News and Events from the Wayland Library, November 18, 2022


  • Thanksgiving and Columbus: Taking Back the Narrative. Missing information, inaccurate stories, and stereotypes perpetuate myths about Columbus and Thanksgiving, often because of a system that has made hard truths invisible.  In this online presentation, Claudia A. Fox Tree explores this colonial system through primary sources, examines how language perpetuates invisibility, and suggests how to dismantle oppression to bring accurate counter-narratives to life.  A multiracial Indigenous woman, Fox Tree is currently a doctoral student at Lesley University.  Register.  Monday, November 21 at 7 p.m.
  • Winter Watercolor Painting for Adults. An instructor from Pop Up Art school will teach us four watercolor techniques, including negative space painting, a fun way to create a complex image using watercolor’s translucent qualities.  Our instructor will be leading us over Zoom.  Join online or be part of a group in the library.  Limit 15 participants, ages 16+.  Kits will be available for pickup at the reference desk two weeks before the class.  Go here to register and see a list of additional supplies you’ll need to have on hand.  Tuesday, November 29 at 7 p.m.
  • Nutcrackers: a Colorful History. You may never have given those funny painted implements much thought but their history involves the development of tools from the Stone Age to the Industrial Age. It also encompasses the political changes of Communist-era Germany, a Russian ballet, and American G.I.s. Presenter Mary Woodward, formerly of the Concord Museum, as an M.A. in Art History and 40+ years’ experience in museums from the Cleveland Museum of Art to the log-cabin birthplace of James Polk.  Register.  Thursday, December 1 at 11 a.m. via Zoom.
  • Author Talk: Geraldine Brooks and Horse. Join us for an exciting virtual chat with the highly-acclaimed and award winning novelist, Geraldine Brooks, in conversation about her most recent New York Times-bestselling novel, Horse.  Based on the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred Lexington, Horse is a novel of art and science, love and obsession, and our unfinished reckoning with racism.  Register.  Tuesday, December 6 at 7 p.m.
  • Great Presenters: Prof. David Hackett Fischer. In his latest book, African Founders: How Enslaved People Expanded American Ideals, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Hackett Fischer explores the history of how enslaved people from different regions of Africa interacted with colonists of European origins to shape our country in its early years, producing a new, distinctly American culture.  Register to attend in person or virtually.  Tuesday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m.



  • Indoor Storytime with Ms. Leslie. Join Ms. Leslie indoors for storytime! For babies through preschool age children, with caregivers. Please register. Tuesdays,  November 29 , December 6December 13, and December 20 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Indoor Storytime with Ms. Pam. Join Ms. Pam for stories, songs, puppets, and activities. For ages 2.5 to 5 years with an adult. Please register. Thursdays,  December 1December 8December 15, and December 22 at 10:30 a.m.


  • Thanksgiving & Fall Crafts with Ms. Elise. Children will make Thanksgiving and fall crafts with Ms. Elise. We will meet in the Raytheon Room. For children ages 4 and up, with caregivers. Please register HERE. Wednesday, November 23, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Catapult Tournament. Children will build their own catapults and then test them out in our first ever Catapult Tournament! There will be prizes! We will meet in the Raytheon Room. For ages 6 and up. Please register HERE. Wednesday, November 30, at 3:00 p.m.
  • Lego Club. Children will make fabulous creations out of legos. This month’s theme: Knights and Castles. We will meet in the Raytheon Room. For ages 5 and up, with caregivers. Please register HERE. Wednesday, December 7, at 3:30 p.m.
  • 3D Design Workshop: Sliding Lid Box. Using Tinkercad, participants will design their own working sliding lid box. Some  experience with Tinkercad is recommended but not required. Objects will be printed after the workshop, and will be free. Parents are welcome to attend. Please register HERE. Thursday, December 8, at 5:00 p.m. Questions? Contact Tyler Kenney at


Switch Tournament. Teens are invited to compete in our Mario Kart & Smash Bros. Switch Tournament. There will be prizes! For teens in grades 6 and up. We will meet in the Raytheon Room. Please register HERE. Friday, December 9, at 4:00 p.m.


Jazzy Holiday Concert with Thomas Meunier and Cindy Lou. Come to the library for some holiday cheer! Local musicians Thomas Meunier and Cindy Lou will perform a Jazzy Holiday Concert for all ages. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Wayland Library. We will meet in the Rotunda. Sunday, December 4, at 3:00 p.m. This event is a part of the Wayland Community Holiday Open House.



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