News and Events from the Wayland Library, January 22, 2021


  • Wayland Reads 2021. This year’s edition focuses on bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Antiracist.  Younger readers can join the discussion by reading Kendi’s and Jason Reynolds’ Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You.  Events will include related author talks (see below) and book discussion groups.  If you’re interested in leading one of the latter, please contact  Copies of the books will be available at the library.  Keep an eye on for further details.
  • Wayland Reads Author Talk: White Freedom. Founded on the principle of liberty, America is also a nation built on African slavery, Native American genocide, and systematic racial discrimination.  Taking readers from the Age of Revolution to today, Prof. Tyler Stovall challenges the notion that racism is somehow a paradox or contradiction within the democratic tradition, demonstrating how white identity is intrinsic to Western ideas about liberty.  Dr. Stovall is professor of history and dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Fordham University.  Register through the Events menu on our home page.  Thursday, February 4 at 7 p.m.
  • Great Presenters: Cuba—More Than Classic Cars and ’50s Nostalgia. Havana today has been shaped by a number of historical forces that have compelled its inhabitants to adapt in ways that make them proud, and ways that leave them longing for more.  In his presentation, former WPS teacher Conrad Gees focuses on Habana Viejo and Centro Habana, now United Nations World Heritage sites being renovated and brought back to life.  He’s photographed not only the buildings, but the people, documenting their resilience and ingenuity.  Register through the Events menu on our homepage.  Tuesday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m.
  • ADHD in the Family: Understanding ADHD in Children and Adults.  This program is for anyone who lives with someone who has diagnosed—or even suspected—ADHD.  Linda King is a former elementary school teacher with advanced certifications in ADHD coaching, and nearly a decade of experience working with ADHD individuals and families.  She’ll offer an overview of ADHD and its effects, along with concrete methods for living with ADHD.   Register through the Events menu on our homepage.  Thursday, January 28 at 7 p.m.
  • ASL Basics Online Class. A live American Sign Language instructor from SIGNING Basics will teach you how to sign such phrases as, “Hello, I name ____ I” to introduce yourself, and “You Name What?”  You’ll also learn new vocabulary at each session to increase your signing skills.  The class comprises four 45-minute sessions on Monday, February 1, 8, 22, March 1st, 7-7:45 pm.  Sign up through the Events menu on our homepage starting January 10.  Limit 20 participants.
  • ESOL Tutors Needed. It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak a foreign language or have never taught before.  Once you complete the Library-sponsored training course, you’re ready for what could be a wonderfully rewarding relationship.  The class this winter/spring will be on Zoom, from 6-9:00 p.m. on five consecutive Thursday evenings: February 25, March 4, 11, 18 and 25. For more information or to enroll, contact Ginny Steel at 508-358-7517 or



  • 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, February 4, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
  • Storytime on Zoom. Join Ms. Pam for stories songs, puppets, and crafts through zoom.  This interactive storytime encourages language development, socialization and fun. For ages 2.5 to 5 years. Please register here or on our Eventkeeper calendar if you would like to join our Zoom storytime. Questions? Please contact Youth Services Librarian Pam McCuen at Thursdays,  Jan. 28 ; Feb. 11, Feb. 18, and Feb. 25 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Weekly Facebook Live Storytimes with Ms. Carly. Join Ms. Carly for a Facebook Live storytime on the Wayland Public Library’s Facebook page. Babies through preschool age are invited to listen to stories, sing songs, and perform fun rhymes and movements. Tuesdays, Feb. 2, Feb. 9, Feb. 16 and Feb. 23 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Baby Signing with Sheryl on ZOOM. Parent educator Sheryl White of Baby Kneads will teach you to teach American Sign Language to your baby! You will learn everything that you need to know to get started signing right away. Each week participants will bring props to class so that Sheryl can help you bring this virtual program to life. Sheryl will also review research and benefits of signing with your baby. For ages 6 months to preverbal, with parent/caregiver. Wednesdays, Feb. 3, 10, 17, and 24. Please register HERE for the zoom link. Questions? contact Pam at  This event is funded in part through The Mind in the Making Grant, federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
  • Mindfulness for Preschoolers with Sheryl on ZOOM. Parent educator Sheryl White will practice mindfulness with children virtually via zoom, while modeling for the adults how to encourage their children to be more aware and in the present moment. The class is designed to experience what mindfulness is and to show caregivers how to use it in their lives in a practical way. Sheryl will use simple and fun activities to encourage mindfulness and relaxation so that everyone can see it in action. Register HERE to get the zoom link. Monday, February 8, 1:00-1:45 p.m. This event is funded in part through The Mind in the Making Grant, federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners


  • Let’s Explore the Alphabet!: Zoom Storytime with Ms. Elise. Ms. Elise will read ABC books that tell a story, describe our emotions, put us to sleep, make noises, have us move & jump, guess animals, or eat way too much. Who knew the ABC’s could be so much fun? There will be stories, songs, and a scavenger hunt. For ages 4 and up. Register here for the zoom link. Wednesday, February 3, at 3 p.m.
  • 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, Feb. 9 and Feb. 23 at 4 p.m.
  • 4th/5th Grade Book Group on Zoom. We will be discussing You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P! by Alex Gino. Register here for the zoom link. Tuesday, February 9, at 7 p.m.


  • Teen Winter Reading Challenge 2021. This February, Wayland teens can earn raffle tickets for prizes by completing reading and activity challenges. Teens who register for the Winter Challenge will automatically earn a raffle ticket! You can also earn raffle tickets on Beanstack by logging reading, writing book reviews, and attending virtual teen events. Teens will be able to add their raffle tickets to drawings for prizes up until February 28th. Once the Winter Reading Challenge period is over, we will draw names to pick the prize winners. Starting on February 1, teens can register for the Winter Challenge HERE.

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