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Natick, MA 01760 United States
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January 2021

Storytime Online

January 22 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Friday, repeating until April 2, 2021

Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

Calling all good listeners!  Time to get in a cozy spot and listen to some good stories! Please complete the registration form below in order to receive our Zoom meeting link.   Use this link to access any (or all!) of our three weekly story times (Mondays @ 10 am, Wednesdays @ 4 pm, and Fridays @ 10 am).

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Nonfiction Book Club

January 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

This month, we will read and discuss Talking to Strangers, by Malcolm Gladwell.  In this, his 6th book, Gladwell offers "a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers -- and why they often go wrong." Copies of this book are available at the library; give us a call to arrange curbside pickup. Our discussion will take place over Zoom.  Please register below so that we can send you the Zoom meeting information.     

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Storytime Online

January 25 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, repeating until March 29, 2021

Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

Calling all good listeners!  Time to get in a cozy spot and listen to some good stories! Please complete the registration form below in order to receive our Zoom meeting link.   Use this link to access any (or all!) of our three weekly story times (Mondays @ 10 am, Wednesdays @ 4 pm, and Fridays @ 10 am).

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Book Club

January 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

This month, we will read and discuss Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng.   Read more about this book here. The publisher writes, "Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family, and uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another" Copies of the book are…

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Supper Time Stories

January 27 @ 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until April 28, 2021

Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

Tune in for our supper time stories where our very own Mary Poppins (aka Miss Fran) entertains your kiddo while you prep for dinner or just relax for a bit.  Please complete the registration form below in order to receive our Zoom meeting link.  Use this link to access any (or all!) of our three weekly story times (Mondays @ 10 am, Wednesdays @ 4 pm, and Fridays @ 10 am).  

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February 2021

Race Amity Presentation featuring William H. Smith

February 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

The BFL is proud to partner with the Natick Historical Society to offer a Zoom presentation of WGBH's powerful documentary series "American Stories: Race Amity and The Other Tradition."   This presentation will include a brief introduction to the film by Dr. William H. Smith (creator, executive producer, and writer of the series), a reading from the book "Race Amity: A Primer on America's Other Tradition," a viewing of the film "Race Amity: America's Other Tradition," a commentary by Dr.…

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Story Teller: Mary Jo Maichack

February 3 @ 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

King Frost and Chilly Tales & Tunes for Chilly Children Presented by Storyteller Mary Jo Maichack, this interactive family program is a delightful show of songs & folktales celebrating the fun of winter in a participatory, engaging style.  This will be a live performance of 40 minutes will be held on Zoom. “King Frost...” is a fun, funny show sung and strummed and featuring multicultural tales of winter. Listeners will sing and chant along, dance a folk dance, laugh and…

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DC Cinematic Universe Trivia Challenge

February 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

Do you know Wonder Woman's real name?  Or the identity of Aquaman's mother?  How about the villain that the Justice League battles in their 2017 film?  If you are an expert on the DC comics characters and their movies, then this is the trivia challenge for you! Grab your cape and join us for an epic trivia event!  Each team will record their own answers, so no need to race to buzz in before another team. At the end of…

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Environmental Book Club

February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

Join us for a Zoom discussion of A Terrible Thing to Waste: environmental racism and its assault on the American mind by Harriet A. Washington Request book HERE Ebook available on Overdrive HERE 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…

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Adult Trivia Night: Pop Culture of the 1960s

February 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

Come on baby, let's do the twist, come on baby, let's do the twist, take me by my little hand, and go like this.  If these words send your hips and arms a-twistin' then you will love this trivia trip back in time to the 1960s.  We'll revisit the best and worst of pop culture from the decade that saw the first moon landing, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, JFK, MLK, Star Trek, the Flintstones, the Sound of Music, and so…

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Amateur Radio: From First Voice Transmission to the Space Station

February 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

Do you like technology and building projects?  Are you interested in talking by radio with people around the world? If you answered yes, then amateur (ham) radio is for you! Amateur (ham) radio is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics, and communication together.  According to the National Association for Amateur Radio, people use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. Join Natick residents and…

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Book Club

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

This month, we will read and discuss a The Hate u Give, by Angie Thomas.   Read more about this book here. The Publisher's Weekly writes, "A routine traffic stop turns tragic for two African American teens, leaving one dead and the other irrevocably changed..."  You need to read this book that has received 8 starred reviews. Copies of the book are available at the library. Please call the library to arrange curbside pickup. 508-653-6730. Get the ebook here.  Download…

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Backyard Beekeeping 101

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

  Have you noticed those wooden hives neatly stacked in your neighbor's backyard or at the community garden?  Are there really hundreds of bees in there?  And what exactly is going on in there? A honeybee habitat is called an apiary and it is certainly a productive place.  These amazing insects supply tasty and healthful honey as well as pollinate nearby vegetables, flowers, plants, and trees.  If you've considered having your own apiary or you are just fascinated by the wonder…

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Nonfiction Book Club

February 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, and we will explore it all in our nonfiction book club. This month, we are reading and discussing The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown.  "Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the…

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March 2021

Music: Two of a Kind

March 3 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

Family Concert: Children's music appropriate for grown-ups! Two of a Kind - A musical duo specializing in high-energy, interactive performances for children and families. David and Jenny get audiences of all ages involved in the show, through singing, movement, sign language, lyrics-on-the-spot, puppets and more.   Two of a Kind has released 10 CDs and 1 DVD, garnering over 20 national awards. David & Jenny have written an environmental musical for kids, entitled "The World is Not Your Garbage Can". Visit…

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The Trials of Apollo Trivia Challenge

March 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

    Calling all Rick Riordan fans!  How much do you know about Lester Papadopoulos, the five Oracles, and Camp Jupiter?  Can you name the daughter of Demeter?  Do you know what it takes to defeat the evil Triumvirate of Roman emperors?  Let's find out!  Join us for an epic event: The Trials of Apollo Trivia Challenge. Each team will record their own answers, so no need to race to buzz in before another team. At the end of each…

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Environmental Book Club

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

Join us for a Zoom discussion of The Bird Way: a new look at how birds talk, work, play, parent, and think by Jennifer Ackerman Request book HERE Ebook also available on OVERDRIVE 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…

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Adult Trivia Night: Pop Culture of the 1970s

March 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

What do Garfield, the Sony Walkman, and Walt Disney World have in common?  They all debuted in the 1970s!  Whether you look back fondly or cringe at the thought of shag carpeting, bell bottoms, and leisure suits, you can't deny that the 1970s was a colorful decade.  So get comfy in your bean bag, switch on the lava lamp, and test your knowledge of 1970s pop culture trivia.  It's going to be totally tubular!   Each team will record their…

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Raising Backyard Chickens

March 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

Fresh eggs, lovely feathers, funny antics -- the joys from a flock of chickens are many.  If you are interested in keeping some hens in your yard, join us to learn the basics: from providing a safe shelter and the proper feed to choosing breeds, caring for day-old chicks, and nurturing them as they grow.  Bring your questions as well.  Long-time chicken owner and enthusiast Anh Fahey will help you get all your hens in a row! This program will…

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Book Club

March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

This month, we will read and discuss a The Cellist of Sarajevo, by Stephen Galloway.   Read more about this book here. Booklist Review writes, "Inspired by Vedran Smailovic, the cellist who, in 1992, played in a bombed-out Sarajevo square for 22 days in memory of the 22 people who were killed by a mortar attack, this is a novel about four people trying to maintain a semblance of their humanity in the besieged city." Copies of the book are available…

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A Virtual Visit to Madagascar

March 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

Welcome to Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world.  From the purple heron and the ring-tailed lemur to the giraffe-necked weevil, Madagascar is teeming with exotic wildlife. In fact, 80% of the plants and creatures living on Madagascar can be found nowhere else on earth. Join Natick resident, world traveler, and wildlife photographer Deborah Alexander as she takes us on a photographic journey to this unique island off the southeastern coast of Africa.  No passport required!  

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Nonfiction book club

March 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. We will explore it all in this book club. Join us for a discussion of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson. In this sweeping history of the Great Migration of African-Americans from World War I to the 1970s, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Wilkerson interviewed more than 1,200 people, but focuses mainly on the personal stories of three Southern African-Americans who uprooted their lives to move to…

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April 2021

Toe Jam Virtual Variety Show

April 7 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

The Toe Jam Virtual Variety Show includes a lot of high energy, interactive and musical fun!   If you've seen them before you'll be happy to join in with all the fan favorites from the past 20 years.   If you haven't seen them before? Mr. Vinny and Mr. Tom are very silly! You'll be up off the couch dancing around and laughing.   Fill out this form to get the Zoom link in a return email.

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Adult Trivia Night: Pop Culture of the 1980s

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

The 1980s saw thrilling highs such as the Miracle on Ice and the fall of the Berlin Wall, along with the shocking lows of the Challenger explosion and John Lennon's assassination.  And boy, was there a whole lot in between from neon fashion to flashy cars to quotable movies. How much of it can you recall?  Take off those roller skates and join us for some righteous trivia fun!   Each team will record their own answers, so no need…

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Environmental Book Club

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

Join us for a Zoom discussion of Timefulness: how thinking like a geologist can help save the world by Marcia Bjorerud Request book HERE 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…

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Nonfiction book club

April 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. We will explore it all in this book club. Join us for a discussion of One Day: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America by Gene Weingarten. According to goodreads.com "On New Year's Day 2013, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Gene Weingarten asked three strangers to, literally, pluck a day, month, and year from a hat. That day--chosen completely at random--turned out to be Sunday, December 28, 1986, by any conventional measure a…

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Book Club

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

This month, we will read and discuss a All Adults Here, by Emma Straub.   Read more about this book here. Emma Straub's unique alchemy of wisdom, humor and insight come together in a deeply satisfying story about adult siblings, aging parents, high school boyfriends, middle school mean girls, the lifelong effects of birth order, and all the other things that follow us into adulthood, whether we like them to or not"-- Provided by publisher. Copies of the book are available…

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May 2021

Environmental Book Club

May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

Join us for a Zoom discussion of Vesper Flights: new and collected essays by Helen Macdonald Request book HERE Instantly available on Hoopla HERE 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…

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Nonfiction book club

May 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. We will explore it all in this book club. Join us for a discussion of Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide by Tony Horowitz. In the 1850s, the young Frederick Law Olmsted set off on an extraordinary journey as an undercover correspondent in the South for the up-and-coming New York Times.  In Spying on the South, Horwitz follows Olmsted’s tracks and often his mode of transport (including muleback): through Appalachia,…

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Book Club

May 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

This month, we will read and discuss Circling the Sun, by Paula McLain.   Read more about this book here. Readers will be transported "to colonial Kenya in the 1920s. Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and captivating woman--Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle ..."-- Provided by publisher. Copies of the book are available at the library. Please call the library to arrange curbside pickup. 508-653-6730. Get the ebook here.  Download the audiobook…

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Book Club

May 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

This month, we will read and discuss The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, by Jan-Philipp Sendker.   Read more about this book here. When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be--until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father's past, Julia decides…

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Book Club

May 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

This month, we will read and discuss The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry,  by Gabrielle Zevin.   Read more about this book here. When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A. J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life. "This novel has humor, romance, a touch of suspense, but most of all love--love of books and bookish people…

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June 2021

Environmental Book Club

June 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

Join us for a Zoom discussion of  The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s forgotten theory of mate choice shapes the animal world—and us by Richard Prum Request book HERE Available on Overdrive HERE 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…

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August 2021

Book Club

August 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

This month, we will read and discuss Still Life,  by Louise Penny.   Read more about this book here. The residents of a tiny Canadian village called Three Pines are shocked when the body of Miss Jane Neal is found in the woods. Miss Neal, the village's retired schoolteacher and a talented amateur artist, has been a good friend to most of the townsfolk, so her loss is keenly felt. At first, her death appears to be a tragic accident--it's…

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September 2021

Book Club

September 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

This month, we will read and discuss The Wife Between Us,  by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.   Read more about this book here. When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement. You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves. You will assume the first wife was a disaster and…

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October 2021

Book Club

October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

This month, we will read and discuss The Book of Lost Friends  by Lisa Wingate.   Read more about this book here. Louisiana, 1875: In the tumultuous aftermath of Reconstruction, three young women set off as unwilling companions on a perilous quest: each carrying private wounds and powerful secrets as they head for Texas... "-- Provided by publisher. Copies of the book are available at the library. Please call the library to arrange curbside pickup. 508-653-6730. Get the ebook here. …

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November 2021

Book Club

November 23 @ 7:00 pm - November 30 @ 8:00 pm
Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States

This month, we will read and discuss The Glass Hotel  by Emily St. John Mandel.   Read more about this book here. The Glass Hotel is "... a captivating novel of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts, and moral compromise in which a woman disappears from a container ship off the coast of Mauritania and a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, dragging countless fortunes with it"-- Provided by publisher. Copies of the book are available at the library. Please…

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June 2022

Story Time!

June 1, 2022 @ 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!

June 1, 2022 @ 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, sing some songs, and find some great books to take home. No registration required.

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Story Time!

June 3, 2022 @ 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, sing some songs, and find some great books to take home. No registration required.

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