- We’re Open (Mostly)! The entire main floor and the mezzanine (including the Teen Loft) are available to you Monday-Thursday 9-8, Friday 9-5, and Saturday 11-1. The Children’s Room remains closed but we’re working hard to reopen it. In the meantime, we have plenty of children’s items upstairs. We ask that you wear a properly fitting mask and that you limit your visit to 45 minutes. We’re still offering curbside pickup, advance reservations only. We’re slowly emerging into the light and it feels great. See you soon.
- What, to the Slave, is Your 4th of July? A Virtual Community Reading Event. As we did last year, we will take turns reading aloud—via Zoom–Frederick Douglass’s powerful 1852 speech to the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society, followed by discussion and comments by Dr. Tina Ligon of the National Archives and Howard Community College, where she teaches African-American history. If you would like to be a reader, please contact Courtney Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org. To simply attend, register on our website under Events. You’ll receive the Zoom link via email on Thursday, July 1. The reading begins that day at 7:00 p.m.
- Mini Macrame Plant Hanger. Channel your 1970s self by creating a simple, mini macrame plant hanger. Register through our Events menu by June 19 for a kit and a pickup time. Instructions are included, and/or join us on Zoom to learn and craft together. The kit includes glass jar, rope or twine, sand or rocks, air plant, and instructions. You provide tape, clipboard or binder clip to hold your project still. Thursday, June 24 at 3 p.m.
- Your Stories: COVID-19 in Wayland. We have experienced a historic moment that has affected the entire world. What impact has the pandemic had on you? Facts and figures will be recorded, but it is our personal stories that will give future historians and Wayland citizens a better sense of what life was like during this time. We’ve created a short survey for you to record your thoughts and experiences. If you have more to share, such as photographs, documents, artwork, videos, etc., please email them to email@example.com. We’d especially like to see photos of how community spaces have changed, and learn how you have practiced social distancing. Look for the blog post on our home page, as well as under the “About Us” menu.
- Big Return on Investment. In just five months, between January 1 and May 31, we circulated $1,107,244.55 worth of materials. This is more than five times the library’s annual Books and Materials budget and approaching our total annual FY2021 budget of $1,153,597. Pretty darn good value for your tax dollar, if we say so ourselves.
FOR BABIES, TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS
- 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. Tuesday, June 29 at 10:30 a.m.
- *Outside Storytimes! Join Ms. Pam for stories, songs, puppets, and activities OUTSIDE on the lawn behind the library. For ages 2.5 to 5 years with an adult. Questions? Please contact Youth Services Librarian Pam McCuen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thursday, June 24 at 9:30 a.m.
FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
- Kids Take and Make Craft: Handprint Parrot. Let’s celebrate our 2021 Summer Reading Program: Tails and Tales with animal themed Take & Make Craft Kits. This week our craft for kids is a Handprint Parrot! We will provide most of the supplies you need to make this craft at home. For ages 4-10. Limit one per child. To schedule a pickup of your Take & Make Craft Kit from our curbside service shelf on Monday, June 28, register HERE. To schedule a pickup on Tuesday, June 29, register HERE. Registration for this craft with open on Monday June 21.
- Meet a Screech Owl!: Virtual Zookeeper Chat Join a zookeeper from the Buttonwood Park Zoo for a 20 minute encounter with a screech owl. Learn fun facts about screech owls and interview the keeper! For ages 3 and up. Please register HERE for the zoom link. Tuesday, June 29, at 3:00 p.m.
- *Birds: Outdoor Storytime with Ms. Elise. Ms. Elise will read picture books about birds. For ages 4 and up and an adult. Please register HERE or online from our Eventkeeper calendar. Wednesday, June 30, at 3:00 p.m.
- Make a Bird Feeder: Outdoor Craft with Ms. Pam. Children will make and decorate simple bird feeders out of milk/juice cartons. Please register HERE or online from our Eventkeeper calendar. Thursday, July 1 at 3:00 p.m.
*Outdoor programs meet on the green lawn behind the library. Face masks are encouraged for all participants. We will assist in maintaining social distancing but encourage attendees to bring along a picnic blanket or a lawn chair. Registration is required. Outdoor programming is weather permitting. Call or follow us online for updates.
- Comics Making Workshop with Jarrett Lerner. Local author-illustrator Jarrett Lerner will give tweens the tools they need to become more confident and capable comics creators. Jarrett will demonstrate some drawing techniques, will talk about what makes comics work and will give time for participants to create along with him. This workshop is appropriate for kids new to comics as well as for kids who are further along on their comics-making journey. For ages 10 and up. Please register HERE or from our eventkeeper calendar to get the zoom link. Thursday, June 24, at 3:30 p.m.
- Teens Take and Make Craft: Origami Birds. Bring home a Take & Make Craft Kit and make something awesome! This week our craft for Teens is Origami Birds. We will provide the supplies you need to make this craft at home. This craft is for ages 11 and up. Limit one per teen. To schedule a pickup of your Take & Make Craft Kit from our curbside service shelf on Monday, June 28, register HERE. To schedule a pickup on Tuesday, June 29, register HERE. Registration for this craft with open on Monday June 21.
FOR FAMILIES: Curated Collections for Kids. Would you like a handpicked selection of books just right for your children? Call the Children’s Room at 508-358-2308 and we’ll pull together a bundle for you to pick up at your convenience. We’d love to hear from you!
- Summer Reading Program for children in grades pre-K to Grade 5 has started! The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program for children in grades pre-K to Grade 5 is Tails & Tales. We will be bringing you a blend of virtual and in-person (outside) activities featuring animals, real and imaginary. Highlights include virtual zookeeper chats with Buttonwood Park Zoo and Roger Williams Park Zoo, and a virtual bug show with Joy Marzolf of The Joys of Nature. We will also offer in-person outdoor STEM and craft programs, scavenger hunts, and weekly take and make crafts. Children will keep track of their reading online or on paper logs and will earn virtual badges for time reading, for attending programs, and for completing fun craft and STEM challenges. Every child who registers can pick up a goody bag at the library. Participants will also earn raffle tickets for prizes! Register for the kids Summer Reading Program at Waylandlibrary.Beanstack.org.
- Summer Reading Program for Teens has started! Teens will keep track of their reading online and will earn badges for books read, for writing reviews, for attending programs, and for completing take and make crafts. Teens will also earn raffle tickets for prizes! Programming highlights include a Comics Making Workshop with Jarrett Lerner, Teens Cooking Green, and an Ocean Tides Wall Hanging Craft, all offered through zoom. In addition, there will be weekly take and make crafts to pick up at the library. Register for the Teen Summer Reading Program at Waylandlibrary.Beanstack.org.