- Author Talk: Dr. Robin T. W. Yuan. In honor of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, Yuan will speak on his book Red Bishop, the story of his grandfather Robin Chen, the last presiding bishop of the Anglican Church in China. Yuan charts Chen’s journey from his early childhood years and his youthful conversion to Christianity to his death under house arrest decades later. Dr. Yuan is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He is an assistant clinical professor of plastic surgery at UCLA and was one of the original participants in the hit TV show, “Extreme Makeover.” Presented in partnership with the Belmont, Maynard and Winchester Public Libraries. Register through our Events menu. Wednesday, May 11 at 7 p.m.
- Wilderness Backpacking. Dennis Vaccaro and his college roommate have shared an annual backpacking trip for over 40 years. Their goal is not speed or distance, but to enjoy the wilderness and the solitude. They try to avoid national parks and look for quieter places. Once they are a few days beyond the trailhead, they often won’t see another (human) soul. Dennis’s talk will include a brief history of backpacking, preparation for a trip, and highlights from several trips to the mountains and canyons of the western US. Register through our Events menu. Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m.
- Friends Children’s Book Sale. It’s back! After a hiatus of more than two years, the Friends of the Wayland Library will be holding a book sale. Featuring only material for children and teens, it will be held in the Library’s meeting room. You can donate books up until the day before. For more information, contact email@example.com. Saturday, May 14, 11-4 p.m. and Sunday, May 15, 2-4 p.m.
- Attention, Wayland Residents of Chinese Heritage. Whether your family hails from China, Singapore, Taiwan, the United States, or anywhere else, we want to document your experience living in Wayland. We want all Wayland residents, whether next year or a hundred years from now, to hear your voices. We will keep your answers in our historical collection for future generations. This survey will be anonymous in order to encourage candid answers to the questions. You’ll find it on the blog at waylandlibrary.org.
- A Chromebook at Home. Or on the road or wherever you need it. We recently revitalized our fleet of circulating Chromebooks with a bunch of newer machines, each in its own travel case. Pair one up with a hotspot for easy Internet access and use practically anywhere you go.
- Lamination Available. For just 25 cents a sheet, you can use our nifty little laminator right here in the library. If it’s a document 8 ½ x 11 or smaller, and you’ve always dreamed of having it sealed between two plastic sheets, now that dream can become a reality. Just ask at either the Circ or Ref Desk.
- Cookbook Club. Dinner in French by Melissa Clark. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link. Thursday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m.
- Noon. Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart. Contact email@example.com for the Zoom link. Friday, May 13.
- Social Justice. Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link. Monday, May 16 at 7 p.m.
FOR BABIES, TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS
- Storytime 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 Children’s Room. For babies through preschool age children, with caregivers. Masks are encouraged for everyone ages 2+. Please register. Tuesdays, May 10, May 17, May 24, and May 31 at 10:30 a.m.
- Storytime with Ms. Pam. Join Ms. Pam in the library for stories, songs, puppets, and activities. We will meet in the Children’s Room. For ages 2.5 to 5 years with an adult. Masks are encouraged for everyone ages 2+. Please register. You can register here or from our online eventkeeper calendar. Thursdays, May 5, May 12, and May 19, 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. We will meet in the Raytheon Room. Masks are encouraged for everyone ages 2 +. Please register HERE or from our online eventkeeper calendar. For ages 3 and up, with an adult. Thursday, May 26 at 10:30 a.m..
FOR ELEMENTARY AGE CHILDREN
- Make a Japanese Carp Windsock with Ms. Elise. Using watercolors and other paints, children will decorate a Japanese Carp Windsock. The carp is a symbol of strength and courage in Japan. Placed outside the home, the fish look like they are swimming upstream while they flutter in the breeze. For ages 4 and up. Please register HERE or from our online eventkeeper calendar. Wednesday, May 11, at 3:30 p.m.
- STEAM TEAM: Seeds! Children will learn all about seeds and then plant seeds in biodegradable containers to take home. Weather permitting, we will meet outside on the green lawn behind the library. Please register HERE. Wednesday, May 18, at 3:30 p.m.
- Pokemon Card Trading Day. Kids are invited to a Pokemon card trading day at the library. Come with cards you are willing to trade! We will meet on the green lawn behind the library, weather permitting. For ages 7 to 11. Please register HERE. Wednesday, May 25, at 4:00 p.m.
- ZOOM Celebration of the Publication of Children’s Illustration of 100 years of Chinese Immigration to the U.S. and Canada. The Wayland library together with the Wayland Chinese American Association (WCAA) and The Wayland Human Rights, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (HRDEIC ) are hosting a zoom event to celebrate the publication of Children’s Illustration of 100 years of Chinese immigration in the United States and Canada. The book contains 290 paintings created in the past 2 years by 70 young talented artists (7- 18 years old) from US and Canada. Editor in Chief XI Zhang, as well as several young artists who have contributed to this book project, will join us to share their knowledge and appreciation of those Chinese ancestors who contributed to the building of the railroads in both US and Canada. Please register HERE to get the zoom link. Questions? Contact Huijuan Li at email@example.com. Wednesday, May 25, 7 p.m.
- Magic the Gathering. Teens! Play Magic the Gathering with your friends! Bring your own Magic Cards or use ours. Experienced players and newbies welcome. For teens in grades 6 and up. This event will take place in the Teen Loft. Please register. Fridays, May 6, and May 27 at 4:30 p.m.
- D & D for Teens. Join us for a one-shot Dungeons & Dragons sesson. Beginners and experienced players welcome. This class will be run by Wayland staffer and D & D aficionado Sam Korstvedt. We will be offering two one-shot sessions. Please register for one only. Friday, May 13, or Friday, May 20, at 4:00 p.m.
- Teen No Book Book Club. Teens are invited to the No Book Book Club. There is no assigned reading! We will chat about books we’ve read, books we want to read, and share recommendations. Hear about upcoming releases and snag some free ARC’s (advanced reading copy). Register HERE. Thursday, May 19, 4:00 p.m.
Daniel’s Good Day Storywalk Kickoff Event. Join Ms. Pam (from the library) and Ms. Jodi (from Family Access) at Hannah Williams Playground to celebrate the opening of the Storywalk of Daniel’s Good Day. Walk the storywalk, do the scavenger hunt, and make a paper bag kite! For ages 2 and up, with caregivers. We will meet at the Hannah Williams Playground, 71 Main Street, Wayland. Please register HERE This event is sponsored by the Wayland Public Library, Family Access, Wayland Cultural Council, and the Wayland Recreation Department.Saturday, May 7, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.