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Upcoming Events at Wheeler Library
Music on Main – A Community Concert Series on Sunday afternoons. Join us for a series of classical music concerts featuring musicians from the Eastern Connecticut Symphony. Click here for more details and tickets. Our next concert features a trombone quartet, January 25th at 3pm.
Makerspace Mondays – this week featuring Motors, LEDs, Light Sensors and Microcontrollers. Makerspace Mondays continue on January 26, February 2, February 9, and February 23. Students are welcome to drop in during the following times: Middle school students from 2:30 to 3:30 pm; 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students from 3:30 to 4:30. **Bus transportation from NSES can be arranged for interested students** Makerspace projects include: Bookmark book light, Paper circuits with copper tape, Bristlebots ($5 for kit materials), Introductory robotics, On January 26th, we’ll aslo have The chemistry of tie dyeing (Bring your own white t-shirt). Just drop in anytime between 2:30 and 4:30 to see what’s going on.
Art classes @Wheeler Library – Grades 6 to 8 – Middle School Students are invited to get creative at Wheeler Library – beginning Tuesday, January 27th, join us for this free weekly class to improve drawing skills and explore new mediums such as; charcoal, graphite, ink wash, watercolor crayons, pastels and acrylic paint. We will focus on one medium per class and discuss the tools and techniques to create a dialogue that will grow both visually and verbally. Come join the fun and make some masterpieces! Instructor: Mary Sutherland. Tuesday, 2:30 to 4. Free!
Bill Betty, a mountain lion lecturer from Rhode Island, will give a presentation on pumas. In North America, cougars were nearly driven to extinction in the East and in the last century, they were limited to Florida and a dozen states in the West. But now the Big Cats are making a comeback virtually everywhere in the US and Canada. Learn more about Mountain Lions and their presence in Southern New England from Bill Betty, a Rhode Island native who studies these amazing creatures. “Show and tell items” – such as a skull, tracking maps, a motion detection camera, cougar lures, scat samples and various books and pamphlets will be available for attendees to examine. Part of this program will include a segment on how to recover evidence as well as advice on where and when to search for this fascinating creature. Suggested donation of $5.
On Friday, January 30th at 7pm, we’ll show the documentary Carved from Stone: Legacy of a Granite Town. The film chronicles the people, products and processes in Westerly’s granite industry. Written and produced by Betty-Jo Cugini, with director of photography and editor Jim Karpeichik, Carved from Stone: Legacy of a Granite Town is based on the book Built from Stone: The Westerly Granite Story. Shown recently on Rhode Island PBS, this will be the first Connecticut screening. Carved from Stone shows Westerly granite as the “gold standard,” with hundreds of blacksmiths, carvers, stonemasons, and other craftsmen brought from Europe to ply their artistry, each contributing to the reputation of the beauty of the work and the durability of the stone. Photos, interviews, and rare archival film footage from around 1920 together paint a vivid portrait of the hard work of the granite industry that thrived in Westerly from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. Viewers will also travel to Gettysburg, where more than 70 monuments were built of Westerly granite, and on to Woodlawn Cemetery in New York, which boasts more than 30 Westerly granite mausoleums, statues, and other beautiful monuments. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmOUZP64tlI&feature=youtu.be . Refreshments will be provided. Free and open to all. Sponsored by the Friends of Wheeler Library and the North Stonington Historical Society.
Coming in February:
On exhibit at Wheeler Library: “The Natural Beauty of Plum Island: Sea, Seals, Sunsets and More” – Photographs by John Lorenz and Paintings by John Sargent. On display through January. Wheeler Library, 101 Main Street, North Stonington, 860.535.0383. wheelerlibrary.org