LIBRARY LINEUP: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Panel On Aug. 24; Interracial Marriage Laws On Aug. 26; Anti-Racism Documentary On Aug. 28

Below is a press release from the Wilmington Memorial Library:

Library Open by Appointment 

We are pleased to announce we have entered Phase 3 of our Reopening Plans allowing for patrons to visit the library byappointment. In order to comply with social distancing requirements and ensure the safety of staff and patrons, we will be limiting the number of patrons allowed in the library at one time. Patrons may make an appointment for a 50 minute session to browse on the first floor, use the copier/ FAX machine, or visit the Youth Services Department. Reservations may be made online or by calling the library at 978-658-2967. Per the Governor’s directive, all patrons over the age of two are required to wear masks while in the library.

WML Programs Gone Virtual!

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

Adult Programs

WCTV Live: Cookin’ the books

Monday, August 24 at 2 pm

Join Library Associate Lisa Crispin as she demonstrates a recipe from the cookbook Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family by Priya Krishna. Shown live on WCTV on Comcast 9 / Verizon 37 and online at WCTV.org/live/ (Don’t forget to press the Play icon to start the live stream).

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Panel

Monday, August 24 at 7 pm

Jennifer Bryson, Melanie Patterson, and Brittany Tuttle will lead this presentation on rethinking media the media our families consume through an antiracist lens, encouraging participants to:

  • Rethink the media our families consume, including books, movies, and TV shows.
  • Discuss how our identities shape our responses to equity in our community.
  • Investigate the concept of mirrors and windows in our children’s texts/media.
  • Review and discuss problematic media.
  • Discuss race and representation with your children.
  • You will use what you learned here to continue the antiracist work we’ve started.

One on One Virtual Tech Help with Brad

Tuesdays at 10 am and Wednesdays at 7 pm

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

Library on the Lawn

Tuesdays 10 am – 12 pm and Thursdays 5 pm – 7 pm

Would you like to browse and checkout books and DVDs?  Be sure to stop by the front of the library to peruse carts of adult, teen, and children’s materials.  Masks are required and we ask all to respect social distancing. This event will not take place during inclement weather.

Creative Writing Skill Group

Tuesday, August 25 at 7 pm

Learn and apply creative writing tips, tools, and techniques shared by published authors and other writing experts. Open to all who want to improve their creative writing skills and get their work published. When registering, please provide your email address so you can receive an agenda and any prep materials in advance. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras.

Well Read Wednesday Book Group

Wednesday, August 26 at 10 am

Featured book: Home by Toni MorrisonThis book group discusses contemporary books, both fiction and non-fiction, led by Library Director Tina Stewart. Please email Tina Stewart at tstewart@wilmlibrary.org if you plan to attend via Zoom. Tina will email you the Zoom invite.

Author Talk: E. Dolores Johnson                                                                                     

Wednesday, August 26 at 7 pm 

E. Dolores Johnson’s book Say I’m Dead is a true story of family secrets, separation, courage, and trans-formation through five generations of interracial relationships. Fearful of prison time—or lynching—for violating Indiana’s anti-miscegenation laws in the 1940s, her black father and white mother fled Indianapolis to secretly marry in Buffalo, New York. E. Dolores Johnson earned degrees from Howard University and Harvard Graduate School of Business. After a career in tech, she took an MFA equivalent course to learn creative writing and currently lives in Cambridge, MA. This program is offered in collaboration with Memorial Hall Library.

Author Talk: Hank Phillippi Ryan

Thursday, August 27 at 7 pm

Hank Phillippi Ryan is WHDH-TV investigative reporter, winning 36 EMMYs, and a national bestseller of 12 thrillers, winning five Agathas and the Mary Higgins Clark Award. In her latest thriller, The First to Lie, a young woman sets off on an obsessive path to justice, no matter what dark family secrets are revealed. What she doesn’t know―she isn’t the only one plotting her revenge.

Anti-Racism Doc Talk: I Am Not Your Negro

Friday, August 28 at 1 pm

Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, the Oscar-nominated documentaryI Am Not Your Negrobreathes new life into the words of novelist, playwright, poet, and activist James Baldwin

and connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter.

First, watch the documentary on Kanopy; then, join Technology Librarian Brad McKenna to discuss.

Youth Programs

Board Game Club

Wednesday, August 26 @ 6: 30 PM

Looking to learn, play, or create fun board games? Share your favorite game or latest prototype and we’ll play together on Discord and Tabletop Simulator on Steam until we can meet again in person. Students and their adults welcome, registration encouraged!

Grades 6 – 12

D&D

Saturday, August 29 @ 1 PM

Interested in finding out more about this fantasy tabletop role-playing game, or looking for a group to play with? Join DM Michaela for a virtual campaign via Google Hangouts every month all summer long! Grades 6 – 8

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