All Wellesley Free Libraries are closed. Fines are suspended and due dates extended during this time. Book drops are closed, so please hold on to your materials.

Programs We Fund

How important are The Friends?

The Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries fund programs and services not supported by the library budget. Our efforts are funded through the generosity of the community through memberships, book sales, and individual donations.


Images of Modern America: The Boston Marathon

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 7:00 PM, WAKELIN ROOM
Come meet local best-selling author Paul Clerici as he discusses his newly-released book Images of Modern America: The Boston Marathon. A former newspaper editor and historian, Mr. Clerici has covered the Boston Marathon for nearly 30 years and has run Boston himself 23 times. He is also the author of Boston Marathon History by the Mile.

Mr. Clerici will take us through a colorful 26.2 mile journey — mile by mile, town by town, story by story.  Join us to hear great stories about the:

  • Beginnings of the race in Ashland in 1897
  • Various start lines in Hopkinton
  • The year a train cut though the race in Framingham
  • The Scream Tunnel at Wellesley College
  • Johnny Kelley statue in Newton
  • History of women running it (officially and unofficially)
  • Story behind “Heartbreak Hill” 
  • Different finish lines in Boston … and much more

Books will be available for purchase and Mr. Clerici will be available to sign books after the lecture.


Each year, the Friends offer free or discounted passes to a variety of art, children and science museums as well as other local attractions including gardens, parks and historical and cultural places of interest. Museum passes are made available to library patrons and Wellesley residents. Reservations may be made in advance online, in person at the Main Library, or by calling 781-235-1610.


Liana Paniyeva, piano
Sunday, February 16, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM, Wakelin Room

Award winning concert pianist Liana Paniyeva plays a Romantic masterpiece: Chopin Sonata No. 3 and Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition. Paniyeva has performed at international festivals worldwide and four times at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Her solo recital in 2016 at the Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago was broadcast live on WFMT Radio. Ms. Paniyeva is the winner of the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music; Grand Prize at the Metropolitan International Piano Competition; and the winner of the AFAF Golden Era of Romantic Music International Competition. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, February 19, 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM, Wakelin Room

Put the team in STEAM! STEAM stands for Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math. Bring family and friends to team up once a month and enjoy a creative building challenge from WFL librarians in doing everything from building strange musical instruments to creating the fastest wind-blown car! All materials provided, no registration necessary.

Thursday, February 20, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Craft Room

Join Librarian Rainbow Emma to learn to play and jam on the ukulele! All stages of ukulele playing welcome – from brand new beginners to more experienced strummers. No registration required.

Friday, February 21, 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM, Wakelin Room

Join farmers from Land’s Sake Farm to learn about the local tradition of turning maple sap into maple syrup. This program includes a maple sugaring themed storytime, opportunities to touch and explore the tools we use to make maple syrup, and the chance to use hand drills to tap a demonstration tree – we’ll use one next to the library! Learn history, science, social studies, and a new skill, all in one program.

Saturday, FEBRUARY 22, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Craft Room

Children in grades K-4 may sign up for a 15-minute session to read to one of our fabulous Reading Dogs! Children can sign up between 10:30am-11:30 am. Bring your own book or borrow one of ours! Sign up will begin one week in advance. For more information or to sign up, call (781) 235-1610 x1108 or visit the Children’s Room.

Sunday, February 23, 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM, Craft Room

Gather round to play Magic the Gathering, a deck-building game of attacks and counter attacks. Build and burn your mana, and unleash your spells to emerge the victor! New and experienced players all welcome: play with friends or learn from an expert! Cards are provided if needed. Drop-in, no registration required.

Monday, February 24, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Wakelin Room

Game night is a fun night out for youth in 6th-8th grade. Enjoy some snacks and take the opportunity to play more complicated games. We’ll trade resources in Settlers of Catan, bluff through Avalon, or match wits in Codenames. These games will be deck building or strategy games. Participants are encouraged to bring their own games from home. Drop-in, no registration required.


Children’s Programs. Teen Clubs. Middle School Meetups. Concerts. Lectures. Workshops. Below is a sampling of stimulating and engaging programs we are funding this year.

Babies & Toddlers
Sensory StorytimeReading with Chickens
Book BabiesStepUp Storytime
Ukulele Office Hours 
Teens & Youth
Crazy 8’s Math ClubKid’s BookClubs
Illustrator’s WorkshopGirls Who Code
Family Flix – Ralph Breaks the InternetFamily STEAM Challenge
(Science, Tech, Engineering, Art & Math)
Adult & Seniors
Sonatas & Tangos: Works for Cello & PianoDigital Currencies and Blockchain Technologies
Robert Frost, Light & DarkFolk Concert: North Sea Gas

Money raised by the Friends touches the lives of everyone who uses the Wellesley Free Libraries. We serve all library patrons: toddlers, youth, adults and seniors in Wellesley and beyond.  Whether you like music, history, literature or arts & crafts, the Friends are funding something you’ll be sure to enjoy. Sign up to receive the Wellesley Reader or view a full listing of events and programs we sponsor on the Wellesley Free Library Calendar.


Check out our Children’s Programs Calendar for times and dates of programs sponsored by the Friends: Hills BookBabies, First Friday Crafts, Kid’s Read Book Club, story hours, artists’ workshops and much more.

Lectures on issues of interest, concerts for music aficionados, art workshops and a variety of demonstrations; these are just a few of the programs made possible by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries.

The Wellesley Free Library offers a variety of programs for teens and young adults. Summer reading events, performing artists & visiting authors, vacation week events and other library programs are supported by the Friends. Check out our Teen Programs Calendar for times and dates of programs sponsored by the Friends.

In addition to supporting the Main Library, the Friends fund and sponsor many programs, activities and events at the Fells and Hills Branch Libraries.  Of particular note is the recently renovated Fells Branch for young learners geared toward 0-6 year-olds that encourages caregiver and preschooler interactions.