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Low Carbon Food Farming in Winter

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Keeping the Light Alive: Low-Carbon Food Farming on the Dark Side

with Danny Botkin

of Laughing Dog Farm, Gill

Slides/Lecture/Q&A with Growers

Why do so many gardeners/foodies essentially "close up shop" and stop harvesting/making fresh food after the frost? Did you know you can keep delicious, healthy, greens alive through winter, even in chilly New England, using no fuel or added heat! And, you can also maintain "enlightening" home food production projects, like seed saving, seed sprouting, and/or secondary food processing, even during the coldest days of winter.

Farmer Dan Botkin of Gill will offer a passionate primer and slide show introduction to cold weather, permaculture-inspired, backyard-scale horticulture, as well as a well-seasoned testimonial on the psycho-social benefits of keeping food "alive" through winter.

Sponsored by the Wendell Free Library


Sunday FAMILY FUN TIME at the Wendell Library

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Starts Sunday Jan 18th

    Science Activities for 3 to 6 year-olds

                 LEGOs for 7 year-olds and older


Sun Jan 18

  • 2-3:30 LEGOs - LEGO Lady assistant
  • 2-3:00 STEAM DUPLOS - Jean Daley

Sun Jan 25

  • 2-3:30 LEGOs - LEGO Lady
  • 2-3:00 STEAM Rainbows & Shapes- Sylvia Wetherby

Sun Feb 15

  • 2-3:30 LEGOs - Rosie
  • 2-3:00 STEAM - Live animals - Helenann Septon

Wed Feb 18

  • 7:00 pm - SCIENCETELLERS - Dragons & Dreams (Fun & education for all ages)

Sun Feb 22

  • 2-3:30 LEGOs - Rosie
  • 2-3:00 STEAM - Simple Machines or Measuring Dinosaurs- Helenann Septon

Sun March 22

  • 2-3:30 LEGOS - LEGO Lady assistant
  • 2-3:00 STEAM DUPLOS - Jean Daley

Sun March 29

  • 2-3:30 LEGOS - LEGO Lady assistant
  • 2-3:00 STEAM DUPLOS - Jean Daley



STEAM Rollin'

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Art and

For preschool children ages 3 to 6

The public libraries in the SLEW towns (Shutesbury, Leverett, Erving, and Wendell),
in collaboration with Community Network for Children,
invite preschool-aged children to a year-long exploration of STEAM topics.
Please join us for these free, interactive, hour-long programs.

This program is federally funded with LSTA funds through the Mass. Board of Library Commissioners.

STEAM Program Schedule
Jan 8 Thu 3:15 PM Leverett Library Let's Take a Closer Look: Magnifiers
Jan 14 Wed 3:00 PM Shutesbury Town Hall How Things Move: Exploring Simple Machines
Jan 18 Sun 2:00 PM Wendell Free Library Rescue: LEGO DUPLO with LEGO Lady
Jan 25 Sun 2:00 PM Wendell Free Library Playing with Shapes and Colors
Feb 5 Thu 3:15 PM Leverett Library The Kitchen Laboratory
Feb 7 Sat 11:00 AM Erving Public Library Transportation: LEGO DUPLO with LEGO Lady
Feb 11 Wed 3:00 PM Shutesbury Town Hall Squirrels and Their Adaptation
Feb 15 Sun 2:00 PM Wendell Free Library Measuring Dinosaurs
Feb 18 Wed 7:00 PM Wendell Free Library Sciencetellers: Dragons and Dreams
Feb 22 Sun 2:00 PM Wendell Free Library Live Animals and Insects
Mar 5 Thu 3:15 PM Leverett Library Machines/Mechanisms: LEGO DUPLO with LEGO Lady
Mar 7 Sat 11:00 AM Erving Public Library Machines/Mechanisms: LEGO DUPLO with LEGO Lady
Mar 18 Wed 3:00 PM Shutesbury Town Hall Light and Dark: Explorations of Light and Shadows
Mar 22 Sun 2:00 PM Wendell Free Library ABC/123 Trains: LEGO DUPLO with LEGO Lady
Mar 29 Sun 2:00 PM Wendell Free Library Transportation: LEGO DUPLO with LEGO Lady

Hands-On Upholstery Workshop

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Limited to 8 students! Register ASAP

To register call 978 544-3559 or 978 544-8457

Saturday Jan. 31st
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Free program

We are very fortunate to be able to offer a hands-on upholstery workshop led by Kim Chagnon, owner of the highly-regarded Kim's Upholstery store and service on Federal Street in Greenfield. Not only does Kim have a solid local following; she has also created a series of "how-to" YouTube videos that have done very well. Check out her website at: Participants are invited to bring in one or two dining room chairs. This means a wooden chair with padded/fabric seat and/or padded/fabric back on a removable wooden insert. If you don't have chairs of that description, you could choose to bring in a padded footstool that has a removable wooden insert.

Materials list for class:
Good fabric shears, dikes or wire cutters, pullers to remove tacks or staples, batting and 1" foam, fabric.

Kim, recommends the Textile Company in Greenfield for your supplies. If you let them know what you are doing they can direct you to the right kind of fabric. See Textile Company link below.

Call or e-mail ASAP, if you have questions or want to participate.


Paintings by Charlie Shaw

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Prodigal Son

Acrylic Paintings
January 3 through February 28
Artist’s Reception on Saturday, February 14 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM

The Wendell Free Library’s exhibition of paintings will definitely dispel any mid-winter blues that may be working their way into nearby residents. Charlie Shaw of Northfield shows twelve exuberant acrylic paintings that are bright and lively, and sure to lighten one’s visit.

The exhibition, Prodigal Son, may well refer to the artist who was a Wendell resident in the early '70s to mid '80s, and has now returned in the form of his art work. Mr. Shaw was an art student at UMass during the late '60s and early '70s and, after doing art for a year, focused on making a living and raising a family. Retiring in 2009, he resumed his career as an artist. The twelve paintings in this exhibition are the most recent examples of his work.



January Programs at the Library

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All programs are free, unless otherwise noted.
Day Time Program
Jan 6 Tue
6:00 PM -
8:30 PM
Movement & Writing Circle
with Natalie Picone-Louro
Jan 7 Wed
6:00 PM -
8:00 PM
Adult Art Class (Watercolors)
Meets 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28
Jan 8 Thu 7:00 PM
Irish Language Class
with Jim Dunn
Meets 1/8, 1/15, 1/29
Jan 9 Fri
7:00 PM
Movie: Pride
Inspiring, humorous story of the 1985 Coal Miners' Strike, and their unexpected Gay supporters.
Jan 10 Sat 10:00 AM
Matisse Paper Cut-outs Workshop
with Luc Bodin
Jan 16 Fri 7:00 PM
Climate Change Group:
Future Technologies for Wendell
Jan 18 Sun
2:00 PM -
3:30 PM
Family Time
  • LEGOs for kids 7+ years old
  • LEGO DUPLOS (rescue vehicles) for kids 3-6 years old and a parent
Jan 22 Thu 7:00 PM
Air-source Heat Pumps for the Home
presented by B. Whittier and B. Miller
(sponsored by Energy Committee)
Jan 23 Fri 6:30 PM
Movie: Gasland Part II
sponsored by the Agricultural Commission
Jan 24 Sat 7:00 PM
Sci Fi Movie: Tales of Tomorrow, Test flight,Twelve Monkeys
hosted by Robbie Heller
Jan 25 Sun
2:00 PM -
3:30 PM
Family Time
  • LEGOs for kids 7+ years old
  • Playing with Shapes and Colors for kids 3-6 years old and a parent
Jan 31 Sun
9:00 AM -
3:00 PM
Upholstery Workshop
with Kim Chagnon
Limited to eight pupils. MUST PREREGISTER
*Ongoing Weekly Programs
* Sun
10:00 AM -
11:15 AM
Mostly Yoga (Oct 2014 - May 2015)
$3 donation suggested.
& Fri
10:00 AM
Explore Yoga, with Shay Cooper
$8-$10/session, or barter
* Wed
10:00 AM -
11:30 AM

Pre-school Playgroup (offered year-round)

& Sun
6:00 PM

AA Open Meeting (offered year-round)



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


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.


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Adult Art (Watercolors)
Wed Jan 28 @06:00PM - 08:00PM
Spoken Irish Class
Thu Jan 29 @07:00PM - 08:30PM
Upholstery Workshop
Sat Jan 31 @09:00AM - 03:00PM
Mostly Yoga
Sun Feb 01 @10:00AM - 11:15AM
Food Farming in Winter
Tue Feb 03 @07:00PM - 09:00PM
Mostly Yoga
Sun Feb 08 @10:00AM - 11:15AM
Mostly Yoga
Sun Feb 15 @10:00AM - 11:15AM
Family Time at the Library
Sun Feb 15 @02:00PM - 03:30PM
SCIENCETELLERS - Dragons & Dreams
Wed Feb 18 @07:00PM -
Mostly Yoga
Sun Feb 22 @10:00AM - 11:15AM

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