• Handicapping the 2021 Oscars

    Thursday, January 28th at 7:00 pm via Zoom

    Handicapping the 2021 Oscars will be presented by Ty Burr online via Zoom, at 7:00 on Thursday evening, January 28th. Sponsored by Friends of the Walpole Public Library, viewing is free. Click the following link to register:   https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUtdOiqqDkpGtDBWiUyZuHS1GzQDCuxdNep

    Ty Burr, “professional movie-goer”, is the Boston Globe’s film critic and cultural columnist, sometimes covering music, theater, books, and the internet. He has been at the paper since July 2002. Prior to that, he wrote for Entertainment Weekly and programmed movies for Home Box Office.

    Burr is the author of “Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame” (2012), “The Best Old Movies for Families” (2007), and the e-book “The 50 Movie Starter Kit: What You Need to Know if You Want to Know What You’re Talking About” (2012). He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics and the Boston Society of Film Critics. In 2017, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism.

    Ty has written articles on film and other subjects for the New York Times, Spin, the Boston Phoenix, and other publications, and he regularly appears on such media programs as WBUR's "Here and Now," WGBH's "Greater Boston," MSNBC News, and NPR's "All Things Considered."

    Ty studied film at Dartmouth College and New York University and is currently an adjunct professor in the Film & TV department of Boston University. He lives in Newton.

    This presentation is supported in part by a grant from the Walpole Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

  • Mustard's Retreat - Music Series

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at 7:00 pm via Zoom

    Mustard's Retreat will be presented online via Zoom, at 7:00 on Tuesday evening, February 2nd. Sponsored by Friends of the Walpole Public Library, viewing is free. Click the following link to register:  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMvc--sqDgsG9X-kwDzDRx8GNJZobqBZuYh

    Singers. Songwriters. Multi-instrumentalists. Story Tellers. Builders of Community. David Tamulevich and Libby Glover are all these, and they have been honing their skills together for over 45 years. 

    They are witty, insightful, fun, and profound, as well as accomplished songwriters and musicians (guitars, dulcimer, electric bass, mandolin, harmonica, pennywhistle). In addition to being raconteurs and storytellers, they will give you things to laugh about for days to come and remember for years. Tales of stupid frogs, wandering cadavers, haunted bridges and techo-nerds, memories of small towns and high school, first loves and last…and places we’ve been or maybe just dreamed of. 

    And – just maybe – they’ll tell the story behind their name, “Mustard’s Retreat”!

    This presentation is supported in part by a grant from the Walpole Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
  • New Library Update

     
    The Walpole Library is limiting the number of patrons in the building in accordance with Library State Guidelines for the safety of the public and staff.  All patrons will be counted as they enter and exit the building.
     
    • The library will be open normal operating hours, which include evenings and Saturdays.
    • Study rooms are available for individual use and limited to 2 hours a day per person.  Please call the Reference Desk at 508-660-7341 to reserve a study room.
    • The library has only four public Internet workstations available to the public at this time.  Workstations may be used for up to two (2) hours.
    • All returns will be quarantined for seven days before they are checked in fine free.
    • The library is not accepting book donations at this time.
    • Because capacity is limited, please leave the library promptly after concluding your visit.
     
     

    For everyone’s safety:
     
    • All staff and patrons over the age of two will be required to wear face coverings at all times while in the library.
    • Please keep a distance of at least six feet between yourself, other patrons, and library staff.
    • Please clean tables and equipment after use.
    • Use of meeting rooms will be prohibited at this time. 
    • Garden pick-up and home delivery service will continue for patrons who do not wish to enter the building.
     
     
     
  • The New Normal New England Road Trip - Ted Reinstein

    Thursday, February 4, 2021, at 7:00 pm via Zoom

    The New Normal New England Road Trip will be presented by Ted Reinstein via Zoom, at 7:00 on Thursday evening, February 4th. Sponsored by Friends of the Walpole Public Library, viewing is free. Click the following link to register:  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ld-6urjwoE9MIBvPrZ0OEj8XzTH0H-qdD

    During a challenging time when most people are limiting their travel, this talk takes folks along on a rollicking ride around New England — all in just one hour, and all from the comfort of their own home. Author of three books about New England and longtime “Chronicle” reporter Ted Reinstein is your tour guide as you go from Maine to Rhode Island, Mt. Washington to Mt. Mansfield, and Berkshire foliage to Fenway Park. But Ted’s 20-plus years of reporting and telling stories from all over New England means this is not your average bus tour. Prepare to meet colorful characters who’ve done the darndest things, learn odd facts about familiar places, and of course—this being a Ted talk—expect to visit at least a few fabulous classic diners. (Spoiler alert: Ted reveals where to find THE best clam chowdah in America—and it’s right here in New England!) Ted will take Questions following the talk.

    Since 1995, Ted Reinstein has been a reporter for Boston’s WCVB-TV’s “Chronicle,” the nation’s longest-running locally-produced nightlynewsmagazine. He also provides reports and commentary on Sunday mornings for the station’s political roundtable show, “On The Record.”

    This presentation is supported in part by a grant from the Walpole Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

  • Meet the Neponset - History, Challenges and Opportunities along Walpole's River

    Monday, February 8th at 7:00 pm via Zoom

    Meet the Neponset - History, Challenges and Opportunities along Walpole's River will be presented by Ian Cooke via Zoom, at 7:00 on Monday evening, February 8th. Sponsored by Friends of the Walpole Public Library, viewing is free. Click the following link to register:   https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEvceurqzgvGtR3ut64NZ_Q0CuOLZ3qAarQ

    Join Ian Cooke, Executive Director of the Neponset River Watershed Association, for a virtual tour and discussion of the Neponset River in Walpole. He will touch on the role of the Neponset in Walpole's history, the ongoing success in cleaning it up, and the remaining challenges and opportunities in making the most of Walpole's river in the years ahead.

    Ian Cookehas served as Executive Director of the Neponset River Watershed Association since 1993, leading efforts to clean up water pollution, restore fish and wildlife habitats, and open up recreational access to local waterways in the 14-town Neponset Watershed area. 

    Ian is a board member and former president of the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance, and a member of the MassDEP Stormwater Handbook and Water Management Act Advisory Committees. He has a BA in Environmental Conservation from the University of New Hampshire.

    This presentation is supported in part by a grant from the Walpole Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.




Library Services

last updated 10/22/2020

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Walpole Public Library phasing in hours and services through the fall. More information about the virus can be found on the Town of Walpole's web site, https://www.walpole-ma.gov/covid19

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Regular Hours
The Walpole Public Library is open at it regular hours of operation. 

Holds Pick-up
The Walpole Public Library has restarted the material holds system for residents.  You can now order reserve materials from any library in the Old Colony Library Network. 

Study Rooms are now available for individual use
The study rooms at the Walpole Public Library are now available for individual use.  For the time being we are limiting usage to 2 hours per person per day.  Please call the Reference Desk at 508-660-7341 to reserve a studay room.

Library Technology
The Walpole Public Library has made use of library Internet workstations, copier, fax and scanner available to the public.


Garden Pickup of Library materials
The Walpole Public Library continues to offer no contact garden pickup of library materials. If you are interested in picking-up library materials in the garden, please contact the Circulation Desk at 508-660-7340 to check available times. 

Delivery of Library materials
No contact home delivery of library materials continues to be availlable to Walpole residents. If you are interested in receiving library materials via delivery, please contact the Ciruclation Desk at 508-660-7340 to arrange a home delivery.  Library materials are delivered on non-holiday Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  We can only provide delivery inside the town of Walpole.


Below are lists of Library Services available at this time and Download/Streaming options available to Walpole Public Library patrons.  Please contact the library at 508-660-7340 if you have any questions about these services.


Downloadable and Streaming Options

Overdrive and its corresponding free app, Libby, allow users to borrow and read or listen to e-books and e-audiobooks on their computers, phones, tablets, or other devices. Get started on your computer by visiting Overdrive and signing in using your library card and PIN (the standard PIN is "ocln"); or by downloading Libby onto the device of your choice for free.More information about accessing these materials can be found on our Overdrive web page.

RBdigital Magazines gives patrons free access to new and back issues of dozens of popular magazines. To use this service, visit RBdigital Magazines and sign in or make a free account. Or, download the RBdigital app (Apple, Android, Kindle Fire).  Additional information can be found on our RBdigital web page.

The New York Times is available for free online. To access it, visit the Library's catalog and click "New York Times" on the left-hand sidebar. Click "Redeem" next to the digital access code provided, then sign in or create a free account. When your code runs out after 72 hours, simply get a new one by following this process again.

Hoopla provides limited streaming access to movies, TV shows, e-books, e-audiobooks, and more. Access it through the hoopla website or by downloading the hoopla app (Apple, Android) and sign in or create an account using your library card number. Additional information about this service can be found on the library's hoopla web page.  Please note:  monthly limits may apply.

Kanopy is a collection of over 30,000 independent and documentary films, including videos from The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, Media Education Foundation, and more. Kanopy’s collection focuses on titles offering social, cultural, and educational value. You can view available titles and stream by visiting the Kanopy website on your PC, or by downloading the Kanopy app to your Android mobile device, iOS mobile device, or Amazon Fire Tablet. Kanopy can also be streamed through your Roku, Apple TV, or Chromecast.  More information can be found on the library's Kanopy web page.  Please note:  monthly limits may apply.