Looking to take a trip? Travel the cheap way — at the Westerly Library.

Looking to take a trip? Travel the cheap way — at the Westerly Library.

The Westerly Sun

Spring is here and with it comes vacations, whether it’s spring break from school or a getaway to somewhere warmer. Planning a trip can be tricky, especially if it’s to somewhere that you’re not familiar with, but resources from the library can help you to find out the best tips, tricks, and discounts to get the most out of your vacation.

Last fall, I went to Las Vegas for the first time. It was also my first time using a Frommer’s EasyGuide or any travel guide, for that matter. The EasyGuide had a lot of trips and tricks that made getting around Vegas easier, and the book was simpler to navigate than wading through a lengthy tourist message board online. The book broke things down by budget, location, and even suggested daily itineraries to make the most out of your trip. My favorite part of the EasyGuide was that it came with a map that could be taken out of the book – I carried it in my purse while we were there and it helped us to avoid traffic on the Strip or make detours when we didn’t like the route that Google Maps suggested. I now swear by EasyGuides for my vacations!

You may be worried that a printed travel guide will be outdated before it even hits the presses, but it’s not so. I was impressed by how current the information in the book was, plus our library is very cautious about removing and replacing dated travel books. For example, our Frommer’s EasyGuide to Disney World, Universal and Orlando is from 2017 and has tips about recently opened rides (it even tells you which order to go on the rides to save time and energy.) We can order travel books in from other libraries if we don’t have the most up-to-date version for a specific location. Speak to a staff member at the Reference Desk to make sure that you’re ordering the most current version, we have a few tricks up our sleeves to make sure you don’t accidentally get a 30-year-old guide.

Maybe your vacation is more of a stay-cation this year. The library can help with that, too! We have travel books for nearby areas as well, including books on hiking and biking in Rhode Island. We can help you to see local attractions more affordably. The library has passes to local attractions like Mystic Aquarium, Biomes, Roger Williams Park Zoo, and Florence Griswold Museum. Many offer discounts, some even offer free admission. Each pass has a different discount and restrictions, so make sure to ask at the Circulation Desk and read the pass. These passes can be checked out on your card.

So no matter where you travel, be it near or far, start with the library to find your way!

Top-requested books

1. “The Fix” by David Baldacci

2. “The Black Book” by James Patterson

3. “16th Seduction” by James Patterson

4. “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family & Culture in Crisis” by J. D. Vance

5. “If Not for You” by Debbie Macomber

6. “Into the Water” by Paula Hawkins

7. “One Perfect Lie” by Lisa Scottoline

8. “Golden Prey” by John Sandford

9. “Fast and Loose” by Stuart Woods

10. “Right Behind You” by Lisa Gardner

Top-requested movies

1. “La La Land”

2. “Hidden Figures”

3. “Fences”

4. “Lion”

5. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

6. “Manchester by the Sea”

7. “Sing”

8. “Patriots Day”

9. “Arrival”

10. “Passengers”

Top billing

For all ages

MONDAY — 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Sensory Playtime – An hour of activities and social time geared towards children 3-8 with sensory integration challenges, but open to all children; 4-7 p.m., Tax Prep Help – AARP will be here to help all ages with their taxes. First come, first served, so no appointments are necessary; 4-5 p.m., Teen Advisory Board – Help us brainstorm, improve our space and services, and earn volunteer hours at the same time!; 6-7:45 p.m., Master Gardeners: Insects in the Garden – Join the URI Master Gardeners for a presentation on insects in the garden!

TUESDAY — The library will open at 1:00 p.m. due to a staff meeting. 1-2 p.m., Afternoon Book Discussion – This month’s selection is Among Schoolchildren by Tracy Kidder. New members are always welcome; 3:30-5 p.m., Teen Nerdfighters: Catzzzz -We’ll have supplies to make cat toys for a local shelter; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Knit & Crochet Club – Bring your project, work on a project with others, or swap yarn and ideas with fellow yarnies; 6-7:00 p.m., Computer Basics 2: Fundamentals of Windows – In this class on basic computer use, we’ll introduce you to the Windows 10 desktop; 6-6:45 p.m., Meditation Group – Work on becoming more present and mindful through the practice of meditation.

WEDNESDAY — 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Homeschooler’s Book Club – This session is FULL; 3-4 p.m., Introduction to Email – Learn the basics of electronic mail, set up your own Gmail account, and keep in touch with family and friends; 3:30-5 p.m., Crafting Wednesdays – Swing by the Teen Space and craft with all different materials; 3:30-5:00 p.m., Crafting Wednesdays – Join us for some drop-in crafting fun in the Teen Space; 4:30-5:30 p.m., Create Club –This monthly club is a great opportunity for children 8 and up to help us create projects and displays for the library; 6:30-7:45 p.m., John Graham and Friends Flute Recital – Enjoy a night of flute solos, quartets, and quintets.

THURSDAY — 3:30-5:30 p.m., Teen Anime –We’ll be watching anime, crafting, and snacking on Ramen and Pocky; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chess Club – All ages and experience levels are welcome. Chess sets and roll up boards will be provided; 6-7:00 p.m., Internet Basics 1: Navigation – In this course, we’ll learn about the parts of some common internet browsers and websites, and also discuss safe browsing habits; 6-7:45 p.m., Family Movie Night: Rhubarb - Trouble follows when an eccentric millionaire bequeaths his fortune - and his baseball team - to his pet cat in this 1951 classic.

FRIDAY — 10-11 a.m., Sign & Craft featuring The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Children ages 1 through 5 learn simple signs while enjoying a popular story 2-3:30 p.m., Scavenger Hunt – Bring your very best sleuthing skills to our Teen scavenger hunt; 3-4 p.m., Cat Crafternoon – Join us for a cat-themed “crafternoon”, where we’ll make hanging scratching pads and tiny toys for your furry friends!

SATURDAY — 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Tax Prep Help – AARP will be here to help all ages with their taxes. No appointments necessary; 12:30-2 p.m., Introduction to Quilt Making: Binding– In the final class of this 3-part series, students learn to create the binding for their quilt, enabling them to finish the project. Please pre-register for this event; 12:30-3:30 p.m., Needle Felting Workshop – learn to Needlefelt and create a fuzzy owl with instructor Kaydie Silk. Preregistration is required.

Colleen Walsh-Jervis is a library associate at the Westerly Public Library.


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