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Pearl Harbor Day 2015

Natick will hold its Pearl Harbor Day services at the Morse Institute Library on Monday, December 7, 2015, at 7pm. “It was a defining moment in the history of the United States and the world,” says Veterans Services Director Paul Carew. “Natick has always observed Pearl Harbor Day on the 7th of December. We are one of the few.”

Maureen Sullivan, coordinator of the Natick Veterans Oral History Project, has put together this commemorative video honoring Natick veterans serving in 1941.

Cookbooks Then and Now

Historic Cookbook displayCookbooks are always popular at the library. Right now, the library is celebrating the history of cookbooks with a display of early 20th century recipe booklets and pamphlets from the personal collections of library staff. This display presents a snapshot of how cooking has changed over the years.

Take a few minutes to check out this unique display in the library’s cookbook area on the 2nd floor and get inspired by The New Jell-O Book of Surprises or 60 Ways to Serve Ham. And if Jello-O and ham don’t fit your style of cooking and eating, we’ve got a great collection of recent cookbooks and cooking DVDs to inspire your holiday entertaining this December!

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Five Years of Funding Nonprofits

WritingThe Morse Institute Library was recently recognized for five years of service as a Foundation Center Funding Information Network location. Through this partnership, we have been connecting nonprofits in the Natick community to the resources they need to thrive. Using the Foundation Center resources has connected people to grants ranging from $2500 to $15,000!

If you run a nonprofit or are an individual applying for grants, check out our Foundation Center resources in your search for funding. Our reference staff are always happy to help you learn and learn how you can search for funding opportunities from foundations and corporations nationwide.

If you’d like to learn more, we are hosting a workshop on Wednesday, December 16 at 7pm to introduce you to the Foundation Directory Online Professional database and provide you with hands-on practice using this resource to find funding for your nonprofit. Space is limited, so contact us at 508-647-6521 or to sign up!

Introducing the Library Telescope Kit!

Aldrich Astronomical Society library telescope programDiscover a sky filled with star clusters, planets, galaxies, and nebulae right in your own backyard with the Orion StarBlast Telescope! This amazing resource was donated to us through funding from MathWorks of Natick and is supported by the Aldrich Astronomical Society, Inc.

This telescope has been modified by members of the Aldrich Astronomical Society so that it is easy to use, with no assembly needed for viewing. With a relatively large optical tube, the Moon, planets, and deep sky objects will show far more detail than one could see with other beginner telescopes.

This telescope kit can be reserved using on our online reservation system. The telescope kit is available to any Minuteman Library Network card holder, age 18 and older with a library account in good standing. The kit is loaned for one week with no renewals, and a $3.00 per day late fee. If the telescope kit is not picked up on the reservation date, the reservation will be cancelled.

The Telescope kit includes:

  • Orion StarBlast Reflector Telescope with attached EZ Finder targeting system and Explorer II zoom eyepiece
  • Telescope instruction manual and stargazing tips
  • National Audubon Society pocket guide to constellations
  • Red and white light headlamp

Check out the telescope and get a closer look at the stars and planets around us with your family and friends!

Reserve the telescope today!

Natick Community Cultural Survey

CheckmarkThe Natick Cultural Council would like to hear from you! The NCC is collecting opinions to help set their funding priorities for next few years. Please take a moment to complete this confidental survey.

The Natick Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, provides grant funds to MetroWest-based artists and organizations which provide benefit to the Natick community. Past grant recipients include:

Thank you for your input, and thank you to the Natick Cultural Council for enriching our local arts community!

Fill out the NCC Survey Online

Full STEAM Ahead at the Morse Institute Library

October 3rd will be a busy day in the Morse Institute Library as the library hosts Science, Technology, Art, Engineering, and Math (STEAM) events all across the building. Kids, teens and adults will all have an opportunity to learn about STEAM in the library and get excited what is coming next.

11The day will kick-off at 11:00 am with Maker Spaces at the Library, a presentation by Kevin Osborn. Osborn will discuss how cheap, easy-to-use modular electronics and accessible rapid fabrication tools like 3D printers and low cost computers enable anyone to make just about anything.

Sound SensationsChildren will get to explore sound in from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Sound Sensations. This drop-in event for kids aged 3-10 will feature a sound wall created from found objects, and give children a chance to investigate how different objects make sound. Kids can also create a musical instrument out of found objects to bring home.

As the library has moved to offer more STEAM programs and tools library staff suggested converting an underused office space into a learning lab. The new Innovation Studio will provide a dedicated space for adults and teens looking to learn more about new and emerging technologies at library workshops and open labs. Robin Fosdick, Teen Librarian says, “Having this space is amazing. It gives us a place where we can create and get messy.”

Innovation Studio Open HouseAn Open House for the new Innovation Studio from 2:00-4:00 will give community members a chance to see what can happen in the new learning Lab. Staff and volunteers will be showing off Teen MakerLAB equipment, delve into Minecraft, demonstrate 3D printing, and show off the vision for learning in the lab. In a space designed to meet the community’s needs for technology and education, anything is possible.

“It’s so exciting to make STEAM a big part of what we do,” says librarian Dave Bartos. “We want to be about learning, and watching people take on technology in ways I couldn’t imagine is great.”

Free Resume Review at the Library

Job SearchOur Fall Career and Employment Workshop series kicks off on September 23 with an in-depth look at the the art of resume writing.

Join career consultant Gary Gekow from 6:30-8:30 as he leads a round table discussion of all aspects of resume writing including how to create a keyword-search ready resume and when to use functional vs chronological resumes. Bring your existing resume for confidential one-on-one feedback with Gary.

This is a free workshop, but registration is required as space is limited. To register, call 508-647-6521 or email .

And if you’ve missed out on the resume review, the Career and Employment Workshop series continues with Changing Careers on October 6 and Tell Me About Yourself on November 18. Get the skills you need to land the job you want!

Artists & Exhibits: September 2015

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Natick Artists Open Studios Group Show

Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level

The Natick Artists Open Studios (NAOS) annual themed exhibit will feature over 40 artists, each with a unique interpretation of PEOPLE and include painting, photography, sculpture, textiles, glass and other media. Additional NAOS events will include “Art on the Common” on Saturday, Sept. 19th, and a Creative Connections presentation on Wednesday, Oct. 7th. Please visit all of the NAOS events on Oct. 17-18.

Dr Earle Weiss digital photography

Dr. Earle Weiss, impressionistic digital photos

Left and Right Galleries, first floor

These digitally altered works create an impressionistic picture and reflect Dr. Weiss’s interest in this expressive format.

Craig Bystrynski photography. On display at the Morse Institute Library June 2015

Craig Bystrynski: Photography

Virtual Gallery, first floor

Craig is a Natick resident, who uses photography as a way to enjoy and explore our natural surroundings. Nature photography required time and patience, a welcome contrast to the demands of daily life.

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.

Wake Up America! Natick in the First World War

Historical Exhibit Case, first floor

A collaboration between the Natick Historical Society and the Library, this exhibit is a snapshot of Natick and its citizens a century ago including photos, documents, arts and more.

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.

Introducing the Friends’ Book Nook

Introducing the Book Nook, sponsoring the Friends of the Morse Institute LibraryHave you been on the lookout for your favorite book or a new bestseller to fill a space on your home bookshelf? Be sure to check out the Book Nook, the new on-going book sale brought to you by the Friends of the Morse Institute Library!

Located just inside the library lobby. this high quality selection of donated books is available to you at low prices: just $1 for adult hardcover books, and all others for 50¢. And you can feel good knowing that your contribution will go right back to funding Speed Reads, museum passes, and quality library programming funded by the Friends.

For an even bigger selection of books, DVDs, games, delicious baked good and more be sure to come to the upcoming Fall Book and Bake Sale, September 19 & 20.

Many thanks to the Friends for their hard work and continued support of the library! If you’d like to do more to help the library, volunteer with the Friends! They’re always looking for help sorting donated books, writing for the newsletter, taking photographs, and more. Contact the Friends at and be part of the fun!

Food For Fines this August

Natick Service Council logoBe a superhero! Help us fight hunger in Natick this summer with the Morse Institute Library’s Food for Fines Program. Between August 1 and September 4, pay your overdue fines with new, non-perishable food or personal care items for the Natick Service Council.

Why collect in August? According to Patty Shaffer at the Natick Service Council, demand is up and supply is down. “Most of the groups that donate through the year do not meet during the summer months. While this is tough on its own, we also see an increase in food patron use in the summer. August is a great month for a boost in food donations.”

Last year the Food For Fines Program collected 2,627 pounds of food. With your help we can collect even more this year and help our Natick neighbors!

Most Wanted Items
Peanut Butter Jelly Bottled juice Cereal
Crackers Tuna Spaghetti sauce Canned fruit
Condiments Coffee Tea Hamburger Helper
Shampoo Soap Toothpaste Toilet paper

Offer not valid for damaged or lost library materials. Expired, unpackaged or opened items cannot be accepted.