Little Free Libraries at CRCG!


We are so pleased to be bringing Little Free Libraries to the Charles River Community Groups sites (and a couple of others!).

The Bacon Free Library recently applied for and was awarded a grant from Mathworks to buy and install six Little Free Libraries around Natick. With that the BFL colloborated with Broadmoor, Elm Bank, the Eliot Church and the Natick Historical Society to place Little Free Libraries on their sites. The BFL will also have LFL’s at the Common St. Spiritual Center, the  park at the dam by the library (Oldtown Park) and at JJ Lane Park – thanks Natick Parks & Recreation for helping make that happen!

And, we were so excited to have 5 Natick High School students (Catie Hodges, Melissa Chisholm, Lia Adams, Lucie Robert, Michael Bruce) paint the LFL’s for Broadmoor and Elm Bank, Lee Manuel paint for the Eliot Church, Denise Girardin paint for JJ Lane Park, Bren Bataclan paint for Oldtown Park and Irene Carrick/Donna McPherson paint for the Common St. Church.

Keep a lookout for a celebration of these Little Free Libraries coming up in the Fall. We love the idea that books will be available to those who are traversing these awesome places!


BFL Gingerbread Raffle extended to Wed. Dec. 17th!


Gingerbread Raffle Extended!

Gingerbread houses will be on display at BFL through

Wednesday, December 17th

Raffle winner picked on 12/17 at 12:00

Make sure to stop by on Saturday, Dec. 6th when Santa comes to visit the BFL from 10-12


Charles River Community Groups


Welcome to our group! We are a cooperative of nonprofit organizations working together to better engage neighbors surrounding our banks of the Charles River.

These six non-profit organizations along the Charles River in South Natick have banded together to collaborate, share information, and resources. We hope that you will use this website to find new and interesting programs along the Route 16 corridor.

At Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary you’ll find beautiful walkways and native plants of New England. Natick Organic Farm is just that – a working farm which sells its wonderful produce and flowers. The Natick Historical Society is the place to learn about our community’s colorful past, located on the lower level of the Bacon Free Library. The Bacon Free Library, a “hidden gem” by the bend in the river, houses thousands of books and materials for the entertainment and enlightenment of all comers. The Eliot Church is a true community church with many programs for all ages. And, finally, the Gardens at Elm Bank, Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s education center. In just about 5 miles, one can find interesting, informative, interactive, and delicious fare. We have it all! Come explore–