New Bedford Free Public Library

New Bedford Free Public Library The New Bedford Free Public Library is located in southeastern Massachusetts. The city has 5 libraries and a Bookmobile. Visit our webpage for more information.

Operating as usual

Valentine's Day is a month away and we're starting to get into the spirit with our Blind Date with a Book table at Howla...
01/14/2022

Valentine's Day is a month away and we're starting to get into the spirit with our Blind Date with a Book table at Howland-Green #library! Take a chance with something new, handpicked by staff just for you! 🥰

Come to story time this Friday at 10am at the Wilks Library.  This week's take home craft is a cute polar bear!
01/12/2022

Come to story time this Friday at 10am at the Wilks Library. This week's take home craft is a cute polar bear!

Come to story time this Friday at 10am at the Wilks Library. This week's take home craft is a cute polar bear!

A great resource for everyone with young children in their lives!
01/11/2022

A great resource for everyone with young children in their lives!

Great information about free activities and resources for your kids is just a text away with Bright by Text! It's free to sign up for and messages are available in English & Spanish! What are you waiting for?

Text GREAT to 274448

Come by the Main Library to bring home #houseplants !
01/11/2022

Come by the Main Library to bring home #houseplants !

Visit the Main Library TODAY at 3pm to bring home Library Ivy!

#houseplants #nationalhouseplantday #garden

Visit the Main Library TODAY at 3pm to bring home Library Ivy!#houseplants #nationalhouseplantday #garden
01/10/2022

Visit the Main Library TODAY at 3pm to bring home Library Ivy!

#houseplants #nationalhouseplantday #garden

Visit the Main Library TODAY at 3pm to bring home Library Ivy!

#houseplants #nationalhouseplantday #garden

Explore your favorite #DrMartinLutherKing #kidsbooks !
01/10/2022

Explore your favorite #DrMartinLutherKing #kidsbooks !

Explore your favorite #DrMartinLutherKing #kidsbooks !

Calling all #marvelcomics fans! Brand new books just in this week at the Howland-Green Branch #library and we've got ple...
01/08/2022

Calling all #marvelcomics fans! Brand new books just in this week at the Howland-Green Branch #library and we've got plenty more on our New Books shelves and in our Teen Room.

#XMen #spiderman #starwars

Calling all #marvelcomics fans! Brand new books just in this week at the Howland-Green Branch #library and we've got plenty more on our New Books shelves and in our Teen Room.

#XMen #spiderman #starwars

Along with City Offices, the libraries will be closed on Friday, January 7, 2022
01/06/2022
New Bedford Prepares for Winter Storm; Parking Ban Thursday Night; Cancellations and Closures Friday - City of New Bedford Official Website

Along with City Offices, the libraries will be closed on Friday, January 7, 2022

Emergency parking ban effective at 10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6 New Bedford Public Schools closed Friday, Jan. 7 City offices, libraries, Buttonwood Park Zoo closed Friday, Jan. 7 COVID-19 Testing Canceled at Fire Station 11 on Friday, Jan. 7 The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warnin...

01/06/2022

Due to the potential snow storm, Wilks Library will not be having story time on Friday.

Looking for something to read for the weekend? Grab a copy of "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker at the #NewBedford Free...
01/05/2022

Looking for something to read for the weekend? Grab a copy of "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker at the #NewBedford Free Public #Library Lawler Branch and join us on Wednesday, January 19 @ 4 PM for our monthly #BookClub!

Looking for something to read for the weekend? Grab a copy of "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker at the #NewBedford Free Public #Library Lawler Branch and join us on Wednesday, January 19 @ 4 PM for our monthly #BookClub!

It's cold out there today...come to the #library and warm up with a good book!
01/03/2022

It's cold out there today...come to the #library and warm up with a good book!

It's cold out there today...come to the #library and warm up with a good book!

#HappyNewYear !
12/31/2021

#HappyNewYear !

#HappyNewYear !

#happybirthday Rudyard Kipling!Born in 1865, Kipling wrote over 40 stories including The Jungle Book.#readmorebooks #kid...
12/30/2021

#happybirthday Rudyard Kipling!

Born in 1865, Kipling wrote over 40 stories including The Jungle Book.

#readmorebooks #kidsbooks #library

#happybirthday Rudyard Kipling!

Born in 1865, Kipling wrote over 40 stories including The Jungle Book.

#readmorebooks #kidsbooks #library

What was your favorite book in 2021?#read #library SAILS, Inc.
12/29/2021

What was your favorite book in 2021?

#read #library SAILS, Inc.

What was your favorite book in 2021?

#read #library SAILS, Inc.

Which kid’s book did you like the most this year?#library #kidsbooks #read
12/28/2021

Which kid’s book did you like the most this year?

#library #kidsbooks #read

Which kid’s book did you like the most this year?

#library #kidsbooks #read

Which kid's book did you like the most this year?#kidsbooks #library #read
12/28/2021

Which kid's book did you like the most this year?

#kidsbooks #library #read

Which kid's book did you like the most this year?

#kidsbooks #library #read

#celebrate #kwanzaa with #kidsbooks !
12/26/2021

#celebrate #kwanzaa with #kidsbooks !

#celebrate #kwanzaa with #kidsbooks !

12/23/2021
The Main Library downtown, the Wilks Branch, and the Howland-Green Branch are all serving as distribution sites for free...
12/22/2021

The Main Library downtown, the Wilks Branch, and the Howland-Green Branch are all serving as distribution sites for free rapid (at-home) COVID test kits! You must be a New Bedford resident to receive a kit, with a limit of two kits (four tests) per household. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Stock up on #holiday #kidsbooks from your local #library !
12/20/2021

Stock up on #holiday #kidsbooks from your local #library !

Stock up on #holiday #kidsbooks from your local #library !

We are huge fans of Libby! Some titles are so popular that you can end up on a waiting list for a while - when that happ...
12/17/2021

We are huge fans of Libby! Some titles are so popular that you can end up on a waiting list for a while - when that happens, be sure to check if we have print copies on our shelves! Right now at the Howland-Green Branch, we've got Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune (55 holds on Libby) and The Love Songs of W. E. B. Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers (30 holds on Libby) available for checkout right now on our New Books shelf!

Thank you Frank Camara for your commitment to this exhibit, even as it travels. Volunteers such as you is what makes our...
12/15/2021
Area man keeps Portuguese Christmas traditions alive with inspirational display | Anchor News

Thank you Frank Camara for your commitment to this exhibit, even as it travels. Volunteers such as you is what makes our community strong.

Home News Area man keeps Portuguese Christmas traditions alive with inspirational display News Area man keeps Portuguese Christmas traditions alive with inspirational display By David Jolivet - December 9, 2021 39 Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Email By Dave Jolivet NEW BEDFORD — Perhaps the ...

Visit the Main Library's Youth Services for Take Home Activities!#newbedford #kidsactivities #Holidays #library
12/14/2021

Visit the Main Library's Youth Services for Take Home Activities!

#newbedford #kidsactivities #Holidays #library

Visit the Main Library's Youth Services for Take Home Activities!

#newbedford #kidsactivities #Holidays #library

STAFF PICKS! Anybody else feeling stress this holiday season? Reading always helps me to take a break and find my center...
12/13/2021

STAFF PICKS! Anybody else feeling stress this holiday season? Reading always helps me to take a break and find my center again. I read The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune for 15 or 20 minutes each day with breakfast. It was so heartwarming and lovely that I never wanted it to end! Linus Baker is a case worker for the Department in Charge of Magical Youth, and he doesn't have much in his life besides work. Then he is summoned by Extremely Upper Management to travel to an island orphanage with six dangerous magical children reside under the care of Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. What starts as a serious investigation grows into something much more beautiful and unexpected - a place where Linus belongs. Wholeheartedly recommended!

STAFF PICKS! Anybody else feeling stress this holiday season? Reading always helps me to take a break and find my center again. I read The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune for 15 or 20 minutes each day with breakfast. It was so heartwarming and lovely that I never wanted it to end! Linus Baker is a case worker for the Department in Charge of Magical Youth, and he doesn't have much in his life besides work. Then he is summoned by Extremely Upper Management to travel to an island orphanage with six dangerous magical children reside under the care of Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. What starts as a serious investigation grows into something much more beautiful and unexpected - a place where Linus belongs. Wholeheartedly recommended!

Congrats to Tem Blessed on his new graphic novel!"Planeta Blu tells the tale of New Bedford inner city youth: Lares, her...
12/11/2021
New Bedford hip-hop artist, author Tem Blessed publishes diverse graphic novel

Congrats to Tem Blessed on his new graphic novel!

"Planeta Blu tells the tale of New Bedford inner city youth: Lares, her brother Angel, Tomé, and Tyler as they fight to save humanity and animal kind from the apocalyptic plans of Zander, oil tycoon billionaire-turned-evil world conqueror..."

Tem Blessed takes his experience of working with youth in the south end of New Bedford and turns it into a cultural and environmental graphic novel.

It's that time of year - when all the best-books-of-the-year lists come out! One favorite is the Goodreads Choice Awards...
12/10/2021

It's that time of year - when all the best-books-of-the-year lists come out! One favorite is the Goodreads Choice Awards - over 4 million people voted on their favorite books from 2021! https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-books-2021?ref=gca2021winners_sa

Don't forget we're on Goodreads too, making recommendations and tagging books to help you better find what you like to read. You don't even need a Goodreads account to take a look: goodreads.com/nbfpl

It's that time of year - when all the best-books-of-the-year lists come out! One favorite is the Goodreads Choice Awards - over 4 million people voted on their favorite books from 2021! https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-books-2021?ref=gca2021winners_sa

Don't forget we're on Goodreads too, making recommendations and tagging books to help you better find what you like to read. You don't even need a Goodreads account to take a look: goodreads.com/nbfpl

Pre-school story time tomorrow morning at Wilks at 10am!  This week's take-home craft is a Rudolph paper chain!
12/09/2021

Pre-school story time tomorrow morning at Wilks at 10am! This week's take-home craft is a Rudolph paper chain!

Pre-school story time tomorrow morning at Wilks at 10am! This week's take-home craft is a Rudolph paper chain!

Today marks the 80th anniversary of #pearlharbor #learn about #history from your #local  #library !
12/07/2021

Today marks the 80th anniversary of #pearlharbor

#learn about #history from your #local #library !

Today marks the 80th anniversary of #pearlharbor

#learn about #history from your #local #library !

Drop by the Wilks Library this Friday at 10am for preschool story time and a take-home craft.  This week's craft is a cu...
12/02/2021

Drop by the Wilks Library this Friday at 10am for preschool story time and a take-home craft. This week's craft is a cute play-doh snow man!

Drop by the Wilks Library this Friday at 10am for preschool story time and a take-home craft. This week's craft is a cute play-doh snow man!

Learning Studio kits from New Bedford Art Museum are now available to take home from the Main Library's Youth Services D...
12/02/2021

Learning Studio kits from New Bedford Art Museum are now available to take home from the Main Library's Youth Services Department!

#kidsactivities #newbedford #learn

Learning Studio kits from New Bedford Art Museum are now available to take home from the Main Library's Youth Services Department!

#kidsactivities #newbedford #learn

Did you know your #librarycard can get you discounts at #museums ?#learn  #fieldtrip
12/01/2021

Did you know your #librarycard can get you discounts at #museums ?

#learn #fieldtrip

Did you know your #librarycard can get you discounts at #museums ?

#learn #fieldtrip

Celebrate C.S. Lewis's birthday from your #local #library !Born on Nov. 29, 1898, Lewis wrote over 30 books including th...
11/29/2021

Celebrate C.S. Lewis's birthday from your #local #library !

Born on Nov. 29, 1898, Lewis wrote over 30 books including the well loved Chronicles of #Narnia !

#kidsbooks #readmore

Celebrate C.S. Lewis's birthday from your #local #library !

Born on Nov. 29, 1898, Lewis wrote over 30 books including the well loved Chronicles of #Narnia !

#kidsbooks #readmore

#happyhanukkah with new #library #kidsbooks !
11/27/2021

#happyhanukkah with new #library #kidsbooks !

#happyhanukkah with new #library #kidsbooks !

11/25/2021
Have you tried out the new Wonderbooks yet?Wonderbooks are 2 in 1 Audiobook and Book to listen along to your favorite #k...
11/23/2021

Have you tried out the new Wonderbooks yet?

Wonderbooks are 2 in 1 Audiobook and Book to listen along to your favorite #kidsbooks

Visit us the Main Library's Youth Services to try it!

Have you tried out the new Wonderbooks yet?

Wonderbooks are 2 in 1 Audiobook and Book to listen along to your favorite #kidsbooks

Visit us the Main Library's Youth Services to try it!

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613 Pleasant St
New Bedford, MA
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Tuesday 9am - 9pm
Wednesday 9am - 9pm
Thursday 9am - 9pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm

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Established in 1852 by a city ordinance, the New Bedford Free Public Library is among the earliest free municipal libraries in the United States. Beginning in 1857 and housed in the building now used as City Hall until 1910, the core of the library’s original holdings contained books, periodicals and other materials purchased from the New Bedford Social Library (founded in 1807), which had assimilated the collections of the Encyclopedia Society, New Bedford Library Society, New Bedford Athenaeum and Lyceum.

Built as a City Hall in the 1830’s, the present building was reconstructed after a fire in 1906. Once reconstruction was complete, the buildings switched permanently and is now home to significant historical holdings, including materials on Whaling, Quaker and 19th century Abolition Movement and museum-quality collection of fine art.

The Library consists of the Main Library, four branches and a Bookmobile. The Wilks, Howland-Green and Francis J. Lawler Branches were built with funds left in trust to the library by Sylvia Ann Howland-Green Wilks, whose mother was the famous financier Hetty Green. The Main Library is open 64 hours per week and the branches are open 40 hours per week. The Bookmobile is on the road 20 – 25 hours per week.

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The New Bedford Free Public Library is a great place to warm up with a book! Open 9AM-9PM Monday-Thursday, 9AM-5PM Friday and Saturday and Closed on Sunday. #publiclibrary
Hohoho, Santa and his future elves had a fun day. This afternoon will be the tree lighting at the New Bedford Free Public Library. It's great to see the kids again. Happy Holidays, and we hope all our friends are safe and happy. OSC
Tonight I was thrilled to attend the unveiling of the Nativity of Lagoa at the New Bedford Free Public Library. This hand-crafted masterpiece honors the holiday traditions of Lagoa, New Bedford’s Sister City, on St. Michael Island of the Azores. For over twenty years, this nativity scene has been on display at Casa de Saudade, but this year, for the first time, it is being featured at our downtown library. Please make every effort to visit this display on the 3rd floor, and please take a moment to share stories and reminisce about our familial holiday traditions, especially with the younger generations, so that these Azorean traditions can continue for decades to come.
Tonight I was thrilled to attend the unveiling of the Nativity of Lagoa at New Bedford Free Public Library. This hand-crafted masterpiece honors the holiday traditions of Lagoa, New Bedford’s Sister City, on St. Michael Island of the Azores. For over twenty years, this nativity scene has been on display at Casa de Saudade, but this year, for the first time, it is being featured at our downtown library. Please make every effort to visit this display on the 3rd floor, and please take a moment to share stories and reminisce about our familial holiday traditions, especially with the younger generations, so that these Azorean traditions can continue for decades to come.
Join in on the Learning Studio fun with FREE art kits at the New Bedford Free Public Library!
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That's a wrap on Uncommon Threads: The Works of Ruth E. Carter! 🎬 Thank you to our amazing partners and collaborators at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, New Bedford Free Public Library, New Bedford Historical Society, CVPA UMass Dartmouth, Fiber Optic Center, Rememory Consulting, and Ruth E. Carter Design. Without all the hard work of these amazing groups, this exhibition would have never been possible. Most of all, thank you to each and every visitor! Whether you are a long-time member or a first-time visitor, we hope this and all our exhibitions are an amazing experience for you. Did you see the exhibition? It's not too late to fill out our survey and be entered to win a one-year Friend Level Membership to NBAM! Visit https://forms.gle/8LmHnmpFGakqaB9x9 to respond.
It’s a beautiful day for a parade! The Old Colony Highlanders Pipe Band, based in Lakeville, are warming up in Buttonwood Park as New Bedford’s Veterans Day Parade lines up. Parade begins at 11 a.m. and will head down Union, County, and William streets to City Hall and the main New Bedford Free Public Library.
DPI street sweepers are cleaning up the Veteran's Day Parade route today and tomorrow, so please keep an eye out on Union, County, and William streets along the route. The parade will start at 11 a.m. Thursday at Buttonwood Park and will end in front of the main New Bedford Free Public Library downtown.
Borrow the internet with this new addition to the New Bedford Free Public Library's "Funbrary"! #lovewhereyouliveNB
Host Jim Marshall speaks with the Chair of the Election Commission, Manny DeBrito, about the upcoming municipal election 🗳️ New Bedford Free Public Library Director Olivia Melo talks about hot spots being offered. 📚 https://youtu.be/DCyNwHGkMBU