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Saturday October 25th

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Library will close early, at 12:30pm, in honor of longtime library volunteer and former assistant librarian Clearwater Liberty.


Celebration of Life

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Clearwater Liberty

passed away peacefully October 3rd 2014.

Please join us

Saturday, October 25th

at 1 PM in the Wendell Town Hall

to celebrate her life.

More details to follow.

Excellent directions and parking information are available on the Full Moon Coffeehouse website.


Food & Farming in Wendell: Rebuilding a History

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Friday evening, October 24, from 7-8:30 PM


1887 bird's-eye map showing northwest corner of Wendell, Massachusetts

"We do not consider the town of Wendell one of the best towns for good land, by any means: on the contrary, we regard it as a rough, hilly town with a good deal of poor land."

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Can History Help Reinvent the Food System?

Local writer and public historian Cathy Stanton will present her new food and farm history project . Her talk will challenge common ideas about the long decline of New England agriculture, especially in the hill towns, and will propose a new approach, in dialogue with present-day efforts, to strengthen local and regional food systems.

The talk will draw on local examples to present an alternative history of New England farmers adapting, surviving, and returning to the land, to balance the commonly-told story of abandoned hill farms and competition from larger-scale agriculture to the west.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

The event is sponsored by the Wendell Free Library, the Wendell Agricultural Commission, and the Wendell Historical Society.

The project has also been supported in part by a grant from the Wendell Cultural Council, a local agency funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, an agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


Mostly Yoga

Join our merry band of seven Wendell area body movement teachers leading sessions on a rotating basis.

A variety of yoga styles are offered, as well as psychocalisthenics*.

Teachers include: "Apollo" Compagnone, Shay Cooper, Janice Doubleday, Donna Horn, Dona O'Dou, Sam Scherer, ChristineTexiera.


Sundays, October 12, 2014 - May 24, 2015

except Easter Sunday and Mother's Day

10:00-11:15 AM

A donation of $3 or more is requested to help sustain the program.



First Steps in Spoken Irish/ Chéad Chéime sa Gaeilge

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Six Thursdays beginning Oct 23rd

7-8:30 PM


Instructor: Jim Dunn

Spoken mainly in the West of Ireland, Irish is a Gaelic language closely related to Scots Gael, Welsh, and Breton. With a goal of conversational skills, our meetings will explore the cultural and historical context of Irish through film, song and discussion. The course will be fun and easy, and you will be able to converse in Irish by its end.

Jim is an escaped academic, with PhD specialties in Old Irish and Modern Irish Literature. He has broad experience in teaching languages and literature at the college level and is published in the field. He is an Irish citizen, visits the Gaeltacht yearly, and speaks Irish.

The text is Buntus Cainte, with CD. Class size is limited to 4-8 participants. To register for this free course, contact the Wendell Free Library, 978-544-7090, or email Jim,


Art Exhibits

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Both shows run through November 1st

In the Herrick Room Gallery:

An exhibit of eight artists from the Blackstone Studio Printers in Worcester: Lisa Barthelson, Sally Bowditch, Nina Fletcher, Susan Mampre, Jacqueline Ross, Karen Nunley, Jean Murphy, and Kathy Murray.

The 16 prints exhibited encompass a wide range of styles and subjects, and all display the looseness and sense of improvisation characteristic of monoprints.


There will be an Blackstone Studio artists’ reception Saturday, Oct. 18, 1:30 to 3:30 PM.


Display case exhibit:

Also shown at the Library is new work by Al Souza of Wendell, whose three-dimensional pieces are based on printed materials, books, and newspapers, mostly placed in antique containers. (Two works composed of book covers are meant to be hung on a vertical surface.)


October & November 2014 Library Offerings

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All programs are FREE unless otherwise noted.

Ongoing Weekly Programs

Wednesdays 10-11 AM Pre-School Playgroup with Sylvia Wetherby (year-round)
Saturdays & Sundays 6-7 PM AA Open Meeting 6pm (offered year-round)
Sundays 10-11:15 AM Mostly Yoga (Begins Oct 12- May 2015) ($3 donation helpful)

October Programs

Wed. Oct. 1 & 8  Adult Art Class with Joanne McDonough (Ceramic Birdhouses) 6-8 PM
Sat. Oct. 4  Preschool Science with Sylvia Wetherby (Magnifying Magic for ages 3-6) 11-noon
Mon. Oct 6  Neuroplasticity Book Group facilitated by Sharon Wachsler 6-8 PM
Thu. Oct 9  Charles Eisenstein Book Group 7 PM
Sat. Oct 11 Tibet: a Journey in Images & Story with Teri Nash 7 PM
Wed. Oct 15 & 22  Adult Art Class with Heather Willey (Multi-Media Painting) 6-8 PM
Thu. Oct 16  Book Discussion: The Taking: Before They Flooded the Quabbin with Helen Haddad
Sat. Oct. 18  Gallery Reception for Blackstone Studio Printers 1:30-3:30 PM
Thu. Oct 23 Irish Language Class with Jim Dunn (6 consecutive Thursdays) 7 PM
Fri. Oct 24  Food & Farming in Wendell: Rebuilding a History with Kathy Stanton 7 PM
Sat. Oct 25  Sci Fi Movie, The Ghost, hosted by Robbie Heller 7 PM

November Highlights

Sat. Nov 1  Preschool Science with Sylvia Wetherby (Magnet Madness for ages 3-6) 11-noon
Fri. Nov. 7  Book Discussion: This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein led by Climate Change Group
Date TBA  Vietnam Peace Village Project talk and powerpoint presentation by Pat Hynes
Sat. Nov 15  Dining Room Chair Upholstery Workshop. (Limited to 8 participants. Must pre-register.)



Expanded Library Hours

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Thursday and Sunday hours added to Library schedule!

September 2014 - June 2015

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Many thanks to the Friends of the Library for funding theThursday hours!

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(until June 2015)

Mon 12:00-5:00 Internet only
Tue  12:00-6:00
Wed 10:00-8:00

Thu    3:00-7:00

Sat     9:30-3:30
Sun  12:00-4:00

PHONE: (978) 544-3559
LIBRARIANS: Rosie Heidkamp, Director
Joy Brenneman, Asst. Librarian
ADDRESS: P.O. Box 236
7 Wendell Depot Rd.
Wendell, MA 01379


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AA Meeting
Sat Oct 25 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
"The Ghost"
Sat Oct 25 @07:30PM - 10:00PM
Mostly Yoga
Sun Oct 26 @10:00AM - 11:30AM
AA Meeting
Sun Oct 26 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
AA Meeting
Sat Nov 01 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
Mostly Yoga
Sun Nov 02 @10:00AM - 11:30AM
AA Meeting
Sun Nov 02 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
AA Meeting
Sat Nov 08 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
Mostly Yoga
Sun Nov 09 @10:00AM - 11:30AM
AA Meeting
Sun Nov 09 @06:00PM - 07:00PM

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