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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.

Friends News

Cara Rothman, Assistant Library Director,
Runs the 125th Boston Marathon for the Friends

On October 11 Cara Rothman, assistant director of the Wellesley Library, raised close to $6,000 on behalf of the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries as friends cheered her on during the 125th Boston Marathon. For the third year in a row, the Friends were awarded an invitational entry bib for the Boston Marathon from Wellesley’s Select Board. Who could be better than Cara to represent us? She is innovative, dynamic, and creative and has been one of our biggest cheerleaders.

In preparation for the 26-mile Marathon course, Cara followed a rigorous 16-week training schedule logging 25 miles a week. Biking along-side Cara on weekends was her best friend and coach, Jim Cook. Jim is accomplished in Tae Kwon Do and used Bruce Lee’s martial arts philosophy to keep Cara pushing her limits. When the mosquitos were biting, and every incline seemed like Heartbreak Hill, she heard Lee’s words “Defeat is a state of mind” and pressed on.


Many thanks to our previous marathon runners, Brian Cody who ran 124th Virtual Boston Marathon, 2020 and Margaret Nyweide, 123rd Boston Marathon, 2019.

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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.