Westerlo Library Notes for Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Westerlo Public Library will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. 

Library day

Saturday, Feb. 1, is national Take Your Child to the Library Day.  This day was created to celebrate reading and promote awareness about all that neighborhood libraries have to offer children and families. Launched in February 2012 in Waterford, Conn. it quickly spread to more than 120 participating libraries from 25 states. 

In this economy, people often don’t have the finances for leisurely pursuits, but they can bring their kids to the library to play, use the computers, attend special events, take out DVDs, audio books and music CDs — and it’s all free.

Display case

For the month of January the library is displaying Ottilie’s Wall Pocket vases.  Pocket vases were used as decorative holders for flowers or air fresheners. Popular during the 1940s and 50s, the majority were imported from Japan, usually featuring flowers or birds. While clay is the most commonly used material for collectible wall pockets, they’ve also been made out of wood, glass, cloth, plastic, and metals such as copper or tin.


Pick up your free copy of the January edition of BookPage. BookPage is a monthly book review and selection guide to the best new books published every month. The tone is upbeat and literate, focusing on bestsellers as well as new discoveries. All of the content from the print edition is posted on BookPage.com each month.

Story time

Our Toddler and preschool story time meets on Wednesday at 10 a.m.  Join Miss Lee for stories, songs, games and movement activities designed for children ages two to five years old.  In addition to developing pre-reading skills, singing, moving to music, and playing instruments all help to foster a sense of rhythm and timing that are essential elements in developing the part of a child’s brain that shapes math skills.

Technology Walk-In Wednesday

Do you need to brush up on your computer skills – or obtain basic skills?  See Amy on Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for free, personalized, one-on-one, hands-on instruction on how to work the mouse, navigate the Internet, set up an e-mail account, use office automation programs, and more!  If Wednesday mornings are not convenient, please contact us to schedule an appointment.

Library info

All library programming is free (unless otherwise noted) and open to the public.  For more information, contact the library during business hours at (518) 797-3415, visit westerlolibrary.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/westerlolibrary.