- July Newsletter - 

Stay up-to-date with all of the exciting happenings going on at Whelden this month.
We look forward to seeing you!

- Call for Donations -

The Friends are currently accepting gift-quality donations for this year's annual Holiday Boutique.
Bring your fall and winter favorites -- anything you would consider a gift yourself!
Items should pertain to Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas, and can include everything from lightly used/homemade costumes, decorations, jewelry, arts and crafts, etc.

Please consider making a donation this year, your generosity is much appreciated.

{ The Friends are happy to answer any questions you may have }

Upcoming Events  

Author Talk


@ 6:30 PM

Sears Point: A Novel of Cape Cod, is Coogan's first foray into fiction writing and covers a century of history in the town of Brewster. Using the character of Washington Foster Sears,  Coogan sheds light on how the Cape evolved from small, rural and isolated communities into modern suburban towns, and how the transformation affected the people who lived through the changes. 

* A popular speaker and writer on the subject of Cape Cod history, Jim lives in Sandwich. He has written 11 books about Cape Cod, including four for children. 
For more information, check out Harvest Home Books
a small publishing company Coogan started with Dennis author Jack Sheedy *
Stitching at Whelden

Stop by during the 2nd or 4th Wednesday of each month between 2:00-4:00 p.m. for an informal get-together. Come to knit, crochet, sew or enjoy any other type of needlecraft. Bring a project and work in the company of our cozy library. Beginners welcome!


The Children's Room 

- Summer Reading Program 2017 -

"Build a Better World" 
June 30th - August 11th
Be sure to stop by the library to sign up for our Summer Reading Program!
You will receive your very own dog tag necklace when you sign up, along with instructions for earning reading prizes through tracking on a reading log.
The more you read, the more prizes and beads you can rack up! 
Teddy Bear Storytime

Wednesday, July 5th at 5:30 p.m.

We're gearing up for a super special storytime  (be sure to wear your pajamas!).  

Come get cozy with us as we read aloud to our teddy bear friends. 

Milk and cookies will be served!

Please call to register 508-362-2262
Tales to Tails

Tuesday, July 11th at 11:00 a.m.

Join us as the  Companion Animal Program 
stops by for a fun-filled furry storytime.

A perfect story time for all ages, CAP'S reading program uses the dog-human bond to enhance self esteem and reduce self-consciousness so children
look forward to reading.

Bring your favorite book, or choose from our wide selection of pet-friendly books while enjoying the companionship of a calm and loving pup.
Children must be accompanied by an Adult. 
Please call to register - 508-362-2262
A Visit with Meetinghouse Farm

Tuesday, July 25th at 11:30 a.m.

At the end of this weekly storytime, Judy Desrochers, of Meetinghouse Farm, will stop by to make small take-home plants with the kids. 

Be sure to bring your green thumb!

Join us in the Children's Room every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.
for storytime with Miss Lizzy.

Storytime is geared towards toddlers, but siblings are
welcome too! No registration is required.

Be sure to 'LIKE' Whelden Memorial Library 
on Facebook for information regarding upcoming crafts and themes!

Storybook Yoga with
Miss Anina

Every Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

Stop by for a FUN and SILLY combination of yoga, literature, music and movement, along with relaxation and breathing techniques. Ages range from 2-12.

* Registration is required and children must be accompanied by an adult *

Whelden Book Corner 

- Staff Picks -
What we're loving this month...

Highly Recommended:
Elly Griffiths' Ruth Galloway Mystery Series 

{Submitted and Adapted by Ellen Russon}

This series is wonderful with its in-depth character portrayals, atmospheric settings, complex mysteries, intelligent prose. There are themes of ancient history, archaeology, modern police investigation and modern relationships. The books are best read in order, as there is a lot of development in the personal relationships among the main characters.

Dr. Ruth Galloway is a forensic archeologist in her late thirties. She lives happily alone in a bleak, remote area on the edge of the marsh near Norfolk, England.

Kirkus Reviews: "The first-rate characters and chilling story are entrancing from start to finish."
Curled Up with a Good Book: "Griffiths is one of England's freshest mystery writers. Her novels combine a dramatic sense of place with a complicated mystery, and with each new installment, her character of Ruth Galloway becomes more complex and dynamic."

Library Journal: "The key elements of this award-winning series are: complex personal relationships among the protagonists that continue to evolve in surprising ways, excellent use of history and folklore, and lyrically moody imagining of landscape...a good draw for mystery buffs. Series regulars will be intrigued by unexpected developments that promise further complications for Ruth and Nelson."

ELLY GRIFFITHS is the author of the Ruth Galloway mystery series. Griffiths is the recipient of the Mary Higgins Clark Award, the CWA Dagger in the Library Award and her work has been praised as "gripping" (Louise Penny), "captivating," (Wall Street Journal) and "must-reads for fans of crime fiction" (Associated Press).
- New Additions to Our Collection -
Some of our latest and greatest...

Grief Cottage: A Novel

By Gail Godwin

After his mother's death, eleven-year-old Marcus is sent to live on a small South Carolina island with his great aunt, a reclusive painter with a haunted past. Aunt Charlotte, otherwise a woman of few words, points out a ruined cottage, telling Marcus she had visited it regularly after she'd moved there thirty years ago because it matched the ruin of her own life. Eventually she was inspired to take up painting so she could capture its utter desolation.

The islanders call it -Grief Cottage- because a boy and his parents disappeared from it during a hurricane fifty years before. Their bodies were never found and the cottage has stood empty ever since. During his lonely hours while Aunt Charlotte is in her studio painting and keeping her demons at bay, Marcus visits the cottage daily, building up his courage by coming ever closer, even after the ghost of the boy who died seems to reveal himself. Full of curiosity and open to the unfamiliar and uncanny given the recent upending of his life, he courts the ghost boy, never certain whether the ghost is friendly or follows some sinister agenda.

Grief Cottage  is the best sort of ghost story, but it is far more than that--an investigation of grief, remorse, and the memories that haunt us. The power and beauty of this artful novel wash over the reader like the waves on a South Carolina beach.

...and for the kids...

Thursdays with the Crown

By Jessica Day George

Castle Glower has been acting weird, so it's no surprise when two towers transport Celie and her siblings to an unknown land. When they realize that no one from home is coming to get them, the kids - along with Celie's pet griffin Rufus - set out through the forest to figure out where they are and what's happened to their beloved Castle. Instead, they discover two wizards and an entire lost people, the oldest inhabitants of Castle Glower. And it seems they may know more of the Castle's secrets than Celie. But do they know how to get her back home?

This bestselling series continues with the story of the origin of Castle Glower. Readers who've been enchanted by the Castle's moving walls will be delighted by the Castle's rich and magical history.

- WML Monthly Display -
Airing on June 11th, the 71st Annual Tony Awards celebrated Broadway achievements at the famed Radio City Music Hall in NYC. If you missed any of the winners, or are looking to supplement your reading list with some amazing musical talent,
come check out our Broadway display in our Main Room.

Also worth noting, are two great reads: Hamilton, and Broadway: The American Musical.

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