The Westerlo Public Library book discussion group will meet on Thursday, March 17, at 7 p.m.,  at the library.  For the month of March, we will choose our own adventure with a Western theme.  Our inspiration is Russell Martin’s lushly illustrated book, “Cowboy:  The Enduring Myth of the Wild West.”  Like the book, we will explore American Western culture from John Wayne’s depiction of the “wild west” to John Travolta’s contemporary portrait in Urban Cowboy.  Please join us.  New members are welcome.

Makerspace workshop

On Friday, March 18, at 6 PM, the library will host a public workshop exploring the Maker Movement, sustainable farming and local economic development in the Hilltowns.  Led by April Roggio, a local independent researcher, these community dialogs hope to answer the following question:  Would the development of a makerspace in the Hilltowns help nurture small farmers?

Funded with a grant from the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NESARE), Sustainable Hilltowns is interested, broadly, in pursuing activities that encourage sustainable economic development, food security and prosperity in our region.

Additional workshops are scheduled at the Berne and Rensselaerville public libraries.  For more information, contact April Roggio at ,  call her at 239-2738, or at the Sustainable Hilltowns Facebook page.

Display case

For the month of March the library is displaying a collection of Kodak Brownie Cameras.  With the slogan "you press the button, we do the rest," George Eastman put the first simple camera into the hands of a world of consumers in 1888. In so doing, he made a cumbersome and complicated process easy to use and accessible to nearly everyone.

In 1900, the Kodak Brownie camera brought photography within financial reach of consumers. The camera sold for $1 and film was 15 cents a roll.  The Brownie is one of the most iconic cameras in history. Tens of millions were made so they are easy to find and buy even today, and most do not have high value as collectables.

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

Read to Angus the Dog

Angus will be back this Friday, March 11, from 5 to 6 p.m. (new time). 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.

Quilting group

The library’s quilting group will meet this Saturday, March 12, 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.

Sustainable Hilltowns Makerspace workshop

On Friday, March 18, at 6 p.m., the library will host a public workshop exploring the Maker Movement, sustainable farming and local economic development in the Hilltowns. Led by April Roggio, a local independent researcher, these community dialogs hope to answer the following question: Would the development of a “makerspace” in the Hilltowns help nurture small farmers?

Funded with a grant from the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, Sustainable Hilltowns is interested, broadly, in pursuing activities that encourage sustainable economic development, food security, and prosperity in our region.

Additional workshops are scheduled at the Berne and Rensselaerville public libraries.  For more information, contact April Roggio at , 518-239-2738, or at the Sustainable Hilltowns Facebook page.

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.

Pick up your free copy of the March  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.

Don’t forget digital magazines

The Upper Hudson Library System offers digital magazines through our e-book vendor, OverDrive. Over 100 titles are available from AARP to Zootles  Any cardholder at any public library in Albany or Rensselaer Counties can check out digital magazines online.  Click the “Download Magazines” link on our website.

OverDrive uses the Nook app for its magazine reader, so you will have to set up a Barnes & Noble account and download the Nook app to your computer or mobile device.

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 Westerlo Library quilting group will meet on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m., at the library.  Members show and share techniques, gadgets, projects ,and ideas or 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 welcome.

Story time

Check out our new 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 activites 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 Westerlo Public Llibrary book discussion group meets tonight Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m., at the library. We will discuss an assortment of entries from Graham Ison’s "Inspector Brock & Sergeant Poole" British police procedural mystery series. 

Ison’s 30-year career in Scotland Yard’s Special Branch ensures realism in the police investigation methods, the interactions of the detectives, and the crimes themselves.

 In addition to the Brock and Poole series, he has written the Hardcastle historical mystery series set during World War I, and scripted for Thames Television's “The Bill.”

 Please join us.  New members are welcome.

 Display case

 For the month of February the library is displaying Nancy Latham’s vintage Black Americana Folk Art.  Black memorabilia, sometimes called Black Americana, describes objects and ephemera relating to African American and Afro-European history.  Dating from the mid-1800s through the mid-1900s, collectibles range from dolls, figurines, and advertising caricatures, to slave documents.  Nancy’s collection includes tins, ceramic ware, dolls, and more. 

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.

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