Newton Serves Sunday April 29th Waban Square 12:30-3:00


Hi all, Volunteers needed for community service (mulching) project for NewtonServes day, Sunday April 29th 12:30-3:00.

Great family project: little kids/elders/people with disabilities can all help. The city delivers piles of mulch, and we scoop it into plastic buckets, wheelbarrows, and spread it in the beds in Waban Sq – by Starbucks, along Beacon St, the T garden, and if time permits, the Waban Library Center. Please sign up at the Newton Serves website,  since the number of free T shirts we get depends on how many volunteers sign up! Snacks  provided, but please bring water. all tools provided. Let’s hope for nicer weather than we are presently experiencing! If there are any questions, please let me know. Thanks, and hope to see many of you on Sunday, April 29. Gail Wintersteiner

Author Talk Allegra Goodman Monday May 7th 7:30 pm

Put this on your calendar now! Cambridge author Allegra Goodman will be speaking on Monday May 7th. Her most recent novel is “The Chalk Artist”, published in 2017, which garnered very high praise nationally. Her best known work is “Kaaterskill Falls.”The evening will consist of Ms. Goodman speaking to us, a book sale of “The Chalk Artist,” and other of her novels, and light refreshments

Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers – May 8 – 6:00pm

Dr. Sara Geber will discuss her new book, “Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers” Tuesday May 8th, 6pm at the Waban Library Center, 1608 Beacon Street, Waban. Please join us for this author talk, book sale, and signing.
Ten thousand baby boomers turn 65 every day, and one out of every five has no children. Without the safety net of adult children, child-free boomers need a well-scripted plan for their later years. Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers takes a practical yet upbeat approach to confronting the issues head on, providing all the specific information and guidance needed by older adults without children – “Solo Agers.”
Based on five years of research, “Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers” delivers important information on housing choices, legal documents, financial security and much more. Solo Agers acquire a plan, and this book provides the template for it.
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Mindfulness Workshops in May – May 8, 15, 22nd

Join us for Mindfulness Workshops!


Christina Hardway will be offering an Introduction to Mindfulness workshops here at the WLC in May, 2018. We will practice a variety of meditation techniques and learn ways to incorporate mindfulness in daily life. Students will learn several mindfulness exercises including: Awareness of Breath, Mindfulness of Eating, Walking Meditation, and Open Awareness Meditation.

The class will consist of three 75 minute sessions on Tuesdays in May, on the 8th, 15th, and 22nd, from 8:00 – 9:15pm. This course is open to any adult who would like to learn more about mindfulness and meditation. The class will be held if we reach a minimum of eight students.

The required text book is “Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life” by Jon Kabat-Zinn. The class fee is $140. This may be paid by check made out to the Waban Library Center. P.O. Box 6, Waban, MA 02468. It can also be paid online at via PayPal. Please note on the online payment that the amount is for the Mindfulness class.

Christina Hardway regularly teaches mindfulness workshops. She is also Associate Professor of Psychology at Merrimack College. If you have any questions about the class please contact Christina at: For questions about signing up please contact Alice Jacobs at:


Recap – Author Talk with Coventry Edwards-Pitt February 7

The Waban Library is happy to announce our first author talk of the year. There is much about aging we can’t control, but there is much that we can. Join us for a talk with author Coventry Edwards-Pitt and nationally recognized wealth advisor for a discussion of her book Aged Healthy, Wealthy & Wise.

The book is a guide to aging well that is crucial to any of us who are eager to get the most out of lives. The stories and research it contains will inspire you to take the actions in your own life that will set you on a course not only to age well yourself but also to help ensure that your family experiences your later years not as a burden, but as a gift.

Join us for an exciting talk about this book, followed by a mixer with the author at which refreshments will be provided. There will be an opportunity at the event to purchase your own copy of the book.
Twenty people braved a damp and frosty night to hear Waban resident and financial manager, Coventry Edwards-Pitt speak to us about her most recent book, “Aged Healthy, Wealthy and Wise.”
In her second appearance at the WLC, the first was on “Raising Children Healthy Wealthy and Wise,” Covie, as she is known to us in Waban, explained how her work and research show the keys to aging well. The book is available at the Waban Library Center and is an invaluable resource for all of us who want to grow older with dignity and greater understanding. A “must read.”

Waban Book Club January 31

The Waban Book Club is meeting next on Wednesday, January 31st at 10 AM. Come join us to discuss Ann Patchett’s bestselling novel, Commonwealth. We have copies available at the library, so if you haven’t already read this compelling work, come in and borrow one so you can get in on the conversation.  All are welcome!

Recap – Author Talk Jessica Shattuck December 5th 7:30 pm

The WLC was host on a rainy Tuesday night to forty two ardent fans of Jessica Shattuck, author of “The Women in the Castle.” This was one of our best turnouts in years. She was warm and eager to tell us about her personal connection to this absorbing tale of German women who resisted Nazism during and right after WW2. The audience was a collection of people who had never been to the WLC, volunteers, and various book groups. A rich literary evening at the WLC.