standing Westerly Library

It’s not too late to prevent the dreaded summer learning slide! Westerly Library’s Summer Reading Program is open until Aug. 10.

For those entering kindergarten through grade 5 this fall, sign up and read six books or do six hours of reading/learning activities before Aug. 10 and you will receive coupons for free or discounted admission to 12 Rhode Island state attractions, coupons for free or discounted items from local merchants, a certificate of completion, and a free book of your choice! Just for signing up, you’ll also receive a coupon for free bowling from Alley Katz. Along the way to completion, you’ll also receive some other age-appropriate prizes!

For the youngest members of the family, there is a special reading program for ages birth through 23 months, and one for ages two years to entering kindergarten. All ages receive a free book and certificate of completion once reading requirements are satisfied. For teen patrons, the requirements and sign-ups can be found in the library’s Teen Space on the first floor, while adult program requirements can be found at the Circulation Desk.

Be sure and check the library’s website and Facebook page for program listings. For kids, there are terrific Wednesday morning entertainments, programs open to all at Westerly Town playgrounds on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, some storytimes, a book club for children ages 8 to 12, stop-motion film making, Toddler Music and special Friday morning educational programs sponsored by Stand Up for Animals.

Most schools have summer reading lists or reading requirements, so why not fulfill those requirements by signing up for the library’s Summer Reading Program and get prizes for completion as well? Not many things in life are free anymore, but your library offers all of the things listed above absolutely free of charge (unless you lose, damage, or keep materials past the due date). What a bargain! Also, we are air conditioned to keep you comfy during these hot and humid summer days, and offer free Wi-Fi.

We also rely on you, our patrons, to keep us updated on what the newest popular books, series, or DVDs are. Do you want a title we don’t own, or that’s checked out? It can be reserved for you and sent from another library. Do you need a free or discounted admission pass to one of the area attractions? Check our web page for the list of passes that we loan out. Long family trip? Borrow some audio books, Playaways or Playviews.

Hope to see you soon!

Top requested books

1. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens

2. “Summer of ‘69” by Elin Hilderbrand

3. “City of Girls” by Elizabeth Gilbert

4. “Mrs. Everything” by Jennifer Weiner

5. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover

6. “One Good Deed” by David Baldacci

7. “The New Girl” by Daniel Silva

8. “A Better Man” by Louise Penny

9. “The Guest Book” by Sarah Blake

10. “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides

Top requested movies

1. “Game of Thrones, season 8”

2. “Outlander, Season 4”

3. “Captain Marvel”

4. “Dumbo”

5. “Shazam!”

6. “Marvel’s Avengers. Endgame”

7. “The Upside”

8. “Long Shot”

9. “The Hustle”

10. “Alita: Battle Angel”

This Week

MONDAY — 9:30-10:30 a.m., Book Club: Sanity & Tallulah – for ages 9-12, online registration required! Kids get a free copy of the book; 1-3 p.m., Dungeons and Dragons (Teen Led Program) – No prior experience with the game is necessary—registration is required; 6:00-7:45 p.m., Shoreline Robotics Practice – For teens grades 7-12 interested in STEM and Robotics; 6-7:30 p.m., Cookbook Club! – this group meets once a month, picking a different cookbook each time for members to select a recipe to prepare and bring in! Please note: registration is required every month; 6:30-7:30 p.m., a performance in Wilcox Park! – Stage Door Theater Co. presents “You Do Not Want to See a Nun at the DMV”, a comedy written and directed by Eugene Celico.

TUESDAY — 10-11 a.m., Sunflower Kids Yoga at Craig Field (17 Mountain Ave.) – for ages 4-12, a story with yoga poses and a simple craft; 2-4 p.m., Moon Landing Challenge (for ages 13-18) – teens will use recycled materials to construct a moon shuttle model. Try to design one that will prevent your two marshmallow “astronauts” from falling out upon landing; 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; 6:30-7:30 p.m., a performance in Wilcox Park! – Stage Door Theater Co. presents “You Do Not Want to See a Nun at the DMV”, a comedy written and directed by Eugene Celico.

WEDNESDAY — 9:15-10 a.m., Storytime at the Watch Hill Library – for ages 3+, at 2 Everett Ave.; 10-10:45 a.m., Toddler Music (ages birth-5) – an interactive music program for parents and kids; 10-11 a.m., Martial Arts with Dean Watts (ages 4-12) – kids can learn fun basic karate moves, some might get to break a board! 1-2 p.m., Rising Sun Jiu-Jitsu – for ages 13-19 (registration required), a board breaking and self-defense program. The first 12 kids to register will get to break a board! 1-3 p.m., Animation Nation Club (ages 8-12) – a stop-motion film making program, online pre-registration required; 6-7:30 p.m., Tech Topics: Digital Privacy – sit down with our technology staff and learn about what privacy is coming to mean in the digital age; 6:30-7:30 p.m., a performance in Wilcox Park! – Stage Door Theater Co. presents “You Do Not Want to See a Nun at the DMV”, a comedy written and directed by Eugene Celico.

THURSDAY — 10-11 a.m., Sunflower Kids Yoga at Cimalore Field (10 Wilson St.) – for ages 4-12, a story with yoga poses and a simple craft; 10:15-11 a.m., Toddler Painting (birth-4 years) – online registration required for a short story time followed by a group painting class. Each toddler will have their own easel and paper. Class will be near the fountain in Wilcox Park! 11:30-12:30 p.m., Storytime for ages 3+ at Mel’s Downtown Creamery; 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; 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! – A board game night, bring your own games or play some of ours; 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; 6:30-7:30 p.m., a performance in Wilcox Park! – Stage Door Theater Co. presents “You Do Not Want to See a Nun at the DMV”, a comedy written and directed by Eugene Celico.

FRIDAY — 10-11 a.m., Animals in Therapy (for ages 6-12) – many animals provide therapy to humans; 2-4 p.m., World Building Series (part 2) – for ages 13-19, come and build your own world. This session focuses on storybuilding-how do sci-fi writers build a convincing world? 7-10 p.m., Movies in the Park! The United Theatre and the library present “Mary Poppins Returns” (rated PG).

SATURDAY — 9 a.m.-12 p.m., URI Master Gardener Kiosk – Get research-based answers to all of your gardening questions! 10-11:30 a.m., Native Gardens of Wilcox Park Tour – Learn about the value of native trees and shrubs as URI Master Gardeners lead you on one loop of the park, leaving from the Esplanade; 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.

Helen Mochetti is the children’s librarian at the Westerly Library.

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