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Monday April 15, 2024
CLOSED - Patriots' Day
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Tuesday April 16, 2024
Baby & Toddler Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

This storytime encourages early literacy and caregiver-child interactions with lively songs and rhymes, bounces, books, and body-awareness.

Best for babies & toddlers, with a caregiver. 

We will meet in the Children's Room. 

(Baby & Toddler Storytime will be held every Tuesday in February at 10:30 am.)

Location: Children's Room
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Professor Bugman's Arthropod Petting Zoo
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Professor Bugman brings his Arthropod Petting Zoo to Wayland!

Kids learn all about Arthropods, the most diverse group of animal life on the planet,

during this exciting show-and-tell-and-touch program! For ages 3 and up.

Location: Raytheon Room
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Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room
Wednesday April 17, 2024
Board of Library Trustees
9:05 AM - 11:00 AM
Contact: Chris Lindquist   
Location: Raytheon Room
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CANCELLED Fix It Cafe: Clothing
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

[This event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule in the future.]

The Fix It Cafe is a joint venture of The Wayland Free Public Library and The Cambridge School of Weston. But what exactly IS it?

A Fix-It Cafe is an opportunity for community members (YOU!) to get your clothing repaired while connecting with students. The students from the Cambridge School of Weston have been learning about fast fashion while simultaneously learning sewing skills in their Community Engagement Class in anticipation for events such as this.

Please bring any article of clothing that you have that needs a little extra care. We only ask that you come with an open mind and stay while your clothing is being repaired.

Come join us from 1:00-2:00 on April 17th and walk away with new life in your old clothes and some new friends!

Contact: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311   cmichael@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room
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Celebrate Earth Day!
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join Ms. Abby in a celebration of our Earth!

Children will listen to a few celebratory stories about our Earth,

and then make their own sculptural masterpieces out of recycled materials.

For ages 4 and up.

Location: Raytheon Room
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Virtual Author Talk: Xochitl Gonzalez
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

We cannot wait for you to join us as we chat with award-winning and bestselling author Xochitl Gonzalez about her newest novel Anita de Monte Laughs Last. 

Virtual. Register here.

Anita de Monte Laughs Last is a propulsive, witty examination of power, love, and art, daring to ask who gets to be remembered and who is left behind in the rarefied world of the elite. In 1985. Anita de Monte, a rising star in the art world, is found dead in New York City; her tragic death is the talk of the town. Until it isn’t. By 1998 Anita’s name had been all but forgotten―certainly by the time Raquel, a third-year art history student was preparing her final thesis. On College Hill, surrounded by privileged students whose futures are already paved out for them, Raquel feels like an outsider. Students of color, like her, are the minority there, and the pressure to work twice as hard for the same opportunities is no secret. But when Raquel becomes romantically involved with a well-connected older art student, she finds herself unexpectedly rising up the social ranks. As she attempts to straddle both worlds, she stumbles upon Anita’s story, raising questions about the dynamics of her own relationship, which eerily mirrors that of the forgotten artist.

Moving back and forth through time and told from the perspectives of both Anita and Raquel, this is sure a novel (and a conversation) that you don’t want to miss. Register now!

Xochitl Gonzalez is the New York Times bestselling author of Olga Dies Dreaming. Named Best of 2022 by The New York Times, TIMEKirkusWashington Post, and NPROlga Dies Dreaming was the winner of the Brooklyn Public Library Book Prize in Fiction and the New York City Book Award. Gonzalez is a 2021 MFA graduate from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her nonfiction work has been published in Elle DecorAllure, VogueReal Simple, and The Cut. Her commentary writing for The Atlantic was recognized as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A native Brooklynite and proud public school graduate, Gonzalez holds a BA from Brown University and lives in her hometown of Brooklyn with her dog, Hectah Lavoe.

Contact: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311   cmichael@minlib.net
Location: Virtual
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Thursday April 18, 2024
Music, Story, Fun! with Ms. Janet
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Ms. Janet for a musical storytime.She'll bring her ukulele, rainbow bells, and puppets!

We will meet in the Children's Room.

For ages birth through age 4, with caregivers.

(Music, Story, Fun! will also be held on on Feb. 15, Feb.22 and Feb 29, at 10:30 am)

Location: Children's Room
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Poetry Workshop
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This group gathers two Thursdays a month to work on writing poetry. Beginners and advanced are equally welcome.

Virtual: This meeting is held via ZOOM - email Joan Kimball for the info: jawkimball@gmail.com 

Contact: Joan Kimball  978-318-0991   jawkimball@gmail.com
Location: ZOOM
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Create Your Own Comic Strip!
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

In this workshop, cartoonists Dave London and Pete Chianca will use the methods they've developed producing their nationally-distributed comic strip Pet Peeves to guide young would-be cartoonists through every step of the creation process. Topics include inventing characters, drawing expressions, devising gags and jokes, and coming up with a completed comic strip to take home at the end of the workshop.

For ages 9 and up.

Location: Raytheon Room
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Cookbook Club
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Meike Peters

Noon

Creations perfect for midday (or anytime!) 

Who doesn’t like an aromatic kitchen?  For April 18 please read with us the cookbook Noon, recently published by Meike Peters.  Move over brown paper lunch bag!  We’ve got something good here!   

  • build a polenta as an open-face pizza…  liberally top it with coriander and gorgeous sweet peppers 
  • relish a rӧsti brimming with potatoes, dressed with a mélange of pistachio and feta
  • sneak a little schnitzel onto your lunch-time plate
  • infuse meatballs with fennel and serve them directly from the skillet

Hot and cold selections abound!  See salads, apps, veggie- and meat-based mains, finished by fruit-based desserts.   Noon would be especially super for weekends. 

 

Contact: Dominique Winn  5083582311   dwinn@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room
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Dystopian/Sci-Fi Book Group
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

April Meeting Dystopian/Sci-FI Book Group

Thursday,  April 18th, 2024  7-8:30

Join us for a lively discussion of Fractal Noise by Christoipher Paolini

The crew of the Adamura discovers the anomaly. On the seemingly uninhabited planet Talos VII: a circular pit, 50 kilometers wide. Its curve not of nature, but design. Now, a small team must land and journey on foot across the surface to learn who built the hole and why. But they all carry the burdens of lives carved out on disparate colonies in the cruel cold of space. For some the mission is the dream of the lifetime, for others a risk not worth taking, and for one it is a desperate attempt to find meaning in an uncaring universe. Each step they take toward the mysterious abyss is more punishing than the last. And the ghosts of their past follow.

Library Journal Review:

This pulse-pounding science-fiction novel pits human curiosity and technology against alien tech deep in the cosmos. The story follows Alex Crichton, a xenobiologist whose ship, the Adamura, comes in contact with evidence of sophisticated alien intelligence when they discover a massive cylindrical hole cut into the surface of a faraway planet which is transmitting a message into space. The sonic force that the hole exerts on the plant is so massive that the ship can't land safely. The crew decides to send a small away party to discover what they can, crossing the planet on foot. The majority of the novel describes this grueling trek, which, with its tents and sleds, reads as a story ripped from the pages of Antarctic exploration. The away mission does not go as planned, with equipment failures, unexpected encounters, and the growing threat that the ever-present "thud" from the alien machine will make them lose their grip on reality. VERDICT Those daunted by the 800+ pages of the first in this series, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, will find this a comparably brief read, and it works well as an excellent starting point for the series as a whole.--Jeremiah Rood

Copies of the book are available at our Circulation Desk.

Please email ekatz@minlib.net for Zoom Link.

 

 

 
Contact: Elise Katz  508 314 8217   ekatz@minlib.net
Location: ZOOM
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Friday April 19, 2024
Great Decisions: Science Across Borders
9:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Scientific advances benefit from collaboration between researchers, but what happens when material, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) is controversial and important to a nation’s national security? Is there a middle ground between sharing information and denying access? How can we regulate cooperation?

We will meet in the Raytheon Room. To attend via Zoom, contact Steve Engler.

About Great Decisions: 

Prepare to discuss the world! Join our current events discussion group. Preparation involves reading an 8-page article from the Great Decisions Briefing Book. Our meetings consist of a 20 minute documentary film screening and lively, peer-facilitated discussion on the most critical global issues facing America today. 

Contact: Stephen Engler     stephenmengler@gmail.com
Location: Raytheon Room
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Monday April 22, 2024
Room is Booked
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room

Game Group
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Game Group gathers to play tabletop roleplaying games and board games together. Curious newcomers and experienced gamers are all welcome. Ages 16+.

Email Julian Butcher to ask questions, learn what RPGs we're playing next, or suggest your favorite games: jbutcher@minlib.net.

Contact: Julian Butcher  508-358-2311   jbutcher@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room
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Tuesday April 23, 2024
Baby & Toddler Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

This storytime encourages early literacy and caregiver-child interactions with lively songs and rhymes, bounces, books, and body-awareness.

Best for babies & toddlers, with a caregiver. 

We will meet in the Children's Room. 

(Baby & Toddler Storytime will be held every Tuesday in February at 10:30 am.)

Location: Children's Room
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Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room

Room is Booked
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Raytheon Room

AI in Medicine and Biomedical Research
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Professors Wei Ding and John Quackenbush will be discussing the revolutionary role of AI in the field of Medicine and Biomedical Research with the use of unsupervised machine learning. This technique uses algorithms to analyze and cluster data in order to discover hidden patterns without the need for human intervention. Dr. Quackenbush and Dr. Ding have brought their exceedingly diverse backgrounds and experience to bear on this topic in a successful collaboration for years. During the event, they will not only share their insights into AI's transformative power in the field of medicine and biomedical research but also offer valuable career path advice – come and learn about where this may take us in the future.

Hosted by the Cary Library, Lexington, in partnership with several MA Libraries. 

Register here for the Zoom link. (This is a hybrid program - you can attend in person in Lexington or join via Zoom.)

John Quackenbush (https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/john-quackenbush/) is Henry Pickering Walcott Professor of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Professor in the Channing Division of Network Medicine, and Professor at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. John’s PhD was in Theoretical Physics, but in 1992 he received a fellowship to work on the Human Genome Project. This led him through the Salk Institute, Stanford, The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR), and to Harvard in 2005. John uses massive data to probe how many small effects combine to influence human health and disease. He has more than 300 scientific papers and over 73,000 citations. Among his honors is recognition in 2013 as a White House Open Science Champion of Change. Dr. Quackenbush has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in 2023.

Wei Ding (https://www.cs.umb.edu/~ding/)is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She served as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation's Division of Information Intelligent Systems from 2019 to 2023. Her responsibilities included overseeing Information Integration and Informatics, Smart Health and Biomedical Research, Formal Methods in the Field, Mathematical and Scientific Foundations of Deep Learning, and Principles and Practice of Scalable Systems. Wei's research interests encompass data mining, machine learning, artificial intelligence, computational semantics, with applications in health sciences, astronomy, geosciences, and environmental sciences. Her contributions consist of over 140 referenced research papers, a published book, and three patents. She received the NSF Director’s Award in 2022, the Best Paper Award at the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI), the Best Paper Award at the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Informatics (ICCI), and the Best Poster Presentation award at the 2008 ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (SIGSPAITAL GIS). Wei was honored with the 2019 WISAY Distinguished Woman in Science Award from Yale University, the 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award, and the Best PhD Work Award between 2007 and 2010 from the University of Houston. Her research projects have been funded by NSF, NIH, NASA, and DOE. She is an IEEE Fellow, AAIA Fellow, and an ACM Senior Member.

Contact: Courtney Michael  5083582311   cmichael@minlib.net
Location: ZOOM
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Wednesday April 24, 2024
Trustees Focus Group
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Contact: Chris Lindquist   
Location: Raytheon Room
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Sing, Move, and Story!
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Jodi or Haley from Family ACCESS Community Connections will lead children in songs and movement, and will share a story!

We will meet in the Children's Room. For ages 0 - 3.

Please register HERE..

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3D Design Workshop - Sliding Box
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

In this 3D design program, participants will design their own working sliding lid box.  Using Tinkercad.com, participants will assign specific dimensions to create a functional object.  Some experience with Tinkercad is recommended, but not required.  Objects will be printed after the workshop, and will be free.  Ages 8 and up, adults and parents also welcome.  Children younger than 8 are welcome, but parents are encouraged to stay and design with their children.  Space is limited so sign up online, in person, or over the phone.

Contact: Tyler Kenney     tkenney@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room
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4th/5th Grade Book Group
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


This book discussion group is for 4th and 5th graders.

We will be discussing Linked by Gordon Korman.

We will meet in the Teen Loft.

Questions or to get a copy of the book contact Pam McCuen at pmccuen@minlib.net

 

 

 

 

Location: Teen Space
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Access to Books in the Context of Mass Incarceration
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn about the great work done by the Prison Book Program! Kelly Brotzman, Managing Director , will talk about the issue of access to books and information for people in prison, the role books play in incarcerated people’s lives, and the work the Prison Book Program does to support incarcerated people’s right to read.

The mission of the Prison Book Program is to support people in prison by sending them free books and print resources that meet their specific needs and interests. They also provide a highly engaging volunteer experience that connects people inside and outside of the American prison system. They believe that everyone has a right to read, and that books are tremendous sources of enlightenment, enjoyment, and transformation. They also strive to lessen the dehumanization and isolation of incarceration by providing readers with a connection to a community of caring people.

Kelly Brotzman, Prison Book ProjectKelly Brotzman’s passion for supporting people in prison comes from her experiences teaching college classes in prisons and volunteering with incarcerated students. Prior to joining PBP, Kelly spent 20 years in higher education, teaching classes about social justice, poverty, and inequality. Kelly has a PhD in ethics from the University of Chicago. 

Contact: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311   cmichael@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room OR Zoom
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Thursday April 25, 2024
Room is Booked
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: Raytheon Room

Music, Story, Fun! with Ms. Janet
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Ms. Janet for a musical storytime.She'll bring her ukulele, rainbow bells, and puppets!

We will meet in the Children's Room.

For ages birth through age 4, with caregivers.

(Music, Story, Fun! will also be held on on Feb. 15, Feb.22 and Feb 29, at 10:30 am)

Location: Children's Room
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Teens! Create a Miniature Goal Box
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Do you have a dream or goal you want to accomplish in the next few years?

Perhaps it is learning to knit, traveling to Europe, or scoring a soccer goal?

Create your own miniature goal box made out of a mints tin and collage supplies.

Take home your creation and use as inspiration to achieve your goal.

For teens in Grades 6 and up.

Location: Teen Space
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Pokémon Card Trading Day
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Kids are invited to a Pokémon card trading day at the library.

Come with cards you are willing to trade!

For ages 7 to 11. Please register.

Location: Raytheon Room
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Room is Booked
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: North Wing

Wayland SEPAC Autism and ADHD support group for caregivers
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Two SEPAC members lead the support group for parents of children with autism and ADHD. This is a supportive and discussion-based format.
 

Contact: -Camille Payne  917-570-2996 
Location: Raytheon Room
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Friday April 26, 2024
ESOL Discussion Group with Ilona
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Practice your English skills! We will read a short story or article and discuss it. No preparation is needed. This group is best for intermediate or advanced speakers.

January 5 and 19

February 2 and 16

March 1 and 22

April 5 and 26

May 10 and 31

June 14 and 28

9-10 a.m. in the Wayland Library Raytheon Room

Registration is required. Limited to 10 people. We will keep a waitlist in case there are cancellations.

Contact Amy Conway at aconway@minlib.net or ask for her at 508-358-2311.

Contact: Amy Conway  508-358-2311   aconway@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room
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Magic the Gathering for Teens
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Teens! Play Magic the Gathering with your friends!

Bring your own Magic Cards or use ours.

Experienced players and newbies welcome.

For teens in grades 6 and up. Please register here.
 

Location: Teen Space
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Saturday April 27, 2024
Beginning Ballet Class for Kids
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Come dance with us! Wayland High School student Elyssa Grillo will teach beginning ballet.

Registration is required.  For children ages 4 and up, with caregiver.

 

Location: Raytheon Room
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Room is Booked
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room
Tuesday April 30, 2024
Baby & Toddler Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

This storytime encourages early literacy and caregiver-child interactions with lively songs and rhymes, bounces, books, and body-awareness.

Best for babies & toddlers, with a caregiver. 

We will meet in the Children's Room. 

(Baby & Toddler Storytime will be held every Tuesday in February at 10:30 am.)

Location: Children's Room
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Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room

A Closer Look at the Mass Flag & Seal
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

One of the articles to be voted on at the May 13th Wayland Town Meeting, is a resolution in support of changing the state flag & seal of Massachusetts. Indigenous leaders have been calling for this change for more than 50 years. Join Faries Gray and David Detmold to learn about the violent history and impact of our state symbols, and about the movement to create symbols that better express the ideals of the Commonwealth.

Co-sponsored by the Wayland Free Public Library and the Wayland Human Rights, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Faries Gray is the Sagamore (War Chief) of the Massachusett Tribe at Ponkapoag, as well as one of the Massachusett tribal historians. For the last 20 years, Faries has worked with multiple cities, towns, schools, colleges, and universities to educate them about the Massachusett Tribe during the early years of colonization.Presently Faries is working with all the historic tribes within the Commonwealth to lobby for schools and our representatives to ban the use of Indigenous mascots in all public schools in the Commonwealth. Faries works part time for the NITHPO office of the MedicineMan for the Narragansett Tribe. This work includes identifying ceremonial landscapes in the effort to prevent these landscapes from being developed.

 

 

David Detmold is the coordinator of changethemassflag.com. He has worked with volunteers in 90 cities and towns to bring resolutions of support for changing the flag and seal of Massachusetts to town meetings and city councils, from the Berkshires to Cape Cod. As of March, 2024, 79 Massachusetts cities and towns have taken formal votes in support of that change. David is the founding editor of the independent weekly newspaper, the Montague Reporter, and served for 20 years as an elected town meeting member in Montague.

 

Contact: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311   cmichael@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room OR Zoom
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Wednesday May 1, 2024
Lego Club
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Children will make fabulous creations out of legos.

This month's theme is Star Wars.

We will meet in the Raytheon Room.. For ages 5 years and up, with caregivers.

 

 

Location: Raytheon Room
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Virtual Author Talk: Douglas Brunt
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us as we chat with New York Times bestselling author, Douglas Brunt, about instant bestselling debut non-fiction work The Mysterious Case of Rudolph Diesel: Genius, Power, and Deception on the Eve of World War I. This book reveals the hidden history of Rudolf Diesel, one of the world’s greatest inventors, and his mysterious disappearance on the eve of World War I. 

Virtual. Register here

September 29, 1913: the steamship Dresden is halfway between Belgium and England. On board is one of the most famous men in the world, Rudolf Diesel, whose new internal combustion engine is on the verge of revolutionizing global industry forever. But Diesel never arrives at his destination. He vanishes during the night and headlines around the world wonder if it was an accident, suicide, or murder. 

After rising from an impoverished European childhood, Diesel had become a multi-millionaire with his powerful engine that does not require expensive petroleum-based fuel. In doing so, he became not only an international celebrity but also the enemy of two extremely powerful men -– Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and John D. Rockefeller, the founder of Standard Oil and the richest man in the world. The Kaiser wanted the engine to power a fleet of submarines that would finally allow him to challenge Great Britain’s Royal Navy. But Diesel had intended for his engine to be used for the betterment of the world. 

Brunt reopens the case and provides a compelling new conclusion about Diesel’s fate. Register now to see how the mystery unfolds! 

Douglas Brunt is the New York Times bestselling author of The Mysterious Case of Rudolf Diesel and host of the top-rated SiriusXM author podcast Dedicated with Doug Brunt. A Philadelphia native, he lives in Connecticut with his wife and three children. Visit DouglasBrunt.com for more information.

Contact: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311   cmichael@minlib.net
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Middle School Chamber Music Concert
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The Wayland Middle School Wind Ensemble is a chamber group of 6th through 8th grade brass and woodwind musicians.  They will be performing works by Brian Balmages, Adam Gorb, Antonio Vivaldi, Tielman Susato, and more! 
 
Location: Raytheon Room
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Thursday May 2, 2024
Room is Booked
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Raytheon Room

Poetry Workshop
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This group gathers two Thursdays a month to work on writing poetry. Beginners and advanced are equally welcome.

Virtual: This meeting is held via ZOOM - email Joan Kimball for the info: jawkimball@gmail.com 

Contact: Joan Kimball  978-318-0991   jawkimball@gmail.com
Location: ZOOM
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Room is Booked
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Raytheon Room
Saturday May 4, 2024
Room is Booked
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room

Early Childhood Fair with Tom Knight's Musical Puppets
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Families with young children are invited to an Early Childhood Fair at Hannah Williams Park.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the early childhood resources available for Wayland families with young children.

Local preschools, the Wayland Library, Family ACCESS Community Connections, WCPA, and Park & Rec will host tables. There will be information for parents, and crafts and activities for kids.

Tom Knight and his Musical puppets will perform for everyone at 11:00.

Event takes place at Hannah Williams Park. Overflow parking is at Cochituate Ball Field and the Town Beach (both walking distance). 

If it rains, event will be at the Town Building, 41 Cochituate Road.

Location: Hannah Williams Playground
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Sunday May 5, 2024
Meet the Candidates
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The League of Women Voters will be co-hosting with the Wayland Public Library a “Meet the Candidates Event” in lieu of our traditional Candidates Night. The event will be held on Sunday May 5th from 3:00 to 4:30 PM in the Round Room of the Wayland Public Library. It will be an informal gathering, with no speeches or presentations. The public is invited and encouraged to drop-in to meet the Town of Wayland's future office holders and to share any ideas and/or concerns with them.

Contact: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311   cmichael@minlib.net
Location: Round Room
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Monday May 6, 2024
Room is Booked
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Evening Book Group featuring Jean Duffy
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Meeting in person and on Zoom. Email Brittany at btuttle@minlib.net for the Zoom link.  Pick up a copy of the book at the Circulation Desk.

Featuring a visit with the author, Jean Duffy!

Soccer Grannies: The South African Women Who Inspire the WorldSoccer Grannies: The South African Women Who Inspire the World by Jean Duffy

In rural South Africa, beloved humanitarian "Mama Beka" defied social convention and started a soccer team for the women in her community. The Soccer Grannies, as they came to be known, won over their families and villages who at first rejected the idea of older women playing soccer, and that single team quickly grew into dozens. Soon, the strength, tenacity, and pure joy of the Soccer Grannies had captured the attention of the world.

In Soccer Grannies: The South African Women Who Inspire the World, Jean Duffy, a soccer-playing mom herself, recounts how she and her team set to work to bring the Soccer Grannies to the U.S. after hearing their incredible story. Despite many obstacles that stand in their way, the Soccer Grannies finally arrive, and Jean describes the wonderful friendships and cultural exchanges that follow. But Soccer Grannies tells more than just the physical journey of the South African women; it also details the Grannies' personal journeys, sharing poignant insights into the realities of women living in South Africa.

Life beyond the pitch has not been easy for the Grannies. They have persevered through apartheid, rampant poverty and unemployment, the loss of children to AIDS, domestic abuse, and more. But with the friendship and support of their fellow Soccer Grannies, these women face life's challenges with dignity, humor, and hope. Their stories show to the world the power of sport and its unique ability to bring people and cultures together.


About the Author

Jean Duffy is a nonfiction writer who has published with the Boston Globe, the Concord Monitor, the Packingtown Review, the Somerville Journal, the Stamford Advocate, and WBUR Cognoscenti. Jean worked as an engineer and manager before retiring, and now can be found playing socceer and consulting with nonprofits. Follow Jean at jeanduffy.com.

 

 

Contact: Brittany Tuttle  (508) 358-2311   btuttle@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room OR Zoom
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Tuesday May 7, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room

Great Presenters: Dr. Kim Wilson
7:30 PM - 8:45 PM

"Lessons Learned in Global Child Health"

Dr. Wilson will share lessons learned, best practices, and stories from her work as a pediatrician with Partners in Health in East Africa and the Caribbean. 

Kim Wilson, M.D. M.P.H. is a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. In Boston, Dr. Wilson works in  primary care for an underserved community. Globally, Dr. Wilson has worked in partnership with organizations in the Dominican Republic, Rwanda, and  Tanzania. Dr. Wilson’s global work has focused on improving the quality of pediatric care, optimizing early childhood development, and training pediatricians and medical students in East Africa. Dr. Wilson is also the founding director of the Global Pediatric Fellowship Program at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Contact: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311   cmichael@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room OR Zoom
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Wednesday May 8, 2024
Make a Mother's Day Pop-Up Card
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Join us to make a colorful pop-up card for your mother, grandmother, aunt or special caregiver in your life. Ages 5 and up with caregiver. Please register. 

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Virtual Author Talk: Nina Simon
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Nothing brings a family together like a murder next door.

You’re invited to join Nina Simon online as she chats about her lighthearted whodunnit about a grandmother-mother-daughter trio of amateur sleuths, Mother-Daughter Murder Night

Virtual. Register here.

Mother-Daughter Murder Night follows high-powered business woman Lana Rubicon. She has a lot to be proud of with her keen intelligence, impeccable taste, and the L.A. real estate empire she’s built. But when she finds herself trapped 300 miles north of the city, convalescing in a sleepy coastal town with her adult daughter Beth and teenage granddaughter Jack, Lana is stuck counting otters instead of square footage—and hoping that boredom won’t kill her before the cancer does. 

In a turn of events, when Jack happens upon a dead body while kayaking she quickly becomes a suspect in the homicide investigation, and the Rubicon women are thrown into chaos. Beth thinks Lana should focus on recovery, but Lana has a better idea. She’ll pull on her wig, find the true murderer, protect her family, and prove she still has power. With Jack and Beth’s help, Lana uncovers a web of lies, family vendettas, and land disputes lurking beneath the surface of a community populated by folksy conservationists and wealthy ranchers. But as their amateur snooping advances into ever-more dangerous territory, the headstrong Rubicon women must learn to do the one thing they’ve always resisted: depend on each other.

Harness your inner detective and sign up for the investigation. Register now!

Nina Simon writes crime fiction about strong women. She is the New York Times-bestselling debut author of Mother-Daughter Murder Night. This big-hearted whodunnit is a Reese's Book Club pick and a "best of 2023" selection for Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CrimeReads, and LibraryJournal.

Before turning to fiction, Nina wore many hats: NASA engineer, slam poet, game designer, museum director, and nonprofit CEO. Her work on community participation in museums, libraries, parks, and theaters has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York TimesNPR, and the TEDx stage.

Mother-Daughter Murder Night is Nina’s first novel. She wrote it as a love letter to her mother, as a way to entertain, comfort, and connect with her during a major health crisis. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Nina now lives off-the-grid in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her family. More information can be found on her website, ninaksimon.com.

Contact: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311   cmichael@minlib.net
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Room is Booked
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Raytheon Room
Thursday May 9, 2024
Room is Booked
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Raytheon Room

Music, Story, Fun! with Ms. Janet
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Ms. Janet for a musical storytime.She'll bring her ukulele, rainbow bells, and puppets!

We will meet in the Children's Room.

For ages birth through age 4, with caregivers.

(Music, Story, Fun! will also be held on on Feb. 15, Feb.22 and Feb 29, at 10:30 am)

Location: Children's Room
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Crafters Circle
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Do you enjoy creating things with your hands? Bring your project to the library for some crafting camaraderie! We'll work on our pieces and share advice, projects and social time during this casual get-together. 

Every 2nd Thursday, Sept-May, 2:00-3:30 PM. 

Register to be reminded via email, or just show up! 

Contact: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311   cmichael@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room
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Friday May 10, 2024
ESOL Discussion Group with Ilona
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Practice your English skills! We will read a short story or article and discuss it. No preparation is needed. This group is best for intermediate or advanced speakers.

January 5 and 19

February 2 and 16

March 1 and 22

April 5 and 26

May 10 and 31

June 14 and 28

9-10 a.m. in the Wayland Library Raytheon Room

Registration is required. Limited to 10 people. We will keep a waitlist in case there are cancellations.

Contact Amy Conway at aconway@minlib.net or ask for her at 508-358-2311.

Contact: Amy Conway  508-358-2311   aconway@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room
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Yoga with Little Beats
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Little Beats for 30 minutes of yoga-inspired movement

For ages 1 to 5, with caregiver.

 

 

 

Location: Raytheon Room

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Noon Book Group
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Night Boat to Tangier

In the dark waiting room of the ferry terminal in the sketchy Spanish port of Algeciras, two aging Irishmen–Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond, longtime partners in the lucrative and dangerous enterprise of smuggling drugs–sit at night, none too patiently. They are expecting Maurice’s estranged daughter, Dilly, to either arrive on a boat coming from Tangier or depart on one heading there. Their conversations cause them to excavate their shared history of violence, romance, mutual betrayals and serial exiles. 

More information about this book.

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Saturday May 11, 2024
Beginning Ballet Class for Kids
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Come dance with us! Wayland High School student Elyssa Grillo will teach beginning ballet.

Registration is required.  For children ages 4 and up, with caregiver.

 

Location: Raytheon Room
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Monday May 13, 2024
Game Group
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Game Group gathers to play tabletop roleplaying games and board games together. Curious newcomers and experienced gamers are all welcome. Ages 16+.

Email Julian Butcher to ask questions, learn what RPGs we're playing next, or suggest your favorite games: jbutcher@minlib.net.

Contact: Julian Butcher  508-358-2311   jbutcher@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room
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Tuesday May 14, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room

Quiet Study in the Raytheon Room
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Raytheon Room will be made available for anyone who is looking for a quiet place to work or study on the evenings when the Music eXchange Listening Room is happening on the Main Floor. 

Contact: Chris Lindquist   
Location: Raytheon Room
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Music Exchange Listening Room
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Contact: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311   cmichael@minlib.net
Location: Round Room
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Wednesday May 15, 2024
Board of Library Trustees
9:05 AM - 11:00 AM
Contact: Chris Lindquist   
Location: Raytheon Room
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Estate Planning
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

at COA

Contact: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311   cmichael@minlib.net
Location: Town Building
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Drop-in Craft: Hawaiian Leis and Grass Crowns
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Celebrate Asian Pacifc Heritage month and make paper flower Hawaiian leis

and grass crowns with Ms. Elise.

For ages 4 and up, with caregiver.

Location: Raytheon Room
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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room
Thursday May 16, 2024
Music, Story, Fun! with Ms. Janet
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Ms. Janet for a musical storytime.She'll bring her ukulele, rainbow bells, and puppets!

We will meet in the Children's Room.

For ages birth through age 4, with caregivers.

(Music, Story, Fun! will also be held on on Feb. 15, Feb.22 and Feb 29, at 10:30 am)

Location: Children's Room
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Poetry Workshop
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This group gathers two Thursdays a month to work on writing poetry. Beginners and advanced are equally welcome.

Virtual: This meeting is held via ZOOM - email Joan Kimball for the info: jawkimball@gmail.com 

Contact: Joan Kimball  978-318-0991   jawkimball@gmail.com
Location: ZOOM
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Cookbook Club
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

 

 Vegetable Revelation, by Steven Satterfield, will be the May 16th culinary adventure

If you are a reader and like food but don't really go in the kitchen, indulge yourself
in foodie magazines online?  Access 500+ titles through Libby using your card?
 https://minuteman.overdrive.com/library/magazines
Contact: Dominique Winn  5083582311   dwinn@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room
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Cannabis and You: THC, CBD, CBN – A Talk for Adults
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Everything you ever wanted to know about Cannabis but were afraid to ask. All in one hour! Not only is cannabis legal, it also has medicinal properties that may help you. Stop stressing and come learn about CBD,THC, CBN, the different types of cannabis, their uses, and what is legal and what's not. We will also review medical vs. recreational marijuana and what’s hype and what’s real with CBD. This is a research-based, unbiased, nonaffiliated presentation. Bring your questions to this lighthearted but informative presentation. Sorry, no samples :)

Presented by Staff from Therapy Gardens.

Contact: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311   cmichael@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room OR Zoom
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Friday May 17, 2024
Great Decisions: US-China Trade Rivalry
9:30 AM - 11:15 AM

China’s economic rise and its current policies of increasing the role of the state in the economy have led some U.S. policymakers to seek to deny China access to U.S. technology and investment. This is seen as a necessary corrective to decades of predatory Chinese economic policies. Is this a wise strategy, and how effective can it be?

We will meet in the Raytheon Room. To attend via Zoom, contact Steve Engler.

About Great Decisions: 

Prepare to discuss the world! Join our current events discussion group. Preparation involves reading an 8-page article from the Great Decisions Briefing Book. Our meetings consist of a 20 minute documentary film screening and lively, peer-facilitated discussion on the most critical global issues facing America today. 

Contact: Stephen Engler     stephenmengler@gmail.com
Location: Raytheon Room
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Monday May 20, 2024
Game Group
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Game Group gathers to play tabletop roleplaying games and board games together. Curious newcomers and experienced gamers are all welcome. Ages 16+.

Email Julian Butcher to ask questions, learn what RPGs we're playing next, or suggest your favorite games: jbutcher@minlib.net.

Contact: Julian Butcher  508-358-2311   jbutcher@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room
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Tuesday May 21, 2024
Storytime with Obie the Dog
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Children will listen to dog stories and have a chance to visit with Obie, a beautiful Samoyed.

Obie will be accompanied by his owner Helen. We will meet in the Raytheon Room.

Please register.

For ages 2 and up, with an adult.


 

Location: Raytheon Room
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Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room

Room is Booked
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Raytheon Room

Virtual Author Talk: R.F. Kuang
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

We welcome you to register for a thrilling conversation with Rebecca F. Kuang (R.F. Kuang) as she chats with us about her New York Times bestselling novel, YellowfaceYellowface grapples with questions of diversity, racism, and cultural appropriation, as well as the terrifying alienation of social media.

Virtual: Register here.

In Yellowface, Authors June Hayward and Athena Liu were supposed to be twin rising stars. But Athena’s a literary darling. June Hayward is literally nobody. Who wants stories about basic white girls, June thinks.

So when June witnesses Athena’s death in a freak accident, she acts on impulse: she steals Athena’s just-finished masterpiece, an experimental novel about the unsung contributions of Chinese laborers during World War I.

So what if June edits Athena’s novel and sends it to her agent as her own work? So what if she lets her new publisher rebrand her as Juniper Song—complete with an ambiguously ethnic author photo? Doesn’t this piece of history deserve to be told, whoever the teller? That’s what June claims, and the New York Times bestseller list seems to agree.

But June can’t get away from Athena’s shadow, and emerging evidence threatens to bring June’s (stolen) success down around her. As June races to protect her secret, she discovers exactly how far she will go to keep what she thinks she deserves.

White lies, dark humor, and deadly consequences await within the pages of Yellowface. With its totally immersive first-person voice, Kuang’s novel is timely, razor-sharp, and eminently readable. Register to join the conversation! 

Rebecca F. Kuang is the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Poppy War trilogy, Babel: An Arcane History, and Yellowface. A Marshall Scholar, she has an MPhil in Chinese Studies from Cambridge and an MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies from Oxford; she is now pursuing a PhD in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale, where she studies diaspora, contemporary Chinese literature, and Asian American literature.

Contact: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311   cmichael@minlib.net
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Wednesday May 22, 2024
Sing, Move, and Story!
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Haley from Family ACCESS Community Connections will lead children in songs and movement, and will share a story!

We will meet in the Children's Room. For ages 0 - 3.

Please register HERE..

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Plant a Seed
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
May is here and it is time for planting!
 
Join Miss Wendy to read The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle and talk about plants.
 
Then decorate a terracotta pot and plant a sunflower seed to take home with you.
 
If the weather cooperates we will be meeting outside!
 
Ages 4 and Up with caregiver
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Room is Booked [Annual Meeting of Wayland Historical Society]
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Contact: Gretchen Schuler  508 358 7980 
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Thursday May 23, 2024
Music, Story, Fun! with Ms. Janet
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Ms. Janet for a musical storytime.She'll bring her ukulele, rainbow bells, and puppets!

We will meet in the Children's Room.

For ages birth through age 4, with caregivers.

(Music, Story, Fun! will also be held on on Feb. 15, Feb.22 and Feb 29, at 10:30 am)

Location: Children's Room
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Teen Weaving Workshop
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Try your hand at weaving. We will use cardboard looms to weave with yarn, ribbon and raffia. Leave with a finished artwork.Takes place in the Teen Loft. Please register. ​

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WWII Massachusetts with James Parr
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Over 500,000 Massachusetts residents answered the call to military duty in the Second World War, while the rest of the state's citizens fought the war on the home front. Everyone in the family, including pets, found creative and essential ways to contribute.

Thousands worked in factories, volunteered for Civil Defense, watched for enemy aircraft, and took part in salvage collections and bond drives, all while dealing with rationing, blackouts, rumors and a host of other wartime inconveniences. And while thousands of service members left to fight overseas, the Bay State also welcomed thousands more to serve on its military bases that were such an important part of our nation's defense.

Author James Parr reveals the stories of these brave and dedicated citizens--from the famous to the ordinary--as they faced wartime challenges.

James L. Parr taught elementary school for thirty-four years before retiring in June 2022. He is a longtime volunteer at several local historical organizations and community theater groups. This is Jim's fourth book for The History Press; other titles include Framingham Legends and Lore , Murder and Mayhem in Metrowest Boston (both with Kevin A. Swope) and Dedham: Historic and Heroic Tales of Shiretown .

Contact: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311   cmichael@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room OR Zoom
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Saturday May 25, 2024
Room is Booked
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room
Monday May 27, 2024
CLOSED - Memorial Day
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Tuesday May 28, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room
Wednesday May 29, 2024
Medical Decisions
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Contact: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311   cmichael@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room OR Zoom
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Buiid it! Treehouses
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Have you ever wanted a tree house? Treehouses can be built of many different materials; they can be large or small, up high or closer to the ground, easy to find and share or hidden away and private. 

Bring your imagination and join Ms. Stephanie to design and build a treehouse village using craft supplies and recyclables.

For ages 4 and up, with caregiver.

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Thursday May 30, 2024
Music, Story, Fun! with Ms. Janet
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Ms. Janet for a musical storytime.She'll bring her ukulele, rainbow bells, and puppets!

We will meet in the Children's Room.

For ages birth through age 4, with caregivers.

(Music, Story, Fun! will also be held on on Feb. 15, Feb.22 and Feb 29, at 10:30 am)

Location: Children's Room
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Pokémon Card AND Sports Card Trading Day
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Kids are invited to a Pokémon card AND sports card trading day at the library.

Come with cards you are willing to trade!

For ages 7 to 11. Please register.

Location: Raytheon Room
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Friday May 31, 2024
ESOL Discussion Group with Ilona
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Practice your English skills! We will read a short story or article and discuss it. No preparation is needed. This group is best for intermediate or advanced speakers.

January 5 and 19

February 2 and 16

March 1 and 22

April 5 and 26

May 10 and 31

June 14 and 28

9-10 a.m. in the Wayland Library Raytheon Room

Registration is required. Limited to 10 people. We will keep a waitlist in case there are cancellations.

Contact Amy Conway at aconway@minlib.net or ask for her at 508-358-2311.

Contact: Amy Conway  508-358-2311   aconway@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room
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Room is Booked
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room
Sunday June 2, 2024
Wayland Multicultural Festival
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

at the Wayland High School Field House

Location: Wayland HS Field House
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The Hidden History of Black Boston
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Celebrate Juneteenth by learning about Boston's 400-year African-American history! We will delve into the rich narratives of neighborhoods and pivotal sites, events, and figures from the eras of Faneuil Hall and Long Wharf, which marked Boston's connection to the Atlantic world, all the way to the vibrant Black communities that flourished in Beacon Hill in the early republic, and the South End and Roxbury in the early 20th century. This presentation is built on engagement and responsiveness - moving at a pace that allows for in-depth exploration and encourages participant interaction.  We'll cover themes of Black organization and community formation across activism, religion, civil rights, and economics, connecting historical events to contemporary challenges. The big idea? It's a conversation, and we definitely welcome and encourage questions.

Registration is required. Note: this program will NOT be recorded.

Joel Mackall is an award-winning Educator & Project Developer with the ReIdren Business Group based in Roxbury, MA.  He is the founder of the Hidden History of Black Boston Tours and Black Connections: the Mobile Black History Museum. He has also served as secretary of the Cameroonians of Lowell Association, as an officer on the Warren Gardens Housing Cooperative board, on the Network of Immigrant and African American Solidarity advisory council, and as a technology chairperson with the Black  Community Information Center.

Joel has delivered numerous professional workshops & illustrated talks for all ages in Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, greater Boston, nationally, and abroad. Topics include African American genealogy, African World history, business design, and generative technology. More info: reidren.com

Contact: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311   cmichael@minlib.net
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Monday June 3, 2024
Art Club for Kids
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Art Club is for kids in Grades 2 - 5 who love to draw and paint! This club, led by Wayland parent Emily Kristofek, will

meet the first Monday of each month.

Registration required.


 

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Evening Book Group
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Meeting in person and on Zoom. Email Brittany at btuttle@minlib.net for the Zoom link. 

Pick up a copy of the book at the Circulation Desk. 

Foster by Claire KeeganFoster by Claire Keegan

It is a hot summer in rural Ireland. A child is taken by her father to live with relatives on a farm, not knowing when or if she will be brought home again. In the Kinsellas’ house, she finds an affection and warmth she has not known and slowly, in their care, begins to blossom. But there is something unspoken in this new household—where everything is so well tended to—and this summer must soon come to an end.

Winner of the prestigious Davy Byrnes Award and published in an abridged version in the New Yorker,this internationally bestselling contemporary classic is now available for the first time in the US in a full, standalone edition. A story of astonishing emotional depth, Foster showcases Claire Keegan’s great talent and secures her reputation as one of our most important storytellers.

 

Contact: Brittany Tuttle  508-358-2311   btuttle@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room OR Zoom
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Tuesday June 4, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room

Great Presenters: Donnie Baillargeon
7:30 PM - 8:45 PM

"A PEEK BEHIND THE CURTAIN - Revealing the ‘magic’ of theatre"

While attending a live performance have you ever thought to yourself, “how did they do that?” We address stage production challenges on a regular basis at the intimate Beatrice Herford’s Vokes Theatre. Stage director and Vokes Vice President Donnie Baillargeon will share behind-the-scenes tips, secrets (and a few anecdotes) used to create stage designs, set dressings, properties and special effects in many Vokes Players’ productions. Discovering some of these trade secrets will leave you with a whole new perspective and appreciation for some of the design elements of stage productions without eliminating the mystique.

Donnie Baillargeon: A graduate of Bridgewater University with a BA in Communications and Theater. Donnie spent many of his earlier decades as a performer on stages at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, The Century City Playhouse in Los Angeles, CA, The King Richard’s Faire in Carver, MA, the NETC National Theater competition on Spokane, WA, and multiple groups in the Boston and metro-West area. With two partners, he was co-author of a mystery comedy, “Murdering the Mob,” which ran in Boston’s Theater District for a year and a half in the late 80’s and early 90’s.

Having served as producer and production photographer for numerous productions at Beatrice Herford’s Vokes Theatre in Wayland, Donnie continues to satiate his passion in many aspects of theater production, by working as a stage director. In the past 20 years he has staged musical and non-musical productions for Hovey Players, Concord Players, Acme Theatre Productions, with the most productions tallied at his home base - Vokes Theatre in Wayland. A few years ago, Donnie heeded an inner calling as a set designer creating set designs for the stages of Hovey Players’ and Vokes Players’ productions.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Beatrice Herford’s Vokes Theatre as Vice President and serves as Membership Director for Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theatres (EMACT).

Donnie and his husband, David Berti, currently reside in Marlborough.

Contact: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311   cmichael@minlib.net
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Wednesday June 5, 2024
Demystifying Hospice
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Contact: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311   cmichael@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room OR Zoom
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Thursday June 6, 2024
Poetry Workshop
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This group gathers two Thursdays a month to work on writing poetry. Beginners and advanced are equally welcome.

Virtual: This meeting is held via ZOOM - email Joan Kimball for the info: jawkimball@gmail.com 

Contact: Joan Kimball  978-318-0991   jawkimball@gmail.com
Location: ZOOM
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Researching Your Historic Home with Marian Pierre-Louis
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Presented by the Wayland Historical Commission and the Wayland Free Public LIbrary

Contact: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311   cmichael@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room OR Zoom
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Sunday June 9, 2024
Room is Booked
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Raytheon Room
Monday June 10, 2024
Game Group
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Game Group gathers to play tabletop roleplaying games and board games together. Curious newcomers and experienced gamers are all welcome. Ages 16+.

Email Julian Butcher to ask questions, learn what RPGs we're playing next, or suggest your favorite games: jbutcher@minlib.net.

Contact: Julian Butcher  508-358-2311   jbutcher@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room
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Tuesday June 11, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room

Quiet Study in the Raytheon Room
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Raytheon Room will be made available for anyone who is looking for a quiet place to work or study on the evenings when the Music eXchange Listening Room is happening on the Main Floor. 

Contact: Chris Lindquist   
Location: Raytheon Room
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Music Exchange Listening Room
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Contact: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311   cmichael@minlib.net
Location: Round Room
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Thursday June 13, 2024
Crafters Circle
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Do you enjoy creating things with your hands? Bring your project to the library for some crafting camaraderie! We'll work on our pieces and share advice, projects and social time during this casual get-together. 

Every 2nd Thursday, Sept-May, 2:00-3:30 PM. 

Register to be reminded via email, or just show up! 

Contact: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311   cmichael@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room
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Why are there so many plants and animals?
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

How is it that there are sharks and honeybees and oak trees and yeast and humans? In this presentation, we will discuss the explanation for the diversity of life on earth: evolution, the most important unifying concept in all of biology. Evolution enables us to understand the history of our planet and the history of us. And it helps us predict the consequences of ongoing environmental degradation.

Professor Elizabeth Sherman is interested in how animals work, studying the diversity of structure, function, and behavior of animals, both individually and as part of larger systems. Known for her work in amphibian physiological ecology, Sherman has published in the Journal of Comparative Physiology, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, the Journal of Thermal Biology, Applied Herpetology, Northeastern Naturalist, and PeerJ. She involves her students in her research and they are frequent coauthors on papers. An avid SCUBA diver, Sherman has become interested in coral reef biology and conservation. This led to her development of the field course in coral reef biology in the Caribbean during which students become certified SCUBA divers and participate in underwater research. Sherman also works with schoolteachers and children doing science in schools around the state. She has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the American Wildlife Research Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, the Department of Education, and the Grass Foundation. BA, University of Rochester; PhD, University of Vermont; postdoctoral fellow, Cornell University. Sherman taught at Bennington from 1978 to 2020. She founded Bennington’s Post Baccalaureate Program in 1979 and served as its director from 1979 to 1998.

Contact: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311   cmichael@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room OR Zoom
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Friday June 14, 2024
ESOL Discussion Group with Ilona
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Practice your English skills! We will read a short story or article and discuss it. No preparation is needed. This group is best for intermediate or advanced speakers.

January 5 and 19

February 2 and 16

March 1 and 22

April 5 and 26

May 10 and 31

June 14 and 28

9-10 a.m. in the Wayland Library Raytheon Room

Registration is required. Limited to 10 people. We will keep a waitlist in case there are cancellations.

Contact Amy Conway at aconway@minlib.net or ask for her at 508-358-2311.

Contact: Amy Conway  508-358-2311   aconway@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room
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Movement with Little Beats
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Join Little Beats for 30 minutes of music, movement, and fun!

For ages 1-5, with caregiver.

 

Location: Raytheon Room
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Noon Book Group
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

A charmingly eccentric hotel maid discovers a guest murdered in his bed, turning her once orderly world upside down–and inspiring a motley crew of unexpected allies to band together to solve the mystery.

More information about this book.

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Saturday June 15, 2024
Storywalk Kick Off
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Join Ms. Pam (from the library) and Ms. Jodi (from Family ACCESS Community Connections) at

Hannah Williams Playground, to celebrate the opening of the Story Walk of Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! by Bob Barner.

Drop-in any time between 10:30 and 11:30, walk the storywalk, do a scavenger hunt, and make a craft!

For ages 3 and up, with caregiver. Hannah Williams Playground, 71 Main Street, Wayland. Please register below. The Storywalk will be up all summer!

This event is sponsored by the Wayland Public Library, Family Access Community Connections, and the Wayland Recreation
Department.
 

Location: Hannah Williams Playground
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Monday June 17, 2024
Game Group
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Game Group gathers to play tabletop roleplaying games and board games together. Curious newcomers and experienced gamers are all welcome. Ages 16+.

Email Julian Butcher to ask questions, learn what RPGs we're playing next, or suggest your favorite games: jbutcher@minlib.net.

Contact: Julian Butcher  508-358-2311   jbutcher@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room
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Tuesday June 18, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room

Room is Booked
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: North Wing
Wednesday June 19, 2024
CLOSED - Juneteenth
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Thursday June 20, 2024
Poetry Workshop
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This group gathers two Thursdays a month to work on writing poetry. Beginners and advanced are equally welcome.

Virtual: This meeting is held via ZOOM - email Joan Kimball for the info: jawkimball@gmail.com 

Contact: Joan Kimball  978-318-0991   jawkimball@gmail.com
Location: ZOOM
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Cookbook Club
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

 

 Complete Summer Grill, by America's Test Kitchen

Contact: Dominique Winn  5083582311   dwinn@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room
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Friday June 21, 2024
Great Decisions: NATO’s Future
9:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has come under increased scrutiny, not because NATO troops are involved in the conflict, but because of its role in relations between Russia and its neighbors. Will expanding membership in NATO protect countries, or will it further provoke Russia?

We will meet in the Raytheon Room. To attend via Zoom, contact Steve Engler.

About Great Decisions: 

Prepare to discuss the world! Join our current events discussion group. Preparation involves reading an 8-page article from the Great Decisions Briefing Book. Our meetings consist of a 20 minute documentary film screening and lively, peer-facilitated discussion on the most critical global issues facing America today. 

Contact: Stephen Engler     stephenmengler@gmail.com
Location: Raytheon Room
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Monday June 24, 2024
Game Group
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Game Group gathers to play tabletop roleplaying games and board games together. Curious newcomers and experienced gamers are all welcome. Ages 16+.

Email Julian Butcher to ask questions, learn what RPGs we're playing next, or suggest your favorite games: jbutcher@minlib.net.

Contact: Julian Butcher  508-358-2311   jbutcher@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room
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The Serial Killer's Apprentice with Katherine Ramsland and Tracy Ullman
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

If you are a fan of true crime and want to dive deep into the psychology of a serial killer and his apprentice, this program is for you! Join authors Katherine Ramsland and Tracy Ullman as they discuss their most recent book, The Serial Killer's Apprentice, a psychological examination of the blurred line between victim and accomplice—and how a killer can be created. Brrrr, we get chills just thinking of it! We hope you can join us for this fascinating conversation! 

This program is hosted by the Ashland Public Library in collaboration with many MA libraries.

Virtual. Register here.

This program will be recorded. All registrants will receive the recording via email within 48 hours of the program. 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Elmer Wayne Henley, Jr. was only fourteen when he first became entangled with serial rapist and murderer Dean Corll in 1971. Fellow Houston, Texas, teenager David Brooks had already been ensnared by the charming older man, bribed with cash to help lure boys to Corll’s home. When Henley unwittingly entered the trap, Corll evidently sensed he’d be of more use as a second accomplice than another victim. He baited Henley with the same deal he’d given Brooks: $200 for each boy they could bring him.

Henley didn’t understand the full extent of what he had signed up for at first. But once he started, Corll convinced him that he had crossed the line of no return and had to not only procure boys but help kill them and dispose of the bodies, as well. When Henley first took a life, he lost his moral base. He felt doomed. By the time he was seventeen, he’d helped with multiple murders and believed he’d be killed, too. But on August 8, 1973, he picked up a gun and shot Corll. When he turned himself in, Henley showed police where he and Brooks had buried Corll’s victims in mass graves. Twenty-eight bodies were recovered—most of them boys from Henley’s neighborhood—making this the worst case of serial murder in America at the time. The case reveals gross failures in the way cops handled parents’ pleas to look for their missing sons and how law enforcement possibly protected a larger conspiracy.

The Serial Killer’s Apprentice tells the story of Corll and his accomplices in its fullest form to date. It also explores the concept of “mur-dar” (the predator’s instinct for exploitable kids), current neuroscience about adolescent brain vulnerabilities, the role of compartmentalization, the dynamic of a murder apprenticeship, and how tales like Henley’s can aid with early intervention. Despite his youth and cooperation, Henley went to trial and received six life sentences. He’s now sixty-five and has a sense of perspective about how adult predators can turn formerly good kids into criminals. Unexpectedly, he’s willing to talk. This book is his warning and the story of the unspeakable evil and sorrow that befell Houston in the early 1970s.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Dr. Katherine Ramsland teaches forensic psychology and criminology at DeSales University in Pennsylvania, where she is the Assistant Provost. She has appeared as an expert in criminal psychology on more than 200 crime documentaries and magazine shows, is an executive producer of Murder House Flip, and has consulted for CSI, Bones, and The Alienist. The author of more than 1,500 articles and 71 books, including The Forensic Science of CSI, The Forensic Psychology of Criminal Minds, How to Catch a Killer, The Psychology of Death Investigations, and Confession of a Serial Killer: The Untold Story of Dennis Rader, The BTK Killer, she was co-executive producer for the Wolf Entertainment/A&E four-part documentary based on the years she spent talking with Rader. Ramsland consults on death investigations, pens a blog for Psychology Today, and is currently writing a fiction series based on a female forensic psychologist who manages a private investigation agency. In the Damage Path is book #2.

 

Tracy Ullman, not the comedienne, is a documentary producer, director, and writer living in Chicago. She has produced dozens of non-fiction television programs for Discovery Networks, Oxygen, AETN Networks, and PBS. Her most recent production is a six-part limited documentary series about serial murderer John Wayne Gacy and the new discoveries made in his case for NBC’s Peacock streaming service.

Contact: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311   cmichael@minlib.net
Location: ZOOM
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Tuesday June 25, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room
Wednesday June 26, 2024
Silver Circus
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

How do you do something as big as a circus when you’re only one person?

In The Silver Circus, Andrew explores the concept of perseverance as he faces the daunting task of presenting a full circus show all by himself. 

Featuring spectacular magic, juggling, physical comedy, and tons of audience participation, the Silver Circus is a one-of-a-kind exhibition of skill and comedy. By adapting techniques and themes from the new vaudeville clowns, Andrew has created a masterpiece of modern performance for all ages.

This event takes place at the Hannah Willliams Playground, 71 Main Street, Wayland. Overflow parking is at Cochituate Ball Field and the Town Beach (both walking distance). 

The Wayland Library worked in collaboration with the Wayland Park and Rec department to bring this program to Wayland.

This show is supported by Wayland Park and Rec and the Arthur Ashley Williams Foundation.

The Massachusetts Statewide Summer Library Program is funded by the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.


 
 

 

 

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Thursday June 27, 2024
Deepfakes & AI Media with Joshua Glick
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Hand points remote at TV screen

Join Bard College film professor Joshua Glick for a wide-ranging conversation about artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on contemporary media. We’ll talk about how these technologies are shaping the film and TV industry as well as the proliferation of “deepfakes” – AI-enabled videos that depict people doing or saying things they never did or said. Come with your hopes, questions, and concerns about this emerging media landscape.
 
This program is hosted by the Watertown Public Library in collaboration with several MA Libraries.
 
 
Professor Joshua GlickProfessor Joshua Glick is a film and media studies scholar focusing on the comparative histories of film, television, and radio; nonfiction media; race and representation; and the civic uses of emerging technology. In collaboration with the Center for Advanced Virtuality at MIT, he designed the interactive online curriculum, Media Literacy in the Age of Deepfakes. Professor Glick also co-curated Deepfake: Unstable Evidence on Screen, an exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York.
Contact: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311   cmichael@minlib.net
Location: ZOOM
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Friday June 28, 2024
ESOL Discussion Group with Ilona
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Practice your English skills! We will read a short story or article and discuss it. No preparation is needed. This group is best for intermediate or advanced speakers.

January 5 and 19

February 2 and 16

March 1 and 22

April 5 and 26

May 10 and 31

June 14 and 28

9-10 a.m. in the Wayland Library Raytheon Room

Registration is required. Limited to 10 people. We will keep a waitlist in case there are cancellations.

Contact Amy Conway at aconway@minlib.net or ask for her at 508-358-2311.

Contact: Amy Conway  508-358-2311   aconway@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room
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Tuesday July 2, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room
Thursday July 4, 2024
CLOSED - Independence Day
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Tuesday July 9, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room

Quiet Study in the Raytheon Room
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Raytheon Room will be made available for anyone who is looking for a quiet place to work or study on the evenings when the Music eXchange Listening Room is happening on the Main Floor. 

Contact: Chris Lindquist   
Location: Raytheon Room
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Music Exchange Listening Room
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Contact: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311   cmichael@minlib.net
Location: Round Room
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Wednesday July 10, 2024
Wild World of Reptiles
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Joy from Joys of Nature will bring live reptiles to Hannah Williams Park and will teach kids about these amazing animals.

She will introduce children to snakes, turtles, lizards, and even a crocodile! She will also talk about what we can all do to help these amazing animals.

For children ages 4 and up, with caregivers.

The Wayland Library worked in collaboration with the Wayland Park and Rec department to bring this program to Wayland.

This show is supported by Wayland Park and Rec and the Arthur Ashley Williams Foundation.

The Massachusetts Statewide Summer Library Program is funded by the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.


 
 

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Wild World of Reptiles
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Joy from Joys of Nature will bring live reptiles to Hannah Williams Park and will teach kids about these amazing animals.

She will introduce children to snakes, turtles, lizards, and even a crocodile! She will also talk about what we can all do to help these amazing animals.

For children ages 4 and up, with caregivers.

The Wayland Library worked in collaboration with the Wayland Park and Rec department to bring this program to Wayland.

This show is supported by Wayland Park and Rec and the Arthur Ashley Williams Foundation.

The Massachusetts Statewide Summer Library Program is funded by the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.


 
 

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Monday July 15, 2024
Room is Booked
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday July 16, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room

Room is Booked
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: North Wing
Wednesday July 17, 2024
Board of Library Trustees
9:05 AM - 11:00 AM
Contact: Chris Lindquist   
Location: Raytheon Room
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Tuesday July 23, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room
Wednesday July 24, 2024
Room is Booked
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: Raytheon Room

Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room
Tuesday July 30, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room
Tuesday August 6, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room
Wednesday August 7, 2024
Rolie Polie Guacamole Family Concert
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Winner of the prestigious Parents' Choice® and NAPPA Awards, Rolie Polie Guacamole has a smart, parent-friendly musical style that dresses up original tunes and classic covers with vibrant harmonies and deft instrumental layers, plugging in a sizzling electric current of rhythm that lights up lyrics humming with relevance and hummor.

Rockin' fun for babies to 8 years, with their grownups!

This event takes place at the Hannah Willliams Playground, 71 Main Street, Wayland. Overflow parking is at Cochituate Ball Field and the Town Beach (both walking distance). 

The Wayland Library worked in collaboration with the Wayland Park and Rec department to bring this program to Wayland.

This show is supported by Wayland Park and Rec and the Arthur Ashley Williams Foundation.

The Massachusetts Statewide Summer Library Program is funded by the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

 

 

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Tuesday August 13, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room

Quiet Study in the Raytheon Room
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Raytheon Room will be made available for anyone who is looking for a quiet place to work or study on the evenings when the Music eXchange Listening Room is happening on the Main Floor. 

Contact: Chris Lindquist   
Location: Raytheon Room
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Music Exchange Listening Room
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Contact: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311   cmichael@minlib.net
Location: Round Room
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Tuesday August 20, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room
Wednesday August 21, 2024
Board of Library Trustees
9:05 AM - 11:00 AM
Contact: Chris Lindquist   
Location: Raytheon Room
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Tuesday August 27, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room
Saturday August 31, 2024
CLOSED - Labor Day Weekend
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Sunday September 1, 2024
CLOSED - Labor Day Weekend
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Monday September 2, 2024
CLOSED - Labor Day Weekend
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Tuesday September 3, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room
Tuesday September 10, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room

Quiet Study in the Raytheon Room
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Raytheon Room will be made available for anyone who is looking for a quiet place to work or study on the evenings when the Music eXchange Listening Room is happening on the Main Floor. 

Contact: Chris Lindquist   
Location: Raytheon Room
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Room is Booked
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Round Room
Tuesday September 17, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room

Abraham Megerdichian's Machined Metal Miniatures
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Robert Megerdichian

Contact: Courtney Michael  5083582311   cmichael@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room OR Zoom
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Wednesday September 18, 2024
Board of Library Trustees
9:05 AM - 11:00 AM
Contact: Chris Lindquist   
Location: Raytheon Room
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Friday September 20, 2024
Great Decisions: Understanding Indonesia
9:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Despite its large size, Indonesia remains virtually invisible to most Americans. But as one of the world’s largest democracies, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, and as an economic driver of ASEAN, why does it fly below the radar? What are current issues in U.S.-Indonesian relations, and what role can the country play in Asia?

We will meet in the Raytheon Room. To attend via Zoom, contact Steve Engler.

About Great Decisions: 

Prepare to discuss the world! Join our current events discussion group. Preparation involves reading an 8-page article from the Great Decisions Briefing Book. Our meetings consist of a 20 minute documentary film screening and lively, peer-facilitated discussion on the most critical global issues facing America today. 

Contact: Stephen Engler     stephenmengler@gmail.com
Location: Raytheon Room
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Tuesday September 24, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room
Tuesday October 1, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room

Great Presenters: Aziz El Madi
7:30 PM - 8:45 PM

"Sustainable Development Projects and Global Health Humanitarian Medical Missions in Morocco (A Collaboration between American and Moroccan Physicians)"

Founded in 2007, Volunteer Morocco (VM) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to supporting health, education and farming development projects in Morocco while offering volunteer opportunities to university students and others interested in exploring majestic Morocco as an international volunteer.

VM improves the self-sustainability of underprivileged communities and their members in Morocco through the improvement of health care access, education, farming technologies, assisting in the formation of micro-enterprises as well as creating an atmosphere for the intercultural exchange of ideas and understanding. Volunteer Morocco carries out its operations by facilitating the exchange of scholars, businessmen, intellectuals, and students between the United States and Morocco.

Aziz El Madi, since moving to Massachusetts, has been very active with numerous speaking engagements on topics ranging from interfaith dialogue to volunteerism in the Boston area.

In 2008, he founded VM and became its Executive Director. VM is located in Massachusetts and has been providing access to healthcare and education to the indigenous population of Southwest Morocco.In less than a decade, he has a completed a remarkable repertoire of accomplishments which include the establishment of and support for reading rooms, and after school programs as well as rural health clinics that have provided health consultations, surgeries,  medical equipment and supplies to over 9,000 villagers.

Aziz’s leadership of Volunteer Morocco is innovative and serves as a catalyst for global collaboration.

  • Proactively providing support to underrepresented minorities in Southwest Morocco through with sustainable development projects.
  • Developing pathways to global implementation through the acquisition of knowledge and skills acquired in higher education.
  • Developing responsive collaborations and community service.

Aziz has been concerned about the quality of water and the effect it has on the health of the people of Morocco and has actively been involved into research into the water quality of the area and is forming collaborations to conduct more in-depth studies on the quality of the water to ensure the health and well-being of those living in the villages of Southwest Morocco.

 

Contact: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311   cmichael@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room OR Zoom
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Monday October 7, 2024
Evening Book Group
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Meeting in person and on Zoom. Email Brittany at btuttle@minlib.net for the Zoom link. 

Pick up a copy of the book at the Circulation Desk. 

Remarkably Bright CreaturesRemarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

After Tova Sullivan's husband died, she began working the night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, mopping floors and tidying up. Keeping busy has always helped her cope, which she's been doing since her eighteen-year-old son, Erik, mysteriously vanished on a boat in Puget Sound over thirty years ago. Tova becomes acquainted with curmudgeonly Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus living at the aquarium. Marcellus knows more than anyone can imagine but wouldn't dream of lifting one of his eight arms for his human captors--until he forms a remarkable friendship with Tova. Ever the detective, Marcellus deduces what happened the night Tova's son disappeared. And now Marcellus must use every trick his old invertebrate body can muster to unearth the truth for her before it's too late.

 

Contact: Brittany Tuttle  508-358-2311   btuttle@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room OR Zoom
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Tuesday October 8, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room

Quiet Study in the Raytheon Room
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Raytheon Room will be made available for anyone who is looking for a quiet place to work or study on the evenings when the Music eXchange Listening Room is happening on the Main Floor. 

Contact: Chris Lindquist   
Location: Raytheon Room
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Room is Booked
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Round Room
Friday October 11, 2024
Great Decisions: High Seas Treaty
9:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Areas of the seas beyond national jurisdiction comprise the high seas, which are facing a degradation of ecosystems due to climate change and the increase in human activities, such as shipping, overfishing, pollution, and deep-sea mining. The recently negotiated High Seas Treaty, also known as the Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction Treaty, will attempt to address these issues. How difficult will it be to convince nations to participate? 

We will meet in the Raytheon Room. To attend via Zoom, contact Steve Engler.

About Great Decisions: 

Prepare to discuss the world! Join our current events discussion group. Preparation involves reading an 8-page article from the Great Decisions Briefing Book. Our meetings consist of a 20 minute documentary film screening and lively, peer-facilitated discussion on the most critical global issues facing America today. 

Contact: Stephen Engler     stephenmengler@gmail.com
Location: Raytheon Room
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Monday October 14, 2024
CLOSED - Indigenous Peoples' Day
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Tuesday October 15, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room
Wednesday October 16, 2024
Board of Library Trustees
9:05 AM - 11:00 AM
Contact: Chris Lindquist   
Location: Raytheon Room
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TubaFrau Hofbräu Band
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Enjoy an evening concert by Waltham’s Premier German Oom Pah Band, the TubaFrau Hofbräu Band!

Celebrate Oktoberfest at the Library with a trio from this lively traditional German oompah band. Their repertoire includes German, Swiss, Austrian and Bavarian music, including polkas, waltzes, marches, gallops, schottisches, landlers, and other lively dance music. Come prepared to sing-along and enjoy the rare sounds of the Alpine Horn!

Contact: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311   cmichael@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room
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Tuesday October 22, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room
Wednesday October 23, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday October 24, 2024
Room is Booked
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: Raytheon Room
Tuesday October 29, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room
Friday November 1, 2024
Great Decisions: Pandemic Preparedness
9:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Looking back at the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many lessons to take away in terms of domestic and international policies. Although this pandemic seems to have waned, how can we apply these lessons to future pandemics? Will countries cooperate, and will a consensus emerge on how to manage global health challenges?

We will meet in the Raytheon Room. To attend via Zoom, contact Steve Engler.

About Great Decisions: 

Prepare to discuss the world! Join our current events discussion group. Preparation involves reading an 8-page article from the Great Decisions Briefing Book. Our meetings consist of a 20 minute documentary film screening and lively, peer-facilitated discussion on the most critical global issues facing America today. 

Contact: Stephen Engler     stephenmengler@gmail.com
Location: Raytheon Room
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Tuesday November 5, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room
Monday November 11, 2024
CLOSED - Veterans Day
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Tuesday November 12, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room

Room is Booked
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Round Room

Great Presenters: Dr. Andrew Nierenberg
7:30 PM - 8:45 PM

"Everything You Wanted to Know About Depression"

Up to 17% of the population will experience an episode of depression at some point in their lives, and 50% will experience at least one more episode. Episodes of depression can range from mild to severe and can also be a phase of bipolar disorder. While everyone experiences depression as a unique experience, core symptoms and behaviors can help people recognize when depression becomes a problem. The good news is that many treatments for depression can bring people relief and decrease the probability of future episodes. These treatments range from evidence-based psychotherapy to medications and neurotherapeutics such as electroconvulsive therapy and repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation. This talk will cover the basics of depression and provide an overview of available and potential future treatments.

Andrew A. Nierenberg, MD, is the Director of the Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital and Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

In addition to directing the Dauten Center, Dr. Nierenberg is the co-director of Mass General’s Center for Clinical Research Education and associate director of the Depression Clinical and Research Program. He also holds the Thomas P. Hackett, MD, Endowed Chair in Psychiatry at Mass General.

Dr. Nierenberg graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Bronx, NY. After completing his residency in psychiatry at New York University/Bellevue Hospital, he studied clinical epidemiology at Yale University as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. Dr. Nierenberg then joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School, first at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA and then at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also an Honorary Professor in the School of Medicine, Faculty of Health at Deakin University, Geelong, Australia, and an Honorary Skou Professor at Aarhus University in Denmark.

Dr. Nierenberg focuses on clinical trials for bipolar disorder and depression with over 600 published papers. He has been listed among The Best Doctors or Top Doctors in America for the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders yearly since 1994. He currently serves as the Vice President of Research for the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD). He has been honored with the ISBD Mogens Schou Award for Research and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation’s Colvin Prize. 

Contact: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311   cmichael@minlib.net
Location: Raytheon Room OR Zoom
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Tuesday November 19, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room
Wednesday November 20, 2024
Board of Library Trustees
9:05 AM - 11:00 AM
Contact: Chris Lindquist   
Location: Raytheon Room
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ESOL Tutor Training
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Contact: Virginia Steele  508 358 7517 
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Tuesday November 26, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room
Wednesday November 27, 2024
Library Closes Early at 6pm
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Thursday November 28, 2024
CLOSED - Thanksgiving
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Friday November 29, 2024
CLOSED - Day after Thanksgiving
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Tuesday December 3, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room

Great Presenters: Noelle Fournier and Jessica Roscio
7:30 PM - 8:45 PM

"Behind the Scenes at the Danforth: Two Perspectives on Experiencing Art"

Have you ever wondered how museums choose exhibitions? Why hang certain artworks next to each other? Does wall color matter? Have you ever looked at an artwork and thought—I wish I could do that? How do you start? Is art accessible, or intimidating? Jessica Roscio and Noelle Fournier will talk about the unique aspects of working in the visual arts as we go behind the scenes at the Danforth Art Museum and Art School at Framingham State University. The Danforth has been an integral part of the cultural landscape of Greater Boston since 1975, and has undergone radical changes in the past seven years. Noelle and Jessica will share some of that history and talk about what makes the Danforth such a vibrant and welcoming space for artists, students, and museum-loving audiences. The Danforth Art Museum is dedicated to American Art and showcasing the work of contemporary regional artists, with a permanent collection of almost 3,700 works, including the Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller collection. The Danforth Art School offers classes and workshops for all ages, at all levels, year-round, and offers learning opportunities specific to museum exhibitions. The Danforth has often been described as a “hidden gem”—join Jessica and Noelle in conversation to find out why!

Jessica Roscio joined the Danforth Art Museum in 2011, was appointed Curator in 2015, and became the Director in 2020.  She has overseen curatorial and administrative operations since the Museum became a part of Framingham State University. Prior to the Danforth, Roscio held positions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She writes on both historical and contemporary photography and is a regular contributor to Aspect Initiative, an online gallery focusing on innovative photographic practices in New England. She has juried numerous exhibitions across media both regionally and nationally. Roscio has an MA in Art History from the University at Buffalo and a Ph.D. in American Studies, with a focus on the History of Photography, from Boston University.

Noelle Fournier received a B.A. in Fine Arts from St. Lawrence University and a M.Ed. from Lesley University. She is a lifelong artist, working in a variety of media and in scenic painting. Noelle began teaching at the Danforth in 2012 and also served on the faculty at the De Cordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Fitchburg Art Museum, and the Umbrella Community Arts Center in Concord. She was selected as Artist-in-Residence for a yearlong study of sculpture, and has also designed and presented a series of professional development seminars on sculpture and art education. In 2014 Noelle became the Children’s Education Manager at the Danforth, and since 2016, she has served as Art School Director, overseeing the relocation of the school and the integration with Framingham State University.

Contact: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311   cmichael@minlib.net
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Tuesday December 10, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room

Quiet Study in the Raytheon Room
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Raytheon Room will be made available for anyone who is looking for a quiet place to work or study on the evenings when the Music eXchange Listening Room is happening on the Main Floor. 

Contact: Chris Lindquist   
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Room is Booked
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Round Room
Tuesday December 17, 2024
Room is Booked
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Room
Wednesday December 18, 2024
Board of Library Trustees
9:05 AM - 11:00 AM
Contact: Chris Lindquist   
Location: Raytheon Room
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Tuesday December 24, 2024
Library Closes Early at NOON - Christmas Eve
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Wednesday December 25, 2024
CLOSED - Christmas Day
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Tuesday December 31, 2024
Library Closes Early at 3:00pm - New Year's Eve
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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