Westerlo Library Notes for Wednesday, October 16, 2013

— Photo by Bob Wilcox

Concrete progress: Repairs are underway at the Westerlo Library, which has received a $31,000 Public Library Construction Grant from the State Education Department, covering three-quarters of the cost to install a concrete floor in the cellar, replace five windows, and restore the historic doors on the front of the building’s east wing — all this fall. More work will follow in the spring.


We are proud to announce the award of a $31,000 public library construction grant to the Westerlo Public Library. This fall the grant will fund installation of a concrete floor in the cellar, replacement of five windows, and restoration of the historic garage doors on the front of the east wing of the building. 

Next spring we will perform extensive repairs to the exterior wood siding and trim, restore historic windows, install new gutters and paint the building.  Contractors are D. Heath Construction and Red Sun Builders. 

Work has already begun on the basement project. After several days of prep work, early Friday morning, two truckloads of concrete were delivered, spread and finished. It will be such a pleasure to have a clean, hard surface to walk on down there. Many thanks to Dustin Heath and Jeff Homeyer for all of their hard work.

These projects have been made possible thanks to memorial donations and gifts to the library with 75 percent of the cost covered by this grant from the New York State Department of Education. 

Trustees meet

The board of library trustees will meet on Monday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., at the library.  This is an open public meeting.

New quilting group

Our new Quilting Group will meet on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m.  Led by Lila Hollister Smith, the group is open to all skill levels. Lila is a founding member of the Capital District Textile Artists group and a long-time member of QUILT, Inc.  She also teaches, gives trunk show talks and exhibits in art galleries. If you are interested in joining the group, please contact the library, or attend the meeting on Oct. 26.


We now have BookPage. 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 posted on BookPage.com each month.

Guess the Weight Win the Pumpkin

Kids (including teens) are invited to come in, size up that pumpkin, and make your best guess at its weight. The winner will not only earn the bragging rights as the Great Sage of Pumpkin Prognostication, but he or she will also take that pumpkin home. The winner will be announced on Oct. 22.

Children’s programs

 Make a Halloween craft on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  All ages are welcome, but children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult who can help them with the projects.

Toddler and preschool story time meets on Wednesday at 10 a.m..  Join Miss Lee for stories, songs, games and movement activities designed for children ages two 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.

Technology Walk-In Wednesday

Do you 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, hands-on instruction on how to work the mouse, navigate the Internet, set up an email account, use office automation programs, and more.  If Wednesday mornings are not convenient, please contact us to schedule an appointment.

Library info

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