LIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host ‘Waking Up White’ Author Debby Irving & Panel Discussion On Internalized Racism On Sept. 29

Below is a press release from the Wilmington Memorial Library promoting upcoming programs:

Adult Programs

Antiracism Doc Talk: Freedom Riders

Friday, September 25 at 1 pm

First, watch Freedom Riders on Hoopla. It shows how from May until December 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives – many endured savage beatings and imprisonment – for simply traveling together on buses as they journeyed through the Deep South. Then, join technology librarian, Brad McKenna, to share your thoughts about it.

Author Talk: Eleanor Herman

Friday, September 25 at 7 pm

Bestselling author Eleanor Herman will discuss her brand new book Sex with Presidents: The Ins and Outs of Love and Lust in the White Housein this Zoom webinar. In this entertaining and eye-opening book, Eleanor Herman revisits some of the sex scandals that have rocked the nation’s capital and shocked the public, while asking the provocative questions: does rampant adultery show a lack of character or the stamina needed to run the country? What is sex like with the most powerful man in the world? And when America finally elects a female president, will she, too, have sexual escapades in the Oval Office?

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.

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.

I’m a Good Person! Isn’t that Enough? A Virtual Evening with Debby Irving

Tuesday, September 29 at 7pm

Using historical and media images, racial justice educator and writer, Debby Irving examines how she used her white-skewed belief system to interpret the world around her. This program is designed to support white people in making the paradigm shift from ‘fixing’ and ‘helping’ those believed to be inferior, to focusing on internalized white superiority and its role in perpetuating racism at the individual, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural levels. Debby’s presentation is followed by an interview and Q&A with a panel of local residents working on social justice issues- Bria Gadsen, Elizabeth Walther-Grant, and Mayara Reis of Merrimack Valley Black & Brown Voices, and Amaryllis Lopez of Elevated Thought.

Antiracism Book Group: So You Want to Talk About Race

Wednesday, September 30 at 7pm

In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to “model minorities” in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life. Read, or even start to read, the book and then join us to talk about the book.

Fiction Critique Group

Saturday, October 3 at 9:15am

Love writing fiction? Whether you are drafting a short story or a novel, joining our Critique Group is a great opportunity to meet other writers and get constructive feedback in a supportive environment. Open to all experience levels writing in all genres. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras. If you are interested in attending this event, please email Assistant Director Charlotte Wood at cwood@wilmlibrary.org. Please include the title of the program in the subject heading.

Youth Programs

Fortnite Solos Tournament with One Up Games

Saturday, September 26 at 2 pm

Fortnite Tournaments have been taken to the next level! See how you measure up again other local battle royale competitors in our FREE Private Custom Matchmaking Tournament, courtesy of One Up Games and Epic Games! Play right from the comfort of your own home on your own Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, or PC! The queue opens at 1:30 pm.

Antiracism Dialogue for Teens with Dr. Raul Fernandez

Monday, September 28 at 7pm

Join Dr. Raul Fernandez, the Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at BU’s Wheelock College Education & Human Development, for a dialogue with Merrimack Valley teens for teens about how to be antiracist, including opportunities for activism and allyship at school, home, and in the community. Grades 9-12.

Outdoor Preschool Storytime at Yentile Farm

Saturday, October 3 at 10:30am

Join us for an outdoor, socially distanced storytime at Yentile Farm , featuring  books, rhymes and songs.  Masks are required for anyone over the age of 2.  Ages 2-5.

Preschool Storytime

Tuesdays at 10 am

This storytime for preschoolers includes books, rhymes, and music. Ages 3-5.

Time for Twos

Wednesdays at 10am

This storytime for two year olds includes books, rhymes, music and movement.

Baby Time

Thursdays at 10 am

This program of songs, rhymes, games and picture books is for babies under the age of two years and their caregivers.

Library Open by Appointment 

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. Patrons will also be asked to use hand sanitizer upon entering the library. Patrons can also continue to utilize curbside service Monday through Thursday 10 am to 7 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 4pm.

WML Programs Gone Virtual!

See our entire calendar of events and register for programs at wilmlibrary.org. You will be emailed a Zoom link prior to the program.

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