LIBRARY NEWS: Tree Seedling Giveaway On April 30; Book Store Next Door Reopens On May 1; Birding In Wildwood Cemetery On May 8

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

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.

Book Store Next Door Reopens

The Book Store Next Door resumes its regular Saturday hours 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday May 1. Wednesday hours will resume May 19. In order to comply with social distancing protocols, the number of shoppers and shopping time will be limited. We also request that donations be limited at this time to one bag per person.

Family Programs

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

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

The Truth about Chronic Illness

Monday, May 3, 2:30pm

We think we understand chronic illnesses and those who have them, but we rarely talk about them. What is it truly like to live with chronic illnesses? How can we find community? What do our loved ones with chronic illnesses experience? Julie Morgenlender, editor of the recently published The Things We Don’t Say: An Anthology of Chronic Illness Truths, and someone who has lived with chronic illness herself, will speak about how we define chronic illnesses, how they differ and overlap with disability, and the truths of people’s experiences.

T3 – Ted Talks on Tech: Is Surveillance Tech Weaponry?

Wednesday, May 5, 7 pm

Join technology librarian, Brad McKenna, to watch Sharon Weinberger’s talk “Inside the massive (and unregulated) world of surveillance tech”. Since we can’t all throw away our smartphones and live in caves, we’ll discuss how to live safely in light of what we learn.

Pints + Pages

Thursday, May 6, 7pm

A social book group geared towards readers in their 20’s and 30’s.  The group meets on the first Thursday of every other month.  The book discussion will be hosted by librarians from the Wilmington and Reading Public Libraries. Featured Book: The Power by Naomi Alderman

Spring Birding in the Wildwood Cemetery

Saturday, May 8

Session One – 7:30 am-9 am

Session Two – 10:00am-11:30 am

Join experienced birder Steve Hale, owner of Open World Explorers, for a birding expedition in the Wildwood Cemetery.  Find out which feathered friends have returned!  Steve holds university degrees in marine biology, evolutionary biology, and ecology and is an avid hiker, birder, and experienced naturalist.  Please bring your own binoculars (a few binoculars will be available for sharing–wipes provided).  Please meet at the back of the library. Masks must be worn and social distancing observed. Ages 12+. 

Youth Programs

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

Virtual Preschool Storytime

Tuesday, May 4, 10am

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

Outdoor Time for Twos

Wednesday, May 5, 10am

This storytime for two year olds includes books, rhymes, music and movement.  The program will be held behind the library next to the Peggy Kane Reading Garden. Please bring a blanket or low chairs.

Outdoor Baby Time

Thursday, May 6, 10 am

This program of songs, rhymes, games and picture books is for babies under the age of two years and their caregivers. The program will be held behind the library next to the Peggy Kane Reading Garden. Please bring a blanket or low chairs.

Outdoor Preschool Storytime

Friday, May 7, 10am

This storytime for preschoolers includes books, rhymes, and music.  The program will be held behind the library next to the Peggy Kane Reading Garden. Please bring a blanket or low chairs. Ages 3-5

Library Visiting Hours

The library is open Monday – Thursday 9am – 9pm and Friday & Saturday 9am – 5pm.  You are 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: Monday – Thursday, 10am – 6pm and Friday & Saturday 10am – 4pm. All patrons must wear a mask and sanitize their hands upon arriving at the library. Study tables and other seating remain unavailable.

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