Library News

Valentine's Day Candy-Making for Teens

On February 9th at 6pm, teens ages 12-18 are invited to come make chocolate covered strawberries and apples for Valentine's Day. Please sign up online here using the Teen Events site or by calling the Reference Desk.

Jan 16, 2011
Library Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The Westland Public Library will be closed on Monday, January 17th, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated on the third Monday of January, in honor of King’s birthday on January 15th. To learn more about Dr. King and his life and work, check out this Detroit Area Library Network website featuring audio and video clips of King’s speeches and interviews.

Jan 15, 2011
Plan to serve - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, next Monday

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said “Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?" In memory of Dr. King’s teachings, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service was established in 1994 to challenge Americans to show our respect and compassion for others by turning a work holiday into a day of service. If you are interested in participating, VolunteerMatch.org can help you to find a service project near you. Click here for more information.


Jan 13, 2011
"Eat Pray Love" with Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem
Dinner and a Movie

Like movies? Like food? Join us for Dinner and a Movie each third Friday of the month from January through April. Dinner will start promptly at 6:15 p.m. and the movie at 7 p.m. This month, Marvaso's Italian Grille will be catering the dinner and "Eat Pray Love" will be providing the entertainment. Tickets are $10 and must be bought by Thursday, January 20th. Seating is limited so get your tickets before we sell out. Bon appetit!

Jan 11, 2011
Tax forms delayed, but available online

Due to printing delays, public libraries and other institutions will most likely not receive printed tax forms until late January or even early February.  If you'd like to get a jump start on your income taxes, you can download forms from the Michigan State Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service websites.

Jan 8, 2011
Kristy Cooper
Employee of the Year 2010

We are happy to announce the library’s Employee of the Year 2010. Kristy Cooper, Reference Librarian, has been recognized by her colleagues for her outstanding contributions toward achieving the mission of the library. Kristy is responsible for building our new web site from scratch, using a new developmental environment, Drupal. The site provides a collaborative setting which encourages more staff communication with the public, online program registration and increases the ease of its use.

In addition to her reference duties, Kristy has a “can do” attitude, helping with all aspects of the library’s operations.  She also facilitates the Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Group, Documentary Movie Night and instructs several computers classes each month. Kristy is also our Adult Volunteer Coordinator. Congratulations Kristy !!


Jan 4, 2011
Sign Up for Programs Online!

The library is now offering online program signup! Not all programs will be starting online sign-up right away, but we will be increasing the number as time goes on. Click on a program on the adult, teen and kids events calendars to see if online sign up is available. Note that you can only do one sign-up per email for each event.

Jan 4, 2011
Our interim director, Marilyn Kiwk, lent us the space outside her office for the sizable food contributions.
Food for Fines: final count

Thank you to everyone who pitched in for our Food for Fines efforts. While the total food count has not yet been tallied (non-fine related donations have not yet been counted), we were able to collect 1,974 food items aimed toward fines, totalling $2,857.30 in reduced fines for our patrons. With our final food run to come early next week, we are projecting donations of over 1 ton (2000 pounds!) of food. Great job, Westland! This program shows how doing the little things adds up to an enormous contribution for the community at large. Have a safe and happy New Year!

Note: the final delivery occurred today (1/6/11) and our grand total of donated food came to 2,800 pounds! Unbelievable job, Westland. We've set the mark to beat in coming years.

Dec 30, 2010

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