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Monday May 2, 2016 -  Monday May 30, 2016
     ARTIST OF THE MONTH: FAN XUE HUA  
   

Weston, Massachusetts is now the home to a modern practitioner of the ancient and renowned art of fine silk embroidery in the "Suzhou" style. Fan Xue Hua was born in Suzhou and has been lovingly creating embroidered pictures since she was five years old. "I watched my mother patiently create beautiful work and I was fortunate to be born in the midst of many skilled ladies who honored the famous traditions of Chinese embroidery." She often labors many weeks to create a work. She obtains her materials from silk merchants in China to assure only the highest quality threads for her creations. "The silk must be brilliant in color and tops in strength to produce a work of beauty that will last for many generations."

Fan Xue Hua's fine hand embroidered artwork can be seen at May's Gallery in Waltham, Massachusetts.  She is often there working on a piece and is delighted to demonstrate the Suzhou technique to visitors.  As a fourth generation silk artisan, she is proud of the tradition and is always looking to further the appreciateion of genuine hand emboridered works in America.

An artist's reception will be held on Tuesday, May 3 at 7 PM.

 


Wednesday June 1, 2016 -  Thursday June 30, 2016
     ARTIST OF THE MONTH: NANCY WALTON  
   

A graduate of Trinity College, Hartford, Ct, Nancy began her painting career in the mid-eighties, painting in oils in the field of Decorative Arts. After several years, feeling the need for a “looser” painting medium, she moved into watercolors, studying with Dedham artist Nancy Howell. Subsequently she has studied under George Shed, renowned portrait painter Robert Cormier, Australian painters Alvaro Castagnet and Joseph Zbukvic, Paul George, John Salminen, Edward Minchin. Her paintings have been on exhibit at Gallery 55 in Natick, and she is an exhibiting artist at Five Crows Gallery, Natick, Ma and True North Gallery, Kennebunkport, ME; her work has been displayed in many other locations throughout the state including three New England Watercolor Society Shows, where she most recently won the award for innovative work. She has received numerous other awards over the past several years at both the Cape Cod Art Assoc. and Duxbury Assoc. She has recently been accepted into the Dehdam Artist Guild. Visit www.nancywalton.com to view her work. 


Wednesday June 1, 2016
   9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Small Talk ESL conversation group  
   

Are you learning English? Join the Small Talk group! The Weston Public Library hosts a free conversation group for adult intermediate and advanced level English speakers on Wednesday mornings. No sign up needed. 

   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM LIFE LONG LEARNERS  
   

This group will meet in the Conference Room.


Thursday June 2, 2016 -  Wednesday June 29, 2016
     ARTIST OF THE MONTH: NANCY MOTLEY WALTON  
   

A graduate of Trinity College, Hartford, CT, Nancy began her painting career in the mid-eighties, painting in oils in the field of Decorative Arts. After several years, she gravitated to watercolors, studying with Nancy Sargent Howell. Subsequently, she has studied under George Shed, portrait painter Robert Cormier, Australian painters Alvaro Castagnet and Joseph Zbukvic, Paul George, John Salminen, Edward Minchin and Eric Wiegardt.

Nancy believes that a successful painting is one which both pleases the eye and touches something deep within the soul of the viewer. Though primarily a representational painter,  she explores different genres and subject matter, depending on what she is trying to achieve, and what catches her eye, constantly challenging herself. This has also taken her into working in oils once again, as inspiration calls.

Nancy is a member of the Copley Society of Boston, a Master Artist at the Cape Cod Art Assoc., as well as a member of the Needham Art Assoc., the Newton Watercolor Society, North River Art Assoc. and the Duxbury Art Assoc. She has been a participating artist in three New England Watercolor Society Shows, and is an exhibiting artist at the Old Sculpin Gallery in Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard. She has received numerous awards over the past several years.

During the school year, Nancy teaches watercolor classes in Needham and at Motherbrook Community Arts Center in Dedham. Her work can be seen on her website  www.nancywalton.com and she can be reached atnbmwalton@verizon.net.

An artist's reception will be held on Tuesday, June 7, from 6:30 - 8 PM.


Thursday June 2, 2016
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Knitting with Iris  
   

Would you like to learn to knit? Do you need help with a project? Join the library's friendly knitting group this spring and let instructor Iris be your guide. The group will meet in the Conference Room Thursdays evenings, 7:00-8:30 pm, April 7 through June 9. This program is free, open to adults and all skill levels are welcomed. Please register at the Information Desk or call 781-786-6165. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Friday June 3, 2016
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM LIFE LONG LEARNERS  
   

This group will meet in the Conference Room.

   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM REGIS COLLEGE BOOK GROUP  
   

This group will meet in the Conference Room.


Monday June 6, 2016
   10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM WESTON WELLESLEY LIFETIME LEARNING  
   

This group will meet in the Conference Room.

   7:00 PM LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING  
   

This group will meet in the Conference Room.


Tuesday June 7, 2016
   9:00 AM WESTON PTO CREATIVE ARTS GROUP, K-8  
   

Please join us in the Community Room for this event.

   9:30 AM  -  12:00 PM WESTON WELLESLEY LIFETIME LEARNING  
   

This group will meet in the Conference Room.

   7:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Parliamo Italiano, friendly conversation, reading & grammar review  
   

If you know basic Italian, but are feeling rusty, this is the perfect way to get immersed and brush up. The group meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday evenings. Please drop in. For more information, contact the group leader, Andrew Hodgdon at 617-835-6755. Speriamo di vederti!


Wednesday June 8, 2016
   9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Small Talk ESL conversation group  
   

Are you learning English? Join the Small Talk group! The Weston Public Library hosts a free conversation group for adult intermediate and advanced level English speakers on Wednesday mornings. No sign up needed. 

   6:00 PM HOUSING LOTTERY FOR RENTAL UNITS IN WESTON  
   

Affordable Duplex Units in Weston: two, 3-BR rental units on Viles Street in Weston.

Units will feature: - Large yard and private decks - 2 parking spaces - Walk to Hastings Station - Washer/dryer hook-ups - No pets, no smoking.

The rents will be restricted and subject to small changes annually. Initial rents will be based on income. Maximum rents will be $1,552 for the 80% households and $2,262 for the 100% households.

Households must meet certain income eligibility requirements.

Applicants must complete and submit a Ready Renter Program application to be eligible for the rental housing at Viles Street.

Contact Robyn at 617-923-3505 x 5 for an Application or visit our website at: http://metrowestcd.org/housing-services/information-for-renters/units-for-rent/

Applications must be received, not post-marked, by 5:00 p.m. on May 25, 2016.

These units will be awarded by lottery which will be held June 8, 2016 at 6:00 PM!

TYY users please call 711. FREE TRANSLATION ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE: Call Robyn at 617-923-3505 x 5.

   6:45 PM ILLUSTRATORS GROUP  
   

This group will meet in the Conference Room.


Thursday June 9, 2016
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Knitting with Iris  
   

Would you like to learn to knit? Do you need help with a project? Join the library's friendly knitting group this spring and let instructor Iris be your guide. The group will meet in the Conference Room Thursdays evenings, 7:00-8:30 pm, April 7 through June 9. This program is free, open to adults and all skill levels are welcomed. Please register at the Information Desk or call 781-786-6165. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Saturday June 11, 2016
   10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM June Book Sale  
   

Join us for a one day sale of gently used books - hard cover books $2, paperbacks $1.

There will be family friendly fun and activities as well!

Brought to you by the Friends of Weston Public Library


Monday June 13, 2016
   9:30 AM FRIENDS OF THE WESTON PUBLIC LIBRARY: Board Meeting  
   

This group will meet in the CommunityRoom.

   7:00 PM LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF WESTON: ANNUAL MEETING  

Wednesday June 15, 2016
   9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM CANCELLED Small Talk ESL conversation group  
   9:30 AM  -  12:00 PM WESTON WELLESLEY LIFETIME LEARNING  
   

This group will meet in the Conference Room.

   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM LIFE LONG LEARNERS  
   

This group will meet in the Conference Room.


Thursday June 16, 2016
   10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM Library Sing Along with Jeannie Mack!  
    Contact: Youth Services   781-786-6166   
   

Library Sing Along with Jeannie Mack!   

For babies and toddlers, ages six months to four years old

Join us at the Library with popular performer Jeannie Mack on the third Thursday of each month!  You'll have as much fun as your toddler as you join Jeannie while she plays the guitar and sings with the audience. Music, dancing, clapping and fingerplay fun will get you rocking.  Bring your dancing shoes, your bounciness and your sense of rhythm!

In the Library Community Room.  For more information, call the library or visit Jeannie's Website!

Jeannie's program is on the third Thursday of the month, but in March 2016, it will be on the fourth Thursday.


Saturday June 18, 2016
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Mad Science Saturdays!  
    Contact: Youth Services Desk   781-786-6166   
   

Take the mystery out of Science!  Join us for these workshops, the second Saturday of every month (except May, which will be the third Saturday) and learn about the wonders of science.  Create a fun and scientific take-home project with what you've learned.

Space is limited, registration starts the first of every month.

June: Bugs, grades K - 3.  Learn about creepy crawly creatures and make your own model insect!


Tuesday June 21, 2016
   7:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Parliamo Italiano, friendly conversation, reading & grammar review  
   

If you know basic Italian, but are feeling rusty, this is the perfect way to get immersed and brush up. The group meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday evenings. Please drop in. For more information, contact the group leader, Andrew Hodgdon at 617-835-6755. Speriamo di vederti!


Wednesday June 22, 2016
   9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Small Talk ESL conversation group  
   

Are you learning English? Join the Small Talk group! The Weston Public Library hosts a free conversation group for adult intermediate and advanced level English speakers on Wednesday mornings. No sign up needed. 


Thursday July 7, 2016
   2:00 PM Feasting from Our Local Farms: the benefits of eating locally and seasonally  
   

The modern movement of eating locally grown and raised seasonal fare has its roots deeply planted in our historic kitchens. Now, "eating locally" and "eating seasonally" have become fashionable terms. Join Creative Feast chef Liz Barbour as she explores our modern journey back to the local farm with a discussion about the benefits of buying local and eating within the season. Enjoy a cooking demonstration of recipes featuring locally harvested seasonal ingredients and sample the distinct flavors of your local harvest. Farm fresh ingredients never tasted so good! Enjoy a cooking demonstration of two recipes and samples for all to taste. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and is free and open to all. Please sign up at the Reference Desk or call 781-786-6165. 


Tuesday July 12, 2016
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Teen Wilderness Survival Workshop  
    Contact: Youth Services   781-786-6166   wsnmail4@minlib.net
   

Join us for a Wilderness Survival Workshop with a Hunger Games twist.

Learn to create life-saving shelter anywhere
Discover how to locate and purify water
Learn to build a quick fire that can be lit using only one match
Practice Katniss*s famous twitch-up snare
Learn four edible/medicinal wild plants that are abundant throughout North America year-round
Try your hand at Peeta's camouflage techniques
Learn archery basics and shoot a replica of Katniss's bow

Held Outside on the Library Lawn. 
Rain Location:  Weston Public Library Community Room.

Open to Those Entering Grade 6-12 in Fall 2016
Registration is Required.  Registration Begins June 11, 2016.

Sign up at the Youth Services Desk, by calling 781-786-6166, or by emailing wsnmail4@minlib.net

 


Wednesday July 13, 2016
   6:45 PM ILLUSTRATORS GROUP  
   

This group will meet in the Conference Room.


Thursday July 14, 2016
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Creative Writing for Fun  
   

You don't need a degree in writing or a published novel, just a desire to explore your own creativity with the written word. Participants learn from each other through in-class writing and reading our stories out loud. Enthusiasm, a great sense of fun, and shared insights are used as learning tools instead of criticism. Pamela Wight has an M.A. in Literature and has taught creative writing classes in New England and the San Francisco Bay area for two decades. She is a published author and posts a weekly blog www.roughwighting.net. The class is free and open to adults 18 years and older.  The class will meet in the library's Conference Room. To register, call 781-786-6165 or e-mail wsnmail2@minlib.net. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Thursday July 21, 2016
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Creative Writing for Fun  
   

You don't need a degree in writing or a published novel, just a desire to explore your own creativity with the written word. Participants learn from each other through in-class writing and reading our stories out loud. Enthusiasm, a great sense of fun, and shared insights are used as learning tools instead of criticism. Pamela Wight has an M.A. in Literature and has taught creative writing classes in New England and the San Francisco Bay area for two decades. She is a published author and posts a weekly blog www.roughwighting.net. The class is free and open to adults 18 years and older.  The class will meet in the library's Conference Room. To register, call 781-786-6165 or e-mail wsnmail2@minlib.net. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Monday July 25, 2016
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Teen Robot Workshop  
    Contact: Youth Services   781-786-6166   wsnmail4@minlib.net
   

Teen Robot Workshop

Build a simple robot while learning about programmable electronics and circuits.  Make lights blink, motors run, create sounds and more using the "Arduino" microcomputer and software.  

Also learn what components you need in order to build robots at home.

Also feel free to bring broken electronics and we will take them apart to learn about circuits.

Hosted by the Rhode Island Computer Museum.

Open to Those Entering Grade 6-12 in Fall 2016
Registration is Required.  Registration Begins June 11, 2016.

Sign up at the Youth Services Desk, by calling 781-786-6166, or by emailing wsnmail4@minlib.net

 


Thursday July 28, 2016
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Creative Writing for Fun  
   

You don't need a degree in writing or a published novel, just a desire to explore your own creativity with the written word. Participants learn from each other through in-class writing and reading our stories out loud. Enthusiasm, a great sense of fun, and shared insights are used as learning tools instead of criticism. Pamela Wight has an M.A. in Literature and has taught creative writing classes in New England and the San Francisco Bay area for two decades. She is a published author and posts a weekly blog www.roughwighting.net. The class is free and open to adults 18 years and older.  The class will meet in the library's Conference Room. To register, call 781-786-6165 or e-mail wsnmail2@minlib.net. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Wednesday August 3, 2016
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Teen Watercolors Workshop  
    Contact: Youth Services   781-786-6166   wsnmail4@minlib.net
   

Teen Watercolor Workshop

Join us for a painting with watercolors class.  Complete 1-2 finished pieces to bring home.  Beginners and more advanced painters welcome.

Open to Those Entering Grade 6-12 in Fall 2016
Registration is Required.  Registration Begins June 11, 2016.

Sign up at the Youth Services Desk, by calling 781-786-6166, or by emailing wsnmail4@minlib.net

 


Sunday August 7, 2016
   1:00 PM WESTON MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENT MEETING  

Tuesday August 9, 2016
   6:30 PM Watercolor Pencil Class  
   

Artist Angela Ackerman holds a B.F.A. in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and a M.Ed. from Framingham State Univeristy and teaches at the Danforth School. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and is free and open to all adult 18 years and over. Please sign up at the Reference Desk or call 781-786-6165. 


Wednesday August 10, 2016
   6:45 PM ILLUSTRATORS GROUP  
   

This group will meet in the Conference Room.


Sunday August 14, 2016
   1:00 PM WESTON MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENT MEETING  

Tuesday August 16, 2016
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Teen 3D Printing Workshop  
    Contact: Youth Services   781-786-6166   wsnmail4@minlib.net
   

Teen 3D Printing Workshop

  • Join us for an exploration of 3D Printing
  • Select a small 3D object to print in multiple colors to bring home
  • See Makerbot Replicator printers in action
  • Hear a short presentation and ask all your 3D printing questions
  • Hosted by Toys in a Box 3D Printing of Wellesley

Please note: there is no design element included in this workshop.  All participants will get to choose an object to print from several available designs.

Open to Those Entering Grade 6-12 in Fall 2016
Registration is Required.  Registration Begins June 11, 2016.

Sign up at the Youth Services Desk, by calling 781-786-6166, or by emailing wsnmail4@minlib.net


Thursday September 15, 2016
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM A Voice Fest: Great Operatic Divas  
   

Who is your favorite prima donna in opera? Take a vocal ride down the scale from the high coloratura soprano to the new low alto range! Enjoy an audiovisual potpourri of female opera singers in each catergory, illustrated with arias and scences by famous singers of the past and present. Program includes slides and DVDs. Leader Erika Reitshamer was born and educated in Germany and is a passionate and life-long fan of opera. She has lectured for Boston area educational institutions for many years. She was active in the formation of the Boston Lyric Opera Company more than 35 years ago and is a board member of the New England Opera Club. This program is free and open to all. Please join us in the library's Community Room which is handicapped accessible.


Tuesday September 27, 2016
   7:00 PM Foraging for Wild Edibles  
   
Foraging for wild foods is a great way to get local, nutritious food into your diet. Learn about how to start foraging and enjoy time outdoors finding edible treasures with friends and family! Foraging Guide, Rachel Goclawski takes you through the foraging seasons with visual aids, while you learn about the health benefits and medicinal value of plants, mushrooms, trees and herbs. Instructor will bring in-season foraged edibles in for you to touch, smell and taste.Rachel Goclawski is a Wild Foods Foraging Guide, Programming Partner with The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Sudbury Valley Trustees, and Scouts of Eastern MA. She is a MA Certified Educator, and US Army Information Technology Specialist at a Green Energy Testing Camp in Devens, MA. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and is free and open to all. To sign up, call 781-786-6165 or e-mail wsnmail2@minlib.net. 

 


Wednesday October 5, 2016
   1:00 PM De-Stress and Discover Your Creativity with Coloring  
   

Adult coloring is the new art craze that helps you to relax, de-stress, and have fun. Chose from beautifully illustrated drawings provided in class and experiment with felt-tip markers, colored pencils, and more. Learn tips and ideas about exciting color combinations and see project samples that will inspire and guide you. Set your imagination and creative flair free while de-stressing your mind and body in this relaxed atmosphere. Leave with finished artwod and inspiration to continue on your creative journey. All supplies provided, and all level welcome. Just show up and have fun! To sign up, call 781-786-6165 or e-mail wsnmail2@minlib.net. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Tuesday October 25, 2016
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Deep Relaxation for Better Sleep  
   

Do you struggle to get good quality sleep or feel that the sleep you do get is lacking and non restorative? In this 90 minute presentation we will focus on the many relaxtion techniques that are specific to getting deeper and better quality sleep. These techniques will also help you in falling asleep, staying asleep and returning to sleep from nighttime arousals. We will explore physical, mental, and emotional relaxation techniques along with guided exercises that can dramatically improve sleep quality. There will be time for personal sleep questions and answers. Your presenter Rick Clerici is a Certified Sleep Educator and Behavioral Sleep Therapist who has appeared on CBS's Night Side and co-presented with world renowned stress expert and humorist Loretta Laroche and is considered a cutting edge leader in sleep improvement. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and is free and open to all.


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