Sewing for Girls Around the World

Saturday, May 6: Big success! Seventeen dresses made for vulnerable girls around the world. Simply wearing these dresses provides a measure of modesty and institutional protection for girls in desperate circumstances. We want to make this a regular project. Great use of the sewing machines that the Friends of the Library bought for the library.


Celebrating Henry David Thoreau

Monday, June 5  7 p.m. @ First Church in West Bridgewater   “A Life with Principle: Thoreau’s Voice in Our Time” We’ll be exploring three big themes in Thoreau’s work and how they are relevant to the times we are living through.


Summer High School Essay Contest – “Why Thoreau Matters Today”

500 – 750 words, $200 cash prize for winner, $100 for runner-up.

See our essay web page for details:



Thoreau Photography Exhibit & Contest

In honor of the Bicentennial of Henry David Thoreau, the Friends of the West Bridgewater Public Library invites all photographers, young and old, amateur and professional, to take a line of Henry David Thoreau and go out into the world of Nature or Civil Society and take a photo that represents the intention of Thoreau’s philosophy.  An exhibit will be assembled from the resulting assembly of photographs.  Photos should be printed no smaller than 8 x 10 and be framed, ready to hang. Deadline will be June 30, 2017

(Photo credit: Jane Murphy, Librarian at the Millicent Library in Fairhaven)

The exhibit will hang for the months of July and August.

Here is a short but by no means complete list of thoughts that could be reflected in the photographs:

“In Wilderness is the preservation of the world….”

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see…”

“Live the Life you have imagined…

“I went to the wood because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life….”

“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”

“Let your life be a counter friction to stop the machine.”

“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”

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