At the Library: Revelling in the greatness of cats

At the Library: Revelling in the greatness of cats

The Westerly Sun

If you have ever come to the second floor of the library in the Reference area, you surely have had the great pleasure of seeing our “Library CATalog” wall. Certain co-workers have accused us of having a cat bias (true, at least for me) so we have allowed a few dogs to be a part of the CATalog. Without going on too much about the greatness of cats, I would like to recommend a couple of great cat books and maybe a book about a pet pig that you might be interested in reading.

The author Michael Korda recently published a book of sketches that he had doodled on the back of manuscripts for his wife, who was battling brain cancer. The sketches starred the couple’s three cats, and the result is his book, “Catnip.” The sketches are funny and moving. Included are the cats cooking and dining, cats in cowboy hats, cats playing musical instruments and dancing the cat-can. It’s a lovely book that is a testament to the couple’s love for one another and their feline companions.

A ridiculous book that I highly recommend when feeling stressed is “Cats on Catnip” by Andrew Marttila. The title says it all, and I have to believe that — even if you are not a cat lover — there is something delightful about cats looking playful, crazy and just a bit unhinged on catnip!

“Happily Ever  Esther: Two Men, a Wonder Pig, and Their Life-Changing Mission to Give Animals a Home” by Steve Jenkins is another new book worth checking out. Jenkins and his husband, Walter, left the big city to live on a farm with their adopted pig, Esther. Things quickly got a bit out of control, and the couple ended up running a sanctuary with over 42 animals, including goats, ducks and a peacock! This is a heartwarming memoir of a loving family composed of humans and animals.

There are plenty of charming dog books in our collection. Really, if you have an interest in any kind of animal (birds, fish, hamsters, you name it), we can find something for you!

Top-requested books■1. “The Perfect Couple” Elin Hilderbrand■2. “The President is Missing” by Bill Clinton & James Patterson■3. “All We Ever Wanted” by Emily Giffin■4. “The Other Woman” by Daniel Silva■5. “The Summer Wives” by Beatriz Williams■6. “Clock Dance” by Anne Tyler■7. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover■8. “Past Tense” by Lee Child■9. “The Death of Mrs. Westaway” by Ruth Ware■10. “Dark Sacred Night” by Michael Connelly

Top-requested movies■1. “Book Club”■2. “Avengers: Infinity War”■3. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”■4. “Deadpool 2”■5. “Life of the Party”■6. “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”■7. “Oceans 8”■8. “The Leisure Seeker”■9. “Solo: A Star Wars Story”■10. “Incredibles 2”

Top billingFor All Ages■MONDAY –– 6-7:45 p.m., Shoreline Robotics Practice – For teens interested in STEM and Robotics.■TUESDAY –– 2-4 p.m., Teen Movie: Radicle Book Club Edition – Right before our book club meeting, join us for a viewing of the film adaption of this month’s rad read: Persepolis; 4-5:30 p.m., Teen Radicle Book Club – Join us to discuss Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, and revisit The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros; 5:30-7:30, Knit & Crochet Club – Bring your project, work on a project with others, or swap yarn and ideas with fellow yarnies; 6-6:45 p.m., Meditation Group – Join us in the 3rd floor Terrace Room; 6-7:45 p.m., Quilters Corner – Bring your current project and join us for a casual and crafty get-together in the Makerspace; 6-7:30 p.m., Renaissance Toastmasters of Westerly – Join us to improve your public speaking skills;  6:30-7:45 p.m., Getting Started: An Educational Series for Alzheimer’s Caregivers (Part 2) – This free workshop provides you with the basic information you need to care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease. Preregistration is required for this event.■WEDNESDAY –– 9:15-10 a.m., Storytime at the Watch Hill Library – For parents and children ages 3+; 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Dungeons and Dragons – A Teen-led program! No experience with the game is necessary; 1-3/6-7:30 p.m., Wirework Wednesday – Stop by the Makerspace during the afternoon or evening session and learn to craft with wire.■THURSDAY –– 3-4:30 p.m., Teen Advisory Board & Teen Volunteer Meeting – We’re dedicating this month’s board meeting to our dedicated volunteers, both current and future; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chess Club – All ages and experience levels are welcome, no sign-up required.■FRIDAY –– 8-10 p.m., Movies in the Park: Dirty Dancing – Enjoy this classic film in Wilcox Park!

Caroline Badowski is a reference librarian at the Westerly Library.


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