Just as in the spring the sparrows return to Capistrano and the buzzards return to Hinckley, Ohio, the frogs return to Lake Onderdonk and it’s — FROGDAMONIUM!  Big frogs, little frogs, bull frogs, cow frogs — they all return to the lake.

But, for the month of June, the frogs are visiting the Westerlo Public Library. There are ceramic frogs, metal frogs, even an Elvis Frog.  Check it out and learn everything you ever wanted to know about frogs — and have a smile at this fun collection. Thanks to Carrie and Bob Bogart for sharing.

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.

After school at the library

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 Wednesday

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.

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.

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

Read to Angus the Dog

Angus will be back this Friday, June 10, 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 being around a dog.

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

Book discussion

The library book discussion group will meet next Thursday, June 16, at 7 p.m. at the library.  We will discuss Sarah Addison Allen’s novel, “Garden Spells.”  In a garden surrounded by a tall fence, tucked away behind a small, quiet house in the smallest of towns, is an apple tree that is rumored to bear a very special sort of fruit. In this debut novel, Sarah Addison Allen tells the story of that enchanted tree, and the extraordinary people who tend it.

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.

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

After school at the library

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 Wednesday

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.

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.

 

Happy Birthday to us! On June 8, the Westerlo Public Library will mark its 30th anniversary of service to the town of Westerlo.

Our grand opening was held on Sunday, June 8, 1986. But, the journey began in earnest 10 years earlier when the town’s national bicentennial committee established a public library fund with monies left over from the bicentennial celebrations.

Then, the big breakthrough came in December 1983, when Harold Bell donated the general store building to the town in memory of his wife, Helen Taylor Bell.

For two-and-a-half years, a variety of community organizations and individual volunteers dedicated innumerable hours renovating the building, which had no plumbing or central heating. Local librarians volunteered to catalog the books, most which had been donated. More volunteers typed thousands of catalog cards (sometimes wearing gloves in the unheated building during the winter) to get the books shelf-ready for the public.

Since then, the library has moved forward into the electronic age with high speed internet access, Wi-Fi, an on-line catalog and account management, all while maintaining our friendly personalized service, relaxed atmosphere and providing an ample selection of new items on the shelves for our browsing patrons.

This library has been a community project from the beginning. We are committed to providing the highest level of library services to the people of Westerlo for many years to come.

Read to Angus the Dog

Angus will be back next Friday, June 10, 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 being around a dog.

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

Town-wide garage sale

The 11th annual town-wide garage sale will be held next Saturday, June 11.  The town museum board sponsors this annual event to raise funds for our sister organization, the Westerlo Heritage Museum.

If you would like to hold a sale on your property or at the town pavilion, please mail your registration form and $15 fee by June 3. Your sale will be listed on a map and advertised in the capital district.  Registration forms have been distributed to the library, the post office, and other sites throughout the area.

The museum will sell refreshments, baked goods, and maps to sale sites on the day of the sale at the Westerlo town park pavilion on County Route 401, starting at 8 a.m.  Call Kate at 797-3295 for more information.

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.

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

After school at the library

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 Wednesday

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.

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.

The library will be closed on Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day.

Quilting group

The library’s quilting group will meet this Saturday, May 28, 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 the second and fourth Saturday of each month and new members are welcomed.

Story time

On Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon, 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, the activities 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.

After school at the library

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 Wednesday

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.

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.

 

The wait is over. Our new book bags are here! These sturdy, but lightweight bags are made of non-woven polypropylene in our signature hunter green printed with the image of the library and dates 1986 – 2016 to celebrate our 30th birthday.

Not only suitable for books, these bags are also great reusable grocery totes.  Every time you use them, you’ll be raising awareness of the Westerlo Public Library.  Only $5 each, all proceeds benefit the library.

Read to Angus the Dog

Angus will be back this Friday, May 20, 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 being around a dog.

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

Display case

For the month of May the library is displaying Diane Figel’s collection of vintage kitchen utensils. All of the items on display are in good working order, and most are currently in use in Diane’s kitchen.  Those of us “of a certain age” will have no difficulty recognizing the cast iron eggbeater, the galvanized steel flour sifters or the10 different kinds of can and bottle openers.   (We probably have some of them in our own kitchens!)

Kitchen gadgets, even olive forks and those little doodads used to make melon balls, have a place in the heart of a collector.  There’s also something special about taking a gadget out of the drawer to use it and remembering your grandmother, mom, or a favorite aunt, using the tool in her kitchen.

Hang on to them and continue to use them. Your favorite kitchen implements will likely be around for the next generation.

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.

After school at the library

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 Wednesday

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.

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.

 

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