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New Library Hours: October to May

Mon. 12-5 (Internet only)
Tues. 12-7
Wed. 10-7
Thurs. 3-7
Sat. 9:30-3:30
Sun 11:30-3:30

Science at the Wendell Library SURVEY

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Thanks to everyone who has already completed this survey. It would be really great if a few more people could give us some feedback.

Our library is participating in a federal grant entitled Empowering Libraries to Become Science Resource Centers for their Community. With the assistance of Brandeis University, the Library is surveying our patrons to better understand how you use the library and to gain your perspective on how the Library can support science literacy on a daily basis. The word "science" is used interchangeably with "STEM," which includes the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Thank you.

Click on the SURVEY LINK just below.


Art Exhibit through October 2016

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altStraw and Palm-leaf Hat Industry in New England
Talk and Straw Weaving Exhibit

Local historian and long time Royalston Library Director, Kathy Morris, will be at the Wendell Free Library on Friday, September 23rd at 7:00 pm to give a unique presentation on the history and evolution of the straw and palm-leaf hat weaving industry in New England. While covering New England she will focus locally including the introduction of palm-leaf plaiting in Wendell. Palm-leaf weaving was a substantial source of income for many area households and homesteads from the late 1700s through the early 1900s.

In addition, Morris, an accomplished artist in straw weaving, will also talk about the history of straw weaving from Rapunzel, to marquetry, embroidery, the use of straw in the furniture and fashion industry to, of course, the use of straw for hats. Morris will have on hand examples of various weaving techniques as well as the tools and wheat varieties used in creating woven straw art. Morris is a board member of the National Association of Wheat Weavers and a member of the Guild of Straw Craftsmen in the United Kingdom and has been weaving straw for over 15 years.  She and her husband Larry Siegel have lived in Royalston for 40 years where they have raised four sons and maintained a small family farm growing most of their food.  As library director for the town of Royalston, Morris enjoys pointing out that, their building, the Phinehas S. Newton Library, was built with funds Newton made from his palm-leaf hat business.

 During the months of September and October  an exhibit of Kathy Morris' woven art will be on display in the Herrick Room Art Gallery at the Wendell Free Library.

Please join us for this presentation on a little known aspect of our local history and on an ancient and enduring art form. The presentation which includes a Power Point is free and open to all.

Adult Watercolor Painting Class

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Wednesdays, 6:15 - 8:15 PM

(Drop in; come to one or come to all.)


The class is having great success (and great fun).

All are welcome!

The painting shown here is an example of the level of work we area learning, step-by-step.
Please bring your own paint brushes and mixing tray if you have them. We have paints and some paper.

Call Rosie at the Library for details (978) 544-3559.

Commonwealth Catalog

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Massachusetts residents with a library card can now check out resources from a state-wide network of libraries, including the UMass Amherst Libraries, and pick them up at their own local library, using the Commonwealth Catalog.

Weather Cancellation Policy

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Call the Library phone (978) 544-3559 for information about cancellation of Library hours or programs due to weather conditions.

If a program is cancelled, or the Library closed due to weather conditions, we will make every attempt to leave a message on the answering machine at least a half hour in advance of the cancelled program or Library closing.


AA Meetings

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AA Open Meeting

Saturdays & Sundays
6-7 PM
Wendell Library Herrick Room

All Welcome


Get Started Downloading Digital Media

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Individual tutoring from instructor Judy Hall

by appointment, Thursday afternoons


There is a world of free eBooks and audiobooks available from the CWMARS library system that can be downloaded to your smart phone, iPod, Kindle, tablet, or computer. I have been enjoying listening to audiobooks on my phone and I can help you get started on your device.

No experience necessary. We will work together to get you up and running with OverDrive (the CWMARS system/application for online downloading).

Click "Read More" below for details.

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Oct through May

Mon 12:00-5:00 Internet only
Tue  12:00-7:00
Wed 10:00-7:00
Thu   3:00-7:00
Sat    9:30-3:30
Sun  11:30-3:30

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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Sat Oct 22 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
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Sun Oct 23 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
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Sat Oct 29 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
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Sun Oct 30 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
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Sat Nov 05 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
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Sun Nov 06 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
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Sat Nov 12 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
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Sun Nov 13 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
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