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Sing Me a Song with Fran Friedman

Sing Me a Song with Fran Friedman
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

Known for her uplifting, fun-filled performances, Fran Friedman presents a morning of musical fun for children ages 2 and 3, and their caregivers.

Next session:

  • Friday, May 5 at 10:30am. Sign up begins Thursday, April 27

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis. No groups please. To register, visit the Children’s Room or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration.

CONTACT:
Children’s Room
508.647.6522
childrens@morseinstitute.org
LOCATION: Storyhour/Storycraft Room, lower level

Artists & Exhibits: April 2017

Morse Institute LibraryThe Story of the Morse Institute Library: Photos, drawings, and more

Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level

In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the library’s major renovation, art work, photos, and historical documents about the library will be on view in the Lebowitz Meeting Hall.


Denise Giradin beetles bugs butterfliesDenise Girardin: beetles. bugs. butterflies.

Right Gallery, first floor

Denise infuses her art with brightness and joy. She always attempts to create with a whimsical and playful hand and hopes that seeing her art makes you smile. Her “beetles. bugs. butterflies.” show was inspired by her love of the diverse colors of these funny little creatures, but as always, interpreted in her own amusing and unpredictable approach.


Local photographer Bruce Hauck's work will be on display through AprilBruce Hauck: Photography

Left Gallery, first floor


The Morse Institute Library over the Years

Virtual Gallery, first floor

Slide show featuring photos of the library in honor of the 20th anniversary of the library’s major renovation.


Vines by the Sound & Spirit Choir. Now on display at the Morse Institute LibrarySound & Spirit Choir: Vines, Upcycled Materials

Atrium Stairwell

The Sound & Spirit Choir of Natick created the installation “Vines” using upcycled materials to represent their collective inter-generational commitment to preserving our beautiful planet.


Henry WilsonThe Education of Henry Wilson

Historical Exhibit Case, first floor

An exhibit by the Natick Historical Society.


Get Creative at the Library this Spring!

Marc Chagall - Scene de Cirque (1958)

In April, the Morse Institute Library begins its Art in Spring workshops. We are pleased to welcome artist Emily Pechet to lead these classes. Emily received her MFA from Hunter College and taught in New York City at the Park Avenue Synagogue School and also at Mosaic Preparatory Academy of Harlem. Emily studied in Rome as well as in Paris at Ecole des Beaux-Arts. She was an Assistant Art Teacher at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC and is currently the Art Teacher at Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, MA.

On April 5th, join us for Oil Pastels inspired by Marc Chagall. On May 3rd, we will create 2D collages in the style of Henri Matisse using oil pastels mixed with cut paper. On June 7th we will practice watercolors, outside if the weather allows, drawing inspiration from nature. These workshops are free and appropriate for adults and teens. To sign up for these workshops visit morseinstitute.org/art. Questions? Contact Jason Homer at .


Help Us Build Programs for the Library!

Morse Institute Library

We love nothing more than seeing a roomful of people come together around book discussions, concerts, and all of the many programs we offer here at the Morse Institute Library. We’re looking to expand our programming and offer more topical discussion, maker space idea, and other events specifically for adults here in the library. What free programs would you like to see here in the library?

Throughout March, we’ll have Post-Its available in the library for anyone to leave us a note—what kind of programs would you like to see? What’s the best time for offering programs? What topics do you want to see addressed? We’re excited to hear your responses as we begin to build more programs into our schedule. Stop by and contribute to our idea boards, or contact Anna Litten at . Thanks!


Fake News, Internet Rumor, and The Onion

Fake News information

We’ve all been hearing a lot about “fake news” these days, but misinformation on the Internet is nothing new. Fact-checking is near and dear to our hearts, and it matters! Back in the early 2000s, we worried about bogus email chains and Internet urban rumors. These days, we have new names for untrue content. All content deserves a critical eye. Before you start believing The Onion, take a minute to look at the source with a few easy steps:

Read it: Recent studies by computer scientists at Columbia University and the French National Institute found that 60% of the time readers comment or share Facebook stories without opening the link to the full story. The best way to combat fake news? Read the story itself! Find out if something in the story doesn’t quite make sense. Satire and jokes come across our feeds as often as misinformation. A great example: you know that hilarious text chain between Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman that your friend shared with you? Try to find out where it came from.

Verify it: Spend some time looking to verify any numbers, quotes, or stated facts in stories. So much of our Internet rumors don’t give the full story. Verifying information sources ends up being a great way to learn more about the world. Sources like FactCheck.org are great for finding updates on the rapid world of Internet myths.

Date it: Just because something was true in 2013 doesn’t mean it’s true now. We’re used to our social media posts being up-to-the-minute, and we don’t train our eyes to look for date stamps on posts. You’ll rarely find false info with a date, but even training yourself to look more carefully for a date will help you be a more critical consumer of information.


What’s New in Teen MakerLAB

Teen MakerLAB

Teen MakerLAB is a fun group that allows teens to explore technology under the guidance of tech mentors. MakerLAB started at the Morse Institute Library as a pop-up technology petting zoo, giving teens the chance to learn and play with technology tools like Arduino, Little Bits, and Makey Makey. Since the program began in 2015 teen participants have gained significant tech skills and have taken on larger scale projects including a group build of a pinball machine (using Arduino to add sound effects) and a Sweet Potato Derby that challenged teens to use their engineering, physics, and building skills.

New this year in the MakerLAB will be Cubelets, robot blocks that connect to create new robotic devices and can be coded. We have been so lucky to partner with MathWorks in bringing MakerLAB programs to Natick teens. Two generous grants from MathWorks have allowed us to purchase great tech tools and toys, and MathWorks volunteers have been serving as tech mentors.

Want to join the fun? Teen MakerLAB meets Tuesday nights from 7:00-8:00 in the Innovation Studio. The MakerLAB is open to teens ages 11-18 and registration is required. Call or email Teen Librarian Robin at 508-647-6400 x1546 or .


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Blind Date with a Book

Blind Date with a Book 2017Find love in unexpected pages by going on a blind date…with a book! During the month of February, choose your “date” from the display of specially wrapped books, and check it out at the circulation desk. Hopefully it’s love at first sight! If not, simply return it, we promise the book’s feeling won’t be hurt.

Inside each book is a “Rate Your Date” card. Let us know if you enjoyed your date, or if it was not the right literary match for you. Each card you turn in will earn you a treat from your blind date, with a chance to win a grand prize at the end of the month!


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Love Letters for the Library

Love Letters for your LibraryThis February, show your library some love! We’re collecting love letters for the library, to share all the great programs, books, and features that YOU love.

Your Valentines will help raise awareness about the value of libraries with local and state officials. Stop by and write a love letter here in the library, tag us on social media with the hashtag #LibraryLovers, or write a note at LoveMassLibraries.com. Thanks, and we love you too!


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Share Your Morse Memories

Share Your Morse Memories

On April 8th, 2017, the library will be hosting a day-long celebration of the library’s 20th anniversary of our major renovation. We’re looking for photos of the library over the years. Do you have a great photo of the library’s book brigade back in 1997? Interesting photos of the library pre-renovation? Bookmobile photos from years gone by? We’d love to see them! Contact Anna Litten at 508-647-6524 or with photos or questions.


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Tour the Library

Tour and Tea Monday, January 30 at 3pm

What really happens behind the scenes at the library? Come find out during our new monthly tours. Tour and Tea will give you a chance to see how the library really works as well a time to chat with library staff and administration. We’re excited to share more about the library with the community and equally excited to hear your questions and suggestions for us. Please join assistant director Jason Homer for our first Tour and Tea on Monday, January 30th at 3:00pm.


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