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"The Martian"

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Saturday, January 21st, 2017 7:30PM

The MartianDuring a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring "the Martian" home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney's safe return.


"The Martian Chronicles"

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The Martian ChroniclesThis three part TV mini-series based on Ray Bradbury's epic collection of stories chronicling the human expansion to Mars. Staring Rock Hudson and originally airing 37 years ago in late January of 1980. The three parts chronicle first the exploration, then the colonization, and finally the establishment of Mars as the new home of humanity, after global war turns Earth into a radioactive wasteland.


Free Mindful Eating Program

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Mindful Eating integrates mindful practices with the science behind eating habits and weekly group education & discussion sessions.

Introductory Session: Find out what it is all about SUNDAY JANUARY 8th, 4PM at the Wendell Library

For those who choose to continue:

Free Four Session Mindful Eating Course

Sundays Jan. 15th, 22nd, 29th & Feb 5th at 4-5 pm with Instructor Michelle Miller

Attendees of the 4 session course will need a smart phone or other Internet connected device to participate.

Details: As part of the mindfulness training, participants learn the scientific basis of how eating habits are formed and how to use this knowledge to change them. Concrete mindfulness skills will be taught to help raise awareness of, and gain control over, eating and how to activate these skills at your convenience and pace.

Throughout the week participants will be guided in short, daily mindfulness trainings via a free App on their mobile device. Then, once a week on Sunday afternoons, participants will meet at the Wendell Library in a facilitated group session to practice, discuss challenges and celebrate learnings and outcomes. Participants are asked to commit to all 4 sessions for the most effective outcome.

Dr. Judson Brewer, UMass Amherst, expert on addiction has developed Eat Right Now, an App that delivers mindfulness training to your devise. The App offers over 30 very short video modules, along with in-the-moment exercises, allowing users to build skills one moment at a time. Participants are encouraged to take 10 minutes each day to complete a new lesson and to learn how to put it into practice throughout the day in manageable, bite-sized pieces.

Group-base learning & support
Studies have shown that group-based learning and support helps change habits. Led by Michele Miller, Guiding Teacher at Amherst Mindfulness, the Mindful Eating group will meet weekly at the Wendell Free Library on four consecutive Sundays 4-5pm. Each session provides hands-on mindfulness practices, as well as expert and peer support as participants go through the process of changing their relationship to eating.The intention is to combine mindfulness skills training with the Eat Right Now App to transform ones behavior and relationship to eating.

Learn about:

  • How we form habits

  • How to work with cravings

  • How to use mindfulness when you eat

  • Stress vs. hunger

  • Goals and staying on track when you slip up

  • Coping with triggers

  • Working with difficult emotions

  • Mindfulness skills

  • How mindfulness works


Michele has recently transitioned from a career in real estate development and property management to pursue work as a Mindfulness teacher. She completed the MBSR practicum at UMass Medical Center, Center for Mindfulness and is currently receiving mentorship from Diane Reibel through the UC San Diego, Center for Mindfulness. In addition to her training in MBSR, she is currently apprenticing under Judson Brewer, Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness, UMASS Medical School, training to become a facilitator of his Mindful Eating program. Michele is also training to teach Mindful Self-Compassion.

Michele says Mindfulness has transformed her life and she is very grateful for the opportunity to introduce these practices to others. She has a daily meditation practice and spends 15-20 days a year in silence Along with Mindfulness, she has a strong interest in concepts that relate to energy, intuition, and spiritual connection and is currently doing some experiential work in these areas. She lives with her two children in Amherst.

Sign up at the Library Circulation Desk. 978-544-3559.� We will give you instructions on how to access the App.

This program is made possible thanks to a federal IMLS grant to promote Libraries as Science Literacy Centers and made possible thanks to matching funds from the Friends of the Wendell Free Library.


Science Fiction and Horror Movie series for 2017

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Coming in 2017: Werewolves and Martians!

For the 2017 season the Science Fiction / Horror Movie series will follow two themes: The Science Fiction theme will be the planet Mars and the Horror theme will be werewolves. Both of these themes are well covered in literature and on screen (big and little). The "red" planet has fascinated authors, especially with regards to the question of whether there is life on Mars. Early authors had fanciful notions of intelligent life and more modern writers has speculated about the more likely possibility of microbial life on Mars. Other authors have speculated about colonizing Mars. The six movies and one TV miniseries covers the whole range of this speculation. On the other hand, the full Moon has fascinated humanity since the stone age and amongst the things that go bump in the night, there is the relationship between humans and wolves and the idea that some humans are sometimes wolves and some wolves walk amongst us as fellow humans...


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.

Teachers include: Christine Texiera, Donna Horn, Elizabeth Witham,  Janice Doubleday, hay Cooper, Shay Cooper, Sam Scherer, and Wendy Sager.

                                                                                    Sundays, October 23, 2016 - May 28, 2017
except Sunday Dec 25th  and Sunday Jan 1st, 2017

10:00-11:15 AM

                A donation of $3 or more is requested to help sustain the program.



Library Schedule

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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

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.

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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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"The Martian Chronicles" - "The Expeditions"
Wed Jan 18 @07:30PM - 09:00PM
"The Martian Chronicles" - "The Settlers"
Fri Jan 20 @07:30PM - 09:00PM
AA Open Meeting
Sat Jan 21 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
"The Martian"
Sat Jan 21 @07:30PM - 10:00PM
Free Mindful Eating Course
Sun Jan 22 @04:00PM - 05:00PM
AA Open Meeting
Sun Jan 22 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
"The Martian Chronicles" - "The Martians"
Sun Jan 22 @07:30PM - 09:00PM
AA Open Meeting
Sat Jan 28 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
Free Mindful Eating Course
Sun Jan 29 @04:00PM - 05:00PM
AA Open Meeting
Sun Jan 29 @06:00PM - 07:00PM

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