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I’m drawing a blank on what to write about this week! When in doubt, talk about some new books that might be of interest. After all, everyone likes to hear about new things, right? Of course, it’s all relative, because something that is of great interest to me most probably results in an eye roll from the next person. My advice to you is to come to the Westerly Library and peruse our new books, DVDs, and audio books on the first floor and decide for yourself! We are always putting new items into our collection and we highlight them on separate “New” shelving on our first floor.

Old Hollywood has always been an interest of mine. Karina Longworth, who produces a podcast I listen to called “You must remember this,” recently wrote a book called “Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood.” While there has been a kind of mythology surrounding Hollywood stars, especially in the first half of the 20th century, this book exposes the exploitation of young actresses “whose faces and bodies Hughes strove to possess and/or make iconic, sometimes at an expense to their minds and souls.”

If you’re looking for something lighter, try “Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It? A Mother’s Suggestions,” by Patricia Marx and illustrated by Roz Chast. I typically don’t like graphic novels, but sometimes, not to sound too dramatic, you have to move out of your comfort zone. Graphic novels are out of mine, but some of the motherly advice (and, yes, sometimes criticisms) are a real laugh. The advice includes “If your book club chooses ‘Absalom, Absalom!’ that will be the end of your book club,” and “Resist the temptation to buy clothes on your skinniest day.”

Have you recently found a new author you love? Did you just finish a book that was so good you didn’t want it to end? If you are interested in sharing these new finds and you are free this Wednesday, April 24, at 6 p.m., stop by the library for our Open Book Night! Open Book Night is a fun and casual opportunity to talk about what you love and hear about what other people are reading. It’s a great chance to meet fellow readers and to get recommendations for future reads, so come by if you can!

Top requested books

1. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens

2. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama

3. “Run Away” by Harlan Coben

4. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover

5. “The 18th Abduction” by James Patterson

6. “Redemption” by David Baldacci

7. “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides

8. “Neon Prey” by John Sandford

9. “Summer of ‘69” by Elin Hilderbrand

10. “Blessing in Disguise” by Danielle Steel

Top requested movies

1. “Green Book”

2. “Vice”

3. “Mary Poppins Returns”

4. “Bohemian Rhapsody”

5. “The Mule”

6. “On the Basis of Sex”

7. “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

8. “Aquaman”

9. “A Star is Born”

10. “The Favourite”

This week

MONDAY — 5:30-7 p.m., Conversation Class – for English Language Learners; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Homework Help/Tutoring (for grades K-8) – homework help and then tutoring in individual subjects, done by teens.

TUESDAY — 10-10:45 a.m., Family storytime for all ages; 3:30-4:30 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; 4:30-7 p.m., Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration! – Come celebrate the Bard’s birthday with sonnets, cake, and Shakespearean monologues; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Knit and Crochet Group! – a friendly knitting, crochet, needlework, and yarn craft club; 6-6:45 p.m., Meditation Group – all ages and experience levels welcome! 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

WEDNESDAY — 10-10:45 a.m., Storytime for ages 1-3; 3:30-5:30 p.m., Teen Celebration: Coretta Scott King – Come learn about the legacy of this champion of civil rights and books that represent kids of all colors and creeds. We will also have snacks and a movie adaptation of one of the books! 4:30-7:30 p.m., Shoreline Robotics Practice – For teens grades 7-12 interested in STEM and Robotics; 5:30-7 p.m., Conversation Class – for English Language Learners; 6-7 p.m., Open Book Night – 1. Introduce your book (one book per person), 2. Tell us what it’s about and why you loved it in two minutes or less, and 3. Have fun learning about new books that you might want to read!

THURSDAY — 10-10:45 a.m., Storytime for ages 3-5; 10-11:30 a.m., Conversation Class – A free conversation class for English Language Learners; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chess Club – All ages and experience levels are welcome, no sign-up required; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Homework Help/Tutoring (for grades K-8) – homework help and then tutoring in individual subjects, done by teens; 6-7:30 p.m., Dementia Family Caregiver Support Group -- A trained former caregiver will be facilitating all group sessions. The groups will be a safe space to discuss the unique challenges of caregiving.

FRIDAY — 3:30-4:30 p.m., MAJEHN – Share a thought, get a book and help determine what books we add to the Young Adult collection!

SATURDAY — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Make & Take Crafts for children! 10-11 a.m., Beyond the Rails with Lisa Bates – Have you ever wanted to travel the country by train? Bring your questions and learn about the author’s adventures on four cross-country train trips; 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Adult Writers Workshop – A group-led prose writing workshop; 1-2:30 p.m., Dungeons and Dragons (Teen Led Program) – No prior experience with the game is necessary—registration is required; 1-3 p.m., Piano Recital – Piano music from the Jennifer Christina Holden Piano Studio.

Caroline Badowski is a reference librarian at the Westerly Library.

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