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HYE FUSION: Middle Eastern Jazz Fusion Concert: Sunday, November 20 at 2 PM

  HYE FUSIONMiddle Eastern Jazz Fusion ConcertSunday, November 20 at 2:00 PMIn-Person: Wakelin Room   HYE FUSION is comprised of an American born trio of well-seasoned musicians who perform the music of all of the Middle East integrated with Western Jazz Standards, resulting in a dynamic synergy of melodies and rhythms, employing both current and traditional instrumentation. […]

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Furoshiki: Wrapping with Textiles: Saturday, December 3 at 10 AM.

  Introduction to the Japanese Art ofGift Wrapping with Textiles Click here to register.Limited to 25 participants.   Discover the art of gift-wrapping and accessorizing using furoshiki – Japanese wrapping cloths. Join multi-talented international artist Nefertiti San Miguel from Etnia Fusion (Boston) to learn this singular technique just in time for the beginning of the holiday season. […]

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Soccer & America’s Slow Embrace of Internationalism: November 17 at 7 PM

  Soccer & America’s Slow Embrace of Internationalism November 17 at 7 pmWakelin Room REGISTER HERE Join us for an evening with author Hal Phillips, who will discuss his new book, Generation Zero: Founding Fathers, Hidden Histories & The Making of Soccer in America. For 90 percent of the 20th century, Americans proved famously soccer-indifferent. Today they’ve […]

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Robert Treat Paine, Little Known Founding Father: Sunday, November 13 at 2 PM

  Sunday, November 13 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Wakelin Room Register to Attend Tom Paine, a local historian and direct descendant of Robert Treat Paine, will discuss the life of his famous ancestor, who was a major player in Massachusetts politics and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Presented in partnership with the Wellesley Historical Society. […]

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Take & Make Craft: Ages 13+

  Sign up by October 31 to receive a Mystery Craft! 12 kits available per day: Register for pick up on Friday (11/4) from 1 PM- 6 PM Register for pick up on Saturday (11/5) from 9 AM- 5 PM   Pick up at the Information Services Desk. Craft bags will be assigned at random.

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WFL Book Report: Episode 6 – Fiction with Megan

Comments? Questions? Send us an email! wflbookreport@minlib.net Guest Librarian: Megan Flynn Interview Notes: Our book recommendation this week is from librarian Megan Flynn, our fiction selector. She talks to us about Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus.   Questions? Comments? Recommendations? Email us at: WFLBookReport@minlib.net Reader’s Report ADULT FICTION   The personal librarian by Marie […]

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Financial Literacy Workshops on Zoom

  Presented by Babson Financial Literacy Project: A not-for-profit program designed to help young adults acquire the necessary knowledge and skills for long-term financial prosperity and independence. The program uses interactive case studies developed by Babson finance professors to teach critical financial skills in a community setting. While exploring real-world financial situations, participants build lifelong strategies for […]

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Tonight, October 13 at 7:00 PM: An Evening with the Boston Globe

  Kate Price Remembers Something Terrible:An Evening with The Boston Globe   Join Boston Globe reporter Janelle Nanos and Wellesley resident and child sex trafficking survivor Kate Price for a discussion about the recent Sunday Globe Magazine feature Kate Price Remembers Something Terrible. The conversation, moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former Wellesley resident Eileen McNamara, will give the audience a […]

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Roots and Wings: Wellesley High School’s Legacy of Nurturing Creativity – October 12

  An evening celebrating WHS’ unique tradition of graduates who are writers, and the teachers who inspired them.  Featuring WHS alums and teachers: Richard Preston, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller “The Hot Zone;” Adam Haslett, twice-nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award;  Nina Shope, award-winning novelist of “Asylum;” Vanessa Martir, […]

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Job Seekers Workshop Series

  Job Seekers Workshops with Gary Gekow Sponsored by the Wellesley Free Library Foundation.     Resume Writing Review (Online: Zoom) Thursday, October 6 7:00 PM to 8:30 PMRegister   Cover and Thank You Letter Review (Online: Zoom) Thursday, October 13 7:00 PM to 8:30 PMRegister   Salary and Benefits Negotiations (Online: Zoom) Wednesday, October […]

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Visit with Author Nathaniel Philbrick

Join us for an evening with Massachusetts author, Nathaniel Philbrick. He will discuss his latest book, Travels with George, in which he argues for Washington’s unique contribution to the forging of America by retracing his journey as a new president through all thirteen former colonies, which were now an unsure nation. Travels with George marks a new first-person voice for […]

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Podcast: WFL Book Report

WFL’s new podcast, “WFL Book Report” is now live!  Listen as Information Services librarians make it easy for busy patrons to choose what to read next. Our podcast features ranked popular titles and book recommendations from subject librarians in different genres so you know what titles to reach for next! Listen on our website or […]

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ONE: MetroWest Readers Fest

  MetroWest Readers Fest announces its second annual regional community-wide read called ONE. Thetitle for this year’s initiative is Thank You, Mr. Nixon, a short story collection by the acclaimed writer GishJen. In this collection of 11 linked short stories, Jen “embarks on a fictional journey through U.S.-Chinarelations, capturing the excitement of a world on […]

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Episode 1: Beach Read with Megan

Guest Librarian: Megan Flynn This week we’ll introduce the podcast, the Wellesley Reader’s Report, and speak with Information Services librarian Megan Flynn about her summer book pick in Adult Fiction, The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner. Interview Notes In today’s episode, Megan and I discuss Novelist, a Reader’s Advisory service that you can access through […]

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Human Library @ WFL: November 6 – Register to Attend!

  Human Library @ WFL Event: November 6Register Here.   The Human Library event aims to create dialogue and understanding between people. Individuals who have experienced discrimination volunteer as human “books” and participants at the event can “read” the book–meaning have a one-on-one conversation to hear the book’s experiences centered around discrimination. Through conversation and […]

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Stay & Make Craft

  Sign up for this month’s Teen Stay and Make Craft kit! This month’s kit is make and decorate a Crepe Paper Flowers! The kit includes all the art supplies to create your Crepe Paper Flowers. This craft will be in person in the High School Room! Open to patrons aged 13 to 113.  REGISTRATION […]

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Summer Reading Challenge

  This summer, Read Beyond the Beaten Path! The Wellesley Free Library is offering summer reading challenges for readers of all ages: 0-10, 10-15, teens, and adults. Register to participate at wellesleyfreelibrary.beanstack.org. For children ages 0 – 15, log the minutes you read either on-line or on paper. Finish at least 20 activities listed under […]

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WellesleyESL Quarantine Journals

                                                Wellesley ESL Quarantine/Coronavirus Journal Wellesley ESL students were asked to share their thoughts, comments and experiences about the quarantine and coronavirus pandemic.  The entries below are organized by date of submission. All are anonymous and none have been edited.  Karen Evans, Program Coordinator 4/28/20 To Wear a Mask or not to Wear To wear […]

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In-Person Express Holds Pickup

  Come to the Main Library for in-person, self-checkout Express Holds Pickup!  Monday – Friday: 9 am – 10 am Reserved for seniors and at-risk Children’s Room closed   Monday – Friday: 2 pm -3 pm Closed for cleaning   Monday – Thursday: 10 am – 2 pm and 3 pm – 8 pm Friday: […]

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Mobile Movie Nights

Watch movies safely from your car in the Wellesley Square Tailby commuter rail lot beginning in late July and running through late August. Movies are appropriate for families, teens and senior citizens. Coming attractions are: Knives Out, Minions, Mean Girls, Trolls, Shrek, The Hunger Games, Missing Link, Sing, Jurassic Park, The Great Escape, and Harriet.  […]

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Library Phased Reopening Plan

Welcome back to the Library! Our phased reopening plan for the Wellesley Free Library is carefully managed to prioritize the safety and well-being of staff and patrons. Our goal is to bring back the things you love while ensuring the health of our community. Masks are required in all Wellesley municipal buildings and offices for […]

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Play WFL Bingo!

  Use the free resources from the library to learn, read and win a prize!   Fill a row across, down, or diagonally.    Redeem your completed card for a Wellesley Free Library-themed prize when the buildings reopen.  

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How to Read, Play, & Learn from Home

WFL’s e-Library has links to downloadable and streaming e-books, magazines, music, movies, audiobooks and more, for adults and children – all available 24/7.  Click here if you need a library card.   You can reach a librarian Monday through Friday from 9am-8pm Mon-Thurs; 9am-6pm Fri; 10am-3pm Sat through chat or email. An easy way to […]

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Town of Wellesley Coronavirus Information

THIS IS THE CENTRAL COMMUNICATIONS BRIEFING FOR THE ENTIRE TOWN OF WELLESLEY AND IS SHARED ACROSS ALL COMMUNICATIONS PLATFORMS   CORONAVIRUS BRIEFING: MAY 8, 2020   Visit Wellesley’s new Coronavirus Information Hub at www.wellesleyma.gov/coronavirus   Health Department COVID-19 Case Update. Total confirmed cases in Massachusetts: 75,333     New Cases Today: 1,612 Total cases in Norfolk County: […]

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A Message from the Director

Dear Patrons, The Coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve. Our phased reopening plan prioritizes the safety and well-being of staff and patrons. Our goal is to bring back the things you love while ensuring the health of our community. We are taking a careful and measured approach in order to meet stringent new health and safety […]

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Make the Connection: Follow Us!

The Library has always served as a community gathering place for Wellesley.  Although we cannot safely provide that during a time when social distancing is imperative, librarians will continue to serve patrons remotely via email and with enhanced e-content, online story-times, facebook live streaming and more. Please connect with us on the Library’s social media […]

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Need a Library Card?

You have access to a FREE “Virtual Branch Library” from our website.  Click on the E-Library menus for links to downloadable and streaming e-books, music, movies, audiobooks and more, for adults and children – all available 24/7.   Click here if you need a library card. You can reach a librarian Monday through Friday from […]

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Turn Old Media Into New

Every Wednesday morning, Open Lab in Jackie’s Room (10 AM – 1 PM) includes a Memories Digitization Lab where you can bring in your old photos, slides, VHS or cassette tapes, and digitize them for posterity. Library staff will help you save your memories in digital format. Call Information Services for details: 781-235-1610 x 1117. […]

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Introducing Wowbrary!

Here is an easy and exciting new way to learn about the most recent items that the Wellesley Free Library has to offer —  a weekly newsletter that sends a list of the library’s most recent acquisitions to you directly in an email or RSS feed.  The WFL buys many thousands of new books, movies, […]

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Happy Re-new Year!

Here is cause for celebration: starting on January 1, your eligible checked out items will automatically renew two days before the due date!   Items are eligible to auto-renew if: There are no holds on the title. The item has not reached its maximum allowed renewals. Your patron card is not blocked or expired.   […]

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Flash Fiction Contest Results!

This contest was open to teens and adults. It ended December 1, 2019. Congratulations to all the writers! All the stories listed below will be available from the Short Story Dispenser through a button labeled “Homegrown Stories.” First place: A Length of Linen by Penny Post Second place: Woosh by Steve Grossman Third place: Beachcomber […]

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Short Story Dispenser!

Discover the library’s new Short Story Dispenser, a simple device with three illuminated buttons: 1 minute, 3 minute, 5 minute.  Press one and out rolls a strip of paper randomly generated by the machine from its online bank of original and classic stories and poems.   The dispenser is located in the lobby of the main […]

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Wellesley Yearbooks Go Digital

Wellesley High School alumni from 1931-2014 can now reminisce about their formative years with access to digitized WHS yearbooks!  The Wellesleyans can be found on Internet Archive. Even if you are not a WHS grad, you will have fun checking out the fashions and hairstyles!  This digitization project was generously sponsored by the Wellesley Free […]

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Get Tech Help at Open Computer Labs

There’s no need to be confused or unable to utilize the resources available to you. At the library, you will find librarians, technology instructors, and knowledgeable volunteers available to assist you in using your computer, tablet, or smart phone. (Please note that hardware repair is not offered.)  Simply drop in to the main library (Jackie’s […]

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Fells Branch Library Now Open!

  The renovation of Wellesley’s Fells Branch Library is complete! Fells Branch is located at 308 Weston Road. Regular open hours for Fells Branch are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM – 5 PM. Click here for information about Fells Branch story-times and learning activity programs . Click here to learn more about how the […]

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June 10: Duo Anime

Sunday June 10, 2018 2:00 PM Wakelin Room   Violinist Barbara Englesberg and pianist Esther Ning Yau will perform.  The program will include Bach’s Sonata in E Major for Violin and Harpsichord  and Ethel Barns’ Sonata No. 2 in A Major.  Free and open to the public.  Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries.

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Author visit: Julia Glass

Monday May 7, 2018 7:00 PM  Main Library, Wakelin Room The Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries  present best-selling author Julia Glass in conversation with journalist and author Nichole Bernier.  Glass is the author of six works of fiction, including Three Junes, winner of the National Book Award, and I See You Everywhere, winner of the Binghamton University […]

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Free Financial Savvy

Want to keep up with how your investment portfolio is doing?  Need information on which companies the analysts think will continue to bring positive returns?  With market conditions these days, you need the Morningstar Investment Resource Center and the Value Line Research Center.  Try them out with your library card today! Find these and more […]

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Library of Things Wish List

Help the Wellesley Free Library expand its Library of Things collection! If you like to donate tangible items, check out this Wish List of useful items. These will be made available for loan; a great value that also reduces waste and exercises our environmental stewardship. To be accepted by the library, items must be new […]

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Introducing Kanopy – Movie Streaming!

New at the Wellesley Free Library: Kanopy! This movie streaming service is available to Wellesley residents with your library card. Stream thousands of documentaries, indie films, and classic films on your computer, mobile device, or Roku, with no waiting and no overdue fees. Simply create an account and start watching!    

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Digital Magazines Now Available!

Newsweek, Car & Driver, National Geographic… You now have instant access to many of your favorite digital magazines with the RBdigital app and your library card. Download the app for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire HD/HDX.  Borrow as many titles as you like and keep issues for as long as you wish. Visit our website or step into the […]

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Summer Desserts for Hot Days – On Display

It’s getting warmer and you know what that means . . . popsicles! Ice cream! Smoothies! Visit our second floor display for all the recipes you need for summer desserts to cool off. Also included are all-around fun cookbooks for summer, whether you want to try homemade ice cream or just want to chow down […]

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This Just In…

New TV Series The Kennedy’s: After Camelot Portrays the life of the former First Lady of the United States, Jacqueline Kennedy in the aftermath of the assassination of her husband, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, as she becomes Jackie O. in life after Camelot. Also portrays the lives of the other Kennedy family members dealing with […]

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June is LGBT Pride Month – On Display

Celebrate diversity in all its forms this June by checking out our second floor display honoring LGBT Pride Month. This display features materials on the gay rights movement, marriage equality, personal accounts and coming out stories, and materials on how to raise an LGBT identifying child. Did You Know? According to a Gallup poll, 4.1%, […]

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Annual Senior Art Show & Reception

This Sunday! June 4, 2017 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Main Library Wakelin Room The public is invited to the opening reception of the fifth annual Senior Art Show.  The work of nearly 50 senior artists across multiple mediums will be exhibited from June 2 to June 29 in the Wakelin Room and lobby of […]

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The Miracle of Dunkirk – On Display

During World War II, thousands of Allied soldiers were stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk, France, surrounded by the German Army. The Miracle of Dunkirk, also called Operation Dynamo, was an unimaginable evacuation and rescue of these soldiers between May 26th and June 4th, 1940. Over 338,000 soldiers were saved.1 Visit the display case next to […]

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New Non-Fiction At the Library!

Summertime is perfect for cracking open a non-fiction read. See below for our newest titles!   Real Life Organizing: Clean and Clutter-Free in 15 Minutes a Day by Cassandra Aarssen Real Life Organizing offers clutter free storage solutions and advice that can help you create a Pinterest worthy home on a small budget: Learn how […]

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New Arrivals: TV Series

Call the Midwife – Season 6 When the rather austere Sister Ursula is appointed the new head of Nonnatus house, Sister Julienne finds herself demoted and working back alongside the midwives as an ordinary member of staff. A French Village – Season 6 The German occupation changes the life of the village of Villeneuve forever, […]

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Celebrate Memorial Day – On Display

Memorial Day is time for celebration and reflection. On the one hand, the weather is perfect for a BBQ or outdoor party, and the three day weekend makes it triple the fun! Visit our second floor display – “It’s BBQ Time!” – for the best BBQ and outdoor entertaining ideas. On the other hand, Memorial […]

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Green Arrow and The Flash – On Display

The Green Lantern and The Flash are two of DC Comic’s biggest characters. Whether you’re a longtime fan or just now discovering their action-packed adventures, our second floor display featuring these two superheroes is for you! Read about their individual adventures and the ones they share together.  

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Lincoln’s Lieutenants

Lincoln’s Lieutenants: The High Command of the Army of the Potomac by Stephen W. Sears From the best-selling author of Gettysburg, a multilayered group biography of the commanders who led the Army of the Potomac. The high command of the Army of the Potomac was a changeable, often dysfunctional band of brothers, going through the […]

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On Display

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s early death. One of the most revered and respected women in the world, Diana was the “People’s Princess.” Visit our second floor display featuring materials all about Diana, what made her special, and the tremendous and long-lasting effects she had on the world.

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On Display

13 Reasons Why is Netflix’s hottest TV series; but did you know that it’s based off of a book? Jay Asher wrote 13 Reasons Why, originally published in 2007.  If you’re a fan, of the book or the TV series, check out the display in the High School Room for similar reads. If you haven’t read […]

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MacArthur’s Spies

 MacArthur’s Spies: The Soldier, the Singer, and the Spymaster Who Defied the Japanese in World War II  by Peter Eisner On January 2, 1942, Japanese troops marched into Manila unopposed by U.S. forces. Manila was a strategic port, a romantic American outpost and a jewel of a city. Tokyo saw its conquest of the Philippines […]

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Famous Faces of Wellesley – On Display

Did you know that Wellesley has been home to many famous faces? Mindy Kaling, Vladimir Nabokov, and Daisuke Matsuzaka are just a few of the varied artists, politicians, broadcasters, athletes, and other notable people who have called Wellesley their home at some point in their lives. Visit our second floor main display featuring the works […]

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Jazz Concert: Lance Martin Trio

Sunday May 7, 2017 3:00 PM Wakelin Room Love jazz? Have favorites? A trademark of this group is their  “all-request” program — come on out and create the playlist!   The Lance Martin Trio is:  John Baboian, guitar; Dave Clark, bass; and Lance Martin, flute. Free and open to the public. Generously sponsored by the […]

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On Display – May the 4th Be With You

May the Force be with you this May 4th! Of course, we would be remiss without a display of the many various Star Wars materials here at the library. Visit the display on the second floor to read the book versions of your favorite classic Star Wars movies, or vice versa. See all the different […]

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May is National Salad Month – On Display

Spring is the perfect time for light, colorful salads, but did you know that the month of May is National Salad Month? Check out our second floor display featuring recipes for the best spring salads, from fruit salads to new takes on classic dishes. Liven up your salad routine with fresh Spring fruits and vegetables, […]

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LinkedIn Workshop: May 8th 6:00pm

LinkedIn Workshop with Gary Gekow Monday May 8th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm  Arnold Room – Main Library 2nd Floor Register Here. Join Gary Gekow for a two hour workshop to review best practices for profile creation and account management. He will discuss additional uses of LinkedIn, including the importance of joining groups and acquiring testimonials. Job […]

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New Science Books for May

May 9th Aliens: Prominent Scientists on the Search for Extraterrestrial Life by Jim Al-Khalili,  (Author, Editor) In these lively and fascinating essays, scientists from around the world weigh in on the latest advances in the search for intelligent life in the universe and discuss just what that might look like. Since 2000, science has seen […]

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Young Adult: New Arrivals

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life – Benjamin Alire Saenz Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it’s senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal’s not who he thought […]

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Get Caught Reading!

May is “Get Caught Reading” month, celebrated by the Young Adult Library Services Association. The Wellesley Free Library will be celebrating by posting your reasons why you love to read! Visit the High School Room on the second floor to submit the reason you love to read. Come back in May to see it posted, […]

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Food & Poverty – On Display

Hunger and poverty are inextricably linked, and are still major problems in America today.  In 2015, 42.2 million Americans and about 13% of households were considered food insecure. In that same year, 13.5% of Americans were living in poverty.1 Visit our second floor display featuring materials about this ongoing crisis. Learn about the state of […]

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New Science Fiction: April

April 4th   1636: Mission to the Mughals by Eric Flint, & Griffin Barber The United States of Europe, the new nation formed by an alliance between the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus and the West Virginians hurled back in time by a cosmic accident, the Ring of Fire is beset by enemies on all sides. […]

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Sunday Concert: The Sumner Quartet

Sunday April 23, 2017 2:00 PM Main Library Wakelin Room The Sumner Quartet is a professional, community-centered string quartet. Violinists Joshua Addison and David Rubin, violist Elizabeth Stefan, and cellist Jaques Wood will perform. Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries.  

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On Display – Spring Into a New Book!

It’s (technically) Spring! Visit our second floor display in the High School Room for a new book to help you get into the new season. Even though it’s still a little chilly out there, the weather is slowly warming, the sun is shining, and soon it’ll be time to enjoy a new book out of doors! […]

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April is National Poetry Month – On Display

Join in the literary celebration this month for National Poetry Month! Visit our second floor display featuring new and classic poetry. Help give thanks for poetry’s important place in the global culture by checking out a book of your favorite poetry today! Did you know? “National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the […]

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Heart Health – On Display

Is your heart healthy? Do you exercise it enough and feed it well?  Visit our second floor display to find out all you need to know to keep your heart healthy. Did you know? Your heart beats about 100,000 per day. 1 Laughter really is the best medicine! When you laugh, your blood flow is increased by about 20%, […]

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Graphic Memoirs – On Display

Do you love graphic novels? Do you also love memoirs and biographies? Check out our second floor display featuring graphic memoirs! A graphic memoir is the perfect blend of visual art and memoir. According to the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), this blend of graphics and text “can help the author to communicate a […]

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The Collapsing Empire

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi Our universe is ruled by physics. Faster than light travel is impossible, until the discovery of The Flow, an extra-dimensional field available at certain points in space-time, which can take us to other planets around other stars. Riding The Flow, humanity spreads to innumerable other worlds. Earth is forgotten. […]

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Wellesley Free Library Strategic Planning Survey

Every five years, WFL embarks upon a review of the current state of the library and considers where it should be headed.  The resulting 5-year Strategic Plan is used to prioritize ongoing decisions about library service to the community.  As part of this important process, the library is conducting a survey. Please help set the […]

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On Display – Celebrate Our Trees!

World Earth Day is April 22nd, Arbor Day is April 28th, and Wellesley houses some beautiful trees. Celebrate our landscape by visiting our second floor display featuring information about trees and nature, including beautiful nature photographs, nature poetry, and other nature writing. Be sure to check out the “Wellesley Trees” bulletin board in the media […]

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Voting Time for Wellesley Reads Together 2017

Each year, Wellesley Free Library joins forces with MassBay Community College to invite the greater Wellesley community to read a common text, engage in discussions, and attend related programs. The goal is to create an interdisciplinary  learning experience around the winner of the annual Massachusetts Bay OneBook Prize for regional authors.  The following four works are the finalists […]