Check out the Children and Teen pages for up coming programs geared towards children and/or families.
Free Family Nature Education Programs
Potapaug Audubon Society and the Friends of the Westbrook Public Library are sponsoring a series of free family nature programs once again this year. Everyone is welcome and no pre-registration is necessary.
The final program this Spring is
Saturday, May 20 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Splish-Splash! Wetland Habitats & Residents
Meet at Bushy Hill Nature Center in Deep River and Ivoryton and explore a variety of wetland habitats with the staff of the Nature Center. The walk passes through an Atlantic White Cedar swamp, by a vernal pool, and ends at a specimen pond. Particpants will have access to nets to catch and observe the insects, amphibians, and reptiles before releasing them back into the wild. Wear your boots!!
Free Film and Discussion series at Westbrook Public Library
A film and discussion series From The Jordan To The Sea: Israel-Palestine In Film will be held in the community room of the Westbrook Public Library on four Thursday evenings from April 27 through May 18. The programs begin at 7 p.m. The series is sponsored by the Tree of Life Educational Fund and Jewish Voice For Peace and through films offers a look at the complicated relationship between Israelis and Palestinians.
A short discussion follows each film. The schedule of programs is:
Thursday, April 27 – When I Saw You (2012) 93 min. Set in 1967, a story of refugees placed in “temporary” camps- a story of the human spirit that knows no borders.
Thursday, May 4 – Five Broken Cameras (2011) 94 min. A documentary with Palestinian and Israeli co-directors about the protests in a West Bank village. A Sundance Film Festival winner, and an Academy Award nominee.
Thursday, May 11 – A Bottle In The Gaza Sea (2013) 100 min. A teenaged girl, the daughter of recent French immigrants to Israel, throws a bottle with a message into the sea near Gaza following a bomb attack on a local café. A Palestinian young man finds it and a relationship ensues.
Thursday, May 18 – An Oasis On The Hill (2013) 10 min. A short documentary about an Israeli village with Jews and Arabs peaceably co-existing followed by talk back by young people who recently traveled to Israel/Palestine and Bosnia on a Tree of Life sponsored trip.
Free Stroke Education Workshop at Westbrook Public Library
Paramedic Brad Fowler will present a free workshop Stroke: Improving Outcomes Through Action on Thursday evening, May 25, at 7 p.m. in the Westbrook Public Library community room. This important and informative one-hour presentation is part of an effort by Middlesex Hospital and its Paramedic Program to increase community awareness of actions to take and things to be on the look out for to lessen the severity of the impact of a stroke.
Call the library at 860 399-6422 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to register for this free program. Walk-ins are welcome.
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:
No meeting in December
April 25 -They may not mean to but they do by Catherine Schine
May 23 -America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray
June 27 -The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
September 26 -The Bridge Ladies: a memoir by Betsy Lerner
Call the Library at 860 399-6422(Tuesday-Saturday) for more information.
FOOD FOR FINES!
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.