News and events from the Wayland Library, January 25, 2024


How to Travel More (and Better)

World traveler Colin Wright will talk about how to think about travel as a concept and how to work more of it into any lifestyle.  He’ll also share resources to help you make your travel ambitions a reality. The author of well over a dozen books, Wright started traveling full-time in 2009.  Online only.  Register.  Hosted by the Tewksbury Public Library in partnership with Wayland and several other MA Libraries.  Thursday, February 1 at 7 p.m.

Great Presenters: Protoamerican History–Archaeological Tales of Discovery, Invasion, and Encounter

Debates regarding the magnitude, tempo, and ecological effects of Indigenous population decline in the Americas constitute some of the most contentious disputes in the study of Native American history.  Prof. Matt Liebmann, Chair of the Harvard Anthropology Department, discusses these issues and recent advances in the field.  Online and in person.  Register.  Tuesday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Virtual Author Talk: Tessa Bailey and Fangirl Down

Join us as the #1 New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey talks about the launch of her new, super-hot sports romance duology with a rom-com about a bad boy professional athlete who falls for his biggest fan.  Register.  Thursday, February 8 at 8 p.m. 

Scottish Fiddle and Cello Concert

Siblings Elizabeth and Ben Anderson have an international following, and a sound rooted in tradition, inspired by the contemporary, and completely original.  Elizabeth is the 2018 New England Scottish Fiddle Champion.  Ben studies computer science and music at WPI.   They released their CD “Over the Isles” in 2018. Sunday, February 11 at 3 p.m. in the Round Room.

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 acollection.  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 and Your Reading History

Our new catalog is here!  If you’ve established a Reading History or other lists in the old catalog, you need to transfer them to the new one to save them.  Log in to your account in the new system, go to your lists, and select “Import from Old Catalog.”  Note: large lists may take extra time to migrate.  We’re always ready to help; call or stop by anytime.



Age of Vice by Deepti Kapoor.  Contact for details.  Monday, February 5 at 7 p.m.


Fight Night by Miriam Toews.  Contact for details.  Friday, February 9.

Everyone is welcome.  All books are available at the library.  No registration is required.




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, February 1, February 15, February 22, and February 29 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 30, February 6, February 13, February 20, and February 27 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 sessionsHERE.

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, February 8, at 10:30 a.m.

Chinese Storytime

Children will listen to stories and rhymes, and sing songs in Mandarin and in English. We will also make Dragon Puppets in celebration of the Year of the Dragon. Led by Isabella Ren, director of Wonderwhiz Academy. For ages 2 to 5, with caregivers. Please register HERE. Saturday, February 17, at 3:00 p.m.

Movement with Little Beats

Join Little Beats for 30 minutes of music, movement, and fun! For ages 1-5, with caregiver. Please register HERE. Friday, February 16, at 10:30 a.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.

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. Saturdays, February 10 and February 24 at 2:00 p.m.

Drop-in Valentine Craft

Join us to make Valentine’s Day cards and crafts for yourself, your family, and your friends. For ages 4 and up, with caregiver. Please register HERE. Wednesday, February 14, 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.


Make a Chomping Dragon Grabber

Join Ms. Wendy to make your own Chomping Dragon Grabber. Can you make a dragon that can “eat” pom poms? Kids will design, create, and decorate their grabbers. This activity is part creative craft and part STEAM challenge. All materials provided. For ages 5 and up, with caregiver. Please register HERE. Tuesday, February 20, at 2 p.m.

Wizard Tower Escape Room

Escape Room Adventure! Follow the journal entries, gather ingredients, and cast spells to see if you can escape the Wizard’s Tower! For ages 8 and up. Program led by WickedFunGames. Registration required. Please register HERE. Wednesday, February 21, at 2:00 p.m.

Dance with the Miracle Sister

Warm up your dancing shoes and come to our Casita for a special dance party and sing-along event with the Miracle Sister! For ages 3 and up, with caregiver. Please register HERE. Thursday, February 22, at 2:30 p.m.


Make a Heart Necklace

Children will create nested heart necklaces with Ms. Elise. All materials provided. For ages 6 and up, with caregivers. Please register HERE. Wednesday, February 28, at 3:00 p.m.

4th/5th Grade Book Club

This book discussion group is for 4th and 5th graders. We will be discussing The Museum of Lost and Found by Leila Sales. We will meet in the Teen Loft. Questions or to get a copy of the book, contact Pam McCuen at Please register HERE. Wednesday, February 28, at 7:00 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, February 29, at 4:00 p.m.


Teen Advisory Group

Teens! What kinds of programs, books, and materials would YOU like the library to offer? Please join us for our first Teen Advisory Group meeting of the year and let us know. We will enjoy snacks, play board games, and talk about what YOU want from YOUR public library. For teens in grades 6 and up. We will meet in the Teen Loft. Please register HERE. Monday, February 12, at 3:30 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, February 9 and February 23 at 4:30 p.m.


Wayland Lunar New Year Celebration at the Wayland High School

Welcome in the Year of the Dragon at the Wayland Lunar New Year Celebration! There will be performances, activities, and food. The library will host a craft table. Sponsored by the Wayland Chinese American Association and co-sponsored by Wayland HRDEIC, Arts Wayland, Wayland Public Library, and the Wayland Cultural Council. Ticket information at Saturday, February 10, 1:30-5:30 p.m. This event will be held at the Wayland High School, 264 Old Connecticut Path, Wayland.


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