Westerlo Library Notes for Wednesday, August 21, 2019

— Photo from Debbie Scott

George and Lefty are ready to listen to young readers at the Westerlo Library.

— Photo from Debbie Scott

The Westerlo Library had a popular display at the Altamont Fair titled “What To Do With That Goldfish Your Child Wins.”

As the new director of the Westerlo Public Library, I want to thank everyone for the warm welcome. Sue Hoadley, the staff, and the board of trustees have been wonderful showing me around and sharing the history of the library.

I appreciate everyone’s kindness. I look forward to getting to know the current patrons of the library as well as inviting new people to stop in and check out all that we have to offer. 

Lefty and George

This past weekend was a very busy one for the Westerlo Library! Our Read-To-Me dog, Lefty, visited the library last Friday, and brought his baby “brother,” George, who has recently passed his Therapy Dogs International test to be a therapy dog! Lefty will continue to visit each month with George as his backup. Lefty’s next visit will be on Friday, Sept. 27.

Books in the Barnyard 

On Saturday, the Library participated in the Altamont Fair’s Books in The Barnyard. John Gray read his book, “Keller’s Heart,” and signed copies, which the fair gave away to his fans.

Fair-goers seemed to enjoy our Goldfish Aquaponics display — “What To Do With That Goldfish Your Child Wins” — and the fish had a lot of fun watching the people and animals as they came by.

Shorty, the Therapy Dogs International therapy dog who visits us every other Monday, brought his handler, Kelli, and provided stress relief to everyone who stopped by to visit with him.

We gave away lots of books that the Altamont Fair provided — and had a great time reading; speaking to people; and petting the snakes, goats, and chickens that stopped by!

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.

Summer Reading 

Our 2019 Summer Reading Program is still underway! With the theme “A Universe of Stories,” we 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, arts, 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 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.

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.