LIBRARY NEWS: Wilmington Library Building To Reopen To The Public On March 22

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

Library Service Changes Starting March 22

Starting on March 22, you will be able to visit the WML without an appointment to browse the first floor, pick up holds, use a computer with a 60 minute limit, and make a copy or use the fax machine. The library will be open for these services Monday – Thursday 10am – 6pm and Friday 10am – 4pm. Curbside pickup is still available with new hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm. Appointments are still required to visit the Youth Services Department. All patrons must wear a mask and sanitize their hands upon arriving at the library.

WML Virtual Programming

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 to register or call 978-658-2967.

Poetry Contest

Wilmington Memorial Library invites you to submit a poem about Mother Nature on the libray’s website. 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 until 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

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 

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.

WCTV Live: Cookin’ the Books

Monday, March 22, 2:30 pm

Join Library Associate Lisa Crispin as she talks about and demonstrates recipes from the cookbook Simply by Sabrina Ghaynor. 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

Monday, March 22, 7 pm

Featured Cookbook: Simply by Sabrina Ghaynor

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, March 23, 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, March 24, 10 am

Featured book: The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
This book group discusses contemporary books, both fiction and non-fiction, led by Library Director Tina Stewart.

Virtual Author Talk: Anna Malaika Tubbs                                                            

Wednesday, March 24, 7 pm

Anna Malaika Tubbs will discuss her new book The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcom X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation.

Social Justice Book Group

Wednesday, March 24, 7 pm

Featured Book: Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X Kendi. (Chapters 9-12)

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.

The Galápagos Islands Adventure

Thursday, March 25, 2 pm

The Galápagos, located approximately 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, is a collection of volcanic islands and a nature lovers dream. Through the process of natural selection, the Galápagos are teaming with endemic species found nowhere else on earth. Join Scott Santino Education Manager and Teacher Naturalist at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary for a virtual tour across many of the larger islands and learn about Giant Tortoises, Marine Iguanas, Flightless Cormorants, Darwin’s Finches, and penguins swimming in Pacific waters along the equator. Brought to you by the Andover and Wilmington libraries. Thank you to the Friends of the Library 2019 Annual Appeal for partially funding this program.

Author Talk: Arkady Martine                                                                                          

Thursday, March 25, 7 pm                                                                                                         

Intimidated by science fiction? Learn more about this versatile and often misunderstood genre with Hugo Award-winning author Arkady Martine as she discusses her book A Memory Called Empire, and its sequel, A Desolation Called Peace.

Used Puzzle Palooza

Saturday, March 27, 10 am – 12 pm (Rain date: April 3)

Who wants to do the same puzzle twice? Come to the puzzle palooza and pick up some new-to-you puzzles. Limit of three to five puzzles depending on donations. Puzzles are free although donations to the Friends of Wilmington Memorial Library will be happily accepted. This event will be held on the library’s front lawn. In preparation for this event, we are accepting used puzzle donations all month long!

Images in the Women’s Suffrage Movement

Saturday, March 27, 2pm

Take a look at the ways in which women’s right activists and their opponents used images to define gender and power during the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Presented by Allison K. Lange, an assistant professor of history at the Wentworth Institute of Technology and author of Picturing Political Power: Images in the Women’s Suffrage Movement.  

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, and grab a bookmark featuring facts about one of these women at the back door!

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.


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.

Read Aloud Book Club: Mirrors and Windows

Tuesday, March 23, 4 pm

Sit back and relax as Barbara reads books aloud that may be a mirror that reflects you and may be a window for you to see into others’ lives. Grades 1-4.

“I Got In! What’s Next?” Enrollment Planning Workshop

Tuesday, March 23, 7 pm

After all the hard work, acceptance letters and financial aid awards have arrived. In this session, Tom O’Hare, Instructor at Pivotal College Years and Founder of Get College Going, will review the steps to “saying yes” to a college. Tom will discuss how to compare offers and answering the Five Critical Parts to a Match and strategies to finalize financing and ways to hunt for scholarships. The more you know, the better prepared you’ll be.

The workshop is offered for parents and grandparents of high school seniors and others working on reach their educational goals.

High School Seniors & Adults


Wednesday, March 24, 6:30pm

Have fun while learning by building your own bird nest in this engaging STEAM program! Grades K-5.

All Thirteen Book Discussion

Thursday, March 25, 4 pm

Join Brittany for a discussion of All Thirteen by Christina Soontornvat over Zoom! Learn about the incredible cave rescue of the Thai boys’ soccer team in 2018, and keep your copy of the book after the meeting. Don’t forget your bubble tea and Sugus candy kit to snack on during the meeting. Grades 5-7.

Saturday Storytime

Saturday, March 20, 10:30am

Join Barbara for an Saturday morning storytime on Zoom!  Ages 2-5

Preschool Storytime

Tuesday, March 23, 10am

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

Time for Twos

Wednesday, March 24, 10am

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

Baby Time

Thursday, March 25, 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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