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March is Time for Irish Celebrations! – On Display

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and March is Irish American History Month! Visit a number of our second floor displays featuring all things Ireland. See our list below to find out the Irish adventures awaiting you this month. “Celebrate Irish Writers” – explore fiction by Irish authors. “Discover Ireland” – a selection […]

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NEW: Global Road Warrior

  Meet our newest online resource, Global Road Warrior. This digital database provides country-by-country resources for learning about cultures, customs, history, and language worldwide. Global Road Warrior consists of 175 Country Guides of 119 topics each. Great for travel planning and on-the-go information while abroad. Great for school research projects. Great for international business.   […]

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What’s New In TV Series?

19-2 Seasons 1, 2 & 3: 19-2 revolves around the day-to-day life of two unwilling partners of the Montreal Police Department, Officers Nick Barron and Ben Chartier. These two beat cops patrol the urban sprawl of downtown’s 19th district, in cruiser No. 2. 19-2 is about the tensions and bonds that develop between two incompatible […]

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We March Against England

We March Against England: Operation Sealion and German Air-Sea Actions Against Great Britain, 1940-41 by Robert Forczyk In June, 1940, Nazi Germany was master of continental Europe. Great Britain stood alone and the all-conquering German armed forces were poised to cross the English Channel and launch an invasion that would if successful, change the entire course […]

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Read Local: On Display

These days, we’re conscious of supporting our local communities through frequenting local businesses and eating locally grown foods. Why not read local too? Check out our second floor display featuring fiction from authors based in Massachusetts and around New England.

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Huston Smith, 1919-2016: On Display

The renowned religious studies scholar and author of The World’s Religions, one of the most widely used texts on comparative religion, passed away on December 30, 2016 at 97 years old. The son of missionaries working in China, Smith became fascinated with different religious experiences, and went on to study and truly live other religions […]

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On Display: The Vikings

It seems that everyone is fascinated with the Norse warriors and seafarers, on whom many TV series, movies, and novels have been based. Visit our second floor display to learn more about the Nordic men and women who have made a lasting impression on history. Did you know? The word “Viking” literally means “pirate raid” […]

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Fit for the Presidency?

Fit for the Presidency?: Winners, Losers, What-Ifs, and Also-Rans by Seymour Morris Jr. Every four years Americans embark on the ultimate carnival, the Super Bowl of democracy: a presidential election campaign filled with endless speeches, debates, handshakes, and passion. But what about the candidates themselves? In Fit for the Presidency? Seymour Morris Jr. applies an […]

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New Arrivals in TV Series…

Graves Season 1 – President Richard Graves, a former two-term POTUS, embarks on a Don Quixote-like quest to right the wrongs of his administration and reclaim his legacy 25 years after leaving the White House. With topics ranging from immigration to gay rights, foreign policy to public funding for arts and sciences, Graves holds nothing […]

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Wellesley Townsman Digital Archive

Wellesley Townsman 1906 – 1989 Digital Archive The Wellesley Townsman digital archive for 1906 – 1989 is accessible through a new and improved platform. It offers an easy-to-use browse and search feature for these historic issues. The digital archive can be accessed in the library and remotely 24/7.

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Stop Fretting About Your Wedding: On Display

February is National Weddings Month. Are you preparing your own nuptial celebration? Attending more than a few weddings this Spring? Stop by our second floor display featuring materials on wedding planning and wedding etiquette. Whether you’re the bride, the mother of the bride, or just a guest, you’ll find something to help make wedding season […]

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International Holocaust Remembrance: On Display

January 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945.1 For the month of February, we will be featuring materials about the Holocaust, both fiction and non-fiction. Learn about this unspeakable tragedy so that it may never happen again. “Nie Wieder,לעולם לא עוד” – Never Again

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On Display: Library Lover’s Month

February is National Library Lover’s Month! Visit our second floor display for materials relating to library history, beautiful world-renowned library buildings, and all things libraries. We at the Wellesley Free Library extend our gratitude towards our patronage, and we thank you for helping us celebrate our beautiful institution.

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Historical Heroes: Celebrating Black History Month

Visit our main second floor display featuring materials on the many great African-American heroes who have helped shape our nation’s history, culture, and invariably our future. From Harriet Tubman to Barack Obama, Louis Armstrong to Guion Bluford, America is indebted to black men and women throughout its tumultuous history. They’ve helped shape our music, cuisine, […]

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Photography Display: The Changing Faces of Cuba

Photography Display – February 1st – 28th, 2017 “The Changing Faces of Cuba” Photography by Belinda Soncini Text by Kip Langello “The Changing Faces of Cuba” offers a window into a Cuba seldom seen. This series of photographs and interviews by Belinda Soncini and Kip Langello reflects people going about their daily routine on the […]

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Anne L. Reynolds, Former WFL Director

Anne L. Reynolds, beloved former director of the Wellesley Free Library, died on January 20th, 2017 in Portsmouth, NH. Former Head of Technical Services at the library, Anne brought a whole-systems vision to the library: its strengths, its challenges, and its vibrant possibilities. She led the automation of the library catalog and made Wellesley one […]

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Spiritual Autobiographies On Display

November’s Spiritual Pathways display was a hit with the Wellesley community; perhaps you were one of the many who are looking for a more spiritual connection. This month, visit our second floor display featuring spiritual autobiographies. Learn how others cultivated a more mindful, joyous life, or how many have struggled along their own spiritual journey, […]

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Putter Around the Library

Calling all avid readers and golfers! Get Ready to tee-off in the teen space, bogey in the biographies or eagle in the easy readers! It’s once again time for a “Hole Lot of Fun” as the Wellesley Free Library is magically transformed into an 18 hole miniature golf course. Come and play a round on […]

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Food for Thought

A little known sub-genre of cookbooks is the food memoir: the personal experience of a chef (amateur or professional) relative to food. Many food memoirs include recipes, as the author will relate his/her experiences with certain dishes while relaying how you can make them at home. Take a peek at our second floor display featuring […]

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New Non-Fiction at the Library

Radicalization: Why Some People Choose the Path of Violence by Farhad Khosrokhavar A sought-after commentator in France and a widely respected international scholar of radical Islam, Farhad Khosrokhavar has spent years studying the path towards radicalization. Khosrokhavar argues that the root problem of radicalization is not a particular ideology but rather a set of steps […]

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New TV Series Have Arrived!

12 Monkeys: Season 2 AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION MYSTERY DRAMA The story follows the journey of James Cole, a man from 2043 sent back in time to stop a malevolent organization known as the Army of the 12 Monkeys from destroying the world. Joining forces with Dr. Cassandra Railly in the present day, Cole must untangle […]

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New TV Series

These just arrived! Bones: Season 11 Six months after Bones and Booth leave their jobs to start a new life, Booth goes missing. Desperate for distraction, Bones takes a murder case, and is devastated to learn the deceased’s identity. Featuring the highly anticipated Bones and Sleepy Hollow crossover event. The Librarians: Season 2 An ancient […]

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Winter Writers’ Workshop

Writers’ Workshop with Charlene Smith Six Thursdays: January 12 & 26; February 9 & 23; March 9 & 23, 2017 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM Hills Branch Library 210 Washington St. Award-winning journalist, author and editor Charlene Smith, the authorized biographer of Nelson Mandela, will lead a six-session writing workshop for adults at the Hills Branch […]

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Nonfiction for the New Year

On display in the high school room is a collection of nonfiction for the New Year! Ring in 2017 by learning something new, from a memoir about escaping North Korea (Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee) to a young man’s hilarious attempt to understand why he is “undateable” (We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh […]

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New Non-Fiction, including Chrismukkah!

This week in new non-fiction, the Wellesley Free Library has a lot to offer. But first . . . let’s explore Chrismakkuh! Chrismakkuh: Everything You Need to Know to Celebrate the Hybrid Holiday by Ron Gompertz A holiday guide for mixed-faith families who celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah presents an entertaining guide to the hybrid holiday […]

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Holiday Crafts for Everyone!

Now on display at the Wellesley Free Library: holiday craft ideas for the whole family! Visit the second floor display (by the graphic novels) to pick up craft books to suit your fancy this holiday season.  Whether you’re a seasoned craft enthusiast (pun intended), just starting out, or want to learn a new craft, this […]

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Man Booker Prize Winners

The Man Booker Prize is an annual accolade awarded to the best original novel written in English and published in the United Kingdom. Stop by our second floor display to select a Man Booker Prize winner to read next! This year’s Man Booker was awarded to Paul Beatty for his bestselling novel The Sellout. Previous Man […]

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It’s Time For . . . Winter Sports!

As the temperature keeps dropping and the snow starts falling, we’ll all be breaking out our long-awaited winter gear! Whether you’re a seasoned winter sports enthusiast or looking to become one, our second floor display will feature all you need to know about winter athletics. Did you know? Yukigassen, invented in Japan, is basically one […]

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New Cookbooks!

The Wellesley Free Library has plenty of cookbooks to go around for the holidays, including those on display for holiday cooking and baking. But if that doesn’t suit your fancy, or if you simply want to browse non-holiday cookbooks, see below for some of the newest cookbooks to be added to our collection. Grape, Olive, […]

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Coming Soon – New Robot Classes!

Starting in January 2017, the Wellesley Free Library will be offering new opportunities to interact with and program our NAO robots, Lava and Sky! Step by Step: Choregraphe – 5 new Choregraphe classes! Robot Dance Contest – For programmers ages 8-13. Robot Lab by Appointment – 45 minute sessions with Lava or Sky. Appointment requests begin […]

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Documentary Film: Dec. 13th 7:00 PM

Bannister: Everest on the Track Tuesday December 13th – 7:00PM   Before the war, Britain had bloomed best in its sporting tradition, but the amateur accolades leading to Olympic accomplishments were blown off the podiums in the 1952 Helsinki games. Roger Bannister was the epitome of that disappearing scholar-athlete ideal. Can the lunchtime-trained runner immersed […]

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Holiday Baking and Cooking

Have no fear, our December displays are here! Looking for holiday meal ideas, or not sure how to spice up your holiday baking routine? Take a peek at our second floor displays on Holiday Cooking and Holiday Baking for some great ideas! We have a wonderful collection of cozy recipes to suit everyone’s needs.

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This Sunday: The Art of Shay Rieger

Art Reception: The Art of Shay Rieger Sunday, December 4th 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Main Library, Wakelin Room The public is invited to a reception celebrating the art of Shay Rieger, on display throughout the main library during the month of December.  Born in New York City, Rieger (1923-2015), was a prominent sculptor and […]

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December 5-11 is Computer Science Education Week!

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, is hosting Computer Science Education week from December 5th through December 11th! The goal is to encourage everyone to learn to code, no matter whooooo you are! At the Wellesley Free Library, learn to program our NAO robots, Lava and Sky, […]

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New Non-Fiction

On a non-fiction kick? Check out some new titles at the library, hot off the presses! The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth’s Newest Age by David Biello Renowned environmental journalist, Biello brings us a timely guidebook to becoming better stewards of our planet. According to Biello, if humankind can launch a […]

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Peter Alden: Wellesley’s Changing Wildlife

Peter Alden – Wellesley’s Changing Wildlife Thursday, December 1st 7:00 PM, Main Library, Wakelin Room How are climate and habitat changing New England’s birds and mammals? Come meet Peter Alden, expert on biodiversity, conservation issues, and the invasive alien plant and animal crisis affecting us today. Alden is the author of 15 books on North […]

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Decisions, Decisions . . .

It seems, these days, that there are an overwhelming amount of options available to us at any given moment. From where to eat and which book to read next, to larger decisions like which job to take or city to relocate to, we are inundated with choices. Luckily, trusted experts are here to help! Take […]

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The Loss of the U.S.S. Quincy

The Loss of the U.S.S. Quincy Sunday November 20, 2016 2:00 PM Main Library Wakelin Room Local historian Bob Begin will discuss the history of the heavy cruiser U.S.S. Quincy, from her launching in her namesake city during the Great Depression to her fateful role in the Pacific during World War II. He will also […]

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Pandora’s Star

Pandora’s Star by Peter F. Hamilton I just finished Peter F. Hamilton’s latest book A night without stars: a novel of the Commonwealth and I must admit he is one of my favorite authors. The thing is, there is so much background information provided by previous books that A night without stars: a novel of […]

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Historical Fiction for Teens

Do you like Young Adult novels? How about traveling back in time, revisiting the past, and learning about an historical era? Check out the High School Room to see our favorite Young Adult Historical Fiction books, and see the past through the eyes of a teen, just like you!  Some of our favorite titles are: […]

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This Thursday: Hills or Main?

Hills Branch Library, 210 Washington St. Artists’ Perspectives Series Thursday November 17, 2016 6:30 PM  Enjoy monthly informal talks by local artists and artisans at the Hills Branch. Tonight, oil painter Dottie Laughlin describes how, inspired by the life around her (in the garden, the fruit of the season, and simple items of everyday life) […]

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Laszlo Gardony, Solo Jazz Piano

Laszlo Gardony, Solo Jazz Piano Sunday, November 13th at 2:00 PM Main Library Wakelin Room Laszlo Gardony is a critically acclaimed artist who has brought his soulful improvisations and compositions to audiences in 26 countries. A winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, Gardony has been called “a pianist worthy of praise within the […]

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The Fleet at Flood Tide

The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945 by James D. Hornfischer The extraordinary story of the World War II air, land, and sea campaign that brought the U.S. Navy to the apex of its strength and marked the rise of the United States as a global superpower. One of […]

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Get Ready for the Holidays

It’s that time of year again: the holidays are quickly approaching! Is it your turn to host this year? Have no fear! We’ve compiled our best holiday cookbooks, party guides, and idea books just for you. Visit our second floor display for inspiration on how to make this year’s holiday season the best yet. Fun […]

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November 10th Art Demonstration

Wellesley Society of Artists Reception, Awards and Art Demonstration Thursday November 10, 2016 6:30 PM Main Library Wakelin Room All are welcome to a reception with light refreshments at 6:30 PM. An awards presentation at 7:00 PM will be followed by a demonstration by local artist Frederick “Fritz” Kubitz, who works in both oil and […]

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Wednesday – Free Business Resources from SBA

Small Business Administration 101: Free Business Resources Wednesday November 9th, 6:00pm – 7:30pm Arnold Room – REGISTER Whether you’re thinking about starting a business of your own or need funding to further expand your existing business the United States Small Business Administration has a program or service that could turn your idea into reality. Join […]

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New Non-Fiction at the Library

New books come in everyday, and we just got a batch of new non-fiction! Check out some of the titles below: No More Work: Why Full Employment is a Bad Idea by James Livingston It seems that the American Dream may not be entirely realistic anymore. James Livingston explores the role of a “job” in […]

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From Ocean to Table and the Challenges Along the Way

Sunday, November 6th 2:00 PM Wakelin Room Bringing seafood from the waters of the world to your dinner plate is a journey that involves many stakeholders. Today’s consumer insists upon “traceability,” sustainability, and accountability, starting with the fisherman and finishing with the fishmonger.  Members of the Marden family of Wellesley’s Captain Marden’s Seafood will explain […]

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Tonight! A Panel Discussion on Refugee Resettlement

This Land Was Made for You and Me Thursday November 3, 2016 7:00 PM Main Library Wakelin Room 65 million people are living on the margins of global society. The eruption of war in Syria and the subsequent mass migration of refugees into Europe has captured the media’s attention, forcing us to rethink assumptions about […]

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Iron Dawn

Iron Dawn: The Monitor, the Merrimack, and the Civil War Sea Battle That Changed History by Richard Snow The thrilling story of the naval battle that not only changed the Civil War but the future of all sea power. The Confederacy, with no fleet of its own, built an iron fort containing ten heavy guns […]

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A Cornucopia of Entertainment

November is upon us and the weather is turning! Stay entertained by visiting our first floor displays: A Cornucopia of Mysteries for fall-themed page-turners [by the Information Desk] and A Cornucopia of Historical Fiction for the best historical films [in the Media Room]. As the thermometers keep dropping, our displays are sure to keep you […]

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November is Aviation History Month

These days, with relatively easy global travel at our fingertips, we tend to take flight for granted. This month, Aviation History Month, learn how humanity conquered the skies. Explore how the Wright brothers discovered their passion for flight, how Charles Lindbergh found his love for flying, or how Amelia Earhart became the first female pilot. […]

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Hail to the Chiefs!

With the election looming, learn more about the office of the Presidency by visiting our second floor display exploring the history of the office, it’s development, makeup, and importance. Check out items that investigate how the Presidency really works and how it affects all of the American people. And remember: every vote counts! Visit the […]

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Young Adult Has 3 New Titles… Check ‘Em Out!

Boy Robot – Simon Curtis Seventeen-year-old Isaak discovers the truth about his origin and the underground forces that must come together to fight against a secret government organization formed to eradicate those like him in this high-octane science fiction debut. There once was a boy who was made, not created. In a single night, Isaak’s […]

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Waiting for Contact

Waiting for Contact: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence by Lawrence Squeri Imagine a network of extraterrestrials in radio contact with each other across the universe, superior beings who hail from advanced civilizations quadrillions of miles away, just waiting for Earth to tune in. Some people believe it’s only a matter of time before we discover […]

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Artists Workshop Series with Abby Glassenberg

Artists Workshop Series Arnold Room 7:00pm – 8:30pm   Abby Glassenberg: Abby has over 10 years of experience as a creative entrepreneur, sewing pattern designer, craft book author, writer and teacher. She maintains a blog, Etsy shop, weekly email newsletter, social media presence, and offers professional workshops for artists and makers. Abby is also the […]

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Living on Mars: What are the Issues?

Tuesday October 25, 2016 7:00 PM Wakelin Room Former NASA astronaut Jeff Hoffman and local author Frank White present a fascinating talk about what has long been the stuff of science fiction: a mission to Mars!  Now a long-term goal of the US space program, we can now state that some of us may likely have descendants […]

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Explore New England This Fall

The leaves are changing: fall is among us! New England is notorious for its autumn beauty, so take a local road trip. Head up to our second floor to see our display featuring the best New England travel and road trip guides. We have everything from the best bed and breakfasts to the best haunted […]

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Cool It!

Stress and anger getting you down lately? Perhaps the political climate, flu season, and the latest traffic jam are all converging just to tick you off. Maybe a family member is going through a particularly rough time, and you want to reach out. Visit our second floor display featuring the best books about how to […]

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Cocktail Culture: Mid-Twentieth Century Fashion

Sunday October 23, 2016 2:00 PM Main Library Wakelin Room Travel through time for a look at cocktail culture fashion. This talk will focus on silhouettes in clothing from the late 1940s through the 1960s and explore the connection between fashion and cocktails, not only in clothing styles, but also in home décor and accessories […]

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God’s Armies

God’s Armies: Crusade and Jihad: Origins, History, Aftermath by Malcolm Lambert Crusade and jihad are often reckoned to have represented two sides of the same coin: each resonated on the opposing sides in the holy wars of the Middle Ages and each has been invoked during the war on terror. A chronicle of the Christian […]

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New Young Adult Titles

New Young Adult Titles   Lucy and Linh – Alice Pung Lucy is a bit of a pushover, but she’s ambitious and smart, and she has just received the opportunity of a lifetime: a scholarship to a prestigious school, and a ticket out of her broken-down suburb. Though she’s worried she will stick out like […]

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Meet the Executive Director Finalists

Meet the Executive Director Finalists Public Reception October 20th, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM Warren Building, Children’s Room 90 Washington Street The two finalists for the position of Executive Director will be available to meet the public and answer questions during a moderated forum. Questions can be submitted in advance to Edsearch@wellesleyma.gov or can be […]

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The General vs. the President

The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War by H. W. Brands From master storyteller and historian H. W. Brands comes the riveting story of how President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur squared off to decide America’s future in the aftermath of World War II. At the height […]

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3 More Entrepreneur & Small Business Workshops

Entrepreneur & Small Business Workshop Series Arnold Room   Lean Business Planning Monday October 17th, 7:00pm – 8:30pm Is the prospect of developing a business plan daunting? Have you procrastinated, even though everyone says you need one? In this workshop you will learn a lean approach to business plans called the Business Model Canvas. See […]

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Documentary Film: Women of ’69, Unboxed

Documentary Film: Women of ’69, Unboxed Thursday October 13, 2016 7:00 PM Wakelin Room Join us for a timely film screening and discussion. A group of women, Skidmore college classmates, were both electrified and pummeled by the turbulent surf of the 1960s. In this film they look back, ruminate on their heartaches and triumphs, and […]

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American Heiress

American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes, and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin From “New Yorker” staff writer and bestselling author of “The Nine “and “The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson,” the definitive account of the kidnapping and trial that defined an insane era in American […]

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This Thursday: Special Needs Planning Seminar

7:00 PM – Thursday October 6, 2016 – Wakelin Room Special Needs Planning: Coordinating Your Special Needs Financial & Estate Plan Representatives from Rivers Financial Group will discuss options available to families who have a child with special needs. Learn to identify the key challenges to your child’s future security, and personalize a plan that helps meet […]

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Happy Birthday, Mr. Hinchliffe!

Robert J. Hinchliffe is turning 94 this month! As longtime treasurer of the Centennial Fund, Mr. Hinchliffe has been invaluable to the success of the Wellesley Free Library. A veteran of WWII, we have been able to curate such an extensive and wide-reaching military collection in his honor, encompassing anything involving military history: from the […]

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October 9-15 is Teen Read Week!

Created in 1998, Teen Read Week is a Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) initiative to encourage reading and library usage among teens. Teen Read Week is held annually in October, and this year we have a multi-lingual “Read for Fun!” theme designed to highlight all of the library services offered to “22% of the […]