Wilmington Library Reaffirms Its Commitment To Educate & Raise Awareness Of Racial & Social Inequities

Below is an announcement from the Wilmington Memorial Library:

Message from Library Director Tina Stewart: A Welcoming Place for All

As civic institutions in our communities, public libraries across the country stand together advocating equal access for all and condemning racial injustice. The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners’ recent statement takes a strong stand supporting Black Lives Matter.

One of the primary vision statements in the Wilmington Memorial Library’s recent Strategic Plan points to our critical role as an institution that “promotes and supports programs and services that help integrate and cultivate diversity and kindness.” To this end, we reaffirm our commitment to educate and raise awareness of racial and social inequities through programs, resources, and materials that we provide to the community. In addition, planning is underway to host a community reads initiative using relevant books that will foster important discussion on the issues of racism in our country. We hope you will join us in reading, learning, and listening as we strive to educate ourselves and make our beliefs and values actionable for needed change.

Finally, please do not hesitate to reach out to me as Library Director at tstewart@wilmlibrary.org in noting how we can improve and ensure all Wilmington residents are welcome in our library and in our community.

Outdoor Bookstore at the Book Store Next Door

The Friends of Wilmington Memorial Library will hold its first outdoor bookstore sale on Saturday, June 20 from 10 am – 2 pm, weather permitting. Hardcover books are $2, softcover books are $1, DVDs are $2, and books on CD are $4.

Please practice social distancing. All customers are required to wear a mask (unless they are under two years of age). We will also be accepting gently used donations at this time, but under strict guidelines, both in condition and in the amount. One box of donations per family; the box must measure no larger than 18×12 (the size of a paper box). There will be no bags, you must carry your purchase in your hands. We hope to see you there!

WML Programs Gone Virtual!

See our entire calendar of events and register for programs at wilmlibrary.org.

Adult Programs

Cookin’ the Books
Monday, June 22 at 12 pm
If you love to cook and enjoy talking about food and sharing recipes then this group is for you. Find a recipe from the Serious Eats website and record your recipe using the Signup Genius link below. Then Zoom to the meeting and tell us about your cooking experience.

One on One Virtual Tech Help with Brad
Tuesdays at 10 am
If you are having an issue with a piece of technology or have some questions about something before you go out and buy it, register for a one-on-one session with Technology Librarian, Brad McKenna.

Youth Programs

Penguin Story and STEM Part 1
Friday, June 19 at 10 am
Gather round to hear the South American Tale of The Old Man and the Penguin based on a true story about a friendship between species. Featuring ‘Kamishibai,’ a Japanese Paper Theater format, illustrator Yumi Izuyama brings to life the world of Magellanic Penguins in Patagonia and Brazil, with Kendall Inglese STEM Activities. Brought to you by the Wilmington Cultural Council, part of massculturalcouncil.org. Ages 4-7.

Summer Reading Kickoff with Toe Jam Puppet Band
Saturday, June 20 at 10 am
Kick off our summer reading program with the WML Youth Services librarians and the Toe Jam Puppet Band!! Sing and dance at home along with Toe Jam as they entertain with a unique combination of original songs and storytelling. Learn all about the summer reading program. All ages.

Read to Thor
Monday, June 22 from 5 – 6 pm
Come meet and read to Thor, a beautiful Golden Retriever who loves to listen to kids read! Sign up for one 15 minute session per reader. Grades K – 3.


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