 16 @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Handler Holly with Dog Chula will be at Laura’s Library to read with kiddos or visit with them. Pre-readers and readers are welcome. No registration is required.

Be sure to call the library to confirm if Chula is in and to ask for any last minute cancellations.


About the Program:

The Bow Wow Reading Dogs program is designed to help below grade level readers improve their skills. Our program is based on the Intermountain Therapy Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) ® program. The program improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to a dog. Teams are currently working with children in Round Rock ISD, Eanes ISD, Georgetown ISD, Jarrell ISD, Austin ISD, and Leander ISD and at the Pflugerville, Round Rock, Wells Branch and Leander Libraries on a regular basis. Our teams have provided many, many special onetime programs throughout the Greater Austin area. You can see more at austindogalliance.org.

Free Play & Food Trucks @ Laura’s
Jul 16 @ 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Make Mondays fun days! Meet up with your friends at the world’s best play date. Your kids can play with each other and make new friends, and food trucks will be on site with delicious local food. Fun for all, and no cooking or clean-up for you – a great way to start your week!

Upcoming Food Trucks:

Jul
17
Tue
Music & Movement @ Westbank
Jul 17 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Bring your little ones to stretch, sing, wiggle, and dance!

We will use rhythm instruments and other props to have some fun with music. This program focuses on developing gross motor skills and social skills. All ages are welcome, grown ups are encouraged to participate too!

Adult Meditation @ Westbank
Jul 17 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Our 20-minute lunchtime meditation is an opportunity to relax, breathe, and de-stress. Meditation can sometimes bring up emotions, and participants are invited to stay and share those experiences with the group following the meditation if they choose.


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.

 

Fun & Games @ Laura’s
Jul 17 @ 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Join us each week through July 31st for fun!

Drop in each week to play board games, do puzzles, and activities. If you have any favorite board games, feel free to bring them along. Bring a friend or make a new one! No matter what you choose to play, being together is the name of the game.

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