News and Updates from the Wayland Library, February 12, 2024

  • Author Talk: Joel F. Johnson and Never. In this debut novel, Johnson’s narrator recalls coming of age in the fictional town of LaSalle, Georgia, a place notorious in the history of the civil rights movement, where three families struggle to keep their footing in a crumbling society.  Johnson is a graduate of Harvard College and the author of a collection of poems.  Presented by the Wayland Free Public Library and the Wayland Human Rights, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.  Register.  Wednesday, February 14 at 7 p.m.
  • Virtual Author Talk: Jason Mott and Hell of a BookWinner of the 2021 National Book Award and NY Times bestseller, Mott’s hilarious, heartbreaking, scalding novel follows a Black author on a book tour, accompanied by a boy who may or may not be real.  Deeply honest and electrically funny, it goes to the heart of the hidden costs exacted upon Black Americans and America as a whole.  Register.  Tuesday, February 20 at 4 p.m.
  • Virtual Author Talk: Peter Bellerby and The Globemakers . When Peter Bellerby set out to make a globe for his father’s eightieth birthday, after failing to find a suitable one to purchase, it led him to establish Bellerby & Co, one of the only artisan globemakers in the world. Come inside Bellerby’s gorgeous studio to learn how he and his team of cartographers and artists bring these stunning celestial, terrestrial, and planetary objects to life.  Register.  Thursday, February 22 at 2 p.m.
  • We have tax forms (mostly)! We have 1040 Instructions and MA Form 1s on hand, ready for you to pick up.  The Form 1040s should be in by the end of the week, but we can easily print one out for you, free of charge.  Just ask at either the main desk or the Reference Desk.
  • 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
  • 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.


All are 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 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, February 13, February 20, and February 27 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 Isabelle 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.


  • 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, 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.
    • 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 HERE. Friday, February 23, at 4:30 p.m.



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