News and Events from the Wayland Library, September 30, 2021


  • Author Talk: Kate Clifford Larson. Join bestselling author Larson as she discusses her latest book, Walk with Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer.  Based on previously untouched archival records and interviews with Hamer’s fellow activists, Walk with Me is the most comprehensive biography of one of the most important civil rights leaders of the 1960s-70s.  Register on our Events page.  Thursday, October 7 at 7 p.m.
  • Discovery Channel at the Library. “Black Files Declassified,” a Discovery Channel series that examines various CIA Cold War operations and their implications today, will film an episode at the library on the science of sound.  Joe Pompei of Holosonics in Watertown will demonstrate an audio speaker that can send sound like a beam of direct light.  Patrons taking part in the demonstration will be interviewed, signing a release.  Time and date might change—call ahead.  Friday, October 8 from 9-11 a.m.
  • Adult Craft: Pumpkin Ornament. Create a cute pumpkin ornament using an upcycled sweater!  Do it on your own, or join us on Zoom to learn and craft together.  Register by Monday, October 11th for a kit and a day to pick it up. Limit 20 people. The kit includes instructions and all materials, including sweater scrap.  You provide glue (Elmers, Mod Podge, or a hot glue gun) and scissors.  Thursday, October 14 at 4 p.m.
  • The Public History of King Philip’s War: A Panel Discussion. “The Sudbury Fight,” “King Philip’s Woods,” “Metacomet Way.”  What comes to mind when you hear these terms and place names?  What really was King Philip’s War and how do we understand its significance in our history?  A panel comprising Native American and white scholars will discuss the war’s history and impact, how it’s been remembered through memorials and markers, and recent efforts to center a Native perspective in our public memory of King Philip’s War.  Register on our Events page.  Sunday, October 17 from 2:30-4 p.m.
  • Author Talk: Anders Morley. One winter in his early thirties, Anders Morley decided to cross-country ski across Canada alone, a journey he chronicles in This Land of Snow: A Journey Across the North in Winter.  Along the way, his clear, subtle, and self-deprecating voice explores the dichotomy between wildness and refinement, language and personal story, journey and home.  Register on our Events page.  Tuesday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m.
  • New Chinese Books. We have added over 160 books to our Chinese collection since June, including a variety of newly released fiction and nonfiction. If you read Chinese, you’ll want to take a look.




  • PLAY! Kits for toddlers and preschoolers. The Children’s Room is launching a set of themed PLAY! Kits to check out and enjoy at home with your toddlers and preschoolers. Each kit contains 6 to 7 new books, an educational toy, as well as an activity sheet and a song sheet to inspire at home learning and fun. Language-rich, child-centered play fosters early literacy, social emotional growth, problem solving skills, and the confidence to take on new challenges. Developing these skills now will help your child be ready for school. The PLAY! Kits are funded by the Mind in the Making Grant, federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Commissioners.
  • *Outdoor Fall Sing-Along with Jeannie Mack. Sing songs to welcome in the fall! Jeannie Mack will perform all kinds of fun, bounce-around, sing-along songs geared for young children. Plenty of opportunity for audience participation! For babies, toddlers, and preschoolers with caregiver. We will meet on the green lawn behind the library.  For babies, toddlers, and preschoolers with caregiver Register HERE or from our Eventkeeper calendar. Thursday, Oct.14 at 10 a.m. (Rain date is 10/21 at 10 a.m.)
  • *Outdoor Storytimes with Ms. Carly. Join Ms. Carly for an outdoor storytime! Children and their caregivers will listen to stories, sing songs, and perform fun rhymes and movements. We will meet on the green lawn behind the library. For babies through preschool age children, with caregivers. Registration required.  Face masks are encouraged for adults and for children ages 2+. We encourage attendees to bring along a picnic blanket or a lawn chair. This event is weather permitting. You can register here or from our online eventkeeper calendar. Tuesdays,  Oct. 12, Oct. 19, and Oct. 26 at 10:30 a.m.
  • *Outside Storytimes with Ms. Pam! 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. You can register here or from our online eventkeeper calendar. Thursdays,  Oct. 7, Oct. 21, and Oct. 28 at 9:30 a.m.


  • And the Winner Is…Daisy!  Thank you to everyone who participated in our Sculpture Naming Contest! Library staff considered all the submissions and narrowed the field down to 5 names. Patrons were invited to vote and from those 5 names Daisy was the overwhelming favorite, securing almost 50% of the votes! The name Daisy was suggested by several patrons including Maushami, Alexis, and Josie. The next time you visit the library take a look in the garden and say hello to Daisy! The bronze sculpture was created by local sculptor Janice Corkin Rudolf, and is in memory of longtime Wayland resident and Wayland Garden club member Pat Jones. The gift was made possible through the generosity of the Pat’s family and friends as well as the Wayland Garden Club.
  • *The Sun and Daytime: Outdoor Storytime with Ms. Elise. Ms. Elise will read picture books that feature the Sun and Daytime. For ages 4 and up with an adult. Please register HERE or online from our Eventkeeper calendar. Wednesday, October 13 at 3:00 p.m.
  • 4th/5th Grade Book Club on zoom. We will be discussing Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan. Register HERE for the zoom link. For 4th and 5th graders. Questions or to get a copy of the book email Pam at pmccuen@minlib. Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.
  • *Celebrate Fall!: Outdoor Storytime with Ms. Elise. Ms. Elise will read picture books that celebrate fall and spending time outside during this wonderful season. For ages 4 and up with an adult. Please register HERE or online from our Eventkeeper calendar. Wednesday, October 20 at 3:00 p.m.
  • *Halloween!: Outdoor Storytime with Ms. Elise. Ms. Elise will read not too spooky stories and lead children in super fun activities to celebrate Halloween! Please register HERE or online from our Eventkeeper calendar. Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 3:00 p.m.

*Outdoor programs meet on the green lawn behind the library. 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.

FOR TEENS:  Teen Advisory Board Meeting. Teens! We want to hear from you! What kinds of library programs would you enjoy? What materials and services would you like from your public library? Please come to our first Teen Advisory Board Meeting of the year and let us know. We will also talk about our favorite books and movies of the summer. There will be plenty of free ARC’s (advanced readers’ copies of books). We will meet in the Teen Space upstairs int the library. Please register HERE or online from our eventkeeper calendar. Thursday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m.

FOR All Ages:  Pumpkin Decorating Contest! Enter our 3rd annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest! Compete for best carved or best decorated pumpkin! We will have contests for kids ages 3-11, teens ages 12-18, and adults ages 19 and up. Submit photos of your pumpkin by October 25, then vote online. Register HERE for a library pumpkin, or use your own pumpkin. Pumpkins can be picked up at the library on October 21, 22, or 23. Questions? Contact Library pumpkins generously donated by Stop and Shop.


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