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Allen Young Reading & Book Signing

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Quabbin Area Writer/activist’s Autobiography Release

  Thursday May 31st at 7pm.


An autobiography written and self-published by local author Allen Young of Royalston, has just been released.

Young, who writes the Inside/Outside column for the Athol Daily News, will read passages and sign books.

Thirty percent of the proceeds from the sale of books (list price, $25) will go to the Friends of the Wendell Free Library.


At 76, more than half of Allen Young’s life has been spent in the North Quabbin Region, and his narrative includes his experiences building a house in a communal setting, working for the Athol Daily News and the Athol Hospital, and involvement in various community organizations. It also covers his earlier life, growing up on a chicken farm in New York’s Catskill Mountains, his education in public schools as well as Columbia and Stanford, three years in South America (including a Fulbright scholarship), writing for a variety of newspapers, involvement in the anti-war and gay liberation movements, and ultimately deciding to leave city life behind. Unique chapters delve into his identity as a non-religious Jew and his experiences with marijuana.


Baldwin Art exhibit - May/June

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Richard Drake Baldwin

Richard Drake Baldwin (1938-2017)


A selection of Richard Baldwin’ s paintings and small sculptures is  currently on display in the Herrick Room Gallery.
The exhibit runs May 1 through June 30.

Reflections - Richard Baldwin

This exhibit attempts to pay homage to Dick’s skill in drawing and painting and his meticulous attention to the craft, his love for nature and special places in his life, and to his quirky, unique imagination and humor that challenge the viewer to look again. We are led down forest paths, deep in shadow and light, and along rocky, Maine coasts. We are drawn into the glory of the center of an iris, the close-up veins and color bringing admiration for Mother Nature’s designs. A flash of red, a bell buoy, rings its message on a blue sea. A scratched mirror reveals somewhat disturbing, yet familiar images. In another painting, a child skips across the water in a surreal landscape. A stuffed dressed rabbit lies tipped over, its Easter jellybean candy strewn to the side.

On exhibit in the glass case are a series of painted small cubes with sculptural foam shapes that sit on a shelf. This piece was never finished, but the checkerboards urge us to join in Dick’s game. What would have played out next? More painted cubes detail the fascination of leftover meals, close-up and personal and beautiful in their color and form. Fascination with line as an element leads our eyes to skip across painted twigs on a joyful journey.

A reception will be held on Saturday, June 9, 3:00 to 5:00PM at the Library.


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.


Mostly Yoga

altSunday Morning Yoga 10am.

Please arrive a few minutes early to settle in.


Instructor teaches for the entire month. A variety of yoga styles are taught.





Teachers' Schedule

  • Jackie Howard - October 9am
  • Sasha Rivera - November 10am
  • December: 1st sunday Shay Cooper, 2nd Sunday Christine Texiera, 3rd Sunday Jackie Howard, 4th Sunday Sasha Rivera, 5th Sunday Shay Cooper.
  • Christine Texiera- January 10am
  • Janice Doubleday - February 10am
  • Donna Horn - March 10am
  • Kathy Sward - April, 9am
  • TBA - May 9am


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



Upcoming Science Fiction / Horror Movie nights in 2018

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For the 2018 season the Science Fiction / Horror Movie series will follow two themes: The Science Fiction theme will be time travel and the Horror theme will be witches. Both of these themes are well covered in literature and on screen (big and little). Time travel is a fascinating subject with issues of cause and effect paradoxes and speculation on what the future holds. Witchcraft has also fascinated humanity since the stone age and the idea of people that can cause magical things to happen can be both frightening and exciting.


Free Healthy Bones & Balance Class

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Boomers and Seniors are welcome to participate in strength & balance classes. Great for weight loss too!

Hand weights provided. All exercises are done sitting or standing.

Class is on a drop in. Wear comfortable clothes. Form taught first Saturday of each month. Please arrive 5 to 10 minutes early.

For more information talk to Rosie


Please Donate good condition DVDs and Books to the Library

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altDonate Used DVDs & Books.
We may add them to our collection for others to borrow or place them in our ongoing book sale. Either way, your donation helps the library and your neighbors.

DVDs The Library DVD collection gets heavy use and it's hard to keep up with the demand for new and varied titles. If you have DVDs in good condition collecting dust on your shelves, please consider giving them an new active life at the library. 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.

Books Donations of recently published fiction and non fiction books (2014-2017) 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 in the Book Sale Carts in the lobby. Proceeds from those book sales help purchase new books and DVDs for the library collection.

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 the library shelves or our book sale. All others can go to the used book box at the WRATS. Please don't leave boxes of donations on the porch.

If you have any questions, please e-mail or call 978-544-3559. THANKS!!


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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Rosie Heidkamp, Director
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AA Open Meeting
Sat May 26 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
AA Open Meeting
Sun May 27 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
Allen Young Reading & Book Signing
Thu May 31 @07:00PM -
AA Open Meeting
Sat Jun 02 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
AA Open Meeting
Sun Jun 03 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
Richard Baldwin Reception
Sat Jun 09 @03:00PM - 05:00PM
AA Open Meeting
Sat Jun 09 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
AA Open Meeting
Sun Jun 10 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
AA Open Meeting
Sat Jun 16 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
AA Open Meeting
Sun Jun 17 @06:00PM - 07:00PM

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