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Thursday March 23, 2017
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SCORE: Help for Small Businesses
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) volunteers will provide area small business owners with free, one-hour counseling and advice sessions. Registration is required. Click here to schedule a 1-hour small business counseling session or call 617-565-5591 for information. All sessions will take place in Study Rooms 1A and 1B on the first floor (inside the Morse Room).

LOCATION: Morse Room, first floor
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Toddler Time
10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

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Language play for caregivers and little runabouts. For walkers under age 2. Each program includes 20 minutes of songs, rhymes, stories, and stretches for toddlers and grown-ups together. No other siblings, please.

Sign up is required for this event. Registration begins on Tuesday, March 14.

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis. No groups please. To register, visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Toddler Time is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level
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Teen Minecraft
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Play Minecraft on the library’s server! Don’t have an account? We've got guest accounts!

This is a Teen event for ages 11-18.

Event is free but space is limited and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Contact Robin to sign up: 508.647.6400 x 1546 or email teens@morseinstitute.org

PARENTS: Game content will include a mix of Creative & Survival Mode, including Player vs. Player (fighting/weapons). If you have questions about the club, please contact the Teen Librarian before registering your teen.

Teen programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Morse Institute Library.

LOCATION: Innovation Studio, second floor
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Beginner English Conversation Classes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for beginner level English conversation classes - practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes - practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Study Room 1C, first floor
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Friday March 24, 2017
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes - practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Saturday March 25, 2017
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Beginner English Conversation Classes
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for beginner level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Morse Room, first floor
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Tolkien Reading Day: The Hobbit
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Tolkien Reading Day: The HobbitEnjoy an afternoon of magic and myth with Tolkien Reading Day on Saturday, March 25 at 1:00pm! This is an annual event to celebrate the life and work of J. R. R. Tolkien. The library will host a reading day event for the whole family. Our library staff will be reading aloud selections from The Hobbit. "I love this book and have read it myself many times," says librarian Dave Bartos. "But it really came alive for me when I first read it aloud with my 4-year-old daughter."

We'll have copies of the book available to check out so you can continue the journey at home with your family. We'll also have crafts, food, and a Tolkien costume contest!

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Monday March 27, 2017
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Preschool Film Fest
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool film festMiss Susan will present a 30-minute film program for preschool children. This program is free to the public and no sign up is needed!

If you have questions, please visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. We always miss you when you cannot attend, but thank you for keeping sick children at home. Preschool Film Fest is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Silver Apple Bedtime Storyhour
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM

Leaf and starsJoin the Children's Room for a 45 minute program of stories, songs, and simple crafting or activity for families with children ages 3 - 9. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Silver Apple Bedtime Story Hour meets on the first Monday of the month from February-May. No sign up is required, so please drop in! The program may be cancelled due to sickness or bad weather at the discretion of the library. Questions? Call the Children's Room at 508-647-6522 or email childrens@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level
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Tuesday March 28, 2017
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Town Election
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Little Listeners
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Bears in a rocking chair

Join us for Storytimes for two year olds and their first time threes with their grown-ups. Siblings welcome. Each program includes 30 minutes of stories, songs, fingerplays and stretches.

The theme for this program is “Spring at Last.” Sign up begins Monday, March 20.

Winter/Spring 2017 Schedule:

  • Tuesday, February 7 at 10:30am "Mitten Weather" - sign up begins Monday, January 30
  • Tuesday, February 28 at 10:30am "Polar Pals" - sign up begins Friday, February 17
  • Tuesday, March 14 at 10:30am "Sounds All Around" - sign up begins Monday, March 6
  • Tuesday, March 28 at 10:30am "Spring at Last" - sign up begins Monday, March 20
  • Tuesday, April 11 at 10:30am "April Showers" - sign up begins Monday, April 3
  • Tuesday, April 25 at 10:30am "Little Creatures" - sign up begins Friday, April 14
  • Tuesday, May 9 at 10:30am "Growing Things" - sign up begins Monday, May 1
  • Tuesday, May 23 at 10:30am "Storybook Stars" - sign up begins Monday, May 15

Because little listeners are easily distracted, latecomers are asked not to enter the story room once the program is underway. If possible, do remain in the library to enjoy the toys and books together. We always miss you when you cannot attend, but thank you for keeping sick children at home.

An adult must register and attend with each little listener. To register visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. Space is limited. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Little Listeners is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level
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Teen MakerLAB: Mousebots
6:15 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for a special session taught by parts and crafts makers: Make Your Own Mousebot! Make a sensing bot with motors and switches!  This workshop will walk you through a simple circuit, building a simple machine that can explore, change direction, and respond to basic stimuli. Build one and take it home!

This is a Teen event for ages 11-18.

Event is free but space is limited and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Contact Robin to sign up: 508.647.6400 x 1546 or email teens@morseinstitute.org

PLEASE NOTE: a signed waiver is required to participate in MakerLAB.

Teen programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Morse Institute Library.

LOCATION: Morse Room, first floor
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Wednesday March 29, 2017
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Teens: LGBTQ Movie + Crafting Night
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

LGBTQ Teens + Allies in grades 6-12 are invited to join us for a Movie and Crafting Night co-sponsored by OUT MetroWest. We'll be showing a recent hit movie (rated PG-13) and serving delicious treats! You'll be able to make your own fun & expressive pins using the library' DIY button-maker!

This event is free & RSVP/registration is NOT required! Just show up!

Contact Robin with questions: 508.647.6400 x 1546 or email teens@morseinstitute.org

Teen programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Morse Institute Library.

LOCATION: Community Room, lower level
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Evening Book Group
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Wednesday Evening Book Group will read and discuss We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. Two years ago, Eva Khatchadourian's son, Kevin, murdered seven of his fellow high-school students, a cafeteria worker, and a popular algebra teacher. Because he was only fifteen at the time of the killings, he received a lenient sentence and is now in a prison for young offenders in upstate New York.Telling the story of Kevin's upbringing, Eva addresses herself to her estranged husband through a series of letters.

And remember to catch up with the Wednesday Evening Book Group online! Check back all month and get the book discussion started early.

The Wednesday evening book group meets the last Wednesday of the month. Refreshments will be provided. No registration is required, and copies of this month's title will be available at the circulation desk.

Questions? Please contact Jennifer McGillis at 508-647-6520 or jmcgillis@minlib.net.

LOCATION: Study Room 1A, first floor
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Natick Repair Cafe
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Do you like taking things apart and seeing how they work? Does it bother you to dump a gadget in the trash knowing it could probably be fixed? Does it feel good to give an appliance new life? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, come to the Natick Repair Cafe! Just about everything today can be fixed with a few tools and some know-how: appliances, cars, electronics, computers, and tools too! There are many pluses to fixing your items, and not merely accepting that all consumer objects are disposable. Let's gather to share our repair successes and failures, spread the word on repair, and help each other fix our stuff!

LOCATION: Innovation Studio, second floor
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Thursday March 30, 2017
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Baby Play
10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

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Language play for caregivers and pre-walkers. Each program includes 20 minutes of songs, rhymes, and stretches for babies and grown-ups. No older siblings, please.

Sign up is required for this event. Spring Session:

  • Thursday, March 30, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Tuesday, March 21.
  • Thursday, April 13, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Tuesday, April 4.
  • Thursday, May 4, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Tuesday, April 25.
  • Thursday, May 18, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Tuesday, May 9.

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis. No groups please. To register, visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Baby Play is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level
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Beginner English Conversation Classes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for beginner level English conversation classes - practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes - practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Study Room 1C, first floor
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Friday March 31, 2017
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes - practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Saturday April 1, 2017
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Open LEGO®
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Drop In LEGO® fun! For builders ages 5 and up with a grown up partner. No younger siblings, please.

Questions? Please call the Children’s Room at 508-647-6522. In the event of bad weather on a weekend or during a school vacation week, please call the library before coming to a scheduled program.

LEGO® is a registered trademark of the LEGO® Group.

 

LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level
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MIL Stitchers
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us at our monthly meetings and help us cast off for our community! We'll provide patterns and some yarn, and works in progress are welcome.

The Morse Institute Library Stitchers is a service-oriented knitting and crocheting group that creates handmade items for various nonprofit organizations. Past projects include hats and scarves for the Natick Service Council, 2014 Boston Marathon scarves, tree ornaments for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Festival of Trees, bookmarks for the Friends of the Library book sale, and much more.

For more information contact Karen at 508-647-6520 kperkins@minlib.net or Fran at franweisse@yahoo.com

LOCATION: Morse Room, first floor
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Beginner English Conversation Classes
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for beginner level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Community Room, lower level
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Tuesday April 4, 2017
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Teen MakerLAB
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join special guest NHS Robotics for a fun Robot night! Check out their award winning robot, talk robotics, and enjoy the MakerLAB's robots!

This is a Teen event for ages 11-18.

Event is free but space is limited and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Contact Robin to sign up: 508.647.6400 x 1546 or email teens@morseinstitute.org

PLEASE NOTE: a signed waiver is required to participate in MakerLAB.

Teen programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Morse Institute Library.

LOCATION: Innovation Studio, second floor
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Wednesday April 5, 2017
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Storytime for Preschool Listeners
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

“All by Myself” 45-minute storytimes for children ages 3, 4, and preschool 5. Caregivers are asked to remain in the Children’s Room.

Signups begin on Monday, March 20 for this entire 6-week session

  • Wednesday, April 5 at 10:30am: “Puddle Party”
  • Wednesday, April 12 at 10:30am: “Love My Library”
  • Wednesday, April 26 at 10:30am: “World of Wonders”
  • Wednesday, May 3 at 10:30am: “Spring Babies”
  • Wednesday, May 10 at 10:30am: “Good Sports”
  • Wednesday, May 17 at 10:30am: “Colors All Around”

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis, beginning on Monday, March 16 for this 6-week program. No groups please. To register, visit the Children’s Room, email childrens@morseinstitute.org, or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Preschool Storytime is canceled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level
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Art In Spring: Oil Pastels inspired by Marc Chagall
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Marc Chagall - Scene de Cirque (1958)Join us for Marc Chagall inspired drawing with oil pastels & watercolor resist.

Known for dreamlike subject matter in rich colors, Chagall composed his images based on emotional and poetic associations, rather than on rules of pictorial logic. Artist Emily Pechet will discuss Chagall’s influences and style while instructing participants in creating their own Chagall-inspired works of art.

Artist: Emily Pechet

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
There are 12 spaces available.
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Thursday April 6, 2017
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Toddler Time
10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

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Language play for caregivers and little runabouts. For walkers under age 2. Each program includes 20 minutes of songs, rhymes, stories, and stretches for toddlers and grown-ups together. No other siblings, please.

Sign up is required for this event. Spring Schedule:

  • Thursday, April 6, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Tuesday, March 28.
  • Thursday, April 27, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Thursday, April 13.
  • Thursday, May 11, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Tuesday, May 2.
  • Thursday, May 25, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Tuesday, May 16.

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis. No groups please. To register, visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Toddler Time is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level
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Creatology: Storm the Castle!
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Creatology Storm the CastleUsing You Wouldn’t Want to be a Medieval Knight by Fiona MacDonald as our manual of instruction, join fearless librarians in exploring the world of catapults and knightly battles.

No registration is needed - drop in and join us!

Creatology is a new series of activities exclusively for students in grades 4, 5, and 6. Questions? Call the Children's Department at 508-647-6522. The program is canceled if Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

Thank you to the Friends of the Library for helping to make this program possible

LOCATION: Crafting Room, lower level
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Beginner English Conversation Classes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for beginner level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Study Room 1C, first floor
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Friday April 7, 2017
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Sing Me a Song with Fran Friedman
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Sing Me a Song with Fran FriedmanKnown for her uplifting, fun-filled performances, Fran Friedman presents a morning of musical fun for children ages 2 and 3, and their caregivers.

Spring session:

  • Friday, February 3 at 10:30am. Sign up begins Thursday, January 26
  • Friday, March 3 at 10:30am. Sign up begins Thursday, February 23
  • Friday, April 7 at 10:30am. Sign up begins Thursday, March 30
  • Friday, May 5 at 10:30am. Sign up begins Thursday, April 27

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis. No groups please. To register, visit the Children's Room or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Sing Me a Song is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Saturday April 8, 2017
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Jojo the Magician: 20th Anniversary Celebration
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Jojo the Magician

Join us for a truly unique mystical entertainment for young and old alike! 14-year-old magician Jojo Garcia will amaze and entertain with his illusions, sleights-of-hand, and balloon animals.

Jojo performs magic shows all over MetroWest, amazing adults and children. He has performed at Faneuil Hall’s First Night Celebration, birthdays, casinos, fairs, fundraisers, events, parties, schools, camps and nursing homes.

This event is free and open to the public. Stop by and prepare to be amazed!

20th Anniversary events sponsored by

  • Roche Brothers
  • Salmon Health and Retirement
  • Stonegate LLC
  • Morse Institute Library Board of Trustees
  • Laborers’ International Union of North America, Local 1116
LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Beginner English Conversation Classes
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for beginner level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Community Room, lower level
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Gaming Forward for the VR: 20th Anniversary Celebration
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Gaming ForwardVirtual Reality is here! Transport yourself to another world right from within the library. Shoot some arrows at oncoming invaders, walk on Mars, play fetch with a robot, and more! Play games, learn about the technology, and experience something brand new. We promise you, the immersion is unlike anything you've experienced before; the future is here at the Morse Institute!

This event is free and open to the public. Drop by and celebrate our library's history and look forward to the future!

20th Anniversary events sponsored by

  • Roche Brothers
  • Salmon Health and Retirement
  • Stonegate LLC
  • Morse Institute Library Board of Trustees
  • Laborers’ International Union of North America, Local 1116
LOCATION: Morse Room, first floor
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Greg Hopkins Sextet + 1: 20th Anniversary Celebration
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Greg Hopkins Sextet + 1This concert will celebrate the great American music of Duke Ellington and his long time musical alter-ego Billy Strayhorn. Greg Hopkins has arranged 12 classic and obscure pieces of Ellington and Strayhorn for the Sextet + 1. The Greg Hopkins Sextet + 1 is an all-star jazz ensemble made up of truly world class musicians who have played nationally and internationally and now live in the New England area.

The band members include:

  • Greg Hopkins - trumpet, Flugelhorn, and arrangements
  • Shannon LeClarie - Alto sax, Flute
  • Arnie Krakowski - Tenor Sax
  • Jeff Galindo - Trombone
  • Tim Ray - Piano
  • Paul Del Nero - Bass
  • Yoron Israel - Drums

These musicians have traveled the world with luminaries such as Buddy Rich, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Horace Silver, Amad Jamal, Lonny Smith, Herb Pomeroy, Phil Woods, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, and many others.

20th Anniversary events sponsored by

  • Roche Brothers
  • Salmon Health and Retirement
  • Stonegate LLC
  • Morse Institute Library Board of Trustees
  • Laborers’ International Union of North America, Local 1116
LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Monday April 10, 2017
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Preschool Film Fest
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool film festMiss Susan will present a 30-minute film program for preschool children. This program is free to the public and no sign up is needed!

If you have questions, please visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. We always miss you when you cannot attend, but thank you for keeping sick children at home. Preschool Film Fest is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Tuesday April 11, 2017
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Little Listeners
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Bears in a rocking chair

Join us for Storytimes for two year olds and their first time threes with their grown-ups. Siblings welcome. Each program includes 30 minutes of stories, songs, fingerplays and stretches.

The theme for this program is “April Showers.” Sign up begins Monday, April 3.

Winter/Spring 2017 Schedule:

  • Tuesday, February 7 at 10:30am "Mitten Weather" - sign up begins Monday, January 30
  • Tuesday, February 28 at 10:30am "Polar Pals" - sign up begins Friday, February 17
  • Tuesday, March 14 at 10:30am "Sounds All Around" - sign up begins Monday, March 6
  • Tuesday, March 28 at 10:30am "Spring at Last" - sign up begins Monday, March 20
  • Tuesday, April 11 at 10:30am "April Showers" - sign up begins Monday, April 3
  • Tuesday, April 25 at 10:30am "Little Creatures" - sign up begins Friday, April 14
  • Tuesday, May 9 at 10:30am "Growing Things" - sign up begins Monday, May 1
  • Tuesday, May 23 at 10:30am "Storybook Stars" - sign up begins Monday, May 15

Because little listeners are easily distracted, latecomers are asked not to enter the story room once the program is underway. If possible, do remain in the library to enjoy the toys and books together. We always miss you when you cannot attend, but thank you for keeping sick children at home.

An adult must register and attend with each little listener. To register visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. Space is limited. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Little Listeners is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level
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Library Board of Trustees
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Community Room, lower level
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Wednesday April 12, 2017
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Storytime for Preschool Listeners
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

“All by Myself” 45-minute storytimes for children ages 3, 4, and preschool 5. Caregivers are asked to remain in the Children’s Room.

Signups begin on Monday, March 20 for this entire 6-week session

  • Wednesday, April 5 at 10:30am: “Puddle Party”
  • Wednesday, April 12 at 10:30am: “Love My Library”
  • Wednesday, April 26 at 10:30am: “World of Wonders”
  • Wednesday, May 3 at 10:30am: “Spring Babies”
  • Wednesday, May 10 at 10:30am: “Good Sports”
  • Wednesday, May 17 at 10:30am: “Colors All Around”

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis, beginning on Monday, March 16 for this 6-week program. No groups please. To register, visit the Children’s Room, email childrens@morseinstitute.org, or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Preschool Storytime is canceled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level
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Teens: Henna Workshop
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Join artist Mandy Roberge for a fun & free henna tattoo session! Mandy does traditional & modern designs - the pic at right is a free form design she drew.

This is a Teen event for ages 11-18.

Event is free but space is limited and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Contact Robin to sign up: 508.647.6400 x 1546 or email teens@morseinstitute.org

Teen programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Morse Institute Library.

LOCATION: Innovation Studio, second floor
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Over There! WWI Centennial Celebration
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

On April 6, 1917, Natick and the rest of the United States entered the Great War to “make the world safe for democracy.” Come to this special early release day event to find out more about the war, and the town’s part in it.

  • Special Xbox games get you into the battlefields of “the war to end all wars.” (Rated M for mature – junior high and older, please).
  • Learn more about the honor roll that commemorates those from Natick who served in WWI.
  • See the “Legacy of Service” photos featuring WWI veterans, posters, and other items from the period.

The event is free, and refreshments will be served.

Co-sponsored by the Morse Institute Library, the Natick Veterans Oral History Project, the Natick Veterans Services Office and the Microsoft store at the Natick Mall. For more information, contact Maureen Sullivan at 508-647-6400, ext. 1533.

LOCATION: Morse Room, first floor
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Thursday April 13, 2017
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SCORE: Help for Small Businesses
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) volunteers will provide area small business owners with free, one-hour counseling and advice sessions. Registration is required. Click here to schedule a 1-hour small business counseling session or call 617-565-5591 for information. All sessions will take place in Study Rooms 1A and 1B on the first floor (inside the Morse Room).

LOCATION: Morse Room, first floor
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Baby Play
10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Bunny

Language play for caregivers and pre-walkers. Each program includes 20 minutes of songs, rhymes, and stretches for babies and grown-ups. No older siblings, please.

Sign up is required for this event. Spring Session:

  • Thursday, March 30, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Tuesday, March 21.
  • Thursday, April 13, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Tuesday, April 4.
  • Thursday, May 4, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Tuesday, April 25.
  • Thursday, May 18, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Tuesday, May 9.

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis. No groups please. To register, visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Baby Play is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level
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Beginner English Conversation Classes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for beginner level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Study Room 1C, first floor
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Comic Book Group
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

We will be meeting at the AMC Framingham 16 to watch the feature film Ghost in the Shell. Exact time will be announced soon!

This month the Bacon Free Library and the Morse Institute Library Comic Book Club will read and discuss Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow. In a world in which the human mind can be programmed like a computer, where does the human soul end and the cybernetic machinery begin? What does it mean to be human? From Masamune Shirow, the creator of Appleseed, Orion, and Dominion: Tank Police, comes an epic, dystopian tale of politics, covert actions, and cyborgs with too much attitude!

The Graphic Novel Book Group is now the Comic Book Group! We meet on the second Thursday of each month. Copies of this month's title will be available at the Bacon Free Library and the Morse Institute Library. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Dave Bartos at 508-647-6521 or Meena Jain at 508-653-6730.

LOCATION: AMC Framingham 16, 22 Flutie Pass, Framingham, MA
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Friday April 14, 2017
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Saturday April 15, 2017
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Beginner English Conversation Classes
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for beginner level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Morse Room, first floor
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Sunday April 16, 2017
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LIBRARY CLOSED: Easter/Patriots Day
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Monday April 17, 2017
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LIBRARY CLOSED: Easter/Patriots Day
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Tuesday April 18, 2017
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Red Cross Blood Drive
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Please join us for a Red Cross blood drive sponsored by the Morse Institute Library. You can make an appointment at redcrossblood.org, or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-ins are also welcome to come to the library and give the gift of life!

Why give blood? Every day over 40,000 people will need blood in the U.S. Your donation will be a life-saving gift to up to three people.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Wednesday April 19, 2017
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Morning Book Group
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Morning Book Group will read and discuss Kindred by Octavia Butler. Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.

The morning book group meets the third Wednesday of the month September through June. Join us for a lively discussion and a cup of tea. No need to sign up! Copies of this month's title are available at the circulation desk – call 508-647-6520 to request a copy.

Questions? Please contact Karen Perkins at kperkins@minlib.net or 508-647-6520.

LOCATION: Community Room, lower level
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Afternoon Movie - Kubo and the Two Strings
2:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Join the Morse Institute Library Children's Department for an afternoon movie - "Kubo and the Two Strings" 

A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.

RATED: PG

Free and open to the public. 

 

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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National Security vs. Freedom of the Press
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Almost half a century before Edward Snowden fled to Moscow, the leak to the New York Times and other dailies of the Pentagon Papers brought into sharp relief the perennial dilemma that a democracy faces: how are concerns for national safety and the preservation of legitimate secrets to be reconciled with an independent and vigorous press?  The case that the Supreme Court decided in New York Times versus U.S., constituted the most important challenge of how those two aims and ideals might be adjudicated, while the Vietnam War was still raging.  How this episode began, how it came to a boil, and what the consequences were are the subject of this presentation.

Stephen Whitfield served as professor of American Studies at Brandeis University from 1972 to 2016. He is the author of eight books, including The Culture of the Cold War; and has taught as a Fulbright visiting professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Catholic University of Leuven and Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium.  He has taught twice at the Sorbonne and most recently at the University of Munich.  Professor Whitfield has won two teaching prizes at Brandeis University, and is currently writing its political history.

 
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Thursday April 20, 2017
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Walnut Hill School for the Arts Presents: La Boîte à Joujoux
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

La Boîte à JoujouxThe toy box comes to life in music! Claude Debussy's charming work, La Boîte à Joujoux, is a gentle tale of traditional toys coming to life overnight in the toy store.

With chamber musicians performing, narration, and dancers bringing the music to life, this short performance is a perfect introduction to classical music for preschool and elementary-aged children and their caregivers.

All are welcome, no registration necessary

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Teen Minecraft
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Play Minecraft on the library’s server! Don’t have an account? We've got guest accounts!

This is a Teen event for ages 11-18.

Event is free but space is limited and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Contact Robin to sign up: 508.647.6400 x 1546 or email teens@morseinstitute.org

PARENTS: Game content will include a mix of Creative & Survival Mode, including Player vs. Player (fighting/weapons). If you have questions about the club, please contact the Teen Librarian before registering your teen.

Teen programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Morse Institute Library.

LOCATION: Innovation Studio, second floor
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Beginner English Conversation Classes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for beginner level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Study Room 1C, first floor
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Friday April 21, 2017
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Science Magic with the Museum of Science
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

In this presentation, we explore how magic tricks really work. This program investigates the science behind the “magic” of several classic magic tricks. You might learn how to snatch a tablecloth without disturbing the items on top, make a balloon fireproof, and use electromagnetism to defy gravity. For the grand finale, our educator demonstrates how science can make it safe to lie down on a real bed of nails.

Free and open to the public. 

No registration required. 

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Teens: Super Mini Manis
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Galaxy Nails by Nina Park

Award winning nail artist Nina Park is back! Get a couple of your nails custom painted with one of Nina's designs, learn how to do specialty nails yourself, and paint the rest of your nails using Nina's ginormous nail polish collection!

This is a Teen event for ages 11-18.

Event is free but space is limited and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Contact Robin to sign up: teens@morseinstitute.org or call 508.647.6400 x 1546

Teen programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Morse Institute Library.

LOCATION: Innovation Studio, second floor
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Saturday April 22, 2017
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Drop-in Craft Time
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Drop-in craft timePlease join us for 2 hour drop-in craft time while the cool materials last! We will be crafting with recyclables for families with children ages 3-10.

No registration is necessary.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Program may be cancelled due to sickness or bad weather at the discretion of the library. Questions? Please visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522.

LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level
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Beginner English Conversation Classes
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for beginner level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Morse Room, first floor
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Monday April 24, 2017
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Preschool Film Fest
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool film festMiss Susan will present a 30-minute film program for preschool children. This program is free to the public and no sign up is needed!

If you have questions, please visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. We always miss you when you cannot attend, but thank you for keeping sick children at home. Preschool Film Fest is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Community Health Film Series - Heroin: Cape Cod, USA
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Heroin: Cape Cod, MA - part of the Community Health Film Series at the Morse Institute

The Morse Institute Library is partnering with the MetroWest Health Foundation for a series of films and panel discussions on health issues facing the community.

Heroin: Cape Cod, USA is a cinema-verité look at the heroin epidemic currently sweeping America's small towns and communities. Known for its quaint villages, lighthouses, and beaches, the picturesque summer vacation destination of Cape Cod has been struck with an epidemic of young people hooked on affordable, easily acquired heroin. This harrowing film takes an unsparing look at the lives of eight heroin addicts in their early 20s, living a seemingly endless existence of getting high while cycling through stages of rehab, recovery and relapse.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion of opioid addiction.

This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:00pm, and film starts at 6:30pm. Light supper will be served.

Part of the Community Health Film Series presented in partnership with the MetroWest Health Foundation. Program funded by a grant from the Leonard Morse Grants Panel.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Silver Apple Bedtime Storyhour
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM

Leaf and starsJoin the Children's Room for a 45 minute program of stories, songs, and simple crafting or activity for families with children ages 3 - 9. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Silver Apple Bedtime Story Hour meets on the first Monday of the month from February-May. No sign up is required, so please drop in! The program may be cancelled due to sickness or bad weather at the discretion of the library. Questions? Call the Children's Room at 508-647-6522 or email childrens@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level
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Tuesday April 25, 2017
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Little Listeners
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Bears in a rocking chair

Join us for Storytimes for two year olds and their first time threes with their grown-ups. Siblings welcome. Each program includes 30 minutes of stories, songs, fingerplays and stretches.

The theme for this program is “Little Creatures.” Sign up begins Friday, April 14.

Winter/Spring 2017 Schedule:

  • Tuesday, February 7 at 10:30am "Mitten Weather" - sign up begins Monday, January 30
  • Tuesday, February 28 at 10:30am "Polar Pals" - sign up begins Friday, February 17
  • Tuesday, March 14 at 10:30am "Sounds All Around" - sign up begins Monday, March 6
  • Tuesday, March 28 at 10:30am "Spring at Last" - sign up begins Monday, March 20
  • Tuesday, April 11 at 10:30am "April Showers" - sign up begins Monday, April 3
  • Tuesday, April 25 at 10:30am "Little Creatures" - sign up begins Friday, April 14
  • Tuesday, May 9 at 10:30am "Growing Things" - sign up begins Monday, May 1
  • Tuesday, May 23 at 10:30am "Storybook Stars" - sign up begins Monday, May 15

Because little listeners are easily distracted, latecomers are asked not to enter the story room once the program is underway. If possible, do remain in the library to enjoy the toys and books together. We always miss you when you cannot attend, but thank you for keeping sick children at home.

An adult must register and attend with each little listener. To register visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. Space is limited. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Little Listeners is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level
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Teens: Artist Trading Cards
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Art Box logo

In this session of Art Box, we'll be making mini cards to keep or trade! Make mini works of art with our drawing supplies. Hide a card in the Teen Room for someone to find. Hashtag your cards to track their travels!

This is a Teen event for ages 11-18.

Event is free but space is limited and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Contact Robin to sign up: email teens@morseinstitute.org or call 508.647.6400 x 1546.

Teen programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Morse Institute Library.

LOCATION: Innovation Studio, second floor
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Wednesday April 26, 2017
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Storytime for Preschool Listeners
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

“All by Myself” 45-minute storytimes for children ages 3, 4, and preschool 5. Caregivers are asked to remain in the Children’s Room.

Signups begin on Monday, March 20 for this entire 6-week session

  • Wednesday, April 5 at 10:30am: “Puddle Party”
  • Wednesday, April 12 at 10:30am: “Love My Library”
  • Wednesday, April 26 at 10:30am: “World of Wonders”
  • Wednesday, May 3 at 10:30am: “Spring Babies”
  • Wednesday, May 10 at 10:30am: “Good Sports”
  • Wednesday, May 17 at 10:30am: “Colors All Around”

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis, beginning on Monday, March 16 for this 6-week program. No groups please. To register, visit the Children’s Room, email childrens@morseinstitute.org, or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Preschool Storytime is canceled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level
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Evening Book Group
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Wednesday Evening Book Group will read and discuss Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb. A middle-aged autistic resident of a therapeutic community where he was sent as a young child rebels against changes in his environment by attempting to return to a family home and younger sibling he only partially remembers.

And remember to catch up with the Wednesday Evening Book Group online! Check back all month and get the book discussion started early.

The Wednesday evening book group meets the last Wednesday of the month. Refreshments will be provided. No registration is required, and copies of this month's title will be available at the circulation desk.

Questions? Please contact Jennifer McGillis at 508-647-6520 or jmcgillis@minlib.net.

LOCATION: Community Room, lower level
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Natick Repair Cafe
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Do you like taking things apart and seeing how they work? Does it bother you to dump a gadget in the trash knowing it could probably be fixed? Does it feel good to give an appliance new life? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, come to the Natick Repair Cafe! Just about everything today can be fixed with a few tools and some know-how: appliances, cars, electronics, computers, and tools too! There are many pluses to fixing your items, and not merely accepting that all consumer objects are disposable. Let's gather to share our repair successes and failures, spread the word on repair, and help each other fix our stuff!

LOCATION: Innovation Studio, second floor
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9th Annual Poetry Slam
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Morse Institute Library poetry slam

Join The Morse Institute Library for an evening of fast-paced competitive poetry! Presented by Geof Hewitt, this annual event invites local poets to the stage to share their original work for a chance to win prizes and take the title for their age category. 

What is a slam?

A slam is a competitive event where poets perform their own work and are judged by the audience.

Who can slam?

If you’re ready to stand in front of an audience and read your original work, you can slam.

What are the rules? 

  • Poets must arrive at 6:45 pm to register. Poets should bring two original poems that can be performed in 3 minutes or less.
  • This program is for all ages with two age levels of competition: Dr. Seuss, age 14 and under, The Dickenson, ages 15 and older.
  • Poems must be appropriate for all ages.
  • No registration required for audience participation.

Will there be prizes?

A 1st place prize will be awarded for each age category. Every participant will receive a certificate of participation.

For more information contact the library at 508-647-6520 or email kperkins@minlib.net.


Geof HewittAbout the Presenter

Geof Hewitt started publishing poems in 1966. He became Vermont's Poetry Slam Champion in 2004 (winning by one-tenth of a point). A Vermont championship has not been held since, so he tirelessly boasts that he is "Vermont's Reigning Slam Champ." Geof served for 21 years as Writing Consultant for the Vermont Department of Education, and now offers writing workshops for teachers and students throughout New England. He also teaches for Union Institute & University's undergraduate B.A. program. His recent books include Hewitt's Guide to Slam Poetry and Poetry Slam (Discover Writing Press, 2005), which won the Mom's Choice Award in 2008, and The Perfect Heart: Selected and New Poems (2010).

LOCATION: The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St, Natick, MA
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Thursday April 27, 2017
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SCORE: Help for Small Businesses
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) volunteers will provide area small business owners with free, one-hour counseling and advice sessions. Registration is required. Click here to schedule a 1-hour small business counseling session or call 617-565-5591 for information. All sessions will take place in Study Rooms 1A and 1B on the first floor (inside the Morse Room).

LOCATION: Morse Room, first floor
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Toddler Time
10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

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Language play for caregivers and little runabouts. For walkers under age 2. Each program includes 20 minutes of songs, rhymes, stories, and stretches for toddlers and grown-ups together. No other siblings, please.

Sign up is required for this event. Spring Schedule:

  • Thursday, April 6, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Tuesday, March 28.
  • Thursday, April 27, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Thursday, April 13.
  • Thursday, May 11, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Tuesday, May 2.
  • Thursday, May 25, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Tuesday, May 16.

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis. No groups please. To register, visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Toddler Time is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level
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Teen Minecraft
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Play Minecraft on the library’s server! Don’t have an account? We've got guest accounts!

This is a Teen event for ages 11-18.

Event is free but space is limited and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Contact Robin to sign up: 508.647.6400 x 1546 or email teens@morseinstitute.org

PARENTS: Game content will include a mix of Creative & Survival Mode, including Player vs. Player (fighting/weapons). If you have questions about the club, please contact the Teen Librarian before registering your teen.

Teen programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Morse Institute Library.

LOCATION: Innovation Studio, second floor
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Beginner English Conversation Classes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for beginner level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Study Room 1C, first floor
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Friday April 28, 2017
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Saturday April 29, 2017
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Sit-With-Me Story and Craft
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Hen reading to chicks

Drop in for a story and craft time for families with children ages 3-9. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

No registration is needed for this event. Program may be cancelled due to sickness or bad weather at the discretion of the library. Questions? Please visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for keeping sick children at home.

LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level
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Beginner English Conversation Classes
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for beginner level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Morse Room, first floor
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Monday May 1, 2017
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Advocates
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Tuesday May 2, 2017
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College Planning Workshop
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Wednesday May 3, 2017
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Storytime for Preschool Listeners
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

“All by Myself” 45-minute storytimes for children ages 3, 4, and preschool 5. Caregivers are asked to remain in the Children’s Room.

Signups begin on Monday, March 20 for this entire 6-week session

  • Wednesday, April 5 at 10:30am: “Puddle Party”
  • Wednesday, April 12 at 10:30am: “Love My Library”
  • Wednesday, April 26 at 10:30am: “World of Wonders”
  • Wednesday, May 3 at 10:30am: “Spring Babies”
  • Wednesday, May 10 at 10:30am: “Good Sports”
  • Wednesday, May 17 at 10:30am: “Colors All Around”

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis, beginning on Monday, March 16 for this 6-week program. No groups please. To register, visit the Children’s Room, email childrens@morseinstitute.org, or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Preschool Storytime is canceled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level
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Henri Matisse 2D Collage Art
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Henri Matisse - Apollo (1953)

Make your own cut paper collage inspired by the French artist Henri Matisse. We will look at some of the famous cut-outs created by Matisse and his contemporaries when he lived in France. This workshop will begin with oil pastel drawing and finish with cutting paper and gluing designs. Each student will get to choose the size of their composition and have a beautiful cut-out finished by the end of the workshop to take home and frame!

Let's create and have fun together! All materials included in the workshop. All ages are welcome although children must be accompanied by an adult.  All experience levels welcome. 

 

LOCATION: Community Room, lower level
There are 8 spaces available.
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Thursday May 4, 2017
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Baby Play
10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

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Language play for caregivers and pre-walkers. Each program includes 20 minutes of songs, rhymes, and stretches for babies and grown-ups. No older siblings, please.

Sign up is required for this event. Spring Session:

  • Thursday, March 30, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Tuesday, March 21.
  • Thursday, April 13, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Tuesday, April 4.
  • Thursday, May 4, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Tuesday, April 25.
  • Thursday, May 18, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Tuesday, May 9.

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis. No groups please. To register, visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Baby Play is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level
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Beginner English Conversation Classes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for beginner level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Study Room 1C, first floor
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Friday May 5, 2017
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Sing Me a Song with Fran Friedman
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Sing Me a Song with Fran FriedmanKnown for her uplifting, fun-filled performances, Fran Friedman presents a morning of musical fun for children ages 2 and 3, and their caregivers.

Spring session:

  • Friday, February 3 at 10:30am. Sign up begins Thursday, January 26
  • Friday, March 3 at 10:30am. Sign up begins Thursday, February 23
  • Friday, April 7 at 10:30am. Sign up begins Thursday, March 30
  • Friday, May 5 at 10:30am. Sign up begins Thursday, April 27

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis. No groups please. To register, visit the Children's Room or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Sing Me a Song is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Saturday May 6, 2017
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MIL Stitchers
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us at our monthly meetings and help us cast off for our community! We'll provide patterns and some yarn, and works in progress are welcome.

The Morse Institute Library Stitchers is a service-oriented knitting and crocheting group that creates handmade items for various nonprofit organizations. Past projects include hats and scarves for the Natick Service Council, 2014 Boston Marathon scarves, tree ornaments for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Festival of Trees, bookmarks for the Friends of the Library book sale, and much more.

For more information contact Karen at 508-647-6520 kperkins@minlib.net or Fran at franweisse@yahoo.com

LOCATION: Morse Room, first floor
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Beginner English Conversation Classes
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for beginner level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Community Room, lower level
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Monday May 8, 2017
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Preschool Film Fest
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool film festMiss Susan will present a 30-minute film program for preschool children. This program is free to the public and no sign up is needed!

If you have questions, please visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. We always miss you when you cannot attend, but thank you for keeping sick children at home. Preschool Film Fest is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Advocates
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Tuesday May 9, 2017
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Little Listeners
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Bears in a rocking chair

Join us for Storytimes for two year olds and their first time threes with their grown-ups. Siblings welcome. Each program includes 30 minutes of stories, songs, fingerplays and stretches.

The theme for this program is “Growing Things.” Sign up begins Monday, May 1.

Winter/Spring 2017 Schedule:

  • Tuesday, February 7 at 10:30am "Mitten Weather" - sign up begins Monday, January 30
  • Tuesday, February 28 at 10:30am "Polar Pals" - sign up begins Friday, February 17
  • Tuesday, March 14 at 10:30am "Sounds All Around" - sign up begins Monday, March 6
  • Tuesday, March 28 at 10:30am "Spring at Last" - sign up begins Monday, March 20
  • Tuesday, April 11 at 10:30am "April Showers" - sign up begins Monday, April 3
  • Tuesday, April 25 at 10:30am "Little Creatures" - sign up begins Friday, April 14
  • Tuesday, May 9 at 10:30am "Growing Things" - sign up begins Monday, May 1
  • Tuesday, May 23 at 10:30am "Storybook Stars" - sign up begins Monday, May 15

Because little listeners are easily distracted, latecomers are asked not to enter the story room once the program is underway. If possible, do remain in the library to enjoy the toys and books together. We always miss you when you cannot attend, but thank you for keeping sick children at home.

An adult must register and attend with each little listener. To register visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. Space is limited. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Little Listeners is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level
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Library Board of Trustees
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Community Room, lower level
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Wednesday May 10, 2017
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Storytime for Preschool Listeners
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

“All by Myself” 45-minute storytimes for children ages 3, 4, and preschool 5. Caregivers are asked to remain in the Children’s Room.

Signups begin on Monday, March 20 for this entire 6-week session

  • Wednesday, April 5 at 10:30am: “Puddle Party”
  • Wednesday, April 12 at 10:30am: “Love My Library”
  • Wednesday, April 26 at 10:30am: “World of Wonders”
  • Wednesday, May 3 at 10:30am: “Spring Babies”
  • Wednesday, May 10 at 10:30am: “Good Sports”
  • Wednesday, May 17 at 10:30am: “Colors All Around”

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis, beginning on Monday, March 16 for this 6-week program. No groups please. To register, visit the Children’s Room, email childrens@morseinstitute.org, or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Preschool Storytime is canceled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level
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Thursday May 11, 2017
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SCORE: Help for Small Businesses
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) volunteers will provide area small business owners with free, one-hour counseling and advice sessions. Registration is required. Click here to schedule a 1-hour small business counseling session or call 617-565-5591 for information. All sessions will take place in Study Rooms 1A and 1B on the first floor (inside the Morse Room).

LOCATION: Morse Room, first floor
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Toddler Time
10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

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Language play for caregivers and little runabouts. For walkers under age 2. Each program includes 20 minutes of songs, rhymes, stories, and stretches for toddlers and grown-ups together. No other siblings, please.

Sign up is required for this event. Spring Schedule:

  • Thursday, April 6, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Tuesday, March 28.
  • Thursday, April 27, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Thursday, April 13.
  • Thursday, May 11, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Tuesday, May 2.
  • Thursday, May 25, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Tuesday, May 16.

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis. No groups please. To register, visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Toddler Time is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level
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Beginner English Conversation Classes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for beginner level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Study Room 1C, first floor
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Comic Book Group
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This month the Bacon Free Library and the Morse Institute Library Comic Book Club will read and discuss [stay tuned for this month's title!!]

Comic Book Group meets on the second Thursday of each month. Copies of this month's title will be available at the Bacon Free Library and the Morse Institute Library. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Dave Bartos at 508-647-6521 or Meena Jain at 508-653-6730.

LOCATION: Community Room, lower level
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Friday May 12, 2017
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Teens: Animanga Club
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Teen Animanga ClubWatch anime, eat cool Japanese snacks, color manga pages, and bond with other otaku!

This is a Teen event for ages 11-18.

Event is free but space is limited and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Contact Robin to sign up: 508.647.6400 x 1546 or email teens@morseinstitute.org

PARENTS, PLEASE NOTE:  anime shown will be rated Teen

Teen programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Morse Institute Library.

LOCATION: Community Room, lower level
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Saturday May 13, 2017
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Sit-With-Me Story and Craft
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Hen reading to chicks

Drop in for a story and craft time for families with children ages 3-9. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

No registration is needed for this event. Program may be cancelled due to sickness or bad weather at the discretion of the library. Questions? Please visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for keeping sick children at home.

LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level
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Beginner English Conversation Classes
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for beginner level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Morse Room, first floor
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Monday May 15, 2017
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Advocates
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Wednesday May 17, 2017
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Storytime for Preschool Listeners
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

“All by Myself” 45-minute storytimes for children ages 3, 4, and preschool 5. Caregivers are asked to remain in the Children’s Room.

Signups begin on Monday, March 20 for this entire 6-week session

  • Wednesday, April 5 at 10:30am: “Puddle Party”
  • Wednesday, April 12 at 10:30am: “Love My Library”
  • Wednesday, April 26 at 10:30am: “World of Wonders”
  • Wednesday, May 3 at 10:30am: “Spring Babies”
  • Wednesday, May 10 at 10:30am: “Good Sports”
  • Wednesday, May 17 at 10:30am: “Colors All Around”

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis, beginning on Monday, March 16 for this 6-week program. No groups please. To register, visit the Children’s Room, email childrens@morseinstitute.org, or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Preschool Storytime is canceled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level
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Morning Book Group
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Join the Morning Book Group for this month's read!

And don’t forget to catch up with the Wednesday Morning Book Group online! Keep an eye on the blog all month long and get the book discussion started early.

The morning book group meets the third Wednesday of the month September through June. Join us for a lively discussion and a cup of tea. No need to sign up! Copies of this month's title are available at the circulation desk – call 508-647-6520 to request a copy.

Questions? Please contact Karen Perkins at kperkins@minlib.net or 508-647-6520.

LOCATION: Community Room, lower level
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Thursday May 18, 2017
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Baby Play
10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

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Language play for caregivers and pre-walkers. Each program includes 20 minutes of songs, rhymes, and stretches for babies and grown-ups. No older siblings, please.

Sign up is required for this event. Spring Session:

  • Thursday, March 30, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Tuesday, March 21.
  • Thursday, April 13, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Tuesday, April 4.
  • Thursday, May 4, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Tuesday, April 25.
  • Thursday, May 18, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Tuesday, May 9.

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis. No groups please. To register, visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Baby Play is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level
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Beginner English Conversation Classes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for beginner level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Study Room 1C, first floor
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Friday May 19, 2017
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Saturday May 20, 2017
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Friends of the Library Book and Bake Sale
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

symbol of two figures holding open booksCome to the Morse Institute Library on Saturday, January 23 from 9:30am-4:30pm and Sunday, January 24 from 12-3pm for the Friends of the Library Book and Bake Sale! There will be thousands of books on sale, including fiction, mystery, large print, romance, children’s, teens, specialty areas and much more. We will also have a great selection of movies, puzzles and games available.

We'll also be selling delicious baked goods prepared by our volunteers. Shop a wonderful selection of homemade cookies, cakes, brownies, muffins, breads, pies, jams, and jellies!

All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Morse Institute Library as they support library services like the museum passes, Speed Read collections, and adult, teen & children's programs. Thank you!

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Drop-in Craft Time
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Drop-in craft timePlease join us for 2 hour drop-in craft time while the cool materials last! We will be crafting with recyclables for families with children ages 3-10.

No registration is necessary.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Program may be cancelled due to sickness or bad weather at the discretion of the library. Questions? Please visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522.

LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level
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Beginner English Conversation Classes
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for beginner level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Morse Room, first floor
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Sunday May 21, 2017
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Friends of the Library Book and Bake Sale
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

symbol of two figures holding open booksCome to the Morse Institute Library on Saturday, January 23 from 9:30am-4:30pm and Sunday, January 24 from 12-3pm for the Friends of the Library Book and Bake Sale! There will be thousands of books on sale, including fiction, mystery, large print, romance, children’s, teens, specialty areas and much more. We will also have a great selection of movies, puzzles and games available.

We'll also be selling delicious baked goods prepared by our volunteers. Shop a wonderful selection of homemade cookies, cakes, brownies, muffins, breads, pies, jams, and jellies!

All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Morse Institute Library as they support library services like the museum passes, Speed Read collections, and adult, teen & children's programs. Thank you!

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Monday May 22, 2017
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Preschool Film Fest
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool film festMiss Susan will present a 30-minute film program for preschool children. This program is free to the public and no sign up is needed!

If you have questions, please visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. We always miss you when you cannot attend, but thank you for keeping sick children at home. Preschool Film Fest is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Advocates
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Silver Apple Bedtime Storyhour
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM

Leaf and starsJoin the Children's Room for a 45 minute program of stories, songs, and simple crafting or activity for families with children ages 3 - 9. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Silver Apple Bedtime Story Hour meets on the first Monday of the month from February-May. No sign up is required, so please drop in! The program may be cancelled due to sickness or bad weather at the discretion of the library. Questions? Call the Children's Room at 508-647-6522 or email childrens@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level
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Tuesday May 23, 2017
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Little Listeners
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Bears in a rocking chair

Join us for Storytimes for two year olds and their first time threes with their grown-ups. Siblings welcome. Each program includes 30 minutes of stories, songs, fingerplays and stretches.

The theme for this program is “Storybook Stars.” Sign up begins Monday, May 15.

Winter/Spring 2017 Schedule:

  • Tuesday, February 7 at 10:30am "Mitten Weather" - sign up begins Monday, January 30
  • Tuesday, February 28 at 10:30am "Polar Pals" - sign up begins Friday, February 17
  • Tuesday, March 14 at 10:30am "Sounds All Around" - sign up begins Monday, March 6
  • Tuesday, March 28 at 10:30am "Spring at Last" - sign up begins Monday, March 20
  • Tuesday, April 11 at 10:30am "April Showers" - sign up begins Monday, April 3
  • Tuesday, April 25 at 10:30am "Little Creatures" - sign up begins Friday, April 14
  • Tuesday, May 9 at 10:30am "Growing Things" - sign up begins Monday, May 1
  • Tuesday, May 23 at 10:30am "Storybook Stars" - sign up begins Monday, May 15

Because little listeners are easily distracted, latecomers are asked not to enter the story room once the program is underway. If possible, do remain in the library to enjoy the toys and books together. We always miss you when you cannot attend, but thank you for keeping sick children at home.

An adult must register and attend with each little listener. To register visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. Space is limited. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Little Listeners is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level
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Wednesday May 24, 2017
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WWI at 100 Movie: All Quiet on the Western Front
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

All Quiet on the Western FrontFirst released in 1930, All Quiet on the Western Front is a realistic look at life and death in the trenches during World War I and remains one of the greatest war films ever made.

This event is free; due to the adult subject matter  of this film,  it is recommended for adults and children over the age of 14.

Sponsored by the Morse Institute Library and the Natick Veterans Oral History Project. For information, call Maureen Sullivan at 508-647-6400, ext. 1533

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Thursday May 25, 2017
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SCORE: Help for Small Businesses
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) volunteers will provide area small business owners with free, one-hour counseling and advice sessions. Registration is required. Click here to schedule a 1-hour small business counseling session or call 617-565-5591 for information. All sessions will take place in Study Rooms 1A and 1B on the first floor (inside the Morse Room).

LOCATION: Morse Room, first floor
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Toddler Time
10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Train

Language play for caregivers and little runabouts. For walkers under age 2. Each program includes 20 minutes of songs, rhymes, stories, and stretches for toddlers and grown-ups together. No other siblings, please.

Sign up is required for this event. Spring Schedule:

  • Thursday, April 6, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Tuesday, March 28.
  • Thursday, April 27, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Thursday, April 13.
  • Thursday, May 11, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Tuesday, May 2.
  • Thursday, May 25, 2017; 10:30am - Sign up begins Tuesday, May 16.

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis. No groups please. To register, visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Toddler Time is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level
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Beginner English Conversation Classes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for beginner level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Study Room 1C, first floor
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Friday May 26, 2017
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Saturday May 27, 2017
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LIBRARY CLOSED: Memorial Day
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Sunday May 28, 2017
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LIBRARY CLOSED: Memorial Day
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Monday May 29, 2017
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LIBRARY CLOSED: Memorial Day
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Wednesday May 31, 2017
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Evening Book Group
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Wednesday Evening Book Group will read and discuss Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell. As the story opens, the mountainous region of northwest Italy has been relatively untouched by WWII, and even Jews have been safe. When Italy breaks with Germany in 1943 and pulls out of southern France, thousands of Jewish refugees cross the mountains in search of safety. But the German occupation of Italy poses a new threat. Even with the list that's provided, it can be hard to keep track of all the characters--Catholics and Jews, priests and rabbis, Germans and Italians, old and young, Nazis and Resistance fighters. But Russell is good at presenting the human story while never using the war merely as a backdrop for personal dramas. In fact, to mirror the arbitrary nature of survival during wartime, she has said that she flipped a coin to determine who among her characters would live and who would die.

And remember to catch up with the Wednesday Evening Book Group online! Check back all month and get the book discussion started early.

The Wednesday evening book group meets the last Wednesday of the month. Refreshments will be provided. No registration is required, and copies of this month's title will be available at the circulation desk.

Questions? Please contact Jennifer McGillis at 508-647-6520 or jmcgillis@minlib.net.

LOCATION: Community Room, lower level
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Natick Repair Cafe
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Do you like taking things apart and seeing how they work? Does it bother you to dump a gadget in the trash knowing it could probably be fixed? Does it feel good to give an appliance new life? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, come to the Natick Repair Cafe! Just about everything today can be fixed with a few tools and some know-how: appliances, cars, electronics, computers, and tools too! There are many pluses to fixing your items, and not merely accepting that all consumer objects are disposable. Let's gather to share our repair successes and failures, spread the word on repair, and help each other fix our stuff!

LOCATION: Innovation Studio, second floor
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Thursday June 1, 2017
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Beginner English Conversation Classes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for beginner level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Study Room 1C, first floor
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Friday June 2, 2017
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Saturday June 3, 2017
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MIL Stitchers
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us at our monthly meetings and help us cast off for our community! We'll provide patterns and some yarn, and works in progress are welcome.

The Morse Institute Library Stitchers is a service-oriented knitting and crocheting group that creates handmade items for various nonprofit organizations. Past projects include hats and scarves for the Natick Service Council, 2014 Boston Marathon scarves, tree ornaments for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Festival of Trees, bookmarks for the Friends of the Library book sale, and much more.

For more information contact Karen at 508-647-6520 kperkins@minlib.net or Fran at franweisse@yahoo.com

LOCATION: Morse Room, first floor
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Beginner English Conversation Classes
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for beginner level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Community Room, lower level
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Monday June 5, 2017
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Preschool Film Fest
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool film festMiss Susan will present a 30-minute film program for preschool children. This program is free to the public and no sign up is needed!

If you have questions, please visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. We always miss you when you cannot attend, but thank you for keeping sick children at home. Preschool Film Fest is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Wednesday June 7, 2017
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Watercolor en Plein Air
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Tree watercolor

Get inspired by the trees and flowers in bloom in this watercolor workshop. If the weather is nice enough we will head out to the front lawn to paint and experience the colors of nature.

This program is free of charge and is appropriate for all adults and teens. All necessary materials will be provided to participants. For more information contact Jason Homer at 508-647-6526 or jhomer@minlib.net

LOCATION: Library Front Lawn (weather permitting)
There are 16 spaces available.
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Thursday June 8, 2017
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Beginner English Conversation Classes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for beginner level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Study Room 1C, first floor
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Friday June 9, 2017
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Saturday June 10, 2017
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Beginner English Conversation Classes
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for beginner level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Morse Room, first floor
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Tuesday June 13, 2017
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Library Board of Trustees
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Community Room, lower level
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Foundation for MetroWest
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

coming soon 

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Wednesday June 14, 2017
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Friends of the Library
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
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Thursday June 15, 2017
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Beginner English Conversation Classes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for beginner level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Study Room 1C, first floor
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Friday June 16, 2017
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Saturday June 17, 2017
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Beginner English Conversation Classes
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for beginner level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Morse Room, first floor
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Monday June 19, 2017
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Preschool Film Fest
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool film festMiss Susan will present a 30-minute film program for preschool children. This program is free to the public and no sign up is needed!

If you have questions, please visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. We always miss you when you cannot attend, but thank you for keeping sick children at home. Preschool Film Fest is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Tuesday June 20, 2017
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Red Cross Blood Drive
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Please join us for a Red Cross blood drive sponsored by the Morse Institute Library. You can make an appointment at redcrossblood.org, or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-ins are also welcome to come to the library and give the gift of life!

Why give blood? Every day over 40,000 people will need blood in the U.S. Your donation will be a life-saving gift to up to three people.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Wednesday June 21, 2017
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Morning Book Group
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Join the Morning Book Group for this month's read!

And don’t forget to catch up with the Wednesday Morning Book Group online! Keep an eye on the blog all month long and get the book discussion started early.

The morning book group meets the third Wednesday of the month September through June. Join us for a lively discussion and a cup of tea. No need to sign up! Copies of this month's title are available at the circulation desk – call 508-647-6520 to request a copy.

Questions? Please contact Karen Perkins at kperkins@minlib.net or 508-647-6520.

LOCATION: Community Room, lower level
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Thursday June 22, 2017
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Beginner English Conversation Classes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for beginner level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Study Room 1C, first floor
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Friday June 23, 2017
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Saturday June 24, 2017
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Beginner English Conversation Classes
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for beginner level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Morse Room, first floor
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Wednesday June 28, 2017
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Evening Book Group
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This month the Wednesday Evening Book Group will read and discuss Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee. In this story, Lee introduces us to Henry Park, whose harsh Korean upbringing has taught him to hide his emotions, remember everything he learns, and most of all to feel an overwhelming sense of alienation. In other words, it has shaped him as a natural spy. But the very attributes that help him to excel in his profession put a strain on his marriage to his American wife and stand in the way of his coming to terms with his young son's death. When he is assigned to spy on a rising Korean-American politician, his very identity is tested, and he must figure out who he is amid not only the conflicts within himself but also within the ethnic and political tensions of the New York City streets. Native Speaker is a story of cultural alienation. It is about fathers and sons, about the desire to connect with the world rather than stand apart from it, about loyalty and betrayal, about the alien in all of us and who we finally are.

And remember to catch up with the Wednesday Evening Book Group online! Check back all month and get the book discussion started early.

The Wednesday evening book group meets the last Wednesday of the month. Refreshments will be provided. No registration is required, and copies of this month's title will be available at the circulation desk.

Questions? Please contact Jennifer McGillis at 508-647-6520 or jmcgillis@minlib.net.

LOCATION: Community Room, lower level
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Natick Repair Cafe
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Do you like taking things apart and seeing how they work? Does it bother you to dump a gadget in the trash knowing it could probably be fixed? Does it feel good to give an appliance new life? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, come to the Natick Repair Cafe! Just about everything today can be fixed with a few tools and some know-how: appliances, cars, electronics, computers, and tools too! There are many pluses to fixing your items, and not merely accepting that all consumer objects are disposable. Let's gather to share our repair successes and failures, spread the word on repair, and help each other fix our stuff!

LOCATION: Innovation Studio, second floor
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Thursday June 29, 2017
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Beginner English Conversation Classes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for beginner level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Study Room 1C, first floor
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Friday June 30, 2017
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Intermediate English Conversation Classes
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for intermediate level English conversation classes – practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in a small group class.

Session is free, and no sign up is required!

Questions? Contact Laurie Christie at 508-647-6400 x1583 or literacy@morseinstitute.org.

LOCATION: Prunaret Learning Lab, second floor
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YPL
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Monday July 3, 2017
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Preschool Film Fest
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool film festJoin Miss Susan for 30-minute film programs for preschool children.

This event is free to the public and no sign up is needed!

If you have questions, please visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. We always miss you when you cannot attend, but thank you for keeping sick children at home. Preschool Film Fest is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Thursday July 6, 2017
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Family Picnic Supper Theater
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Bring a blanket and a picnic supper, and stretch out for a family friendly film!

Water and sweet treat will be provided. For more info call the Children's Room at 508-647-6522.

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This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Morse Institute Library

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Friday July 7, 2017
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YPL
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Thursday July 13, 2017
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Family Picnic Supper Theater
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Bring a blanket and a picnic supper, and stretch out for a family friendly film!

Water and sweet treat will be provided. For more info call the Children's Room at 508-647-6522.

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This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Morse Institute Library

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Friday July 14, 2017
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Sparky
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Monday July 17, 2017
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Preschool Film Fest
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool film festJoin Miss Susan for 30-minute film programs for preschool children.

This event is free to the public and no sign up is needed!

If you have questions, please visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. We always miss you when you cannot attend, but thank you for keeping sick children at home. Preschool Film Fest is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Tuesday July 18, 2017
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Sparky
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Thursday July 20, 2017
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Family Picnic Supper Theater
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Bring a blanket and a picnic supper, and stretch out for a family friendly film!

Water and sweet treat will be provided. For more info call the Children's Room at 508-647-6522.

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This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Morse Institute Library

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Wednesday July 26, 2017
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Evening Book Group
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This month the Wednesday Evening Book Group will read and discuss Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation: arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified. Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.

And remember to catch up with the Wednesday Evening Book Group online! Check back all month and get the book discussion started early.

The Wednesday evening book group meets the last Wednesday of the month. Refreshments will be provided. No registration is required, and copies of this month's title will be available at the circulation desk.

Questions? Please contact Jennifer McGillis at 508-647-6520 or jmcgillis@minlib.net.

LOCATION: Community Room, lower level
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Thursday July 27, 2017
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Family Picnic Supper Theater
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Bring a blanket and a picnic supper, and stretch out for a family friendly film!

Water and sweet treat will be provided. For more info call the Children's Room at 508-647-6522.

symbol of two figures holding open books

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Morse Institute Library

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Monday July 31, 2017
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Preschool Film Fest
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool film festJoin Miss Susan for 30-minute film programs for preschool children.

This event is free to the public and no sign up is needed!

If you have questions, please visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. We always miss you when you cannot attend, but thank you for keeping sick children at home. Preschool Film Fest is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Thursday August 3, 2017
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Family Picnic Supper Theater
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Bring a blanket and a picnic supper, and stretch out for a family friendly film!

Water and sweet treat will be provided. For more info call the Children's Room at 508-647-6522.

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This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Morse Institute Library

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Tuesday August 8, 2017
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YPL Program
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Wednesday August 9, 2017
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Friends of the Library
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
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Thursday August 10, 2017
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Family Picnic Supper Theater
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Bring a blanket and a picnic supper, and stretch out for a family friendly film!

Water and sweet treat will be provided. For more info call the Children's Room at 508-647-6522.

symbol of two figures holding open books

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Morse Institute Library

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Monday August 14, 2017
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Preschool Film Fest
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool film festJoin Miss Susan for 30-minute film programs for preschool children.

This event is free to the public and no sign up is needed!

If you have questions, please visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. We always miss you when you cannot attend, but thank you for keeping sick children at home. Preschool Film Fest is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Tuesday August 15, 2017
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Red Cross Blood Drive
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Please join us for a Red Cross blood drive sponsored by the Morse Institute Library. You can make an appointment at redcrossblood.org, or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-ins are also welcome to come to the library and give the gift of life!

Why give blood? Every day over 40,000 people will need blood in the U.S. Your donation will be a life-saving gift to up to three people.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Thursday August 17, 2017
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Family Picnic Supper Theater
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Bring a blanket and a picnic supper, and stretch out for a family friendly film!

Water and sweet treat will be provided. For more info call the Children's Room at 508-647-6522.

symbol of two figures holding open books

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Morse Institute Library

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Saturday August 26, 2017
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MIL Stitchers
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Karen 508-647-6520

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Monday August 28, 2017
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Preschool Film Fest
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool film festJoin Miss Susan for 30-minute film programs for preschool children.

This event is free to the public and no sign up is needed!

If you have questions, please visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. We always miss you when you cannot attend, but thank you for keeping sick children at home. Preschool Film Fest is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Wednesday August 30, 2017
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Evening Book Group
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This month the Wednesday Evening Book Group will read and discuss Us by David Nicholls. In this compellingly human, deftly funny new novel we meet mild-mannered Douglas Petersen who, against all odds, seduces beautiful Connie into a second date . . . and eventually into marriage. Now, almost three decades after their relationship first blossomed, they live more or less happily in the suburbs with their moody seventeen-year-old son, Albie. Then Connie tells him she thinks she wants a divorce. Us is a moving meditation on the demands of marriage and parenthood, the regrets of abandoning youth for middle age, and the intricate relationship between the heart and the head.

And remember to catch up with the Wednesday Evening Book Group online! Check back all month and get the book discussion started early.

The Wednesday evening book group meets the last Wednesday of the month. Refreshments will be provided. No registration is required, and copies of this month's title will be available at the circulation desk.

Questions? Please contact Jennifer McGillis at 508-647-6520 or jmcgillis@minlib.net.

LOCATION: Community Room, lower level
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Saturday September 16, 2017
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Friends of the Library Book and Bake Sale
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

symbol of two figures holding open booksCome to the Morse Institute Library on Saturday, September 16 from 9:30am-4:30pm and Sunday, September 17 from 12-3pm for the Friends of the Library Book and Bake Sale! There will be thousands of books on sale, including fiction, mystery, large print, romance, children’s, teens, specialty areas and much more. We will also have a great selection of movies, puzzles and games available.

We'll also be selling delicious baked goods prepared by our volunteers. Shop a wonderful selection of homemade cookies, cakes, brownies, muffins, breads, pies, jams, and jellies!

All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Morse Institute Library as they support library services like the museum passes, Speed Read collections, and adult, teen & children's programs. Thank you!

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Sunday September 17, 2017
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Friends of the Library Book and Bake Sale
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

symbol of two figures holding open booksCome to the Morse Institute Library on Saturday, September 16 from 9:30am-4:30pm and Sunday, September 17 from 12-3pm for the Friends of the Library Book and Bake Sale! There will be thousands of books on sale, including fiction, mystery, large print, romance, children’s, teens, specialty areas and much more. We will also have a great selection of movies, puzzles and games available.

We'll also be selling delicious baked goods prepared by our volunteers. Shop a wonderful selection of homemade cookies, cakes, brownies, muffins, breads, pies, jams, and jellies!

All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Morse Institute Library as they support library services like the museum passes, Speed Read collections, and adult, teen & children's programs. Thank you!

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Monday September 18, 2017
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Preschool Film Fest
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool film festJoin Miss Susan for 30-minute film programs for preschool children.

This event is free to the public and no sign up is needed!

If you have questions, please visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. We always miss you when you cannot attend, but thank you for keeping sick children at home. Preschool Film Fest is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Wednesday September 27, 2017
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Evening Book Group
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This month the Wednesday Evening Book Group will read and discuss Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin. This groundbreaking work of LGBT literature takes an honest look at the life, love, and struggles of transgender teens. Author and photographer Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference.

And remember to catch up with the Wednesday Evening Book Group online! Check back all month and get the book discussion started early.

The Wednesday evening book group meets the last Wednesday of the month. Refreshments will be provided. No registration is required, and copies of this month's title will be available at the circulation desk.

Questions? Please contact Jennifer McGillis at 508-647-6520 or jmcgillis@minlib.net.

LOCATION: Community Room, lower level
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Monday October 2, 2017
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Preschool Film Fest
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool film festJoin Miss Susan for 30-minute film programs for preschool children.

This event is free to the public and no sign up is needed!

If you have questions, please visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. We always miss you when you cannot attend, but thank you for keeping sick children at home. Preschool Film Fest is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Monday October 16, 2017
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Preschool Film Fest
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool film festJoin Miss Susan for 30-minute film programs for preschool children.

This event is free to the public and no sign up is needed!

If you have questions, please visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. We always miss you when you cannot attend, but thank you for keeping sick children at home. Preschool Film Fest is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Friday October 20, 2017
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MMS Training
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Monday October 30, 2017
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Preschool Film Fest
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool film festJoin Miss Susan for 30-minute film programs for preschool children.

This event is free to the public and no sign up is needed!

If you have questions, please visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. We always miss you when you cannot attend, but thank you for keeping sick children at home. Preschool Film Fest is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Friday November 3, 2017
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MMS Training
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Monday November 6, 2017
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Preschool Film Fest
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool film festJoin Miss Susan for 30-minute film programs for preschool children.

This event is free to the public and no sign up is needed!

If you have questions, please visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. We always miss you when you cannot attend, but thank you for keeping sick children at home. Preschool Film Fest is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Friday November 17, 2017
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MMS Training
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Monday November 20, 2017
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Preschool Film Fest
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool film festJoin Miss Susan for 30-minute film programs for preschool children.

This event is free to the public and no sign up is needed!

If you have questions, please visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. We always miss you when you cannot attend, but thank you for keeping sick children at home. Preschool Film Fest is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Monday December 4, 2017
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Preschool Film Fest
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool film festJoin Miss Susan for 30-minute film programs for preschool children.

This event is free to the public and no sign up is needed!

If you have questions, please visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. We always miss you when you cannot attend, but thank you for keeping sick children at home. Preschool Film Fest is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Monday December 18, 2017
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Preschool Film Fest
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool film festJoin Miss Susan for 30-minute film programs for preschool children.

This event is free to the public and no sign up is needed!

If you have questions, please visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. We always miss you when you cannot attend, but thank you for keeping sick children at home. Preschool Film Fest is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Monday January 8, 2018
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Preschool Film Fest
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool film festJoin Miss Susan for 30-minute film programs for preschool children.

This event is free to the public and no sign up is needed!

If you have questions, please visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. We always miss you when you cannot attend, but thank you for keeping sick children at home. Preschool Film Fest is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Friday January 19, 2018
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Bake Sale Storage
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Monday January 22, 2018
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Preschool Film Fest
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool film festJoin Miss Susan for 30-minute film programs for preschool children.

This event is free to the public and no sign up is needed!

If you have questions, please visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. We always miss you when you cannot attend, but thank you for keeping sick children at home. Preschool Film Fest is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Monday February 12, 2018
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Preschool Film Fest
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool film festJoin Miss Susan for 30-minute film programs for preschool children.

This event is free to the public and no sign up is needed!

If you have questions, please visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. We always miss you when you cannot attend, but thank you for keeping sick children at home. Preschool Film Fest is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Monday February 26, 2018
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Preschool Film Fest
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool film festJoin Miss Susan for 30-minute film programs for preschool children.

This event is free to the public and no sign up is needed!

If you have questions, please visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. We always miss you when you cannot attend, but thank you for keeping sick children at home. Preschool Film Fest is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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