Thursday January 26, 2023
anim_butterfly.png
Indoor Storytime with Ms. Pam
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Ms. Pam for stories, songs, puppets, and activities.

This interactive storytime encourages language development, socialization and fun.

For ages 2.5 to 5 years, with caregivers.

We will meet in the Children's Room.

 

 

LOCATION: Children's Room
The registration period has ended.
 
misc_none.png
Boba Tea Keychain Craft for Teens
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Stop by the Teen Loft and mix up your own bubble tea to-go with this customizable boba keychain craft.

For teens in grades 6 and up.

Please register. 

LOCATION: Teen Space
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
misc_none.png
Sophisticated Stories: Book Club for Grades 2 and up
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

You are never too old for picture books!

Ms. Janet will lead this book club that features sophisticated funny books with a special surprise guest. There will also be a craft. 

For children in grades 2 and up. Please register.

We will meet in the Raytheon Room.

LOCATION: Raytheon Room
The registration period has ended.
Friday January 27, 2023
misc_none.png
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
There are 9 spaces available.
Saturday January 28, 2023
misc_none.png
Wayland Lunar New Year Celebration
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Welcome in the Year of the Rabbit at the Wayland Lunar New Year Celebration!

There will be performances, activities, and food.

Co-sponsored by the Wayland Chinese American Association, Arts Wayland, Wayland Public Library,

and the Wayland Cultural Council. Ticket information at http://www.artswayland.com

This event will be held at the Wayland High School, 264 Old Connecticut Path, Wayland.

Sunday January 29, 2023
misc_none.png
Art Exhibit Take Down - Arts Wayland
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
CONTACT:  Linda Brook  508-358-2294  
Tuesday January 31, 2023
misc_none.png
Babytime with Ms. Carly
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Best for babies birth to 18 months, with a caregiver. 

We will meet in the Children's Room.

LOCATION: Children's Room
There are 8 spaces available.
 
misc_none.png
What if? 2 with Randall Munroe
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Please join for what is sure to be the most fun-filled hour of the day as we chat online with Randall Munroe about his new book What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

Register here to receive the webinar link via email.

The millions of people around the world who read and loved What If? still have questions, and those questions are getting stranger. Thank goodness xkcd creator Randall Munroe is here to help. Planning to ride a fire pole from the moon back to Earth? The hardest part is sticking the landing. Hoping to cool the atmosphere by opening everyone’s freezer door at the same time? Maybe it’s time for a brief introduction to thermodynamics. Want to know what would happen if you rode a helicopter blade, built a billion-story building, made a lava lamp out of lava, or jumped on a geyser as it erupted? Okay, if you insist.

Before you go on a cosmic road trip, feed the residents of New York City to a T. rex, or fill every church with bananas, be sure to consult this practical guide for impractical ideas. Unfazed by absurdity, Randall consults the latest research on everything from swing-set physics to airplane-catapult design to clearly and concisely answer his readers’ questions. As he consistently demonstrates, you can learn a lot from examining how the world might work in very specific extreme circumstances.

Filled with bonkers science, boundless curiosity, and Randall’s signature stick-figure comics, What if? 2 provides his best answers yet to the weirdest questions you never thought to ask.

Randall Munroe is the creator of the webcomic xkcd and author of What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical QuestionsThing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple WordsHow To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real World Problems, and What if? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions. Randall was born in Easton, Pennsylvania, and grew up outside Richmond, Virginia. After studying physics at Christopher Newport University, he got a job building robots at NASA Langley Research Center. In 2006 he left NASA to draw comics on the internet full time and has since been nominated for a Hugo Award three times. In 2013, the International Astronomical Union named an asteroid after him: asteroid 4942 Munroe is big enough to cause mass extinction if it ever hits a planet like Earth.

CONTACT:  Courtney Michael  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: Virtual
 
misc_none.png
Wayland Gardens Annual Owners Meeting
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Annual Owners Meeting for Wayland Gardens Condominium. 

CONTACT:  Mark Leone  508-233-8911  mleone@bretonpropertygroup.com
Wednesday February 1, 2023
misc_none.png
Toddler Stem: Engineering
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Join Ms. Leslie in the Raytheon Room for some fun, hands-on Engineering activities

in this three-part Toddler STEM series. In this session we will build structures.

Registration Required.  Register for 1, 2 or all 3 sessions!   For ages 2-4 years with a caregiver. February 1, 8, and 22.

LOCATION: Raytheon Room
There are 4 spaces available.
 
misc_none.png
Lego Club
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Children will make fabulous creations out of legos.

This month's theme: Winter Wonderland!

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

 

 

LOCATION: Raytheon Room
There are 10 spaces available.
Thursday February 2, 2023
anim_butterfly.png
Indoor Storytime with Ms. Pam
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Ms. Pam for stories, songs, puppets, and activities.

This interactive storytime encourages language development, socialization and fun.

For ages 2.5 to 5 years, with caregivers.

We will meet in the Children's Room.

 

 

LOCATION: Children's Room
There are 10 spaces available.
 
lib_writing.png
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
Friday February 3, 2023
misc_none.png
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 6, 20

February 3, 17

March  10, 24

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.

Wearing a mask is recommended.

CONTACT:  M.J. Wright  508-358-2311  mwright@minlib.net
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
Saturday February 4, 2023
misc_none.png
Room is Booked
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Sunday February 5, 2023
misc_none.png
Lydia Maria Child: A Radical American Life with Lydia Moland
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Presented by the Wayland Museum and Historical Society, the First Parish Wayland and the Wayland Free Public Library 

Lydia Moland will talk about Lydia Maria Child, one of Wayland’s most renowned citizens and a courageous abolitionist who lived on Old Sudbury Road in the mid-19th century. Child shocked her readers by publishing the first book-length argument against slavery – so radical that friends abandoned Child and her book sales plummeted. 

Ms. Moland, author of the soon to be released Lydia Maria Child: A Radical American Life, conducted some of her research at the Wayland Museum & Historical Society where she reviewed letters written by Child as well as other documents owned by the Historical Society. Moland is a professor of philosophy at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.  

Hybrid event. Attend via Zoom OR in person in the Sanctuary at First Parish Wayland. Register for the Zoom link: https://bit.ly/LydiaMariaChildWayland

CONTACT:  Courtney Michael  5083582311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: First Parish or Zoom
Monday February 6, 2023
misc_none.png
Evening Book Group
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Now meeting in person! Email Brittany at btuttle@minlib.net for Zoom link to participate virtually. Pick up a copy of the book at the Circulation Desk.

Nothing to See Here by Kevin WilsonNothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson

Lillian and Madison were unlikely roommates and yet inseparable friends at their elite boarding school. But then Lillian had to leave the school unexpectedly in the wake of a scandal and they’ve barely spoken since. Until now, when Lillian gets a letter from Madison pleading for her help. Madison’s twin stepkids are moving in with her family and she wants Lillian to be their caretaker. However, there’s a catch: the twins spontaneously combust when they get agitated, flames igniting from their skin in a startling but beautiful way. Lillian is convinced Madison is pulling her leg, but it’s the truth.

Thinking of her dead-end life at home, the life that has consistently disappointed her, Lillian figures she has nothing to lose. Over the course of one humid, demanding summer, Lillian and the twins learn to trust each other—and stay cool—while also staying out of the way of Madison’s buttoned-up politician husband. Surprised by her own ingenuity yet unused to the intense feelings of protectiveness she feels for them, Lillian ultimately begins to accept that she needs these strange children as much as they need her—urgently and fiercely. Couldn’t this be the start of the amazing life she’d always hoped for? With white-hot wit and a big, tender heart, Kevin Wilson has written his best book yet—a most unusual story of parental love.

"Funny and even eerily beautiful... It's the sweetness of the novel that will melt you." --NPR.org

CONTACT:  Brittany Tuttle  (508) 358-2311  btuttle@minlib.net
LOCATION: Raytheon Room OR Zoom
Tuesday February 7, 2023
misc_none.png
Babytime with Ms. Carly
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Best for babies birth to 18 months, with a caregiver. 

We will meet in the Children's Room.

LOCATION: Children's Room
There are 10 spaces available.
 
misc_none.png
Great Presenters: Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone
7:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Addressing Dementia and Other Brain-Related Disabilities

The current approach to brain care is largely reactive, considered only when patients or families raise concerns. This approach is not working. Brain diseases are a greater cause of disability than cardiovascular diseases or cancer, and their prevalence is projected to grow with lengthening life expectancy. Brain-related disability already affects one in four people worldwide and accounts for a third of the global burden of disease. Currently, greater health expenditure per capita results in more years of disability, rather than more years of healthy life. By 2030, brain-related disability will represent over half of the world-wide economic impact of disability. According to the World Health Organization, brain-related disabilities are the major threat to human society. Dementia is the #1 feared condition as we age, and a main lifelong cause of brain-related disability.

To address this major challenge, I propose a different approach, one focused on promoting brain health and resilience to prevent brain diseases, and in the presence of disease minimize the risk of disability and optimize function. This requires: (1) A focus on the whole person, rather than on the disease; (2) Regular check-ups for the brain, and the development of a ‘brain vital sign’ that can offer sensitive, personalized biomarkers of cognitive performance and behavior across the lifespan to empower individuals and allow for true precision health for the brain; (3) The prescription of lifestyle interventions that promote brain health as an integral part of lifelong brain care, leveraging technology to enable coaching and other aides to ensure adherence; (4) The use not simply of medications, but of non-invasive neuromodulation methods to characterize and modify brain alterations in activity (spatio-temporal signatures) that relate to individual disability and thus offer personalized and targeted therapeutic interventions.

Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, a Senior Scientist at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research and Medical Director of the Deanna and Sidney Wolk Center for Memory Health at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, MA. He also serves as Scientific Director of the Barcelona Brain Health Initiative and is a co-founder of Linus Health and TI Solutions.

Dr. Pascual-Leone is considered a world leader in noninvasive brain stimulation technologies. His research combines brain imaging and stimulation techniques to examine causal relations between brain activity, cognitive processes, and behavior in health and disease. A major current focus is to characterize and sustain brain health across the lifespan. He is a member of the Spanish Royal Academy and been honored with many distinctions and awards. He has published more than 850 scientific peer-reviewed papers and his work is highly cited. He remains a practicing cognitive neurologist and dementia specialist.

Hybrid event. Attend in person or via Zoom. Register below. 

CONTACT:  Courtney Michael  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: Raytheon Room OR Zoom
Wednesday February 8, 2023
misc_none.png
Toddler Stem: Engineering
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Join Ms. Leslie in the Raytheon Room for some fun, hands-on Engineering activities

in this three-part Toddler STEM series. In this session we will build simple machines

Registration Required.  Register for 1, 2 or all 3 sessions!   For ages 2-4 years with a caregiver. February 1, 8, and 22.

LOCATION: Raytheon Room
There are 6 spaces available.
 
misc_none.png
Friendship Bracelet Workshop
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us for a bracelet making workshop!

Tweens will craft woven friendship bracelets out of string and beads. For grades 4-6.

We will meet in the Raytheon Room

This workshop will be lead by a Wayland High School student.

There are 11 spaces available.
 
misc_none.png
The Combat Zone: Murder, Race and Boston’s Struggle for Justice with Jan Brogan
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Combat Zone CoverThe Combat Zone is a true account of a brutal murder, two flawed trials and the not so delicate balance between justice and revenge. It tells the story of an annual Harvard ritual that sent forty football players into Boston’s crime-plagued red light district for a “last drink, together,” and the death of a heroic 21-year old cornerback who tries to save a friend.

Three Black men are charged with first degree murder in a racially divided city at the peak of busing violence. The book tells story of a victim’s family trying to cope with a devastating loss, while verdicts seesaw, and the Italian mob offers to step in.

The 1976 murder and the city’s two trials will forever change the way juries are chosen in Massachusetts and the nation, and end the once common practice of excluding jurors based on the color of their skin. But it comes at a high price for Andy Puopolo and all those who grieve.

The Combat Zone shows how a murder trial isn’t always about the victim or the accused, but about a city in turmoil and a criminal justice system in need of reform.

Jan Brogan has been a journalist for more than thirty years, working as a correspondent for the Boston Globe, a staff writer for the Worcester Telegram and the Providence Journal, where she won the Gerald Loeb award for distinguished business writing.

She is the award-winning author of four mysteries, Final Copy, Confidential Source, Yesterday’s Fatal, and Teaser. Transactional Pictures, (Steven Soderbergh and Philip Fleishman) purchased the rights to A Confidential Source, which is currently under development for a television series.

Jan grew up in Clifton, New Jersey, and moved to New England to study journalism at Boston University. She holds a master’s degree in English from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She continues to work as a novelist and a journalist, and teaches writing at the BU Summer Journalism Institute. She lives with her husband in a Boston suburb.

Hybrid event. Attend in person or via Zoom. Register below. 

CONTACT:  Courtney Michael  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: Raytheon Room OR Zoom
Thursday February 9, 2023
misc_none.png
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 3 and up, with an adult.


 

LOCATION: Raytheon Room
There are 9 spaces available.
 
misc_none.png
Cookbook Club Zoom: February 2023
6:30 PM - 6:30 PM

We will discuss the book: Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel by Heidi Swanson

Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel

This event is held via Zoom. Attendees can pick up a copy of the monthly Cookbook at the Circulation desk, to try recipes or just browse. The meeting will be a discussion of the book and its recipes, what participants liked or didn't like. Discussion of other recipes/books and cooking and suggestions are all welcome!

Join anytime; no registration required.

To be added to the mailing list or receive the Zoom Invite link, please contact Sarah Hogan: shogan@minlib.net

CONTACT:  Sarah Hogan  508 358 2311  shogan@minlib.net
 
misc_none.png
Back in a Spell with Lana Harper
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for a magical evening with New York Times bestselling author Lana Harper as she discusses the enchanting third installment of her immensely popular The Witches of Thistle Grove series, Back in a Spell

Virtual: Register here to receive the webinar link via email.

Back in a Spell follows Nineve Blackmoore and even though she won’t deny her love for pretty (and pricey) things, Nineve Blackmoore (known by Nina by most) is almost painfully down-to-earth and sensible by Blackmoore standards. But after a year of nursing a broken heart inflicted by the fiancée who all but ditched her at the altar, the powerful witch is sick of feeling low and is ready to try something drastically different: a dating app.

At her best friend’s urging, Nina goes on a date with Morty Gutierrez, the nonbinary, offbeat soul of spontaneity and co-owner of the Shamrock Cauldron. Their date goes about as well as can be expected of most online dates—awkward and terrible. To make matters worse, once Morty discovers Nina’s last name, he’s far from a fan; it turns out that the Blackmoores have been bullishly trying to buy the Shamrock out from under Morty and his family.

But when Morty begins developing magical powers—something that usually only happens to committed romantic partners once they officially join a founding family—at the same time that Nina’s own magic surges beyond her control, Nina must manage Morty’s rude awakening to the hidden magical world, uncover its cause, and face the intensity of their own burgeoning connection. But what happens when that connection is tied to Nina’s power surge, a power she’s finding nearly as addictive as Morty’s presence in her life?

Lana Harper is the New York Times bestselling author of the Witches of Thistle Grove series, including Payback’s a WitchFrom Bad to Cursed, and Back in Spell. Writing as Lana Popović, she has also written four YA novels about modern-day witches and historical murderesses. Born in Serbia, Lana grew up in Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria before moving to the US, where she studied psychology and literature at Yale University, law at Boston University, and publishing at Emerson College. She lives in Chicago, where she spends most of her time plotting witchy stories and equally witchy tattoos.

CONTACT:  Courtney Michael  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: Virtual
Friday February 10, 2023
misc_none.png
Noon Book Group
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Trust Exercise : A Novel

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

Galvanized by the charged atmosphere created by their elite high school's magnetic theater teacher, two classmates have an intense sexual relationship the summer after their freshman year.  When David makes their romance public in the fall, the two become estranged and Sarah grows increasingly isolated.  Then an English theater troupe arrives and everything changes, with repercussions that last for years.

 

 

 
misc_none.png
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
Saturday February 11, 2023
misc_none.png
Chinese Painting Class for Kids
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

THIS EVENT HAS  BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM SATURDAY, JANUARY 21

Kids will paint bamboo and birds with Chinese brushes and watercolors.

This workshop will be led by Wayland High School senior Gina Wang.

All supplies provided. For ages 7 and up. We will meet in the Raytheon Room.
 

Sunday February 12, 2023
misc_none.png
Room is Booked
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
 
misc_none.png
Express Lane Barbershop Quartet!
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Bring your loves to the Library Rotunda for an Sunday afternoon concert! Express Lane sings old and new songs in the traditional barbershop style.

Formed as a new quartet in mid-2015, their smoothly blended sound reflects a total of more than 50 years' experience singing barbershop harmony. Rob Freundlich (Lead) and Doug Burum (Baritone) previously sang together for 8 years in the Northeastern District medalist quartet "Concord eXpress." Jim Kenealy (Bass) has sung in several area quartets, including "Sentimental Gentlemen.  Finally, Wayland resident Jon Pachter (Tenor) has sung in a quartet in the past, and has been active for some time in a few different jazz bands.

Together they have a sound and style that is Expressly their own!

 

 

CONTACT:  Courtney Michael  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: Library Rotunda
Monday February 13, 2023
misc_none.png
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!  We will meet

in the Raytheon Room.

For ages 7 to 11. Please register.

LOCATION: Raytheon Room
Tuesday February 14, 2023
misc_none.png
Babytime with Ms. Carly
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Best for babies birth to 18 months, with a caregiver. 

We will meet in the Children's Room.

LOCATION: Children's Room
There are 10 spaces available.
Wednesday February 15, 2023
misc_none.png
Board of Library Trustees
9:05 AM - 11:00 AM
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
 
misc_none.png
Sing, Move, and Story!
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Jodi Levin 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.

LOCATION: Children's Room
 
misc_none.png
Animals in Winter
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

How do animals survive thorugh the snowy winter months? Ms. Pam will read Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart

and we will talk about how animals live through our New England winters. 

Kids will then choose an animal and make a shoebox diorama of the animal's winter home.

For ages 4 and up, with caregiver.

 

 

 
misc_none.png
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 Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder.

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
There are 6 spaces available.
Thursday February 16, 2023
anim_butterfly.png
Indoor Storytime with Ms. Pam
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Ms. Pam for stories, songs, puppets, and activities.

This interactive storytime encourages language development, socialization and fun.

For ages 2.5 to 5 years, with caregivers.

We will meet in the Children's Room.

 

 

LOCATION: Children's Room
There are 10 spaces available.
 
misc_none.png
Tastes Like War with Grace M. Cho
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

You’re invited to an insightful chat with award-winning author Grace M. Cho as she discusses her memoir, Tastes Like War

Virtual: Register here to receive the webinar link via email.

Grace M. Cho grew up as the daughter of a white American merchant marine and the Korean bar hostess he met abroad. They were one of few immigrants in a xenophobic small town during the Cold War, where identity was politicized by everyday details—language, cultural references, memories, and food. When Grace was fifteen, her dynamic mother experienced the onset of schizophrenia, a condition that would continue and evolve for the rest of her life.

Part food memoir, part sociological investigation, Tastes Like War is a hybrid text about a daughter’s search through intimate and global history for the roots of her mother’s schizophrenia. In her mother’s final years, Grace learned to cook dishes from her mother’s childhood in order to invite the past into the present, and to hold space for her mother’s multiple voices at the table. And through careful listening over these shared meals, Grace discovered not only the things that broke the brilliant, complicated woman who raised her—but also the things that kept her alive.

Grace M. Cho is Associate Professor of Sociology at the College of Staten Island. She received a PhD in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center and an MEd from Harvard School of Education. Her work crosses disciplinary boundaries and seeks to engage popular audiences. From 2005 to 2007 she was a contributing performance artist for Still Present Pasts: Korean Americans and the Forgotten War, a collaborative art project based on the oral histories of Korean War survivors and their children. Her participation in Still Present Pasts influenced the form and content of her first book, Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy and the Forgotten War (University of Minnesota, 2008) which combined fiction, performance, autoethnography and sociological research. It won a 2010 book award from the American Sociological Association for its innovative methodology. Her second book, Tastes Like War, was a finalist for the 2021 National Book Award for Nonfiction and the winner of the 2022 Asian Pacific American Literature Award for Adult Nonfiction.

CONTACT:  Courtney Michael  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: Virtual
 
lib_writing.png
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
 
misc_none.png
Candy Sushi Making for Teens
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Teens will make tasty candy sushi that looks like the real deal. We will meet in the Teen Loft.

For teens in grades 6 and up.

If you have a food allergy please email Carly at cmoniz@minlib.net ahead of time.

 

 

LOCATION: Teen Space
There are 8 spaces available.
 
misc_none.png
Art History Talk
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Attend via zoom or in person at the Maynard Public Library.

Sponsored by the Wayland, Maynard and Lincoln Public Libraries.

Jane Oneail curates and delivers art appreciation programs to audiences throughout New England and beyond. Jane holds a master’s in Art History from Boston University and a master’s in Education from Harvard University. A New Hampshire native, she has worked at some of the state's most esteemed cultural institutions, including the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, where she served as Executive Director, and the Currier Museum of Art, where she held the role of Senior Educator. Jane has also taught at the college level for more than a decade, most recently at Southern New Hampshire University. For more information visit iamculturallycurious.com

CONTACT:  Courtney Michael  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: ZOOM
 
misc_none.png
Dystopian/Sci-Fi Book Group
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Wayland Dystopian/Sci-Fi Book Group

Thursday, Feb. 16th, 2023 7-830pm

Join us for a lively discussion of Network Effect A Murderbot Novel by Martha Wells

WINNER of the 2021 Hugo, Nebula and Locus Awards! The first full-length novel in Martha Wells' bestselling Murderbot Diaries series. The Murderbot novellas were perfectly paced to fit a ton of action into a short form. Network Effect is just as action-packed, but the pace is now calibrated to fill a full novel, which gives it more breathing room and opportunities to explore the characters and the setting in greater depth. Relationships between all the characters are richer and more nuanced. It's a welcome expansion of this universe and lays the groundwork for more stories to come in a series that continues to grow and impress.

Please email Elise Katz at ekatz@minlib.net for Zoom link.

CONTACT:  Elise Katz    ekatz@minlib.net
LOCATION: ZOOM
Friday February 17, 2023
misc_none.png
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 6, 20

February 3, 17

March  10, 24

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.

Wearing a mask is recommended.

CONTACT:  M.J. Wright  508-358-2311  mwright@minlib.net
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
Monday February 20, 2023
misc_none.png
CLOSED Presidents Day
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday February 21, 2023
misc_none.png
Babytime with Ms. Carly
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Best for babies birth to 18 months, with a caregiver. 

We will meet in the Children's Room.

LOCATION: Children's Room
There are 10 spaces available.
Wednesday February 22, 2023
misc_none.png
Toddler Stem: Engineering
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Join Ms. Leslie in the Raytheon Room for some fun, hands-on Engineering activities

in this three-part Toddler STEM series. In this session we will explore aeronautical engineering.

Registration Required.  Register for 1, 2 or all 3 sessions!   For ages 2-4 years with a caregiver. February 1, 8, and 22.

LOCATION: Raytheon Room
There are 9 spaces available.
 
misc_none.png
Get Crafty with Ms. Elise
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Ms. Elise will lead this art workshop where children will create with rubber stamps, artsy papers, watercolors, squiggly scissors & ribbons!

For ages 4 and up, with caregiver.
 

Thursday February 23, 2023
anim_butterfly.png
Indoor Storytime with Ms. Pam
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Ms. Pam for stories, songs, puppets, and activities.

This interactive storytime encourages language development, socialization and fun.

For ages 2.5 to 5 years, with caregivers.

We will meet in the Children's Room.

 

 

LOCATION: Children's Room
There are 10 spaces available.
 
misc_none.png
Dance with the Snow Sisters
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Defrost your dancing shoes and let it go at this special dance party and sing-along event with the Snow Sisters!

For ages 3 and up.

There are 22 spaces available.
 
misc_none.png
Before Brooklyn with Ted Reinstein
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us to hear Ted Reinstein share his latest book: Before Brooklyn: The Unsung Heroes Who Helped Break Baseball’s Color Barrier. 

In April of 1945, exactly two years before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball, liberal Boston City Councilman Izzy Muchnick persuaded the Red Sox to try out three black players in return for a favorable vote to allow the team to play on Sundays. The Red Sox got the councilman’s much-needed vote, but the tryout was a sham; the three players would get no closer to the major leagues. It was a lost battle in a war that was ultimately won by Robinson in 1947. This book tells the story of the little-known heroes who fought segregation in baseball, from communist newspaper reporters to the Pullman car porters who saw to it that black newspapers espousing integration in professional sports reached the homes of blacks throughout the country. It also reminds us that the first black player in professional baseball was not Jackie Robinson but Moses Fleetwood Walker in 1884, and that for a time integrated teams were not that unusual. And then, as segregation throughout the country hardened, the exclusion of blacks in baseball quietly became the norm, and the battle for integration began anew.

Ted Reinstein has been a reporter for “Chronicle,” WCVB-TV/Boston’s award-winning—and America’s longest-running, locally-produced— nightly news magazine since 1997. In addition, he has been a contributor for the station’s political roundtable show and sits on WCVB’s editorial board. He lives just west of Boston with his wife and two daughters. His first book, A New England Notebook: One Reporter, Six States, Uncommon Stories was selected by National Geographic Traveler as a “Best Pick.” He is also the author of Wicked Pissed: New England’s Most Famous Feuds, and co-author, with his wife, Anne-Marie Dorning, of New England’s General Stores: Exploring an American Classic

Co-sponsored by the Wayland Human Rights, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. 

Hybrid event. Attend in person or via Zoom. Register below. 

CONTACT:  Courtney Michael  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: Raytheon Room OR Zoom
Monday February 27, 2023
misc_none.png
ESOL Tutor Training with Ginny Steel
9:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Training classes for new ESOL tutors are scheduled for five Monday mornings, 9:15am - 12:15pm, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, and 3/27. All sessions will be held on Zoom. Pre-registration is required. If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact Ginny Steel, ESOL Program Director, at the phone number or email address above. 

This meeting will be held on Zoom.

CONTACT:  Ginny Steel  508-358-7517  virginia@thesteels.com
LOCATION: ZOOM
Tuesday February 28, 2023
misc_none.png
Babytime with Ms. Carly
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Best for babies birth to 18 months, with a caregiver. 

We will meet in the Children's Room.

LOCATION: Children's Room
There are 10 spaces available.
 
misc_none.png
The House of Eve with Sadeqa Johnson
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

We look forward to seeing you for an invigorating conversation with highly acclaimed author Sadeqa Johnson as she talks about her brand new novel, The House of Eve!

Virtual: Register here to receive the webinar link via email.

In The House of Eve, Fifteen-year-old Ruby Pearsall is on track to becoming the first in her family to attend college, in spite of having a mother more interested in keeping a man than raising her daughter. But a taboo love affair threatens to pull her back down into the poverty and desperation that has been passed onto her like a birthright.

Eleanor Quarles arrived in Washington DC with ambition and secrets. When she meets the handsome William Pride at Howard University, they fall madly in love. But William hails from one of DC’s elite wealthy Black families, and his parents don’t just let anyone into their fold. Eleanor hopes that a baby will make her finally feel at home in William’s family and grant her the life she’s been searching for. But having a baby—and fitting in—is easier said than done.

The lives of these two women collide in the most unexpected way as they both face life altering decisions. The House of Eve is a fast-paced, harrowing story that hinges on what it means to be a woman and a mother, and how much one is willing to sacrifice to achieve her greatest goal.   

About the Author: Sadeqa Johnson is the award-winning author of four novels, including Yellow Wife. Her accolades include the National Book Club Award, the Phillis Wheatley Book Award, and the USA Best Book Award for Best Fiction. She is a Kimbilio Fellow, former board member of the James River Writers, and a Tall Poppy Writer. Originally from Philadelphia, she currently lives near Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and three children. To learn more, visit SadeqaJohnson.net.

CONTACT:  Courtney Michael  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: Virtual
Thursday March 2, 2023
lib_writing.png
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.

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
Friday March 3, 2023
misc_none.png
Great Decisions
9:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Energy Geopolitics: How will changes in the energy industries impact relations between countries?

Access to oil and gas has long held an influence over the politics of individual nations and their relations with others. But as more countries move toward sustainable energy, and supply chain shortages affect the availability of oil and gas, how will this change the way in which the United States interacts with the outside world? 

About Great Decisions:

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.

We'll meet in person at the library's Raytheon Room (TBD). Email Steve Engler at stephenmengler@gmail.com for more information.

CONTACT:  Stephen Engler    stephenmengler@gmail.com
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
Monday March 6, 2023
misc_none.png
ESOL Tutor Training with Ginny Steel
9:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Training classes for new ESOL tutors are scheduled for five Monday mornings, 9:15am - 12:15pm, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, and 3/27. All sessions will be held on Zoom. Pre-registration is required. If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact Ginny Steel, ESOL Program Director, at the phone number or email address above. 

This meeting will be held on ZOOM. 

 

CONTACT:  Ginny Steel  508-358-7517  virginia@thesteels.com
LOCATION: ZOOM
Tuesday March 7, 2023
misc_none.png
Babytime with Ms. Carly
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Best for babies birth to 18 months, with a caregiver. 

We will meet in the Children's Room.

LOCATION: Children's Room
 
misc_none.png
Great Presenters: Janot Mendler de Suarez and Pablo Suarez
7:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Serious Fun for Global Change: Lessons from Climate & Antiracism

How can we harness the power of humanity to understand and address changing risks?  In this intensely interactive workshop, we will explore new modalities of learning and dialogue, integrating creativity and innovation, opening difficult conversations that matter - to Wayland and our world.

Participants joining in person and online will experience serious fun in a range of approaches developed by Janot and Pablo to elicit insights and breakthrough collaborations, from African villages to the White House and from the Vatican to NASA. 

Janot Mendler de Suarez and Pablo Suarez work together as researchers, humanitarian practitioners, game designers, and influencers of the discourse on equitable and climate resilient development. They are both Visiting Research Fellows at Boston University’s Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, work globally with the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, and frequently serve as consultants with the World Bank Group, numerous governments, and UN agencies. They have worked for over 25 humanitarian and development organizations, in over 80 countries. They bring together advanced degrees in water engineering, planning, environment, and diplomacy. Their current endeavors address complex risks, including disasters, food insecurity and racism, working with unconventional partners from data scientists and funders to professional humorists and aerial acrobats.

Hybrid event. Attend in person or via Zoom. Register below. 

CONTACT:  Courtney Michael  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: Raytheon Room OR Zoom
Thursday March 9, 2023
misc_none.png
Cookbook Club Zoom: March 2023
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

We will discuss the book: The Korean Vegan Cookbook: Reflections and Recipes from Omma's Kitchen by Joanne Lee Molinaro

The Korean Vegan Cookbook: Reflections and Recipes from Omma's Kitchen

This event is held via Zoom. Attendees can pick up a copy of the monthly Cookbook at the Circulation desk, to try recipes or just browse. The meeting will be a discussion of the book and its recipes, what participants liked or didn't like. Discussion of other recipes/books and cooking and suggestions are all welcome!

Join anytime; no registration required.

To be added to the mailing list or receive the Zoom Invite link, please contact Sarah Hogan: shogan@minlib.net

CONTACT:  Sarah Hogan  508 358 2311  shogan@minlib.net
 
misc_none.png
Hidden Figures & Other Women of NASA
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Even before the space age began when the U.S.S.R. orbited Sputnik in 1957, women worked at NASA - although many were excluded from the early days of the astronaut corps. Through the movie Hidden Figures, we learned that NASA even had women, many of whom were African American, working as “Human Computers” performing highly complex mathematical calculations by hand. Celebrate Women’s History Month and explore the lives of the many women who made their dreams of careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics come true at NASA, and who have been an essential part of the space program since its inception. 

Virtual: Register Here

Hosted by the Wellesley Free Library, co-sponsored by the Wayland Library and others.

Presented by Pat Monteith, Solar System Ambassador. As a teen, Pat Monteith wanted to work for NASA. As often happens, she ended up in another career - in public radio management. After retiring several years ago Pat's interest in the space program was rekindled. She was selected as a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador in 2016, a role in which she has conducted several dozen programs for children and adults about NASA and various space science topics. 

CONTACT:  Courtney Michael  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: ZOOM
Friday March 10, 2023
misc_none.png
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 6, 20

February 3, 17

March  10, 24

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.

Wearing a mask is recommended.

CONTACT:  M.J. Wright  508-358-2311  mwright@minlib.net
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
 
misc_none.png
Noon Book Group
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Mrs. Bridge : A Novel

Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell

Connell’s classic novel—comprising vignettes, images, fragments of conversations, events—builds powerfully toward the completed group portrait of a family, closely knit on the surface but deeply divided by loneliness, boredom, misunderstandings, isolation, sexual longing, and terminal isolation.

 

Monday March 13, 2023
misc_none.png
ESOL Tutor Training with Ginny Steel
9:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Training classes for new ESOL tutors are scheduled for five Monday mornings, 9:15am - 12:15pm, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, and 3/27. All sessions will be held on Zoom. Pre-registration is required. If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact Ginny Steel, ESOL Program Director, at the phone number or email address above. 

This meeting will be held on ZOOM. 

 

CONTACT:  Ginny Steel  508-358-7517  virginia@thesteels.com
LOCATION: ZOOM
 
misc_none.png
Virtual Author Talk: David Epstein
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

You’re invited to a conversation with New York Times bestselling author David Epstein as he chats about his most recent book, Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

Register here for the webinar link.

What's the most effective path to success in any domain? It's not what you think.

Plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you’ll never catch up to the people who got a head start. But a closer look at research on the world’s top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, shows that early specialization is the exception, not the rule.

David Epstein examined the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters, and scientists. He discovered that in most fields—especially those that are complex and unpredictable—generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, juggling many interests rather than focusing on one. They’re also more creative, agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see.

Provocative, rigorous, and engrossing, Range makes a compelling case for actively cultivating inefficiency. Failing a test is the best way to learn. Frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers. The most impactful inventors cross domains rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area. As experts silo themselves further while computers master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans, people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive.

About the Author: David Epstein is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World and of the New York Times bestseller The Sports Gene, both of which have been translated into more than 20 languages. His writing has been honored by an array of organizations, from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, to the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Center on Disability and Journalism, and has been included in the Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology. His story “Following the Trail of Broken Hearts,” on sudden cardiac death in athletes, was chosen as one of the top 100 stories of the last 100 years by Columbia Journalism alumni. He has master’s degrees in environmental science and journalism and lives in Washington, DC. 

CONTACT:  Courtney Michael  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: Virtual
Tuesday March 14, 2023
misc_none.png
Babytime with Ms. Carly
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Best for babies birth to 18 months, with a caregiver. 

We will meet in the Children's Room.

LOCATION: Children's Room
 
misc_none.png
The Fascinating Life of Gertrude Bell with Bob Begin
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

She was able to ride a camel as well as any Bedouin trader. She spoke 7 languages fluently. She was a skilled archaeologist, cartographer, linguist, photographer and diplomat. Join us to hear Bob Begin recount the story of the dauntless Gertrude Bell, a woman who defied the limitations of her time.

Born in 1868 at the height of Queen Victoria's rule over the vast British Empire, Gertude Bell was an Englishwoman of wealth and status. In 1900, Bell travelled to the Middle East to visit friends.Completely taken with the area, she planned to research Middle Eastern society, culture and archaeology. She particularly wanted to study the lifestyles of the Bedouin Tribes. Told this would be too dangerous for an Englishwoman, she simply refused the warnings and caution and set out on her own.

Bell went on to gain full acceptance by Arab and Bedouin leaders. She served as a spy for the British and worked closely with another English traveler, T. E. Lawrence. Like Lawrence, Bell dedicated much of her life to helping the Arabs gain freedom from their Turkish rulers. At the end of WWI, she played a major role in the Arab quest for self-government.

Gertrude Bell was brilliant, fearless, and dedicated to her goals. Some Arabs referred to her as "The King Maker". This is the story of a woman who possessed great vision and determination, decades ahead of her time.

Bob Begin grew up in Maine, graduated from Babson College, served 2 years active duty in the Army, and had a career of 35 years in the paper and film industry culminating as a Logistics Director. The love of history continues to be very rewarding as he enjoys retirement.  His major focus is on Naval History with an emphasis on the Pacific Theater on WWII.  He is also intrigued with the Concept Of Empire and how it shaped history throughout the world.

Learn more about Gertrude Bell:

  • Queen of the Desert (Kanopy or DVD)- Nicole Kidman plays explorer, diplomat and "female Lawrence of Arabia" Gertrude Bell in the Werner Herzog-directed true story of a woman who defied all convention.
  • Letters from Baghdad (DVD) - The story of a true original, Gertrude Bell, sometimes called the female “Lawrence of Arabia.” More influential and famous in her day than her colleague Lawrence, Bell was an explorer, spy, archaeologist and diplomat who helped shape the Middle East after World War I and established the Iraq Museum, infamously ransacked in 2003.
  • Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations by Georgina Howell. (Book)
  • Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell, Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia by Janet Wallach. (Book)
  • Persian Pictures: From the Mountains to the Sea by Gertrude Bell (Book)
  • A Woman in Arabia: The Writings of the Queen of the Desert by Gertrude Bell, edited by Georgina Howell (Book)
  • Queen of the Desert: A Biography of the Female Lawrence of Arabia, Gertrude Bell by Fergus Mason (Book)
CONTACT:  Courtney Michael  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: Raytheon Room OR Zoom
Wednesday March 15, 2023
misc_none.png
Board of Library Trustees
9:05 AM - 11:00 AM
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
Thursday March 16, 2023
lib_writing.png
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
Friday March 17, 2023
misc_none.png
Great Decisions
9:15 AM - 11:30 AM

War Crimes: What is a war crime? How does this definition apply to recent events in Ukraine?

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has resulted in widespread charges of war crimes and calls for justice. But what exactly are war crimes? Opinions of what constitutes a war crime have evolved, as have ways to identify and punish the perpetrators. How will the war crimes committed in Ukraine be dealt with?

About Great Decisions:

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.

We'll meet in person at the library's Raytheon Room (TBD). Email Steve Engler at stephenmengler@gmail.com for more information.

CONTACT:  Stephen Engler    stephenmengler@gmail.com
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
Sunday March 19, 2023
misc_none.png
History of Wayland Free Public Library’s 175 Years!
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Founded in 1848, WFPL is one of the oldest public libraries in the United States. WFPL played a pivotal role in the passage of legislation that authorized the use of public funding to support public libraries. In the intervening 175 years, WFPL has come to be not only a place where residents can borrow books, but a hub of programs for all ages, art exhibits, and community gatherings, as well as a refuge in stressful times.

Our library history program will feature a number of illuminating speakers:

1) Jane Sciacca will discuss her experience as a Wayland resident and de facto town historian.

2) Brandeis History Dept. doctoral students Rafael Abrahams, Elizabeth Simms, and Joseph Weisberg will present their research on highlights from WFPL’s past in a round-table discussion.

3) UConn Professor Emeritus Dr. Robert Gross will give a talk titled “The Public Library and the Community: Reflections on Wayland’s Experiences,” reflecting on WFPL’s unique history as a pioneering library and its place in the broader contexts of Massachusetts, New England, and the nation at large. 

 March 19 at 2:30 p.m.

Registration is required. Join us in person or via Zoom.

CONTACT:  M.J. Wright  508-358-2311  mwright@minlib.net
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
Monday March 20, 2023
misc_none.png
ESOL Tutor Training with Ginny Steel
9:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Training classes for new ESOL tutors are scheduled for five Monday mornings, 9:15am - 12:15pm, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, and 3/27. All sessions will be held on Zoom. Pre-registration is required. If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact Ginny Steel, ESOL Program Director, at the phone number or email address above. 

This meeting will be held on ZOOM. 

 

CONTACT:  Ginny Steel  508-358-7517  virginia@thesteels.com
LOCATION: ZOOM
Tuesday March 21, 2023
misc_none.png
Babytime with Ms. Carly
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Best for babies birth to 18 months, with a caregiver. 

We will meet in the Children's Room.

LOCATION: Children's Room
 
misc_none.png
Virtual Author Talk: Chef Jernard Wells
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

A talk that will leave you starving for more! Join us as we chat with celebrity chef Jernard Wells about his newest cookbook Southern Inspired: More Than 100 Delicious Dishes from My American Table to Yours.

Register here for the webinar link.

Delicious and inventive recipes that remix the traditional flavors and classic dishes of Southern food and celebrate African-American culinary contributions to tables worldwide—from the host of CLEO TV’s New Soul Kitchen. After growing up in Mississippi, Jernard Wells brought the familiar dishes and bold flavors of the South along his culinary journey to become a chef, restaurateur, and TV host. With Southern Inspired, Jernard continues his journey—retracing the steps of generations of African American cooks whose creations have contributed to global kitchen tables since slavery. Southern food defines American food at large, and Chef Jernard takes it to a whole new level while still honoring its roots. Chef Jernard also brings in flavors from the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia, and Europe, always with his signature Southern flair. This cookbook shares 100 recipes that are approachable for both beginners and more experienced cooks.

About the Author: Jernard Wells is an Award Winning TV Host/Celebrity Chef/Bestselling Cookbook Author. He is the host of New Soul Kitchen and New Soul Kitchen Remix on CLEO TV and is well-known for appearing on numerous cooking shows on Food Network & Cooking Channel over the last decade. Wells has worked with Tyler Perry, NBA Allstar Brandon Ingram, Lady Antebellum, Tom Joyner, New Edition, and BBD. He has been featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America, PEOPLE, the Steve Harvey Morning Show, The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, ESSENCE, Daily Blast Live, USA Today, Lifetime, and the Oprah Winfrey Network to name a few. The James Beard House Honored Chef is affectionately called "The Family Chef" because he loves using food to promote positive family images. He and his wife of 25 years have 9 children and live in the Atlanta area. All 6 of his books, sauces & spices are available on www.hautecuisine.store. Follow him on all his verified social media pages at @ChefJernard

CONTACT:  Courtney Michael  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: Virtual
Friday March 24, 2023
misc_none.png
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 6, 20

February 3, 17

March  10, 24

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.

Wearing a mask is recommended.

CONTACT:  M.J. Wright  508-358-2311  mwright@minlib.net
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
 
misc_none.png
Switch Tournament
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Teens are invited to compete in our Mario Kart & Smash Bros. Switch tournament.

There will be prizes!

For teens in grades 6 and up.

Saturday March 25, 2023
misc_none.png
It Takes Two to Duet - Austro-American Association of Boston, Inc.
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Presentation by Erika Reitshamer, noted opera and classical music lecturer. Will include a lecture with video and audio clips of famous opera and classical duets.


Founded in Boston in 1944 and incorporated in 1970, the non-profit Austro-American Association was established to further the interest in Austria and Austrian culture and promote Austrian-American friendship. Austrian and American members participate in a wide variety of social and cultural programs. A Scholarship Fund provides grants to scholars and artists in support of projects related to Austrian culture. We are a non-profit organization.

CONTACT:  Reingard Schieber-Acker  978-579-2191  traude@austria-boston.org
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
Monday March 27, 2023
misc_none.png
ESOL Tutor Training with Ginny Steel
9:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Training classes for new ESOL tutors are scheduled for five Monday mornings, 9:15am - 12:15pm, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, and 3/27. Please note that only the first and last sessions will be held in-person in the Raytheon Room at the Library. The rest of the sessions will be held on Zoom. Pre-registration is required. If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact Ginny Steel, ESOL Program Director, at the phone number or email address above. 

 

CONTACT:  Ginny Steel  508-358-7517  virginia@thesteels.com
LOCATION: ZOOM
Tuesday March 28, 2023
misc_none.png
Babytime with Ms. Carly
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Best for babies birth to 18 months, with a caregiver. 

We will meet in the Children's Room.

LOCATION: Children's Room
 
misc_none.png
Room is Booked
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
 
misc_none.png
Palmistry with Diane Pietro
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
CONTACT:  Courtney Michael  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
 
misc_none.png
Virtual Author Talk: Pam Jenoff
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for an exciting trip through time as we chat with New York Times bestselling historical fiction author Pam Jenoff about her newest book Code Name Sapphire

Register here for the webinar link.

In Code Name Sapphire, A woman must rescue her cousin's family from a train bound for Auschwitz in this riveting tale of bravery and resistance. 

It’s 1942 and Hannah Martel has narrowly escaped Nazi Germany after her fiancé was killed in a pogrom. When her ship bound for America is turned away at port, she has nowhere to go but to her cousin Lily, who lives with her family in Brussels. Fearful for her life, Hannah is desperate to escape occupied Europe. But with no safe way to leave, she must return to the dangerous underground work she thought she had left behind.

Seeking help, Hannah joins the Sapphire Line, a secret resistance network led by a mysterious woman named Micheline and her enigmatic brother Mateo. But when a grave mistake causes Lily’s family to be arrested and slated for deportation to Auschwitz, Hannah finds herself torn between her loyalties. How much is Hannah willing to sacrifice to save the people she loves? Inspired by incredible true stories of courage and sacrifice, Code Name Sapphire is a powerful novel about love, family and the unshakable resilience of women in even the hardest of times.

About the Author: Pam Jenoff was born in Maryland and raised outside Philadelphia. She attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and Cambridge University in England. Upon receiving her master’s in history from Cambridge, she accepted an appointment as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. Following her work at the Pentagon, Pam moved to the State Department. Pam left the Foreign Service in 1998 to attend law school and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. She now teaches law school at Rutgers.

Pam is the NYT bestselling author of The Woman With The Blue StarThe Lost Girls of ParisThe Orphan’s Tale, The Kommandant’s GirlThe Diplomat’s WifeThe Ambassador’s DaughterThe Last Summer at Chelsea BeachThe Winter GuestThe Things We CherishedAlmost Home, and A Hidden Affair. She also authored a short story in the anthology Grand Central: Original Postwar Stories of Love and Reunion. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband, three children, dog, cat, lizard and bird.

CONTACT:  Courtney Michael  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: Virtual
Tuesday April 4, 2023
misc_none.png
Virtual Author Talk: Cartoonist Kate Beaton
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for an enlightening hour online with highly-acclaimed Kate Beaton, the New York Times bestselling author of Hark! A Vagrant! And Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands.

Register here for the webinar link.

Before there was Kate Beaton, New York Times bestselling cartoonist of Hark! A Vagrant! fame, there was Katie Beaton of the Cape Breton Beatons, specifically Mabou, a tight-knit seaside community where the lobster is as abundant as beaches, fiddles, and Gaelic folk songs. Her first full-length graphic narrative follows Beaton after university as she heads out west to take advantage of Alberta’s oil rush, part of the long tradition of East Coasters who seek gainful employment elsewhere when they can't find it in the homeland they love so much. With the singular goal of paying off her student loans, what the journey will actually cost Beaton will be far more than she anticipates.

Arriving in Fort McMurray, Beaton finds work in the lucrative camps owned and operated by the world’s largest oil companies. Being one of the few women among thousands of men, the culture shock is palpable. It does not hit home until she moves to a spartan, isolated worksite for higher pay. She encounters the harsh reality of life in the oil sands where trauma is an everyday occurrence yet never discussed. Her wounds may never heal.

Beaton’s natural cartooning prowess is on full display as she draws colossal machinery and mammoth vehicles set against a sublime Albertan backdrop of wildlife, Northern Lights, and Rocky Mountains. Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands is more than a memoir, it’s also an untold story of Canada: a country that prides itself on its egalitarian ethos and natural beauty while simultaneously exploiting both the riches of its land and the humanity of its people.

About the Author: Kate Beaton was born and raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. After graduating from Mount Allison University with a double degree in History and Anthropology, she moved to Alberta in search of work that would allow her to pay down her student loans. During the years she spent out West, Beaton began creating webcomics under the name Hark! A Vagrant, quickly drawing a substantial following around the world. The collections of her landmark strip Hark! A Vagrant and Step Aside, Pops each spent several months on the New York Times graphic novel bestseller list, as well as appearing on best of the year lists from TimeThe Washington PostVultureNPR Books, and winning the Eisner, Ignatz, Harvey, and Doug Wright Awards. She has also published the picture books King Baby and The Princess and the Pony. Beaton lives in Cape Breton with her family.

CONTACT:  Courtney Michael  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: Virtual
 
misc_none.png
Great Presenters: Yamini Ranjan and Karen Blumenfeld
7:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Wayland’s New Human Rights, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee 

In March 2021 the Wayland Select Board established the Human Rights, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (HRDEIC). The purpose of the HRDEIC is to “affirm that the Town of Wayland is an inclusive community that has, as one of its core values, the freedom from discrimination, disrespect, bigotry, other forms of microaggressions, macroaggressions, hatred and oppression, and to reaffirm the Town’s commitment to upholding and defending the rights of all individuals to enjoy the free and equal exercise of their human and civil rights and privileges.”

In this session you will learn about the HRDEIC’s work. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and share your ideas about how the town can work toward the goal of becoming an inclusive, welcoming community where everyone feels respected, heard and treated fairly no matter who they are.

Yamini Ranjan, Chair of HRDEIC, is a Podcast Host who is passionate about storytelling. She produces and hosts a podcast that brings out stories of remarkable women from the community – Women of Wayland Podcast. She has degrees in engineering and business and has lived in three continents. She practices design-thinking, loves sound mixing and editing, and relishes designing graphics.

Karen Blumenfeld, Vice-Chair of HRDEIC, embraces connection, collaboration, learning and action around human rights and equity. She is a leadership team member and workshop co-facilitator for White People Challenging Racism: Moving from Talk to Action, and co-chairs her faith community’s anti-racism group. She has Master’s degrees in business and social work, and has worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Hybrid event. Attend in person or via Zoom. Register below. 

 
CONTACT:  Courtney Michael  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: Raytheon Room OR Zoom
Thursday April 6, 2023
lib_writing.png
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.

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
Sunday April 9, 2023
misc_none.png
CLOSED - Easter
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday April 11, 2023
misc_none.png
Room is Booked
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
 
misc_none.png
Room is Booked
7:00 PM
LOCATION: Library Rotunda
Thursday April 13, 2023
misc_none.png
Cookbook Club Zoom: April 2023
6:30 PM - 6:30 PM

We will discuss the book: Ripe Figs: Recipes and Stories from Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus by Yasmin Khan

Ripe Figs: Recipes and Stories from Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus

This event is held via Zoom. Attendees can pick up a copy of the monthly Cookbook at the Circulation desk, to try recipes or just browse. The meeting will be a discussion of the book and its recipes, what participants liked or didn't like. Discussion of other recipes/books and cooking and suggestions are all welcome!

Join anytime; no registration required.

To be added to the mailing list or receive the Zoom Invite link, please contact Sarah Hogan: shogan@minlib.net

CONTACT:  Sarah Hogan  508 358 2311  shogan@minlib.net
Friday April 14, 2023
misc_none.png
Great Decisions
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

China and the US: How will the United States respond to China's growing global presence?

For the past ten years, the United States and China have been locked in a competition for who has the greatest global influence. One major point of contention is the status of Taiwanese sovereignty, which has become even more relevant recently with the possibility that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may prompt China to take similar action regarding Taiwan. How will the United States engage a China which is increasingly seeking to expand its sphere of influence? 

About Great Decisions:

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.

We'll meet in person at the library's Raytheon Room (TBD). Email Steve Engler at stephenmengler@gmail.com for more information.

CONTACT:  Stephen Engler    stephenmengler@gmail.com
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
 
misc_none.png
Noon Book Group
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

All the King's Men

All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren

The ever-relevant story of a backcountry lawyer whose idealism is overcome by his lust for power.  American literature's definitive political novel, All the King's Men traces the rise and fall of demagogue Willie Stark, who begins his career as a man of the people, but becomes corrupted by success.  Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

 

 

Monday April 17, 2023
misc_none.png
CLOSED - Patriots Day
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday April 19, 2023
misc_none.png
Board of Library Trustees
9:05 AM - 11:00 AM
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
Thursday April 20, 2023
lib_writing.png
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
 
misc_none.png
Wild World of Reptiles with Joy Marzolf
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Conctact person: Pam McCuen

 
misc_none.png
Wild World of Reptiles with Joy Marzolf
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Conctact person: Pam McCuen

Tuesday April 25, 2023
misc_none.png
Room is Booked
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
Thursday April 27, 2023
misc_none.png
Virtual Author Talk: William Kent Krueger
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

You are in for a riveting hour online with New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger! Join us as he discusses his newest book in the Cork O’Connor series Fox Creek and his other works! 

Register here for the webinar link. 

Fox Creek follows Cork O”Connor in a race against time to save his wife, a mysterious stranger, and an Ojibwe healer from bloodthirsty mercenaries. The ancient Ojibwe healer Henry Meloux has had a vision of his death. As he walks the Northwoods in solitude, he tries to prepare himself peacefully for the end of his long life. But peace is destined to elude him as hunters fill the woods seeking a woman named Dolores Morriseau, a stranger who had come to the healer for shelter and the gift of his wisdom. Meloux guides this stranger and his great niece, Cork O’Connor’s wife, to safety deep into the Boundary Waters, his home for more than a century. Meanwhile, in Aurora, Cork works feverishly to identify the hunters and the reason for their relentless pursuit, but he has little to go on. He knows only too well that with each passing hour time is running out. But his fiercest enemy in this deadly game of cat and mouse may well be his own deep self-doubt about his ability to save those he loves.

About the Author: Krueger writes a mystery series set in the north woods of Minnesota. His protagonist is Cork O’Connor, the former sheriff of Tamarack County and a man of mixed heritage—part Irish and part Ojibwe. His work has received a number of awards, including the Minnesota Book Award, the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, the Dilys Award, and the Friends of American Writers Prize. 

Ordinary Grace, his stand-alone novel published in 2013, received the Edgar Award, given by the Mystery Writers of America in recognition for the best novel published in that year. The companion novel, This Tender Land, was published in September 2019 and spent nearly six months on the New York Times bestseller list. His last nine novels were all New York Times bestsellers. He’s been married for nearly fifty years to a marvelous woman who is a retired attorney. He makes his home in St. Paul, a city he dearly loves.

New York Times Bestselling Author of Ordinary Grace: Author Talk with William Kent Krueger

CONTACT:  Courtney Michael  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: Virtual
Monday May 1, 2023
misc_none.png
Wayland Town Meeting
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Exact times TBD

CONTACT:  Wayland Free Public Library  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: Wayland HS Field House
Tuesday May 2, 2023
misc_none.png
Wayland Town Meeting
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Exact times TBD

CONTACT:  Wayland Free Public Library  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: Wayland HS Field House
Wednesday May 3, 2023
misc_none.png
Wayland Town Meeting
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Exact times TBD

CONTACT:  Wayland Free Public Library  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: Wayland HS Field House
Thursday May 4, 2023
lib_writing.png
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.

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
Sunday May 7, 2023
misc_none.png
Tuesday May 9, 2023
misc_none.png
Room is Booked
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
 
misc_none.png
Great Presenters: Dr. Craig Gruber
7:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Evidence of Things Unseen: How National Security Influences Actions Home and Abroad

In a time of increased international tensions as well as Domestic insecurity, intelligence and analysis provides insights into attitudes, beliefs and actions which have direct impacts on the United States’ security posture. 

Beginning with the events of 9/11, and the subsequent establishment of the Department of Homeland Security, a focus on domestic security and emergency response has been an increasing facet of American Life since the early 2000’s.  As the challenges and opportunities of domestic and international security have become more intertwined, the role of intelligence analysis has become more pronounced, even as the firewalls between domestic and international intelligence have become more robust. 

Join us, as Craig talks about the challenges and opportunities both met and missed in domestic and international security. 

Dr. Craig Gruber is Research Associate Professor at American University, and formerly the department chair for Intelligence and Security Studies at Northeastern University.  He has written extensively on leadership and security issues.  He is an award-winning educator, having won awards for teaching at both the high school and university levels.  After attending American University, Johns Hopkins University and Clark University, he joined the Navy where he is a reservist and an intelligence Officer.  His wife, Heather (Barnard) grew up in Wayland, and they have children in Elementary, Middle, and High School.

Hybrid event. Attend in person or via Zoom. Register below. 

CONTACT:  Courtney Michael  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: Raytheon Room OR Zoom
Thursday May 11, 2023
misc_none.png
Cookbook Club Zoom: May 2023
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

We will discuss the book: Treasures of the Mexican Table: Classic Recipes, Local Secrets by Pati Jinich

Treasures of the Mexican Table: Classic Recipes, Local Secrets

This event is held via Zoom. Attendees can pick up a copy of the monthly Cookbook at the Circulation desk, to try recipes or just browse. The meeting will be a discussion of the book and its recipes, what participants liked or didn't like. Discussion of other recipes/books and cooking and suggestions are all welcome!

Join anytime; no registration required.

To be added to the mailing list or receive the Zoom Invite link, please contact Sarah Hogan: shogan@minlib.net

CONTACT:  Sarah Hogan  508 358 2311  shogan@minlib.net
Friday May 12, 2023
misc_none.png
Great Decisions
9:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Economic Warfare: What comprises economic warfare? How have these measures been used recently against Russia?

Waging economic warfare consists of a variety of measures from implementing sanctions to fomenting labor strikes. Such tools are utilized by states to hinder their enemies, and in the case of the United States have been used as far back as the early 19th century. Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, economic warfare has been the main means for the west to challenge Russia. How effective will these sanctions be at convincing Russia to cease its war?

About Great Decisions:

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.

We'll meet in person at the library's Raytheon Room (TBD). Email Steve Engler at stephenmengler@gmail.com for more information.

CONTACT:  Stephen Engler    stephenmengler@gmail.com
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
 
misc_none.png
Noon Book Group
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Mr. Beethoven

Mr. Beethoven by Paul Griffiths

In 1823 the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston sought to commission Beethoven to write an oratorio. The premise of this ingenious novel is that Beethoven accepted the commission and traveled to the United States to oversee its first performance. Griffiths chronicles his adventures and misadventures in a new world in which, great man though he is, he finds himself a new man.

 

 

Wednesday May 17, 2023
misc_none.png
Board of Library Trustees
9:05 AM - 11:00 AM
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
Thursday May 18, 2023
lib_writing.png
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
 
misc_none.png
The Girl Who Taught Herself to Fly with Kwan Kew Lai
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Kwan Kew Lai met her first Punjabi woman doctor while lying in a hospital bed with a severe kidney infection at the age of fourteen. Watching the woman walk away down the hall, Kwan Kew was convinced she could, and would, carve out her own destiny.

In the British Straits Settlement of Penang Island, she was born into an impoverished Chinese family of two boys and ten girls on the cusp of the Japanese occupation during World War Two. She did not wish to repeat the life of her uneducated mother, burdened with an endless brood, nor tolerate the fact that her father considered girls useless since they could not carry on their family name.

The newly independent country of Malaya developed a national policy favoring one racial group, the Bumiputras, vastly diminishing her chance of receiving a university scholarship. Her fortuitous introduction to a free library and her determination to continue her education, led to the opportunity of a lifetime: a scholarship from Wellesley College.

When her father saw her off at the Penang International Airport as the first child to attend college, she proved herself to him, but more importantly she started the journey of a lifetime fulfilling dreams that originated as a young girl playing in the mud with the chickens.

In The Girl Who Taught Herself to Fly, the author weaves in her family's story of joy, sorrow, loss, love, and endless struggles with poverty and hunger. This poignant memoir, with universal and timeless themes, will leave you in awe.

Originally from Penang, Malaysia, Kwan Kew Lai received a full scholarship from Wellesley College. She is a Harvard Medical Faculty Physician. In 2005, she left academia to dedicate time to humanitarian work; in HIV/AIDS in Africa, and she provides disaster relief all over the world, such as during the Ebola outbreak, the Syrian Rohingya refugee crises, and the COVID-19 pandemic in New York and the Navajo Nation. Her debut, Lest We Forget: A Doctor's Experience with Life and Death During the Ebola Outbreak, chronicles her time in Liberia and Sierra Leone caring for Ebola patients. Into Africa, Out of Academia: A Doctor's Memoir came out October, 2020. Visit: kwankewlai.com

 

 

CONTACT:  Courtney Michael  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: Raytheon Room OR Zoom
Saturday May 20, 2023
misc_none.png
Fix it First: Jeans
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Bring a pair of jeans and learn how to alter, mend and customize them as an alternative to getting rid of them!

Cambridge School of Weston students will be on hand to demonstrate techniques such as shortening hems; lengthening pockets; taking in sides, legs and waist; fraying and applying patches. Additionally, students will share what they have learned about the effects of fast fashion and why “Fix It First” mentality is so important. 

About the program:

In an effort to educate students and the public The Upcycling Project was created by Calin Duke at the Cambridge School of Weston. This project aims to teach students the (deliberately) hidden side of fast fashion that is destructive to people all along the supply chain as well as the environment. Students learn some alternatives to buying new such as borrowing, mending, upcycling and buying second hand. Students then practice common alterations for jeans which they will be sharing with community members at the "Fix-It-First: Jeans" event as they also share what they have learned about fast fashion by engaging in conversation. We hope that community members will walk away with a new skill as well as a new friend.

CONTACT:  Courtney Michael  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
Sunday May 21, 2023
misc_none.png
Thursday May 25, 2023
misc_none.png
Hunter Cheney: The American Heritage Museum in Hudson
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn about America's military history through this presentation on the American Heritage Museum in Hudson, MA. The Museum explores America’s conflicts, beginning with the Revolutionary War to today. Visitors discover, and interact with, our heritage through the History, the national effort developing new technologies of warfare, and the Human Impact of America’s fight to preserve its freedom.

Featured in New England Magazine, February 2022

with Hunter Chaney, Director of Marketing and Communications

CONTACT:  Courtney Michael  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: Raytheon Room OR Zoom
Monday May 29, 2023
misc_none.png
CLOSED - Memorial Day
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday June 1, 2023
lib_writing.png
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.

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
Thursday June 8, 2023
misc_none.png
Cookbook Club Zoom: June 2023
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

We will discuss the book: Veggies & Fish: Modern & Sustainable Plant-Forward Pescatarian Recipes by Bart Van Olphen

Veggies & Fish: Modern & Sustainable Plant-Forward Pescatarian Recipes

This event is held via Zoom. Attendees can pick up a copy of the monthly Cookbook at the Circulation desk, to try recipes or just browse. The meeting will be a discussion of the book and its recipes, what participants liked or didn't like. Discussion of other recipes/books and cooking and suggestions are all welcome!

Join anytime; no registration required.

To be added to the mailing list or receive the Zoom Invite link, please contact Sarah Hogan: shogan@minlib.net

CONTACT:  Sarah Hogan  508 358 2311  shogan@minlib.net
Friday June 9, 2023
misc_none.png
Noon Book Group
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Amateur Marriage

The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler

Wedding in haste on the eve of World War II, Michael and Pauline remain at odds for the next thirty years in this unflinching yet compassionate portrait of not only a mismatched couple, but the times they live through.

 

 

 

Thursday June 15, 2023
lib_writing.png
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
Friday June 16, 2023
misc_none.png
Great Decisions
9:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Politics in Latin America: What does the emergence of various left-wing governments mean for countries in Latin America?

Electoral results in Latin America over the past four years have led many observers of the regional/political scene to discern a left-wing surge in the hemisphere, reminiscent of the so-called “Pink Tide” that swept the area some 20 years ago. But how much do these politicians actually have in common? What implication does their ascendency have for the region?

About Great Decisions:

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.

We'll meet in person at the library's Raytheon Room (TBD). Email Steve Engler at stephenmengler@gmail.com for more information.

CONTACT:  Stephen Engler    stephenmengler@gmail.com
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
Monday June 19, 2023
misc_none.png
CLOSED - Juneteenth
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday June 21, 2023
misc_none.png
Board of Library Trustees
9:05 AM - 11:00 AM
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
Tuesday July 4, 2023
misc_none.png
CLOSED - Independence Day
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday July 19, 2023
misc_none.png
Board of Library Trustees
9:05 AM - 11:00 AM
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
Wednesday August 16, 2023
misc_none.png
Board of Library Trustees
9:05 AM - 11:00 AM
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
Saturday September 2, 2023
misc_none.png
CLOSED - Labor Day Weekend
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday September 3, 2023
misc_none.png
CLOSED - Labor Day Weekend
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday September 4, 2023
misc_none.png
CLOSED - Labor Day
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday September 20, 2023
misc_none.png
Board of Library Trustees
9:05 AM - 11:00 AM
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
Friday September 22, 2023
misc_none.png
Great Decisions
9:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Global Famine: What causes famine? How can it be prevented in the future?

Fears of global food shortages have followed Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which has disrupted grain shipments from the major grain producer. But what about countries and regions that were suffering before this impending shortage? How is famine defined, and how is it different from simple food shortages? What if any remedies are there? 

About Great Decisions:

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.

We'll meet in person at the library's Raytheon Room (TBD). Email Steve Engler at stephenmengler@gmail.com for more information.

CONTACT:  Stephen Engler    stephenmengler@gmail.com
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
Tuesday October 3, 2023
misc_none.png
Great Presenters: David Blais
7:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Why are we still dealing with the challenges of food insecurity & hunger? 

The answer, surprisingly, has nothing to do with food! 

In 1969 the Nixon White House held a conference on hunger and declared that they were going to end hunger ‘Now and forever.”  Fifty-three years later we are still fighting the same battle with the Biden White House proclaiming that they will wipe out Hunger by 2030.

Join us as we journey into the real reasons hunger exists in this country and the unintended barriers that get in the way of creating a food secure nation. 

David Blais is a lifelong entrepreneur, founder of the nonprofit Daniel’s Table and author of Grandma’s Love to Read, a children's book being used in schools to encourage family reading time.

David’s vision for Daniel’s Table has made him a non-profit food security leader. Combining innovative programming, educational opportunities and his proprietary software, Healthy Communities, has catapulted David into the national food security conversation. This includes his invitation to The White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health.

Hybrid event. Attend in person or via Zoom. Register below. 
CONTACT:  Courtney Michael  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: Raytheon Room OR Zoom
Monday October 9, 2023
misc_none.png
CLOSED - Indigenous Peoples Day
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday October 13, 2023
misc_none.png
Great Decisions
9:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Iran at a Crossroads: What is the future for relations between Iran and the U.S.?

By the fall of 2022, Iran was in a state of turmoil due to widespread protests against government-enforced wearing of the hijab, a failing economy, an ineffective new president, and the looming succession of the country’s leader, Ayatollah Khamenei. Abroad, renewal of the Iran nuclear deal seemed doubtful and tensions remain high between Iran, Israel, and Arab states. Many Iranians have lost hope of a better future, and the country seems at a crossroads. How should the United States deal with it?

About Great Decisions:

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.

We'll meet in person at the library's Raytheon Room (TBD). Email Steve Engler at stephenmengler@gmail.com for more information.

CONTACT:  Stephen Engler    stephenmengler@gmail.com
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
Wednesday October 18, 2023
misc_none.png
Board of Library Trustees
9:05 AM - 11:00 AM
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
Friday November 3, 2023
misc_none.png
Great Decisions
9:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Climate Migration: How is climate change impacting human migration?

As climate change accelerates and drought and rising sea levels become more common, millions of people in affected regions must uproot themselves and seek safety elsewhere. Who are these affected individuals, and how might the United States aid them, and be affected by the migration?

About Great Decisions:

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.

We'll meet in person at the library's Raytheon Room (TBD). Email Steve Engler at stephenmengler@gmail.com for more information.

CONTACT:  Stephen Engler    stephenmengler@gmail.com
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
Tuesday November 7, 2023
misc_none.png
Great Presenters: Richard Raiselis
7:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Natural Witness: A Painter’s Pledge to See the World With his Own Two Eyes

Richard Raiselis paints in all seasons directly from life outdoors, or from a window high above the city.  In a moment when we effortlessly record what we see with iphones, why would a visual artist reject the comforts of a warm studio for the uncertainties of winter weather?  Or lug large canvases, paints, and easels to busy street corners, into buggy conservation land, or onto commuter trains to city centers?  

Raiselis will address his choice to be a witness, to see the natural or constructed landscape with the immediacy of unfiltered looking.  A painting is a statement—often taking months to complete—of the visible and invisible qualities of a place and a time.  

Raiselis will show his work and speak about how and why he makes it.  The artistic process can seem mysterious.  As a painter and an educator, he is skilled at making art and explaining it.  Please join us for this opportunity to look, learn and ask questions that will enrich your enjoyment of art.    

Richard Raiselis is Associate Professor of Art at Boston University.  He is a 2022-2023 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow in Painting, and is represented in New England by Gallery NAGA, Boston, where he had his seventh solo exhibition in 2022.  

Hybrid event. Attend in person or via Zoom. Register below. 

CONTACT:  Courtney Michael  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: Raytheon Room OR Zoom
Saturday November 11, 2023
misc_none.png
CLOSED - Veterans' Day
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday November 15, 2023
misc_none.png
Board of Library Trustees
9:05 AM - 11:00 AM
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
Tuesday December 5, 2023
misc_none.png
Great Presenters: Win Treese
7:30 PM - 8:45 PM

The Romantic Engineer: Poetry Meets Technology

"Shall I compare thee to the latest iPhone?" If anything, poetry seems to clash with technology, and technology feels like it moves us out of the world of poetry. Yet poetry itself is a technology, combining techniques to create emotional effects. And technologies can move us---both literally and figuratively---in unexpected ways. Join Win in exploring how poetry can help us contemplate the artificial as well as the natural world.

Win Treese is a software consultant, writer, teacher, and poet. Win helped start Open Market, one of the first Internet commerce software companies, and later led software development at SiCortex, a Maynard-based supercomputer startup. He has also worked as an independent consultant as well as on staff at MIT and Boston University. 

Win is a current member of the Wayland Board of Library Trustees and served several terms on the School Council for Wayland High School, as both parent and community member.  As a volunteer at the library, he helped start the Girls Who Code program at the Wayland Library and led the team of facilitators for four years before the pandemic. 

His most recent book is "In the Cloud: Poems for a Technological Age", and he previously co-authored the book "Designing Systems for Internet Commerce."  

He lives in Wayland, Massachusetts.

Hybrid event. Attend in person or via Zoom. Register below. 

 
CONTACT:  Courtney Michael  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: Raytheon Room OR Zoom
Wednesday December 20, 2023
misc_none.png
Board of Library Trustees
9:05 AM - 11:00 AM
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
Sunday December 24, 2023
misc_none.png
CLOSED - Christmas Eve
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday December 25, 2023
misc_none.png
CLOSED - Christmas Day
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

141 events.


EK/TK MARS : IVORY : 2020_09_28 9:30 PM
Icons by Icons8