Westbank Library

1309 Westbank Dr Austin, TX 78746 · Map it!

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

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Grateful every day

It’s a thankful time of year. At the library, we are thankful for… Readers!   We add thousands of new books every year, and this community checks out our books hundreds of thousands of times. Folks chat with us at the desk about what they like to [...]

Grateful every day 2017-11-15T10:19:31+00:00

Celebrating artisans

Artisans… they’re those dedicated souls among us who spend hour upon hour, over weeks and months and years, practicing, learning, and developing their craft. They sew, mold, dye, felt, weave, mix, carve, paint, knit, cook, and build – creating beautiful everyday objects that bring us joy in [...]

Celebrating artisans 2017-11-04T09:19:14+00:00

Honoring our Veterans

Every year on November 11, our country honors and thanks its Veterans for their service to our country and the world. Many in our community have family members who have served in our armed forces, and each year we invite you all to create a page to [...]

Honoring our Veterans 2017-10-18T16:35:30+00:00

Beehive update

Our beehive now has a second story! Since moving into their new home in May, our girls have been hard at work -- building comb, gathering nectar and pollen, taking care of the young, making honey, and the countless other tasks that go on inside of a [...]

Beehive update 2017-10-06T14:20:19+00:00

2017 Board Elections

We are very fortunate to have three candidates running for our Board of Trustees this year. There are two positions open, and when you go to vote you will get to vote for two candidates. You can learn more about them on the candidate brochure produced by [...]

2017 Board Elections 2017-10-05T18:29:47+00:00

Sensory Programming

We don’t all think and learn the same, and some families face extra challenges in navigating a world where their child develops differently than others. Last year, local families came to us to say their children were “outside of the box” -- kids with special needs, [...]

Sensory Programming 2017-09-29T22:38:37+00:00

Quilt raffle a record for Friends

Congratulations to Monchiere Commodore for winning the Fancy Forest quilt raffle!  Monchiere is a recent transplant from Seattle, Washington.  She had admired the quilt's colors and thought how nice those owls would look in her son's room, so she bought several tickets. She reports that she [...]

Quilt raffle a record for Friends 2017-09-15T15:37:57+00:00

Lend a hand in the community garden

Our community garden is having an end-of-summer work day on Saturday, September 30th from 10am to 1pm, and we could use your help! The community garden, located at Westbank Library, opened at the very end of 2012.  It is well-established after four and a half years, and [...]

Lend a hand in the community garden 2017-09-14T12:06:30+00:00

Immerse yourself in a book

Did you know that people who read books live longer? According to a longitudinal study published last year (A Chapter a Day: Association of Book Reading and Longevity), people who read books – as opposed to periodicals – live almost two years longer than people who [...]

Immerse yourself in a book 2017-09-15T09:30:17+00:00

Slow living at the library

In the pell-mell sprint toward the first day of school – collecting supplies, coordinating outfits, inoculating arms, cutting hair, organizing backpacks, stockpiling lunch snacks, updating calendars, reviewing schedules – it is easy to lose track of ourselves. We become “human doings,” consumed with to-dos and driven [...]

Slow living at the library 2017-08-14T15:40:21+00:00