Westbank Library

1309 Westbank Dr Austin, TX 78746 · Map it!

Laura Bush Community Library

9411 Bee Cave Rd Austin, TX 78746 · Map it!
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Upcoming Programs

Postcard Project: Dear…Wish You Were Here @ Laura’s
May 27 – Aug 15 all-day

Everyone is invited to be a part of a community-wide art exhibit at Laura’s Library this summer. Create an artistic postcard using traditional (paint, pens, etc.) or non-traditional materials (fabric, leaves, plastic, etc.) on a 4”x6” or smaller postcard and drop off or mail to either library. Postcards will be displayed in The Commons at Laura’s Library to coincide with the “Where in the World is Westbank?” summer reading program.

Create a one-of-kind art postcard with us on
June 15 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Laura’s Library.


Where in the World is Westbank? Summer Reading Program 2017
May 27 – Jul 28 all-day

Join us for a summer full of exploration at Westbank Libraries:
Programs run from May 27 – July 28. Click here for a printable calendar.

Read for fun all Summer: Grab a reading log passport at the Information Desk at either library & pick up your “suitcase” to decorate and hang. Record what you read or listen to in the passport and get a stamp each time you visit us. Bring your passport in for a treat at the Finale. Click here for a printable reading log.
Weekly Ways to Play: Stop by each week & participate in a fun activity for all ages, even adults!
All events are free, open to the public, and no registration is required unless noted.
Both Libraries are closed on May 29th & July 4th.

Special Events
Saturday, May 27: Kickoff @ Laura’s
Saturday, June 10: Amazing Honey Bees @ Westbank
Wednesday, June 14: Author Polly Holyoke’s World Building Workshop @ Laura’s

Friday, June 16: Anime Teen Takeover @ Laura’s *Registration Required
Friday, July 28: Finale @ Laura’s

Program Schedule
10:00 Qi Gong (for adults) @ Westbank
10:30 Infant Storytime @ Westbank
12:30 Crafternoon @ Laura’s
1:00 Dog Storytime @ Laura’s
3:00 Watch and Read @ Laura’s

10:30 Preschool Storytime @ Westbank
SPECIAL guest – May 30: Bernadette Nason
12:00 Adult Meditation @ Westbank
12:00 Educating Remarkable Children (for teens & adults) @ Laura’s (May 30, June 27)
2:00 Family Meditation @ Westbank
4:00 Hey YA’ll Book Club (for tweens & teens) @ Laura’s (June 6, June 20, July 11, July 25, Aug 8)
5:00 Tech Help @ Laura’s
5:00 Tech Help @ Westbank
6:00 Educating Remarkable Children (for teens & adults) @ Laura’s (June 13, July 18)
6:00 Family Activity Night @ Westbank (6:30 on third Tuesdays for Laughter Yoga)
SPECIAL guest – May 30: Didgeridoo Demo
SPECIAL guest – June 13: Chinese Paper Cutting with Yang Wang

10:30 Toddler Storytime @ Westbank
SPECIAL guest – June 21: Heartsong Music
10:30 Wednesday Wonderment: Special Performers @ Laura’s
4:30 Discovery! @ Laura’s
SPECIAL guest – May 31: Percussionist Mark Shelton
SPECIAL guest – June 7: Shadow Factory Puppets
SPECIAL guest – June 14: Author Polly Holyoke
SPECIAL guest – June 21: Bilingual Boogie
SPECIAL guest – July 19: Critterman
SPECIAL guest – July 26: Circus ChickenDog

10:30 Toddler Storytime @ Laura’s
10:30 Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp @ Westbank
12:00 Business Technology (for adults) @ Westbank (June 1, June 15, June 29, & July 6)
6:00 Smart Schooling Book Group (for adults) @ Laura’s (Last Thursdays)

12:30 SPECIAL guest – Armstrong Community Music School @ Laura’s (June 2)

10:00 Madrone Trail Hike @ Laura’s (First Saturdays)
11:00 Tech Help @ Laura’s (First Saturdays)
11:00 Tech Help @ Westbank (Third Saturdays)
12:30 Family Storytime @ Westbank
3:00 Chinese Learning Playground @ Westbank

11:00 Sensory Storytime @ Laura’s *Registration Required
11:00 Meditación en Español (for adults) @ Westbank
1:00 Teen Drop In & Do Some Good @ Westbank (June 25)
3:00 Guitar Jam (for teens & adults) @ Laura’s (June 18 & Aug 20)

Meditación en Español @ Westbank
Jul 23 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Sandra es medico en Mexico con especialidad en medicina fisica & rehabilitacion, con maestria en Medicina Oriental y Acupunctura. Tiene su oficina en Austin y San Antonio. Tiene cerca de 15 años practicando meditación, actualmente es estudiante en el Zen Budismo en Austin.

Meditación nos da la oportunidad de hacer una pausa en nuestra vida tan acelerada que llevamos y nos permite conectarnos con nosotros mismos atraves de estar mas conscientes de lo que sucede dentro y fuera de nosotros.

En que consiste esta clase:

Es una hora de meditación donde los primeros 10-15 minutos explico que es meditación y los puntos básicos de meditación.
30-minuto de meditación sentados en la silla o cojines en donde los primeros 15 minutos es dirigida y los otros 15 minutos meditamos en silencio.
15 minutos para preguntas y comentarios.

Meditation gives us the opportunity to take a stop in our busy lives and allow us to connect with ourselves through awareness of what is happening inside and outside ourselves.

What do you expect in this class:

This is an hour meditation where the first 10-15 minutes explain meditation and its basics.
30-minute meditation sitting on chair or cushions where first 15 minutes are guided, next 15 minutes are in silence and stillness.
15 minutes for questions or comments.

Sandra is a physician from Mexico with a specialty in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and a Master in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture. Her offices are in Austin and San Antonio. She has been practicing meditation for 15 years, and is a Zen Buddhism student in Austin.


Sensory Storytime @ Laura’s
Jul 23 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The Westbank Community Library District offers a weekly Sensory Storytime at the Laura Bush Library, Sundays at 11:00 AM. 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. If you have questions please email pat@westbanklibrary.com.

Go Game @ Laura’s
Jul 23 @ 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Go Game, invented in China more than 2,500 years ago, is an abstract strategy board game for two players, in which the aim is to surround more territory than the opponent. Go is considered more complex than chess despite is simpler rules, and is an excellent way to develop strategic thinking and leadership skills. This program is intended for open play and each session will have an instructor on hand to help kids learn.

Steve Liu is a member of Austin Go Club and will be instructing with the assistance of Daniel Chuanqi Chen.


Macklin Room Closed @ Westbank
Jul 23 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Macklin Room Closed @ Westbank

The Macklin Room at Westbank is closed from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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

Board of Trustees Meeting @ Laura’s
Jul 24 @ 8:30 AM

The Board of Trustees will hold a meeting at 8:30 A.M.

Click here to view the Agenda.

Qi Gong @ Laura’s
Jul 24 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Qi Gong (pronounced chee gung) is an ancient Chinese health care practice that integrates physical postures and gentle movements, breathing and focused mind. “Qi” means vital energy or life force, and “gong” means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qi Gong means cultivating energy and is practiced for health maintenance, healing, and increasing vitality.

In this one hour class, we will learn the different qi gong movements that help reduce stress, increase vitality, and build stamina.


Sandra Medina Bocangel is a physician from Mexico with a specialty in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and a Master in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture. Her offices are in Austin and San Antonio. She has been practicing meditation for 15 years, and is a Zen Buddhism student in Austin.


Infant Storytime @ Westbank
Jul 24 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Infant storytime is designed for children from 0 to 12 months old.  Join Ms. Kristi for stories, fingerplays and fun.

Crafternoon: Play with Clay @ Laura’s
Jul 24 @ 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

Join us every Monday this summer through July 31st at Laura’s for a creative afternoon!

This week we will be making creations with clay. Ages 4 – 8, we can accommodate 50 children.

  • 7/31: Craftapalooza (Ages 3 & up)


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