781-235-1610, 530 Washington St.
The Wellesley Council on Aging, Waterstone at Wellesley, and the Wellesley Free Library jointly sponsor the 7th annual ‘Senior Art Show’ at the main library during the month of June. The work of more than 50 local artists working in multiple mediums will be exhibited from June 3 to June 28.
Art by students at Saint John School will be displayed in the Children’s Room and in the glass cases during the month of June.
Events for adults
Sunday Knitting Group: 2 p.m. Sundays in June, Main Library, Small Conference Room. Get together to knit, chat, share and work on your knitting projects! New members always welcomed. For more information, contact Sheryl at 781-237-6283.
Hills Branch Library Book Chat: 10:30 a.m.-noon June 15, 210 Washington St. Love to talk about books? Drop by the Hills for short critiques of participants’ recent reading. You’ll come away with a new list of recommended titles from this lively Book Chat. All readers welcome!
Film Screening — “The Doctrine of Discovery”: 7 p.m. June 18, Main Library, Wakelin Room. A community viewing and discussion of the film “The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code,” which sheds light on how documents written during the 15th century led to law systems that are still being used against native nations. The film is 60 minutes long. Free and open to the public. Jointly sponsored by World of Wellesley and the Wellesley Free Library.
Keep Well Clinic: 11 a.m.-noon June 19, Wakelin Room. Keep Well Clinics are open to all. Meet with Wellesley Health Department’s public health nurse to have your blood pressure monitored and your health questions answered.
Friday Morning Book Group: 10 a.m. June 21, Main Library, Arnold Room. June’s discussion title is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, a remarkable debut novel about an incredible young woman who confronts her dark and troubled past to make a fresh start on a new and rewarding life. New members always welcome.
To learn about more classes, visit http://www.wellesleyfreelibrary.org or call 235-1610 x 1105. All classes are free; registration required.
Got computing questions? Drop by Open Computer Lab, held every Monday from 1 to 4 p.m. and Open Computer Lab/Memories Digitization Lab every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
June classes include:
Getting the Most Out of Your iPad, Part 1 & 2: 1-3 p.m. June 19.
Use Your Cell Phone to Share Your Story: 7-8:30 p.m. June 13. Find a Ride with Transportation Apps: 2-3 p.m. June 21.
Goodreads & Novelist: 2-3 p.m. June 27.
During July and August, the main library is closed on Sundays and the branch libraries are closed on Saturdays.
Events for kids and teens
For further information on programs for children and teens at the Library call us at 781-235-1610 ext 1108 or visit www.WellesleyFreeLibrary.org. Most of these programs are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries. Be sure to check out our Featured Programs.
Big Blue Books: Wellesley Free Library is pleased to announce Big Blue Blocks! Every weekend in the month of June, drop into the Children’s Story Hour Room and create with Big Blue Blocks. The Big Blue Blocks set from Imagination Playground contains a wide variety of loose parts, including bricks and cylinders, accented with chutes, channels and parts that suggest motion or connectivity. Children enjoy an endless variety of play patterns including construction, pretend play, role-playing and inventing their own games. Come to the Children’s Story Hour Room to be deeply engaged, active, and have hours of fun.
Early Signs of Communication: 10:30-11:30 a.m. June 17 and 24, Story Hour Room. Join us for Early Signs of Communication, a 4-week class on American Sign Language (ASL) lead by instructor Sheryl White for caregivers and preverbal children ages 2 months and up. This program will be offered on Monday mornings in the Story Hour Room. Learn signs through songs, books and play! American Sign Language (ASL) as a first language reduces frustration, deepens bonds and accelerates speech development. Practice using a variety of signs and learn how to teach ASL to your baby to enhance early literacy skills. Registration is required for this 4-week program since space is limited. Sign up starting May 28, 2019.
First Friday Drop-in Craft: 2:30-4:30 p.m. June 7, Children’s Room. Drop in anytime during the afternoon to make a craft that is just right for families with children ages 4-8 years old. Each month, this program will have a theme for the coming holiday or season.
Learn & Play: 10:30-11:15 a.m. June 14, Fells Branch. Join Family Access of Newton for circle time with singing, interactive reading, and a variety of hands-on STEAM based activities for exploration and enjoyment. This drop-in playgroup supports language and literacy development and is geared toward toddlers and preschoolers ages 2-5 with their parents/caregivers. The newly renovated Fells Branch is located at 308 Weston Road.
Last Day of School Picnic at Fells: 12:30-1:30 p.m. June 14. Fells Branch. Stop by the Fells Branch to celebrate the last day of school and the start of summer with outdoor games and a fun picnic! We’ll provide pretzels, cookies, and juice; bring your own sandwich or main course, please. Recommended for preschool and elementary school children and their grownups. Drop-in! The rain date is Friday, June 21 at 12:30 pm. The Fells Branch is located at 308 Weston Road.
Poppin Beans Story Hour Author Visit: 10-101:45 a.m. June 15, Story Hour Room. Join author Deborah Younger-Mitchel to hear a reading of her book Poppin Beans, a story that celebrates the power of building family tradition-the building blocks of the soul; building blocks that create positive bonds and unforgettable memories. Stay for a craft about the books as well as coloring pages. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. Recommended for ages 6-9. Please see the web-site for more information about programs, photos and reviews at http://poppinbeans.com.
Father’s Day Story and Craft Author Visit: 1:30-2:30 p.m. June 15, Wakelin Room. Join author Gwynne Sawtelle and artist/illustrator Jason Sawtelle in the reading of their new book “And So Our Story Goes.” Following the reading will be a creative craft led by Jason Sawtelle, the artist of the lovely murals at the recently renovated Fells Branch. Children ages 4 and up will enjoy this soothing story and inviting craft just in time for Father’s Day. Registration required, starting June 8.
Sing and Swing – With Deb Hudgins: 10:30-11:15 a.m. June 24, Wakelin Room. Join us for Sing and Swing – with Deb Hudgins. Preschool kids and their grown-ups will enjoy singing, dancing and movement along with stories and a variety of fun props including rhythm instruments, scarves and more. Drop in for this fun program.
Family STEAM Challenge: 3-4:30 p.m. June 19, Wakelin Room. Put the team in STEAM! Bring family and friends to team up once a month and enjoy a creative 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’ll be building different types of boats.
The Reading Club: 7-8 p.m. June 17, Children’s Room. Join The Reading Club! TRC is a book group for kids in 4th- 6th grade with a parent. Both adults and children should read the book then drop in to enjoy the discussion. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk. Light refreshments will be served. This month we will be discussing “Flora and Ulysses” by Kate DiCamillo. We invite 3rd graders from the Kid’s Read Club to join us in our final reading group of the spring!
Beach Tales: 10:30-11 a.m. June 18 and 25, Morses Pond. Join a Wellesley Librarian for Beach Tales at Morses Pond! Enjoy books, songs, and rhymes in a storytime that helps build early literacy skills for children ages 4 and under. Morses Pond is located off of Turner Road. Beach tags or day passes are available from the Wellesley Recreation Department
PJ Storytime: 7-8 p.m. June 18. Wear your pajamas and snuggle up with your favorite stuffed animal while you join Ms. Lee in reading bedtime stories, singing songs, and enjoying milk and cookies. Recommended for pre-schooled aged kids and up. Drop in; no registration required.
Reading with Robots: 3:30-4 p.m. June 20, Story Hour Room. Join us for a special storytime from 3:30 - 4:00 in the Story Hour Room. One of our NAO robots and librarians will read you stories and lead you in song!
Toe Jam Puppet Band Summer Reading Kick-off: 2-3 p.m. June 22, Wakelin Room. Help us kick off our summer reading program with some dynamic tunes from the Toe Jam Puppet Band! Families will have a blast singing and dancing along with the band as they entertain with a unique combination of original songs, masterful shadow puppetry, storytelling, and just plain good fun. There will also be gift bags for participants! Drop-in, no registration required.
Game Night: 6:30-8 p.m. June 24, Wakelin Room. Game night is a fun night out for youth entering 6th-8th grade. Enjoy some snacks and take the chance to play more complicated games and trade resources in Settlers of Catan, bluff through Avalon, or build train lines in Ticket to Ride. These games will be deck building or strategy games. Participants are encouraged to bring their own games from home. No registration required, just drop in!
Space Stories and DIY Moon Sand at Fells: 3:30-4:30 p.m. June 28, Fells Branch Listen to stories, sing outer space songs, and make a batch of sensory ‘moon sand’ to play with and mold (ingredients: flour and canola oil). Recommended for ages 3-6 with a grownup. Weather permitting, this program will take place outdoors. Drop-in, no registration required. The Fells Branch is located at 308 Weston Road.
Hills Branch Library
781-235-1610, ext. 1123, 210 Washington St.
Hills Branch Hours:
Tuesday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Closed Sundays & Mondays
Fells Branch Library
781-237-0485, 308 Weston Road, Wellesley.
A place for children ages infant to 6 to play and learn. Call for daily program information.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday- Saturday
Closed Sunday and Monday