News and Events from the Wayland Library, August 6, 2022


  • 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.
  • Gish Jen: Metro West Readers Fest ONE Read. This year, the Library is teaming up with the non-profit MWRF, the Goodnow Library in Sudbury, and 22 other libraries, for a community read of “Thank You, Mr. Nixon,” stories by acclaimed author, Gish Jen. The book “takes measure of the fifty years since the opening of China and its unexpected effects on the lives of ordinary people.”  Ms. Jen herself will give a reading at Goodnow on Thursday, October 6 (live and via Zoom).  In the meantime, there will be book giveaways, discussion groups, and more.  Watch this space (and our home page) for more information. Copies available to borrow soon!
  • Free Online ESL/ESOL and GED Courses. Mt. Wachusetts College has a new Adult Education program called MassLINKS.  It’s entirely online and offers free ESOL/ESL courses for second-language learners, and free high school equivalency (GED/HiSET) preparation courses.  Just fill out the form at  Someone will contact you with more information, including the next steps to enroll in the program.  They have options to help students with technology and/or wifi, if necessary.  Questions?  Write to  This could be a good next step for you!
  • 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.

YOUTH SERVICES:  SUMMER READING WRAPS UP ON AUGUST 15. Our 2022 Summer Reading Program Camp iRead: Read Beyond the Beaten Path is wrapping upon August 15. This is the last week to record reading online for prizes. Remaining programming highlights include a concert by the Toe Jam Puppet Band. Kids in grades preK through grade 5 are keeping track of their reading online or on paper logs and are earning badges for time reading and for attending programs. Every child who registers can pick up a goody bag at the library. Participants are also earning raffle tickets for prizes! Our Teen Reading Program is also wrapping up on August 15.  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   The Massachusetts Statewide Summer Library Program is funded by the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners


  • 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. Tuesday, 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 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.


  • 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.

FOR TEENS: 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.

FOR FAMILIES:  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 ( 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


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