Children’s Room News!
Fall Storytimes will begin on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 – Sign-ups begin on Thursday, September 1st
In addition to Circle Fun Time with Jana (please see below), this fall we will be having storytimes on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for children 2 – 5 and at 11 a.m. for children ages 3-5. On Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. we will have a new Baby Boppers lapsit program for ages birth to 18 months as well as a storytime at 11 a.m. for children up to age 6. Wednesday storytimes require registration. You can register for the first four-week session by phone or in-person beginning on Thursday, September 1.
We anticipate offering additional storytimes in October, so be sure to check the website for updates. A general description of storytimes can be found on the Children’s page. For more information, or to register for the Wednesday storytimes, please call 978-874-7416 and ask to speak with the children’s room staff.
S.T.E.A.M. for children aged 0-5 is now known as Circle Fun Time with Jana. Jana’s next program will be held on Friday, September 9, 2016, at 10 A.M.
Duplo/Lego Club with Jana – 3:30 p.m. every other Friday, beginning September 9, 2016
All ages are welcome to join Jana and build their own Duplo/Lego creations. The program will take place in the Eloronta Room on the second floor. In September, the program will be held on the 9th and 23rd; it will continue every other Friday throughout the fall.
Other Library News!
Join Jeff Belanger for a multimedia lecture, Q&A, and book signing. “Ghosts and Hauntings” offers a world tour of haunts, ghostly evidence, and discussion. This event is free and open to the public on Thursday September 22nd at 7:00PM.
Jeff Belanger (www.Jeffbelanger.com) is one of the most visible and prolific paranormal researchers today. He is the Emmy-nominated host and producer of the New England Legends series which debuted on PBS in October of 2013.
Please Note: This program is not for children.
- Library passes to area attractions and museums shall be limited to residents of the town of Westminster effective September 1, 2015.
- Our pass to Magic Wings now only admits adults. People using this pass will have to pay for any children attending.
Join us Wednesday August 17th at 7:00 PM, for our new adult coloring club. Adults are discovering that coloring isn’t just for kids anymore, and it’s a great way to reduce stress. This event is free, and all materials are provided.
A thank-you to all the volunteers who came to the library Saturday, May 21, and helped restore the library’s front gardens by weeding and spreading wood chips and also for the work of grading soil around the two historic Beech trees as well as fertilizing them.
We hope you have noticed the library’s two new fencing projects just completed – the new fence behind the parking lot and the black metal fence along Bacon Street enclosing the small lawn which we can now use safely for children’s programs and activities in good weather. We used some of the recent Van Saun bequest to finance this work; it was installed by Builtwell Fence Co., of Fitchburg.
In order to reduce incorrect fines and lost material charges on patron accounts, the library staff will be requiring your library card when checking out materials. This policy will be effective January 2nd, 2016. Please be prepared to show your card prior to check out. If you are checking out materials for other borrowers, you will be required to present his/her card as well.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
The Forbush Memorial Library sent a digital image of the 1878 watercolor of Miles City, MT. to that city recently for enlargement as part of their revitalization of a downtown park. The small watercolor was painted by Hermann Syieffel, a soldier serving under Gen. Nelson A. Miles, a native of Westminster, during the Indian wars in the West.
The image, showing the first houses and stores at a ferry crossing, has been enlarged to 8’ by 14’ and is now displayed in Riverside Park, the exact site where the watercolor was done 137 years ago.
The library is pleased to announce that a display commemorating the centennial of the First World War is open in the Eloranta Room of the library. Accompanying the exhibit of items from the library’s collection is a free handout listing the names of Westminster men who participated in that war.
The library’s high-powered telescope is now available for loan to any interested Westminster resident. Reservations for a week’s borrowing can be made at the main circulation desk or by calling 978-874-7416 during library hours.
The library has acquired a print magnification device to assist the visually impaired, useful when any printed matter needs to be substantially enlarged. A book or paper can be placed under the reader and an enlargement is displayed on a TV screen. The degree of enlargement is adjustable and the image can be focused. The magnifier is available whenever the library is open.
Breastfeeding Support Group
The Breastfeeding Support Group will be meeting on Tuesday, August 2nd at 10:00 am. Monthly meetings will continue on the first Tuesday of the month. FYI. The July 5th meeting has been cancelled.
Trivial Pursuit Club!
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.
On Thursday, Sept. 15th at 1:00pm, The Mystery Book Club will be reading “Sherlock Holmes and the Ghosts of Bly” by Donald Thomas. All are welcome to attend.
The case is secure, 6 feet long and 2 feet deep with 2 glass shelves inside. To share your collecting interests with the community for a month or more, leave your name at the circulation desk or contact Nick Langhart at 978-874-7416.
The Friends of the Library are currently offering quality sepia-toned reproduction prints of the 1892 bird’s eye view of Westminster 18” x 24” for $20.00. Get them before they are gone!
Through the generosity of the Oakmont School Librarian, we’ve received a gift of over a dozen Oakmont Regional High School yearbooks to add to our collection. While we do not have every year, 36 of the last 50 yearbooks are available for reference and copy here at the library.
If you have an Oakmont yearbook that you’d like to donate, we still need issues from these years: ’64, ’65, ’67, ’84, ‘86 thru ’88, ’91 thru ’93, ‘97, ’98, ’01, ’03, and 2012.
The Westminster Lions Club is taking donations of used eyeglasses for those in need. The donation box is located at the side of the main check out desk. So far, there are over 75 pairs that have come in. The Lions Club thanks everyone for their donations.
Passes for Museums and Other Great Places!
Are you looking for things to do and places to go? Check out information on library passes and coupons on our Museum Passes page.
‘Evergreen’ Information for Patrons
Find e-Books for Your Kindle, Nook, iPad and More!
We have a lot of books, audiobooks and videos that can be downloaded to your electronic reading, listening or watching devices through the C/W Mars Digital Catalog. Read More…