LIBRARY NEWS: April Kicks Off Earth Year At Wilmington Memorial Library

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

Library Services Available

You are 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 is 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 wilmlibrary.org to register or call 978-658-2967.

Poetry Contest

Wilmington Memorial Library invites you to submit a poem about Mother Nature on the library’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

Author Talk: Kerri Arsenault – Mill Town                                                                                     

Thursday, April 1, 7 pm                                                                                                                    

Join Kerri Arsenault for a discussion of her book, Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains. Kerri Arsenault grew up in the rural working class town of Mexico, Maine. For over 100 years the community orbited around a paper mill that employs most townspeople, including three generations of Arsenault’s own family. The mill, while providing livelihoods for nearly everyone, also contributed to the destruction of the environment and the decline of the town’s economic, physical, and emotional health in a slow-moving catastrophe, earning the area the nickname “Cancer Valley.”

Fiction Critique Group

Saturday, April 3, 9:15 am

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. If you are interested in attending this event, please email Assistant Director Charlotte Wood at cwood@wilmlibrary.org

Why Native Plant Landscapes Matter

Monday, April 5, 2:30pm

This program provides a comprehensive overview of native plants and their essential role in ecosystem health. Concepts covered include the co-evolution of plants and animals; the fundamental importance of native plants to a functioning food web; and the differences among native, naturalized, and invasive plants. Presenter Claudia Thompson, founder of Grow Native Massachusetts, will give a “tour” of her garden showing its steady transformation from a conventional urban yard to a landscape rich with native plant species and habitat for birds, butterflies, and wildlife.

Virtual Author Talk: Jane Healey

Tuesday, April 6, 7pm

Author Jane Healey discusses her latest release, The Secret Stealers in this Zoom webinar.

Ethical Questions on AI

Wednesday, April 7, 7pm

Join technology librarian, Brad McKenna, to watch Genevieve Bell’s talk “6 Ethical Questions about the Future of AI”. Afterwards we’ll break down Ms. Bell’s six questions and discuss AI in general.

Green Chemistry: Inventing a Circular Economy

Thursday, April 8, 7pm

John Warner, co-founder of the Warner-Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, will speak on the role of green chemistry in helping to create a low waste circular economy that in turn will help to maintain the world’s intricate ecosystems.

Youth Programs

Practice SAT with the Princeton Review

Saturday, April 3, 9am

Join The Princeton Review virtually to take a free, full-length practice SAT. After the test, you’ll receive a comprehensive score report detailing your strengths and weaknesses. Grades 10 & 11

Introduction to Citizen Science Month

Monday, April 5, 6:30pm

April is Citizen Science month! Come learn about all of the ways that you and your family can contribute to scientific research projects. Watch a short video, view our new Citizen Science kits and see projects that you can participate in involving field observation, data reporting, and other hands-on activities that can be done outside or inside to help real scientists with their research and accelerate discovery. Adults, teens and families are welcome!

Among Us Teen Game Night

Tuesday, April 6, 5pm

Join your crewmates in a multiplayer game of teamwork and betrayal over Zoom! Download the free Among Us app, and play in a private match hosted by the WML. Grades 6-12.

Online LEGO Club

Thursday, April 8, 4pm

Build LEGOs (or whatever building materials you have at your house) at the same time as other LEGO fans online.  At the end, you can share what you made during the time, and show one other item that you may have already built at home.  Ages 5+.

Mediate with Amy for Teens

Friday, April 9, 4pm

Join Amy Rutledge, a certified meditation instructor, to learn how to cultivate self love, self worth, confidence, compassion, focus, concentration, stress, anxiety relief, and help with navigating difficult emotions and change. Promote connection, community, and peace to all.  Classes are 30 minutes with an intro, guided practice, then time for Q&A. Open to all levels, beginners welcome! Grades 6-12

Practice ACT with the Princeton Review

Saturday, April 10, 9am

Join The Princeton Review virtually to take a free, full-length practice ACT. After the test, you’ll receive a comprehensive score report detailing your strengths and weaknesses. Grades 10 & 11.

Preschool Storytime

Tuesday, April 6, 10am

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

Time for Twos

Wednesday, April 7, 10am

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

Baby Time

Thursday, April 8, 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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