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Wednesday October 21, 2020
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Creepy Creatures with Animal Adventures!
4:00 AM

Join us for this Virtual Animal Visit!  Meet several creepy creatures in this Halloween special. Learn all about their lives and habitats. Ask our Animal Guide any questions about them during the live presentation. We will record the show and have it available afterward for viewing.

Space is limited in the Virtual Zoom Room!  Register with Youth Services by phone or email.  If you don't get in, the link will be sent to you after the program for viewing.

CONTACT:  Youth Services Desk / Kelly  781-786-6166  kwood@minblib.net
Friday October 23, 2020
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Creative Writing for Fun (FULL)
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Discover your creativity by exploring the hidden stories in your mind. Every week is an adventure with writing topics and tips and shared reading. This free virtual class is open to adults age 18 and over.

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, and is the author of two books of fiction and a weekly blog called Roughwighting.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

Tuesday October 27, 2020
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ESL Class for Advanced Learners (FULL)
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Learn English Free. Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing for Advanced ESL Learners. This small class will meet Tuesday mornings for a total of eight sessions. Text and workbook provided. 

 
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Baby Signing!
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

For Babies and an Adult

In this zoom class, you and your baby (or pre-verbal toddler) will learn baby signing with Sheryl White!

Sign language is great to learn for all ages. it helps babies communicate, and it enhances early literacy skills as well.  In this program, your baby will learn sign language through songs, stories, games, play and more.  Some of the benefits for babies include reduced frustration (for the whole family), an ability to express themselves before speech, an accelerated development of speech and increased bonding.

Space is limited!  Sign up by email, or by calling the Youth Services Desk.

Visit Sheryl White's website for more details..

CONTACT:  Youth Services Desk / Kelly  781-786-6166  kwood@minlib.net
Wednesday October 28, 2020
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Novels@Night book group: An American Marriage
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This month the group will discuss An American Marriage by Tayari Jones via Zoom.

OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB 2018 SELECTION

"A profoundly rendered story of love and its limits. In An American Marriage we meet Celestial, a thirtysomething African American woman from an upper-middle-class Atlanta family who is a year and a half into a marriage with a man named Roy. Roy views his much more modest, small-town Louisiana upbringing as a gift of humility, but he's also driven to make his mark in Atlanta's high-powered business world. On the sidelines as the novel begins is Andre, a man who was Celestial's best friend growing up, and who became a close friend to Roy during college. It was Andre who introduced the pair, and it is Andre to whom Celestial turns when Roy is sentenced to twelve years in a Louisiana prison for the rape of a white woman--a crime he did not commit. For years, Celestial sticks by Roy, visiting him, providing him with money, helping the lawyer pursue a reversal of the conviction, but over time her commitment wanes. Celestial questions their tumultuous marriage, begins to find her own way as an artist, and falls in love with Andre. When Roy is suddenly released from prison, his conviction overturned, Celestial, Roy, and Andre must each reexamine the bonds of love and friendship that have held them together, while at the same time searching for a way to move forward individually without sacrificing everything that had made their love possible. An American Marriage stuns with its emotional intensity, and grapples with the universal and relatable themes of what it means to be a husband, a wife, a father, a son, a daughter--as well as what it means to be black in America today."

Please email WSNmail2@minlib.net to register. Ebooks and audiobooks of the title are available on Hoopla. This group is open to all readers age 18 and over. 

Friday October 30, 2020
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Creative Writing for Fun (FULL)
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Discover your creativity by exploring the hidden stories in your mind. Every week is an adventure with writing topics and tips and shared reading. This free virtual class is open to adults age 18 and over.

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, and is the author of two books of fiction and a weekly blog called Roughwighting.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

Tuesday November 3, 2020
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ESL Class for Advanced Learners (FULL)
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Learn English Free. Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing for Advanced ESL Learners. This small class will meet Tuesday mornings for a total of eight sessions. Text and workbook provided. 

Wednesday November 4, 2020
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Mason Jar Crafting! (via Zoom!)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Mason Jar Makeover!

ages 7 - 11

Create a fun feature for your desk from a Mason Jar, some paint, some jewels and stickers and a candle!  This will be a LIVE Zoom program...no recording will be available afterwards.  Materials for the craft will be available for pick up at the Library.

Registration is limited!  Sign up at the Youth Services Desk. 

We will send you the information about materials pick up, and the Zoom link for the craft.

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CONTACT:  Kelly / Youth Services  781-786-6166  kwood@minlib.net
Thursday November 5, 2020
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Teen Agate Watercolor Painting
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Create a beautiful watercolor painting of an agate slice. Learn how to  use a wet on wet watercolor technique and discover what happens when you put salt on wet watercolor paint. This painting is easy and fun to do. Leave the class with a striking piece of art to give as a gift or hang on your wall!

To register call 781-786-6166 or email kbaldwin@minlib.net.  The program will be virtual and you will receive a Zoom link after you have registered.  All the materials should be readily available.

CONTACT:  Karen Baldwin  781-781-6166  kbaldwin@minlib.net
Friday November 6, 2020
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Creative Writing for Fun (FULL)
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Discover your creativity by exploring the hidden stories in your mind. Every week is an adventure with writing topics and tips and shared reading. This free virtual class is open to adults age 18 and over.

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, and is the author of two books of fiction and a weekly blog called Roughwighting.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

Monday November 9, 2020
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Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are
4:00 PM

The pandemic has turned all of us into outdoor folks! Walking trails are filled with visitors. How do you avoid crowds? How do you find quiet trails that offer safe footing? What should you take with you when you hit the trail? Join Marjorie Turner Hollman, author of three local walking guides, and now Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are, for a Zoom presentation that will answer these questions and more.

To register, please email wsnmail2@minlib.net; a Zoom link will be sent to you closer to the date of the program. 

This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors.  A native Floridian, she came north for college and snow! A freelance writer, she has appeared on Boston’s WCVB Channel 5 TV news magazine show, Chronicle, the Boston Globe, local radio and cable TV shows, and been published in local, regional, and national publications. www.marjorieturner.com

 

Tuesday November 10, 2020
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ESL Class for Advanced Learners (FULL)
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Learn English Free. Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing for Advanced ESL Learners. This small class will meet Tuesday mornings for a total of eight sessions. Text and workbook provided. 

 
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Baby Signing!
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

For Babies and an Adult

In this zoom class, you and your baby (or pre-verbal toddler) will learn baby signing with Sheryl White!

Sign language is great to learn for all ages. it helps babies communicate, and it enhances early literacy skills as well.  In this program, your baby will learn sign language through songs, stories, games, play and more.  Some of the benefits for babies include reduced frustration (for the whole family), an ability to express themselves before speech, an accelerated development of speech and increased bonding.

Space is limited!  Sign up by email, or by calling the Youth Services Desk.

Visit Sheryl White's website for more details..

CONTACT:  Youth Services Desk / Kelly  781-786-6166  kwood@minlib.net
 
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1620: The First Year
4:00 PM

2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims.  They came seeking religious freedom and found an untamed inhospitable wilderness fraught with innumerable dangers.  

The first part of the talk will examine the difficult voyage over the Atlantic and the decision to land on Cape Cod. Then a visual overview will be given of the three explorations of the Cape made by the Pilgrims in which satellite imagery is compared with 19th Century maps of the land explorations which were based on first-hand accounts. Additionally, their "first encounter" with the Nauset people will be chronicled followed by a discussion on the reasons why Plymouth (Patuxet) was the eventual choice for settlement. (A booklet will be made available to the audience with directions to the locations and sites should they want to explore themselves.)

The second part of the talk will focus on the beginnings of Plymouth Colony with a short discussion on the history of "Plymouth Rock." Then the discussion will turn to the original aboriginal inhabitants of Patuxet and the plague of 1618 that obliterated nearly 100% of the village and where the site of that village might have been. Also, the laying out and building of the colony will be illustrated with a street diagram of the first dwellings and their inhabitants. The second part of the lecture will close by recalling the great sickness that took nearly 50% of the colony during that first harsh winter.

The final part of the talk will recount the early scant encounters with the Wampanoag people, the appearance of Samoset followed by a description of the arrival of Massasoit and his retinue in March of 1620/21 and the treaty he forged with the people of Plymouth.

Christopher Daley has been lecturing all over New England for over 25 years on historical topics of interest; at libraries, historical societies, schools and all sorts of clubs and organizations. Mr. Daley is currently a history teacher in the Silver Lake Regional School System in Kingston Massachusetts.  He holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Bridgewater State University in Political Science and History.

To register, please email wsnmail2@minlib.net; a Zoom link will be sent to you closer to the date of the program. 

This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

 

Wednesday November 11, 2020
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Library Closed - Veterans' Day Holiday
Thursday November 12, 2020
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Non Fiction Book Discussion Group
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Non Fiction Book Group discussion: Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick, 2pm via Zoom.

Join the Weston Public Library Non Fiction Book Group as we discuss Mayflower: a story of courage, community, and war / by author Nathaniel Philbrick.

HOW DID AMERICA BEGIN? This simple question launches acclaimed author Nathaniel Philbrick on an extraordinary journey to understand the truth behind our most sacred national myth: the voyage of the Mayflower and the settlement of Plymouth Colony. As Philbrick reveals in this electrifying new book, the story of the Pilgrims does not end with the First Thanksgiving; instead, it is a fifty-five-year epic that is at once tragic and heroic, and still carries meaning for us today.

We will meet via the Zoom platform. Please RSVP to wsnmail2@minlib.net and a link to the meeting will be sent to you close to the meeting date. Regular and large print books, audio, and electronic book copies are currently available. Contact the library if you need help getting a copy. 

Saturday November 14, 2020
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Virtual Baking with Chef Rob: Pumpkin Scones
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Join us for a one-hour-long Saturday afternoon virtual baking class with Simply Creative Chef Rob Scott. This program is intended for all ages. 

Mr. Scott has been a professional chef for 35+ years and has broad experience teaching cooking classes in partnership with public libraries. 

To register, call 781-786-6166 or email kwood@minlib.net. Youths aged 10 and younger must register with a parent. The recipe and Zoom link will be sent to participants prior to the program.

Tuesday November 17, 2020
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ESL Class for Advanced Learners (FULL)
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Learn English Free. Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing for Advanced ESL Learners. This small class will meet Tuesday mornings for a total of eight sessions. Text and workbook provided. 

 
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Forensic Science Roadshow
7:00 PM

Get an inside view of this intriguing subject. Speaker Paul Zambella is a retired forensic scientist who worked for the Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory for 36 years and participated in more than 500 crime science investigations. 

To register, please email wsnmail2@minlib.net; a Zoom link will be sent to you closer to the date of the program. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Thursday November 19, 2020
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Teen Mandala Ornaments
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Participants will create a mandala ornament using basic "pointillism" techniques.  They will have a fun festive ornament in the end, along with the knowledge of how to create more pieces on their own time.

This event is virtual.  To register call 781-786-6166 or email kbaldwin@gmail.com. When you register you will receive a Zoom link for the program and will be given a time to pick up your craft kit.

 

CONTACT:  Karen Baldwin  781-786-6166  kbaldwin@minlib.net
Tuesday November 24, 2020
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ESL Class for Advanced Learners (FULL)
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Learn English Free. Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing for Advanced ESL Learners. This small class will meet Tuesday mornings for a total of eight sessions. Text and workbook provided. 

Wednesday November 25, 2020
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Library closes at 1pm
Thursday November 26, 2020
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Library closed - Thanksgiving Holiday
Tuesday December 1, 2020
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ESL Class for Advanced Learners (FULL)
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Learn English Free. Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing for Advanced ESL Learners. This small class will meet Tuesday mornings for a total of eight sessions. Text and workbook provided. 

Wednesday December 2, 2020
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Gingerbread Houses!
4:00 AM - 5:00 AM

For kids ages 7 - 11

Join us virtually for this craft program where you will make your very own gingerbread house!

This is a LIVE virtual program via Zoom.  Space is limited! 

Registration starts Monday, November 9th.  Call or email the Youth Services Desk.

When you sign up, we will email you with the information about picking up the craft kit, as well as the Zoom link for the program.

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CONTACT:  Kelly / Youth Services  781-786-6166  kwood@minlib.net
Sunday December 6, 2020
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Good 41: Stories from the Studebaker and other cars we've loved
3:00 PM

Todd Goodwin presents stories of family cars when he and his three interesting brothers were growing up back in the 1950's and 60's. They are just right for others who remember the good old days and family stories. 

Todd is a unique performer and teacher who has been encouraging and inspiring others for over forty years in camps, schools, libraries, churches, community centers, senior centers and just about any place people gather. He is a member of the League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling.

To register, please email wsnmail2@minlib.net; a Zoom link will be sent to you closer to the date of the program. 

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This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

Thursday December 10, 2020
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Non Fiction Book Discussion Group
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Non Fiction Book Group discussion: Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean, 2pm via Zoom.

Join the Non Fiction Book Group as we discuss Orchid Thief, a NY Times Notable Book. “Orlean, a New York journalist who writes in a keenly observant mode reminiscent of John McPhee and Diane Ackerman, read an article in a Florida newspaper about several men arrested for stealing orchids from the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve. Her curiosity aroused, she traveled to Florida and soon found herself both fascinated and repelled by the fanatical world of orchid collecting and by Florida's surreal wetlands. She zeroes in on the ringleader, John Laroche, an intense man who likes to live on the "edge of ethics" and a renegade orchid expert then in the employ of the Seminole tribe, and immerses herself in the rich and appalling lore of orchid mania, sharing ample evidence to support her understated assertion that these highly evolved, long-lived, and bizarre-looking plants "drive people crazy." In prose as lush and full of surprises as the Fakahatchee itself, Orlean connects orchid-related excesses of the past with the exploits of the present so dramatically an orchid will never just be an orchid again” --Donna Seaman, From Booklist, Copyright © American Library Association. Used with permission.

We will meet via the Zoom platform. Please RSVP to wsnmail2@minlib.net and a link to the meeting will be sent to you close to the meeting date. More info will be added about access to book, audio, and electronic book copies soon. 

Wednesday December 16, 2020
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Fashion in Fiction: Clothing Speaks Volumes in Jane Austen's Regency Novels
3:00 PM

Celebrate Jane Austen's birth anniversary (December 16)! Join us for a delightful show-and-tell on the clothing of Regency England as reflected in Jane Austen's fiction. 

While dressed in authentic Regency attire, dynamic performance artist Kandie Carle gives a detailed overview of the clothing of the Regency Era (early 1800's) for both gentlemen and ladies. She shares excerpts from Austen's personal letters as well as passages from some of the novels, highlighting Miss Austen's use of clothing and fashion to define character and class, enhance story line, and develop plot points. Teens through adults will enjoy discovering just how important fashion was 200 years ago. 

Ms. Carle has been performing historical programs since 1992 and draws on her extensive background in theater, dance and historical fashion to engage and enthrall the audience. 

To register, please email wsnmail2@minlib.net; a Zoom link will be sent to you closer to the date of the program. 

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

 

 

Saturday December 19, 2020
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Virtual Baking with Chef Rob: Chocolate Snowflake Cookies
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Join us for a virtual baking class with Simply Creative Chef Rob Scott. This series is intended for all ages. 

Mr. Scott has been a professional chef for 35+ years and has broad experience teaching cooking classes in partnership with public libraries. 

To register, call 781-786-6166 or email kwood@minlib.net. Youths aged 10 and younger must register with a parent. The recipe and Zoom link will be sent to participants prior to the program.

Thursday December 24, 2020
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Library closes at 1pm
Friday December 25, 2020
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Library Closed - Christmas Holiday
Thursday December 31, 2020
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Library hours 9am-5pm
Friday January 1, 2021
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Library Closed - New Year's Day Holiday
Monday January 11, 2021
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Beatrix Potter: the Woman Behind the Rabbit
3:00 PM

Raised by wealthy parents in mid-Victorian London, Beatrix Potter became a multi-faceted woman whose life and work remains a source of inspiration and interest today.  Against many odds, she developed a successful career as a writer and illustrator of children’s books that are still highly popular worldwide, and have been translated in many different languages.  She achieved financial independence and owned property during an era in which women had few educational options, lacked legal rights, and were barred from most participating in professions.  She used her earnings to purchase and preserve substantial tracts of land and 17th Century farm buildings in the English Lake District, eventually leaving them to the National Trust.  Beatrix Potter was clearly a force to be reckoned with, a “woman ahead of her time” in many ways.

Our host Betsy Bray has been a Member of The Beatrix Potter Society for 36 years and served as the first overseas Trustee in the London based Beatrix Potter Society. 

To register, please email wsnmail2@minlib.net; a Zoom link to the presentation will be forwarded closer to the date of the event. 

 

Monday January 18, 2021
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Library Closed - MLK Jr. Holiday
Friday January 22, 2021
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Self-Publishing 101
4:00 PM

Self publishing is as old as the printing press, and as new as the newest computer program that is designed to allow almost anyone to get their story out. The biggest challenge? What’s YOUR great idea? If writing is your passion, go for it! If you want to put your stories into a book, multiple, often confusing options await. 

Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors.  A native Floridian, she came north for college and snow! A freelance writer, she has appeared on Boston’s WCVB Channel 5 TV news magazine show, Chronicle, the Boston Globe, local radio and cable TV shows, and been published in local, regional, and national publications. www.marjorieturner.com

To register, please email wsnmail2@minlib.net; a Zoom link will be sent to you closer to the date of the program. 

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

Thursday January 28, 2021
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Museum of Bad Art 101
4:00 PM

The Museum of Bad Art is a unique institution occupying a niche previously ignored in the international community of art collection, preservation, and interpretation. MOBA is a small museum that celebrates the labor of artists whose work would be displayed and appreciated in no other forum. Find out more at http://museumofbadart.org/

To register, please email wsnmail2@minlib.net; a Zoom link will be sent to you closer to the date of the program. 

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

Monday February 15, 2021
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Library Closed - Presidents' Day Holiday
Sunday April 4, 2021
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Monday April 19, 2021
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Library Closed - Patriots' Day Holiday
Monday May 31, 2021
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Library Closed - Memorial Day Holiday

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