Upcoming Programs

Heidi Lowell: Art Exhibit @ Laura’s
Jan 10 – Mar 4 all-day

Heidi Lowell creates colorful watercolor mosaics that pay homage to the natural world, as well as the human heart. She strongly believes that art and nature are required in daily doses to nurture us. In this vein, she was recently the Artist in Residence at the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve.

Heidi lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, daughter, and their pug Norman. She grew up in the mountains of Colorado. Her most formative experiences were camping and hiking with her family and friends in National Parks, and along the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail. Her favorite hikes have been the Narrows in Zion National Park and Sulphur Mountain in Banff National Park. For more, visit her at heidilowell.art.


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.

Friday Knitting @ Westbank
Jan 18 @ 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.


Sheng Zhen: Seated Qi Gong @ Westbank
Jan 19 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Sheng Zhen Healing Qi Gong is a unique seated form of exercise developed by Master Li Junfeng. This gentle form of Qi Gong is ideal for loosening stiff joints, restoring focus and mental clarity, producing deep relaxation, and promoting overall health. The movements are easy to perform for all fitness levels, and are ideal for anyone with lower extremity difficulties, such as knee or hip pain. The meditative element of Sheng Zhen Healing Qi Gong also helps calm the mind, reduce stress, and balance emotions.

Thomas Najar is a licensed acupuncturist and certified Qi Gong instructor. He left a career in hi-tech to pursue a healing career and has been teaching Qi Gong and practicing acupuncture since 2016. A native of Wisconsin, he’s lived in Austin for the past 20 years and is passionate about healthy living through fitness, nutrition and meditation.

Discovery! @ Westbank
Jan 19 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

 The Discovery program offers hands-on exploring for young learners in many different topics, including science, art, music, and more. Come each week and discover something new!

All ages welcome.


In January:

  • 5th: LEGO Play
  • 12th: Circuit Games
  • 19th: Dot Painting
  • 26th: Music & Movement




Commons Closed @ Laura’s
Jan 19 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Commons Closed @ Laura’s

The Commons at Laura’s will be closed from 3:00 until 5:00 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
Jan 19 @ 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.

Sensory Storytime @ Laura’s
Jan 20 @ 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.


Interested in joining us? If you’re new to the group, please fill out and submit the registration form.

Tech Help @ Westbank
Jan 20 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Get help with all of your technology from a tech-savvy teen. Bring cameras, laptops, questions about social media, apps, or anything else that comes to mind! Our tech-savvy teens will provide one-on-one help with all your technology questions.

@ Westbank Library on Sundays from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

@ Laura’s and Westbank Library every Tuesday of the month from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Are you a teen interested in volunteering? Check out the volunteer page for more information.


Commons Closed @ Laura’s
Jan 20 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Commons Closed @ Laura’s

The Commons at Laura’s will be closed from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m.

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

Jan 21 all-day

Both libraries will be closed on Monday, January 21st for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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