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The Wellesley Reader
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Pulitzer Fiction Book Group
Thursday, October 6th
10 AM  Arnold Room
Join us for a series of discussions about Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winning titles. New members always welcome.  October: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon,
November: American Pastoral by Philip Roth, December: Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser.

Women in Science, Women in Space
Saturday, October 8th
2 PM  Wakelin Room
Rama K. Ramaswamy will discuss women pioneers in space science including Frances 'Poppy'  Northcutt, who gained national attention during the Apollo missions in the mid-Sixties as the first woman to work in flight support at NASA's Mission Control.   A Wellesley Reads Together program, generously sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries

Peter Biedermann, Guitar 
Sunday, October 9th
2 PM Wakelin Room
Solo instrumental guitarist Peter Biedermann will perform on a variety of 6 and 12 string guitars in unique tunings utilizing subtle ambient electronics and looping in real time. The program encourages questions from the audience and will also include some of the history and evolution of steel string guitar playing over the last fifty plus years. Fans of fellow guitarists such as Leo Kottke, and the British school (Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Davy Graham), will enjoy this music. Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries.
Documentary Film: Women of '69, Unboxed
Thursday, October 13th
7 PM Wakelin Room
A group of women, college classmates, who were both electrified and pummeled by the turbulent surf of the 1960s, look back, then ahead, as they turn 65 and evaluate the 'dowry" they'll leave for future generations. Discussion will be led by filmmaker and journalist Liz Roman Gallese, herself one of the class of '69. 
A Wellesley Reads Together program, jointly sponsored by World of Wellesley and the Friends of the
Wellesley Free Libraries.
Sunday Knitting Group
Sundays, October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th
2 PM to 4 PM
Small Conference Room
Get together to chat, share expertise and work on your knitting projects. Just drop by; new members always welcome.
Wellesley Reads Together Author Visit: Nathalia Holt
Tuesday, October 18th
7:00 PM  Wakelin Room
Join us to meet Nathalia Holt and hear her discuss her book Rise of the Rocket Girls, the true stories of an elite group of young women known as human 'computers" who charted a course for the future of space exploration and for the prospects of female scientists. 
The History of Rock and Roll
Wednesday, October 19th
7:00 PM Wakelin Room
This 60-minute multimedia presentation will trace the development of Rock 'n' Roll  from its roots in the blues and country music, through its pinnacle in the mid 1950's, and conclude with its legacy and influence on musicians of  subsequent decades. Artists discussed will include Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and Elvis  Presley.Presented by music scholar Aaron Krerowicz, the program will be supplemented with audio clips of music and excerpts from interviews. 
Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries.
Hills Hearthside Series: Artists' 
Thursday, October 20th
6:30 PM  Hills Branch Library
210 Washington St.
A series of hearth-side talks by local artists and artisans. Tonight, Anne E. G. Nydam, print-maker, carves and prints woodcuts and rubber blocks depicting animals, stories, plants, and industrial sites.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries.

Friday Morning Book/Movie Group
Friday, October 21st
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Arnold Room
New members are always welcome! Join us to discuss  Candice Mallard's penned a compelling narrative about the assassination of one of our most extraordinary presidents and the times in which he lived. Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President  is an engaging and intimate account of a turning point in American history.
Cocktail Culture: Mid-Twentieth Century Fashion
Sunday, October 23th
2:00 PM  Wakelin Room
Travel through time for a look at cocktail culture fashion. Cocktail parties in the home began in the 1920s after the onset of Prohibition. This talk will focus on silhouettes in clothing from the late 1940s through the 1960s, as we explore the connection between fashion and cocktails in clothing styles, home décor and accessories from the period. Presenter Karen Antonowicz teaches History of Fashion at RISD.. 
Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries.
Frank White: The Overview Effect - Space Exploration and Human Evolution
Tuesday, October 25th
7:00 PM  Wakelin Room
Frank White is an author with special interest in space exploration and its impact on human thought and civilization. He is the author of The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution, and co-authored eight additional books on space exploration and the future. 
A Wellesley Reads Together program, sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries.
A History of the American Lighthouse
Tuesday, October 27th
7:00 PM  Wakelin Room
Local author and historian Eric Jay Dolin will discuss the history of these iconic beacons, which are a fixture along our coastlines, especially here in New England. He will explore their technology, their role in wartime, and the lives of some of the men and women who took care of them.
Jointly sponsored by the Wellesley Historical Society and the Wellesley Free Library.


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Wellesley Reads Together

Have you read Nathalia Holt's book  Rise of the Rocket Girls ,  the 2016 selection for Wellesley Reads Together? It tells the true stories of an elite group of young women who charted a course for the future of space exploration and for the prospects of female scientists. Based on extensive research and interviews with living members of the team, this book  offers a unique perspective on the role of women in science. 

Click here for the full slate of Wellesley Reads Together programs and book discussions, including  Nathalia Holt's author visit at 7:00 PM on October 18th in the Main Library's Wakelin Room.

Welcome Lava and Sky!

Saturday, Sept 17th was the official welcome and reveal of the NAO robots to the public.  Over 125 people arrived to see what the robots can do, learn the winning names and sign up for Choregraphe programming classes.  Most excited of all was Oliver, the 10-year-old Wellesley resident who won the naming contest with his pair of names, Lava and Sky.

Many thanks to all who helped us celebrate, and particularly to all the members of the library staff who are now showing and teaching others how to program the robots.

The robots are possible through a generous grant from the Wellesley Free Library Foundation with funds raised at the 2016 Gala. 

Borrow a LOT More!

Have you heard about the Library of Things (LOT)?  Activity kits, tablets loaded with brain-games, binoculars, board games, jigsaw puzzles, meters for measuring electrical use, museum pass coupons and even ukuleles are available for loan from the main library. The LOT movement has emerged in libraries to give people access to useful items, challenging us to rethink whether we need (or want) to own goods that are often used only once. Later this year, a telescope will be added to the collection of items for loan!   There's also a LOT to borrow while you're inside the library;  check out device chargers and adapters to help you maintain an uninterrupted work flow.

Why Google?

Why Google when the library  has real research answers at your fingertips  when you search our catalog.   Searchable digitized reference books  are available from several databases, including Credo Reference, EBL, and Gale Virtual Library.  These authoritative books are identified as digital or electronic resources in the online catalog. Contact the Reference Department at x1117 for help.

Free Job Search and Business Workshops 

Throughout October, WFL is offering many workshops for job seekers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners. All of the workshops listed below will take place in the Arnold Room (second floor).

Jobseekers Workshops
  • October 6th: Changing Careers: Reinventing Oneself in Today's Job Market:  Transitioning into a new profession can be a challenging and daunting undertaking. We will discuss and explore various strategies to help smooth the transition from one industry to another.  
  • October 13th: Avoiding Age Discrimination: A Workshop for Baby Boomers:  We will address how job seekers can overcome age bias and turn their fears into selling points.
  • October 20th: Interview Workshop Part One: An interactive and informal question and answer session where we will role-play typical interview questions and how best to answer them. 
  • October 27th: Interview Workshop Part Two: Behavioral Interviewing: These are scenario based questions that require a story like response.
Entrepreneur & Small Business Workshops
  • October 3rd: SBA 101: Free Business Resources - presented by Small Business Administration. Learn about the many resources available to help you begin your business startup. Find information, advisors, assistance, and financial sources to further your business ideas. 
  • October 17th: Lean Business Planning - presented by SCORE Boston Mentor, Is the prospect of developing a business plan daunting?  In this workshop you will learn a lean approach to business plans called the Business Model Canvas. 
  • October 24th: Business Writing - presented by Charlene Smith. Join this interactive business writing session to learn the basics of best business writing, innovative business cards. getting the client. writing a persuasive business letter, using social media to grow your business, writing catalogs, and copy writing for advertising.


Looking for a Good Read?
Interested in exploring an easy-to-use database from home? Give Novelist 
a try! This unique database will help you and your family find your next great reads. Find it under E-Library on the WFL  webpage.

October Book Displays

A collection of books from the Hinchliffe Military History Collection in honor of Robert J. Hinchliffe.  

"Celebrate a Harvest of Mysteries" on the 1st floor mystery table.

"Put a little scare in your life" (Horror Films) in the Media Room.

"Haunting Books for a Hallowed Eve" (Scary Books) on the second floor.

Programs for Kids and Teens

For details about library programs for children and teens, call 781-235-1610 ext 1108. Most library programs are sponsored by support from the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries.

Sensory Storytime
Monday, October 3rd 
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM 
Explore your senses with Sensory Storytime!  A monthly program for children ages 4 and up, this class is run by trained staff from the OTA Koomar Center of Watertown. Each 60 minute session will have stories, songs, and sensory play, as well as free time and take-home ideas for parents and caregivers. This program meets on the first Monday of the month during the school year. Registration required.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Friday, October 14th
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM  Craft Room 
Preschool aged children are invited to join us for a unique story-time with their favorite stuffed animal. After the stories you'll create a special craft then tuck them in for the night. Come back on Saturday morning, October 15th, to pick up your stuffed animal and learn about all the adventures they had spending the night in the library!  Registration required.

Early Signs of Communication
Mondays, October 17th, 24th, 31st and November 7th
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM  
Take a 4-week class on American Sign Language (ASL) led by instructor Sheryl White. Class is for for caregivers and pre-verbal children ages 2 months and up. Learn signs through songs, books and play! American Sign Language (ASL) as a first language reduces frustration, deepens bonds and accelerates speech development.- Registration required.

Meet the Author - Margaret Stohl
Wednesday, October 19th
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM  Arnold Room 
Join us in welcoming author Margaret Stohl, the #1 New York Times best-selling co-author of Beautiful Creatures  and author of Marvel's Black Widow series, as she talks about her new book Black Widow: Red Vengeance. Before writing her first novel, Stohl was a veteran of the video game industry and a co-founder of 7 Studios. She has previously been nominated for Most Innovative Game Design at the Game Developers Conference. Program sponsors Wellesley Books will be selling copies of Stohl's books at this event.

Halloween Happening
Friday, October 28th
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM  Craft Room 
Kids pre-K through 2nd grade are invited to drop in for spooktacular crafts and stories. Come dressed in your costume and be prepared to have a frighteningly good time! Story-time will begin at 4:00 pm, followed by a costume parade at 4:30 pm.

Children's Book Groups

The Reading Club, for kids in 4th and 5th grade with an adult 
Monday, October 17th
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM  Children's Room 
We will discuss The Wild Robot by Peter Brown.  Both adults and children should read the book then drop-in to enjoy the discussion.  

Kids Read, for kids in 2nd and 3rd grade 
Friday, October 21st
4:00 PM to 4:45 PM  Craft Room 
Drop in to discuss The Iron Giant by Ted Hughes, have some fun and talk about what we're reading on our own.  

Books & Bites, for kids in 6th grade and up with an adult 
Monday, October 24th 
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM  Children's Room  
We will discuss The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages and a chapter of your choice from Almost Astronauts: 13 Women who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone. Both kids and parents are invited to read the book and join the discussion. 

October Art Exhibits

Wakelin Room
"Discover the Extraordinary in the Ordinary"
Artist: tSOfi Inbar  
tSOfi's approach to photography uncovers the unusual in the usual, creating exciting and unforgettable images from the mundane, experimenting with perspectives and angles. She is especially fascinated capturing reflections & shadows. 
tSOfi presents well-known landmarks from unexpected view-points. The surprised viewers ponder 'What is a reality and what is an illusion?' She prompts viewers to stop and contemplate and reflect upon their priorities through an exceptional and captivating visual experience. Join the artist at a reception on Saturday, October 15th from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM.

"Nature Studies - a Few New Ways of Looking"
Artist: Anthony George  
Anthony George has been painting and teaching for over 40 years.  His work includes landscapes, flowers, and abstracts as well as portraits and murals.  Anthony uses color, texture, and movement in a semi-abstract manner to charge and challenge the imagination.  His forte is landscapes, as they allow for fresh perspectives and endless variety.