Upcoming Partner Events

When the Land Speaks: An Untold History of Massachusetts and the Importance of Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day

Date: September 29, 2021

Time: 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Location: Zoom


The Committee for Indigenous Peoples Day Wellesley (WOW) and the Wellesley Public Library are excited to announce Wellesley’s first event to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day this year! This virtual event will feature Larry Spotted Crow Mann of the Nipmuc tribe detailing the untold history of what is presently called Massachusetts and why Indigenous Peoples Day should be a national day of remembrance, education and celebration. Be sure to register in advance as spaces are limited!

Past Partner Events

Wee Got the Jazz: A Celebration of Jazz Music!

Date: July 28, 2021

Time: 4:30-5:30

Location: Online Event

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What is jazz? Where did it come from? Who are its heroes? In this unique interactive workshop created by the Boston group Wee The People, kids will swing, scat, and storytime with jazz musician Myrish Spell! They will play along with kazoos, provided by Wellesley Free Library. 

Kids will listen to a terrific read-aloud of the book Little Melba and Her Big Trombone written by Katheryn Russell-Brown and then get to see Myrish Spell show off the parts of her own trombone!

Get ready to improvise, syncopate, and celebrate the genius and soul of Black folk who birthed America’s music — a sound of individual freedom and radical disruption.

Registration with email required below for Zoom Link. Best for ages 6+ 

Starting Wednesday, June 21, all registrants may pick up a kazoo from the Temporary Main Branch at 50 Central St and the Fells Branch at 308 Weston Rd. (Questions? Email qknapp@minlib.net)

How to build an anti-racist organization

Date: June 23, 2021

Time: 11:00AM - 12:00PM

Location: Zoom

At a time when Diversity, Equity, Inclusion is a priority for most organizations, it can be hard to know where to start: Reflecting on your internal racial, gender and power dynamics? Updating policies? Building culture? Solving specific problems?
Join us for “How to build an anti-racist organization” where the team from the Wayside Equity Training Center will speak about how to advance the goals of your organization and support your employees, leadership, and community in better understanding how DEI can – and must – become foundational in their daily work.
Our panelists will examine positive impacts on organizations already meeting clear DEI goals, particularly those putting an equitable – and ultimately anti-racist – lens across all aspects of operations, from hiring and training to internal communications to building client-facing programs and interacting with clients. We will also consider how to create accountability for your DEI efforts with measurable goals.

JUNETEENTH 2021: World of Wellesley Challenge

Start date: June 19, 2021

End date: August 19, 2021


Hidden in plain sight, New England is overflowing with rich, diverse African-American and African diaspora cultural traditions and history. Select from a multitude of in-person and virtual exhibits on African-American and African diaspora art, movement, song, history to bring yourself, a partner, or the entire family to explore, experience, and engage.

You will not be alone. World of Wellesley Ambassadors will be available to meet up at a few venues to bring a collective together to learn, share, and grow in our understanding of the wealth of African-American and African diaspora history accessible in our local cultural institutions.

The World of Wellesley Juneteenth Challenges runs from June 19th – August 19th 2021.  However, we encourage you to explore the available cultural exhibits throughout the year.

We ask that as you peruse the offerings that you may ponder three questions:

1) What did you SEE?

2) What did you THINK?

3) What did you WONDER?

Then, tell us about it. Create a Juneteenth art piece, share a selfie from your Juneteenth event, or email us with your favorite reflections on the above three questions.  Send it to info@worldofwellesley.org and we will highlight it on our World of Wellesley Website.

Wellesley Free Library – Incredible Acrobat Performance: Liu Li!

Date: June 5, 2021

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Zoom


Kick off summer reading with an incredible acrobatic performance by professional Liu Li! Liu Li will bend, spin plates, twirl ribbons – and more! She will also touch on various aspects of Chinese language and culture during the performance.

At the end, she will teach a few ribbon twirling tricks to attendees! Wellesley Free Library will supply ribbon kits. Please pick up your ribbon kit from *Temporary Main* Branch Library starting June 1st – available while supplies last.

Temporary Main – 50 Central St.

  • M-Th 9-8
  • F 9-6
  • Sat 9-5

Needham Human Rights Committee Countdown to Juneteenth!

Start date: June 1, 2021

End date: June 19, 2021

Location: Facebook


Save the date, countdown to Juneteenth 2021 kicks off on Tuesday, June 1. Juneteenth is a national holiday that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States.

Our daily Facebook postings will feature activities, events and resources leading up to June 19.

Please join us in recognizing and celebrating this pivotal Holiday of Independence. Organized by the Needham Human Rights Committee.