Wellesley Free Library - Making the Connection
The Wellesley Reader
News and Notes from the Wellesley Free Library
MAY 2017

In This Issue

Adult Book Groups

STEM Resource

Featured Resource

Technology Training

Children & Teens



Wellesley - Then and Now
Thursday May 4,
7:00 PM
Main Library, Wakelin Room
Kathleen Fahey, the Curator of the Wellesley Historical Society, will present a brand new version of her comparison of the Wellesley of today with the (much smaller and more rural) Wellesley of 100 years ago. She will use a combination of modern photographs and older ones from the Society's archives to show how our Town has changed over the years. Free and open to the public. Jointly sponsored by the Wellesley Historical Society and Wellesley Free Library.

Sunday Knitting Group
Sundays, May 7, 14, and 21
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Main Library, Small Conference Room
Get together to knit, chat, share and work on your knitting projects! New members always welcome.  For more information
email Barbara Peacock-Coady.

Jazz Concert: Lance Martin Trio
Sunday May 7
3:00 PM 
Main Library, Wakelin Room
Love jazz? Have favorites? A trademark of this group is their 'all-request program' - come on out and create the playlist! The Lance Martin Trio is John Baboian, guitar; Dave Clark, bass; and Lance Martin, flute. Free and open to the public.
Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries.
Lon Povich: A View from the Inside
Thursday, May 11
7:00 PM
Main Library, Wakelin Room
Lon Povich is Governor Baker's Chief Legal Counsel, responsible for providing advice on the broad array of legal issues that come before Governor Baker and his senior team. Povitch will speak on his path that led to this interesting and exciting legal job, describe the efforts undertaken by him and his team to support the Governor's agenda, and field questions from the audience.
Jointly sponsored by the Wellesley Council on Aging through a generous grant from The Wellesley Hills Junior Women's Club.and the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries.
Landscapes for Living: A Forum on Eco-Friendly Gardening and Lawn Care
Saturday, May 13
10:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Main Library, Wakelin Room
Whether you are a beginning gardener or a long-time green thumb, you'll find inspiration and information at this free forum on earth-friendly ways to care for your home landscape. Enjoy talks by nationally known experts Doug Tallamy and Chip Osborne, and participate in practical workshops on composting, ornamental edibles, and planting for pollinators! Come at 10 AM and get advice on soil analysis from Cricket Vlass, Landscape Planner for the Wellesley DPW.
Jointly sponsored by Wellesley Natural Resources Commission, Sustainable Wellesley, Health Department, Wellesley Recreation Department, and Wellesley Free Library.
Classic Movie Night: When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Thursday, May 18
6:45 PM 
Main Library, Wakelin Room
Harry and Sally are very close, but fear a romantic relationship would ruin their friendship. Join us for the finale of this year's classic film series.
When God Looked Down and Wept
Thursday, May 25
7:00 PM 
Main Library, Wakelin Room
Boston-based civil rights attorney and author Frederick Golder will discuss his book,    the true story of WWII prison camp survivor Benjamin  Sharnofsky's physical endurance, spiritual journey, and  his battle against discrimination.

Adult Book Discussions

Pulitzer Award Fiction Book Group

Thursday, May 4
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Main Library, Arnold Room
Join us each month for a discussion of a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winning title. New members are always welcome.
May 4: 
by Robert Olen Butler; 
June 1:  A Thousand Acres  by Jane Smiley; 
July 6:  Breathing Lessons  by Anne Tyler; 
August 3: Beloved by Toni Morrison

Friday Morning Book Group
Friday, May 19 
10:00 AM 
Main Library, Arnold Room
The group will discuss a page turner of social and technological history, the novel Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson. Nominated for the National Book Award for nonfiction and winner of the Edgar Allen Poe award for best fact crime, the action revolves around one of the greatest natural disasters to hit the United States - the deadly Galveston hurricane of 1900.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries.

Book Chat at the Hills
Saturday, May 20
10:30 AM
Hills Branch Library 
210 Washington St.
Drop by Hills for lively critiques of participants' recent reading -- and come away  with a new list of recommended "what to read next."  

May Art Exhibits

Wakelin Room
Wellesley Women Artisans
The Art of Nature
Wellesley Women Artisans present an exhibition of paintings and photography with the theme of "The Art of Nature,"  inspired by the May 13 "Landscapes for Living" forum taking place at the main library.  The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception in the Wakelin Room on Saturday, May 6 from 3:30  to 5:00 PM.   Wellesley Women Artisans is dedicated to promoting and encouraging art in the community through programs including Art in the Park, Art Walk and Open Studios.  For more information about WWA please visit  http://www.wellesleywomenart.com/.

tSOfi Inbar 
Enigmatic Shadows of Familiar Sites

Photographer tSOfi Inbar presents new and surprising images in this exhibit. These works offer an intriguing and refreshing interpretation of "Discover the Extraordinary in the Ordinary," tSofi's umbrella motto. tSOfi   Inbar's photography reflects her philosophy that "what we perceive depends on our choice of outlook."  

Exhibit Cases
Tenacre Student Art
View crayon, paint, clay, weaving, wood sculpture, and pariscraft masks made by the students at Tenacre Country Day School.

The Friends of the WFL present: Ben Coes
Wednesday, May 10
7:00 PM 
Main Library, Wakelin Room

The Friends' Annual Arnold Lecture brings NYT best-selling author Ben Coes to the main library! Coes' international political and espionage thrillers include  Power Down, Independence Day, and First Strike. He began writing after a career in government, finance, and politics, including a position as campaign manager for Mitt Romney's successful run for Governor of Massachusetts. A graduate of Columbia College, Ben was awarded the Bennett Cerf Memorial Prize for Fiction. Free and open to the public.

STEM & ScienceFlix

Where you at the Wellesley STEM Expo last month? Did you meet the library's NAO robots there?  Learning to code at robot classes is one of many ways to access STEM education at the WFL.

ScienceFlix is one. An engaging mobile and tablet compatible science resource for students in grades 4-9, ScienceFlix is packed with interactive features, projects and experiments, quizzes and discussion starters, web links and interactive timelines. Topics include earth science, space science, life science, health and the human body, physical science, and technology and engineering. New resources have just been added on Marine Life, Gravity & Gravitation, and Earthquakes.

It's free and easy for students, parents and educators to use. For more information, have your library card available, and go to the Database page at www.wellesleyfreelibrary.org.

Open House at Fells Branch Library

Saturday May 20
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Fells Branch Library
308 Weston Rd.

Did you know...?

Last year, 1,400 patrons attended 55 programs at the tiny but lively Fells Branch Library, the oldest public building in Wellesley.  Built in 1854 as a one-room schoolhouse, Fells Branch Library may soon return to its roots as a place for young learners. 


A committee of neighbors, board members, and library staff have been studying library service trends and exploring the most valuable use of this miniature gem.   Excitement is rising about the possibilities for creating a unique and intimate early learning library, focused on young children ages 0-5 and their parents/caregivers.

Please join Fells Branch Committee members to learn more, ask questions, and give your feedback.

On Sunday, watch for the library's parade float as it makes its way through town during the annual parade. 

Online Language Learning at WFL 

Traveling abroad this summer?  Will you be able to order pizza or ask when the next bus leaves? 
Now's the time to learn a new language or brush up on your skills with Mango Languages Mango immerses the user in real, everyday conversations. There are 60 different language courses as well as ESL instruction for speakers of 18 languages. 
Attend  a class on Friday, May 19th from 2 PM to 3 PM to learn more about  Mango, including how to download the app to your smartphone or tablet and learn wherever you go!   Please register.

Technology Classes = Success

Evernote Organize Your Ideas, Thursday, May 4, 1 PM

More eBooks Through the Library, Friday, May 12, 2 PM


Pinterest Introduction , Monday, May 22nd, 2 PM  


For the full schedule, view the WFL Tech Ed calendar. 

The Importance of LinkedIn
Arnold Room (second floor - Main Library)  
Monday, May 8 at 6 PM.

Did you know that two people join LinkedIn every second of every day?  Join Gary Gekow to review best practices as they relate to online profile creation and managing one's account and discuss many additional usages of LinkedIn including the importance of joining groups and collecting testimonials.  Gekow has 20 years of employment consulting and recruiting experience in the Boston marketplace. Please register.

Library Book Displays in May

May is full of special occasions including Mother's Day, Memorial Day, and Wellesley's Wonderful Weekend. We have displays for every celebration! 

  • First Floor Mystery Table: Edgar Award Winners
  • Media Room: Celebrate Heroes
  • High School Study Room: 13 Reasons Why Read Alikes
  • Second Floor Display: Mothers and Motherhood (Fiction)
  • Second Floor Display: Wellesley's Famous Faces
  • Second Floor Endcap: National Salad Month
  • Second Floor Endcap: May the 4th Be With You (Star Wars)
  • Second Floor Endcap: Eco-Friendly Gardens & Landscape
  • Second Floor Endcap: Thank You, Veterans
  • Second Floor Endcap: It's BBQ Time!
  • Second Floor Endcap: DC Comics Featuring Green Lantern and The Flash

Hills Branch Weekly Storycraft 

At the Hills Branch Library every Wednesday throughout May, children ages 2-6 will learn about plants and gardens at Storycraft.  This weekly program at Hills Branch runs from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. See you there!

Families, Kids & Teens

Many library programs for children are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries. Sign up for programs online or  call 781-235-1610 x 1108.

Sensory Storytime
Monday, May 1, 9:30  AM to 10 :30 AM, Story Hour Room 
Explore your senses with Sensory Storytime! A monthly program for children ages 4 and up, led by trained staff from the OTA Koomar Center of Watertown.  Registration required.

Artists Workshop
Saturday, May 6, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM, Craft Room 
Librarian Michele presents information about artists to kids in grades 3-5, then leads them in creating an art project in that artist's style. This month's session features the art of Georgia O'Keeffe. Registration required.

Wee Play and Learn with Communities United
Mondays, May 8 and 22 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Craft Room 
Join the fun at this drop-in playgroup! Activities to help children explore learning concepts through games and manipulables will be available. Open to all children ages 2-6 years, with a parent/caregiver.

Children's Book Groups

The Reading Club, for kids in grades 4 and 5 with an adult. Monday, May 15 at
7 PM,  Children's Room, Main Library
We will discuss Unidentified Suburban Object  by Mike Jung.

Books & Bites, for kids in middle school with an adult 
Monday, May 22 at  6:30 PM, Children's Room, Main Library
Join us to discuss The Last Boy at St. Edith's by Lee Gjertsen Malone. Kids and parents are invited to read the book and join the discussion. At the end of each meeting, we'll talk about other books that we're reading and decide which book to read for our next gathering.

Kids Read , for kids in grade 2 and 3 
Friday, May 26 at  4 PM,  Craft Room, Main Library 
Drop in to discuss No Flying in the House by Betty Brock, have some fun and talk about what we're reading on our own. 


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