Holiday hours: The libraries are closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 20.

Programs We Fund


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.


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.


Thursday, December 12, 2019 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Kids ages 5-10 are invited to join us for Sankta Lucia Story and Craft. We’ll be celebrating the festival of Sankta Lucia, a Swedish and Norwegian cultural holiday where celebrators mark the historical shortest day of the year with songs, food, and dressing like Lucia, in a white robe and a wreath of candles. At the library, we will listen to the music, read a story, make paper candle wreaths, and eat pepparkakor (ginger cookies). Please register starting December 5.

Family Holiday Singalong with David Polansky
Sunday, December 15, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM, Wakelin Room

Songs for Christmas, Hanukah, and Kwanzaa, and winter favorites from popular musical performer David Polansky. This program is for EVERY age, and certain to get you into the holiday spirit. Polansky will present a repertoire of classic holiday songs as well as original compositions. He is an award-winning singer, musician and composer who performs throughout New England. Free and open to the public. 

Thursday, December 26, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Wakelin Room

The Snow Sisters invite the young townsfolk of Wellesley and surrounding areas to a Royal Tea! They will read an exciting story of their adventures, sing songs, and pose for pictures while snacks are served. Costumes encouraged! Drop-in, no registration required.

Saturday, December 27, 2:30 PM to 3:30 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. Drop-in, no registration required.

Saturday, December 28, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Wakelin Room

Join us to construct Super-Sized Snowpeople (up to 4′ tall). Everything you’ll need to create your paper snowman will be available – you bring the imagination and we’ll bring the markers. Then you can leave your Snowpeople to decorate the Children’s Room until February 1st – or take them home to celebrate the snow! This craft program is good for families with children of all ages.


Saturday, November 9, 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM, Wakelin Room

Join us to make a tiny tote bag! Learn basic sewing machine use while also learning basic bag construction. All materials provided. For ages 9 – 99. Registration opens Nov. 2. Call 781-235-1610 x 1108.

Saturday, November 16, 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM, Children’s Room

Come learn all about dogs – how to approach them and how to keep themselves and you safe. Canine Co. will be reading a story and have hand-on activities. For ages 3-8. Drop-in, no registration required.

Wednesday, November 20, 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. This month we will make bird feeders.

Wednesday, November 27, 3:30 PM to 4:45 PM, Wakelin Room

Get ready for Picture Book Theater! Turn a picture book into a play in an hour, then present it to an audience of family and friends. Each month, kids in grades K-3 will start by reading a picture book, casting it, rehearsing it, building props, and, at 4:30 pm, performing it! Light refreshments to follow. At each session we will do a new book. Children’s Librarian Emma Caywood was a drama teacher, actress, and director in Los Angeles and Chicago before becoming a librarian. Sign up will be available online beginning November 20th.

Friday, November 29, 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM, Wakelin Room

Join an adventurous princess as she journeys to Mystery Mountain to visit the Great Green Dragon. Along the way you’ll meet Zelda the babysitter, a silly bat, Sir George and his clumsy dog, and of course the lovable dragon. Will Sir George slay the dragon? Don’t worry, everything ends happily in this fun show. Presented with large colorful hand puppets and live voices and sound effects. This show is 40 minutes long and is recommended for ages 3+.

For nearly forty years the Pumpernickel Puppets have captivated audiences of all ages with humorous and colorful adaptations of classic folk and fairy tales. John McDonough and his puppets present over two hundred fifty shows a year at schools, libraries and private parties throughout the New England area.


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.