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Build a Better World at the Library

Each year, libraries across the country collaborate on summer reading programs, sharing resources and ideas to bring our communities the very best programs. It’s basically a library superpower…or, at least, that’s how I like to think of it. This year, the united theme is “Build a Better World”, and we’ve been working hard to develop fun, informative, and creative programs for all ages.

The great thing about this year’s theme is how expansive it is. Every one of us can find a simple and unique way to contribute to building a better world. For some, this is accomplished by literally building houses, little free libraries, or other structures to benefit the community. Others build a better world with their words and their actions. There is no “one way” to build a better world, but here are some of the ways that the Westerly Library can help you contribute to the cause this summer:

Build a better world through…creativity and art

We have a plethora of programs that aim to help children and adults exercise their creative muscles! Our incredibly successful Animation Nation workshop teaches children and teens the basics of stop-motion animation, and walks them through the process of creating their own film. For youth who are interested in a less techy art form, the children’s and teen spaces have numerous crafting and music programs throughout the summer. Don’t worry, we’re not overlooking adults– our second Pop-up Museum is scheduled for July 21st!! The Pop-up Museum is a temporary exhibit in which anyone can bring an item (or several) that fits the theme (this month it is “Build a Better World”, of course!) to display for a two-hour period. Items may include books, crafts, photographs, inventions, or something completely different. It’s your chance to be creative!

Build a better world through…sustainability

Our Green Saturdays series is in full swing! Almost every Saturday, a local individual or organization will talk about various issues related to sustainability and the environment. Later this month we have the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Fish and Wildlife Division, as well as the Audubon Society coming to speak about their work. All of our Green Saturdays programs are free, and are sure to inform and delight all ages. Check out more events on our website!

Build a better world through…sharing

The Watch Hill Memorial Library and Improvement Society, along with Ethan Gilsdorf, have begun their 6-week “Westerly Memoir Project” workshop at the library. This popular program is a wonderful opportunity for participants hone their writing skills while also sharing their memories and experiences. If you were not able to sign up for this workshop, but are still interested in sharing your story, you may be interested in our upcoming Westerly Oral History project. We’ll be looking for volunteers, as well as people willing to contribute their stories and memories of Westerly. Join us for an informative meeting on August 29th, or email

for more information.

by Cassie Skobrak, Reference Associate