News and Events from the Wayland Library, March 11, 2023


  • Virtual Author Talk: David Epstein and RangeWhat’s the most effective path to success in any domain?  David Epstein discovered that in most fields, generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, juggling many interests rather than focusing on one. They’re also more creative, agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see.  Register to learn more online from this New York Times-bestselling author.  Monday, March 13 at 1 p.m.
  • The Fascinating Life of Gertrude Bell. She was able to ride a camel as well as any Bedouin trader. She was a skilled archaeologist, linguist, cartographer, photographer, and diplomat.  She served as a spy for the British and, at the end of WWI, played a major role in the Arab quest for self-government.  Bob Begin recounts the story of a dauntless woman who defied the limitations of her time.  Register to attend in person or online.  Tuesday, March 14 at 7 p.m.
  • 175 Years of the Wayland Free Public Library: Our History.  Your Stories. Founded in 1848, the WFPL is one of the oldest public libraries in the United States. It played a pivotal role in the passage of legislation that authorized the use of public funding to support public libraries. In the past 175 years, the Library has come to be not only a place where residents can borrow books, but a hub of programs for all ages, art exhibits, and community gatherings, as well as a refuge in stressful times. Our library history program will feature a number of illuminating speakers:
    • Jane Sciacca will discuss her experience as a Wayland resident and de facto town historian.
    • Brandeis History Dept. doctoral students Rafael Abrahams, Elizabeth Simms, and Joseph Weisberg will present their research on highlights from the WFPL’s past in a roundtable discussion.
    • UConn Professor Emeritus Dr. Robert Gross will give a talk titled “The Public Library and the Community: Reflections on Wayland’s Experiences,” reflecting on the WFPL’s unique history as a pioneering library and its place in the broader contexts of Massachusetts, New England, and the nation at large.

      Please register to help us plan, but drop-ins are welcome.  Join us in person in the North Wing or online.  Sunday, March 19 at 2:30 p.m.

  • Virtual Author Talk: Chef Jernard Wells and Southern InspiredAfter growing up in Mississippi, Jernard Wells brought the familiar dishes and bold flavors of the African-American tradition with him on his culinary journey to become a chef, restaurateur, and TV host.  His cuisine also incorporates flavors from the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia, and Europe, always with his signature Southern flair.  His newest cookbook shares 100 recipes that are approachable for both beginners and more experienced cooks.  Register for the webinar.  Tuesday, March 21 at 4 p.m.
  • Dystopian / Sci-Fi Book Group. A Psalm for the Wild-Built and A Prayer for the Crown-Shy, two novellas by Becky Chambers.  Contact for the Zoom link.  Thursday, March 30 at 7 p.m.
  • We Have Tax Forms. Specifically, 1040 forms and instructions, and Massachusetts Form 1.  Get them while they last.



  • Sing, Move, Story! Jodi Levin from Family ACCESS Community Connections will lead children in songs and movement, and will share a story! We will meet in the Children’s Room. For ages 0-3. Please register HERE. Wednesday, March 15, at 9:30 a.m.
  • Babytime with Ms. Carly. This lapsit storytime encourages early literacy and caregiver-child interactions with lively songs and rhymes, gentle tickles, bounces, and body-awareness. Best for babies birth to 18 months. Please register. Tuesdays,   March 14, March 21 and March 28 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Toddler Stem with Ms. Leslie. Join Ms. Leslie for some fun, hands-on science activities. This month we are exploring magnets. Registration required. For ages 2-4 years with a caregiver. Wednesday, March 22 at 10:30 a.m.
  • 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, March 16, March 23, and March 30 at 10:30 a.m.


  • Build a Leprechaun Trap. Have you ever caught a leprechaun? It isn’t easy. Children will build leprechaun traps with Ms. Stephanie in this hands-on workshop. For ages 4 and up, with caregiver. Please register HERE. Wednesday, March 15 at 3:30 p.m.
  • 4th/5th Grade Book Club. This month we will be discussing The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera. We will meet in the Teen Loft. Questions or to get a copy of the book, please email Pam at For 4th and 5th graders. Please register HERE. Wednesday, March 22, at 7:00 p.m.
  • Get Crafty with Ms. Pam. Children will explore color and texture while creating their own collage art out of torn paper. For ages 4 and up, with caregiver. Please register HERE. Wednesday, March 22 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Sophisticated Stories: Book Club for Grades 2 and up. You are never too old for picture books! Ms. Janet will lead this book club that features fantastically fractured fairy tales. There will also be a craft. For children in grades 2 and up. Please register HERE. Thursday, March 23 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Dog Man Afternoon. Celebrate the newest Dog Man book! Drop in to create comics, play games, and attempt to foil Petey’s latest scheme by following the clues in a scavenger hunt. For ages 5 and up. Please register HERE. Wednesday, March 29, at 3:30 p.m. 


  • Teen Crafternoon: Mini Piñatas. Looking to freshen up your space with some funky décor? Stop by the Teen Loft to make a mini piñata. For teens in grades 6 and up. Please register HERE. Thursday, March 16, at 4:00 p.m.
  • 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. Please register HERE. Friday, March 24, at 4:00 p.m.
  • Magic the Gathering for Teens. 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. We will meet in the Teen Loft. Please register. Friday, March 31, at 4:30 p.m.
  • Comics Making Workshop Series with Jonathan Todd. In this 4-part Comics Making Workshop, tweens will learn how to create and design characters for a graphic novel story, how to develop a story arc, how to turn a true event into a graphic narrative, how to create thumbnail sketches and drawings, as well as how to correct errors. Workshop series led by Jonathan Todd. Registration required. Please register for the series HERE. Meets Tuesdays, March 28, April 11, April 25, and May 9, from 4 to 6 pm. For ages 9 and up. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Wayland Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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