Summer Reading 2014

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For information on the library’s summer reading programs for children and adults, click here.

To find out more about the Superintendent’s Challenge and Wakefield’s Community Read, click here.

Plaza Jazz July 31st!

Every Thursday June- August 6:00 – 8:00pm   No Cancellations!

DavisWhitfieldThis Thursday, July 31st we present Davis Whitfield.  As the son of musicians, Davis Whitfield’s early years were filled with music. While at Berklee, Davis performed at the 2013 Nancy Jazz Pulsations Festival in Nancy, France, with Inna Dudukina. Whitfield also received a scholarship from the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts and a Presidential Scholarship at Berklee College of Music to pursue his undergraduate degree.

And new to Plaza Jazz this week – Local restaurant Sakura Organic will be selling refreshments – finger food, soda, wine & beer.

Visit Berklee College of Music  for information on future performers.

The Traveling Librarian goes to Greece!

καλό ταξίδι! (that’s bon voyage in Greek).

peloponnese The Traveling Librarian is back this summer with two programs about sunny Greece. Join reference librarian Jeff Klapes for these two great armchair travel programs. The first, on Tuesday, July 29 at 7:00 pm, will focus on the Peloponnese, the southernmost part of mainland Greece. With sweeping mountain ranges, forgotten villages, and important historical and archaeological sites, this off-the-beaten-path part of Greece offers some of the country’s best travel experiences. The second program will take place two weeks later, on Tuesday, August 12, also at 7:00 pm. That program will highlight the Cycladic islands of the southern Aegean Sea. You’ll visit well-known places like Mykonos and Santorini, as well as some less visited islands, all with picturesque whitewashed villages and idyllic seascapes.
cyclades Sign up by calling the Reference Desk at 781-246-6334 x2, or register online for the Peloponnese program (July 29) or the Greek Islands program (August 12).

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.