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Adult Programs

Click on any of the images to find more information or register for the program. To see a full list of all of the events happening at Whelden, visit wheldenlibrary.org/events.

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Kids' Programs

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News and Updates

Closing Early

Saturday, February 10th

The library will be closing at 1pm for cleaning.


Closed for the Holiday

Monday, February 19th

The library will be closed for the holiday.

Gardens Wanted

It's never too early to think spring!

If you're interested in being featured as part of the annual Cape Code Hydrangea Festival click here to fill out our Google Form.

Ellen's Book Review

Jacqueline Winspear's

Maisie Dobbs Series

(18 books)


"This bingeable [historical mystery fiction] series strikes a lovely balance of cozy and compelling, with darker details of WWI as the backdrop and a wonderful heroine to root for”--Anne Bogel

After serving as a wartime nurse, Maisie Dobbs opens a private investigation agency at the end of the Great War. Her first job appears to deal with ordinary infidelity, but when she finds unsettling secrets connected to the war, she is forced to confront her own trauma in order to solve the case. With her strong empathy, brains, and nurse’s training, Maisie is very well suited to detective work. Learning more about this sensitive and wise investigator is just as delightful as following the mysteries. The books are best read in order. Start with book 1 Maisie Dobbs, book 2 Birds of a Feather, and book 3 Pardonable Lies. Book 18, the final book in the series, will be published in June, 2024.


Order book 1 today, click here!

Adult Programs

Donate Today!

We love being able to offer all of our programs and events free to our community!

Help us keep up the good work: Consider making a donation.


Whelden is a private non-profit that relies on donations, grants, and fundraisers for more than half of its operating budget.


Paypal Link: paypal.me/whelden2262

Visit: wheldenlibrary.org/donate

or donate the next time you stop in!

Take & Make

Make your own magnetic love note using upcycled game blocks!

Kits will include instructions and supplies.

You will need to provide your own glue and writing utensil.

Registration Required.

Sign up for Your Kit:

Visit: wheldenlibrary.org/events

Email: whelden@comcast.net

or Call: 508-362-2262


History in Crust; Two Narratives of Pastry and Power from 17th-Century New England

Thursday, February 1st

6pm

Pie-making may seem like an odd lens for scrutinizing 17th-century interactions between Indigenous People and European Colonizers, but careful analysis of cultural details—yes, even of pastry— can help historians squeeze surprising amounts of information out of scanty documents. 

Join Paula Marcoux to hear the stories of the first two colonial pastries—one French and one English—documented to have been baked here on the shores of what is now southeastern Massachusetts. In an examination of the pivotal yet under-studied events relevant to these pies, you’ll learn what is known of their bakers, the singular situations in which the baking occurred, the most probable types of ovens to have been used, and best of all, how the pies were likely to appear and taste.

Paula Marcoux is a Plymouth-based food historian with a background in archaeology, cooking, and living history. She is the author of Cooking with Fire and many magazine articles, most recently for Gastro Obscura.

To Register:

Visit: wheldenlibrary.org/events

Email: whelden@comcast.net

or Call: 508-362-2262


How to Identify an Art Movement with Sue Altman

Thursday, February 8th

5:30pm

This fun and informative “crash course” in Art History will teach you what to look for in a work of art and where it belongs on the great continuum of eras from Medieval all the way up to the diverse movements of the 20th century.

In 90 minutes of colorful slides and lecture, you will see how art evolved over the centuries and what makes each period significant and unique.

Suzanne Altman is an art educator and art historian who has presented art and art history programs

To Register:

Visit: wheldenlibrary.org/events

Email: whelden@comcast.net

or Call: 508-362-2262

Whelden Library and the Cape Cod Astronomical Society invite you to a star party at the Werner Schmidt Observatory!

When: This is not a simple answer because it's very weather-dependent. It will be one night around the February 9th new moon and we will secure the date a few days ahead of time. We do know it will start at 7:30 pm.

To Register:

Visit: wheldenlibrary.org/events

Email: whelden@comcast.net

or Call: 508-362-2262


The Guide to Solo Aging In Our Community

Thursday, February 8th

10am

This program reviews the options for solo agers and the choices that are available to them.


Meditation with Reiki 

Wednesday, February 21st

Wednesday, March 20th

Wednesday, April 17th

10am

This 1-hour class will be hosted by Reiki Master and Complementary  health practitioner Courtney Pistone.

This class will leave you feeling relaxed refreshed and at peace. No experience is necessary and this class is perfect for those who would like to start something new.

To Register:

Visit: wheldenlibrary.org/events

Email: whelden@comcast.net

or Call: 508-362-2262


13 Moons

Thursday, February 22nd

12:30 pm

West Barnstable Community Building

Learn about the past and present tribal people of Cape Cod.

This talk is a drop-in, non-registered event held in the West Barnstable Community Building.

Sponsored by Whelden, Marstons Mills, Centerville and Sturgis Libraries.

To Register:

Visit: wheldenlibrary.org/events

Email: whelden@comcast.net

or Call: 508-362-2262


Draft the First Pages of Your Novel with Rachel Menard

Saturday, February 24th

1pm

Walk through the steps to writing your first novel with multi-award-winning author, Rachel Menard. Learn the basics from sourcing ideas, developing a plot line, and creating fully-developed characters with character worksheets. We’ll also look at some examples of first pages that work and discuss what makes an enticing novel opener.

To Register:

Visit: wheldenlibrary.org/events

Email: whelden@comcast.net

or Call: 508-362-2262

Recurring Adult Programs

Tea Time

Every Thursday

10am-Noon

Embrace the perfect Thursday pick-me-up!

Explore our tea library, savor a delightful brew, and set the perfect tone for your day.


Spice of the Month Club

Register to receive a new spice or spice blend to use in your baking, cooking, or cocktail making and then share with us in pictures or recipes how you used it and how much or how little you liked it.

Registration required

Visit: wheldenlibrary.org/events

Email: whelden@comcast.net

or Call: 508-362-2262

Tech Help by Appointment

Learning a new device? Struggling to figure out e-books? Need to send an email? We're here for you!

To request an appointment:

Call: 508-362-2262

Email: whelden@comcast.net

Visit: wheldenlibrary.org/events


Anime Club

Monday, February 26th

4:30pm

Read the manga, watch the anime.

Feel free to simply hang out, enjoy snacks, and watch – reading not required.

Check our event calendar for each date. Call or email us to find out what this month’s manga is.

Best for ages 13 and up.

Kids' Programs

Donate Today!

We love being able to offer all of our programs and events free to our community!

Help us keep up the good work: Consider making a donation.


Whelden is a private non-profit that relies on donations, grants, and fundraisers for more than half of its operating budget.


Paypal Link: paypal.me/whelden2262

Visit: wheldenlibrary.org/donate

or donate the next time you stop in!

Take & Make

Make your own magnetic love note using upcycled game blocks!

Kits will include instructions and supplies.

You will need to provide your own glue and writing utensil.

Registration Required.

Sign up for Your Kit:

Visit: wheldenlibrary.org/events

Email: whelden@comcast.net

or Call: 508-362-2262


Pig in Love Scavenger Hunt

What did the pig give to his sweetheart on Valentine's Day?

Find the pigs to solve the riddle throughout February in the Library!


Investigate Magnets!

Monday, January 8th

5pm

How do magnets work? Visit 5-10 stations and complete activities to learn about magnetic energy.

Best for ages 6 and up. Registration required.

To Register:

Visit: wheldenlibrary.org/events

Email: whelden@comcast.net

or Call: 508-362-2262


Yuck or Yum

Wednesday, February 21st

5pm

Time for a taste test! Try new foods and rate them on a scale of 1-5.

Usual or unusual, we will open our mouths and our minds to the new food!

Because of the risk of food allergies, adult attendance is required for all ages adult attendance required.

To Register:

Visit: wheldenlibrary.org/events

Email: whelden@comcast.net

or Call: 508-362-2262


Corn Husk Doll Wampanoag Craft

Thursday, February 22nd

12:30pm

West Barnstable Community Building

Children can create a traditional Wampanoag doll from corn husks!

Meanwhile, adults can attend an educational talk about the past and present tribal people of Cape Cod, suitable for all ages.

Craft is best for ages 6 and up

Note that while the talk is open to all, space and supplies are very limited for the craft. 

Only pre-registered participants will be able to participate.

Sponsored by Whelden, Marstons Mills, Centerville and Sturgis Libraries.

To Register:

Visit: wheldenlibrary.org/events

Email: whelden@comcast.net

or Call: 508-362-2262

13 Moons

Thursday, February 22nd

12:30pm

West Barnstable Community Building

Learn about the past and present tribal people of Cape Cod.

This talk is a drop-in, non-registered event held in the West Barnstable Community Building.

Sponsored by Whelden, Marstons Mills, Centerville and Sturgis Libraries.

To Register:

Visit: wheldenlibrary.org/events

Email: whelden@comcast.net

or Call: 508-362-2262


Ancient Technologies

Friday, February 23rd

12pm

Do "Floppy Disks" really flop? Now's your chance to find out.

Adults, bring your kids to see the tech of yesteryear!

Explore record players, take photos the “old” way, pop in a VHS and more!


Magic Show

Friday, February 23rd

2pm

Centerville Public Library

585 Main Street, Centerville

Come one, come all to see The Amazing Ed Popielarczyk at Centerville Public Library! Free, Drop-In Event! 

Sponsored by Barnstable Libraries.


28th Anniversary Pokémon Party!

Sunday, February 25th

12:30pm

It's a Pokémon Party! Let's celebrate the day that we started to "catch them all!"

To Register:

Visit: wheldenlibrary.org/events

Email: whelden@comcast.net

or Call: 508-362-2262


Leap Year Storytime

Thursday February 29th

11am

A special storytime theme for leap day!

Leap across the library, do a craft, and sing songs with us!

Recurring Kids' Programs

Storytime with Lizzy

Thursdays

11am

Drop-in story time geared towards a pre-school audience. Caregivers and children listen to stories read by Lizzy, sing, dance, and have fun each week!


Lego Club

Second Wednesday of Every Month

2-5pm

Time to get creative!

Drop in and test your build skills.

Complete our challenge or do your own thing!

Leave behind your creations to be put on display in the library until next month.

All ages welcome! Duplos available for younger builders. 


Family Movie Night

Monday, February 12th

4pm

Need a hint for the title? As you wish!

Parents please note: rated PG

Can't guess the title?

Call or email to find out!

Pokémon Club

Sunday, February 11th

12:30pm

Do you love Pokémon?!

Let's celebrate our common interest with each other!

Scavenger hunt, prizes, trivia, and trading card game practice, instruction, and play time!

Children 10 or older may be left until Club time ends.

Dates and times vary, so stay tuned by signing up for our newsletters and checking our event calendar!

Registration is required for this club. 

To Register:

Visit:  wheldenlibrary.org/events

Email: whelden@comcast.net

or Call: 508-362-2262


Anime Club

Monday, February 26th

4:30 pm

Read the manga, watch the anime.

Feel free to simply hang out, enjoy snacks, and watch – reading not required.

Check our event calendar for each date. Call or email us to find out what this month’s manga is.

Best for ages 13 and up.

Resources and Other Stuff

Be a Library Friend

The Friends of Whelden Library (FOWL) are seeking volunteers to join their group!

Help support the library through

book sales and fundraisers.

Connect with fellow book lovers and make a meaningful contribution to our community.


Become a Trustee Today

Are you a Barnstable resident who wants to give back to your community?

Do you believe in the transformative power of libraries and want to advocate for it?

If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you!

Join the Board and become a library trustee today!

As a trustee, you'll play a crucial role in ensuring that your library remains a vital resource for everyone.

You'll have the chance to make a real difference in your community and help spread the joy of reading and learning.


Don't wait any longer to make a positive impact - send your letter of interest to wmltrustees@gmail.com, attn: nomination committee

Mango Languages

Free with your Whelden library card.

Choose from over 70 languages including English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Learn on the go - Download the Mango app onto your smart device to access the courses anywhere at your convenience.

Follow this link: mangolanguages.com to get started.


Have your library card number ready.*

Select 'Use Mango as a Guest' to get started quickly

or

Select 'Sign Up' to create a profile and save your progress as you learn. 

 

*Please note: You must have a library card issued by Whelden Library to use this service.


Need Help?

Call: 508-362-2262

Email: whelden@comcast.net

Or stop by the library.

Whelden Memorial Library

"Small but Mighty!"

Monday..................2pm - 7pm

Tuesday.................9am - 2pm

Wednesday............2pm - 7pm

Thursday................9am - 2pm

Friday.....................9am - 2pm

Saturday................9am - 2pm

Sunday.......................CLOSED

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Help us provide the resources, programs and staff your library needs.

Our patron donations are vital to Whelden Memorial Library's success.

Donate directly to the library, visit wheldenlibrary.org/donate


Thank you!