You may know that Westerly Library is part of a consortium, Ocean State Libraries (OSL). What that means is that we all share some resources — the OSL consortium is what allows Westerly patrons to order books and other items from any Rhode Island library and have them delivered within a few business days to Westerly. Another benefit is that we can subscribe as a group to online databases, which enables us to get them at a lower price. This is a great deal for our library patrons — for the cost of a library card (completely free to RI and Stonington residents) you can connect from anywhere and use these fabulous resources.
To get to these databases, go through Rhode Island’s Statewide Reference Resource Center, more commonly known as AskRI. Go to the library’s catalog (http://catalog.oslri.net/) and click on Reference Resource Center, or type askri.org into your Internet browser. AskRI’s offerings include Mango Languages, a fabulous language learning database, Novelist, which has information on thousands of books, and an auto repair reference center. A recent addition is a link to Providence Public Library’s digital collections — you can enter a location and browse old photos!
School starts soon and there are plenty of databases for students of all ages to get articles and 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 icon 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, Biography Resource Center, and the Literary Reference Center (always helpful when students need literary criticism).
Preparing for the SAT, the citizenship test, or the GED test 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 Unfortunately, the exam prep books often go missing from the library, plus they get outdated quickly.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 Electrical, Plumbing, U.S. Citizenship, and the Civil Service. You’ll need to register for free, which involves creating a username and password, but you’ll be able to start studying immediately.
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. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens
2. “Summer of ‘69” by Elin Hilderbrand
3. “One Good Deed” by David Baldacci
4. “City of Girls” by Elizabeth Gilbert
5. “Mrs. Everything” by Jennifer Weiner
6. “The New Girl” by Daniel Silva
7. “A Better Man” by Louise Penny
8. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover
9. “The Turn of the Key” by Ruth Ware
10. “The Nickel boys” by Colson Whitehead
Top requested movies
1. “Game of Thrones, season 8”
2. “Marvel’s Avengers. Endgame”
3. “Outlander, Season 4”
4. “The Hustle”
5. “Long Shot”
9. “The Secret Life of Pets 2”
10. “A Dog’s Journey”
MONDAY — 10-11:30 a.m., Movie (“Bag It”) and Q&A with Westerly’s Plastic Reduction Committee; 10am-12pm, Photography in the Park—All levels of experience welcome; 1-3 p.m., Dungeons and Dragons (Teen Led Program) – No prior experience with the game is necessary—registration is required; 6-7:30 p.m., Tech Topics— Internet of Things- learn more about internet capable devices; 6-7:30 p.m., Adult S.A.G.A. meeting -- a discussion and support group for adults about LGBTQ+ stories and issues in books, movies, TV shows, and more.
TUESDAY — 5:30-7:30 p.m., Knit and Crochet Group! – a friendly knitting, crochet, needlework, and yarn craft club; 6-7:45 p.m., Sewing Social – amateur or experienced sewers are welcome!; 6-7:30 p.m., Renaissance Toastmasters – meets twice a month to share stories and get comfortable speaking in front of an audience. ; 6-6:45 p.m., Meditation Group – all ages and experience levels welcome!
WEDNESDAY — 9:15-10 a.m., Storytime at the Watch Hill Library – for ages 3+, at 2 Everett Ave.; 1-3 p.m., Animation Nation Club (ages 8-12) – a stop-motion film making program, online pre-registration required; 2-3:30 p.m., Travel 101—Become more aware of worldwide travel destinations with the help of Google Maps and Virtual Reality plus make luggage tags with our 3D printer! ; 4-5:30 p.m., Swampabots – for ages 9-12, Join this First Lego League Robotics team as they practice building and coding with Lego robots; 5:30-6:30 p.m., Movie (“Bag It”) and Q&A with Westerly’s Plastic Reduction Committee.
THURSDAY — 10:15-11 a.m., Toddler Painting (birth-4 years) – online registration required for a short story time followed by a group painting class, held near the fountain in Wilcox Park! ; 2-4:30 p.m., Teen S.A.G.A. meeting -- a discussion and support group for teens 12-18 about LGBTQ+ stories and issues in books, movies, TV shows, and more; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chess Club – All ages and experience levels are welcome, no sign-up required; 5:30- 7:45 p.m., Adult Game Night!-- Bring your own games, or play some that are part of the library’s collection; 6-7:45 p.m., Town Hall Meeting Public Forum with Congressman Jim Langevin.
SATURDAY — 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Adult Writers Workshop – A group-led prose writing workshop; 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Return of Camera Obscura – weather permitting (must be sunny), find us in Wilcox Park. 7:00- 10 p.m., Movies in the Park—Peter Pan.
Nina Wright is a reference librarian at the Westerly Library.