— Photo from Debbie Scott

Take a walk in the Westerlo town park to read “Lion Lessons” by Jon Agee.

Do your little ones like story time and outdoor fun? Now they can enjoy both by taking a StoryWalk at the Westerlo Town Park!

As you read “Lion Lessons” by Jon Agee together, your child will be encouraged to engage with the story. Each page has an activity card that asks the child to look for objects on the pages, count objects, and even roar like a lion!

The StoryWalk begins at the park pavilion. Look toward the yellow side of the closest post to find the next page. (The pages are numbered.)

Many thanks to our friends at the Upper Hudson Library System, the Westerlo Town Board, Jody Ostrander, and Laura Tenney for helping to make this StoryWalk possible.

The StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Fergusson of Montpelier, Vermont and developed with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.  

Homework

help is here  

We are now offering hours that will cater to families with children who want homework help or are home schooling. Mondays from 2 to 3 p.m. and Thursdays and Fridays from 6 to 7 p.m. are now reserved for families and older students to come in and get homework help. These hours will allow families to come in, while wearing face coverings for the protection of our staff, and use the Wi-Fi inside on their own devices.

For our homeschooling families, our Youth Service staff will provide monthly theme based STEM [science, technology, engineering, math] kits for family’s to take home and do. Kids love STEM and these kits will make both learning and teaching fun! The theme for the September STEM take-home kits is Weather. 

Two ways

to serve you 

The library is now serving you in two convenient ways. We have contactless pick up service on our porch. After you place your holds, we will call you to schedule a pick up time. Your items will be waiting on the porch for you at your scheduled time. It’s that easy.

For those of you who want to come in and browse, we continue to have a limited number of appointments available. Please check our website https://www.westerlolibrary.org/  or call 518-797-3415 during our regular hours for an appointment or porch pick up. At this time all visits to the library are by appointment.  Properly worn face coverings are required during your visit.

If you have any questions on how to safely get library materials please give us a call at the library and one of our staff members will be happy to help you out.

Please note our service hours are now from 3 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday. and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday.

We are now offering hours that will cater to families with children who want homework help or are homeschooling. Mondays from 2 to 3 p.m. and Thursdays and Fridays from 6 to 7 p.m. are now reserved for families and older students to come in and get homework help. These hours will allow families to come in, while wearing face coverings for the protection of our staff, and use the WiFi inside on their own devices.

For our homeschooling families, our Youth Service staff will provide monthly theme-based STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) kits for families to take home and do. Kids love STEM and these kits will make both learning and teaching fun! The theme for the September STEM take-home kits is weather.  

Census 2020

We would love to help you fill out your Census 2020! Give us a call at the library 518-797-3415 and make an appointment to come in and fill out your form. Everybody counts!

Board of trustees

The Board of Trustees will hold a Goto meeting Sept. 14. Check our website www.westerlolibrary.org for information on how to visit the meeting online or by phone. All meetings are open to the public. 

Two ways to serve you! 

The library is now serving you in two convenient ways. We have contactless pick up service on our porch. After you place your holds, we will call you to schedule a pick up time. Your items will be waiting on the porch for you at your scheduled time. It’s that easy.

For those of you who want to come in and browse, we continue to have a limited number of appointments available. Please check our website https://www.westerlolibrary.org/  or call 518- 797-3415 during our regular hours for an appointment or porch pick up. At this time all visits to the library are by appointment.  Properly worn face coverings are required during your visit.

If you have any questions on how to safely get library materials please give us a call at the library and one of our staff members will be happy to help you out. 

Please note our service hours are now from 3 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday. and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday.

It’s back-to-school time! This year that may look different and the library wants to remind you that we are here to help you.

We will be offering hours that will cater to families with children who want homework help or are home-schooling. Families will be able to email reference questions or request materials on a topic before their visit.

These hours will allow families to come in, while wearing face coverings for the protection of our staff, and use the Wi-Fi inside on their own devices.

Each month, our Youth Service staff will provide theme-based STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) kits for families to take home and do. Kids love STEM and these kits will make both learning and teaching fun!

Two ways

to serve you! 

The library is now serving you in two convenient ways. We have contactless pick-up service on our porch. After you place your holds, we will call you to schedule a pick up time. Your items will be waiting on the porch for you at your scheduled time. It’s that easy.

For those of you who want to come in and browse, we continue to have a limited number of appointments available. Please check our website at https://www.westerlolibrary.org/  or call 518-797-3415 during our regular hours for an appointment or porch pick-up. At this time, all visits to the library are by appointment. Properly-worn face coverings are required during your visit.

If you have any questions on how to safely get library materials, please give us a call at the library and one of our staff members will be happy to help you.

Please note our service hours are now from 3 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday.
 

 

As August comes to a close, the library is looking forward to September. The kids will begin school — in person, virtually, home-schooling, or some combination. The library staff is here to assist in any way we can. Give us a call at 518-797-3415 or email us at with any questions or suggestions. 

New programs

for adults

I would like to offer more programming for adults. I have added a monthly book club that will meet virtually. I have some ideas, but I want to offer programming that you want. If you have a suggestion or are willing to share a talent or interest with others please contact me at .  

Summer Reading Program             

The Summer Reading Program is coming to an end on Aug. 29 and Aug. 31. On those two days we will have all of our remaining Take-and-Make kits available (outside if the weather allows and inside if not). We will also have Imagine Your Story kits for you to take.

All of our online story times and Take and Make kits videos can be viewed on our Facebook page. Even though we couldn’t be together, we hope you all had fun reading and doing these activities throughout the summer! 

Browse by appointment 

Please note our service hours are now from 3 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday.

We continue to have a limited number of appointments available to come inside and browse. Please check our website https://www.westerlolibrary.org/  or call 518-797-3415 during our regular hours for an appointment or porch pick up. At this time all visits to the library are by appointment.  Properly worn face coverings are required during your visit.

If you have any questions on how to safely get library materials please give us a call at the library and one of our staff members will be happy to help you out.

The Westerlo Library Board of Trustees will be holding a meeting that is open to the public on Aug. 17 at 7 p.m.

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/508862373 

You can also dial in using your phone United States: +1 (224) 501-3412 Access Code: 508-862-373. 

Browse by appointment  

Please note our service hours are now from 3 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday.

We continue to have a limited number of appointments available to come inside and browse. Please check our website https://www.westerlolibrary.org/  or call 518-797-3415 during our regular hours for an appointment or porch pick up. Anyone entering the library is expected to wear a mask, follow six feet social distancing and wash their hands before browsing.

Please use the outdoor book-drop for all returns. All items on the shelf have been quarantined for 96 hours for your safety. If you have materials on hold we will call you to make an appointment for porch pick up or to come inside to pick up your materials. At this time all visits to the library are by appointment.  

If  you have any questions on how to safely get library materials please give us a call at the library and one of our staff members will be happy to help you out. 

Summer Reading            

Many of you have stopped by to pick up Take and Make kits to do at home. All of our online story times and Take and Make kits videos can be viewed on our Facebook page. Even though we can’t be together, we want to make sure we are offering fun activities for you to enjoy throughout the summer! So stop by and pick up your kits today! 

 Virtual Book Club

You are cordially invited to our first virtual book club on Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 10 a.m. Our first book will be “Elizabeth is Missing” by Emma Healey. I have just finished this book and it was a mystery of twists and turns as the main character, who suffers from Alzheimer’s tries to keep the clues straight. It was an interesting insight into the mind of a loved one who has Alzheimer’s as well.

If you are interested in joining us please send an email to to get the online invitation and information to our Book Club. You can find the book in multi formats on OverDrive or Hoopla. We hope that you will join us at our first virtual Book Club! Trying something new, safely, is what this is all about!

We now have a limited number of appointments available to come inside and browse. Please check our website https://www.westerlolibrary.org/  or call 518-797-3415 during our regular hours for an appointment or porch pick-up.

Anyone entering the library is expected to wear a mask, follow six-feet social distancing, and wash their hands before browsing. Please use the outdoor book-drop for all returns. All items on the shelf have been quarantined for 96 hours for your safety.

If you have materials on hold, we will call you to make an appointment for porch pick-up or to come inside to pick up your materials. At this time, all visits to the library are by appointment. 

If you have any questions on how to safely get library materials, please give us a call at the library and one of our staff members will be happy to help you out. 

Summer Reading 

The Summer Reading Program is going strong! Families are taking the paper forms to either fill in titles or times that their children are reading. We are very happy to see that you are continuing to read over the summer. Keep on Imagining Your Story this summer! 

Many of you have stopped by to pick up Take-and-Make kits to do at home. All of our online story times and Take and Make kits videos can be viewed on our Facebook page. Even though we can’t be together, we want to make sure we are offering fun activities for you to enjoy throughout the summer! So stop by and pick up your kits today! 

Virtual Book Club

You are cordially invited to our first virtual book club on Tuesday, Aug. 25. at 10 a.m. Our first book will be “Elizabeth is Missing” by Emma Healey. I have just finished this book and it was a mystery of twists and turns as the main character, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, tries to keep the clues straight.

It was an interesting insight into the mind of a loved one who has Alzheimer’s as well. If you are interested in joining us please send an email toinfo@westerlolibrary.org to get the online invitation and information to our Book Club. You can find the book in multi formats on OverDrive or Hoopla. We hope that you will join us at our first virtual Book Club! Trying something new, safely, is what this is all about!

In addition to our porch pick-up appointments, we now have a limited number of appointments available to come inside and browse. Please check our website https://www.westerlolibrary.org/ or call 518-797-3415 during our regular hours for an appointment or porch pick-up.

Anyone entering the library is expected to wear a mask, follow six feet social distancing, and wash their hands before browsing. Please use the outdoor book-drop for all returns. All items on the shelf have been quarantined for 96 hours for your safety.

If you have any questions on how to safely get library materials please give us a call at the library and one of our staff members will be happy to help you out. 

Summer Reading

The Summer Reading Program is a little different this year but it’s still fun! 

Stop by the library to pick up your paper forms to fill out the time or titles of the books you are reading. You can also pick up Take-and-Make kits to do at home. All of our online story times and Take-and-Make kits videos can be viewed on our Facebook page.

Even though we can’t be together, we want to make sure we are offering fun activities for you to enjoy throughout the summer. So stop by and pick up your kits today! 

Virtual Book Club

You are cordially invited to our first virtual book club on Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 10 a.m. Our first book will be “Elizabeth is Missing” by Emma Healey. If you are interested in joining us, please send an email to info@westerlolibrary.org to get the online invitation and information to our Book Club

You can find the book in multi formats on OverDrive or Hoopla. We hope that you will join us at our first virtual Book Club! Trying something new, safely, is what this is all about!

— Photo from Debbie Scott

Laura Tenney stands with the barn quilt she donated to the Town of Westerlo Public Library. “I’ve named the pattern, ‘The Tree of Knowledge’ in honor of the library,” she said.

Laura Tenney, who has served as the president of the Westerlo Library Board of Trustees for the past 10 years, donated a barn quilt to the Town of Westerlo Public Library.

“I’ve named the pattern, ‘The Tree of Knowledge’ in honor of the library,” she said. It is a stunning tree pattern of yellow, white, and greens.

The timing of the donation was made extra special because it also marked the reopening of the library.

 A barn quilt is a large piece of painted wood that looks like a single quilt block and often is attached to the side of a barn. The library’s barn quilt is located along the front of the building near the patio. The library’s board of trustees gratefully accepted Laura’s gift and hopes the community enjoys it for many years to come.

Welcome back!

 The library is now offering you the opportunity to make appointments to come in to browse and check out materials. We will also accept walk-in visitors but please understand that patrons with appointments will have priority as we are limiting our number of patrons to four at a time.

We are still offering pickup on the porch for our patrons who prefer that and also for those who may have a medical or personal issue with wearing a face mask. Please check our website https://www.westerlolibrary.org/  or call 518-797-3415 for an appointment or porch pick up.

Summer Reading Program

Have you picked up an origami leaping frog, a Cartesian diver craft, or Knut the gnome? Watch our Facebook page for new crafts that will be available as Take-and-Makes this week.

I hear a Big Bad Wolf is coming to town and he’s ready to tell his side of the story!

You are invited to the library!

Schedule an appointment by visiting our website and reviewing our new safety procedures for visiting the library. Would you rather talk to one of our friendly staff? Then simply call 518-797-3415 during our regular library hours to make a half-hour time slot appointment.

Properly worn face masks are required by all people entering the library for the safety of our staff. If you have a reason that you can’t wear a face mask, no worries, we still offer curbside pick-up for your convenience! We look forward to serving you either way. Stay healthy and keep reading.

Summer Reading 

Summer heat got you down! Then stop by the library for some fun take-and-make activities to get your imagination going! All you have to do is call us to let us know that you want one and we will set it outside on the porch for you to pick up. How awesome is that!

Just call 518-797-3415 and ask for a fun craft or science kit. They’re all ready for you to take home and let the adventures begin! New kits will be available each week! Check out our Facebook page and website to see videos and story times that will go along with each week’s kits. 

Trustees meet

 A special meeting of the library’s board of trustees will be held on Monday, July 20, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/326963133.

You may also dial in using your phone: +1 (224) 501-3412, Access Code: 326-963-133.

Congratulations to the class of 2020! The Town of Westerlo Public Library recognizes this special achievement in your life especially during these unusual circumstances.

Happy Father’s Day! Wishing all of the dads a very special Father’s Day this weekend! 

 

Porch pickup coming soon

Some good news from our library! We will soon be offering you the opportunity to start picking up requested materials safely from the porch of the library. 

The start date will be announced on our Facebook page and our Website.

Here’s how it will work:

1. Place holds online through the catalog or by calling 518-797-3415. You will need your library card available to do this online. We can look you up if you call us.

Items requested from Westerlo Library may be the quickest to get to you since all items from other libraries need to be quarantined before coming to our library. We ask your patience as we are putting patrons’ safety first.             

2. Items will be collected by library staff, who will be wearing face masks and following CDC handwashing guidelines, and then you will be called to schedule a pickup time: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday or Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

3. Your materials will be checked out to you, labeled with your name and placed on the porch at your scheduled pickup time. Items not picked up by the end of the shift will be placed inside and you will be called to set up another pick up time. 

4. Please wait for staff or other patrons to leave the porch area before getting your items.

5. All returns must be placed in the book drop outside.  

All materials are being quarantined when they are returned.

 

Please keep watching our Facebook page for the most up to date information on library activities and changes to new services provided. It can be found at www.facebook.com/westerlolibrary. Our website can be found by just typing westerlopubliclibrary.org into your browser address window, hit enter, and now you can explore our website.

Hoopla and Overdrive are still available for your reading and viewing pleasure! Please take full advantage of them with your library card. They are free for you to use. Information on how to use them is available on our website. 

For more information, visit westerlolibrary.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/westerlolibrary.

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