Westport Column

Here’s a reminder for those seeking a cozy reading spot on a dark winter afternoon or evening that we’ve got two outstanding libraries serving our community, one in Westport and one in Wadhams. The Westport Library Association is open Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Wadhams Free Library is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Both libraries also usually have a Story Hour for young children on Thursday mornings, Westport at 11 a.m. and Wadhams at 10 a.m. Both also provide free computer internet service as well, which makes them a valuable resource for those who don’t have such access on their own. And the Westport Library just purchased two Kindle ebook readers, which are available to check out for anyone with a Westport Library card. If you’ve been wondering what ebooks are all about but have hesitated to take the plunge of purchasing one, this is a great way to get your feet wet.

Another thing both libraries have in common is outstanding and friendly staff, with Dan Van Olpen and Liz Rapalee as directors of Westport and Wadhams respectively. If these two libraries aren’t a big part of your family’s life currently, Dan and Liz would both be very happy to help them become so.

In addition to offering music lessons in her studio at the former Hamilton building here in town, Westport music educator Rose Chancler also runs Piano by Nature, which “was founded to bring professional and thought-provoking performances to the North Country and to make available creative educational programs to local area schools.” The performances take place in Elizabethtown’s historic Hand House, and I’ve featured them regularly in this space. The next concerts in the current series will take place on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, February 3 at 3 p.m. when Westport resident and Grammy-winning trumpeter Taylor Haskins will appear with Mark Shilansky on piano and Robinson Morse on bass. There’s limited seating, so Rose encourages readers to call ahead at 962-2949 for tickets and reservations.

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