standing Westerly Library

Did you know that we have a film club at Westerly Library? It works like a book club, but instead of books, we borrow DVDs from the library system (or, of course, you can watch them on Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc.) Each month we will choose three films, and watch them on our own at home for discussion the following month. The next meeting is on Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. in the Reference Room. The theme for that meeting is foreign films. The specific films being discussed are “Rafifi”, “Chocolat”, and “Four Months, Three Weeks, and Two Days.”

Attendees of film club have lots of ideas about what we should watch. They might be old or new movies — although probably not the latest blockbusters, they are very popular, and have long hold lists. However, we have a huge selection to choose from. We might pick a favorite actor or a notable director. We might choose a theme, or just pick random favorites out of a hat. There is also a huge collection of fantastic and thought-provoking documentaries available in Rhode Island libraries. Some recent themes have been Steven Spielberg films, movies about sports, and films that featured Jack Nicholson.

If you need some inspiration, take a minute to peruse a book the library owns called “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” edited by Steven Jay Schneider. This excellent book is also widely available through the Rhode Island library system, and is updated regularly. It contains all the masterpieces of film, from the early 20th century to today.

Maybe you love film and want to share that love with other enthusiasts. Or maybe you want to be challenged by films that nudge you out of your usual choices. Whatever the reason, if you are interested in learning and sharing with others, join us Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 2 p.m. in the Reference Room. We’ll be talking about foreign films and choosing three Meryl Streep films to watch for the October discussion. Choosing what to watch the next month is particularly fun! All are welcome!

Top requested books

1. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens

2. “Summer of ’69” by Elin Hilderbrand

3. “One Good Deed” by David Baldacci

4. “City of Girls” by Elizabeth Gilbert

5. “Mrs. Everything” by Jennifer Weiner

6. “The New Girl” by Daniel Silva

7. “A Better Man” by Louise Penny

8. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover

9. “The Turn of the Key” by Ruth Ware

10. “The Nickel boys” by Colson Whitehead

Top requested movies

1. “Game of Thrones, season 8”

2. “Marvel’s Avengers. Endgame”

3. “Outlander, Season 4”

4. “The Hustle”

5. “Long Shot”

6. “Dumbo”

7. “Poms”

8. “Rocketman”

9. “The Secret Life of Pets 2”

10. “A Dog’s Journey”

This week

MONDAY — 10-10:45 a.m., Toddler Music (ages birth-5) – an interactive music program for parents and kids; 1-3 p.m., Dungeons and Dragons (Teen Led Program) – No prior experience with the game is necessary—registration is required; 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: registration is required every month. This month’s selection is Endless Summer Cookbook by Katie Lee; 6:00-7:30 p.m., Shoreline Robotics Practice – for teens grades 7-12 interested in STEM and Robotics.

TUESDAY — 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 — 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; 2-3:30 p.m., Summer Coding Classes; 2-4 p.m., Bullet Journaling (for ages 12-19) – learn the basics and get your very own bullet journal! Registration is required! 4-5:30 p.m., Swampabots – for ages 9-12, Join this First Lego League Robotics team as they practice building and coding with Lego robots.

THURSDAY — 10:15-11 a.m., Toddler Painting (birth-4 years) – online registration required for a short story time followed by a group painting class, held near the fountain in Wilcox Park! 11:30-12:30 p.m., Storytime for ages 3+ at Mel’s Downtown Creamery; 1-2 p.m., Sunflower Kids Yoga (ages 4-12) – a yoga storytelling adventure! 4:30-6:30 p.m., End of Summer Jam Session and Open Mic – for ages 12-19, bring an instrument, use our keyboard or guitar, or sing! No judgment and snacks are provided; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chess Club – All ages and experience levels are welcome, no sign-up required; 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; 6-7:30 p.m., Author Anna Francese Gass – Book talk and signing for Heirloom Kitchen, a cookbook featuring recipes from immigrant women.

FRIDAY — 2-5 p.m., End of Summer Party for teens (ages 12-19) – We will snack on pizza and veggies from the garden, and you can cash in your raffle tickets. Someone will win the telescope grand prize!

SATURDAY — 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Old Tyme Fair; 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.

Caroline Badowski is a reference librarian at the Westerly Library.

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