LIBRARY LINEUP: Learn How To Become An Optimist On Jan. 28; Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child On Jan. 29

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

Adult Programs

WCTV Live: Cookin’ the Books

Monday, January 25, 2:30 pm

Join Library Associate Lisa Crispin as she talks about and demonstrates recipes from the cookbook Cookish by Christopher Kimball. Shown live on WCTV on Comcast 9 / Verizon 37 and online at (Don’t forget to press the Play icon to start the live stream).

Cookin’ the Books Book Group

Monday, January 25, 7 pm

Featured Cookbook: Cookish by Christopher Kimball

If you love to cook and enjoy talking about food and sharing recipes then this group is for you.  Pick up a copy of the cookbook (or find a recipe from the book/chef online); cook a dish or two then join with others to discuss what worked and what didn’t. You will come away with new friends and new recipes.  Led by our own library chef, Lisa Crispin.

Creative Writing Group

Tuesday, January 26, 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. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras.  If you are interested in attending this event, please email Assistant Director Charlotte Wood at

Well Read Wednesday

Wednesday, January 27, 10 am

This book group discusses contemporary books, both fiction and non-fiction, led by Library Director Tina Stewart. January book:  Ask Again Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Social Justice Book Group

Wednesday, January 27, 7 pm

Featured Book: Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X Kendi. (Chapters 1-4)

This group, which will meet the fourth Wednesday of the month, continues the work started with the library’s antiracism series. Instead of discussing the entire book, the group will read a select number of chapters per month to allow for more in depth conversation.  Copies of the book will be available at the library’s main desk. You may pick up a copy during open hours or curbside hours.

Becoming an Optimist

Thursday, January 28, 7 pm

How we live, and most importantly, enjoy our life depends upon how we view the events we experience and the relationships we develop.  Unfortunately, the current pandemic has made this difficult for some. But this can change. Behavioral scientists have proven we have the cognitive ability to transform our thoughts, beliefs and behaviors. This webinar opens the window on optimistic thinking including affirmative thinking, gratitude, forgiveness, prioritizing happiness, sharing, present-moment living, and positive learning. Presented by Constance Hallinan Lagan of Spirit Seminars.

Author Talk: Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child                                                                            

Friday, January 29, 7 pm

Bestselling authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child will discuss their latest book, The Scorpion’s Tail, in this Zoom webinar. The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child “stand head and shoulders above their rivals” (Publishers Weekly). Preston and Child’s Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a NPR poll as being among the one hundred greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number-one box office hit movie. They are coauthors of the famed Pendergast series and their recent novels include Crooked River, Old Bones, Verses for the Dead, and City of Endless Night.

Youth Programs

Flat Friends Sleepover

January 25-27

Have a “flat friend” spend the night at the library! Draw a picture of yourself, a stuffed animal or toy, a book character, an animal, or even an imaginary friend, and drop them off at the library. Your flat friends are going to have a blast at their sleepover until Thursday, January 28th, when you can come pick them up! We will then send you photos of all the antics your flat friends got up to while at the library! All ages

Book Buddies Info Session

Tuesday, January 26 at 2:30pm

Are you a teen in need community service hours? Find out if Book Buddies is for you! This fun literacy program pairs a teen volunteer with a child ages 5-7 for one or two three-week sessions. Please complete an online application before attending on Zoom. Grades 9-12

Board Game Club

Wednesday, January 27 at 7pm

Looking to learn, play, or create fun board games? Share your favorite game, or latest prototype, and we’ll play together on Discord. Grades 6-12

Preschool Storytime

Tuesday, January 26, 10am

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

Time for Twos

Wednesday, January 27, 10am

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

Baby Time

Thursdays, January 28, 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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