Programs We Fund


The majority of programs provided by the Wellesley Free Libraries are funded by the Friends through income generated by book sales, memberships and donations.


Monday, September 9, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Story Hour Room

Join us for Early Signs of Communication, a 4-week class on American Sign Language (ASL) lead by instructor Sheryl White. This class is for caregivers and preverbal children ages 2 months and up. This program will be offered on Monday mornings on September 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 10:30-11:30 in the Story Hour Room. Learn signs through songs, books and play! American Sign Language (ASL) as a first language reduces frustration, deepens bonds and accelerates speech development. Practice using a variety of signs and learn how to teach ASL to your baby to enhance early literacy skills. Registration is required for this 4-week program since space is limited. Sign up starting September 2. 

Sunday, September 15, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM, Wakelin Room

Praised by critics and audiences for her imaginative programming and compelling performances, pianist May Phang enjoys discovering and performing a wide range of repertoire from Bach and Liszt to Libby Larsen and Chen Yi. Her 2013 debut CD Travels through Time featured works centered around Mark Twain’s satirical A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. In addition to her solo work, May Phang is also an avid chamber musician. Currently the John Rabb Emison Professor of Creative and Performing Arts and Professor of Piano at DePauw University, Indiana, her prior teaching positions include Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee. A former teaching artist with Young Audiences of Indiana, and artist faculty at Inter-harmony Italy, May continues to frequently adjudicate competitions and present master classes nationally and internationally. Free and open to the public. 

Thursday, September 26, 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM, Wakelin Room

In the feature documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide. Join us for the film and a discussion with family member James DeWolf Perry. Free and open to the public. Jointly sponsored by World of Wellesley and the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries. 

Monday, September 30, 6:30 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 chance to play more complicated games and trade resources in Settlers of Catan, bluff through Avalon, or build train lines in Ticket to Ride. These games will be deck building or strategy games. Participants are encouraged to bring their own games from home. No registration required, just drop in!


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 & 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.


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.