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Create Your Own 3D Designs

Corinne Kennedy, intern from MassBay Community CollegeOur new partnership with MassBay Community College has brought an intern into the library. Corinne Kennedy, a student in the TRANSFORM program for Advanced Manufacturing at MassBay, is here to assist with designing and creating your own projects using computer aided design tools and produce these designs on our 3D printer.

“Advanced manufacturing aligns with the library’s goals to offer Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) tools for our community,” said User Experience Librarian Dave Bartos. “By facilitating hands-on learning with patrons of all ages, Corinne will expand learning opportunities, allowing all of Natick to make something new.” Drop in to the Innovation Studio Thursdays from 6-8pm and Saturdays from 11am-1pm to learn about 3D printing and see what you can make!

Learn more about 3D Printing and start your own designs at morseinstitute.org/3d.


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Telling the Stories of Area Veterans

Ed Jolley, president of the Natick Veterans Council (since deceased); Gerald Halterman,  Pearl Harbor survivor; Paul Carew,  Natick Veterans Services officer. Under the leadership of Natick resident Maureen Sullivan, the Natick Veterans Oral History Project has been interviewing local veterans since 1998. Maureen works with veterans to help them share their real stories of service: some funny, some poignant, and all important. Via the project‘s website, www.natickvets.org, researchers and the curious from around the world can view and hear local residents tell the stories of their service in the armed forces.

The project has recorded almost 300 interviews and continues to grow. Starting April 22 we will be partnering with the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital (also known as the Bedford VA Medical Center) to interview veterans at that facility and share their stories with our community and the world. If you would like to contribute to the project email .

Here are a couple of interviews for you to check out. First is Gerald Halterman (pictured above), a survivor of the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack. Halterman transmitted the first radio message about the attack. He was awarded the Pearl Harbor Medal. During his interview, Halterman recalls that day in great detail: the noise, the smoke and the oil-soaked sailors.

Eugene Dugdale is a WWII U.S. Navy veteran whose suggestion led to the establishment of the Project. Here he discusses his experiences in the Battle of Iwo Jima.


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Artists & Exhibits: April 2016

IMG_1718Through the Eyes of Budding Artists: Works by the art students of Teresa Higgins

Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level

Children and teens in grades 3-12 who attend home studio art workshops with Natick artist Teresa Higgins will be displaying their works in the library during the month of April. Some of the students have been attending these workshops for years, while others have just completed their first eight week session. Their works are in a variety of mediums including pastels, oils, pencil, acrylic, charcoal, colored pencils, and water colors. The works are created from life as well as from photos. Landscapes, portraits, and still lives are included.


Jan Murray fine art photographs on display April 2016 at the Morse Institute LibraryJan Murray: Fine Art Photographs

Right Gallery, first floor

Local artist Jan Murray will be showing landscapes and nature photos.


IMG_1726Tod Dimmick: Photography

Virtual Gallery, first floor

Tod Dimmick is drawn to water, nature, and unusual lighting. His goal is to find a perspective that inspires viewers to “wish they were there.”


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.


The Passenger Pigeon

The Passenger Pigeon: From Extinction to Environmentalism

Historical Exhibit Case, First Floor

A collaboration between the Natick Historical Society and the library, this exhibit tells the story of the decline and extinction of the passenger pigeon, as well as lessons learned about protecting wildlife.


Portraits from the Legacy of Service Collection

WWII Photos, first floor; Vietnam Era Photos, second floor

Photos collected by the Morse Institute Library, Legacy of Service Exhibit, Natick Veterans Oral History Project, and photos donated by local families.


Poets and Poetry in Natick

April wouldn’t be the same in Natick without poetry. Join us for a variety of poetry events to celebrate National Poetry Month and let’s see Natick get poetic in April!

Poetry Slam 2016: Thursday, April 28 at 7:00pm, The Center for Arts in Natick

Poetry Slam 2015Join us for the 8th annual Poetry Slam 2016 with Slam Master Geof Hewitt. A poetry slam is a competitive event where local poets perform their own work and are judged by the audience. The event will be held at The Center for Arts in Natick, located at 14 Summer Street, Natick, MA [map] and admission is free!

No registration is required to join us in the audience! If you would like to come on stage and perform your own poetry, keep reading…

Who can slam?

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

The rules!

  • Poets should arrive at 6:45 pm to register.
  • Poets should bring two original poems that can be performed in 3 minutes or less.
  • This program is for all ages with two age levels of competition:
    • Dr. Seuss, age 14 and under
    • The Dickenson, ages 15 and older
  • Poems must be appropriate for all ages.

For more info, contact Karen Perkins at 508-647-6520 or email . This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Morse Institute Library


Past Events
Alan Feldman and Jeffrey HarrisonPoets Read: Saturday, April 9, 10:30am-12:00pm, Community Room
Kick off the weekend listening to two renowned local poets reading their work:

  • Jeffrey Harrison: Dover author of five books of poetry, most recently Into Daylight (2014), selected as a Must Read by Mass Center for the Book.
  • Alan Feldman: Framingham author of Immortality (2015) and several previous collections. His poem “The Terrible Memory” is included in this year’s Common Threads.

Common Threads: Saturday, April 9, 2:30-4:30pm, Lebowitz Meeting Hall
Join local poet Dianne Silvestri to read and discuss 7 poems by Massachusetts poets selected for the 2016 Common Threads by the Massachusetts Poetry Society, followed by a “free write” exercise. Delve deeper into poetry! See www.masspoetry.org/commonthreads for a head start.

Poetry Writing Workshops: Sunday, April 10, 2:00-5:00pm, Community Room
Learn more about poetry with guidance from local poets.

“Madness and Focus in Poetry: Obsessions of the Poet” with Andrew Green: 2:15-3:00pm
Andy is founder of Potato Hill Poetry, dedicated to “spreading the good word of poetry” in schools nationally, and directs a Natick summer creative writing program for area children.

“Nature’s Hidden Secrets: A Haiku Workshop” with Raffael de Gruttola: 3:00-3:45pm
Raffael is a poet, writer of haiku since 1979, and winner of the First (2009) Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku contest in Japan.

“Some Ways to Read a Poem” with Molly Saccardo: 4:00-4:45pm
Molly is a poet, teacher and host to Natick’s Gallery 55’s Third Thursday Poetry Series.


Thank You Very MOch!

MutualOne Bank Charitable Foundation community grantThe Morse Institute Library is honored to be awarded with two generous gifts from MutualOne Bank! A community grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation awarded $3,000 to the Children’s Room for new technology. These funds will go towards Launchpads, preloaded tablets for children with themed apps for kids, as well as audiobooks and other resources that will use technology to achieve educational goals.

The library is also a recipient of MutualOne’s Checking for Charity program. With every new personal or business checking account, MutualOne donates $10 to Checking for Charity causes. The Morse Institute Library and the Framingham Public Library were selected for this program in 2015. The Morse Institute is receiving $3,800 from this great community program!

If you’d like to join MutualOne in supporting the library, contact Anna Litten at or 508-647-6524.


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2015 Tax Forms at the Library

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Everybody’s doing it, Doing what? Paying taxes, of course! – photo ca. 1920 by Underwood & Underwood (Library of Congress)

Looking for your 2015 Federal and State tax forms? We’ve got them on the second floor of the library!

Last Updated 2/4/16 DJB

What We Have

The following Federal and State forms are available at the library:

  • 1040 forms and instructions
  • 1040A forms and instructions
  • 1040EZ forms and instructions
  • Publication 1132 (Reproducible Copies of Federal Tax Forms and Instructions)
  • MA Form 1 – full time residents
  • MA Form 1-NR – Part-time and non-residents

Other Ways to Get Tax Forms

Federal: You can request to have tax forms mailed to you by visiting irs.gov/orderforms or by calling 1-800-829-3676. Forms are also available to download and print forms from the IRS website by visiting irs.gov/forms. Forms can be printed at the library for $0.15 per page.

State: You can request to have state tax forms mailed to you by calling 1-800-392-6089, or download and print forms from the Department of Revenue website by visiting mass.gov/dor/forms. Forms can be printed at the library for $0.15 per page.

Need additional help?

Tax preparation assistance will be available at the  Natick Community-Senior Center. Call them at 508-647-6540 to schedule an appointment with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. This program offers free, individualized tax preparation for low-to moderate-income taxpayers – especially those 60 and older.

If there is anything we can do to help please let us know! Stop by the Reference Desk on the second floor, call us at 508-647-6521, or email .


Blind Date With a Book!

Blind Date with a Book this FebruaryHave you been looking for love in all the wrong pages? Why not spice up your reading life by going on a blind date…with a book!

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the library is playing matchmaker. During the month of February we’ll have a display of specially wrapped books on the first floor. Each mystery book will have a brief description to help you choose your “date,” like this:

This author’s lively and loving rendering of New York hews closely to the jazz-inflected city of myth. The author has a wonderful ear for dialogue, and her entertaining prose equally accommodates humor and pathos

Check it out at the circulation desk and, once home, unwrap to meet your date. Hopefully it’s love at first sight! If not, simply return it—we promise the book’s feeling won’t be hurt!


Comics For All!

comic booksWho says comics are just for kids? The world of graphic novels is growing fast, and we’ve got titles for kids, teens and adults in our collection.

Not sure where to start with graphic novels? End of the year best lists are often covering graphics now, or you could ask a staff member for suggestions! For adults, our new graphic novel book group meets monthly, and gives you a great opportunity to explore the big world of graphic novels.


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New Year, New Beginnings

January is a time for resolutions, commitments, and fresh starts. Check out these books that look at yearlong commitments with seriousness and humor:


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Learning and Creating at the Library

book, computer, and coffeeMake a resolution to learn something new in 2016. The library has books covering all sorts of topics as well as great online learning tools. Using lynda.com, Natick library card holders can participate in software and technology courses in several categories, including animation, audio, business, design, development, home computing, photography, video, web and interactive design, and more. Get started at morseinstitute.org/lynda

Applying information to the creation of ideas, art, and things is key to an informed society. Our new 3D printer will help you make the leap from learning to creating. Funded by a generous grant from the Cognex Corporation, the 3D printer will be available in workshops and during open lab times in the library’s Innovation Studio. Learn more at morseinstitute.org/3d


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