- Author Discussion: My summers with a serial killer. As the lonely child of a single working mother, Liza Rodman found solace in her babysitter, a kind handyman who made her feel safe. Decades later, she learned that he had murdered many women. She and her award-winning co-author, Jennifer Jordan, tell her story in The babysitter, the culmination of his obsession with the case. This virtual event will be hosted by Tewksbury Public Library and co-sponsored by Wayland Public Library. Register via our Events menu. Wednesday July 13 at 7 p.m.
- About the Author: Getting Things Done. David Allen’s 35 years as a management consultant and executive coach have earned him worldwide recognition and Forbes as one of the top five executive coaches in the United States. New York Times– bestselling book, subtitled The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, has sold millions of copies and has been published in thirty languages. His “GTD” methodology has become a global phenomenon, taught by training companies in over 90 countries. Register via our Events menu. Thursday, July 14 at noon.
- Author Discussion: The Other Madisons. According to oral history passed down from her family, retired writer and pediatrician Bettye Kearse is a descendant of Coreen, a slave, and of President James Madison, Coreen’s half-brother and slaveholder. Some 30 years of preparation, The other Madisons–The Lost History of a President’s Black Family is both a personal family story and a tribute to millions of silent and invisible African Americans. This virtual event will be hosted by Ashland Public Library and co-sponsored by Wayland Public Library. Register via our Events menu. Thursday July 14 at 1 p.m.
- Magazine survey. Please use the short survey on our website to tell us how you use our magazine collection and what you would like to see in it. Thanks!
- Passionate about history? Write clearly? We are looking for a short-term volunteer to help tidy up the historical collection. Must pay attention to detail, handle materials with care and have good handwriting. One hour per week for four to eight weeks. High school students are welcome. Only one volunteer needed at this time. Please contact MJ Wright at [email protected] or by requesting it from the library.
- Boost your career with LinkedIn Learning. Although it’s no longer called Lynda.com, this great education platform still offers a slew of tutorials that can help you get the job you want or improve the one you have. New content includes Overcoming Overthinking, Building Resilience and Managing Workplace Anxiety. You will also find collections of courses specifically designed for your particular skills. Plus, software instruction, management training and more. Simply access online resources on our homepage and scroll down to Education and Careers.
SUMMER READING: Our 2022 Summer Reading Program Camp iRead: reading beyond the beaten track began! Programming highlights include building a Rube Goldberg machine, live caterpillars from the Caterpillar lab, and the Toe Jam puppet band. Children in grades K-5 will keep track of their reading online or in paper journals and earn badges for reading time and participating in programs. Each child who registers can pick up a gift bag at the library. Participants will also win raffle tickets for prizes! Our teen reading program has also started. Teens can participate in camp-themed programs at the library and read to earn gift boxes and gift cards. Register online for the Children’s Summer Reading Program and the Teen Summer Reading Program at WaylandLibrary.Beanstack.org The Massachusetts Statewide Summer Library Program is funded by the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
FOR BABIES, TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS
- Outdoor storytimes with Ms. Carly. Join Mrs. Carly outside for story time! Children and their caregivers will listen to stories, sing songs and perform fun rhymes and moves. We will meet on the lawn behind the library. In case of bad weather, we will hold story time in the children’s room. For babies to preschoolers, with caregivers. You can register here or from our online events calendar. Tuesday July 12 and July 26 at 10:30 a.m.
- Outdoor storytimes with Mrs. Pam. Join Mrs. Pam outside for stories, songs, puppets and activities. We will meet on the lawn behind the library. For children from 2.5 to 5 years old accompanied by an adult. You can register here or from our online events calendar. Thursday July 14 10:30 a.m.
- Sing, move and tell! Family ACCESS’ Jodi Levin will lead the children through song and movement, and share a story! Weather permitting, we will meet outside. (In case of bad weather, we will meet in the children’s room.) Please register HERE. Wednesday July 27 at 3:00 p.m.
- Sing along as a family with Mrs. Janet. Join Ms. Janet for songs and stories. She will bring her ukulele! Then the children will make their own drum. Weather permitting, we will meet outside. Please register HERE or from our online events calendar. From 3 years. Thursday July 28 at 10:30 a.m.
FOR ELEMENTARY CHILDREN
- Sidewalk chalk paint. Kids will help create sidewalk chalk paint, then paint the sidewalk next to the bookcase with fun designs. From 4 years old. Please register HERE or from our online events calendar. Tuesday, July 12, at 3:30 p.m. This event is weather-dependent.
- Messy Art with Mrs. Elise. Join Ms. Elise to make colorful art (using salad spinners and paint) and hang suncatchers with glue and food coloring. Weather permitting, we will meet outside on the green lawn. From 4 years old. Please register HERE or from our online events calendar. Wednesday 13 July, at 3.30 p.m.
- Caterpillar Laboratory. Join The Caterpillar Lab in a free exploration program and discover the amazing world of New England caterpillars. The vibrant foliage is bursting with color and life, while our caterpillar experts are on hand to answer questions, share our experiences, and shed light on the many unique stories found in our own backyards. For all ages. Please register HERE or from our online events calendar. Come anytime between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Tuesday July 19 at 2 p.m.
- Animals from around the world: Desert versus rainforest. Joy from Joys of Nature will be bringing live animals to Hannah Williams Park! She will teach children how these animals have adapted to survive in different habitats. Children will have the opportunity to see the animals up close. Featured animals will include Penelope the alligator! At the Hannah Williams Playground, 71 Main Street, Wayland. From 3 years. Thursday July 21. There will be two half-hour shows. Please register HERE for the show from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Please register HERE for the show from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
- Campfire Song Singalong with Julie Stepanek. Learn (or relearn) campfire songs with Julie Stepanek! she will sing Heigh Ho, Black socks, On spaghetti, The other day I met a bear, and more! AND she will be bringing ukuleles for kids and parents to play with. Weather permitting, we will meet outside. From 4 years old. Please register HERE or from our online events calendar. Wednesday July 27 at 10:30 a.m.
- Listen to music! Camp songs and folk songs. Join Ms. Elise to learn about early folksingers; listen to some of their songs and make a simple musical instrument. From 5 years. Please register HERE or from our online events calendar. Wednesday 27 July, at 3.30 p.m.
- Suncatcher mosaic craft. Make a beautiful mosaic suncatcher to decorate your space! From 11 years old. Please register HERE. Thursday 14 July, at 3.30 p.m.
- Camp crafts for teens. Are you missing a summer camp this year or would you like to be able to go back already? Make wish bracelets using cord and beads and no-sew adhesive felt patches to escape camp for the afternoon. Weather permitting, we will meet outside. From 11 years old. Please register HERE or from our online events calendar. Wednesday 20 July, at 3.30 p.m.
LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER CODING TEACHERS. The Wayland Library Girls Who Code Club is seeking volunteer Facilitators for the 2022-2023 school year. Affiliated with the national organization Girls Who Code (girlswhocode.com) and its mission to close the gender gap in technology, the Wayland Club brings girls together for hands-on learning about code and technology. Wayland Library plans to have two clubs: one for girls in grades 3-5 and one for girls in grades 6 and up. Enthusiasm for working with girls is required; technical skills are helpful but not necessary, especially if you are willing to learn with them. If you are interested or would like to know more, please contact Youth Services Manager Pam McCuen at [email protected]