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Archive for January, 2010 -

Author visit: Kevin and Hannah Salwen

A Valentine you will not forget,”The Power of Half” is a memoir by a father-daughter team that tells the story of how the Salwens decided to sell their large Atlanta home and give of the proceeds to charity. The family transformation that ensued is both incredible and inspirational.

This event is free and open to the public and held in the Wakelin Room of the Main branch of the Wellesley Free Library. Books for sale and signing courtesy of program co-sponsors, Wellesley Booksmith.

Art Reception: Celebrating Chinese New Year

Celebrating Chinese New Year: Lion Dance and Kung Fu Demonstration in the Wakelin Room.

The Lion, a symbol of power, wisdom, and good fortune, chases away evil spirits and brings happiness, longevity, and good luck. The Lion Dance simulates the movement of a lion and uses the footwork, body movements, balance, and agility that are used in Kung Fu. It is usually accompanied by a musical ensemble consisting of a large Chinese drum (da shih gu) played with two wooden mallets, a gong (luo), and one or more sets of cymbals (bo). Often there are comic figures to tease the lion and interact with the audience. The Lion Dance, which may be performed on occasions such as weddings, store openings, and at various festivals and celebrations, has been a part of Chinese culture for thousands of years.

Wellesley Free Library Friends Book Sale

The Friends’ Members’ Only Preview Sale will be on Thursday, February 4 from 5 – 9 pm.

The sale will open up to the public on Friday and Saturday, February 5 – 6 from 9 – 6 pm on Friday and 9 – 5 pm on Saturday.

On Sunday, February 7, stop by for the Bag Sale from 1 – 5.