Come to the Friends of Morse Institute Library’s winter two-day book, bake, and music sale on Sat, Jan 27 (8:30am-4:30pm) and Sun, Jan 28 (12-3pm), with thousands of good condition used books plus a bake sale and CD/vinyl sale. Adult books are $1, and books for children, tweens, and teens are $0.50. Sale tables are restocked throughout the weekend…
The Friends of the Morse Institute Library have a busy December planned, with the Holiday Lottery Raffle from Nov. 26 to Dec. 21, for a chance to win one of two prizes: $100 worth of Massachusetts lottery scratch tickets. This is the second year that the raffle will benefit a special cause for the Friends, an $80,000 commitment toward the library’s new bookmobile.
Raffle tickets are $5 apiece and are available through Dec. 21 at the Morse Institute Library Circulation Desk whenever the library is open and at the Friends’ table in the library lobby when staffed. Winners’ names will be drawn on Friday, Dec. 22. You do not need to be present to win.
The Friends are also hosting its annual Holiday Book Sale for Children and Tweens on Saturday, Dec. 2 (noon-4pm) in the Community Room on the lower level at Morse Institute Library. All books are 50 cents. And, of course, the Book Nook in the library lobby is open and available for holiday shopping.
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Natick is fortunate enough to draw multiple authors to town and nearby each month who write across a wide range of genres, and who visit to connect with readers and promote their work. Attending an author’s talk—whether you’ve read the book, or just want to learn more about the topic at hand—is a great way to meet the current stars of the literary scene. Here are just a few author events happening in the area this month.
Michael Willrich, American Anarchy
DATE: Nov. 9
LOCATION: Wellesley Books, 82 Central St., Wellesley
COST: Free. RSVP requested
Micael Willrich, a Wellesley resident and a history professor at Brandeis, will be speaking about his third book, American Anarchy, about the epic struggle between immigrant radicals and the U.S. government at the dawn of the 20th century.
Lisa Rogers, Beautiful Noise: The Music of John Cage
DATE: Nov. 11
LOCATION: Barnes & Noble, Sherwood Plaza, 1324 Worcester St, Natick, MA 01760
COST: Free. Musical activities for kids.
Meet Lisa Rogers, who will read her latest book Beautiful Noise: The Music of John Cage, a unique picture book about the pioneering, inspiring composer who believed all sound—from the crash of a slamming door to the whirr of a blender to the whoosh of the wind—was music.For John Cage, music was everywhere: in the hum of the refrigerator, the screech of a garbage truck, the patter of the rain. But other people disagreed. They felt that, surely, a pianist on stage must actually play their piano to create music…not just sit there. And in no way was it melodic to turn a musician’s mic on and off as they do play their instruments–it was just chaos!
Maddie Day, Murder on Cape Cod
DATE: Nov. 18
LOCATION: Barnes & Noble, Sherwood Plaza, 1324 Worcester St, Natick, MA 01760
Bestselling author Maddie Day will be visiting and signing copies of her books, Maddie Day is a pseudonym for Agatha Award-winning mystery author Edith Maxwell.
Summer is busy season for Mackenzie “Mac” Almeida’s bicycle shop, nestled in the quaint, seaside hamlet of Westham, Massachusetts. She’s expecting an influx of tourists at Mac’s Bikes; instead she discovers the body of Jake Lacey. Mac can’t imagine anyone stabbing the down-on-his-luck handyman. However, the authorities seem to think Mac is a strong suspect after she was spotted arguing with Jake just hours before his death. Mac knows she didn’t do it, but she does recognize the weapon—her brother Derrick’s fishing knife.
The latest Natick, Mass., business news:
Barnes & Noble reopens at new location
We popped into the new Barnes & Noble bookstore location in Sherwood Plaza on Rte. 9 east in Natick on its opening day, June 14, and breathed in that new-store smell while browsing the book and gift shelves. The mega-retailer announced late last year that it would move from its long-time Shopper’s World location in Framingham and take over the 18,000 sq. ft. space between the Paper Store and Dick’s (the former Petco location). Within six months, Barnes & Noble opened for business. Amazing how fast things can happen when that old COVID virus doesn’t get in the way.
The store is open 9am-9pm except Sundays, when it is open 10am-7pm.
The selection at the new store is wide and well organized, with A-Z authors, and special sections for everything from Harry Potter to LGBTQ+. In addition to books, you can find vinyl records, office and art supplies, greeting cards, candles, puzzles, wellness journals, chakra cards, diffusers, more. No doubt the place is massive. In an effort to make it seem more homey and less like a warehouse, the very well-lit space is divided into “rooms” while retaining its open floor plan. Sci-fi and fantasy lovers, for example, enter an area set up with walls of books—in front of you and on your left and right. The psychology and personal growth section invites browsers to take a seat in one of two mid-century modern style chairs and thumb through books with titles like The Happiness Trap and I Thought it was Just Me. Kids will enjoy the big wooden train set up with its freight of picture books.
We tried to get a sneak peek at the store before its opening, but you know, corporate. We found the store employees friendly and eager to help on opening day.
We have a few quibbles, however. We attempted to find any signs of Natick at the store, knowing full well this is not really a local book shop complete with ancient dusty tomes, sagging shelves, and a cat. An associate pointed us to a pile of “local author” books, but those were more Boston-focused. A “local communities” shelf proved to be a random selection of Auburn, Hull, and Woburn…no Natick.
We did uncover a copy of the late Natick Rabbi Harold S. Kushner’s When Bad Things Happen to Good People stocked on the bottom shelf of the Personal Growth section. But no sign of books by Natick’s arguably most famous author, Horatio Alger, who in the mid-1800s authored over 300 novels about boys who rose from rags to riches through thrift and industry. His most well-known title: Ragged Dick. Alger spent most of his adult years in New York City, coming back occasionally to visit family. In his final years Alger returned to town in poor health, and died in Natick on July 18, 1899.
David’s Bridal jilting Natick
Now it is closing stores, including the one in Natick’s Sherwood Plaza. The business doesn’t make it easy to find info about the closing on its website. One sign on the storefront refers to “Closing: This location only,” but stores in Danvers and North Dartmouth are also being shuttered as part of the company’s efforts to survive.
No stop at Sherwood Plaza would be complete without saying hello to the fine kitties at Kitty City at Pet World.
Jesamondo add new manicurist to its rank and file
Sponsored content: Jesamondo welcomes Daysy Benavides as the newest talent to the salon and spa. Daysy brings more than 15 years of experience as a manicurist and reflexologist from Bella Sante, and the Jesamondo team looks forward to working with her. Daysy will be working at the 154 E Central St, Natick location Wednesday-Friday, and select Saturdays and Sundays, 9am-5pm each day. Schedule your appointment online at https://jesamondo.com/ or call 508-907-7171.
You’re a great cook. Your family and friends know you’re a great cook. Now it’s time to let your community know by including one or more of your go-to recipes in the upcoming 150th Anniversary Community Cookbook. The fundraiser is being organized by the Morse Institute Library to celebrate its sesquicentennial. The deadline for submissions is August 25.
How to submit a recipe to the 150th Anniversary Community Cookbook
Hit the login prompt on the upper right-hand side of the site.
Type in username MAM1873
Type in password the password: blender852
Submit as many recipes as you like.
Not interested in submitting recipes online? Stop by the Morse Institute Library for a Recipe Collection Sheet if you prefer to use pen and paper. submit completed sheets to any service desk.
The deadline for submissions is August 25, 2023. The finished cookbook is expected to be available for purchase in fall 2023.
What kind of recipes are needed?
The goal is for this cookbook to reflect the entire Natick community, so recipes that celebrate the many cultures represented in Natick, as well as recipes submitted in languages other than English, are very welcome.
Here are the categories, that will likely serve as chapter headings in the finished book:
- appetizers and beverages
- soups and salads
- vegetables and side dishes
- main dishes
- breads and rolls
- cookies and candy
- this and that
So far Natick Report has shared a Lentil Soup recipe, and we’re excited to see this family favorite as part of the cookbook. But don’t let us have all the fun. The Community Cookbook can’t be a success without lots of community involvement. Not just individuals can submit recipe(s)—your club, civic group, organization, business, etc., are encouraged to get involved. More than just a repository of recipes, The Community Cookbook is meant to be a snapshot in time of Natick, a useable document that expresses what the town’s culinary life looks like right now.
The last (and only Morse Institute Cookbook, as far as the library staff is aware of) was produced as a fundraiser in 1989. In that book, the 1923 Purple and Gold Natick Women’s Club Cookbook was included as a full section.
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