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Old Home Day Tag Sale

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"Silver Tarp"




Old Home Day
August 22nd, 10 to 2

On the Wendell Common

All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Wendell Free Library.

  • Vintage & antique Items
  • Glassware, pottery, and china sets
  • Kitchenware
  • Lighting fixtures, lamps
  • Small appliances
  • Baby gear
  • Camping gear
  • Costume jewelry
  • Vintage books
  • Framed original artwork
  • Furniture (smaller pieces)
  • Rugs
  • CDs (rock, folk, etc.)

Examples: Keurig coffee machine, Husqvarna push mower, almost-new REI tent, dehumidifier, humidifier, outdoor screen tent, Flow blue dishware, a set of antique biscuit cutters, and much, much more.


Museum & Park Passes

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Free Passes Available at the Library
The Friends of the Wendell Free Library have purchased these passes for the cultural enjoyment of Wendell families and their guests.
  • Unless otherwise noted, you may borrow these passes as often as you would like.

  • For more about what a venue has to offer, visit its website (links below).

  • Please call the Library for details, or to reserve. (978) 544-3559

Brattleboro Museum & Art Center – Free admission for all members of one household

Clark Art Museum, Williamstown MA - Free admission for 1 adult

Historic Deerfield - Free admission for 4 people per pass (2 passes available)

Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory - Free admission for 2 adults (limited to one borrow per family per year)

Mass MoCA - Free admission for 2 adults & 2 children under 16

Massachusetts State Parks - The MassParks Pass entitles the bearer to free parking at over 50 facilities in the Massachusetts State Parks system that charge a day-use parking fee, including Ruggles Pond, Lake Wyola, and Laurel Lake (2 passes available). NOTE: Parking fees are waived (without needing a library pass) for holders of a Senior MassParks Pass or for a vehicle bearing a handicapped license plate or placard or a disabled veteran license plate, from any state.

Mystic Aquarium, Mystic CT - discounts on admission for 2 adults & 2 children per pass. (2 passes available)


Art Exhibit: July & August

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Seventeen Pastel Paintings
by Laurie Neely
of Orange MA
A collection of her work, including several landscapes, four pieces based on a trip to Egypt, and nine animal portraits.
Ms. Neely has been involved with art for most of her life. After commercial art training at the Pittsburgh Institute of Art, she had a career in academic communications, where she created two-dimensional design work. Since retiring six years ago, she has devoted much of her time making pastel paintings. In addition, Laurie’s experience as a horsewoman and potter certainly inform her emphasis on tactile paintings.


Laurie Neely will offer two FREE, Paint your Pets in Pastel Workshops at the Library on Wednesdays Sept 16 and Sept 23 in the evening. Exact time to be set. There is a sign up sheet in the Herrick Room or call the library at 978-544-3559.

Space will be limited so be sure to sign up soon.

Illustrations: “The Boys”, and “Rapunzel”; photos by the artist

There will be an artist’s reception at the Library
on Tuesday, August 11 from 5 to 7 PM.
All are welcome.

Anime & Manga Club

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Just Beginning!

Wednesdays 2:00-3:00 PM
Meets in the Teen Room
For anyone 13 years or older.

  • Anime is a Japanese film animation technique, featuring hand-drawn or computer animation.
  • Manga are Japanese comic books and graphic novels.

In this club, we hope to get newer people interested in anime or manga and also to introduce older fans to newer or less well-known anime productions or manga.


We are planning to first read the manga series called Chibi Vampire and also to watch the animation version called Karin.

For more information, contact Victoria Geary at the library or text/call (413) 362-9352.


Sewing Class

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Sewing Together

Tuesday group meets 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Thursday group meets 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Classes will continue in a series of 4 week meetings,
as long as there is sufficient interest.


Any level of experience, including newbies, welcome. Bring a sewing project, if you wish, and any questions!

Each person must bring their own tools:

  • sewing machine, if you have one
    (There is a 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. As always, please bring your projects or ideas.

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


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

(Participants register and pay by 4 week class.)

Preregistration Required

Click here for more details or to sign up.



You Can Help

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Donate Used DVDs & Books






If you have DVDs in good condition collecting dust on your shelves, please consider giving them an new active life at the library. Our DVD collection gets heavy use and it's hard to keep up with the demand for new and varied titles. Even if it's a title you know the library already owns, we are always happy to replace our worn copy with a donated copy in better shape.


Donations of recently published fiction and non fiction books (2013-2015) are also appreciated to round out the library's collection. Donated books need to be in good condition to make it on to the shelves. If we decide not to add a donated book to the collection, we can still place it out on the Friends of the Library Book Sale Carts in the lobby. Proceeds from those book sales support programs at the library.

We ask that you bring your DVD and book donations to the library during open hours, so that we can quickly sort through and pick out the items that make sense for here. Please don't leave boxes of donations on the porch.

If you have any questions, please e-mail or call.


Rosie Heidkamp
Wendell Library
(978) 544-3559


Playgroup with Sylvia

Continues through the summer
with indoor and outdoor activities!
Sylvia's awesome playgroup

Most Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:30 AM

Children newborn to five years old, 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.
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.


AA Meetings

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AA Open Meeting

Saturdays & Sundays
6-7 PM
Wendell Library Herrick Room

All Welcome

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Summer Hours:

Mon 12:00-5:00 Internet only
Tue  12:00-6:00
Wed 10:00-8:00

Sat     9:30-3:30

(Hours increase in Fall)

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


Brattleboro Museum and Art Center

Clark Art Museum

Historic Deerfield

Magic Wings Butterfly Museum

Mass MoCA

Massachusetts State Parks

Mystic Aquarium

Wired West Signup

Sign up for Wired West and help make Wendell a Fiber Town. Sign me up!

Library Application Documents

Library Calendar

Anime & Manga Club
Wed Aug 05 @02:00PM - 03:00PM
Laurie Neely Artist's Reception
Tue Aug 11 @05:00PM - 07:00PM
Anime & Manga Club
Wed Aug 12 @02:00PM - 03:00PM
Sat Aug 15 @07:30PM - 10:00PM
Anime & Manga Club
Wed Aug 19 @02:00PM - 03:00PM
Silver Tarp Tag Sale
Sat Aug 22 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
Anime & Manga Club
Wed Aug 26 @02:00PM - 03:00PM
"E.T.The Extra-Terrestrial"
Sat Sep 12 @04:00PM - 06:30PM
Paint Your Pets in Pastels
Wed Sep 16
Paint Your Pets in Pastels
Wed Sep 23

Library Snapshots

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