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Upcoming Programs

Jan
8
Wed
Creative Arts Society Showcase @ Laura’s
Jan 8 – Feb 24 all-day

This exhibit features the work of professional artists Jane Fier, Joan Lawson, and David Schwindt 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.

Jane Fier finds the process of creating art to be exhilarating and challenging. She approaches each painting with an image in mind of abstracted shapes and colors while incorporating elements of light and shadow. Working with multiple layers of paint, she scrapes away, stumbles over, scratches through, and finally adds gestural marks with a brush. The intention is to convey that we are all works in progress, constantly changing and reworking our lives much like painting itself. You can find out more at her site.

Joan Lawson expresses her love of nature in her paintings. She finds inspiration in dreams and visions as well as the natural beauty and light of the Texas Hill Country. Additionally, she likes to paint scenes from her travels in the American Southwest and abroad. Joan enjoys the flexibility of acrylics and collage to achieve texture and depth in her work. She is a founding member of the Creative Arts Society and is currently serving on the Board of Directors. Learn more about Joan at her site.

David Schwindt prefers getting to know places through painting. He refers to sketches to help fix scenes in his mind. Since so many of us are on the move in these harried times, he hopes to be able to stop you for a moment to reflect upon the light and colors from places captured in his work. Maybe you’ve been there. If you haven’t, maybe you’ll want to go. You can find more of David’s work at his site.

 


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.

Jan
29
Wed
Storytime Author Visit: Kat Kronenberg @ Westbank
Jan 29 @ 10:30 AM

Today we’ll have a special guest visiting Storytime! Local children’s book author Kat Kronenberg will visit our regularly scheduled Storytime to read her newest book, Love Big, a story with lots of heart perfect to read right before Valentine’s Day!

 

Commons Closed @ Laura’s
Jan 29 @ 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.

Commons Closed @ Laura’s
Jan 29 @ 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Commons Closed @ Laura’s

The Commons at Laura’s will be closed from 2:00 until 4:30 p.m.

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

Macklin Room Closed @ Westbank
Jan 29 @ 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

The Macklin Room at Westbank is closed from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

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

 

Discovery! LEGO Free Play @ Laura’s
Jan 29 @ 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

The Discovery program offers hands-on exploring for young learners in many different topics, including science, literature, technology, and more. Designed for elementary-aged kids curious about the world. Come each week and discover something new!

Recommended for ages 5 & up.


Does your kid like to play with LEGOS? Who doesn’t?! Research has shown that LEGOS help kids develop intellectually (boosting concentration and critical thinking skills), physically (improving fine motor skills), and socially (promoting communication and cooperation). Plus, they’re just plain fun!

 

Prime of Life Yoga™ for Adults @ Laura’s
Jan 29 @ 6:00 PM

Prime of Life Yoga™ focuses on the contemporary teachings of yoga for Westerners, especially benefiting men and women 40 years and beyond. Safe, conservative and user friendly, this is an intelligent approach focusing on moving with the breath in dynamic and static movements, which helps to make the body mind connection as well as warming up the joints and muscles. Modifications are demonstrated to suit the individual. This creates a noncompetitive atmosphere which is more comfortable for everyone.


Lisa Galizia is a Registered Yoga Teacher® with the Yoga Alliance and a Certified Health and Wellness Coach. Galizia teaches group and custom private yoga and wellcoaching. For more information, please visit beecaveyoga.com.

 

 

 

Jan
30
Thu
¡Hola, Hola! Spanish Storytime @ Westbank
Jan 30 @ 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 Author Visit: Kat Kronenberg @ Laura’s
Jan 30 @ 10:30 AM

Today we’ll have a special guest visiting Storytime! Local children’s book author Kat Kronenberg will visit our regularly scheduled Storytime to read her newest book, Love Big, a story with lots of heart perfect to read right before Valentine’s Day!

 

WHS Presents: “I had no clue they were depressed”—When Depression is Hidden @ Westbank
Jan 30 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Westlake High School hosts a year-long speaker series for parents focused on popular topics such as study skills, managing stress and anxiety, and tools for healthy parent/child relationships. This series is presented at Westbank Library. All families are welcome.

This week, Maren Williams, MA, LPC-S, and Marie Grey, LPC-S, present “I had no clue they were depressed”—When Depression is Hidden. Learn more at www.marenwilliamspsychotherapy.com and www.therapywithmarie.com.

Find the full Speaker Series schedule on the Healthy Chaps website.

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