The Library’s famous Summer Reading Club is open and ready for business! Come in and sign up, or register online, anytime during the summer. Then READ, READ, READ. And don’t miss the VERY fun Scavenger Hunt that starts June 28. Pictured below is fourth grader Olivia Bollo, who was the first to sign up (last summer over 2,000 kids participated), and staff member Susan Ritter.
The Kids Choice Award was initiated by Long Lots Elementary School last year after their Museum Night. Students vote on one class project as the winner. Below are the winners from Kings Highway School (left–Mrs. Hughes’ class) and from Long Lots School (Mrs. Belden’s class), which were on display at the Library.
The wonderful art work of Eric von Schmidt is currently on display at the Library, but he was also a gifted musician who composed and performed blues and folk music, specializing in the songs of Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie. He inspired and worked with Tom Rush and Bob Dylan.
His music will be performed this Sunday, June 9, at 2:00 p.m. at the Library by his daughter Caitlin, an accomplished folk singer and graphic artist, along with Eric’s friends and partners Chance Browne, a singer and guitar player and Mark Naftalin, a blues keyboard player and composer.
Want to read current books on your readers and tablets? How about classics? Prefer children’s literature? More into mysteries? The Library has a new ebook service called 3M (yes…the scotch tape company) Cloud Library. Take a look at the great choices available for Westport Library cardholders!
Westport’s first Comic Convention (this Saturday 1-4 at the Library), known by comic fans as Comic-cons. A day of comic-fun: costume contest, cartoon-drawing workshop, talk by a famous comic book author, a Magic the Gathering tournament, comic books for sale and food!
Don’t miss it! Register now, or pay $8 at the door.
Connecticut’s 2nd Mini Maker Faire on April 27 was a huge hit! Over 3,500 people came to the Westport Library from all over the region to see dozens of inventors, hobbyists and students showcase their creations. Congressman Jim Himes (CT-District 4) spoke about the economic importance of making things in America, and official recognition proclamations were read from Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, State Representative Jonathan Steinberg for Governor Dannel Malloy and Representative Gail Lavielle for the Connecticut General Assembly. Here are some highlights:
Make a banana keyboard from a MaKey MaKey Invention Kit
The Westport Mini Maker Faire this Saturday at the Library is for people who love to make things, or watch people make things, or dream up things to make. It’s a day for exploring, and seeing the possibilities. Here’s a sample of the offerings:
*Robots playing Frisbee
*Hands-on workshop about flight by Sikorsky engineers
*Hi-tech fashion design
*MaKey MaKey Invention Kits (make a keyboard out of bananas)
*Author Alec Foege talking about his book The Tinkerers
*A dancer’s arduino body suit that creates sound and graphic art
*sculptures carved on a pencil tip
*State-of-the-art 3D printers in action
*Wooden pen-making (which will be sent to US troops)