LIBRARY LINEUP: Ace Atkins To Speak On Jan. 22; “The Penguin Lady” To Speak On Jan. 23

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

Adult Programs

Poetry Circle

Saturday, January 16, 9:15am

Do you enjoy writing poetry? Want input on your work? If so, this group is for you. 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.

Current Affairs Discussion Group

Wednesday, January 20, 7pm

This group is for all who would like to broaden their knowledge of current national and international affairs. The topic for January is the media and reporting.  All are encouraged to do research to become more informed about the topic and be ready to discuss with others. Led by facilitator Dan Hall.

Novel Ideas Fiction Book Group

Thursday, January 21, 7pm

Enjoy reading fiction? Join the library’s fiction book group led by Adult Services Librarian Erin Driscoll.  Please stop by the library to pick up a copy of the featured book, The Dutch Houseby Ann Patchett.

Author Talk: Ace Atkins

Friday, January 22, 7pm

Bestselling author Ace Atkins will discuss his latest book, Robert B. Parker’s Someone To Watch Over Me: A Spenser Novel, in this Zoom webinar. Ace Atkins is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-seven books, including ten books in his Quinn Colson series. Handpicked by the Robert B. Parker Estate nearly a decade ago to continue the Spenser series, he’s written nine novels about the iconic private eye.

Penguin Rescue with “The Penguin Lady” Dyan deNapoli

Saturday, January 23, 2:30pm

Learn about the remarkable rescue of 40,000 penguins following the Treasure oil spill in South Africa from someone who was actually there! Dyan served as a rehabilitation supervisor during this historic event, which still stands as the largest and most successful animal rescue ever undertaken. This inspiring and informative talk not only covers this groundbreaking conservation effort – it highlights the importance of teamwork, collaboration, leadership, and community service.

Youth Programs

Social Justice Service Group

Saturday, January 16, 11am

Join us over Zoom for a Social Justice Service Group meeting! Meet like-minded teens, watch and discuss a short documentary, and plan future activities. You will earn community service hours for attending. Grades 9-12

Read Aloud Book Club Books for a Better World

Tuesday, January 19, 4pm

Do you miss reading and listening to stories with your friends at the library? Then this read-aloud book club is for you!  Sit back and relax as Barbara reads you lots of different books about lots of different kids on Zoom. Join us for all 4 weeks, or just come when you can. Grades 1-5.

Among Us Teen Game Night

Tuesday, January 19, 7pm

Join your crewmates in a multiplayer game of teamwork and betrayal over Zoom! Download the free Among Us app, and play in a private match hosted by the WML. Grades 6-12

Felt Succulents Crafternoon

Thursday, January 21, 4pm

Brighten up your windowsill this winter by making six colorful potted felt succulents that you’ll never have to water, and learn some sewing basics, too! All supplies included except for scissors. Grades 4+

Preschool Storytime

Tuesday, January 20, 10am

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

Time for Twos

Wednesday,  January 21, 10am

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

Baby Time

Thursdays, January 22, 10am

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

WML Virtual Programming

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

Library Hours

The Library is open for curbside pickup only, from 10am- 6pm Monday – Thursday and 10am – 4pm Friday & Saturday. Staff is available by phone 9am – 9pm Monday – Thursday and 9am – 5pm Friday & Saturday.

Library’s Digital Resources

Take advantage of the following digital resources while hunkering down and staying safe during the winter months. If you do not have a library card, you can get one remotely by going to

Overdrive (aka “Libby” app on your smartphone): Find ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and movies.

Hoopla: Find ebooks, TV shows, audiobooks and comics. Simultaneous use means titles always available.

Kanopy: Stream classic movies, Indie hits, documentaries and more.

Freegal: Download and keep up to five songs per week. Stream up to three hours per day.

Tumble Book Library: Animated picture books, read-along chapter books and more for children.

Creative Bug: Find over 1000 video classes on knitting, sewing, cooking and other crafts.

Ancestry Library: Do genealogy research with this database that covers billions of records from census data to directories, and photos to family trees. Access from home is available for a limited period of time.

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