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Library Reopens, June 1, 2021

After being closed to the public since mid-March, 2020 -- well more than a year -- the Needham Free Public Library reopened to the public on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

Pop-up Book Sale, May 15, 2021

The Friends of the Needham Public Library will hold an outside "pop up" book sale on Saturday, May 15 from 10am-2pm. Fiction, nonfiction, youth and children's books will be for sale. All books will sell for $1 or 50 cents. Exact change is appreciated, checks will be accepted and contactless payment will be available. Patrons will enter and leave the sale area through the Rosemary St. lot. Attendance will be limited and patrons will be asked to maintain social distancing at all times. All family members will be counted except for babes in arms. Masks are required and hand sanitizer and gloves will be available. No scanners permitted. No book donations will be accepted at this time.


Beverly Beckham, Evolution of a Columnist, April 25, 2021

Boston Globe columnist Beverly Beckham will discuss how a columnist transforms observations of everyday life into essays that move and enlighten readers. Beckham examines themes that spring from the daily lives of her family, friends, readers and herself. With insight and clarity, she makes them relevant to everyone. Curious and observant, she examines a wide range of contemporary issues and presents them in thought-provoking ways to make them personal. The program will take place live on Zoom, with questions and answers following the presentation. This event is free and open to the public but you must first register.

Pop-up Book Sale, April 10, 2021

The Friends of the Needham Public Library will hold an outside "pop up" book sale on Saturday April 10, from 10am-2pm. Better fiction, nonfiction, youth and children's books will be available. All books will sell for $3. Exact change is appreciated, checks will be accepted and contactless payment will be available. Patrons will enter and leave the sale area through the Rosemary St. lot. Attendance will be limited and patrons will be asked to maintain social distancing at all times. All family members will be counted except for babes in arms. Masks are required and use of available hand sanitizer will be required before entering the sale area. Gloves will be available. No scanners permitted. No book donations will be accepted at this time.


Franklin King, The Psychedelic Renaissance, March 21, 2021

Franklin King IV, MD will discuss psychedelic drugs and their potential as therapy for addictions and severe depression. Dr. King, a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, will define "psychedelic"; discuss psilocybin, LSD and other psychedelic drugs; walk through their history and biology; give an overview of the scientific research; and describe an innovative therapeutic model that is unlike any other. The program will take place live on Zoom, with questions and answers following the presentation. This event is free and open to the public but you must first register.

Survey for Library's New Website, February-March, 2021

A message from the Library staff:

Needham Free Public Library is getting a new website! Please take a moment to complete this survey and provide feedback so we can better serve you in the future.

Dallas Hetherington, Climate Change and You, February 7, 2021

How do we know climate change is real and caused by humans? What is the scientific consensus? What are the dangers? Is there hope? These questions and more will be answered in an unbiased fashion by Dallas Hetherington, a speaker from C-Change Conversations. The presentation is an engaging and compelling program that uses visual data, charts and photographs to provide an accessible overview of climate science and a clear-eyed assessment of the risks ahead. The program will take place live on Zoom, with questions and answers following the presentation. This event is free and open to the public but you must first register.

Ruth B. Margolin, The Art of Crossword Puzzle Construction, January 31, 2021

This program will walk through the steps of creating a publishable crossword puzzle, from concept to completion. Follow the process, see the resources used, and gain insight into the attention to detail that is at the foundation of a quality puzzle. Ruth B. Margolin is an accomplished puzzle producer who has published crosswords in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. The program will take place live on Zoom, with questions and answers following the presentation. This event is free and open to the public but you must first register.

Casper Grathwohl, The Oxford English Dictionary in the Digital Age, January 24, 2021

Casper Grathwohl, Languages President at the Oxford University Press, will discuss the ongoing relevance of dictionaries in the digital age, how the granddaddy of all dictionaries keeps its listings up to date and how the OED is helping to preserve world languages threatened by modern times. The program will take place live on Zoom, with questions and answers following the presentation. This event is free and open to the public but you must first register.

Gil Brodsky, Brave New World of DNA Testing, November 1, 2020

Needham resident an pathologist Gil Brodsky, MD, will share the scientific ABC's of how DNA testing services work and what you really learn. Hear Dr. Brodsky's own life-changing story including the discovery of 50 half-siblings. The program will be presented on Zoom with live questions and answers following the lecture. This event is free and open to the public but you must first register. (Please note that November 1 is the day when Daylight Saving Time ends and we change from EDT to EST.)

Old Friends Web Site Address Will Stop Working, July, 2020

In 2012, the Friends began to move gradually to a new Internet address, friendsneedhamlibrary.org We are finally about to drop support of our old Internet address. Around the end of July, 2020, the old address needhamlibrary.org will stop working. Thereafter, the old address will no longer reach our web site. So from now on, please use the new Internet address. If you haven't already, plese make a note of the new address friendsneedhamlibrary.org in your web browser's favorites or bookmarks.