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City Planner Jeff Speck, The Future of the Suburbs, June 12, 2022

Join city planner and urban designer Jeff Speck June 12 for a timely discussion of planning for the suburbs of the future. Speck will discuss how communities built around the needs of the automobile can be redesigned and reimagined to increase safety, sustainability, and sense of place. A brief Friends annual meeting will precede Speck's presentation. The program is free and open to the public, but you must first register .

Book Sale, June 3-5, 2022

The Friends of the Needham Public Library will hold a spring book sale from Friday, June 3 through Sunday June 5 in the Library's Community Room. The book sale will be open from Friday from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00-4:00 p.m. On Friday and Saturday hard cover and trade paperbacks are $1, mass market paperbacks are 50¢, and CDs and DVDs are $1. Sunday is Bargain Day -- all items are half price and a brown bag of books is $8. Individually priced books in the Friends' Book Shop will be half the marked prices beginning Friday at 12:00 noon and continuing Saturday and Sunday. The sale will follow the Library's own public health guidelines. These include a strong recommendation that everyone between 3 and 5 years old, as well as anyone in a high risk group, wear a face mask.

Author Anita Diamant, Period: End of Sentence, May 22, 2022

(Rescheduled from an earlier date.) Join us for a far-ranging discussion with Anita Diamant, author of Period. End of Sentence., about menstruation, from the toxic historic and religious roots of period taboos to today's young activists who are challenging the shame that can erode self-esteem. Diamant's latest book was inspired by The Pad Project's 2019 Oscar-winning, 26-minute documentary, Period. End of Sentence. The film tells the story of women who band together to produce low-cost sanitary pads in a poor village in India, where menstrual hygiene supplies had been virtually unavailable. The program is free and open to the public, but you must first register .

Karen Mauney-Brodek, The Legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted, May 1, 2022

The Friends invite you to celebrate the bicentennial of Frederick Law Olmsted's birth with a lecture by Emerald Necklace Conservancy President Karen Mauney-Brodek on the rich legacy of America's first and greatest landscape architect. Olmsted spent his last 20 years in Brookline. In his lifetime he designed more than 200 parks, including Boston's Emerald Necklace and Central Park in New York. The program is free and open to the public. However, registration is required.

Brian O'Donovan, Two Programs in April, 2022

In April, Brian O'Donovan will present two programs about Celtic arts and culture. On Sunday, April 3, Brian O'Donovan and his wife, musician Lindsay O'Donovan, will trace the tragic and fascinating history of Ireland through the music that has marked many of its most significant events in "A Short History of Ireland through Song." Then, on Sunday, April 24, O'Donovan will return with guests to present a contemplative celebration of the spoken word. His guests will perform the poetry and prose of great Irish writers along with music that complements or interprets the spoken word in "Words and Music of Ireland." The programs are free and open to the public. However, registration is required.

Friends on Facebook, March 2, 2022

The Friends of the Needham Public Library now have a Facebook page.

Kellie Carter Jackson, Slavery in the North, February 6, 2022

Join us for a talk by Wellesley College Professor Dr. Kellie Carter Jackson, as she examines the history of the slave trade and slavery in the American North, focusing on New England. Dr. Carter Jackson — a noted historian, author, educator and speaker — will share a richly illustrated presentation tracing the involvement of New England in slavery from colonial times forward. Her presentation lays the groundwork for consideration of major challenges we face in society today. The program is free and open to the public, but you must first register .

David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Winter Counts, January 9, 2022

Weiden, an enrolled citizen of the Sicangu Lakota Nation, will discuss Winter Counts, his crime novel about Native Americans in today's world. Winter Counts follows Lakota Virgil Wounded Horse, a local enforcer, as he becomes obsessed with finding, and stopping, whoever is flooding his South Dakota community, Rosebud Reservation, with dangerous drugs. Virgil is caught between his knowledge of Native ways and traditions, sorrow for his community's struggles, and his rage at the perpetrator. The program is free and open to the public, but you must first register .

Daniel Barbarisi: Chasing the Thrill, October 17, 2021

Needham resident and author Daniel Barbarisi will discuss his latest book, Chasing the Thrill, the story of Forrest Fenn's treasure hunt -- a famed quest for a million-dollar treasure chest set in motion in 2010 that captivated tens of thousands and led to five deaths -- and the years Barbarisi spent inside it, living amongst the searchers in order to tell the tale. The book explores the nature of obsession, the history of treasure hunting, and the human cost of chasing a great dream. The program is free and open to the public, but you must first register . Registrants will receive a link to the Zoom session two days before the event.

Book Sale, October 1-3, 2021

The Friends of the Needham Public Library will hold a fall book sale from Friday, October 1 through Sunday Oct 3 in the Library's Community Room. The book sale will be open from Friday from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00-4:00 p.m. On Friday and Saturday hard cover and trade paperbacks are $1, mass market paperbacks are 50¢, and CDs and DVDs are $1. Sunday is Bargain Day -- all items are half price and a brown bag of books is $8. Individually priced books in the Friends' Book Shop will be half the marked price beginning Friday at 12:00 noon and continuing Saturday and Sunday.

Please note: all patrons, aged 2 and up, regardless of vaccination status, must be masked to enter the Community Room.