News and Updates

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Ellen's Book Review

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Adult Programs

Click on any of the images to find more information or register for the program. To see a full list of all of the events happening at Whelden, visit wheldenlibrary.org/events.

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Kids Programs

Click on any of the images to find more information or register for the program. To see a full list of all of the events happening at Whelden, visit wheldenlibrary.org/events.

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News and Updates

Face Masks are Required

For a healthy and safe environment, we ask you to wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose while you are in our building.

For those who choose not to wear a mask, curbside service is available. To place your request please call 508-362-2262

Closed for Juneteenth

The library is closed Monday June 20th in observance of Juneteenth. To learn more about this holiday click here.

Vendors Wanted

Calling all craft vendors to participate with Whelden Memorial Library at the West Barnstable Village Festival being held on Saturday, August 20, 2022.

10' x 10' spaces on our front lawn are available for rent at $25/day.

You will be required to bring your own tents, tables, chairs, etc.

Space is limited, so please respond asap if you are interested.

Visit: wheldenlibrary.org/village-festival to find out more.

Ready to register? Click here to fill out the form.

New Museum Passes!

Now available, passes to:

  • The Edward Gorey House
  • Salem Witch Museum
  • Toad Hall Antique Car Museum

For the full list of discount passes available at Whelden click here.

Volunteers Wanted

Have you found yourself with a bit of boredom and a bit of time? 

The Trustees are looking for people to join us for 1-2 hours weekly or a time or two / month, with a flexible schedule. It's a small commitment but a big help!

  • Sorting recyclables
  • Seasonal Weeding
  • Decorating library grounds
  • Festival planning

Currently, there is an immediate need for assistance sorting our redeemable can and bottle donations and weeding the library grounds.

Please call or text Priscilla at 401-743-4688 if you have some time and want to get involved!

Ellen's Book Review

Anna Lee Huber's 

Lady Darby Mysteries

Murder, mystery, romance, and Early Victorian forensics!

A series with a Gothic feel! By American author Anna Lee Huber, this historical mystery series features Lady Kiera Darby, an artistic sleuth who uses her talent for the macabre to bring murderers to justice in 1830s' Scotland. You'll find great characters, an atmospheric Scottish setting, intricate mysteries, and fascinating historical elements of the time period. There are 10 books in the series so far.

Start with The Anatomist's Wife (Book 1), followed by Mortal Arts (2), and A Grave Matter (3).

Riveting…Huber deftly weaves together an original premise, an enigmatic heroine, and a compelling Highland setting.”-Deanna Raybourn

Book 1: The Anatomist's Wife- click here.

Book 2: Mortal Arts- click here.

Book 3- A Grave Matter- click here.

Adult Programs

Take & Make: Mason Jar Suncatchers

Register today to get a kit to make your very own Suncatcher out of a mason jar lid. You will need your own glue and coloring tools.

Fun for all ages!

One kit per family.

Sign up for your kit today:

Visit: wheldenlibrary.org/events

Email: whelden@comcast.net

Call: 508-362-2262 

Barnstable Council on Aging

Dementia Friend Training

(What is a Dementia Friend)

Thursday, June 9, 11am-12:00pm

West Barnstable Community Building

To become a Dementia Friend, you participate in a one-hour Dementia Friends Information Session offered by a Dementia Friends Champion. You will learn five key messages about dementia and a bit about what it’s like to live with dementia. As a Dementia Friend, you turn your new understanding of dementia into a practical action that can help someone with dementia living in your community. Your action can be as big or as small as you choose – because every action counts!

No Registration Required.

FOWL Bakesale

Saturday June 11th


Conveniently occurring at the same time as our first June Book Sale, stop by the table to pick up a tasty treat.

Thank you to the Friends of the Whelden Library for their continued support of the library.

Nature Photography Workshop with Maureen Grandmont

Part 1

Tuesday, June 21 10am - 11:30am

Centerville Public Library

This one hour class will be held on Tuesday, June 21 from 10:00-11:30am at Centerville Public Library. It will be followed by a photo shoot on Thursday, June 23 from 3:00-5:00pm at Meetinghouse Farm Conservation Area in West Barnstable. (Please note that this is not a class to learn the technical features of your camera/device.)  The instructor, Maureen Grandmont is a retired teacher whose work can be seen this month at the Plymouth Center for the Arts or at the Cape Cod Art Center next month.


Part 2

Thursday, June 23 3:00 - 5:00pm

Meetinghouse Farm Conservation Area (2135 Meetinghouse Way (Rt. 149)

Take what you learned in Part 1 and join us as we take photos of our local environment. Whether you use a camera phone, a point and shoot, a bridge camera, a mirrorless camera or a DSLR, all are welcome to learn new ways of seeing.

Maureen Grandmont will lead a guided photo shoot through Meetinghouse Farm Conservation Area in West Barnstable. Participants will have the opportunity for their work to be featured in a Barnstable Land Trust publication (print and/or digital). (Please note that this is not a class to learn the technical features of your camera/device.)  Participants should bring their camera as well as bug spray and wear long pants and long sleeves as it is tick nymph season. Part 2 has limited spots so please register early!

To Register, click here. Please indicate which part(s) you are interested in attending.

FOWL Bookstore

Open for the 2022 season on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month.

9am- 2pm

  • June, 11th & 25th
  • July, 9th & 23rd
  • August, 13th & 27th
  • September, 10th & 24th 
  • October, 8th & 22nd

Stay up to date on bookstore hours and other library programs: wheldenlibrary.org/events

Monday Tech Help

Learning a new device? Struggling to figure out e-books? Need to send an email? We're here for you!

To request an appointment:

Call: 508-362-2262

Email: wml_mail@clamsnet.org

Visit: wheldenlibrary.org/events

If Mondays don't work, just let us know and we'll see what we can do!

Puzzle Day



Every Saturday, we have a puzzle out for the community to work on together.

Children's Programs

Father's Day Family Portraits

Sunday, June 12th


West Barnstable Community Building

Dads- this one's for you!

Register today to reserve your spot for a free family portrait. For dads with their children, just dads, or just kids. Please specify what time between 12:30pm and 2:30pm works best for you and we will try to accommodate a twenty minute slot around that time.

If your group participated in May's family portrait program-

Please note that preference will be given to those who have not yet had the opportunity to have their portraits taken. If the event is full, you may be moved to the waiting list.

Space is limited, registration is required.

Registration opens May 28th at 9am.

To register:

Visit: wheldenlibrary.org/events

Call: 508-362-2262

or Email: whelden@comcast.net

Juneteenth Storytime

Wednesday, June 19th


The Library Lawn

Join Lizzy on the library lawn for a historical picture book at our Juneteenth Storytime.

We will have a variety of red food, because red represents freedom!

Let's celebrate the holiday together!

No registration required.

Facemasks are not required for outdoor events.

Rain cancels this event.

Pokémon Club

(for ages 5-12)

Thursday, June 30, 4:30-6:00pm

Do you love Pokémon?!

Let's celebrate our common interest with each other!

Scavenger hunt, prizes, trivia, and trading card game practice, instruction, and play time!

Ages 5-12 years old, parents welcome to hang out! 

Children 10 or older may be left until Club time ends (6pm).

Sign up each month through the summer.

Dates and times vary, so stay tuned by signing up for our newsletters and checking our event calendar!

To Register:

Visit: wheldenlibrary.org/events

Email: whelden@comcast.net

Call: 508-362-2262

Outdoor Storytime with Lizzy



Join us on the library lawn for outdoor story time!

Rain brings this event inside.

Masks are not required for outdoor events.

Whelden Memorial Library

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Monday..................2pm - 7pm

Tuesday.................9am - 2pm

Wednesday............2pm - 7pm

Thursday................9am - 2pm

Friday.....................9am - 2pm

Saturday................9am - 2pm





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