Library News 

Moving to the Music Program starring Julie Stepanek!

Thursday, July 20th at 11 AM – All Ages Welcome

child dancing in flowersWith songs like “Jump” and “Zoom,” Julie will get kids up and moving, having a fabulous time!

No registration is required for this program.  All ages are welcome.

Each summer reading participant will receive a raffle ticket for attending.


For more information please call Amy D. Kuilema, 978-874-7416



KLASSIC KREATIONS – Creativity Workshop: A Pleasant Pairing of Tea and Chocolates with Kim Larkin, Thursday, August 3rd, 6:30 PM

Please join us for this educational and deliciously edible program for adults!

Presenter Kim Larkin will guide us through tea and chocolate history, advise us about chocolate pairings, all while we enjoy chocolate, tea, and tea infused baked goods.  The program also features antique teapots, a trivia quiz, poetry, and more.

This program will take place in the Eloranta Room.

Please note that this is not the program that is part of  Teen & Tween Summer Reading.  That program is described in the Calendar Events on the entry for August 3rd, at 3 PM.

For more information please contact Jason P. Cavanaugh 978-874-7416.



Annual Book Sale – Ending Soon!

Please join us for our annual book sale.  We still have a wonderful selection of  hard cover books of all types. Whether you love fiction, non-fiction, mysteries or romance, we have books for you!


The book sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Westminster Library and all proceeds benefit library programming and services.

Please contact the library for additional information (978-874-7416).



Family Movie –  Friday, July 28th, 2 PM: All Ages Welcome!

How to Train Your Dragon (PG) – DreamWorks Animation

Based on the book series by Cressida Cowell.

Please join us for this great film, sure to appeal to all ages.

For more information please call the Children’s Room at 978-874-7416.

This film is being shown pursuant to an annual movie license held by the Forbush Memorial Library.


New Museum Passes Available!

green bridge with massive sculpture of person seeming to hold it up
Fitchburg Museum of Art

We are very pleased to announce that we have four recent additions to the passes offered to Westminster residents.  The passes are for the Worcester Art Museum, the Fitchburg Art Museum, the Museum of Russian Icons, and for a wide range of Trustee’s properties with use of the new Trustees Go Pass.  For details please visit the Museum Passes page.

The purchase of these new passes was made possible by a generous grant from the Westminster Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


Website Updates

For the most up-to-date information on programs please check the Calendar of Events using the “Calendar” tab on the top menu.

We are placing the latest “Library News” of interest to all patrons, at the top of the page for easier viewing.  A section for “Ongoing Events” such as the monthly Trivia Club is now located as the last section of the Home page.  There is a section for “Children’s Room News” and a “News for Teens & Tweens” section (below).

Should you have any questions or suggestions please let us know.

Children’s Room News

Summer Reading is Underway – Register Today!

Sign-ups for Summer Reading (babies to grade 5) began June 17th!

We have a very exciting summer reading program this year!  Multiple programs for all age groups (babies through Teens). Win prizes by reading, being read to, and attending programs at our library!

We have fabulous prizes provided by the Friends of the Westminster Library which include raffle prizes (Legos, Mine Craft, Peppa Pig Set, Gift Certificates, etc,), toy chest selections,  and brand new prize books. The Town House of Pizza has also generously offered pizza coupons as a prize again this year.

Sign-up takes only a few minutes. Pick-up a calendar of all the special programs we have scheduled for each age group.

For more information, please contact the Children’s Room at 978-874-7416.

Please note: Grades 6 – 12 (ages 11 – 18) have their own summer reading program. Information about that program is posted in the Teen and Tween News section below.



Art Club – 1 PM Wednesday, August 2nd!

This program is for children entering Grades 3 – 6 ( ages 8+) and is limited to the first 15 participants.  Register in advance or call on the program date to see if space is available.

Lisa Erickson and Anne Gerde will assist participants in making a wonderful, wearable bracelet.

Each participant will bring home a completed project.

This program is part of the summer reading program, but you do not have to be registered for summer reading to register for this program.  Those who are summer reading participants will also receive a raffle ticket for attending.

To register please call the Children’s Room at 978-874-7416.



Strawbees – Combine Engineering and Fun! (Ages 3 and older)

Thursday, August 3rd, 11 AM

Kids will love this science/engineering program as they build a Strawbee bridge, structure, or fun shape.

This session is for ages 3 and older.

No registration is required.

For more information please contact the Children’s Room at 978-874-7416.



Summer Reading: LEGO and Duplo Clubs – No Registration Required

Tuesdays 10:30 – Noon (Ages 3 – 6) or 2 – 4 PM (Ages 7 – 11)

We will begin weekly Lego and Duplo clubs on Tuesdays.  A morning session will be for the younger crowd (10:30 a.m. – Noon).  Afternoon sessions will be for the older kids (2 PM – 4 PM).  Those registered for summer reading will earn a raffle ticket.

While you do not have to participate in the summer reading program to attend, if your child is not yet registered for summer reading, he/she can be signed-up through the end of July!

Participants can drop-in for as long as they would like, and join in the fun at any time during the program.  Younger children must be accompanied at all times by a parent/caretaker to better assist the child as needed.

Please remember that children under the age  of 11 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver while at the library.  The program will take place in the Story Hour Room.

Please check the calendar of events for any changes in the schedule. Other programming may be offered in lieu of the Lego Club on certain dates.



Storytime and Craft – Wednesday July 19th and Thursday, July 27th at 11 AM, Ages 3 and older

Please join us for a themed storytime and a special craft!  This program is for ages 3 and older due to the nature of the craft.

While you do not have to participate in the summer reading program to attend, if you are registered for summer reading, you will also earn a raffle ticket for attending.  If you are not yet registered, you can do so when you visit!

For more information please contact the Children’s Room at 978-874-7416.


Crafternoon – Friday, July 21st, 2 PM, Ages 3+

We have lots of crafts for you to make!  No registration is required,

Pick your favorite craft(s) to make from the many that will be available.

This has been a very popular program and supplies are limited to items on hand.

Color pages will be available for children under age 3 as some crafts may present choking hazards.

Contact: Amy D. Kuilema 978-874-7416


Just Added to the Summer Reading Schedule: Glow in the Dark Science Party with Kosmic Kelly – Tuesday, August 1st 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Ages 3 and older

Limited to 25 participants, register in advance to save your spot!

glow in the dark science experiments


Fun and amazing experiments to teach about the light spectrum:

Make glowing slime, create a glow worm, and capture your own shadow!

This is an action packed, educational, and entertaining program with the very popular Kosmic Kelly!

To register in advance, or for for more information, please contact the Children’s Room (978-874-7416).   You may also call on the day of the event to see if space is still available.


This program is generously supported by the Friends of the Westminster Library.


Baby & Toddler Program – Thursdays: 10:15 AM

Please Note: There will not be a program on Thursday, July 20th.  We hope you will attend the special Music Program with Julie Stepanek at 11 AM  on that date (described above and on the calendar)

Please join us for this program for our youngest patrons. The program includes songs, stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and movement. The program is 30 minutes in length.

Following the program, children and caregivers will have the opportunity to socialize. Siblings are welcome and no registration is required. We hope to see you there!

For more information please contact the Children’s Room at 978-874-7416.


News for Teens and Tweens!

We have multiple copies of books on the Summer Reading List for Overlook Middle School, Oakmont Regional High School, and Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School. These books were obtained from other CW/Mars libraries for your convenience. Please stop by to check out the items you need and let us know if you would like any other titles.



Registration for the Teen and Tween Summer Reading programs will begin for all programs on Tuesday, July 11th, at 10 AM.

Please call (978-874-7416) or visit the library to register for the following programs:

The Smoothie Making Challenge, scheduled for Wednesday, July 26th, 3 PM;

The Chocolate Making Workshop, scheduled for Thursday August 3rd, 3 PM; or

The Maker Space Workshop, scheduled for Wednesday, August 9th, 5:30 – 7:30 PM (this is a date change).

Details of each program can be found in the Calendar of Events, on the date the program is to occur.

Registration is on a first-come, first-registered basis.  For more information call or email Amy D. Kuilema, Head of Youth Services (akuilema@cwmars.org or 978-874-7416).

The Teen & Tween Summer Reading Program begins Wednesday, June 21st – Daily Prizes, Great Raffles and Outstanding Programs!

Our Teen and Tween summer reading program does not require registration. Those entering grades 6 – 12 (ages 11 – 17) can begin receiving prizes on June 21st just by checking out materials (one prize per day limit).

This is how it works: check-out any library item and at the time of check-out you will receive a scratch-off ticket.  Each ticket will entitle you to receive a prize on the spot.  You could win a kit, candy, choice of a small prize, or a raffle ticket for a chance to win a grand prize (gift certificates, etc.).

You will need to write your name and the date on the back of the scratch-off ticket and exchange it for the prize.  There will also be reading logs available for chances to earn additional raffle tickets.

Programs for Teens & Tweens include: A Chocolate Making Workshop (August 3rd, 3 PM), and a Maker Space Workshop with 3-D printers and a virtual reality experience (Wednesday, August 9th (this is a schedule change).  These programs will require registration (more information to be posted) and participants must be age 11 to 17.  We will also have a Smoothy making food challenge with prizes for the best concoction. Details to follow.

For more information please contact Amy D. Kuilema, Head of Youth Services, 978-874-7416

 Ongoing Events

Trivial Pursuit Club! – First Tuesday of each Month, 7 PM

The Trivial Pursuit Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month
at 7:00 pm. All game materials are provided, and this program is open to one and all.