Category Archives: books

Give and Take area to open at Wellesley RDF

Clearly, those old household items have got to get out of your house, but obviously they’re too good to just throw in the dumpster.  No problem,  the Wellesley RDF has you covered. Starting Tuesday, April 8 the Give and Take Area opens.  So as long as you give, say, four things and take only three, […]

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Author Andrew Dubus III to speak in Wellesley Thursday night

Author Andre Dubus III, whose books include Dirty Love, House of Sand and Fog, and The Garden of Last Days, will be giving a talk and answering questions at Wellesley Free Library today at 7pm. The author, who lives north of Boston with his family, has received numerous big-time awards for his writing. Anyone who has […]

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David McCullough, Jr. mania: Special Wellesley teacher making rounds as book launch nears

Wellesley High School English teacher David McCullough, Jr., he of the “You’re Not Special” commencement speech, is popping up on the speaking circuit in town at least 3 times next month to coincide with the arrival of his first book. McCullough will also take his show on the road across New England. The book is […]

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Innovations in STEM education panel coming to Wellesley Free Library on March 19

By Rama K. Ramaswamy (Special to The Swellesley Report) Picasso once said, all children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. Welcome to generation innovation. Both Bill Gates, who famously promoted the belief that, education should be well correlated to areas that actually produce jobs and Steve Jobs who […]

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Wellesley exhibit to explore science of Harry Potter

A very magical exhibit about the science of Harry Potter’s World is coming to the Wellesley College Science Center’s library starting March 10 and it’s open to the general public. Learn about potions, herbology, monsters, magical creatures, immortality and more (well, what is there really beyond immortality). The library’s Meghan Gamsby tells us that the public […]

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Wellesley Free Library adds thousands of on-demand digital movies, TV shows, books, songs

Wellesley Free Library patrons equipped with computers or mobile devices now have free access to thousands of additional movies, TV shows and audiobooks thanks to a partnership between the library and a content service provider called Hoopla Digital. The on-demand movie and TV content collection initially available probably won’t blow you away in terms of […]

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Wellesley author brings lessons of Afghani life to English class

Wellesley author Liz Suneby recently visited the Wellesley High School English class of teacher Shima Khan to explore the themes of education for all, gender equity and determination. Ms. Khan’s 9th grade students had read the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and the teacher invited Suneby to speak to her class about life for girls in Afghanistan. […]

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Wellesley College hosts annual 24 hours of Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Shakespeare…

Catch the annual 24 Hour Shakespeare extravaganza at Wellesley College’s Shakespeare House starting at noon on Friday. Perhaps a special reading of this very sleepy passage from Hamlet will take place at the Sleepwalker statue: “To be, or not to be, that is the question— Whether ’tis Nobler in the mind to suffer The Slings […]

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Author James Patterson grants Wellesley Books $1,500

Author James Patterson, whose name I’ve seen on book covers a million times though confess I’ve never opened one up, has awarded Wellesley Books at $1,500 grant as part of a $1 million giveaway to support independent bookstores. The American author best known for his Alex Cross novels has announced 55 grants so far, including […]

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Poet Toi Derricotte doing public reading at Babson

Toi Derricotte, co-founder of Cave Canem writing workshop for African-American poets and Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh, will read from her poetry on Feb. 12 at Babson’s Sorenson Center for the Arts at 7:30pm. The event is free and the public is welcome. Her poetry collections are The Empress of the Death House, […]

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