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 wabanlibrary@gmail.com 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


A Witch to entertain,

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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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$5 suggested donation/family.Halloweensign

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 – WLC Volunteer Party – October 13


The director of WLC , Alice Jacobs, gave an update of what we have accomplished in six years.

  • Increased and enriched our children’s and adult collections – we have now over 14,000 titles
  • Added WLC library card holders to 2,000 members.
  • Created a corps of excellent volunteers from Waban/Newton.
  • Refurbished our children’s area to reflect youthful taste.
  • Attracted donations from small and large benefactors to maintain our presence.
  • Presented great authors, such as : Atul Gawande, Sue Miller, BA Shapiro, David Ferry, William Ferry, William Landay, Coventry Edwards-Pitts and many others.
  • Built community through serving as the meeting place for Brownies, PTO, Cub Scouts, Waban Book Club, Newton Family Singers, Waban Area Council, and many others.
  • Transformed our grounds through the Patio gathering place.