News from the Needham Free Public Library


The Needham Free Public Library is located at 1139 Highland Ave. For more information, call 781-455-7559.

As of the library reopens on June 1, people can enter the building, browse the library’s collections, view materials at the lending desk, use the library computers, and read the newspapers and magazines. library. All departments are open, however, there are some restrictions. The children’s room, the play area, the storytelling room and the STEAM and craft room are closed. In the adult area, there is one less study room available. For the sake of caution and consideration of others, people in the building are requested to wear a mask, especially in the children’s room, as children under 12 are not vaccinated.

The tradition adopted during the pandemic of not imposing fines for overdue documents will continue. The library board voted to join the growing number of libraries that have stopped charging fines for overdue materials. Rather than being a deterrent to keeping documents late, studies have shown that imposing late fines actually adds to the reasons people keep library material beyond the due date. ‘due date. The increasing fine by the day makes people embarrassed to bring the materials to the library. Another change borrowers may notice is that the Friends Rental Collection has been abolished. Before the start of the pandemic, the use of this collection was declining. This collection was self-sustaining and the funds raised for verified locations dwindled to the point that they no longer supported the collection.

Events to come

In person events

Read to Tucker the Dog: 3 p.m. on Tuesdays. Children can gain confidence by reading with Tucker, the trained therapy dog, in person on the outdoor library patio. Sign up for a 20 minute one-on-one session with Tucker. For young readers of kindergarten and up.

Stuffie Sleepover at the Library: Children can drop off their studded animals to enjoy a slumber party at the library. Children will see pictures of their misdeeds when they come to take them home. The stuffed animal drop-off will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 2. Collections will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 3.

Virtual zoom events

Register to participate in these events online through the calendar at Registration begins two weeks before the event. Events are subject to change. For more information, email the Children’s Librarian at [email protected] or call 781-455-7559, ext. 204.

Buttonwood Zoo talk: 4 p.m. August 4. Children can take a virtual tour with the animals and the zookeepers who care for them. Participants will learn fun facts and interesting stories.

Preschool palooza: 10 am on Wednesday. For 3 to 5 years old. Ms. Elise shares stories, songs and movements.

Registration week for Take and Make STEM kits: Create Creature: Registrations are now open and kits can be picked up. Kids will plan and build their own animal with supplies in the kit and whatever they find. Participants can send a photo of their critter which will be exhibited during the month of September. For ages 5 and up. Supplies are limited.

Making music with Stacey Peasley: 10 a.m. August 4. For ages 2 and up. Performer Stacey Peasley delights young audiences with her energy.

Summer reading program

Children ages 4 to 11 are encouraged to enroll in the Needham Free Public Library’s summer reading program, “Tails and Tales”. Registrations take place until July 30.

To register, visit or visit the children’s room. The events will start on June 21 and end on August 9. Children who register will receive a free pass to the USS Constitution Museum, a free ice cream cone from McDonald’s, and a discount from Empow Studios.

Children read, are read aloud, or listen to audiobooks. They record the time they spend reading online or in print. Children who complete the program reading for 16 hours during the summer will be eligible to win grand prizes. In-person and virtual events will be offered. In-person events will take place outside at Memorial Park Gazebo. Register for events on All events are sponsored by the Friends of Needham Public Library.

As children read and record their hours, they will progress through a jungle adventure story of which they are the hero. With every two hours of reading that they log on, they’ll receive more than one ongoing story in which they travel through a jungle on a mission to save an orphaned baby rhino. They will meet different animals throughout the trip. If they read for 16 hours, they will save the rhino.

A stuffed rhino will visit the library and different places in the city. Families are encouraged to search for photos of him having fun in the summer on the library’s Facebook page ( and Instagram. People of all ages are also encouraged to share photos of their pets on the library’s Facebook and Instagram page.

Children can embark on a family animal safari. Safari sheets can be printed from the library webpage or picked up in the kids room. Families look in the windows of city stores for different photos of animals in the library. They check off the ones they find and return the completed sheets to the library to claim a prize.

The Kids Department will be offering live outdoor animal events in person, including Animal Craze, Wing Masters Birds of Prey and Animal Adventures. There will also be an in-person puppet show with Cactus Head Puppets. An in-person visit with a veterinarian will provide families with information on pet adoption and care. Kids of all ages can drop a stuffed animal at the library for a Stuffie Slumber Party.

Virtual programs include Oliver’s Animals, Books and Beasts Storytime with Roger Williams Park Zoo and Sofia’s Safari Zookeeper Talks at Buttonwood Park Zoo. There will also be two hours of virtual author’s tales: one about a music-loving cat and one about a backyard chicken. Children can read aloud to Tucker, the therapy dog.

Children who complete the program reading or being read for 16 hours over the summer will be entered into a raffle for a Kindle Fire donated by Dedham Savings Bank, small custards from Abbots Frozen Custard, a large Stuffed Animal from Learning Express Toy Store, Urban Air Trampoline Park Pass and more.

For more information, email [email protected], call 781-455-7559, ext. 204 or visit the library web page.


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