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Saturday December 10, 2016
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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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Beginning English Conversation Classes
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for high 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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A Dramatic Christmas Carol
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens has been inspiring readers with its story of generosity and personal transformation since it first came out in 1843. The tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s change from angry curmudgeon to understanding individual is touching and entertaining. Storyteller Al LePage will give a dramatic reading performance in the acting style of Charles Dickens himself, playing all 18 characters in his own shortened version based on the author's historic script.

Through shifts in mannerisms, accents, and various levels of ectoplasm, LePage pays homage to the first public reading of the novel, which was performed solely by Dickens himself. During his one-man show, he likes to improvise on the spot, which means anything can happen! LePage also likes to interact with attendees, share a little history about Dickens and the Carol itself, and will definitely give away a few special gifts to some lucky audience members, too!

A treat for adults and older children, this holiday program is free to all.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Monday December 12, 2016
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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.

Fall session:

  • Monday, September 26 at 6:30pm "Once Upon a Time"
  • Monday, October 24 at 6:30pm "Eeks n' Creaks"
  • Monday, November 21 at 6:30pm "Food Fest"
  • Monday, December 12 at 6:30pm "Snuggle Up"

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 December 13, 2016
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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.

Sign up required - please visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522 beginning on the sign up date for each program. No group registrations, please.

Fall 2016 Schedule:

  • Tuesday, September 20, 2016; 10:30 a.m. Story Time Friends. Sign up begins Monday, September 12.
  • Tuesday, October 4, 2016; 10:30 a.m. Fall Fun. Sign up begins Monday, September 26.
  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016; 10:30 a.m. Hurray for Hats. Sign up begins Tuesday, October 11
  • Tuesday, November 1, 2016; 10:30 a.m. On the Farm. Sign up begins Monday, October 24.
  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016; 10:30 a.m. Let’s Eat. Sign up begins Monday, November 7.
  • Tuesday, November 29, 2016; 10:30 a.m. What a Surprise. Sign up begins Monday, November 21.
  • Tuesday, December 13, 2016; 10:30 a.m. All in a Day. Sign up begins Monday, December 5.

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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Teen MakerLAB: 3D Printing
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Teen MakerLABDesign your own nametag with Tinkercad and have it printed on the library's 3D Printer! Prints will be available for pickup about a week after the program. Teens will need to sign up for a free Tinkercad account before the program. *This is a beginning 3D Printing class; we will only be doing nametags.

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

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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Wednesday December 14, 2016
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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.

Sign ups begin on Monday, October 31 for this entire 6-week session

  • Wednesday, November 16 at 10:30am: “Mischief Makers"
  • Wednesday, November 23 at 10:30am: “Munch a Bunch”
  • Wednesday, November 30 at 10:30am: “Animal Pals”
  • Wednesday, December 7 at 10:30am: “On the Move”
  • Wednesday, December 14 at 10:30am: “Teddy Bears, Toys, and Games”
  • Wednesday, December 21 at 10:30am: “Around the Clock”

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 canceled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

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

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

This Creatology event is for kids in grades 4, 5, and 6. Event is free but space is limited. To sign up stop by the Children's Room or call us at 508-647-6522.

LOCATION: Crafting Room, lower level
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Thursday December 15, 2016
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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.

Fall 2016 Schedule:

  • Thursday, September 29 at 10:30am. Sign up begins Tuesday, September 20
  • Thursday, October 20 at 10;30am. Sign up begins Tuesday, October 11
  • Thursday, November 17 at 10:30am. Sign up begins Tuesday, November 8
  • Thursday, December 15 at 10:30am. Sign up beings Tuesday, December 6

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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Chat with the Artist: Marian Heard
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Marian Heard art exhibit at the Morse InstituteNatick resident and artist Marian Heard will be at the library to answer questions about her artwork, currently on display at the library. Stop by the Lower Level to see this exhibit and learn more from the artist herself!

After a distinguished career with the United Way, Marian turned to writing and art. She has exhibited her work in galleries in Boston and Mystic CT.

The Morse Institute Library would love to showcase your art too! If you’re interested in showing your work at the library, contact Anna Litten at 508-647-6524 or at alitten@minlib.net.

LOCATION: Lower Level
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Beginning 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 December 16, 2016
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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 December 17, 2016
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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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Beginning English Conversation Classes
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for high 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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Sunday December 18, 2016
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Chat with the Artist: Marian Heard
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Marian Heard art exhibit at the Morse InstituteNatick resident and artist Marian Heard will be at the library to answer questions about her artwork, currently on display at the library. Stop by the Lower Level to see this exhibit and learn more from the artist herself!

After a distinguished career with the United Way, Marian turned to writing and art. She has exhibited her work in galleries in Boston and Mystic CT.

The Morse Institute Library would love to showcase your art too! If you’re interested in showing your work at the library, contact Anna Litten at 508-647-6524 or at alitten@minlib.net.

LOCATION: Lower Level
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Monday December 19, 2016
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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.

  • Crazy Hair Day
  • The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash
  • Spoon

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 December 21, 2016
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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.

Sign ups begin on Monday, October 31 for this entire 6-week session

  • Wednesday, November 16 at 10:30am: “Mischief Makers"
  • Wednesday, November 23 at 10:30am: “Munch a Bunch”
  • Wednesday, November 30 at 10:30am: “Animal Pals”
  • Wednesday, December 7 at 10:30am: “On the Move”
  • Wednesday, December 14 at 10:30am: “Teddy Bears, Toys, and Games”
  • Wednesday, December 21 at 10:30am: “Around the Clock”

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 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

This month the Morning Book Group will read and discuss The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis. In 1923, fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented. Hattie gives birth to nine more children whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. She vows to prepare them for the calamitous difficulty they are sure to face in their later lives, to meet a world that will not love them, a world that will not be kind. Captured here in twelve luminous narrative threads, their lives tell the story of a mother's monumental courage and the journey of a nation.

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 December 22, 2016
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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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Beginning 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 December 23, 2016
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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 December 24, 2016
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LIBRARY CLOSED: Christmas
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Sunday December 25, 2016
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LIBRARY CLOSED: Christmas
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Monday December 26, 2016
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LIBRARY CLOSED: Christmas
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Tuesday December 27, 2016
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Vacation Movie: Angry Birds
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us for a vacation movie matinee! We'll be watching Angry Birds!

For more info contact the Children's Room at 508-647-6522.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Wednesday December 28, 2016
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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 December 29, 2016
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Beginning 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 December 30, 2016
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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 December 31, 2016
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LIBRARY CLOSED: New Years
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Sunday January 1, 2017
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LIBRARY CLOSED: New Years
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Monday January 2, 2017
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LIBRARY CLOSED: New Years
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Saturday January 7, 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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Monday January 9, 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 January 10, 2017
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Library Board of Trustees
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Community Room, lower level
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Thursday January 12, 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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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 Descender: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen. Lemire smoothly doles out information while amping up the tension, and the innocent, friendly character of TIM-21 creates real heart in the midst of extreme violence. Nguyen's watercolor artwork is marvelous, using the medium's transparency to create fluid and subtly lustrous pages.

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: Community Room, lower level
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Sunday January 15, 2017
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LIBRARY CLOSED: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
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Monday January 16, 2017
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LIBRARY CLOSED: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
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Wednesday January 18, 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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Saturday January 21, 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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Sunday January 22, 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 January 23, 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 - Healing Voices
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Healing Voices - part of the Community Health Film Series at the Morse Institute Library

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.

By way of the harrowing and inspiring stories of three subjects - Oryx, Jen, and Dan - Healing Voices challenges us to rethink our cultural understanding of "mental illness" by bringing a message of recovery, and charting a course for effective alternative treatments that enable people to live productive and meaningful lives.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion of mental health care.

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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Wednesday January 25, 2017
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Evening Book Group
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Wednesday Evening Book Group will read and discuss The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak. This novel begins at the Russian court of Empress Elizabeth. Searching for a bride for her nephew, grandson of Peter the Great and designated heir to the throne, Elizabeth invites the Prussian Princess Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbs to St. Petersburg. She also enlists Varvara, the novel's narrator, and a bookbinder's daughter married to an esteemed member of the palace guard, to befriend and spy on the princess. Trading in secrets while trying to protect her new friend and advance her own position, Varvara follows the loves, disappointments, and successes of Princess Sophie, rebaptized as Catherine, through the last two decades of Elizabeth's rule and the dramatic coup that leads to Catherine's reign as empress.

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

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

LOCATION: Community Room, lower level
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Thursday January 26, 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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Friday January 27, 2017
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LIBRARY CLOSED: Staff Work Day
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Sunday January 29, 2017
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Family Fun with Music
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

In this participatory program, musicians from the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra introduce you and your children to the instruments that make up an orchestra. Select players from the WSO will entertain you—and you will meet the musicians.

  • See and hear: strings, winds, brass and percussion! 
  • Learn: What is music?  How do the players know when to play?
  • Hear: Selections from familiar to new!

This concert is free of charge and all ages are welcome! Call 508-647-6520 for more information.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Saturday February 4, 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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Sunday February 5, 2017
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Natick Historical Society Author Talk
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Monday February 6, 2017
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Advocates
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Town of Natick Yoga
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
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Tuesday February 7, 2017
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Wicked Pissed: New England's Most Famous Feuds by Ted Reinstein
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

From sports to politics, food to finance, aviation to engineering, to bitter disputes over simple boundaries themselves, New England’s feuds have peppered the region’s life for centuries. They’ve been raw and rowdy, sometimes high minded and humorous, and in a place renowned for its deep sense of history, often long-running and legendary. There are even some that will undoubtedly outlast the region’s ancient low stonewalls.

Ted Reinstein, a native New Englander, writer, and reporter for Chronicle, offers us fascinating stories, some known, others not so much, from the history of New England in this fun, accessible book. Bringing to life many of the fights, spats, and arguments that have, in many ways, shaped the area itself, Reinstein demonstrates what it really means to be Wicked Pissed.

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SOAR Parent Group
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
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Wednesday February 8, 2017
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Friends of the Library
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
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Thursday February 9, 2017
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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 Group will read and discuss The Familiar by Mark Z. Danielewski. A page-turner from start to finish, ranging from Southeast Asia to Mexico to Venice, Italy, and Venice, California, with characters as diverse as a therapist-in-training whose daughters prove far more complex than her patients, an ambitious East-L.A. gang member hired for violence, two scientists on the run in Marfa, Texas, a recovering addict in Singapore summoned by a powerful but desperate billionaire, a programmer near Silicon Beach whose game engine just might augur far more than he suspects, and at the very heart a 12-year-old girl who one rainy day in May sets out from Echo Park to get a dog only to find something else ... something that will not only alter her life but threaten the world we all think we know and the future we take for granted.

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: Community Room, lower level
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Monday February 13, 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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Town of Natick Yoga
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
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Tuesday February 14, 2017
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Library Board of Trustees
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Community Room, lower level
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Wednesday February 15, 2017
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NECO
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Morning Book Group
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

This month the Morning Book Group will read and discuss 

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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Sunday February 19, 2017
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LIBRARY CLOSED: Presidents' Day
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Monday February 20, 2017
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LIBRARY CLOSED: Presidents' Day
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Tuesday February 21, 2017
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SOAR Parent Group
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
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Wednesday February 22, 2017
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Evening Book Group
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Wednesday Evening Book Group will read and discuss The Sweet Hereafter by Russell Banks. A large-hearted novel, The Sweet Hereafter explores the community's response to the inexplicable loss of its children. Told from the point of view of four different narrators, the tale unfolds as both a contemporary courtroom drama and a small-town morality play.

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 February 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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Advocates
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Town of Natick Yoga
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
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Saturday March 4, 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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Monday March 6, 2017
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Advocates
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Thursday March 9, 2017
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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 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: Community Room, lower level
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Monday March 13, 2017
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NECO
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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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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Community Health Film Series - Gen Silent
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Gen Silent. Part of the Community Health Film Series at the Morse Institute Library

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.

Gen Silent is the new LGBT documentary from award-winning director Stu Maddux that asks six LGBT seniors if they will hide their lives to survive. As we journey through the challenges that these men and women face, we also see reasons for hope as each subject crosses paths with a small but growing group of impassioned professionals trying to wake up the long-term and healthcare industries to their plight.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion of LGBT aging.

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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Tuesday March 14, 2017
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Library Board of Trustees
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Community Room, lower level
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Wednesday March 15, 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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Sunday March 19, 2017
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Concert: Jacqueline Schwab & Emily O'Brien
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Jacqueline Schwab, piano and Emily O'Brien, recorder, will perform a mixture of classical music and improvised arrangements of traditional music, generally centering around French and English music from the turn of the 20th century and featuring a scintillating York Bowen Sonatina for Recorder and Piano (think Debussy meets Gershwin) as the centerpiece, with Gershwin, French and Latin waltzes, spirituals, novelty piano ("Nola") and other pieces working with the musical style.

This concert is free to all and appropriate for all ages. For more information please call 508-647-6520.

LOCATION: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level
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Monday March 20, 2017
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Advocates
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Saturday March 25, 2017
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MA CFIDS
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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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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Wednesday March 29, 2017
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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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Saturday April 1, 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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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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NE Amateur Radio
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bob Phinney

617-529-0532

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Tuesday April 11, 2017
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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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Founders Chapter Glass Club
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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Friends of the Library
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
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Thursday April 13, 2017
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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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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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Wednesday April 19, 2017
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NECO
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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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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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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Wednesday April 26, 2017
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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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Thursday April 27, 2017
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MA Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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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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MA CFIDS
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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Sunday May 7, 2017
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Juried Art Show Deb Sayre
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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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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Tuesday May 9, 2017
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Library Board of Trustees
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Community Room, lower level
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Thursday May 11, 2017
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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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Wednesday May 17, 2017
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NECO
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Wednesday June 14, 2017
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Friends of the Library
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
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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
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Wednesday June 21, 2017
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NECO
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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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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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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Wednesday July 19, 2017
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NECO
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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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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Wednesday August 9, 2017
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Friends of the Library
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
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Tuesday August 15, 2017
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Red Cross Blood Drive
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Wednesday August 16, 2017
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NECO`
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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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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Wednesday September 20, 2017
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NECO
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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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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Wednesday October 18, 2017
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NECO
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Saturday October 28, 2017
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Halloween Concert
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Saturday November 4, 2017
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MA CFIDS
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Sunday November 12, 2017
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Concert
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Wednesday November 15, 2017
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NECO
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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NECO
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Friday November 17, 2017
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Arts & Artisans
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Saturday November 18, 2017
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Arts & Artisans
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Wednesday December 6, 2017
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MA Rehab
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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Tuesday December 12, 2017
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MA REHAB
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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