News and Events from the Wayland Library, May 28, 2023


Jason Tandon Poetry Reading & Book Launch

The meditative, imagistic poems of Jason Tandon’s This Far North evoke a Zen-like “suchness” in the natural world and the daily tasks with which we busy our lives.  Readers looking for a poetry that is seasonal and spare, present and attentive, will find much to savor in this stunning collection.  Tandon has written five books of poetry and teaches in the writing program at Boston University.  Sunday, June 4 at 3 p.m. in the Library rotunda.


Virtual Author Talk: Beer Hiking New England with Carey Kish

A seasoned hiker and beer enthusiast, Carey Kish traveled over 300 miles on foot and tasted more than 230 different beers to bring readers this great selection of hikes and brews.  Carey will talk about the stunning scenery that awaits you, and the breweries and brewpubs nearby that’ll quench your thirst at hike’s end.  Presented in collaboration with the Lincoln Public Library and others.  Register.  Monday, June 5 at 7 p.m.


Planning a Garden and Cooking with Herbs

In this interactive program, Wayland resident ​Cindi Jacobs shares her expertise in planning and maintaining an herb garden. Then, Holli Bassin offers tips for cooking with herbs and the important role herbs can play in your health.  Cindi designs interior home spaces and is an avid gardener.  Holli teaches interactive workshops on nutrition, stress management, and lifestyle topics.  In person and virtual.  Register.  Tuesday, June 6 at 7 p.m.


Virtual Author Talk: The Fun Habit with Mike Rucker, Ph.D.

Doesn’t it seem that the more we seek happiness, the more elusive it becomes?  Through research and science, we know that fun is enormously beneficial to our physical and psychological well-being, yet fun’s absence from our modern lives is striking.  The Fun Habit: How the Disciplined Pursuit of Joy and Wonder Can Change Your Life is the ultimate guide to reap the serious benefits fun offers.  Register.  Wednesday, June 7 at 4 p.m.


George Tooker: Modern Life and Magical Realism

Tooker’s art conjured powerful scenes of both quiet beauty and the tensions of contemporary living.  Art historian Jane Oneail examines the life and remarkable work of this boundary-breaking artist.  Hosted by the Maynard Public library in partnership with the Wayland and Lincoln Public Libraries.  Virtual only.  Register.  Monday, June 12 at 7 p.m.


Virtual Author Talk: An American in Provence with Jamie Beck

Looking to slow down from her fast-paced life in New York City, New York Times-bestselling author and award-winning photographer Jamie Beck embarked on a one-year getaway to Provence.  As one year turned into five, Beck documented her life in this combination of art book, travel diary, memoir, and cookbook.  Register.  Thursday, June 15 at 2 p.m.


Sarah Wight Exhibit

Sarah Wight (1822-1878) was the daughter of Rev. John Burt Wight, Wayland state legislator and one of the founders of the Wayland Library.  At twenty-three years old, she became the teacher of Laura Bridgman, the most famous deaf-blind person in America before Helen Keller.  Wight is the subject of a fascinating exhibit in the vitrine on the main floor.






All Our Yesterdays by Robert B. Parker.  Live and virtual.  Contact for the Zoom link.  Monday, June 5 at 7 p.m.


Cookbook Club

Veggies and Fish by Bart Van Olphen.  Contact for the Zoom link.  Thursday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m.



The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler.  Live and virtual.  Contact for the Zoom link.  Friday, June 9.







Outdoor Baby & Toddler Storytime with Ms. Carly

This storytime encourages early literacy and caregiver-child interactions with lively songs and rhymes, bounces, books, and body-awareness. Best for babies and toddlers, with caregiver.

Weather permitting, we will meet outdoors on the green lawn. Tuesdays, May 30, June 6. June 13, June 20 and June 27 at 10:30 a.m.


Outdoor 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. We will meet in the Children’s Room. Thursdays, June 22, and June 29 at 10:30 a.m.




Build It! Tower Challenge

Children will build towers with different materials at different challenge stations. Bring your imagination and be ready for all kinds of towers! For ages 4 and up with caregiver. Please register HERE. Wednesday, May 31, at 3:30 p.m.


Lego Club

Children will make fabulous creations out of Legos. This month’s theme: Ships and Boats. We will meet in the Raytheon Room. For ages 5 and up, with caregivers. Please register HERE. Wednesday, June 7, at 3:30 p.m.


Pokemon Card Trading Day

Kids are invited to a Pokemon card trading day at the library. Come with cards you are willing to trade! We will meet outdoors on the green lawn, weather permitting. For ages 7 to 11. Please register HERE. Wednesday, June 14, at 4 p.m.


Summer Reading Kickoff: Magician Mike Bent

Local magician Mike Bent will amaze and delight children with his magic tricks. This event kicks off our Summer Reading Program Find Your Voice. Weather permitting, we will meet outside on the green lawn. For ages 3 and up, with caregiver. Please register HERE. Thursday, June 15, at 3:30 p.m.


Make Your Own Story Cubes

Come create a storytelling game! Kids will draw a set of story cubes featuring their own unique designs and ideas. Then we will show you how to use your cubes to play a storytelling game by yourself or with friends. For ages 4 and up, with caregiver. Please register HERE. Thursday, June 20, at 3:30 p.m.


Circus Minimus: One-Man Circus-in-a-Suitcase

This show gives everyone an opportunity to participate in an enthralling, whimsical celebration of the imagination. At Hannah Williams Playground, 71 Main Street, Wayland. Please register HERE. Wednesday, June 21, at 4:00 p.m.




Henna Workshop for Teens

Henna, more traditionally referred to as Mehendi art, is a temporary tattoo art form consisting of intricate motifs that adorn hands and feet. This workshop will take an unconventional approach to the ancient art form. Teens will begin by getting familiar with the henna cone, and then draw patterns, such as flowers, leaves, and vines, on a canvas. Teens are also, of course, welcome to draw on their own hands. All materials will be provided. Local teen Niyathi Srinivasan from Henna for Humanity will lead this workshop. Please register HERE. Thursday, June 8, 4:00-6:00 p.m.


Create a Fantasy Map

Teens will learn how to easily create a fantasy map using dried rice and pasta. We’ll have some of the best YA fantasy book maps on hand for inspiration as well as creative prompts to help build a unique world. For teens in grades 6 and up. Please register HERE. We will meet in the Teen Loft. Thursday, June 22, at 3:30 p.m.




Our 2023 Summer Reading Program Find Your Voice kicks off on June 15 with an outdoor magic show by Mike Bent. Other programming highlights include Circus Minimus, live animals with Joy from Joys of Nature, and a performance by the Toe Jam Puppet Band, as well as many fun craft and STEM challenges. Starting on June 12, kids can track their reading online or on paper logs to earn raffle tickets for prizes. Every child who registers can pick up a goody bag at the library!

The Teen Summer Reading Program also starts on June 12. Programming highlights for teens include making pride stickers, a beading workshop, and a Switch Tournament. Teens can also track their reading to earn raffle tickets for prizes.

The Massachusetts Statewide Summer Library Program is funded by the Friends of the Wayland Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners


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