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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.


Cathy Bueker, Completes the
127th Boston Marathon for the Friends 

We are honored and appreciative of Cathy Bueker who ran the 127th Boston Marathon as the Friends 2023 Charity Runner. She “crushed” it on Marathon Monday finishing in just under 5 hours. Not too shabby for a self-proclaimed non-runner. “You can pretty much do anything if you break it down into smaller pieces and stay disciplined,” commented Cathy. “It’s like chipping away at a mountain. It seems impossible, but it can be done.” Cathy was cheered along the way by friends and family. “The support in Wellesley was insane — not just on the day of the race, but through my entire training.” 

Cathy has been living in Wellesley since 2002 with her husband John and three children Sam, Michael, and Rachel. She is a big fan of the Library and sits on the Library Foundation Board. She committed to run 26.2 miles and raise $5,000 to show her support. Apparently, her fan club showed their support as well, she raised over $7,500 on behalf of the Friends. All proceeds go to Wellesley Libraries for programs, activities, and supplies.

The Friends and the Foundation are very lucky to have her on their teams. It’s not too late to
Support Cathy’s Run.

Many thanks to our previous marathon runners, Alison McCarthy, 126th Boston Marathon, Cara Rothman, 125th Boston Marathon in 2021, Brian Cody 124th Virtual Boston Marathon in 2020, and Margaret Nyweide, 123rd Boston Marathon in 2019.

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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.