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Artists & Exhibits: January 2017

The Gateway Camera ClubGateway Camera Club

Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level

Gateway Camera Club‘s goals are to share ideas, knowledge, and insight, to help improve the skills and abilities of our members, and to have some fun while enjoying photography.


Adventure Girls by Jason Cheeseman-MeyerJason Cheeseman-Meyer

Right Gallery, first floor

Jason Cheeseman-Meyer is presenting paintings from his series Adventure Girls. Filled with fantastic scenes, Adventure Girls celebrates human creativity, drive, and inquisitiveness. Each large oil painting hints at a story but doesn’t dictate what the story should be. Viewers are invited to read between the lines and craft their own adventures.


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.


Our Year in Review, Part 3

Evan and the e-NABLE prosthetic hand

Thanks to a grant from the Cognex Corporation we added a 3D printer to our services this past year. 3D printing puts manufacturing into the hands of all. In a year of 3D printing we have completed over 1000 hours of print jobs and used over 900 meters of material – that’s over 3x the length of the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2! We’ve accepted 20 print jobs from the community, making everything from a ham radio case to prototype robotics parts.

Of the projects we’ve helped facilitate at the library, Librarian Dave Bartos has been most excited to work with Evan Sepe, a local Boy Scout who has been printing and assembling prosthetic hands for his Eagle Scout project. These hands will be donated to refugee camps through the Enabling the Future network of volunteers.

Want to learn more about personal manufacturing at the library? Check it out at morseinstitute.org/3d and start making things for yourself!


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A New Chapter for Martha

If you’ve ever checked a book out from the Morse Institute Library, chances are that Martha Jones touched it first. Since Martha joined the staff at the Morse Institute Library in 1974, she’s been working to make sure we’ll have something for everyone in Natick to read. As the Materials Management Supervisor for the library, Martha selects and catalogs books for the adult fiction and nonfiction collections. During her 42 years with the library, Martha has seen changes in publishing and readers’ tastes – farewell Westerns, hello paranormal – but through it all, Martha has focused on adding books that appeal to our community. She’s worked to build our ever-popular cookbook collection and she has remained committed to seeking out titles that appeal to men as well as women.

Martha retires at the end of December, but her dedication to the library will remain in the great titles on our shelves. Martha is looking forward to her retirement, but she will miss the library, her friends in the community, and the collection she’s managed for so long. She’ll particularly miss seeing satisfied library patrons leave with books to enjoy. We’ll miss Martha, and wish her many happy hours of reading in her future.


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Staff Favorites 2016

Best of lists pop up all over the place in December. Here are some of our favorite books, movies, and TV shows from 2016. Let us know what some of your favorites of 2016 are on Facebook!

The Wicked and the DivineThe Wicked + the Divine by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie

Robin ranked the adult graphic novel series The Wicked and the Divine one of the best she’s ever read. For her, this series ranks right up with the classic Sandman.

100 Year Old Man Climbed out the WindowThe 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Karen put The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared on her year’s best list, a Swedish satirical comedy with a laugh out loud look at 20th-century world history.

When Breath Becomes AirWhen Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Jen loved When Breath Becomes Air, neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi’s memoir about confronting his own mortality.

Jane the VirginJane the Virgin

Need something lighter? Anna votes for the funny, smart, and overtly political show Jane the Virgin for best TV show of 2016.

HamiltonHamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda

American history found a new superstar this year and like many of us, Dell chose the soundtrack from Hamilton for her best of list.

Zootopia​Zootopia

Jason picks Zootopia for his year’s best. Who could say no to a spunky bunny and her partner, the wily fox?


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Support the Library on #GivingTuesday

lr_library-4We are so lucky at the Morse Institute Library to receive generous support from the Town of Natick, but we rely on community donors to fund 40% of all new books and DVDs, programming for kids, teens, and adults, and so much more. Many people make year-end gifts as part of #GivingTuesday, November 29. If you would like to contribute to the library, please think of us this #GivingTuesday. Simply visit morseinstitute.org/donate to quickly and securely show your support for the library with a monthly donation.

And if you’re looking for other ways to give back, try shopping at smile.amazon.com this holiday season and selecting the Morse Institute in Natick as your organization to support. Amazon will donate to the library every time you shop, and you’ll still get all of your regular Amazon products and discounts.


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December is for Giving

Giving TreeThe gift-giving spirit of the holiday season goes beyond friends and truly extends to neighbors here at the Morse Institute Library. Our annual Giving Tree will be up at the library through December and we invite the public to stop by and decorate the tree with hats, scarves, mittens, and socks. We’ll be donating all of the donated items to A Place to Turn, a Natick organization providing emergency food and clothing for those in need.

The Giving Tree has been a holiday tradition for many years at the library, and we are so happy to be part of the giving spirit that makes Natick such a great community. Bring new items in to hang on the tree starting on Monday, November 28.


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What We’re Reading: November 2016

We’ve got tales of murder, mystery, kidnapping, and fantasy cliches to look forward to this weekend. What are you planning to read during your extra hour on Sunday? Let us know on Facebook!

The Mistletoe Murder by P. D. JamesThe Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories by P. D. James

“I just finished reading The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories by P. D. James. A thin book of 4 short stories that keep you enthralled and reading until you’re finished. I couldn’t put this book down.” – Pam, Reference Department

The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne JonesThe Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynn Jones

“I’m reading The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, by Diana Wynne Jones. I picked it up because Diana Wynne Jones is one of the more prolific and well-known writers in fantasy, and I like that it points out all the clichés used in the genre in her typical comedic fashion.” – Abigail, Reference Department

American Heiress by Jeffrey ToobinAmerican Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin

“I’m reading Jeffrey Toobin’s book about Patty Hearst, American Heiress. Up to now, my favorite book about Patty Hearst has been the novel, American Woman by Susan Choi, but I’m psyched for this one!” – Anna, Community Relations

Small Great Things by Jodi PicoultSmall Great Things by Jodi Picoult

“I am reading Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. I picked this book because it is Jodi Picoult’s newest books and I read everything she writes. This is a fascinating book; it is a modern day novel that deals with race issues, a labor and delivery nurse who graduated from Yale finds herself on trial for murder because her skin color is black and a white supremacist couple did not want her near their baby and she was the only nurse in the room when he went into distress. ” – Jen, Circulation Department

The Trespasser by Tana FrenchThe Trespasser by Tana French

“This is the sixth book in the Murder Squad books. Dark, incredibly well-written, intricate plot and characters. As all the previous ones, a must read. I didn’t really just pick it. I wait for the next one to come out and grab it up. If you haven’t read her go back to the beginning and read In the Woods.” – Carole, Circulation Department


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Art in the Library: November 2016

Marian Heard's art is now on exhibit at the Morse Institute

In November and December, Natick resident and local artist Marian Heard will be displaying her work at the library. After a distinguished career with the United Way, Marian turned to writing and art. She has exhibited her work in galleries in Boston and Mystic CT. Marian will be at the library several times this month starting Saturday, November 12 to answer questions about her artwork.

We love to be a showcase for local artists in the MetroWest area! If you’re interested in showing your work at the library, contact Anna Litten at 508-647-6524 or .


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History Through Music

Beth Canterbury, soprano, and Matthew Larson, piano.

When you think primary source material, you probably think old newspaper clippings. But what about music? In 2014, library staff first worked with Beth Canterbury of Walnut Hill School of the Arts to create a program about life in American during the Civil War by looking at the music of the time. Along with pianist Matthew Larson, Beth created a program that combined story, song, and history. The concerts that grew from this collaboration give listeners a new look at American history.

Canterbury and Larson return on Sunday, November 13 with Stormy Weather: Music and Politics in the 20s and 30s. They will use songs and stories to give a glimpse into politics and life between the World Wars. From the German cabaret movement to Tin Pan Alley, we will see how our country moved from WWI, through the Great Depression, and to the start of the Second World War.

Beth Canterbury, soprano, holds a MM in Opera from the Longy School of Music and teaches at Walnut Hill School for the Arts. She has been described by the Boston Globe as singing with charm, warmth, and easy high notes. Matthew Larson, piano, holds a PhD in Collaborative Piano from Arizona State University and teaches at B.U’s Opera Institute; Minister of Music, First Congregational Church, Milton, MA


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Get Ready to Write Your Novel!

November is National Novel Writing Month at the Morse Institute

November is National Novel Writing Month. Join writers around the world as we strive for 50,000 words in 30 days! This year the Morse Institute Library is excited to participate in the project – bring your laptop or notebook to one of our write-ins happening November 3, 12, and 17. We’ll have cookies and coffee available for writing fuel, and you can collaborate and commiserate with your fellow writers as you get a few hundred words closer to your goal.

Can’t make it to a write-in? Stop by the Reference Desk for books and worksheets to help you get past your writer’s block. And make sure you are following the Morse Institute Library on Facebook and Twitter for tips, tricks, and inspiration all month long!


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