LIBRARY NEWS: Wilmington Library Encourages Residents To Read ‘The Great Gatsby’ & Participate In Community Reads Program

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

WML Outdoor Programming

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

How Electrification Benefits the Environment

Monday, June 7, 2:30 pm

Electrification is the shift to powering devices with electricity instead of fossil fuels. Join the Reading Municipal Light Department to learn how electrification benefits the environment by reducing carbon emissions, and how you can help. RMLD will discuss electrification in the transportation and building sectors. An overview of RMLD’s power supply portfolio and related programs and initiatives will be discussed. RMLD will also review available rebates to facilitate electrification within the communities it serves.

Author Visit with K. Woodman-Maynard

Tuesday, June 8, 7pm

Formerly local graphic designer and artist K. Woodman-Maynard presents on the process of adapting The Great Gatsby into graphic novel form as part of Wilmington’s Community Reads programming via Zoom. Participants will be entered into a raffle for illustrated and signed bookplates and copies of the book. Recommended for Grades 9+ & Adults

The Cooking Gene: Tracing My African American Story Through Food with Michael Twitty

Thursday, June 10, 7pm                                                                                                           

For African American culinary historian Michael W. Twitty there was a giant hole in the story of American cooking as big as the one in the story of most African American families. Putting the microscope on himself, Michael decided to fully trace out his family history through the story of Southern and American food. Using genetic research, historic interpretation, nature study, heirloom gardening and interviews with contemporary voices in food, his journey led him back to his family’s origins in West and Central Africa and a front ring seat in the debate over race and food in American life.

Beekeeping and Honeymaking

Saturday, June 12, 10am

Location: Peggy Kane Reading Garden behind the library.

Join Julie Kelley, owner and Chief Honey Seller at Tewksbury Honey for an informative discussion about bees, beekeeping, and the business side of honeymaking. The Kelley family has just over 100 hives spread throughout the Merrimack Valley where their bees collect nectar and pollen creating their award winning honey. Some seating will be provided; bring a lawn chair if possible.

Youth Programs

Teen Pond Ecologists

Saturday, June 12, 10am

Join nature enthusiast Dinah Borden at Rotary Park to explore pond life! Budding ecologists will be given a quick lesson on some common insects and creatures that live in ponds, along with 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.  Grades 6-12

Social Justice Service Group

Saturday, June 12, 11am

Meet over Zoom for a Social Justice Service Group meeting! This month we’ll meet with NAGLY to learn about their grassroots efforts and how they serve LGBTQ+ youth. You will earn community service hours for attending. Grades 9-12

Community Reads

Join the Wilmington Memorial Library and the entire town of Wilmington in reading The Great Gatsby this summer, then attend one of our many programs to discuss and learn more about this classic novel.

Summer Reading Program

Our Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program will begin on June 23 with a kickoff featuring entertainer extraordinaire Mike Bent with amazing magic, hilarious comedy, crazy puppets, music, sound effects and riveting storytelling!

Enter into raffles for fun wildlife experiences like a Whale Watch, a New England Aquarium Membership, a Crane Beach Parking Permit, and even Drive-In Movie Gift Certificates by completing activity and logging badges! More prizes throughout the Summer Reading Program include a library 150th anniversary cap, a free book, a free ice cream, or a hummingbird feeder! Participate in a scavenger hunt around town, make animal-themed crafts, participate in hands-on wildlife programs! Sign up on Beanstack to get started.

Library Visits

Visits to the library do not require an appointment. Please note that 9am to 10am in the Youth Services Department is reserved for families who need an appointment for social distancing. Study tables and seating are now available. Masks are not required for vaccinated patrons. Unvaccinated patrons are asked to continue to wear masks.

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