The Westerlo Library is currently doing porch pick-up service only. Call us during regular library hours to schedule a porch pick-up of your reserved and requested items. Call 518-797-3415 and ask for what you need.

Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2 to 7 p.m., and Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

First Annual Peepathon

Create art depicting a book or character using Peeps.

— We will provide each person who participates with one package of Peeps (each pack has five individual peeps);

— Create a diorama based on a book or literary character. You may add your own decorations and  props;

— All characters must be portrayed by Peeps. You may use more than the ones provided; and

— Please do not use any food (other than Peeps) in your art.

It begins on Monday, March 1. You may pick up your package of Peeps at the library (call to have them placed outside for you: 518-797-3415).  Send in a picture of your creation between Monday, March 29, and Saturday, April 3, to

If you do not have access to a camera or the internet, call us and we would be happy to take the picture for you in front of the library. The pictures will be put on display until Saturday, April 24, so patrons can view all of them.

Third Thursday

Book Club

The book club books for the month of March are “The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy” and “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.”  Both books are by Rachel Joyce and have intersecting stories. 

The Book Club will meet on March 18 at 6 p.m. via GoToMeeting. The link is available on our website(Adult Program Page) and the library Facebook Events page. Call the library to get your copy at 518-797-3415.

STEAM Kits

We have free STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) take-and-make kits available at our library.  March's theme is “Forces of Nature:  Air” — there are new kits available weekly.  

Spice Club

The spice for March is ginger. Pick up a sample of ginger and three suggested recipes in the library vestibule during regular library hours.

Share your opinion on the recipes by dropping a note in the book-drop, emailing , commenting on the Westerlo Library Facebook page, or joining our GoToMeeting on March 23 at 6 p.m. using the link on the library website (click on Adult Programs).

The Westerlo Library is currently doing porch pick-up service only. Call us during regular library hours to schedule a porch pick-up of your reserved and requested items.

Call 518-797-3415 and ask for what you need. Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2 to 7 p.m., and Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pandemic Globe Project

Calling all artists, writers, and poets!

Each of us is experiencing the pandemic in our own way.  

At the Westerlo Library, we would like to invite the community to participate in a “living history through art” project. We will provide each individual with one (or more) paper plate to decorate so that it reflects your experience with and feelings about the pandemic. 

Participants are welcome to draw, paint, write poetry or a narrative, or produce a collage or a similar art form. The plates will be assembled into a globe (or globes) and displayed at the library once we are able to reopen fully.

After they are displayed, the globe will be deconstructed and the art will be preserved as part of a historical collection. You may pick your plate in the foyer of the library during regular hours, and place your completed work in the labeled box in the foyer during regular hours. 

Please call 518-797-3415 with any questions or to arrange to pick up your plate.

Thank you for participating!

STEAM Kits

We have free STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math() take and make kits available at our library. March's theme is “Forces of Nature: Air” — there are new kits available weekly.  

Spice Club

The spice for March is ginger. Pick up a sample of ginger and three suggested recipes in the library vestibule during regular library hours.

Share your opinion on the recipes by dropping a note in the book-drop, emailing , commenting on the Westerlo Library Facebook page, or joining our GoToMeeting on March 23 at 6 p.m. using the link on the library website (click on Adult Programs).

The Westerlo Library is currently doing porch pick-up service only. Call us during regular library hours to schedule a porch pick-up of your reserved and requested items.

Call 518-797-3415 and ask for what you need. Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2 to 7 p.m., and Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

4-H Exploratory Series

In February the Hilltown Libraries, in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County, will present a 4-H Virtual Exploratory Series. A weekly Zoom session will be available (but not necessary for participation).

Kits are still available for self-guided participation and anyone can still participate in the remaining sessions.

All programs and kits are free unless otherwise noted.

Pandemic Globe Project

Calling all artists, writers, and poets!

Each of us is experiencing the pandemic in our own way.  

At the Westerlo Library, we would like to invite the community to participate in a ‘living history through art’ project. We will provide each individual with one (or more) paper plate to decorate so that it reflects your experience with and feelings about the pandemic. Participants are welcome to draw, paint, write poetry or a narrative, or produce a collage or a similar art form.

The plates will be assembled into a globe (or globes) and displayed at the Library once we are able to reopen fully.  After they are displayed, the globe will be deconstructed and the art will be preserved as part of a historical collection. You may pick your plate in the foyer of the library during regular hours, and place your completed work in the labeled box in the foyer during regular hours. 

Please call 518-797-3415 with any questions or to arrange to pick up your plate.

Thank you for participating!

STEAM Kits

We have free STEAM take and make kits available at our library. February's theme is 'Forces of Nature:  Water' - there are new kits available weekly.  

Spice Club

The spice for February is coriander. Pick up a sample of coriander and three suggested recipes in the library vestibule during regular library hours.

Share your opinion on the recipes by dropping a note in the book-drop, emailing , commenting on the Westerlo Library Facebook page, or joining our GoToMeeting on Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. using the link on the library website (click on Adult Programs).

New in Collections

We have recently added new material to our collections. We’ll share information on our new material here as well as through our website and Facebook. In the meantime, since we are currently providing curbside service only, if you are looking for a particular book, magazine or DVD, call the library at 518-797-3415 to see if we have it available.

The Westerlo Library is currently doing porch pick-up service only. Call us during regular library hours to schedule a porch pick-up of your reserved and requested items.

We have current issues of magazines. Call 518-797-3415 and ask for what you need. Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 2 to 7 p.m., and Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pandemic Globe Project

Each of us is experiencing the pandemic in our own way.  

At the Westerlo Library, we would like to invite the community to participate in a “living history through art” project. We will provide each individual with one or more paper plates to decorate so that it reflects your experience with and feelings about the pandemic.

Participants are welcome to draw, paint, write poetry or a narrative, or produce a collage or a similar art form. The plates will be assembled into a globe (or globes) and displayed at the library once we are able to reopen fully.

After they are displayed, the globe will be deconstructed and the art will be preserved as part of a historical collection. You may pick your plate in the foyer of the library during regular hours, and place your completed work in the labeled box in the foyer during regular hours.

Please call 518-797-3415 with any questions or to arrange to pick up your plate.

Thank you for participating!

STEAM Kits

We have free STEAM take and make kits available at our library. February’s theme is “Forces of Nature: Water” — there are new kits available weekly.  

Virtual exploration

In February the Hilltown Libraries, in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County, will present a 4-H Virtual Exploratory Series. A weekly Zoom session will be available (but not necessary for participation) and project kits will be available for pickup at the libraries.  Please see our Facebook page for additional information.

All programs and kits are free unless otherwise noted.

Spice Club

The spice for February is coriander. Pick up a sample of coriander and three suggested recipes in the library vestibule during regular library hours.

Share your opinion on the recipes by dropping a note in the book-drop, emailing , commenting on the Westerlo Library Facebook page, or joining our GoToMeeting on Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. using the link on the library website (click on Adult Programs).

Special collections

We have recently added new material to our collections. We’ll share information on our new material here as well as through our website and Facebook.  In the meantime, since we are currently providing curbside service only, if you are looking for a particular book or DVD, call the library at 518-797-3415 to see if we have it available.

The Westerlo Library is currently doing porch pick-up service only. Call us during regular library hours to schedule a porch pick-up of your reserved and requested items.

We have current issues of magazines. Call 518-797-3415 and ask for what you need. Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2 to 7 p.m., and Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

STEAM kits

We have free STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) take-and-make kits available at our library. February’s theme is “Forces of Nature: Water.” New kits are available weekly.  

4-H series

In February the Hilltown libraries, in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County, will present a 4-H Virtual Exploratory Series. A weekly Zoom session will be available (but not necessary for participation) and project kits will be available for pickup at the libraries. Please see our Facebook page for additional information.

All programs and kits are free unless otherwise noted.

Spice Club

The spice for February is coriander. Pick up a sample of coriander and three suggested recipes in the library vestibule during regular library hours.

Share your opinion on the recipes by dropping a note in the book-drop, emailing , commenting on the Westerlo Library Facebook page, or joining our GoToMeeting on Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. using the link on the library website (click on Adult Programs).

Special collections

We have recently added new material to our collections. We’ll share information on our new material here as well as through our website and Facebook. In the meantime, since we are currently providing curbside service only, if you are looking for a particular book or DVD, call the library at 518-797-3415 to see if we have it available.

Trustees meet

The Westerlo Library Board of Trustees is meeting Monday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. via GoToMeeting. The link to this public meeting is available below or on our website www.westerlolibrary.org on the Trustees page.

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/875593885

You may also dial in using your phone: United States: +1 (224) 501-3412, Access Code: 875-593-885.

— From the Westerlo library Facebook page

Frostee is the Jersey calf “adopted” by the Westerlo Library. She weighed 55 pounds when she was born on Oct. 4, 2020. Young library patrons are encouraged to send Frostee drawings or to write letters asking questions about her, which Nate the farmer will answer.

The Westerlo Public Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Powarzynski to serve as the library’s new manager. Patrons of the library already know Amy for her many years of outstanding service at the circulation desk and as library assistant for digital services.

As a longtime resident of Westerlo, Amy’s familiarity with the needs of the community together with her library knowledge and experience ensure her successful stewardship of the Westerlo Public Library for years to come. We welcome Amy to her new position and look forward to working with her!

4-H Virtual

Exploratory Series: 

The Hilltown Libraries are presenting a fun, interactive virtual experience in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County! Each Wednesday in February, youth ages 6 to 12 will have the option to work with a 4-H educator via Zoom to complete a 4-H project on topics ranging from agriculture education, animal science, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) to creative arts.

If anyone is unable to join the Zoom, the kit will include a detailed set of instructions with the education behind each of the activities. All of the necessary supplies to complete each activity are included in a free kit that will be available for pick-up from the library prior to the start of the series.

The free program runs from, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 3, 10, 17, and 24. To register for this series, please email Lee Ackerman-Sawyer at youth@westerlolibrary.org, Heidi Carle at director@rensselaervillelibrary.org, or Kathy Stemple at director@bernepubliclibrary.org.

Discover Dairy

Adopt a Calf

We have a video update on Frostee, our “adopted” Discover Dairy calf — view it on our Facebook page!

Special collections

Spring will be here before we know it. Check out the current month’s issue of Mother Earth News to get ready to plant. Also available is the current issue of Consumer Reports to see how to protect yourself online as well as the yearly buying guide.

We have also added a number of recently published fiction books to our collection. If you are looking for a new read, call the library at 518-797-3415 to see what we have available.

We have free STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) take-and-make kits available at our library. January's theme is “Paper Toys That Move.” There are new kits available weekly.  We still have some kits from December — that theme was STEM Art.

Exploratory Series

In February, the Hilltown libraries, in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County, will present a 4-H Virtual Exploratory Series. A weekly Zoom session will be available (but not necessary for participation) and project kits will be available for pickup at the libraries. Please see our Facebook page for additional information.

All programs and kits are free unless otherwise noted.

Spice Club

The spice for January is cardamom. Pick up a sample of cardamom and three suggested recipes in the library vestibule during regular library hours.

Share your opinion on the recipes by dropping a note in the book-drop, emailing , commenting on the Westerlo Library Facebook page, or joining our GoToMeeting on Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. using the link on the library website (click on Adult Programs).

Book Club

Third Thursday Book Club books are available. Choose one or more of the following selections: “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin, “Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman, of “Where Did You Go, Bernadette?” by Maria Semple.

You may order them through the Upper Hudson Library System or call the library. Discuss/share your opinion on the books by writing a note and placing it in the book-drop, by emailing us at , by commenting on the Westerlo Library Facebook page, or by  joining our GoToMeeting on Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. using the link on the library website (click on Adult Programs).

Special collections

We have recently added new material to our collections. In the coming weeks, we’ll share information on our new material here as well as through our website and facebook. In the meantime, since we are currently providing curbside service only, if you are looking for a particular book or DVD, call the library at 518-797-3415 to see if we have it available.

The spice for January at the Westerlo Library is cardamom. Pick up a sample of cardamom and three suggested recipes in the library vestibule during regular library hours.

Share your opinion on the recipes by dropping a note in the book-drop, emailing , commenting on the Westerlo Library Facebook page, or joining our GoToMeeting on Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. using the link on the library website (click on Adult Programs).

Book Club

Third Thursday Book Club books are available. Choose one or more of the following selections: “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin, “Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman, or “Where Did You Go, Bernadette?” by Maria Semple.

You may order them through the Upper Hudson Library System or call the library. Discuss and share your opinions on the books by writing a note and placing it in the book-drop, by emailing us at , by commenting on the Westerlo Library Facebook page, or by joining our GoToMeeting on Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. using the link on the library website (click on Adult Programs).

STEAM kits: Art

Our January STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) take-and-make theme is Paper Toys That Move. These kits are available for curbside pickup. (Unless noted otherwise, all programs/activities provided by the Westerlo Library are free to the public.) Please email for more information.

Special collections

We have recently added new material to our collections. In the coming weeks, we’ll share information on our new material here as well as through our website and facebook. In the meantime, since we are currently providing curbside service only, if you are looking for a particular book or DVD, call the library at 518-797-3415 to see if we have it available.

Our calf's name is Frostee, and she lives on Dutch Hollow Farm! (Note: because of the pandemic, the farm is not accepting visitors). Follow us on our Facebook page for updates on Frostee and links to dairy-related activities.

The free program lets kids follow the life of a cow from birth.

STEAM kits: Art

Our January STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) take-and-make theme is Paper Toys That Move. These kits are available for curbside pickup. (Unless noted otherwise, all programs/activities provided by the Westerlo Library are free to the public.) Please email for more information.

Trustees meet

The Westerlo Library Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, Jan. 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. 

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/385989949 .

You may also dial in using your phone: United States: +1 (646) 749-3122  Access Code: 385-989-949 

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/385989949

Curbside pickup

We are currently providing curbside service only. Please call us at 518-797-3415 to have your items placed outside during regular library hours.

The spice for January is cardamom. Pick up a sample of cardamom and three suggested recipes in the library vestibule during regular library hours.

Share your opinion on the recipes by dropping a note in the book-drop, emailing , commenting on the Westerlo Library Facebook page, or joining our GoToMeeting on Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. using the link on the library website (click on Adult Programs).

 Book club

Third Thursday Book Club books are available. Choose one or more of the following selections: “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin; “Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman; of “Where Did You Go, Bernadette?” by Maria Semple.

You may order them through the Upper Hudson Library System or call the library. Discuss/share your opinion on the books by writing a note and placing it in the book-drop, by emailing us at , by commenting on the Westerlo Library Facebook page, orby  joining our GoToMeeting on Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. using the link on the library website (click on Adult Programs).

STEM Kits:

Toys that Move

We are getting creative this month making paper toys that move with our STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) take-and-make kits. Stop by the library each week to pick up new kits in the front vestibule on the bookshelf just before you come into the main library or you can email and request to have it put out on the porch for a pick up. .

Technology Wednesdays

Do you have a new smartphone or tablet, but don’t know how to download digital materials? Call the library at 518-797-3415 to speak with Amy on Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for free personalized, one-on-one instruction. 

GoToMeeting help

Until we can have in person programs, we will be offering virtual programs. These programs are shared through GoTo Meeting. We have a video on our website www.westerlolibrary.org to help explain the basics of how to use GoToMeeting.

Most of the time all you need to do is click on the links that are given on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. If you don’t have internet, you can call into the meeting. If after watching the video you have any questions, please call the library at 518-797-3415 during our regular hours and one of our staff will be happy to help you.

 

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