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Traditional American Rug Braiding

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altFree Workshop

Meets 2 Sundays, Feb. 21 and 28, 3 – 5 PM


Rug braiding is a simple process, relatively easy to master, and can lead to fairly quick and satisfying results. Wendell resident Mara Bright will lead this two-part workshop on how to make traditional American braided rugs. Beginners and those who want to refresh their skills are welcome. Participants will learn how to select and prepare materials, to braid, and to stitch braids together to make an oval or circular rug.


Basic tools will be provided. Participants should bring old woolen clothing or wool yardage that can be made into strips, as well as sharp fabric scissors.

Mara Bright is a long-time rug braider who enjoys making beautiful and functional rugs out of recycled materials. Space is limited so please call the Wendell library at 978-544-3559 to register.

This program is funded in part by the Wendell Cultural Council and the Friends of the Wendell Free Library.


FEBRUARY 2016 Library Programs

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all are Free unless otherwise noted

All Tuesday in Feb. 6:30-8:30pm.

Sewing Club –Bring your own project. Instructor on hand. Space available for new participants. ($5.00/session). Call Patty Miller for details & to sign up. 544-7268

Sat Feb 6th 7:30pm Sci-FI Movie – Odd Thomas

Mondays – Feb 8th, 15th & 22nd 10-11:45am

Shiatsu with Friend, instructor Shelly Hines sign-up at Library ($8-$10 or barter per session)

Tues. Feb. 9thth 6pm Natural Tooth Care with Elisha Poulin & Gina Lombardi

Sat. Feb 13th 1:30-2:30 Die Wise Study Group Forming with Shay Cooper 9:30am

Sat Feb 13th 6:30pm Family Movie Night - Enchanted

Spanish Classes for Kids. Wednesdays 1:30 and 2:30 sessions.

Call Laurie Davidson 413-367-9608 for info and to register. Sliding scale fee.

Sat . Feb 20th 10am Ferment your Vegetables with Luc Bodin

Sun. Feb 21st & 28th 3-5pm Traditional Rug Braiding with Mara Bright Funded in Part by the Wendell Cultural Council

Fri. Feb 26th & Sat Feb 27th 7pm The Incredible Adventures of Donna and Alia

Directed, Filmed and Edited by Doug Dawson $8-15 sliding scale

Getting Started with Downloadable Ebooks & Audios Individual tutoring sessions with Instructor Judy Hall, 413-834-7389 or info or to schedule an appointment.




Mostly Yoga  - Sundays 10am ($3.00 donation)

AA Open Meeting – Sundays 6pm

Pre-School Playgroup - Wednesdays 10-11:30am

Adult Art Classes – Wednesday 6:15-8:15pm

Irish Language Classes - Thursdays 7pm

Explore Yoga -Fridays 10am Mix Level ($8-$10 or barter)



Exhibit through February, Presentation January 29

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Wildlife in the North Quabbin

Photographs by Dale Monette

Northern Harrier

“Northern Harrier," photo by Monette

Dale Monette of New Salem presents an exhibition of fifteen beautiful photographs of wildlife in the Quabbin area. He has spent the last 30 years of his career with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation working at Quabbin as an educator and a naturalist. He is presently involved in the common loon monitoring at the Quabbin Reservoir with the DCR and Biodiversities Research Institute of Maine.
There will be an artist's reception at the Library on Sunday, January 10, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. All are welcome!
On Friday, January 29, at 7:00 PM Dale will present “Quabbin Seasons and Wildlife” at the Wendell Library. He will give a talk with accompanying images of the Quabbin area, its ample wildlife and his experiences there. This is an opportunity to experience second hand our neighboring wildlife preserve. No need to sit waiting for the perfect experience out in the cold when you can have it sitting comfortably in the Marion Herrick Room.

Sewing Club

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Sewing Together
Tuesdays 6:30 to 8:30 PM

A continuing series of 4 week meetings,
as long as there is sufficient interest.


Any level of experience, including novices, welcome. Bring a sewing project, if you wish!

Each person must bring their own tools:

  • sewing machine, if you have one
    (There is one sewing machine available for short term loan at the Library.)
  • sewing machine manual
  • thread
  • bobbins
  • fabric
  • sharp scissors (large and small)
  • rotary cutter (if you choose to use one)
  • rulers
  • pins

An ironing board, an iron, extension cords, and cutting mats are provided.

We have lots of fun at these gatherings, so good nature and laughter are also requirements.

$20 per 4-week series, payable at first meeting.

*Preregistration Required*

Click to e-mail, or call (978) 544-7268 to sign up.


Adult Watercolor Painting Class

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Wednesdays, 6:15 - 8:15 PM

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


Working from beginner-level YouTube videos, the class is having great success (and great fun).

All Welcome!

The painting shown here is an example of the level of work we area currently learning, step-by-step. We stop the video lessons as needed, so that participants have a chance to carry out the steps.
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

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Library Calendar

AA Open Meeting
Sat Feb 13 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
Mostly Yoga
Sun Feb 14 @10:00AM - 11:30AM
AA Open Meeting
Sun Feb 14 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
Sewing Club
Tue Feb 16 @06:30PM - 08:30PM
AA Open Meeting
Sat Feb 20 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
Mostly Yoga
Sun Feb 21 @10:00AM - 11:30AM
Traditional American Rug Braiding
Sun Feb 21 @03:00PM - 05:00PM
AA Open Meeting
Sun Feb 21 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
Sewing Club
Tue Feb 23 @06:30PM - 08:30PM
AA Open Meeting
Sat Feb 27 @06:00PM - 07:00PM

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