Westerlo Library Notes for Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Enterprise file photo — Melissa Hale-Spencer

Books in the Barnyard: Could these goats be looking for a story time? Librarians from Altamont, Berne, Guilderland, Schenectady, Voorheesville, and Westerlo will read books about barnyard animals every day at the Altamont Fair, from Aug. 13 to 18, at noon, 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. While supplies last, children who listen to the books will get a free copy.

I am pleased to announce that the Westerlo Library Board of Trustees have appointed Debbie Scott as the new library director. (See related story.)

Prior to this appointment, Debbie served as a librarian at Veeder Elementary School in South Colonie.  She began her career as the library director at Heermance Memorial Library in Coxsackie. Debbie officially began her duties on Monday, Aug. 5.  Please join me in welcoming her!

Trustees meet

The Westerlo Board of Library Trustees will meet on Monday, Aug. 12, 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, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m. in the Hannay Room at the library.  his is an open public meeting.

Memoir Writing Group

The Memoir Writing Group will meet this Saturday, Aug. 10, 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.

Book Discussion Group

The Summer Reading Program is not just for kids! The library’s book discussion group will meet Thursday, Aug. 15, 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! 

Read to Lefty 

Lefty will be back Friday, Aug. 16, 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.

Summer Reading Program

Our 2019 Summer Reading Program is well 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 10 to 11 a.m. (summer hours) 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.