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Every evening before I fall asleep I like to pop on an episode of the mystery series I’m currently engrossed in to relax. Currently, I’m relying on “Father Brown.” It may seem strange that a murder mystery helps quiet the brain in the evening, but for whatever reason it works for me! Maybe it’s because Mrs. McCarthy’s disapproving looks often remind me of my Aunt Margaret. Or maybe it’s just the romanticized version of the 1950s small British village that evokes a comforting feeling. As I am nearing the end of the latest series, I know it’s time to plan for the next show to watch.

“Murdoch Mysteries” is a Canadian series set in Toronto in the 1890s. The series follows Detective William Murdoch of the Toronto Constabulary who uses modern forensic techniques like fingerprints, blood testing, and surveillance to solve crimes. There are often famous figures who show up in the episodes including Winston Churchill, Harry Houdini and Queen Victoria. It doesn’t always make much sense at the end of a long day, but it’s awfully fun to watch!

“Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries” is set in 1920s Melbourne, Australia. It follows the personal and professional life of one of the most glamorous private detectives I’ve ever seen, Phryne Fisher. She is an independent, glamorous, clever woman who just so happens to solve crimes (usually well before the police are able to!). The fabulous costumes and the gorgeous art deco sets are an added bonus.

The show that started it all for me is “Midsomer Murders”. In its 21st season, this series covers it all — blackmail, murder, and deceit, all with just a bit of humor, albeit sometimes a dark humor. Watching some of these shows makes you think that there is constant peril and danger around every corner in every small village in Britain! Other series on my list include “Grantchester,” “The Bletchley Circle” and “George Gently.”

Do you prefer reading to watching television at the end of your day? You might want to check out the books that some of these series are based on. “Father Brown” was written by G. K. Chesterton, and Miss Fisher’s mysteries by Kerry Greenwood. If these types of mysteries are not your cup of tea, there are plenty of others to try! You can find these and so many other television series and movies at the library.

Top requested books

1. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens

2. “Summer of ‘69” by Elin Hilderbrand

3. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover

4. “Redemption” by David Baldacci

5. “The 18th Abduction” by James Patterson

6. “City of Girls” by Elizabeth Gilbert

7. “Someone Knows” by Lisa Scottoline

8. “The Guest Book” by Sarah Blake

9. “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides

10. “One Good Deed” by David Baldacci

Top requested movies

1. "Outlander, Season 4"

2. "Green Book"

3. "Captain Marvel"

4. "The Upside"

5. "Game of Thrones, season 8"

6. "On the Basis of Sex"

7. "Cold Pursuit"

8. "Dumbo"

9. "Isn’t it Romantic?"

10. "Five Feet Apart"

This week

MONDAY –– 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Photography in the Park – learn to take better photographs, with Wilcox Park as your backdrop! 11-12:30 p.m., (session 1), or 1-2:30 p.m., (session 2) Foundation Directory Training – Come learn how to use this database to find grants and how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. Registration required; 5:30-7 p.m., Conversation Class – for English Language Learners; 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: new registration is required every month.

TUESDAY — 3:30-5 p.m., Teen Space Garden Club –help plan our garden and earn community service hours! 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!

WEDNESDAY — 1-3 p.m., Animation Nation Club (ages 8-12) – a stop-motion film making program, online pre-registration required; 3:30-4:30 p.m., Teen Space Yoga (registration required) – for ages 12-19, an energizing yoga class, combining postures with breathwork, games and mindfulness activities; 4-5:30 p.m., Swampabots Practice – ages 9-12, kids practice building and coding with lego robots; 5-6 p.m., Magic Show with Russ DeSimone (ages 4-12) – a high energy interactive magic show! 5:30-7 p.m., Conversation Class – for English Language Learners; 6-7:30 p.m., Community Spotlight: Westerly Land Trust (registration required) – an all ages full moon hike in Glacier Park!

THURSDAY –– 10:15-11 a.m., Toddler Painting (birth-4 years) – a short story time followed by a group painting class. Each toddler will have their own easel and paper. Class near the fountain in Wilcox Park! 11:30-12:30 p.m., Storytime for ages 3+ at Mel’s Downtown Creamery; 4:30-6:30 p.m., Teen Jam Session & Open Mic – bring an instrument (we have a keyboard and guitar) or sing. Poetry and spoken word welcome too! 5-7:30 p.m., Experience VR – a special night of guided virtual reality experiences and gaming for adults in our Makerspace; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chess Club – All ages and experience levels are welcome, no sign-up required; 6-7:30 p.m., Piano Recital! An annual summer recital for students ages 5-13; 6:30-7:30 p.m., From Earth to the Moon (ages 5-12) – come learn about NASA’s past lunar missions and its future plans for the Moon. Make craters and more!

FRIDAY –– 1:30-4:30 p.m., Teen Summer Reading Program Kick-Off! – kick off summer by celebrating the summer solstice! We will have space-themed snacks, pizza, and music; 3:30-4:30 p.m., Teen Creative Writing – come join our writing circle for writing prompts, journaling, and snacks; 4-5:45 p.m., Shoreline Robotics Practice – For teens interested in STEM and Robotics.

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; 12-2 p.m., Walk-In Piano Concert! – Join Jamie Whitney for some beautiful piano music; 6-11:30 p.m., Summer Pops Concert!

Caroline Badowski is a reference librarian at the Westerly Library.

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