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The Board of Library Trustees thanks the community

The Board of Library Trustees thanks everyone who attended Town Meeting and considered Article 17 to fund a new public library for Wayland. Many attended that evening, and buses were needed to shuttle people to and from Town Meeting. Seven hundred and sixty residents, 61.3% of attendees, voted to fund construction of a new public library. The article required a 2/3 vote to succeed.

The Trustees were heartened by the support expressed at Town Meeting for library services and the spaces needed to deliver them. This vote, and the favorable votes at Town Meetings in 2015, 2016, and 2017 for articles moving us towards a new library, show that our community strongly values the services a library provides.

This proposed new library project won a very competitive library construction grant of $10,137,980—the third highest grant awarded by the Massachusetts Public Library Commission in this grant cycle. Following our Town Meeting vote, these grant funds will be distributed to other communities in the Commonwealth for their public library projects.

The Trustees thank every Wayland resident who participated in our studies, surveys, discussions and direct conversations with us. Your desire for improved library spaces and services has been consistent through the many years we have been studying this issue, and your input informed our efforts to better meet your needs. We thank Town boards and officials for their assistance during our work, especially the School Committee and Recreation Commission for their collaboration during the development of this new library proposal.

We thank past Trustees and their dedication to their charge and continued advocacy for the library; the Library Planning Committee who labored diligently and thoroughly to investigate and advocate for improved library spaces and services; and the wonderful staff of the Wayland Free Public Library, who provide and strive to anticipate library services that benefit every member of this community.

The Trustees thank you all and will begin a new process to consider how library spaces and services can be improved. The Wayland Free Public Library will, as it has throughout history, keep moving forward.

The Board of Library Trustees
Aida Gennis, Chair, Sally Cartwright, Leah Hart, Mark Hughes, Maureen White, Suzanne Woodruff

News and Events from the Wayland Library, April 7, 2018

ADULT PROGRAMS

  • Music Through the Decades with David Polansky. Commissioned by the Norman Rockwell Museum, “Music Through the Decades” is a fun-filled hour in which David Polansky tells how the last hundred-plus years of American and world history have inspired so many of the songs we love. Using keyboard, trumpet, and vocals, David presents the music of George M. Cohan, Fats Waller, Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, and a host of others.  The downbeat is at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 15.
  • Author Talk: Chappaquiddick Tragedy: Kennedy’s Second Passenger RevealedOne fateful night in Massachusetts, Sen. Edward Kennedy was involved in a fatal crash after driving his car from a party on Martha’s Vineyard.  Suspicion and intrigue have clouded the public’s opinion of Kennedy for years, but author Donald Frederic Nelson takes all of the evidence into account in his explanation of the death at Chappaquiddick.  Catch his presentation on Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Genealogy for Beginners: A Four-Part Series. Interested in knowing more about your ancestors?  Come to the library to start tracing your genealogy! Find out where your ancestors lived, their occupations, and about their military service.  Instructor Suzanne Richardson has been an active genealogist for 40 years. Suzanne also facilitates WAY-GEN, a genealogy interest group that meets at the Wayland Council on Aging.  The series runs for four successive Mondays, beginning April 23, at 1:00 p.m.
  • Great Presenters: AI AND MACHINE LEARNING: THIS TIME IT’S FOR REAL… and it will change everything, says John Landry.  Artificial intelligence (AI) software concepts conceived in the ʼ80s and enhanced over the last five years are starting a revolution in machine learning (ML), enabling computers to perform human-like tasks.  Long-time tech visionary and serial tech executive Landry will provide a lively discussion on what ML is, why it’s important, and what might happen when machines exceed humans in intelligence (aka “super-intelligence”).  Hear him on Tuesday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m.

BABY AND PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAMS

  • Weekly Storytimes
    •  Mother Goose Time (Infants-2.5 years) Tuesdays, April 10, 17 and 24 at 10:30 a.m.
    •  StoryVine (2.5 -5 years) Thursdays, April 12 and 19 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Brain Building Storytime, Wednesday, April 18, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Storytime, parachute play, and brain-building activity. Program led by Beverly Mobilia of Wayland Community Partnerships for Children and Families. For ages 2 to 5, with parent/caregiver.
  • Sensory Storytime, Saturday, April 21, 10:30-11:00 a.m.Children will sing songs, listen to stories, and participate in other engaging activities. For ages 2 and up, with parent/caregiver. Sensory Storytime is designed for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues, other developmental disabilities, and their typically developing peers. If your child has difficulty sitting through our other storytimes, this program might be for you.
  • Storytime with Corbyn the Dog, Thursday, April 26, 10:30 a.m. Children will listen to dog stories and have a chance to visit with Corbyn, a beautiful Samoyed. Corbyn (with her owner Helen) has been certified as a therapy dog by Pets and People Foundation.  For ages 3 and up.

SCHOOL AGE PROGRAMS

  • Pop-Up Makerspace, Wednesday, April 11, 3:00-4:30 p.m. Put on your Maker’s Hat and join Children’s Librarian Carly Moniz in our Pop-Up Makerspace. Carly will have several projects and activities set up for kids who like to make stuff.  For ages 5 and up.
  • Book Buddies, Wednesday, April 25, 3:00-3:45 p.m. In celebration of poetry month, we will read Red Sings from the Treetops by Joyce Sidman. We will read the book, enjoy a snack, and write some poems. This program is co-run with the WCPA! For children in grades K-2 with a parent/caregiver.
  • Parent/Child Book Group, Wednesday, April 25, 7:00-8:00 p.m. April’s books are Kathryn Erskine’s Badger Knight and The Incredible Magic of Being. Children should read either one or both books before this session.  We will by skyping with the author! For 4th and 5th graders with a parent.
  • Comic Book Kids, Thursday, April 26, 4:00-4:45 p.m. Comic Book Kids is a graphic novel book club for kids in grades 2-5. April’s book is The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey. For grades 2-5.

VACATION WEEK SPECIALS:

  • Origami for Kids, Tuesday, April 17, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Experiment with paper and experience Origami! You will leave this workshop with many origami creations and a packet of things to make. Led by local artist and teacher Lisa Corfman. Please register online. For ages 7 to 10.
  • Rainforest Reptiles, Wednesday, April 18, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Alligators, turtles, snakes, and more! Come learn about the rainforest and the reptiles that live there. Program presented by a herpetologist from Rainforest Reptiles. For children ages 3 and up.

FOR TEENS:

Monday, April 30, 4:00-4:45 p.m.Random Fandom: Hamilton! Teens! Don’t throw away your shot! Join us for an afternoon of trivia, music, lyric throwdowns, snacks, and crafts about Hamilton: An American Musical. For teens.

 

FOR ALL AGES

ComicFest, Saturday, April 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join us for this family-friendly event! There will be comic-making workshops for kids (please register online for these), costumes, games, and comics galore! Comic artists and writers (some for kids and some for adults) will host tables from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. upstairs in the North Wing. Activities for children, including a superhero training camp, will start at 11 a.m. Costumes encouraged! Comic artists and writers attending include: Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb, an Eisner-Award winning art team who collaborate on The Adventure Time Comics, The Midas Flesh, and Making Scents. Braden is the colorist for several New York Times best-selling books, including Ghosts, Sisters, Bronco and The Baby-Sitters Club. Shelli is Co-Director of The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo; Jennie Paik (Girlfriend for a Day); Dirk Tiede (Comics portal Modern Tales); Mark Parisi (Off the Mark, Marty Pants); Alex Simons (Inktober 2018);  Rob Malone (Dreadguard Comic series); Tessa Beatrice (Underdog Comics); and Steven Price (Urban Fantasy novel The Grifffin).

The Board of Library Trustees thanks all voters

The Board of Library Trustees thank everyone who voted at the election. The passage of Question 1 allows Article 17, for the construction of a new library building, to be brought to Town Meeting for consideration.

Libraries have changed since our beautiful building was constructed in 1900 for two thousand residents. A modest addition, in 1988, provided much-needed space for books and other materials, and for children, staff and patrons to sit, study, and read. However, it soon became clear that even more space would have been preferable. Since that time, the Trustees and staff have worked to improve the patron experience within the cramped confines of this building. What suited a population in 1900, or even in 1988, does not suit the needs of patrons today. Like other town institutions—most notably our outstanding schools—our library must change with the needs of the times.

As a core town service, the library provides Wayland’s cultural infrastructure and underpins the superb educational experience that students receive in our schools—a primary reason many families moved here in the first place. Unfortunately, while housed at 5 Concord Road, our library underperforms. Patrons do not have enough space to study, work, or collaborate; interest groups do not have enough space to meet; children and parents do not have enough space to read together; and staff do not have enough space to stage the films, lectures, and other events their patrons keenly want. Wayland residents are missing out on activities that other towns enjoy. Over time, as the gap widens between our library’s capabilities and our town’s needs, it will have a negative effect on Wayland’s appeal to prospective homebuyers.

Libraries elevate public discourse by providing the means to broaden horizons, read about current affairs, and engage with our neighbors. Libraries build community by providing space for like-minded locals to meet, work together, join an interest group, see a film, hear a lecture, or just chat as they drop in for new reading material. These activities are not luxuries. They are essential in a healthy community. To provide them to residents of all ages and abilities, a library needs diverse, comfortable spaces and adequate parking.

For Wayland, Article 17 presents a one-time opportunity: We have received a $10.1M grant of state funds to defray the cost of constructing a new public library at 195 Main Street, the site of the former Highway Department garage. State grants such as this are few and far between, and there are no plans in place for another grant round. After many years of careful study, it is time to take advantage of state funds and build a library that will serve Wayland residents now and into the future.

This grant is site-specific and time-limited. If Wayland does not vote at Town Meeting to fund the remainder of construction costs, the grant funds will go to another town. To keep this $10.1M, 2/3 of voters at Town Meeting need to vote Yes on Article 17.

Town Meeting starts on April 2nd. Please attend on April 3rd and vote Yes on Article 17 to authorize funds to construct a new public library.

Submitted by the Board of Library Trustees

News and Events from the Wayland Library, March 30, 2018

ADULT PROGRAMS

  • The Great Presenters: Diet and Nutrition for Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Carol Englender shows how and why changing diet and adding vitamins and minerals may improve attention, social functioning, and academic performance.   Find out how laboratory tests can determine which specific nutrients to add for each individual.  All this and more on Tuesday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Music Through the Decades with David Polansky. Commissioned by the Norman Rockwell Museum, “Music Through the Decades” is a fun-filled hour in which David Polansky tells how the last hundred-plus years of American and world history have inspired so many of the songs we love. Using keyboard, trumpet, and vocals, David presents the music of George M. Cohan, Fats Waller, Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, and a host of others.  The downbeat is at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 15.
  • Author Talk: Chappaquiddick Tragedy: Kennedy’s Second Passenger RevealedOne fateful night in Massachusetts, Sen. Edward Kennedy was involved in a fatal crash after driving his car from a party on Martha’s Vineyard.  Suspicion and intrigue have clouded the public’s opinion of Kennedy for years, but author Donald Frederic Nelson takes all of the evidence into account in his explanation of the death at Chappaquiddick.  Catch his presentation on Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m.
  • English Conversation Groups. The next meeting for beginners is Friday, April 6 at 10:30 a.m.  For those who speak English already and want to refine their skill, the Intermediate group meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m.

BOOK GROUPS

BABY AND PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAMS

  • Weekly Storytimes
    • Mother Goose Time (Infants-2.5 years) Tuesdays, April 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 10:30 a.m.
    • StoryVine (2.5 -5 years) Thursdays, April 12 and 19 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Sing-along with Jeannie Mack, Thursday, April 5, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Jeannie Mack will perform all kinds of fun, bounce-around, sing-along songs for young children. Plenty of opportunity for audience participation! For babies, toddlers, and preschoolers with caregiver.
  • Brain Building Storytime, Wednesday, April 18, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Storytime, parachute play, and brain-building activity. Program led by Beverly Mobilia of Wayland Community Partnerships for Children and Families. For ages 2 to 5, with parent/caregiver.
  • Sensory Storytime, Saturday, April 21, 10:30-11:00 a.m., Children will sing songs, listen to stories, and participate in other engaging activities. For ages 2 and up, with parent/caregiver. Sensory Storytime is designed for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues, other developmental disabilities, and their typically developing peers. If your child has difficulty sitting through our other storytimes, this program might be for you.
  • Storytime with Corbyn the Dog, Thursday, April 26, 10:30 a.m. Children will listen to dog stories and have a chance to visit with Corbyn, a beautiful Samoyed. Corbyn (with her owner Helen) has been certified as a therapy dog by Pets and People Foundation.  For ages 3 and up.

SCHOOL AGE PROGRAMS

  • Lego Club, Wednesday, April 4, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Children will make fabulous creations out of Legos. This month’s theme: Design and build a playground! For ages 5 and up.
  • Pop-Up Makerspace, Wednesday, April 11, 3:00-4:30 p.m. Put on your Maker’s Hat and join Children’s Librarian Carly Moniz in our Pop-Up Makerspace. Carly will have several projects and activities set up for kids who like to make stuff. For ages 5 and up.
  • Book Buddies, Wednesday, April 25, 3:00-3:45 p.m. In celebration of poetry month, we will read Red Sings from the Treetops by Joyce Sidman. We will read the book, enjoy a snack, and write some poems. This program is co-run with the WCPA! For children in grades K-2 with a parent/caregiver.
  • Parent/Child Book Group, Wednesday, April 25, 7:00-8:00 p.m. April’s books are Kathryn Erskine’s Badger Knight and The Incredible Magic of Being. Children should read either one or both books before this session.  We will by skyping with the author! For 4th and 5th graders with a parent.
  • Comic Book Kids, Thursday, April 26, 4:00-4:45 p.m. Comic Book Kids is a graphic novel book club for kids in grades 2-5. April’s book is The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey. For grades 2-5.

VACATION WEEK SPECIALS:

  • Origami for Kids, Tuesday, April 17, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Experiment with paper and experience Origami! You will leave this workshop with many origami creations and a packet of things to make. Led by local artist and teacher Lisa Corfman. Please register online. For ages 7 to 10.
  • Rainforest Reptiles, Wednesday, April 18, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Alligators, turtles, snakes, and more! Come learn about the rainforest and the reptiles that live there. Program presented by a herpetologist from Rainforest Reptiles.For children ages 3 and up.

FOR TEENS: Monday, April 30, 4:00-4:45 p.m. Random Fandom: Hamilton! Teens! Don’t throw away your shot! Join us for an afternoon of trivia, music, lyric throw downs, snacks, and crafts about Hamilton: An American Musical. For teens.

FOR ALL AGES

ComicFest, Saturday, April 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join us for this family-friendly event! There will be comic-making workshops for kids (please register online for these), costumes, games, and comics galore! Comic artists and writers (some for kids and some for adults) will host tables from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. upstairs in the North Wing. Activities for children, including a superhero training camp, will start at 11 a.m. Costumes encouraged!

Comic artists and writers attending include:

Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb, an Eisner-Award winning art team who collaborate on The Adventure Time Comics, The Midas Flesh, and Making Scents. Braden is the colorist for several New York Times best-selling books, including Ghosts, Sisters, Bronco and The Baby-Sitters Club. Shelli is Co-Director of The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo; Jennie Paik (Girlfriend for a Day); Dirk Tiede (Comics portal Modern Tales); Mark Parisi (Off the Mark, Marty Pants); Alex Simons (Inktober 2018);  Rob Malone (Dreadguard Comic series); Tessa Beatrice (Underdog Comics); and Steven Price (Urban Fantasy novel The Grifffin).

News and Events from the Wayland Library, March 22, 2018

ADULT PROGRAMS

  • The Great Presenters: Diet and Nutrition for Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Carol Englender shows how and why changing diet and adding vitamins and minerals may improve attention, social functioning, and academic performance.   Find out how laboratory tests can determine which specific nutrients to add for each individual.  This program has been rescheduled from April 3 for Tuesday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Music Through the Decades with David Polansky. Commissioned by the Norman Rockwell Museum, “Music Through the Decades” is a fun-filled hour in which David Polansky tells how the last hundred-plus years of American and world history have inspired so many of the songs we love. Using keyboard, trumpet, and vocals, David presents the music of George M. Cohan, Fats Waller, Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, and a host of others.  The downbeat is at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 15.
  • English Conversation Groups. The next meeting for beginners is Friday, April 6 at 10:30 a.m.  For those who speak English already and want to refine their skill, the Intermediate group meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m.

BOOK GROUPS

  • Dystopian/Sci-Fi.  Ursula K. LeGuin’s A Wizard of Earthsea is the title under discussion on Wednesday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Non-Fiction Book Group. Wednesday, April 4 at 1:00 p.m., the group reviews Tell Me How It Ends, Valeria Luiselli’s “essay in 40 questions” that examines the difficulties faced by undocumented children when they flee their homeland for safety and opportunity.
  • Evening. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Helen Simonson’s bestselling novel, is the subject for Monday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Armchair Travel. Wendy Simmons chronicles one of the strangest vacations ever in My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth.  Join the discussion on Wednesday, April 11 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Cookbook Club. Participants will share the offerings of Nigella Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of Home by Nigella Lawson on Thursday, April 12 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Noon. Explore the riches of Henry James’s The Bostonians on Friday, April 13.

BABY AND PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAMS

  • Weekly Storytimes
    •  Mother Goose Time (Infants-2.5 years) Tuesdays, April 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 10:30 a.m.
    •  StoryVine (2.5 -5 years) Thursdays, April 12 and 19 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Zumba Kids Jr.,  Tuesday, March 27, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Rhythm and dance program for children ages 2.5 to 4 years old. Led by Hayley Chizinsky of H2K Happy Healthy Kids Fitness Studio.
  • Sensory Storytime, Wednesday, March 28, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Children will sing songs, listen to stories, and participate in other engaging activities. For ages 2 and up, with parent/ caregiver. Sensory Storytime is designed for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues, other developmental disabilities, and their typically developing peers. If your child has difficulty sitting through our other storytimes, this program might be for you.
  • Storytime with Corbyn the Dog, Thursday, March 29, 10:30 a.m. Children will listen to dog stories and have a chance to visit with Corbyn, a beautiful Samoyed. Corbyn (with her owner Helen) has been certified as a therapy dog by Pets and People Foundation.  For ages 3 and up.
  • Sing-along with Jeannie Mack, Thursday, April 5, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Jeannie Mack will perform all kinds of fun, bounce-around, sing-along songs for young children. Plenty of opportunity for audience participation! For babies, toddlers, and preschoolers with caregiver.

 

SCHOOL AGE PROGRAMS

  • STEAM TEAM: What’s the zing about spring?, Wednesday, March 28, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Children will learn about maple sugaring, talk about the signs of spring, and make their own Spring Journals to record their observations of spring. For ages 5 and up.
  • Parent/Child Book Group,  Wednesday, March 28, 7:00-8:00 p.m.This book club is for 4th and 5th graders with a parent.  March’s book is The Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone.
  • Lego Club, Wednesday, April 4, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Children will make fabulous creations out of legos. This month’s theme: Design and build a playground! For ages 5 and up.
  • Pop-Up Makerspace. Wednesday, April 11, 3:00-4:30 p.m.  Put on your Maker’s Hat and join Children’s Librarian Carly Moniz in our Pop-Up Makerspace. Carly will have several projects and activities set up for kids who like to make stuff.  For ages 5 and up.

FOR TEENS: Thursday, March 29, 2:45-3:45 p.m. Random Fandom: Harry Potter Edition.Teens! Are you still waiting for your Hogwarts letter to arrive? Or is there another Fandom that rocks your socks? Join us for a Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting with Harry Potter snacks and crafts plus lots of talk about the books, shows, games, and music groups that YOU love!

FOR ALL AGES: ComicFest, Saturday, April 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join us for this family-friendly event! There will be comic-making workshops for kids (please register online for these), costumes, games, and comics galore! Comic artists and writers (some for kids and some for adults) will host tables from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. upstairs in the North Wing. Activities for children, including a superhero training camp, will start at 11 a.m. Costumes encouraged! Comic artists and writers attending include:

Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb, an Eisner-Award winning art team who collaborate on The Adventure Time Comics, The Midas Flesh, and Making Scents. Braden is the colorist for several New York Times best-selling books, including Ghosts, Sisters, Bronco and The Baby-Sitters Club. Shelli is Co-Director of The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo; Jennie Paik (Girlfriend for a Day); Dirk Tiede (Comics portal Modern Tales); Mark Parisi (Off the Mark, Marty Pants); Alex Simons (Inktober 2018);  Rob Malone (Dreadguard Comic series); Tessa Beatrice (Underdog Comics); and Steven Price (Urban Fantasy novel The Grifffin)

 

Wayland’s one-time Opportunity

Submitted by the Board of Library Trustees

Wayland has been awarded a grant of $10,137,980 by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) to help defray the cost of constructing a new public library at 195 Main Street, the site of the former Highway Department garage. Wayland voters must now decide whether to accept this grant and commit to the remainder of the cost of constructing a building that will serve our town for generations to come.

To keep this money, voters must vote Yes twice:

  • March 27th, at the election, vote Yes on ballot question 1, which allows the town to pay for library construction using a debt exclusion.
  • April 3rd, at Town Meeting, vote Yes on Article 17 to authorize funds to construct a new public library. Town Meeting starts April 2nd.

The Library Trustees have been studying library spaces and services at 5 Concord Road since 2001. We have formed six citizen committees, comprised of more than 70 elected, appointed, and volunteer citizens, and hired five professional teams of architects and engineers, four library consultants, and two survey analysts. Our committees, with input from 2,414 survey respondents plus forum and focus-group attendees, have produced eight final reports. Nearly a quarter of a million dollars has been spent. The most recent study, funded in November 2015 by Special Town Meeting, concluded that 5 Concord Road cannot be expanded to provide the services and spaces needed for this community now and well into the future. The Trustees compiled an application for a state grant, and Town Meeting in 2017 authorized its submission. As part of the grant review process, the MBLC dispatched a member of the review team to Wayland to evaluate our building. The MBLC agreed with our assessment of our spaces and services¬—out of 33 applications, we received the third-largest of nine grant awards. This is a one-time, site-specific, time-limited offer. To receive the grant, the Town must report two “Yes” votes to the MBLC by April 11, 2018.

The Board of Library Trustees would not ask voters to pay for a new public library without the help of state grant money. This spring, for a limited time, $10.1MM of our state tax dollars are available to us as a town.

What will we get? A public library that reflects the values we hold as a town: a dedication to academic excellence and to a strong, multigenerational community engaged in civic discourse and honest inquiry. A place that is open to us year-round. A place that excites our youngest to learn and supports and engages our parents and caregivers. A place that invites our teens to gather, learn, and become involved in their community, with after-school and vacation programming just for them. Whether you enjoy lectures, films, author talks, discussions, technology classes, or just a good read, the library welcomes us all.

The Board of Library Trustees urge you to vote Yes on March 27th and April 3rd to authorize the construction of a new building for this essential Wayland institution.

News and Events from the Wayland Library

ADULT PROGRAMS

  • New Library Building Forum. The Library will hold a series of public forums in the Town Building Large Hearing Room for residents to meet the project’s architect and view the proposed design.  Learn about LEED certification and the opportunities this building will create.  Members of the architectural team, the board of library trustees, and the library planning committee will be on hand.  The forums will be held Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m., as well as at the Library on Saturday, March 24 at 10 a.m.
  • Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte: A Preview of the Metropolitan Opera Broadcast. Così Fan Tutte is the third and last of Mozart’s collaborations with librettist Lorenzo DaPonte.  The opera has moments of laugh-out-loud comedy and great tenderness as it explores the myths and realities of fidelity between lovers.   On Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m., Phil Radoff will walk us through this masterpiece in advance of the Metropolitan Opera’s HD broadcast at many theaters in Metrowest.
  • The Great Presenters: Diet and Nutrition for Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Carol Englender shows how and why changing diet and adding vitamins and minerals may improve attention, social functioning, and academic performance.   Find out how laboratory tests can determine which specific nutrients to add for each individual.  This program has been rescheduled from April 3 for Tuesday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m.
  • English Conversation Groups. The next meeting for beginners is Friday, March 23 at 10:30 a.m.  For those who speak English already and want to refine their skill, the Intermediate group meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m.
  • Non-Fiction Book Group. Up for discussion at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4 is Tell Me How It Ends, Valeria Luiselli’s “essay in 40 questions.”

BABY AND PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAMS

  • Weekly Storytimes
    • Mother Goose Time (Infants-2.5 years) Tuesdays, Mar. 20, April 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 10:30 a.m.
    • StoryVine (2.5 -5 years) Thursdays, April 12 and 19 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Brain Building Storytime, Wednesday, March 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Storytime, parachute play, and brain building activity. Program led by Beverly Mobilia of Wayland Community Partnerships for Children and Families. For ages 2 to 5, with parent/caregiver.
  • Zumba Kids Jr., Tuesday, March 27, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Rhythm and dance program for children ages 2.5 to 4 years old. Led by Hayley Chizinsky of H2K Happy Healthy Kids Fitness Studio.
  • Sensory Storytime, Wednesday, March 28, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Children will sing songs, listen to stories, and participate in other engaging activities. For ages 2 and up, with parent/caregiver. Sensory Storytime is designed for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues, other developmental disabilities, and their typically developing peers. If your child has difficulty sitting through our other storytimes, this program might be for you.
  • Storytime with Corbyn the Dog, Thursday, March 29, 10:30 a.m. Children will listen to dog stories and have a chance to visit with Corbyn, a beautiful Samoyed. Corbyn (with her owner Helen) has been certified as a therapy dog by Pets and People Foundation.  For ages 3 and up.

SCHOOL AGE PROGRAMS

  • Women’s History Month Celebration. Wednesday, March 21, 3:00-4:30 p.m. Kids and families are invited to drop in for an afternoon of science experiments, art projects, and games inspired by awesome women throughout history. Led by librarian Carly Moniz. For ages 5 and up.
  • Comic Book Kids, Thursday, March 22, 4:00-4:45 p.m. Comic Book Kids is a graphic novel book club for kids in grades 2-5. March’s book is Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson. For grades 2-5.
  • STEAM TEAM: What’s the zing about spring? Wednesday, March 28, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Children will learn about maple sugaring, talk about the signs of spring, and make their own Spring Journals to record their observations of spring. For ages 5 and up.
  • Parent/Child Book Group, Wednesday, March 28, 7:00-8:00 p.m. This book club is for 4th and 5th graders with a parent.  March’s book is The Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone.

FOR TEENS, Thursday, March 29, 2:45-3:45 p.m. Random Fandom: Harry Potter Edition. Teens! Are you still waiting for your Hogwarts letter to arrive? Or is there another Fandom that rocks your socks? Join us for a Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting with Harry Potter snacks and crafts plus lots of talk about the books, shows, games, and music groups that YOU love! For teens.

FOR ALL AGES 

  • Children’s Concert, Sunday, March 25, 3:30-4:15 p.m. Young musicians from the Wayland School of Music will perform short group and solo pieces. For all ages.
  • ComicFest, Saturday, April 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join us for this family-friendly event! There will be comic-making workshops for kids (please register online for these), costumes, games, and comics galore! Comic artists and writers (some for kids and some for adults) will host tables from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. upstairs in the North Wing. Activities for children, including a superhero training camp, will start at 11 a.m. Costumes encouraged! Comic artists and writers attending include:

Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb, an Eisner-Award winning art team who collaborate on The Adventure Time Comics, The Midas Flesh, and Making Scents. Braden is the colorist for several New York Times best-selling books, including Ghosts, Sisters, Bronco and The Baby-Sitters Club. Shelli is Co-Director of The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo; Dirk Tiede (Comics portal Modern Tales); Rob Malone (Dreadguard Comic series); Tessa Beatrice (Underdog Comics); and Steven Price (Urban Fantasy novel The Grifffin)