Blossoms at the Beebe is April 25th!

Tickets for the eighth annual Blossoms at the Beebe are now on sale at Beebe Library and are also available for purchase online at Blossoms at the Beebe web site. Sponsored by Beebe Library and the Wakefield Chamber of Commerce, the annual Blossoms gala has become one of the spring’s most anticipated local events.

This year the theme is the Country Gone Glam! The Saturday, April 25 event runs from 7-11 p.m. and will be a wonderful opportunity to mingle with neighbors, enjoy food, wine, music and dancing, play Texas Hold ‘Em, view splendid floral arrangements, and bid on a variety of great items in the silent auction. Tickets for this 21+ event are now on sale for $35 per person at the Reference Desk at Beebe Library. Cash or checks made payable to “Wakefield Chamber of Commerce” will be accepted.

Blossoms proceeds support Library services, cultural events and the many Chamber projects that enhance the civic and economic life of our town.

News & Views 2015

asteriskvThe next News & Views is Monday April 13th 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.

Wakefield High School Summer Reading List 2012

ALL students are required to read their incoming grade’s assigned book. Upon returning to school in September, students will be given an assessment which reflects their knowledge and understanding of their required book. Study Guides will be available online and at the High School and Beebe libraries. Students should also be prepared for in-class discussions related to the book upon returning to school.
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Learn About Our New Catalog System

Sign up for “Tech Talks” on June 25 & 28
Our new computer system is up and running! Wakefield, along with the other libraries in the NOBLE network (the North of Boston Library Exchange) moved last week to a completely new library software and catalog system. The new system introduced a number of new features in the online catalog, which you can access at the library’s web site:

To learn more about these new options, sign up for one of our “Tech Talks,” which will be held the last week of June, on Monday June 25, from 6:30-8:00pm and Thursday June 28, from 10:00-11:30am. You can sign up online (click on the date, above) or by contacting the Reference Desk. These will be large group sessions, but we can also schedule a personal session for you on Monday or Tuesday evenings, or Thursday or Saturday in the morning or afternoon.
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Managing Your Account on Our New System

Our new computer system is up and running! You’ll keep the same library card, and records of items checked out and on hold for you have been transferred to the new Evergreen system. But one thing that could not be transferred (because it’s encrypted) is your personal identification number (PIN) that you used to access your account online. Users will have two options for resetting their PINs:

If the library has your current email address on file, Evergreen will send you a link to reset your PIN. Simply go to the catalog’s login page, click on “Reset Your Password”, enter your library card number, and you’ll receive an e-mail with a link to reset your password. You’re welcome to reuse your old password if you wish. You might want to view the short (2 minute) video below to see what this looks like. There are also brief videos on how to manage your holds and your personal information.

If you do not have an email address on file with us, or if you never accessed your account online in the old system, just visit the library in person and we can get you set up.