What People Say about the Library

By Roz Giuditta, Marketing and Outreach Manager If you were to meet me at a street fair, and I asked you to give me a quote about how you use the library, or what the library means to you, you might suddenly become tongue-tied. But if we were just talking about the library at a street fair or in the library’s gallery, you’d probably tell me some pretty great things without any prompting. Like the young mothers who always say, “We’re at the library all the time! We love the library!” They’re the moms who’ve just had a blast at Friday Funtime watching their babies and toddlers tumble about on...

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6 Ways to Upgrade Your Summer Vacation with your Westfield Library Card

Summer is finally in full swing and that means that many of us will be taking off for a much-needed vacation. Whether you are planning on spending your summer vacation close to home or taking off to explore an exciting new destination, the Westfield Memorial Library has your reading, watching, playing, and learning needs covered.   Stock up on print books Nothing beats the convenience of a print book that you can bring with you as you relax on the beach, by the pool, or in your own backyard. And if your vacation plans will take you to some place with limited or no electricity – like say...

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Reading Over the Summer is Critical to Aca-demic Success

Register for the Library’s Summer Reading Program to Prepare for the Fall Registration for the Westfield Memorial Library Summer Reading Program for kids ages 0 through 17 begins June 17. Westfield library cardholders can register at http://wmlnj.readsquared.com or through the READsquared app. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street. “Summer reading is critical to help students avoid the summer slide, which is the tendency of students to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year,” said director Allen McGinley. “Reading throughout the summer also fosters...

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Westfield’s New Native Seed Library Promotes Biodiversity, Environmental Sustainability

The Westfield Memorial Library has good news for all gardeners and would-be gardeners. Through a partnership with the Town of Westfield Green Team and with generous funding from the Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library, the library has created a Native Seed Library. The Native Seed Library features a collection of seeds that is open to all library users. One of the primary goals is to combat the expanding number of invasive plants in the ecosystem and to improve the overall health and biodiversity of local habitats by encouraging the growth of native plants. Native plants are especially...

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Westfield Memorial Library partners with PSE&G for critical infrastructure upgrades

The Westfield Memorial Library has partnered with PSE&G to upgrade the library’s heating, lighting and air conditioning systems through PSE&G’s Clean Energy Future – Energy Efficiency Program. The Westfield Memorial Library, located at 550 E. Broad Street, was built in 1988, and much of the infrastructure is original to the building. In 2020, the library solicited recommendations from engineering consultant Christopher P. Statile, P.A. who estimated the necessary HVAC improvements would cost approximately $1,300,000. This estimate included recommendations to replace the existing central...

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March is STEM Month in New Jersey

Did you know that the month of March marks a month-long celebration of STEM in New Jersey? You’ve likely heard the term STEM before. But if not, STEM is an acronym that stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. These four fields share an emphasis on innovation, problem-solving, and critical thinking. For the past decade or so, there has been a concerted effort to promote STEM fields, as the number of jobs often outpace the number of individuals with adequate training. Examples of STEM disciplines include agriculture and environmental sciences, biology and biomedicine, computer and...

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Join a Book Club to Read More and Build Meaningful Connections

Every year, people across the globe make New Year’s resolutions in the hopes of building new and improved habits and creating meaningful change in their lives. One of the most popular resolutions is to read more. And a great way to keep yourself accountable to this resolution is by joining book discussion groups. The purpose of clubs in general is to bring people together to connect, learn, and discuss something that is important to its participants. Clubs help build community in a world where people often feel isolated and without true personal connections. And book discussion groups are no...

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From Billie Holiday to Billie Eilish: stream millions of songs for free with your library card

by Roz Giuditta, Publicist You may be aware that you can download eBooks and eAudiobooks from your library, but did you know that you also have access to millions of popular music titles? Freegal® Music Service gives you the world of music at your fingertips to download or stream. You have access to millions of songs from more than 40,000 music labels worldwide. The mobile app and website are easy to use and easy to download. The app is free, and if you are Westfield Memorial Library cardholder, you can download it for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire devices. Once you set up your own account,...

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New Westfield Memorial Library Foundation President looks forward to re-invigorating the Foundation

Established in 2010, the Westfield Memorial Library Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the financial support of the library. Generously supported by contributions from Westfield residents and businesses, and patrons from the surrounding area, it has funded many important projects over the years, such as new laptops, chairs for the public computer stations, and furniture in the Teen section of the library.  The newest President of the Foundation, which is staffed by volunteers, is John Davies. In describing his position, he said, “At the moment, my role mainly consists of re-invigorating...

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