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Upcoming Programs

Mar
8
Thu
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.

Apr
25
Wed
Macklin Room Closed @ Westbank
Apr 25 @ 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

The Macklin Room at Westbank is closed from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

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

 

Discovery! Bilingual Boogie @ Laura’s
Apr 25 @ 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

The Discovery program offers hands-on exploring for young learners in many different topics, including science, literature, technology, and more. Designed for elementary-aged kids curious about the world. Come each week and discover something new!

Recommended for ages 5 & up.


Join Sra. Elisa Garrett, creator of Bilingual Boogie, for a celebration in honor of Cinco de Mayo!

Sra. Garrett is a Texas certified bilingual educator. Bilingual Boogie offers preschool bilingual classes at nine different locations around Austin.

 

 

 

 

Prime of Life Yoga™ for Adults @ Laura’s
Apr 25 @ 6:30 PM

Prime of Life Yoga™ focuses on the contemporary teachings of yoga for Westerners, especially benefiting men and women 40 years and beyond. Safe, conservative and user friendly, this is an intelligent approach focusing on moving with the breath in dynamic and static movements, which helps to make the body mind connection as well as warming up the joints and muscles. Modifications are demonstrated to suit the individual. This creates a noncompetitive atmosphere which is more comfortable for everyone.

 

 


Lisa Galizia is a Registered Yoga Teacher® with the Yoga Alliance and a Certified Health and Wellness Coach. Galizia teaches group and custom private yoga and wellcoaching. For more information, please visit beecaveyoga.com.

 

 

 

Apr
26
Thu
¡Hola, Hola! Spanish Storytime @ Westbank
Apr 26 @ 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

¡Hola, Hola! Spanish Storytime for All Ages is designed to empower parents to read simple Spanish books at home and foster a love of Spanish language and Hispanic culture through singing, traditional circle games, rhythm instruments, puppets, and stories. You do not need to have any Spanish language skills to participate. All skill levels are welcome. Come early or stay after to enjoy the beautiful playground and picnic area just outside the door and make new amigos!


Ms. Benson has been leading parent/child Spanish programs for over 15 years in south Florida and now in Austin. She has a degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Bilingual Education from the University of Texas, an International Montessori degree as well as certifications in early childhood music. Ms. Benson has years of experience teaching in bilingual classrooms and Spanish immersion preschools. Click here to learn more about “Somos Amigos” (in English, “We’re Friends”), Ms. Benson’s music based early childhood program.

 

Storytime @ Laura’s
Apr 26 @ 10:30 AM

Join Ms. Leah for Storytime every Thursday. This program develops early literacy skills through story sharing, music, and crafts or activities. All ages welcome!

Smart Schooling Book Group @ Laura’s
Apr 26 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Led by Antonio Buehler, founder of Abrome, Westbank Library’s Smart Schooling Book Group comes together once a month to discuss books that touch upon topics in education, with an emphasis on the psychology that should inform how we approach education. The group focuses on K-12 education and reads primarily non-fiction, and participants engage in lively discussions on the topic.

2018 Reading List:


Led by Antonio Buehler, founder of Abrome, Westbank Library’s Smart Schooling Book Group comes together on the last Thursday of the month to discuss books that touch upon topics in education, with an emphasis on the psychology that should inform how we approach education. The group focuses on K-12 education and reads primarily non-fiction, and participants engage in lively discussions on the topic.

Play Deficit Disorder with Peter Gray @ Laura’s
Apr 26 @ 7:00 PM

Peter Gray, author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life, will give the second talk of a three-part series at Laura’s Library.

April 25, 2018, 7:00pm
Abrome, 10201 Aqua Azul Ct.
What is Self-Directed Education and How Do We Know It Works

April 26, 2018, 7:00pm
Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd.
Play Deficit Disorder: A National Crisis and How to Solve It Locally

April 27, 2018, 7:00pm
Clearview Sudbury School, 1507 Wilshire Blvd.
The Biology of Education: How Children’s Natural Curiosity, Playfulness and Sociability Serve Their Education

 

 

Apr
27
Fri
A Book Study: Changing Our Perspective and Awareness @ Westbank
Apr 27 @ 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
Apr 27 @ 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.

 

Library News

Peter Gray speaks on the importance of play

We are delighted to be hosting author Peter Gray (April 26, 7pm, Laura’s Library) for the second of a three-part talk he is giving in Austin, based on his book Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play [...]

Learning from Home with your Library Card

Your library card is your passport to learning all sorts of things from the comfort of your sofa, office, or car. You can connect to electronic resources through our catalog page with your library card number and password (usually your [...]

Free Play & Food Trucks

Remember summer play as a kid? You would wander outside and see who was around. You’d start a game of some kind, other kids would join in, and you would adjust the rules as you went along. If it [...]

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