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Wellesley Library announces streaming storytime

In response to social distancing measures, the Wellesley Free Library has begun streaming its storytimes. By visiting the library's Facebook page (@WellesleyLib), visitors can see librarian Emma leading live or pre-recorded storytimes. The first is up, and more will follow; the community is encouraged to keep its eye on the Facebook page for...

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Black belt string quartet wows library

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On Saturday afternoon, the string quartet of violinists Joshua Addison and Rachel Panitch, viola player Elizabeth Stefan and cellist Javier Caballero brought their high-level black belt musical abilities to the Wellesley Library for a three-song concert. Why are they black belt musicians? Well, three of the musicians (Javier was...
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Richard Little rocks the Wellesley Library

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On Tuesday night, the Wellesley Library hosted Professor Richard D. Little, who gave a presentation titled “Dinosaurs, Dunes, and Drifting Continents: the Amazing Geologic History of Massachusetts.” He was kind enough to give more of a Wellesley-centric focus for the 135 people that showed up. To begin, Professor Little...
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Library hosts origami masters teaching craft

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter Most people assume that every piece of origami was invented hundreds of years ago in Japan. This is incorrect, as origami is a legitimate art with new pieces being created every day. To this end, on Sunday afternoon, September 29, the Wellesley Library hosted origami masters Michael G....
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Wellesley’s young actors spread wings

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter Each month, the Wellesley Library holds Picture Book Theatre, a program in which kids from kindergarten to third grade turn a picture book into a play, then perform it for their parents and library residents - all in the span of a couple hours. This month, the story...
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Library holds Smash Bros tournament

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter Libraries are usually seen as quiet places of solitary learning, but on Thursday night, August 8, Wellesley Library was home to a video game tournament featuring players ranging from second grade to high school. And while anyone could hypothetically set up a console and try to figure it...
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Greg and Axel Show dazzles kids

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter The classic magician’s assistant is an attractive woman in a bright red dress who acts to distract audience members from wherever the illusionist doesn’t want them looking. But kids aren’t distracted by pretty girls in red dresses, they’re distracted by dogs. So, to that end, on the night...
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Kakabeeke teaches about right whale’s demise

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter When Angela Kakabeeke read her book, “Whale Alert!”, to the kids of Wellesley Library on Friday, she had to stop and correct one of the lines in it. In the story, a character notes that there are about five hundred North Atlantic right whales left in the world....
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Doctors Lacasse, Prabhu present on depression

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On Thursday night inside the Wellesley Library, Dr. Justin Lacasse and Dr. Marini Prabhu spoke to a crowd of both laymen and medical professionals about dealing with a variety of mental health issues and navigating the tricky system to get help. Lacasse presented “An Overview of Adult Depression and Anxiety: And Navigating the System...
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Dolin speaks of piracy’s ‘golden age’

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter Thursday night at the Wellesley Library, Marblehead author Eric Jay Dolin spoke to a crowded room about his new book, “Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates.” Dolin has authored over a dozen books about such historical topics as whaling in America, lighthouses,...
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Pianist Rudnytsky educates, entertains Wellesley

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter Thursday night at the Wellesley Library, Roman Rudnytsky, an American concert pianist of Ukrainian descent, performed a five-piece concert program featuring the works of Brahms, Beethoven, Albeniz, de Falla and Gottschalk. A graduate of Julliard, Rudnytsky is Professor Emeritus of Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music, where he...
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Withrow teaches kids about writing tools

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On Tuesday afternoon, Steven Withrow visited the Wellesley Library to teach a small group of kids all about ways poets and authors play with language to describe things without using pictures. Withrow, a teacher, poet and author of “A Poem is a Chameleon,” came from Falmouth to teach...
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Fells Branch hosts Brain Builders event

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter The Fells Branch of the Wellesley Library hosted Brain Builders on Thursday afternoon, April 4. The program is an interactive play event designed for kids ages 2-6. Past Brain Builders events included using masking tape to create a hopscotch course, using cardboard tubes to launch ping pong balls...
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Nancy Rich floods library with ‘Afloat’

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter For the entire month of March, the Wellesley Library displayed a three-collection exhibit of Nancy Rich’s work based around the concept of “Afloat.” Rich, a member of the Wellesley’s Clever Hand Gallery cooperative and a former administrator at Dana Hall School, is the photographer of a 2009...
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Poet Bouvard shares poems, hard truths

By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On Thursday night, February 14, the Wellesley Library hosted former Brandeis professor, author of twelve nonfiction books, and poet Marguerite Bouvard, who read from her new book of poetry, “The Flame of Life.” There were many different subjects broached in the works she read. However, it was the plight of migrants...
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Wellesley kids learn about maple syrup

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter While kids looking for snow days, plow drivers looking for easy money, and skiers looking for fresh powder might not be happy February hasn’t been bitterly cold, one group of people are very pleased with the weather: maple syrup makers. Yes, it ends up that maple sap flows...
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Wellesley Library hosts butterfly show

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By Robby McKittrick Hometown Weekly Reporter The Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens visited the Wellesley Free Library on Tuesday, October 23, to share their collection of different butterflies and insects with the community. Different members of the Wellesley community showed up to learn more about butterflies. “I have always been a nature-[lover],” said Wellesley resident Tom Orsa....
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A hoppy day at Wellesley Library

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By Daniel Curtin Hometown Weekly Correspondent Dozens of young kids were at the Wellesley Library reading, doing crafts and petting a soft, little rabbit last Wednesday evening. Katie Metzger, an education manager from Land’s Sake Farm, had brought her cuddly friend, Henry, a two-year-old bunny, for a visit. Metzger read a book about rabbits before bringing...
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Act!vated Story Theatre delights at library

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By Daniel Curtin Hometown Weekly Reporter Families thronged to the Wellesley Library last Wednesday night to watch the exciting visual storytelling of Act!vated Story Theatre. Children made themselves comfortable on the floor of the Wakelin Room as the theatre group performed folktales in front of an oversized book that revealed a different setting with each...
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