News and Events from the Wayland Library, January 5, 2023


  • Great Presenters: Jim Klumpp—Hiking the Continental Divide. In April of 2022, Jim traveled from Newton to New Mexico to begin walking 2,700 miles along the Continental Divide Trail to Canada, having already hiked the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails.  Jim will lead you on his four-and-a-half-month journey with many spectacular pictures he took along the way.  Register.  Thursday, January 9 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Virtual Author Talk: Rebecca Serle. NY Times bestseller Serle discusses the craft of writing love stories, and offers a preview of her forthcoming novel, Expiration Dates, due out in March.  Register.  Wednesday, January 10 at 8 p.m.
  • Virtual Author Talk: Helen Fry and Women in Intelligence. Historian and biographer Fry is the author of more than twenty books on military intelligence, prisoners of war, and the social history of World War II.  Her newest, filled with hitherto unknown stories, is a groundbreaking history of women in British intelligence, revealing their pivotal role across the first half of the 20th century.  Hosted by the Ashland Public Library in collaboration with several MA libraries.  Register.  Saturday, January 13 at 2 p.m.
  • A Journey through the Roots of American Popular Music. Join us in the Round Room for songs and stories about the origins of the blues, rock, and country music with musician and songwriter Jon Waterman.  Hear the intriguing histories that shaped the music we love, and celebrate the diversity of the human experience.  Sunday, January 14 at 3 p.m.
  • Exhibit: Library Catalogs Before the Internet. Since time immemorial, librarians have been figuring out how to let patrons know what’s in a collection.  Long before slick online systems (see below), Wayland residents would purchase catalog booklets to take home and peruse.  We have several of these fascinating little volumes and they’re currently on display in the Round Room, along with depictions of other catalogs past.
  • New Catalog on the Way. The Minuteman Library Network is rolling out a new online catalog, which Wayland will officially start using in late January.  You’ll find lots of great new features, including the ability to check out books and ebooks from the same site.  You can also transfer your Reading History from the old catalog.  Start getting a feel for it now at




  • Music, Story, Fun! with Ms. Janet. Join Ms. Janet for a musical storytime. She’ll bring her ukulele, rainbow bells, and puppets! We will meet in the Children’s Room. For ages birth through age 4, with caregivers. Please register. Thursdays, January 18 and January 25 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Baby & Toddler Storytime. 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. Please register. Tuesdays, January 9, January 16, January 23, and January 30, 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. For ages 3 and up, with an adult. Please register HERE. Thursday, January 11, at 10:30 a.m.
  • Yoga with Little Beats. Join Little Beats for 30 minutes of yoga-inspired movement. For ages 1-5, with caregiver. Please register HERE. Friday, January 19, at 10:30 a.m.
  • Raising a Reader. Children will sing, move, and build vocabulary, early literacy skills, and a love of books! The Red Bag Lending Library will provide families with 4 new books each week. Jody Levin from Family ACCESS Community Connections will lead the program. For babies through age 3, with caregiver. Registration required. Wednesdays, January 24, January 31, February 7, February 14, February 28, and March 6 at 9:30 a.m. (No session on February 21). Register for all 6 sessions HERE.


  • Weave a Blanket for Your Stuffie. It is time to get cozy at the library! Join Ms. Wendy to weave a blanket for your favorite stuffie using yarn and cardboard looms. For ages 5 and up, with caregivers. Please register HERE. Wednesday, January 10, at 2 p.m.
  • Spanish Storytime. Spanish storytime and craft led by Wayland High School student Olivia Lugo. For children ages 5 and up, with caregiver. Please register HERE. Saturday, January 13 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Investigating Snowflakes   When it’s winter in New England, we think about snow. While we all know what snow looks like, how often do we stop to look at a single snowflake? Join Ms. Stephanie to learn about snowflakes and make snowflake art using a variety of materials. For ages 4 and up, with caregiver. Please register HERE. Wednesday, January 17, at 3:00 p.m.
  • 4th/5th Grade Book Club. This month we will be discussing Loot by Jude Watson. 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, January 17, at 7:00 p.m.
  • Create a Winter Tree Scene. Children will create their own winter tree scenes using collage techniques, and materials such as doilies, gauze, paint, and musical notation. Ms. Elise will lead this workshop that is inspired by the artwork in Micha Archer’s picture book Snow Horses: A First Night Story. For ages 5 and up, with caregivers. Please register HERE. Wednesday, January 24, at 3:00 p.m.
  • Pokémon Card Trading Day. Kids are invited to a Pokémon card trading day at the library. Come with cards you are willing to trade! For ages 7 to 11. Please register HERE. Thursday, January 25, at 4:00 p.m.
  • Kids Chess Club  Children will learn chess and get tips to improve their game. This is a beginner’s club for children with little to no chess experience. Wayland High School students Andrew Fang and Michael Eberle will lead the club. For children ages 7 and up. Please register HERE. Saturday, January 27, at 2:00 p.m.
  • Make a Self Portrait. Children will create self portraits out of found objects, recyclables, and cardboard. Ms. Pam will lead this workshop, inspired by the picture books of Hanoch Piven. For ages 4 and up, with caregivers. Please register HERE. Wednesday, January 31, at 3:00 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. Please register. Fridays, January 12 and January 26, at 4:30 p.m.








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