LIBRARY NEWS: Library Giving Out 300 FREE Oak Tree Seedlings On April 30

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

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.

Tree Seedling Giveaway

Friday, April 30, 9am-5pm

In support of Arbor Day, the library is giving away 300 Pin Oak Tree seedlings, which are native to Massachusetts.  Stop by the library Friday, April 30 from 9am-5pm to pick up your seedlings.  Limit one per individual or two per family.  The tree seedling giveaway helps Wilmington to be designated as a Tree City.

Adult Programs

WCTV Cookin’ The Books

Monday, April 26, 2:30pm

Join Circulation Librarian Lisa Crispin as she talks about and demonstrates recipes from the cookbook Cook with Me by Alex Guernaschelli. Shown live on WCTV on Comcast 9 / Verizon 37 and online at WCTV.org/live/.

Cookin’ the Books

Monday, April 26, 7 pm

Featured Cookbook: Cook with Me by Alex Guernaschelli

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; 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.

Author Doug Tallamy

Tuesday, April 27, 7 pm

Recent headlines about global insect declines and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our current standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. In this Zoom webinar, Professor Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us must take to reverse declining biodiversity and will explain why we are nature’s best hope.

Creative Writing Group

Tuesday, April 27 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 cwood@wilmlibrary.org.

Well Read Wednesday

Wednesday, April 28, 10 am

Featured book: This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

This book group discusses contemporary books, both fiction and non-fiction, led by Library Director Tina Stewart.

Social Justice Book Group

Wednesday, April 28, 7 pm

Featured Book: Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X Kendi. (Chapters 13-16)
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.

Fiction Critique Group

Saturday, May 1, 9:15am

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.

Youth Programs

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

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

Read Aloud Book Club: Mirrors and Windows-Earth Day

Tuesday, April 27, 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

Board Game Club

Wednesday, April 28, 7-8:30 pm

Looking to play fun board games and learn about new ones? Share your favorite game, or latest prototype, and we’ll play together on Discord or Gather Town using Tabletopia until we can meet again in person. Students and their adults welcome, registration encouraged! Grades 6-12

Crepes vs. Tortillas Cooking Class

Thursday, April 29, 4 pm

Learn to make homemade tortillas and crepes from the same ingredients! In addition to using the stove top, you’ll need mixing bowls and spoons, a frying pan, spatula, and flour, salt, baking powder, olive oil, sugar, eggs and milk on hand. This cooking class is co-hosted with Profe. Pietro, Prof. Veliz, and the WHS World Cultures Club. Grades 6-12

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