The café at the Westport Library is enhancing service with new local foods and evening hours.

Along with a featured coffee and muffin each day, the café now offers a "word of the day" on the blackboard menu, with a dictionary available on the counter next to the cream and sugar.

The menu has been in transition since the library's focus groups last year pointed to the community's desire to have more healthful food available. The soft drinks now offered are locally bottled and sweetened with cane sugar rather than corn syrup; the whole grain muffins and scones are baked daily in Westport and have no preservatives; and the sandwiches, now available seven days a week, are prepared by Oscar's Deli and the Organic Market.

"For Staples High School mid-term nights," said Sarah Tunney, café manager, "we'll have some special brain food and drink for the high school students, including free samples of our own unique chai tea latte, `Jaina Chai,' named in honor of Teen Services Librarian Jaina Lewis. Jaina Chai is a great example of the local focus we're prioritizing. It's made with black tea from Arogya Tea of Westport, spices from Penzey's in Norwalk, and Andrew's Honey from Silvermine Apiary in Norwalk."

During January, the café will stay open later to accommodate the many evening events for WestportREADS, as well as for the Jan. 31 presentation by artist Dalton Ghetti, whose work is on display through Feb. 15. During those evenings, in addition to the regular and specialty drinks, there will be a selection of desserts and other sweets from local bakeries and chocolatiers as well as extra sandwiches for those missing dinner to make it to the event.

The café will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 and 31; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 7, 10, 24 and 28; from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 8 and 29; from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 14, 15, 21 and 22; and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30.

The Westport Library library is closed on Jan. 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.