standing Westerly Library

Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and Madonna are just some of the 38 million people nationwide who enjoy knitting and crocheting, according to the Craft Yarn Council. Their recent survey of over 3,000 knitters and crocheters shows that people of all ages are enjoying these crafts, including a healthy percentage of younger knitters 18-34 years of age. This is a very widespread, popular and (dare I say it) cool activity.

Westerly Library has over 100 books just on knitting or crocheting, ranging from many for beginners to books for seasoned knitters wanting to learn very advanced techniques. Some of the most fun books to look through, even for those of us that don’t do any needlework, are the fun and quirky pattern books. We have one that contains patterns for dolls from classic books, so you can make a little Ebenezer Scrooge or Sherlock Holmes! One book has 50 patterns for different kinds of dogs, and they are all adorable. That is not to be confused with the book full of patterns of clothing for your dog! Perhaps the oddest one we have is “Crochet Taxidermy," which provides patterns for many adorable animal heads. The picture on the front of the book shows them mounted on little wood backdrops and hung on the wall just like an old deer head would be displayed. There are far too many super-fun knitting and crocheting books to list here, but just know that if you are ever struck with the urge to knit a tiny little eggplant, the library can help you with that!

Would you like to refresh your memory on how to knit or crochet? Do you love to knit or crochet but wish for a community to share your hobby with? We have a group that meets on the second floor of the library every Tuesday evening from 5:30-7:30. Bring your project, work on one with others, share your techniques, and swap yarn and creativity! This isn’t really a group set up to teach needlework to complete beginners, but usually there are people of various skill levels and most of the time, someone is able to lend a hand if needed. New members are always welcome!

Top-requested books

1. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama

2. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens

3. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover

4. “Nine Perfect Strangers” by Liane Moriarty

5. “The 18th Abduction” by James Patterson

6. “Run Away” by Harlan Coben

7. “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides

8. “Redemption” by David Baldacci

9. “The First Lady” by James Patterson

10. “Never Tell” by Lisa Gardner

Top-requested movies

1. "Green Book"

2. "Bohemian Rhapsody"

3. "A Star is Born"

4. "Can You Ever Forgive Me?"

5. "Vice"

6. "The Favourite"

7. "The Wife"

8. "Mary Poppins Returns"

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; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Homework Help/Tutoring (for grades K-8) – homework help and then tutoring in individual subjects, done by teens; 6-7:45 p.m., St. Joseph Talk – a talk by Fr. Giacomo Capoverdi of the Immaculate Conception Church and a 23 minute film on Acri, Italy.

TUESDAY — 10-10:45 a.m., Family storytime for all ages; 10 a.m.-3 p.m., HealthSource RI Enrollment Event – for Rhode Islanders who need health insurance for 2019; 3:30-4:30 p.m., Teen Radicle Book Club Returns – snacks provided, come talk about what you want to read; 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; 6-6:45 p.m., Demystifying Meditation – Join Chris Liguori, a Davidji certified meditation teacher to practice awareness and discuss mindful living. All are welcome; 6-7:45 p.m., Quilters Corner – all are welcome to this quilting club;

WEDNESDAY — 10-10:45 a.m., Storytime for ages 1-3; 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; 6-7 p.m., Open Book Hour – Introduce your book (one per person), briefly tell us what it’s about and why you loved it, and have fun learning about new books that you might want to read! For Women’s History Month bring your favorite biography or novel about women who have changed the world; 6-7 p.m., Green Collar Jobs Orientation (registration required) – come learn about a paid apprenticeship program!

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; 4-5:30 p.m., Teen Jam Session – bring an instrument if you know how to play (we have a keyboard and an acoustic guitar), snacks and support provided! 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., Cribbage Night! – open to all ages, no registration needed, we have boards but please bring one if you have one.

FRIDAY — 3:30-4:30 p.m., MAJEHN – Share a thought, get a book and help determine what books we add to the Young Adult collection! 4-5:45 p.m., Shoreline Robotics Practice – For teens interested in STEM and Robotics.

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.

Nina Wright is a reference librarian at the Westerly Library.

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