Blossoms was a Success!

blossoms thank youThanks to everyone who worked so hard to make Blossoms at the Beebe 2015 a great success! The event drew nearly 400 attendees, and as usual the food, drink, music, dancing, auction, atmosphere, and outfits were spectacular. We’re grateful to our many donors, sponsors, and volunteers who contribute time and money for one of Wakefield’s best events, which raises money for library programs and Chamber of Commerce initiatives. We have many photos to share on Facebook so you can relive the evening if you were there, or see what you missed if you weren’t!

Creation of the Middlesex Fells

Wednesday, May 6th at 7:00pm

fellsComprising over 2,500 acres of forest, wetlands, and rugged hills, Middlesex Fells, just seven miles north of Boston, is one of the nation’s first state parks and contains the world’s first public land trust, Virginia Wood. Find out how the Fells moved from Native American hunting and fishing ground to a focal point of local industry in the 1800s with Alison Simcox and Douglas Heath, who have just written a book on the subject of this favorite local beauty spot.

Register online or by calling the Reference Desk at 781-246-6334 x2.

News & Views 2015

asteriskvThe next News & Views is Monday May 11th 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. 

Cutting the Cable Cord – Repeat Performance!

Monday, May 18th at 7:00pm in the Lecture Hall

TV**This is a repeat of the March 31st program for those who missed out!**  Thinking of cutting the cable cord?  This session on streaming is for you!  Let us explain the various hardware and software options and answer any questions you might have about this rapidly changing and increasingly popular new technology.  Product demos included!  Register online or by calling the Reference Desk at 781-246-6334 x2.

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.

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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