Tuesday, May 16, 2017

2017 Children's Summer Reading Program


Summer is almost here, and the Children's Department has plenty of exciting programs and activities planned!  The theme for this year's Summer Reading Program is "Build a Better World".  Check out our program schedule below. (You can increase the size of each image by clicking on it.)  Registration for our Summer Reading Program begins on June 19th!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Building gingerbread houses at the Wheeler Memorial Library on December 28, 2016


We all had a blast building and decorating gingerbread houses at Wheeler during the schools' December holiday vacation!  This super fun event was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the Orange Public Libraries. 

 Graham crackers, marshmallow fluff, chocolates, mints, assorted gummy candies, coconut 
and some "thinking outside the house" made these gingerbread houses creatively delicious!

This welcoming home has an open door!
Brothers build with style.
Hard work pays off!
A gingerbread colonial, built to last.
Raspberry shrubs on the left,  yogurt covered pretzel skylights on the right.   
Classic and modern designs.

Another awesome builder!
A house or two collapsed, but were still delicious!


Friday, July 01, 2016

Hula hooping for the whole family at the Wheeler Memorial Library! 


Thursday July 14 from 3:00-4:00 pm.  


Learn how to hula hoop with the phenomenal Pinto Bella. You'll get one-on-one instruction and help with special hooping tricks. We’ll also play organized games that teach team work with the hoop!  This all-
ages event is free and open to the public. Hula hoops will be provided by the performer.  Please call the library's Children's Room at 978-544-2495 with questions.


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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

We're offering a bunch of storytimes as part of our Summer Reading Program for Kids and Teens!  See below for specific storytimes and the dates and times they meet. 


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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

It's time for summer reading for kids and teens at the Orange Public Libraries!

Registration for our Summer Reading Program for kids and teens begins on June 20 at the Wheeler Memorial Library at 49 East Main Street.  North Orange residents may register at the Moore-Leland branch at 172 Athol Road, but must visit Wheeler's Children's Room to claim prizes or call the Children's Room to sign up for any of our special programs that require pre-registration. 


Our program brochure was sent home from school with every elementary school student, and we have extra copies available at the library. You can also view the full-size brochure by clicking on the images below.   It's going to be a great summer at the library!

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Snow is still on the ground, but that hasn't stopped us from starting to work on the library's garden!


Our Rise and Romp Storytime friends did a GREAT job starting snapdragon, zinnia, cosmos, purple coneflower, chive and cantaloupe seeds.  By the end of May all of these (and more) will be planted in our flower and vegetable gardens.  Until then they'll be in a sunny window in the library's program room where we can all enjoy watching them sprout!

Many thanks to the Greenfield Garden Club for their generous support of the Orange Public Libraries' ongoing "Reading, Learning, and Growing in our Library's Gardens" program!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Check out our regular children's programs for the Spring!  


Friday, February 19, 2016

We all had a great time at our Adopt a Stuffed Pet program!


Kids and their families learned about pet adoption and care at our Adopt a Stuffed Pet event on February 18th.  Volunteers from Animal Care and Education of Central Massachusetts (including "ACE" the dog!) performed skits, answered questions, and got everyone crafting by decorating the collar of their new stuffed pet!  


 Jess and "ACE" the dog answer questions from the audience.


There were lots of animals to adopt! A lucky penguin was one of the first to find a home.

Many thanks to Meg, Jess, and the other volunteers from Animal Care and Education of Central Massachusetts for bringing this great program to Wheeler Memorial Library!

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Check out this month's children's programs! Updated!

The library now offers two storytimes each week. Baby and Me on Mondays at 10:30 am for children ages birth to 36 months old and their families, and Rise and Romp on Tuesdays at 10:30 am for children ages 2 to 5 years old and their families. There's still plenty of time to sign up for our Adopt a Stuffed Pet program on the 18th too!

Monday, February 01, 2016


      Please note that registration is required to participate in this program.   

Visit the Children's Room or call 978-544-2495 to sign up! 


Monday, November 23, 2015

Best Selling Authors Jane Yolen and Mira Bartok Are Here December 3, 2015!

Mira Bartok
Caption--Award winning authors, Mira Bartók and Jane Yolen will be coming to the Moore-Leland Library in North Orange on Thursday, December 3. Bartók is the author of The Memory Palace, the 2012 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the soon to be released book and movie, The Wonderling. Yolen is the author of over 300 books for adults, young adults and children, including Owl Moon, The Devil's Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?

Jane Yolen

On Thursday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm, the Moore-Leland Library in the village of North Orange will welcome award winning authors Mira Bartók and Jane Yolen for an intimate evening of conversation and readings for adults. 
Artist and writer Mira Bartók is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir The Memory Palace, which won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. Her writing has been noted in The Best American Essays series and has appeared in MORE Magazine, Psychology Today, and several literary magazines and anthologies. Ms. Bartók has received numerous grants and awards from many organizations, including the United States Fulbright Program, the American Scandinavian Foundation, and Pen-American, among others. She has also written and illustrated many books for children. The first book in her middle grade fantasy series, The Wonderling, is forthcoming from Candlewick Press in 2017. The first in The Wonderling film series (produced by 20th Century Fox and directed by Stephen Daldry) will be in cinemas in 2018. 
Jane Yolen is an author of children’s books, fantasy, and science fiction, including Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? She is also a poet, a teacher of writing and literature, and a reviewer of children’s literature. She has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century. Her books and stories have won the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award among many others. 
Selected books from both authors and prints of Ms. Bartók artwork will be offered for sale and the authors will be available to sign book purchases directly after the presentation. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Orange Public Libraries and refreshments will be served. For more information and/or directions to the Moore-Leland, please call the library at 978-544-2495 or go to www.orangelib.org. Seating is limited, so call or drop by the Wheeler Memorial or Moore-Leland Library to register.

Friday, October 23, 2015


CAPTION:Danielle Cudmore, professor of English Literature and granddaughter of Bob Collén, “The Millers River Poet”, is one of the judges of the Robert P. Collén “Poetry of Place” Poetry Competition. She, along with Marcia Gagliardi of Athol, has chosen the ten finalists who will be reading their selected poems on Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 pm in the Reading Room of the Wheeler Memorial Library. The event is free and open to the public.

The Wheeler Memorial Library in Orange will host a reading by the ten finalists in the Second Annual Robert P. Collén “Poetry of Place” Poetry Competition on Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 pm. The contest honors the memory of the late “Millers River Poet” for his life-long devotion to Orange, its libraries and the writing of poetry. Mr. Collén's granddaughter Danielle Cudmore, PhD., a professor of English Literature at Halmstad University in Gotesborg, Sweden, and Marcia Gagliardi, his long-time friend and publisher, are the judges for the competition. Together they will cull the 109 submitted poems until ten finalists are chosen. From the ten, the top three will earn prize money of $100.00 for first, $50.00 for second and $25.00 dollars for third. The winners will be announced immediately after the readings.

The public is invited to join with the Wheeler staff, its Trustee's and Friend's in this free celebration of the place we call home. For more information call 978-544-2495 x100 or go to www.orangelib.org. Refreshments will be served. The competition is sponsored by the Friends of the Orange Public Libraries.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Halloween Story Walk October 15

I'm sad to be leaving Orange, and would love to see the families and library friends who have made my time here so sweet! Thank you for welcoming me into your community, I will miss Orange and Wheeler Memorial Library! --Mia

p.s. After October 19th I can be found at Jones Library in Amherst, if you are every passing that way please stop into the children's room to say hi!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Robert P. Collén, “The Millers River Poet”, was a life-long resident of Orange and ardent supporter of the Orange Public Libraries. In order to honor his memory and his commitment to the community, the Robert P. Collén Poetry Competition has been established by the staff and Friends of the Orange Public Libraries. Ten finalists will be chosen by the contest judges to compete for the prize money on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at the Wheeler Memorial Library. Prizes of $100.00, $50.00 and $25.00 will be awarded to the top three finalists. Submissions for the contest are being accepted through Thursday, October 15.

The Wheeler Memorial Library announces the 2nd annual Robert P. Collén Poetry Competition in honor of the late “Millers River Poet” for his life-long devotion to Orange, its libraries and the writing of poetry. Mr. Collén, who passed away on September 24, 2014, celebrated his affection for his hometown with one of his best known poems, “The Town and the River”. This poetic expression of love for the place of his birth was the inspiration behind the theme of the competition.

Robert “Bob” Collén was born in Orange, grew up on Hayden Street and graduated from Orange High School in 1946. After High School he left for a few years to attend college, get married to his wife Gloria, and to serve his country during the Korean War. Bob came home to Orange for good in 1956 to raise a family and to work at the Rodney Hunt Company, where in 1972, he became Vice President of Personnel. He always had strong sense of community and served on numerous committees throughout his life, notably his 42 year tenure as a library trustee. He loved the library and believed that it was an indispensable educational institution in the town. And of course, he also loved to write poetry, publishing three volumes of his work over the years.

The submission deadline for the competition is Thursday, October 15, after which ten finalists will be chosen by the contest judges to compete for the prize money. On Thursday, October 29, the Wheeler Memorial Library will host a reading of those poems and award prizes of $100.00, $50.00 and $25.00 to the top three finalists. The public is strongly encouraged to attend this free and open event. Refreshments will be served.

Submission guidelines: Entrants may submit up to three poems about “place” as defined by the poets themselves. Only unpublished poems will be accepted and must be submitted on white 8.5” x 11” paper, and typed in a plain typeface, such as Times Roman. Personal information should only appear on the reverse side of the submitted poems and include the name, address, telephone number and email address of the participant. Notification of entry receipt will be done by email or telephone, and the poems will not be returned.

Submissions should be sent to:
The Robert P. Collén Poetry Competition
Wheeler Memorial Library
49 East Main Street
Orange, MA 01364.

The competition is sponsored by the Friends of the Orange Public Libraries. For more information call 978-544-7124 x100 or go to www.orangelib.org.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

September Children's Programs at Wheeler Library

It's hard to believe that summer reading is behind us and we're nearly back to school! But the library is getting geared up for this next fun season with storytimes that celebrate fall milestones. We'll be continuing to enjoy our garden for as long as we have it, with evening storytimes every Thursday, all month long. Come visit us for reassuring school stories to sooth first day jitters, ideas for classroom projects, and (gulp!) homework help.

Thursday, August 06, 2015


:Brian Anderson, Oriental medicinalist, will give a presentation on Chinese herbal medicine at the Wheeler Memorial Library in Orange on Thursday, August 13 at 7:00 pm. The talk will cover the history and basic theories behind the practice, what conditions and complaints it treats, as well as how it fits within the modern medical system.

On Thursday, August 13 at 7:00 pm, the Wheeler Memorial Library will host a lively and informative talk by acupuncturist and Chinese medicinal herbalist, Brian Anderson. The presentation will begin with a brief history of this 2,000 year old practice and the basic theories behind it. It will cover the concepts of “food as the first medicine” and eastern dietary therapy, as well as, what plants and other substances are used, how herbal formulas work, what they treat and do not treat well, and how Chinese herbal medicine fits within the modern medical system. The talk will end with a question and answer session.

Mr. Anderson has lived in Wendell for the past 11 years and holds master's degrees in acupuncture and in Oriental medicine. He graduated with honors from the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at New York Chiropractic College, and during the program he was inducted into the Phi Chi Omega Honors Society. He is also is a National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Diplomate, and has had over 3,000 hours of clinical and theoretical training.

He has an enthusiastic interest in Chinese herbal medicine and worked in the school's herb dispensary throughout his program. Upon graduating he started an online herbal dispensary that serves fellow practitioners and their patients. This allows him to maintain a comprehensive selection of granular herbal extracts for his own patients and to make them as affordable as possible. His practice is in the Orange Innovation Center on West Main Street in Orange.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Orange Public Libraries. Refreshments will be served. For more information call the library at 978-544-2495 or go to www.orangelib.org.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Pied Potter Hamelin and Heroes Made of Clay

Rick Hamelin visited the Wheeler Memorial Library on Tuesday morning to share his knowledge of pottery history and demonstrate clay techniques on his potter's wheel. He shared that in ancient times people would decorate jugs with faces to ward off bad luck, showing as he spoke how such a piece could be formed. He also discussed the Terracotta Warriors in ancient China, and brought the topic closer to home with information about clay found in Orange, and the pottery that can be viewed at the Orange Historical Society. His skills shaping faces, figures, and even a dragon delighted the audience. 

 Mr. Hamelin allowed children to try making their own pinch pots. Kids even got to feel the clay thrown on his wheel. Mr. Hamelin's visit was made possible through a grant from the Orange Cultural Council and the Friends of the Orange Libraries. Find out more about Mr. Hamelin at http://www.piedpotterhamelin.com/

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Local Author Visit at Wheeler Memorial Library Garden

Local author Lauren Roy, of Sugar Hollow Farm, will be visiting Wheeler Memorial Library on Thursday, July 2nd, to share her recent book Beee My Friend. This story speaks to all the insects that may seem frightening but are essential to the life cycles of plants. Hopefully we'll even see some examples of friendly bees in our own library garden this summer. Ms. Roy will be visiting during the Thursday Sunset Storytime from 6:00-7:00. She will also bring an Environmental Jenga game and welcomes children of all ages. 

Friday, June 19, 2015


The Friends of the Orange Public Libraries will be hosting their annual Summer Book Sale at the Wheeler Memorial Library in downtown Orange on Saturday, June 27 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Fiction and non-fiction books of all genres and subjects for all ages will be available, as will DVD's, music CD's, audiobooks, puzzles and more. Dean's Beans Organic Fair Trade Coffee and homemade baked goods will also be on hand in the Friend's Cafe.

Donations of lightly used books and other media for the sale will be accepted until Thursday, June 25. No textbooks or magazines, please. For more information call the Wheeler Memorial library at 978-544-2495 or visit www.orangelib.org.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Orange Public Libraries Announce Adult & Teen Summer Reading Club

Shannon McGowan, MassLIFT-AmeriCorps Community Engagement Coordinator at the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, encourages everyone to participate in the 2015 Summer Reading Club for adults and teens at the Orange Public Libraries in support of the Orange Food Pantry. 

The Wheeler Memorial Library in downtown Orange and the Moore-Leland Library in North Orange along with the Friends of the Orange Public Libraries want to get you reading this Summer for a good cause. Join the Library and the Friends as they partner with the Orange Food Pantry in providing healthy food to local people in need. The reading club starts on Wednesday, June 24 and will run through Thursday, August 6.

“The more books we read, the more food we can provide to the folks in our community who need it most.” said Manuel King, Head of Adult Services at the Wheeler Memorial Library. “The Friends have committed to donating 25 cents for every book participants read this summer. We encourage all our adult and teen patrons at the Wheeler and the Moore-Leland Libraries to join the club so we can reach of goal of 800 books! As an added incentive, participants will be entered into a weekly prize drawing and be eligible to win a $20.00 gift certificate to a local restaurant or business.”

The Adult and Teen Club complements the Children's Summer Reading Club that will take place downstairs in the Children's Room of the Wheeler Memorial Library and at Moore-Leland Library. This wonderful program has weekly and special events planned throughout the summer and all are free.

For more information about any of these Summer Reading Clubs call the Wheeler Memorial library at 978-544-2495 or the Moore-Leland Library at 978-575-0444 or visit www.orangelib.org.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Summer Reading Schedule

It's Here! 
Our summer reading program schedule is chock full of exciting programs. Students in Orange elementary schools will be getting copies of this flyer through school, but if you need extras please stop by the library. Events can also be found on the library's online events calendar. We are so excited for June 24th, the day that summer reading sign-ups begin!

Students preK- 6th grade are encouraged to read 2 hours a week for a total of (at least!) 10 hours over the length of the program. For every 2 hours kids read they earn a chance in our weekly raffle for awesome book prize packs. The more kids read, the more chances they have! In addition to the raffle, for every minute read we will be donating a penny to the Orange Food Pantry. 

Stay tuned for details about our Teen Summer Reading program, coming soon!

Tuesday, May 05, 2015


Dianne Salcedo, owner of the Maple Valley Farm tends to some of the very healthy tomato plants growing in her greenhouse. Beginning Thursday, May 7 and running through Sunday, May 10, Dianne and her husband Bob Michaud, will offer a variety of plants for sale and will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Friends of the Orange Public Libraries. The couple hopes that local residents will visit their farm, purchase plants, and help support the Orange libraries. Ten percent of all sales to those who mention the library will be donated to the Friends. The greenhouse is located at the very end of North Main Street at 190 Main Street in North Orange. Please call Dianne at 978-575-0131 for more information.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Storytime Programs in the Month of May

The new storytime schedule is here! (It's pretty much the same as the past few months.) Looking forward to seeing our preschool friends on Monday and Tuesdays and our school-aged kids on Thursday afternoons.