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Upcoming Programs

Cuernavaca Art, Part II @ Laura’s
Mar 8 – May 8 all-day

The Cuernavaca Arts Cooperative is a group for visual artists that live in or near the Lake Hills neighborhood in Austin, TX. “Our purpose is to create a community of artists to network, share ideas, support and inspire, and find spaces suitable for art creation and classes. We are here to promote the arts in general, and within our local community.”

For more information about this group of artists, visit their website at www.cuernyarts.com.

A Reception will be held March 8th.

A Book Study: Changing Our Perspective and Awareness @ Westbank
Mar 23 @ 11:00 AM

As life brings its inevitable ups and downs, whether they be large or small, learn how to bring new awareness and perspective to these changes in this weekly book group facilitated by Elizabeth Hoisington.

This group will be discussing The Diamond In Your Pocket by Gangaji. Chapters listed weekly:

  • 3/23: Chapters 1-3
  • 3/30: Chapters 4-6
  • 4/6: Chapters 7-9
  • 4/13: Chapters 10-12
  • 4/20: Chapters 13-15
  • 4/27: Chapters 16-18

Elizabeth Hoisington 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. Some former clients include The Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, Freescale, Central Health, and various health facilities.

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.

Knit Wits @ Westbank
Mar 23 @ 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Our Knit Wits 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.


Storytime @ Westbank
Mar 24 @ 12:30 PM

Join Ms. Cristen for Storytime every Saturday. This program develops early literacy skills through story sharing, music, games, and activities. All ages welcome!

Join us on the first Saturday of the month for a Sensory-focused Storytime!

中文游乐园-Chinese Learning Playground @ Westbank
Mar 24 @ 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.

Meditación en Español @ Westbank
Mar 25 @ 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
Mar 25 @ 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 to 12 children. We have two groups that meet on alternate weeks.


Interested in joining us? Please fill out and submit the registration form. If you have questions please email pat@westbanklibrary.com.

Commons Closed @ Laura’s
Mar 25 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Commons Closed @ Laura’s

The Commons at Laura’s will be closed from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

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

Teen Drop In @ Westbank
Mar 25 @ 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Teens ages 13-18 can earn volunteer hours by helping with special projects at the library. Drop by between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. – stay for some of the time or all of the time. Please bring your parent’s contact info. No registration required.

Daytime Book Club “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” @ Laura’s
Mar 25 @ 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Daytime Book Group comes together once a month to discuss books that explore life from many angles – from the author’s viewpoint, from the characters’ experiences, and from the group members’ personal perspectives. The group reads both fiction and non-fiction, and participants engage in lively discussions on the topic. Members usually meet after the book discussion at a nearby restaurant for social talk and visiting.



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