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Upcoming Programs

Nov
12
Mon
Audio & DVD Sale
Nov 12 – Nov 17 all-day

All gently used DVDs and audio CDs will be on sale. Prices will be $2 for all DVDs and audiobooks, $1 for all music CDs. Do your holiday shopping early!

This year we will be having the sale at both Laura’s and Westbank.

Nov
16
Fri
Ute Dittemer: An Art Exhibit @ Laura’s
Nov 16 2018 – Jan 7 2019 all-day

Join us at Laura’s Library for an art exhibit by Ute Dittemer. Ute works with acrylics and mixed media in her pieces, which include landscapes, nature, and other-worldly themes. As a young child she spent long winter hours with a sketch pad and colored pencils drawing princesses and horses. Going to the library for art books was a must. Forms and colors captured her interest in later years.

Ute Dittemer hails from Ludwigshafen, Germany. She immigrated to the U.S. and settled in Austin, where she met her husband Mike, at Barton Springs. They lost their home in 2008, and became homeless. In 2018 they were accepted to Community First, where Ute makes use of the art studio. They love being part of a community that provides caring support for people in need.

A Reception will be held November 18, from 2 -4, also at Laura’s.


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.

Nov
17
Sat
Commons Closed @ Laura’s
Nov 17 @ 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Commons Closed @ Laura’s

The Commons at Laura’s will be closed from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

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

Storytime @ Westbank
Nov 17 @ 12:30 PM

Join Ms. Cristen for Storytime every Saturday. This program develops early literacy skills through story sharing, music, games, and activities. All ages welcome!

Join us on the first Saturday of the month for a Sensory-focused Storytime!

Macklin Room Closed @ Westbank
Nov 17 @ 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Macklin Room Closed @ Westbank

The Macklin Room at Westbank is closed from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

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

中文游乐园-Chinese Learning Playground @ Westbank
Nov 17 @ 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
 “中文游乐园-Chinese Learning Playground” is a Mandarin Chinese study group for young children, recommended for ages 5 and above, led by volunteer native Chinese speaking parents. Children will learn to read, speak, and write Chinese through many fun activities. The first half of the class will focus on reading Chinese folk rhymes, memorizing Chinese characters, and writing simple Chinese words. The second half of the class will consist of fun activities including arts and crafts. Participating children are encouraged to speak Chinese throughout the class, and parents are encouraged to help kids practice Chinese songs, memorize characters, and write simple words at home.
中文游乐园-Chinese learning playground is currently organized by four volunteer parents:
  • Xiaoqing Zhu, a PhD from Stanford and currently a tech lead in a Fortune 500 company, whose favorite side job is to teach and learn from her kindergartner.
  • Wendy You, a college finance professor, who finds it more challenging to teach her five-year-old than to teach a college class.
  • Celine Wright, an MBA and finance executive who worked for many large companies and had managed many difficult mergers and acquisitions projects, realized that her three young kids are the most difficult, but fun, projects of all.
  • Lan Luan, a research professor of biomedical engineering at UT, who finds it extremely fun to guide and observe young children including her own 4-year-old son to grow physically and intellectually.

The Westbank Library has supporting materials for this program. Ask a staff member if you are interested.

Nov
18
Sun
Audio & DVD Sale
Nov 18 all-day

All gently used DVDs and audio CDs will be on sale. Prices will be $2 for all DVDs and audiobooks, $1 for all music CDs. Do your holiday shopping early!

This year we will be having the sale at both Laura’s and Westbank.

Sensory Storytime @ Laura’s
Nov 18 @ 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 to 12 children.

 


Interested in joining us? Please fill out and submit the registration form.

Ute Dittemer Art Reception @ Laura’s
Nov 18 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Join us at Laura’s Library for a Reception of Ute Dittemer’s art exhibit. Ute works with acrylics and mixed media in her pieces, which include landscapes, nature, and other-worldly themes. As a young child she spent long winter hours with a sketch pad and colored pencils drawing princesses and horses. Going to the library for art books was a must. Forms and colors captured her interest in later years.

Ute Dittemer hails from Ludwigshafen, Germany. She immigrated to the U.S. and settled in Austin, where she met her husband Mike, at Barton Springs. They lost their home in 2008, and became homeless. In 2018 they were accepted to Community First, where Ute makes use of the art studio. They love being part of a community that provides caring support for people in need.

Nov
19
Mon
Audio & DVD Sale
Nov 19 all-day

All gently used DVDs and audio CDs will be on sale. Prices will be $2 for all DVDs and audiobooks, $1 for all music CDs. Do your holiday shopping early!

This year we will be having the sale at both Laura’s and Westbank.

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