- Sugar and Spice: Gingerbread History. In early America, ginger was considered a sign of wealth because it had to be imported. Not until after Christmas became a national holiday in 1870 did gingerbread become associated with American Yuletide. Cookbook author Clara Silverstein of Historic Newton will show how recipes have changed over time and offer a historic recipe to try at home. Register through our Events menu. Thursday, December 2 at 7 p.m.
- Great Presenters: Paintings by Barbara Grad. Barbara earned a BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is a Professor Emeritus, Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She’ll discuss the painting process, impacts on her works, and the nuances of color and line to develop a dialogue. As a founding member of one of the first women’s art collaboratives in America, she can also comment on challenges she faced as a woman artist exhibiting in galleries and museums. Register through our Events menu. Tuesday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m.
- Adult Craft: Braided Nautical Rope Wreath. We’ll meet in-person in the Raytheon Room. Masks are required. If you prefer to participate from home via Zoom, check the box on the registration form. Note: this craft requires a hot glue gun. Registration required. Age 13+. Limit 15 people. Supplies provided: Rope, wire wreath form, ribbon/decorations, glue gun and glue. Thursday, December 9 at 3 p.m.
- Author Talk: From Schnitzel to Nockerln with Joy Viola. With her late husband, Alfred, Wayland resident Viola traveled by horseback, zodiac, combi, tundra buggy, and small aircraft to photograph and write about the natural world on all seven continents. They came face to face with a polar bear, dined with sheikhs, and put more than 2,300 species on their birder’s life lists. Register through our Events menu to hear these and other tales. Thursday, December 9 at 7 p.m.
- Library Gift Guides. We’ve got them for adults, kids, and teens, with lots of great book ideas for every reader on your list. Pick up print copies at the library or find them at our Library Spotlight blog.
- Wayland Center Annual Holiday Open House. Stop by the library as you make the rounds. Take home something festive to read/watch/listen to. And walk around the building with the kids to see the story in the windows (details below)! Sunday, December 5, 2-5 p.m.
- Evening. Special appearance by Marjan Kamali, author of The Stationery Shop. Monday, December 6 at 7 p.m.
- Cookbook Club. The Chef and Slow Cooker by Hugh Acheson. Thursday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m.
- Noon. The Shakespeare Requirement by Julie Schumacher. Friday, December 10.
- Social Justice. Climate Justice by Mary Robinson. Monday, December 20 at 7 p.m.
- Dystopian/Sci Fi. Of Wars, Memories, and Starlight by Aliette Bodard. Thursday, December 16 at 7 p.m.
FOR BABIES, TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS
- Indoor Storytimes with Ms. Carly. Join Ms. Carly in the library for storytime! Children and their caregivers will listen to stories, sing songs, and perform fun rhymes and movements. We will meet in the Round Room on the main floor of the library. For babies through preschool age children, with caregivers. Attendance is limited. Masks must be worn by everyone ages 2+. Registration required! If you are waitlisted you have the option of viewing the storytime from home via Zoom. If you prefer to view the storytime via Zoom, please email Carly at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can register here or from our online eventkeeper calendar. Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 10:30 a.m.
- Indoor Storytime with Ms. Pam. Join Ms. Pam in the library for stories, songs, puppets, and activities. We will meet in the Raytheon Room. For ages 2.5 to 5 years with an adult. Attendance is limited. Masks must be worn by everyone ages 2+. Registration required! If you are waitlisted you have the option of viewing the storytime from home via Zoom. If you prefer to view the storytime via Zoom, please email Pam at email@example.com. You can register HERE or from our online eventkeeper calendar. Thursday, Dec. 2 at 10:30 a.m.
- Storytime with Obie the Dog. Children will listen to dog stories and have a chance to visit with Obie, a beautiful Samoyed. Obie will be accompanied by his owner Helen. Registration is required, as enrollment is limited. Please register HERE or online from our Eventkeeper calendar. For ages 3 and up, with an adult. Thursday, December 16, at 10:30 a.m.
FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Pokemon Card Trading Day. Pokemon card trading day at the library. Come with cards you are willing to trade! We will meet in the Raytheon Room. For ages 7 to 11. Registration is REQUIRED. We are limiting to 15 children. Please register HERE or from our online eventkeeper calendar. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 4 p.m.
FOR FAMILIES: Story Walk: A Story for Small Bear. Families are invited to walk around the outside of the library and read the Story Walk of A Story for Small Bear by Alice McGinty. The Story Walk will be hung in the windows of the library throughout the month of December. This is event is part of Wayland’s Holiday Open House celebration.