HOLIDAY HOURS. On Tuesday, December 24, the library will close at noon and will reopen on Thursday, December 26, at 9 a.m. We will close at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31, and remain closed through New Year’s Day.
Lydia Maria Child: Domestic Diva. In connection with Wayland’s 375th anniversary, on Sunday, January 5, from 2:30-4:30 p.m., authors Keith Stavely and Kathleen Fitzgerald will serve up a delicious feast of information and recipes highlighting the domestic side of Wayland’s foremost abolitionist and author, Lydia Maria Child. Child, in addition to her incredible efforts on behalf of reform, was the best-selling author of early nineteenth century advice books, including the popoular Frugal Housewife. Stavely and Fitzgerald are the authors of America’s Founding Food: The Story of New England Cooking and Northern Hospitality: Cooking by the Book in New England. They will regale us with their own experiences trying to follow Child’s imprecise recipes. Members of the Wayland Historical Society have volunteered to try out some of the recipes and pass out samples. An appetizing way to start the New Year! Co-sponsored by the Wayland Historical Society.
The Power of Process in Storytelling. Richard Weingartner, Director of Drama at Wayland High School, will offer an interactive workshop exploring the use of life experience as a way to open the door to storytelling. Participants will discover the power of their own journeys as a way to connect to the lives of others. Weingartner has produced and written over 30 original plays, teaches a variety of theater and communication courses, has won various playwriting awards, and has run workshops at the college level. He is also an avid motorcyclist! Tuesday, January 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Raytheon Room.
Ed Mascari Jazz Duo featuring Rebecca Wellons. Wayland Middle School Director of Bands, Rebecca Wellons will team up with her neighbor, Jazz Pianist Ed Mascari, to present a selection of jazz tunes from the American Songbook in live performance in the library’s Raytheon Room on Sunday, January 12, from 3-4 p.m. For more information about the duo, check out edmascari.com/.
Middle School Meditation Book Group. Calling teens in grades 6 to 8. Chat…Relax…Eat…Read…Meditate. Sound good? If so, then come to the library on Tuesday, January 28, from 7-8:30 p.m. for a meditation book group led by Dr. Dossie Kahn of Wayland Youth and Family Services. We will be discussing A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles by Thich Nhat Hanh. Bring a parent sign you in. For more information call the Wayland Library Youth Services Department at 508-358-2308 or Wayland Youth and Family Services at 508-358-4293.
Winter Story & Mother Goose Times. After a brief holiday hiatus, our Storytimes will start up again on the week of January 12. We have two parent-child storytimes led by Children’s Librarian Pam McCuen. StoryVine is a story/craft hour for preschoolers ages 2.5 to 5 years most Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Mother Goose Time, for babies and toddlers, is an interactive program filled with songs, rhymes, stories, and movement on most Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Registration is not required for these programs.
Book Buddies for Kids in Grades 1-3. Children’s Librarian Pam McCuen is starting a new program: a parent/child book group for children in grades 1-3 with a parent or caregiver. The first meeting will be on Wednesday, January 29, from 3-3:30 p.m. Our first book will be Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart. During each meeting we will discuss the book and do a hands-on activity. Please read the book with your child before the session. For more information, call the Youth Services Department at 508-358-2308.
Parent/Child Book Group For Grades 4 & 5. Our book group for children in fourth and fifth grade, with a parent, will meet on Wednesday, January 15, at 7 p.m. in the Raytheon Room. This month we will discuss Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan. Each month we discuss a different book. At each meeting the group decides together what next month’s book will be. Led by Children’s Librarian Pam McCuen.
Mother-Daughter Book Club. We have started a Mother/Daughter book club for older girls (grades 7 and up) with their moms. On Tuesday, January 21, at 6:30 p.m. the group will discuss Iqbal by Francesco D’Adamo with Youth Services Librarian Pam McCuen. With questions or to register, call the Youth Services Department at 508-358-2308.
Lego Club for children ages 5 and up. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, January 8, at 3 p.m. in the Raytheon Room. Kids, come make fabulous creations out of Legos!
Create-a-Card Workshop. The Wayland Children and Parents Association is sponsoring a Create-a-Card workshop on Thursday, January 9, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the library’s Raytheon Room. For more information, contact Rachel Gutner of the WCPA at 207-415-8627.
“Eating a Rainbow” — Healthy Eating for Kids. Amy Christiansen from Land’s Sake Farm will introduce children to the concepts of colorful, balanced, and healthy eating in this interactive nutrition workshop. Children will also make healthy snacks! Wednesday January 22, from 3-3:30 p.m. For ages 6 and up. Location: Raytheon Room.
Winter Exhibits. During December, members of Arts/Wayland are exhibiting their work in the Raytheon Room. Also this month, the foyer contains a photographic exhibit entitled “Nature in Motion” by Wayland resident Nasser K. In January the foyer will contain acrylic paintings by artist Julia Blake of Wellesley. We are looking forward to seeing photographs by members of the Happy Hollow 2012 & 2013 Photography Club in their upcoming January exhibit in the Raytheon Room. In 2011 Happy Hollow School received a grant from the Wayland Public Schools Foundation to purchase eight simple digital cameras for the purpose of exposing students to the art of digital photography. In total, 72 fifth graders from the classes of 2012 and 2013 participated in the club, learning about composition, subject, how to frame, lighting, editing, and printing. The images on display are a sample of the work done by this talented group of photographers.
Needlework/Handwork Group. Our Needlework/Handwork group, facilitated by Ann Moses, meets monthly on a Wednesday morning from 10–11:30 a.m. in the Raytheon Room. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, January 8. This is a group for people to work on needlework and handwork projects together. For more information, contact Ann Moses firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-358-7113. Meeting scheduled for the rest of the year are: Feb. 12 (please note date change), Mar. 5, Apr. 2, May 7, and June 4.
Library Book Groups for Adults. Both of our two library book groups for adults will meet in January. The next meeting of our evening group, led by Andy Moore, will be on Monday, January 13, at 7 p.m. We will be discussing The Blood of Heaven by Kent Wascom. The next meeting of our Noontime Book Group will be on Friday, January 3, at noon and we will be discussing Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. The noon group is facilitated by Sandy Raymond. Book lists for both groups can be found in the “Readers’ Corner” section of our website. For more information, call the library.