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Learn Ukulele with Julie

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The Wendell Free Library is pleased to announce
a two-part ukulele workshop

at the library on
October 6 and 13 at 6:00 pm


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For adults and older teens, this event will include a beginner’s lesson followed by a strum-along of easy songs. Ukuleles will be available on loan for the first 20 registrants. Registration is required.

About Music Julie
Music Julie is Julie Stepanek, who also performs under the name Calamine, and is best known for the theme song of Sealab2021, the Adult Swim series featuring an insane submarine crew. She divides her time between music and family, Massachusetts and New York, teaching and performing, but every place she goes she always finds the public library.

Come to listen. Come to learn. Come to play. Come to have fun!

Please call the Wendell Free Library at (978) 544-3559 for more information.

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This program is supported by a grant from the Wendell Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, an agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
 

Mitten Making

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MOE’S MITTEN PROJECT

HELP MAKE MITTENS FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE

SATURDAY OCTOBER 8th
10am – 1pm
Coffee and soup provided!
Free

     
   Photo of Moe St. Onge 
                                                   
Learn to make fabulous mittens from recycled wool sweaters. All mittens made at the workshop will be given to local people who are currently homeless. Workshop participants will leave with the ability to make more pairs at home for themselves, their friends, or Moe's Mitten Project.

Workshop participants cut out mitten parts from patterns, pinning parts together and sewing the parts into finished mittens using recycled wool sweaters and fleece under the instruction of Camille Magin, Moe's Mittens Co-founder. 
If you sew, please bring your portable machine if it is in good working order & sharp fabric scissors, if possible. Those who do not know how to sew can still paticipate by cutting out pattern pieces and pinning the mittens for the sewers. Written instructions and a pattern will be provided for those who would like to continue to make mittens at home for themselves or Moe's Mitten Project.

At the workshop there will be plenty of prepared materials to work with. However, donations of wool sweaters (at least 70% wool) washed in hot water and dried will be accepted by Moe's Mitten Project at anytime including at the Wendell Workshop. (Sweaters with holes are acceptable to use!)

Please sign up for the workshop by calling (
978) 544-3559, or stopping by at the Library.


About MOE’S MITTEN PROJECT
Moe St.Onge was homeless for many years on the streets of Amherst, Mass.  He died on October 6, 2013 from complications related to his use of alcohol and drugs. Moe’s Mittens was founded by his sisters Camille and Suzanne, as a ministry to bring a message of compassion and hope to those who wear them.

Each year, in honor of Moe, woolen mittens are handmade by volunteers and delivered to local shelters. If you would like to help out with this project, come to the Wendell Mitten Making Workshop or contact the organizers at to discuss other ways to get involved.


Mittens made for Moe's Mittens
by The Wendell/New Salem Swift River School Retired Teachers Group.
[Photo: Rosie Heidkamp]
 

 

 

"Ghostbusters"

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Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 7:30PM

GhostbustersThree former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Three odd-ball scientists get kicked out of their cushy positions at a university in New York City where they studied the occult. They decide to set up shop in an old firehouse and become Ghostbusters, trapping pesky ghosts, spirits, haunts, and poltergeists for money. They wise-crack their way through the city, and stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, one which will release untold evil upon the city. The Ghostbusters are called on to save the Big Apple.

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Science at the Wendell Library SURVEY

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PLEASE TAKE 5 MINUTES TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY.

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.

http://cyc.brandeis.edu/patronsurvey.htm...

 
 

SEPTEMBER HOURS AT THE LIBRARY

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Thursday hours have resumed; Sunday hours start again in October.

SEPTERBER OPEN HOURS
 
TUESDAY NOON-7PM
WEDNESDAY 3-7PM
THURSDAY 3-7PM
SATURDAY 9:30-3:30

 

 

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.)


Free

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

All are welcome!


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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.
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LIBRARY HOURS:

June and July

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 Closed



PHONE: (978) 544-3559
LIBRARIANS:
Rosie Heidkamp, Director
Joy Brenneman, Asst. Librarian

ADDRESS:
PO Box 236
7 Wendell Depot Road
Wendell MA 01379

DIRECTIONS: Google Map


MUSEUM & PARK PASSES: (FAQ)

Brattleboro Museum and Art Center

Clark Art Museum

Historic Deerfield

Magic Wings Butterfly Museum

Mass MoCA

Massachusetts State Parks

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Library Calendar

AA Open Meeting
Sat Oct 01 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
"Ghostbusters"
Sat Oct 01 @07:30PM -
AA Open Meeting
Sun Oct 02 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
Learn Ukulele with Julie
Thu Oct 06 @06:00PM -
Moe's Mitten Project
Sat Oct 08 @10:00AM - 01:00PM
AA Open Meeting
Sat Oct 08 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
AA Open Meeting
Sun Oct 09 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
Learn Ukulele with Julie
Thu Oct 13 @06:00PM -
AA Open Meeting
Sat Oct 15 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
AA Open Meeting
Sun Oct 16 @06:00PM - 07:00PM

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