News and Events from the Wayland Library, February 10, 2012


The library will be closed on Monday, February 20, for Presidents’ Day.
Holiday Week Craft Program
Using paper, kids will create a winter scene, play with origami fortune tellers, make a room decoration, and more.  This is a drop-in craft program for children ages 4 and up, with librarian Elise Katz.  Friday, February 24, from 1-3 p.m.  Children 8 and under must be attended by an adult.
Toe Jam Puppet Band
On Wednesday,  February 22, from 3-4 p.m. the Youth Services Department will host the Toe Jam Puppet Band's Winter Variety Show, featuring an appearance from Vinny’s extraordinary puppet creation who blows a snowstorm through its nose! The show also includes a Penguin Line Dance and a variety of Toe Jam's favorite interactive songs, dances and puppet shows. Ages 3 and up.  Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
At our next Great Presenters program on Tuesday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m., Misha Chowdhury, a local artist and teacher, will lead us in an exploration about how we can begin to put ourselves and our communities back together through the act of writing.  Misha describes himself as a queer Bengali poet, singer, and performer.  He says that he received his mantra, "Story Comes First," in a Wayland High School theater rehearsal and has been living his responsibility to story ever since.  Misha is a Kundiman Fellow, and he recently returned from a Fulbright Creative Writing Fellowship in Calcutta, his city of origin, resulting in a collection of new poems.  He currently teaches humanities, music, and theater at Meridian Academy in Brookline.
Spotlight on Wayland Police Department
On Sunday, February 19, at 2 p.m. in the library’s Raytheon Room, Wayland Police Chief Bob Irving will give a presentation on the history of the Wayland Police Department.  Sponsored by the Wayland Historical Society.
Frank Smith: Boccaccio and His Age
Thursday afternoon, March 1, (1-3 p.m.) will mark the start of a six-week course with Frank Smith.  He will take us to Italy in the 1300’s, the century of transition from the medieval era to the dawn of the Renaissance.  Attendees are asked to acquire and read The Decameron by Boccaccio (Penguin Classics, 2nd edition, translated by G.H. McWilliams) before the start of the course. You may sign up at Circulation Desk.
In February, the library foyer features the photographs of Ronna Horwitz Kazarian.  This month the Raytheon Room contains the work of photographers who are members of Arts/Wayland.
Morning Storytimes continue most Tuesdays from 10:30-11 a.m. for ages 0-5. Our interactive program encourages learning, socialization, and fun.  Registration is not required. We ask that parents and care givers participate in the storytime activities with their children.  For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at 508-358-2308.
Wading Through the Paper Mess
Are you drowning in catalogs, magazines, and other mail?  Can you find the warrantee for your overflowing washer?  Tax time is here—are your records in order? Learn a quick and easy system for reducing the height of your paper stacks, and preventing new ones, at this hands-on workshop, led by professional organizer Gail R. Shapiro.  Bring a large pile of papers, which will be organized by the time you leave.  Space is limited in the workshop, so please contact Gail Shapiro (508-655-4473 or ) to register.  Monday February 27, from 10-11:30 a.m.
Navigating the Path to Independence
On Monday evening, February 27, at 7:00 p.m. Lee Rachel Jurman, M.M.H.S., will explain the different public cash benefits that exist for adults who have disabilities (SSI, SSDI, Disabled Adult Child benefits) and the eligibility and application processes for each.  Jurman will explain eligibility for MassHealth/Medicaid programs and Medicare, based on disability.  She will discuss health insurance options based on Massachusetts health reform and changes in the national health care law.  Jurman is a private disability advocate and case manager with more than 30 years of experience helping adults with disabilities and their families access services.
ESOL Tutor Training Class
Training classes for new ESOL tutors are scheduled for five consecutive Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m., starting February 29. If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact Ginny Steel, ESOL Program Director, at 508-358-7517 or
Selling Your Home in Perilous Times
Local realtor Brian Cichella will present information on understanding the relationship between the assessed value of your home versus its current fair market value and pricing your home with full knowledge of the current housing market to realize the greatest return.  He will also talk about things both large and small that you can do to prepare your home for sale at the highest amount possible.  Wednesday, March 7, 7-8:30 p.m.

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