Upcoming Programs

Creative Arts Society Photography Exhibit @ Laura’s
Aug 7 – Sep 4 all-day

This exhibit features professional photo artists, Leslie Kell, Lisa Zinna and LeRoy Lawson from the Creative Arts Society (CAS). CAS 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.

Leslie Kell creates surreal artworks using an original technique that synthesizes her artistry in design and photography. She works with architectural forms to create virtual environments in which her photos are assembled into the spaces and patterns of visionary designs. The complex and layered works are visual encounters where a light beam or a fleeting reflection can ignite a spark as it passes between reality and illusion. The result reveals a place you might not recognize—but, somehow, have been waiting to visit.  https://lesliekell.com/

Lisa Zinna creates “photoart” by reworking a digital image or creating a composite from multiple photos, including images of paper collages or original artwork. She plays with layering images and blending techniques in editing software until achieving a look that feels intriguing, balanced, and fresh. Austin and Texas are common themes in her work, and they might be layered with a photo of a paper word collage. The style is contemporary, the images are modern and bright, and they are sure to make you smile. You can find out more at http://thepurplelime.com/.

 LeRoy Lawson attended Austin Community College Photography School and the Texas School of Professional Photography. In 1993, he established Lawson Studios, where he does portraits, model portfolios, head shots for professionals, event and product photography, and artwork photography. He uses 35mm, medium format, large format, and digital cameras. His love of nature has inspired him to photograph landscapes and wildlife throughout the U. S. and Europe.

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.

¡Hola, Hola! Spanish Storytime @ Westbank
Aug 22 @ 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

¡Hola, Hola! Spanish Storytime for All Ages is designed to empower parents to read simple Spanish books at home and foster a love of Spanish language and Hispanic culture through singing, traditional circle games, rhythm instruments, puppets, and stories. You do not need to have any Spanish language skills to participate. All skill levels are welcome. Come early or stay after to enjoy the beautiful playground and picnic area just outside the door and make new amigos!

Ms. Benson has been leading parent/child Spanish programs for over 15 years in south Florida and now in Austin. She has a degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Bilingual Education from the University of Texas, an International Montessori degree as well as certifications in early childhood music. Ms. Benson has years of experience teaching in bilingual classrooms and Spanish immersion preschools. Click here to learn more about “Somos Amigos” (in English, “We’re Friends”), Ms. Benson’s music based early childhood program.


Storytime @ Laura’s
Aug 22 @ 10:30 AM

Join Ms. Leah for Storytime every Thursday. This program develops early literacy skills through story sharing, music, and crafts or activities. All ages welcome!


CANCELLED: Quilters @ Laura’s
Aug 22 @ 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM

The August 22nd meeting is cancelled.

Welcome to our long-running quilting group under the leadership of Sharon Cole. Experienced expert or curious novice, bring your favorite needle and ideas! The group meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

On hiatus in December.




Macklin Room Closed @ Westbank
Aug 22 @ 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Macklin Room Closed @ Westbank

The Macklin Room at Westbank is closed from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

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

Commons Closed @ Laura’s
Aug 22 @ 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Commons Closed @ Laura’s

The Commons at Laura’s will be closed from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m.

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

Commons Closed @ Laura’s
Aug 23 @ 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Commons Closed @ Laura’s

The Commons at Laura’s will be closed from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

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

Friday Knitting @ Westbank
Aug 23 @ 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Our Knitters meet for fun and fiber every week. Flash your best needles, break out the good yarn, and come teach, be taught, or simply enjoy the glorious art of knitting! Join the group every Friday at noon at the Westbank Library.

Crocheters and embroiderers welcome.


Special Board of Trustees Meeting @ Laura’s
Aug 23 @ 5:00 PM

The Board of Trustees will hold a meeting at 5:00 P.M.

The Board of Trustees of the Westbank Community Library meet about once per month to review and approve financial documents, policies, and a report on operations from the director. These meetings are open to the public.

The agenda is posted a few days in advance of the meeting.



Macklin Room Closed @ Westbank
Aug 24 @ 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

The Macklin Room at Westbank is closed from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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


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