• Holiday Closing

    The Walpole Public Library will close at 1:00 on Wednesday, November 25th and will be closed all day on Thursday, November 26th in observance of Thanksgiving.

    The Library will resume its regular hours on Friday, November 27th at 9:30am.

  • Hungrytown

    Wednesday, December 9 at 7:00 pm via Zoom

    A live performance by Vermont acoustic duo 'Hungrytown' will be presented online via Zoom, at 7:00 on Wednesday evening, December 9. Sponsored by Friends of the Walpole Public Library, viewing is free. Click the following link to register:  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUqc-6qrzsjH9fOP3L9yRhn99lNVPwJhPJy 
    Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson – otherwise known as the folk duo 'Hungrytown' – have toured worldwide for over fifteen years and released three albums. They play acoustic guitars and sing close harmony on their original songs that ring true of the American traditional folk legacy.
    Hungrytown's introduction to folk music came when a close friend – who died young due to a tragic misdiagnosis – entrusted to them her collection of 1960s folk albums and her guitar (which has since been featured on all of their albums). Inspired by the grit and true-to-life experiences she heard in these traditional ballads, Hall was inspired to write the lyrics that later became her first songs, aided by Anderson’s flair for musical arrangement. Soon afterwards, Hall released two solo albums, Sings! (1999) and Sunday Afternoon (2002), both produced by Anderson. In the winter of 2003, the duo quit their boring desk jobs, moved to the green hills of Vermont, and decided to pursue a full-time career as touring musicians.
    They released their first CD, Hungrytown, in 2008; Any Forgotten Thing in 2011; and Further West in 2015. The couple continue to spend more than half of each year on the road, especially roads in North America, Europe, and New Zealand.
    Hungrytown's music has received extensive radio airplay worldwide and has appeared on several television shows, including Comedy Central's The Daily Show, IFC's Portlandia and Netflix's Lady Dynamite. Their third and latest album, Further West, made the top 10 on the American Folk DJ charts for two months, and at least 14 "Best of the Year" lists.
    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.
  • Beyond the Cemetery Gate

    Thursday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm via Zoom

    "Beyond the Cemetery Gate" will be presented by The Gravestone Girls, online via Zoom, at 7:00 on Thursday evening, December 3. Sponsored by Friends of the Walpole Public Library, viewing is free. Click the following link to register:   

    One of the Gravestone Girls, Brenda Sullivan, writes, "We learn to ‘read’ the cemetery for clues and information.  Using both direct observation and deductive reasoning from objects such as the writing, art, geology, and the cemetery landscape, much new insight can be revealed.  That new insight can answer questions, create new inquiries, and open doors for further detective work.  Many use the cemetery as a cursory resource for learning, genealogy, or entertainment;some haven’t tapped it at all.  This program will get guests looking at these spaces, both old and new, as a valuable resource for their data collection activities. 

    Brenda Sullivan has been studying and presenting on the art, history, and symbolism of gravestones for 20 years.  A lifelong Massachusetts resident, she has spent many hours in graveyards all over the world.  An education in Art History and restoration led to the creation of Gravestone Girls from a hobby to a full-time vocation.  Gravestone Girls' mission is to "Keep Our Dead Alive!" through educational lectures, tours, classes, and creation of art replicas of New England gravestones.  Annually, Brenda works with many libraries, historical societies, genealogy groups, museums, and other institutions to raise awareness and teach residents what history lies buried in their own backyards. 
    The Gravestone Girls also create beautiful and unusual sculpted art pieces using the primitive art from the faces of original New England gravestones as well as teach gravestone rubbing classes.  Their gravestone art is shown regularly at art and craft festivals.www.GravestoneGirls.com
    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.
  • Job Seeker Workshops

    7:00 pm via Zoom

    Wednesday, November 18: Résumé Writing Review: We discuss résumé writing in general, including but not limited to applicant tracking systems, keyword search techniques, content review, formatting choices, and a variety of best practices. We will also discuss both chronological and functional résumé styles.

    NOTE: Participants are encouraged to email their existing résumé for confidential one-on-one analysis.

    Follow this link to register:  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAqf-2qqD8rGdSQR9Xai9iy1RKVldpb5UaV

    Monday, November 23: Changing Careers: Reinventing Oneself in Today's Job Market: Transitioning into a new profession can be a challenging and daunting undertaking. We will discuss and explore various strategies to help make the transition from one industry to another a smooth one. This is a group discussion where everyone's experiences and opinions are welcomed.

    Follow this link to register:  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMsd-mupzwsGdzhtyLqnQbx7mpLyNtdLhEZ

    GARY GEKOW is a Senior Employment Specialist/Career Coach with 30 years of recruiting and employment services experience in the New England staffing industry. He partners with job seekers across a wide range of specialties and assists with a variety of employment search strategies including résumé creation, interview coaching, LinkedIn profile branding and career counseling. He also works with client companies in various industries.

  • ArtMatters Online

    For the month of October

    ArtMatters is an art awareness program designed to keep individuals connected to the world and encourage a loving relationship with the visual arts. ArtMatters brings “the museum” directly into each community.

    ArtMatters Online presents FREE VIDEO LECTURE ARCHIVE
    To access the Friends’ currently sponsored ArtMatters video presentations – any day, any time:
    1. Go to www.artmatters.website
    2. Click the red “Log In” at top right
    3. (Log In page) Enter Email: artmatters@walpolelibraryfriends.org
    4. (Log In page) Enter Password: LibraryFriends (case sensitive)
    5. (next page) Click the Virtual Experience tab at top (next to “Home”)
    6. (next page) scroll down and read “This Month’s Presentations”
    7. Scroll down more and click Primary Video or Bonus Video
    8. 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 month shown  above! Need help? Write to info@walpolelibraryfriends.org

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.