standing Westerly Library

Canned goods. Cereal. Coffee. Basic needs, things that people use and typically have on a daily basis; basic needs that are still restricted to some in our community. When thinking of Westerly, we often think of beaches and summer activities. We are seen as a wealthy community with our beachfront properties and seasonal residents, but what is often forgotten is the off-season and those who struggle year-round.

When thinking of those who are in need, we have ways to help such as donating clothing, feminine products, and canned goods. Giving these non-perishable items to places like the Jonnycake Center, we as a community are able to help people live a comfortable life.

April 6-13 at Westerly Library & Wilcox Park, you are able to help yourself AND others with our amnesty week! By giving a non-perishable food item like coffee, cereal, salad dressing or any canned good, you are able to help other Westerly citizens, while you are also relieved of any fines you may owe the library. So, if you have fees, have no fear! While collecting all sorts of non-perishables, the library staff will waive your fines.

As with all things in life there are rules, which are as follows:

• These fines must be from the Westerly Library (and not another Rhode Island library);

• We will only accept one non-perishable item per fine; and

• We are NOT able to accept any goods for lost or damaged materials.

We hope that you not only give to this wonderful organization during our amnesty week, but at other times throughout the year. The Jonnycake Center of Westerly is always accepting donations of food, clothing, and personal items. Giving to those in need not only helps others, but also gives you a sense of accomplishment and purpose. We hope to see you all back in the library with paid-off overdue fees and canned goods for those less fortunate!

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. “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides

7. “Nine Perfect Strangers” by Liane Moriarty

8. “Redemption” by David Baldacci

9. “Never Tell” by Lisa Gardner

10. “Silent Night” by Danielle Steel

Top-requested movies

1. “Green Book”

2. “Bohemian Rhapsody”

3. “Mary Poppins Returns”

4. “Vice”

5. “A Star is Born”

6. “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

7. “The Favourite”

8. “Aquaman”

9. “If Beale Street Could Talk”

10. “The Mule”

This week

MONDAY — 4-6:30 p.m., Tax Prep Help with AARP! First come, first served. SIGN-UP BEGINS AT 3 PM; 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; 2:30-5:30 p.m., Paint Your Feelings – You don’t have to know anything about painting technique to have fun and express yourself. Snacks and supplies provided! 5:30-7:30 p.m., Knit and Crochet Group! – a friendly knitting, crochet, needlework, and yarn craft club; 6-6:45 p.m., Demystifying Meditation – Join Chris Liguori, a Davidji certified meditation teacher to practice awareness and discuss mindful living. All are welcome; 6-7:45 p.m., Quilters Corner – all are welcome to this quilting club.

WEDNESDAY — 10-10:45 a.m., Storytime for ages 1-3; 10-11:30 a.m., Westerly Memory Café – Are you or a loved one living with memory loss? For anyone with cognitive impairment or dementia, and their care partners; 2-3:30 p.m., Film Club – We will choose three movies to watch in the month of April. For this meeting, members are watching: Local Hero (1983), Hope and Glory (1987), and Layer Cake (2005); 5:30-7 p.m., Conversation Class – for English Language Learners; 5-6:30 p.m., Autism Awareness Art Show –our April exhibit in the Hoxie Gallery opens! This month features artwork by artists who have autism; 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; 3:30-5:30 p.m., Teen Anime Club – You choose the movie, we provide the snacks; 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.

FRIDAY — 4-5:30 p.m., Teen Advisory Board — Pitch new program ideas, suggest new additions to our collection, and earn volunteer hours while you do so.

SATURDAY — 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tax Prep Help with AARP! First come, first served, space is limited. SIGN-UP BEGINS AT 9 AM; 10-11 a.m., Elephant and Piggie kick off Library Week! A play in Wilcox Park followed by a meet & greet; 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 p.m., Out of the Shadows – Stage Door Theater Company will present a live stage reading of Eugene J. Celico’s play. Not appropriate for children 16 and younger; 1-2:30 p.m., Dungeons and Dragons (Teen Led Program) – No prior experience with the game is necessary—registration is required.

Betsey Matczak is a circulation associate at the Westerly Library.

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