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


  • Virtual Author Talk: Xochitl Gonzalez and Anita de Monte Laughs Last. In this propulsive, witty examination of art, love, and power, an art history student, feeling out of place in her upper-crust college, discovers eerie parallels between her life and that of a young artist who died years earlier.  Gonzalez’s previous novel was a New York Times bestseller.  Register.  Wednesday, April 17 at 8 p.m.
  • AI in Medicine and Biomedical Research. Profs. Wei Ding and John Quackenbush will discuss the revolutionary role of AI and machine learning in their field. Using algorithms to analyze and cluster data, they can uncover hidden patterns without human intervention.  Hosted by the Cary Library, Lexington, in partnership with several MA libraries.  You can attend in person in Lexington or register for a Zoom link.  Tuesday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Access to Books in the Context of Mass Incarceration. Kelly Brotzman, Managing Director of the Prison Book Program, will talk about the issue of access to books and information for people in prison, the role books play in their lives, and the Program’s mission to support their right to read.  The Program also provides a highly engaging volunteer experience that connects people inside and outside of the American prison system.  Register.  Wednesday, April 24 at 7 p.m.
  • A Closer Look at the Massachusetts Flag and Seal. In anticipation of the article to be voted on at the May 13 Town meeting, Faries Gray, Sagamore (War Chief) of the Massachusett tribe at Ponkapoag, and activist David Detmold discuss the violent history and the impact of our state symbolsCo-sponsored by the Wayland Free Public Library and the Wayland Human Rights, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.  Register.  Tuesday, April 20 at 7 p.m.
  • A Wealth of Information. Did you know that the Library has a database that covers articles and information about the hospitality industry?  Or one on criminal justice?  How about environmental studies, sports medicine, culinary arts, gardening and horticulture, or home improvement?  There’s even a collection of legal forms, not to mention all the financial, literary, and news offerings.  Our Online Resources page is a vast trove of information riches.  Explore!
  • The Typewriter is Back. Sit down at the table in our exhibit alcove on the main floor and revisit the past—or explore an exotic technology.  Our sturdy Smith Corona portable typewriter has returned to help you share your thoughts.  We’ve provided some prompts to prime the creative pump, or you can wander wherever your fingers take you.  You’ll connect with a great literary tradition, and maybe have a little fun, too.
  • Book Group:
    • Cookbook Club. Noon by Meike Peters.  Contact for more information.  Thursday, April 18 at 5:30 p.m.
    • Dystopian/Sci-Fi Book Group. Fractal Noise by Christopher Paolini.  Online only.  Contact for the Zoom link.  Thursday, April 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, April 18 and April 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, April 16, April 23, and April 30 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 a craft. Led by Isabelle Ren, director of Wonderwhiz Academy. For ages 2 to 5, with caregivers. Please register HERE. Saturday, April 13, at 10:30 a.m.



  • Professor Bugman’s Arthropod Petting Zoo. Professor Bugman brings his Arthropod Petting Zoo to Wayland! Kids learn all about Arthropods, the most diverse group of animal life on the planet, during this exciting show-and-tell-and touch program! For ages 3 and up, with caregiver. Please register HERE. Tuesday, April 16, at 2:00 p.m. 
  • Celebrate Earth Day with Ms. Abby! Join Ms. Abby in a celebration of our Earth! Children will listen to a few celebratory stories about our Earth, and then make their own sculptural masterpieces out of recycled materials. For ages 4 and up. Please register HERE. Wednesday, April 17, at 3:00 p.m.
  • Pet Peeves Comic Workshop. Cartoonists Dave London and Pete Chianca, creators of the comic strip Pet Peeves, will guide children through the creation process! Topics include inventing characters, drawing expressions, and devising gags & jokes. Tweens will leave with a completed comic strip to take home. For ages 9 and up. Please register HERE. Thursday, April 18, at 3:30 p.m.
  • 3D Design Workshop – Sliding Box. Participants will design a working sliding lid box using Objects will be printed after the workshop, and will be free. Ages 8 and up. Children younger than 8 are welcome, but parents are encouraged to stay and design with their children. Space is limited. Registration required. Please register HERE. Wednesday, April 24, at 4:00 p.m.
  • 4th/5th Grade Book Club. This book discussion group is for 4th and 5th graders. We will be discussing Linked by Gordon Korman. We will meet in the Teen Loft. Questions or to get a copy of the book, contact Pam McCuen at Please register HERE. Wednesday, April 24, 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, April 25, at 4:00 p.m.
  • Beginning Ballet Class for Kids. Come dance with us! Wayland High School student Eyssa Grillo will teach beginning ballet. Wear comfortable clothes. Registration required. Please register HERE. Saturday, April 27, at 11:00 a.m. For ages 4 to 6, 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. Friday, April 26, at 4:30 p.m.
  • Teen Crafternoon: Miniature Goal Box. Teens! Do you have a dream or goal you want to accomplish in the next few years? Perhaps it is learning to knit, travelling to another country, or scoring a soccer goal? Create your own miniature goal box made out of a mints tin and collage supplies. Take home your creation and use it as inspiration to achieve your goal. We will meet in the Teen Loft. For teens in grades 6 and up. Please register HERE. Thursday, April 25, at 4:00 p.m.



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