At the Library: Friends of the Library gearing up for annual book sale

At the Library: Friends of the Library gearing up for annual book sale

The Westerly Sun

Westerly Library and Wilcox Park is blessed to have so many people to help care for it. In addition to our paid staff, there are a great number of people who contribute to the success of the library: volunteers that are elected to our Board of Trustees, innumerable committees, a list of Incorporators, volunteers who help with many of our everyday tasks, generous donors, community members, and — of course — our amazing library and park patrons.

But there is a special group of folks that support Westerly Library and Wilcox Park that are true friends to the library and park.; they are the Friends of the Memorial and Library Association of Westerly.

The Friends of the Library is an incredibly active group that has been around since 1972, and they work hard to raise funds to help support the library and park in whatever means possible. Through meetings, fundraisers, physical housekeeping, and advocacy, the Friends support us in ways no individual person could.

One of the most visible projects that the group manages is the highly successful Friends Book Sale, which they carry out several times each year. The funds raised at these sales go directly back into the library, and are used to support needs that the operating budget cannot. Most recently, this has included the impressive new audiovisual system and staging in our auditorium, as well as necessary window treatments. In previous years, their generosity afforded us bike racks for the park, fantastic new young adult materials such as the popular 3Doodlers, and our high-definition microfilm scanner in the Reference Department.

We will also be purchasing archival storage for our special collections and start microfilming and digitizing some of our more recent newspapers! We are truly grateful for everything that the Friends of the Library has gifted us, and which helps us offer better resources and support to our community.

As mentioned before, the Friends run book sales throughout the year. You won’t want to miss their upcoming Winter Book Sale, which runs from Wednesday, Dec. 6, through Saturday, Dec. 9. A preview night will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 5, and is open to Friends members only. If you aren’t currently a member, and would like the chance to purchase book sale items before it opens to the public (and become a member of this amazing group of individuals). You can purchase an annual membership at the door.

Be sure to stop by to see what steals you can find; you may discover a hidden gem, or uncover your next page-turner! I know I’ll be at the sale doing some Christmas (and personal) shopping and supporting our Friends and Westerly Library and Wilcox Park at the same time. Hope to see you there!

Top-requested books■1. “The Rooster Bar” by John Grisham■2. “Don’t Let Go” by Harlan Coben■3. “The Midnight Line” by Lee Child■4. “Two Kinds of Truth” by Michael Connelly■ 5. “Origin” by Dan Brown■6. “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng■7. “Hardcore Twenty-Four” by Janet Evanovich■8. “End Game” by David Baldacci■9. “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles■10. “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate

Top-requested movies■1. “Dunkirk”■2. “Despicable Me 3”■3. “Baby Driver”■4. “The Glass Castle”■5. “The Dark Tower”■6. “Atomic Blonde”■7. “War for the Planet of the Apes”■8. “Spider-Man: Homecoming”■9. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”■10. “The Book of Henry”

Top billingFor All Ages■MONDAY –– 4:30-5:30 p.m., Video Workshop – Learn how to create your own video on an iPad, edit it, and share! This program is intended for teens and tweens; 6-7:45 p.m., URI Master Gardeners: Controlling Wildlife in the Garden and Landscape Plantings – Michael Lapinsky will discuss some of the ways you can deter wildlife from consuming plants in your garden, and give examples of plants that deer and other critters won’t eat.■TUESDAY –– 1-2 p.m., Afternoon Book Discussion – This month’s selection is Someone by Alice McDermott. New members are always welcome; 4:30-5:30 p.m., MAJEHN-Teen Book Club – Join us for our monthly teen book club and check out some ARCs from Kelsy at Savoy; 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; 6-7:45 p.m., Instagram Workshop – Learn the basics of Instagram, including how to set up an account, upload/edit pictures, and ways to interact with and follow other users. Registration is required.■WEDNESDAY –– 10-11 a.m., 1-to-3-Year-Old Storytime – Enjoy a fun-filled, interactive storytime with your little ones; 11-11:45 a.m., Homeschooler’s Book Group (FULL) – The book for this session is Capture the Flag by Kate Messner; 4-5 p.m., Senior Wise Tips for Caregivers Over the Holidays – The Elms will be here to share some helpful information for the elderly and caregiver; 3:30-7:00 p.m., Wilcox Boiler Room Ribbon Cutting/Open House – Drop in and see our new and improved Makerspace! Get a tour, see the great equipment, and check out some items that have been created in the space; 6-7 p.m., Yoga Workshop – Learn the correct postures for popular yoga poses, with a focus on proper alignment and mindful movement. Preregistration is required.■THURSDAY –– 10-11 a.m., 3 to 5 Year-Old Storytime – Join us for an hour full of stories, rhymes and crafting fun; 4-5 p.m., Teen Advisory Board – Help out the library while earning volunteer hours by sharing your thoughts and suggestions about the Teen Space; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chess Club – All ages and experience levels are welcome. Chess sets and roll up boards will be provided; 6-6:45 p.m., History of the Civilian Conservations Corps Camps of RI – Marty Podskoch joins us to talk about the CCC camps that were set up in RI prior to WWII, in response to the poverty and unemployment of the Great Depression.■FRIDAY –– 10:15-11:15 a.m., Sign & Craft featuring Turkey Trouble – This special turkey-themed storytime will introduce your little ones to basic signs that can help them better communicate.■SATURDAY –– 10 a.m.-3 p.m., NaNoWriMo Come Write In – In celebration of National Novel Writing Month, we have space on the 2nd floor reserved for aspiring writers to work on their craft; 1:30-3:00 p.m., The Creative Tools of Songwriting and Production – Grammy-nominated singer/keyboarder/songwriter Ishmael Flores will present this free workshop using the library’s Studio Rhode equipment to record and layer parts of a song track to create a new song; 12:30-3:30 p.m., Needle Felting Workshop – Kaydie and Amanda will join us to teach another great felting workshop.

Brigitte Hopkins is the executive director of the Westerly Library.



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