Upcoming Events and News

Wendell Free Library Now Open For In-Person Browsing!

The Wendell Free Library will be open starting Tuesday, May 11 for limited hours. 

The schedule: 
Tuesdays  2-6
Wednesdays 2-6
Saturdays 10-2
There are some restrictions in place to stay in accordance with the Board of Health (BoH) regulations. 
The regulations are as follows: 
  • Masks must be worn correctly (covering from nose to chin) at all times on the library porch and in the library building
  • Sanitize or wash hands upon entering library lobby
  • 10 people inside the building at a time
  • 30 minute time limit for all library use
  •  Limited public computer use (2 computers available, 30 minutes maximum)
  • Contact tracing sign-in sheet 
If you have any questions about the reopening, please call the library at 978-544-3559, or email staff@wendellfreelibrary.org
We look forward to seeing you in person soon! 
Very joyfully from the Wendell Free Library Trustees and Staff:
Mara Bright, Co-Chair
Jenny Coy, Library Assistant
Anna Lawrence, Director
Phyllis Lawrence, Co-Chair
Jess Mynes, Trustee
Judy Putnam, Trustee
Sylvia Wetherby, Trustee
Michelle Wilder, Trustee
Robin Wilson, Library Assistant 

A Message from the Trustees of the Wendell Free Library

A Message from the Trustees of the Wendell Free Library: 


As a Wendell resident you might be wondering when the library building will be open again, especially since some local libraries have opened their doors for very limited appointments. Our new director, Anna Lawrence, has been in regular conversation with our Board of Health and the Trustees to assess the changing landscape. With the continuing rise in Covid-19 cases, the potential for more cases with the holiday season, and concern  for the health of our citizens, staff, and volunteers, curbside service will remain as is until we reassess in mid-late January.  Even with cleaning and maintaining safe conditions, the Board of Health concurs that this is the best option for us for the time being.

We encourage you to take advantage of curbside pickup and to contact Anna with any questions or research you need help with.  She loves meeting our community and doing what librarians love to do: connecting our community with resources.  

Meanwhile, Anna has been busy.  She is taking great care safely processing books, cataloguing new circulation items, weeding unused materials, and making our collections more accessible within the library.  New part time library assistants, Jenny Coy and Robin Wilson, have been hired to replace Joy Brenneman, who retired from her position this past summer. We look forward to welcoming them in person. The library has a newly installed energy efficient heating/cooling system thanks to grant money from the Wendell Energy Committee.  We are also making plans for the future.  Soon, some of the health and exercise classes will be available via the internet.  Sylvia Wetherby will continue to do her Playgroup and stories for our little ones with the Community Network For Children Program. Other offerings are being considered for remote learning, in the spirit of “Wendell University” through library-sponsored programs using the technology and internet access now available.

So our beautiful library is alive and well, and we’re looking forward to a time when our doors can be fully open. We ask for your continued support and patience as we all navigate this unusual time.  Meanwhile, we invite you to enjoy a good book from the library!


Mara Bright, Trustee Co-chair

Anna Lawrence, Director

Phyllis Lawrence, Trustee Co-chair

Judy Putnam, Trustee

Kathy Swaim, Trustee

Sylvia Wetherby, Trustee

Michelle Wilder, Trustee

New Curbside Hours at the Wendell Free Library

Curbside Hour Change 

October is upon us, which usually means more open hours at the library. In order to help Wendell residents have more options for pick-up times, Wednesday curbside has changed and is now 3-7PM. If you would like to request materials, or have any questions about our current open hours, please call the library at 978-544-3559. 


Curbside hours: 

  • Mondays, 12-4 PM
  • Wednesdays, 3-7 PM
  • Fridays, 12-4 PM

Curbside Service at the Wendell Free Library

Curbside Service at the Wendell Free Library

Interested in learning more about the Wendell Library's curbside pickup services? Look no further!


Curbside pickup is available for books, audiobooks on CD, and DVDs
The curbside schedule is Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 12-4 PM

Please call the library at 978-544-3559 to place an order and set a time to pick up your materials

Also accepting returns!

Call the library to place an order, the librarian will find your specified materials, or select materials based on your genre request. Materials will be checked out to your card and placed in a bag or with a rubber band around them with a slip of paper indicating your name. The materials will then be placed on a book cart on the library porch at the pre-arranged time for contactless pickup. Please wear a mask anytime you are on the library porch.

Returns can be placed in the outside book drop any time. The book drop is emptied on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. All materials are then placed into quarantine for a full week before getting checked in. If you see materials on your account after returning them, please do not panic! Your account will be up to date within a week after quarantine is finished.

If you do not know a title of a book to read next, please feel free to ask for recommendations!
We can provide stacks of children's, YA, or adult books that meet your needs.

Some small-scale faxing or printing is available upon request.

As always, please call the library at 978-544-3559 with any questions, or email Anna at alawrence @ cwmars.org

Free Summer Movies at the Northfield Drive-In


Along with other area libraries, the Wendell Free Library is giving away tickets for the Northfield drive-in. Movies are every Wednesday in July and August.

Call the library at 978-544-3559 to reserve your tickets!

July 1: The Princess Bride
July 8: Labyrinth
July 15: The Neverending Story
July 22: Hook
July 29: Willow

August 5: The Secret of NIMH
August 12: Back to the Future
August 19: Willy Wonka
August 26: The Spiderwick Chronicles

Up-cycle Tote Workshop

Saturday Feb 29 10am-1pm

With Lou Leelyn

Tote making 201 for experienced sewers Please preregister.

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