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Mission: to bring the yoga community together to create seva (selfless service). Through the gift of yoga, Yoga Reaches Out focuses on raising funds for organizations that impact the health, education, and well-being of children.

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Volunteers pick berries for Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund

Wayland Town Crier 7/19/17: Volunteers pick berries for Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund. Emily Ivker didn’t know enough to recognize that friend Lauren Dunne Astley was in an abusive relationship. On Tuesday, Ivker visited the Astley family’s blueberry patch to pick berries in support of a fund set up in memory of Astley.

Lost Cat: Jasper is a grey cat lost since July 14 from his Longfellow Rd home

Longfellow Rd is near Claypit Hill School and Mill Pond.

Wayland-Weston Rowing Association launches adult programs

Wayland Town Crier 7/15/17: Wayland-Weston Rowing Association launches adult programs. In addition to offering development and competitive summer rowing programs for middle and high school students, the Wayland-Weston Rowing Association has launched Masters recreational rowing as well as three “learn to row” programs for adults.

News and Events from the Wayland Library, July 14, 2017


Wayland Shares is our newest experiment: It’s a way for patrons of the Wayland Library to share their own thoughts about library-related materials and events with each other via social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. To see our WAYLAND SHARES videos check them out here: or

This new feature which allows the public to contribute reviews about library events, books, movies and much more through social media.  Want to review a CD you just enjoyed from the library? Did you hear an interesting speaker? Notice a cool library display or use a library’s pass to a local museum? Share your thoughts with us!

Here’s how:

  1. Create a short, simple video where you talk to the camera. 30-90 seconds is best. Cell phone videos are great. Nothing fancy—just talk and share! What did you like about it? Would you recommend it to others?
  2. Send the video to us via our Facebook or Instagram Messages: or @wayland_library.
  3. Once your video is approved by our staff and a photo/video release form is signed, we’ll post it online! If you would like to come into the library and have a staff member film for you, please message us to schedule a mutually agreeable time.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Adult Programs and Workshops:

  • Digital Games and Education, Thursday, July 20 7:00-8:30 pm with Professor Kyle Moody of Fitchburg State University. Digital games have become a multibillion dollar industry, and their influence can be felt across many facets of society and culture. This talk will explore avenues of education and how digital games have become an essential part of teaching core concepts to players, along with how non-players can begin to understand the impact of games.  [CANCELLED]
  • Cornerstone Collegiate Planning, Wednesday, July 26, 7:00-8:30pm. This free workshop offered by college planning consultant Robert Allen, addresses the importance of planning for all aspects of college prep. Families must ready themselves for standardized testing, applications, admissions and rejections, financial aid, personal finances, and so much more. This goal of this event is to provide recommendations for the best way to pay your share of college costs.  
  • Film Showing: Round Ireland with a FridgeFriday, July 28, 10:00 a.m.-12 noon. The Armchair Travel Book Club presents this film based on a book read last year, Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawkes.  The group enjoyed the book so much that when we realized the author also wrote and stars in a film of the same name, we wanted to watch it together.  All are invited to join us.  Reading of the book is not necessary.  90 minutes.
  • Library Crawl, Tuesday, August 1, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you are a “library person,” this self-guided tour is a fun way to visit multiple libraries in one day. The crawl will bring you to twelve different area libraries. Challenge yourself to visit as many as you can and take a picture of a designated feature at each stop. “Collect” photos from five libraries, and receive a prize at your final destination.  This is a unique way to while away a summer Tuesday!  Pick up a list of libraries and what to find in them the day of the event.    


  • Upcoming Storytimes
    • Mother Goose Time (Infants-2.5 years) Tuesdays, July 18, 25 and  August 15 at 10:30 a.m.
    • StoryVine (2.5 -5 years) Thursdays, July 20, August 3, 10, and 17 at 10:30 a.m.
  • PJ Storytime, Wednesday, July 19, 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. Wear your pajamas to the library and listen to stories! Program led by Beverly Mobilia of Wayland Community Partnerships for Children and Families. For ages 2 to 5, with parent/caregiver.  Held in the Children’s Room.
  • Yoga Storytime,  Thursday, July 27, 10:30 a.m. Wayland parent and author Giselle Shardlow will read from her picture book Maria Explores the Ocean and teach children the yoga poses presented in the book.  For ages 4 and up.
  • Music with Sarah, Tuesday, August 1, 10:30 a.m. Kids dance, sing, and play instruments in this interactive music program led by Sarah Gardner. For babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.
  • Storytime with Corbyn, Thursday, August 3, 10:30 a.m Children will listen to dog stories and have a special canine visitor! Corbyn, a beautiful Samoyed, and her owner Helen will join us. For ages 3 and up.


  • Traveling Tidepools.  Monday, July 17, 1:00-1:45; 2:00-2:45; 3:00-3:45 p.m. The New England Aquarium will bring traveling tidepools to the library. Children will see tidepool creatures up close!  Three 45-minute sessions. Online registration required.  For ages 4 and up.
  • Cool Cooking,  Thursday, July 20, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Children will make gazpacho, a healthy cold soup filled with tomatoes and veggies, Perfect for hot summer days.  For ages 5 and up.
  • Magic Dragon Theatre Workshop Tuesday-Friday, July 25-28, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. each day In this 4-day drama workshop, tweens will be introduced to the joy and craft of theatre, Including acting, singing, and dance.  Performance for family and friends on Friday afternoon. Workshop led by local high school students.  For 4th to 6th graders. To register, email Magic Dragon at or call 508-655-4409.
  • Drop-in Crafts: Recycled Art,  Wednesday, August 9, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Make funky crafts from recycled materials. For ages 4 and up.  Led by librarian Elise Katz.

FOR TEENS: Comic Book Workshop, Wednesday, July 19, 3:00-4:30 p.m. Teens will work collaboratively to draw a story in this comic art workshop led by local artist Dan Moynihan.  For teens in grades 6 and up.

SUMMER READING PROGRAM: BUILD A BETTER WORLD. The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program for children in grades preK-Grade 5 is  Build a Better World. Children can sign up at the library (and get a goodie bag) or online at Kids will win a free t-shirt (while supplies last) once they sign up for Summer Reading and read their first book.  There are many programs planned for the summer, and plenty of prizes. We will celebrate the children’s reading with an ice cream bash on Thursday, August 17.

The theme for the Teen Summer Reading for youth in grades 6-12 is also Build a Better World.  Teens who register online at and write at least one original book review will win a prize, and be entered into a lottery for a free Kindle Fire.  There will also be great programs for teens this summer.

Wayland receives $10.1M library grant

Wayland Town Crier 7/14/17: Wayland receives $10.1M library grant, Marlborough on waiting list. Aida Gennis was overjoyed when she got the news Thursday Wayland received a $10.1 million grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to help build a new library. The state Board of Library Commissioners awarded $67 million in grants to nine municipalities for new construction and renovations and expansions. The board placed the remaining 24 communities – including Marlborough – that applied for funding on a waiting list.

A news release from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is online here.

Wayland native brings camp back to Weston

Wayland Town Crier 7/12/17: Wayland native brings camp back to Weston. Harley Yanoff developed his passion for theater in Wayland where he grew up. As a teenager, his claim to fame was starring in the regional premiere of “Captains Courageous, The Musical” at the age of 15. After high school he majored in theater at Brandeis University and then headed to New York City.

New Inclusive Friendship & Play Group

“To encourage children to embrace differences, kids must first encounter differences.”

Check out the new Facebook community, Together We Play, an inclusive friendship & play group. This group is for families (or caregivers) raising children with special needs AND families with typically developing children, primarily in the Boston suburbs. Have some fun, and help us make the world a more accepting place! There are benefits for everyone!

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