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Rick Adams and the Folk Songs that Built America

Last Wednesday, July 19th, Mr. Rick Adams taught our patrons about American Folk music and entertained our audience with a unique performance! He brought with him instruments that most viewers had never seen before: Along with some familiar and beloved instruments like guitar: Participants danced and played along with the performance: And children were invited […]

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July 24, 2017

Family Sock Hop

Summer time is Family Time at Westhampton Free Library! Every week, we have a number of different family programs and this past week we hosted a Sock Hop! We went back in time to the 1950s and danced, played hoola hoop, enjoyed ice cream and cotton candy, competed in an egg race, and challenged ourselves […]

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July 17, 2017

1KB4K News

Congratulations to Austin who has read 900 books for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program! Great job Austin, keep on reading!

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July 17, 2017

Ancient Greek Architecture

This past weekend some of our young patrons learned about ancient Greek architecture while putting their STEM skills to the test! Learning the true strength and genius behind those iconic Greek columns, participants used paper cups as columns and cookie sheets as the “roofs” in between each story or level of their building: In between […]

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July 17, 2017

Chinese Acrobatics with Li Liu

Wednesday night is Family Night at Westhampton Free Library! This summer, we kicked off our family events with a performance by Chinese acrobat Li Liu! She wowed parents and children of all ages with balancing acts, amazing flexibility, plate spinning, and more! She even called on volunteers from the audience to try her tricks for […]

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July 12, 2017

Buddy Art: Recycled Bird Feeders

Our Buddy Art project for the month of July involved re-purposing milk and juice cartons into beautiful bird feeders! Our Tweens (children ages 9-12) teamed up with younger children (ages 5-8) to work together. They cut holes in the cartons for the birds to get in, added a dowel for the birds to perch on, […]

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July 12, 2017

Kids on the Green with Shenole Latimer

This past Tuesday, July 11th, we hosted our first Kids on the Green of the summer. Our performer was Mr. Shenole Latimer, a Jazz musician who has performed at Patchogue Theater. He entertained families with singing, dancing, and Saxophone playing. Join us every Tuesday at 5:30 for a different form of entertainment! Kids on the […]

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July 12, 2017

Summer Reading Club Kickoff

Monday, June 26th was the beginning of our Summer Reading Club and it was also Patron Appreciation Day. In celebration, we had a number of different activities for our young patrons. There was a summer-themed drop-in craft as shown below: Miss Lilly, our very talented balloon artist friend, made amazing balloon sculptures of all shapes […]

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July 3, 2017

Flag Day Trivia and Craft

On June 14th, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes. In honor of our nation’s flag, we celebrate Flag Day every year on June 14th. This year, we hosted Flag Day Trivia which included a fun craft!

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June 19, 2017

Buddy Art

The Idea Place has started a new program called Buddy Art which will be hosted once per month. For our Buddy Art projects, a tween aged child (ages 9-12) teams up with a school aged child (ages 5-8) to complete a craft. Buddy Art gives school age children the opportunity to make something that they […]

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June 14, 2017