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Westlake Village Reads
Westlake Village Reads LogoThe City of Westlake Village and the Westlake Village Library co-sponsor Westlake Village Reads, a One City One Book Program. Westlake Village Reads has established a program that places focus on a main theme rather than a single book. This year's theme is "The Arts." Past themes have been memoirs, food, families, nature, and "Optimize Your Brain". The themes allow for multiple titles to be read by the community and a wide array of programming opportunities for all ages. The program involves a series of free events which have included movie screenings, book discussions, chocolate tasting, memoir writing, poetry workshops, spy camp, music, nature photography, brain fitness, and a social network seminar.

Westlake Village Reads kicks off in January and runs through the month of February. Westlake Village Reads is intended to encourage reading throughout the community by readers of all ages. All programs are free and open to the public. Every program will be held at the Westlake Village Civic Center at 31200 Oak Crest Drive.

For more information on this program, please call the City of Westlake Village at 818-706-1613.

The 2016 schedule is available by clicking here

Westlake Village Reads 2016 Program: The Arts
Sunday, January 10 at 2:00 pm Bonnie Bowden Musical Concert
Local Songstress Bonnie Bowden will perform her acclaimed “One Woman Show” featuring the Best of The Great American Songbook, Blockbuster Broadway Hits, Popular Movie Themes and Classical Favorites.
Saturday, January 16 at 3:00 pm Dance Immersion presented by Jeff Wallach Performing Arts Studio 
Enjoy an afternoon of dance performances, techniques, and a chance to get your feet moving.
Saturday, January 23 at 11:00 am What is Theatre? Cancelled on 1/20/16
A unique presentation that showcases the experience from conception of a production to the final bow. Featuring the points of view from actors, stage hands and all the roles we do not know exist, starring local theatre performers and companies.
Saturday, January 30 at 2:00 pm Wings to Fly: Frida Kahlo
In this entertaining multi-media presentation, Dr. Gloria Arjona will explore the life and works of artist Frida Kahlo while live musicians play the folk music that influenced Kahlo's art. Special program for teens ages 12-18 and adults only. Sponsored by the Friends of the Westlake Village Library.
Wednesday, February 3 at 12:00 noon Book Club
The Library’s lunch time book discussion club will discuss I Always Loved You: a Story of Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas by Robin Oliveira. The tumultuous relationship between these two influential impressionist painters unfolds in a novel that explores the Parisian art world during La Belle Époque. Copies will be available to check out in the library during the month of January 2016.
Saturday, February 6 at 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Chalk Walk and Art Party
The popular Chalk Walk has moved to the cooler months. The Library supplies the chalk and participants supply the creativity! Prizes will be awarded for best adult, teen, child, and family chalk art. Registration forms will be available beginning January 19, during library hours. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Westlake Village Library.
Take a break from the chalk walk and join the Art Party in the Community Room from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Led by two local artists, Shirley La Porte and Jerry Ferguson, residents may watch live demonstrations and then try out the techniques on their own piece of art to take home.
Sunday, February 21 at 2:00 pm Handkerchief Poetry with Sandra Hunter
Local award-winning author Sandra Hunter will lead you on a hands-on poetry experience. Don't think you're a poet? This workshop will show you that everyone can create poetry! Completed poems will be written on handkerchiefs that will be displayed at the Civic Center courtyard.