We are under construction! The Westerlo Library is proud to announce that work has begun on our latest Public Library Construction Grant-funded project.

This project will create a 650-square-foot multi-purpose program and community room within the library building in the space formerly occupied by the town museum. The project will also renovate the existing bathroom, add a new kitchenette, and create a quiet reading area in the existing library space.  A new heating and air-conditioning system capable of conditioning the entire building, including the new community room, will also be installed. Contractors are Red Sun Builders of Westerlo, Morsellino Brothers Mechanical of New Baltimore and Unlimited Concrete of Westerlo.

This project has been made possible thanks to many generous gifts — large and small — with 75 percent of the estimated $100,000 cost of construction matched by a $75,000 grant from the New York State Department of Education.

Memoir writing

The Memoir Writing Group will meet on Saturday, March 11, at 11 a.m. This group provides its members a safe place to learn together with people that are accepting and supportive. The group is about creating, not criticism. It is about the practice of remembering and writing.  It is not about publishing, polishing, or picking out the problems.

Led by Lila Hollister Smith, this 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 welcomed.

After school  

Join Miss Lee on Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for homework help, games, crafts, puzzles, music, and a lot more. Programs will also include storytelling, hands-on demonstrations, and visits from special guests. Lee is also available on Thursdays from 3 to 8 p.m. for homework help.

Story time  

From 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday mornings Miss Lee presents stories, songs, and movement activities designed for infants to children up to 5 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.  

Storytimes are also a great opportunity to meet other parents of small children in Westerlo.

Technology

Walk-In Wednesdays

Do you have a new Kindle or Nook, but don’t know how to download books? 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 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..

Join the Quilting and Fiber Arts Group this Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m. at the Westerlo Library.  We’re talking about wool with a demo of felting wool and silk together. For “show and share,” bring something made from wool and any questions you have.

Led by Lila Hollister Smith, this group is open to crafters who use fabric, yarns or thread at all skill levels. The group meets once a month on the fourth Saturday of each month and new members, and casual visitors are always welcomed.

Tax forms

Would you like to get ahead of the curve with your taxes? We currently have paper copies of the basic federal 1040 forms and instructions and reproducible copies of most of the federal tax forms that we will copy for you at no cost. If you need other specialized forms, ask at the desk and we’ll help you find them online.

Coupon exchange

Do you hate throwing away coupons, even when you can’t use them? Well, we’ve got the solution.  Donate your unused (unexpired!) coupons to the coupon exchange box and, in turn, help yourself to the coupons that others have donated.  

Your public library:  A good value in ways you never imagined.

Library book bags

Speaking of a good value, our new book bags are also great reusable grocery totes. Only $5 each, all proceeds benefit the library.  And, every time you use them you’ll be raising awareness of the Westerlo Public Library.  

After school  

Join Miss Lee on Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for homework help, games, crafts, puzzles, music, and a lot more. Programs will also include storytelling, hands-on demonstrations, and visits from special guests. Lee is also available on Thursdays from 3 to 8 p.m. for homework help.

Story time  

From 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday mornings Miss Lee presents stories, songs, and movement activities designed for infants to children up to 5 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.  

Storytimes are also a great opportunity to meet other parents of small children in Westerlo.

Technology Walk-In Wednesdays

Do you have a new Kindle or Nook, but don’t know how to download books? 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 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.

The library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20 in observance of Presidents Day.  

Quilting and fiber arts group

Our next meeting is Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m. at the library.  

We are expanding to include anyone who likes to work with fabric, threads or yarns. Please join us and get acquainted with others who share your passion. We will trade tips and techniques as well as show off our projects to each other. There will be monthly themes, lessons, demonstrations and challenges.

The theme for February is wool with a demo of felting wool and silk together. For “show and share,” bring something made from wool and any questions you have.

Led by Lila Hollister Smith, this group is open to all crafters who use fibers and textiles at all skill levels. The group meets once a month on the fourth Saturday of each month and new members and casual visitors  are always welcomed.

After school  

Join Miss Lee on Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for homework help, games, crafts, puzzles, music, and a lot more. Programs will also include storytelling, hands-on demonstrations, and visits from special guests. Lee is also available on Thursdays from 3 to 8 p.m. for homework help.

Story time  

From 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday mornings Miss Lee presents stories, songs, and movement activities designed for infants to children up to 5 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.  

Storytimes are also a great opportunity to meet other parents of small children in Westerlo.

Technology Walk-In Wednesdays

Do you have a new Kindle or Nook, but don’t know how to download books? 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 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..

 

The Board of Library Trustees will meet on Monday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. at the library. This is an open public meeting.

Memoir writing

The Memoir Writing Group will meet on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m. This group provides its members a safe place to learn together with people that are accepting and supportive. The group is about creating, not criticism. It is about the practice of remembering and writing. It is not about publishing, polishing, or picking out the problems.

Led by Lila Hollister Smith, this 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 welcomed.

Book discussion

The library book discussion group will meet next Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. at the library.  Join us as we explore British novelist Marcia Willett. If you’re looking for adventure, a good book can take you there. New members are welcome.

After school  

Join Miss Lee on Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for homework help, games, crafts, puzzles, music, and a lot more. Programs will also include storytelling, hands-on demonstrations, and visits from special guests. Lee is also available on Thursdays from 3 to 8 p.m. for homework help.

Story time  

From 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday mornings Miss Lee presents stories, songs, and movement activities designed for infants to children up to 5 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.  

Storytimes are also a great opportunity to meet other parents of small children in Westerlo.

Technology Walk-In Wednesdays

Do you have a new Kindle or Nook, but don’t know how to download books? 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 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..

The Westerlo Board of Library Trustees will meet on Monday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. at the library.  This is an open public meeting.

Read to Lefty

Please join us in welcoming Lefty to the library family. Lefty will be at the library next Friday, Jan. 13, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  

If your child is self-conscious about reading aloud or reluctant to read at all, he or she may feel more comfortable reading to a dog. Because dogs aren’t judgmental, the child relaxes, pats the attentive dog, and focuses on the reading. Another benefit is the joy children get from simply being around a dog.  

Lefty is a registered therapy dog. Our thanks to Eric Markson for volunteering his time and sharing Lefty with us.

New: Flipster!

Beginning in January digital magazines will no longer be available through OverDrive. We are offering a new service, Flipster! through the Upper Hudson Library System. It’s easy. All you need is your library card to access over 60 of your favorite magazine titles. Click on the link on our website or at uhls.org to download magazines to your phone, tablet or computer.

After school

Join Miss Lee on Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for homework help, games, crafts, puzzles, music and a lot more! Programs will also include storytelling, hands-on demonstrations, and visits from special guests. Lee is also available on Thursdays from 3 to 8 p.m. for homework help.

Story time

From 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday mornings Miss Lee presents stories, songs, and movement activities designed for infants to children up to 5 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 e-books?  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.

Family Game Night

Drop in on Thursdays between 5 and 8 p.m.  Try one of our board games – or bring your own.  This unstructured program is open to all ages and you need not be accompanied by a child to participate!

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.

 

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