News and Events from the Wayland Library, September 11, 2020


  • Tell Me the Truth: Exploring Cross-Racial Conversations. How can we speak openly and honestly in cross-racial conversations?  What would such a conversation even sound like?  Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race, and Shay Stewart-Bouley show us as they share racism’s impact on their lives and how cross-racial conversation has been instrumental in their own understanding of 21st-century racial dynamics.  Register here or through the Events menu on our home page.  Wednesday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Climate Change in Metrowest. The Metrowest area has changed much in the last 400 years: from forest to farm to town and now suburb.  Now, more recently, we are seeing weather extremes like wetter springs and spells of drought, extensive heat, torrential downpours and tornado warnings. How are these and other changes affecting our area wildlife and us?  Find out from Joy Marzolf, a naturalist and educator for over 20 years, the last 13 at Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick, where she teaches nature programs and specializes in animal behavior.  Register here or through the Events menu on our home page.  Tuesday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Virtual Trivia Night. Join in on the fun!  We’ll meet using Zoom and answer using either Google Forms or pen, paper, and the good ol’ honor system.  Play on your own, bring your quaran-teammates, or gather your friends on a virtual team via text chain, gchat, or mental telepathy–whatever works for you!  Ages 12+.  Sign up to receive the Zoom link info via email or contact Courtney Michael at  Saturday, September 26 at 7 p.m.
  • New Portable Charger. The latest addition to our Library of Things is a powerful portable charger that’s perfect for long trips or anytime you don’t have access to power. Two input ports let you charge the charger twice as fast as similar devices.  With 26800mAh of power, it can recharge your phone, tablet, and USB device all at the same time, several times over.
  • Learners and Tutors Wanted for Wayland ESOL.  The ESOL program of the Wayland Public Library continues during the pandemic as tutors “meet” with their learners via FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, or simply by telephone and email. If you know of a possible learner, please have them contact Ginny Steel (781-541-4919 or or Jane Albert (617-872-2714 or If you are interested in becoming a tutor, the next training class will be on Zoom, from 6-9 pm on Wednesday October 7, 14, 21 and 28 and November 4. Contact Ginny Steele for more information.
  • Internet Café for One. Start with the table outside our door.  Add one of our Chromebooks, checked out to you for an hour.  Throw in our wi-fi signal, and you’re back online, safely socially distanced.  Just give us a call to arrange a time for that same day, and we’ll get you connected under the trees (weather permitting, of course).



  • 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, Sept. 22, and 29 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Storytime on Zoom. Join Ms. Pam for stories songs, puppets, and crafts through zoom.  This interactive storytimes encourages language development, socialization and fun. There will be time at the end of the storytime to work on a craft together if your child is interested.  Materials for the craft will be available for pick up curbside at the library on the Saturday, Monday and Tuesday before the Thursday storytime. For ages 2.5 to 5 years. Please register on our eventkeeper calendar if you would like to join our Zoom storytime. Also, please register to pick up your craft kit on the day that best suits your schedule. Questions? please contact Youth Services Librarian Pam McCuen at Thursdays, Sept. 17 and 24 at 10:30 am.
  • FaceBook Live Family Storytime. Join Ms. Laura for a FB live storytime. The event will take place on the Wayland Library Facebook Page. Children ages 0 to 5 and their caregiver are invited to join to listen to stories, sing songs, and have fun! Mondays, Sept. 21 and 28.
  • Bedtime Storytime on FB Live. Pop on your pjs, grab a favorite stuffed animal, and tune in for a live bedtime story time with Ms. Carly! Kids can cozy up for simple songs, stretches, and stories that are perfect for settling down at bedtime. The live story time will take place on our main Facebook page. Best for ages 0-5 but all kids and caregivers welcome! Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m.


  • Kindness Rocks in the Friends Garden. Wayland children painted these kindness rocks in one of our in-library programs last fall. The project was inspired by Linda Kranz’s book Only One You. Children are welcome to add new kindness rocks to this collection. They can paint a small rock at home and then place it beside the walkway to our curbside pickup.
  • Take & Make Craft Kits. We are offering weekly take & make craft kits for children ages 4 and up. The crafts will be simple but will inspire your children to use their imaginations while having fun. Kits can be picked up from our curbside table during scheduled pickup times. Please register each child. Limit one per child. . Please register online from our eventkeeper calendar for a pickup on either Saturday, September 19, Monday, September 21, or Tuesday September 22
  • 4th/5th Grade Book Group on Zoom. We will be discussing Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly. Please contact Pam at if you would like to join the Zoom group. Tuesday, September 22, at 7 p.m.
  • Wingmasters: Birds of Prey. Raptor rehabilitator and educator Jim Parks of Wingmasters will present 5 birds of prey live through zoom from his raptor rehabilitation center in Leverett, MA. The raptors will be from the hawk, falcon and owl categories. All of the birds featured in the presentation are native to Wayland. Kids can ask questions throughout this interactive program. Please register here to get the zoom link. For ages 5 and up.  Wednesday, Sept. 23, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.


  • Take & Make Kits for Teens. Starting the last week in August we will be offering weekly take & make craft kits for teens. Limit one per teen. Kits can be picked up from our curbside table during scheduled pickup times. . Please register online from our eventkeeper calendar for a pickup on either Saturday, September 19, Monday, September 21, or Tuesday September 22.
  • 6th/7th Grade Book Group on Zoom. We will be discussing the first volume of the autobiographical graphic novel March by John Lewis. Please contact Pam at if you would like to join the Zoom group.  Wednesday, September 16 at 4 p.m.
  • Teen Graphic Novel Group. Teens are invited to discuss Surviving the City by Tasha Spillett. The graphic novel follows Dez and Miikwan, two teens juggling their studies, friendship, and the inequities they face as Indigenous women growing up in Winnipeg. This book is available in print, on Hoopla, and on Libby. We will be meeting on the Wayland Library Discord server. Please register here. Questions? Contact Laura at For teens in 8th through 12th grade. Thursday, September 17 at 7 p.m.
  • Teen Fiction Book Group. Teens are invited to an informal discussion of With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo.  This book group will meet on the Wayland Library Discord server. The book is available in print or as a digital download on Hoopla and on Libby. For teens in 8th-12th grade. Please register here for the Discord info. Questions? Contact Carly at Tuesday, September 29, at 7 p.m.

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