Hale Speaker Series


After a break during the height of the pandemic, the Hale Speaker Series returns to the Westfield Memorial Library with three talks scheduled during 2022. Starting this year, Hale Series programs will be streamed live and also will be recorded for viewing on YouTube at the Friends’ channel fwmlnj. Those interested in joining the mailing list for the Hale Series are asked to send an email to HaleSeries@gmail.com

To kick off the 13th annual series, Westfield resident John M. Boyle a retired New Jersey Superior Court judge, will speak on Wednesday, March 23, in the library meeting room.  In a talk titled “Looking Back,” Boyle will reminisce about his 17 years as a jurist as well as his almost 70 years as a practicing attorney.

Westfield High alumna Sally Cook, who has authored eight award-winning books, will discuss “A Writer’s Life” in a talk slated for Wednesday, Sept. 28.

The final talk will be given on Wednesday, Nov. 16, by Ricardo Roig, a Westfield High graduate and former Westfield schools art teacher who is highly recognized by his hand-cut screen prints now showcased in a number of galleries.

The Anne M. Hale Series was established in 2007 by Lee Hale in memory of his wife, a dedicated library patron who died earlier that year.  After Mr. Hale died in 2013, the series was renamed the Anne and Lee Hale Speaker Series; the title was shorted to the Hale Speaker Series two years later.

The series, funded through grants from the Glasser Foundation and the Anne and Lee Hale Fund, is hosted by the Friends of Westfield Memorial Library.  Invited speakers have connections to Westfield, usually as current or former residents of the town.

Members of the Hale Series committee include Linnea Rhodes, chairman; Barbara Hale, daughter of Anne and Lee Hale; Ellen Albertson, Sherry Cronin, Mary Orlando and Tina Lesher.


About the Hale Speaker Series


The Anne M. Hale Speaker Series was established in 2007 with a grant from The Thomas Glasser Foundation to the Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library.  The grant came with a request that the Friends establish an ongoing program in memory of Anne M. Hale.  Anne was an active member of the Westfield community and a lifelong patron of the library.  Lee Hale worked with the Friends to establish a speaker series in his wife’s name.  Additional grants from The Thomas Glasser Foundation and from The Anne and Lee Hale Fund have enabled the series to grow from one speaker in 2008 to four speakers in 2010 through the present.  The focus of the series has also evolved to feature “the Westfield connection” presenting topics relevant to our town and/or speakers who are or have been Westfield residents.

In 2013 the series was renamed The Anne and Lee Hale Speaker Series to honor the passing of its creator and guiding force, Lee Hale.  The name of the series was shortened to the Hale Speaker Series in 2015.  The popularity of the series, hosted by the Friends, has grown over the years as the community looks forward to its prestigious speakers and their high quality, thought-provoking presentations.