News and Events from the Wayland Library, February 24, 2024


  • The Academy Awards: the Good, the Bad, and the Outrageous. How did the Oscars get started?  Which greats were never even nominated?  What are some of the ceremony’s most famous (and infamous) moments? Who will win this year?  Join film speaker, podcaster, and cable host Frank Mandosa as he answers these questions and more about Hollywood’s big night.  There will be interactive trivia questions, film clips, poster board displays, movie-themed door prizes, and blank Oscar ballots.  Register.  Tuesday, February 27 at 7 p.m.
  • Virtual Author Talk: Kim Scott and Radical Candor. You don’t have to choose between being a pushover and a jerk when it comes to managing people.  Kim Scott, New York Times bestselling author, will explain the Radical Candor feedback framework.  She’ll offer practical, tactical tips for how to solicit criticism, give praise and criticism, gauge how what you’re saying is landing, and build a culture of Radical Candor.  Register.  Wednesday, February 28 at 2 p.m.
  • PlugIn to Climate Solutions. Explore Wayland’s plugIN initiative to help residents explore heat pumps, home and community solar, and our new program, Wayland Electricity Choice, to provide residents choices for greener energy.  The town’s new Sustainability Manager, Abigail Shute, will answer questions and discuss exciting new state and federal financial incentives for climate-friendly actionsCo-sponsored by the Wayland Energy and Climate Committee, Energize Wayland, the Wayland Democratic Town Committee, and the Library.  RegisterThursday, February 29 at 7:30 p.m.
  • The Caregiver Journey: Ups, Downs, Obstacles, and Resources. An in-person, interactive presentation about the different paths one can take when it comes to being a primary caregiver, aging in place/non-medical home care services, and starting hospice/palliative care.  Presenters include Ellie Anbinder of CareGivers-WellBeing, Angela Crocker and Niki Pugach from The Parmenter Foundation, and Vikki Levine from Ezra Home Care, LLCRegister.  Sunday, March 3 at 2:30 p.m.
  • The Real Score: Unraveling Myths about Trans People in Sports.In this virtual presentation, transgender journalist Erin Reed will explore the complex and often misunderstood world of transgender athletes. She’ll address the myths and misinformation surrounding “biological advantages,” and interrogate how similar arguments have been historically used to marginalize other minority groups.  She’ll also look at the real-world impact of these sports bans, and consider what transgender inclusion means for society at large.  Register.  Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m.
  • Great Presenters: Dr. John Dowd—What is Your Gut Telling You? In this discussion during National Colon Cancer Awareness month, Dr. Dowd discuss several of the common gastrointestinal maladies, including colon cancer, the second-most common cause of cancer death in the United States.  He’ll also discuss some of the more common reasons people are seen by gastrointestinal specialists and what it means when you have various GI symptoms.  John Dowd is Medical Director of Endoscopy at Emerson Health Gastroenterology, renowned for his outstanding patient care.  Register.  Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Virtual Author Talk: Nina Totenberg. You are invited to an intimate conversation with Nina Totenberg, NPR’s veteran legal affairs correspondent, as she talks about her nearly fifty-year friendship with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and her book Dinners With Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships.  The book also weaves together compelling, personal portraits of other fascinating people from Nina’s life, including her cherished NPR colleagues, Cokie Roberts and Linda Wertheimer.  Register.  Wednesday, March 6 at 4 p.m.
  • We have tax forms. That includes 1040 Forms and Instructions, and MA Form 1s, ready for you to pick up.  If you’d like additional Schedules and tables, we can easily print them out for you, free of charge.  Just ask at the main desk or the Reference Desk.
  • 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 catalog, 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.




  • 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 29, March 7, March 14, March 21, and March 28 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, Feb. 27, March 5, March 12, March 19, and March 26 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 24, at 10:30 a.m. (This event has been rescheduled from February 17.)
  • Baby Signing. Learn how to reduce frustration and help give your baby the ability to communicate before he/she can speak. Benefits of Baby Sign Language: Reduces frustration for everyone, gives babies the ability to express themselves before they can speak, accelerates babies’ speech development, enhances early literacy skills, deepens bonding. Workshop led by Sheryl White of Baby Kneads. Registration required. Please register HERE. Wednesday, March 13, 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.
  • 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.
  • Art Club for Kids. Art Club is for kids in Grades 2-5 who love to draw and paint! This club, led by Wayland parent Emily Kristofek, will meet the first Monday of each month. In this session, each child will create a beautiful geometric animal, and may choose to paint or color it. Registration required. Please register HERE. Monday, March 4, at 4 p.m.
  • Lego Club. Children will make fabulous creations out of legos. This month’s theme is Space Stations! We will meet in the Raytheon Room. For ages 5 and up, with caregivers. Please register HERE. Wednesday, March 6, at 3:00 p.m.
  • Irish Dance for Kids. Dance with the Irish! Ms.Salome will lead and Irish Dance class for kids. For ages 5 and up. Please register HERE. Saturday, March 9, at 2:00 p.m.
  • Purim Stories, Songs, & a Craft. The Jewish holiday of Purim is celebrated by dressing in costumes, hearing stories read aloud and making noise! Join us to learn about this joyous holiday with songs, stories and a craft. Led by Rabbi Josh Breindel and Cantor Vera Broekhuysen from Congregation Beth El, Sudbury. Please register HERE. Monday, March 11, at 3:00 p.m. For ages 4 and up, with caregivers. Festive costumes encouraged.
  • Build it! Spaceships. Have you ever imagined going into space? Would you like to visit the moon or another planet? As Earthlings, we need special, powerful ships to leave the planet. What would your spaceship look like? Join Ms. Stephanie to design and build spaceships using cardboard and recyclables. Please register HERE. Wednesday, March 13, at 3:00 p.m. For ages 4 and up, with caregiver


  • 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. Fridays, March 8 and March 22, at 4:30 p.m.
  • Teen Crafternoon: Dragon Eye. Teens! Sculpt a Dragon Eye that’s fierce or friendly using a glass eye, air dry clay and metallic paint. If time allows we’ll also make a Dragon Egg. This program will be presented by Pop Up Art School. Registration required. Please register HERE. Thursday, February 29 at 4 p.m. For teens ages 12 and up. We will meet in the Teen Loft.



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