Join the Wellesley Free Library on Monday, August 19, 7pm – 8:30pm in the Craft Room, when special guest Piyush Khopkar from the NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Program will visit. He will share an astronomer’s passion and knowledge with us while we make our very own telescope to do some superior moon gazing. Learn about the properties of a telescope, put one together, and test it out. Make your own moon magnet, and more. All materials will be provided by the library. Registration required starting August 12. Space is limited. 4th grade and up.
Come into the cool of the Wellesley Free Library‘s Wakelin Room and take a seat for Free Friday Afternoons at the Movies. The events are open to the public and jointly sponsored by the Wellesley Council on Aging and the library.
I Can Only Imagine, August 9
Set in Greenville, Texas, this drama/musical film (2018) is based on the life story of Bart Millard, frontman of the Christian rock band MercyMe. Millard suffered physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his father, Arthur. When Arthur became terminally ill, he found redemption by embracing his faith and rediscovering his love for his son. Years later, Bart’s troubled childhood and mended relationship with his dad inspired him to write the hit song I Can Only Imagine. Running time 1 hour, 51 minutes. Raged PG.
DATE: Friday, August 9
LOCATION: Wellesley Free Library, Wakelin Room
Singing in the Rain, August 16
During the transition from silent films to “talkies,” everyone has trouble adapting. Don and Lina have been cast repeatedly as a romantic couple, but when their latest film is remade into a musical, only Don has the voice for the new singing part and Kathy, a bright young aspiring actress, is hired to record over Lina’s voice. This 1952 romance/musical runs for 1 hour, 43 minutes, Rated G.
DATE: Friday, August 16
LOCATION: Wellesley Free Library, Wakelin Room
Another free summer movie in Wellesley:
The Fifth Element, August 8
In the 23rd century, a New York City cabbie, Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis), finds the fate of the world in his hands when Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) falls into his cab. As the embodiment of the fifth element, Leeloo needs to combine with the other four to keep the approaching Great Evil from destroying the world. Together with Father Vito Cornelius (Ian Holm) and zany broadcaster Ruby Rhod (Chris Tucker), Dallas must race against time and the wicked industrialist Zorg (Gary Oldman) to save humanity.
Free snacks and beer (21+). Free admission and parking. Bring your own folding chairs and blankets. Rain location is Collins Cinema.
DATE: Thursday, August 8
TIME: Screening starts at dusk
LOCATION: Outside of the Davis Museum Building, Wellesley College campus
Wellesley’s three public libraries — the Wellesley’s Hills Branch (210 Washington St.), the Fells Branch (308 Weston Rd.), and the main library (530 Washington St.) — will take part in the 2019 cross-community Minuteman Library Crawl on Thursday, August 1, 10am – 5pm.
Start and end where you want on this self-guided tour of libraries in over 25 area towns. The challenge is to visit as many as you can and take a picture of yourself with a designated item in each library – it’s a 21st century scavenger hunt! Post your pics and tag the libraries #mlncrawl2019. Each library will have handouts and giveaways – show your pictures to a librarian (or if you don’t have a camera, just tell a librarian you’re on the crawl (they’re pretty trusting), and receive a prize.
Here are some libraries that jumped out at us:
The Fells Library is participating for the first time since its major renovation. If you haven’t been to Fells recently, you haven’t been to Fells. Enjoy a photo op at the Entering Wellesley sign that’s inside this magical early literacy library.
Chestnut Hill: Annenberg Library, Pine Manor College, 400 Heath St. Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 (10-4pm) will feature The Giving Tree (real tree, not the book!).
Framingham: Christa McAuliffe Branch, 746 Water Street, Framingham MA 01701 will have a popcorn machine.
Medfield Public Library: 468 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052 has a sculpture made of recycled objects.
Questions? Send them along to [email protected]
The Wellesley Free Library through July exhibits the late Abstract Expressionist artist Lois Gross Smiley, and the ink sketches of Rob Dunlavey.
Abstract Expressionism, Lois Gross Smiley
The public is invited to a reception on Tuesday July 23 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
Drawings of landscapes and birds, Rob Dunlavey
Dunlavey’s large ink sketches of ducks and herons at the South Natick Dam and Lake Waban are the result of intense and diligent working “en plein air.” Dunlavey lives in South Natick and is a habitué of the Charles River and Wellesley. He is also a published children’s book illustrator. Find out more at www.robd.com.