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The Bacon Free Library hosts Sudanese “Lost Boy” Gabriel Bol Deng
Internationally known Gabriel Bol Deng will visit Natick’s Bacon Free Library at 7 PM on Tuesday, March 5. His free informal talk, “Building Hope: How a Positive Attitude and Meaningful Action Can Move Mountains”, will help Natick area parents, children and others increase resiliency in their own challenging lives.
Once a “Lost Boy of the Sudan”, a survivor of genocide, a refugee in Ethiopia, Kenya and finally the United States, Gabriel Bol Deng entered first grade at the age of thirteen. He was the recipient of Lemoyne College’s "Distinguished Student Teacher of the Year" award in 2006 and now, with a Master’s Degree and serving as Director of the Syracuse-based non profit, "H.O.P. E. for Ariang", he has opened a school back in southern Sudan in his home village to empower girls and boys.
Admission is free. Please call or stop by to register for this program as soon as possible, because space is limited and excitement is already building.
“The Bacon Free Library is a treasure,” said John Brisbin, Library Director, “We are grateful that individuals with international stature like Gabriel Bol Deng recognize and support the critical role that institutions like ours play in our community.”
First opened in 1881, the Bacon Free Library occupies a historic building next to the picturesque dam and Eliot Bridge. It’s not just a South Natick landmark -- it is an institution that serves all Natick residents as well as people from Sherborn, Dover, Wellesley and beyond.
More About Bacon Free Library
Overlooking the Charles River, a visit to the Bacon Free Library is a visit back in time to 1881, when the structure was built. With various holiday arts and crafts, a visit from Santa around Christmas, Mardi Gras celebrations, year-round fundraisers, artist displays, talks by authors, pre-school story hour and more, the Bacon Free Library is a place to keep everyone in town entertained. Local artists have the opportunity to put their works on display. The library offers reduced price admission passes to the Boston Children's Museum and the Museum of Science. Volunteers work to keep the gardens surrounding the library in beautiful condition for all visitors to enjoy. The Bacon Free Library also houses the Natick Historical Society.