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Al Norman Book Reading

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Al Norman, "Sprawl Buster"

has written a new work of fiction

Raving, American Wild Talk
stories based upon real
racists, homophobes, anti-Semites,
and other wild talkers

He will do a public reading on

Thursday, February 21, 7pm

Al Norman is the founder of Sprawl-Busters, a noted anti-sprawl activism organization. He achieved national notice in 1993 during a protracted battle to prevent aWal-Mart from being opened in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

Norman is the author of:
  • The Case Against Wal-Mart
  • Slam-Dunking Wal-Mart! (about grassroots activism fighting retail development)
  • Occupy Walmart
  • Essays published on The Huffington Post
He has appeared on 60 Minutes, Nightline, The Osgood File, and in hundreds of localnewspapers across the nation. Forbes magazine called Norman "Wal-Mart's#1 enemy." His work has been featured in such documentaries
  • "The High Cost of Low Prices"
  • "Store Wars"
  • "Wal-Mart Nation"
  • "Talking to the Wal"

Norman states that he has helped stop more big box projects than any other person around the globe over the past two decades .

  He has also had a long award-winning career working to enable and support dignified lives for elders.

Christopher Robin Family Movie

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Please contact CNC/Gillian Budine with any questions   or (978) 544-5157


alt To preview the film online, or to download a free kids' activity packet, go to



Rug Hooking Exhibit

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Download a review and critique of this amazing art show!


Textile/fiber Art by Phyllis Lawrence

Featuring her hooked rugs

On display in the Herrick Room Gallery
through February 2019

All are invited to an opening reception and rug hooking demonstration on
Sunday, January 13th from 3-5pm.


Play Group



Sylvia's Awesome Play Group

Most Wednesdays 10:00 - 11:30 AM


A sand table, and lots of other activities!

Children newborn to five years old, with their guardians, are invited.

Adults enjoy socializing with each other just as much as the young ones do.

Program co-sponsored by Union #28 Community Partnership for Children and the Wendell Free Library.

The playgroup is not held on school vacation days or school snow days.


2-Level Strength Training classes

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Intermediate - 9:00 am
Beginner - 10:15 am


with Kathy Sward
former Director of Lifestyle Medicine,
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center



Must pre-register!
(978) 544-3559



Film: Valuing Lives

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   Thursday, February 28



Through archival images and footage, and dozens of interviews, “Valuing Lives” explores the principle of normalization, an idea that challenged our fundamental assumptions about people with intellectual disabilities, and the iconoclastic professor, Wolf Wolfensberger whose intense, multi-day workshops trained thousands of human services professionals in the theory and practice of this idea.
Presented by North Quabbin Citizen Advocacy, which works to pair volunteer advocates with vulnerable people in the North Quabbin community.

Explore Yoga

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Shay Cooper
Most Fridays
10:00-11:15 am
Mixed Levels
All Welcome!




$8-$10 per session, or barter

Mostly Yoga

altSunday Morning Yoga

Please arrive a few minutes early to settle in.


Instructor teaches for the entire month. A variety of yoga styles are taught.



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




  • October 9am Rebecca Rice
  • November 10am Jackie Howard (and 1st Sun in Dec)
  • December 10am Sasha Rivera
  • January 10am Christine Texiera
  • February 10am Donna Horn
  • March 10am Janice Doubleday
  • April 9am Shay Cooper
  • May 9am Kathy Sward


Participate at a level that is safe for your own physical condition. Let the teacher know before class, if possible, of any recent injuries or surgeries. You are responsible for your own safety!

While some students attend regularly, classes are designed to work on a drop-in basis.

Please do not wear scents or perfumes.

Sessions start promptly, and last for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Please arrive 5 - 10 minutes before start time to settle in.

Bring a yoga mat, if you have one. (Mats are also available to borrow.)

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Wed 10:00-7:00
Thu 3:00-7:00
Sat  9:30-3:30
Sun 11:30-3:30

Mon 12:00-5:00 * Herrick Room only * open for quiet Internet use. (Staffed by volunteers. Occassionally if no volunteer is available, room remains closed.)

PHONE: (978) 544-3559
Rosie Heidkamp, Director
Joy Brenneman, Asst. Librarian
PO Box 236
7 Wendell Depot Road
Wendell MA 01379


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Library Calendar

Al Norman Book Reading
Thu Feb 21 @07:00PM -
Christopher Robin Family Movie
Fri Feb 22 @06:30PM -
Adult Healthy Bones & Balance Class
Sat Feb 23 @08:30AM -
AA Open Meeting
Sat Feb 23 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
Mostly Yoga
Sun Feb 24 @10:00AM - 11:15AM
AA Open Meeting
Sun Feb 24 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
Intermediate Strength Training
Tue Feb 26 @09:00AM -
Beginner Strength Training
Tue Feb 26 @10:15AM -
Adult Watercolor Art Group
Tue Feb 26 @06:00PM -
Boomers/Seniors Strength & Balance
Wed Feb 27 @10:00AM - 11:00AM

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