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.

 

Thank you for supporting our annual book  and bake sale. We made $345. We couldn’t do it without the support of our community.

When you support our book and bake sale, and allow us to keep the change when paying fines or photocopies, it makes a real difference. Those “keep the change” nickels quickly add up into dollars that fund improvements like our beautiful stainless steel book return.

But there would be no bake sale without our friends (including staff and trustees!) baking and manning the tables all day Saturday.  Thank you.

Quilting group

The library’s quilting group will meet this Saturday, May 14, at 11 a.m., at the library.  Members show and share techniques, gadgets, projects, and ideas, and  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.

Book discussion

The library book discussion group will meet next Thursday, May 19, at 7 p.m., at the library.  We will turn our attention from poetry to “The Bard.”  It will be a real treat to have Margaret Hannay lead us in a discussion and reading selections from Shakespeare’s comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Read to a dog

Angus will be back next 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.

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.

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.

 

Treat Mom to something sweet on her special day.  The Westerlo Public Library’s annual book and bake sale will be held this Saturday, May 7 — the day before Mother’s Day — from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library. Bakers, donations of baked goods will be at the library accepted through Friday.

In addition to desserts and pastries of all kinds, there will be books, music, and videos for sale.  If those don’t strike your fancy, we will have a special selection of handmade beeswax candles crafted exclusively for the library.  Saving the best for last, our new book bags,  celebrating our 30th anniversary this year,  will be available for the first time.

Watch for our beautiful big blue banner announcing the sale, stop by, and check it out.

Library trustees meet

The board of library trustees will meet on Monday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at the library.  This is an open public meeting.

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.

You can now receive text messages for library hold pickup alerts, overdue reminders, and other courtesy notices.  This is an opt-in service.  Log into your online library account and go to “edit account.”  In “mobile settings,” enter your cellphone number, check “opt in,” and submit — or pick up more detailed instructions at the circulation desk.  We’ll be happy to help you get started.

Calling All Bakers

The library’s annual Book & Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, May 7 — the day before Mother’s Day — from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library.  Donations of baked goods are welcome.  A sign-up sheet is at the circulation desk.

Everyone else, mark your calendars!  This is your chance to treat Mom to something sweet on her special day. There will also be a selection of books, music, and videos for sale.

We couldn’t do it without the support of our community.  Thanks to our friends and patrons who support our book and bake sales and allow us to “keep the change” when paying for fines or photocopies.  Every penny makes a difference!

Toddler, preschool storytime

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

Do you have a new smartphone or tablet, 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.

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 (518) 797-3415, visit westerlolibrary.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/westerlolibrary

 

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