• Library Closed

    In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Walpole Public Library is closed to the public until further notice. 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.

    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.


  • Howie Newman's Virtual Musical Baseball Show

    Reservations required.  To register, visit howienewman.com/June29

    The weather’s finally getting nice, summer’s around the corner and the baseball season is still a month away. If you can’t wait for Opening Day, how about a Musical Baseball Show right in the comfort of your own home?

    Through the magic of Zoom, the Friends of the Walpole Public Library are presenting a virtual baseball concert on Monday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. This unique program, featuring local singer-songwriter Howie Newman, includes baseball songs, trivia, stories about his time on the Red Sox beat and a few surprises. 

    The show is free, but reservations are required. You can register by visiting howienewman.com/June29 or using the link on the library calendar. You must have a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone to in order to “attend” the concert. If you’re not familiar with Zoom, a library staffer will guide you through the virtual meeting process.

    Newman, a former sportswriter for the Lowell Sun, Patriot Ledger, Boston Globe, and other newspapers, was on the Red Sox beat for many years and covered the World Series in 1985 and ’86. He has also remained an avid fan, having visited 94 major and minor league ballparks.

    “Baseball is the one sport that really lends itself to music,” said Newman, whose experience also includes three years of radio color commentary for the Lowell Spinners, a Red Sox farm team. “I’ll be playing my own baseball songs and a few other baseball standards that everyone knows.

    “We’ll talk baseball, do some trivia and just have fun. If people have questions about the Red Sox and what it’s like to cover the team, I’ll be happy to answer them. It’s going to be a very unique type of show and I’m sure folks will enjoy it.”

    For more information about Howie Newman and his baseball show, visit www.howienewman.com/baseball-show

    For a three-minute video feature about his Musical Baseball Show the show, see www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXqVGAogYPQ

  • ArtMatters - Women Artists parts 1 and 2

    Available June 15 through June 30

    To access the current ArtMatters video presentations – any day, any time:

    1. Go to
    2. Click the red “Log In” at top right
    3. (Sign Up page) Click the blue “
    Log In” (Do not fill the form here)
    4. (Log In page) Enter Member Name:
    5. (Log In page) Enter Password: LibraryFriends (case sensitive)
    6. (next page) Click the red bar
    7. (next page) scroll down and read “This Month’s Presentations”
    8. Scroll down more and click “Primary Video” or ”Bonus Video”
    9. Click arrow to run video; click cornered square at bottom right for Full Screen

    You can come back and see the other video, or this video again, any time during the AVAILABLE period!

    Need help? Write to info@walpolelibraryfriends.org
  • Summer Reading 2020

    Download the Summer Reading Bingo Card.
  • Food Explorers--Baked Egg Cups

    Join Katie, Registered Dietitian from Food Explorers to make some tasty baked Egg Cups! These yummy egg cups make a great breakfast or snack. You’ll also play a fun game of Nutrition Price is Right to test your knowledge of grocery store prices! You will need the following ingredients for this program: eggs (any amount, up to 12), cheddar cheese, milk and 2-3 vegetables of your choice (peppers, broccoli, onion, asparagus, zucchini, etc). This class will be conducted using Zoom. Any additional information will be emailed before the program begins. Age 7+.  This event is limited to 10 kids/families.

    Register here.

    This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Walpole Public Library
  • Jungle Jim's Wild About Balloons Magic

    Giant animals, silly magic, zany humor and of course, the 6-foot balloon! This 30-minute (virtual) performance will focus on engagement and interaction through your screens. Register here for a virtual ticket which will be sent before the day of the performance.

    Sponsored by the Friends of the Walpole Public Library

  • Virtual Book Club

    June 30th @ 4:00 pm on Zoom

    Join the Walpole COA and the Walpole Public Library for our Virtual Book Club.  This month we are reading The Atomic Girls by Janet Beard. 

    The discussion will be held via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85791436110.  The title is available for download in e-book and e-audio formats from
    Hoopla.  Physical copies are available for curbside pick-up or delivery.  Please call the Reference Department at 508-660-7341 for more information.


Library Services

last updated 6/23/2020

Curbside Pickup of Library materials
The Walpole Public Library is now offering no contact curside pickup of library materials while the building is closed to the public. If you are interested in receiving library materials, please contact the Reference Desk at 508-660-7341 or at waref@ocln.org to check on availability.  If you leave a message or send an email it is helpful if you provide your library card number.

Delivery of Library materials
No contact home delivery of library materials is also availlable to Walpole residents. If you are interested in receiving library materials, please contact the Reference Desk at 508-660-7341 or at waref@ocln.org to check on availability.  If you leave a message or send an email it is helpful if you provide your library card number and current address.

Please be aware that at this time the library can only provide items that are physically located in the building. We can only provide delivery in the town of Walpole. For more information about this program call the Reference Desk at 508-660-7341 or email us at waref@ocln.org.

Storytimes on Facebook
Join Mrs. Dean for storytimes on the library's Facebook page.  Each week new videos will be uploaded to the library Facebook pages on the following schedule.
     Mondays, Virtual Baby Book Time at 10:30 am
     Tuesdays, Virtual Bedtime Story at 7:00 pm
     Wednesdays, Mrs. Dean's Story of the Day at 10:30 am
     Thursdays, Virtual Bedtime Story at 7:00 pm 

Library material due dates extended
The due dates of all library materials checked out have been extended until July 31st.  Library materials may be returned via the outside dropbox.  All returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours before they are checked in.  All fines on returned materials will be waived for the duration of the library's closure.  All patrons will be able to access our electronic materials regardless of account status. All holds will be suspended until the library reopens.

Program & meeting spaces
All in-person programs and meetings have been cancelled until further notice. 

Donation items
While we are closed, the Walpole Public Library will not be accepting book and other material donations until further notice.

Downloadable and Streaming Options

Although the building is closed to the public, the Walpole Public Library has available downloadable e-books, e-audio and other materials to residents. 

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.

National Emergency Library  Archives.org announced a National Emergency Library for students and the public.  Please read the announcement for more information.