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Author Marjan Kamali
Author Marjan Kamali

Since 1973, the Friends has presented an annual program series to educate and enrich the public and to encourage meaningful civic dialogue. Our programs may include lectures, author readings, demonstrations, performances and recitals. In addition to producing events of interest to adults, we underwrite programs for children that are produced by the library staff.

Each year, a committee of volunteers selects and organizes the adult series, which typically begins in the fall and ends with our annual meeting in June. Many of our programs are videotaped by The Needham Channel and may be seen on the library’s YouTube channel or The Needham Channel’s YouTube channel.

Discussion with creators of the documentary Pony Boys
Discussion with creators of the documentary Pony Boys

Our programs are free and all are welcome. Most take place in the Library’s Community Room from 2-3:30 PM on Sunday afternoons.

Registration is required, but we are happy to seat drop-ins as space permits. Programs are listed on the library’s events calendar at https://needhamlibrary.org/events. You’ll find registration links on the program dates.

Click here for directions to the Library.

If you enter the Library through the main entrance from the Rosemary Street parking lot, the Community Room is just inside the doors and to the right.

Videographer Marc Mandel from The Needham Channel
Videographer Marc Mandel from The Needham Channel

If you enter the Library through the Highland Avenue entrance, the Community Room is on the lower level on the opposite side of the building.

We hope you’ll join us!

2022-2023 Programs

Programs are free to all and registration is required.

Our 2022-2023 program schedule:

Author Catherine Marenghi
Author Catherine Marenghi
  • Sunday, October 23, 2022, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Film Producer/Director Eric Stange and Team, “Pony Boys”.
  • Sunday, November 6, 2022, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Author Marjan Kamali, The Stationery Shop.
  • Sunday, January 8, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Author Catherine Marenghi.
  • Sunday, February 5, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Gilda Barabino, President of Olin College of Engineering, “Engineering for Everyone” (details and registration)
  • Sunday, March 26, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Marsha Bemko, Producer, “The Antiques Roadshow Story” (details and registration)
  • Sunday, June 11, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Annual meeting and program. Author Stephanie Schorow, The Coconut Grove and Other Great Fires of Boston.

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