The library will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24 for Thanksgiving.  

Coats for Kids  

The library is a collection site for the Helderberg Kiwanis Club and BKW Key Club’s 2016 “Coats for Kids” Drive. Donate gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and other cold weather gear for distribution to children in the Hilltowns.

Other collection sites are:  the Berne Public Library, East Berne Post Office, Rensselaerville Post Office, and Berne-Knox-Westerlo School. The drive runs through Nov. 30.

BookPage

Pick up your free copy of the November edition of 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. Did you miss last month’s issue?  Check our “free shelf” for back issues.

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.

Family Game Night

Drop in on Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. for Family Game Night. 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 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..

 

 

— Photo from Sue Hoadley

Striped leggings and polka-dot socks disappear into a fire truck on Nov. 5 as Assistant Chief Andrew Joslin demonstrates Westerlo Volunteer Fire Company’s fire-fighting apparatus at an open house. The volunteers also presented a fire-prevention program at the Westerlo Library.

A big thank-you to Lisa Joslin and the Westerlo Volunteer Fire Company!

The company’s Nov. 5 fire prevention program at the library and open house at the fire station, was informative — a whole lot of fun! The children were thrilled to get a close-up look at the fire truck and climb inside.

And we were all impressed by the demonstrations of forcible entry and power extrication tools.

Trustees meet

The Board of Library Trustees will meet on Monday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. at the library. This is an open public meeting.

Memoir writing group

The new Memoir Writing Group will meet this Saturday, Nov. 12, 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. t 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.

Lila is a founding member of the Capital District Textile Artists group and leads the Westerlo Library Quilting Group. She also teaches, gives trunk show talks and exhibits in art galleries.

Book talk  

The library book discussion group will meet next Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at the library. Join us this autumn as we “Fall Into a Good Book.” If you’re looking for adventure, a good book can take you there.  We’re going to read for pure pleasure and share our favorites with the group. 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 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 797-3415, visit westerlolibrary.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/westerlolibrary.

A big thank-you to the kind elf who slipped in unseen — but not unnoticed! — and repainted our historic marker. Over the past few weeks, this civic-minded individual has restored the markers all along Route 143. One day the sign was faded and worn, then — presto! — the next day it was sharp and legible in crisp dark blue and yellow.

The historic marker in front of the library — one of 20 markers placed in Westerlo by the New York State Department of Education’s Historic Marker program between 1926 and 1966 — reads:  “Grant & Eadie, Early Storekeepers, Made Potash at Chesterville, 1798.”  Some form of commerce was conducted on the site for nearly 200 years until the opening of the library in 1986.   

Read to Angus the Dog

Angus will be back next Friday, Nov. 4, from 5 to 6 p.m.  Contact the library to register your child for a 15-minute reading session, or just drop in to “check it out!”  (Librarians love saying, “Check it out.”)  

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.  

Angus is a registered therapy dog. Our thanks to Laura Tenney for volunteering her time and sharing Angus with us.

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 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.

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

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.

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.

For 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 797-3415, visit westerlolibrary.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/westerlolibrary.

The Westerlo Library quilting group will meet this Saturday, Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. at the library. Members show and share techniques, gadgets, projects and ideas — you may get help with problems or inspiration.   Bring any fabric or fiber (knit, crochet, weaving, etc.) project to show. We would love to see what you can do.

Led by Lila Hollister Smith, the 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 are welcomed.

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 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.  

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

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.

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.

Family Game Night

Drop in on Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. for Family Game Night. 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 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, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. at the library. This is an open public meeting.

Book discussion

The library book discussion group will meet next Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at the library.  Join us this autumn as we “Fall Into a Good Book.”  If you’re looking for adventure, a good book can take you there.  We’re going to read for pure pleasure and share our favorites with the group. New members are welcome.

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.

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.

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.

Family Game Night

Drop in on Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. for Family Game Night. 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 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..

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