standing Westerly Library

New Year’s Day 2019 marks the beginning of the 350th anniversary of Westerly, and many exciting events are being planned. On Jan. 1, there will be a Unity Bell Ringing, as 30 bells throughout our town will peal from noon to 12:01. Be sure to take a moment to enjoy the joyous sounds either at home or with a happy crowd at one of the many locations throughout Westerly ( All are invited to bring their favorite bell to add to the merry din.

Also at that time, the Friends of Westerly Library and Wilcox Park will be at the esplanade (directly across from Town Hall) to launch 350x Around the Park, an invitation for people and their dogs to walk around the park. Recording sheets and special collectible buttons will be distributed. Forms to print will also be available at the library’s website (

Each time a person walks around the park, he records the date on a line. If four laps are completed that day, four lines will be filled. Each form has 50 lines. Completed forms will be handed in at the Circulation Desk at the library. New forms will be available in a white binder found there. A poster hanging in the library will track the progress walkers are making.

How far is it around the park? One lap around the main path is less than a half mile, but if one goes around the far side of the pond, the distance is one-half mile. Either a short lap or a long lap counts as one time around the park. The park is open from dawn to 9 p.m. every day.

A study published in 2014 (“Environment and Behavior”) has shown that looking at trees can significantly reduce stress levels, and it is common knowledge that seeing a smiling face and exchanging greetings brightens even the grayest wintery day. Join in the fun and walk with your friends.

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Top-requested books

1. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama

2. “Nine Perfect Strangers” by Liane Moriarty

3. “The Reckoning” by John Grisham

4. “Past Tense” by Lee Child

5. “Kingdom of the Blind” by Louise Penny

6. “Long Road to Mercy” by David Baldacci

7. “Dark Sacred Night” by Michael Connelly

8. “Fear: Trump in the White House” by Bob Woodward

9. “A Spark of Light” by Jodi Picoult

10. “Unsheltered” by Barbara Kingsolver

Top-requested movies

1. “Crazy Rich Asians”

2. “The Equalizer 2”

3. “A Star is Born”

4. “A Simple Favor”

5. “Mission Impossible: Fallout”

6. “The Wife”

7. “Bohemian Rhapsody”

8. “First Man”

9. “Christopher Robin”

10. “The Meg”

Top billing

For All Ages

MONDAY — The library will be closed for Christmas Eve.

TUESDAY — The library will be closed for Christmas.

WEDNESDAY — 1-2 p.m., Fiddle ‘n’ Fun (Ages 3+) – This workshop involves singing, movement, stories, instruments, and more; 2-3:30 p.m., Teen Knit & Crochet: The Basics – Don’t miss this teen-led program, which will go over the basics of yarn crafting! You’ll be making your own scarves and hats in no time; 4:30-7:30 p.m., Shoreline Robotics Practice – For teens interested in STEM and Robotics.

THURSDAY — 10-11:30 a.m., Conversation Class – A free conversation class for English Language Learners; 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Pottery Decorating (ages 4-12) *FULL* – We’re in for a fun morning of pottery painting with instructors from Create! Color Art Studio in Narragansett; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chess Club – All ages and experience levels are welcome, no sign-up required; 6-7:30 p.m., Monthly Cribbage Night – Come to the Makerspace for an all-ages Cribbage night! Some boards are provided, but feel free to bring your own from home

FRIDAY — 11-12 p.m., Animal Detective with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (ages 4+) – Learn how to read the clues animals leave behind, from tracks to scat, to figure out what they’ve been up to; 3:30-4:30 p.m., Teen MAJEHN: Share a Thought, Get a Book – Discuss what you’ve been reading recently, and leave an advanced reader copy of a new book; 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 – Drop in at any time to create with other children; 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Adult Writers Workshop – A group-led prose writing workshop.

Ellie Coffey is president of the Friends of Westerly Library & Wilcox Park.

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