— Photo from Sue Hoadley

Roberta Villanova Nunn, left, poses with an aboriginal artist displaying a work — included in a Westerlo Library exhibit — depicting the sun, trails, and spiritual locations in Australia.

Meet a world traveler and art collector, Roberta Villanova Nunn, at the Westerlo Library.

You can chat with Roberta on Monday, July 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. Fourteen paintings and multimedia works collected from her journeys are currently on display in the Hannay Room gallery. She will also talk about her travels at 2:30 p.m., as part of our Summer Reading Program, A Universe of Stories.

Roberta has a passion for education and she has traveled to the ends of the Earth to learn about the geography, history, and culture of the peoples of the world. As she traveled, she collected representative examples of the arts and crafts of each country she visited. 

Most recently, she trekked to Ecuador and Peru (2014); Tanzania (2015); Australia and New Zealand (2018); Chile, Brazil and Argentina (2018); and Morocco (2019).  This exhibit is comprised of items collected from those three continents: Africa, Australia and South America.

“I’ve experienced how much all people have in common: family, beliefs, and living each day to the best of one’s ability,” she says of her travels. “There is so much beauty in the world both in geography and in the human spirit.”

The exhibit includes a Berber Rug from Morocco, Aboriginal paintings from Australia and multimedia works from Ecuador and Peru. Smaller items and memorabilia are exhibited in the display case. 

A long-time resident of Westerlo, Roberta Nunn is a retired teacher of Italian, Spanish, and French. Her exploration of the world began at age 6, when her mother took her on an ocean voyage to visit family in Italy. When she isn’t working in her garden, she serves as a trustee of the Westerlo Public Library.

The show will run through the end of August and can be seen during regular library hours. Our thanks to Peter Keitel, former President of the Bethlehem Art Association, for curating this series of exhibits. 

Summer Reading 

Our 2019 Summer Reading Program is underway!  With the theme “A Universe of Stories,” we will offer a range of activities for all ages that encourage us to explore our world and those beyond with books, art and craft projects, science experiments and special events.

In addition to our regular weekly programs, we will offer a drop-in STEAM Lab on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Family Game Night is back on Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m .   

Stop in, sign up and get the calendar of programs and special events planned for July and August.  The calendar is also available at the Summer Reading link on our website.   

Lego Club 

Drop in on Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. to play and create with Lego. Lego uses play to open up the world of math, science and cooperative problem-solving to young minds.

The colorful blocks ignite natural curiosity and build confidence as children bring their ideas to life.  Miss Lee is also available for homework help. 

Story time  

Join Miss Lee Wednesday mornings from 11 a.m.  to noon for stories, songs, and movement activities designed for infants to children up to five years old.  In addition to developing pre-reading skills, singing, moving to music, and playing instruments all help foster a sense of rhythm and timing that are essential elements in developing the part of a child’s brain that shapes math skills.  

Story times are also a great opportunity to meet other parents of small children in Westerlo. 

Technology Walk-In Wednesdays 

Do you have a new smartphone or tablet, but don’t know how to download digital materials?  Need to brush up on your computer skills – or obtain basic skills? See Amy on Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for free, personalized, one-on-one instruction. 

More information 

All library programming is free (unless otherwise noted) and open to the public. For more information, contact the library during business hours at 518-797-3415, visit westerlolibrary.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/westerlolibrary.

The Westerlo Library’s  Memoir Writing Group will meet this Saturday, July 13, at 11 a.m. This group provides its members a safe and supportive place to learn together.

Led by Lila Hollister Smith, the group is open to all who are interested in self-expression through the art of writing. The group meets once a month on the second Saturday of each month and new members are welcome.

Artists’ Group

The Artists’ Group will meet Tuesday, July 16, from 2:15 to 4 p.m. This group provides its members an opportunity to make art together in a spirit of fun and support.

Led by Lila Hollister Smith, the group meets the third Tuesday of the month in the library’s Hannay Community Room, which is also an art gallery.

Beginners are welcome. Bring paper and pencil. If you can sign your name, you can learn to draw!  Experienced artists bring your favorite medium.  

Book talk  

The Summer Reading Program is not just for kids! The library’s book discussion group will meet Thursday, July 18, at 6 p.m., to explore our own “Universe of Stories.”

Read for pure pleasure and share your favorites with the group.  Please join us. New members are welcome!

Summer Reading

Our 2019 Summer Reading Program has begun! With the theme “A Universe of Stories,” we will offer a range of activities for all ages that encourage us to explore our world and those beyond with books, art and craft projects, science experiments and special events.

In addition to our regular weekly programs, we will offer a drop-in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Lab on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Family Game Night is back on Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m.  

Stop in, sign up and get the calendar of programs and special events planned for July and August. The calendar is also available at the Summer Reading link on our website.   

Lego Club

Drop in on Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. to play and create with Lego. Lego uses play to open up the world of math, science and cooperative problem-solving to young minds. 

The colorful blocks ignite natural curiosity and build confidence as children bring their ideas to life.  Miss Lee is also available for homework help.

 Story time 

Join Miss Lee Wednesday mornings from 11 a.m. to noon for stories, songs, and movement activities designed for infants to children up to 5 years old.

In addition to developing pre-reading skills, singing, moving to music, and playing instruments all help foster a sense of rhythm and timing that are essential elements in developing the part of a child’s brain that shapes math skills.  

Story times are also a great opportunity to meet other parents of small children in Westerlo. 

Technology Walk-In Wednesdays

Do you have a new smartphone or tablet, but don’t know how to download digital materials? Need to brush up on your computer skills — or obtain basic skills? See Amy on Wednesdays between 10 a.m.and 1 p.m. for free, personalized, one-on-one instruction.

More information

All library programming is free (unless otherwise noted) and open to the public. For more information, contact the library during business hours at 518-797-3415, visit westerlolibrary.org, or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/westerlolibrary.

The Westerlo Library will be closed on Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

Trustees meet

The Westerlo Board of Library Trustees will meet on Monday, July 8, at 7 p.m. in the Hannay Room at the library. This is an open public meeting.

 GOP meets

The Town of Westerlo Republican Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 9, at 6 p.m. in the Hannay Room at the library.  This is an open public meeting.

Memoir Writing Group

The Memoir Writing Group will meet next Saturday, July 13, at 11 a.m. This group provides its members a safe and supportive place to learn together.

Led by Lila Hollister Smith, the group is open to all who are interested in self-expression through the art of writing. The group meets once a month on the second Saturday of each month and new members are welcome.

Lego Club

Drop in on Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. to play and create with Lego. Lego uses play to open up the world of math, science, and cooperative problem-solving to young minds.

The colorful blocks ignite natural curiosity and build confidence as children bring their ideas to life.  Miss Lee is also available for homework help.

Story time

Join Miss Lee Wednesday mornings from 11 a.m. to noon for stories, songs, and movement activities designed for infants to children up to 5 years old. In addition to developing pre-reading skills, singing, moving to music, and playing instruments all help foster a sense of rhythm and timing that are essential elements in developing the part of a child’s brain that shapes math skills.

Story times are also a great opportunity to meet other parents of small children in Westerlo.

Technology Walk-In Wednesdays

Do you have a new smartphone or tablet, but don’t know how to download digital materials? Need to brush up on your computer skills — or obtain basic skills?

See Amy on Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for free, personalized, one-on-one instruction.

More information

All library programming is free (unless otherwise noted) and open to the public.

For more information, contact the library during business hours at 518-797-3415, visit westerlolibrary.org, or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/westerlolibrary.

Our 2019 Summer Reading Program at the Westerlo Library has begun! With the theme “A Universe of Stories,” we will offer a range of activities for all ages that encourage us to explore our world and those beyond with books, art and craft projects, science experiments, and special events.

In addition to our regular weekly programs, we will offer a drop-in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) Lab on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Family Game Night is back on Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m.

Stop in, sign up, and get the calendar of programs and special events planned for July and August. The calendar is also available at the Summer Reading link on our website.  

Pet Care

Come and meet some pets and learn to care for them on Monday, July 1, at 2:30 p.m., in a program presented by Emily Lapinel, 4-H Program Educator from the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County.  

Lego Club

 Drop in on Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. to play and create with Lego. Lego uses play to open up the world of math, science and cooperative problem-solving to young minds. The colorful blocks ignite natural curiosity and build confidence as children bring their ideas to life. Miss Lee is also available for homework help.

Story time   

Join Miss Lee Wednesday mornings from 11 a.m. to noon for stories, songs, and movement activities designed for infants to children up to five years old.

In addition to developing pre-reading skills, singing, moving to music, and playing instruments all help foster a sense of rhythm and timing that are essential elements in developing the part of a child’s brain that shapes math skills.  

Story times are also a great opportunity to meet other parents of small children in Westerlo.

Technology Walk-In Wednesdays

Do you have a new smartphone or tablet, but don’t know how to download digital materials?  Need to brush up on your computer skills – or obtain basic skills?

See Amy on Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for free, personalized, one-on-one instruction.

More information404

All library programming is free (unless otherwise noted) and open to the public. For more information, contact the library during business hours at 518-797-3415, visit westerlolibrary.org, or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/westerlolibrary.

— Photo from Sue Hoadley

“A big thank you to Eric Markson and “Lefty” and Kelli McDermott and “Shorty” for another successful Dog-Gone Read-A-Thon on June 8,” says Westerlo librarian Sue Hoadley. Lefty and Shorty are registered therapy dogs.

The late Anna Dewdney’s beloved picture-book character Llama Llama will make a special visit to the Westerlo Library on Tuesday, June 25, at 4:30 p.m.

Llama Llama loves the library and he wants to meet you! Children of all ages are welcome. Miss Lee will share llama-inspired stories, activities, crafts and more.   

This event marks the beginning of our 2019 Summer Reading Program, “A Universe of Stories,” which will run through the last week of August. Visit the library or our website for a complete calendar of programs and events.

Lego Club

Drop in on Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., to play and create with Lego. Lego uses play to open up the world of math, science and cooperative problem-solving to young minds.

The colorful blocks ignite natural curiosity and build confidence as children bring their ideas to life. Miss Lee is also available for homework help.

Story time

Join Miss Lee Wednesday mornings from 11 a.m. to noon for stories, songs, and movement activities designed for infants to children up to five years old.

In addition to developing pre-reading skills, singing, moving to music, and playing instruments all help foster a sense of rhythm and timing that are essential elements in developing the part of a child’s brain that shapes math skills.  

Story times are also a great opportunity to meet other parents of small children in Westerlo.

Technology Walk-In Wednesdays

Do you have a new smartphone or tablet, but don’t know how to download digital materials? Need to brush up on your computer skills — or obtain basic skills?

See Amy on Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for free, personalized, one-on-one instruction.

More information

All library programming is free (unless otherwise noted) and open to the public. For more information, contact the library during business hours at 518-797-3415, visit westerlolibrary.org, or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/westerlolibrary.

The Artists Group will meet at the Westerlo Library on Tuesday, June 18, from 2:15 to 4 p.m.

This group provides its members an opportunity to make art together in a spirit of fun and support. Led by Lila Hollister Smith, the group meets the third Tuesday of the month in the library’s Hannay Community Room, which is also an art gallery.

Beginners are welcome.  Bring paper and pencil. If you can sign your name, you can learn to draw!  Experienced artists, bring your favorite medium.

Book talk

It’s summertime and the reading is easy! The library’s book-discussion group will meet Thursday, June 20, at 6 p.m.

Read for pure pleasure and share your favorites with the group. Please join us. New members are welcome.

BookPage

Are you looking for the perfect beach book? The June edition of BookPage is here!

Discover your next great book with a free copy. BookPage is a monthly book review and selection guide to the best new books published every month.

The tone is upbeat and literate, focusing on bestsellers as well as new discoveries. All of the content from the print edition is also posted on BookPage.com each month.

Did you miss last month’s issue?  Check our “free shelf” for back issues.

Lego Club

Drop in on Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. to play and create with Lego.

Lego uses play to open up the world of math, science and cooperative problem-solving to young minds.  The colorful blocks ignite natural curiosity and build confidence as children bring their ideas to life.

Miss Lee is also available for homework help.

Story time   

Join Miss Lee Wednesday mornings from 11 a..m. to noon for stories, songs, and movement activities designed for infants to children up to five years old.

In addition to developing pre-reading skills, singing, moving to music, and playing instruments all help foster a sense of rhythm and timing that are essential elements in developing the part of a child’s brain that shapes math skills.  

Story times are also a great opportunity to meet other parents of small children in Westerlo.

Technology Walk-In Wednesdays

Do you have a new smartphone or tablet, but don’t know how to download digital materials? Need to brush up on your computer skills — or obtain basic skills?

See Amy on Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for free, personalized, one-on-one instruction.

More information

All library programming is free (unless otherwise noted) and open to the public. For more information, contact the library during business hours at 518-797-3415, visit westerlolibrary.org, or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/westerlolibrary.

This Saturday, June 8, starting at 9 a.m., drop in at the Westerlo Library to read to Lefty and his canine friends, Shorty and George. (If the weather is nice, we’ll be outside.) This is the library’s Third Annual Dog-Gone Read-A-Thon!

If your child is self-conscious about reading aloud  or reluctant to read at all — he or she may feel more comfortable reading to a dog. Because dogs aren’t judgmental, the child relaxes, pats the attentive dog, and focuses on the reading. Another benefit is the joy that children — all of us! — get from simply being around a dog.

Lefty, Shorty, and George are registered therapy dogs. Our thanks to Eric Markson and others for volunteering their time and sharing their dogs with us!

Memoir-Writing Group

The Memoir Writing Group will meet this Saturday, June 8, at 11 a.m. This group provides its members a safe and supportive place to learn together.

Led by Lila Hollister Smith, the group is open to all who are interested in self-expression through the art of writing. The group meets once a month on the second Saturday of each month and new members are welcome.

Westerlo Heritage Museum

Town-Wide Garage Sale  

The 14th annual town-wide garage sale will also be held this Saturday, June 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The town museum board sponsors this annual event to raise funds for our sister organization, the Westerlo Heritage Museum.   

The museum will sell refreshments, baked goods, and maps to sale sites on the day of the sale at the Westerlo Town Park Pavilion on County Route 401, starting at 8 a.m. Call Diane at 518-966-5829 for more information.

Library trustees meet

The Westerlo Board of Library Trustees will meet on Monday, June 10, at 7 p.m. in the Hannay Room at the library. This is an open public meeting.

Westerlo Republican Committee meets

The Town of Westerlo Republican Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 11, at 6 p.m. in the Hannay Room at the library. This is an open public meeting.

Lego Club

Drop in on Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. to play and create with Lego. Lego uses play to open up the world of math, science, and cooperative problem-solving to young minds.

The colorful blocks ignite natural curiosity and build confidence as children bring their ideas to life.  Miss Lee is also available for homework help.

Story time   

Join Miss Lee Wednesday mornings from 11 a.m. to noon for stories, songs, and movement activities designed for infants to children up to 5 years old. In addition to developing pre-reading skills, singing, moving to music, and playing instruments all help foster a sense of rhythm and timing that are essential elements in developing the part of a child’s brain that shapes math skills.  

Story times are also a great opportunity to meet other parents of small children in Westerlo.

Technology Walk-In Wednesdays

Do you have a new smartphone or tablet, but don’t know how to download digital materials? Need to brush up on your computer skills — or obtain basic skills?

See Amy on Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for free, personalized, one-on-one instruction.

More information

All library programming is free (unless otherwise noted) and open to the public.

For more information, contact the library during business hours at 518-797-3415, visit westerlolibrary.org, or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/westerlolibrary.

The Westerlo Library is hosting the Second Annual Dog-Gone Read-A-Thon! Next Saturday, June 9, starting at 9 a.m., drop in to read to Lefty and his canine friends, Shorty and George.  (If the weather is nice, we’ll be outside.)

If your child is self-conscious about reading aloud — or reluctant to read at all — he or she may feel more comfortable reading to a dog. Because dogs aren’t judgmental, the child relaxes, pats the attentive dog, and focuses on the reading. Another benefit is the joy that children — all of us! — get from simply being around a dog.

Lefty, Shorty, and George are registered therapy dogs. Our thanks to Eric Markson and others for volunteering their time and sharing their dogs with us!

Lego Club

Drop in on Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. to play and create with Lego. Lego uses play to open up the world of math, science and cooperative problem-solving to young minds.

The colorful blocks ignite natural curiosity and build confidence as children bring their ideas to life. Miss Lee is also available for homework help.

Story time

Join Miss Lee Wednesday mornings from 11 a.m. to noon for stories, songs, and movement activities designed for infants to children up to five years old. In addition to developing pre-reading skills, singing, moving to music, and playing instruments all help foster a sense of rhythm and timing that are essential elements in developing the part of a child’s brain that shapes math skills.  

Story times are also a great opportunity to meet other parents of small children in Westerlo.

Technology Walk-In Wednesdays

Do you have a new smartphone or tablet, but don’t know how to download digital materials? Need to brush up on your computer skills — or obtain basic skills?

See Amy on Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for free, personalized, one-on-one instruction.

More information

All library programming is free (unless otherwise noted) and open to the public. For more information, contact the library during business hours at 518-797-3415, visit westerlolibrary.org. or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/westerlolibrary.

Spring Flowers: Fourteen of South Westerlo artist Virginia Cantarella’s vibrant floral still-life paintings are currently on display in the Westerlo Library’s Hannay Room. The show will be at the library through the end of June, and can be seen during regular library hours.

The Westerlo Library will be closed on Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.

Read It Forward Teen Reading Program

Free copies of the 2019 Read It Forward selection, “Miles Morales: Spider-Man,” by Jason Reynolds, are now available at the library on the Young Adult shelf.   

No due dates, no late fees, just Read It Forward!  It’s easy. Read the book, write your comments in the back, and pass it on to someone else.  If you need help passing a copy forward, drop it off at the library.

Read It Forward is a collaborative project of the Upper Hudson and Mohawk Valley Library Systems to foster teen reading, call attention to quality teen literature, and encourage parents to read and discuss books with teens.

Story time    

Join Miss Lee Wednesday mornings from 11 a.m. to noon for stories, songs, and movement activities designed for infants to children up to five years old. In addition to developing pre-reading skills, singing, moving to music, and playing instruments all help foster a sense of rhythm and timing that are essential elements in developing the part of a child’s brain that shapes math skills.  

Story times are also a great opportunity to meet other parents of small children in Westerlo.

Technology Walk-In Wednesdays

Do you have a new smartphone or tablet, but don’t know how to download digital materials?  Need to brush up on your computer skills — or obtain basic skills? See Amy on Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for free, personalized, one-on-one instruction.

More information

All library programming is free (unless otherwise noted) and open to the public.  For more information, contact the library during business hours at 518-797-3415, visit westerlolibrary.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/westerlolibrary.

Have you been waiting for April showers to bring May flowers? They’re here!

Fourteen of South Westerlo artist Virginia Cantarella’s vibrant floral still-life paintings are currently on display in the Westerlo Library’s Hannay Room. The show will be at the library through the end of June, and can be seen during regular library hours.

Our thanks to Virginia for sharing her work and to Peter Keitel, former president of the Bethlehem Art Association, for curating these exhibits.

Read to Lefty

Lefty will be back this Friday, May 17, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Drop in to “Check it out!” and read with Lefty.  (Librarians love saying, “Check it out.”)

Lefty is a registered therapy dog. Our thanks to Eric Markson for volunteering his time and sharing Lefty with us.

Artists’ Group

The Artists’ Group will meet Tuesday, May 21, from 2:15 to 4 p.m. This group provides its members an opportunity to make art together in a spirit of fun and support. Led by Lila Hollister Smith, the group meets the third Tuesday of the month in the library’s Hannay Community Room, which is also an art gallery.

Beginners are welcome.  Bring paper and pencil. If you can sign your name, you can learn to draw!  Experienced artists bring your favorite medium.

Lego Club

Drop in on Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. to play and create with Lego. Lego uses play to open up the world of math, science, and cooperative problem-solving to young minds.

The colorful blocks ignite natural curiosity and build confidence as children bring their ideas to life. Miss Lee is also available for homework help.

Story time    

Join Miss Lee Wednesday mornings from 11 a.m. to noon for stories, songs, and movement activities designed for infants to children up to five years old. In addition to developing pre-reading skills, singing, moving to music, and playing instruments all help foster a sense of rhythm and timing that are essential elements in developing the part of a child’s brain that shapes math skills.  

Story times are also a great opportunity to meet other parents of small children in Westerlo.

Technology Walk-In Wednesdays

Do you have a new smartphone or tablet, but don’t know how to download digital materials? Need to brush up on your computer skills — or obtain basic skills?

See Amy on Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for free, personalized, one-on-one instruction.

More information

All library programming is free (unless otherwise noted) and open to the public. For more information, contact the library during business hours at 518-797-3415, visit westerlolibrary.org, or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/westerlolibrary.

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