At the Library: Take advantage of the library's databases

At the Library: Take advantage of the library's databases

Westerly Library is part of a consortium called Ocean State Libraries, or OSL. This consortium is what allows Westerly patrons to order items from any Rhode Island public library and pick them up within a few business days in Westerly. Another benefit is that we can subscribe as a group to online databases, enabling us to get them at a lower price. This is a great deal for our library patrons—for the cost of a library card (FREE for most) you can connect from anywhere you can get on the Internet and use these fabulous resources!

To get to these databases, you would go through Rhode Island’s Statewide Reference Resource Center, more commonly known as AskRI.  To access it, just go to the library’s catalog ( and click on Reference Resource Center, or type into your Internet browser. AskRI’s offerings include Mango Languages, with over 71 languages for people that want to learn another one, AtoZ Databases, which provides detailed information for more than 15 million businesses, and Ebsco, a wonderful resource for research papers, since it has thousands of full-text journal articles.

School has begun, and there are plenty of databases for students of all ages to get information for homework assignments. We often get panicked parents rushing in with their children the night before an assignment is due because their child just informed them that evening they needed books. These databases are a huge boon in situations like this. Books on whales may not be available in the library if everyone else in the class has already come in and selected some, but the articles in the database are there for everyone, all the time. Just click on the Ebsco choice and you’ll see databases for students. There are some for middle school students, primary and secondary school, and then others such as Points of View which is helpful for students who have to pick one side of a controversial subject to argue, the History Reference Center, and the Biography Reference Center.

Preparing for the SAT or ASVAB and you need to start studying today? Unfortunately, the exam prep books often go missing from the library, plus they get outdated quickly. No need to worry though! There is an extremely valuable resource called Learning Express Library which offers practice tests, exercises, and skill-building courses. Some of the tests available include Electrician, Plumber’s Licensing, U.S. Citizenship, and the GED.  You’ll need to register, which is free and simply involves creating a username and password, but you’ll be able to start studying immediately. Learning Express even has a new section that will help you with designing your resume and writing a cover letter.

Although I am sure we are all sorry that summer is drawing to a close, the library is here to help ease the transition back to school, work, or job-hunting. Log on anytime!

Top-requested books

1. “The Perfect Couple” Elin Hilderbrand

■2. “The President is Missing” by Bill Clinton & James Patterson■3. “Fear: Trump in the White House” by Bob Woodward

4. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover

■5. “Past Tense” by Lee Child■6. “Nine Perfect Strangers” by Liane Moriarty■7. “The Other Woman” by Daniel Silva

8. “All We Ever Wanted” by Emily Giffin

■9. “Dark Sacred Night” by Michael Connelly■10. “The Summer Wives” by Beatriz Williams

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

Top billingFor All Ages■TUESDAY –– 1-2 p.m., Afternoon Book Discussion – This month’s selection is The Radium Girls by Kate Moore. New members are always welcome; 4-6 p.m., Teen Sand Art – Create sand art and window decals; 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 – Work on being present and mindful in our 3rd floor Terrace Room; 6-7:30 p.m., Renaissance Toastmasters of Westerly – Work on improving your public speaking skills in a fun and comfortable environment!

WEDNESDAY –– 9:15-9:45 a.m., Homeschooler’s Parent/Child Book Club (Ages 7-10) – A great opportunity for homeschoolers to learn and grow together! This week, we’ll be reading The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Clearly. Online pre-registration is required; 9:15-9:45 a.m., Homeschooler’s Parent/Child Book Club (Ages 11+) - This week, or 11+ group will be reading The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. Online pre-registration is required; 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Drop-in Origami and Peace Cranes – School is out for Primary Day! Come fold cranes and other origami all afternoon in the teen space; 2-4 p.m., Teen Movie – Come by and watch a movie, chosen by you! Also enjoy popcorn and crafts; 4:30-7:30 p.m., Shoreline Robotics Practice - For teens interested in STEM and Robotics; 6-7 p.m., Local Author Nonfiction Spotlight – Savoy Bookshop & Café and the Westerly Library present the next in our Local Author Spotlight series, featuring a number of wonderful writers. Free and open to the public!

THURSDAY –– 5-7:45 p.m., David Zapatka Exhibit and Book Signing – Join us in the Hoxie Gallery with Westerly native David Zapatka, who shares his lighthouse photography and new book Stars and Lights: The Darkest of Dark Nights; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chess Club – All ages and experience levels are welcome, no sign-up required; 6-7:30 p.m., Cribbage Tournament – Come to the Makerspace for an all-ages Cribbage tournament! Some boards are provided, but feel free to bring your own from home.

■FRIDAY –– 10:30-11:30 a.m., Sing Me a Story with Mike Marowitcz – A musical take on the classic storytime; 3:30-4:30 p.m., MAJHEN Teen Book Club – Come and get advanced reader’s copies of the latest YA books (before they come out!), and chat about the books you’re currently reading; 4-5:45 p.m., Shoreline Robotics Practice - For teens interested in STEM and Robotics.

SATURDAY ––10 a.m.-2 p.m., Make & Take Crafts – Drop in at any time to create with other children; 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Adult Writers Workshop – A group-led prose writing workshop; 1:30-2:30 p.m., Yoga Today: Which One and Why? – Gary from Quonny Yoga will shed some light on the different kinds of yoga offered in this area, and guide us through some basic movements. Come with comfortable clothes, and a large mat or towel!

Nina Wright is a reference librarian at the Westerly Library.


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