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58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
(508) 653-6730

May 2019

Dog Tales

May 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every month that begins at 10:00 am on day Fourth of the month, repeating until May 25, 2019

Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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We're reading dog stories with one of our gentle therapy dogs! Join us for this very special storytime. No registration required, no age limits.

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Story Time!

May 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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Story Time! Come listen to a variety of stories with Fran, do a craft, and find some great books to take home. No registration required.

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Story Time!

May 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating indefinitely

Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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Story Time! Come listen to a variety of stories with Fran, do a craft, and find some great books to take home. No registration required.

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Piecing It Together

May 29 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 30, 2019

Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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Looking for a little midweek afternoon challenge? Come to the BFL to work on the community jigsaw puzzle - we will keep working on it until it's completed, then it's onto a new puzzle challenge!

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Story Time!

May 31 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Friday, repeating indefinitely

Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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Story Time! Come listen to a variety of stories with Fran, do a craft, and find some great books to take home. No registration required.

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June 2019

Summer Hours – Closed on Saturdays

June 1
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Saturday, repeating until September 1, 2019

Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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The library will be closed on Saturdays from June 1 to August 31. We will re-open on Saturday September 7, 2019.

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A Short History of Plants & People

June 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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The advent of agriculture was approximately 25 thousand years ago. What has happened since then? Hannah Traggis will discuss how agriculture influenced civilization, and how changes in the last century have impacted our food and environment. She will also look ahead and discuss how the choices we make as consumers influence the future of food. Presented by Hannah Traggis, Senior Horticulturist at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

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Friends of the BFL Meeting

June 11 @ 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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Come join the Friends plan for the year of supporting the Bacon Free Library. There are big jobs and small jobs that need helping hands. Last year, the Friends gave the BFL over $16,000 for programs, books/materials, and so much more. Here are a few examples of what you could do to help: 1. Bake for author visits 2. Man tables at various town functions to help boost the library's profile in the community 3. Join a sub-committee - membership,…

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Meet Author Juliette Fay

June 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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Come enjoy a glass of wine and meet best-selling author Juliette Fay, whose latest book, City of Flickering Light, transports us back to the Golden Age of Hollywood and the raucous Roaring Twenties, as three friends struggle to earn their places among the stars of the silent screen—perfect for fans of La La Land and Rules of Civility.  Juliette’s first published novel, Shelter Me, was designated as one of the ten best works of fiction in 2009 by the Massachusetts Center for the Book, an…

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Summer Reading Kickoff Party!

June 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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Local musician and BFL favorite, Stacey Peasely, will treat us to a lively concert to blast us off into summer reading!  The theme for the summer is Universe of Stories.  So open a book and let it take you out of this world. 

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Environmental Book Club

June 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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We’re reading and discussing: The Unsettling of America : Culture and Agriculture by Wendell Berry Join environmental enthusiast, Arthur Ensroth, in discussing current, historical and future environmental issues through books! We’re finding ways to become more engaged and participatory in the natural world, educating ourselves on the climate challenges we face and looking at the history and philosophy of how the environment has been viewed through the ages.  The BFL is collaborating with Broadmoor, Mass Audubon with this book group.…

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Dog Tales

June 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every month that begins at 10:00 am on day Third of the month, repeating until August 21, 2019

Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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We're giving new meaning to the dog days of summer! Join us in the air-conditioned library to listen to fun animal stories with one of our gentle therapy dogs.   No registration required, no age limits.

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Read to a Dog

June 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 1:00 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until August 15, 2019

Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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Kids in kindergarten through 4th grade are invited to sign up for 15-minute sessions to read aloud to one of our gentle therapy dogs! Registration required; if you cannot make it, please let us know as the therapy dogs and their people volunteer their time for this program. To register, please call 508-653-6730 or sign up using the form below:  

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Plant Swap

June 23 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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What is a plant swap? An event where fellow plant owners can come together and swap their plants, connect with one another, and have fun! How does it work? Bring a pest free, beautiful plant or 2 or 3 - and be prepared to part with them! The plant can be potted or bare root and you can also bring seeds if you wish. Everyone will have their own designated area to put their plants and then you will be…

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Book Club

June 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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This month we are reading and discussing Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.  According to goodreads.com, this heart-wrenching, yet uplifting novel is based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country. Copies of this book are available at the library or you can request one here.

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Make & Take: Rocket Ship

June 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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What do you get when you combine a paper tube, some colorful streamers, a little glue, and a lot of creativity?  A paper rocket ship!   Bring your kiddos to make an out-of-this-world craft with Miss Fran. All materials are provided. 

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DIY Wire-wrapped Sea Glass Pendant

June 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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Sea glass is one of the prettiest pieces of trash you’ll ever see - and now you can turn it into a handmade piece of jewelry! Learn how to create a stunning sea glass pendant using silver-plated wire and some easy wire-wrapping techniques. Feel free to bring your own sea glass that you found on the beach or use a piece provided by the instructor. All other materials provided; no experience is necessary, but space is limited and registration is…

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July 2019

Make & Take: Hummingbird Feeders

July 3 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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Today we are making feeders to attract those beautiful hummingbirds to your garden.  Open to all ages. No registration required and all materials provided.

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Lemonade and Cookies

July 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Friday, repeating until August 23, 2019

Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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Come and cool off at the library with lemonade and cookies!  

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Art & Play

July 10 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until August 28, 2019

Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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Beat the heat and get crafty at the library! There will be a variety of projects to work on including adult coloring books, origami, decoupage, and more. Bring your own project or drop in to work on something new with materials provided here.

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Kidz Move!

July 11 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until August 22, 2019

Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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Start your kid's day out right with a bit of movement! Join Cindy, our movement guru, for a half hour of stretching, moving, dancing, and smiling. Parents are welcome to join in. Fitness can be a part of everyday!

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DIY No-sew T-shirt Bag

July 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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Got a lot of old T-shirts that you don't know what to do with? Bring one (or a few) and learn how to make an upcycled T-shirt bag without having to sew a stitch! Feel free to bring your own T-shirt or use one provided. All other materials provided; no experience is necessary but space is limited and registration is required.  

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Make & Take: Monsters

July 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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Is your monster silly?  Is it spooky?  Is it crazy or kooky?  You decide! We'll provide a variety of art supplies as well as a some ideas to get you started on creating your very own monster to take home.    

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Read to a Dog

July 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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Kids in kindergarten through 4th grade are invited to sign up for 15-minute sessions to read aloud to one of our gentle therapy dogs! Registration required; if you cannot make it, please let us know as the therapy dogs and their people volunteer their time for this program. To register, please call 508-653-6730 or sign up using the form below:  

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Summer Lawn Concerts with Colette O’Connor

July 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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One event on August 1, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on August 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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Join us on the BFL lawn for a 3-part series of family friendly acoustic guitar music from singer and songwriter Colette O'Connor. Halifax-based singer-songwriter Colette O'Connor's all original acoustic music is simply good for all ages. Her acoustic experience refreshes inner-child eye-twinkles, because they sometimes do need a bit of re-charging. O'Connor's music weaves soft Jazzy-Blues to Americana Folk. Her rich alto voice commands reassurance that the time-honored tradition of Woman Singer-songwriter remains strong.

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Big Bubbles with Mr. Vinny the Bubble Guy

July 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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Join us on the lawn for running, jumping, and bubble-popping fun!  Mr. Vinny is bringing his hand-made, giant bubble wand to create floating blobs of soapy goodness. The kids can chase and pop to their heart's delight, while Mr. Vinny tells jokes and answers questions.  It will be good clean fun!

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Book Club

July 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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This month, we are reading and discussing Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson. Through alternating letters, Anne Youngson crafts the story of two people, worlds apart, who develop an unexpected, sweet, and profound relationship.  As the correspondence that began as a discussion of antiquities grows into something much deeper and lovely, a friendship blossoms. But when the letters stop, what happens next? Copies of Meet Me at the Museum are available at the BFL or you can request one…

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DIY Chalkboard Mason Jar Mugs

July 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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Get your drink on with a mason jar mug that you can personalize as you see fit with chalkboard paint! We will provide the mason jar mugs but feel free to bring your own glass jars to make drinking glasses, vases, or candle holders that will then be stylized with chalkboard paint. All other materials provided and you may want to wear "crafting clothes." Space is limited and registration is required.  

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Art for All: Dots

July 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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We are having fun and being creative with all things related to dots!  Dot markers: check Sticker dots: check Connect the dots: check  Cool, simple fun on a hot day: check

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August 2019

Animal World Experience

August 7 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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Calling all animal lovers!  Matt Gabriel of Animal World Experience is coming back to the BFL and bringing several of his critters.  After we learn about the animals, the kids will have a chance to pet them. We don't know exactly which animals are visiting, but you can expect a few furry friends as well as some scaly types, perhaps a snake, lizard, or frog. 

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DIY Glass Etching

August 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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Back by popular demand!  We've made some great, functional art in previous sessions, so we are offering this workshop again. Come and learn to make your own custom-designed etched glass.   First, you'll create your design on the glass using a stencil or by freehand. Then you'll apply etching cream with a paint brush. After a few minutes, you'll remove it all and, voila -- you've created something useful and unique! All materials are provided.  Be sure to wear "crafting clothes"…

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Make & Take: Slime

August 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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You know what's great about slime?  It's really not that slimy. With the right combination of glue, Borax, water, food coloring, and other fun goodies, your child can make their own summer slime to squeeze, mold, and stretch, and it will not stick to anything (but don't put it on your library books, just in case!). All materials are supplied by the BFL.

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Brain Circus with Marvelous Marvin!

August 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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“Marvelous Marvin’s Brain Circus” begins with a rhyming overture about brain health and it’s links with exercise and reading.  Then we join the circus and feel our brains grow!  Play begins.  We learn circus skills:  juggling props, balancing sticks, spinning plates, flip-and-flyers, hula hoops, rhythm sticks, and romper stompers. Weather permitting, we'll do this program outdoors. Marvin Novogrodski (aka: Marvelous Marvin) has been teaching and performing for children for over 30 years. A long time member of the Rhode Island…

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Kids Sing

August 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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A special one-day-only event!  Miss Fran will play her ukelele and lead the kiddos in some lively songs.  Don't miss this fun sing-along!

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Read to a Dog

August 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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Kids in kindergarten through 4th grade are invited to sign up for 15-minute sessions to read aloud to one of our gentle therapy dogs! Registration required; if you cannot make it, please let us know as the therapy dogs and their people volunteer their time for this program. To register, please call 508-653-6730 or sign up using the form below:  

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DIY Storybook Paper Roses

August 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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Talk about recycling -- learn how to make beautiful paper roses from old books! With some pages, wire, glue guns, and a little patience, we will create our own paper roses that will make a beautiful arrangement any time of year. All materials are provided, but if you have a particular book you would like to use, feel free to bring it with you. "Crafting clothes" are recommended; space is limited and registration is required.

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Make & Take: Magic Stardust Bottles

August 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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Magic Stardust Bottle -- even the name is relaxing.  Our Magic Stardust Bottles are a version of the "calm down bottles" that some teachers use to help kids chill out.  By mixing a few simple ingredients and a lot of glitter, your child can make their own portable relaxation tool.    All materials are supplied by the BFL. 

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Jojo the Magician and Summer Reading Finale

August 27 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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Prepare to be amazed and amused!  Jojo the Magician is coming to the BFL to help us celebrate the end of summer reading.    And... you may be a winner!  Miss Fran will choose the winners for our "fort night" at the library.  A few lucky summer reading families will have the chance to come to the Bacon after hours, build a cozy blanket fort,  and read!    

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Book Club

August 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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This month, we are reading and discussing Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. According to goodreads, this novel "is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes the only way to survive is to open your heart." Copies of the novel are available at the BFL or you can request one here.     

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September 2019

French Conversation Club

September 7 @ 9:15 am - 10:15 am
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An event every month that begins at 9:15 am on day First of the month, repeating until December 7, 2019

Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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Une langue, pour  rester vivante, doit se pratiquer régulièrement. Vous parlez français ? un peu, beaucoup, pas de problèmes. Venez nous rejoindre pour parler ou pour écouter.  En attendant vous pouvez emprunter des livres en français...   Livres en français disponibles à la BFL....

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French Conversation Club

September 21 @ 9:15 am - 10:15 am
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An event every month that begins at 9:15 am on day Third of the month, repeating until December 21, 2019

Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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Une langue, pour  rester vivante, doit se pratiquer régulièrement. Vous parlez français ? un peu, beaucoup, pas de problèmes. Venez nous rejoindre pour parler ou pour écouter.  En attendant vous pouvez emprunter des livres en français...   Livres en français disponibles à la BFL....

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