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Do you at times become slightly obsessed with random things? Clearly I do, since I asked the question. Currently, I have a keen interest in chickens and soccer (football to the rest of the world). Chickens are easy, but the soccer is a bit more challenging, since I’ve only been able to watch the English Premier League on our cable channels.

This morning I was told by my husband that I should pick a favorite team in the English league instead of watching willy-nilly. I, of course, refused, because I am determined to become a fan of the Scottish Premier Football League, not the English. Glasgow Celtic is my team, even if I can never watch a match!

I’m not entirely sure what prompted the soccer thing. Over the years, I have watched some World Cup matches and been to a few live events, but that’s been about it. In any case, aside from chickens and soccer, I also love a bit of scandal, which is why I picked up “The Club: How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports,” by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg. This new book tells “a sports and business tale of how money, ambition, and twenty-five years of drama remade an ancient institution into a twenty-first-century entertainment empire.”

You might think that falling head-over-heels over chickens would be difficult. I thought so too, until I picked up the new book “Literary Chickens.” It would be impossible for me to overstate how much I love this book. It is a delightful collection of portraits of heritage-breed chickens accompanied by literary passages that reflect the personalities of the subjects. Not only do you get a chance to look at some adorable chickens, you can feel good that you are also reading excerpts from literary classics! The photographer is Beth Moon (Ancient Trees) who is extraordinarily talented and really does capture the individuality of each chicken.

Whatever your interests might be and however fleeting they are (and mine are often fleeting), you can come to the library to indulge them. Sometimes the best part of visiting the library is that you may come across a book, DVD, or magazine article that piques a new interest (my chicken thing, for instance!). That’s exactly what a library is about, so just go with it! You never know what you might discover when you walk through the door!

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. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover

7. “Long Road to Mercy” by David Baldacci

8. “Dark Sacred Night” by Michael Connelly

9. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens

10. “Unsheltered” by Barbara Kingsolver

Top-requested movies

1. “Crazy Rich Asians”

2. “A Simple Favor”

3. “A Star is Born”

4. “The Equalizer 2”

5. “Bohemian Rhapsody”

6. “The Wife”

7. “Mission Impossible: Fallout”

8. “Venom”

9. “First Man”

10. “Peppermint”

Top billing

For All Ages

MONDAY — The library will be closing at 1:00pm for New Year’s Eve.

11a.m. – 12p.m., New Year’s Eve Magic Show w/ Russ DeSimone (Ages 5+) – Start the New Year’s magic early with this high energy magic show which combines audience participation and comedy.

TUESDAY — The library will be closed for New Year’s Day.12-1 p.m., 350x Around the Park – At noon, the Friends of the Library will be on the Esplanade to launch 350x Around the Park, an invitation for the public (and their dogs!) to walk around the park and track their progress throughout the year.

WEDNESDAY — 10-11:30 a.m., Westerly Memory Café – A monthly gathering for anyone with cognitive impairments or dementia, and their care partners, to meet new friends; 4:30-7:30 p.m., Shoreline Robotics Practice – For teens interested in STEM and Robotics; 5-7:45 p.m., Paul Crimi Art Exhibit – Join us for the opening reception of Paul Crimi’s exhibit in the Hoxie Gallery!

THURSDAY — 10-11:30 a.m., Conversation Class – A free conversation class for English Language Learners; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chess Club – All ages and experience levels are welcome, no sign-up required.

FRIDAY — 3:30-5:30 p.m., Paint Your Feelings – You don’t have to know anything about painting technique to have fun and express yourself! Snacks and supplies provided; 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; 1-3 p.m., Dungeons and Dragons (Teen Led Program) – No prior experience with the game is necessary.

Caroline Badowski is the head of reference at the Westerly Library.

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