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News and Events from the Wayland Library, June 27, 2020


  • Reopening, Step 2: Bring ‘Em Back Alive. Starting July 6, you can rid yourself of those stacks of library materials that have been hanging around all spring.  Just put them in the black hamper next to the parking lot door (the book drops will remain sealed).  In addition, we’re expanding curbside pickup and phone reference to the entire day until 5:00.  We still can’t open to the public or take donations, but we will be able to get materials from other libraries.  The journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step–or two.
  • What, to the Slave, is Your 4th of July? A Virtual Community Reading Event. Following the model of the Mass Humanities Program, we will take turns reading aloud—via Zoom–Frederick Douglass’ powerful 1852 speech to the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society and share some time for optional discussion and reflection.  If you would like to be a reader, please contact Courtney Michael at  To simply attend, register on our website under Events. You’ll receive the Zoom link via email on Thursday, July 2.  The reading begins that day at 7:00 p.m.
  • The Older Driver: Smart Features and Safety Strategies. Presented by Mark Schieldrop of AAA, this talk is for seniors and those who love them.  Mark will highlight new car features, designed for safety, ergonomics, and comfort, that can help you remain mobile and safe on the roads.  You will also learn safe driving strategies to compensate for the vision, cognitive, and physical changes that come with aging.  Contact for the Zoom link via email.  Wednesday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Evening Book Group. This month, it’s reader’s choice.  Share what you’re reading, watching, and listening to, and would recommend to the group. Podcasts, audiobooks, TV shows, movies, and book suggestions are all welcome!  Contact for an emailed Zoom invitation.  Monday, July 6 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Noon Book Group. The book for this month is Bloomland by John Englehardt, available on Hoopla.  Please join us.  Contact for a Zoom invitation.  Friday, July 10.
  • Read Against Racism. In light of the protests following the death of George Floyd, the staff at the Wayland Free Public Library encourages those who want to learn more about the racial climate in the US and how we got here to explore the resources on our Read Against Racism page. You can find it through the Library Spotlight feature on our home page.  We will continue to add to and update these resources.  Please check back often.
  • Wowbrary for Browsing. One of the pleasures that library users are missing most acutely right now is that of wandering through the collection, panning for library gold.  Until we can offer that experience again, we have Wowbrary, a weekly email that lists all the hot new items that we’ve added to our collection.  It’s insider info that’ll let you get a top spot on the waiting list, with every entry linked to our catalog.  To sign up, just go to our home page and scroll down till you see the Wowbrary logo.  It’s easy, free, and almost like being back in the stacks.



  • Weekly Facebook Live Storytimes. Join Ms. Carly for a Facebook Live storytime on the Wayland Public Library’s facebook page. Children and their caregivers will listen to stories, sing songs, and perform fun rhymes and movements.  Tuesdays, July 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Weekly Sing-alongs posted on Facebook. Check out our Facebook page or Youtube channel for prerecorded sing-alongs created by Ms. Laura, Ms. Janet, and others on our Youth Services team. Check out our Facebook page or our youtube page on Fridays, July 12, 19, 26 and 31 to see the new posts. (Or anytime to see what has already been posted.)
  • Storyvine moves to Zoom. Join Ms. Pam for stories, fingerplays, puppets, and songs. Contact Pam at in advance if you and your child would like to get on the Zoom  invite list. For caregivers and children ages 2 to 5. Thursdays, July 9, 16, 23 and 30  at 10:30 a.m.
  • Kids Yoga moves to FaceBook!  Sonia Gomez from Serfi Yoga will give a yoga class for children, toddles to age 5. Her class will stream on the Wayland Facebook page on Thursday, July 9, at 1:30 p.m.


  • Weekly Craft programs posted on Facebook. Children’s Librarian Elise Katz will demonstrate easy crafts you can do at home with your children. These short videos will be posted on the Wayland Facebook page on Wednesdays, July 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 3 p.m.
  • 4th/5th Grade Book Group on Zoom. Will be discussing A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass. Please contact Pam at if you would like to join the Zoom group. Tuesday, July 7, at 7 p.m.
  • Pumpernickel Puppets performs Sir George and the Dragon. Register online to get the link to view the 45 minute show…which will be posted all day on Thursday, July 16. For ages 4 and up.
  • Animal Adventures on Zoom. Animal Adventures will introduce children to live animals over Zoom. Children will meet a black and white tegu, an alligator, a pale fox, an eagle owl, an armadillo, a bobcat, and more. There will be an opportunity to ask questions over zoom. Please register online to get the zoom invite. For ages 4 and up. Tuesday, July 28 at 2 p.m.


  • Watercolor Flowers. See how simple shapes with watercolor paints can turn into adorable flowers. You’ll only need watercolors, a brush, paper, and pen to create these fabulous florals. Will post on our FB page and on Youtube on Thursday, July 2 at 3 p.m. For ages 12 and up.
  • 6th Grade Book Group on Zoom. Will be discussing Eragon by Christopher Paolini. Please contact Pam at if you would like to join the Zoom group.  Wednesday, July 8 at 4 p.m.
  • Teen Paper Rose. Learn how to create a rose out of a single sheet of paper. You will also need a gluestick and a pair of scissors. We’ll post the tutorial on our FB page and on our YouTube channel on Thursday, July 23 at 3 p.m. For ages 14 and up.
  • Comic Drawing workshop on Zoom. Comic Book artist Jonathan Todd will lead a workshop on creating a graphic novel page. He will start with the elements of a story, then coach participants on how to plan the panels, create the thumbnail sketches, and pencil in and ink the page. A packet of art supplies will be provided to all participants, and will be available for curbside pickup at the library prior to the event. Please register online. For ages 10 and up. Thursday, July 30, 3 to 5 p..m


  • This year’s Summer Reading Program for children in grades pre-K to Grade 5 Imagine Your Story started on June 22. We are celebrating fairy tales, imagination and reading! Children keep track of their reading online and earn virtual badges for reading and completing fun craft and STEM challenges. Our youth services librarians have lots of great activities posted for you to do at home with your children. Also, we are hosting virtual programs throughout the summer, including a live animal show through zoom, and a virtual puppet show performed by the Pumpernickel Puppets.
  • Our Teen Summer Reading Program will also started on June 22. Teens keep track of their reading online and earn badges for reading, writing reviews, and completing activities. Every teen who writes 3 original book reviews will win a $10 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble. All participants in our teen summer reading club will be entered into a lottery to win a free Kindle Fire. Programing for teens, includes virtual crafternoons, a zoom class on drawing comics, and a virtual Escape Room.

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