Patio Brick Sale

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For a limited time only, we are offering a sale on our inscribed patio bricks!
If you buy one 4×8” brick for $100, you get a second brick for only $50. Get together with friends and share the cost! (Two bricks must be purchased at the same time.) The larger 8×8 brick costs $250. All proceeds go to support the Waban Library Center.

The Waban Library Center has become your community center. Buying a brick, 4×8” or 8×8”, is a way of contributing to your library, gathering place, and cultural center. We are always here, and we are still solely supported by donations from people like you!

All checks can be made payable to The Waban Library Center, Patio Brick Project, P.O. Box 6, Waban, MA 02468.

WLC Brick 4×8 Instructions.
WLC Brick 4×8 Order Form .
WLC Brick 8x 8 Instructions
WLC Brick 8×8 Order Form



Adult Coloring Night Feb 2nd 7:30 pm -Recap


Add some Color to your winter!

Tuesday Night, February 2, 7:30 pm

Several volunteers and neighbors got together at the WLC last night for an evening of adult coloring, conversation and snacks. The adult coloring craze is sweeping the nation with coloring books containing whimsical and intricate designs. We had several books of beautiful designs to choose from and an assortment of coloring implements were available. A pleasant and relaxing time was had by all and we will be scheduling another such event in the future. Check back here for more information soon!


Recap Connect Africa Fundraiser Nov 21

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Marvelous hand crafted jewelry, baskets and objects were sold to help support the Connect Africa Foundation Library in Uganda.
Just as the WLC begins celebrating its sixth year of operation as a community run and funded library, the Connect Africa Foundation library in Uganda enters its tenth year.

These two libraries separated by thousands of miles collaborate on their shared mission –  community service.

“Africa comes to Waban!”


Patio Brick Sale of 2018!

Patio Brick Sale of 2018!
For a limited time only, the Waban Library Center is offering a sale on our inscribed bricks. If you buy one 4×8 brick for $100 you get a second brick for only $50. Get together with friends and share the cost! (Two bricks must be purchased at the same time.) The larger 8×8 brick costs $250. All proceeds go to buy books for the Waban Library Center.

The Waban Library Center has become your community center. Why not have your child inscribe his or her own brick as a lasting gift? Buying a brick is a way of contributing to your gathering place. We are always here and we are still solely supported by donations from people like you!

There are three easy ways to purchase a brick.  First, if you can read and print pdf documents on your computer, you can click on either of the forms below, print it out and mail it in with your check.  Second, you can come into the library with your check and we will have the forms at the front desk.  Third, if you have any problems you can email us at and we will help you.

How to buy a 4×8 brick

How to buy an 8×8 brick




Waban Library Center Brick Patio

Did you know that the WLC has been running as an independent volunteer-run library for five years?  We want our library to remain open as a vibrant community center, a place to hear an author speak, borrow a new book or take a class!

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We are asking you to help us achieve our goal of raising $20,000. You can buy a brick that will be part of the patio for generations to come. It will carry your message of tribute, celebration, or memorial. You and your family will be inscribed as part of Waban Village. There is no limit to the number of bricks you can purchase.












Thank you for your support of the Waban Library Center.








Recap – Children’s Book Talk Saturday November 7

smag7 smag6 smag3 smag9 smag8 smag5 smag2 smag4 SMag1Celebrated illustrator/author, Scott Magoon, kept a young crowd of 24 kids and parents enthralled Saturday at the Waban Library Center. Illustrating, singing, leading us in dance in his polka dot pants! His books can be found at the WLC, if you missed his “show.”

A note from Scott Magoon: “It was wonderful to meet you and your kind staff yesterday. Thanks so much for a wonderful visit; everything was so well organized and I was pleased with the turnout. Hope you guys were too!”



We Need You!

The WLC Needs You!

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The Waban Library Center is entering its sixth year of operation this fall and is flourishing Have you visited us yet? If not, it is time to come in and see where it is all happening right in Waban Square.  We have lots of the latest books for adults, teens and kids and a wide range of activities, including author talks, concerts, art shows, movies, book clubs, game days and more.


Even better, join us as a library volunteer. We are seeking a few good neighbors to help us in our endeavors. We currently have several openings:


General Volunteer.  Duties include staffing the front desk, shelving books, preparing new books for circulation and other general clerical duties.  No formal library training is needed, but basic computer skills and a love of reading and books are strongly encouraged.  We will train you and you will be working with other experienced and friendly volunteers.  Our volunteers have a lot of fun, make new friends and meet new neighbors at the WLC.  We ask for a two-hour per week commitment.  Morning or afternoon shifts (during or after school hours) are available.


Marketing coordinator.  Do you have marketing skills that aren’t being used these days?  We are looking for someone to help us find local authors, artists, etc. to appear at the WLC.  You will be working with other volunteers to assist with publicity and event coordination. We hope to have approximately 4 events during the year, so this is not a full-time commitment, but we would also love to have you as a weekly volunteer if your schedule would permit.


Event coordinator.  Do you like to plan parties and entertain? We are looking for a person to plan and manage 4 to 6 social events at the WLC per year.

Responsibilities include planning the refreshments and logistics for the event and contacting via email our willing and cooperative volunteers to help out with food, refreshments, etc. The coordinator would also need to attend, supervise and assist in the setting up and cleaning up after the event.  Of course, we would love to have you as a weekly volunteer, too, if you have the time and energy.


Reader for storytime. This is a once a week position on Wednesdays at 11:00am for about 45 minutes.  We are looking for someone to read books (your choice) to our preschool patrons from our wonderful children’s collection during our scheduled story time. No formal training required, and you can bring your own preschooler with you.  Familiarity with Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, puppies, kittens, and little pigs is preferred, but not required.


If you are looking for a way to contribute to the great village of Waban, please consider helping out at the Waban Library Center.


Contact Linda Crowe or Alice Jacobs at We will respond promptly.

Recap -Halloween Spooky Saturday October 31

Halloween Party was enjoyed by parents and kids – 62 in all

Arts and Crafts and  Story time


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Join us on Saturday October 31st for a spooky Halloween morning! We will read scary stories, make a Halloween craft and enjoy treats!

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Playaway Audiobooks are here!

We are so excited to share our latest collection – we now have 23 Playaway audiobooks. These are all-in-one books you listen to – it’s the size of a deck of cards and all you need are headphones to start your book.  Great for kids, road trips, seniors and everyone!  playawayshelf

Here are some of our feature titles:

Early Reader/Beginning Chapter Books:

Frog and Toad Audio Collection by Arnold Lobel
The Magic Tree House, Books 1 & 2 by Mary Pope Osborne

Juvenile Fiction:

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Wayside School Collection by Louis Sacher
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White


Anne Frank:The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Classic Titles:

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Check how the Playaways work:


Information on Playaway Light







Recap – 5% Day at Whole Foods Newton Wed Sept 9





Our 5% Day generously donated from our good neighbor, Whole Foods Market of Newton Highlands, has given the Waban Library Center $5000! We got the word today from the remarkable Ava Fantasia, without whom this day could not have happened.

We are  thrilled to have helped WFM boost their sales, while giving us this terrific donation. It is totally a win win for both organizations. We couldn’t have done it without them, and we are thrilled that we brought many loyal WLC fans as customers yesterday.

Some volunteers who helped make this big day happen were: Vasantha Ananthakrishnan, Sloane Awtrey, Debora Compton, Joanna Connolly, Linda Crowe, Liz Epstein, Louise Freedman, Loretta Gailius, Alice Jacobs, Rebecca McGrath, Chris Payton, and Sharon Sasanow.

Thanks to all of us who helped bring this donation to the WLC!



Come on out to Whole Foods Newton (Four Corners) on Wednesday September 9th from 8 am to 10 pm. On that day, 5% of the Whole Foods Market Newton’s net sales will be donated to us, to help support our all volunteer community library.