- Minuteman Library Crawl. See what local libraries have to offer you and your family in this fun scavenger hunt. Take a selfie with a designated item in each participating library. Post your pics, tag them #mlncrawl2022, and receive a prize! (If you don’t have a camera, just tell a librarian you’re on the crawl–we’re pretty trusting.) See our Events menu for more information. Wednesday, August 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Author Talk: The Golden Arches in Black America. In her 2021 Pulitzer-Prizewinning Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, Dr. Marcia Chatelain uncovers a surprising history of cooperation among fast-food companies, black capitalists, and civil rights leaders, who believed they had found an economic answer to the problem of racial inequality. Dr. Chatelain is Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University. Register through our Events menu. Wednesday, August 3 at 2 p.m.
- Indian Heritage Author Panel. Authors Amalie Howard, Alisha Rai, Annika Sharma, and Madi Sinha chat about their journeys to becoming published authors. Learn how their Indian heritage has influenced their writing, characters, publishing power, and fan base, whether they were born in the US or elsewhere. Presented in partnership with the Ashland Public Library. Register through our Events menu. Monday, August 15 at 7 p.m.
- We’d Like Your Thoughts. For our 175th anniversary in March 2023, we’ve asked three Brandeis Ph.D. students to research and write up our history. To bring that history into the 21st century, we’d like to hear from you. How do you use the library? What does it mean to you? How has it changed over time? Anyone who’s interested can join us, in person or via Zoom, for a discussion here in the Meeting Room. Refreshments provided. Sign up here. Wednesday, August 3 from 7:00-8:30 p.m
- New Way to Learn a Language. The Library now offers a terrific new learning tool called Transparent Language Online. It provides an effective and engaging experience for language learners looking to build their vocabulary, practice their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, and maintain what they learn. With courses and supplemental resources in 110+ languages (including English), Transparent Language Online can be accessed anytime, anywhere, on almost any device. Look for it under the Online Resources menu on our home page.
- Magazine Survey. Please use the brief survey on our website to tell us how you use our magazine collection and what you’d like to see in it. Thanks!
- History-Minded? Write Neatly? We’re looking for a short-term volunteer to help get the historical collection in order. Must pay attention to detail, handle materials carefully, and have good handwriting. One hour a week for four to eight weeks. High school students welcome. Only one volunteer needed at this time. Please contact M. J. Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org or by asking for her at the library.
- SUMMER READING. Our 2022 Summer Reading Program Camp iRead: Read Beyond the Beaten Path is going strong! Programming highlights include a concert by 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 has also started. 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, August 2, and August 9 at 10:30 a.m.
- 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, August 4, August 11, and August 18 at 10:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
- Sing, Move, and Story! Jodi Levin from Family ACCESS will lead children in songs and movement, and will share a story! Weather permitting, we will meet outside. (In the case of inclement weather, we will meet in the Children’s Room.) Please register HERE. Wednesday, August 17 at 3:00 p.m.
FOR ELEMENTARY AGE CHILDREN
- Cardboard Ice Cream Cone Craft. Kids will paint and decorate oversized cardboard ice cream cones. Freeze popsicles will be served at the end of the program. Weather permitting, we will meet outdoors. Please register HERE or from our online eventkeeper calendar. Wednesday, August 3, at 3:00 p.m.
- Cool Cooking: Gazpacho. Join Ms. Pam to make gazpacho with fresh veggies, a cool treat for a hot summer day. Please register HERE or from our online eventkeeper calendar. Thursday, August 4, at 3:30 p.m.
- Author Visit: Alec Carvlin presents How to Bake A Universe. Calling all cosmic chefs! Alec Carvlin will read his debut picture book, How to Bake a Universe. Kids will love decorating their own cosmic sunglasses, hearing the book read aloud by the author, and asking questions about the fun and funky science in the story. Please register HERE or from our online eventkeeper calendar. Monday, August 8, at 3:30 p.m.
- Camping on the Moon. What would you need for a camping trip on the moon? Learn about the 1969 Moon Landing and make a moon diorama and a balloon rocket launcher. NASA Ambassador Pat Montieuth will lead the program. For children ages 7 and up. Please register HERE or from our online eventkeeper calendar. Tuesday, August 9, at 3:30 p.m.
- Marble Paint Planets. Kids will use marbles and paints to create colorful planets! We will meet outdoors on the lawn behind the library. In case of inclement weather we will run this program indoors. For ages 4 and up. Please register HERE or from our online eventkeeper calendar. Thursday, August 11, at 3:30 p.m.
- Candy Sushi Making. Teens will make tasty candy sushi that looks like the real deal. If you have a food allergy please email Carly at email@example.com. Please register HERE or from our online eventkeeper calendar. Tuesday, August 2, at 3:00 p.m.
- Great Outdoors Trivia Night for Teens. Teens! Join librarian Brittany Tuttle for a fun night of Great Outdoors trivia! A great chance to meet up with your friends before school starts. There will be snacks! We will meet in the Raytheon Room. . Please register HERE or from our online eventkeeper calendar. Tuesday, August 23, at 7:00 p.m.
- Toe Jam Puppet Band at Hannah Williams Park. Vinnie and Tom from the Toe Jam Puppet Band will perform live for kids. They will bring their big bubbles! For ages 3 and up. This event will be at Hannah Williams Park, 71 Main Street, Wayland. Please register HERE or from our online eventkeeper calendar. Wednesday, August 10, at 2:00 p.m. This show is supported by Wayland Park and Rec and the Arthur Ashley Williams Foundation.
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 club will be 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 firstname.lastname@example.org