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Upcoming Programs

Sep
26
Mon
Creative Arts Society Showcase @ Laura’s @ Laura's Library
Sep 26 – Dec 19 all-day

The Creative Arts Society is an Austin-based, non-profit 501(c)(3) arts organization actively promoting the development of the “Artist in Everyone.” Established in 1999, the vision of this group is to inspire cultural enrichment, community participation, and respect for diversity. Three artist members are featured in this exhibit:

Jennifer Polnaszek came to Texas from rural Wisconsin where she worked in the medical profession. Polnaszek works in oil, watercolor, graphite, and printmaking. She has exhibited in numerous shows and won awards for her watercolor. Particularly drawn to the human form and documenting the human experience through her art, she is influenced by both her love of biological science and anthropology. You can find out more on her website.

David Schwindt paints the diverse geographical areas of the Southwest where he grew up. His work has been exhibited in New York and San Francisco, as well as being featured in magazines American Artist and Art of the West. He feels that painting is way to get to know a place, and he hopes that his “work might stop you for a moment to linger over the light and colors of places visited.” You can find out more on his website.

Mary Schwindt loves traveling, as it offers new opportunities to capture images with her camera. Always on the lookout for dramatic landscapes, interesting gardens, and the accidental still-life, she shoots many images per day. After selecting the ones with the most potential, she tweaks them – sometimes a bit, sometimes a lot. She believes you can draw a lot of interest from an image with a little work. You can find out more on her website.

 


Are you an artist interested in exhibiting your work at the library? Visit our Art at Laura’s page to find out more, see past shows, and submit your samples.

 

 

Oct
1
Sat
中文游乐园-Chinese Learning Playground @ Westbank Library
Oct 1 @ 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

“中文游乐园-Chinese Learning Playground” is a Mandarin Chinese study group for young children, recommended for ages 5 and above, led by volunteer native-Chinese-speaking parents. Children will learn to read, speak, and write Chinese through many fun activities. The first half of the class will focus on reading Chinese folk rhymes, memorizing Chinese characters, and writing simple Chinese words. The second half of the class will consist of fun activities including arts and crafts. Participating children are encouraged to speak Chinese throughout the class, and parents are encouraged to help kids practice Chinese songs, memorize characters, and write simple words at home. The group will meet upstairs at Westbank Library.

中文游乐园-Chinese learning playground is currently organized by four volunteer parents:

  • Xiaoqing Zhu, a PhD from Stanford and currently a tech lead in a Fortune 500 company, whose favorite side job is to teach and learn from her kindergartner.
  • Wendy You, a college finance professor, who finds it more challenging to teach her five-year-old than to teach a college class.
  • Celine Wright, an MBA and finance executive who worked for many large companies and had managed many difficult mergers and acquisitions projects, realized that her three young kids are the most difficult, but fun, projects of all.
  • Lan Luan, a research professor of biomedical engineering at UT, who finds it extremely fun to guide and observe young children including her own 4-year-old son to grow physically and intellectually.
Oct
2
Sun
ONLINE: Daytime Book Group
Oct 2 @ 4:00 PM

Click here to join Daytime Book Group, a live virtual program happening at 4pm.

If you’re having difficulties, please refer to Zoom’s support information. Westbank Library is unable to provide tech assistance during the program. Please contact questions@westbanklibrary.com if you would like to schedule tech help or if you would like additional information regarding this library program.


Daytime Book Group comes together once a month to discuss books that explore life from many angles – from the author’s viewpoint, from the characters’ experiences, and from the group members’ personal perspectives. The group reads both fiction and non-fiction, and participants engage in lively discussions on the topic. Members usually meet after the book discussion at a nearby restaurant for social talk and visiting.

2022 Reading List:


Please read these ground rules ahead of the conversation:

  • Please keep your camera on for the discussion and provide your name.
  • Mute if there is background noise.
  • Respect the privacy of others by not reporting what you hear in this conversation with any specificity or attribution.
  • Be respectful and listen when others are speaking.
  • Allow everyone’s voice to be heard that wants to be heard.

 

 

Oct
3
Mon
HYBRID: Writing Workshop
Oct 3 @ 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

This week, the Writing Workshop is being offered simultaneously online and in-person from 5:00 to 6:30pm.

Click here to join the program online, or come to Laura’s Library to join us in-person.

If you’re having difficulties, please refer to Zoom’s support information. Westbank Library is unable to provide tech assistance during the program. Please contact questions@westbanklibrary.com if you would like to schedule tech help or if you would like additional information regarding this library program.


Whether you’re a seasoned writer or just starting out, you are welcome to join the Westbank Writing Workshop. Meet with other writers, and try your hand at some writing prompts.


Please read these ground rules ahead of the conversation:

  • Please keep your camera on for the discussion and provide your name.
  • Mute if there is background noise.
  • Respect the privacy of others by not reporting what you hear in this conversation with any specificity or attribution.
  • Be respectful and listen when others are speaking.
  • Allow everyone’s voice to be heard that wants to be heard.
Oct
4
Tue
All Ages Storytime @ Laura’s Library
Oct 4 @ 10:30 AM

All Ages Storytime, Tuesdays 10:30am, Laura's LibraryJoin us for All Ages Storytime at Laura’s Library. This program develops early literacy skills through story sharing and songs. All ages welcome!

Onsite program attendance is at your own risk. If the weather is comfortable, we may move outside. Check our website for possible changes or cancellations.

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