LIBRARY NEWS: Library Visiting Hours To Extend, Curbside Hours To Reduce, Starting April 12

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

Library Visiting Hours Extended, Curbside Hours Reduced

Starting on April 12, the library will be open Monday – Thursday 9am – 9pm and Friday & Saturday 9am – 5pm.  You will be able to visit the first floor without an appointment to browse, pick up holds, use a computer with a 60 minute limit, and make a copy or use the fax machine. Visit the Youth Services Department Monday – Thursday: 9am – 2pm (by appointment), 2pm – 9pm (no appointment needed) and Friday & Saturday: 9am – 2pm (by appointment), 2pm – 5pm (no appointment needed). For your convenience, curbside pickup is still available with new hours: Monday – Thursday, 4pm – 6pm and Saturday 10am – 12pm. All patrons must wear a mask and sanitize their hands upon arriving at the library. Study tables and other seating remain unavailable.

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 Submissions Close April 17

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.

Wilmington’s Earth Year

Wilmington’s Earth Year is a series of programs and initiatives, funded by the Friends of the Library’s 2019 Annual Appeal, aimed at raising awareness of environmental issues. Programming was initially scheduled to begin April 2020 but had to be scaled back during the first several months of the pandemic. The series is kicking off in earnest again starting April 2021 and will run through September 2021. Through education and action, we can help to make Wilmington and the world a better place. We encourage you to submit to our Earth Year online collection of photos and videos at wilmlibrary.librariesshare.com/wmlearthyear.

Adult Programs

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.

Craft and Chat

Monday, April 12, 7 pm

Grab your crochet, knitting, or other craft project, your favorite treat, and join in this informal gathering to craft and chat together. You don’t have to be crafty to join– all skill levels and crafts are welcome!

How to: Pick an Oscar Winner with Ty Burr

Tuesday, April 13, 7 pm                                                                                                                                 

Calling all movie lovers! Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr will break down this year’s slate of Oscar nominations and reveal his predictions. Bring your questions and be prepared to share your opinions, but no spoilers please!

WCTV Live: Kat & Brad in Concert

Thursday, April 15, 2:30 pm

Brad Bensko on vocals and guitar and Kathleen Parks on vocals, violin, and mandolin bring you the sounds of 50’s & 60’s pop and American Songbook standards plus originals from their first LP of original material. 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).

Novel Ideas

Thursday, April 15, 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.
Featured Book: A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler

Poetry Circle

Saturday, April 17, 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. 

Outdoor Photography in the Wildwood Cemetery

Saturday, April 17, 10 am

Experienced photographer Lennie Malvone will teach you how to take beautiful photos outdoors.  You will learn the basic composition and best use of light and how to approach pictures of plants, people, and landscapes.  Be sure to bring your camera or your smartphone. Plan to meet at the back of the library a little before 10am.  Rain date is Tuesday, April 20, 6:30 pm. Masks required.

Youth Programs

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

Outdoor Saturday Storytime

Saturday, April 10, 10am

This fun family storytime  includes books, rhymes, and music geared toward kids ages 2-5. The program will be held behind the library next to the Peggy Kane Reading Garden. Please bring a blanket or low chairs. In case of inclement weather, storytime will be held on Zoom.

Virtual PJ Storytime

Monday, April 12, 6:30pm

Join Barbara for an evening storytime on Zoom!  Wear your comfy PJs, bring your favorite stuffed animals and be ready to listen, sing and move!  Ages 2-5

Kindergarten Book Club: Earth Day

Tuesday, April 13, 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

Matt Heaton Family Singalong at Yentile Farm

Wednesday, April 14, 10 am

Matt brings an infectious energy to his sing alongs. Peppered with well known classics and a few soon-to-be classics, and performed with panache on guitar & banjo, Matt makes music for parents and kids alike.

Family Craft Night

Wednesday, April 14, 6:30 pm

Join us for a night of crafting with the whole family! Registered groups can pick up a bag of craft supplies and join Nicole for a virtual event full of fun and creativity! This month’s theme is: Earth Day!

Anime & Manga Meetup

Thursday, April 15, 3:30-5:30 pm

Celebrate National Anime Day by watching an anime movie from Hoopla, eating Japanese snacks, and making manga collage bookmarks together over Zoom! Register to reserve your take-home kit to pick up the week of the program. All supplies provided except for scissors. Grades 6-12

Social Justice Service Group

Saturday, April 17, 6:30 pm

This month, we will join Haverhill Public Library’s Haverhill Reads Author Visit with Nic Stone! Nic Stone was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, GA, and the only thing she loves more than an adventure is a good story about one. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the US to write full-time. Growing up with a wide range of cultures, religions, and backgrounds, Stone strives to bring these diverse voices and stories to her work. Grades 9-12

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