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.
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.
NOVEMBER PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
TINY TOTE TUTORIAL
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.
CANINE CO. – DOG SAFETY
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.
FAMILY STEAM CHALLENGE
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.
PICTURE BOOK THEATRE
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.
PUMPERNICKEL PUPPETS PRESENTS; GEORGE AND THE DRAGON!
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.
ONGOING 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.