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Herrick Gallery Announcement

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Exhibit your art in the
Marion Herrick Room Gallery
at the Wendell Free Library


Shows run for two months.
Sale of artwork is permissible.

Easy application process

Click here to download an application.

Call Rosie Heidkamp at the Wendell Free Library for details.

(978) 544-3559


December Library Programs

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Library Hours: Sept – June

Mon 12-5 (Internet only) ~ Tues. 12-6 ~ Wed. 10-8 ~ Thurs. 3-7 ~ Sat 9:30-3:30 ~ Sun 12-4
978-544-3559 ~

December Programs

Tuesdays Dec 2nd, 9th, 16th & 30th
Movement & Writing Circle, with Natalie Picone-Louro. 6-8:30pm
Space limited, call 544-3040
Wednesday Dec 3rd
Adult Art Class (Watercolors) 6-8pm
Thursday Dec 4th
Spoken Irish Language Class with Jim Dunn 7pm
(last session on Thursdays)
Friday Dec 5th
Movie & Discussion: Disruption 7pm
Led by Climate Change Group
Saturday Dec 6th
Preschool Science with Sylvia Wetherby 11-noon
(Pretend Picnic: numbers & counting theme, for ages 3-6)
Monday Dec 8th
Neuroplasticity Book Group 7-8pm
facilitated by Sharon Wachsler (544-8674)
Wednesday Dec 10th & 17th
Spoken Irish Language Class with Jim Dunn 7pm
Saturday Dec 13th
Decoupage Matisse-Style & Paper Weaving with Luc Bodin 10am-12pm   (POSTPONED to After the Holidays)
Thursday Dec 18th 7pm
Geothermal and Economic Impact, talk by David Reynolds 7pm
Saturday Dec 20th
Sci Fi Movie, Dominique is Dead 7pm
Hosted by Robbie Heller


Mostly Yoga - Sundays 10-11:15am (Oct 2014 - May, 2015) ($3 donation suggested)
AA Open Meeting - Saturday & Sundays 6pm (offered year-round)
Wednesday Pre-School Playgroup 10-11:30am (offered year-round)

Please check the Library website for additional programs or changes.

All programs are FREE unless otherwise noted.


Holiday Schedule

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Library Holiday Hours


Wednesday Dec 24th            Open 10am-2pm
Thursday Dec 25th                Closed
Friday Dec 26th                     No Yoga
Wednesday Dec 31st            Open 10am-2pm
Thursday Jan. 1st                  Closed



New Work by Stephen Petegorsky

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Photography Exhibit
Marion Herrick Room
November 3, 2014 to January 3, 2015

Artist’s Reception
Sunday, November 23, 2:00 - 4:00 PM.


[Illustration: Fish 3; photo by the artist]

The Wendell Free Library is especially pleased to host an exhibition of new work by professional photographer Stephen Petegorsky, Northampton, MA.

The ten works on display are based on stained animal skeletons from the Biology Department at UMass. The initial images, the results of scientific inquiry, are transformed into elegant visual art works as fascinating as they are poetic.

In the exhibition statement Stephen writes, “Animals (dead and alive) have often found their way into my photographs. When I learned about a collection of specimens in the Biology Department at the University of Massachusetts, I arranged to see them. Aside from some taxidermy, they also had scores of creatures that had been ‘cleared and stained.’ In this process, chemicals are used to remove the tissues of small mammals, fish, reptiles, and rodents, or to render them translucent. Stains are then employed to make the animals’ bones and cartilage a dark color. The specimens are then stored in glycerin, and result allows their structure to be seen and studied in a way that is not possible with other methods. Unlike an x-ray or a dissection, this science allows me to see what is inside an animal in a way that is more lyrical than literal; more poetic than prosaic.

Photographing them is a starting point for me; the first images are generally paired with a background I choose from photos taken in the natural world: plants, grasses, bubbles, clouds, leaves, dirt, rocks. What I end up with is much less about science than it is about my sense of wonder and curiosity.” The prints are all composed of a flat ground on which is superimposed an image of one or two stained skeletons. The inherent symmetry of the animal forms is often juxtaposed against the placement of the whole form on the page.

Stephen was educated at Rhode Island School of Design, Amherst College, and Brandeis University. He has taught at Northampton, Amherst College, the University of Connecticut, Hampshire College, and Smith College, and has shown his work in numerous group and one person exhibitions throughout the country. He has received many grants and awards for his work and is represented in many museum and private collections.


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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October 23 to December 17

First 6 Classes on Thursdays, thereafter TBA

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,


Playgroup with Sylvia

Sylvia's awesome playgroup

is held most Wednesdays

10:00 - 11:30 AM

Children ages newborn to five, and their guardians, are welcome to attend.
Silvia has a sand table and lots of other activities to engage participants. Parents enjoy socializing with their peers just as much as the kids do with each other.
This program is 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.


AA Meetings

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Saturdays & Sundays
6-7 PM
Wendell Library Herrick Room

All Welcome

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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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Library Calendar

Geothermal and Economic Impact Talk
Thu Dec 18 @07:00PM -
AA Meeting
Sat Dec 20 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
"Dominique is Dead"
Sat Dec 20 @07:30PM - 10:00PM
Mostly Yoga
Sun Dec 21 @10:00AM - 11:15AM
AA Meeting
Sun Dec 21 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
AA Meeting
Sat Dec 27 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
Mostly Yoga
Sun Dec 28 @10:00AM - 11:15AM
AA Meeting
Sun Dec 28 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
Movement & Writing Circle
Tue Dec 30 @06:00PM - 08:30PM
AA Meeting
Sat Jan 03 @06:00PM - 07:00PM

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