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Because democracy is not a spectator sport

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

A Woman's Place Is at the Top: The Life of Mountaineering Suffragist Annie Smith Peck

A Woman's Place book coverThursday, October 5
6:30 pm Refreshments
7:15 pm Welcome and Announcements
7:30 pm Guest Speaker: Hannah Kimberley
, author of A Woman's Place Is at the Top: A Biography of Annie Smith Peck, Queen of the Climbers
Community Room, Needham Public Library
1139 Highland Avenue, Needham

Annie Smith Peck was one of the most accomplished women of the twentieth century that you have never heard of. Peck was a scholar, educator, writer, lecturer, mountain climber, suffragist, and political activist. She was a feminist and an independent thinker who refused to let gender stereotypes stand in her way.

See the flyer for more information.

This event is co-sponsored by LWV-Needham and the Women's Suffrage Celebration Coalition of MA. It is free and open to the public. Please register! In order to plan we are asking you to register at this link.

One Book One Community Summer Reading Program

The Needham Free Public Library is partnering with the LWV-Needham and other community organizations to sponsor the One Book One Community Program this summer.

The chosen book is In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero. Hardcover and e-book copies of the book will be available at the library. The One Book One Community Program is part of a new diversity initiative titled the "Needham Free Public Forum" with the motto "Exploring diversity to inspire unity." The initiative was organized by library trustees and staff in response to citizen input offered as part of the library's most recent long-range planning process.

In the Country We Love is Diane Guerrero's memoir of her experience when she returned home from school in Boston one day at age 14 to learn that her undocumented parents had been detained and deported. Guerrero is an actress on the hit television show "Orange is the New Black."

As a co-sponsor, the League is encouraging its members to read this book over the summer and participate in one of the small-group discussions.

Discussion Groups
No registration required.

  • Sunday, September 24, 2 p.m., led by Stan Hitron, Board Treasurer of the Library Foundation of Needham, at the Library
  • Tuesday, September 26, 7:30 p.m., led by Peg Riley, Needham Community Council-ESL Program, at the Library
  • Wednesday, September 27, 7:00 p.m., led by Katharine Heidlage and Karen Walker, of the Immigration Justice Task Force, at the Library
  • Sunday, October 1, 2:00 p.m., "An Afternoon with Elaine Hermann Blais," at the Library. Elaine Hermann Blais is a Boston Bar Association Thurgood Marshall Award recipient for her work with KIND (Kids in Need of Defense), representing unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in their deportation proceedings.

July 4 Parade: Working Together for a Greener Future

Parade Photo Collage