At the Library: Come out and laugh for a good cause

At the Library: Come out and laugh for a good cause

Delicious Italian cuisine, cash bar, comedy entertainment … and it’s all for a good cause? It doesn’t get much better than that! Get ready, because tickets are now on sale for our fourth annual Laughs for a Cause fundraiser, and it’s gearing up to be a pretty amazing night.

The Laughs for a Cause event will be taking place on Saturday, March 10, at the Haversham House on Post Road. Doors will open at 6 p.m., so guests will have some time to mingle and enjoy a cocktail before dinner, which will begin around 6:30 p.m. The Haversham’s buffet-style, Italian-inspired meal will feature Tuscan chicken in a basil and portabella mushroom sherry cream sauce, pasta and meatballs with marinara, roasted red potatoes, mixed vegetables, and garden salad. Don’t forget to save room for dessert! Coffee and tea, as well as a few sweet treats, will also be served. 

Each year, our Laughs for a Cause event includes a show featuring a local entertainer. We’ve had comedians, magicians, and the full cast of a murder-mystery, but this year we’re really going mental: the one and only “Thief of Thoughts,” a comedy mentalist by the name of Lon Cerel will entertain and astound us during dinner, so prepare to have your mind boggled! Cerel’s hilarious performance combines Houdini-like escapes with Sherlock Holmes-esque intuition as he “reads” and reveals the audience’s thoughts. 

Now that you know all about the “laughs” part of the night, let’s discuss the cause! Laughs for a Cause raises money for different aspects of library services, and this year the night will include an interactive “Fund-a-Need” auction, during which you can donate to a variety of library needs — you can donate to a specific fund such as the park, children’s room, and book purchases, or to a more targeted item such as a virtual reality kit for the Teen Space, or tools for our children’s musical storytimes. Any and all donations are appreciated and go a long way towards improving the library and our ability to meet the needs of the community! 

Tickets can be purchased online at our website,, or at the Circulation Desk. Make sure to purchase yours soon, before we sell out! If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, you may also contact Victoria at, or 401-596-2877, ext. 302.

Top requested books

1. “The Woman in the Window” by A. J. Finn

■2. “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah■3. “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff■4. “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng■5. “The 17th Suspect” by James Patterson■6. “The Wife Between Us” by Greer Hendricks■7. “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones■8. “The Fallen” by David Baldacci■9. “Look for Me” by Lisa Gardner■10. “The Rooster Bar” by John Grisham

Top-requested movies■1. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”■2. “Lady Bird”■3. “Darkest Hour”■4. “Wonder”■5. “Thor: Ragnarok”■6. “Murder on the Orient Express”■7. “Coco”■8. “Daddy’s Home 2”■9. “Dunkirk (2017)”■10. “A Bad Mom’s Christmas”

Top billingFor All Ages■MONDAY –– 10-11 a.m., Sensory Storytime – Join us for our new, monthly, storytime program, which is designed to engage all children, including those with special needs; 4-7 p.m., Tax Prep Help (with AARP) – This program is available to all taxpayers, no AARP membership required. Drop by the library for assistance with your taxes, given on a first-come, first-served basis; 6-7:30 p.m., Excel Basics 1: Cells and Formulas – This free workshop will introduce you to Excel, a computer program that allows you to make and navigate spreadsheets. ■TUESDAY –– 10-11 a.m., Family Storytime – Join us every Tuesday for family-friendly storytime with Miss Sandy; 5:30-7:45 p.m. Taxes in Retirement – This free seminar will cover basic information related to taxes for retirees, and help you develop retirement tax strategies for your future; 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., Ninigret Quilters – Bring a project to work on, or stop by if you have questions/need pointers; 6-6:45 p.m., Meditation Group – Practice your mindfulness and breathing in our third floor Terrace Room; 6-7:30 p.m., Renaissance Toastmasters of Westerly – This club meets twice a month to share stories, provide mentorship, and help build your self-confidence in your public speaking skills. ■WEDNESDAY –– 11-11:45 a.m., Homeschooler’s Book Group (FULL) – Our book for this session is Story Thieves by James Riley; 3:30-6:30 p.m., Teen iPad Petting Zoo – If you’ve been curious about iPads, but don’t have one of your own, here is your chance to play around with them. Just drop by the Teen Space; 6:30-8 p.m., Reducing Anxiety Through Meditation – Life is stressful, and we often find ourselves feeling anxious about our work, health, family, and more! In this free seminar, Dr. Alan Post discusses how meditation can help us cope with this anxiety, and replace negative feelings with joy and peace. ■THURSDAY –– 10-10:45 a.m., 3 to 5-Year-Old Storytime – This story hour is full of stories, song, play, and crafts; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chess Club – All ages and experience levels are welcome; 6-7:30 p.m., Excel Basics 2: Formatting and Charts – Part two of this free workshop will delve a bit deeper into Excel, teaching you to add charts and format your spreadsheet.■SATURDAY –– 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Tax Prep Help (with AARP) – This program is available to all taxpayers, no AARP membership required. Drop by the library for assistance with your taxes, given on a first-come, first-served basis; 2-3 p.m., Celebrating Ireland in Story and Song – Join the Irish Coastal Club and Kevin Fallon for an hour full of Irish Music, dancing and hilarity!

Cassie Skobrak is a reference librarian at the Westerly Library.


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