Library News

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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
Teen BollyFit Class

Learn Bollywood dance, a popular form of dance seen in films from India. An instructor from BollyFit in Ann Arbor, MI, will be here this Saturday, February 4th, at 1pm to teach us how to dance Bollywood-style. Sign up on the Teen Page or by calling the library at 734-326-6123. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes because this class is a workout! Ages 12-18 only please.

Jan 31, 2012
Tax day is April 15th.
Free Income Tax Help

For those who qualify, the Michigan EIC is willing to help you with your taxes. They can help those who want to e-file or who need face-to-face Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. Just visit their website, for more information. The Reference Desk will also have a paper copy of the free sites in Wayne County.

Jan 24, 2012

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