standing Westerly Library

Do you ever feel out of touch with the town you are living in? Or, have you ever moved to a new home and felt lonely and isolated, longing for some kind of connection with your new neighbors? Well, if either of those circumstances applies to you, you are in luck! Westerly Library and Wilcox Park is launching a fantastic new program series called Community Spotlight, which will focus on a different business, nonprofit organization, or service in Westerly or Pawcatuck every month. We are making these special events something that not only will be informative about our featured guest, but will also be a fun, interactive activity that will show off much of what these amazing towns have to offer.

We decided to kick off our new series by focusing on … us! The first Community Spotlight will be for Westerly Library on Wednesday, May 15, at 6 p.m. Those who participate will be given a guided tour of the library that will touch on its rich history and the great variety of services it provides to the community. You will hear firsthand what goes on in each department and be able to sign up for a shiny new library card (good at all Rhode Island public libraries). Best of all, the tour will end in the Wilcox Boiler Room, where everyone will get the chance for some playtime with our fabulous Makerspace equipment — the 3D printer, laser cutter, virtual reality station, and much more! Refreshments will be served.

And that is just the beginning! We have a whole slew of interesting, entertaining, and just plain fun activities lined up for future months:

June 19: Westerly Land Trust — Full moon hike at the Dr. John Champlin Glacier Park.

July 8: Save the Bay downtown cleanup

Aug. 16: Humans for the Future — A fun, educational session on what the organization does.

Aug. 17: Humans for the Future coastal cleanup at the Westerly Town Beach

Sept. 20: Stand Up for Animals — Family Friendly Tour

October: United Theatre — Movie (Title and Date TBA)

Anyone who would like to have their organization featured in a future Community Spotlight activity, please contact Bill Lancellotta at 596-2877, ext. 328. Our goal is to have a whole year’s worth of exciting activities which we will celebrate next spring with a bus tour of Westerly and Pawcatuck. You can register for all of these great programs on our website at or call 401-596-2877. So come join us for Community Spotlight this month and every month afterward. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the town, mingle with your neighbors, and have a blast all at the same time. We look forward to seeing you there!

This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, grant # RE-95-17-0068-17, in the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

Top requested books

1. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens

2. “Run Away” by Harlan Coben

3. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama

4. “The 18th Abduction” by James Patterson

5. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover

6. “Redemption” by David Baldacci

7. “Someone Knows” by Lisa Scottoline

8. “Neon Prey” by John Sandford

9. “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides

10. “Summer of ‘69” by Elin Hilderbrand

Top requested movies

1. “Green Book”

2. “Vice”

3. “Mary Poppins Returns”

4. “The Mule”

5. “On the Basis of Sex”

“6. Homeland, the complete 7th season”

“7. Aquaman”

“8. Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

“9. Outlander, Season 4”

“10. Bohemian Rhapsody”

This Week

MONDAY — 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 in individual subjects, done by teens.

TUESDAY — 1-2 p.m., Afternoon Book Group! New members are welcome, this month’s selection is “Sisters in Law” by Linda Hirshman; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Knit and Crochet Group! – a friendly knitting, crochet, needlework, and yarn craft club; 6-7:30 p.m., Renaissance Toastmasters – meets twice a month to share stories and get comfortable speaking in front of an audience; 6-6:45 p.m., Meditation Group – all ages and experience levels welcome!

WEDNESDAY — 5:30-7 p.m., Conversation Class – for English Language Learners; 6-7:30 p.m., Master Gardener’s Talk – Vegetable gardening basics; 6-7:45 p.m., Community Spotlight: Westerly Library Tour and Reception – we will be giving tours of the library with a reception to follow! Registration is required for this event.

THURSDAY — 10-11:30 a.m., Conversation Class – A free class for English Language Learners; 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 in individual subjects, done by teens.

FRIDAY — 4-5:45 p.m., Shoreline Robotics Practice – For teens interested in STEM and Robotics.

SATURDAY — 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.

Bill Lancellotta is the assistant director of the Westerly Library.

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