standing Westerly Library

A real highlight of summer for me is sitting on my front porch watching the world go by. It truly is one of my favorite pastimes, and believe me, I consider sitting with a cup of coffee my main hobby! Usually I’ll put on some music or listen to a podcast but every now and then I get motivated and actually do a little bit of reading while sitting out there.

One of my favorite reads so far this summer was recommended to me by a friend. “The Flight Portfolio” by Julie Orringer is a historical novel that focuses on Varian Fry. Fry was an American journalist who ran a rescue network in Vichy France for anti-Nazi refugees and Jewish artists, intellectuals, and political dissidents. Among his more famous “clients” were Hannah Arendt, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, and Marc Chagall. It is a compelling, beautifully written story.

For something a bit more on the lighter side, try “The First Mistake” by Sandie Jones. It is an entertaining novel full of twists. Alice believes she has the perfect life with her husband, children and a best friend who has been through every one of life’s ups and downs with her. However, when her husband starts acting strangely and spending more and more time away, Alice starts suspecting there may be something more going on between her best friend and husband.

Some titles that are on my to-read list include “Chances Are” by Richard Russo, who wrote “Empire Falls”, which I loved. I would like to give “The Water Cure” by Sophie Mackintosh a try. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, it is described as “a dystopic feminist revenge fantasy” about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men. Sounds a bit heavy and dark, but library books are free, so why not give it a chance?!?

Hopefully you have your own favorite spot to read. Whether it’s on the beach, in your backyard, or in bed right before you fall asleep, it’s always a good thing to take time to immerse yourself in a good book. If my recommendations don’t appeal to you, there are plenty of new books to choose from at the library!

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. “The Guest Book” by Sarah Blake

9. “A Better Man” by Louise Penny

10. “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides

Top requested movies

1. “Outlander, Season 4”

2. “Captain Marvel”

3. “Game of Thrones, season 8”

4. “Dumbo”

5. “The Upside”

6. “Hotel Mumbai”

7. “Wonder Park”

8. “Alita: Battle Angel”

9. “Us”

10. “Better Call Saul, Season 4”

This week

MONDAY — 10-10:45 a.m., Toddler Music (ages birth-5) – an interactive music program for parents and kids; 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Photography in the Park – learn to take better photographs, with Wilcox Park as your backdrop! 1-2:30 p.m., Dungeons and Dragons (Teen Led Program) – No prior experience with the game is necessary—registration is required; 5:30-7 p.m., Conversation Class – for English Language Learners; 6:00-7:45 p.m., Shoreline Robotics Practice – For teens grades 7-12 interested in STEM and Robotics.

TUESDAY — 10-11 a.m., Feel Good Circus at Craig Field (17 Mountain Ave) for ages 5-12; 2-3:30 p.m., Ranger: Lunar Lander Robot (for ages 13-18) – registration required, this program celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. Teens will learn basic robotics and coding using a Raspberry Pi; 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! 6-6:45 p.m., Meditation Group – all ages and experience levels welcome!

WEDNESDAY — 10-11 a.m., Sunflower Kids Yoga (ages 4-12) – a story with yoga poses and a simple craft; 9:15-10 a.m., Storytime at the Watch Hill Library – for ages 3+, at 2 Everett Ave.; 1-3 p.m., Animation Nation Club (ages 8-12) – a stop-motion film making program, online pre-registration required; 2-4 p.m., Cosmic Bath Bombs – for teens (13-19 years), come make space-themed bath bombs! Pre-registration and permission form required; 3-4 p.m., Summer Book Hour! For adults—come and share a book you loved, or one you are excited to read; 6-7:30 p.m., Internet for Beginners – an introduction to the Internet, for people with basic keyboard and mouse skills.

THURSDAY — NOTE: The library will be opening at 1 p.m. today! 10-11 a.m., Feel Good Circus at Cimalore Field (10 Wilson Street) for ages 5-12; 11:30-12:30 p.m., Storytime for ages 3+ at Mel’s Downtown Creamery; 4-5:30 p.m., Teen Gardening Club – come learn about gardening and earn volunteer hours! 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chess Club – All ages and experience levels are welcome, no sign-up required; 5-7:30 p.m., Experience VR – a special night of guided virtual reality experiences and gaming for adults in our Makerspace; 6-7:30 p.m., Irish Games Night – come play games in Irish! Beginner are welcome; 7-9 p.m., Flock Theatre’s Oedipus Rex in Wilcox Park.

FRIDAY — 10-11 a.m., Weird and Wonderful Animals (for ages 6-12) – come learn about some strange animals; 2-4 p.m., World Building Series (part 1) – for ages 13-19, come and build your own world out of clay! 7-9 p.m., Flock Theatre’s Oedipus Rex in Wilcox Park.

SATURDAY — 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; 7-9 p.m., Flock Theatre’s Oedipus Rex in Wilcox Park.

SUNDAY — 7-9 p.m., Flock Theatre’s Oedipus Rex in Wilcox Park.

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