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  • Tuesday, February 19 at 6:30 pm Early Westerly 1660-1720 presented by Meg Barclay Meg Barclay, a direct descendant of Tobias Saunders who was an incorporator of the Town of Westerly, will reprise her...
  • Babcock-Smith House Museum & The Westerly Historical Society present  Our Story: 350 Years Come see Westerly History illustrated by highlights from the collections of the Babcock-Smith House...
  • Mondays 4 - 6:30 pm Saturdays 10 am - 12:30 pm AARP membership is NOT required, and the program is open to taxpayers of all ages and backgrounds. What you'll need: Social security card and photo ID...
  • Make 2018 the year you improve your writing and build community with our new Adult Writer's Workshop! We will be discussing readings, sharing work, and free writing together in the spirit of...

What's Happening

February 16
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10:30am - 12:00pm
Adult Writers Workshop will meet every Saturday. Share work, discuss readings, and write in response to prompts in this group-led writing workshop. All experience levels and genre interests welcome. Please contact Erik at ...
February 19
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5:30pm - 7:30pm
Come to the library for our friendly knitting, crochet, needlework, and yarn craft club. Bring your project, share your techniques or learn a new skill as you social with other crafters. Join us on the second floor in the Reference Department any time between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm every Tuesday.  ...
February 19
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6:00pm - 7:45pm
Whether you're an amatuer quilter looking for advice, or an experienced one with throws on every piece of furniture in your home, you're welcome to join this casual club at the library.  Bring questions, ideas, and projects to work on while you socialize with the other quilters.   Meets every...
February 19
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6:30pm - 7:30pm
Tuesday, February 19 at 6:30 pm Presented by Meg Barclay Meg Barclay, a direct descendant of Tobias Saunders who was an incorporator of the Town of Westerly, will reprise her earlier well-received program on the early history of Westerly. At the Westerly LIbrary Auditorium.    Free to all.
February 21
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5:30pm - 7:30pm
All ages and experience levels are welcome. All you need is a desire to learn more about the game of chess. Chess sets and roll up boards will be provided.
February 21
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6:00pm - 7:30pm
Come play Cribbage in a fun and relaxed environment.  Welcome to all ages! The library has some boards but please bring one if you can! Registration is NOT required beforehand.  Contact Melanie at mdesantis@westerlylibrary.org with any questions...
February 15
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10:15am - 11:00am
 Here's a great opportunity to teach young ones to communicate their needs or communicate with others! Each session focuses on a popular story and a craft, and we will showcase simple and useful signs that go along with it! Program is recommended for ages 3 and up Facilitated by members of the...
February 16
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10:00am - 2:00pm
Drop-In between 10am - 2pm to make your creation!
February 19
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10:00am - 10:45am
Our Tuesday 10 am Family Storytime and Craft with Miss Sandy for all ages!  Join us for wonderful read-alouds, songs and other storytime activities
February 20
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10:00am - 10:45am
  Join us as we venture through song and story each week in our 1-3 Year Old Storytime. It's the perfect time to spend with your little one!
February 21
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10:00am - 10:45am
Hop, skip, jump and wiggle your way to 3-5 Year Old Storytime! This storytime is jam packed with stories, songs, play and crafting!
February 21
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5:30pm - 7:30pm
All ages and experience levels are welcome. All you need is a desire to learn more about the game of chess. Chess sets and roll up boards will be provided.
February 15
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2:30pm - 5:30pm
You don't have to know anything about painting technique to have fun and express yourself. Paint your heart out!  Snacks and supplies provided! In honor of Black History Month, we will learn about painter Alma Thomas and paint in her...
February 16
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1:00pm - 2:30pm
Join us to play dungeons and dragons! We will explain all the rules and play through a long-running adventure story. All game pieces will be included; all you need to bring is a willingness to learn and play!    Spots are Limited.   Event Category: Teen   Event Locations: Teen Room, Makerspace Some...
February 20
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4:30pm - 7:30pm
  Come join us at robotics practice! We are a group of 7th-12th graders who meet at the library once or twice a week. Activities include designing robots, building them, programming them, driving them, strategizing, keeping records, and 3D design. If you are interested in STEM, or want to build a...
February 21
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3:30pm - 5:00pm
  Join us playing board games and card games in the teen space! We have everything from the Game of Life to Cribbage. Snacks provided.  
February 21
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5:30pm - 7:30pm
All ages and experience levels are welcome. All you need is a desire to learn more about the game of chess. Chess sets and roll up boards will be provided.
February 21
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5:30pm - 7:30pm
Attention Students and Parents: All students in grades K-8 are now welcome to attend the Westerly Public Library’s upcoming Homework and/or Tutoring Groups! The two new programs are for students to receive extra help in a variety of subjects at the Library on Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:...
Sunday, May 19
9:00am - 3:00pm
Friday, May 24
9:00am - 5:00pm
Monday, May 27
10:00am - 11:00am
Saturday, June 22
6:00pm - 11:50pm
The Hoxie Gallery, named after William D. and Lavinia B. Hoxie, is a public art gallery that generally displays the work of local area artists. In keeping with the overall mission of the Memorial and... Read More
On Display:
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 to Thursday, March 28, 2019