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News and Notes from the Wellesley Free Library

Summertime Blues: Cheryl Arena, Vocals/Blues Harp & Paul Speidel, Guitar
Thusday, August 4th
7:30 PM, Wakelin Room
Tonight, guitarist Paul Speidel is joined by vocalist and harmonica player Cheryl Arena. Arena grew up in the Boston area, loved music from an early age and played several instruments before settling on the harmonica as her main focus, Since 1991, she has toured nationally and internationally, and is in great demand as an instructor across the country.
Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries.

Summertime Blues: Toni Lynn Washington, Vocals; Sven Larsen, Bass; & Paul Speidel, Guitar
Thursday, August 11th
7:30 PM, Wakelin Room
For this series finale, guitarist Paul Speidel is joined by accomplished bassist Sven Larsen, and on vocals, the great Toni Lynn Washington! Raised in a procession of gospel choirs in Southern Pines, North Carolina, Toni has performed with classic R&B artists like Sam and Dave and Jackie Wilson. Over forty years of live performance have earned her the title of Boston's 'queen of the blues.' 
Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries.


Special August Programs for Children
Please check the children's calendar for many more summer programs!

Act!vated Story Theatre
Wednesday, August 17th
7:00 PM, Wakelin Room
Act!vated Story Theatre productions are high energy dramatizations of folktales. They don't just tell stories, they 'Act!vate" them!  Each show incorporates physical comedy, zany props and costumes, audience participation, music, American Sign Language and the unique set of an oversize 'book' with pages that turn to reveal scenery.  
Sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries.

Summer Reading 
Ice Cream Social
Friday, August 19th
2:30 PM, Children's Room Patio
Everyone who has participated in the summer reading program is invited to join us for this End of Summer Ice Cream Social.  We will gather on the Children's Room patio for a sweet treat and announce the winners of our various raffles. Bring the whole family!  In case of rain, we will meet in the Wakelin Room.  
Sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries.


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Wellesley, MA   02482
Phone: 781-235-1610
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What are they?  
Wellesley Free Library's NAO robots are hi-tech ambassadors that bring digital literacy to life!  They welcome everyone to explore the world of STEM by encouraging curiosity, excitement and a passion for figuring out "how," "why," and "what if."

When are they coming?
The robots will make their debut at a naming celebration on Saturday, September 17th at 2 PM in the Wakelin Room. Everyone's invited!

Do they have names?
Not yet --  and we need your help! Find the entry form here to submit your suggestions or visit the library to fill one out. The naming contest runs through September 9th.

How do they work? 
They work when you program them!  Classes to learn how to program the robots will start in September. The robots can be programmed with Choregraphe - an easy to learn software application that allows anyone to create complex behaviors without writing a single line of code.  In addition, there is software called Autism Solution for Kids (ASK NAO) that can be used by teachers and caregivers helping children with autism.

What if I don't want to learn how to program?  
There will be many opportunities to interact with the robots, including "Demo Days" this fall.

How did they get here? 
The robots are possible through a generous grant from the Wellesley Free Library Foundation with funds raised at the 2016 Gala. 

Check Out Rocket Girls Now

Don't forget to borrow a copy of Nathalia Holt's Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us from Missiles to the Moon to Mars, the Wellesley Reads Together title for 2016. 

This is the true story of the women known as "human computers," who launched America into space. 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. An author visit, book discussions and other programs are being planned for the fall.

The Robots Are Coming!

A special display on rockets and robots in the cases outside Jackie's Room will be on view in August. As usual, all materials will be available for checkout.
Also visit the WFL Blog where one of our many robot books is reviewed. We Think Therefore We Are, edited by Peter Crowther, includes fifteen original stories about our fear of and fascination with artificial intelligence.

For more great reading,browse through all the August displays. Among them is "What's Happening in the Middle East?" The world has been especially turbulent recently. Find out what's happening and why with these new books, displayed on the second floor.

In September "The Robots Are Here" display will feature robot science fiction. Will mankind rule or will intelligent machines inherit the earth? Read these and find out!

Elm Bank Pass Now Available

A free admission pass to the Gardens at Elm Bank is now available at the main library! For information about museum coupons, reservations, fees, hours, directions and exhibits, visit our website

Business Resource

Attention investors!  Whether you are familiar with the IBD print newspaper or not, you owe it to yourself to experience all that Investor's Business Daily has to offer through print, tutorials, and videos.  Check with a librarian the next time you visit us for in-library access to this highly regarded resource.

  • exclusive stock lists
  • investing data
  • stock market research
  • education and tips on investing
  • the latest financial and business news to help investors make more money in the stock market.

Documentary Film

Join us on Monday, August 15th at 7:00 PM in the Wakelin Room for a film screening followed by discussion of Finding Vivian Maier.  Maier, now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Her strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photos, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her. Free and open to the public. Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries.