Library News

Veterans Writing Group

Join veteran and poet Mark Durfee for a monthly writing group focused solely on veterans and their experiences in and out of combat and at home. It starts on Wednesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. Mark is an open-minded instructor aimed at helping vets who want to write and to help them do so in whatever medium they are most comfortable (fiction, poetry, and memoir). No previous writing experience necessary. Sign-up at the Reference Desk or just show up.

Mar 20, 2012
Food for Fines: We need your help!

Food for Fines is nearly two weeks old and we are coming up short of our goals for the program. So far, we have received over 350 food or bath items and forgiven almost $500 in fines. Our goals for the month of March are 2,000 food items collected and over $3,000 fines forgiven. So we have our work cut out for us, but we can still do it. Head over to our Circulation desk if you have fines and receive $2 off for every non-expired (dated July 2012 or after) food item. And if you'd just like to give, call the Circulation for a list of some high-demand items. This program is only good through March, so hurry in. Thank you!

Mar 13, 2012
Staff In-Service Day

The library will be closed Friday, March 16, 2012 for a staff in-service day.  The library will re-open Saturday, March 17 at 9 am.

Mar 6, 2012
Library Board of Trustees Meeting
Library Board of Trustees Meeting - Special Session and Closed Meeting

A Library Board of Trustees Meeting - Special Session and Closed Meeting is scheduled Monday, March 5, 7:00 pm in the library Conference Room. View the agenda. http://westlandlibrary.org/node/3326

Mar 3, 2012
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Food for Fines starts March 1!

The Westland Public Library is teaming up with Gleaners Community Food Bank during Women's History Month to save you some money on your fines and help feed a whole lot of families and people in need. Just bring any non-perishable, unexpired (June 2012 sell by date) food item to the library during the month of March and receive $2 off existing fines (up to $20 total per account). In 2010, we held this event and received almost 2,000 food items and forgave almost $3,000 in fines. Let's see if we can top that this year! For a list of high-need items, please call the library (734-326-6123) or stop by any one of our service desks.

Cash and change donations accepted at the Circulation Desk, too (Gleaners is able to feed 3 meals for every $1 contributed), but fines cannot reduced because of these. Larger monetary donations can made online at www.gcfb.org or call 866-GLEANER.

Feb 24, 2012
Windows 7
Attention Public Computer Users!

We will be upgrading our public computers to Windows 7 and Office 2010 on February 27th and 28th.  Only half of the computers will be available to the public on both of those days, so long waitlists are expected.  Additonally there will be no time extensions available on those days.  All files that you made in Office 2007 will be fully compatible with Office 2010.

Feb 22, 2012
Role-Playing Game Event

Do you play Dungeons & Dragons or other role-playing games? 

Game masters from Palladium Books of Westland will be here leading games of the fantasy/horror/sci-fi role-playing game Rifts and the Palladium Fantasy RPG. They'll have character sheets ready. Bring your own dice if possible (4-sided, 6-sided, and 20-sided). Even if you've never played a role-playing game before, that's okay! Sign up here if you'd like to attend. Pizza and pop provided.

What is role-playing? It's where you play a character and go on a journey led by a game master. You roll dice to determine your success in the game, either during combat or otherwise.

Ages 12-25.

Feb 13, 2012
Marilyn Kwik
Employee of the Year 2011

The staff of the Westland Library would like to congratulate Marilyn Kwik for being awarded Employee of the Year for 2011. Marilyn is our Head of Adult Services and she has been with the library for over 6 years. In the past year Marilyn took on the role of Interim Director while also running two departments. She continually builds community within Westland by constantly striving to add new and interesting programming to the library's offerings. When she is at the Reference Desk, Marilyn will not hesitate to put the extra effort in to really help patrons find what they are looking for. Her tireless dedication to great customer service and incredible library programming really shine through in everything she does.

Reference Librarian Andy Schuck also received recognition with an Honorable Mention for this year as well.

Feb 1, 2012

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