News and Events from the Wayland Library, September 18, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Evening Book Group. The title under discussion is The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Potzsch.  Call the library to reserve a copy.  Contact for the Zoom link.  Monday, October 5 at 7 p.m.
  • Noon Book Group. We’ll be looking at Golden Hill by Francis Spufford.  Call the library if you’d like a copy.  Contact for the Zoom link.  Friday, October 5.
  • Big Book Drops Open Again. Which means you can return stuff in the dead of night, just the way you prefer (we all have our quirks).  The small media drop box will remain closed, so just put everything in the big one—except for museum passes.  We still need you to call us when you’re bringing those back.
  • 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).



  • Parenting for Social Justice through Co-Constructive, Race-Conscious Reading. Join Megan Dowd Lambert and Autumn Allen for an online presentation and discussion about reading picture books with children through a race-conscious lens. In this interactive session, our guests will share their expertise on 1) how to guide children to and through picture books with positive racial representations; and 2) how to support children in resisting or reading against problematic, racist content. Parents, caregivers, teachers, librarians are all welcome to join this webinar.  Please register here or online on our eventkeeper calendar to get the zoom link. Questions? Contact Pam at Wednesday, October 21, 7:00-8:30 p.m. 


  • Storytime on Zoom. Join Ms. Pam for stories songs, puppets, and crafts through zoom.  This interactive storytimes encourages language development, socialization and fun. For ages 2.5 to 5 years. Please register on our eventkeeper calendar if you would like to join our Zoom storytime. Questions? please contact Youth Services Librarian Pam McCuen at Thursdays, Sept. 24; Oct 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 10:30 am.
  • 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. 29, Oct. 6, 13. 20 and 27 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Singalong on Zoom with Jeannie Mack: Stories, Songs, and Sign. Jeannie Mack will perform all kinds of fun, bounce-around, sing-along songs geared for young children. Plenty of opportunity for audience participation! Please register here or online on our eventkeeper calendar for the zoom link. Questions? Contact Pam at  For ages babies to 4 years. Thursday, October 1, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
  • 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. 28; Oct 5 and Oct 19 at 4 p.m.
  • Kids Yoga on FaceBook Live! Sonia Gomez from Serfi Yoga will give a yoga class for children, toddlers to age 5. Her class will stream on the Wayland Facebook page on Thursday, October 8, at 1:30 p.m.
  • Zumba Kids Jr on Zoom. Rhythm and dance program for children ages 2.5 to 4 years old .Led by Julia Walderzak of H2K Happy Healthy Kids Fitness Studio. Please register here for the zoom link. Questions? Contact Pam at Wednesday, October 14, 10:30-11:00 am.
  • 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.


  • New! Social Justice Storytime on ZOOM. Join Ms. Carly for a storytime that centers on social justice issues! This family friendly storytime will feature books, songs, and flannel boards that offer children and caregivers tools for meaningfully engaging with topics like anti-racism, LGBTQ+ rights, and the Black Lives Matter movement. This Social Justice Storytime is especially appropriate for children ages 3-7 and their caregivers.  Please register here or online from our eventkeeper calendar to receive the Zoom info. Questions? Email Carly Moniz at Tuesdays, October 6 and October 20 at 4 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 26, Monday, September 28, or Tuesday September 29.


  • 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 26, Monday, September 28, or Tuesday, September 29.
  • 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.
  • Teen Advisory Board Meeting on ZOOM. In this first TAB meeting of the school year, we will brainstorm about what the library can do to better serve teens in this online environment. Please register here or online on our eventkeeper calendar to get the zoom link. Wednesday, October 7, at 4 p.m

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