Oct 162016

img_3539It’s Annual Appeal time – Wheeler Library depends on your gift to provide great collections and services. Thank you. Give online with your credit card here. 



pjstoryFall Family Storytime is held on Tuesday mornings at 10:30. Sign up or drop in. Ages 5 and under with a caregiver.




yogaYoga  –

Tuesdays, at 3:30; ages 4 to 8 at 3:30. $70 for  8 weeks. Ages 8 to 11 at 4:45. $70 for 8 weeks.

Wednesdays ages 2 to 4 at 10:30. Free (library sponsored)

Saturdays begin Oct 22 for girls ages 13 to 18. $48 for 4 weeks.








img_3967Come hear Todd Bausch on travelling to and climbing Vinson Massif on Antarctica. Wednesday, October 19th at 7pm.

At 16,067′ Vinson Massif is the highest mountain on the frozen continent of Antarctica. It was the last of the famous Seven Summits (highest point on each continent) to be climbed in 1966. Located approximately 600 miles from the South Pole, Vinson Massif is one of the most pristine and remote places on Earth. Antarctica is the coldest and driest of all the continents and also has the highest average elevation (8,200′). The logistics to reach Antarctica are a journey in themselves. Our team was part of aviation history, being the first Boeing 757 to land at Union Glacier. This expedition had all of the characteristics that make a mountain memorable-awe inspiring views, team camaraderie, extreme weather, and a challenging climb. The team experienced -70 degree temperatures for 4 days while they were pinned down at high camp after a successful summit day. Please join Mystic, CT native Todd Bausch as he shares his 2015 experience to the bottom of the Earth to climb Vinson Massif and his ambition to complete the Seven Summits.
Free and open to all.






songofthe-seaMovie Night at Wheeler Library

Bring a comfy chair and join us on Friday, October 21 at 6:30 pm to watch Song of the Sea on the big screen. Nominated for Best Animated Feature Film of 2015.
Popcorn and water will be available. Free and open to all. Please call the library (860 535 0383) with any questions.






The Historic Use of Pitch Pine
in New England – with Daniel Evans and Emery Gluck.
Monday, October 24th at 7 pm

To the early colonists, pitch pine was too important a resource to be without: it was used for most illumination and it appropriately earned the name Candlewood and Torchwood. The pitch and tar produced from the pine in earthen kilns in the 1600s and early 1700s was vital for getting early New England’s ship building industry established and helpingpitchpine
desperate England build its naval superiority. It was called New England’s first industry and was crucial for the cash strapped economy. The industry left very little evidence of its existence except in the names of places (e.g., Tar Barrel Hill in North Stonington). Though hardwoods were usually clearcut for charcoal production, both pitch pine and oak forests were sustained after clearcutting by Native American and European settlers’ practices of burning the woods. Natives also cleared land for agriculture and sustained grasslands with more frequent repeated burning.
With the drastic reduction in burning, New England is slowly losing these disturbance dependent ecosystems as they are being invaded and outcompeted by other trees that were historically knocked back by fire. The Connecticut Division of Forestry utilizes prescribed burns and judicious harvests of trees to restore these historic ecosystems. Sponsored by the Friends of Wheeler Library and The North Stonington Historical Society. Free and open to all. Refreshments served.





Book Discussion
parisThe library book group meets again on Tuesday, October 25th at 6:30 to discuss The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. Copies of the book are available at the library.






azn smileA great way to help Wheeler Library at no cost to you is to register with Amazon Smile. Start at and a percentage of your purchase will go to benefit the Library.

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


museumThe 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; Roger Williams Park Zoo; CT State Parks; and Wadsworth Atheneum.