The pear trees that our community planted alongside the Westbank Library parking lot seven years ago burst into flame this week in glorious shades of crimson, apricot, and gold, heralding the most colorful change of seasons I have seen in Austin.  With hints of cold weather coming, Winter Programming is here. Slow down and enjoy the holiday season with us at the library!


Ne-e-e-e-ighborhood Gathering: Mini Horses & Cocoa   Come join with your neighbors of all ages for a cup of cocoa or coffee in Westbank’s backyard (Saturday, 12/1, 11am-1pm, Westbank).  We’ll have a special visit from some mini horses, games, and a fun marshmallow craft.

4th Annual Screening of Elf   Everybody’s favorite cotton-headed ninny muggins returns for his fourth showing at Laura’s Library (Saturday, 12/8, 1pm-3:30pm, Laura’s), complete with popcorn and lemonade. Bring your own pillow, blanket, candy corn, and any other Elf-watching essentials you may have.

Seed Bead Ornaments   Create beautiful ornaments with papier-mache balls, a bit of glue, and an assortment of colorful seed beads (Tuesday, 12/11, 6pm, Westbank).

Glitter Snow Jars   Bring a little mindfulness and calm to the holiday season with a glitter snow jar (Tuesday, 12/18, 6pm-7pm, Westbank).

Storyteller Bernadette Nason: A Christmas Carol   Listen as Bernadette Nason shares her rendition of Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol (Wednesday, 12/19, 10:30am, Laura’s).

Winter Reading    Pick up a winter reading log to track your holiday reading and return the slip at the bottom for a gift card to Jeanne’s Book Store. We love to hear about what you are reading!!


Teen Winterfest   The YA Book Club invites teens to share their favorite books from 2018 (Thursday, 12/6, 4:45pm, Laura’s). There will be a discussion of the graphic novel Blankets, plus snacks, music, gifts, and fun.  Ugly holiday sweaters optional.


Gingerbread Cookie Decorating   We’ll supply the cookies, icing, and frills; you bring the imagination (Saturday, 12/8, 11am, Laura’s).

Holiday Storytime   Our Saturday storytime has a holiday theme (Saturday, 12/15. 12:30pm, Westbank).

Holiday Luminaries   Make holiday-themed luminaries at this after-school program (Wednesday, 12/19, 4:30pm, Laura’s).