LIBRARY NEWS: Stroll Wildwood Cemetery On May 8 & Forage In Hathaway Acres On May 13

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

WML Outdoor Programming

For all outdoor programs, masks are required for all attendees ages 5 and up and strongly encouraged for children ages 2-5. Registration is required to ensure social distancing. If inclement weather is forecast, the program may be held virtually on Zoom. Please check out website on the day of the program to confirm location.

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.

Family Programs

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. Ages 12+. 

Adult Programs

Craft and Chat

Monday, May 10, 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 Eat Mindfully & Manage Stress

Tuesday, May 11 @ 7pm

In this engaging, interactive Zoom session, you will learn valuable skills to work with your relationship to stress and how it affects your behaviors in eating. Understand the difference between physical and emotional hunger and how to make healthy choices.

The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

Wednesday, May 12, 7 pm

This educational Zoom program presented by Alzheimer’s Association will help you recognize common signs of the disease in yourself and others, and includes next steps to take, including how to talk to your doctor.                                                                                                     

Foraging Walk – Hathaway Acres

Thursday, May 13, 6:30 pm

Join veteran environmental educator Andrew Prazar for a foraging walk in Wilmington’s Hathaway Acres.  The trailhead is located at the corner of Draper Drive and Evans Drive–please plan to meet there.  Wear comfortable footwear and dress for the weather.

Poetry Circle

Saturday, May 15, 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.

Cemetery Stroll—Mrs. Hiller’s March

Saturday, May 15, 10 am

Join Town Curator Terry McDermott for a Wildwood Cemetery stroll and learn about Wilmington’s one and only Mrs. Hiller and the cemetery march she organized in 1890. Plan to meet in the back of the library a little before 10am.

Youth Programs

Social Justice Service Group

Friday, May 7, 3:30-5:30 pm

Meet over Zoom for a Social Justice Service Group meeting! This month we will watch and discuss Monster the day the film based on Walter Dean Myers’ groundbreaking YA novel premieres on Netflix. You will earn community service hours for attending. Grades 9-12

Kids Create: Mother’s Day Centerpieces

Saturday, May 8, 3 pm at the WML

Show your moms some love with flowers in a beautiful centerpiece arranged by you! This program will be held outside, weather permitting.

Virtual Preschool Storytime

Tuesday, May 11, 10am

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

Outdoor Time for Twos

Wednesday, May 12, 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 13, 10am

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.

LEGO Building

Thursday, May 13, 4 pm

Come build LEGOs virtually with friends (or use other building materials) and share your latest creations!  Ages 5+

Outdoor Preschool Storytime

Friday, May 14, 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

Pond Dipping

Saturday, May 15, 10 am at Rotary Park pond

Join nature enthusiast Dinah Borden at the pond at Rotary Park to explore pond life! Children, accompanied by a parent or caregiver, will be given a quick lesson on some common insects and creatures that live in ponds in Massachusetts. Each participant will be given an insect identification key and provided with a net to sweep the water and collect creatures that we’ll observe in trays, try to identify, and then release back into the pond. Participants should wear boots or old sneakers as they will likely step in mud. Ages 4-10.

Book Store Next Door is Open!

The Book Store Next Door has resumed its regular Saturday hours 10 am to 4 pm. 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.

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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