News and Updates from the Wayland Library, May 25, 2024


  • Finishing Touches: Medical Decisions. This is the second program in a three-part series.  If you are unable to make decisions, how do you plan for care and make your wishes known to relatives and to first responders?  Learn how you can prepare with Wayland Fire Chief Neil McPherson, Firefighter Todd Winner, and Cathleen Summers, RN, Esq.  Sponsored by the Wayland Council on Aging, the Parmenter Foundation, and the Library.  Register.  Meeting at the Library and online.  Wednesday, May 29 at 2 p.m.
  • The Hidden History of Black Boston. Commemorate Juneteenth by delving into the rich narratives of Black Boston neighborhoods and pivotal sites, events, and figures.  Award-winning educator Joel Mackall leads a conversation that will roam from the eras of Faneuil Hall and Long Wharf to the vibrant communities that flourished in Beacon Hill in the early republic, and the South End and Roxbury in the early 20th century.  This program will not be recorded.  Registration required.  Sunday, June 2 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Evening Book Group. Foster by Claire Keegan.  A child is taken by her feckless father to live with relatives on a farm, not knowing when or if she will be brought home again.  She finds an affection and warmth she has not known and begins to blossom. But there is something unspoken in this new, well-tended household, and summer must come to an end.  In person and online.  Contact for more information.  Monday, June 3 at 7 p.m.
  • Great Presenters: Donnie Baillargeon—A Peek Behind the Curtain. A longtime stage actor, director, and producer in Greater Boston, Donnie Baillargeon is currently Vice President of the Vokes Theatre in Wayland, where he has been involved in countless productions.  In this program, he’ll share behind-the-scenes tips and secrets (and a few anecdotes) about set design, props, and special effects in many Vokes shows. You’ll gain a whole new perspective on theater without losing the wonder.  In person and online.    Register.  Tuesday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Finishing Touches: Demystifying Hospice. What exactly is hospice, and what is it not?  In the final program of a three-part series, a panel of hospice social workers, nursing aids and volunteers will address the concerns of patients, caregivers, friends, and loved ones about what can be a difficult, scary topic.  Sponsored by the Wayland Council on Aging, the Parmenter Foundation, and the Library.  Register.  Meeting at the Library and online.  Wednesday, June 5 at 2 p.m.
  • Researching the History of Your Home. Whether your house is 20 years old or 150 years old, genealogy professional Marian Pierre-Louis will teach you how to find deeds, chain a deed, and locate other sources of information, such as U.S. Federal Census records.  Learn some tricks to get the most out of your house history research. This talk is appropriate for both beginners and those who have some research experience.  Presented by the Wayland Historical Commission and the Wayland Free Public Library.  Live and online.  Register.  Saturday, June 6 at 7 p.m.
  • We Need Your Input!  Take Our Community Survey. As we strive to meet the evolving needs of our community, we need your insights to guide our strategic planning for the Library.  Your feedback is crucial in helping us understand what you value most about our services and what improvements you would like to see.  The survey takes only 5-10 minutes, and closes on June 15.  We look forward to hearing from you.



  • 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. Tuesday, May 28 at 10:30 a.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. Thursday, May 30 at 10:30 a.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.
  • Pokémon Card AND Sports Card Trading Day. Kids are invited to a Pokémon AND Sports card trading day at the library. Come with cards you are willing to trade! For ages 7 to 11. Please register HERE. Thursday, May 30, 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, we will paint great waves! Using markers and paint pens we’ll layer aquatic hues over each other to make a realistic and splashy piece to take home. For kids in grades 2 to 5. Registration required. Please register HERE. Monday, June 3, at 4:00 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, May 24 at 4:30 p.m.


WHS Robotics Team Demo. The WHS Robotics Team, also known as the Control Freaks, will demo Squab the Robot in the Library Parking Lot! Come and meet the Robot that competed in the New England District Championships. This program is for all ages. Saturday, June 1, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Founded in 2014, Wayland High School’s FIRST Robotics Competition Team, the Control Freaks, is dedicated to inspiring members to pursue knowledge in the STEM fields while also teaching leadership skills through their competitive FIRST robotics program. For more information, please contact Connect with us on instagram @ctrlfreaks5735 or Facebook FRC 5735.










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