Library News

Battle of the Bands: Winners!!!

The library's first annual Battle of the Bands was a roaring success with 3 bands emerging victorious in this all-out musical affair. First place (5 hours studio time) went to the Hyper Lytics, a Green Day cover band. Second place (ProTools software) went to 'Nique LoveRhodes, a hip hop artist with a positive message. Third place (music lessons from Westland Music Center) went to Chris Johnson and Church Boyz Entertainment, a rapping, religious quartet. View photos of the event at our Flickr page.

Big THANKS go out to: Lou Toarmina of Toarmina's Pizza for helping to organize the event (and setting up a pizza and soft drink tent); Tracy Johnson of Johnson's Westland Music Center for setting up and handling the sound all day (and offering great advice throughout); Westland Library teen volunteers and staff for helping make sure everything ran smoothly; and, last but not least, the Friends of the Westland Public Library for funding prizes for this year's event. Thank you everyone! (It was so much fun that we're already planning next year)

Jul 2, 2011
Welcome Back Garden City Residents!

According to the Director of the Garden City Library, Mr. James Lenze, "At a special meeting last night, the Garden City Library Board set Monday, July 18 as our reopening date."  The library is set to reopen temporarily and hopes to pass a library millage in Novemer in order to stay open permantently.  The Westland Library will begin honoring Garden City Library cards, effective immediately.

Jul 1, 2011
Teen Drumming Program

Teens! Are you interested in drumming? This Saturday, June 25th, at 1pm, JC's Drum Center in Rochester Hills will be bringing in drums from all over the world for you to see, hear, and play. Sign up online here or by calling the library at (734) 326-6123.

Jun 22, 2011
Computer Update Scheduled for June 22

On Wednesday, June 22, the library will be having a new server installed.  This means that the circulation and catalog system will be unavailable for staff and patrons.  The process is expected to take at least 4 hours, but may be more. 

During this time, we will need to have special guidelines for checking out materials.  There will be a 10-item limit and only Westland residents will be able to check out provided they have their library card and picture identification with them.

You will be able to go on the Internet during this time.

We appreciate your cooperation during this time as we are working to improve our services.

Jun 17, 2011
Teen Summer Reading Starts This Saturday

Hey, Teens! Registration for this year's Teen Summer Reading Program begins this Saturday. The theme is You Are Here, and the programs are all about trying new things and learning about new cultures. Teens who stop by the Library between 12-3pm this Saturday can make candy sushi from Rice Krispie Treats, Swedish Fish, and Fruit Roll-Ups. The Teen SRP is for ages 12-18, or for those entering 6th-12th grade in the Fall.

Collect stamps for every 200 pages read, and earn prizes for 1, 3, 5, and 7 stamps along the way. 10 stamps win you a free book,an invite to the Finishers Party, and entry into the Grand Prize Drawing for a Target gift card.

The Teen Summer Reading Program lasts from June 18th (this Saturday!) until August 6th.

Jun 15, 2011
Local History Collection has Moved

The Local History Collection has moved from the short reference stacks.  The high school yearbooks and the city council meeting DVDs are now located next to the test books in the new book section.  All other local history reference material has been moved to the tall reference shelves.

Jun 11, 2011
Park & Read

We are participating in the "Park & Read" program again this year.  Stop by the Circulation desk and check out a free pass to a Michigan park.  This program is brought to us by the Department of Natural Resources, the Library of Michigan, Macy's and the Hammock company.  Get more details here.

Jun 1, 2011
Summer Concerts are here!

The 2011 Summer Concert Series is ready and rarin' for another fun-filled time out at the Library Pavilion. Starting on June 16th with Westland's own Waco Country Band and running through August 11th with Toppermost Beatles Tribute band, we have some great evenings of music ahead for you. Also in June, we have the Gratitude Steel Band bringing their Caribean dance rhythms on June 23rd, and Stolen Moments bringing their soft and smooth sounds on June 30th. Check our Events Calendar for a full schedule or stop at the Circulation Desk for a copy.

All concerts are on Thursdays again this year and go from 7-8:30 p.m. A 50-50 Raffle benefitting the Friends of the Westland Public Library will occur at each concert. Limited seating available, so bring a chair if you have one. In case of bad weather, we'll go inside the library. See you on Thursdays!

May 27, 2011

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