Life Lessons Learned Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

Thursday, March 5th at 7:00pm

pacific trailIn 2013, Wendy Johnson backpacked the entire 2,700 mile long Pacific Crest Trail. Join Wendy to hear about her experiences and lessons learned. Presentation includes a slide show and a Q & A session—Wendy hopes you’ll leave inspired and encouraged to follow your own dreams!  Register online or by calling the Reference Desk at 781-246-6334 x2.


Gardening Master Class: Growing Plants from Seed

Saturday, March 14th at 9:00am

seedlingWhy wait until April to play in the dirt when you can save money and plant something different in your garden by starting flowers and vegetables indoors from seed? This three-hour course with Master Gardener Peter Coppola will provide the information needed to improve germination rates and grow healthy seedlings indoors for spring planting.  The session will cover seed selection, growing mediums, and how to create a micro-climate favorable for plant growth.  Register online or by calling the Reference Desk at 781-246-6334 x2.

*A second course, The Complete Gardener, will be offered the following Saturday, March 21st.

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Audubon Islands: Machias

Tuesday, March 17th at 7:00pm

sealsAudubon’s Bill Gette is back for the last in this season’s Islands series with Machias. Bill has been taking participants to Machias Seal Island and eastern Maine for many years. Machias Seal Island is the most important seabird nesting colony along the Maine coast. Here, clown-like Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, and Common Murres nest in the hundreds.During his PowerPoint presentation, Bill will show you his photos of Machias Seal Island and the interesting places he and his groups have visited en route to Machias (e.g., DeBlois Blueberry Barrens), the many species of birds and mammals they have encountered, and a magnificent quaking bog– a gift of the glaciers.  Register online or by calling the Reference Desk at 781-246-6334 x2.


Board Games and Beyond

Thursday, March 26th at 7:00 pm

settlerstrivialBoard games are back and the board game cafes are popping all over. So we’re doing it too! Come join us at one of our monthly meetups hosted by Wakefield’s very own board game guru, Jeff Tolleson. Bring a friend! Meet some new people! Have some refreshments and try the latest and greatest or pull out an old favorite instead! Register online or call us at 781 246 6334 ext. 2. 


News & Views 2015

asteriskvThe next News & Views is Monday March 9th at 7:30pm in the Blake Gallery.  Every second and fourth Monday evening, join fellow community members and moderator Paul Robicheau of Salem State University to converse and deliberate on a wide variety of interesting topics.  Register online or by calling the Reference Desk at 781-246-6334 x2.

This program is made possible by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. 


Story Times

HollyBeebe Library intends to provide at least one age-appropriate Story Time session annually for every Wakefield child. To that end, the library offers four 6-week Story Time sessions during the school year – Fall, Winter I, Winter II, and Spring.

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Wakefield High School Yearbooks Are Online!

yearbookWakefield High School Yearbooks dating back to 1907 are now online!
The yearbooks can be viewed as PDF files, or better yet, in a special viewer that allows you to thumb through the pages just like a physical book. You can also search for any name or word in the book, enabling you to find references to people no matter where they appear – in class listings, extracurricular activities, superlatives, or any other section.
Check it out!


Talking to Children about Violence

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers, by the National Association of School Psychologists has been posted by the Wakefield School Department.

Additional Resources


Child Abuse, Sexual Abuse & Domestic Violence Resources

Links to agencies and organizations that provide assistance and support.


We Have “Walking Tour” Brochures

Created by the Wakefield Historical Commission
Thanks to the Wakefield Historical Commission, Beebe Library now has a supply of the brochure, A Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Wakefield. The brochure is a guide to sites of historical interest in Wakefield’s downtown area, from the 17th century Hartshorne House on Church Street to the Galvin Middle School on Main Street. The brochure features photos and short descriptions of various locations, including The Old Burying Ground, The Rockery, the Odd Fellows Building, the Unitarian Universalist Church, Beebe Library, the Americal Civic Center and many more.
The brochure was produced by the Wakefield Historical Commission with funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Come to the library and pick up your free copy of A Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Wakefield.