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Holiday Shopping with Friends of the Library

Holiday Shopping with the Friends!Did you know that some of the best holiday gift ideas are just steps away at your community library? Stop by and browse our Friends of the Library gift shop! Perfect for that stocking stuffer, office grab gift, Yankee swap item, or special gift for the library lover in your life! And best of all, your purchase will support the programs and collections you love at the library!

Great gifts for $10 or less!

  • Color changing pencils – 3 for $1
  • Apron – $5
  • Tote bag – $5
  • Library note cards – pack of 6 for $5
  • Book Lovers page-a-day calendar – $10

And new this year – Gift Certificates for the upcoming Friends Book and Bake Sale Januar 24-25, 2015! Certificates are available in any amount you choose, from $1 to $100!

This stress free shopping is made available by the Friends of Morse Institute. So the next time you are checking out a great book or movie, take a peek at the gift items located behind the first floor circulation desk. Happy Holidays!


Artists and Exhibits: December 2014

Mixed Media by students of Teresa Higgins

Through the Eyes of Budding Artists: Mixed Media by Students of Teresa Higgins

Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level

Teresa Higgins’ talented students range from adults to children in grades 3-12. They all share a love of drawing and a passion for creating realistic art using photographs and a variety of media. To learn more about Natick artist Teresa Higgins and her custom portraits, landscapes and seascapes visit her website at www.teresahiggins.com.


Arnold Sheinis, oil and watercolor paintings

Arnold Sheinis, oil and watercolor paintings

Right and Left Galleries, first floor

Natick resident and artist Arnold Sheinis depicts many seascapes and landscapes, but also explores the figure and relationship of groups of people to each other. Sheinis retired from a psychiatry practice in 1988 and has devoted himself to painting ever since. His work is eclectic, using a variety of media and styles. To learn more visit www.arnoldsheinis.com.


Richard Philben: PhotographyRichard Philben: Photography

Virtual Gallery, first floor

Natick as I See It features images of Natick seen through the astute eyes of local nature photographer Rich Philben.


Wake Up America! Natick in the First World War

Wake Up America! Natick in the First World War

Historical Exhibit Case, first floor

A collaboration between the Natick Historical Society and the Library, the exhibit is a snapshot of Natick and its citizens a century ago. Stories are told through period photographs and documents, trench art, a uniform worn in battle, and an American flag that survived two world wars. Come and explore the local perspective on “the war to end war.”


The Giving Tree: Helping People, Staying Warm

Morse Institute giving tree 2014

As we enter this season of giving, the weather is also getting colder out there. The Morse Institute has partnered with A Place to Turn in Natick to bring warmth to our neighbors in the Metrowest community. All this month, we will be collecting new socks, hats, and mittens at our Giving Tree – just bring in items and place them on the tree on the main floor of the library.

Items will be collected through the month of December. We are asking for new items only. For more information please call the library at 508-647-6520.

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Check out the Community Bulletin Board

Community Bulletin BoardNeed a good idea for entertainment, education, health or fitness? Looking to find a job or share the word about a terrific local business? Come check out the library’s Community Bulletin Board! Located on the first floor of the library, the Community Bulletin Board is your comfortable corner to exchange local ideas and information.

Postings to the bulletin board have been grouped so that you can quickly see the posts that you want. Check out topics like:

  • Employment
  • Local Businesses
  • Health and Fitness
  • Education
  • Arts and Literature
  • Community Events

And if you’ve got something to post, the process is simple! Just bring your flyer to the main desk on the first floor, and we will be happy to review it and share it on the board.

So stop in and get connected to Natick and beyond at the Community Bulletin Board!


A Holiday in Stitches

MIL Stitchers ornaments for MassHort Fest of Trees

Hand-stitched ornaments for Holiday in Stitches at the Festival of Trees.

The MIL Stitchers have been hard at work, crafting hundreds of ornaments and garland that will be displayed at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Festival of TreesThe finished product will be titled Holiday in Stitches, and it will then be raffled off at the Festival, along with over 75 other holiday creations. The Festival will be at Elm Bank from Friday, November 28 through Sunday, December 14, so stop by and see the Stitchers handiwork!

Click here for more info about the Festival of Trees

The Morse Institute Library Stitchers (MIL Stitchers) is a service oriented knitting and crocheting group. We work collaboratively creating handmade items for various nonprofit organizations. Past projects have included hats and scarves for the Natick Service Council, baby blankets for Horizons for Homeless Children, scarves for Boston Marathon runners and fun projects such as the decorated bench located in the library’s lobby in honor of Mother’s Day.

Please join us at our next meeting, Saturday, December 6 at 11am in the Morse Room on the first floor. For more info, contact Karen at kperkins@minlib.net or Fran at franweisse@yahoo.com.


Discover our eBook Collection

overdrive media center

Check out the OverDrive Media Station on the first floor!

The Morse Institute Library is excited to have the OverDrive Media Station on loan from Minuteman Library Network. The OverDrive Media Station an in-library discovery tool that you can use to browse and sample our digital collection of eBooks and audiobooks from an interactive touchscreen monitor. You can then send any title you discover using OverDrive Media Station to your favorite device for checkout using a QR code, email, or SMS text message.

In addition to the new in-library OverDrive Media Station, digital titles are available anytime, anywhere by visiting http://digital.minlib.net. Browse the library’s website, borrow titles with a valid library card, and enjoy on all major computers and devices. For more on using eBooks and audiobooks with your device, check out our Getting Started page.

If you have any questions about our digital collection please contact the Reference Desk at 508-647-6521 or reference@morseinstitute.org.

Come by and explore the interactive OverDrive Media Station at the Morse Institute and browse the library’s digital collection anytime at http://digital.minlib.net.


Artists and Exhibits: November 2014

Mixed Media by students of Teresa Higgins

Still Life in Carbon Pencil by Lucy Brannagan (grade 9) and Bird Portrait by Zoe Zhang (grade 6).

Through the Eyes of Budding Artists: Mixed Media by Students of Teresa Higgins

Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level

Teresa Higgins’ talented students range from adults to children in grades 3-12. They all share a love of drawing and a passion for creating realistic art using photographs and a variety of media. To learn more about Natick artist Teresa Higgins and her custom portraits, landscapes and seascapes visit her website at www.teresahiggins.com.


Arnold Sheinis, oil and watercolor paintings

Welcome to Mardi Gras and Children’s Snow Games by Arnold Sheinis

Arnold Sheinis, oil and watercolor paintings

Right and Left Galleries, first floor

Natick resident and artist Arnold Sheinis depicts many seascapes and landscapes, but also explores the figure and relationship of groups of people to each other. Sheinis retired from a psychiatry practice in 1988 and has devoted himself to painting ever since. His work is eclectic, using a variety of media and styles. To learn more visit www.arnoldsheinis.com.


Scott Terrasi photography exhibit November 2014

Blue Eyed Beauty, Elm Bank by Scott Terrasi

Scott Terrasi: Photography

Virtual Gallery, first floor

Terrasi’s latest show is about local area New England scenes. His focus is on landscapes, wildlife and the smaller little critters that go unnoticed—insects, etc. You will find scenes from local Audubon centers, deer, swans and birds, turtles and snakes. Also animals from local farms.


Wake Up America! Natick in the First World War

Natick Bulletin, April 6, 1917

Wake Up America! Natick in the First World War

Historical Exhibit Case, first floor

A collaboration between the Natick Historical Society and the Library, the exhibit is a snapshot of Natick and its citizens a century ago.  Stories are told through period photographs and documents, trench art, a uniform worn in battle, and an American flag that survived two world wars.  Come and explore the local perspective on “the war to end war.”


Art in the Library: Garden Bed

Garden Bed by Carol Krentzman, on display at Morse Institute

Jane Finlay, Linda Stetson, and Carol Krentzman with the Garden Bed in our main lobby

The Garden Bed by Carol Krentzman is now on display in the main lobby of the library. Created with 132 nine-patch variation traditional and new quilting squares made of 2″ glass tile patterns, this work was inspired by the Elm Creek Quilts novels written by Jennifer Chiaverini.

Carol Krentzman is a Natick local artist and the artistic director of Mosaic Art Institute of Natick. She has been making custom stained glass and mosaic pieces for private and public clients, and teaching mosaic classes since 2001. The library appreciates her commitment to public art projects that bring communities together for shared experiences resulting in beautification, pride and respect for the local environment.

This exhibit has been extended through January, so stop by and see this beautiful work of art and check out books like The Union Quilters and A Quilter’s Holiday. And join Carol at a special presentation on the making of the Garden Bed on January 17 at 2pm in the Lebowitz Meeting Hall. For more information, click here.


Teen Read Week: Get Candy & Win!

Teen Read WeekHey teens ages 11-18 – next week Oct 14-19 is Teen Read Week! Get candy and enter to win a $10 iTunes Gift Card! Here’s how:

  1. Come to the library between Tuesday 10/14 and Sunday 10/19
  2. Check out a book, comic, manga, audiobook, or magazine
  3. Find Robin, your teen librarian! Or go to the 2nd floor reference desk.
  4. Show us your checkout receipt to get candy and an entry form for the iTunes Gift Card!
  5. We’ve got six iTunes Gift Cards so there will be one winner per day. Read early and often to win!

Check out a book from one of our Teen Book Lists for an extra chance to win! Some of the lists are posted online, and you can find even more in the Teen Room on the second floor of the library.

Drawings will be held on Monday 10/20 and winners will be called. If you have any questions please contact Robin at 508-647-6400 x1546 or email teens@morseinstitute.org.

AND – if you read something you liked, share it in the comments section below! What was it and what did you like about it?


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Teen Read Week is sponsored by the Friends of the Morse Institute Library


Jamie Wyeth retrospective at the MFA

Boston Museum of Fine Arts by Flickr user Matt GriffinRecently Karen and Laurie went to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston to view the amazing current retrospective of Jamie Wyeth. This exhibit showcases almost 100 paintings, works on paper, illustrations, and assemblages created by the artist, including:

  • A portrait of Rudolph Nureyev
  • Landscapes, seascapes and everyday animals
  • His most recent work, The Seven Deadly Sins

The grandson of N.C Wyeth, son of Andrew Wyeth, and nephew of Carolyn Wyeth, Jamie did his first work at age 12. He was home schooled spending most of his education in his grandfather’s studio. With the breadth of Jamie’s talent on view in this exhibit one could say he has lived up to his family name in the art world.

The variety of subject matter displayed in this exhibit turns the view at every corner. But don’t just take our word for it – check out the Morse Institute’s pass to the MFA and receive $10 admission for up to two visitors. Check online or call the library at 508-647-6520 to reserve the pass. The Jamie Wyeth retrospective is on display through December 28 and we guarantee you’ll be glad you went!

What’s the last art show you’ve seen that had an impact on you? Please share below!