LIBRARY LINEUP: Irish Genealogy On March 1; Irish Folklore & Fairytales On March 6

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

Adult Programs

Writing Sprint

Thursday, February 25, 7pm           

Write in the company of other writers over Zoom! Use this time to refine a piece for the virtual Writing Slam on Monday, March 1 at 7 pm. Teens & Adults

Exploring the Legacy

Thursday, February 25, 7 pm

Join Rosalyn Delores Elder, author of Exploring the Legacy: People and Places of Significance, which is a history of the contributions of African Americans to Massachusetts state history and a guide to the 742 sites around the state that signify the histories of important individuals and events.  Learn about Onesimus, whose knowledge led to the development of inoculations to fight small pox in 1721; Belinda Royall who filed the first successful reparations lawsuit in 1783; and Jan Matzeliger’s invention of a shoe lasting machine in 1883 which led to the mass production of shoes.

Virtual Author Talk: J.A. Jance

Friday, February 26, 7 pm                                                                                                   

Bestselling author J.A. Jance will discuss her latest book, Missing and Endangered: A Brady Novel of Suspense, in this Zoom webinar. J.A. Jance is the top 10 New York Times bestselling author of the Joanna Brady series; the J. P. Beaumont series; three interrelated thrillers featuring the Walker family; and Edge of Evil, the first in a series featuring Ali Reynolds.

Irish Genealogy 101

Monday, March 1, 2:30pm 

Presenter Tom Toohey, former educator and genealogy researcher, will offer a step-by-step method for finding the home places of Irish ancestors. He will show techniques that are quick, cheap and easy that can be done from the comfort of your home. The lecture also contains music, animation, and video and is designed to be entertaining as well as informative. Geared for beginning and intermediate Irish genealogy researchers but all are welcome. This event is made possible through CARES Act funding to Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Writing Slam

Monday, March 1, 7pm

Teens and adults are invited to share their work at the Wilmington Memorial Library/Wilmington High School Writing Club’s Writing Slam! Each writer will have four minutes to read or perform an original work of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction in front of an audience over Zoom.

Author Talk with Susan Mallery

Tuesday, March 2, 7pm

Bestselling author Susan Mallery will discuss her latest book, The Vineyard At Painted Moon, in this Zoom webinar. #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming, humorous novels about the relationships that define our lives―family, friendship, romance. She’s known for putting nuanced characters in emotional situations that surprise readers to laughter.

Pints + Pages Book Group

Monday, March 4, 7pm

A social book group geared towards readers in their 20’s and 30’s.  The group meets on the first Thursday of every other month.  The book discussion will be hosted by librarians from the Wilmington and Reading Public Libraries. This month’s featured Book is A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine.

Kill Shot – The Untold Story of the Worst Contaminated Drug Crisis in U.S. History

Thursday, March 4, 7pm

Join Jason Dearen for a presentation based on his acclaimed new book, Kill Shot: A Shadow Industry, A Deadly Disease. Learn about the true crime story of America’s deadliest drug contamination outbreak and the greed and deception that fueled it.

Fiction Critique Group

Saturday, March 6, 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.

Helena Byrne: Irish Folklore & Fairylore

Saturday, March 6, 11am

Join acclaimed Seanchaí (Irish storyteller) and singer Helena Byrne as she awakens your imagination and carries you into the magical ‘Other World’ of Irish folklore.

Youth Programs

All Thirteen Book Discussion

Thursday, February 25, 4pm

Join Brittany for a discussion of All Thirteen by Christina Soontornvat over Zoom! Learn about the incredible rescue of the Thai boys’ soccer team in 2018, and keep your copy of the book after the meeting. Grades 5-7

Preschool Storytime

Tuesday, March 2, 10am

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

Time for Twos

Wednesday, March 3, 10am

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

Baby Time

Thursday, March 4, 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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