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Living Library: Call for Living “Books”

Call for Living Books!

The Morse Institute Library will be hosting a Living Library event on April 14th, and we are looking for some Living “Books” to participate!

A Living Library is an event that is based on the idea that every person has a story to tell. Participants can borrow living “books” for short intervals to have real, engaging conversation with people in the community that they might not normally engage with and who have a unique story and perspective to share. Living Books might include (but are certainly not limited to) people who belong to different racial, ethnic, or religious groups; people who have overcome adversity; people who have had unusual careers and life experiences; and people who have achieved noteworthy successes.

Would you like to tell your story? We are currently looking for people to become “books” at our event! Living Books are volunteers who are willing to share their unique stories with others in a safe environment during our event. Applications are now being accepted at !

Introducing hoopla digital!

hoopla digital now available at the Morse Institute Library!The Morse Institute Library is excited to announce the public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, ebooks, audiobooks, and comic books, all available for instant mobile and online access through with hoopla digital! All you need is a valid library card to sign up and get started.

Natick residents can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or iOS device or visit to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies, and publishers – available to stream or download to their smartphones, tablets, and computers. The best part is you don’t need to wait to enjoy what you’re looking for – Natick cardholders will be able to check out five titles per month from hoopla digital instantly!

To access the system on your computer or mobile device, you will need to visit or download the FREE hoopla digital app from the App Store on your Google, iOS, or Kindle Fire device. Simply sign up to get started!

By the Numbers: hoopla digital

  • 5 checkouts per month
  • 21 days: Audiobooks, ebooks, and comics loan period
  • 7 days: Music album loan period
  • 3 days: Movie and TV loan period

Our February Newsletter is here!

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Jane Austen Ball Highlights

We had such a great time at the Jane Austen Ball last weekend! Thank you to everyone who braved the snow, dressed to impress, and danced the night away! Thank you to Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Fox Ballroom Dance Studio, and DAVIDsTEA for helping make this night a memorable one!

New Lighting at the Library

New lighting at the library

You may have noticed that the library lighting went through some changes recently. At Spring 2017 Town Meeting, members approved the lighting project proposed by the Town’s Sustainability Coordinator. The library is delighted to be a part of a more sustainable Natick. Our old florescent bulbs were replaced with energy efficient LED bulbs throughout the building. In many staff and meeting areas, LED lights were equipped with sensors that will turn off after 17 minutes of non-use. This will help the Library be more of an active participant in cost savings and reducing the Town’s energy use.

Like every project, there will need to be some adjustments and we will work to address any issues as quickly as possible. If you have any feedback or questions regarding this project, feel free to contact

November is National Novel Writing Month!

National Novel Writing Month at the Morse Institute Library

November is National Novel Writing Month! “One part writing boot camp, one part rollicking party, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) celebrates its 19th year of encouraging creativity, education, and the power of the imagination through the largest writing event in the world.”

This year we are pleased to offer talks by three local authors, designed to propel you toward the goal of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. Each talk will be followed by a write-in, so bring your favorite writing gear and get a few hundred words closer to your goal! Check out for full program information.

  • Wednesday 11/1, 11am-1pm: Kick off National Novel Writing Month with coffee, donuts and an author chat about revisions with Heidi Pitlor, author of The Daylight Marriage, followed by our first write-in!
  • Thursday 11/9, 7-9pm: Chat with Laura Woollett, author of Big Top Burning, about her “couch to 30k” approach to meeting writing goals, followed by our second NaNoWriMo write-in!
  • Saturday 11/18, 11am-1pm: Chat with published NaNoWriMo author Jennifer S. Brown, author of Modern Girls, about her tips for a successful NaNoWriMo, followed by our final write-in of the year!
  • Thursday 11/30, 7-9pm: Celebrate your National Novel Writing Month effort at the Morse Institute Library’s wrap-up party! How close did you get to 50,000 words in 30 days? Compare word counts, talk about your next steps, and maybe share a page or two of your writing! RSVP for our wrap-up party at

The Morse Institute Library is just one of the many Minuteman Library Network libraries that are hosting NaNoWriMo activities this year. Check out this flyer to see what our colleagues have in store for you [PDF]!

Extended Sunday Hours!

On September 10, 2017 we will resume Sunday hours at the Morse Institute Library!

This year, the Board of Library Trustees agreed to fund an additional hour, allowing the Library to open from 1pm until 5pm.

We are excited as this additional hour will allow us to better serve the Community of Natick!

Finding Stories at the Library

Historical research at the Morse InstituteRecently we welcomed budding historians Brooke, 5, and Ella, 8, to the Morse Institute with their mother, Hillary, in pursuit of information about the history of their 100-year-old Natick home. The pair became curious about their house and the people who lived there in the past after visiting an old schoolhouse with their grandfather. “We saw old toys and saw pictures of what they wore a really long time ago. I wanted to learn more about the kids who used to live in my house, especially the first people,” said Ella. With help from the reference librarians, they were able to search through water records, resident lists, census records, and a very helpful map from 1908. They also utilized the Libraries subscription to to look through digitized Natick records and put names, ages, even occupations to the people who once lived on their street. Ella’s advice to other kids who are interested in starting a project like this one is “go to the library”. Of course, we love to see our collection help piece together the history of a place and to fuel the appetites of even our youngest researchers.

We Want to Hear From You!

Parent and child with ipad

Have something that you want to tell us? A compliment, complaint, or question? Our comment box at the library’s entrance is a great place to tell us what’s on your mind. Recently, we heard: “I’m interested in programming for parents on exploring the internet with children and advice for safety and age-appropriate content. Thanks!”

Libraries staff are real information-experts, and we certainly have a role in helping parents navigate the complicated world of technology for children. The library recently purchased over 20 Launchpads – themed tablets preloaded with age-appropriate apps on a variety of subjects. Look for additional technology help for parents, caregivers and kids in the upcoming academic year!

Food For Fines

Vi Tutuny Food Pantry

Our Food for Fines program is back! Every August, the Morse Institute Library supports the Vi Tutuny Food Pantry at the Natick Service Council by accepting non-perishable food items in lieu of payment for overdue fines. The summer months can be tough for those facing food insecurity. With schools out, kids who rely on subsidized meals at school often go without, and donations to food pantries typically go down in the summer months as well. Our long-term partnership with the Natick Service Council has created an easy way for us to help build a better Natick by providing healthy food to those in need in our community! Food for Fines will run from August 1-August 31, and restrictions do apply.