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Tag, We’re It! Summer Reading Raffles

While you're reading this summer tag the library on social media #NatickReads for a chance to win a prize raffle!

It’s time once again for our Summer Reading Raffle! Why should grown-ups miss out on the fun and prizes of summer reading at the library? A joint program between the Morse Institute Library and the Bacon Free Library, this summer reading raffle is designed to fit into a busy adult’s schedule, and it also sets a great example for the kids in the house!

Simply check out library books at the Morse Institute Library, the Bacon Free Library, or the Bookmobile and you’ll be entered into a FREE raffle. And if you are downloading ebooks to your mobile device you can still get a chance to win! Just email Dave at to enter. No required books, just read! Weekly prize drawings will be held every week between June 20 and August 12, with a grand prize raffle held on Monday, August 15.

And here’s another way to get in on the reading fun! Catch friends and family reading books this summer, and tag the photos on social media! Use the hashtag #NatickReads, and tag the library on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Posts will be entered in a drawing for a one month membership to the Longfellow Sports Club at the end of the summer!


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Cool Down this Summer with Creatology!

Cool Down this Summer with Creatology, programs for kids in grades 4-6!

With many programs for younger children and an ever-growing schedule of events for teens, library staff saw a need for more activities for older kids who have not yet moved into teen events. Children’s librarians and a group of kids voted on names, and Creatology was born! Creatology is a series of art, science, and technology opportunities exclusively for kids in grades 4-6. These events are designed to be fun, educational, and social.

This summer, kids in grades 4-6 are invited to get creative with Creatology! Activities will include a book-themed make your own sundae party, a drumming event, and a Minecraft building project. All of the activities and events give kids a chance to learn and explore.

The fun kicks-off with Hot Books/Cool Treats on Thursday, June 23. The Crafting Room will be open from 2:00-3:30 with make you own sundaes, book-themed games, and hot new titles available for check-out. No registration required, just stop by!


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Game On at the Library!

Wednesday is game night at the Morse Institute Library!

Karol in our reference department loves using games and puzzles as a way for the Natick community to learn, enjoy, and enrich their lives at the library. After noticing a lot of people were spending extended time at the library, she brought in a jigsaw puzzle from home just as something she thought a few people would enjoy as a study break. This really caught on and has become a popular feature on the second floor of the library. Our community has been finishing a 1000 piece puzzle a week, and people have been stopping by specially to work on the latest puzzle!

Following this success, she is starting a weekly board game night on Wednesdays this summer from 5:30-8:00pm! Game enthusiasts in the community and other public libraries with game programs have been collaborating with Karol to identify the most exciting games available. She has also received several generous game donations from Gamewright, IDW Games, University Games, and Mayfair Games to jump-start our collection.

Karol is most excited to play Dixit. In this game, players take turns as the storyteller, making up a description from one of six image cards in their hand. “The art on the cards is beautiful, and the fast-paced storytelling gameplay is a lot of fun,” Karol says. “Plus it combines my love of games with telling and hearing great stories!” Join us on Wednesdays this summer to find out which game is your favorite, or bring one of your own to share with the community!


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Artists & Exhibits: June 2016

The Newton Art Associaton's group exhibit, Summer Light, will be on display at the Morse Institute LibraryNewton Art Association: Summer Light

Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level, and First Floor Galleries

The Newton Art Association was founded in 1946. Now under the leadership of President James C. Varnum, the association includes over 200 members practicing in various media. For this exhibit, over 50 artist members have chosen to explore the broad theme of “Summer Light.” A variety of media are included in this show including: watercolor, acrylic and oil, monotype, and mixed media.


Scott Terrasi photography exhibit November 2014

Scott Terrasi: Photographs

Virtual Gallery, first floor

A collection of local scenery and wildlife in and around Massachusetts.


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.


14. Island Retreat of Horace Holyoke with Stowe faceNatick Historical Society Traveling Kiosk: Explore, Discover, Invesitagte, Imagine

First floor

This traveling exhibit is a window into the latest developments at the Natick Historical Society.


Natick’s Library on Wheels!

Morse Institute Library Bookmobile

The Morse Institute Library Bookmobile allows us to bring the library to those who might not be able to visit our historic building. Since the Bookmobile first started providing service to homebound seniors over 65 years ago, our outreach to the community has grown. The Bookmobile now visits senior housing, assisted living, nursing and rehab facilities.

During the summer, the Bookmobile visits neighborhoods and community celebrations like the Family Night on the Common. Through the Bookmobile, we are able to provide access to library materials to streets across Natick, including the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center. Check out our online calendar to see when the Bookmobile will be in your neighborhood, and don’t forget to stop by and introduce yourself to Rose Huling, Bookmobile Librarian. Rose really is working to put a book in the hands of everyone in Natick!


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Help Create the Future of the Library!

Mother and child reading a bookHow do you think the library should grow in the next five years? We’re excited to be working on our strategic planning process but we need your help! If you would please fill out our strategic planning survey, and tell us how we can best serve you in the coming years!

If you’d like to know more about how you can be a part of the future of the library, please contact community relations coordinator Anna Litten at 508-647-6524 or .

Complete our strategic planning survey here!

Celebrate Spring with the May Baskets Raffle

Tutor and student with Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts at the Morse Institute LibraryLiteracy Unlimited-Natick provides tutoring and classes for new immigrants and others looking to improve their English language fluency. This month, support the work of this great program by entering the May Baskets Raffle.

Twenty-two baskets cover themes ranging from “Metrowest History and Culture” to “Dinner and a Show.” Tickets are $2 each or 6 for $10, and are available at the Morse Institute Library, the Bacon Free Library, and the McAullife Branch of the Framingham Public Library. See the full list of baskets at framinghamlibrary.org/maybaskets.htm.


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Get Free Audiobooks with SYNC!

teen listening to audiobooksAudiobookSYNC 2016 has launched! SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13 and up. Running May 5th through August 17th 2016, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week – a total of 30 titles – based on weekly themes. These audiobooks are yours to keep, so be sure to sign up for alerts when new titles are available!

The second week of AudiobookSYNC features titles that highlight prisoners in fantasy and fact. First is The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, the first in a new and popular fantasy series. Paired with it is Divine Collision by Jim Gash, a true-life account by an attorney who played a significant role in changing the destiny of a young man a world away from the author’s home. Hear a preview of the books below:

These titles are only available until Thursday, May 19 so hurry over and get your free download!

Enjoy a summer of free audiobook downloads that are yours to keep for year-round listening at www.audiobooksync.com!


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Creating a Space for Children on the Spectrum

We are grateful for a long-standing partnership between the Autism Alliance and the Flutie Foundation. Left to right - Lisa Borges (DFJF), Kelly Gryglewicz (AAMW), Allison Daigle (AAMW), Pam McKillop (AAMW) and Lisa Collins (DFJF)

We are grateful for a long-standing partnership between the Autism Alliance and the Flutie Foundation. Left to right – Lisa Borges (DFJF), Kelly Gryglewicz (AAMW), Allison Daigle (AAMW), Pam McKillop (AAMW) and Lisa Collins (DFJF)

The newly re-dedicated Dougie’s Corner in the Morse Institute Library will make the library a more comfortable destination for children on the autism spectrum and their families.

Dougie’s Corner originally opened in the library in 1997 when a gift from the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism helped us create a resource center for information on spectrum disorders. As time passed, the handouts and fliers of Dougie’s Corner became less important as more information migrated to the web. With support from the Flutie Foundation and the Autism Alliance of MetroWest, a program of Advocates, library staff created a new Dougie’s Corner that better meets the needs of children on the spectrum and their families and caregivers.

Now located in the children’s room, Dougie’s Corner includes a chair donated by the Autism Alliance to honor the memory of Doug Flutie’s parents, Dick and Joan Flutie. Families will find this comfortable seating area easier to manage with children. Library staff partnered with the Autism Alliance to create three separate resource guides. Guides for children, parents and grandparents, and caregivers, point library users to the best spectrum disorder resources in the library and online.

We hope to see many people using this newly dedicated space in the library!


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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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