Savvy shoppers, head to Westbank Library for a steal of a deal! All gently used DVDs and audio CDs are on sale from November 13th through the 21st. $2 for all DVDs and audiobooks. $1 for all music CDs. Do your holiday shopping early! Even Black Friday can’t bring you prices this good!
Come in to Laura’s to view beautiful quilts presented by the Appliquettes Bee.
The Appliquettes Bee is a quilt bee associated with the Austin Area Quilt Guild. Members meet three times a month and work on individual projects, as well as group projects for the guild. The Austin Area Quilt Guild has two charity quilt programs. “Baby Bundles” provides baby quilts to expectant mothers after finishing a prenatal class. The “Red, White, and Blue” project makes quilts for injured soldiers and their families. Hundreds of quilts are provided each year by AAQG members for these two projects.
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. 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.
Unlike other physical forms of yoga that use still or slow yoga postures, Laughter Yoga is like kindergarten recess for adults, with lots of eye contact, high energy, movement, and an atmosphere filled with child-like playfulness. We bring joy to the body through lots of laughter, silliness, and deep inhalation and exhalation, which increase the net supply of oxygen to our body and our brain.
Participants of all ages will leave with a few techniques they can begin using immediately to feel energetic, more relaxed, and able to transform frustrations into happy, endorphin filled meditative experiences through Laughter Yoga. Wear clothes that you can move in and that don’t restrict your abdomen. NO YOGA MATS OR PROPS NEEDED.
Family Night is fun night at Westbank! Join us Tuesday evenings, when we have activities for the whole family to enjoy. Each week we have a different event: board games, crafts, or pajama storytime. Come for fun and enjoy spending time with each other!
Both libraries will be closed Wednesday, November 22nd through Friday, November 24th for Thanksgiving.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re looking for fun for the whole family, join Ms. Leah for Family Storytime! Spend a fun afternoon together reading, singing songs, playing games, and doing discovery activities. Offered every Monday at 12:30 p.m. for children with their caregivers at Laura’s Library.