LIBRARY LINEUP: Poetry Contest Opens March 15 (Theme: Mother Nature), Irish Music Concert On March 15

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

Library Hours

The Library is open for curbside pickup only, from 10am- 6pm Monday – Thursday and 10am – 4pm Friday & Saturday. Text us when you arrive and we will bring your books out to you. Staff is available by phone 9am – 9pm Monday – Thursday and 9am – 5pm Friday & Saturday. 

WML Virtual Programming

While the building is closed, the library continues to offer a variety for virtual events. Please note that registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link. Go to wilmlibrary.org to register or call 978-658-2967.

Poetry Contest

Wilmington Memorial Library invites you to submit a poem about Mother Nature. This theme is in keeping with WML’s Earth Year initiative. Poems may be about the enjoyment of nature as well as the importance of protecting our environment. Submissions are open from March 15-April 17. Winners in each age category from Kindergarten through Adults will be selected and winning poems will be published on the library’s website.

Adult Programs

Boston Made: From Revolution to Robotics                                                                

Thursday, March 11, 7 pm

Join Dr. Robert Krim and Alan Earls for a presentation based on their acclaimed new book, Boston Made: From Revolution to Robotics-Innovations that Changed the World.

Suffragettes in Corselettes                                                                                              

Saturday, March 13, 10:30 AM

For centuries, women have allowed themselves to be squeezed, twisted, and squished to conform to desired shapes. The history of underwear reveals a lot about women’s changing roles in society – how we perceive ourselves, and how we’re viewed by others. The 1910s saw an end to the hourglass figure with a tiny waist. Did the demise of tightlacing help women gain the right to vote in 1920? Presented by Ehris Urban & Velya Jancz-Urban of The Grounded Goodwife.

The McMurphy’s

Tuesday, March 15, 2:30 pm

For over 25 years, the McMurphy duo has played at many venues up and down the East Coast led by guitarist Jay Murphy and percussionist Wally Welch.  Sit back, relax and enjoy this concert of Irish favorites. Shown live on WCTV on Comcast 9 / Verizon 37 and online at WCTV.org/live/ (Don’t forget to press the Play icon to start the live stream).

Current Affairs Discussion Group

Wednesday, March 17, 7 pm

This group is for all who would like to broaden their knowledge of current national and international affairs. The topic for March is the pandemic—the good and the bad.  All are encouraged to read, listen, and watch in order 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, March 18, 7 pm

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, Dominicana by Angie Cruz.

Jennifer Dupee Discusses ‘The Little French Bridal Shop”

Friday, March 19, 7pm

Author Jennifer Dupee will discuss her latest book, The Little French Bridal Shop, in conversation with author Maya Lang, in this Zoom webinar.

Poetry Circle

Saturday, March 20, 9:15 am

Do you enjoy writing poetry? Want input on your work? If so, this group is for you. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras.  If you are interested in attending this event, please email Assistant Director Charlotte Wood at cwood@wilmlibrary.org. 

Booby-trapped: the Bra in America                                                                                                   

Saturday, March 20, 10:30 AM    

Enjoy this “uplifting” look at the history of the bra in America. Before the bra was invented, corsets lifted breasts to artificial heights—but they pushed from below instead of lifting from above. You can discover a lot about women in history by how much cleavage was showing, and the era’s most desirable breast shape. While it can be argued that a bra is a necessity—not an accessory—one of the best feelings at the end of the day is to release ourselves. One thing’s for certain: the American Woman is still waiting for her ideal brassiere! Presented by Ehris Urban & Velya Jancz-Urban of The Grounded Goodwife.

Youth Programs

Women Making History Display

All month long!

Celebrate Women’s History Month, by learning about inspirational women throughout history and today! Come to the library any day in March and take a look in our front door windows to see stories and pictures of empowering women.

Leprechaun Trap Take & Makes

Now-March 17th, during curbside hours

Lads and lassies, leprechauns are quick! To catch one, you’ll have to set up a trick. Pick up a bag of supplies for a take and make at home, then set up your trap all on your own! Send us a picture of your finished design, to be entered into a raffle for a leprechaun’s chocolate gold so fine. While supplies last. Raffle winner announced on the 18th.

Kindergarten Book Club

Monday, March 15, 4pm

Calling all kindergarteners!  Join us for a virtual book club for kindergarteners who miss storytime or those who love to be read to. We will read, talk about a few books and do a virtual activity.  Kindergarten

How to Read Your Financial Aid Award Letter

Tuesday, March 16, 6:30pm

Congratulations, your student got accepted! But then you received something that can be very confusing: the financial aid award letter. With the different types of aid and loans, how much will college really cost you? We’ll review the different types of aid–grants, loans, work study–and discuss how they work, as well as the terms and conditions. We’ll also discuss what questions you should ask to fully understand how much college will really cost of you, and how to ask for more money! High School Students & Adults

Family Craft Night

Wednesday, March 17, 6:30 pm

Join us for a night of crafting with your family! Registered groups can pick up a bag of craft supplies and join us for a virtual event full of fun and creativity! This month’s craft is going to be St. Patrick’s Day inspired with shamrock pinwheels and leprechauns.

Cascarones Crafteroon

Thursday, March 18, 4 pm

Dye confetti eggs and learn about their traditional roots in spreading good luck and holiday cheer! Pick up your kit with everything you’ll need to make a dozen, and then join Brittany, WHS Spanish teacher Ms. Pietro, and the WHS World Cultures Club for a Zoom tutorial. *Participants need to provide a carton of eggs, a bowl, a spoon, and 3 cups of water. Grades 4-12.

Social Justice Service Group

Saturday, March 20, 11 am

Join us over Zoom for a Social Justice Service Group meeting! This month we will meet the founders of Merrimack Valley Black and Brown Voices, a non-profit organization that provides Black, Indigenous, and People of Color across the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts with a safe space to connect, share resources, and create systemic change to eliminate prejudice and discrimination in surrounding communities. Learn about their mission, story, and work in our community, including fundraising. Please bring questions for MVBBV!  You will earn community service hours for attending. Grades 9-12

D&D

Saturday, March 20, 3-5 pm

Interested in finding out more about this fantasy tabletop role-playing game, or looking for a group to play with? Join DM Michaela for a virtual campaign via Zoom (or Google Hangouts) every month!. Grades 6-8.

Preschool Storytime

Tuesday, March 16, 10am

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

Time for Twos

Wednesday, March 17, 10am

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

Baby Time

Thursday, March 18, 10am

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

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