News and Events from the Wayland Library, October 10, 2013

Wayland LibraryHOLIDAY HOURS
The Library will be closed on Monday, October 14, for Columbus Day.

The Friends’ Book and Bake Sale is a great semi-annual community event. This fall it will take place on Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, October 27, from 12-4 p.m. There will also be a preview for members of the Friends on Friday, October 25, from 6-8:30 p.m. Memberships will be available at the sale starting at 5:30 p.m. Sale items include delicious baked goods and thousands of quality books in good condition for children and adults. All proceeds go to support Library programs and services. The sale will be held in the Large Hearing Room in the Wayland Town Building. Donations of books will be accepted during set-up in the Large Hearing Room on Wednesday, October 23, and Thursday, October 24. Donations of baked goods will be accepted from Friday until the end of the sale on Sunday. For more information, please contact Anne Heller at 508-358-4515.

Want to help the Library AND perform community service? The Friends of the Wayland Library are looking for high schools students who are willing to move donated books in preparation of the book sale. We’re looking for volunteers to move books from the freight shed in the library parking lot to the Large Hearing Room in the Town Building on Sunday, October 20, at noon, and to rearrange boxes in the Large Hearing Room on Tuesday, October 22, at 7 p.m. Volunteers will earn two hours of community service. No car required for either job–just a strong back! If interested, please contact Anne Heller at 358-4515 or Pam Mauer at 358-5432.

ESOL Tutor Training
The Wayland Library has sponsored an ESOL Program for 21 years that has trained hundreds of tutors. We have a waiting list of learners who need help, but currently lack a corresponding number of volunteers willing to tutor them a couple of hours a week. A series of five tutor training classes is scheduled at the library on Wednesdays from 6-8:50 p.m., starting on October 16. For more information or to enroll in the tutor-training course, you can phone Ginny Steel at 508-358-7517 or email her at

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, November 12, 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.

Children’s Librarian Pam McCuen leads a monthly book discussion group for children in fourth and fifth grade, with a parent. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, October 23, at 7 p.m. and the book is A Room with a Zoo by Jules Feiffer. The group will decide together what next month’s book will be. For more information, call 508-358-2308.

Mother-Daughter Book Club
We’re starting a new book group! This one is for girls grades 7 and up, with their moms. The first book we’ll be discussing is The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine. For more information about the group, meeting dates, or to register for the group, call the Youth Services Department at 508-358-2308.

Our two library book groups for adults have started up for the year. New members are always welcome. The next meeting of our evening group, led by Andy Moore, will be on Monday, November 4, at 7 p.m. We will be discussing Two Guys from Verona by James Kaplan. Our next meeting of the Noontime Book Group will be on Friday, November 1, at noon and will be discussing A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. 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.

Halloween and Fall Drop-In Crafts
Come to the library and make spooktacular Halloween and Fall crafts in this drop-in program on Wednesday, October 23, from 3-5 p.m. For ages 4 and up.

“After Words” Documentary
Join us on Tuesday, October 15, at 7 p.m. for a screening of “After Words,” a 52-minute documentary about aphasia, an acquired communication disorder, which is often the result of a stroke, head injury, or neurological disease. Aphasia afflicts over a million Americans, yet it remains a mysterious and misunderstood condition. “After Words” illuminates the world of aphasia through profiles of people living with the condition. Filmed in Boston, it also features experts in the field of aphasia research and treatment, including neurologist-author Dr. Oliver Saks. Cast members from the film, as well as the film’s producer, are scheduled to attend this screening. For more information contact Jerry Kaplan at 617-470-5486.

On Tuesday, October 22, at 7 p.m. filmmaker Judy Faust presents her new film, “See What’s Whispered,” a documentary about artist David C. Baker of Jackson, New Hampshire. Q&A with filmmaker Judy Faust follows the screening.

Teen Advisory Board meeting
On Friday, October 18, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. our Teen Advisory Board will meet. Middle school and high school students are invited to vote for their top teen read of the year; see national nominations at Teens will also help us plan our new teen space upstairs and give input on future programs. We won the LSTA Teens and Tweens grant…now we need to create the space and services that teens want! Refreshments will be served. Questions? Call Youth Services Librarian Pam McCuen at 508-358-2308 or email at

The library sponsors a “Great Decisions” group that meets many Friday mornings during the year. The next meeting is Friday, October 18, at 9:15 a.m. and the topic to be discussed is “Threat Assessment.” How can the United States address the challenges of a weak economy, homegrown terrorism and nuclear proliferation? What threats and opportunities are presented by the ascendancy of China and by regime change in the Middle East? Newcomers are welcome.


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