LIBRARY NEWS: Library Giving Out Free Reflector Vests, Gloves & Biodegradable Bags To Help Clean Up Wilmington

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.

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.

Family Programs

Family Walk in the Town Forest

Wednesday, April 21, 10 am

Join Wilmington Conservation Agent Cameron Lynch for a walk along the trails of the 157-acre Town Forest, the largest piece of Conservation Land in Wilmington. There will be activities for all ages, including a nature scavenger hunt for the whole family. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Hiking boots are recommended. This event is weather dependent, so check our website for updates. Please park at Camp 40 Acres. The walk will begin from there at 10 am so please plan on arriving shortly before. Masks required.

Polar Bears in a Changing Climate

Wednesday, April 21, 6:30 pm

Learn on how climate change affects one of our biggest, yet most vulnerable species from an educator at the Alaska Zoo. We will get to virtually visit the zoo’s polar bear.  All ages.

Great Green Giveaway

Thursday, April 22, 11-4 pm

We’ve been spring cleaning! Rather than throw away, we want to recycle stuff we no longer need. Stop by the library front lawn on Earth Day for some free surplus items including stationery, art/craft supplies, technology, books, LEGOS and more  You can also enter to win some awesome items such as an older American Girl Doll,  LEGO Mindstorms set and more. All proceeds benefit  the Friends of the Wilmington Library. Thank you for upcycling.

Family Earth Day Trivia

Friday, April 23, 6:30 pm

How much does your family know about conservation?  Show off your environmental knowledge in this friendly competition. Prizes will be awarded!

Trash to Treasure!

Saturday, April 24, 10-12pm

Help keep Wilmington beautiful. During Earth Day week (April 18-April 24) spend an hour or so picking up trash around Wilmington—you pick the spot (walk your neighborhood streets, clean up one of the parks or other town properties, etc. just be sure to keep safety in mind). Bring your bag of trash to the library parking lot on Saturday, April 24 between the hours of 10 am and 12 pm and turn your trash into treasure. Spin the prize wheel and redeem your bag of trash for an Earth friendly gift. Take photos during the clean-up to be added to the library’s Earth Year collection. Reflector vests, latex free gloves, and biodegradable bags will be available for pick up starting April 12.  Only the biodegradable bags supplied by the library will be accepted.

Adult Programs

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.

Current Affairs Discussion Group

Wednesday, April 21, 7 pm

Topic: Climate Change

This group is for all who would like to broaden their knowledge of current national and international affairs. 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.

Youth Programs

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.

Among Us Teen Game Nights

Tuesday, April 20, 5 pm

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.

Draw Your Pets

Wednesday, April 21, 1 pm

Using basic shapes and simple line technique, learn to create your favorite furry friends with instructor Corinne Roberts. No prior drawing experience is needed. Materials needed are: simple paper, pencil and eraser. Grades 4-12.

Yarn Llamas Crafternoon

Thursday, April 22, 4 pm

We’ll fashion recycled cardboard, yarn, and felt into adorable, sturdy llamas! All supplies provided, including tape and glue, but you will need a pair of sharp scissors at home and plenty of patience to create this latest Crafternoon project. Register to reserve your take-home kit to pick up the week of the session, and join Brittany for a Zoom tutorial on day of the program! Grades 4-12.

Meditate with Amy

Friday, April 23, 4 pm

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. Open to all levels, beginners welcome! Grades 6-12.

Rockaway Beats at Yentile Farm

Friday, April 23, 10am

Marcos Valles returns with his fun music program. Come sing, dance, and get a little loco with Rockabye Beats!

Virtual Board Game Tournament

Saturday, April 24, 11 am-3 pm

The WML’s own Board Game Club will host their first-ever virtual mixed game tournament over Zoom and Discord using Tabletopia and Jackbox! Play your favorite games and get introduced to new ones for a chance to win prizes and get your team on the leaderboard. All Ages.

D&D

Saturday, April 24, 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.

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