Hello There!

Welcome to the Owl’s Nest Blog from the Westbury Children’s Library, officially known as Children’s Library – Robert Bacon Memorial. If you’ve visited us before, you may have noticed the bust over the fireplace. It is a portrait of former Secretary of State Robert Bacon.

Our plan for this blog is to periodically share useful and/or interesting information with our visitors. You may see lyrics for songs we sang in Circle Time, links to books we’ve read in storytime, early literacy tips, fun facts about the history of our Library (this is where Robert Bacon comes in) and anything else we think you need to know!

Thanks for reading and we hope you visit us in person soon!

The Owl’s Nest was the nickname given to the home of the Library’s first librarian, Jacqueline Overton.

Hoopla at the Westbury Library!

Patrons of the Westbury library now have access to Hoopla. Hoopla allows users to digitally borrow books, videos, music, audiobooks, and more on their smartphones, computers, and tablets. More information can be found here

Westbury Library Youtube Tutorials

The Westbury Library has added several tutorials to our Youtube channel. Our five newest videos, made with help from the Westbury High School National Honors Society help students and adults learn several smartphone and web applications for both scholastic and everyday use. Our Youtube channel with our Tutorial Playlist can be found Here. If there are any video suggestions that you would like the library to attempt please email us at contactus@westburylibrary.org and let us know.

Librarian’s Pick: This Time Next Year We’ll Be Laughing – Jacqueline Winspear

This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing by Jacqueline Winspear “After fifteen novels in her beloved Maisie Dobbs series, Jacqueline Winspear has taken the bold step of turning to memoir, revealing the hardships and joys of her family history. Both shockingly frank and deftly restrained, her memoir tackles such difficult, poignant, and fascinating family memories as her paternal grandfather’s shellshock, her mother’s evacuation from London during the Blitz; her soft-spoken animal-loving father’s torturous assignment to an explosives team during WWII; her parents’ years living with Romani Gypsies; and Jacqueline’s own childhood working on farms in rural Kent, capturing her ties to the land and her dream of being a writer at its very inception.

An eye-opening and heartfelt portrayal of a post-War England we rarely see, This Time Next Year We’ll Be Laughing is the story of a childhood in the English countryside, of working class indomitability and family secrets, of artistic inspiration and the price of memory.”

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