News and Events from the Wayland Library, January 12, 2024


  • Virtual Author Talk: Rajiv Nagaich and Your Retirement: Dream or Disaster?  Over his 20-plus years of experience in United States elder law, elder law attorney Nagaich has developed a step-by-step guide to retirement planning by connecting the various dots of the retirement planning process. In this enlightening and informative webinar, he explains why “retirement plan failure” happens and how you can keep it from happening to you.  Register.  Tuesday, January 23 at 2 p.m.
  • Craft Supply Swap. Hey, crafters!  Looking for “new to you” craft items and ideas?  Want to reduce your stash of leftover craft supplies?  Check out our Craft Supply Swap!  Donate: Saturday, Jan 27 – Thursday Feb 1 at the Reference Desk.  Shop: Saturday, Feb 3rd, 10-11 a.m. if you made a donation, 11-2 if you didn’t.  Questions?  Contact Courtney: or 508-358-2311.
  • Note: We cannot accept open liquids such as paints, chemicals and glue. Remaining supplies will be used by the library for programs, donated to charity, or recycled.
  • Sign Up for ESOL Tutor Training. It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak a foreign language or have never taught before.  Once you complete the Library-sponsored training course, you’re ready for what could be a wonderfully rewarding relationship.  The course for this winter/spring will be on Zoom, from 9:15-12:15 a.m.  on five consecutive Mondays starting February 26.  (The final class will be in person.)  The training is free, though it requires a $40 textbook.  For more information or to enroll, contact Ginny Steel at 508-358-7517 or
  • 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 on January 29.  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


  • Cookbook Club. The New American Heart Association Cookbook.  Contact for information.  Thursday, January 18 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Dystopian / Sci Fi. Old Man’s War by John Scalzi.  Online only.  Contact for information.  Thursday, January 18 at 7 p.m.



  • 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 16, January 23, and January 30, 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.


  • 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.
  • Lego Club. Children will make fabulous creations out of legos. This month’s theme is Winter Wonderland! We will meet in the Raytheon Room. For ages 5 and up, with caregivers. Please register HERE. Wednesday, February 7, 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. Friday, January 26, at 4:30 p.m.








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