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Bacon Free Library in October 2023

Library Hours

Monday through Friday, 9:30-5:30 with extended hours on Tuesday until 7:00pm

Saturdays 9:30-1:30

Curbside pickup is available during all open hours

Check our website for the most up-to-date information and to register for programs:

Children’s Programs

Outside Story Times (if rainy or less than 55 degrees, we move inside): Every Monday and Tuesday @ 10 am: We’ll feature a combination of stories for listening and songs for singing & dancing.

Wednesdays @ 10am -- Baby Time (indoors): Join us for a cozy story time filled with lap bounces, rhymes, songs, and simple stories. Geared toward infants and young toddlers with their grownups. 

Dog Tales Story Time -- Monday, Oct 2nd @ 10am. Join us for dog-approved stories and a chance to pet a calm, sweet, and soft therapy dog. (outdoors, weather permitting)

Jammin with You -- Fridays, Oct  6th & 20th @ 10:30am: Be prepared to laugh, dance, sing, and jam your way through 30 minutes of non-stop family fun! This performance is geared for kids ages 1 – 7, but fun for the whole family. With modern takes on children’s classics and classic original tunes, you’ll be humming and bopping your way all the way home. (outdoors, weather permitting)

Read to a Dog -- Saturday, October 7th, 10-11:15am: Kids build confidence and practice reading skills by reading out loud to a registered therapy dog! Children ages 5 and up can sign up for a 15-minute reading session with Sophie, a gentle golden retriever who loves belly rubs, stories, and cuddles. Registration is required.

Puppet Story Time -- Friday, October 13th @ 10:30am: Through Me To You Puppetry invites you to join Newton and the gang for some story time fun! Newton and his puppet friends take turns reading stories and singing songs with the kids. At the end of the show, the kids are invited to say hi to Newton and even play with some of the puppets during a hands-on free play session. (outdoors, weather permitting)

Local Author Event and Kids’ Poetry Workshop -- Saturday, October 21st @ 10:30am: 

All are welcome to attend a reading by local author and educator Marcie Schwartz of her new picture book, When Someone Deeply Listens to You. The book includes poems by several local children, who will also participate in the reading! Books will be available for purchase at the event.  After the reading, kids in grades K-3 are invited to stay for a free poetry workshop with the author.  Please register on the BFL website if you plan to attend the workshop.

Hands on Nature: Nature’s Real Vampires -- Monday, October 23rd @4pm: Just in time for Halloween, come learn about bats and other real-life spooky creatures, then make a fun craft to bring home. This program is presented by Hands on Nature and is recommended for ages 4 and up. Please register on the BFL website.

Preschool Pumpkin Party -- Friday, October 27th @ 10:30am: Join us for some messy fall fun! We’ll have a variety of craft stations, sensory bins, and fine motor activities, all involving pumpkins. Recommended for ages 1-5 with a caregiver. Wear clothes and shoes that can get messy!  This program will be outdoors, weather permitting. Due to limited supplies, registration is required and opens one month before the event. Please register for each child attending.

All Ages Programs

Featured art display: Barbara Levine’s painting collection titled “Here and There” will be on display at the BFL from September 6th through October 18th. 

Statewide Read-In -- Tues, Oct 3rd, 3-6pm: Libraries across the state are celebrating the freedom to read with a Statewide Read-In. Come together on the BFL lawn and read anything you want! All ages – kids and adults – are welcome. Stop by anytime between 3:00 and 6:00pm and enjoy apple cider and doughnuts while you read. This program will take place outdoors, weather permitting. Bring a blanket or chair for sitting on the grass.

Adult Programs

(Virtual) Mass Audubon’s The Nature of Fall, with Patti Steinman -- Weds, October 4th @ 7pm: 

This program will introduce the seasonal dynamics of the nature of Massachusetts in fall, including the plants and animals that experience it. You’ll also leave with ideas and suggestions for observing, appreciating, and supporting nature near home. This program will be held over Zoom. Please register at the BFL website to receive the program link. 

Learn to Play the Ukulele, for Adults -- Tues, October 17th @ 5:30pm: Did you ever want to learn to play the ukulele? The Bacon Free Library is partnering with Bach to Rock in Wellesley to bring you this free program. B2R will teach you the basics of playing the ukulele. This program is geared towards ages 14+. Ukuleles will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you have one. Class size limited to 10. Please register at the BFL website. 

Adult Book & Film Clubs - registration required for all clubs

Mystery Book Club - first Thursday of the month @ 1pm on Zoom

Oct 5th: Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto

History Book Club - second Thursday of the month @ 11am on Zoom

Oct 12th: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz 

Environmental Book Club -- second Tuesday of the month @ 7pm on Zoom & in person at the library

Oct 17th:  The Dawn of Everything: a new history of humanity by David Grabber and David Wengrow

Tuesday Night Book Club - fourth Tuesday of the month @ 6:30pm, both Zoom & in person

Oct 24th: check the BFL website for the book of the month and to register.

Nonfiction Book Club - fourth Saturday of the month @ 10am, on Zoom & in person at the library

Oct 28th: White Hot Hate: a true story of domestic terrorism in America’s heartland by Dick Lehr

Cinephile Mondays -- last Monday of the month @ 4pm on Zoom; watch and discuss films. Check the BFL website for the film of the month and to register.