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Monthly Archives: August 2014


Prunaret Room closed Sept 2-6

Due to construction, the Prunaret Room on the 2nd floor of the Library will be closed to the public from Tuesday, Sept. 2 through Saturday, Sept. 6. The following resources will not be available during this time:

  • Study Rooms 2A & 2B
  • the Local History Collection
  • the Literacy Center

If you have questions, please contact our Reference Staff at reference@morseinstitute.org or give us a call at 508-647-6521.


Sign up for Fall 2014 Children’s Programs

Sign ups for the Fall 2014 Children’s Programs start on Tuesday, September 2! Scroll down or click the links below to find out when registration begins for each individual program. If you have any questions please call the Young People’s Library at 508-647-6522.

baby play YPL program logoBaby Play toddler time YPL program logoToddler Time little listeners YPL program logoLittle Listeners
preschool storyhour YPL program logoPreschool Storytime rhythm kids YPL program logoRhythm Kids lego happenings YPL program logoLego® Happenings

baby play YPL program logoBaby Play

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

Thursday, September 11 at 10:30am Sign up begins Tuesday, September 2
Thursday, September 25 at 10:30am Sign up begins Tuesday, September 16
Thursday, October 30 at 10:30am Sign up begins Tuesday, October 21
Thursday, November 13 at 10:30am Sign up begins Tuesday, November 4

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis, beginning on the designated sign up date for each program. No groups please. To register, visit the Young People’s Library (Children’s Department) 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.


toddler time YPL program logoToddler Time

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

Thursday, September 18 at 10:30am Sign up begins Tuesday, September 9
Thursday, October 2 at 10:30am Sign up begins Tuesday, September 23
Thursday, November 6 at 10:30am Sign up begins Tuesday, October 28
Thursday, November 20 at 10:30am Sign up begins Tuesday, November 12

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis, beginning on the designated sign up date for each program. No groups please. To register, visit the Young People’s Library (Children’s Department) 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.


little listeners YPL program logoLittle Listeners

Storytimes for grown-ups and children ages 2 and 3. Older siblings welcome! Each program includes 30 minutes of stories, songs, fingerplays and stretches.

Tuesday, September 16 at 10:30am
“Story Time Friends”
Sign up begins Monday, September 8
Tuesday, September 30 at 10:30am
“Fall Fun”
Sign up begins Monday, September 22
Tuesday, October 14 at 10:30am
“Hooray for Hats”
Sign up begins Monday, October 6
Tuesday, October 28 at 10:30am
“Down in the Pumpkin Patch”
Sign up begins Monday, October 20
Tuesday, November 18 at 10:30am
“Let’s Eat”
Sign up begins Monday, November 10
Tuesday, December 9 at 10:30am
“Something Chilly”
Sign up begins Monday, December 1

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis, beginning on the designated sign up date for each program. No groups please. To register, visit the Young People’s Library (Children’s Department) 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.


preschool storyhour YPL program logoStorytimes for Preschool Listeners

“All by Myself” 45 minute story times for children ages 3, 4 and preschool 5. Caregivers remain in the Children’s Room.

Sign up for the entire 6-week session beginning Monday, September 15.
Wednesday, October 1 at 10:30am: “Make New Friends”
Wednesday, October 8 at 10:30am: “All in the Fall”
Wednesday, October 15 at 10:30am: “Eeks n’ Squeaks”
Wednesday, October 22 at 10:30am: “Elephant Day”
Wednesday, October 29 at 10:30am: “Pumpkin Time”
Wednesday, November 5 at 10:30am: “Wolf Tales”

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis, beginning on the designated sign up date for each program. No groups please. To register, visit the Young People’s Library (Children’s Department) 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.


rhythm kids YPL program logoRhythm Kids

45 minute story times with rhythm activities for children ages 3, 4 and preschool 5. Come catch the beat! Join us for stories that invite rhythmic play with clapping hands, tapping feet, shakers, and drums! Sign up is required for each 3 week series.

Thursday, October 9 at 10:30am
Thursday, October 16 at 10:30am
Thursday, October 23 at 10:30am
Sign up begins Monday, September 29
Thursday, December 4 at 10:30am
Thursday, December 11 at 10:30am
Thursday, December 18 at 10:30am
Sign up begins Monday, Novermber 24

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis, beginning on the designated sign up date for each program. No groups please. To register, visit the Young People’s Library (Children’s Department) 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.


lego happenings YPL program logoLego® Happenings

Opportunities for LEGO® builders to design, construct, and display their own spectacular creations. For boys and girls in grades 1-4. LEGO® is a registered trademark of the LEGO® Group.

Friday, September 12 at 3:30pm-4:30pm Sign up begins Tuesday, September 2
Friday, October 10 at 3:30pm-4:30pm Sign up begins Tuesday, September 30
Friday, November 14 at 3:30pm-4:30pm Sign up begins Tuesday, November 4
Friday, December 12 at 3:30pm-4:30pm Sign up begins Tuesday, December 2

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis, beginning on the designated sign up date for each program. No groups please. To register, visit the Young People’s Library (Children’s Department) 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.


Labor Day Holiday Closures

In observance of Labor Day, the library will be closed:

Saturday, August 30;

Sunday, August 31; and

Monday, September 1.

Fall hours will resume on Tuesday, September 2. Have a great weekend!


Firemen's Parade on Labor Day, Broadway, New York, from Robert N. Dennis collection of stereoscopic views 2Labor Day was first celebrated on Tuesday September 5, 1882 in New York City. Workers there held a parade and festival sponsored by the Central Labor Union and Knights of Labor. This celebration prompted other labor unions across the country to campaign state legislature for the establishment of Labor Day as a legal holiday.

The earliest of such victories happened in Oregon and Colorado in 1887. Thirty more states passed similar resolutions before the first Monday in September was made a national holiday by an act of Congress, with Grover Cleveland signing the bill into law 1894. While parades, festivals, and speeches are still organized by labor unions, “most Americans tended to regard the day merely as the finale of a long summer of fun in which hot dogs, barbecues, and picnics reigned” (Park, 2003).

Park, David. “Labor Day.” Dictionary of American History. Ed. Stanley I. Kutler. 3rd ed. Vol. 5. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2003. 12-13. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 22 Aug. 2014.

 


Food for Fines Update

Food For Fines update imageAt the halfway point through August, we have collected over 500 pounds of nonperishable items for donation to the Natick Service Council. Thank you so much to those that have donated so far! And if you haven’t, we’ll be collecting items until Friday, August 29 – there’s still time to join in!

Pay your overdue fines for Minuteman Library Network books and materials with new, non-perishable food or personal care items for the Natick Service Council. Offer not valid for damaged or lost library materials. Bring your items to the circulation desk at the Morse Institute Library and we will be happy to excuse your fines!

Expired, unpackaged, or opened items cannot be accepted.

Valid August 1, 2014 – August 29, 2014

Natick Service Council’s MOST WANTED ITEMS:

  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Bottled juice
  • Cereal
  • Crackers
  • Tuna
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Canned fruit
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Coffee and/or tea
  • Condiments
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Toilet paper

Shark Week at Morse Institute Library

Shark Week book displayJust when you thought it was safe to come to the library….

Celebrate shark week August 11-16 with the Morse Institute Library! We’ve got a great display of shark books and movies on the second floor, including Shark Life, How to Survive a Sharknado, and Shark Tale. And while you’re here be on the lookout for “shark attacks” all over the library.

So get a bigger boat and come down to the Morse Institute for Shark Week!