Wellesley Free Library - Making the Connection
The Wellesley Reader
News and Notes from the Wellesley Free Library
JUNE 2016

In This Issue

Summer Hours

A Winning Parade Float

Kidding Around

Duckling Day


Senior Art Show Community Celebration
Sunday, June 5th
2 PM
Main Library, Wakelin Room
The public is invited to a reception on Sunday, June 5th from 2 PM to 4 PM in honor of the fourth annual Senior Art Show, exhibited throughout the month of June in the Wakelin Room and the lobby of the main library. Jointly sponsored by the Wellesley Council on Aging, Waterstone at Wellesley and the Wellesley Free Library, the exhibit showcases the work of more than 30 senior artists across multiple mediums. 
Sunday Knitting Group
Sundays, June 5th,12th, 19th, 26th
2 PM
Main Library, Small Conference Room
Get together to knit, chat, share and work on your knitting projects. Just drop by; new members always welcome.
Documentary Film and Discussion: Best of Enemies
Monday, June 27th
7 PM
Main Library, Wakelin Room
Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the 1968 Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal believed each other's political ideologies were dangerous for America. Free and open to the public. Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries.

LIBRARY BOOK GROUPS Make joining one a summertime resolution: new members are 
always welcome!

Pulitzer Fiction Book Group
Thursday, June 2nd 
10 AM
Main Library, Arnold Room
This month, join us as we discuss Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. 
Hills Branch Evening 
Book Chat
Thursday, June 2nd    
6:30 PM
Hills Branch Library
Unlike typical book groups, chat participants can choose to take a turn describing recent favorites. Not feeling "chatty?" That's fine too - you'll still come away with a list of suggestions from the other group members about what to read next.
Friday Book/Movie Group
Friday, June 17th
10:00 AM
Main Library, Arnold Room
This month we will discuss 
The Cost of Courage by Charles Kaiser, a former NY Times and Wall Street Journal reporter who tells the heartbreaking and triumphant story of three siblings who save the honor of France during World War II. 
Saturday Book Chat at the Hills
Saturday, June 18th
11 AM
Hills Branch Library
Drop by to give 'thumbs up' or 'thumbs down' to your recent reading, and get a long list of recommended titles at this lively Book Chat.

The Reading Club
For kids in 4th and 5th grade with an adult
Monday, June 6th
7 PM
Main Library, Children's Room
In June, we invite kids who are in 3rd grade along with kids currently in 4th and 5th grades to join The Reading Club.  We will discuss
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. Both adults and children should read the book then drop-in to enjoy the discussion.
Middle School Graphic Novel Book Club                
Tuesday, June 7th
During lunch period, Wellesley Middle School
The monthly Graphic Novel Bookclub for 6th and 7th graders meets at Wellesley Middle School during lunch period.  6th graders meet from 11:52 am-12:17 pm in Room 329 to discuss
Brain Camp by Susan Kim & Laurence Klavan ; artwork by Faith Erin Hicks.  7th graders meet from 11:23-11:48 am in Room 338 to discuss The Nameless City, written and illustrated by Faith Erin HicksThe Middle School Graphic Novel Book Club will resume in October 2016. 
Books & Bites/ Page to Screen
Monday, June 27th         
6:30 PM 
Main Library,Children's Room
Join us for Books & Bites, for kids entering grades 6 and up. We'll discuss Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne and enjoy the 2004 Disney film version with Jackie Chan (PG, 120 min) on the big screen. Kids and parents are invited to read the book, enjoy the movie, and join the discussion.

Find Something Good 
to Watch/Listen/Read

Browse through our displays of librarian recommendations!


First Floor - Media Room
Summertime and the Watching is Easy - films that keep the mood light.


Second Floor - display table
National Parks: A National Treasure

More Second Floor Displays:

  • Famous Fathers 
  • Cut the Clutter
  • Summertime Sizzlers for the BeachI
  • If you like Jane Austen...
  • Landscape Architecture 
  • Gay Pride Month 

High School Room (second floor) - display rack

Graphic Novel Memoirs 

Summer Hours Begin July 1st

The Main Library is closed on Sundays during July and August.

Summer hours at Hills Branch Library 
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 10 AM to 8 PM
Wednesdays & Fridays: 10 AM to 5 PM 

Summer hours at Fells Branch Library: 
Tuesday through Friday: 10 AM to 1 PM

Contact Us

Wellesley Free Library
530 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA   02482
Phone: 781-235-1610
Fax: 781-235-0495

Brain Games Anyone?

Launchpads, interactive tablets in bright orange cases, are ready for borrowing! You'll find them near the Reference Desk on the second floor.   Take one out for a whirl! Each Launchpad includes at least 10 puzzles and games including trivia, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and tangrams. Have fun while you exercise your mind.

Senior Art Show 2016

The Fourth Annual Senior Art Show is on exhibit at the Wellesley Free Library from June 2nd to June 29th.  The show is sponsored through a collaboration of the Wellesley Council on Aging, Waterstone at Wellesley and the Wellesley Free Library, and showcases the work of more than 30 artists across multiple mediums. The public is invited to a reception and celebration on Sunday, June 5th from 2 PM to 4 PM.

Monthly Documentary Film Series Begins in June

movie-tickets2.jpg Please join us for a series of three documentary film screenings followed by discussion.  Films will be shown in the Main Library's Wakelin Room.on Monday evenings (dates below) from 7 PM to 9 PM. 
Free and open to the public. 
Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries.

Best of Enemies - June 27th
In 1968, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. Ideological opposites William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal held a series of riveting, nationally televised debates that ushered in a new era of public discourse and pundit TV.  Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other's political ideologies were dangerous for America. 
Meru - July 18th
Meru is the rare documentary that is both thought-provoking and visually gripping.Three renowned climbers navigate nature's harshest elements and their own complicated inner demons to ascend the most technically complicated and dangerous peak in the Himalayas. Mount Meru's perversely stacked obstacles make it both a nightmare and an irresistible calling for some of the world's toughest climbers.

Finding Vivian Maier - August 15th
Now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Vivian's strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photos, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her. 

Wellesley Reads Together 2016

Each year, Wellesley Free Library and MassBay Community College join forces to engage readers in discussion about one book.  Nathalia Holt's Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us from Missiles to the Moon to Mars has been chosen as the 2016 title.

The book is the true story of the women known as "human computers," who launched America into space. In the 1940s and 50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, it was an elite group of young women who, with pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design,  helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible.   

Based on research and interviews with all the living members of the team, Rocket Girls offers a unique perspective on the role of women in science. The author, Nathalia Holt,  will visit both the MassBay campus and the Wellesley Free Library in late October, 2016. Other related programs and book discussions are being planned for the fall.

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Learning Express Library

Might you benefit from a self-paced tutorial about your computer's operating system, Microsoft Office or Photoshop? Is a job search in your future that requires the creation of a resume? Perhaps you need assistance with preparing for college or grad school entrance exams, standardized tests, or math from arithmetic to statistics.

Learning Express Library provides free e-books, tutorials, and practice tests to achieve your educational and career goals, whatever they are and no matter your age. Simply connect from our database page and click on Learning Express Library.  Once you sign in with your library card, you have the tools to soar to new levels!

Library Wins Best Theme Related Float!

A highlight of the 2016 edition of Wellesley's Wonderful Weekend was the 48th Annual Veterans' Parade on May 22nd. This year's theme was "Historical Wellesley."  The Library's float featured members of the Board of Library Trustees and some of our other friends dressed in Victorian-style outfits, marching alongside a timeline of WFL history. Their efforts were rewarded with a big win for "Best Theme Related Float."  Join our merry band next year!

By Popular Demand: Another LinkedIn Workshop

Did you know that there are over 340 million LinkedIn users worldwide? Two people join every second of every day!  Instructor Gary Gekow will review best practices as they relate to online profile creation and managing one's account, and discuss many additional uses of LinkedIn. Gekow has over 20 years of employment consulting and recruiting experience in the Boston marketplace. No registration is required.  Class will be held on Thursday, June 2nd from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM in the Main Library's Arnold Room (second floor).

Families, Kids & Teens

Most of WFL's programs for children are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries. To learn more or to sign up for any of the programs below, visit the children's calendar or call us at 781-235-1610 ext 1108.

Artist Workshop Series
Saturday, June 4th
1 PM, Story hour & Craft Room
All are welcome to learn about John James Audubon and create your own bird illustration.

Picture Book Theater
Thursday, June 9th
3:30 PM, Wakelin Room
Turn a picture book into a play in an hour and then present it to an audience of family and friends. Best for kids in grades K-3.

Meet Wally the Green Monster & Kick Off Summer Reading!
Saturday, June 18th
11 AM, Children's Room
On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! with Wally the Green Monster. Kick off Summer Reading and meet Wally as he shares his story.  Pose for photos with him! (Don't forget your camera!) Find out about all the other fun events you can enjoy at the Library this summer.  Families with children of all ages are welcome.

Coding with Minecraft
Monday, June 27th
4:00 PM, Wakelin Room
Kids in grades 4-8 will summon lightning bolts with a bow and arrow or build giant rainbows in the Minecraft world with code! Spawn farm animals or monsters instantly and have fun "modding" your world!  This workshop introduces coding concepts by showing students how to build or change (e.g. mod) the game using the Javascript or Python programming language. Easy for beginners, challenging for experienced gamers, and fun for everyone!  Sign up online starting on June 20th. 
Toe Jam Puppet Band
Tuesday, June 28th
7 PM, Wakelin Room
Drop in to enjoy the ever-popular, kids' favorite Toe Jam Puppet Band for a zany and exuberant start to our summer reading program!   Audience members of all ages are encouraged to sing and dance along as members of Toe Jam entertain with a unique combination of original songs and interactive storytelling.  

It Was Just Ducky!

In May, we celebrated the 75th anniversary of Robert McCloskey's classic picture book Make Way for Ducklings with stories, a craft, and a special duckling parade, complete with costumes.


Branch Library Book Bundles

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!  These grab and go" bundles of books for kids are on display now at both Hills and Fells branch libraries. Each bundle of books has a theme (Funny Books! Friendly Monsters! Horses!), all tied together with a ribbon and ready for you to check out. Our advice is always the same: Read More Books!

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