LIBRARY NEWS: James Patterson & Mike Lupica To Speak On May 26; Library Rededication Ceremony To Be Held On May 30

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 to register or call 978-658-2967.

Adult Programs

Wilmington MEMORIAL Library Remembrance Week

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.

OUTDOOR 150th Anniversary Memorial Dedication

Sunday, May, 30, 12:00 noon

In observance of the 150th anniversary of the library, a brief ceremony will be held on the front lawn rededicating the library to the memory of all Wilmington services members who gave their lives serving our country.

WCTV LIVE: Cookin’ the Books

Monday, May 24, 2:30 pm

Join Library Associate Lisa Crispin as she talks about and demonstrates recipes from the cookbook Chaat by Maneet Chauhan. Shown live on WCTV on Comcast 9 / Verizon 37 and online at (Don’t forget to press the Play icon to start the live stream).

VIRTUAL Cookin’ the Books

Monday, May 24, 7 pm

Featured Cookbook: Chaat by Maneet Chauhan

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 (or find a recipe from the book/chef online); 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.

VIRTUAL Creative Writing Group

Tuesday, May 25, 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

VIRTUAL Well Read Wednesday

Wednesday, May 26, 10 am

Featured book: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

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

VIRTUAL Mike Lupica In Conversation With James Patterson

Wednesday, May 26, 7 pm

Bestselling author Mike Lupica will discuss his latest book, Robert B. Parker’s Payback, in conversation with bestselling author James Patterson, in this Zoom webinar.

VIRTUAL Social Justice Book Group

Wednesday, May 26, 7 pm

Featured Book: Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X Kendi. (Chapters 17-20)

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.

VIRTUAL Needleworkers

Friday, May 28, 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. Email Assistant Director Charlotte Wood for Zoom link (

Youth Programs


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 Read Aloud Book Club

Tuesday, May 25, 4pm

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

VIRTUAL College Planning in a Pandemic: What the Classes of 2022 & 23 Need to Know

Tuesday, May 25, 7 pm

Pivotal College Years contributor Tom O’Hare has been part of the college planning process over the past twelve months and will share his insights on how CV-19 has changed the college planning experience for high school parents and students. Tom will present the new keys to building a broad college list, the importance of coaching students to stand out and showcasing their high school resumes, and the realities of paying for college, and review how the Admission and Financial Aid Offices have adapted, and how a good college plan can be the best GPS during this exciting, family journey. High School Sophomores, Juniors & Parents

Among Us Teen Game Afternoons

Thursday, May 27, 4 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

VIRTUAL PJ Storytime (ages 2-5)

Monday, May 24, 6:30 pm

Join Barbara for an evening storytime on Zoom!  Wear your comfy PJs, bring your favorite stuffed animals and be ready to listen, sing and move!  Ages 2-5

VIRTUAL Preschool Storytime

Tuesday, May 25 at 10am

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

OUTDOOR Time for Twos

Wednesday, May 26 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.


Thursday, May 27 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 28 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

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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