Programs We Fund
HOW IMPORTANT ARE THE FRIENDS?
The majority of programs provided by the Wellesley Free Libraries are funded by the Friends through income generated by book sales, memberships and donations.
JUNE PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Wednesday, June 12, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Craft Room
Join our monthly LEGO Club for school age children in Kindergarten and up. Drop in to design and build your own creations using our LEGOs. Participation at the LEGO Club will be on a first come, first serve basis.
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL PICNIC AT THE FELLS
Friday, June 14, 1230 PM to 1:30 PM
Celebrate the last day of school and the start of summer with outdoor games and a fun picnic! We’ll provide pretzels, cookies, and juice; bring your own sandwich or main course, please. Recommended for preschool and elementary school children and their grownups. Drop-in!
Tuesday, June 18, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Story Hour Room
Wear your pajamas and snuggle up with your favorite stuffed animal while you join Ms. Lee in reading bedtime stories and singing songs, followed by milk and cookies. Recommended for pre-schooled aged kids and up. Drop in; no registration required.
TOE JAM PUPPET BAND SUMMER READING KICK
Saturday, June 22, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Wakelin Room
Kick off our summer reading program with some dynamic tunes from the Toe Jam Puppet Band! Families will have a blast singing and dancing along with the band as they perform a unique combination of original songs, masterful shadow puppetry and storytelling.
GAME NIGHT – For youth entering 6th-8th grade
Monday, June 24, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Wakelin Room
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.
SPACE STORIES AND DIY MOON SAND
FRIDAY, June 28, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM, Fells Branch
Listen to stories, sing outer space songs, and make a batch of sensory ‘moon sand’ to play with and mold (ingredients: flour and canola oil). Recommended for ages 3-6 with a grownup.
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.
PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES
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 Storytime||Reading with Chickens|
|Book Babies||StepUp Storytime|
|Ukulele Office Hours|
|Teens & Youth|
|Crazy 8’s Math Club||Kid’s BookClubs|
|Illustrator’s Workshop||Girls who code|
|Family Flix – Ralph Breaks the Internet||Family STEAM Challenge |
(Science, Tech, Engineering, Art & Math)
|Adult & Seniors|
|Sonatas & Tangos: Works for Cello & Piano||Digital Currencies and Blockchain Technologies|
|Robert Frost, Light & Dark||Folk 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.