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Community Artists Program
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Charlestown

Seal Tour
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Westerly

All Ages Hike at The Westerly Land Trust's Wahaneeta Preserve
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Westerly

"A Christmas Carol"
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Westerly

The Festival of Lessons and Carols for Advent
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Westerly

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At the Library / Nina Wright: Any shopping breaks? Plenty on the schedule this month

Amidst the hustle and bustle that most people are involved in at this time of year, sometimes it can be nice to take a break from all of the gift shopping and holiday parties. Here at the library, we have several events taking place in the month of December that you might find interesting.

Tuesday at 1 p.m., the Westerly Library Book Group is very pleased to welcome Rhode Island novelist Jan Shapin, who will speak about her newest novel, “A Desire Path.” This book takes place during the Great Depression and World War II. You can read more about Jan Shapin and her work on her website, This event is open to all, and the book group is also always eager to welcome new members. It meets the second Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. and the upcoming books are posted on the library’s website (

Tuesday evening at 6, the Chess Club meets. This group gathers every week on the second floor and is open to anyone, young or old, experienced or brand new to chess. The group is run by a well-known local chess player who wants to teach the game to others, and new people can drop by any Tuesday to see what it’s all about.

On Monday, Dec. 16, at 6:30 p.m., the library is pleased to welcome the Pawcatuck Valley Coin Club. This presentation will be about how to buy precious metals, so if you have ever been interested in purchasing gold or silver but weren’t sure how to go about it, stop by the library and they’ll be happy to help.

On Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m., the library is holding a meditation workshop. This group meets at the library every two weeks. Whether you are interested in learning more about meditation or you are experienced but want to find other like-minded individuals, feel free to drop in.

Lastly, on Wednesday, Dec. 18, the library is happy to welcome a Westerly native who has recently written a book. Valerie Marchand lived in Westerly for almost 50 years and is returning for the holidays.

We are fortunate she is able to spend an evening at the library to share her book with others. “The Water is a Blessing” is a nonfiction work about the author’s own experience. Since her near-death drowning at 8 years old, she has been intuitive to many things. Over the years, she has had vivid dreams, premonitions and visitations by loved ones. The author has met several people from all parts of the world who have also had similar drowning incidents, and struggled to rationalize their intuitiveness. Her goal is to engage people in discussing these experiences with others in an effort to share comfort and release fear and negativity. Marchand believes that each and every one of us dream, and if we write those dreams down and revisit the patterns we see forming, we can all translate the meanings of them, which could have an underlying message for someone close to us. She will also have copies of her new book on hand for purchase.

So we hope you all are enjoying this festive time of year. Come into the library for one of these programs, or to grab a book, DVD or even a CD of Christmas music.

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Top Books

1. “Sycamore Row” by John Grisham

2. “Takedown Twenty” by Janet Evanovich

3. “Cross my Heart” by James Patterson

4. “W is for Wasted” by Sue Grafton

5. “Gone” by James Patterson

6. “Never Go Back” by Lee Child

7. “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty

8. “The Lowland” by Jhumpa Lahiri

9. “The Gods of Guilt” by Michael Connelly

10. “The Longest Ride” by Nicholas Sparks

Top Videos

1. “Game of Thrones, Season 3”

2. “The Heat”

3. “Homeland, Season 2”

4. “Red 2”

5. “Man of Steel”

6. “White House Down”

7. “Monsters University”

8. “The Way, Way Back”

9. “Now You See Me”

10. “We’re the Millers”

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TUESDAY — 1 p.m., author Jan Shapin, a Rhode Island novelist, will be speaking to the book group. Anyone is welcome to attend and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to hear a local author speak on her latest work, “A Desire Path.” 1 p.m., the weekly Tuesday film will be shown in the Auditorium.

TUESDAY EVENING — 6 p.m, the weekly Chess Club meets. All ages and experience levels are welcome!

WEDNESDAY — The library will be closed for an all-staff meeting followed by a holiday party.

Nina Wright is the reference librarian at the Westerly Public Library.

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