- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Copies of the books will be available at the library. Keep an eye on waylandlibrary.org for further details.
- Wayland Reads Author Talk: White Freedom. Taking readers from the Age of Revolution to today, Prof. Tyler Stovall challenges the notion that racism is somehow a paradox within the democratic tradition, demonstrating how white identity is intrinsic to Western ideas about liberty. Dr. Stovall is professor of history at Fordham University. This event is in partnership with Tewksbury Public Library, and Memorial Hall Library, Andover. Register through the Events menu on our home page. Thursday, February 4 at 7 p.m.
- Print to the Library from Home. Simply attach your document to an email and send it to email@example.com. Be sure to include your name and phone number in the message section of the email. Then call us to arrange a pickup time. Anything up to 10 pages is free. Over that, it’s 10 cents a page for black and white, 25 cents for color. We’ll charge your account and you can pay online. Maximum printout is 40 pages.
- We Have Tax Forms. We have the 1040 and 1040-SR booklet; instructions for same; and Massachusetts Form 1 for residents. You can pick up one of each (sorry, no more than that) by making an appointment for one of our usual times, or you can call us and arrange to pick them up outside.
- Wayland Lived Experience Project. The Project is a grassroots story-collecting initiative to understand possible identity-based bias in our community. If you or someone you know has been targeted due to race, ethnicity, spoken language, (dis)ability, gender, sexual identity or some other aspect of identity, please consider completing a survey at https://bit.ly/3guv87T or encouraging others to do so. Responses from anyone living, working, studying, worshipping in or visiting town are welcome. The Project is an effort of the Human Rights Commission Study Group, a group of residents working to form a new town committee by petitioner’s article. The survey is now available in paper form, in English and in Spanish. You can follow the project at https://www.facebook.com/WaylandLivedExperiences/ for updates. For information or questions, email WaylandLivedExperiences@gmail.com.
- Hoopla Bonus Borrows Are Back. For the entire month of February, you can stream a Hoopla item from their special Bonus Borrows collection—be it movie, audiobook, graphic novel, or anything at all—and it won’t count against your monthly total. What’s more, we don’t get charged for it. Win-win! And the great thing about Hoopla is there’s never a wait—everything is always available. Make the most of this great opportunity!
- Concierge Library Service. When you show up for your library appointment, you’ll be one of five patrons, at most, in the building—which means kid-glove treatment from our superb staff. (Of course, we like to think that’s how we always treat you.) Sign up through our home page and enjoy some special attention.
FOR BABIES, TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 for the zoom link. Questions? Please contact Youth Services Librarian Pam McCuen at email@example.com. Thursdays, 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. 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. Attend as many sessions as you can. Ok if you have missed the first session. Please register HERE for the zoom link. Questions? contact Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
- 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, February 11, at 1:30 p.m
FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
- Valentine’s Day Storytime with Ms. Elise. Get ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day with songs, stories, and movement! Register HERE for the zoom link. For ages 4 and up. Wednesday, February 10, 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 email@example.com. 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.
- Baking for Good Bread Making Demonstration on Zoom. Amy Driscoll from King Arthur Flour’s Baking for Good program will give a live bread making demonstration over Zoom. After the demonstration, participants can bake at home and share half of what they bake with a food bank or as an act of kindness. Flour, yeast, and baking materials (enough to make 2 loaves of bread) will be provided for each participant. For children in grades 4 to 7. Please register HERE for the zoom link and to schedule a time to pick up your baking kit. Questions? Contact Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org. Wednesday, February 24, at 4 p.m.
FEBRUARY VACATION SPECIALS
- Pumpernickel Puppets Virtual Show. Pumpernickel Puppets presents a virtual show of The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Lion and the Mouse. A link to watch the performance will be shared and the 45 minute show can be viewed anytime between 9am and 8pm the day of the show. Register HERE for a link to the show. Tuesday, February 16. For ages 4 and up.
- Chinese New Year Story and Craft with Ms. Elise. It is the year of the Ox! Children will learn about the Chinese New Year and about Nian, the Chinese New Year Dragon. Wear something RED! There will be a craft with this program so please choose your pickup window when you register HERE for the zoom link. Wednesday, February 17, at 3 p.m.
- Creating Autobiographical Comics with Jonathan Todd. Local artist Jonathan Todd will lead a virtual workshop for tweens on creating autobiographical comics. Each participant will receive an art kit. Please choose your pickup window for the art kit when you register HERE for the zoom link. Thursday, February 18, 2:00-4:00 p.m. For ages 9 and up.
- Social Justice Book Group for Teens. This month we will be talking about Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds. This book is a remix of Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi. Register HERE for the zoom link. For teens in grades 8 and up. Tuesday, February 23 at 7 p.m. Questions? Contact Pam at email@example.com. This book discussion is a part of the Wayland Reads 2021 programming.
- 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.