Library Lineup: Star Wars Day At Wilmington Library On May 4 (May The Fourth Be With You!)

Here’s a lineup of some of the great programs for adults, teenagers and children happening soon at the Wilmington Memorial Library.

Adult Events:

Writing Group (RR)
First Saturday of the month (Saturday, May 2)
9:15 am-11:15 am
Calling all writers! Looking to improve your writing? Want real time feedback from a supportive audience? If you love to write and seek input and accountability then join our new writing group. We will help you meet your writing goals. Please plan to bring up to five pages of written work to the first meeting. Open to all genres and levels. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras.

Star Wars Day at the Library
Monday, May 4
Calling all Star Wars enthusiasts! “May the 4th be with you” Come to the library to celebrate Star Wars Day with a trivia contest. Meet a few characters from the film and purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to take one home with you.

Coupon Swap
Monday, May 4, 12 pm-1 pm
Bring and trade coupons. Learn to save! Drop in

Early Transportation Canals of the Merrimack River (RR)
Thursday, May 7, 7 pm
This presentation by Bill Gerber, who is on the Board of Directors of the Middlesex Canal Association and a past president, will provide an overview of the Merrimack River as an artery of transportation and show and describe what remains of the system today. Before they were adapted to power New England mills, the falls and rapids of the Merrimack River were serious obstructions to travel. These impediments, and the absence of good roads, drove more than a decade of efforts to improve river navigability.

The Interview from the Other Side of the Table (RR)
Monday, May 11, 9:45 am coffee, 10 am speaker
Bruce MacDonald, former Director of Human Resources with Data Instruments and Honeywell and also an independent recruiting consultant, will describe the interview from the vantage point of the hiring manager or recruiter. Learn to understand interview styles and how to react to them, find out what the interviewer is trying to find out about you, understand why certain questions are asked and develop a strategy to answering them. Learn to recognize trap questions designed to expose problems you want to avoid.

PowerPoint (with Lynda.com) (RR)
Tuesday, May, 12, 2:30 pm
Get an introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. Technology Library, Brad McKenna, will use a combination of hands-on activities and videos from the library’s online learning service, Lynda.com, to help you get familiar with PowerPoint.

Tech Panel: What the Future Holds
Wednesday, May 13, 7 pm
Technology professionals will explain how they use technology in their work and hobbies and what they think the future of technology holds in their fields. Panelist include Julie Chen, Vice Provost for Research at UMass Lowell and nanotechnology expert, Jeffrey Nussbaum, Consulting Engineer at GE Aviation and jet engine instructor, Joel Greenwood, Neurotechnology Engineer at the Center for Brain Science and member of the robotics team at Project Hexapod, Matt Dunlop, Software Engineer and member of robotics team Project Hexapod, and Anthony DeGregorio Director of IT Site Services at Charles River Labs (Wilmington).

Teen Events

Young Teen Blog
Monday, May 4, 3:30 pm
Do you have a favorite book you want to share? Have you seen a great movie lately that you want to review? Then you should be a contributor to our new teen blog! Each meeting we will discuss what you want to post and take time to update the blog.

Blooming Flowers for Mother’s Day* RR
Friday, May 8, 3:30 pm
Make a special gift this year for your mother or female guardian. You’ll take away a homemade bouquet of “flowers” that will never wither, made from cotton swabs dyed with vibrant spring colors. Grades 4-8.

Teens and Pre-Teens: Cook the Food You Want to Eat! *RR
Cooking Demonstration & Tasting
Monday, May 11, 3:30 pm
Learn how to prepare recipes that are easy, delicious, and most importantly, something you’ll want to eat! Watch as cooking instructor Liz Barbour of thecreativefeast.com demonstrates a variety of cooking techniques to prepare your own healthy meals at home. Then enjoy some tasty samples, including fajitas and an Asian stir-fry with noodles. Open to grades 4-12.

Children’s Events

Drop-In Storytime
Friday, May 1, 10 am
Drop in for stories, songs, rhymes and a fun craft! Ages 2-5 and one or more adults.

Music and More with Bernadette Baird *RR
Monday, May 4, 6:30 pm
Join this fun music and movement class led by Bernadette Baird. Sing, play musical instruments and dance. Ages 1-3.

Growing Readers *RR
Wednesday, May 6 3:45
Help grow your child’s early learning skills at this storytime filled with literacy-based activities. Afterwards, there will be several activity stations where children can practice different reading skills – all while having lots of fun! Ages 3-6.

Mother Daughter Birdhouses *RR
Wednesday, May 6, 6:30 pm
Girls night out! Girls and the special women in their lives are invited to decorate birdhouses together. Grades K-3.

LEGO Building
Thursday, May 7, 3:45 pm
Build a unique LEGO creation. Each month there will be a different theme. Kindergarten+

Library News

Poetry Winners
Congratulations to the winners and honorable mentions in the library’s annual poetry contest. The theme this year was “school.” Thank you to our judges: Brad McKenna, Technology Librarian, Christine Hauray and Beverly Shea, Friends of the Library Executive Board Members-at-Large.

Winners in the following categories are:
Kindergarten-First Grade Dylan Alexander
Second-Third Grade Madilyn Widomski
Fourth-Fifth Grade Katherine Trach
Middle School Miriam Nelson
High School Darren LeBlanc
Adult Stacey E. Stevens

Honorable Mention in the following categories are:
Second-Third Grade Jimmy Keck
Fourth-Fifth Grade Amanda Broussard
Middle School Leah James
High School Maxwell Hubbard
Adult Sister Mildred Rothwell

Copies of the winning poems are posted on the library’s website.

Save the Date for Town Wide Yard Sale
On Saturday, June 13 from 9 am- 3 pm the library is sponsoring a town wide yard sale. This is an opportunity for residents to join the fun by being either a seller or a buyer. For those wishing to hold a yard sale at their home, the $15 application fee buys: lots of free advertising, two signs for your lawn and participation in a community event. For those wishing to buy, the library will provide a map of yard sale locations. Start cleaning out your closets now and plan to host a yard sale on June 13th.

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