News and Updates from the Wayland Library, April 18, 2024


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 symbols.  Co-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.

Make Your Voice Heard at the Library’s Community Open Forum

As we embark on the creation of a new Five-Year Strategic Plan, we’d like to hear your ideas, ambitions, and vision for the Library’s future.  It’s part of a larger process that includes some focus groups and a survey in May.  Any Wayland resident is welcome, no registration required.  Some light refreshments will be available.  North wing.  Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Virtual Author Talk: Douglas Brunt and The Mysterious Case of Rudolf Diesel

When the inventor of the internal combustion engine vanished from a steamship one night in

1913, headlines around the world wondered if it was an accident, suicide—or murder.  NY Times bestselling author Brunt reopens the case and offers some startling conclusions.  Register.  Wednesday, May 1 at 3 p.m.

Evening Book Group with Author Appearance

In Soccer Grannies, Jean Duffy tells the story of the women of rural South Africa who captivated the world with their tenacity and spirit when they started a team, and how Duffy and her own team brought them to America.  Duffy will take part in this May’s Evening Book Group meeting.  Copies of the book are available at the library.  In person and via Zoom.  Contact for the link.  Monday, May 6 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!




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, May 9, May 16, May 23 and May 30 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 23 and April 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, May 10, at 10:30 a.m.

Outdoor Baby & Toddler Storytime with Ms. Abby

Our Baby & Toddler program moves outside! Weather permitting, we will meet outside on the green lawn. Please register. Tuesdays, May 14 and May 28 at 10:30 a.m.

Early Childhood Fair with Tom Knight’s Musical Puppets

Families with young children are invited to an Early Childhood Fair at Hannah Williams Park. Local preschools, the Wayland Library, Family ACCESS Community Connections, WCPA, and Park & Rec will host tables. There will be information for parents, and crafts and activities for kids. Please register HERE. Saturday, May 4, at 10:00 am. Tom Knight performs at 11:00 am.

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. We will meet in the Raytheon Room. For ages 2 and up, with adult. Please register HERE. Tuesday, May 21, at 10:30 a.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.

Lego Club

Children will make fabulous creations out of Legos. This month’s theme is Star Wars. For ages 5 and up, with caregivers. Please register HERE. Wednesday, May 1, at 3:00 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 paint a snowy birch scene. For kids in grades 2 to 5. Registration required. Please register HERE. Monday, May 6, at 4:00 p.m.

Make a Mother’s Day Pop-up Card

Join us to make a colorful pop-up card for your mother, grandmother, aunt or special caregiver in your life. For ages 5 and up. Please register HERE. Wednesday, May 8, 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. 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.


Middle School Chamber Music Concert

The Wayland Middle School Wind Ensemble is a chamber group of 6th through 8th grade brass and woodwind musicians.  They will be performing works by Brian Balmages, Adam Gorb, Antonio Vivaldi, Tielman Susato, and more! The concert will be held in the Raytheon Room. Wednesday, May 1, at 6:00 p.m.


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