Author Talk: ‘Wakefield and the Development of the Hub’s Metropolis’

Tuesday, September 16 at  7:00 PM

Hub MetroJames O’Connell’s presentation on the planning and development of metropolitan Boston over the past two centuries will have a specific focus on Wakefield and surrounding communities. The presentation is drawn from O’Connell’s book The Hub’s Metropolis: Greater Boston’s Development from Railroad Suburbs to Smart Growth (MIT Press), which explains the region’s development through eleven distinct periods of development. The presentation will include a discussion of present trends and prospects for future regional development.  Register online or call 781-246-6334 x2 to reserve your place today!

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.

Domestic Violence Survey

On behalf of the Wakefield Alliance Against Violence, (WAAV) we would like to encourage you to take a brief anonymous survey on domestic violence in our community.