standing Westerly Library

Lately I feel like I have needed the library more than ever. I am planning a family reunion for this summer and have used the library as a resource for books regarding organizing family events as well as books about how to deal with difficult people. The books on home remedies for headaches and hangovers have also helped immensely!

In January, my teenage son thought that being a daredevil on a skateboard was a good idea and broke his leg in three places. Being confined to one place, on the couch, his leg elevated in a full cast, with pillows all around for support has proven to be quite a challenge. We have used the resources at the library to combat the boredom that comes with immobility.

Thank goodness for Playaways. What are Playaways, you might be wondering? They are audio books on a self-contained, battery-operated device slightly smaller than a deck of cards. You plug in your own earbuds or headphones and hit play. You can control the volume as well as the speed that it plays. They are a wonderful way to relax while recovering from an illness or to use while on a walk, run (treadmill) or bike ride. Most schools allow audiobooks and Playaways for book reports, and they may encourage reading for the resistant reader. Playaways can also be an excellent tool for children looking to increase their reading levels, as they allow an option to follow along with the book while they listen. If you would like to take out a Playaway from the library, they are located in the Children’s Room on the lower level as well as the Teen Room on the first floor. If you are looking for a specific title for a child or an adult, you can find it on the Ocean State Library website by logging into http://catalog.oslri.net/ or by following the link on the library’s home page. You may request that the title be sent to Westerly Library for pickup, and while not all books are available on Playaway, the selection is great and getting bigger all the time!

If you need a recommendation for a teen that happens to be stuck on the couch immobile for four weeks in the middle of winter, my son’s favorite is “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas. My recommendation is “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim” by David Sedaris, just in case you are, as I was, looking for some comic relief.

Top-requested books

1. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama

2. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens

3. “Nine Perfect Strangers” by Liane Moriarty

4. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover

5. “The 18th Abduction” by James Patterson

6. “Run Away” by Harlan Coben

7. “Never Tell” by Lisa Gardner

8. “The First Lady” by James Patterson

9. “The Reckoning” by John Grisham

10. “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides

Top-requested movies

1. “Bohemian Rhapsody”

2. “A Star is Born”

3. “Green Book”

4. “The Wife”

5. “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

6. “Mary Poppins Returns”

7. “Vice”

8. “The Favourite”

9. “Fantastic Beasts-the crimes of Grindelwald”

10. “If Beale Street Could Talk”

Top billing

For all ages

MONDAY — 4-6:30 p.m., Tax Prep Help with AARP! First come, first served, space is limited. SIGN-UP BEGINS AT 3 PM; 5:30-7 p.m., Conversation Class – for English Language Learners; 6-7:30 p.m., Cookbook Club! This month’s cookbook is “The Home Cook: Recipes to Know by Heart” by Alex Guarnaschelli. Registration is 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., Adult S.A.G.A. meeting -- a discussion and support group for adults about LGBTQ+ stories and issues in books, movies, TV shows, and more.

TUESDAY — 10-10:45 a.m., Family storytime for all ages; 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; 6-7:45 p.m., Quilters Corner – all are welcome to this quilting club; 6-6:45 p.m., Meditation Group – all ages and experience levels 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; 3-5 p.m., Video Game Battle (for teens)! 4:30-7:30 p.m., Shoreline Robotics Practice – For teens grades 7-12 interested in STEM and Robotics; 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 — 1:30-4:45 p.m., Anchoring Resilience Training – For area professionals (educators, doctors, nurses, psychotherapists, addiction staff, emergency responders, etc) that provide direct service to the community. Free to all; 4-5:45 p.m., Shoreline Robotics Practice – For teens interested in STEM and Robotics; 4-5:30 p.m., Teen Advisory Board -- Help us shape the future of the Teen Space! We want to hear your ideas about the library and the world.

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 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.

Sara Ross Clark is the bookkeeper at the Westerly Library.

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