Laura’s Library re-opens Monday 2/22 with drive-thru service 11-4, Mon-Sat.

Westbank Library remains closed for repairs. Return materials to Laura’s or hold on to them.

Westbank materials may show up in the catalog but cannot be reserved. The shelf location will be blank.
We are in the process of moving items on the reserve cart at Westbank over to Laura’s. If you have items on the cart, we will contact you to see if you still want the items. Thank you for your patience.

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Upcoming Programs

Feb
26
Fri
ONLINE: Friday Knitting
Feb 26 @ 12:00 PM

Click here to join Friday Knitting, a live virtual program happening Fridays at noon.

If you’re having difficulties, please refer to Zoom’s support information. Westbank Library is unable to provide tech assistance during the program. Please contact questions@westbanklibrary.com if you would like to schedule tech help or if you would like additional information regarding this library program.


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.


Please read these ground rules ahead of the conversation:

  • Please keep your camera on for the discussion and provide your name.
  • Mute if there is background noise.
  • Respect the privacy of others by not reporting what you hear in this conversation with any specificity or attribution.
  • Be respectful and listen when others are speaking.
  • Allow everyone’s voice to be heard that wants to be heard.

 

Feb
27
Sat
ONLINE: Sheng Zhen: Seated Qi Gong
Feb 27 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Click here to join Sheng Zhen, a live virtual program happening Saturdays at 11am.

If you’re having difficulties, please refer to Zoom’s support information. Westbank Library is unable to provide tech assistance during the program. Please contact questions@westbanklibrary.com if you would like to schedule tech help or if you would like additional information regarding this library program.

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.

 

ONLINE: Women in Print Book Club
Feb 27 @ 3:00 PM

Click here to join Women in Print, a live virtual discussion happening on fourth Saturdays at 3pm.

If you’re having difficulties, please refer to Zoom’s support information. Westbank Library is unable to provide tech assistance during the program. Please contact questions@westbanklibrary.com if you would like to schedule tech help or if you would like additional information regarding this library program.

Led by library staff, this book club reads and discusses books focusing on women’s perspective of the world. Their reading list includes literary fiction, non-fiction, and some classic titles. Join the group on the fourth Saturday of the month at 3 p.m.


2021 Selections:

Feb
28
Sun
ONLINE: Sisters in Crime
Feb 28 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Click here to join Sisters in Crime, a live virtual discussion group happening at 2pm.

If you’re having difficulties, please refer to Zoom’s support information. Westbank Library is unable to provide tech assistance during the program. Please contact questions@westbanklibrary.com if you would like to schedule tech help or if you would like additional information regarding this library program.

How unique are your fingerprints? Is fingerprint analysis reliable? Former LAPD fingerprint analyst, artist and private eye Cathy DeYoung joins Sisters in Crime on Zoom to discuss her experiences as a crime scene analyst. During her tenure as a forensic investigator, Ms. DeYoung has conducted approximately 30,000 fingerprint analyses and over 6,000 field investigations.

Cathy DeYoung trained in photography, fine arts and video at Otis Art Institute and Parsons School of Design. Since leaving the police department, Ms. DeYoung has moved to Texas and has worked as a private investigator for an all-female agency.


Please read these ground rules ahead of the conversation:

  • Please keep your camera on for the discussion and provide your name.
  • Mute if there is background noise.
  • Respect the privacy of others by not reporting what you hear in this conversation with any specificity or attribution.
  • Be respectful and listen when others are speaking.
  • Allow everyone’s voice to be heard that wants to be heard.

 

ONLINE: Shakespeare Out Loud
Feb 28 @ 4:00 PM

Click here to join Shakespeare Out Loud, a live virtual program happening at 4pm.

If you’re having difficulties, please refer to Zoom’s support information. Westbank Library is unable to provide tech assistance during the program. Please contact questions@westbanklibrary.com if you would like to schedule tech help or if you would like additional information regarding this library program.


Shakespeare Out Loud is a group of people who meet monthly at Laura’s Library to explore the genius of The Bard and to understand Shakespeare’s plays on a level that most readers have never experienced. In addition to reading the plays, this group features engaging and stimulating conversation, while investigating the cultural and historical context in which each play is set. New persons are always welcome.

The group is led by Landon Shultz, PhD/DMin.

This group is currently reading Antony and Cleopatra.


Please read these ground rules ahead of the conversation:

  • Please keep your camera on for the discussion and provide your name.
  • Mute if there is background noise.
  • Respect the privacy of others by not reporting what you hear in this conversation with any specificity or attribution.
  • Be respectful and listen when others are speaking.
  • Allow everyone’s voice to be heard that wants to be heard.

Library News

Changes while Westbank is closed

Our Westbank location is completely closed while we do repairs following water damage. The collection is inaccessible. If you have items checked out and normally return them to Westbank, you can help us and the community out by returning them [...]

Current Library Services

Our libraries are closed to the public until we have confidence that we can operate the library safely for staff and visitors. Our Westbank location has suffered water damage and currently, no services are offered there. Get Help questions@westbanklibrary.com  [...]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Data  updated 2/13  Travis County has not recorded data this week due to weather. Austin/Travis County is at Risk Stage 4 as of February 9. Dashboards Texas case counts  Texas hospitalizations and positivity Travis County also (mobile version) Travis [...]