WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 3 things to know in Wilmington on Thursday, September 24, 2020:
#1) Library On The Lawn
Would you like to browse and checkout books and DVDs? Be sure to stop by the front of the library from 5pm to 7pm to peruse several carts of both adult and children’s materials. Masks are required and we ask all to respect social distancing. This event will not take place during inclement weather.
#2) Wilmington Library To Host Lecture On Phillis Wheatley
The Wilmington Memorial Library is hosting a Zoom webinar on Phillis Wheatley with professor and author Vin Caretta at 7pm. Register HERE.
Phillis Wheatley (1753?-1784) was a pioneer of African-British, African-American, and American literature. Kidnapped from West Africa as a child and enslaved in Boston, Phillis Wheatley became the first English-speaking author of African descent to publish a book of poems in 1773. With Poems on Various Subjects: Religious and Moral, Wheatley—still a teenager—became an international celebrity, moving in the same circles as the most important military, political, religious and popular figures of the day. Phillis is believed to have lived in Wilmington, with her husband John Peters in 1780. Vincent Carretta, scholar and author of Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage will discuss Wheatley’s works, life and legacy.
Vin Carretta, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Maryland, specializes in transatlantic historical and literary studies during the long eighteenth century. Vin’s most recent books include Equiano, the African: Biography of a Self-Made Man (2005); The Life and Letters of Philip Quaque The First African Anglican Missionary (2010), co-edited with Ty M. Reese; Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage (2011); and an edition of Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, an African (2015). In November 2019 Oxford University Press published Vin’s edition of The Writings of Phillis Wheatley.
#3) Virtual Baby Time From Wilmington Library
The Wilmington Memorial Library is hosting a virtual baby time at 10am. This program of songs, rhymes, games and picture books is for babies under the age of two years and their caregivers. Zoom Meeting Room invitations will be emailed to registered attendees at least one hour before the event. Register HERE.
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