LIBRARY NEWS: Celebrate The Library’s 150th Anniversary; Free Lawn Signs Available Beginning June 14

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

Celebrate the Wilmington Memorial Library’s 150th Anniversary

Wilmington’s first public library opened in the rear room of the old town hall, now the Arts Center, on July 1, 1871. In 1890, the library relocated to the Center Schoolhouse, now the 4th of July Building, where it remained for almost 80 years. In 1969, the town opened its new public library on Middlesex Avenue (formerly the site of St Thomas of Villanova Church).  To mark this 150th anniversary milestone, the Wilmington Memorial Library was rededicated on Memorial Day to all from Wilmington who gave their lives in service to our country. Check the library’s website for more information on the history of the library and anniversary activities.

Show Your Support with a Free WML 150th Lawn Sign

Join in the celebration and be one of the 150 houses in Wilmington to display our 150th Anniversary Yard Sign.  Available for pick up at library beginning June 14.

Adult Programs

Beekeeping and Honeymaking (Outdoor @ WML)

Saturday, June 12, 10am

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 provide; bring a lawn chair if possible.

Current Events Discussion (Virtual)

Wednesday, June 16, 7pm

This group is for all who would like to broaden their knowledge of current national and international affairs. 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.

Poetry Circle (Virtual)

Saturday, June 19, 9:15am

Do you enjoy writing poetry? Want input on your work? If so, this group is for you. When registering, please provide your email address so you can receive an agenda and any prep materials in advance. 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. 

Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series (Virtual)

Saturday, June 19, 12pm

Between World War I and about 1970 more than 6 million African Americans left The South in what came to be known as The Great Migration. They were pulled by the lure of better jobs and pushed by the oppression of Jim Crow. The son of two of the earliest migrants, Jacob Lawrence was born in 1917 in Atlantic City. In 1940-41 he painted 60 panels depicting the realities of this migration. Thirty of those panels now call The Phillips Collection in Washington DC home. Erica Harper, the Head of the K-12 Initiatives, will give us a tour of those 30 panels. Ms. Harper will use those panels to help us learn more about one of the most important painters in this country’s history.

Youth Programs

Teen Pond Ecologists (Outdoor @ Rotary Park)

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 (Virtual)

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

Pride Trivia & Bingo (Virtual)

Tuesday, June 15, 7pm

Celebrate Pride Month with trivia centered on famous LGBTQ+ figures and Skittles Bingo over Zoom! Pick up your Bingo cards and candy at the Youth Services desk starting June 8. Prizes awarded! Grades 6-12

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 wilmlibrary.org to register or call 978-658-2967.

More Upcoming Events

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.  Novel Ideas Fiction Book Group will be discussing this book on Thursday, June 17, 7pm.

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, and participate in hands-on wildlife programs! Sign up on Beanstack to get started.

Upcoming Closures

The Library will be closed from 9am – 1pm on Friday, June 11 for staff training. We will be open 1pm – 5pm. We will also be closed on Friday, June 18 and Saturday, June 19 in observance of Juneteenth.

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