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Upcoming Programs

May
15
Tue
Let’s Play: An Art Exhibit @ Laura’s
May 15 – Aug 16 all-day

Join us at Laura’s Library for a special exhibit of art created during the Free Play & Food Trucks program. These collaborative works feature different mediums, including tempera, oil pastel and charcoal. This is an art show as fun as the summer.

Mondays at Laura’s the art creation continues!

—Drop in between noon and 2:00, June 4 –July 23, for Art Exploration to make creations you can take home.
—Come to Free Play & Food Trucks at 4:30, and help to create more masterpieces to hang on the walls!

Click here to check out the calendar for the upcoming creative and crafty programs.

May
26
Sat
Let’s Play! Summer Discovery Program
May 26 – Jul 27 all-day

Join us this summer for fun and discovery!

We have a summer full of events and programs, click here for a printable version of the calendar. Pick up a log to track your reading or discoveries, and stamp it each time you visit the library. Click here for the printable version of the log. Stop by both locations each week for guessing jar games and scavenger hunts.

Special Events
The games begin on May 26th for Kickoff at Laura’s from 10 am – 1 pm. Music, magic, balloon art, and more!

Join us for Movie Matinees on select Fridays at 2 pm at Laura’s:
June 22 we will screen Toy Story
July 20 we will screen Toy Story 2

Celebrate your summer of discovery on July 27 at Laura’s from 5 – 7 pm, where we’ll have Amy’s Ice Cream!

Weekly Events
Events are all ages, unless otherwise specified.

MONDAYS
10:30 – Infant Storytime @ Westbank (ages 0-12 mos.)
Noon – Art Exploration @ Laura’s
1:00 – Reading Dog Storytime @ Laura’s
4:30 – Free Play & Food Trucks @ Laura’s

TUESDAYS
10:30 – Music & Movement @ Westbank
1:00 – Fun & Games @ Laura’s
2:00 – Inspiration! @ Westbank (ages 5 & up)
6:00/6:30 on 3rd Tuesdays – Family Night @ Westbank

WEDNESDAYS
10:30 – Performers @ Laura’s (ages 3 & up)
10:30 – Storytime @ Westbank
4:30 – Discovery @ Laura’s (ages 5 & up)

THURSDAYS
10:30 – Storytime @ Laura’s
10:30 – Spanish Storytime @ Westbank (ages 0-5)
3:00 – Watch & Read Book Club (ages 7 & up)

SATURDAYS
12:30 – Storytime @ Westbank
3:00 – Chinese Learning Playground (ages 5 & up)

Teens & Tweens
Young Adult Book Club: Superhero Edition @ Laura’s, 4 pm on 1st and 3rd Thursdays
Calling gamers! Video Game Night is June 15, 4:30-7 pm at Laura’s (ages 13-17)

Programs for Adults
Mondays – 10 am – Qi Gong @ Laura’s
Tuesdays – noon – Meditation @ Westbank
Tuesdays – 5-7 pm – Tech Help @ both locations
4th Tuesdays – 10:30 am – Senior Living Series @ Laura’s
Last Tuesdays – 1 pm – BookTalk Book Club @ Westbank
Wednesdays – 6:30 pm – Yoga @ Laura’s
3rd Wednesdays – 1 pm – Mysteries & More Book Club @ Westbank
2nd & 4th Thursdays – 12:30 pm – Quilters @ Laura’s
Last Thursdays – 6 pm – Smart Schooling Book Group @ Laura’s
Fridays – 11 am – Book Study: Changing Our Perspective @ Westbank
Fridays – noon – Knit Wits @ Westbank
1st Fridays – 10 am – Genealogy @ Laura’s
1st Saturdays – 10 am – Madrone Trail Hike @ Laura’s
1st Saturdays – 11 am – Tech Help @ Laura’s
3rd Saturdays – 11 am – Tech Help @ Westbank
1st Sundays – 4 pm – Daytime Book Group @ Laura’s
2nd Sundays – 4 pm – Shakespeare Out Loud @ Laura’s

Jul
17
Tue
Music & Movement @ Westbank
Jul 17 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Bring your little ones to stretch, sing, wiggle, and dance!

We will use rhythm instruments and other props to have some fun with music. This program focuses on developing gross motor skills and social skills. All ages are welcome, grown ups are encouraged to participate too!

Adult Meditation @ Westbank
Jul 17 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

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.

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.

 

Fun & Games @ Laura’s
Jul 17 @ 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Join us each week through July 31st for fun!

Drop in each week to play board games, do puzzles, and activities. If you have any favorite board games, feel free to bring them along. Bring a friend or make a new one! No matter what you choose to play, being together is the name of the game.

Inspiration! @ Westbank
Jul 17 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Try something new and find what inspires you!

Storybook Dance Making is Dance Waterloo’s award-winning dance education program for families with children ages 5-10. Each class is inspired by a storybook. The class consists of a warm-up, structured dance jam, storybook reading, and dance making activities that are fun for both children and adults!
*Parent/guardian participation required.

Dance Waterloo is a sponsored project of Austin Creative Alliance. The mission of Dance Waterloo is to cultivate, create, and perform interdisciplinary methods of dance for the community through public space, education, and collaboration. We invite the public to act as both a dance observer and participant through free and pay-what-you-can performances and community dance programming. Through this mission and vision, Austinites can enhance their appreciation of dance, the city, and of each other.


Upcoming Program:

  • 7.24: Fun with American Sign Language
Tech Help @ Laura’s
Jul 17 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 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.

@ Laura’s Library on the 1st Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

@ Westbank Library on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

@ Westbank and Laura’s 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.

Tech Help @ Westbank
Jul 17 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 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.

@ Laura’s Library on the 1st Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

@ Westbank Library on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

@ Westbank and Laura’s 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.

 

Family Night: Laughter Yoga @ Westbank
Jul 17 @ 6:30 PM

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!

 

Jul
18
Wed
Musician Mr. Will @ Laura’s
Jul 18 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Join us every Wednesday at Laura’s through July 25th for a different performer!

Join us for a musical performance by the popular Mr. Will! Mr. Will believes in bringing people together and having fun, no matter the age.

Austin musician “Mr. Will” Dupuy continues to energize kiddos – and their parents – now playing more than 150 children’s shows a year with several ongoing musical residencies. In addition to playing at a variety of school assemblies, and all sorts of hootenannies and jamborees, Mr. Will hosts regular shows at Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, and Cherrywood Coffeehouse, both in Austin.

Recommended for ages 3 & up.

The Commons Meeting Room Capacity: 250


Upcoming Performances:

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