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

In This Issue

April Art Exhibit

Children & Teens

Technology Training

Book Displays

School Vacation Week

Adult Book Groups


The American Home 
Front In World War l
Sunday, April 2 at  2:00 PM
Main Library, Wakelin Room
In honor of the Centennial of 
America's entry into the Great  War, Nan Morrow and John  Dirlam, long-time Board  members of the Wellesley  Historical Society, will discuss the American home front during 
World War I. They will base 
their discussion on the large 
collection of original U.S. 
government posters 
assembled by Nan's father 
during the Great War. 
Jointly sponsored by the Wellesley 
Historical Society and Wellesley
Free Library.
Sunday Knitting Group
Sundays, April 2, 9, 23,  and 30 at  2:00 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. .
Tim Kelley: Why New 
England Has the Most 
Interesting Weather on Earth
Tuesday, April 4 at  7:00 PM
Main Library, Wakelin Room
Meet Tim Kelley, a 
meteorologist with NECN 
since 1992.  His keen intuition  and strong grasp of diverse  meteorological tools have  translated over the years into  the delivery of consistently  accurate weathercasts.  At this presentation he will 
discuss the idiosyncrasies of  our local weather and answer  your questions. 
Jointly sponsored by the 
Wellesley Conservation 
Council and Wellesley 
Free Library.
Documentary Film: Stink!
Wednesday, April 5 
6:30 PM 
Main Library, Wakelin Room
Join us for a screening of this  award-winning film about the  dangerous chemical  ingredients hidden in everyday  products. A Q/A  session with the film's producer will follow the screening.   Jointly sponsored by the  Wellesley Cancer Prevention 
Project and Wellesley Free  Library.
The Fine Art of 
Conservation: Masterpieces,
Ephemera, and Fakes
Thursday, April 6 at  7:00 PM
Main Library, Wakelin Room
Pamela Hatchfield, the Robert P. and Carol T. Henderson Head of Objects Conservation at the Museum 
of Fine Arts Boston, will share stories about how objects and  sculpture are studied and  cared for at the MFA . Hatchfield will  also talk about the long  journey of Paul Revere's Time Capsule. 
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 
Concert: Flute, Harp, Viola
Sunday, April 9 at  2:00 PM
Main Library, Wakelin Room
Ceora Jaffe, flute; harpist 
Erica Driscoll, harp; Jacob 
Litoff, viola. The trio will 
present a program that 
includes Sonata for Flute 
Viola and Harp by Claude Debussy; Elegiac Trio by 
Arnold Bax; Trio in D Major 
by Marie LeClair, and Petite 
Suite by Andre Jolivet.  
Generously sponsored by the 
Friends of the Wellesley Free 
Crochet Group at the Hills Branch
Tuesday, April 11 at  6:00 PM
Hills Branch Library
210 Washington St.
Join us to learn crochet basics  or advance your crochet skills. New members always  welcome. For more info, call  781-235-1610 x 1107 or email
Women's Health Myths and Misconceptions
Wednesday, April 12 
6:30 PM
Main Library, Wakelin Room
Join women's health expert 
Dr. Ronee Skornik as she discusses some common issues that women face over their lifetime.   For more information and to register, contact Cheryl Lefman
A Healthy Wellesley program, j ointly sponsored by Wellesley Health Department and Wellesley Free Library.
Classic Movie Night: A Shot in the Dark (1964)
Thursday, April 13 at 
6:45 PM
Main Library, Wakelin Room
Inspector Jacques Clouseau investigates the murder of Mr. Benjamin Ballon's driver at a country estate. The Classic Movies  Love & Laughter Series features a truly classic romantic comedy each month. 
On May 18, the series completes with a showing of When Harry Met Sally (1989).
H ills Hearthside Series: Artists' Perspectives
Thursday, April 20
6:30 PM
Hills Branch Library
210 Washington St.
The final session in this fascinating series of talks by local artists and artisans features ceramic artist Suzanne Stumpf, who has received national recognition for both her sculptural and functional ceramic creations. Stumpf's work has been included in numerous national and international juried art and ceramics shows.  
Sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries. 
Concert: The Sumner Quartet
Sunday, April 23 at  2:00 PM
Main Library, Wakelin Room
The Sumner Quartet is: violinists Joshua Addison and David Rubin; violist Elizabeth Stefan; and cellist Jaques Wood.  The repertoire for the April recital includes Caroline Shaw, Entr'acte; and Samuel Barber, String Quartet in B minor, op. 11.   Sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries

April Art Exhibit
Annual Wellesley Public Schools Student Art Show
 on display throughout the Main Library's 
first floor from April 6 to 25
Please celebrate creativity with the student artists on Tuesday, April 25 from 5 PM to 7 PM at the "Meet the Artists" reception. On display is artwork from every grade level, K-12 and all nine public schools. Also on display are national and state award winning artwork from the Scholastic Art Competition. 

Spring Book Sale!

At last, spring has arrived, and with it the Friends' Spring Book Sale.
  • Members may shop on Thursday, April 27, from 5 to 9 PM (Not yet a member? Join that day!)
  • Public sale: Friday, April 28, from 9 AM to 6 PM; and Saturday, April 29, from 9 AM to 5 PM 
  • Bag Sale ($7 per bag!) Sunday April 30, 1 to 5 PM
Browse a vast selection of used books in great condition. All proceeds benefit WFL programs and services.

Open House Events at Fells Branch Library

S aturday, April 29 and
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 "cross-town" committee made up 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 possibility of creating a unique and intimate early learning library, focused on young children ages 0-5 and their parents/caregivers.

Intrigued? Please join Fells Branch Committee members at one or both Open House events this spring to learn more, ask questions, and give your feedback.

Wireless Printing is Here!

Mobile printing from Laptops, tablets & smartphones has arrived.  Using your mobile device, send print jobs to the library printers from anywhere.  Cost is $.20 for b&w and $.50 for color prints.
From a laptop:
Find information on printing from other devices at:

Education = Success
Attend a technology workshop at the Main library to learn how to  download free ebooks and audiobooks. 
  • Friday, April 7th, 2 PM to 3:30 PM
  • Friday, April 28th, 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Learn how to use Wordpress for Small Business at a 3-part series.
Part 1 - Getting Started, Tuesday,  April 4
Part 2 - Developing/Adding Content, Tuesday,  April 11
Part 3 - Fine Tuning Your Web Presence, Tuesday,  April 18  

Free Financial Resources 

Keep up with how your investment portfolio is doing and get information on which companies the analysts think will bring you positive returns.   With markets in flux, you need access to the two big names in investment information:
Morningstar Investment Resource Center  and the  ValueLine Research Center . Try them out with your library card today.

NAO Robots at Wellesley STEM Expo

Look for Lava & Sky at Wellesley High School on Saturday April 8 in Room 226.  Click here for STEM Expo details. See you there!

Borrow a Telescope!

T he  WFL "Library of Things" has just expanded to include an Orion Starblast 4.5" telescope!  View astronomical events, learn more about our solar system and the stars, develop a greater appreciation for the earth's place in the universe, and just have fun. Thanks to the Aldrich Astronomical Society's Library Telescope Program for making this possible. Come in and ask for details today!

Book Displays for April  

Get a fresh new start this spring with help from books, DVDs, and audios providing the best advice and suggestions for getting healthy and fit, displayed on the  second floor.

More April displays to browse include:
  • First Floor Mystery Table: Edgar Award Winning Mysteries
  • Media Room: Stage and Screen Musicals
  • High School Study Room: Spring Into a New Book
  • Second Floor Display: Pure Poetry Month 2017
  • Second Floor Endcap: Poverty and Food Insecurity
  • Second Floor Endcap: Celebrate Our Trees
  • Second Floor Endcap: Graphic Novel Memoirs

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.

Wee Play and Learn with Communities United
Mondays, April 10 and 24
11 AM Craft Room, Main Library 
Join us for a drop-in playgroup with activities to help your child explore learning concepts through educational games and toys.

Author Visit - Katie Smith Milway
Saturday, April 15 
10:30 AM  Wakelin Room, Main Library
Join Katie Smith Milway as she reads from her new book The Banana-Leaf Ball: How Play Can Change the World. Then, join Wellesley United Soccer for some trust building games. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event. While this event is open to all ages, it is geared towards families with children ages 8-12.

Sensational Scientists
Thursdays, April 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25 and June 1
3:30 PM   Craft Room, Main Library
Explore science with a fun activity each week for six weeks. This program is for 4th and 5th graders. Signing up commits you to attending all six classes. Registration required.

School Vacation Week Programs

Not going away? The library is the perfect place for your children during vacation week!  Call to find out more about vacation week  events including:

  • Balloon Sculpting Workshop 
  • Magic Comedy Show with Ed Popielarcyzk  
  • Reading Robot: Storytime with a NAO Robot  
  • Makey Makey 
  • Super-Cold Science with the Museum of Science 
  • Car Craft and Drive-in Movie - Moana 

Children's Book Groups

The Reading Club, for kids in grades 4 and 5 with an adult. Monday, April 10
7 PM,  Children's Room, Main Library
We will discuss Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson. 

Kids Read, for kids in grade 2 and 3 
Friday, April 28 at  4 PM,  Craft Room, Main Library 
Drop in to discuss Gone Fishing by Tamera Will Wissinger, have some fun and talk about what we're reading on our own.  

Books & Bites, for kids in middle school with an adult 
Monday, April 24 at  6:30 PM, Children's Room, Main Library
Join us to discuss Flunked by Jen Calonita. 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.  

Adult Book Discussions

Pulitzer Fiction Book Group
Thursday, April 13
10:00 AM  Main Library, Arnold Room
New members are always welcome.  Titles for the next few months: April 13-  The Shipping News  by Annie Proulx May 4-   A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain  by Robery Olen Butler June 1-  A Thousand Acres  by Jane Smiley. 
Sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries.

WFL Friday Morning Book Group
Friday, April 21  10:00 AM  Main Library, Arnold Room
The group will discuss the eloquent, inspiring novel  Our Souls by Night  by Kent Haruf Sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries.

Saturday Book Chat at the Hills
Saturday, April 15 at  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 titles of "what to read next."  


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