Our Internet address (domain name) has changed from "needhamlibrary.org" to "friendsneedhamlibrary.org". Please click
http://friendsneedhamlibrary.org
to use our new address, and note the new address in your web browser's favorites or bookmarks.

Home

Troubadours & Troublemakers: The Music and Politics of Guthrie, Seeger, and Dylan, June 8, 2016

Following our brief annual meeting, Kevin Comtois, author of Troubadours & Troublemakers: The Music and Politics of Guthrie, Seeger, and Dylan, will discuss the political, social, and economic conditions of the Great Depression and explore the music and politics of Woody Guthrie. The journey continues with Pete Seeger as he sings his way through World War II, McCarthyism, and the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. The program culminates with an examination of Bob Dylan's evolution from a folk-protest singer to a rock star in 1965.

Book Sale, June 4-5, 2016

On Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, 2016, we will hold our annual spring book sale. Thousands of books will be for sale in the Library's Community Room. Separate categories include fiction, non-fiction, youth, young adult, cookbooks, home, gardening and crafts, religion, reference, foreign language, travel, sports, science, the arts, CDs, and DVDs. 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.

Library 100th and 10th Anniversary Celebration, April 30, 2016

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Library's presence at the current location and the tenth anniversary since the 2006 reopening after reconstruction, the Library is having an all-day celebration on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

Owls of the World — Who's Watching You?, April 24, 2016

Everyone loves owls! Yet, how many of us have ever seen a live owl up close? Perhaps you've glimpsed the shadowy form of a Great Horned Owl in the headlights as you've traveled a back road at night. Join naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson in sharing their passion for owls! The program will introduce you to the owls of New England and beyond.

Library Historical Photographs, April 1, 2016

As part of recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Library's presence at its current location, and the tenth anniversary of the 2006 reopening of the Library after the 2004-2006 reconstruction project, here are some historical photographs of the Library.

Boston Jazz Voices: Jazz Favorites with an a cappella Twist, March 13, 2016

Boston Jazz Voices (BJV) is an 18-voice a cappella ensemble performing jazz standards, contemporary music and holiday programming. The ensemble specializes in sophisticated arrangements with unexpected harmoniees and stylings, to transform familiar tunes into something new. The singers come from all over the greater Boston area (two are from Needham), and are directed by Tsunenori "Lee" Abe, a professor at the Berklee College of Music.

Book Sale, January 30-31, 2016

On Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31, 2016, we will hold our annual winter book sale. Thousands of books will be for sale in the Library's Community Room. Separate categories include fiction, non-fiction, youth, young adult, cookbooks, home, gardening and crafts, religion, reference, foreign language, travel, sports, science, the arts, CDs, and DVDs. 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 Academy Awards: The Good, the Bad, and the Outrageous with Frank Mandosa!, January 24, 2016

Come to a fun-filled afternoon of trivia questions based on current and previous nominees and winners of the Academy Awards, with some history of the award itself, and clips of memorable Oscar moments.

One-Day Book Sale, December 5, 2015

The Friends will hold a one-day book sale on Saturday, December 5 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 remain the same throughout the sale: 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.

"This Business of Fighting." Presented by Arnie Pritchard, November 15, 2015

Early in 1942, a young man from Rhode Island, Tony Pritchard, who had rarely been outside New England, went into the U.S. Army. By the time he returned home more than five years later, he had been all over the United States and Western Europe, had led troops in combat, had nearly died, had worked with refugees, and in general had encountered a world far wider and far more brutal than anything he had known. In letters home, discovered after his father's death, his son Arnie Pritchard brings to life his father's experiences during this time in history.

Iran: Persian Glory and Islamic Revolution, October 25, 2015

With a history dating 2,500 years, the Persian Empire was the largest of ancient times, extending from Central Asia to north Africa. The legacy of this power and wealth is manifest in the stunning tiled architecture of mosques and secular mansions, the distinctively spiced cuisine, the arts and crafts including arguably the world's most beautiful rugs, and the diverse peopl who comprised the Empire as invaders or subjects. Iran's recent history is marked by religious rule following the 1979 Islamic revolution. Barry Pell traveled nearly 4,000 miles through the country's magnificent landscape, visiting historic cities and monuments, and meeting with Iranian people who openly shared opinions about their lives and relations with America.

Book Sale, October 3-4, 2015

On Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4, 2015, we will hold our 43rd annual fall 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.


Master Thieves: Author Stephen Kurkjian, September 20, 2015

In 1990, two thieves made their way into Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and fled with 13 art works, worth $500 million. Despite the FBI's ongoing investigation, the thieves were never caught, and the art remains missing. Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigative reporter Stephen Kurkjian worked on the story when it first broke, and in his fast-paced debut book, he recounts the heist, the official investigation and his own probing into the case.