Main Library

781-235-1610, 530 Washington St.

Art Exhibits

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Serenity and Harmony — Pastels by Martha Marson: Marson began working with soft pastels several years ago after a short stint in watercolors. “I felt more of a textural and tactile connection with the medium and the canvas because of the lack of a brush… it reminded me of kindergarten- fingerprinting and crayons all over again!” Her landscapes portray the seasons in all their glory.

WAKELIN ROOM

Reflections — Oil paintings by Rob Franco.: “My oil paintings focus on reflections made on objects by water, shadows on surfaces and reflections of memories made by time.” Franco’s subjects are often found on the New England coast.

GLASS EXHIBIT CASES

Wellesley Celebrations Committee Theme 2020: The Wellesley Celebrations Committee is a nonprofit organization that honors veterans and recognizes organizations and people who serve our community. This exhibit will reveal this year’s theme of their signature events held annually in May; the Veterans’ Parade and Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend.

Events for adults

ESL tutor training (five sessions): March, Main Library. Train to help others through WellesleyESL, an English language skills program for people who live and/or work in Wellesley. Are you an adult looking to make a real difference in someone’s life? We will train you to help other adults develop the language skills necessary for successful participation in the community. You must be able to make a commitment to volunteer for 60-90 minutes per week for one year. Contact Wellesley ESL coordinator Karen Evans at wellesleyesl@minlib.net by Feb. 14.

Sunday Knitting Group: 2-4 p.m. March 8, 15, 22 and 29. Main Library, Small Conference Room. Get together to knit, chat, share and work on your knitting projects! New members are always welcome. For information, contact Sheryl at 781-237-6283.

Film Screening — Part 1 & 2: 6:30 p.m. March 9, Main Library, Wakelin Room. “Ex Libris: The New York Public Library” is a 2017 American documentary film by Frederick Wiseman. Each part is approximately 90 minutes, followed by discussion. Free and open to the public.

Lecture — Crossing the Country by Bicycle at Age 70: 7 p.m. March 5, Main Library, Wakelin Room. Avid cyclist John Springfield had a ‘bad foot and creaky knees’ when he decided to bike solo cross-country at age 70. Free and open to the public.

Legal Questions & Answers for Small Business Owners: 6 p.m. March 10, Hills Branch Library. The third in a series of 4 monthly interactive presentations by experienced SCORE counselors that will give you a clear understanding of what is necessary to start and run a business. Free and open to the public.

The Boston Marathon — Images of Modern America: 7 p.m. March 10, Main Library, Wakelin Room. Paul Clerici, former newspaper editor and historian, has been covering the Boston Marathon for nearly 30 years, and has run the race himself 23 times. His combined experience and knowledge as a runner and writer are reflected in this presentation that tells the story of the race, the course, communities along the route, the people involved, and the history. Join the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries for the annual Arnold Lecture, free and open to the public.

Wellesley Rocks the Library: 7 p.m. March 11, Main Library, Wakelin Room. Local musicians deliver rock, jazz and more. Band lineup to be announced.

Eric Jackson — Jazz through the Century: 7 p.m. March 12, Main Library, Wakelin Room. Eric Jackson, the host of WGBH’s “Eric in the Evening,” is widely considered the Dean of Boston Jazz Radio. Free and open to the public.

Come Write In! Writing Critique Workshop: 10 a.m. March 14, Main Library, Wakelin Room. NaNoWriMo’s Come Write In program connects libraries, bookstores, and other neighborhood spaces with their local NaNoWriMo participants to build vibrant writing communities. Participate or observe. All writers are welcome.

The Annual Nicolucci Concert: 3 p.m. March 15, Main Library, Wakelin Room. This annual student musician showcase honors Dr. Sandra Nicolucci, the long-time Director of Performing Arts for Wellesley Public Schools. Free and open to the public.

Friday Morning Book Club: 10-11:30 a.m. March 20, Main Library, Wakelin Room. A discussion of “Leadership in Turbulent Times” by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Saturday Book Chat at the Hills: 10:30 a.m.-noon March 21, Hills Branch Library. Come discuss whatever books you have read, are reading, or wish you had never read. Share suggestions, add new titles to your list of what to read next, and find out what the librarian is reading. New participants always welcome. 

Taking a Gap Year — Is It Right for You?: 7 p.m. March 26, Main Library, Wakelin Room. Katherine Stievater, a Gap Year Advisor and Founder of Gap Year Solutions, will explain why Gap Years are growing in popularity and how any student can benefit from a Gap Year. She will explain different options and the Gap Year planning process, including how it relates to college planning. This program is especially geared to high school juniors and seniors and their parents. Free and open to the public.

An Afternoon with Susan B. Anthony: 2 p.m. March 29, Main Library, Arnold Room. In honor of Women’s History Month and the Centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, Jessa Piaia will present her interpretation of the life of Susan B. Anthony, generally considered the driving force behind the women’s suffrage movement in America.  Free and open to the public.

Technology workshops

Always free. For a complete listing of classes, to register, or learn more about any class, visit http://wellesleyfreelibrary.org or call 235-1610, ext. 1105.

Photo — Pictures on Your Mac Computer: 1-3 p.m. March 11, Main Library, Jackie’s Room

Google Drive — Cloud Storage & Workspace: 10-11 a.m. March 20, Main Library, Jackie’s Room

Make a Fresh Start with Career Transitions: 10-11 a.m. March 24, Main Library, Jackie’s Room

Create & Store Documents Anywhere You Go with Google Docs: 2-3 p.m. March 26, Main Library, Jackie’s Room

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 WellesleyFreeLibrary.org. Most of these programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries. Be sure to check out our featured programs.

Ukulele Office Hours: 5-6 p.m. March 5, 12, 19 and 26, Craft Room. Join Librarian Rainbow Emma to learn to play and jam on the ukulele! All stages of ukulele playing welcome — from brand new beginners to more experienced strummers. This month there will be no class on Feb. 13.

Jammin’ With You at the Fells Branch: 10:30-11:15 a.m. March 5, 12, 19 and 26, Fells Branch. Jammin With You will provide interactive, energetic music fun for children ages 2-5 and their caregivers. To learn more, visit https://jamminwithyou.com/boston. Space is limited; first come, first served.

First Friday Drop-in Craft: 2:30-4:30 p.m. March 6, Craft Rooom. 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. This month we are painting with yarn!

Illustrators Workshop: 10:30-11:30 a.m. March 7, Craft Room. Sign up for an Illustrators Workshop for kids in grades K-3 on the first Saturday each month. Join Librarian Michele. Each month we will learn about a different illustrator, read one of their books, then create an art project in their style! This month we will be learning about Ed Emberly. Registration begins one week in advance.

Artists Workshop: 1-2:30 p.m. March 7, Craft Room. Sign up for an Artists Workshop for kids in grades 3-6 on the first Saturday each month. Join Librarian Michele. Each month we will learn about a different artist then create an art project in their style. This month we will be learning about Canaletto. Registration begins one week in advance.

Life Ready Basics: 3:45-4:45 p.m. March 9, Wakelin Room. At some point in your life, you’re going to be expected to know how to do things that nobody ever really taught you how to do. We’ll teach you life-skills that you’ll need to know to be, like, a real adult. This month we are learning about voting and active citizenship. For ages 12-18. Registration starting March 2.

Kids Read Book Club: 4-4:45 p.m. March 11, Craft Room. Kids Read, a book group for kids in grades 2-3, meets most months during the school year in the Children’s Department. When we meet we’ll discuss the book, have some fun, and talk about what we’re reading on our own. Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk. Light refreshments will be served. This month we are reading “Zoey and Sassafras: Merhorses and Bubbles” by Asia Citro.

Learn and Play: 10:30-11:15 a.m. March 13 and 27, 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.

Winter Reading Party: 1:30-3:30 p.m. March 14, Craft Room. Congratulations to our young Wellesley patrons who have collectively read *500 books* over the course of the Winter Reading Challenge! We will celebrate with a Winter Reading Party — there will be snacks, crafts, and prizes! Join us for tasty treats and the chance to win some books and other fun items! All families are welcome regardless of challenge participation. Drop-in, no registration required. For allergen information, please call the Children’s Room at 781-235-1610 x1108.

Bilingual Mandarin Storytime: 10:30-11:15 a.m. March 16, Story Hour Room. Join us for a monthly bilingual Mandarin and English storytime! Simple stories and songs will incorporate both English and Mandarin. Children will finish with a related craft. All language speakers welcome!

Family S.T.E.A.M. Challenge: 3-4:30 p.m. March 18, Wakelin Room. Put the team in STEAM! STEAM stands for Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math. Bring family and friends to team up once a month and enjoy a creative building challenge from WFL librarians in doing everything from building strange musical instruments to creating the fastest wind-blown car! This month we will explore pulleys and links. All materials provided, no registration necessary.

Lego Club: 3-4 p.m. March 19, Craft Room. Join us for a LEGO Club for school age children in Kindergarten and older. Participation at the LEGO Club will be on a first come, first serve basis and the group may be limited due to the size of our Craft Room.

Read to a Dog: 10:30-11:30 a.m. March 21, Craft Room. Children in grades K-4 may sign up for a 15-minute session to read to one of our Reading Dogs! Bring your own book or borrow one of ours! Sign up will begin one week in advance. For information or to sign up, call 781-235-1610 x1108 or visit the Children’s Room.

Magic the Gathering Gaming: 1:30-3 p.m. March 21, Wakelin Room. Gather round to play Magic the Gathering, a deck-building game of attacks and counter attacks. New and experienced players all welcome. Cards are provided if needed. Drop-in, no registration required.

Picture Book Theater: 3:30-4:45 p.m. March 25, Wakelin Room. Turn a picture book into a play in an hour, then present it to an audience of family and friends. Each month, kids in grades K-3 will start by reading a picture book, casting it, rehearsing it, building props, and, at 4:30 pm, performing it! Light refreshments to follow. At each session we will do a new book. Children’s Librarian Emma Caywood was a drama teacher, actress, and director in Los Angeles and Chicago before becoming a librarian. Sign up online starting one week in advance.

Meet the Robot!: 3:30-4 p.m. March 26, Story Hour Room. A first look at the NAO Robots for children ages 7 and under. Come and see the robots, ask them questions, and watch them dance! Join us to welcome a special guest robot.

Big Blue Blocks Weekend: All day March 28-29, Story Hour Room. Drop into the Story Hour Room and create with Big Blue Blocks for an afternoon. 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. All ages drop-in event. For information, go to https://shop.imaginationplayground.com.

Sing and Swing with Deb Hudgins: 10:30-11:15 a.m. March 30. 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 into the Wakelin Room for this fun program. No registration is required.

Game Night: 7-8 p.m. March 30, Wakelin Room. Game Night is a fun night out for youth in sixth-eighth grade. Participants are encouraged to bring their own games form home. Drop-in, no registration required.

Hills Branch Library

781-235-1610, ext. 1123, 210 Washington St.

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.

Sunday and Monday: Closed

Fells Branch Library

781-237-0485, 308 Weston Road

A place for children ages infant to 6 to play and learn. Call for daily program information.

HOURS

Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sunday and Monday: Closed