standing Westerly Library

If you love to watch the latest blockbuster movies, the following have library records created. You can place a hold, and get on the list for when a DVD is released:

“Mortal Engines” is a blockbuster post-apocalyptic adventure film about a giant, predator city on wheels. “Bumblebee,” which grossed $432 million worldwide, stars the popular Transformers character. “Holmes and Watson is described as a “mystery buddy comedy” starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. If Walt Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns” is your cup of tea, you can reserve a copy now. Also “Green Book,” which is set in the Deep South in the 1960s, is about an African-American jazz pianist and an Italian-American bouncer. “The Favourite” is the British period comedy-drama that everyone is raving about, while “Robin Hood” has terrible reviews, but I think looks rather enjoyable. We’ll see. “Mary Queen of Scots” is a historical drama that has been nominated for several awards, and finally there’s “Vice,” which is a comedy-drama about Dick Cheney. Although there are already lots of holds on these popular movies, I always think it’s fun to add my name to the list, and enjoy the surprise when it pops up on the shelf to take home. Free gift to self!

Here are some films to be released on DVD shortly that you may not have noticed:

“A Boy Called Sailboat” looks absolutely gorgeous. It’s a feel-good movie about a little boy and his ukulele. “Welcome to Marwen” stars Steve Carell. I find toy photography fascinating, and we have the book “Welcome to Marwencol” in the OSL library system, if you’d like to take a closer look at Mark Hogancamp’s work. In “Attenborough and the Sea Dragon,” David Attenborough applies his masterful storytelling skills to a prehistoric fish-lizard. Incidentally, the full episode is available to stream for free on PBS.org until Feb. 6.

As for TV series, “My Brilliant Friend” is an American-Italian HBO series based on the popular novels by Elena Ferrante about a friendship between two girls in a working-class Italian neighborhood in the 1950s. In “Kidding,” Jim Carrey plays a children’s show host in emotional free-fall. Both will be released on DVD shortly.

I also bought a couple of fun British BBC TV series lately. I think we are the only library to buy them, so there is no record yet — you might have to do a “note to self” if you want to see them. “Marley’s Ghosts” is a lighthearted sitcom, and “Shakespeare and Hathaway” is a cozy mystery series you might enjoy if you love the old “Midsommer Murders” series.

Finally, Masterpiece’s “Jamestown,” about the 1619 colony, from the creators of “Downton Abbey,” was released on DVD on Jan. 29, and so will be arriving in the library soon.

All are free with a Rhode Island library card. Enjoy!

Top-requested books

1. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama

2. “Nine Perfect Strangers” by Liane Moriarty

3. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover

4. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens

5. “The Reckoning” by John Grisham

6. “The 18th Abduction” by James Patterson

7. “Run Away” by Harlan Coben

8. “Kingdom of the Blind” by Louise Penny

9. “The First Lady” by James Patterson

10. “Past Tense” by Lee Child

Top-requested movies

1. “A Star is Born”

2. “Bohemian Rhapsody”

3. “Green Book”

4. “The Wife”

5. “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

6. “Mary Poppins Returns”

7. “Vice”

8. “First Man”

9. “Fantastic Beasts-the crimes of Grindelwald”

10. “The Favourite”

Top billing

For All Ages

MONDAY — 4-6:30 p.m., Tax Prep Help with AARP! First come, first served, space is limited; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Homework Help/Tutoring (for grades K-8) – homework help and then tutoring in individual subjects, done by teens! 5:30-7:00 p.m., Conversation Class – for English Language Learners.

TUESDAY — 10-10:45 a.m., Family storytime for all ages; 1-2 p.m., Afternoon Book Group! New members are welcome, this month’s selection is “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee; 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., Knit and Crochet Group! – a friendly knitting, crochet, needlework, and yarn craft club. Open to adults who have some experience with knitting; 6-6:45 p.m., Meditation Group – all ages and experience levels 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., Valentine & Anti-Valentine Crafting (for teens) – supplies and snacks provided; 5;30-7 p.m., Conversation Class – for English Language Learners.

THURSDAY — 10-11:30 a.m., Conversation Class – A free conversation class for English Language Learners; 10-10:45 a.m., Storytime for ages 3-5; 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 — 10:15-11 a.m., Stories Sign and Craft (for ages 3+) – each session includes a story, a craft, and simple signs to go with it; 2:30-5:30 p.m., Paint Your Feelings (for teens) – snacks and supplies provided, come have fun and express yourself!

SATURDAY — 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tax Prep Help with AARP! First come, first served, space is limited; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Make & Take Crafts for children! 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.

Jules Belanger is a reference librarian at the Westerly Library.

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