The library will be closed on Saturday May 25th, Sunday May 26th, and Monday May 27th.

For Parents and Educators

For Parents:

At the Library

Massachusetts Libraries
Find the latest on what is going on in libraries in Massachusetts, from Summer Reading, to Early Literacy Programs.

Wellesley Free Library Unattended Children Policy

Please make note of our policies about children in the library.

In and Around Wellesley


Everything Kid Friendly

Read reviews and age-recommendations of books, movies, TV shows and more, written by and for parents.

Health and Child Development

Health information from the American Academy of Family Physicians, including a helpful symptom-checker.

Child development information and parenting tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Child development tracker and parenting tools.

Provides tips and resources for activities that can help develop important early literacy and other skills, as well as ways to follow along with your child’s development from age 0 to 36 months.

Information and tips on early childhood development.

Internet Safety

Information for parents about keeping your children safe when using technology.

Kid friendly guide on cyberbullying, safe surfing and emailing.

Information for parents about helping their children stay safe on the internet.

A game from Be Internet Legends, helping kids be safe and confident explorers of the digital world.

Dyslexia Resources

Resources for encouraging reading in children with Dyslexia:

Audio formats and aids support both reading acquisition and sustaining interest in reading. Check out our offerings!

Graphic novels provide illustrated story cues and are a great tool for supporting reading for children with visual impairments (and people in general).

The Perkins Library loans audio, large print, and braille books and
magazines along with playback equipment to people with reading difficulties.


This toolkit from the American Academy of Pediatrics provides information for parents on early literacy and early learning.

Fun and exciting literacy learning experiences.

Activities, books, games, songs and more from the Fred Rogers Center.

Games, activities, and information for building Early Literacy Skills.

Resources for raising strong readers.

Activities and booklists related to kids’ favorite topics.

For Educators:

The Wellesley Free Library has many resources which can be used in the classroom, for assignments, or for continuing teacher education!

Useful & Relevant Databases

Our databases cover a variety of subjects and are excellent tools for online research either in the classroom, the library, or for at-home assignments.  Students will need a Minuteman Library account in order to access the databases from outside of the Wellesley Free Library. Check out our databases.

Teacher Assistance

It is helpful if you let us know ahead of time when students will be performing outside research on a specific topic, so that we can make sure we have as many resources as possible available.

Field Trips & Visits

Teaching your students about research and libraries?  Bring them in for a visit!  Arrange for a tour of the Children’s Department and a specialized presentation on our research resources.

Stay informed!

Keep up on the latest in educational research and trends by accessing the Educator’s Reference Complete Database which includes, but is definitely not limited to, the following E-Journals:

  • American Educator
  • Canadian Journal of Education
  • Creative education
  • Education Review
  • Education Week
  • Educational Perspectives
  • Focus on elementary
  • Focus on Middle School
  • High School journal
  • International Education Studies
  • International Journal of Multicultural Education
  • International Journal of Special Education
  • International Research in Early Childhood Education
  • Multicultural Education
  • School Library Journal
  • Teacher Magazine