News and Events from the Wayland Library, June 30, 2023


  • Podcast Chat. Find your next listen! There are podcasts for every taste and topic: cooking, true crime, travel, self-help, current events, science, and even books and libraries!  Join librarian Courtney Michael to discuss your favorites and gather new titles for your list.  (Never listened to a podcast before?  Join us to learn how.)  In person.  Tuesday, July 11 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Arts Wayland Exhibit Artists Reception. The theme for this summer’s exhibit is “Here Comes the Sun.”  Stop in to see the show, and discuss with the talented members of Arts Wayland themselves their interpretations. Refreshments provided.  Wednesday, July 12 at 6 p.m.
  • Dystopian / Sci-Fi Book Group.  A primal biblical epic flung into the future, Tochi Onyebuchi’s Goliath weaves together disparate narratives into a richly urgent mosaic about race, class, gentrification, and who is allowed to be the hero of any history.  Copies available at the library.  Zoom only–contact for the link.  Thursday, July 13 at 7 p.m.
  • Adult Craft: Pressed Flower Lanterns. Make a pressed flower lantern for your summer tablescape!  Using mod podge and dried flowers, participants will make one glass jar lantern.  All materials provided.  Limit 16 people.  Ages 13+.  Register.  Tuesday, July 18 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Virtual Author Talk: The Endless Vessel with Charles Soule. New York Times bestselling author Soule artfully channels history, science, and drama to create a story for the ages, as a young scientist in an increasingly dark world sets out through time and space in answer to a mysterious call.  Register.  Saturday, July 15 at 2 p.m.
  • My Library Card’s Expiring!  What Do I Do? Take a breath.  It’s okay.  You’re safe.  Just give us a call.  We’ll confirm your contact information and renew your card.  And all will be well again.
  • A Wealth of Information. Did you know that the Library has a database that covers articles and information about the hospitality industry?  Or one on criminal justice?  How about environmental studies, sports medicine, culinary arts, gardening and horticulture, or home improvement?  There’s even a collection of legal forms, not to mention all the financial, literary, and news offerings.  Our Online Resources page is a vast trove of information riches.  Explore!



Our 2023 Summer Reading Program Find Your Voice has started. Programming highlights include Digging up Fossils with Dr. Sandra Pearl; 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. 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 has also started. Programming highlights for teens include make a wreck this journal, a beading workshop, and a Switch Tournament. Teens can also track their reading to earn raffle tickets for 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 Friends of the Wayland Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners


  • Yoga with Little Beats. Join Little Beats for 30 minutes of yoga inspired movement. We will meet in the Raytheon Room. We will meet in the Raytheon Room. For ages 1-5, with caregiver. Please register HERE. Wednesday, July 12, at 10:30 a.m.
  • 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, July 11, July 18, and July 25 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, July 6, July 13, and July 27 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Storytime with Obie the Dog. Children will listen to dog stories and have a chance to visit with Obie, a beautiful Samoyed. Obie will be accompanied by his owner Helen. We will meet in the Raytheon Room. For ages 3 and up, with an adult. Please register HERE. Monday, July 20, at 10:30 am.
  • Sing, Move, and Story! Jodi Levin from Family ACCESS Community Connections will lead children in songs and movement, and will share a story! We will meet outside on the lawn. For ages 0-3. Please register HERE. Friday, July 21, at 9:30 a.m.


  • Make a Bagel Face. Kids will make their own bagel faces! We will supply bagels, cream cheese, hummus, and fresh veggies. For ages 5 and up. Please register HERE. Thursday, July 6, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Kids Cooking Green: Fruit Tarts. Kids will make open-faced fruit tarts with a chef from Kids Cooking Green. The workshop will meet over Zoom. We will send out the recipe in advance so you can get the ingredients. For ages 4-7, with adult. Please register HERE. Friday, July 7, at 2:30 p.m.
  • Make Slime!  It’s gooey and fun to play with, and it’s physics and chemistry at work! Join Ms. Stephanie to make slime that you can bring home. For ages 4 and up, with caregiver. Please dress for mild mess. We will meet outside on the lawn. Please register HERE. Tuesday, July 11, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Digging Up Fossils. Kids will dig out a fossil, learn how they form, and examine fossils that are millions of years old. Participants will leave with a few investigator tools and a new appreciation for all things fossilized. Dr. Sandra Pearl from Seed will lead this program. For ages 5 and up, with caregiver. Please register HERE. Wednesday, July 12, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Make a Minion Brushbot. Kids will learn about simple circuits and make their own minion brushbots to take home. For ages 5 to 8, with caregiver. Please register HERE. Thursday, July 13, at 3:00 p.m.


  • Make a Wreck This Journal. Make a journal from scratch – and then wreck it! The idea is to create a book that has a different wild or creative prompt on each page. For teens in grades 6 and up. Please register HERE. Thursday, July 13, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Teens Helping Teens: Bookmarks for Incarcerated Teens. We will make bookmarks for incarcerated teens and talk about other ways to help marginalized peers in our community and beyond. After the program the bookmarks will be mailed to Liberation Library. For teens in grades 6 and up. Please register HERE. Thursday, July 20, at 3:30 p.m.




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