February 16, 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Community Room Needham Free Public Library
Eric Mauro creates, repairs and restores stained glass windows in Boston, and surrounding areas. Eric started out as a commercial artist doing advertising for high tech ventures when he decided that it was time to create and restore art on his own.
As Eric says, “Working with stained glass demands everything I know about painting, design, construction, people and much that I don’t know. The thing I love about it is the way it transforms light that is otherwise ignored into a new presence in your space. Stained glass takes purposeless light and turns it into something you will notice and appreciate every day.” Join us to hear about Eric’s work in creating art with stained glass, how he approaches repair and restoration, and what he has learned about art by restoring Victorian stained glass windows.
This is the second of four lectures, and is sponsored by the Trustees of the Needham Free Public Library in memory of former director Vivian D. McIver.
February 18, 2020, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ Story Time RoomNeedham Free Public Library
Terrific Toddlers, for children 1-2 years old and their caregivers uses stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, rhythm and sensory activities to help young walkers learn vocabulary and develop gross motor skills.
February 18, 2020, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM @ Story Time RoomNeedham Free Public Library
Babies and their adult caregivers explore the rhythms and paterns of speech with songs, lap games and a story or two.
February 18, 2020, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM @ Story Time RoomNeedham Free Public Library
Build Confidence in Reading by reading to Tucker a trained, hypoallergenic, therapy dog. For beginning readers in grades 1 to 5. Sign up for a 15 minute time slot at the Children’s Desk. Space is limited.**REGISTRATION is REQUIRED**
February 18, 2020, 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM @ Community Room
Needham Free Public Library
An English woman, born into a wealthy family in 1868, Gertrude Bell would experience and witness the growth of the largest empire in the world, the British Empire. In the early 1900s, Gertrude would travel to the Middle East to learn of the ways of the desert tribes. Here is where she would excel. She would ride a camel as well as any Bedouin, she would brave harsh conditions and dangerous tribal feuds, and would shatter traditional limitations put on women. She would gain the respect and trust of countless tribal sheikhs. All of this credibility would aid England during World War I. Following the war, she would be pivotal in helping to create a first national government for Iraq. In 1920, she was considered one of the most powerful women in the British Empire. This woman accepted no barriers or limitations as to what she would accomplish. Gertrude Bell was truly a remarkable figure. This is sponsored by the Library Foundation of Needham.
February 19, 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Story Time RoomNeedham Free Public Library
Child’s Play is a drop-in program for children 0-2 years and their caregivers. The songs, rhymes, lap games and books in this program will promote rhythm, coordination and verbal skills in young children as well as bonding between child and caregiver.
February 19, 2020, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Community RoomNeedham Free Public Library
To most people, a banana is a banana: a simple yellow fruit. Americans eat more bananas than apples and oranges combined. In others parts of the world, bananas are what keep millions of people alive. But for all its ubiquity, the banana is surprisingly mysterious; nobody knows how bananas evolved or exactly where they originated. But the biggest mystery about the banana today is whether it will survive. A seedless fruit with a unique reproductive system, every banana is a genetic duplicate of the next, and therefore susceptible to the same blights. Banana combines a pop-science journey around the globe, a fascinating tale of an iconic American business enterprise, and a look into the alternately tragic and hilarious banana subculture (one does exist)—ultimately taking us to the high-tech labs where new bananas are literally being built in test tubes, in a race to save the world’s most beloved fruit.
February 20, 2020, 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM @ Community Room
Needham Free Public Library
This is a drop-in program for preschool aged children 2 years old and up. Adults and children will sing, clap, and enjoy movement songs. Adults are required to attend with the child. Please arrive on time.Funding for Music Enrichment Programs provided by the Friends of the Needham Public Library.
February 20, 2020, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM @ Community Room
Needham Free Public Library
Green Screen–Future Spielbergs take to the “Green Screen” to create postcards, commercials and mini movies. You could find yourself walking on the moon, riding a roller coaster, or giving a book report in the setting of your favorite book. Mobile Quest provides the green screen, camera and props and you provide your creativity. **Registration is limited, for ages 10 and up. Sponsored by the Library Foundation of Needham.
February 21, 2020, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Community Room Needham Free Public Library
The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry's former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City--a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world--they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universeSponsored by the Needham Free Public Library.
February 22, 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Community RoomNeedham Free Public Library
Musicians from the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra will introduce you and your children to the insides of an orchestra. See and hear: strings, winds, brass and percussion! Listen to a string quartet and learn about the instruments. Learn about melody, counter-melody, and other concepts that make music interesting. This family-friendly introduction to music is free and open to all ages. Sponsored by the Needham Free Public Library.