LIBRARY NEWS: Mrs. Hiller’s Cemetery Stroll On May 15; Kareem Sanjaghi Band Concert On May 20

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 of 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.

Adult Programs

VIRTUAL 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. 

OUTDOOR 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. Masks required. Register HERE.

VIRTUAL Current Affairs Discussion Group
Wednesday, May 19, 7 pm
This group is for all who would like to broaden their knowledge of current national and international affairs. The topic for May is equity. 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.

LIVE ON WCTV Kareem Sanjaghi Band
Thursday, May 20, 2:30 pm
Enjoy music from the Great American Songbook, jazz classics, Latin beats, and pop standards…something for every taste!  Kareem has played with some of the world’s best musicians including jazz legends Lou Colombo and Dick Johnson and has played with Tony Orlando’s band.  Joining Kareem (drums) will be Mark Greel (guitar, trumpet, sax, & vocals) and Jeff Williams (keyboard).  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).

VIRTUAL Novel Ideas
Thursday, May 20, 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: Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

VIRTUAL Needleworkers

Friday, May 21, 10am

If you do any kind of needlework, this group is for you.  Work on a project and learn from others while enjoying a little conversation and camaraderie.

Wilmington MEMORIAL Library Remembrance Week and Rededication
Week of May 24
On Memorial Day 1969 the Wilmington Memorial Library was dedicated in the memory of four young Wilmington servicemen who lost their lives in Vietnam.  Their names are John A. Rich, John J. Fullerton, Jr., Robert W. Parent and Richard W. Welch. The library will host a display the last week of May that includes photos, sketches, and newspaper clippings that help tell the story of who they were.  Plan on stopping by the library to learn more about these young men and to honor their memory.

Youth Programs

OUTDOOR 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

VIRTUAL Kindergarten Book Club

Tuesday, May 18, 4 pm

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

VIRTUAL Painting with Anna

Tuesday, May 18, 7 pm

Paint a field of fluffy dandelions at dusk with Anna! You’ll create your masterpiece on stretched canvas, using five colors of acrylic paint, in this Zoom workshop. Most supplies provided; pick up your kit up to a week before the event. Grades 4-12

OUTDOOR Family Craft Night: Smashing Flower Art

Wednesday, May 19, 6:30pm

Create a stunning piece of art outside the library (weather permitting) by hammering flower petals and leaves onto paper! Absolutely smashing!

OUTDOOR Nature Mandalas Crafternoon

Thursday, May 20, 4 pm

As part of our Wilmington’s Earth Year Festivities, we’ll make nature mandalas on the WML’s lawn using materials gathered on a short walk down Wildwood St. After collecting twigs, grass, leaves, pinecones, rocks, and flowers, we’ll turn them into temporary geometric works of art that celebrate nature. Masks required. Grades 4-12

VIRTUAL D&D

Saturday, May 22, 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

VIRTUAL Preschool Storytime

Tuesday, May 18 at 10am

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

OUTDOOR Time for Twos

Wednesday, May 19 at 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 20 at 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 and something for you and baby to shake (rattles, car keys, bottles full of rice or beans).

OUTDOOR Preschool Storytime

Friday, May 21 at 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

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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