Masks required for all individuals ages 5 and up inside the library and all municipal buildings or offices.
Hills & Fells Branch Libraries expand hours until the Main Library reopens.

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

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On Tuesday, March 10th, best-selling author Paul Clerici discussed 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.

He spoke at The Friend’s Arnold Lecture that is held annually and honors Margaret Arnold, who was named Director and Head Librarian for the Wellesley Free Libraries in 1950 and served our community for 31 years. Ms. Arnold was responsible for establishing the Friends of The Wellesley Free Libraries in 1951.

Wellesley Media videotaped Mr. Clerici’s lecture so that you can enjoy at your leisure. Just click here and watch as Mr. Clerici takes us on an exciting 26.2-mile journey, mile by mile and town by town, sharing colorful stories from his newlyreleased book, Images of Modern America: The Boston Marathon.


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.


Never has the Wellesley Library been more important to our town than during this pandemic. The doors many have been closed but thanks to a hard-working staff and the wonders of digital technology, we have kept connected, informed and entertained. The Wellesley Free Library calendar has a complete listing of current online programming.

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.