Can you imagine a Westfield without cars and a highway? While we have lived a lifetime with them, it wasn’t too long ago when residents depended on trains and trolleys to travel through Westfield and Chautauqua County. Many families who have spent generations in Chautauqua County have fond memories of taking trains or trolleys to Jamestown, Buffalo, Erie and beyond.
We are reminded of our history as we prepare for our “Polar Express Day” event, taking place this Saturday, December 5. Families with children can expect to enjoy snacks, crafts and activities that will center around the movie The Polar Express. Preparing for this event brought us back to talk of when trains roared through Westfield and Chautauqua County. To celebrate Polar Express Day, we took a trip up to the archives to look back on what life was like before cars took over.
Just in time for winter weather. Our December will be jam packed with events and programming to keep you busy as the temperatures drop. Browse this post to find an event that interests you. Call us with any questions at 326-2154.
Thursday, December 1 - 6:45 p.m.
Kay Barlow of Music Together and our very own Amy will be kicking off the holiday season with holiday stories, sing-along-songs and more fun! Families with children of all ages are encouraged to come. The event will be held upstairs in our reading room.
Polar Express Day
Saturday, December 3 - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Families are invited to celebrate the holidays with a special day dedicated to The Polar Express. We'll be watching the movie as well as having fun with games, crafts, snacks and special guests. This event will take place downstairs in the children's library.
Thursday, December 8 - 6 to 7 p.m.
Ready for Christmas treats? Show off your own cookie recipes and get a sample of other holiday cookie creations. Registration for this event is required. To register, and to receive all requirements for this event, call us at 326-2154.
Tuesday, December 13 - 6:30 p.m.
Helen Ihasz will be directing a special free concert in our reading room, featuring middle and high school students from Westfield Central School. The program will also feature some special holiday music.
Christmas Stencil Workshop
Thursday, December 15 - 6 p.m.
Family Movie: The Secret Life of Pets
Wednesday, December 28 - 1 p.m.
Bored during Christmas break? Families are invited to come downstairs to watch The Secret Life of Pets. No registration required.
Can't make it to our special events? Stop by one of our recurring programs this month.
Knitting and Crocheting at the Patterson Library
Thursdays, 6:30 - 7:30
Need to knit that special Christmas gift? Stop by every Thursday night from 6:30 - 7:30 for Knitting and Crocheting at the Patterson Library. You can come to learn tips, or just a place to work with fellow knitters. No registration needed. Bring your own materials.
Monday through Friday, 3 - 5 p.m.
Want to get that big project out of the way before Christmas break? Students can work downstairs to earn prizes for working on homework. We have access to school supplies, WACS databases, and, of course, books!
Home Away from Home Homeschooling Day
Monday, December 5 - 11 a.m.
Home-schoolers are invited for food, crafts, presentations, games and more on the first Monday of each month. For information, call at 326-2154 and ask for Amy.
Tuesday, December 13 - 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Join us for Music Matters, a monthly program dedicated to music appreciation. December's Music Matters will have a special focus on Christmas music.
For a full list of our recurring programs, subscribe to our newsletters here, or visit our website.
We wanted to remind you of some of the wonderful programs we are offering for children and families during November and December. To stay up to date on all of our offerings, subscribe to our Children's Newsletter and Regular Newsletter here.
To view our ongoing children's programs, check out this link.
Finding Dory viewing: Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m.
Family Sing: Thursday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Polar Express Day: Saturday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m.
Home Away From Home Homeschooling Day (ongoing): Monday, Dec. 5 at 11 a.m.
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Susan Forrester-Mackay Shows Us "People, Places, Playing and Protests" in "Following Where Art Leads Me" at Octagon Art Gallery
"Following Where Art Leads Me" will debut this Friday, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Octagon Art Gallery at Patterson Library. This show will be on display until Friday, November 11.
"Following Where Art Leads Me" is a collection of photo-realistic paintings from local artist Susan Forrester-Mackay. The collection focuses on Mackay's travels and the many different people and experiences she had because of art. Mackay explains the motivations behind her work in her artist statement for the show:
"I create artwork because the beauty of the process is the best mind-altering state I've ever known. The subject of human beings is an endless source of fascination for me; hence most of my work is figurative and evocative. Always focusing on the variety of every day gestures and experiences. Sometimes it's places that still hold the essence of human experience. Sometimes it's emotions that worry or things that delight the human soul and imagination. But I believe the universal themes are felt by all at one time or another.
I paint in many ways, with many emotions. There is always a thread which stitches my work together such as color and subject. My brush works ranges from detailed strokes to wide explosions. The direction depends on my mood, my subject's mood and makes for the diversity and expressive creativity that I crave. I hope you enjoy this art journey with its many twists and turns. As someone once said, 'A journey which leads in a straight line, leads no where.'
I have been graced with many awards since the late 1960s. I had my first "One-Woman Show: A Second Look" in Buffalo, New York, in the 1970s after winning first place in sculpture. And the rest of they say is history. Twists and turns later, my work resides in many states and Mexico, in private homes and a couple museums. I am a patron member of the Portrait Society of America, Artists United, Americans for the Arts and a proud founding member of the North Shore Arts Alliance.
by Finley Paige Gelsimino
October has to be one of my favorite times of the year. First of all, I'm not alone in enjoying the cooler temperatures after a brutal summer of heat. But what really excites me is Halloween! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. For the past few years, I have attended comic-cons and conventions, designing my own costumes each time I go. This tradition carries on during Halloween, for which I also make my own costume. Dressing up for the holiday is fun no matter what, but there is something rewarding about using your own creativity to make your own costume.
Last Friday, I began teaching a Costuming and Makeup Workshop in the children's area. I brought in some old fabrics to use as well as tools such as my sewing machine. In addition, I will also be helping with Makeup tutorials. For anyone, of any age, who needs help with their costume, I'd be happy to help. Stop by the library on the Fridays leading up to Halloween, from 3 to 5 p.m. for all costume-related help. Until then, I wanted to write here and share some tips online for those who can't make it.
Even though blood, wound, and zombie makeup is a lot of fun, make sure to stay safe! A lot of that makeup isn't meant to be put near the eyes. Make sure to read the directions or buy makeup specifically for around the eyes. Sometimes face paint, fake blood, or latex may cause skin irritation, even when they are not close to your eyes. Always test out your makeup before the big day! Come on down to the library to learn more!
Trying to put your Halloween costume together but you don't know how to sew? A hot glue gun or super glue will be your best friend! You can also use Heat and Bond to put symbols or designs on your costume, no sewing required! The only thing you'll need is an iron. If you want to give sewing a try or don't have a hot glue gun, no worries! The library has both available, including a sewing machine!
I hope that this post was of use to you during preparations for your costume. Feel free to drop by anytime during either the workshop or library hours for other tips.
Until next time!
by Amy Stephenson
"Home Away from Home" is a program held on the first Monday of each month at the Patterson Library. All home-schooled families are invited to join. Together, we read stories, share homemade food and recipes, play games and work on engaging arts and crafts. To find out more information, call the library at 326-2154.
FAVORITE RECIPES FROM "Home Away from Home"