Check out the Children and Teen pages for up coming programs geared towards children and/or families.

AARP Tax Help again this year at the Library

The AARP volunteer tax helpers will be at the library by appointment on the following Mondays from 9 to 1 (unless noted otherwise): 2/11, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18 (9-12), 3/25, 4/1, and 4/8. Call the Estuary Office in Old Saybrook at 860 388-1611 to make an appointment.

A shipment of Tax Forms finally arrived. We will continue to make up to ten free copies or print outs of forms not received.

Medicinal Herb Gardening 101- A FREE Class at Westbrook Public Library

    The Friends of Westbrook Public Library are sponsoring a free workshop about growing medicinal herbs on Saturday, April 6th at 1 p.m. in the library community room. Kristy Benson, the owner of Bittersweet Farms in Old Saybrook, will present a workshop on growing medicinal herbs. She will talk about how to grow and process them as well. Pre-registration is requested to help us plan ahead but walk-ins will be welcome. Call the library at 860 399-6422 or e-mail to sign up.

Westbrook Garden Club Programs

The Friends of the Westbrook Public Library co-sponsor many of the Garden Club programs. Here are some of the programs coming up this Spring on Monday afternoons. They are all open to the public.

March 18 at 3 p.m.   Pruning Techniques with Jim Luce

Jim Luce works with the Connecticut College Arboretum and is the Supervisor of Grounds at the College. He will discuss and demonstrate pruning techniques.

April 15 at 3 p.m.   Edible Mushrooms of Southern New England

Karen Monger and Robert Gergulies will present a power point lecture on edible mushrooms in our area, talk about foraging, and share recipes.

May 20 at 3 p.m.    Designing with Containers and Pots

Teri Smith from Smith Acres farm in Niantic will demonstrate how to fill your plant pots with beautiful blooms, discuss the optimal mix of soil and fertilizer, and best placement for sun or shade loving plants.

SCORE Workshops coming to the Library

 SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives, has scheduled a series of free workshops for small business people and entrepreneurs at the Westbrook Public Library beginning in January.

Date                                                                Topic

Tuesday, January 8 at 5:30 p.m.                     Branding

Tuesday, January 29 at 5:30 p.m.                   Search Engine Optimization & Marketing

Thursday, February 14 at 10 a.m.                   Introduction to Quick Books

Thursday, February 21 at 5:30 p.m.               Advanced Social Media and                                                                                         Facebook

Tuesday, March 5 at 5:30 p.m.                       Intermediate Quick Books

Thursday, March 14 at 5:30 p.m.                  Secrets to Trade Show Success

Tuesday, March 26 at 5:30 p.m.                     ABCs of the Business Plan

You can contact the local chapter of SCORE at 860 388-9508 or at While pre-registration is suggested , walk-ins are welcome.

SCORE is also planning a series of free mentoring appointments at the library on the following Tuesdays from 10 to 2:  January 15, January 29, February 5, February 19, March 5, March 19, April 2, April 16, May 7, May 21, June 4, and June 18.

More information about SCORE can be found at

Westbrook Readers Book Discussion Group

The Westbrook Readers meetings are open to all. They are informative and fun. The group meets in the library downstairs in the small conference room. The Readers meetings are scheduled for the fourth Tuesday of the month and start at 10:00 am. The following books will be coming up:

March 26 – A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

April 23 –  The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

May 28 –  A Room with a View by E. M. Forster

June 25 –  Time and Again by Jack Finney

Call the Library at 860 399-6422(Tuesday-Saturday) for more information.

Free Genealogy Help on 4th Tuesdays

Marcy Fuller, Professional Genealogist, with a certification in Genealogical Research from Boston University, offers free help and advice on genealogy questions on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

Literacy Volunteers is looking for Tutors

Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore is looking for tutors to help a growing number of Spanish speakers learn English. Currently there are not enough tutors to meet the demand and local adult education classes are also stretched thin.  New Tutor Training sessions begin on March 21. The registration deadline is March 7. For more information visit , call the office Monday through Thursday from 9 to 2, or email


The Library is accepting donations of canned and non-perishable food items for overdue fines. Items donated will be taken to the Food Pantry at St. Mark’s Church in Westbrook.