Feb 232017

Irish Fest is coming, Saturday, March 4th. More information and tickets





Gardening time ahead…we’ve got programs and seeds.New seeds are in stock! Here’s a list of what’s coming up…..

 pollinatorsJoin us for a free program on Attracting Pollinators with Master Gardener Noreen Kepple, Wednesday, March 1st at 7pm. According to the Fish and Wildlife Service, about 75% of our flowers, vegetables, and fruit depend on animal pollinators. Do you want to learn more about pollinators in your garden? This presentation will highlight: what is a pollinator; their value to our ecosystem; how to attract them to your garden; identifying pollinator plants; and more. Sponsored by the Friends of Wheeler Library. The program begins at 7; the seed lending library will be open from 6:30 for seed “check out”. More information about Wheeler Library’s Seed Lending Project will be available. Free and open to all.




startingOn Wednesday, March 8th at 7pm,  Bill Paradis presents tips on starting seeds indoors, early planting outdoors, and hardening off plants to prepare them for transplanting. This program is part of Wheeler Library’s Seed Lending Project, which welcomes new and experienced gardeners to share gardening knowledge, check out our interesting stock of garden seed, and to contribute seeds that they may have saved that have been successful locally. Bill has 30 years of experience growing vegetables for discriminating chefs, and works locally with small growers and community gardens. The program begins at 7; the seed lending library will be open from 6:30 for seed “check out”. More information about Wheeler Library’s Seed Lending Project will be available. Free and open to all.


mandala2Mandala Painting Workshop – Friday, February 24th from 6:30 to 8:30…..Join local artist Constance Kilgore and spend a winter evening creating a colorful painted mandala. As archetypal symbols of wholeness, mandalas manifest in art, architecture, religion, and throughout the natural world. Come for a fun and relaxing evening immersed on the process of painting your own unique creation on canvas. No experience necessary; all materials will be provided. A brief slide presentation will get your creative juices flowing – lite bites and beverages included. Children ages 12 and older are welcome with an adult.

$25 per person. Please register with payment by February 20, 2017. Checks or cash payable to Wheeler Library, PO Box 217, North Stonington, CT 06359 or give us a call.



yoga1Yoga  – Wednesdays ages 2 to 4 at 10:30. Free. This class is sponsored by the Library for kids and their caregivers. Come give yoga a try.






musicMusic and movement. Friday, February 24th at 10:30.  For moms, dads and their babies birth to 18 months. Not your typical mommy and me! Songs for baby’s developing speech and motor skills. Tips for moms and dads about using body ergonomics, the power of posture, and a preamble to meditation. This informal program delivers information that will help you through your daily movements with baby both mentally and physically. Come for you, come for your baby. Tell your friends. Don’t miss this one!



photo by Mark Starr.

Scallop Fishing on Mister G – a documentary by Mark Starr. Monday, February 27th at 7pm.  The subject of scallop fishing is significant because it is an industry in peril, at least for the independent fisherman trying to make a living at it. While scalloping is now the most successful and largest fishery in New England, large corporations dominate the industry. Big industry has “knocked out all the little guys who used to scallop,” Starr reports, noting there are only six licenses left in Rhode Island, and only four people scalloping from small boats like the Mister G. Mark is a resident of North Stonington and author of several books.


Gypsy Moths – Monday, March 6th at 6:30pm. Arborist Nicholas Vallas will give a presentation on the life cycle of Gypsy and Winter Moths, and techniques that homeowners can use to deal with the infestations.   Sponsored by the North Stonington Garden Club. Free and open to all.  



moanaFamily Movie Night —  Friday, March 10th at 6:30. MOANA. Free and open to all. Bring a comfy chair – water and popcorn available.





helpWheeler Library is looking for teens and adults to provide one on one tech support to other residents, by appointment only, at the library. Help others familiarize themselves with a new phone, laptop, or other device. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Amy Kennedy. Thank you!



book sale


The Friends of Wheeler Library Book Sale is March 8th -11th during library hours.  A Preview night ($5pp) will be held on Tuesday, March 7th from 6 to 8 pm. ON Saturday, March 11th, fill a bag of books for only $5.




Friends visiting? Borrow a pass from the library and visit great local sights.


The Friends of Wheeler Library fund our museum pass program, which provides free or discounted admissions. Borrow a pass and visit one of these local treasures: – Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center ; Florence Griswold Museum; Lyman Allyn Art Museum; Mystic Aquarium;  CT State Parks; and Wadsworth Atheneum.





azn smileA great way to help Wheeler Library at no cost to you is to register with Amazon Smile. Start at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/06-0728869 and a percentage of your purchase will go to benefit the Library.