News and Events from the Wayland Library, May 4, 2024


  • 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 soccer 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.
  • Great Presenters: Dr. Kim Wilson—Lessons Learned in Global Health. Kim Wilson, M.D. and M.P.H., will share best practices and stories from her work as a pediatrician with Partners in Health in East Africa and the Caribbean.  She is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she founded the Global Pediatric Fellowship. In Boston, Dr. Wilson works in primary care for an underserved community.  Register.  Tuesday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Virtual Author Talk: Nina Simon and Mother-Daughter Murder Night. In this lighthearted, bestselling whodunit, a high-powered businesswoman who’s recovering from cancer and her adult daughter start sleuthing when her teenage granddaughter is implicated in a murder.  Debut novelist Simon has also been a NASA engineer, slam poet, game designer, museum director, and nonprofit CEO.  Register.  Wednesday, May 8 at 7 p.m.
  • Noon Book Group: Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry. In the waiting room of the ferry terminal in the Spanish port of Algeciras, Maurice and Charlie, aging Irish drug smugglers, watch for Maurice’s estranged daughter to either arrive or leave on the Tangier boat. Their conversations excavate their shared history of violence, romance, mutual betrayals, and serial exiles.  Copies available at the Library.  Friday, May 10.
  • Music Exchange Listening Room. If it’s the second Tuesday of the month, it must be Open Mic Night at the Library!  Settle into a seat in our beautiful Round Room and enjoy the lightly amplified efforts of whichever brave souls have signed up to share their music.  Or come a little early and sign up yourself to play two or three numbers.  Co-sponsored by Arts Wayland.  Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m.
  • Finishing Touches: Estate Planning. In the first of a three-part series of programs, Elder Law attorney Denise Yurkofsky covers wills, trusts, probate and other essentials of estate planning to help smooth the end-of-life transition for you and your loved ones.  Sponsored by the Wayland Council on Aging, the Parmenter Foundation, and the Library.  Register.  Meeting at the COA and online.  Wednesday, May 15 at 2 p.m.
  • Cannabis and You: A Talk for Adults. Not only is cannabis legal, it also has medicinal properties. Stop stressing and come learn about CBD, THC, CBN, the different types of cannabis and their uses, and what is legal and what’s not.  We will also review medical vs. recreational marijuana and what’s hype and what’s real with CBD. This is a research-based, unbiased, nonaffiliated presentation.  Sorry, no samples.  Presented by staff from Therapy Gardens.  Register.  Thursday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Cookbook Club. Vegetable Revelations by Steven Satterfield.  Contact for more information.  Thursday, May 16 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Dystopian/Sci-Fi Book Group. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler.  Online only.  Contact for more information and the Zoom link.  Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.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. 
  • 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. Saturday, May 11, and Thursdays, May 16, May 23 and May 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.
  • 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. 


  • 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.
  • 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, May 11, at 2:00 p.m. For ages 4 to 6, with caregiver.
  • Drop-in Craft: Hawaiian Leis and Grass Crowns. May is Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Join Ms. Elise to make a Hawaiian paper flower necklace and grass crowns. For ages 4 and up, with caregiver. Please register HERE. Wednesday, May 15 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Plant a Seed. Join Ms. Wendy to read The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle and talk about plants. Then decorate a terracotta pot and plant a sunflower seed to take home. Weather permitting, we will meet outside. For ages 4 and up, with caregiver. Please register HERE. Wednesday, May 22 at 3:00 p.m.
  • 4th/5th Grade Book Club. We will be discussing Linked by Gordon Korman. For 4th and 5th graders. We will meet in the Teen Loft. Questions or to get a copy of the book, contact Pam at Please register HERE. Wednesday, May 22 at 7 p.m.
  • Build It! Treehouses. Join Ms. Stephanie to design and build a treehouse village using cardboard and recyclables! For ages 4 and up, with caregiver. Please register HERE. Wednesday, May 29, 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, May 10 and May 24 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Teen Weaving Workshop. Teens! Try your hand at weaving. We will use cardboard looms to weave with yarn, ribbon and raffia. Leave with finished art. We will meet in the Teen Loft. For teens in grades 6 and up. Please register HERE. Thursday, May 23, at 4:00 p.m.



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