News and Events from the Wayland Library, June 23, 2019


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    New! Aquarium Passes for July & August. No more dry summers!  The library now has passes for the New England Aquarium for July and August.  And they’re a better deal than ever: instead of $10 off the admission price, they’re now good for 50% off.  Book now—they’ll go fast!

  • Ukulele Club with Mark and Zoe Hughes. Wayland Ukulele Club is for any adult (ages 16+) who wants to have fun with music.   Completely new to the uke?  No problem!  We’ll teach you some easy chords and start off with songs that are not too hard.  Been playing all your life?  That’s great, too!  We’ll learn and play songs together from across the spectrum, from oldies to modern pop.  Four sessions on Tuesday evenings:  July 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Woodstock: A 50th Anniversary Celebration. Combining rare audio, archival film, captivating stories, songs, and guided music-making, master percussionist, author, educator, and radio host Craig Harris will be leading a multimedia, participatory, and fun-filled 50th anniversary celebration of the culturally groundbreaking Woodstock Music and Art Festival.  Thursday, June 27 at 2 p.m.
  • Take the Adult Summer Reading Challenge–Win Prizes!
    • Who: Any adult with a library card.
    • What: Earn raffle tickets for reading and for library-related activities.  Log your progress online, call, or stop by the Reference Desk to report your activities.
    • When: Tickets can be earned June 12th through August 29th.
    • Where: The Wayland Library and wherever you read.
    • Why: Dude–prizes!  Oh, and, of course, reading is good.  And so is supporting the Library.
  • Library Services for the Homebound. We provide home delivery of library items to Wayland residents of any age who are unable to visit the library due to a permanent or temporary disability or extended illness.  With this program, you can have full access to library services.  Call 508-358-2311 or fill out the form on our web site.


  • Weekly Storytimes
    • Mother Goose Time (Infants-2.5 years) Tuesdays, July 2, 9, 23 and 30 at 10:30 a.m.
    • StoryVine (2.5 -5 years) Thursdays, June 27, July 11, 18, and 25 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Inclusive Playgroup: Stories, Songs, and Sign. This interactive, inclusive music and literacy group is for young children at all levels of communication and ability. Facilitated by Beverly Mobilia of Wayland Community Partnerships for Children and Families. For ages newborn to 3 years. Wednesdays, July 10 and 24 at 11:30-12:15 p.m.
  • Make a Moonscape. Children will sculpt and decorate lunar sandcastles using moon sand! For ages 3 and up.  Thursday, July 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Sparky’s Puppets: Stories from Outer Space. Follow the adventures of a space traveler who makes a rocket ship and flies to the moon. Watch a performance of Aesop’s Fable The Sun and the Wind and find out which is stronger.  See what happens when a few colorful space aliens travel to Earth in their flying saucer. For ages 3 and up. Tuesday, July 16, 10:30-11:15 a.m.


  • Drop-in Craft: Kindness Rocks. Children are invited to decorate their own kindness rocks. Remember: there is only one you! Let’s make this world better, together. This project is inspired by Linda Kranz’s book Only One You. For ages 5 and up. Tuesday, July 2, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Moon Party. Let’s celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing! There will be astronaut activities, lunar experiments, and galactic crafts. For ages 5 and up. Thursday, July 18, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Build a Rube Goldberg Machine with Jay Mankita. Chain reactions and creative contraptions! Playful Engineers teaching artist Jay Mankita will present a workshop in which participants will have a chance to design, build, test, and play with Rube Goldberg “Machines” and other chain reactions. Children will have the opportunity to build exploding popsicle stick snakes, ping pong ball direction changers, flying fantasticators, mini zip-lines, whiffle-whackers, and more! There will be plenty of opportunities for making connections between goofy play and serious science.  For ages 5 and up. Tuesday, July 23, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • 3D Printing: Rocketships. In this 3D design workshop, children will design their own rocket ships, using Blender. Since Blender is an advanced 3D design software, proficiency with a mouse and keyboard is recommended. For ages 9 and up. Parents of younger children (8 years) are welcome to register, but are encouraged to stay and design with their children. Led by librarian Tyler Kenney.  Registration required. Thursday, July 25, 4:00-5:00 p.m.


Song and Dance from Around the Planet. Dance to, sing along with, and experience traditional and folk music from cultures around the world! International jazz musician Sagit Zilberman will play many instruments, including the Didgeridoo, Rainstick, Tongue drum, Handpan, and Saxophone, and will lead the audience in song. For all ages. Wednesday, July 10, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

The Wayland Library Girls Who Code Club is looking for volunteer facilitators for the 2019-2020 academic year. Affiliated with the national Girls Who Code organization ( and its mission of closing the gender gap in technology, the Wayland club brings together middle and high school girls for hands-on learning about code and technology. We also have a club for girls in grades 3 to 5. Enthusiasm for working with the girls is required; technical skill is helpful but not necessary, especially if you are willing to learn along with them. If you are interested, or would like to know more, please contact Head of Youth Services Pam McCuen at  If you want to be notified when registration starts for next year’s club, contact Pam as well.

Summer Reading! The Wayland Public Library’s Summer Reading Program A Universe of Stories has started!

Sign up for our Summer Reading Program A Universe of Stories starts on Wednesday, June 12, or any day thereafter. This summer we will Read to Bead.  When you sign up you will get a goodie bag, a brag tag, a necklace chain, and a paper log to keep track of your reading. The more you read, the more beads you earn to add to your brag tag necklace.  (You can also sign up online if you prefer, and get your brag tag and goodie bag when you come to the library.)

We are offering lots of entertaining programs throughout the summer, including a magic show, an indoor Planetarium, a puppet show, a musical performance celebrating folk music and instruments from around the world, a Moon Party, a Star Wars Day, a Rube Goldberg Machine workshop, craft programs and an Ice Cream Social.  All participants in the children’s summer reading program will be given a free book. The Summer Reading Club is funded by the Friends of the Wayland Library, the Wayland Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and the Boston Bruins.

The Wayland Public Library’s Teen Summer Reading Program A Universe of Stories has started!

Teens who register online and write at least one original book review will win a prize, and be entered into a raffle for a free Kindle Fire.  There will also be programs for teens this summer, including a comic book workshop, a cooking class, a movie night, and a pizza party.


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