9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
Health & Safety
We are taking many precautions when it comes to the safety of our staff and patrons. You may notice some differences:
• Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the library.
• Additional self-checkout options have been added, including the option to check out using the Minuteman app on a smart device!
• Public restrooms are available and cleaned daily.
• Delivery Service is available for patrons who cannot safely come to the library. Call the library’s main number at 508-647-6520, or Rose Huling at 508-647-6528 for more information.
• The Children’s Room is open for browsing, reading and reference services only.
• Meeting Rooms are not available for booking at this time.
Access to public computers and internet for one 45-minute session per day. Make an appointment by calling our main desk at 508-647-6520.
Print, copying and faxing
Email us at [email protected] to print or inquire at Main Desk.
Beginning July 12, in-person reference hours on the second floor will be
1 to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
Virtual Reference hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
What Stays Virtual
• All programming and events will continue to be hosted online.
• Access to digital content like e-books, audiobooks, movies, magazines and music from the MorseInstitute.org website and our Virtual Reading Room.
• Remote access to research resources like databases
• Virtual Reference hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
• The library cannot accept cash payment. Visitors are encouraged to pay late fines or replacement book fees online.
GETTING STARTED WITH E-BOOKS: 11 to noon July 23 and 30. Need help downloading e-books from Hoopla or Libby on to your Kindle, iPad or tablet? Or want to share what e-book you’re currently reading? Stop by with any questions, concerns or if you want to say a quick hello!
TAKE & MAKE — DIY CANDLES: 10 to 11 a.m. July 26. Do you want to learn more about making your own DIY candle? Register for a Take & Make craft kit, and get all of the supplies needed to get started. Kits include a glass jar, wax, a wick, essential oils and flowers. After registering for the DIY Candle kit, participants will be emailed a link to the Take and Make: DIY Candles guide on the library’s digital branch. Take and Make kits will be available for pickup at the library starting July 26. This is a learn-at-your-own-pace kit.
PODCASTS — SUMMER EDITION: 7 to 8 p.m. July 26. Research Librarian Karol Bartlett has put together a list of new and noteworthy listens for the summer. Some might be just the right thing to listen while on a walk, or watching the stars of a summer evening. Space is limited for this program. Include a valid email to receive both a registration confirmation and link to the Zoom program. All registered will also receive an email list of the podcasts covered in the program.
QI GONG WITH DR. WEI LI: 10 to 11 a.m. July 27. Qi Gong is a centuries-old system of coordinated body-posture and movement, breathing and meditation used for the purposes of health, spirituality and martial-arts training. With roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy and martial arts, Qi Gong is traditionally viewed by the Chinese and throughout Asia as a practice to cultivate and balance qi, pronounced approximately as “chi,” translated as “life energy.” Registration is required.
LEARN TO TELL A GREAT TALE: 7 to 8 p.m. July 27. Taught by professional storyteller Joey Talbert, this course will teach storytelling techniques with a variety of exercises designed to help develop a voice. Participants will be encouraged to use their voice, body and imagination to put their own spin on a traditional tale. The final class will be a teller showcase. Registration is required. Registrants should commit to all four sessions, four weeks in a row. Once registered, a link to join the program will be sent out.
VIRTUAL MEDITATION: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 28. Lipi will be hosting meditation live using Zoom at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday night. Join for relaxation and mindfulness at the Zoom link in your email confirmation.
SUMMER TALES — LOBSTER TAILS & COCKTAILS: 7 to 8 p.m. July 28. Join Liz Barbour from The Creative Feast for this delicious virtual cooking class all about your summer favorites, lobster tails and cocktails! Liz will show you how to properly steam your lobster for the best tasting results. Then she will demonstrate how to make a delicious recipe featuring the lobster tail. Of course you’ll need something special to drink with that lobster! Liz will shake up the perfect cocktail/mocktail to go along with your New England lobster tail recipe. Please register in advance for this event using the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wteX-zGzSHySCWdFl0bqaA
COMIC BOOK BINGO — FAMILY GAME NIGHT:6 to 7 p.m. July 29 on Zoom. Register a family, then come to the library to get a kit. Participants will receive a Zoom link in the confirmation email.
Teen events are for ages 11-18. Contact Robin at 508-647-6400, ext. 1546, or email [email protected]
TEENS SUPER MARIO FANDOM FRIDAY: 3 to 4:30 p.m. July 23. This Friday’s Fandom is Super Mario. Make Perler Bead designs, answer trivia questions, and discuss favorite characters and games. etc. Kits include super cute Mario stickers and a Perler Beads Super Mario Bros kit that includes everything you need to make Perler Bead designs except an iron. This event is open to teens ages 11-18. Note: registration is limited to one Fandom Friday per person. Register to get the Zoom chat info via email and be notified when the kits are available for pick up.
TEENS/TWEENS EXPLORING WITH IMPROV: 3 to 4:15 p.m. July 26, Aug. 2 and 9. This workshop series will include low-pressure, high-energy theatre games, silly prompts and word play. Led by instructor Joey Talbert. This event is open to teens ages 11-18 and fifth-graders. Participants should be comfortable appearing on camera in Zoom. Register to get the Zoom chat info; Robin will email all participants the day before the program.
TEEN/TWEEN MINECRAFT WITH ZOOM CHAT: 2:30 to 4 p.m. July 27 and 29. Join a Minecraft gaming session on the library’s 24/7 Minecraft server for Natick teens and tweens in grades four through 12. The server is available from home and has play options including a Spleef Arena, PVP, Mini Games, and Disguise options. The library will host chatting on Zoom while playing but chat is not required. Robin will share the Zoom meeting ID and password in the game each day. No need to register. Those who have server access can just jump online. Apply for access to the 24/7 Minecraft Server at least 24 hours before the session. Participants will need a Minecraft PC/Java account to play online.
TEENS TAKE A 3-D PEN HOME WORKSHOP: 7 to 8 p.m. July 27. Thanks to a grant from MathWorks, the Morse Institute Library will offer Natick teens ages 11-18 a new Maker program, Take a 3D Pen Home. This Zoom session is one of four workshops for the July/August workshop series. The group will make creations, troubleshooting pen issues, and show off what participants have made. Robin will email Zoom info to all enrolled teens the day before the workshop. The library is accepting applications for the summer series. Find information on how to apply on the library’s Take a 3D Pen Home webpage.
TEENS/TWEENS — BIG CATS VIRTUAL VISIT: 3 to 4 p.m. July 28. Enjoy a virtual visit with Big Cats from Animal Adventures! Meet an African serval and check out a bobcat and Carpathian lynx! Due to a limit on the number of Zoom screens, register only one teen or tween per household and share a screen so more people can attend.
This event is open to Teens ages 11-18 and fifth-graders. Register to get the Zoom chat info; Robin will email all participants the day before the program.
SHRINKY DINKS — GRADE 4-6 REALM RUNNERS: 3:30 to 4:15 pm July 28.
Zoom afternoon crafting and hangout time, geared for kids going into grades four to six. Program kits available at the library after registration. Just come to the desk with the registered child’s name and program name to receive a kit. Participants will receive the Zoom link in the confirmation email. Note that all programs must be registered for individually, and that each has a unique Zoom code.
TEENS DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: 6 to 8 p.m. July 28. Play a Dungeons & Dragons adventure online over five weeks. It will be a fifth-edition standard fantasy D&D campaign set in Faerun. Players will be able to choose from a variety of pre-generated first-level characters. It’s not a homebrew adventure, but all campaign info is top secret until it begins. Beginners are welcome. The sessions are open to teens ages 13-18. This is a five-week Friday night series. Register to attend all of the following dates: May 21 and 28 and June 4, 11 and 18. Priority in registration will be given to teens who can attend all five sessions. All participants will need the following: a laptop or computer with earbuds and a microphone, and a Roll20.net account. Roll20 accounts are free.