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Sin to Swing: The Evolution of Jazz in America, June 7, 2017

Following our brief annual meeting, Kevin Comtois will review the history and musical culture of New Orleans, the birth of a new music called Jazz, the many colorful creators of this music, and its evolution to Swing and Big Band music. Using recorded music, film clips, and still images, the presentation will examine how the politics and social conditions of late 19th-century New Orleans were integral in the creation of a whole new musical culture, and how that culture spread throughout the United States.

Book Sale, June 3-4, 2017

On Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4, 2017, we will hold our annual spring book sale. Thousands of books will be for sale in the Library's Community Room. On Saturday, hard-cover and trade paperbacks are priced at $1.00 and mass-market paperbacks are 50 cents each. Sunday is Bargain Day; all items are half-price and a brown bag is $8.00. In addition, individually-priced books in the Friends' Book Shop will be half-price on both Saturday and Sunday.

The Role of the Honeybee in Our Environment and A Honey Tasting, with Ken Warchol, April 30, 2017

Join Ken Warchol for this narrated visual presentation. You will travel right inside a beehive to better understand this mysterious social insect and the role that it plays in our lives. Learn about the challenges honeybees face in our environment and find out how we can help this insect that is essential to our own survival. Ken will bring samples of a variety of honeys for everyone to taste

Two Old Friends, March 19, 2017

Two Old Friends, Jim Prendergast and Emery Hutchins, are musicians who play and sing a unique combination of Celtic and American country music, and in their performances seek to show the connection between the two genres.

Book Sale, January 28-29, 2017

On Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29, 2017, we will hold our annual winter book sale. Thousands of books will be for sale in the Library's Community Room. On Saturday, hard-cover and trade paperbacks are priced at $1.00 and mass-market paperbacks are 50 cents each. Sunday is Bargain Day; all items are half-price and a brown bag is $8.00. In addition, individually-priced books in the Friends' Book Shop will be half-price on both Saturday and Sunday.

Tea Travels through India and Sri Lanka, January 22, 2017

Join Danielle Beaudette, owner of The Cozy Tea Cart, as she discusses her travel experiences in the tropical tea lands of Sri Lanka and India. In this presentation, you will learn about the tea leaf from harvest to production, as well as the amazing people who cultivate the leaf. Included are Danielle's personal experiences with the growers and people of these countries, as well as picturesque views of their landscape. Throughout the presentation you will have the opportunity to sip teas harvested directly from these tea estates.

One-Day Book Sale, December 3, 2016

The Friends will hold a one-day book sale on Saturday, December 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Library’s Community Room. A variety of categories, including children's, will be offered in the Community Room. Prices there will be trade paperbacks and hard covers at $1, and mass market paperbacks at 50¢. In addition, individually-priced books and materials in the Friends' Book Shop area will be half-price all day on Saturday.


A Creepy Christmas with Jeff Belanger, November 20, 2016

Join Jeff Belanger for a multimedia lecture, Q&A, and book signing. A Creepy Christmas offers a look into the monsters and traditions that make this festive holiday…a little dark. Hear the stories and legends that might leave you sleeping with one eye open. Please note: this program is NOT suitable for young children.

Author Ted Reinstein: Wicked Pissed: New England's Most Famous Feuds, October 23, 2016

From sports to politics, food to finance, aviation to engineering, to bitter disputes over simple boundaries, New England's feuds have peppered the region's life for centuries. They've been raw and rowdy, sometimes high minded and humorous, and in a place renowned for its deep sense of history, often long-running and legendary. There are even some that will undoubtedly outlast the region's ancient low stonewalls. Author Ted Reinstein is best known in New England as a journalist and reporter for Chronicle, Boston's celebrated (and America's longest-running, locally-produced) TV news-magazine.

Book Sale, October 1-2, 2016

On Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, 2016, we will hold our 44th annual fall book sale. Thousands of books will be for sale in the Library's Community Room. On Saturday, hard-cover books and trade paperbacks are priced at $1.00 and mass-market paperbacks are 50 cents each. Sunday is Bargain Day; all items are half-price and a brown bag is $8.00. In addition, individually-priced books in the Friends' Book Shop will be half-price on both Saturday and Sunday.

Silent Auction for Old Library Banners, October 1, 2016

The Library's old light post banners will be auctioned off on Saturday, October 1. You may bid to have one of the 26 banners for your very own. There are two locations to enter a bid: visit the Library Foundation of Needham's table at the Harvest Fair on the Town Common, or visit the Library during the Saturday hours of the Friends' book sale. All proceeds will go toward the Library's digital e-book collection.