Main Library

781-235-1610, 530 Washington St.

September Art Exhibits

Lobby

Landscape Paintings by Kerry Gorton Evans: Kerry Gorton Evans has been making paintings for as long as she can remember and has taught art to students of all ages for over two decades in schools, museums and art centers throughout New England, including The DeCordova Museum, The Danforth Museum School, Beaver Country DaySchool, the Andover Public Schools and The Riverbend School, as well as privately. Her work is in collections across the country and has been exhibited in galleries on the east and west coasts. Kerry’s work will be on view from Sept. 3-29 at the Wellesley Free Library.

Glass Exhibit Cases

The World of Origamido: This exhibit of origami art features original works by Origamido Studio artists and authors, Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander. The exhibit also includes masterworks by several international origami artists who have collaborated with Michael and Richard during the past 20 years. Michael and Richard will conduct two origami workshops at the library on Sept. 29; one for beginners’ from 2 to 3 p.m. and an advanced level workshop from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.

Wakelin Room

Mixed Media Explorations by Suzanne Harkins: Suzanne describes her artwork as “representative of both the microcosm and macrocosm.” Some paintings are of a more grounded nature; such as stone, fire and water. Others portray her impressions of the cosmos and alternative worlds that come alive from her imagination.

Events for adults

Sunday Knitting Group: 2-4 p.m. Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27. Main Library, Small Conference Room. Get together to knit, chat and work on your knitting projects. New participants are welcome to attend. 

Origamido Studio Presents 2 Origami Workshops: 2-3:15 p.m. Sept. 29, Main Library, Wakelin Room. Richard Alexander and Michael LaFosse are the founders of Origamido Studio, a teaching and resource center, exhibits gallery, and production facility for fine and decorative paperfolding arts. They will present a beginners’ workshop at 2PM and an advanced workshop at 3:15 PM. Both workshops are best for ages 8 through adult; participants at the advanced class should have previous folding experience. Free and open to the public. Registration required. To sign up call 508-235-1610, ext .1107 or visit the online calendar at http://wellesleyfreelibrary.org.

Sailing Towards My Father — A One-Man Play about Herman Melville: 7 p.m. Oct. 3, Main Library, Wakelin Room. This one-man show written by Carl A. Rossi, and performed by local actor Stephen J. Collins, is a biographical drama about Herman Melville, and chronicles Melville’s life from youth to old age. Presenter Stephen J. Collins teaches seminars on Whitman, Hardy, Shakespeare, and Frost in addition to performing. Free and open to the public. Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries.

The Italians in Boston: 2 p.m. Oct. 6, Main Library, Wakelin Room. Well-known historian and author, Stephen Puleo, will discuss the history of Italian immigration to Boston from its inception in the 19th Century right up to the present day. He will focus, in particular, on the role of the North End of Boston in the Italians’ remarkable rise from ‘rags to riches.” Free and open to the public. Jointly sponsored by the Wellesley Historical Society, Wellesley Free Library, and the Wellesley Council on Aging.

More Voices, More Choices — Ranked Choice Voting in Massachusetts: 7 p.m. Oct. 10, Main Library, Wakelin Room. Mac D’Alessandro and Christina Knowles of Voter Choice Massachusetts will discuss Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), a voting system that allows voters to rank many candidates on a ballot in order of preference rather than choosing one candidate. RCV can transform politics by eliminating “spoiler candidates” and vote splitting. With very few exceptions, all elections in Massachusetts could use RCV. Free and open to the public. Jointly sponsored by the Wellesley League of Women Voters and the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries.

True Story Theater — The Invisible Work of Motherhood: 2 p.m. Oct. 13, Main Library, Wakelin Room. Explore important common themes of motherhood through the voices of women from different backgrounds and different stages and ways into motherhood. The event will open with a brief talk by Kumkum Malik, Licensed Clinical Psychologist.  Participants are invited to spontaneously share important moments and feelings from their experience as mothers that four actors and a musician will instantly embody with movement, music, and dialogue, always honoring the authentic experience. Free and open to the public.

Go or Stay — Housing Choices for Older Adults: 3:30-5 p.m. Oct. 15 and 29, Main Library, Wakelin Room. A series of two panel discussions debating the question of whether one should age in place or move to a retirement community. On Oct.15, the “Stay” panel will address questions about different approaches to staying in one’s home, whether it be a house, an apartment, living with a family member, etc. What challenges were encountered? What modifications to one’s residence have been required? What measures have been identified to cope with emergencies? How do the costs compare with those associated with moving? On Oct. 29, the “Go” Panel will discuss what factors influenced the panelists’ decisions to move to a retirement community. What distinguishes the different forms of retirement communities, their services, costs and rules? How do you decide which is the right community for you? What has been the experience of those who have moved? Both sessions are free and open to the public. Jointly sponsored by Wellesley Neighbors and the Wellesley Free Library.

Looking for Sylvia Plath: 7 p.m. Oct. 17, Main Library, Wakelin Room. The most famous graduate of Wellesley High, Sylvia Plath became one of the greatest lyrical poets of the 20th century. Award-winning author Charlene Smith will discuss Sylvia Plath’s years in Wellesley, her friendship with another Wellesley-raised poet, Anne Sexton, and the lasting impact the town had on her life and work. Free and open to the public. Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries.

Friday Morning Book Club: 10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 18, Main Library, Wakelin Room, Join the group in a new, larger room location for the most popular book discussion at Wellesley Free Library. New members always welcomed!

Celebrate the 110th Anniversary of Wellesley Friendly Aid: 2 p.m. Oct. 20, Main Library, Wakelin Room. The roots of Wellesley Friendly Aid date back to the establishment of a ‘Friendly Aid Committee’ to assist a family that lost its home in a devastating fire just before the turn of the 20th century. All are invited to a fun and celebratory event in honor of the 110th anniversary of Friendly Aid, still working to improve the well-being and quality of life of Wellesley residents of all ages and incomes. Free and open to the public. Jointly sponsored by Wellesley Friendly Aid and the Wellesley Free Library.

Dinosaurs, Dunes, and Drifting Continents — the Amazing Geologic History of Massachusetts: 7 p.m. Oct. 22, Wakelin Room. Join Professor Richard D. Little for a fast-paced and humorous illustrated program that discusses the geological processes that built our region. Specific topics will touch on Wellesley’s notable pudding stones, (like ‘Problem Rock’) and focus primarily on the amazing geologic history of the Connecticut River Valley that has resulted in a landscape unlike the rest of New England. Free and open to the public. Jointly sponsored by the Wellesley Conservation Council and the Wellesley Free Library.

College Applications 101: 7 p.m. Oct. 24, Main Library, Wakelin Room. Nicole Smith of USA College Consulting will walk you through the college application process from start to finish. Topics will include how to apply, letters of recommendation, how to find a college that best fits you, essays, financial aid, and more. Free and open to the public.

Concert — Sean Smith and Colleen White: 2 p.m. Oct. 27, Main Library, Wakelin Room. Colleen White (vocals, whistle, flute) and Sean Smith (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, bodhran) are of different generations and find common ground in their love of the music of Ireland and the UK. Their repertoire includes traditional songs and instrumentals as well as material from contemporary singer-songwriters, presented with pleasing vocal harmonies and solid accompaniment. Free and open to the public. Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries.

Film Screening and Discussion — “Dark Money”: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28, Main Library, Wakelin Room. Dark money floods elections nationwide, but Montanans are standing up to stop history from repeating itself in a struggle that has the potential to change the way elections happen across the U.S.  Campaign financing will be at the center of attention in the months ahead. Is it too late to go back to public financing? The organization American Promise has assembled a cross-partisan Advisory Council to speak out for a 28th Amendment relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections. Join us for a screening of the film “Dark Money,” and a discussion led by American Promise Citizen Empowerment Coordinator Rosie Smith. Free and open to the public.

Wellesley Health Department Flu Shot Clinic: 10 a.m.-noon, Oct. 31, Main Library, Arnold Room. A seasonal flu shot walk-in clinic for Wellesley residents aged 6 and older. For information, visit http://wellesleyma.gov/health or call 781-235-0135.

Technology classes

To learn about more classes, visit http://wellesleyfreelibrary.org or call 781-235-1610 x 1105. All classes are free; registration required. Got computing questions? Drop by Open Computer Lab, held every Monday from 1 to 4 p.m. and Open Computer Lab/Memories Digitization Lab every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Photoshop Elements 2019 Parts 1and 2 – Organizing and Editing Your Digital Photos: 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 26.

Employment Specialist Gary Gekow: 7-9 p.m. three Mondays in October. Online Job Search and Submittal on Oct. 7, Changing Careers: Reinventing Oneself in Today’s Job Market on Oct. 21 and Art of Networking on Oct. 28.

Events for kids and teens

For further information on programs for children and teens at the Library call us at 781-235-1610 ext 1108 or visit WellesleyFreeLibrary.org. Most of these programs are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries. Be sure to check out our Featured Programs.

Life-Ready Basics For Teens: At some point in your life, you’re going to be expected to know how to do things that nobody ever really taught you how to do. Nobody can say for sure when that will be, but you don’t want to feel unprepared! Check out this new series of practical skills sessions for teens aged 13-17. Sign up required at wellesleyfreelibrary.org or by calling 781-235-1610 x1107. For more information, email Marisca Mozeleski at mmozeleski@minlib.net.

Sessions are as follows:

• Car Maintenance: 3:30-4:45 p.m. Oct. 7, Arnold Room. Whether you’re a driver, soon-to-be on the road, or a frequent passenger, you should know about basic car maintenance. This session, learn how to check car’s oil levels, add wiper fluid, change wiper blades, check your tire pressure, and put on a spare tire. Wear comfortable clothing that you won’t mind getting dirty!

• Sewing: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 21, Arnold Room. Wouldn’t it be useful to know how to sew? Join us to learn a variety of stitches, how to sew on a button, and more. These are useful tips for everyone!

• Tool Kit Essentials: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 4, Arnold Room. Become your own handyperson! Learn about which tools everyone absolutely needs and how to use them for typical projects around the house and for fun.

• Finance 101: 3:30-4:40 p.m. Nov. 18, Arnold Room. Money can be an intimidating topic, but this is easy and informative! Discuss saving, spending, and investing your money. Learn about credit, and get tips for staying out of credit card debt.

• Fake News vs. Real News: 4-5 p.m. Dec. 9, Arnold Room. We’ll work together to learn how to tell the difference between fake, biased, clickbait-y news and the accurate unbiased reporting that you need to stay informed and produce better school work.

Meet the Robot: 3:30-4 p.m. Sept. 26, Story Hour Room. A first look at the NAO Robots for children ages 7 and younger. Come and see the robots, ask them questions and watch them dance. Join us to welcome a special guest: Nimbus, the gray robot  

Ukulele Office Hours: 5-6 p.m. Sept. 26, Craft Room. Join Librarian Rainbow Emma to learn to play and jam on the ukulele! All stages of ukulele playing welcome — from brand new beginners to more experienced strummers. 

Exploring Climate Change: 4-5 p.m. Sept. 27, Wakelin Room. Join us and other libraries of Massachusetts in exploring climate change during Climate Preparedness Week. We will read a story about climate change and then do various interactive projects to help us learn about preparing for future climates. We will welcome a special guest from the Wellesley Natural Resources Commission! Additionally, you can bring in your used batteries, glasses, and egg cartons to do your part to recycle, reuse, and reduce waste. All ages, drop-in, no registration required.

PJ Pants Sewing Project: 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Wakelin Room. Join on September 28 to make pajama pants! Learn the basics of using a sewing machine, reading a pattern, and putting it all together. All materials are provided or feel free to bring 2 yards of your favorite cotton or flannel fabric. For ages 8-98. Registration required starting September 21.

Gaming Club: 1-2:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Quigley Youth Room. Gaming club featuring Magic the Gathering Cards! Bring old friends and make new ones: face off in a few friendly games of Magic the Gathering. Bring your decks, or borrow ours if you are just learning to play. All are welcome! This is a patron-driven event hosted by Wellesley Free Library. Drop-in, no registration required.

Big Blue Blocks: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 28 and Oct. 5, 9, 12, 19 and 26, Story Hour Room. Drop into the Story Hour Room every Saturday and create with Big Blue Blocks! The Big Blue Blocks set from Imagination Playground contains a wide variety of loose parts, including bricks and cylinders, accented with chutes, channels and parts that suggest motion or connectivity. Children enjoy an endless variety of play patterns including construction, pretend play, role-playing and inventing their own games. 

Early Signs of Communication: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 30, Story Hour Room. Join us for Early Signs of Communication, a 4-week class on American Sign Language (ASL) lead by instructor Sheryl White. This class is for caregivers and preverbal children ages 2 months and older. Learn signs through songs, books and play! American Sign Language (ASL) as a first language reduces frustration, deepens bonds and accelerates speech development. Practice using a variety of signs and learn how to teach ASL to your baby to enhance early literacy skills.

Game Night: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 7, Wakelin Room. Game Night is a fun night out for youth in sixth through eighth grade. This is a chance to play games that aren’t so traditional, like Dominion, Settlers of Catan, Dixit, or Ticket to Ride. Participants are welcome to bring their own games. No registration required, just drop in! Snacks provided. Please contact Children’s Room for allergen information.

Hills Branch Curiosity Club: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 1, Hills Branch. Join us at the Hills Branch on the first Tuesday of each month for a fun program for curious kids of all ages and their caregivers. Every month we’ll explore a different topic through hands-on, open-ended activities. This month we will be doing Big Blue Blocks!

Kids Read Book Club: 4-4:45 p.m. Oct. 2, Craft Room. Kids Read, a book group for kids in grades 2 & 3, meets most months during the school year in the Children’s Department. When we meet we’ll discuss the book, have some fun, and talk about what we’re reading on our own. Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk. Light refreshments will be served. This month, we will read the Infamous Ratsos by Kara LaReau. For more information or to add your email to the Kids Read mailing list, stop by the Children’s Department or call 781-235-1610 ext 1108.

123 Storycraft: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, Fells Branch. Learn all about numbers and counting through stories and hands-on activities with Ms. Michele. You can count on this program to be tons of fun! Ages 2-5 with a caregiver. Drop-in; no registration required. 

Ukulele Office Hours: 5-6 p.m. Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, Craft Room. Join Librarian Rainbow Emma to learn to play and jam on the ukulele! All stages of ukulele playing welcome — from brand new beginners to more experienced strummers. 

First Friday Drop-in Craft: 2:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 4, Craft Room. Enjoy our First Friday Drop-in Craft from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. in the Craft Room. Drop in anytime during the afternoon to make a craft that is just right for families with children ages 4-8 years old. Each month, this program will have a theme for the coming holiday or season. This month we are making straw mazes!

Illustrators Workshop: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 5, Craft Room. Sign up for an Illustrators Workshop for kids in grades K-3 on the first Saturday each month. Join Librarian Michele in the Craft Room. Each month we will learn about a different illustrator, read one of their books, then create an art project in their style! This month we will be learning about Lizi Boyd. Registration begins one week in advance.

Artists Workshop: 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 5, Craft Room. Sign up for an Artists Workshop for kids in grades 3-6 on the first Saturday each month. Join Librarian Michele in the Craft Room. Each month we will learn about a different artist then create an art project in their style. This month we will be learning about Joseph Cornell. Registration begins one week in advance.

Chess Club: 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 6, Children’s Room. A fun-filled afternoon of chess for kids over the age of 6! Join local teacher Jim Della Selva once a month to learn how to play this

Sensory Storytime: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Oct. 7, Story Hour Room. Please join us for Sensory Storytime! Sensory Storytime is a monthly program for children ages 2 to 6, especially those with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues, and other developmental disabilities. The class is run by trained staff from the Koomar Center of Watertown (http://www.otawatertown.com/). 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, excluding public holidays, from 9:30-10:30. Sign up for each session starts one week in advance. Please sign up only the participating child or children (adults do not need to register) online or by phone.

The Reading Club: 7-8 p.m. Oct. 7, Children’s Room. Join The Reading Club! TRC is a book group for kids in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade with a parent. Both adults and children should read the book then drop in to enjoy the discussion. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk. Light refreshments will be served. Drop-in, no registration required. This month we’ll be reading The Search for Delicious by Natalie Babbitt.

For more information, or to add your email address to the TRC mailing list, stop by the Children’s Department or call 781-235-1610 ext 1108.

Learn and Play: 10:30-11:15 a.m. Oct. 11 and 25, Fells Branch. Join Family Access of Newton for circle time with singing, interactive reading, and a variety of hands-on STEAM based activities for exploration and enjoyment. This drop-in playgroup supports language and literacy development and is geared toward toddlers and preschoolers ages 2-5 with their parents/caregivers. The newly renovated Fells Branch is located at 308 Weston Road.

Little Lab Coats — Space Adventures: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 15, Craft Room. Join us for a ‘Little Lab Coats’ class run by Niki Apostolicas once a month. This class is about the ocean. Pack your snorkels as we explore the depths of the ocean. Learn about the different levels of the ocean and their effect on sea life. Discover what enables creatures to live in complete darkness and over 1000 meters below the surface. Draw your own ocean with sharks, coral, and more! For children ages 6-9. Registration required starting one week in advance.

Middle School Meet-Up: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Oct. 16, Craft Room. Every month we will do a special program for Middle Schoolers! Past programs include: needle felting, AA battery motors, terrariums, and breakerspaces. Join us after school on the half day for some cool projects! This month we will make tiny pumpkin catapaults.

Tales Best Told in the Dark: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 16, Wakelin Room. Let storyteller David Mello chill, thrill, and thoroughly entertain you with his diverse collection of ghostly stories, poems, and lore from around the world. This program is a fast-paced 50 minute show incorporating storytelling in a variety of forms including masks, shadow puppets and song! Best for ages 5-9. Drop-in, no registration required.

Lego Club: 3-4 p.m. Oct. 17, Craft Room. Join our monthly LEGO Club for school age children in Kindergarten and up. Drop in to the Craft Room between 3:00-4:00 pm to design and build your own creations using our LEGOs. Participation at the LEGO Club will be on a first come, first serve basis and the group may be limited due to the size of our Craft Room.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Story Hour Room. Join us for a special storytime with your favorite stuffed animal. Afterwards, we’ll create a special craft and get to know each animal before you tuck them in for the night. While you go home, your stuffed animal will stay for some special stuffed-animals-only events. On that note, please take care the stuffed friend chosen to visit the library is old enough to have a sleepover away from home! Come back Saturday morning, October 19, to pick up your friend and learn all about their adventures from spending the night in the library. Registration required beginning October 11. Best for ages 4-8.

Read to a Dog: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 19, Craft Room. Children in grades K-4 may sign up for a 15-minute session to read to one of our fabulous Reading Dogs! Children can sign up between 10:30am-11:30 am. Bring your own book or borrow one of ours! Sign up will begin one week in advance.

For more information or to sign up, call 781-235-1610 x1108 or visit the Children’s Room.

Build a Deck Card Gaming Club: 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 19, Quigley Youth Room. Gaming club featuring Magic the Gathering Cards! Bring old friends and make new ones: face off in a few friendly games of Magic the Gathering. Bring your decks, or borrow ours if you are just learning to play. All are welcome! This is a patron-driven event hosted by Wellesley Free Library. Drop-in, no registration required

Bilingual Mandarin Storytime: 10:30-11:15 a.m. Oct. 21, Story Hour Room. Join us for a monthly bilingual Mandarin and English storytime! Simple stories and songs will incorporate both English and Mandarin. Children will finish with a related craft. All language speakers welcome!

Family S.T.E.A.M. Challenge: 3-4:30 p.m. Oct. 23, Wakelin Room. Put the team in STEAM! STEAM stands for Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math. Bring family and friends to team up once a month and enjoy a creative building challenge from WFL librarians in doing everything from building strange musical instruments to creating the fastest wind-blown car! All materials provided, no registration necessary. This month we will make mini pumpkin launchers.

Robot Storytime: 3:30-4 p.m. Oct. 24, Story Hour Room. Join us for a very special storytime. One of our NAO robots will read us stories, and lead us in singing and dancing. Drop in, no registration required

Infant Massage Class: 10:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 28, Story Hour Room. The Children’s Department is pleased to host an Infant Massage Class for parents and caretakers of infants and pre-crawling babies with Sheryl White, IAIM Certified Infant Massage Instructor. In this class you will learn the art of infant massage. You will learn colic holds and massage techniques along with other ways to calm and soothe your baby. All babies can be content but some need a little help to get there. Come learn the ways to make this first phase of your baby’s life the best it can be. Registration required starting Oct. 21.

Sing and Swing with Deb Hudgins: 10:30-11:15 a.m. Oct. 28, Wakelin Room. Join us for Sing and Swing with Deb Hudgins on Monday morning from 10:30-11:15. Preschool kids and their grown-ups will enjoy singing, dancing and movement along with stories and a variety of fun props including rhythm instruments, scarves and more. Drop into the Wakelin Room for this fun program. No registration is required.

Picture Book Theater: 3:30-4:45 p.m. Oct. 30, Wakelin Room. Get ready to turn a picture book into a play in an hour, then present it to an audience of family and friends. Each month, kids in grades K-3 will start by reading a picture book, casting it, rehearsing it, building props, and, at 4:30 p.m., performing it! Light refreshments to follow. At each session we will do a new book. Children’s Librarian Emma Caywood was a drama teacher, actress, and director in Los Angeles and Chicago before becoming a librarian.

Hills Branch Library

781-235-1610, ext. 1123, 210 Washington St.

Hours:

Tuesday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Wednesday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Thursday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Closed Sunday and Monday

Fells Branch Library

781-237-0485, 308 Weston Road

A place for children ages infant to 6 to play and learn. Call for daily program information.

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday

Closed Sunday and Monday