Our Knitters meet for camaraderie and crafting every week. Flash your best needles, break out the good yarn, and come teach, be taught, or simply enjoy the glorious art of knitting! Crocheters, new knitters, and embroiderers welcome.
Join the group every Thursday at noon in the Macklin Room at Westbank Library.
Get help with technology from tech-savvy teen volunteers! Bring your devices (phones, tablets, laptops) or questions about social media, apps, and more to Westbank Library. You will get one-on-one help with all your technology questions.
Tech help will be available on Tuesday evenings, 4:30pm to 6:30pm and Saturday afternoons, 2pm to 4pm.
“中文游乐园-Chinese Learning Playground” is a Mandarin Chinese study group for school-age children. This program is led by volunteer native-Chinese-speaking parents, and teaches Chinese through an immersive setting to two tiers of learners — Advanced and Junior. The Advanced group is suitable for students with several years of Chinese learning experience. This year’s sessions follow an adaptation of the classic Chinese novel, Journey to the West, to reinforce and expand a learner’s vocabulary and communication skills. The Junior group hosts lower elementary kids, teaching the language through reading folk rhymes and simple stories in Chinese, as well as memorizing and writing Chinese characters. The sessions sometimes incorporate games, crafts, and puzzles to keep the learning experience fun and engaging.
中文游乐园-Chinese learning playground is currently organized by four volunteer parents:
- Xiaoqing Zhu, a research scientist working on video coding and streaming, whose favorite activity is reciting and chatting about Chinese poetry along with her daughter.
- Wendy You, a college finance professor, who finds it more challenging to teach her two daughters than to teach a college class.
- Nan Jiang, a Ph.D. from UT Austin and the Data Science Practice Lead at her firm, has always been passionate about helping people, especially her American-born kids, to understand and appreciate the rich Chinese culture and history, including its difficult-to-learn but fascinating language.
- Qiong Zeng, a data scientist on mobile games and automobiles, has two daughters and enjoys teaching kids Chinese and Chinese cultures.
You’re never too young for storytime! Our littlest book lovers stroll in to Infant Storytime to hear fun songs, stories, and fingerplays, followed by open free play with other wee ones. Designed for children from 0 to 12 months old.
On the second Monday of each month, join fellow history buffs in learning about, sharing, and celebrating the heritage of the Eanes area!
Eanes Area Geology: why we have chert, springs, and devil’s toenails
We will be treated to a discussion of the natural history and geology of the Eanes Area by hydrogeologist, Patricia Brobeck. Patricia moved into the Eanes district in 2000 with her son, Dennis Kinney.
Although she initially studied French and linguistics, she began studying geology after meeting a UT botany professor who encouraged her to study science. She completed a Ph.D. in hydrogeology at UT and worked for the State of Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission and the Department of State Health Services, remediating industrial and hazardous waste sites and cleaning up uranium mines.
Now (sort of) retired, she does geologic consulting and translation of geologic literature from French and Spanish to English. She spends her summers in France working on geologic projects.