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Friends News


The Wellesley Free Library is a gathering place, a cultural destination and a gateway to ideas for residents of all ages. Many consider it “the heart of our community.” The Friends is a group of Wellesley residents, independent of the Library and its staff, dedicated to enhancing the quality of our Libraries by providing services and programming that stimulate the minds of our children and adults.


Thank you, Thomas!

We were so thrilled to cheer on Thomas Weiss, who ran the 128th Boston Marathon for the Friends! 

Completing the marathon, even in the hot temperatures, was an experience that I will never forget, and I am very grateful to have been able to raise money for my hometown libraries, which I frequently utilized during my time at Wellesley High School. Having the opportunity to run on behalf of the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries truly showed me how important this organization is to the Town of Wellesley as well as how unique these libraries are with the different branches throughout the town. I truly hope that the libraries will continue to thrive for many years to come and provide the necessary resources to residents throughout the town. Running the Boston Marathon had always been a dream of mine, and I could not have done it without this opportunity that the Friends provided me as well as the support through all of your generous donations. Thank you again for all that you do for the town and for providing me with an experience that I will never forget!”

Thomas Weiss attended the Wellesley Public Schools for grades K-12 and graduated in the Wellesley High School class of 2018. He was a member of the 2016 State Championship Cross Country Team and served as a senior captain. He attended the University of Michigan, where he ran for the Cross Country Team for one year before graduating with a business degree in 2022. He currently works in Boston as an investment analyst at Cambridge Associates.

The Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries gratefully received a charity bib from the Town of Wellesley for the 2024 Boston Marathon. As a fixture on the Marathon route and steps from the halfway point, we were pleased to once again support a runner in their first Boston Marathon. 

Thank you, Thomas, for being such a great friend to the Wellesley Free Libraries!

Many thanks to our previous marathon runners:

Cathy Bueker, 127th Boston Marathon in 2023

Alison McCarthy, 126th Boston Marathon in 2022

Cara Rothman, 125th Boston Marathon in 2021

Brian Cody, 124th Virtual Boston Marathon in 2020

Margaret Nyweide, 123rd Boston Marathon in 2019

Spring 2024 Book Sale Another Success!

Thank you to our members, our donors, and our community members who made our Spring 2024 Book Sale another great success! We had a fantastic few days of shopping, with tremendous sales that will generously support our libraries’ programming calendar for the coming year. We could not have offered such a wide selection of high-quality materials without your generous donations. Thank you to all our Friends!

Mark your calendars!

Fall Book Sale: October 24-27, 2024

Restock our shelves!

We welcome your gently-used donations at our Bookshop in the Main Library, just past the welcome desk, whenever the library is open.

Save the Date for our Fall 2024 Arnold Lecture!

Emily Franklin is the author of more than twenty novels, including The Lioness of Boston, and a poetry collection, Tell Me How You Got Here. Her award-winning work has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Guernica, JAMA, and numerous literary magazines as well as long-listed for the London Sunday Times Short Story Award, featured and read aloud on NPR and named notable by the Association of Jewish Libraries.

Tuesday, October 1, 2024

7:00 – 8:30 pm 

Wellesley Free Library, Wakelin Room 

** This event is free and open to the public. Click here to register in advance!

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Volunteers, the Heart & Soul of the Friends

Have you ever thought about getting involved with the Friends? It’s a wonderful way to make new friends and get to know the people who share your passion for the Library. If you are interested, send an email to The Friends or Become a Volunteer. We hope to hear from you! THANK YOU.