Intro to Minecraft for Parents

Tuesday September 30, 7:00-8:30pm

minecraftMinecraft is one of the most popular games out there for players of all ages, but what exactly is your child doing when they play Minecraft? Is it safe? Is it scary? Get the answers to all your questions in this Intro to Minecraft specifically for parents. Learn about the benefits of playing Minecraft and how it can help your child develop skills in engineering, programming and more.  Register online or by calling the Reference Desk at 781-246-6334 x2.

The Diary of Herman Kruk: A Librarian in the Vilna Ghetto

Thursday October 2, 7:00 – 8:30pm

Brahmer…a pen, trembling in my hand, I record everything for future generations… If I must die, it must not die with me.  I leave it as a trace for future generations.”  The Diary of Herman Kruk: A Librarian in the Vilna Ghetto is one man’s will and testimony to the unspeakable horrors of the Holocaust.  The diary, which spans the beginning of World War II to the day before the author was murdered in Lagedi, Estonia on September 18, 1944, was written so that every person, nation and generation learns the lessons of the Holocaust.  It asks the most profound question of human existence: what do we choose to be as human beings?  Register online or by calling the Reference Desk at 781-246-6334 x2.

New Book Discussion Group Coming in October!

GladwellBeebe Library is happy to announce we have added a new book discussion group to our roster.  Starting on Monday October 6th at 7:00 and meeting the first Monday of every month thereafter, True Writ will focus exclusively on nonfiction titles.  The first meeting will be held in the Blake Seating Area near the Reference Desk with subsequent meetings moving to the Lecture Hall on the lower level.

The first book is David & Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits & the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell.  Copies are available at the Circulation Desk now so stop by, pick one up and be sure to join us on the 6th for what we hope is a great discussion!

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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Consumer Reports Online

consumer_reports_logoBeebe Library now provides access for Wakefield residents to the online version of Consumer Reports — the largest paid-publication subscription-based website in the world — enabling consumers to make better purchasing decisions on the products they are shopping for. Whether you’re looking to find the best deal on an LCD TV, or researching the top-recommended used vehicles,® provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.
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wowlogobBeebe Library is excited to offer its patrons free Wowbrary email alerts that showcase the library’s newest items each week. The alerts feature the latest bestsellers, movies, music CDs, audio books, children’s titles, cookbooks, mysteries, travel guides, health books, science fiction and more purchased by the library.

Sign up here: Wowbrary.
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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!

Wenham Museum Pass Now Available

wenham_museumWe now have a new museum pass that you can use for reduced admission to the Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham, Massachusetts. The mission of the Wenham Museum is to preserve, protect and interpret the artifacts of childhood, domestic life and the history and culture of Boston’s North Shore.
The Wenham Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday and a few Monday Holidays. The pass admits four people for 1/2 price. Wakefield residents may reserve museum passes in advance. The pass is available to non-residents for same-day use, subject to availability.
Thanks to funding from the Friends of Beebe Library, we are able to offer free or reduced admission passes to 17 museums & cultural institutions in the area.

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.