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Typically I don’t read or listen to books about how to be more efficient and ways to achieve all you want in life. It’s not that I don’t think I could benefit from it, but I suppose I’m still in the denial stage. The fact of the matter is that I have time to be productive at home, but my couch is so comfortable and the television offers such wonderful trashy viewing opportunities! That’s not to say I’m always unproductive at home. For instance, in one of my more industrious moments, I started compiling a list of books that at some point in the future I may read (or at least browse through) while on my couch.

A book that was recently recommended is “Essentialism: the Disciplined Pursuit of Less” by Greg McKeown. Everyone knows how overwhelming life can feel because there’s so much to be done. We feel the pressure to get it done as soon as possible because it all feels so important. Essentialism as best as I can figure is to “reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy.” In other words, figure out what the priority is and how to do that task more efficiently. The book seems to focus more on work and career, but it sounds like a concept that would be very helpful in real life (aka your life at home)!

There are several books out that focus on creating habits to lead a more productive, positive life, including “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and in Business,” by Charles Duhigg. Another is “Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes Remarkable Results,” by James Clear. “Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life … And Maybe the World” is based on Admiral William H. McRaven’s commencement speech for the graduating class from the University of Texas. He maintains that you must make your bed every morning so that you will have at least accomplished one thing.

Everywhere you look there is advice for living more efficiently, more successfully and more happily. If you’re interested you can come to the library to browse our collection of self-help books. I’m no expert, but if you want my unsolicited advice, it is that if you get a moment to relax, take advantage of it. Maybe it’s with a book or the TV, or maybe even staring into space … just make sure you make your bed first!

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. “The New Girl” by Daniel Silva

6. “A Better Man” by Louise Penny

7. “The Turn of the Key” by Ruth Ware

8. “Mrs. Everything” by Jennifer Weiner

9. “The Nickel boys” by Colson Whitehead

10. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover

Top requested movies

1. “Game of Thrones, season 8”

2. “Avengers. Endgame”

3. “Outlander, Season 4”

4. “The Hustle”

5. “Rocketman”

6. “John Wick. Chapter 3. Parabellum.”

7. “Toy Story 4”

8. “The Secret Life of Pets 2”

9. “Aladdin”

10. “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”

This week

MONDAY — The library will be closed for Labor Day.

TUESDAY — 3:30-5:30 p.m., Teen Anime Club – You choose the movie, we provide the snacks; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Knit and Crochet Group! – a friendly knitting, crochet, needlework, and yarn craft club; 6-6:45 p.m., Meditation Group – all ages and experience levels welcome! 6-7:45 p.m., Sewing Social – amateur or experienced sewers are welcome!

WEDNESDAY — 1-3 p.m., Senior Technology Social – meet fellow seniors and talk about your technology problems! Bring your questions, concerns, and gadgets—we are here to help and have a little fun too! 2-3:30 p.m., Film Club – We will discuss three movies we selected last month and choose three to watch for our October meeting; 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; 4:00-7:45 p.m., Shoreline Robotics Practice – For teens grades 7-12 interested in STEM and Robotics; 5-7:30 p.m., Opening in our Hoxie Gallery! – this month’s artist is David Omar White; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Artifishal movie screening and discussion.

THURSDAY — 3:30-4:30 p.m., Travel 101 – We will use Google Maps and virtual reality to become more familiar with worldwide travel destinations! 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chess Club – All ages and experience levels are welcome, no sign-up required; 6-7:30 p.m., Irish Games Night! – come play Irish games in the Irish language, beginners welcome! 6-8 p.m., Peace, Remembrance, Hope – we will view the film “The Ghost Army” and then have a discussion.

FRIDAY — 10:15-11 a.m., Stories Sign & Craft – for ages 3+, focuses on a popular story and craft, and we will showcase simple and useful signs that go along with it; 3-4 p.m., Teen Book Club – Share what you’ve been reading lately and get to take home a free book! Snacks provided; 4-5:45 p.m., Shoreline Robotics Practice – For teens interested in STEM and Robotics; 6:30-10 p.m., There’s Nothing Trivial About Westerly! – join us at the Windjammer Surf Bar in Misquamicut for four rounds of local trivia questions and food! This is a library fundraiser—a table/team of six is $300 or you can purchase an individual ticket and be assigned to a team.

SATURDAY — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Make & Take Crafts for children! 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Girl Scouts Registration – come learn about the Girl Scouts and have the opportunity to register! 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; 7-10 p.m., Movies in the Park! This evening’s film is “Up”.

Caroline Badowski is a reference librarian at the Westerly Library.

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