News and Events from the Wayland Library

ADULT SERVICES

  • The History of Juneteenth.  Join historian, author, and educator Dr. Kellie Carter Jackson for an overview of the history of the holiday and an exploration of the various ways Black communities have observed Juneteenth through tradition and the arts, commemorating and celebrating the joy of emancipation and freedom. Dr. Jackson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies at Wellesley College. Register through our Events menu. Thursday, June 16 at 7 p.m.
  • Ukulele Lesson and Playalong. Have some fun as Julie Stepanik teaches you the basics, then leads a group session. Bring your own uke or use one of hers. No experience necessary. Ages 12+. Register through our Events menu. Wednesday, June 15. Lesson at 6:30, playalong at 7:30pm
  • Juneteenth Celebration! Become Your Dreams: History of Hip-Hop Dance. Featuring the dancers of Illstyle & Pease, this performance celebrates the art and movement of hip hop and includes a funky blend of locking, breaking, popping, tap, house dancing, vocal percussions, DJing, and other modern and traditional dance forms. This performance will take place in the library parking lot, so please bring a lawn chair and plan your parking accordingly. All ages welcome. Saturday, June 18 at 3 p.m.
  • Adult Craft: Korean Lotus Lanterns. Learn the history behind this stunning lantern as you create it. Limit 25 people, ages 10+. A brief documentary film on Korea will be included with the presentation. Supply kits available for pickup June 16-21. Presented in partnership with the Korean Spirit and Cultural Promotion Project. Register through our Events menu. Tuesday, June 21 at 7 p.m.
  • Where Is Everybody? In our, the librarians’, ceaseless quest to make the library user experience more congenial to you, the library user, the Biography section and 900s have swapped places. The former is now upstairs in the East Mezzanine, and the latter on the main floor, which—after years of division–finally unites the entire non-fiction collection. This in fact may not mean much to you, but it certainly makes us feel better.
  • Wayland History Collection in Focus. We are busy conserving, digitizing and cataloging Wayland historical documents rarely seen before by the public, including maps and plans. Reference staff can help you find information on a specific topic, whether it is anti-slavery, Lake Cochituate, the many articles in our files related to Wayland history, or anything else. To reach the library’s local history librarian, please contact M.J. Wright at mwright@minlib.net or by calling the library. Appointments are necessary to see primary resources and historical maps.

BOOK GROUPS

  • Social Justice. She/He/They/Me: For the Sisters, Misters, and Binary Resisters by Robin Ryle. Contact cmichael@minlib.net for the Zoom link. Monday, June 20 at 7 p.m.
  • Dystopian/Sci Fi.  Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro. Contact ekatz@minlib.net for the Zoom link. Thursday, June 30 at 7 p.m.

YOUTH SERVICES

  • SUMMER READING. Our 2022 Summer Reading Program Camp iRead: Read Beyond the Beaten Path begins on June 13, with an outdoor kick off performance on June 16 by Henry the Juggler. Other programming highlights include Circus Minimus, making a Rube Goldberg machine, live caterpillars from the Caterpillar Lab, and the Toe Jam Puppet Band. Kids in grades preK through grade 5 will keep track of their reading online or on paper logs and will earn badges for time reading and for attending programs. Every child who registers can pick up a goody bag at the library. Participants will also earn raffle tickets for prizes! Our Teen Reading Program also starts on June 13. Teens can participate in camp-themed programs at the library and read to earn gift packs and gift card prizes. Register for the kids Summer Reading Program and the Teen Summer Reading Program online at WaylandLibrary.Beanstack.org The Massachusetts Statewide Summer Library Program is funded by the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

FOR BABIES, TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS

  • Outdoor Storytimes with Ms. Carly. Join Ms. Carly outdoors for storytime! Children and their caregivers will listen to stories, sing songs, and perform fun rhymes and movements. We will meet on the lawn behind the library. In the case of inclement weather we will hold the storytime in the Children’s Room. For babies through preschool age children, with caregivers. You can register here or from our online eventkeeper calendar. Tuesdays. June 14, June 21 and June 28.
  • Outdoor Storytimes with Ms. Pam. Join Ms. Pam outdoors for stories, songs, puppets, and activities. We will meet 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, June 16, June 23, and June 30 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, June 9 at 10:30 a.m..

FOR ELEMENTARY AGE CHILDREN

  • 4th/5th Grade Book Club. We will be discussing Framed by James Ponti. We will meet in the Teen Loft. Register HERE or online from our eventkeeper calendar. For 4th and 5th graders. Questions or to get a copy of the book email Pam at pmccuen@minlib. Tuesday, June 14 at 7 p.m.
    Pride Pots and Paper Flowers with Ms. Carly
  • Kids can celebrate Pride month by painting mini terracotta pots I rainbow colors or a combination of colors representing other LGBTQ+ identities. We will also make paper flowers! We will meet in the Raytheon Room. Masks are encouraged for everyone ages 2 +. For ages 4 and up, with caregiver. Please register HERE or from our online eventkeeper calendar. Wednesday, June 15 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Summer Reading Kickoff: Henry the Juggler. Henry the Juggler (AKA Henry Lappen) is wanted! He is wanted by audiences everywhere for his zany attempts to defy the laws of gravity. He juggles any number of balls, clubs, rings, members of the audience . . . He balances strange items on the tip of his nose. Everything is accomplished wordlessly as Henry uses body language (and road signs!) to express himself.  Caution: Henry is known to use innocent bystanders in his act. He will perform for us on the green lawn behind the library! For all ages. Please register HERE or from our eventkeeper calendar. Thursday, June 16 at 3:30 p.m. This show is supported in part by a grant from the Wayland Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts CulturalCouncil, a state agency. The Massachusetts Statewide Summer Library Program is funded by the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
  • Foosball STEM Challenge. Put your STEM skills to the test by designing and building you own cardboard box foosball game! We will meet in the Raytheon Room. Masks are encouraged for everyone ages 2 +. For ages 5 and up. Please register HERE or from our online eventkeeper calendar. Tuesday, June 21, at 3:00 p.m

FOR TEENS

  • 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. Friday, June 17 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Teen Lawn Games. Drop by to play ladder ball, kuub, cornhole, and other lawn games. This program is weather permitting. For ages 11 and up. Please register HERE or online from our eventkeeper calendar. Thursday, June 23 at 3:30 p.m.

FOR ALL AGES

  • Juneteenth Celebration! Become Your Dreams: History of Hip Hop Dance, Featuring the dancers of Illstyle & Pease, this performance celebrates the art and movement of hip hop and includes a funky blend of locking, breaking, popping, tap and house dancing, vocal percussions, D.J.ing , and modern and traditional dance forms. This performance will take place in the library parking lot so please bring a lawn chair and plan your parking accordingly. All ages welcome! Saturday, June 18 at 3 p.m.
  • SEEKING VOLUNTEER CODING TEACHERS. The Wayland Library Girls Who Code Club is looking for volunteer facilitators for the 2022-2023 academic year. Affiliated with the national Girls Who Code organization (girlswhocode.com) and its mission of closing the gender gap in technology, the Wayland club brings together girls for hands-on learning about code and technology. The Wayland library plans to have two clubs: one for girls in grades 3-5 and one for girls in grades 6 and up. Enthusiasm for working with the girls is required; technical skill is helpful but not necessary, especially if you are willing to learn along with them. If you are interested, or would like to know more, please contact Head of Youth Services, Pam McCuen, at pmccuen@minlib.net

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