WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to know in Wilmington on Saturday, February 27, 2021:
#1) Library Initiative: 21 in ’21 Winter Reading Challenge
Are you ready to take the 21 in ’21 Winter Reading Challenge? You will:
- Read 21 minutes a day
- At least 5 times a week
- Every week for 2 months
- And win fun prizes!
When you’ve read for 420 minutes, you’ll win a pair of cozy, bookish slipper socks. Read for 840 minutes and win a seed kit, perfect for planting outside this spring! *Prizes may be subject to change.
Use Beanstack to log your hours, and pick up your prizes at the WML using our curbside service as you complete your reading goals. All reading counts, and you can read at your own pace. Prizes must be picked up by April 30, 2021. Register here.
#2) WCTV Is Looking For Board Members
WCTV is now accepting applications for its Board of Directors. WCTV is a non-profit organization and the Board is tasked with overseeing station policies and budgeting decisions. The Board generally meets once per month, with subcommittees often completing work in between those monthly meetings. Learn more HERE.
#3) RMLD Encourages Customers To Donate To Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund’s “Give The Gift Of Warmth” Campaign
The Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund’s (GNEF) 2021 “Give the Gift of Warmth” campaign is now underway with the goal of raising $500,000 to provide energy assistance to more than 1,500 households in need throughout the Commonwealth. The Fund helps families in temporary crisis who do not qualify for federal or state assistance with the payment of their energy expenses.
Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) customers who wish to support the Fund can “Give the Gift of Warmth” by using the green-colored Good Neighbor Energy Fund donation envelope found as an insert in their January electric bill. Customers can also donate online by visiting www.magoodneighbor.org, or by mailing a check payable to “Good Neighbor Energy Fund” to the Good Neighbor Energy Fund, c/o The Salvation Army, 25 Shawmut Road, Canton, Massachusetts 02021-1408.
Those in need of assistance can apply to the Fund by visiting a local Salvation Army Corps Community Center or by calling 800-334-3047. This campaign year’s Fund disbursement is $300 per eligible household per heating season. Household gross income must fall between 60 and 80 percent of the state’s median income levels to qualify. The Salvation Army, which administers the Fund, pays the energy provider directly.
The Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund is often the last resort for families who do not qualify for federal and state assistance programs. The GNEF has raised more than $22.5 million and assisted over 91,250 households in need since its inception in 1985.
#4) Use The Wilmington Library’s Free 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 www.wilmlibrary.org.
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.
#5) Donate Your Cans To The Wilmington Cub Scout Pack 136 & Boy Scout Troop 136
Wilmington’s Cub Scout Pack 136 and Boy Scout Troop 136 are currently collecting returnable cans and bottles to help support their Scouting programs.
“CAN” you help? Contact Frank West at 978-658-1754 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you live locally and have returnable cans and bottles that you’d like him to pick up.
Cub Scout Pack 136 and Boy Scout Troop 136 are sponsored by Wilmington’s American Legion Post 136.
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