The Needham Free Public Library is located at 1139 Highland Ave. For more information call 781-455-7559.
When the library is closed, materials may be returned in the book and audiovisual deposit at the Rosemary Street Parking Lot entrance.
Needham library sponsoring One Book, One Community Reads program
The Needham Public Library is sponsoring a One Book, One Community Reads program.
The chosen book for the program is “The Art Forger” by B.A. Shapiro. Books are available in print and electronically.
In October, the library will present discussion groups, a lecture, a paint afternoon, an escape room and a screening of the documentary “Stolen” to explore the ideas presented in Shapiro’s book.
Shapiro will be the featured speaker at a kick-off event at 2 p.m. Oct. 6.
For information, call the library at 781-455-7559.
Bookventurers Book Club: 3-4 p.m. Sept. 28, Craft Room. The book for September is “Almost Super” by Marion Jensen. The Bookventurers Book Club is for children in third through fifth grades. The discussion includes snacks and related activities.
Crazy 8s Club: 3:30-4:15 p.m. and 4:30-5:15 p.m. Tuesdays Oct. 1-Nov. 19. Free. Children can build stuff, run, jump, make music and make messes in this new math club. Attendees are expected to be at all sessions. The 3:30 session is for children in kindergarten through second grades. The 4:30 session is for children in third through fifth grades. Space is limited, so registration is required.
Girls Who Code Club: 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays Oct. 1-April 14. Free. Girls in fifth grade and higher can learn how to code in a supportive, collaborative and project-based environment. Girls will use computer science to impact their community. No previous experience is necessary. All participants need a computer. Attendees are expected to be at all sessions. Space is limited, so registration is required.
Make Music with Stacey Peasley: 10 a.m. Oct. 2, Community Room. Stacey Peasley will lead an interactive class for ages 2-5 and their parents/caregivers. Participants will sing, dance and move to music. Parents/caregivers must stay with their child for the duration of the program.
The Big Read: 11 a.m. Oct. 2. The Big Read is part of the Worldwide 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten campaign to promote early childhood literacy. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to read aloud to their newborn, infant or toddler and tally the number of books they read in a log at the library or online at https://needhamma.beanstack.org. At the annual storytime on Oct. 2, children will receive a free book and parents/caregivers will receive tips for helping to build early literacy.
Raising a Reader: 9:30 a.m. Fridays Oct. 4-Nov. 22. Children ages 3-5 and their caretakers wil learn techniques to develop, practice and maintain home-based literacy routines. Space is limited, so registration is required. Register by contacting 617-969-5906, ext. 114, or email@example.com.
Learn and Play Group: 10:30-11:15 a.m. Oct. 4 and 18. Family Access of Newton will hold a playgroup for parents/caregivers and their children ages 2-6 with circle time, a STEAM-based activity and socialization opportunities for children and adults.
Chinese Storytime: 10 a.m. Oct. 5, Story Room. The International Chinese Reading Association, a group of native chinese speakers, will present a program to promote children’s interest in reading and speaking Chinese. Participants will also learn about Chinese culture and traditions. The program is intended for ages 2-5 and their families.
Yoga for Children: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 5, Community Room. Ages 5-9 can join yoga instructor Lyn Jekowski for a yoga program. Participants should bring a yoga mat or beach towel and a water bottle. No registration is necessary.
Code Breakers Club: 4:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Oct. 7. Children will learn coding with online games and puzzles and create projects using Scratch. This series will run through Nov. 25 and attendees are expected to be at all sessions. Children need a laptop or notebook computer — Scratch does not work on tablets. Space is limited, so registration is required.
Greenland — A Journey Into the Land of Ice: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7, Community Room. Photographer Barry Pell will give a photo-talk about his travels to Greenland.
One Book One Community Reads Paint Afternoon: 2-4 p.m. Oct. 12. Chelsea Brown will lead a paint afternoon where participants can recreate Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” There will also be trivia, prizes and games relating to the One Book One Community Reads selection, “The Art Forger” by B.A. Shapiro. Registration is required as space is limited to 30 people.
Children’s Department Events
The following events will happen in the Children’s Room. For information, or to register for Summer Early Literacy, call the Children’s Library at 781-455-7559 ext. 204.
Preschool Palooza Storytime: 10 a.m. Sept. 30. For ages 3-6.
Terrific Toddlers: 10 a.m. Oct. 1. For ages 1-2 with a caregiver.
Babies and Books: 11 a.m. Oct. 1. For ages 1-2 with a caregiver.
Events are subject to change.